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  • Almayer's FollyAlmayer's Folly - Narrative film adaptation by Chantal Akerman of Joseph Conrad's first novel, following a European man living in Southeast Asia and his half-indigenous daughter.

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  • Bestseller - Why do some books become bestsellers? This documentary examines the phenomenon in today's global publishing industry.

  • Bones of Contention - Explores the theme of historical memory in post-Franco Spain, focusing on the unknown story of LGBT repression under Franquismo.

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

  • Duncan Campbell Scott: The Poet and the IndiansDuncan Campbell Scott: The Poet and the Indians - The story of the prominent early Canadian literary figure - who was also a civil servant responsible for a brutal Native assimilation program.

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  • 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.

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  • First Kill - Compellingly brings out the contradictory feelings that war evokes - fear and anger, but also seduction, fascination and excitement. With Michael Herr (Apocalypse Now, Dispatches).

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  • Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - The story of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Nobel Prize winner.

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  • In Motion: Amiri BarakaIn Motion: Amiri Baraka - Biographical profile of the out-spoken African-American writer.

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  • Jack Kerouac - A charming program from over 40 years ago: Jack Kerouac talks about his childhood, writing On the Road and the origin of the word "beat."

  • 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 Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower - An in-depth documentary on the charismatic and controversial sociologist, professor and best-selling author Jean Ziegler and his belief in socialism.

  • Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de BeauvoirJean-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 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.

  • Latest News from the CosmosLatest News from the Cosmos - It wasn't until Helene was 20 years old that her parents discovered that their autistic daughter was able to not only communicate, but to write deeply complex, philosophical and poetic work.

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

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  • Naguib Mahfouz - A portrait of Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz, the first and still only Arab winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • The Nine Muses - John Akomfrah's remarkable meditation about chance, fate and redemption.

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  • O Amor NaturalO Amor Natural - A celebration of Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade's sensual vision. The first of four great documentaries by Heddy Honigmann that we will release on DVD over the coming year.

  • Out of Place - Traces the life and work of Edward Said (1935-2003), the Palestinian-born intellectual who wrote widely on history, literature, music, philosophy and politics.

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  • The Perfumed Garden - An exploration of the myths and realities of sensuality and sexuality in Arab society.

  • 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.

  • ProteusProteus - Animated exploration of the 19th century's fascination with the undersea world, and portrait of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the sea depths an ecstatic fusion of science and art.

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  • Roque Dalton - It was once illegal to read books by Roque Dalton, one of El Salvador's most celebrated poets, in his own country.

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

  • Simone de Beauvoir - Two interviews filmed 15 years apart illuminating the role, personality and ideas of the novelist, philosopher and political activist.

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  • 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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  • The Writers of Today - A series of dialogues with five of the foremost writers of the twentieth century.

More Films & DVDs on Literature
  • Bruly Bouabré's Alphabet - In the 1950's, Ivory Coast artist Bruly Bouabré created hundreds of pictograms based on one-syllable words in his language, Bété.

  • Henry Miller - An intimate and revealing look at Henry Miller, and his life and work through this program from the archives that originally aired on television in Quebec in 1969.

  • The Invisible Frame - A filmic journey starring Tilda Swinton as she traces the former Berlin Wall via bicycle.

  • Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself - A personal portrait of the great French writer Marguerite Duras. Made with home moves, archives, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years.

  • Robinson Crusoe Island - A journey by Patricio Guzman to the real Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile, the setting for Daniel Defoe's famous book.

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