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"When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision - whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom."-
Noma is a young black woman that represents a huge portion of the post-apartheid South African youth: surviving with a precarious job, living in a township in Cape Town, renting a shack that she shares with four other people: her two sons, her cousin and her younger brother
Ladakh, a desert land high in the western Himalayas, has managed to survive and prosper due to its traditions of frugality and cooperation, but now its culture and ecology are threatened by development
This deeply human documentary examines the subject of environmental destruction through the plight of impoverished migrants in Brazil who produce charcoal for use in the production of pig iron by chopping down the Amazon rainforest. The film examines their daily lives and work as they burn timber in huts, children and elders alike, struggling to feed their families
A portrait of a polygamist family in a rural Iranian village, exploring the intricacies of the relationships between the four wives, their husband, and their free-spoken mother-in-law and their numerous children
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life--families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker--all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Panic is a petty crook who lives in Soweto. He is not interested in politics but one day he is arrested and imprisoned with anti-apartheid activists. He is transformed into a man willing to become involved in social change
Arna Mer Khamis spent her life campaigning for human rights. In the Jenin refugee camp, Arna opened a theatre where she taught children to express themselves through art. When Arna died of cancer in 1995, the theater ultimately did not survive. Five years later her son, Juliano, returns to discover what happened to "Arna's children."
Errol Morris brings his unrivalled talents to the small screen for a stylized series of intimate interviews with a unique and fascinating array of people. Includes all 17 episodes from the original series
A research study with men who are negotiating changes towards gender equity in their intimate relations with women and children. This documentary captures the significant emotional struggles involved when a man begins to make seemingly small changes in the way he relates to his intimate partner and children, yet which have a deeper impact on household relations.
"In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"
An eighth grade student is bullied by his classmate, but finds consolation in the online chat room that discusses Lily Chou-Chou, a chanteuse he worships. But, little by litte, his real life becomes unbearable when he is ensnared in a nighmare of teenage prostitution, petty theft, and murder
The Friedman's seem to be a typical family from affluent Great Neck, Long Island. One Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for a quiet holiday dinner, a police battering ram splinters the front door and officers rush inside. The police charge Arnold and his son Jesse with hundreds of shocking crimes
In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, a young cyclo (pedicab driver) transports anonymous passengers through the teeming streets, trying to eke out a meager living for his two sisters and elderly grandfather
"Helps viewers hold a mirror to their own culture" (container). Includes footage of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration, a Balinese funeral, street life in New Delhi, and compares these to cultural norms in modern American society
The Ganges runs through the heart of India. For millions of Hindus it is India's sacred river, but they share its banks with a rich variety of wildlife. This reveals how the Ganges has shaped the wildlife, culture and beliefs in India
A film invoking the importance and value of park space, specifically its social and emotional benefits. Attempts to demonstrate how one park- symbolic of parks everywhere- offers potential and opportunities to the community, from the casual visitor to the grounds staff