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KLAUS DVD #1748
Do I sound gay? After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about "sounding gay". Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people, both gay and straight, often wish for a different voice. What starts as a personal journey becomes a chance to unpack layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem.
KLAUS DVD #1756
Kurt Cobain Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Directed by acclaimed film maker Brett Morgen, who expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music. Never before seen movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends.
KLAUS DVD #1757
The girls in the band The award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late '30s to the present day. The many firsthand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.
It's a girl "In India and China, where sons are valued and daughters are burdens, millions of babies are killed, abandoned or selectively aborted, simply because they are girls. The result of longstanding traditions and governmental policies, this devaluation of females has led to rampant violence against women and a growing female 'gendercide.' Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It's a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is h [...]
They are we They are we is the story of a remarkable reunion that takes place 170 or so years after a family was driven apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. In Central Cuba, proud members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive. Incredibly, through decades of brutal enslavement, independence wars, and then the denying of all religions after the revolution, they have retained a collection of distinct songs and dances that one of their ancestors brought from Africa as a slave. Each December 17th they still perform them at the San Lazaro ceremony. After a chance discovery while working in West Africa, director Emma Christopher spent two years showing a film of the Gangá-Longobá songs and dances to several thousand people a [...]
Friends in high places Reveals the central role of nats and spirit mediums in alleviating the day to day burdens of modern Burmese life. Shows the special niche in Burmese society for the gay men who serve as the primary conduits for the spirits. Considered neither male nor female, they are regarded with a curious mix of disdain and reverence.
Through Chinese women's eyes Presents the transformations in the lives of Chinese women over the 20th century. Documents the attempts to erase gender differences under Mao, today's changing ideas of femininity, and the crystalization of Chinese feminism at the UN Women's conference in Beijing.
Glacial balance Glacial balance is a journey along the spine of the Andes mountain range, from Colombia to Argentina, getting to know the individuals and lives of those who are affected by the dwindling tropical glacier reserve, the canaries in the mine regarding climate change. Along the way, we are accompanied by scientists who give us a perspective on what is happening in the natural world and what we can expect. And from that, we learn of the chain reaction effect that these disappearing glaciers are having on us and the rest of the world.
Georgie girl Profiles Georgina Beyer, Maori transsexual, former sex-worker and cabaret performer, and New Zealand Member of Parliament. Raises questions about her largely white, naturally conservative rural electorate and national politics. Follows the bi-cultural trajectory of Georgina's life from farm to nightclub to government.
Buying the spirit This powerful documentary presents a sympathetic view of voodooism in Haiti delving into the hidden world of voodoo practitioners and offering unique insight into a frequently misunderstood religion. Haitians turn to secret voodoo societies for support and protection and some to gain wealth and power. The stories offered here present an objective view of a religion that is important to so many and often maligned.
Please vote for me Two males and a female vie for office. They indulge in low blows, character assassination and gestures of goodwill, all while gauging their standing with voters. The setting is a third-grade class at an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China. Chronicles a public school's first open elections.
Stop at nothing "This is an intimate but explosive story about the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport and the truth. But the former friends whose lives and careers he destroyed would prove to be his nemesis." -- Container.
Code black In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives an unprecedented access to America's busiest emergency department at Los Angeles County Hospital. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic young doctors-in-training as they wrestle with both their ideals and the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system.
Salad days Examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows-without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry's subsequent implosion).
America's holy war "This film takes a candid look at the effectiveness of Congress's 2000 Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). More than 10 years later, has the law achieved what lawmakers intended? What are the social and environmental consequences of a statute which accuses communities of religious discrimination before it can be disproved, ignores established zoning, and, some say, undermines every planning and environmental law on the books? When will Congress deliver its promise to review the impact of the statute? In the absence of a Congressional review, America's Holy War investigates these questions. Under the microscope, one community with a growing cluster of RLUIPA lawsuits - Ramapo, New York - provides insight into RLUIPA's larger-scale impacts. Filmed between 200 [...]