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"I AM": Discovering the True Nature of Humanity

“What’s wrong with the world, and what can we do about it?” These are the two seemingly vague and yet deeply complex questions that director Tom Shadyac sought to answer when he se…

"Life of Pi": A Journey of Spirit and Survival

Like Pi Patel, the brave young protagonist of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi, Ang Lee attempted what was thought to be impossible when he decided to bring this…

"Planeat": Making the Case for an Earth-Conscious Diet

The Latin origin of the word “companion” literally means “one who eats bread with another,” and anyone who has ever walked past a bustling restaurant on a Friday night and listened…

"Samsara": A Cinematic Meditation

Two decades after rewriting the language of documentary filmmaking in the groundbreaking Baraka, director Ron Fricke and writer-producer Mark Magidson are adding the next chapter w…

“Samsara”: A Feast for the Senses

Samsara, a non-verbal, visually astounding documentary, is the second feature film by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of 1992’s critically acclaimed Baraka. Filmed in 25…

“Tapped”: The Truth Behind Bottled Water

The survival of humans, and of every ecosystem on Earth, relies on water. As one of our most essential resources, we cook with it, bathe in it, wash with it, and play in it. And, o…

Alice Walker Film Review: Beauty in Truth

 Pratibha Parmar’s powerful new film, Beauty in Truth, recounts the historically rich story of the first African American woman writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Walker has publ…

Awakening the Fire

R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman Canyon Records Not counting birdsong, cicada rhythms, and ocean waves, the most ancient music on earth was probably created by the human voice. N…

Behind the Scenes of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

"Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly is a call to action, extending the incredible reach of Ai Weiwei’s art by asking viewers to take the issue of global human rights to heart and make a simple gesture that would profoundly touch those unjustly imprisoned worlds away."

Brilliant Moon

Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse RinpocheBy Neten Chokling, with narration by Richard Gere and Lou ReedBeautifully filmed in Tibet, India, the United States, Bhutan, and Nepal, this docu…

Creative Clash

Director Jessica Habie speaks about her new film Mars at Sunrise, her story of imprisoned Palestinian painter Khaled, and his Israeli interrogator Eyal, himself a frustrated artist.

Delving into Silence with Patrick Shen

Exploring the waning resource of silence.

Elemental

Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri RoshanElemental traces the stories of three very different eco-warriors. In India, the catastrophic pollution of the Ganges now affects…

Film Review: Because I Was a Painter

Because I Was a PainterDirected by Christophe CognetUNIFRANCE FILMSChristophe Cognet’s quiet, almost experimental documentary asks that eternal question, “Can an artistic depiction…

Film Review: Dark Waters

If you just read a synopsis, director Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters might seem like a standard-issue socially conscious legal drama. It’s based on the true story of attorney Robert…

Film Review: Gift

There is a radical utopianism at the heart of Gift, but for its 90-minute running time, Robin McKenna’s documentary makes you believe such a world is possible. The film, inspi…

Film Review: One Track Heart - The Story of Krishna Das

Directed by Jeremy Frindel Krishna Das—an American chanter of an ancient Indian devotional music known as kirtan—was born Jeffrey Kagel on Long Island in 1947. He grew…

Film Review: The Human Experiment

The Human ExperimentDirected by Don Hardy and Dana NachmanKTFFilmsThe “experiment” referred to in the title of this documentary is the inadvertent one we’re all living in, thanks t…

Free China: The Courage to Believe

Directed by Michael PerlmanThe crackdown in China on practitioners of the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong has been widely documented in the West. Michael Perlman’s film puts a p…

I Am

The Shift is About to Hit the FanBy Tom ShadyacFilm director Tom Shadyac had it all — a successful film career (Ace Ventura; Liar, Liar; Bruce Almighty), a series of California man…

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