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AFRICAN LEADERS
$29.95

A pairing of two profiles of African leaders who defied colonialism. Using rare archival footage, director Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa accurately chronicles both the personal and public sides of an African icon in Amilcar Cabral (Cape Verde/Portugal, 52 mins.). The founder of the African Party for Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), Amilcar Cabral led the Liberation Movement against Portugal for those countries. Then for the documentary Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work (Algeria/France, 52 mins.), director Cheikh Djemai uncovered and interviewed scores of former associates of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist, philosopher and political leader. He became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism, and as the author of Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon documented the effects of colonialism and racism on the people of colonized countries. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles.

Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa/Cheikh Djemai---Cape Verde/Protugal/Algeria/France---2001---104 mins.
AFTER THE REVOLUTION
$19.95

In this highly experimental interpretation of life in post-communist Hungary, a writer lives a meager existence with his cat as he struggles to complete a novel. The kitty has a peculiar relationship with his master's "talents," because the film's point of view is that of the cat. The world is understood through the eyes and brain of the feline, which is illustrated via clips from old Soviet propaganda films, point-of-view "cat cam" footage, and crude visual effects. Every night he makes a summary of the experiences of his cat during the past day, and that material is the basis for the novel. Directed by innovative Hungarian filmmaker Andras Szirtes, After the Revolution (Forradalom Utan is a raw-looking experimental film produced in the aftermath of the end of communism. In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Andras Szirtes---Hungary---1990---82 mins.
AGE OF CZESLAW MILOSZ, THE
$29.95

This handsome documentary commemorates the 100th birthday of Czeslaw Milosz, the Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Lithuanian poet who spanned his century. Famous cultural figures, friends, and family retrace the life and work of this extraordinary thinker, joined by Milosz’s own words and a wealth of archival material. Born in a cross-border region of Lithuania in 1911, Milosz grew up a polyglot, fluent in Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, English, and French. After studying law, Milosz travelled to Paris, where he published poems, fiction, and essays. This led him to Warsaw, where he spent World War II working for underground presses. Surviving Nazi rule, he went on to serve as a cultural attache of Poland in Paris. In 1951, he defected to the West and wrote his most famous prose work, The Captive Mind. By 1960, Milosz had emigrated to the U.S. to teach at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout, he continued to publish poetry that spoke in clear words to the human condition during times of tumult. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, Milosz returned to Poland, where he passed away in 2004 at the age of 93. More than a well-researched biography, The Age of Czeslaw Milosz is a lyrical reflection on a life spent in exile yet filled with humor, passion, and big ideas that often went against the spirit of the age. In Lithuanian with English subtitles.

Juozas Javaitis---Lithuania---2012---185 mins.
AS GOES JANESVILLE
$29.95

As Goes Janesville reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland. When bankrupt General Motors shut down their century-old plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 2008, thousands of workers lost their jobs. Meanwhile, local business leaders seized the moment to woo new companies with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks. To that end, they formed a powerful alliance with newly-elected Republican governor Scott Walker, whose “divide and conquer” anti-union strategy would divide the state, trigger an historic recall election, and thrust Wisconsin politics onto front pages nationwide. A cautionary tale for a polarized country, the film follows three years in the lives of laid off workers struggling to survive, business leaders trying to reinvent their local economy, and a state senator caught in the middle. "An up-close view of one of the meanest and most dramatic chapters in recent American politics...The film has a narrative drive unusual for a 60-minute television documentary, pulling us along like a political thriller" (NY Times). Nominated for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Brad Lichtenstein---USA---2008---88 mins.
BACK AGAINST THE WALL
$29.95

In this "Lynch-like vision of the rotting underbelly of Middle America" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times), the downfall of a lingerie model is portrayed against the depressing, menacing milieus of the men she caters to, including an angry, jealous, middle-aged failure and his strange, no-necked friend. James Fotopoulos presents this dark, sinister story as a three-part feature in the unnerving, highly original style that has made him a major figure of the underground cinema. James Fotopoulos---USA---2000---94 mins.
BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III
$39.95

Explore the mindset and artistic vision of iconoclastic filmmaker Heinz Emigholz, who is the originator of "Architecture as Autobiography," a series of documentaries on unique or unusual architects consisting of still images of the subject's buildings. The meticulousness of Emigholz's style of filmmaking is spotlighted in Die Basis des Make-up, a three-part DVD that showcases his illustrated notebooks and sketchbooks. Silent with German and English titles.

Heinz Emigholz---Germany---2005---94 mins.
BIG MESS, THE
$29.95

A unique and provocative interpretation of sci-fi, Alexander Kluge's Der Grosse Verhau "suggests Georges Melies, with the limited equipment of his day, remaking 2001" (The New York Times). In the year 2034, the Kruger star system is dominated by a powerful corporate giant called the Suez Canal Company. Large sections of the galaxy have been portioned off to corporations, which exploit raw materials and push out smaller businesses that cannot obtain operator's licenses. In this tightly controlled arena, salvagers Vincenze and Maria Starr, space pilot Douglas, and entrepreneur Furst eke out a living as rebels or pirates (depending on your view of Marx). Winner of an Interfilm Award at the Berlin Film Festival. In German with English subtitles.

Alexander Kluge---West Germany---1971---86 mins.
BLACK PETER
$29.95

The first feature by Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus), this coming-of-age tale about a malcontent teen in love heralded the arrival of an important cinematic talent. Forman captures the minute details of awkward romance and teenage rebellion with a keen eye to create a vivid portrait of youth from the Czech New Wave. First prize-winner at the Locarno Film Festival. "A timeless comedy" (Newsweek). In Czech with English subtitles.

Milos Forman---Czechoslovakia---1963---85 mins.
BLOODY CHILD, THE
$29.95

Maverick American independent filmmaker Nina Menkes' film was inspired by the true story of a young U.S. Marine, just back from the Gulf War, who was arrested while digging a grave in the middle of the Mojave Desert for his pregnant wife, whose bloodied, lifeless body lay in the backseat of his car. Menkes turns the mundane realism of the Marine's arrest into a haunting, hallucinatory journey, a jagged look back at the nature of violence. The filmmaker's sister and collaborator, Tinka Menkes, portrays a marine captain; all other cast members are actual Desert Storm veterans. "Fascinating and mysterious" (Cahiers du Cinema). An Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

Nina Menkes---USA---1996---85 mins.
BOLEK & LOLEK 1
$19.98

Animated in a simple yet very expressive fashion, Bolek & Lolek is a  charming children's cartoon that ran for years on Polish television. The characters (two youngsters who imagine adventures around the globe) are      depicted without dialogue but with clever sound effects and movement that convey their personalities. This volume includes six Bolek & Lolek tales: "In the Land of Kangaroos," "Tracking Down a Tiger," "In the Polynesian Islands,"  "In the Land of the Incas," "In the Land of Eskimos," and "In Canada." Marszalek/Wajser/Nehrebecki/Dulz/Zeman/Kudla---Poland---1968-70---57 mins.
BOLEK & LOLEK 2
$19.98

Six more wonderful cartoons for children, featuring two young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. Bolek & Lolek was a hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, thanks to its universal approach (no dialogue) and basic yet whimsical animation style. This volume includes these stories, originally broadcast on Polish television: "At the Olympics in Mexico," "The Grand Prix in Argentina," "Buffalo Hunters," "Chasing the        Smuggler," "In the Pharaoh's Tomb," and "At Kilimanjaro." Byrdy/Wajser/Nehrebecki/Cwiertnia/Kudla---Poland---1969-70---54 mins.
BOLSHE VITA
$29.95

This acclaimed, multiple-award-winning film centers around a group of young people who meet in a rock pub in Budapest in the summer of 1989 during Hungary's fleeting celebration of Communism's fall. This Pynchonesque crew includes two goofy Russian musicians, an engineer who has been reduced to selling kitchen knives, and two girlfriends, English and American, in search of action. After the fun and romance, they must move on, as the mafia and the onset of new nationalist chaos closes in. In Hungarian and Russian with English subtitles.

Ibolya Fekete---Hungary---1996---90 mins.
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
$19.95

Directed by Oscar nominee Chuck Braverman (Curtain Call), Bottom of the Ninth is a real-life Bull Durham story. This documentary chronicles a season with the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team in a race for the championship. Interviews with players and coaches reveal that the heart and soul of America's national pastime is not with the overpaid, scandal-ridden major leagues, but in the farm clubs and minor leagues where team members play out of a true passion for the game. A Directors Guild nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

Charles Braverman---USA---2002---50 mins.
BRIGANDS: CHAPTER VII
$29.95

This crazy, satirical epic humorously portrays several eras in European history. Though the costumes and regimes change, the film suggests, the human motives of lust and greed remain the same. Jumping back and forth in time, the film condemns its characters to an eternity of irony. In one section, a medieval king named Vano, who has a penchant for exotic torture techniques, executes his wife for being unfaithful. Seamlessly the film flashes forward to the early 1930s, with another Vano, played by the same actor, portraying a low-down thief who suddenly seizes power. Intercut with all of this is the story of a contemporary Vano, a hapless drunk who wanders across the underworlds of Europe. This extraordinary film expresses rage against the dark side of human nature that keeps despots in power, despite the upheavals of history, but it does so with a delightfully comic edge. (FYI, there are no chapters 1-6). In Georgian and French with English subtitles. Otar Iosseliani---France/Georgia---1996---129 mins.
CAMILA
$29.95

A young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit priest. The two find temporary happiness in a small provincial village, but eventually they are recognized and face the wrath of their families, church and government officials of the De Rosas dictatorship of 19th century Argentina. An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. "A bare outline fails to do justice to this powerful indictment of repression..." (Faber Companion to Foreign Films). In Spanish with English subtitles.  Maria Luisa Bemberg---Argentina/Spain---1984---105 mins.
CHICO
$29.95

An ideological adventure movie, from the director of Bolshe Vita. Chico is half Hungarian and half Spanish, half Catholic and half Jewish. As a child he was steeped in the myths of Che Guevara and Salvador Allende. But when he finds himself in the middle of Hungarian communism, he reevaluates his beliefs. Later, he takes sides in the war in Croatia. Chico earned Ibolya Fekete Best Director honors at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In Spanish, Hungarian, Croatian, and other languages, with English subtitles.

Ibolya Fekete---Germany/Hungary/Croatia/Chile---2001---112 mins.
CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI
$29.95

Rosi's brilliant film stars Gian Maria Volonte as Carlo Levi, a political exile banished to a village in southern Italy by Mussolini, where he experiences the alien world of poverty and despair. A deeply moving film full of faith in human values, and a subtly critical portrait of modern Italy. Co-written by Tonino Guerra (Ulysses' Gaze, L'Avventura). In Italian with English subtitles.

Francesco Rosi---Italy---1979---150 mins.
CODE NAME RUBY
$19.95

A search for the source of mystical knowledge is at the heart of this controversial feature from Czech New Wave veteran Jan Nemec (Diamonds of the Night). The film combines documentary, archival footage, and fiction into an elliptical narrative in which two young lovers in Prague–an ancient seat of alchemy–follow the trail of the fabled philosopher’s stone. History and future blend as Nemec, through brilliant montage sequences and fanciful leaps of the imagination, posits crucial questions about the legacy of the past and how it influences the individual’s personal freedom and responsibility. Jan Nemec’s second film, A Report on the Party and the Guests, was “banned forever” after the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968. He was not permitted to work and barred from leaving Czechoslovakia until 1974. After his release, Nemec spent almost two decades abroad before the Velvet Revolution in 1989, when he returned to his homeland made this stunning work of meta-fiction. In Czech with English subtitles.

Jan Nemec---Czech Republic---1997---80 mins.
COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM: THE UNTOLD STORY
$18.95

The Collapse of Communism demonstrates that political change does not necessarily mean a changing of the guard. Director Robert Buchar’s central thesis is that the threat Russia posed to the U.S. during the Cold War has not abated since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The same people who opposed the U.S. remain in power today, and they have since gained the higher ground. Beginning with perestroika, Buchar weaves a series of interviews with notable dissidents, defectors, government agents, journalists, and professors into a compelling account of how economic turmoil in the former Soviet Union led top officials to re-strategize its conflict with the West. Using the binary of communism vs. democracy as an ideological smokescreen, Russia was able to goad the U.S. into believing the Cold War had been “won.” Buchar contends that Russia is now uniquely able to project an agreeable image of its internal politics to the West while using its Cold War espionage networks and connections to organized crime to press its strategic advantage. The film will likely raise eyebrows among more skeptical viewers, but Buchar’s case is enlivened by the inclusion of a news ticker, vignettes, special effects, and a soundtrack befitting a spy thriller. Whether you’re sold on all the film’s claims, you can’t deny this oft-repeated notion: the most effective form of deception is telling someone what they want to hear and letting them write the story. Featuring former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Tennent H. Bagley, former chief of counterintelligence for the CIA’s Soviet division.

Robert Buchar---USA/Belgium/Czech Republic---2012---107 mins.
COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM: THE UNTOLD STORY (BLU-RAY)
$29.95

The Collapse of Communism demonstrates that political change does not necessarily mean a changing of the guard. Director Robert Buchar’s central thesis is that the threat Russia posed to the U.S. during the Cold War has not abated since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The same people who opposed the U.S. remain in power today, and they have since gained the higher ground. Beginning with perestroika, Buchar weaves a series of interviews with notable dissidents, defectors, government agents, journalists, and professors into a compelling account of how economic turmoil in the former Soviet Union led top officials to re-strategize its conflict with the West. Using the binary of communism vs. democracy as an ideological smokescreen, Russia was able to goad the U.S. into believing the Cold War had been “won.” Buchar contends that Russia is now uniquely able to project an agreeable image of its internal politics to the West while using its Cold War espionage networks and connections to organized crime to press its strategic advantage. The film will likely raise eyebrows among more skeptical viewers, but Buchar’s case is enlivened by the inclusion of a news ticker, vignettes, special effects, and a soundtrack befitting a spy thriller. Whether you’re sold on all the film’s claims, you can’t deny this oft-repeated notion: the most effective form of deception is telling someone what they want to hear and letting them write the story. Featuring former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Tennent H. Bagley, former chief of counterintelligence for the CIA’s Soviet division.

Robert Buchar---USA/Belgium/Czech Republic---2012---107 mins.