Titles tagged "cultural studies"
After Happily Ever After
After Happily Ever After is Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Kate Schermerhorn’s quirky, funny and moving personal quest for the secret to a happy marriage and for answers to some timely questions about an institution that might just be due for some review. Why do 90% of Americans marry when half of those marriages will end in divorce? What better alternatives, if any, exist?
Connected by Coffee
Connected By Coffee tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from Mexico to Nicaragua, the film shows how equitable trading relationships are helping empower communities and take a step towards social justice.
The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle
The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle documents the impact an environmental decision had upon a farming community when their water supply was shut off. An environmental decision, intended to protect an endangered fish species, had unintended consequences upon the community who needed it to farm, have jobs and be able to provide for their families.
Glacial Balance is a journey along the spine of the Andes mountain range, from Colombia to Argentina, getting to know the individuals and lives of those who are first affected by the dwindling tropical glacier reserve, the canaries in the mine. Along the way, scientists give us a perspective on what is happening in the natural world and what we can expect. From
that, we learn of the chain reaction effect that these disappearing glaciers are having on us and the rest of the world.
Loving A Stranger
Four North American women take a chance on love… falling for younger Muslim men from Morocco, Pakistan and Guinea. What follows are years of longing, affection, heartbreak and betrayal. Two cultures clash leaving the women question themselves and the honesty of their partners’ motives.
REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen.
To Be a Miss
Blessed with breathtaking landscapes and abundant natural resources, the South American country of Venezuela has also become renowned in recent years as the home to uniquely beautiful women celebrated in international beauty pageants. Indeed, Venezuela has claimed title to more global beauty competitions than any other nation in the world, successfully taking 6 Miss Universe, 6 Miss World, and 5 Miss International crowns.
Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Showcasing the diversity of Arabs living in the United States, American Arab sparks a frank conversation about
identity and perception, and argues for giving people "the space to be complicated."
Culture in Decline
Culture in Decline is a satirical yet serious expression that challenges various modern cultural
phenomena which most of society seem to take for granted. Designed as a crude, “public access” TV style parody, each documentary episode takes on a different theme in the interest to guide the average viewer toward a different perspective on this odd circus we call life.
Fish: The Surfboard Documentary
A look at the origin and impact of the fish surfboard design and how it would influence mainstream surf culture 30 years later.
The Great American Wheat Harvest
The Great American Wheat Harvest is a documentary film that tells the story of hard-working American Families who spend each summer traveling from Texas to the Canadian border and beyond, harvesting thousands of acres of wheat. They take risks most of us wouldn't dream of taking so that all of us have an abundance of food on our tables.
Made in China
At a time when the world's eyes are focused on China, Made in China uncovers a rare glimpse of America's connection to Chinese culture. This critically-acclaimed documentary follows the filmmaker on an international journey to uncover his white American father’s remarkable childhood in pre-Mao China. Through stunning home movies, photographs and interviews, Made in China reveals an untold story of Americans whose cultural “double-vision” shaped their lives.
Slaughter Nick for President
When an out-of-work actor discovers through Facebook that he’s been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover why. SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT examines how Rob Stewart became a symbol of freedom for non-violent Serbian protests through his role as Nick Slaughter on CBS’s Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets).
High Noon, Gunsmoke -- Westerns, where bad guys threatened but never prevailed. Troublesome Creek, a Midwestern, is the Oscar-nominated story of the Jordan family's gamble to save their Iowa farm. From fighting the Crooked Creek Gang in 1867 to fighting off the bank today, a Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning cliffhanger about history, humor and the settling and unsettling of America.
The Yes Men Are Revolting
For 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue about the issues of the day. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World), they’re well into their 40s, and mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge yet: climate change.
The Anatomy of Hate
The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope reveals the shared narratives found in hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. With unprecedented access to the White Supremacist movement, Christian Fundamentalism, Muslim Extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli Settlers, and US Forces in Iraq the film juxtaposes this footage with interview from leading social scientists and intersperses stories told by former "combatants".
From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country's advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-oldHirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband.
Free China: The Courage to Believe
The award winning “Free China: The Courage To Believe” tells the story of a mother and former Communist Party member, Jennifer Zeng, who along with more than 70 Million Chinese were practicing a belief that combined Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese Government outlawed it. The Internet police intercepted an email and Jennifer was imprisoned for her faith.
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina's Hawai'i. KUMU HINA tells the inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher, or kumu, who brings to life Hawai‘i's traditional embrace of mahu - those who embody both male and female spirit.
My Own Man
David is about to become a father and he's terrified. How can he bring his son into manhood if he feels like he hasn’t arrived himself? He tries various methods of tapping into his masculinity, but all roads lead back to the complicated relationship with his own father. My Own Man is a funny and original look into the timeless tug of war between fathers and sons, and a moving story about the transformative power of forgiveness.
Tibet: Beyond Fear
With an opening by Richard Gere, this award winning television documentary has been translated into 12 languages and broadcast on television worldwide. Tibet: Beyond Fear highlights the remarkable courage of Ngawang, a Buddhist nun and Bagdro, a Buddhist monk who at 13 and 20 years old, led freedom demonstrations against Chinese repression in Tibet. Following a brutal military crackdown, they’re arrested and endure horrific torture until a global movement culminates in their release.
In Los Angeles, advertising executive Jason (Brian Tee) suddenly finds himself abandoned at the altar by his beautiful fiancée. His family is sent into a panic and there is good reason – there is an ancient family curse that mandates if he isn't married by age 30, which is only months away, he'll surely die. With a Shaman's (Margaret Cho) blessing and his best friend (Bobby Lee) advising him to find a bride in Korea, Jason travels to Seoul, Korea on a business trip where he meets Na Young (Kang Hye-jung), the girl of his dreams.