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  • Ladies in Waiting

    Directed by Dieudo Hamadi & Divita Wa Lusala • Documentary • 2009 • 24 minutes

    Taking in the wives of the unemployed, of unpaid government employees, the Kitambo maternity clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo has to cope with its patients' lack of money. And negotiations are tough be...

  • Alain Resnais Short Films

    4 videos

    Streaming only on OVID, discover four early, short films from the renowned French director, Alain Resnais.

    "If Gauguin and Guernica shine a light on their respective subjects, they also present a key part of Resnais’ own development as an artist. It is exciting to have these formative works read...

  • Prime Time in the Camps

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1993 • 28 minutes

    In Roska Camp in Slovenia, Bosnian refugees, deprived of their belongings, decide with the technical help of an N.G.O. to create a way to share information. They decide to make a television program, edited with equipment to make it look ...

  • Egg Cream

    Directed by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller & Amy Linton • Documentary • 2020 • 15 minutes

    EGG CREAM is a short film about the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side. The egg cream contained neither eggs nor cream – it was a product of necessity an...

  • Blue Helmet

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1995 • 25 minutes

    For six months in 1994, François Crémieux served as a French UN peacekeeper near the Bosnian town of Bihać. He never saw combat, barely even experienced physical discomfort—but he was left deeply shaken by the experience.

    In BLUE HELMET...

  • Berliner Ballade

    Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1990 • 29 minutes

    Some months after the fall of the Berlin wall, Chris Marker shot this passionate documentary, reflecting the state of the place and its spirit with remarkable acuity. It is a complete version of a film that was created for French televis...

  • The Island

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor & Katarzyna Klimkiewicz • Drama • 2014 • 30 minutes

    A family gets together at their summer house on an island. There is only one member who is delayed. The day advances as they fuse with nature until the night comes.

  • Directing Actors by Jean Renoir

    Directed by Gisèle Braunberger • Documentary • 1968 • 22 minutes

    Actor Gisèle Braunberger sits across a small table from Jean Renoir. She leans forward, focusing intently on the director, her hands rhythmically fidgeting, as he outlines the premise of the script page he is about to work through ...

  • Time of the Locust

    Directed by Peter Gessner • Documentary • 1966 • 13 minutes

    Compiled from American news film, Vietnamese National Liberation Front combat footage, and unreleased material filmed by Japanese Television camera units, this now classic film by Peter Gessner provides one of the strongest treatises ag...

  • Below

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • 2007 • 18 minutes

    Jaime, who’s been away from the city by his own free will, invites his family to watch an eclipse at his house on the mountains. The tensions in the group are apparent, but they slowly vanish, reaching the most transparent moment among th...

  • Video Game

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • 2014 • 6 minutes

    León plays a tennis match while a farewell takes place behind him.

  • The Mountain

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • 2008 • 10 minutes

    José and Manuel are climbing the Montserrat mountain. They have not seen each other in some years, and they are in Spain for a funeral. It is a narrow, winding, uneven path up the mountain that makes communication difficult, until they re...

  • On Beauty

    Directed by Joanna Rudnick • Documentary • With Rick Guidotti • 2014 • 31 minutes

    ON BEAUTY is the latest film from award-winning filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films. The film looks at beauty through the lens of fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who highlights vibrant indiv...

  • Bill Morrison Shorts

    12 videos

    Morrison's work is characterized by his sensitive approach to found, often decaying film footage, and his close collaboration with contemporary conmposers, including Vijay Iyer, Johann Johannsson and Bill Frisell.

    "The only major directors with a comparably original ear are probably Jean-Luc God...

  • Tribute to Alfred Lepetit

    Directed by Jean Rousselot • Documentary • With Charlotte Rampling, Roman Polanski, Jean-Claude Brialy • 1999 • 8 minutes

    Alfred Lepetit is a legendary French production assistant with more than 200 films to his credit. Well, not exactly to his credit, since he refuses to let his name appear on-...

  • Edith+Eddie

    Directed by Laura Checkoway • Documentary • 2017 • 29 minutes

    Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison got married in Virginia at ages 96 and 95. Dancing at the honky-tonk and going to church, their newlywed life is filled with affection, prayer and faith. Since tying the knot, both Edith and Eddie have ex...

  • Early Works of Cheryl Dunye

    Directed by Cheryl Dunye • Documentary • With Cheryl Dunye, Zoie Strauss, Paula Cronan, Wanda Freeman, Shu Leah Cheang, • 1994 • 80 minutes

    Vilified by conservatives in Congress, defended by major newspapers, and celebrated by audiences and festivals around the world as one of the most provocati...

  • How to Build an Igloo

    Directed by Douglas Wilkinson • Documentary • 1949 • 10 minutes

    A demonstration of igloo-building in Canada's Far North, showing how the site is selected and how blocks of snow are used to make a snug shelter in only an hour and a half. As the camera follows each stage, the commentary explains t...

  • Chris Marker's Bestiary

    5 videos

    French filmmaker Chris Marker is best known for politically engaged documentaries (A Grin without a Cat, Le Joli Mai and Cuba Si!), for his personalized "cine-essay" films (Sans Soleil, Remembrance of Things to Come and The Case of the Grinning Cat) and the science-fiction classic La Jetée. No ma...

  • Kings Point

    Directed by Sari Gilman • Documentary • 2014 • 30 minutes

    During the 1970s and 80s, thousands of New York’s primarily Jewish senior citizens migrated to Kings Point, a retirement community in Florida. Lured by blue skies, sunshine and the promise of richer social lives, they bought paradise for ...

  • City of Gold

    Directed by Colin Low, Wolf Koenig • Documentary • 1957 • 21 minutes

    A vivid recollection of the Klondike gold rush at its frenzied height, City of Gold uses a collage of still photographs to compare Dawson City of the gold rush, when the gold from its river beds flowed freely through the stores...

  • Facing Fear

    Directed by Jason Cohen • Documentary • 2015 • 23 minutes

    In this Academy Award®-nominated short documentary, worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. Togeth...

  • The Way Things Go

    Directed by Peter Fischli & David Weiss • Documentary • 1987 • 30 minutes

    Inside a warehouse, Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946—2012) built an enormous, precarious structure 100 feet long made out of common household items—tea kettles, tires, old shoes, balloons, wooden...

  • Animated Shorts

    35 videos