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Of Fathers and Sons - Following a Radical Islamist Family in Syria
In this Oscar -nominated documentary, filmmaker Talal Derki traveled to Syria where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare…
Sensitive - The Untold Story - A Film About the Innate Trait of High Sensitivity
Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? Did…
American Commune - America's Largest Socialist Experiment
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by…
For the Love of Spock - The Life of Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy
A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite trekkies worldwide, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tells the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy, for nearly fifty years. The film's focus began as a celebration…
Little White Lie - Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
Look At Us Now, Mother! - A Daughter and Mother Explore Their Past to Fix Their Future
Emmy award-winning Filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum presents a raw, fearless but bitingly funny portrait of both her childhood, fraught with humiliation, and her adulthood scarred by its fallout. Woven together from decades of personal home movies, photos and videos, LOOK AT…
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Mothers of Bedford - Women in Prison
Women are the fastest-growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentary gives human dimensions to these rarely reported statistics, taking us inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison north of…
Makala - An Intimate Portrait of a Man Supporting His Family in Congo
A powerful testament to one man's commitment to his family, and his endurance in working to provide them with a brighter future. Kasongo, a 28-year-old man living in Congo with his wife and daughters, dreams of purchasing a plot of…
Dear Zachary - A Letter to a Son About His Father
Shortly after his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby, was slain by jealous ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne was shocked to learn that Turner was pregnant with Bagby's unborn child. Hoping to create a film that would serve as…
Daddy and Papa
Daddy & Papa is a one-hour documentary video that opens a candid window on the personal, cultural and political implications of gay fatherhood. From surrogacy, foster care and interracial adoption to the complexities of gay divorce and the legal battles…
The Marina Experiment - A Father's Voyeuristic Obsession with his Daughter
Marina's father communicated with her solely through cameras and audio recording devices, documenting the emotional violations she endured under his direction. After his death she cleared out storage and discovered over 10,000 photographs, super 8 films and reel-to-reel audiotape interrogations…
Rich Hill - The Challenges and Dreams of Teenagers in a Rural American Town
Rich Hill, Missouri could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are…
Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story - A Man Falsely Accused of Killing his Wife Fights for Justice in Texas
An Audience Award-winning film at the SXSW Film Festival, this is a stunning true-crime documentary with human core. In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime.…
My Run - Running Marathons to Raise Awarness of Single Parents
After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life super hero and modern day Forrest Gump, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run…
That's a Family! - Divorce, LGBT, Single Parents & More
An outstanding and highly entertaining documentary that gives children and adult insights into what it's like to grow up in very diverse family structures. THAT'S A FAMILY! Will stretch your mind and touch your heart, no matter what your age.…
Aging in America: The Years Ahead - A Groundbreaking Look at What it Means to Grow Older
A highly charged journey across the landscape of aging. This film travels from coast to coast exploring the unprecedented highs and the prolonged lows of growing old. From burlesque dancers in their seventies to geriatric prison wards, this film takes…
First Person Plural
In this Emmy Award-nominated documentary, filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem explores themes of race, identity, assimilation, and birth family reunion. In 1966, Deann was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in…
Reunification - Memories of Migration
"In a style reminiscent of Chris Marker" (Facets) and praised for its "clear-eyed honesty" (Meredith Monk), this award-winning film gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, family psychology, and personal filmmaking. Director Alvin Tsang reflects for…
Read Me Differently: A Family’s Journey with Dyslexia, ADHD, and Learning Differences
A shock of recognition in social work school leads award-winning filmmaker Sarah Entine to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch…
Farewell Herr Schwarz - An Intimate Family History
Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Haifa International Film Festival , FAREWELL HERR SCHWARZ is a cinematic journey about buried family secrets, the Holocaust (from a third generation perspective) and how it is never too late to reclaim…