In 2002, Mukhtaran Mai, a woman living in a remote Pakistani village, was publicly gang raped to atone for a crime her brother allegedly committed. Instead of killing herself, as she was expected to do, she raised an outcry that became an international cause. A powerful essay in courage. In Urdu and Sariki.
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In this documentary about the growing movement of female MCs, Toni Blackman and the Freestyle Union challenge the male dominated world of hip-hop, and in the process empower women to speak their minds during a series of freestyle workshops. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Examine the illegal arms trade and how it functions across the globe through the stories of four experts on arms trafficking. They recount their firsthand experiences with the black market and how the illegal flow of weapons facilitates loss of life and devastation. | Read MoreDocumentary
Sex, drugs, and rock & roll are a few of the topics explored in these thought-provoking short documentaries. Two-man rock duo Crash&Burn is turned upside down when Burn decides to have transgender surgery. It's San Francisco, sex, and the First Amendment in Smut Capital of America. A broken building trembles in a battle for space and souls in Caretaker for the Lord. In Guru a charismatic motivational speaker privately battles bipolar disorder. Incident in New Baghdad recounts a U.S. Army veteran's personal experience in and out of the war zone. | Read MoreDocumentary
Positive thinking prevails in this group of inspiring short documentaries. In Summer Snapshot a group of friends reflect on a special sun-kissed day. It's mind over matter, literally, for spiritual leader and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy in Challenging Impossibility. In the Spirit of Laxmi a hotel manager commits to raising and re-wilding an injured leopard cub. A community in Haiti rallies to build a movie theater in Sun City Picture House. | Read MoreDocumentary
In the Balkan town of Shutka, the Romani (Gypsy) population is thriving and everyone is considered a champion at something. Manic's self-assured documentary introduces us to a variety of Shutka's colorful champions, from the boxer and the lovemaker to the grave robber and the vampire hunter. | Read MoreComedy, Documentary, Music
The alarming disappearance of humor from Iran's political discourse is traced when an improv troupe of political satirists, the leader of which is a Persian counterpart of the medieval jester, learn that the government is about to close their theater. Preceded by Inside Out, a short about Iranian transsexuals. | Read MoreDocumentary
Over the past two decades, digital technology has created a groundbreaking evolution in cinema, challenging film as the standard format for motion pictures. Through interviews with masters like Danny Boyle, James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Lars Von Trier, and many more, producer Keanu Reeves takes us on a tour of the past and future of the moviemaking process in this in-depth documentary. | Read MoreDocumentary
Super-8 footage layered with Sharpie marker lines and circles obscuring the image illustrates this story of Thirza Cuthand’s experience with temporary episodes of migraine-related blindness and her cousin’s self-induced blindness later in life. Paralleling the experience of blindness with mental illness, she deftly shows that any of us could lose any of our abilities at any time. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. But, as Sing Your Song proves in a most stirring way, Belafonte has had a significant and lasting impact on the ongoing worldwide struggle for human rights. This powerful documentary reveals Belafonte's multifaceted contributions to the arts, the U.S. Civil Rights movement, the fight against Apartheid, ending starvation in Ethiopia, and much more.
Amid the swirl of controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ comes this timely portrait of Sister Rose Thering, a nun who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life's work. Rose challenged the doctrine blaming Jews for the death of Jesus, took a leading role in Vatican II, and carries on her fight today. | Read MoreDocumentary
With his first doc, Pollack delivers a sharp and angular look at the life and work of his close friend Gehry. The film balances praise and criticism of the famed architect's work from art critics and Gehry himself, who proves to be his own worst critic. Featuring interviews with Julian Schnabel, Dennis Hopper, Michael Eisner, and Gehry's 94-year-old therapist. A Sony Pictures Classics release. | Read MoreDocumentary
When 14 women-Israelis, Palestinians, Bedouin Arabs, and American settlers in the West Bank-are brought together with the shared goal of losing weight, they find out they have far more in common than they ever would have imagined. A Slim Peace takes a revealing look at the universal struggle for acceptance, understanding and personal transformation in a land of intractable conflict. Preceded by We Will Win. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Comedy, Documentary