Democracy is in crisis. A new generation of elected leaders is dismantling freedom and democracy, as we know it.
Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behavior, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death. We are all connected to any person, animal and insect that may have an infectious disease incubating in them. And that connection is either incredibly dangerous or a powerful force for good. It is our choice which of those becomes true.
All blind from birth, Denis, Peggy and their daughter Lauviah, are haunted by the tragic death of Hassan, the family’s second child, painfully seek redemption. Convinced that their son will soon be back by their sides, this tenacious family of three seek to transcend their suffering in order to attain peace.
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.
A Gonzo-style exploration which goes beyond everything you've ever learnt about the dangers of the Darknet. Hackers, cypherpunks and cryptoanarchists guide us ever deeper down this rabbit hole, uncovering the hidden light at the bottom of the deep dark web.
In Death by a Thousand Cuts, the murder investigation of a Dominican park ranger by a Haitian charcoal producer reveals the complex, growing conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the battle for natural resources.
“Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage.
Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.
Two women, their voices echoing over the landscape and highways of Mexico from North to South, as they tell how official corruption and injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives, desires and dreams. An emotional and evocative journey, steeped not only in loss and pain, but also in love, dignity and resistance.
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.
After decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. He begins keeping a diary on audio-cassette. On these tapes John maps his journey through a world without faces; a world without day and night or the seasons; a shadowland that threatens to engulf not only precious memories of his wife and children but the life they share.
It begins with a single, microscopic embryo. Add three dedicated researchers at ViaCyte, a biotech start-up in San Diego, and a bold and innovative idea.
In August 2011 29 year old Mark Duggan was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in Tottenham. This incident ignited a riot that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest in recent British history.
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 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.
Ryan Green’s four-year-old son Joel has terminal cancer. Ryan, an indie video game developer, is building an unusually poetic video game to document his experiences raising a dying child, and to honor Joel while he is still alive. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING follows the creation and growing success of Ryan’s game, as he continues to care for his son.
Twelve-year-old Mussa won't speak and no one knows why. He is an African refugee living in Tel Aviv, and for the past five years he's been bussed from his troubled neighborhood to an upscale private school. Moussa's Israeli classmates are his best friends, but he chooses to communicate with them only through gestures. Despite the bond he shares with his friends and teacher, Mussa is alone; his parents struggle to make ends meet and are seldom home, leaving Mussa with his voiceless thoughts and a real fear of being deported back to Ethiopia.
Psychologist Frank Nervik exposes the grim truth about the Nordic fur industry. Posing as a new fur farmer, his hidden camera captures riveting footage of his training and day-to-day work, culminating in him being forced to experience the process all the way to the painful end.
For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment
Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. The subject is monsoon, the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants.
National Diploma follows a group of young Congolese high school students who are about to sit the exam for their National Diploma, the "Final Exams", in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
Yoel Krause is an anti-Zionist who has been collecting pashkavils for 20 years and has over 20,000 in his possession. Israel Kletzkin is different: charismatic, talented, a joker and savvy businessman, who put in a bid and became the official pashkavil paster of the city of Jerusalem. Both men are believers who will not compromise their respective ways of life.
Social acceptance in modern Israel depends largely on one's military service. Troubled youth—particularly those convicted of misdemeanor crimes—are not drafted into the army; thus preventing them from overcoming the past and integrating into mainstream society.
Women Behind the Camera reveals the courageous lives of pioneer camerawomen from Hollywood to Bollywood, from war zones to children's laughter, in a way that has never been seen before.
In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making beautiful music- a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats, and turns out thousands of fans each time it plays. This film offers a deeper understanding into the survival of Haitian culture and Septentrional through the country's turbulent history.
Today in America over 300,000 veterans are homeless. Nearly half of them served in Vietnam. In 2002 filmmaker Dan Lohaus set off across the US to document the lives of homeless Vietnam veterans and listen to their stories.
Hollman Morris is an internationally acclaimed journalist who, in his weekly television show, Contravia, boldly confronts the violence that ravages his homeland of Columbia.
The story of Nicolai begins in a tiny, remote village in the Romanian region of Moldavia. With the collapse of communism, Nicolai - like many thousands of other villagers - suddenly found himself out of work, so he decided to seek his fortune overseas, far from his family and home. As his story unfolds, the film raises ethical questions about life in Israel and the kind of law that defines Israel's national identity.
Finally released after years in prison, a sixty-year-old man must come to grips with the fact that his family has abandoned him. Forced to face his freedom alone, he discovers one day that he has a daughter. She is his one chance to make up for his past and achieve his final redemption.
Summer vacation is over and 26 kids arrive to school fearful of their notoriously strict new teacher, Irena. Russian born Irena immigrated to Israel with her son and husband who died shortly after. She faces the challenge of teaching the third grade in one of the most difficult neighborhoods in Jerusalem where poverty, violence and unemployment are widespread
Racing Hearts follows four unlikely teams on their epic journey to conquer the world's largest relay race Hood to Coast. A celebration of personal determination and the power of family and friends, Racing Hearts proves that you're never too old or too young to attempt the extraordinary.
About 150 medical patients a day seek an unbiased second opinion from an unusual rabbi, self-educated in medicine. He can change the way the patients are treated with a single phone call, often to world-renowned experts in their fields. Admired by some doctors and harshly criticized by others, he remains a fascinating phenomenon in the tangled web of modern medicine.
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
When Danielle fled her husband to Israel she was forced to leave her young son behind in Morocco. Nine years later, she returns to the land of her birth in order to win back custody over the boy. As she confronts her abusive ex-husband's family and her own family divided by the Jewish and Islamic religions, she is caught in a whirlwind of Israeli and Moroccan bureaucracy.
In South Africa, 15-year-old Nikiwe has to take care of her brothers. They live alone in their father's house. Both parents have died, supposedly from AIDS. The children do not even have an ID or birth certificate. Without it, they are not eligible to get government support. They are left to the mercy of their neighbors.
P. Sainath, the Rural Affairs Editor of the Hindu newspaper, has taken upon himself the mission to reveal the severe agrarian crisis India is experiencing, a crisis that is generally ignored in both the local and international media. In the past 10 years over 200,000 farmers committed suicide, many by drinking pesticide, as result of economic hardship following the effects of globalization on Indian agriculture
Since the days of Prophet Mohammed, Muslim faithful around the world have heeded the muezzin's call to prayer five times a day. Today, with "Idol" type shows topping world charts, Turkey's mosques have joined the trend. In cities and hamlets across the country, muezzins compete regionally for a chance to make it to the national finals in Ankara
Miss Gulag follows three women: Yulia, Tatiana and Natasha as they prepare to compete in a beauty pageant. Only these women are not the prototypical pageant contestants. They are the inmates of a Siberian prison and the venue is the prison grounds.
For over a century Carnegie Hall rented work-live studio spaces atop the famous music hall to artistic tenants such as Marlon Brando, Paddy Chayefsky, and Isadora Duncan. As a tenant with unlimited access into this little known world, I began to videotape the lives of my neighbors whose lives intersected with decades of artistic history. But the project took an abrupt turn when The Carnegie Hall Corporation terminated all our leases
Nadav is a charismatic twelve-year-old with a heightened sense of social and political awareness, a natural born leader. After a long summer of terrorist bombings in Jerusalem, including one that he actually witnessed, he decides to do something about the situation and announces the formation of a new movement, "Peace for the Future," consisting entirely of children
In 2010, when Spain was crowned the champion at the World Cup in South Africa, the national team of Spain, La Roja, was made up of bitter rival players from the Barcelona and Madrid teams. Yet despite this, La Roja is being held as a symbol of a united Spain and of a Utopian national identity. The film uses this complicated new combination of ethnicities and loyalties as a metaphor to explore Spain's hopes for a new future.
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.
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day.
About a hundred adolescents immigrate to Israel all alone from the former USSR. Within 9 months, in a reckless atmosphere, they are supposed to transform from "Russians" to "Israelis". This film follows their changing lives, and sees them in moments of joy and sorrow, camaraderie and loneliness, hope and disillusion.
May 29, 1985 - 39 fans died in the Brussels' Heyzel Stadium before the UEFA CUP FINAL between Juventus and Liverpool began. It seems obvious that the match would be cancelled. The UEFA representatives insisted that the match be played; the Juventus management had a different plan.
How does a single heterosexual woman, who's tired of waiting for Mr. Right, do what she desires most and give birth to a child? This dilemma challenged Dafna, until she met Itamar and Kai
Neel, 50-years old and mother of three, has been diagnosed with cancer. After three years of aggressive treatment, her oncologist has predicted she will have one year to live
What is anti-Semitism today, two generation after the Holocaust? Director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the "oldest hatred" and comes up with some startling answers.
In the north western corner of Namibia near the Angolan boarder, one of the most godforsaken desolate regions of Africa, lives a Himba tribe. They are one of the last tribes trying to maintain a traditional way of life. Winds of change, progress and modernism coupled with the real menace of AIDS threaten to annihilate the ways of the Himba
This film looks at an ambitious initiative to re-open a previously abandoned cinema in the West Bank city of Jenin. It presents an intimate, nuanced and textured view on the city and its domestic affairs
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
Various characters meet in a Hebrew language Ulpan where their personal stories meld with the complexities of Israeli reality. The immense effort of learning a new language is revealed through their encounter with a strange culture and an unfamiliar environment
Follow the life of a group of young Palestinian outlaws, construction workers in Modiin, telling a story that takes us into an absurd reality. A daily routine of police raids and fear of the separation wall slowly closing in on them cannot take away from their youthful playfulness as they are pushed from childhood to manhood.
The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories of the West Bank.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.