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Films & DVDs Released in 2003
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Fall 2003 Releases Click here for the Spring releases
  • Al Jazeera - A behind-the-scenes look at Al Jazeera, the most important television news channel in the Arab world. ** Viewer's Choice, 2003 Middle East Studies Association FilmFest ** (new September, 2003)

  • A bientôt j'espère - Workers at a textile factory on strike in pre-May '68 France, not just for more money, but for a different way of life. By Chris Marker. (new September, 2003)

  • Dam/Age - Traces renowned, prize winning writer Arundhati Roy's bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada dam project in India. (new September, 2003)

  • Facing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death. (new September, 2003)

  • Fang - Mixes documentary and fiction techniques to recount an African art object's 100 year journey - a whole century of Western attitudes towards African culture packed into 8 minutes! (new September, 2003)

  • Finally Got The News - A film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, which was, "in many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s." - Manning Marable, Prof. of History, Columbia Univ. (new September, 2003)

  • From The East - Chantal Akerman retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. ** One of the 10 Best Films of the 1990s - J. Hoberman, Artforum (new September, 2003)

  • Kuxa Kanema - The story of Mozambique's National Institute of Cinema (INC) - a history of the birth and death of local cinema, and the birth and death of an ideology. (new September, 2003)

  • Lagos / Koolhaas - Renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and students from The Harvard Project on the City explore Lagos, Nigeria, interpreting the chaotic city in an innovative, surprising way. (new September, 2003)

  • Living MemoryLiving Memory - About Mali's ancient culture, and this culture's position in the country today. Exposes tensions in a society assailed by modernization, Islam and global tourism, yet confident that it will maintain its own distinctive character. (new August, 2003)

  • Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself - A personal portrait of the great French writer Marguerite Duras. Made with home moves, archives, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years. (new September, 2003)

  • Mother - The story of a Hungarian woman who fled with her six-year old son after the uprising in 1956 while her husband, accused of being a leading "counter-revolutionary," is executed by the new Communist government. (new September, 2003)

  • The Return of Sara Baartman - After years of unsettling negotiation with France, South Africa finally welcomes home the remains of Sara Baartman in an historic event of repatriation. (new September, 2003)

  • 20 Years Old in the Middle East - Since the fall of Iraq, students in neighboring countries have returned to their universities. Same faces, same crowd, same questions. Everything appears perfectly normal. And yet nothing is like it was. (new October, 2003)

  • Welcome to Colombia - Millions of displaced persons, 35,000 murders per year, a kidnapping every ten minutes ... but as Colombian filmmaker Catalina Villar traverses her country, she finds hope in people working for peaceful change. (new October, 2003)

Spring 2003 Releases Click here for the Fall releases
  • Against My Will - The stories of three women who took refuge at the Dastak women's shelter in Pakistan, founded to help women fleeing abusive and murderous families. (new March, 2003)

  • Ben Barka - A biography of Moroccan opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka, abducted on the streets of Paris and murdered in 1965, the infamous "Ben Barka affair." (new January, 2003)

  • ChoropampaChoropampa - When a devastating mercury spill by the world's richest gold mining corporation hits a quiet peasant village in the Peruvian Andes, a courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for healthcare and justice. (new February, 2003)

  • Colette - A fascinating visit with the legendary writer, interviewed by acclaimed filmmaker Jean Cocteau, in her Paris apartment on the Palais Royal cira 1951. (new May, 2003)

  • Drowning by Bullets - Exposes the massacre, cover-up and the years of denial of what was undoubtedly one of the darkest nights in the history of France. (new February, 2003)

  • End of the Dialogue - A landmark film that was one of the first to reveal the full horrors of apartheid to the world. (new June, 2003)

  • An Injury To One - Reconstructs the long-forgotten murder of union organizer Frank Little in the town of Butte, Montana, and draws a connection between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself. (new May, 2003)

  • The Intolerable Burden - One black family's commitment to a quality education, from the pre-1965 time of segregation, through desegregation, and through the recent period of resegregation. **Winner, John E. O'Connor Film Award, American Historical Association** (new March, 2003)

  • Iran, Veiled Appearances - Depicts clashes in modern Iran between extreme fundamentalism and young people who are pushing for social change, as seen as a series of interviews with soldiers, religious leaders, students, artists and intellectuals. (new April, 2003)

  • Madrid - Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's new film, an intimate and sentimental visit to the Spanish capital. (new January, 2003)

  • Public Enemy - Four former leaders of the Black Panther Party reflect on the impact of their radical 60s civil rights movement, and the promise and limitations of attempting revolutionary change. (new May, 2003)

  • Remembrance of Things to Come - Reminiscent of Resnais, Ivens, even Kubrick, but in its deployment of still photographs (as in La Jetée), its theme of history and memory, its subject-skipping montage and rapid shuttle of wit and philosophy it's pure Marker. (new March, 2003)

  • Scars of Memory - An oral history of the 1932 massacre of 10,000 El Salvadorans, a trauma that has resonated through six decades of military rule, until the 1992 peace accords ended a brutal, 12-year civil war. (new April, 2003)

  • Seeing is Believing - From Rodney King to Osama bin Laden, handicams aren't just for weddings and vacations anymore! (new January, 2003)

  • South - The heart of this journey is the brutal murder of James Byrd, Jr in Jasper, Texas. But this is not an anatomy of his murder, rather, it is an evocation of how this event fits in to a landscape and climate that is as much mental as physical. (new February, 2003)

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