Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story
The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories of the West Bank.
The Russian city of Sochi on "Russia’s Riviera" is a traditional summer resort for Russia's rich and beautiful. It was also chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics by the International Olympics Committee (the IOC). It was a bizarre choice. When the IOC made its decision, there was not one single venue fit for Olympic purposes of any kind in Sochi
Hamas' takeover of Gaza turned it into one of the most controversial organizations in the world today. While the most prominent members of the group are men, most of its field work is carried out by cadres of women supporters, the most powerful women in the Palestinian territories.
From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, the film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war, and their disorientation and dislocation, their struggle to fit back into their daily routines and the effect their re-entry has had on their families and community.
Made famous by the feature film "Eastern Promises", former heads of Russia’s criminal underworld, the "vori v zakone" ("Thieves by Law") share their story for the first time with the world. The thugs, who transformed into reputable businessmen, reveal in the most intimate detail how they came to influence Russia's economy as it emerged from decades of Soviet rule, and how they used their vast wealth to build up a political base in a land that once treated them as common criminals
In 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership
When filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton adopts a baby girl from China, she realizes her daughter’s future journey will be a challenge. What issues of cultural identity will she face? What questions will she ask?
Around 49 million Americans struggle with the problem of not knowing where their next meal is going to come from. The stories of three people from Colorado, Pennsylvania and Mississippi shed light on the underlying causes of this huge problem. Rosie is so hungry that she can’t concentrate on schoolwork.
Robi Damelin, an Israeli of South African origin, lost her soldier son in the occupied territories. Robi tries to reconcile with her son’s Palestinian killer, however he refused, stating that her son was part of the occupation army. Now Robi travels to South Africa, 15 years after the end of Apartheid to seek answers from the South African model of the Truth and Reconciliation Committees
At 4, Maori boy, Ngaa Rauuira, learnt English, at 12 he began his first university degree, at 14 he googled international polities and came up with Yale University and at 16, he went.
Inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history
This enthralling documentary follows the life and work of the two comedy geniuses, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - the world’s most beloved comedy duo. Laurel & Hardy started way back in the days of the silent film, but their humour and talent still bring joy and laughter to peoples’ hearts even today
On 23rd February 2002 Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped in Colombia by Marxist guerrillas of the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). She was held captive in the jungle for some six and a half years. On July 2nd 2008 Ingrid was freed along with 14 fellow hostages in the most daring of military rescues without a single shot being fired.
Their family names alone evoke horror: Himmler, Frank, Goering, von Ribbentrop. Hitler’s Children is a film about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history.
When an American white-boy with Alabama roots becomes a Spanish Flamenco guitarist in Andalucian boots, what happens along the way and behind the scenes?
ASL (American Sign Language) Poetry is a performance art form utilizing body language, rhythm and movement to create a three dimensional pictorial equivalent to oral poetry. The film follows a group of Deaf teens introduced to ASL Poetry. Aneta, a member of the group, goes one step further, boldly entering the spoken word slam scene, a highly verbal arena
Inspired by characters from "Alice in Wonderland" "Waiting for Godot" and "Antigone", young Palestinian actresses deal with the military occupation and gender oppression, violence and grief on stage and in life
Based on his autobiographical book A Tale of Love and Darkness, this documentary tells the story of Israeli author Amos Oz, the society in which he lives and the connections between them. It follows the biographical, literary, political and philosophical aspects of Oz's personality.
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
Miles & War takes an up-close look at three international private peace mediators. When traditional diplomacy fails, these professionally trained people are sent to conflict zones to mediate between two opposing parties to broker a mutual understanding.
During an escalating refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, televangelist, multi-millionaire and leader of the religious right, Pat Robertson ran a media blitz on his television station, the Christian Broadcasting Network, to raise money for his charity Operation Blessing International. However, Robertson was simultaneously involved with a very different sort of mission in the area: diamond mining
Rio de Janeiro has engaged in an ambitious operation, aimed at freeing its favelas (slum neighborhoods) from the control of gangs and drug traffickers, to allow police to regain control and security in time for the upcoming 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. However, security is not the only rationale and driving-force behind the program: the dramatic makeover, launched in 2008, is banded together with economic interests and international exposure
An investigative documentary revealing how the Israeli military occupation in Palestine has become a business rather than a burden.
Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, HOMEGOINGS takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration
Former New York City's Mayor, Ed Koch, is the quintessential New Yorker; ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.
Informant takes a spell-binding look at Brandon Darby, a radical activist who dramatically switched allegiances. More than just a psychological study, the film takes us into a politically charged world of deception, betrayal and violence.
Beautifully crafted with intimate access, Beyond Wriezen is a mesmerizing look into the patterns that binds us as a society. The film follows three young offenders from the day they are released from Wriezen prison in Eastern Germany, for a period of three years
What is a true hero? What compels one to maintain their integrity and go against the grain to fight for what is just? The film is an insightful journey into understanding what makes a person choose “good” over “evil”. Against all odds, some people will always fight for what is just.
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.
For the first time ever, six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service agency, agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions
In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.
Linor Abargil was held captive, stabbed, and raped just before winning the Miss World crown. Ten years later, convinced she is healed, Linor decides to confront her past and reach out to other survivors.
Follow one extraordinary man's quixotic and recklessly brave adventure in search of hidden treasure, in a belated rite of passage to rediscover the meaning of his life.
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.
Ne Me Quitte Pas is a tragicomic ode to failure. Set in the Belgian countryside, Bob (Flemish) and Marcel (Walloon) share their solitude, sense of humor and craving for alcohol. It is a story about mortality in a place where time seems to stand still.
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.
Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's "The 50 Year Argument" rides the waves of literary, political and cultural history as charted by its subject: the influential publication The New York Review of Books, America’s leading journal of ideas for over fifty years.
Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on Liberation.
Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos and diaries that were found in the Himmler family house in 1945, the "The Decent One" exposes a unique and at times uncomfortable access to the life and mind of the merciless "Architect of the Final Solution"
A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.
Three National Security whistleblowers fight to reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror, challenging a government that is increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.
"If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" This 3D 6-part film project by 6 acclaimed filmmakers allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a man-made structure.