For centuries, traditional music has unified Mali’s society. Yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced sharia law, prohibited dance and secular music and destroyed instruments. MALI BLUES tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence, and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country.
Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bears the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era.
Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.
Snow Monkey is an epic portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, where art activist Gittoes recruited gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films: vibrant, colorful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis.
The fearless Colombian philosopher-politician-teacher Antanas Mockus and his followers struggle for peace in a country with the longest running internal conflict in the world. This is a story about 4 years and a life time that changed a country. And how learning to lose patiently might make you win.
Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: whether to protest in defense of their Russian comrades or compete in silence.
The film tells the terrible narrative of the last 138 days, the last awful final months, with dramatic new testimony and evidence, of the 26-year-long Sri Lankan civil war, told by the people who lived through it
Approximately twenty thousand Russian houses, businesses, factories and private land have all been victims of hostile seizures annually, not by individuals, but by an organized corporation. This “enterprise” comprises criminal bosses, well-known politicians, oligarchs, police officers, judges and prosecutors – the “Raiders”
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick F.B.I. file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted in 75 years of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.
The film traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and the efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.
Ukraine's topless feminist sensation, Femen, is outraged by the world's image of Ukrainian women as either brides for sale or commodities of sex tourism. They bare their breasts in protest to disrupt this perception and agitate against these brutal patriarchal forces.