2017 | Canada, South Africa, Kenya | 80 minutes
Directors: Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman
Screenwriter: Anjali Nayar
Producers: Steven Markovitz, Anjali Nayar
Cinematographers: Joan Poggio, Anjali Nayar
Editors: Andrew MacCormack, Roderick Deogrades
Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader, fighting to crush corruption and environmental destruction in the country he loves.
Through the focus on one country, Silas is a tale of global proportions that warns of the power of politics and celebrates the power of individuals to fight back. One man’s battle gains momentum and emboldens communities to raise their fists and smart phones, seize control of their lands and protect their environment. It is a new generation of resistance.
2011 | Germany | 106 minutes
Director: Wim Wenders
Screenwriter: Wim Wenders
Producer: Wim Wenders
Cinematographers: Helene Louvart, Jorg Widmer
Editor: Toni Froschhammer
Wim Wenders’ documentary, Pina, is a tribute to the renowned German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who passed away in 2009. Pina Bausch was a much-loved choreographer whose work was unlike anybody else’s, incorporating earth, water, stones and city streets into music and movement. The film presents extracts from some of the most noted dance pieces by Pina Bausch in the Tanztheater, (“dance theater”), style of which Bausch was a leading exponent.
2017 | Czech Republic, France, Slovakia | 106 minutes
Director: Bohdan Sláma
Screenwriter: Bohdan Sláma
Producers: Pavel Strnad, Petr Oukropec
Cinematographer: Diviš Marek
Editor: Jan Danhel
Principal Cast: Zuzana Kronerová, Pavel Novy, Daniel Vizek, Václav Neužil, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Marek Daniel, Patra Špalková, Alena Mihulová, Marie Ludviková, and Luboš Vesely
After her husband’s death, 67-year-old Hana lives on alone in the family villa. Her two sons visit her with their families, but these visits frequently end in quarrels. Hana meets light-hearted Brona, a hardy fellow inured to winter swimming, who awakens her lust for life. Brona’s teammates absorb her into their swim team and as Hana learns to overcome her fear of icy water she gains a new sense of independence.
2017 | USA | 86 minutes
Director: David Abel
Screenwriters: David Abel, Andy Laub
Cinematographer: Cassandra Keith
Editor: Andy Laub
Buoyed by stunning natural imagery, accessible science and a colorful cast of characters, this timely documentary explores the vibrant culture of Florida’s airboaters, the men and women who have navigated the Everglades for generations—and whose way of life is on the cusp of vanishing. With its dizzying diversity of flora and fauna, the Everglades constitute Florida’s most emblematic terrain, supplying much of our drinking water and attracting visitors from all over the world. The increasingly precarious state of the Everglades’ ecosystem has prompted the world’s largest environmental restoration project—an initiative that seeks to ban the use of private airboats. While restorationists clearly articulate the urgency of curbing the impact of airboats, members of the Airboat Association of Florida claim the ban is hypocritical. https://youtu.be/_0MKDiArp9w provides a platform for advocates on both sides of this contentious issue.
2016 | USA | 94 minutes
Director: Ryan Suffern
Screenwriters: Mark Monroe, Ryan Suffern
Producers: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern, Stephen D. Smith, Scott Greathead, and Martin Singer
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Cinematographer: Michael Parry
Editor: Martin Singer
In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team – from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor – to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible…by finding the missing boy named Oscar.
2017 | USA | 97 minutes
Director: Peter Bratt
Screenwriter: Peter Bratt
Producers: Brian Benson and Peter Bratt
Cinematographer: Jesse Dana
Editor: Jessica Congdon
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century, and she continues the fight to this day at the age of 87. With intimate and previously unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.