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Gasland A sequel to the documentary Gasland, Gasland, Part II continues filmmaker Josh Fox's exploration of the dangers of the process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking", chronicling the spread of the practice further in the U.S. as well as in 32 countries worldwide.
Staub "An uncommonly fascinating documentary on a commonplace subject, Dust examines the myriad forms and pathways of dust. Through elegant compositions, fluid camera movements and poetic narration, the film pursues dust to the places where it settles and meets the people who contend with it"--Container.
Time as money "From small town neighborhoods to cities, the shift in the economy and continued financial struggles is having an adverse effect on communities and creating devastating isolation for its inhabitants. As a result, time banks begin to form encouraging members to repair and rebuild their community without cash. But, new time bankers must adapt to a new system without money in order to keep their neighborhoods strong and flourishing." -- Container.
Forgotten Ellis Island In the era before antibiotics, tens of thousands of immigrant patients were separated from family, detained in the hospital on Ellis Island, and healed from illness before becoming citizens. 350 babies were born, and ten times that many immigrants died on Ellis Island and were buried in pauper's graves around New York City.
Darwin's dilemma Explores the Cambrian explosion and the scientific controversy that still surrounds it. Where are the missing transitional forms that Darwin's theory requires? Can any undirected evolutionary process explain the origin of animals? Filmed on four continents, this fascinating documentary examines some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made and with them, a mystery deeper than Darwin ever imagined.
Bicicleta, cullera, poma Follow Pasqual Maragall, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007. This film shows Maragall with his family and physicians in an open and positive way that conveys a sense of humor and a deep optimism as they navigate the many situations and problems that arise surrounding the disease.
The kingdom of dreams and madness A look inside the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli. Follows director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and director Isao Takahata for a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
Leviathan "A thrilling, immersive documentary that takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail"--Container.
To save the land and people Discusses the history and impact of strip mining in Kentucky. Focuses on actions by people directly affected by mining on both sides of the question: miners and farmers. Highlights the evolving legislation imposed to control strip mining and enabling newer methods such as "mountain top removal."
Design as a social act "This trilogy of films shows how the social upheavals of the 1960s led to the development of social approaches for designing the built environment. This documentary draws on ten oral history interviews with designers and researchers of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning"--Publisher's website.
Super trash "Martin returns his childhood place. He has now been buried by a huge open dump. Martin decides to settle and live in this world of garbage, punctuated by the forth back and forth dances of trucks and bulldozers leveling and discharging waste. For days and months, Martin will mark his place in an unbearable universe seemingly driving to madness. He feeds himself with the trash. He bathes into the river each daily, like a step back to the primitive world. He looks after animals trapped in the hellhole, and surfs on giant wave generated by the trash. Nothing looking for exposure such pointing fingers at one other, Martin simply tries, in this film, a desperate effort to make a metaphor for our world, minus the guilt. Martin won't accept this universe that has been imposed, he wants to [...]
Une jeunesse amoureuse "François Caillat was twenty in 1970. From this, a certain banality, he nevertheless decided to make a film. A film that is both intimate and universal, which revolves around his stolen loves and his youth, starting from an era that itself seems gone forever. Without doubt this is done any time, and that is why this film will touch every viewer old enough to be attentive to the experience of loss which constitutes it. But something comes over in this film: the alliance of the 1970s as an unsurpassable horizon of freedom with the melancholy of ruins that followed them." -- www.lemonde.fr
Watchers of the sky With his provocative question, 'why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?' Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history. An extraordinary testament to one man's perseverance, this examines the life and legacy of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide.
Fold crumple crush A powerful portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed contemporary artist. An insider's view of the artist's practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Behind the charming, easy-going artist we meet a man mysterious even to his dearest friends. The film circles around Anatsui -- we see the celebrated artist at the Venice Biennale, in his home town, inside his studio directing a score of assistants.