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In the Light of Reverence

Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religions. This film discusses the struggles of three indigenous communities to protect their sacred sites from rock climbers, tourists, strip-mining, development and New Age religious practitioners.
2002; 2001

Class of '27: A New Generation in Three Forgotten Places

Three diverse filmmaking teams set out across rural America to explore the lives of our youngest citizens and tell their stories of daily struggles in low-income communities. The struggles and triumps of families as they guide their children to become the graduates of the Class of '27.
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Poto and Cabengo

Grace and Virginia are young San Diego twins who speak unlike anyone else. With little exposure to the outside world, the two girls have created a private form of communication that's an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear at home. Jean-Pierre Gorin's polyphonic nonfiction investigation of this phenomenon looks at the family from a variety of angles, with the director taking on the role of a sort of sociological detective. It's a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and personal isolation, and America's odd margins.
2014; 1980

The Bling Ring

A group of fame-obsessed teenagers living in the suburbs of LA use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their empty homes. Ringleader Rebecca leads Marc, Nicki, Sam, and Chloe on the ultimate heist of designer clothes and jewelry -- and what starts out as teenage fun quickly spins out of control. Nominated for a Un Certain Regard Award at the **Cannes Film Festival**. "*The Bling Ring plugs into the zeitgeist of trash culture and sparks like a live wire.*" - Peter Travers, ***Rolling Stone***
2019; 2013

Lady Bird

Directed by Greta Gerwig and nominated for five **Oscars**, LADY BIRD is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler (Saoirse Ronan) who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf) over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school. **Golden Globe** winner for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. **Film Independent Spirit Award** winner for Best Screenplay. "*As warm as it is smart - and it is very smart - LADYBIRD marks actor/screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan.*" - Kenneth Turan, ***The Los Angeles Times***
2018; 2017

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Andersen's landmark documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown as seen entirely though the films themselves. From its distinctive neighborhoods to its architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop to countless movies. In this dazzling work, Andersen takes viewers on a whirlwind tour through the metropolis real and cinematic history, investigating the myriad stories and legends that have come to define it, and meticulously, judiciously revealing the real city that lives beneath. Winner of the Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award at the **Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.** Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at the **Vancouver International Film Festival.** *"The best do [...]
2019; 2004

Code Black

In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America's busiest Emergency Department. 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. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at the **Los Angeles Film Festival.** Winner of the Golden Starfish Award at the **Hamptons International Film Festival.** *"A must see for anyone concerned about the state of health care in this country. Which should be all of us." - Steven Rea, **Phliadelphia Inquirer*** *"...shows the passion, frustration, and skill of those who work to heal despite the system..." - Pete [...]
2019; 2014

Rabbit in the Moon

Like many innocent Japanese Americans released from WWII forced incarceration camps, the young Omori sisters did their best to erase the memories and scars of life under confinement. Fifty years later acclaimed filmmaker Emiko Omori asks her older sister and other detainees to reflect on the personal and political consequences of the camps. Visually stunning and emotionally compelling, Rabbit in the Moon uses eye witness accounts to examine issues that created deep rifts within the community, reveals the racist subtext of the loyalty questionnaire, and the absurdity of the military draft within the camps. Omori renders a poetic and illuminating picture of a deeply troubling chapter in American history.
2016; 1999

A Hard Straight

A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. A HARD STRAIGHT tells the story of what it is really like for a person to make the radical transition from prison life to society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and one woman as they begin to construct new lives on the outside. We see them from the ecstatic moment of their first taste of freedom, to the inevitable frustrations, joys, and banality of life outside of prison. And finally, we see the people in either a successfully established life on the outside or a return to prison. For the 500,000 men and women each year who are released from prison, there are many unknowns: What will you [...]
2017; 2005

Zoot Suit Riots [electronic resource]

After the murder of a young Mexican-American in August, 1942, tensions in Los Angeles between Mexicans and whites boiled over. The press claimed Mexican youth were terrorizing the city. Six hundred Mexican Americans were arrested, and 17 were tried and found guilty despite little evidence. The trial sparked riots between unruly servicemen and the Mexican American community. Surviving family members of the 17 convicted men, riot witnesses and members of the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee tell the story of the riots, highlighted by photographs of the riots, the trial and their participants.
2005; 2002

The West: Episode 3 the Speck of the Future [electronic resource]

Through firsthand accounts, relive the rush for gold and other opportunities in the West and witness the effect of westward migrations on Native Americans. While exploring the adventures of the '49ers on the overland trails and witness the prosperity of the gold rush towns like San Francisco, also learn about broken treaties with the Plains Indians and the slaughter of Native American tribes in California
2005; 1996