AS GOES JANESVILLE
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...LEARN MORE.
AURELIO: REBEL WITH A CAUSE
Narrated by Andy Garcia, this documentary not only unveils the long journey of Cuban classical music composer Aurelio De La Vega, but also unmasks the various faces of nationalism, with...LEARN MORE.
BATAILLE DU RAIL
A remarkable and courageous film from noted French director Rene Clement (Forbidden Games), who completed the work during the final months of WWII under extremely dangerous...LEARN MORE.
A masterpiece of Polish cinema, a tragedy about the Warsaw ghetto involving an old tailor who tries to save his daughters and others. The film culminates with the Warsaw uprising of 1943...LEARN MORE.
CONSPIRACY THEORIES: WHOEVER SAYS THE TRUTH SHALL DIE / UNQUIET DEATH OF JULIUS AND ETHEL ROSENBERG - AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
Two documentaries that offer perspectives on two unrelated but high-profile criminal cases. On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the so-called "atomic spies" of the 1950s, were executed at Sing Sing Prison. Their death only fostered the belief of many Americans that the Rosenbergs were innocent, victims of the anti-Communist paranoia of the 50s, rather than spies who had stolen atomic secrets for the Russians. In the landmark documentary The Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (The Rosenberg-Sobell Case Revisited, USA, 1974, 83 mins.), Alvin Goldstein looks at the facts and procedures of the Rosenberg case, as well as the climate of the times, interviewing jurors, FBI agents, lawyers for both sides, and the two sons of the Rosenbergs. Using documentary and newsreel footage, Goldstein creates a moving human drama, a "thoroughly researched, solidly developed...superb recreation of history, painting with bold strokes the temper of the times" (Boston Globe). This is joined by Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Netherlands, 1981, 60 mins.), a remarkable film on Pier Paolo Pasolini, the poet, political personality, aesthetician, and director of such important and controversial films as Gospel According to St. Matthew and Oedipus Rex. Director Philo Bregstein explores whether Pasolini's murder at age 53 in 1975 was by Pino the Frog, a 17-year-old male prostitute, or an assassination by a group of right-wing fascists. In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Alvin Goldstein/Philo Bregstein---USA/Netherlands---1974/1981---141 mins.
DISRUPTIVE FILM VOL. 2
The overall aim of the Disruptive Film project is to help construct an alternative history of experimental, political nonfiction media, specifically from the perspective of...LEARN MORE.
Comprising three narratives, Arnaud des Pallieres' profound film meditates on the lingering impact of the Holocaust on France. The first tale concerns the last survivor, who laments not...LEARN MORE.
The story of the breaking of the Nazi secret coding machine Enigma by three Polish mathematicians. Tadeusz Borowski, Piotr Fronczewski, Piotr Garlicki star in an intelligently constructed...LEARN MORE.
FAR FROM POLAND
A brilliant film. Denied a visa to shoot in Poland, director Jill Godmilow constructs a film over the bare bones of documentary footage while in New York, resulting in a deft...LEARN MORE.
FIFTH HORSEMAN IS FEAR, THE
A Jewish physician in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia works in a warehouse after the Nazi ban all Jews from holding professional positions. When he helps an injured political fugitive, he is...LEARN MORE.
FILMS FROM THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION: AN EXCLUSIVE FACETS 2-PACK
These Chinese films offer different--and unsettling--perspectives on Mao's Cultural Revolution. Roaring Across the Horizon is an odd piece of propaganda that celebrates China's development of nuclear weapons. Rhapsody of Spring is a sprawling, beautifully constructed film that dramatizes the career of one of China's most revered composers.
Like Italian neorealism before and the French New Wave after, the British Free Cinema movement of the 1950s was dedicated to the belief that film should be a tool for personal...LEARN MORE.
GERMANY IN AUTUMN
Eleven leading filmmakers collaborated on this protest against Fascist tendencies in West Germany by reflecting on the tragic events of autumn 1977, when public official Hanns...LEARN MORE.
GORILLA BATHES AT NOON
In this irreverent screwball comedy, Dušan Makavejev revisits the idiosyncratic style that brought him to the forefront of the international art-house community with...LEARN MORE.
HISTORY OF A SECRET
When filmmaker Mariana Otero was a young child, her mother disappeared. The family told Mariana and her sister, Isabel, that she had gone to work in Paris and never returned...LEARN MORE.
I WAS STALIN'S BODYGUARD
This controversial documentary created a storm in Russia by taking the cloak off a violent, repressive period of Soviet history. Filmmaker Semyon Aranovich found the last surviving...LEARN MORE.
I WORKED FOR STALIN
Semyon Aranovich's documentary is a brilliant assembly of eyewitness testimony and rare archival photographs and materials. The film records the Machiavellian power plays between...LEARN MORE.
JOAN THE MAID (I & II)
A brilliant interpretation of the story of Joan of Arc by French New Wave and post-New Wave master Jacques Rivette. With a ravishing performance from Sandrine Bonnaire as Joan, this...LEARN MORE.
Certainly one of the highest achievements of 1960s Polish cinema, and a stirring nationalist epic. Based on the classic novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Order of Teutonic Knights is a vivid...LEARN MORE.
LAST PULLMAN CAR
In 1864, George Pullman began selling his famous railroad sleeping cars, which helped him build a vast industrial empire that was supposed to last forever. A model of the modern employer...LEARN MORE.
ORATORIO FOR PRAGUE
One of the most powerful documentaries ever made, Oratorio for Prague contains the only footage from the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in 1968. Czech New Wave filmmaker Jan Nemec...LEARN MORE.
PEOPLE'S GALA CONCERT
The film takes a deeper look into Russian anti-Semitism by showing archival accounts of famous Russian actor, Solomon Mikhoels and of Russian Jewish doctors charged for...LEARN MORE.
REAL JOAN OF ARC, THE
In our collective memory, Joan of Arc is the teenage shepherd girl who was burned at the stake in Rouen after saving France from the English. But long-buried 15th-century documents suggest...LEARN MORE.
RED RIVER VALLEY
Feng Xiaoning delves into China and Tibet's rich history in this vigorous, coming-of-age epic set during the 1905 British occupation of Tibet and China's eventual control of the...LEARN MORE.
Reflecting for 17 years on his family’s immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family. In this award-winning film...LEARN MORE.
Jill Godmilow (Far From Poland, Waiting for the Moon) in collaboration with Joanna Krakowska and Magda Mosiewicz pay homage to the original SCUM Manifesto, a French film made in...LEARN MORE.
Every night, Soviet tractors comb the coast of Latvia looking for signs of anyone who could have infiltrated the Soviet border from the sea. One morning, three Soviet patrolmen...LEARN MORE.
SPOILS OF WAR
An important film detailing the struggle to discover the truth behind Argentine's "Dirty War" of the late 1970s and early 1980s, where tens of thousands of students, leftists, dissidents, and...LEARN MORE.
STALIN BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIM
The bold documentaries of Semyon Aranovich created a storm of controversy in Russia by revealing the truth behind a violent, repressive era of Soviet history. This trio of...LEARN MORE.
STORM THE SKIES
With exceptional force, this riveting documentary depicts one of the most controversial historical events of the 20th Century: the assassination of Leon Trotsky. Expelled from his...LEARN MORE.
Like Local 70 and HSA Strike - 75 before it, this two-part film is another ground-level documentary on blue collar strife from Kartemquin Films. Taylor Chain I (1980) chronicles the gritty...LEARN MORE.
In October 1967, documentary filmmaker George Paul Csicsery was beaten by police at an antiwar demonstration in Oakland, California. Thirty years later, he set out to find the...LEARN MORE.
VIDEOGRAMS OF A REVOLUTION
History takes place before your eyes in Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica's fascinating film covering the 1989 fall of the Ceaucescu regime in Romania. A radical, media-based chronology...LEARN MORE.
VIETNAM LONG TIME COMING
In this "moving, sometimes understatedly harrowing" (N.Y. Times) documentary, able-bodied and disabled American and Vietnamese veterans participate in a 16-day, 1200-mile...LEARN MORE.
WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS
For her third feature, acclaimed Turkish filmmaker Yesim Ustaoglu (Journey to the Sun) adapts Georgios Andreadis' moving tale about identity and alienation. Waiting for the Clouds... LEARN MORE.