This international independent series samples the best of international documentary.
A Village Called Versailles (#613) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
The incredible story of this little-known, tight-knit community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When the storm devastated New Orleans in August 2005, Versailles residents rebuilt their neighborhood faster than any other damaged neighborhood in the city, only to find themselves threatened by a new toxic landfill slated to open just two miles away. Forced out of Vietnam by the war 30 years ago, many residents felt their homes were being taken away from them once again.
Bolinao 52 (#606) Duration: 57:30 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A group of Vietnamese survivors of a tragic boat accident struggle to find peace years after the incident took place.
Here Comes Uncle Joe (#714) Duration: 55:00 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
He is not their uncle, and his name is not Joe. But to the old ladies of An-dong, a rural community in southeastern Korea, Uncle Joe is almost the only contact they have with the modern world. As the young leave these rural areas to acquire higher education and to find high salary jobs in the cities, there are no services or people to support old people. In this situation, Uncle Joe becomes the only man for the old.
However, his road taken isn't always happy. Because of their advanced years, Joe often encounters his old customer-friends' misery and death. Moreover, as he reflects on his life, he faces his inner conflict and shame. In this film, we see how Uncle Joe serves these communities with humor and attention, how love and friendship are infused in life, and how he overcomes his conflicts with his friends.
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls (#701) Duration: 53:24 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
This film mirrors the remarkable change that has taken place in Myanmar (Burma) since shooting began over two years ago. Through its exploration of 5 young women breaking free of tradition in their search for an original voice, it provides a powerful metaphor for a country suddenly thrust onto the world stage.
The Mosuo Sisters (#707) Duration: 54:33 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Two spirited daughters from China's last remaining matrilineal ethnic minority are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they've ever known. Left with few options, Jua Ma and La Tsuo leave Beijing for home, a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas. But home is no longer what it was, as growing exposure to the modern world irreparably changes the provocative traditions the Mosuo have built around their belief that marriage is an attack on the family.
Determined to keep their mother and siblings out of poverty, one sister sacrifices her dream of an education and stays home to farm, while the other leaves to try her luck in the city. From Lijiang to Chengdu, Jua Ma's interactions with rich Chinese businessmen, lecherous gangsters, Tibetan monks, and fledgling pop stars lead her on a precarious path that pits her hopes and dreams against bitter realities.
Rent-a-Family, Inc. (#616) Duration: 53:19 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
On the surface, Ryuichi looks like an ordinary, 44-year-old Japanese family man. He has a wife and two sons, and a good job in the customer service department at a toy factory. Yet unbeknownst to most - including his own family - he moonlights running his own business providing family members, friends, and even spouses for hire. Ryuichi and his employees are professional stand-ins, part of a growing service industry in Japan that rents out fake spouses, best men, relatives, friends, colleagues, boyfriends and girlfriends, all to spare their clients embarrassment at social functions such as weddings, funerals, or other family gatherings.
Tales of the Waria (#504) Duration: 57:24 STEREO
At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, this documentary intimately explores how one such community confronts issues of love, family, and faith. Traveling to Indonesia, the world's most populated Muslim country, it trains its lens on the warias, biological men who identify as women and are a surprisingly visible presence in a culture normally associated with strict gender divides. Interweaving the stories of several warias who make extraordinary sacrifices for love, this film creates a moving and unexpected portrait of a community that dares to live differently from the norm, despite what consequences may await them.
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The Supreme Price (#801) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.
Sepideh (#802) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations to a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream! She takes up the fight and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.
Avant (#803) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
In Uruguay, a forgotten national ballet company performing in a half-finished theater is shaken into life by the arrival of Julio Bocca, one of the best ballet dancers of all time. Retired and looking for a new place in the world of dance, Bocca accepts the challenge to direct the company and elevate it to international competition quality. To this aim he stakes his reputation as he negotiates the tensions between art and bureaucracy. A group of young dancers from varied backgrounds leave everything behind to audition for the resurrected national dance company. They face tough competition from the dancers who already have years of service to the national ballet. Avant explores a nation, a dance company, and three talented brothers as they evolve and discover their identities through the language of dance.