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  • Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman

    Directed by Jero Yun • Documentary • 2016 • 71 minutes

    "There are five kinds of families that buy us," says Mrs. B over dinner and drinks with fellow North Korean exiles living in China. "The first type, either the father or the mother is missing and the son can't get married. Then there are the...

  • An Encounter with Simone Weil

    Directed by Julia Haslett • Documentary • With Soraya Broukhim • 2014 • 85 minutes

    "An Encounter with Simone Weil" tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil – a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone W...

  • Mario Ruspoli, Prince of the Whales

    Directed by Florence Dauman • Documentary • With Richard Leacock,
    D.A. Pennebaker,
    Albert Maysles • 2011 • 76 minutes

    Dauman, whose father was a lifelong friend and producer of Ruspoli’s, uses her privileged perspective to produce an intimate portrait of this revolutionary but often overlooked...

  • A German Youth

    Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot • Documentary • With Ulrike Meinhof; Andreas Baader; Horst Mahler • 2019 • 93 minutes

    In the 1960s, the young democracy of West Germany was embarrassed by its Nazi past, and ingrown in its role as imperialist and capitalist outpost faced by its communist double. T...

  • Violeta Went to Heaven

    Directed by Andrés Wood • Drama • With Francisca Gavilán, Cristian Quevedo, Thomas Durand , Roberto Farías, Gabriela Aguilera, Juan Quezada, Marcial Tagle • 2013 • 110 minutes

    Violeta Went to Heaven tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution f...

  • Chavela

    Directed by Catherine Gund & Darsha Kyi • Documentary • With Chavela Vargas • 2017 • 93 minutes

    Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life bro...

  • Jay Myself

    Directed by Stephen Wilkes • Documentary • With Jay Maisel • 2019 • 79 minutes

    JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark buildin...

  • Van Gogh

    Directed by Alain Resnais • Documentary • 1948 • 18 minutes

    Classic French New Wave director Alain Resnais’ early film, VAN GOGH won an Oscar for best short documentary film. Recently restored, this 1948 boundary-pushing short brilliantly evokes the life of Vincent Van Gogh, using only his paint...

  • With André Gide

    Directed by Marc Allégret • Documentary • 1951 • 92 minutes

    Nobel-prize-winning author, social justice crusader, anti-colonialist, adventure traveler, musician, and one-time Communist: André Gide was a larger-than-life character who dominated French letters from the turn of the 20th century to h...

  • Ada For Mayor

    Directed by Pau Faus • Documentary • With Ada Colau • 2016 • 86 minutes

    ADA FOR MAYOR follows Ada Colau for one year, from her time spent organizing the anti-eviction fight in Barcelona to the day she is sworn-in as its mayor. The intimate chronicle—featuring Colau’s own video diary—and privileg...

  • Kelly Loves Tony

    Directed by Spencer Nakasako • Documentary • 1998 • 58 minutes

    In this captivating take on documentary co-creation, Kelly Saeturn and her boyfriend, Tony Saelio, both refugees from Laos who grew up in the US, record a year and a half of their own lives as Kelly balances her hopes to attend colle...

  • Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

    Directed by Daniel Traub • Documentary • 2020 • 57 minutes

    URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of...

  • The Trials of Henry Kissinger

    Directed by Eugene Jarecki • Documentary • With Henry Kissinger, Brian Cox, Amy Goodman, Alexander Haig, William Safire, Seymour Hersh • 2002 • 80 minutes

    Featuring previously unseen footage, de-classified documents, and revealing interviews with Kissinger supporters (Alexander Haig, Brent Scowc...

  • Sunrise/Sunset

    Directed by Vitaly Mansky • Documentary • With the Dalai Lama • 2009 • 72 minutes

    The daily life of the Dalai Lama is brought home with remarkable intimacy in Sunrise/Sunset. Granted total access to His Holiness for 24 hours, this is a day in the life of the Dalai Lama from when he wakes up at ...

  • Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes

    Directed by Stephen Ives • Documentary • 2020 • 62 minutes

    BEATRIX FARRAND'S AMERICAN LANDSCAPES follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America's first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand. Farrand was res...

  • John Berger or The Art of Looking

    Directed by Cordelia Dvorák • Documentary • 2016 • 55 minutes

    Art, politics and motorcycles: on the occasion of his 90th birthday, JOHN BERGER OR THE ART OF LOOKING is an intimate portrait of the writer and art-critic whose groundbreaking insights on seeing have shaped us for already five decade...

  • King of the Hill

    Directed by William Canning, Donald Brittain • Documentary • 1974 • 56 minutes

    Spring 1972. The Chicago Cubs are poised to win the National League's Pennant race, lead by their star pitcher, a Black Canadian named Ferguson Jenkins, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. Out of ...

  • Salvador Allende

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2004 • 100 minutes

    A leftist revolutionary or a reformist democrat? A committed Marxist or a constitutionalist politician? An ethical and moral man or, as Richard Nixon called him, a 'son of a bitch'? In SALVADOR ALLENDE, acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pa...

  • Lomax the Songhunter

    Directed by Rogier Kappers • Documentary • 2005 • 95 minutes

    Alan Lomax (1915-2002) devoted his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. In LOMAX THE SONGHUNTER filmmaker Rogier Kappers follows the route that Lom...

  • Big Joy

    Directed by Stephen Silha and Eric Slade • Documentary • With James Broughton • 2013 • 82 minutes

    Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions: painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughto...

  • Blue

    Directed by Derek Jarman • Documentary • With Derek Jarman • 1993 • 76 minutes

    In his final—and most daring—cinematic statement, Jarman the romantic meets Jarman the iconoclast in a lush soundscape pulsing against a purely blue screen. Laying bare his physical and spiritual state in a narration ...

  • Romantico

    Directed by Mark Becker • Documentary • With Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez • 2005 • 84 minutes

    More than just a documentary dispatch from the illegal immigration frontlines, Mark Becker's Romántico evolves from a verite view of undocumented alien subculture to a deeply personal, "beautifully realized" (...

  • Regina

    Directed by Diana Groó • Documentary • With Rachel Weisz, George Weisz, Judit Hoffmann Varga, Lea Neukum • 2016 • 63 minutes

    Diana Groó’s documentary tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944) a strong woman, who made history by becoming the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world.The...

  • Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui

    Directed by Susan Vogel • Documentary • 2011 • 53 minutes

    Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui. FOLD CRUMPLE CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI gives an insider's view of the artis...