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  • All Restrictions EndAll Restrictions End - Reflections on Islam and clothing, Iranian cinema, Persian painting and more characterize this thought-provoking artistic documentary.

  • Around India with a Movie Camera -

    Sandhya Suri skillfully weaves together archival footage—including hand colored sequences and a new score—to create a story about life across India from 1899 to 1947.

  • Art and Oligarchs - Newly-minted Russian art collectors have many reasons for investing in fine art, some more sleazy than others.

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  • Black Africa White Marble - A contemporary David-and-Goliath story that sheds a harsh light on the colonial past and troubled present of The Republic of Congo.

  • A Boatload of Wild IrishmenA Boatload of Wild Irishmen - The life and work of legendary director Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North"), the "father of documentary."

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  • Chantal Akerman Four Films - Four documentaries spanning two decades are included in this 5-disc box set, with a 16-page booklet and bonus film about the late filmmaker.

  • The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg - The entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg has played a role in the transformation of China's art world since the 1970s.

  • Class of Struggle - Workers at the Yema Watch Factory in Besancon depict their own labor struggles in this collective production initiated by Chris Marker.

  • Cul de SacCul de Sac - An allegory for a working class suburb in decline, this film investigates the story of Shawn Nelson, who stole a tank and went on a rampage through the residential streets of Clairemont, CA.

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  • Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World - Meet the Oscar-winner behind the ALIEN xenomorph and architect of nightmares.

  • Derrida's Elsewhere - An exploration of the life and ideas of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), arguably the most important philosopher of the 20th Century.

  • Donna Haraway - A playful and candid portrait of Donna Haraway, one of the most important living thinkers in the field of science and technology.

  • DustDust - DUST turns one of the most commonplace subjects imaginable into a vehicle for a new appreciation of how these tiny particles affect our bodies and our environment and can provide a fresh new perspective of the entire world.

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  • East Punk Memories - Punks who struggled with Hungary's communist regime discuss their experiences, music and mohawks.

  • Edward Said: The Last Interview - An extended discussion with Prof. Edward Said filmed less than a year before his death. The noted literary critic and Palestinian activist delivers his final testament about his life and work as a committed intellectual.

  • Electric Signs - Explores the effects of new screen-based advertising sign systems on urban environments and public space.

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  • The Film of HerThe Film of Her - A Library of Congress clerk tries to save early cinematic treasures in Bill Morrison's doc-fiction hybrid. Music by Henryk Gorecki & Bill Frisell.

  • Final Fitting - Showcases the changing cultural styles of Iran and its clerical elite through its portrait of one master tailor and his time-honored craft.

  • Food Design - A look inside the secret chambers where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow.

  • The Forgotten Space - Allan Sekula and Noel Burch investigate maritime trade, the global supply chain and 21st-century capitalism.

  • Foucault Against HimselfFoucault Against Himself - Captures the energy and fierce intellect of the philosopher and the key, sometimes contradictory, elements of his work.

  • From The East - Chantal Akerman retraces a journey from the end of summer to deepest winter, from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow. "One of the 10 Best Films of the 1990s."— J. Hoberman, Artforum

  • Futures Market - A visual essay on cultural memory, urban space, and real estate speculation.

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  • Golden Slumbers - An inventively directed history of the lost Cambodian cinema.

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  • HousemaidsHousemaids - Seven Brazilian teenagers film their housemaids, exposing issues of class, race, and gender in their families, and in their country.

  • "Housemaids" book - A book companion to the film "Housemaids" by Gabriel Mascaro

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  • In the Intense Now - A meditation on 1968 political uprisings in France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil.

  • Inside Out - Transsexuals in Iran. Intimate conversations with doctors, religious authorities, and transsexuals about the mind/body conflict, Islamic interpretations, and the impact of sex-change treatments on their lives.

  • IntervistaIntervista - Albanian artist Anri Sala's moving reflection on his mother's history, and his country's.

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  • Jamilia - The film, set in Kyrgyzstan, is a search for Jamilia, the title character in the novella by Chinghiz Aitmatov about a young woman who rebels against the rules of Kyrgyz society.

  • Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir - From 1967, for the first time on video or DVD, a portrait of two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century. They discuss their work, lives, and the role of intellectuals in modern society.

  • Judith Butler - An up-close and personal encounter with this influential theorist and author of the best-seller Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.

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  • The Last Angel of HistoryThe Last Angel of History - An engaging and searing examination of the hitherto unexplored relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and rapidly progressing computer technology. (from the Jan., 1998 Catalog Supplement)

  • The Last Happy Day - A portrait of a doctor who saw the worst of society and ran.

  • Last Summer Won't Happen - Shot in 1968, one year after the Summer of Love, this is a critical yet sympathetic examination of the anti-war movement in New York City.

  • Le Joli Mai - Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's legendary portrait of Paris and Parisians at the close of the Algerian war.

  • LeninlandLeninland - The world's largest museum devoted to Lenin offers a "true Soviet-era experience." But can it survive in the new Russia?

  • Level Five - In Chris Marker's futuristic reverie, game-developer Laura creates a video game based on the WWII Battle of Okinawa.

  • The Life and Times of Sara Baartman - Kidnapped from South Africa in 1810 and "exhibited" around Great Britain, Sara Baartman was treated as a scientific curiosity.

  • The Lion Hunters - Jean Rouch's self-reflexive depiction of lion hunting among the Songhay people of Niger, and the social structure that underlies it.

  • Lomax the SonghunterLomax the Songhunter - Alan Lomax (1915-2002) traveled the world with his recording equipment, capturing folk songs.

  • Lotman's World - The story of Yuri Lotman (1922-1993), little-known - except maybe in Estonia! - pioneer of semiotics.

  • The Loving Story - Oscar-shortlist selection, this is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.

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  • Madam Phung's Last Journey - Madam Phung and her transgender singers travel around Vietnam, sparking fascination and hostility from the local people.

  • Made Over in AmericaMade Over in America - In a culture where bodies seem customizable, how do we perceive body image, and how are desires for a better self influenced by reality television and the makeover industry?

  • Madrid - Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman's new film, an intimate and sentimental visit to the Spanish capital.

  • Major Leagues? - Profiles members of the Cuban National women's baseball team, who pursue their passion in a soceity filled with machismo and prejudice.

  • Man for a Day - Performance artist and drag king Diane Torr leads a workshop in which women develop male characters.

  • Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc GodardMarcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard - In Geneva, Switzerland, film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard meet for a surprisingly intimate and sometimes contentious dialogue.

  • Metal and Melancholy - Roving the city of Lima, Peru, Heddy Honigmann meets teachers, actors, professionals, civil servants and many others who have turned to taxi driving to earn enough to get by.

  • Mille Gilles - The thought and ideas of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and his impact on creative work and communities around the world.

  • The Miners' Hymns - The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Music by Johann Johannsson.

  • A Modest WorldA Modest World - A film about ordinary people who transform insignificant things into works of art.

  • Mondovino: The Series - This multi-generation, globe-trotting saga covers not only the entire gamut of wine making, but wine's place in a treacherously globalized and hyper-marketed world.

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  • Nefertiti's Daughters - Female street artists are on the front lines in the fight for freedom in Egypt today.

  • The Next Big Thing - The contemporary art world is changing dramatically. How are collectors, museum directors, dealers and artists responding to transformations in the market?

  • Northern LightNorthern Light - A beautiful and candid portrait of the American working class experience set against the backdrop of a town's snowmobile race.

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  • 108 (Cuchillo de Palo) - Paraguayan director Renate Costa Perdomo investigates a gay man's persecution and murder.

  • Our Daily Bread - A spectacular visual essay composed of epic tableaus, a haunting vision of our modern food industry, and the methods and technology utilized for mass production.

  • Our Newspaper - A couple starts their own newspaper in rural Russia... which lands them in danger.

  • OuterboroughOuterborough - A trolley traveling over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1899 helped create the footage underlying Bill Morrison's neo-travelogue. Music by Todd Reynolds.

  • The Owl's Legacy - Chris Marker takes thirteen words of Greek origin that cover an array of subjects in order to find the ancient Greece that accompanies our thoughts, inspires our writers, influences our politics and ideals of beauty.

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  • The Poets - The Poets follows two acclaimed West African poets, and lifelong friends, Syl Cheney-Coker and Niyi Osundare as they travel through their home countries of Sierra Leone and Nigeria to explore what has shaped their art.

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  • Raw Beauty - Explores the immense influence of artists deemed to have psychological illnesses on 20th-century art history.

  • The Road to KerbalaThe Road to Kerbala - Filmmaker Katia Jarjoura joins religious celebrants on the 100-kilometer walk from Baghdad to Kerbala, offering rare insights into the political and religious turmoil of U.S.-occupied Iraq.

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  • School of Babel - Welcome to a unique Parisian program for immigrant children from all over the world.

  • The Search - A film crew travels through Tibet, searching for actors for their adaptation of a classic Buddhist story.

  • The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger - A multi-faceted portrait of artist, philosopher, writer, storyteller and "radical humanist" John Berger.

  • Secret MuseumsSecret Museums - For millenia erotic art has been created, often by some of the world's best-known artists. But it is rarely on public display.

  • Sermons and Sacred Pictures - Profiles Reverend L.O. Taylor, a Baptist minister and inspired photographer / filmmaker who documented the fabric of black American life prior to the civil rights movement.

  • Sex, Lies and Tabloids! - The rise and fall of tabloid papers in the US and UK. Now, tabloids may be gone, but their spirit is everywhere.

  • Shi'ism - Across Iran, Lebanon and Iraq a cross-section of major contemporary Shiite figures discuss and debate the history, theology and values of this minority branch of Islam.

  • The Silence of Mark RothkoThe Silence of Mark Rothko - With his imposing canvasses, pure color and texture, Mark Rothko sought to express fundamental human emotions.

  • Six Films by Nikolaus Geyrhalter -

  • Sociology is a Martial Art - An introduction to the work of Influential sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, whose 40 books and countless articles represent a renovation and application of social science.

  • Sol LeWitt - Explores the artist's work and philosophy, using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world.

  • The Spectre of HopeThe Spectre of Hope - Critic and writer John Berger and photographer Sebastião Salgado lead this searing examination of imagery and images, the abyss, hope, and globalization.

  • Stolen Art - In 1978 in New York City, an unknown Czech artist by the name of Pavel Novak held an exhibit entitled Stolen Art...

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  • Ta'ang - The daily life of Ta'ang refugees, a Burmese ethnic minority who are caught between a civil war and the Chinese border.

  • Tango of Slaves - A Holocaust survivor's journey to Warsaw becomes the springboard for a meditative essay about history, memory, and their preservation in imagery.

  • TatsumiTatsumi - The life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi-a manga pioneer who elevated the genre to a new level of creative expression and adult realism.

  • Tehran Has No More Pomegranates - This musical comedy plays with fact and fiction to depict contemporary Iranian life.

  • Three Songs about Motherland - A film about collisions between the past, present, and future in three Russian cities today.

  • Torch Troupes - In this vivid portrait of China's musical heritage, Sichuan Opera performers strive to keep a centuries-old artform alive.

  • Travels in the CongoTravels in the Congo - In 1925, novice French filmmaker Marc Allégret headed to equatorial Africa, on a journey to film the people of the Congo region.

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  • Views on Vermeer - 10 contemporary artists and writers invite us to discover or re-discover the painter's work, and to appreciate it in new ways.

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  • Western Eyes - The search for beauty and self-acceptance of two women of Asian descent contemplating plastic surgery - they believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect how they are perceived by others.

  • Which Way Is East: Notebooks from Vietnam - When two American sisters travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history.

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  • Zone of SilenceZone of Silence - Five Cuban intellectuals discuss censorship as a historical, political and social phenomenon.

  • Zygosis - A radical and humorous electronic homage to John Heartfield, anti-Nazi German satirist who pioneered the photomontage.

More Films & DVDs for Cultural Studies & Critical Theory
  • Artful History - Artful History offers an insider's look at the world of art restoration and raises crucial questions about art, authenticity, and the tension between historical and commercial value.

  • Breasts - Twenty-two women, ages 6 to 84-years-old, discuss how breasts play a crucial role in the experiences of puberty, motherhood, sex, health, and aging. ** 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality **

  • The Case of the Grinning Cat - In his newest film, French cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium.

  • Chantal Akerman, From Here - A conversation with Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman about her films and her directorial philosophy.

  • China Concerto - An observational essay about public spectacles in contemporary China.

  • Cracks in the Mask - A Torres Strait Islander sets out on a voyage of discovery to the great museums of Europe where his cultural heritage now lies.

  • CultureJam - A film about the movement called Culture Jamming. Pranksters and subversive artists are causing a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare...

  • Disco and Atomic War - The Soviet regime in Estonia went head to head with J.R. Ewing and the heroes of Western television...and lost.

  • Drawing Conclusions - Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonists comment on portrayals of Hillary Rodham Clinton, why there are so few women in the editorial cartooning profession, and what that might mean both for the profession and for the reading public.

  • The Dreamers of Arnhem Land - The two Aboriginal elders who set out to save their community from cultural extinction by combining traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific expertise.

  • El Dia Que Me Quieras - A haunting meditation on the last picture taken of Che Guevara, as he lay dead on a table surrounded by his captors.

  • Facebook's "Adorno Changed My Life" - In the hyper-connected isolation of social networks names become tags, words are links, and interfaces are never innocent.

  • Forging Identity - The remarkable' life of Adolfo Kaminsky, master forger. He helped thousands of Jews escape Nazi persecution, and after the war many 'underground' movements.

  • Hats of Jerusalem - Jerusalem can rightfully be called the hat capital of the world, and this colorful and personal trip takes us along the diverse headdresses of the three religions populating the city.

  • How Happy Can You Be? - What is happiness? And how do we get more of it? Visiting leading figures in positive psychology and observing clinical experiments, this is a light-hearted but serious investigation.

  • I For India - A chronicle of immigration, from the Sixties to the present day, as seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their 40 years worth of Super 8mm home movies.

  • The Internationale - Draws on people's stories of an emotionally charged radical song (the long-time anthem of socialism and communism) to celebrate the relationship between music and social change.

  • Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute - Shohei Imamura profiles a former Karayuki-San who offers frank testimony into her horrific sexual slavery experiences.

  • Keeping It Real - A philosophical but often comic investigation of the desire for truly "authentic" experiences, and how the new "experience economy" packages and sells them.

  • Knock Off - Juxtaposes the deified position logos occupy in our consumer-culture, with the lives of sweatshop workers who cannot afford the items they create.

  • Kumar Talkies - In Kalpi, a small city in northern India, Kumar Talkies is the only movie theater in town. This film juxtaposes life in the village, with the world of rebellion and romance on the silver screen.

  • Login 2 Life - Profiles seven people who spend most of their lives in online virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.

  • Operation Filmmaker - When Hollywood gives a young Iraqi film student the opportunity of a lifetime, nothing goes according to plan, and the result is an engaging, sometimes comical political parable about do-gooder intentions gone wrong.

  • Photo Souvenir - Philippe Koudjina was once a renowned portrait photographer in Niger, but now, due to injury and illness, he barely ekes out an existence, while his contemporaries Sidibe and Keita have gone on to international success.

  • Private Dicks - Rarely do we hear men talking honestly about their penises - until now. Surveying men from all walks of life, this film explores the naked truth about how men feel about their penises.

  • Seeing is Believing - From Rodney King to Osama bin Laden, handicams aren't just for weddings and vacations anymore!

  • Shadi - Moved by the economic hardships of the Iranian theater troupe the "Joy Makers" world-renowned French stage director, Ariane Mnouchkine invites them to perform in Paris.

  • Siah Bâzi: The Joy Makers - A look at how folkloric entertainment is challenged by modern political and economic changes in Tehran.

  • States of Unbelonging - The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed near the West Bank.

  • The Sugar Curtain - An intimate portrait by Camila Guzmán Urzúa about growing up in Cuba during the "golden years" of the Cuban Revolution.

  • Teeth - An amusing but informative look at the psychological, social and economic issues surrounding the modern American obsession with straight, white teeth.

  • Under Construction - In Santiago, Chile, a neighbor lives through the demolition of the house next door and the construction of a large building in the same place, over a two-year period.

  • The Virgin, the Copts and Me - A filmmaker's revealing, personal exploration of Egypt's Copt community.

  • Where Are You Taking Me? - Multifaceted portraits of Ugandans in both public and private spaces. An observational and contemplative documentary.

  • White City, Black Lives - Five residents of White City, a neighborhood in Soweto, were trained how to use small Hi8 cameras, so that they could tell the story of their own lives, in their own way, to represent themselves to their fellow citizens, and the world.

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