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.
Mogadishu Soldier offer an unsentimental and truly unique view into the fight against the jihadist militants in Al-Shabaab. Two soldiers have been given a camera by the film’s director, and commence to deliver a steady flow of extraordinary material.
Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.
An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.
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.
The dream of marrying rich can turn into a horrible nightmare, as some oligarchs’ wives have found out. Director Alexander Gentelev (“Oligarchs”, “Thieves by Law”, “Putin’s Games”) once again achieves amazing access to a hidden Russian world as he meets women before, during, and after their time as a trophy spouse.
The film explores how Michail Khodorkovsky struggles with his new freedom, after 10 prison years. Will the ex-Oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky rise again - prevent a war, dethrone Putin - and help change Russia for the better?
Invasión, an eye-opening documentary about the U.S. military siege of Panama that ousted dictator Manuel Noriega 25 years ago while wreaking untold collateral damage. By turns sardonic and harrowing, Invasión sets out to shatter the willful amnesia of a country all too eager to bury its troubled past.
War of Lies is the story of an Iraqi refugee, whose information about portable weapons of mass destruction passed through the hands of the BND, MI6 and CIA. This information was ultimately used by the US government to legitimize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today we know the war was based on a lie.
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
Marking Lebanon in August of 2006 as both the starting and ending point, this film takes us through the bloody terrain of the Middle East over the past six years.
Burmese activist Ka Hsaw Wa lives as a fugitive outlaw. His American wife initiated a lawsuit in a US court against Unocal, an oil company. In the case 15 villagers sued the company for human-rights abuses, accusing it of collaborating with the Myanmar military to build a pipeline using forced labor. The film reveals the crisis in Myanmar and demonstrates how international companies cooperate with tyrant governments for financial profit.
Few judges anywhere have confronted the challenges faced by Aharon Barak, the former Chief Justice of Israel's Supreme Court and on camera for the very first time. A survivor of the Holocaust, he knows firsthand the dangers posed by intolerance and xenophobia, and spent his career negotiating a delicate balance between Israel as a Jewish state and Israel as a democracy.
In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane was assassinated in New York. The police raided the killer's apartment finding evidence suggesting that the assassin may have been at the heart of a terrorist cell, but the case was wrapped up and the confiscated evidence was never translated. Investigation of the 1993 World Trade Center attack in New York found a link to the Kahane assisnation, making it difficult not to wonder if a more serious investigation of the Kahane case in 1990 would have stopped Al Quaeda in its tracks.
Beginning with the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, this two-hour documentary traces the ongoing peace process through years of negotiations and never before-seen footage of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and interviews with key figures on both sides of the bargaining table, giving viewers unprecedented access to the decision making process on which the fate of millions depends.
After Raida Abu-Mustafa is told she may have to bury her newborn child next to her two daughters, who died from a genetic disease in Gaza, Dr. Raz Somech, a young pediatrician at Tel Hashomer Medical Center, joins the fight to save the baby's life
In June 2002, a bus on its way from Tel Aviv to Tiberius was bombed. Seventeen people were killed, 16 were identified. No. 17 wasn't.
The Israeli blockade on Gaza is tightly monitored: essential necessities allowed, luxuries denied. At their weekly meeting at the Defense Ministry the Israeli bureaucrats move on to the next item on their agenda: hair conditioner. Palestinians may have a right to clean hair, but they don't have a right to smooth and silky hair
Once described by Mahatma Gandhi as "a pillar of light in a subcontinent lost in darkness," Kashmir has become a land of terror and despair; suffering under the strain of constant violence and human rights violations. This film tells the story of a new generation of young Muslim Kashmiris who, after years of armed resistance, decided to lay down their arms and start a nonviolent resistance movement in the hope of finally achieving peace and independence.
The life of young Rajai, a Palestinian taxi-van driver who struggles on a daily basis to get passed roadblocks and barriers, over detours and shortcuts from East Jerusalem to Ramallah and back again transporting passengers for three shekels a trip. His point of view on the Intifadah, the occupation, suicide attacks and life in general is mirrored by that of his passengers, ordinary people but also by politicians and other prominent Palestinians.
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely Palestinian community organizer, unites all Palestinian political factions and Israelis. Together, they wage a lengthy lunch-counter-sit-in-style unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier
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
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
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.
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
An investigative documentary revealing how the Israeli military occupation in Palestine has become a business rather than a burden.
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.
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.
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.
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.