“A hypnotic trance from Rio de Janeiro." - La Jornada
This oneiric exploration of contemporary Rio de Janeiro through the lens of gender and metamorphosis follows the late Luana Muniz - the famous activist and leader in the transgender community - through the dazzling backdrop of Rio Carnival.
This heartfelt account follows the relationship of a Native American man and a White American woman to explore the intersection of gender and race.
This timely chronicle of South Africa's first female Public Protector is a sobering portrait of a society in turmoil - and illuminates the challenging fight against corruption and the legacy of institutionalized racism.
This artful exploration of the historical context of injustice in Ferguson Missouri that presaged the unrest there in 2014-2015 depicts a micro-history of race relations in America.
This investigation of one of the largest environmental disasters in recent history traces its origins in the nexus of big business and politics in Indonesia and explores its many ramifications.
This stark Argentinian documentary focuses in on the issue of domestic and gender-based violence - and the meticulous and unending work of a laudable social program to protect victims of abuse.
A disturbing and personal investigation of the horrors of the Iranian theocratic regime - this globe-trotting documentary exposes the lingering mental anguish of past trauma and the difficulty of bringing it to light.
This colorful documentary concerning the inhabitants of a poor neighborhood in Cairo records the joys and sorrows of its subjects over six years - revealing an intimate portrait of their everyday existence seldom found on the screen.
A sobering and emotional investigation of modern-day slavery - this Hungarian documentary focuses on one woman’s deplorable situation of domestic servitude and her desire to escape - raising questions about the psychology of abuse.
This observational portrait of a young boy living on the margins of Ethiopia's tantalizing narrative of growth captures the struggles beneath the headlines to offer a multi-layered reflection on inequality in a time of rapid modernization and change.
This intimate portrait of the Arhuaco tribe - an indigenous people living in a remote part of Colombia - reveals the struggles of the community to maintain its cultural identity in the face of an encroaching modern society and violent political turmoil.
This dauntless exposé follows Indonesian sulfur miners to reflect on the exploitation of a vulnerable community for which lack of opportunities perpetuates a life of labor and peril.
This reflective exploration of Latvia’s social and political milieu - and the simmering tensions with its Russian minority - reads the pressure along one of the world’s major geo-political fault lines -- the EU-Russia border.
This gripping exposé gives voice to a marginalized population of recyclers in Ghana to reflect on a poisonous side of globalization and the systematic exploitation of the people and environment of Africa.
This acclaimed documentary paints an incandescent portrait of a young woman who has gained an online following for her thought-provoking exhibitionism and socially-transgressive and sexually-ambiguous lifestyle.
Reflecting the evolution of Brazil's political crisis in recent years - this essential exposé of radical student activism offers a street-level view of the ramifications of austerity that helped set the stage for a right-wing political takeover.
Equally unsettling and thought-provoking - this documentary on an experimental open prison in Corsica explores the nature of crime and punishment through revealing in-depth interviews with serious sex offenders.
This portrait of an Irish farmer fighting to maintain control of his ancestral land against the machinations of a multi-national corporation offers a humanistic interrogation of the prevailing model of economic development in a globalizing world.
This profile of a Native American community in southern Louisiana imperiled by industrial encroachment and the climate crisis offers an up-close look at a unique culture facing inevitable change.
This kaleidoscopic essay film looks at decades of Queer representation in British media and popular culture to trace a chronicle of prejudice and misconception - and offer a reflection on the evolution of public acceptance.
This riveting account of a young female Egyptian activist and her fight for personal and political emancipation unfolds over the momentous six years following the Arab Spring.
This singular essay film traces the fragments of a revolution - splicing images of a dream for freedom from Palestinian struggle cinema - films produced between 1968 and 1982 in relation to the Palestinian revolution.
This highly acclaimed and ultimately disturbing documentary explores China's extreme forms of cyber escapism - and the omnipresent platform that caters to the isolation and ennui plaguing China's youth.
This deft essay film focuses in on an Aztec symbol of mythological import - and then proposes it as a metaphor and frame for seeing more deeply into the flux of modern Mexico City - and the adaptation required of those living on its margins to survive.