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28 Up South Africa

Diverse stories of young South Africans illuminate the tumultuous cultural and political history of the country since the end of apartheid.  

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Buckskin

The Kaurna people of South Australia were pronounced extinct in 1931 but, almost a century later, a cultural and linguistic revival is underway, thanks to Jack Buckskin.

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Can't Stop the Water

Rising seas threaten a Native American Cajun community’s way of life on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, home that it has occupied for 170 years.

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Cast In India

A glimpse into the lives of men in Indian factories who forge the ubiquitous bits of street life New Yorkers step on daily: manhole covers!

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A Correspondence

A story of love across distance during troubled times for Iranians in post-war Europe told via photographs, letters, and archival footage.

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The Darkside

Warwick Thornton’s stunning documentary hybrid gathers indigenous ghost stories from across Australia and sets them elegantly to film.

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Dr. Sarmast’s Music School

Is there a place for art in a conflict zone? Dr. Sarmast’s Music School tells the remarkable story of Afghanistan’s first Institute of Music.

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Elevator (Elevador)

A poetic trek up and down Mexico City’s oldest apartment complex, where the elevator operators are spectators, guardians and confidantes.

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Flor de Toloache

In a New York City subway station, a dazzlingly dressed all-female mariachi band brings the platform to life.

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H2O MX

H2O MX examines the daily issues Mexico City faces managing its water, reminding us that sustainability is deeply linked to social justice.

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Happiness

As TV and the Internet come to rural Bhutan, a young monk’s trip to the capital becomes a bittersweet meditation on technological progress.

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Hi-Ho Mistahey!

The latest film by the legendary Alanis Obomsawin chronicles Cree teenager Shannen Koostachin and her Shannen’s Dream campaign for First Nations youth.

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Hollow

A participatory, web-based documentary project examining the future (and past) of rural America through the history of McDowell County, West Virginia.

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How a People Live

The Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation, forcibly relocated from British Columbia in 1964, exhibit remarkable strength in the face of hardship.

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Invitation to Dance

Simi Linton sets out on a lifelong quest to offer disabled Americans “equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!"

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Jalanan

A film about Indonesia, street music, love, prison, politics, sex, corruption, rice fields, globalization and heartache!

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¡Kachkaniraqmi!

Through Peru’s social and economic struggles, through rugged mountains and idyllic rain forests, the human musical spirit remains constant.

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Kismet

Turkish soap operas have taken the Middle East by storm, becoming an international export and inspiring a cultural shift to the left.

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Laal Pari

An illiterate village council woman in rural India champions safety and equal rights for women in the face of institutionalized misogyny.

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The Last Patrol

Affecting follow-up to Restrepo, about the director’s year spent embedded in Afghanistan, exploring war’s lasting impact on combat vets.

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Let's Get the Rhythm

Through wars and migrations, across language barriers and oceans, young girls connect through thousands of different hand-clapping games.

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Little White Lie

As a teenager from a Jewish family in New York, Lacey Schwartz begins to piece together a big family secret, and her own racial identity.

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Living Quechua

A Brooklyn Peruvian woman’s mission to connect speakers of her native Quechua reveals NYC as a bubbling crockpot of linguistic diversity.

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Madame Phung's Last Journey

Madame Phung’s Last Journey follows a troupe of Vietnamese cross-dressing singers on their journey through the country’s back roads for a year.

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My Prairie Home

Transgender musician Rae Spoon is a deeply soulful individual whose story is at once unique and speaks to the universality of human experience.

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Remembering Yayayi

The lifestyles of a remote aboriginal community are explored through a combination of archival footage and modern-day remembrances.

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The Return

Four Polish women raised Catholic set out to become strong, dynamic Jewish leaders, faced with the unique task of building an identity in a vacuum.

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Robert Gardner Tribute

In honor of preeminent filmmaker Robert Gardner, who died on June 21, 2014, this year’s retrospective screening will feature Gardner’s iconic ethnographic film Dead Birds (1964, 85 min) and screen the New York premiere of Gardner’s last film, Dead Birds Re-encountered (2013, 46 min).

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Santa Cruz del Islote

Isolated and peaceful, the world’s most densely populated island is increasingly dependent on the Colombian mainland as the environment changes and sea level rises.

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Seeds of Time

An agriculturalist races against time from Rome to Russia to the Arctic Circle to save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

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Sepideh—Reaching for the Stars

When Iranian teenager Sepideh discovers an interest in astronomy, she must reconcile her family lifestyle with her professional aspirations.

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Soul Food Stories

Aging members of an all-male social club in a Bulgarian village argue about women’s rights, homosexuality, and other modern surprises.

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Tender

In the industrial town of Port Kembla, a community center embarks on a noble and atypical quest: to serve the townspeople with a not-for-profit funeral service.

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ThuleTuvalu

Devastating effects of retreating ice in Greenland and rising seas in the Pacific frame an elegantly conceived climate-change cautionary tale.

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Under the Palace Wall

The juxtaposition of a palace turned luxury hotel and the school beneath its walls creates an eloquent portrait of life in an Indian village.

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Vultures of Tibet

The sacred funeral tradition of Sky Burial reveals the tourism and commercialization of culture in Tibet.

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The Venice Syndrome

The story of a bastion of culture sinking under the weight of millions of tourists, giving voice to the rapidly vanishing local population.

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Walking Under Water

A fisherman whose ancestors lived almost exclusively on the water provides a window into the disappearing culture of the Badjao people.

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Where God Likes to Be

A lyrical, evocative exploration of three young lives on the Blackfeet Indian reservation reveals what it means to be Native American today.

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