In 2004, writer/director Zachary Iscol fought as a US Marine in Al Anbar, Iraq's most violent province. Five years later, Anbar has been transformed into one of the safest, but not because the insurgency was defeated. When Zach returns, he begins to confront the awful dilemmas he faced fighting an enemy that hid among civilians. Profoundly honest, this documentary explores these dilemmas from all sides to reveal a simple but surprising truth about the nature of war and peace.
Please note: 'The Western Front' will screen as a work in progress. | Read MoreDocumentary
The religious product market is an $8 billion a year business so it's no wonder that following the blockbuster success of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, Hollywood began to mine the Christian market with hopes that the faithful would follow. And they have. In a movement that mixes spirituality with economics, studios are embracing a future of filmmaking that includes having a little faith in faith. Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets) Grace Hill Media President Jonathan Bock, Walden Media President Michael Flaherty (Chronicles of Narnia, Because of Winn-Dixie) and producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four) join us for a discussion moderated by PBS's Kim Lawton (Religion & Ethics Newsweekly).
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Perky blonde Lola is an aspiring dancer in New York, and she's so smitten by a hunky Egyptian that when he unexpectedly heads home, she follows him. In Cairo, she discovers an even bigger passion-for belly dancing-and vows to master the art. | Read More
An eccentric New Yorker played by Larry David abandons his upper-class life to lead a more bohemian existence. He meets a young girl from the South and her family, and no two people seem to get along in the entanglements that follow. This comedy also stars Ed Begley Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Conleth Hill, Michael McKean, and Evan Rachel Wood. | Read MoreComedy
A Greenwich Village public-school music teacher finds that he may be in over his head when he brings together more than 150 video-generation kids, their parents, and their teachers to compose, perform, and record an original piece of music about the environment. A great first documentary for precocious kids! Preceded by Sirah (18 min.). (Ages 8+) | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
When young Turkish-German woman Umay can no longer stand her husband's ill-treatment, she flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son into the arms of her family in Berlin. But love, affection, and loyalty soon become irrelevant as they struggle to reconcile Umay's willful self-determination with the social system that governs their lives. This passion piece on female flight from oppression builds its considerable dramatic intensity to a glowing payoff. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Based on the award-winning novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, this enchanting story stars Jerry Maguire ragamuffin Jonathan Lipnicki as a 12-year-old who, over the course of one unforgettable summer, finds out his mother is leaving home, meets Zachary Beaver (the "fattest boy in the world"), and learns all about tragedy, friendship, adventure, loyalty, and faith. | Read More
The 20-member band Septentrional has been making music for 62 years as Haiti's most celebrated big band. This inspirational documentary charts the history of Haiti from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to 2010's devastating earthquake—all set to the vibrant music of Haitian-Caribbean jazz fusion band Septentrional and punctuated with its members' personal memories. Featuring a wealth of live rehearsal and performance footage, When the Drum Is Beating is a poignant and high-energy story of resilience. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Part concert film and part sociological study, this doc (shot by Albert Maysles) travels between concert venues and cultures to give us an inside look at Romani (Gypsy) music. Dellal follows five top Romani bands during their tour of the U.S. before accompanying the musicians to their home countries, where she captures the joys and struggles of their domestic lives. In English, Spanish, Romani, and Hindi. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Frank Diaz (John Leguizamo) and his family have been living in a homeless shelter for months. But on Christmas Eve, they receive the best gift possible-the chance for an apartment. To get it, Frank needs a job, so he and his stepson go on the hunt for employment. This heartwarming tale shows the compassion of a family that comes together when all else feels lost.
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Increasingly, moviegoers are looking to documentary filmmakers for the kind of investigative journalism and behind-the-scenes reporting that were once the province of the network news programs. Join us for a discussion about where we get our news…now.
Panelists: Jessica Sanders (After Innocence), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Rory Kennedy (Pandemic), Charles Lewis (The Fund for Independence in Journalism) | Read More