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Bombay Our City — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1985 • 75 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

BOMBAY OUR CITY tells the story of the daily battle for survival of the 4 million slum dwellers of Bombay who make up half the city’s population. Although they are Bombay’s workforce – industrial laborers, construction workers, domestic servants – they are often denied city utilities like electricity, sanitation, and water. Many slumdwellers must also face the constant threat of eviction as …

Children of Mandala — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 2009 • 5 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

A message from the economically displaced children of a slum colony in Mumbai who are educating themselves in the face of government apathy.

Father, Son and Holy War: Hero Pharmacy — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1995 • 121 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

In a politically polarized world, universal ideals are rare. In India, as elsewhere, the vacuum is filled by religious zeal. Minorities are made scapegoats of every calamity as nations subdivide into religious and ethnic zones, each seemingly eager to annihilate the other or extinguish itself on the altar of martyrdom. FATHER, SON AND HOLY WAR explores in two parts the possibility that the psychology …

Father, Son and Holy War: Trial by Fire — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1995 • 120 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

In a politically polarized world, universal ideals are rare. In India, as elsewhere, the vacuum is filled by religious zeal. Minorities are made scapegoats of every calamity as nations subdivide into religious and ethnic zones, each seemingly eager to annihilate the other or extinguish itself on the altar of martyrdom. FATHER, SON AND HOLY WAR explores in two parts the possibility that the psychology …

Fishing: In the Sea of Greed — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1998 • 42 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

Traditional fishing communities around the world are under threat of mass displacement by the industrial fishing practices of gigantic factory ships. Private capital, with the aid of international lending agencies, have embarked on a mindless offensive to catch fish in quantities unheard of until now. This frightening abuse of the seas has been actively promoted by governments in the developing world, …

Images You Didn't See — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 2006 • 5 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

Global censorship of the war on Iraq has stifled the outrage that may have otherwise curtailed the ongoing atrocity of occupation. Not only have the real causes of war been hidden but also its effects. Most people see a sanitized and falsified version that feeds their complacence and sedates their conscience. But one place where the truth cannot be totally hidden is the Internet. “images you didn’t …

In Memory of Friends — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1990 • 60 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

IN MEMORY OF FRIENDS documents the violence and terror in Punjab, India – a land torn apart by religious fundamentalists and a repressive government. After examining the political turmoil of the late 1970′s and the rise of Sikh fundamentalism, the film focuses on the legacy of Bhagat Singh, a young socialist executed by the British in 1931 at the age of 23. Singh has since become a legend. Today …

In the Name of God — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1992 • 75 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

Since gaining independence in 1947, India has been a secular state. But now, as religious fundamentalism grips much of India’s population, the greatest danger to the nation’s extremely strained social fabric may come not from Sikh or Muslim separatists, but from Hindu fundamentalists who are appealing to the 83% Hindu majority to redefine India as a Hindu nation. IN THE NAME OF GOD focuses on …

Jai Bhim Comrade — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 2012 • 168 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

For thousands of years India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables,” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India’s Constitution, led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song. In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar …

A Narmada Diary — Available Friday, March 5, 2021
Directed by Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru • Documentary • 1995 • 57 minutes • Anand Patwardhan

The Sardar Sarover Dam in western India, lynch-pin of a mammoth development project on the river Narmada’s banks, has been criticized as uneconomical and unjust. It will benefit urban India at a cost borne by the rural poor. When completed, the dam will drown 37,000 hectares of fertile land, displace over 200,000 adivasis – the area’s indigenous people -, and cost up to 400 billion rupees. Ecological, …

RECENTLY ADDED: Titles added in the last two weeks

— Added Friday, February 26, 2021
Directed by Maya Vitkova • Drama • 2016 • 155 minutes • Big World Pictures

Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature Viktoria, which had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last year, follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the transition to democracy. The film focuses on reluctant mother Boryana and her daughter, Viktoria, who in one of the film’s surreal, magical touches is born without … More

— Added Friday, February 26, 2021
Directed by Milko Lazarov • Drama • 2018 • 96 minutes • Big World Pictures

In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna's traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable causes, and the ice has been melting earlier … More

— Added Thursday, February 25, 2021
Directed by Manuel von Sturler • Documentary • 2013 • 85 minutes • Icarus Films

Pascal, 53, and Carole, 28, are shepherds. In the month of November 2010, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and a eight hundred sheep. "An exhilarating verite work!" -Sheri Linden, LA Tmes  "Swiss-born director Manuel von Sturler applies a verite approach to their … More

— Added Thursday, February 25, 2021
Directed by Simón Uribe Martínez • Documentary • 2020 • 75 minutes • Icarus Films

Deep in the misty jungle of southern Colombia, between treacherously steep mountain slopes, stands an unfinished concrete bridge as an absurd symbol of human folly. Once intended as a link in the new “bypass” that was supposed to replace the perilous old road from Pasto to Mocoa, it’s now a bizarre attraction for day trippers taking selfies and kids doing motorcycle stunts. In 1991 a devastating … More

— Added Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Directed by Marcia Rock, Patricia Lee Stotter • Documentary • 55 minutes • Women Make Movies

Women make up 15 percent of today's military. That number is expected to double in 10 years. SERVICE highlights the resourcefulness of seven amazing women who represent the first wave of mothers, daughters and sisters returning home from the frontless wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Portraying the courage of women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives, this powerful film … More

— Added Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Directed by Michelle Memran • Documentary • 79 minutes • Women Make Movies

Maria Irene Fornes was one of America's greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds on-stage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. At the vanguard of the nascent Off-Off Broadway experimental theater movement in NYC, Fornes is … More

— Added Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Directed by Joan Braderman • Documentary • 2009 • 95 minutes • Women Make Movies

Tracing the influence of the Women’s Movement’s Second Wave on art and life, THE HERETICS is the exhilarating inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced “Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics” (1977-92). In this feature-length documentary, cutting-edge video artist/writer/director Joan Braderman, who joined the group in 1975 as an aspiring filmmaker, … More

— Added Friday, February 19, 2021
Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot • Documentary • With Ulrike Meinhof; Andreas Baader; Horst Mahler • 2019 • 93 minutes • Big World Pictures

In the 1960s, the young democracy of West Germany was embarrassed by its Nazi past, and ingrown in its role as imperialist and capitalist outpost faced by its communist double. The postwar generation, in direct conflict with their fathers, was trying to find its place. The student movement exploded in 1966. The pas de deux between students and the government deteriorated, and radicalized those involved … More

— Added Friday, February 19, 2021
Documentary • 2020 • 100 minutes • Icarus Films

209 rue St. Maur is a classic Parisian apartment building in the 10th arrondissement: Stone, built around a courtyard, shops on the bottom floor. In the first decades of the 20th century, it was home to some 300 working class people, about a third of them Jewish. And then came the Nazi occupation. Parents rounded up and deported. Children left on their own. Neighbors hiding Jewish kids under the blankets. … More

— Added Thursday, February 18, 2021
Directed by Kyoko Miyake • Documentary • 2017 • 88 minutes • KimStim

"IDOLS" has fast become a phenomenon in Japan as girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. TOKYO IDOLS—an eye-opening film gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on her journey toward fame. Now meet her "brothers": a group of adult … More