Films

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two people flanking the body of a recently deceased man

Almost Heaven

In this heartfelt coming-of-age story, we follow the life of Ying Ling, a 17-year-old trainee at a funeral parlor in Changsha, China.

person kayaking on snowy river

Angry Inuk

Sold out - Part expose and part personal essay, this investigation into Inuit seal hunting is a scathing critique of armchair activism.

mother and daughter looking in opposite directions

Back to Me

A young filmmaker tells the story of her recovery from a temporary psychotic episode after an ISIS airport bombing in her home country.

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The Battle for Matheny Tract

In California’s San Joaquin Valley, a community struggles to find a consistent source of clean, affordable water.

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The Block

High in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a stone block provides a rare spot of cell phone service and serves as the local “water cooler.”

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Brasília: Life After Design

Sold out - Discover the capital of Brazil in this atmospheric tribute to the sights and sounds of Brasília—a unique, large-scale modernist achievement. 

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Brexitannia

This very first documentary on Brexit explores the furor that followed the vote and the deep cultural schisms that rose to the surface.

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Brothers (Bracia)

Two elderly brothers, who escaped a Stalinist labor camp in the 1940s, can't escape eachother in their family home in rural Poland.

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Chains of Custody

This story of the troubling abandonment of thousands of rape kits exposes broader issues of rape response in contemporary America.

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Chomo

Buddhist nuns are now free to receive a prestigious degree previously reserved exclusively for monks, and they ponder the changes to come.

person in a bamboo forest

The Cloud Forest (Bosque de Niebla)

Witness a community’s singular quest for sustainable living in Mexico, set against stunning cloud forest landscapes and familiar struggles of modern life.

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Drawing from Memory

More than 15,000 people disappeared during the internal armed conflict in Peru (1980–2000), and their loved ones demand justice.

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Four Faces of the Moon

Follow a First Nations photographer as she travels into the past, reconnecting with her ancestry, in this Award-winning stop-motion animation.

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Gulîstan, Land of Roses

In the mountains of Kurdistan, an all-female military regiment works to keep its territory safe from ISIS.

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Gun Runners

Two Kenyan militiamen trade in their guns for sneakers and pursue the lifelong dream of becoming professional marathon runners.

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Honey, Rain & Dust

Three honey experts in the United Arab Emirates wonder how long they can continue their work amid a rising honeybee crisis.

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House in the Fields

Sold out - High in the mountains of Morocco, young women growing up in an agrarian community struggle with ambitions that exceed traditional roles.

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Into Unknown Parts

 - Members of an Inuit community recount harrowing stories of being forced to go to a tuberculosis sanatorium thousands of miles from home. 

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In Procedure

Bureaucracy begets heartbreak in this intimate story about Syrian refugees in the Netherlands.

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Lady Eva (Leiti Eva)

Sold out - Meet the irrepressible Eva Baron, a Tongan transgender woman and beauty-pageant contestant.

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Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt

This vérité mid-length captures Lonnie Holley, self-taught Birmingham, Alabama, musician and visual artist, in all his unconventional brilliance.

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Marrimarrigun

Learn the legend of Marrimarri, a giant spirit man who protects the ancestors of the Yawuru people of Western Australia.

two lines of women dancing with their hands on their hips

Ode to Fazil’s

This film offers a tribute to Fazil’s, a legendary New York City dance studio that served as many dancers’ second home.

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The Opposition

3,000 Papua New Guinea residents fight to avoid being forcibly evicted as developers plan a five-star hotel and marina.

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Paa Joe & the Lion

A struggling master coffin craftsman and his son from coastal Ghana are offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the U.K.

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Pixelating Holiness

Follow West Virginian priest Father Jonah Campbell in his spirited mission to usher Christian iconography into the digital age.

men and women singing together

Poi E: The Story of Our Song

Sold out - In 1984, a song called “Poi E” became a surprise hit, topping the New Zealand charts and setting in motion a resurgence of Māori music and activism.

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Pre-Crime

Sci-fi creeps closer to reality as police use predictive software to preemptively target potential criminals.

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A Queer Country

Sold out - Tel Aviv’s vibrant LGBT community seems to be at odds with legal structures that adhere strictly to the ideals of Orthodox Judaism.

people singing in a line

The Road Forward

Gripping and genre-bending, this musical documentary explores First Nations activism yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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Sacred Water

A beloved and extravagant Rwandan radio host guides us through an ode to the female orgasm.

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Siberian Love

Sold out - A Russian immigrant in Berlin returns home and observes her family’s age-old attitudes toward love and marriage with scorn and a little envy.

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Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation

An Iroquois Lacrosse team fights to be recognized as from a sovereign nation by the Federation of International Lacrosse—and succeeds. 

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We Don’t Need a Map

An Indigenous symbol is appropriated by white Australians amid a rise of extremist nationalism.