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In the News

In the News

A quick selection of a few films relevant to today's biggest news stories.

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  • Putin's Witnesses

    Directed by Vitaly Mansky • Documentary • 2018 • 102 minutes

    On December 31, 1999, Russian president Boris Yeltsin went on live television just before midnight. He announced he was stepping down, and his chosen successor, Vladimir Putin, would take over as acting president. Putin promised a pres...

  • The Son (inside the Russian army)

    Directed by Alexander Abaturov • Documentary • 2022 • 70 minutes

    In 2013, filmmaker Alexander Abaturov cousin Dima Ilukhin was killed during a Russian Special Forces (Spetsnaz) operation in the Republic of Dagestan. He was 21. The fighter who shot him in the head and was himself subsequently kil...

  • Insecticides: A License to Kill

    Directed by Miyuki Droz, Sylvain Lepetit, Sébastien Séga • Documentary • 2022 • 58 minutes

    The insect apocalypse is here. For decades, scientists have recorded plummeting insect numbers around the world. And when insects go, so do large swathes of complex ecosystems: bird populations decline, fi...

  • Blowback: The 9/11 Wars in Global Film

    Directed by Terence McSweeney, George Lee • Documentary • 2019 • 30 minutes

    For a huge number of people around the globe the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have become "America's story". Films like the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker (2009) and the commercially successful and culturally impa...

  • The Paradise We Are Looking For

    Directed by Joseph Mangat, Norbert Shieh, Quyên Nguyen-Le, R.J. Lozada • Documentary • 2019 • 91 minutes

    San Diego has been called many things – including a paradise. It’s also a refugee city, a cluster of neighborhoods, a militarized zone, a border town. And Asian American. This collection of f...

  • Western

    Directed by Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross • Documentary • With Chad Foster, Martin Wall, Brylyn Wall • 2015 • 92 minutes

    In Eagle Pass, Texas, where the U.S. and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality. In the matter of a few turbulent months, the s...

  • My Imaginary Country

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2022 • 83 minutes

    One day, without warning, a revolution exploded. It was the event that master documentarian Patricio Guzmán had been waiting for all his life: a million and a half people in the streets of Santiago, Chile, demanding justice, education...

  • Us Kids

    Directed by Kim A Snyder • Documentary • 2020 • 86 minutes

    From Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reins and fight for justice at a most critical time i...

  • Westwood: Punk. Icon. Activist.

    Directed by Lorna Tucker • Documentary • With Vivienne Westwood • 2018 • 79 minutes

    An intimate and inspiring portrait of a true icon: Dame Vivienne Westwood. Punk Rock’s Grande Dame and one of the most culturally influential provocateurs in recent history.

    After defining the 1970s punk look wi...

  • 5 Broken Cameras

    Directed by Guy Davidi & Emad Burnat • Documentary • 2011 • 90 minutes

    An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements....

  • Blue Island

    Directed by CHAN Tze Woon • Documentary • 2022 • 98 minutes

    BLUE ISLAND documents three people who engaged in rebellions when they were young. Through reconstructing these events, the film dramatizes their scarred memories and experiences by using four young people who participated in the 2019 A...

  • Big Sonia

    Directed by Todd Soliday & Leah Warshawski • Documentary • With Sonia Warshawski, SuEllen Fried, Caroline James Kennedy • 2017 • 93 minutes

    For years, Sonia Warshawski (92) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager...

  • When Abortion was Illegal

    Directed by Dorothy Fadiman • Documentary • 1993 • 28 minutes

    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short

    The era of illegal abortion, roughly the period between the turn of the century and the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, has been a sealed chapter in women's history. 

    The prof...

  • The Workers Cup

    Directed by Adam Sobel • Documentary • With n/a • 2018 • 92 minutes

    "The Workers Cup" is set inside the labor camps of Qatar, where the World Cup is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. The film follows a team of laborers living a real-life version of fantasy football. By day...

  • Dear Dr. Spencer

    Directed by Danielle Renfrew & Beth Seltzer • Documentary • With Lili Taylor • 1998 • 25 minutes

    From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Dr. Spencer treated colds, set fractures, an...

  • Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story

    Directed by Terrence Fisher, Daniel Howard • Documentary • 2005 • 23 minutes

    Terrence Fisher, a teen living in the Louis Armstrong housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has had seven of his friends shot and killed with guns. Terrence is not a gang member or a drug dealer˜just a normal...

  • Xmas Without China

    Directed by Alicia Dwyer • Documentary • 2013 • 63 minutes

    Exploring the intersection of consumerism and immigration in American culture, XMAS WITHOUT CHINA is an intimate portrait of families wrestling with our drive to consume cheap products, but also with our desire for human connection and a...

  • The Revisionaries

    Directed by Scott Thurman • Documentary • With Ron Wetherington, Kathy Miller, Cynthia Dunbar, Don McLeroy • 2012 • 83 minutes

    In Austin, Texas, fifteen people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Ed...

  • Kimjongilia

    Directed by N.C. Heikin • Documentary • 2009 • 75 minutes

    North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated nations. For sixty years, North Koreans have been governed by a totalitarian regime that controls all information entering and leaving the country. A cult of personality surrounds its two re...

  • Sexy Baby

    Directed by Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus • Documentary • 2012 • 83 minutes

    These days, sex doesn't just sell, it saturates our culture. In the age of runaway social media and "sexting," raunchy rap songs on pop radio and hardcore pornography at the click of a mouse—what's it like to be a woman? A gi...

  • Belly of the Beast

    Directed by Erika Cohn • Documentary • With Kelli Dillon, Cynthia Chandler • 2020 • 82 minutes

    When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections...

  • The Transformation

    Directed by Carlos Aparicio, Susana Aikin • Documentary • 1995 • 58 minutes

    Carlos Aparicio and Susana Aikin’s The Transformation follows one person’s journey to reconcile their identity, religion, class, and sexual orientation following harrowing news. In the groundbreaking 1990 documentary The...

  • Close Relations (Rodnye)

    Directed by Vitaly Mansky • Documentary • 2016 • 114 minutes

    Following Ukraine’s revolution in 2013, filmmaker Vitaly Mansky decides to travel throughout the region and visit his family. He talks on camera with family members in Ukraine, Crimea and Donetsk, hoping to gain a better understanding ...

  • Guns and Mothers

    Directed by Thom Powers • Documentary • 2003 • 53 minutes

    Two advocacy groups, The Million Moms and the Second Amendment Sisters, are diametrically opposed on gun control, but they agree on one point: mothers will and should have a voice in determining gun control policy in America. GUNS and MOT...