Human Rights

TriBeCa World Premiere for The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Kartemquin's next documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali will world premiere with two screenings at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival this April.

Directed by Oscar-nominee Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground), the film looks at Muhammad Ali's lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all.


Judith Helfand's Cooked receives MacArthur Funding

We are delighted to announce some very good news for our in-progress documentary Cooked. The film has received a post-production grant of $120,000 from the MacArthur Foundation. The funds will allow the Cooked team of Producer/Director Judith Helfand, Co-Producer Fenell Doremus and Editor David E. Simpson to keep the editing room stoked, fired up and literally cooking - as their rough-cut gets fine and their fine-cut gets done.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 8:30 pm

Design Indaba Film Fest 2013
50 Canterbury Street
Cape Town,

The 2013 Design Indaba FilmFest screens from 17 February to 3 March 2013, bringing Cape Town audiences a sterling selection of design premieres. Forming part of the preamble to the annual Design Indaba Conference and Expo, the FilmFest allows creative enthusiasts access to affordable, inspirational feature films and documentaries.

Daily screenings at 20:30. Doors open at 19:30. Tickets available online and at the door. Please note the rooftop only has stair access so it is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. In the case of bad weather the event will be held at an indoor venue at the same location.

A Good Man will premier on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 from 20:30 to 22:30.

For more information and ticket purchases, visit Follow @DIFilmFest on Twitter for regular updates.

Design Indaba Film Fest 2013
Design Indaba FilmFest is presented in association with DStv. Proudly supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Take Part in '63 Boycott

Did you or someone you know participate in the 1963 Chicago School Boycott? We filmed the boycott in 1963 and are searching for participants in this historic event who are interested in sharing their stories for possible inclusion in the '63 Boycott film now in production.

'63 Boycott will feature previously unreleased 16mm footage of the event, along with then and now interviews with organizers and demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on October 22, 1963, (AKA "Freedom Day") protesting the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis in one of the biggest mass civil rights protests in the city's history. 63 Boycott and its companion website will provide a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later, reconnecting the participants to each other and the event itself.


See Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap at New York’s Lincoln Center

Kartemquin’s 1984 documentary Women's Voices: The Gender Gap will screen at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on October 25, 2012. Get details here.

As the presidential election is getting closer and surveys put both candidates in a tight race, one thing has been clear: issues about women's rights have been at the forefront of many animated debates between the two ends of the political spectrum. This is nothing new.


The Ants & The Grasshopper

When climate change dries up the river in her community, Anita Chitaya - a Malawian farmer and community leader - decides to take on the most important source of planetary carbon emissions: the United States. Journeying from Bwabwa, rural Malawi, to the Heartland and beyond, she meets climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Decades of experience tackling gender inequality, hunger, and global warming in her village have made her an expert in changing people’s minds. Now she faces her greatest challenge: to save her world, she must transform ours.
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