PERSEPOLIS is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people's hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power - forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.
Taxi to the Dark Side
Taxi to the Dark Side is a gripping investigation into the reckless abuse of power by the Bush Administration. By probing the homicide of an innocent taxi driver at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, the film exposes a worldwide policy of detention and interrogation that condones torture and the abrogation of human rights. This disturbing and often brutal film is the most incisive examination to date of the Bush Administration's willingness, in its prosecution of the "war on terror," to undermine the essence of the rule of law. The film asks and answers a key question: what happens when a few men expand the wartime powers of the executive to undermine the very principles on which the United States was founded.
Grace is Gone
There was a time when Stanley Phillips (John Cusack) could see his entire life clearly. He dreamed of patriotic service and was destined for a military career. He came close to that dream until it was cut short simply because of his poor eyesight. Now he's serving customers at a home supply store while his Sergeant wife is fighting in Iraq.
Set in Northern Uganda, a country ravaged by more than two decades of civil war, War/Dance tells the story of Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, three children whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons camp in Patongo. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival, their historic journey to their nation's capital is also an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and to taste victory for the first time in their lives.
Darfur Now is a story of hope in the midst of one of humanity's darkest hours - a call to action for people everywhere to end the catastrophe unfolding in Darfur, Sudan. In this documentary, the struggles and achievements of six different individuals from inside Darfur and around the world bring to light the tragedy in Sudan and show how the actions of one person can make a difference to millions.
In The Valley of Elah
In the Valley of Elah focuses on the what of the war, and leaves us to discuss the why. Why did we invade Iraq? Why are we still in Iraq? Why do our media seem to have such a hard time portraying the reality of the war and the policies behind it? And why can’t our leaders bring this war to an honorable conclusion?
The 11th Hour
Produced and Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th Hour describes the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how humanity has arrived at this moment - how we live, how we impact the earth's ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course.
Talk to Me
Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like it is."
No End in Sight
No End in Sight examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy-the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military-largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.
The Hip Hop Project
From Executive Producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project, winner of 13 film festival awards, is the compelling story of Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager who inspired a group of New York City teens to transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.
Founded by Executive Producer Brent Hoff and novelist Dave Eggers as a new offering from McSweeney's, Wholphin debuted in an audio visual edition of The Believer magazine. Wholphin is now a quarterly DVD magazine featuring short films, documentaries, animation, and instructional videos that have not, for whatever reason, found wide release.
One of the near-universal experiences of American life today is personal debt. At a time when personal savings are actually negative, personal debt has risen by 262% since 1980—since 2000 alone, from 96 percent of disposable income to 126 percent, a record high. Credit cards are one of the leading causes for this rise in personal debt, with Americans owing some $813 billion in credit card debt.
God Grew Tired of Us
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, God Grew Tired of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three “Lost Boys” from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities, and move to America.
Darfur Diaries: Message from Home
In February 2003, the Sudanese Liberation Army in Darfur (the western region of Sudan) took up arms against the Sudanese government after years of oppression. The government and allied militias answered the rebellion with mass murder, rape, and the wholesale destruction of villages and livelihood, resulting in one of the world's largest humanitarian and political crises. Up to two million people were displaced; 400,000 people killed.
Shut Up and Sing
Shut Up And Sing chronicles the Dixie Chick’s political journey over the past three years. At a 2003 concert, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, made an offhand and lighthearted comment in opposition to American operation in Iraq. “We don’t want this violence, this war” she said. “And we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”