The '63 Boycott film and website aim to re-unite participants of Chicago's biggest ever civil rights march. Visit the companion website to identify yourself or others who took part.
With equal parts naivete and requisite chutzpah, filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all – extreme poverty. With Chicago’s 1995 heat disaster at its dramatic core -- when 739 Chicago residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American, died over the course of one hot July week -- Cooked asks questions about the politics of disaster every city will have to answer: disaster preparedness for some or community resilience for all?
With a billion hungry and two billion overweight people on Earth, everyone knows that the food system is broken. But few people understand that it’s a system, with rules that keep things ticking along. A few groups are breaking these rules of how we eat today, so that everyone can eat tomorrow. Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and Raj Patel (Stuffed & Starved, The Value of Nothing) weave together tales of the system’s destructive creators and creative destroyers, bringing together traders, farmers, grocers and eaters from India to Malawi to Maine to Oakland to show not only how the system works, but how some unlikely people are transforming it.
In The Game is a new Kartemquin documentary film directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, 5 Girls). A film about life and what it means to stay in the game - to never give up even when that feels like the only option - In The Game is the story of strong young women and a dedicated coach who uses the game of soccer to teach his players how to face all that life will throw their way. Through the stories of Hispanic girls at Kelly High School on Chicago’s south side, In The Game illustrates the enormous challenges facing inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life. An uneven playing field or in the case of the girls at Kelly High School - no soccer field at all, little or no support, problems at home, uncertain futures, discrimination, poverty - these are some of the challenges faced by the girls we follow.
Starting at a remote Alaska Native language immersion camp, we follow a few remarkable teachers and students over the course of a year. Kodiak Alutiiq is a severely endangered language. Less than 50 fluent native speakers remain, mostly Elders, yet these young learner/teachers fight the odds despite a dwindling number of speakers, resources and time.
Inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, a filmmaker faces her personal departure from the Mormon church nearly two decades ago, and its impact on their promise of a “forever family.”
In Raising Bertie we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural public school system. Their stories shed light on the complex relationships between family, economics and education.
Unbroken Glass is a Kartemquin documentary about filmmaker Dinesh Sabu's journey to understand his parents, who died 20 years ago when he was six years old. Traveling to India, Lousiana, California, and New Mexico, Dinesh pieces together the story of his mother's schizophrenia and how his family dealt with it in an age and culture where mental illness was often misunderstood, scorned and taboo.
All The Queen's Horses
Minding the Gap
Mossadegh & Me
Murder the Prepositions
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