With this collection, curators Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner have successfully established a new history of film as political resistance. Vol. 1 is made up of four distinct programs with 26 short-form experimental non-fiction films. These radical global narratives span from 1914 to the early 21st century and truly represent the diversity in approaches to documentary filmmaking. The collection has been put together for both political and educational purposes, to offer film and media makers and scholars a chance to review unaccountably under-appreciated works of film, video, animation -- from France to Chiapas, from Serbia to China, to Nigeria -- works that propose various strategies of resistance to power. Don't watch documentary film without it!

Curated by Ernest Larsen & Sherry Millner---France/Uruguay/Iran/Philippines/Mexico/USA/Taiwan/Egypt/Yugoslavia/Israel/Australia/Austria/Algeria/Russia/Canada/Rhodesia/Germany/Palestine/---1917-2013

This documentary stands prominently among Janek’s extensive filmography, where the Czech director is known to point his camera toward often discriminated and overlooked subjects. THE UNSEEN focuses attention on the life of children in a Czech school for the blind. With a sensitive eye for movement and a keen ear for sound, Janek weaves together mundane observations that enter the realm of the sublime.

At a blind school in the Czech Republic, the children exuberantly show off their remarkable talents – as musicians, as radio announcers, as daredevil bike riders and most extraordinary of all, as photographers. Why take pictures of a world you can’t see? Well, to capture memories, of course, that sighted people can describe back to you. Miroslav Janek’s documentary is a true eye-opener about the resilience, adaptability and creativity of children, faced with whatever challenges the world throws their way. “A small wonder…takes hold of the heart immediately and never loosens its grip…brilliantly conceptualized and immaculately crafted piece of filmmaking" (Variety). In Czech with English subtitles.

Miroslav Janek--Czech Republic--1996--53 mins.


Your imagination is your superpower -- it allows you to create and destroy, to build up walls and to tear them down. As you watch The Power of Imagination, you will meet characters from all over the world who use their imaginations to soar high in the sky on origami airplanes, scale skyscrapers, fight crime, create time machines, and even build new worlds! These films will not only take you on fantastical adventures, but will ignite your creative problem solving skills so that you can be the hero, too! Programming for Vol. 1 includes: A Bottled Promise (Jin Teo, Singapore, 2009, 4 mins.), A Plan (Tom Shroeder, USA, 2004, 8 mins.), Air Balloon Circus (Jim Goodall, Canada, 2012, 9 mins.), Laura: In Action (Laerke Drews, Denmark, 2008, 15 mins.), Papiroflexia (Joaquin Baldwin, USA, 2007, 2 mins.), The Great Journey (Caroline Fioratti, Brazil, 2010, 15 mins.), The Little Blond Boy with a White Sheep (Eloi Henriod, France, 2013, 8 mins.), The MisInventions of Milo Weatherby (William Whirity, USA, 2009, 23 mins.), Toward a Theory of the Evolution of the Turkey (Brandon Arnold, USA, 2008, 6 mins.), and Toyland (Alexander Freydank, Germany, 2008, 14 mins.).