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contents                                           Der collections 2010-2011

3    Africa          13   Middle East              2011 marks our 42nd year as a producer, distributor
5    Asia            14   North America
                                                   and sponsor of some of the most unique documentary
8    Europe          20   International
10   Latin America   21   HarvardEthnography
                          Sensory SEL Collection
                                                   films about people and culture available today. We
13   Oceania              Lab Collection           have invested in our original collections so that clas-
                                                   sic films shot 60 or more years ago in 16mm are still
                                                   accessible on DVD or streaming video via the web.
                                                   In addition to The Odyssey Series, for the first time on DVD is the film
                                                   work of Richard Broadman, an uncompromising, independent film-
                                                   maker whose work has shed light on important political and social
                                                   issues for more than three decades. Broadman died at the age of 53 in
                                                   January 2000. His work has found an appropriate home here alongside
                                                   that of two other prominent film pioneers recently added to DER’s
                                                   collection: George Stoney and Jorge Prelorán.

                                                   DER’s approach to distribution continues to provide opportunities for
                                                   in-depth research not only into the subject matter of our films, but into
                                                   the very art and act of filmmaking and documentation. Even films that
                                                   stir controversy open up exciting possibilities for self-examination
                                                   and change. Secrets of the Tribe, Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha’s
                                                   disturbing look at the nature and practice of anthropology is just such
                                                   a film and we look forward to the discussions it will generate in the
                                                   academic community.

                                                   DER continues to present provocative films that we hope will provide
                                                   some answers but will also ask new questions to be addressed by future

                                                             Cynthia Close
                                                             Executive Director

                                                   staff & creDits:

                                                   Cynthia Close                  Frank aveni                        riChard Gardner
                                                   Executive Director             Director of Design & Media         Consultant

                                                   Brittany Gravely               Julia teitel                       John Marshall
                                                   Distribution/Office Manager    Broadcast Distribution Associate   Founding President

                                                   CRAIG CARPENTER                karMa Foley                        FoGelson-luBliner
                                                   Media Services Specialist      Marshall Collection Archivist      Catalog Graphic Design
suBject inDex
                                                                                *anthroPology & sociology are not
                                                                                 incluDeD, as most of our titles fall
                                                                                 unDer these categories.

Agriculture                               Gender Studies                        Religion                                                                                                                  return to the
11 cochengo miranDa                        3 the al-haDji anD his wives          19 Da feast!                                                                                                             lanD of souls
21 monsoon-reflections                    17 love stories                        5 Drums on the reD river
                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the southeast ivory Coast,
12 owners of the water                    14 miss margaret                       9 the feast-Day of tamar & lashari
                                                                                                                                                                                                          some Akan communities still
6 the rising wave                         12 Poto mitan                          9 funeral chants from
                                                                                   the georgian caucasus                                                                                                  make contact with their ances-
                                          13 (un)veileD
                                                                                 10 imaginero                                                                                                             tral spirits through priests who
Art & Music                                7 yinDaBaD
                                                                                 6 the left eye of goD                                                                                                    become possessed by the spirits of
4 an african Brass BanD
                                                                                 13 ngat is DeaD                                                                                                          the Forest and the Waters. A writer
12 BirDs of Passage                       Health/Medicine
                                                                                20 the oDyssey series                                                                                                     from the Ivory Coast, Jean Marie
19 Da feast!                              15 all my BaBies
                                                                                 13 PaPa Bilong chimBu                                                                                                    Addiaffi (1941-1999), fought to
9 the feast-Day of tamar & lashari         8 juliette of the herBs
                                                                                 3 return to the lanD of souls                                                                                            conserve their rich oral literature,
18 fully awake                            14 miss margaret
                                                                                 18 scenes from a Parish                                                                                                  myths and legends, as well as
9 funeral chants from                     12 a Place calleD los Pereyra
  the georgian caucasus                                                          15 the shePherD of the night flock                                                                                       their knowledge and uses of the
                                          13 PostcarDs from tora Bora
8 how the myth was maDe                                                           7 songs of a sorrowful man                                                                                              plants. In this stunning film, one
                                          10 secrets of the triBe
14 hyman Bloom                                                                   11 Zulay                                                                                                                 of her disciples attends the initia-
                                           7 sPeaking tree
10 imaginero                                                                                                                                                                                              tion rites of those chosen by the
                                           6 two viDeo rePorts from china…
4 masters of the Balafon series                                                 Urban Studies                                                                                                             spirits and witnesses one of them
                                          18 when meDicine got it wrong
3 movement (r)evolution africa                                                   16 Brownsville Black & white                                                                                             proclaimed as the new Komian or
9 PolyPhony of ceriana                                                           21 chaiqian (Demolition)                                                                                                 high animistic priest.
                                          Indigenous Culture
15 the shePherD of the night flock                                               17 chilDren of laBor
                                           5 Drums on the reD river                                                                                                                                       Jordi esteva
4 siaka                                                                          17 Down the Project
                                          15 for our street family                                                                                                                                        color, 50 min, 2010
7 the song of harmonics                                                          17 mission hill anD the
                                           4 !kung shorts collection                miracle of Boston                                                                                                     $195      $39.95
7 songs of a sorrowful man
                                          13 ngat is DeaD                        14 race or reason: the BellPort Dilemma
15 southern voices
                                          20 the oDyssey series                  18 scenes from a Parish
6 the stitches sPeak
                                          12 owners of the water                 21 songhua
5 treasure of the lisu
                                          13 PaPa Bilong chimBu
                                           3 return to the lanD of souls        War & Conflict
                                          10 secrets of the triBe                8 auschwitZ Dialogues
16 Brownsville Black & white
                                           5 treasure of the lisu                5 40 years of silence
21 chaiqian (Demolition)
                                          19 umiaq skin Boat                     12 living at risk
17 chilDren of laBor
                                          11 Zulay                               13 PaPa Bilong chimBu
11 cochengo miranDa
                                                                                 19 Peacing it together
17 Down the Project                                                                                                        movement                                 they turneD our                       the al-haDji
                                          Media/Communication                    13 Plastic flowers never Die
10 imaginero                                                                                                               (r)evolution africa                      Desert into fire                      anD his wives
                                           8 how the myth was maDe               13 PostcarDs from tora Bora
21 kāle anD kāle
                                          19 Peacing it together                 14 race or reason: the BellPort Dilemma   in an astonishing exposition of          in July of 2005, Mark Brecke          a portrait of a Fulani patriarch,
17 mission hill anD the
   miracle of Boston                      20 the Professional foreigner           7 returneD: chilD solDiers               choreographic creations, nine            was invited to Capitol Hill to give   his savvy wives, and their rebel-
                                                                                    of nePal's maoist army
12 Poto mitan                             21 still life                                                                    African choreographers tell              a presentation of his work in         lious daughters, this documentary
                                                                                 3 they turneD our Desert into fire
21 songhua                                 3 they turneD our Desert into fire                                              story of the emerging art form of        Darfur to members of Congress.        provides a glimpse into the chal-
6 the stitches sPeak                       5 treasure of the lisu                                                          Contemporary African Dance.              The train trip from San Francisco     lenges of their everyday lives and
5 treasure of the lisu                                                                                                     Stunning choreography and                presented an opportunity to           into their religious and political
                                                                                 8 Breaking the cycle
16 water anD the Dream                    Politics                                                                         riveting critiques challenge stale       raise awareness about the crisis.     convictions. With a critical but
   of the engineers                                                              15 for our street family
                                           8 auschwitZ Dialogues                                                           stereotypes of “traditional Africa”      Complementing his photographs         sympathetic gaze, it also chroni-
11 Zulay                                                                         5 40 years of silence
                                          16 Brownsville Black & white                                                     to unveil soul-shaking responses         of human suffering in Darfur and      cles and investigates the process
                                                                                 8 imagine a school… summerhill
                                          17 chilDren of laBor                                                             to the beauty and tragedy of 21st        the refugee camps of Chad are         and rationale by which Amina,
Education                                                                        12 a Place calleD los Pereyra
                                           9 coffee futures                                                                century Africa.                          moving accounts                       a 16-year-old daughter of the
8 Breaking the cycle                                                             14 race or reason: the BellPort Dilemma
                                          16 the collective                                                                                                         of Mark’s experiences and             family, is forced into an unwanted
18 fully awake                                                                    7 returneD: chilD solDiers                Joan Frosch, alla kovgan
                                          17 Down the Project                       of nePal's maoist army                                                          comprehensive expert analysis,        marriage.
8 imagine a school… summerhill                                                                                              color, 65 min, 2007
                                           5 40 years of silence                                                                                                    which illuminate the full dimen-
19 Peacing it together                                                                                                      $225      $49.95                                                               Jie li
                                           5 ghosts anD numBers                                                                                                     sions of the crisis and raise
12 a Place calleD los Pereyra                                                                                                                                                                              color, 50 min, 2006
                                           8 imagine a school… summerhill                                                                                           serious questions about the
14 race or reason: the BellPort Dilemma                                                                                     earthdanCe FilM Festival,                                                      $195      $49.95
                                          12 living at risk                                                                 northaMpton, Ma, 2007                   world’s apparent indifference.
10 secrets of the triBe                                                                                                     aFriCan FilM Festival, neW york, 2007
                                          19 marion stoDDart: work of 1000
                                                                                                                            Best Dance Film awarD, Cyprus            Mark Brecke                           aFriCa World doCuMentary
                                          17 mission hill anD the                                                           international FilM Festival, 2007
Environment/Ecology                                                                                                                                                                                        FilM Festival, st. louis, Mo, 2007
                                             miracle of Boston                                                              MuseuM oF Fine arts, Boston, 2007        color, 88 min 2008                    Mostra international ethnoGraphiC
                                                                                                                            neW york aFriCan FilM Festival,                                                FilM Festival, Brazil, 2007
8 juliette of the herBs                   20 the oDyssey series                                                                                                      $195    $49.95
                                                                                                                            neW york, 2007                                                                 aFriCa World doCuMentary
19 marion stoDDart: work of 1000          12 owners of the water                                                                                                                                           FilM Festival, laGos, niGeria, 2007
6 moDel for conservation                  13 Plastic flowers never Die
21 monsoon-reflections                    13 PostcarDs from tora Bora
                                                                                                                            DvD Pricing key
12 owners of the water                    10 secrets of the triBe
6 the rising wave                         21 still life                                                                          institutional sale - includes public performance rights.
16 water anD the Dream                     3 they turneD our Desert into fire                                                    Consumer sale - for home use only.
   of the engineers
7 yinDaBaD

                                                                                             an african Brass BanD
                                                                                             at the beginning of the 20th cen-
                                                                                             tury in Jacqueville, Côte d’Ivoire,
                                                                                             traditional music was forbid-
                                                                                                                                   ghosts anD numBers
                                                                                             den by the missionaries. But the
                                                                                             inhabitants’ enjoyment of their       set in the aftermath of Thai-
                                                                                             local festivals proved stronger,      land’s devastating financial crash,
                                                                                             and the little town developed its     the film is a fantastic meditation
masters of the Balafon series                                                                own dancing brass band.               on Thai encounters with the spirit
                                                                                                                                   world and the world of numbers,
emblematic of the senufo people of the Côte d'Ivoire, the Bala-                                hugo zemp
                                                                                                                                   as they intersect in unexpected
fon is a xylophone with calabash resonators. Ethnomusicologist                                 color, 73 min, 2006
                                                                                                                                   ways. It is a dream-like journey
Hugo Zemp documents all aspects this vital instrument plays                                    $195    $49.95
                                                                                                                                   through Bangkok streets where
throughout their lives in this detailed series.
                                                                                                                                   displaced farmers sell lottery        40 years of silence:
funeral festivities                             the joy of youth
                                                                                                                                   tickets, and lottery enthusiasts      an inDonesian trageDy
                                                                                                                                   consult fortune tellers and com-
                                                                                                                                                                         in 1965, General suharto’s purge of suspected Communists in
Balafon orchestras play in five                 Senufo musicians and non-                                                          municate with spirits. Ghosts in
                                                                                                                                                                         1965 resulted in 500,000 deaths. In the first documentary to explore
villages during celebrations that               musicians, young and old, talk                                                     many forms haunt Thailand’s
                                                                                                                                                                         the personal effects of the killings, four Indonesian families narrate
include the most important rites,               about the occasions for which                                                      past and present among half-
                                                                                                                                                                         their struggles with survival, their feelings of hatred and revenge, and
ceremonies and rejoicings in the                the balafon marks the rhythms                                                      constructed buildings and other
                                                                                                                                                                         ultimately their journeys to reconciliation and redemption. As they
life of the Senufo.                             of life for this agricultural                                                      ruins of globalization.
                                                                                                                                                                         break their silence publicly for the first time, each family provides
color, 80 min + extras, 2001                                                                                                        alan klima                           an intimate and frightening look at what it was like for survivors and
                                                                                             siaka, an african
$195      $49.95                                color, 70 min + extras, 2002                                                        color, 67 min, 2009                  reflects upon the stigmatization they continue to endure.
                                                $195      $39.95                                                                    $195      $39.95
                                                                                                                                                                          robert lemelson
the wooD anD the                                                                             siaka diabaté is a multi-talented
                                                                                                                                                                          color, 86 min, 2009, $195         49.95
calaBash                                        frienD, well come!                           professional musician, and for
                                                                                                                                   “…glimmers with a
                                                                                             the local festivals in Bouaké plays
Each step in the manufacture of                 Six orchestras, playing simul-
                                                                                             five instruments: the Senufo and       rare blend of mystery                 Boston international FilM Festival, Boston, Ma, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                          XiX international Festival oF ethnoloGiCal FilM, BelGrade, serBia, 2010
the balafon is shown, from the                  taneously but independently,
prayer before felling a tree to the             circle with dancers around the
                                                                                             Maninka balafons, the kora harp,       and humanity.”
                                                                                             the dundun drum and the electric       — kevin lanGson, san Francisco Bay
fixing of the buzzing membranes,                deceased person in an uninter-                                                      GuarDian
which give this instrument its                  rupted document in real-time.
characteristic timbre.                                                                       hugo zemp
                                                color, 27 min + extras, 2002
                                                                                             color, 79 min, 2005
color, 47 min, 2002                             $145      $29.95
                                                                                             $195     $49.95
$195      $39.95

                                                                           !kung short films comPilation
                                                                           Between 1950–1958, John Marshall made four
                                                                           expeditions to film the Ju/’hoansi (a group of !Kung    Drums on the reD river
                                                                           Bushmen) of the Nyae Nyae region of Namibia (then
                                                                                                                                   once a year in Yen Vinh, Hung
                                                                           South West Africa). Marshall and his family, who
                                                                                                                                   Yen Province a grand three-day
                                                                           together undertook an extensive multi-disciplinary
                                                                                                                                   festival is held to worship the god
                                                                           study of Ju/’hoansi, spent the greatest amount of
                                                                                                                                   Chu Dong Tu and his two wives.
                                                                           time with the people of /Gautcha, including
                                                                                                                                   Three area villages converge
                                                                           ≠Oma, !U, Tsamko, N!ai, and /Gunda. During this
                                                                           time, Marshall shot over 300,000 feet of 16mm film
                                                                                                                                   on the main temple complex to         treasure of the lisu
                                                                                                                                   participate in the ritual offer-
                                                                           (157 hours). He later produced a total of 23 films                                            a skilled craftsman, Ah-Cheng is the only person in his Tibetan
                                                                                                                                   ings, folk games, ca tru singing,
                                                                           exclusively from this footage. 15 of those are short                                          village who still makes the Chiben, a four-string lute – one of the most
                                                                                                                                   and other events. The video
                                                                           films that Marshall referred to as “sequence films.”                                          important objects to the Lisu People. Through intimate access to the
                                                                                                                                   documents the festival of 2007, a
                                                                           Each focuses on a single event, providing the viewer                                          daily life of three generations in his family, this short film shows, with
disC one: a CurinG CereMony (BW) (8:24) Group oF WoMen (5:07) a                                                                    result of the widespread revival of
JokinG relationship (12:42) n/uM tChai: the CereMonial danCe oF            a brief introduction followed by an uninterrupted                                             compassion and humor, the effect of modernization and its implica-
the !kunG BushMen (BW) (19:44) the Melon tossinG GaMe (14:52) lion                                                                 traditional folk festivals that has
GaMe (4:33) an arGuMent aBout a MarriaGe (18:45) Men BathinG (13:44)
                                                                           sequence.                                                                                     tion on ethnic traditions, community and family life.
                                                                                                                                   followed reform in Vietnam.
disC tWo: playinG With sCorpions (4:28) a rite oF passaGe (14:44)           John Marshall                                                                                 yan Chun su
deBe’s tantruM (8:22)the Wasp nest (12:47) the Meat FiGht (14:12)                                                                   Jayasinhji Jhala
BaoBaB play (7:54)
                                                                            color, b&w, 161 min, 2009, $395     $89.95                                                    color, 30 min, 2010, $145        29.95
                                                                                                                                    color, 73 min, 2010
                                                                                                                                    $195      39.95

                                                                       4                                                                                                                    5
Asia                                                                                                                                                                                  the song of harmonics
                                                                                                                                                                                      in overtone (or bi-phonic) singing, best known in
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mongolia and among the Tuva people of Southern
                                                            the stitches sPeak                                                                                                        Siberia, a single person sings what the audience per-
                                                            this delightful animated short shares the stories                                                                         ceives as two voices at once: a low pitch with his vocal
                                                            of individual Kutch artisans who formed the Kala                                                                          cords and a high-pitched melody using harmonics
                                                            Raksha Trust and School for Design in India. The                                                                          selected by modifying the volume of the mouth
                                                            film adds another dimension to their narrative art of                                                                     cavity. Shooting x-ray pictures of tongue movements
                                                            appliqué and embroideries through which they ar-                                                                          and the spectral views of overtones, the filmmaker
                                                            ticulate their responses to life: events as traumatic as                                                                  and researchers discover how this unique vocal
                                                            the earthquake and as joyful as flying a kite. Through                                                                    technique operates.
                                                            conversations and memories four voices detail the
                                                                                                                                                                                       hugo zemp
                                                            evolution of a craft tradition.
                                                                                                                                                                                       color, 38 min, 1990, $145     29.95
                                                               nina sabnani
                                                               color, 12 min, 2010, $95   19.95                        returneD: chilD solDiers
                                                                                                                       of nePal's maoist army
                                                                                                                       shangri-la to hell in ten years: how did Nepal, a peaceful country,
                                                                                                                       become home to the most dramatic Maoist insurgency in modern history?

                                                                                                                       Former Nepali child soldiers describe their dramatic recruitment and
                                                                                                                       participation in the Maoist People’s Liberation Army during their elev-
                                                                                                                       en-year war with the Hindu monarch of Nepal. With the major conflict
                                                                                                                       ended and the Maoists in control of the government, these children
                                                                                                                       are now discarded by the Maoist leadership and forced to return home
a moDel for                                                                                                            to communities and families that want nothing to do with them. For                Best doCuMentary short,
conservation                                                                                                           many of the children of Nepal’s Maoist Army, the return home can be               atlanta underGround FilM Festival, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Best short - Children’s advoCaCy,
                                                                                                                       even more painful than the experience of war. Talking to these children           5th annual artivist
operation Wallacea is a group                                                                                                                                                                            FilM Festival, los anGeles, 2008
                                                                                                                       as they attempt to rebuild their lives, the film explains why they joined
of scientists who have established                                                                                                                                                                       Care FilM Festival, JohannesBurG,
                                                                                                                       the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.                    south aFriCa, 2008
alternative conservation strate-
gies in biodiversity hotspots such
                                        two viDeo rePorts from china:                                                                                                                                    Best student Work,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         soCiety For visual anthropoloGy

as the Island of Buton, Indonesia.
                                        acuPuncture anD herBal meDicine                                                 robert koenig
                                                                                                                        color, 30 min 2008, $145      $39.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                         FilM Festival, san FranCisCo, Ca, 2008

Their methods involve helping           invited by the Chinese government in 1977, twenty-three American                longer version now available: 57 min $195      $49.95
the local people develop strategies     family planning workers from the fields of medicine, public health, me-
to earn income without harming          dia and administration studied birth control, maternity and child care
the delicate ecology. The video         methods and facilities in China. This DVD contains two video reports
also features footage of newly-dis-     made during the trip: In China Family Planning is No Private Matter (32
covered bird, insect and animal         min), and Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (22 min).
species in their natural habitats.
                                        In addition to documenting the extensive use of herbal therapy and
 anne zeller                            acupuncture, they inquire about the government's methods of surveil-
 color, 18 min, 2010                    lance that were instrumental in conducting the declared policy of
 $145     29.95                         “one child per family” and observe its consequences in factories and
                                        communes.                                                                      songs of a                              sPeaking tree                             yinDaBaD
                                                                                                                       sorrowful man
                                         George C. stoney                                                                                                      For over five years, the film-            the narmada valley devel-
                                         b&w, 54 min, 1978, $195       49.95                                           Charismatic and unconven-               maker follows the unusual story           opment project currently
                                                                                                                       tional, Dukhushyam is a painter,        of man named Deva who loses               underway in India involves the
                                                                                                                       composer, and singer who is             his mind while grazing camels in          construction of more than 3000
                                        the rising wave                                                                legendary in rural West Bengal.         the desert of northwestern India.         dams. Over 2.5 million people
                                                                                                                       As documented in Singing Pictures       After his wife leaves, his mother         have already been affected, most
                                        presenting indian cultures who
                                                                                                                       (2006), he encourages Indian            looks after him, and he spends            of them indigenous Adivasis who
                                        have shared and managed water
                                                                                                                       women to take up the craft of           each day tied to a tree in the vil-       have been struggling against the
the left eye of goD                     resources in ways unchanged
                                                                                                                       scroll painting and musical com-        lage. Ten years later, a massive          interests of the government and
                                        for centuries, the film focuses on
a synthesis of eastern and                                                                                             position traditionally pursued by       earthquake kills thousands and            large corporations for over 20
                                        those who have relied on their
western traditions, Caodaism                                                                                           men. This new film chronicles his       makes millions homeless but               years. Fighting for the conserva-
                                        local natural water for fishing and
emerged in Saigon in the 1920s                                                                                         vision of the decline and rebirth       gives Deva his mind, his san-             tion of their culture and their
                                        farming for generations. In the
and was soon a major religion                                                                                          of his art; his tolerant Sufi Muslim    ity, and his life back. Much has          land, women are the central char-
                                        rapidly transforming economy
in Vietnam. Though Caodaists                                                                                           spirituality; his engagement with       changed, and for Deva, today’s            acters in this critical study of the
                                        of India, corporations now
attempted to heal the wounds of                                                                                        Hindus, Muslims and the modern          reality may just be a different kind      hidden socio-ecological impact
                                        control and determine access to
war and colonialism, they suf-                                                                                         world; his encyclopedic knowl-          of “insanity,” yet one which he can       of economic development and
                                        this natural resource. A complex
fered continual persecution. In                                                                                        edge of music and painting; and         decide whether or not to accept.          globalization.
                                        picture emerges between the two
this study of a largely unknown                                                                                        his teachings for future genera-
                                        divergent views: water as a billion-                                                                                    natasha de Betak                           Mariano agudo, rol Guitián
mystical tradition, Caodaists tell                                                                                     tions of painters and singers in
                                        dollar industry versus water as a                                                                                       color, 65 min, 2008                        color, 55 min, 2007
their stories of exile, anti-colonial                                                                                  his community.
                                        sacred gift for all humankind.                                                                                          $195     $49.95                            $195     $49.95
struggle and building immigrant
                                                                                                                        lina Fruzzetti, Ákos Östör,
congregations in California.             shweta kishore & yask desai
                                                                                                                        aditinath sarkar
                                         color, 86 min, 2010
 Janet hoskins, susan hostkins                                                                                          color, 35 min, 2009
                                         $195     $49.95
 color, 50 min, 2008                                                                                                    $145    $39.95
 $195     $49.95
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Europe                                                                                                                                                                                              coffee futures
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coffee Futures weaves together
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Turkish custom of coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                    fortune-telling with Turkey’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                    decades-long attempt to join the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    European Union, revealing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    textures of a society whose fate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    has long been nationally and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    internationally debated. It inves-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    tigates the collective psychology
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of anticipating an uncertain
                                                                                                                                                                                                    national future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     zeynep devrim Gürsel
                                                                                                                                                                                                     color, 22 min, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                     $145     $29.95
                                                                                                                      “…a delightful, engaging and brilliant short
                                                                                 how the myth                          film about Turkey's ambivalent relationship                                   audienCe aWard – short FilM, iF istanBul

                                                                                 was maDe                              with the European Union…”
                                                                                                                                                                                                     independent FilM Festival, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                     san FranCisCo international
                                                                                                                                                                                                     FilM Festival, 2010
                                                                                 George stoney’s grandfather                                                                                         ann arBor FilM Festival, MiChiGan, 2010
                                                                                                                       —Melani CaMMett, BroWn university
                                                                                 was the doctor on the island in
juliette of the herBs                                                            Ireland where the legendary

an inspiring tale of a remarkable healer, this lyrical portrait chronicles
                                                                                 maker of documentary film,                                                   funeral chants from
the life of Juliette de Bairacli Levy: world-renowned herbalist, author,
                                                                                 Robert Flaherty, shot his 1934                                               the georgian caucasus
                                                                                 film Man of Aran. So Stoney's
breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveler in search of                                                                                        the svans represent about 1% of the Georgian population and
                                                                                 film, exploring the effects
herbal wisdom and pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. For over                                                                                           have a unique language and religion, yet the polyphony of the
                                                                                 Flaherty's film had on the Aran
60 years she lived with the nomads and peasants of the world, learning                                                                                        Svans is one of the major styles of Georgian vocal art. In their fu-
                                                                                 island and its people, digs into
the healing arts from people close to nature. Her classic herbals for                                                                                         neral rituals, they combine three vocal expressions rarely found
                                                                                 his own roots while it studies
animals and for children have been a vital inspiration for the present-                                                                                       now: women's individual laments punctuated by collective wails,
                                                                                 the work of his intellectual
day herbal renaissance.                                                                                                                                       men's individual laments, and polyphonic chants by male choirs.
                                                                                 mentor. Stoney says, “How the
                                                                                                                                                              These collective chants of great intensity manage to convey the
 tish streeten                                                                   Myth Was Made illustrates what
                                                                                                                                                              inexpressible grief of those faced with death.
 color, 75 min, 1998, $195        $49.95                                         I believe to be a common truth:
                                                                                 the filmmaker always leaves                                                   hugo zemp
                                                                                 his mark on the places and the                                                color, 21 min, 2007, $145   $39.95
“It is a film that expresses in a profound way                                   people he films.”
 the essence of what it means to be an herbalist                                                                      the feast-Day of
 and earth steward.”
                                                                                  George C. stoney
                                                                                  color, 58 min, 1979
                                                                                                                      tamar anD lashari
                                                                                  $195    $49.95                      the pshavi people of Georgia perform an annual
 — shatoiya de la tour, herBalist, dry Creek herB FarM and
 learninG Center, CaliFornia                                                                                          ritual combining ancient polytheistic beliefs
                                                                                                                      and Orthodox Christian faith. Celebrating
                                                                                                                      Queen Tamar (12-13th Century) and her son
                                                                                                                      Lasha, pilgrims meet for three days at sanctuar-
                                                                                                                      ies consecrated to these deities and worship
                                                                                                                      them through prayers, songs and sacrifices. The
                                                                                                                      uniqueness of this “pagan” ritual is exemplified
                                                                                                                      in their songs: centuries-old songs with music
                                                                                                                      traditional and modern, rural and urban, orien-
                                                                                                                      tal and occidental.

Breaking the cycle                           imagine a school…                   the auschwitZ                        Study guide available
                                             summerhill                          Dialogues
By placing the students'                                                                                               hugo zemp
emotional well-being first, a                at summerhill, the famous           everyone has heard of the             color, 73 min, 1998, $195     $49.95
visionary schoolmaster trans-                alternative boarding school,        concentration and extermination
formed Woodlands County                      attendance in classes is vol-       camps at Auschwitz, but not many                                             PolyPhony of ceriana:
Primary School in Gillingham,                untary, and children can play       recognize the small Polish town                                              the comPagnia sacco
Kent from a neglected, under-                all day if they feel like it. The   by its present name Oświęcim.
                                                                                                                                                              in Ceriana, a village in West liguria on the southern slopes of the
achieving institution into one               staff and students must take        Arriving at this site, a team of
                                                                                                                                                              Italian Alps descending to the Mediterranean coast, people love
of the best schools in the UK.               on the British Labor Govern-        young filmmakers find them-
                                                                                                                                                              to sing. The most committed to preserve the traditional drone
                                             ment to fight for the alternative   selves caught amid a conflict be-
 John dickinson, Mark dickinson                                                                                                                               polyphony of the region, the Compagnia Sacco choir do not sing
                                             boarding school’s existence         tween Jewish Holocaust survivors
 color, 52 min, 2008                                                                                                                                          under the direction of a conductor and do not limit themselves
                                             – proving the very educational      and the town’s Polish inhabitants,
 $195     $49.95                                                                                                                                              to giving concerts internationally and producing CDs; they still
                                             principals on which the school      who struggle to define the town’s
                                                                                                                                                              nurture the tradition of singing together with friends at local
                                             was founded.                        modern day identity.
                                               William tyler smith                Marian ehret
                                                                                                                                                               hugo zemp
                                               color, 67 min, 2008                color, 60 min, 2007
                                                                                                                                                               color, 70 min, 2010, $145   $39.95
                                               $195     $49.95                    $145    $39.95

                                                                 8                                                                                                            9
Latin America
                                                                                                                                                               “…complex, shattering...”
                                                                                                                                                                   —kenneth turan, la times

secrets of the triBe                                                                                                                                           “…deft and outrageous...”
                                                                                                                                                                   —peter keouGh, Boston Phoenix
anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this investiga-
tion of the seminal research on Yanomamo Indians. In the 1960s
and '70s, anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe
this “virgin” society. Thirty years later, the events surrounding
                                                                                                                                                               “While there is plenty to be
this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics                                                                                              appalled about here, Secrets of
and infighting. Heated disputes on the origins of violence and
war and the accuracy of data gathering descend into allegations
                                                                                                                                                                the Tribe is actually quite funny,
of sexual and medical violation. Allowing professors accused of                                                                                                 insightful and entertaining.
heinous activities to defend themselves, and the Yanomamo to
present their side of the story, this riveting excavation decon-
                                                                                                                                                                The egos, the inconsistencies
structs anthropology's colonial legacy and challenges our soci-                                                                                                 and the battle of the minds
ety's myths of objectivity and the very notion of “the other.”
                                                                                                                                                                keep the narrative moving
 José padilha
 color, 94 min, 2010, $295
                                                                                                                                                                forward at superb speed, raising
                                                                                                                                                                questions about motive,
                                                                                                                                                                opportunity and objectivity
 sundanCe FilM Festival, 2010
 independent FilM Festival oF Boston, 2010
 hotdoCs, Canada, 2010
 it's all true, rio de Janiero, Brazil, 2010                                                                                                                    along the way.”
 los anGeles international FilM Festival, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                   —John esther, movinG Pictures maGazine
 sheFField doCuMentary Festival, uk, 2010
 silverdoCs, WashinGton dC, 2010

collecteD films of jorge Prelorán                                                                                                                                  Zulay, facing the 21st century
A cinematic icon in his native Argentina, Jorge Prelorán was            For the first time on DVD and                                                              Filmed over a span of 8 years, the film is based
a pioneer in the field of ethnographic documentary film and a           available in the US, these first                                                           on a dialogue between Zulay Saravino, an indig-
professor emeritus at UCLA. He is best known for his intimate ap-       three releases are a great in-                                                             enous Otavaleña of Equator, and Mabel Prelo-
proach to ethnographic film, a style he termed "ethnobiography."        troduction to this documentary                                                             ran, an Argentine anthropologist living in Los
In many of his films, Prelorán's protagonists tell their personal       master. Please check our website                                                           Angeles, on the feelings and problems that both
stories in their own words, while revealing the story of their com-     for updates as our Prelorán                                                                women suffered while adapting to the country
munities and cultures. During his lifetime, Prelorán collaborated       collection grows!                                                                          to which they emigrated. A universal docu-
with a wide variety of anthropologists, writers, musicians, film-                                                                                                  ment on transculturation and the decisions
makers and others, both in Argentina and the United States. He                                                                                                     that are faced on identity, education, economic
produced and directed more than fifty films and has credits on                                                                                                     advancement and emotional ties.
many other fiction and non-fiction films. He passed away last year
                                                                                                                                                                    Jorge prelorán, Mabel prelorán, zulay saravino
at the age of 75.
                                                                                                                                                                    color, 110 min, 1992, $195     $39.95

                                                                                                                                                                    English and Spanish versions available
                                                    (hermogenes cayo)
                                                    hermogenes Cayo is a self-taught woodcarver
                                                    and painter who lives on the high, cold Andean
                                                                                                           cochengo miranDa
                                                    plateau of Argentina. Devout, austere and dedi-        the reveries, pains and pleasures of a family in
                                                    cated to craftsmanship, he can make anything           the Western Pampas of Argentina are revealed
                                                    from religious figures to a working harmo-             during a time of great change. Cochengo, a folk
                                                    nium. Observed during times both festive and           singer in his youth, now raises cattle in this
                                                    ordinary, Hermogenes and his family live much          remote land where the elders speak of the im-
                                                    as their ancestors have always done, raising           portance and value of traditions, and the young
                                                    sheep and weaving cloth, but a train now makes         adapt to a life marked by modernization—most
                                                    the rest of the world closer; “the children play       of them leaving to gain a better education in
                                                    differently now that they have been to town,”          the cities. The result is a warm, intimate por-
                                                    he notes.                                              trait told by the settlers themselves.

                                                      Jorge prelorán                                        Jorge prelorán
                                                      color, 53 min, 1970, $195   $39.95                    color, 53 min, 1974, $195   $39.95

                                                 10                                                                                                           11
                                                                                                                                       Oceania/Middle East

                                                                                                                                                                                                  PaPa Bilong chimBu
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Father John nilles lived with the people of Chimbu
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Papua New Guinea for 54 years learning their
                                                                                                                                                                                                  language and way of life, introducing them to his
                                                                                                                                                                                                  God and Western culture. More than just a priest, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                  would become an anthropologist, linguist, politician
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and clan leader. As the filmmaker pieces together a
BirDs of Passage                                                      a Place calleD los Pereyra                                                                                                  portrait of her fascinating great-uncle, she discovers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  an unexpected new family. Her extraordinary tale
two young uruguayan songwriters leave be-                             in the impoverished and isolated region of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  offers insights into the complexity of colonialism,
hind their respective hometowns on the borders                        Northern Argentina known as "El Impenetra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  religion and cultural exchange.
of Brazil and Argentina, and move to the capital                      ble,” children eagerly await a visit from their
to fulfill their dreams of recording albums. The                      “Godmothers”— a charity mission from Buenos                                                                                    verena thomas
film fuses the arts of documentary film and                           Aires. When they arrive, life in Los Pereyra                                                                                   color, 54 min, 2009, $195        $39.95
music, interweaving the songs and stories of                          changes completely. Both delighted and bewil-
these struggling composers. With vérité cinema-                       dered, the children learn many things from                                                                                     rai ethnoGraphiC FilM Festival, uk, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                     tahiti international doCuMentary FilM Festival, 2008
tography and an unforgettable soundtrack, Birds                       their cosmopolitan visitors, including a glimpse                                                                               WorldFilM tartu Festival oF visual Culture, estonia, 2008
of Passage explores the challenges of being a                         of privileged life and perhaps, a realization of
young artist, and the art of searching, inside and                    their own poverty. Subtle, sweet, and humorous,
outside of oneself.                                                   the film examines adolescence, charity and the                   ngat is DeaD: stuDying
 rachel lears
                                                                      intersection of these two worlds.                                mortuary traDitions
 color, 52 min, 2009, $195          $39.95                             andrés livov-Macklin                                            this film follows a dutch anthropologist who has been adopted by
                                                                       color, 82 min, 2009, $195       $39.95                          a family on Baluan Island in Papua New Guinea. Due to the death of
 instituto de Cine y audiovisual de uruGuay (iCau) aWard, 2009                                                                         his adoptive father, he has to take part in mortuary ceremonies, whose
 proGraMa Montevideo soCio audiovisual aWard, 2009
 atlantidoC international doCuMentary Festival,
                                                                       renContres internationales du doCuMentaire de Montréal, 2009    form and content are passionately contested by different groups of
                                                                       international doCuMentary Festival oF aMsterdaM, 2009
 atlÁntida, uruGuay, 2009
                                                                       rendez-vous du CinéMa QuéBéCois, 2010                           relatives. Through prolonged negotiations, Ton learns how Baluan
 oJos de MuJer FilM Festival, Montevideo, uruGuay, 2009
                                                                                                                                       people perform and transform their traditions and not least what role
                                                                                                                                       he plays himself.

                                                                                                                                        Christian suhr, ton otto, steffen dalsgaard
                                                                                                                                        color, 59 min, 2009, $195    $49.95

living at risk                               owners of the water:                         Poto mitan: haitian
                                             conflict & collaBora-                        women, Pillars of the
subtitled The Story of a Nicara-
                                             tion over rivers                             gloBal economy
guan Family, this film centers
on the Barrios, five brothers                a unique, long collaboration                  told through the compelling
and sisters living in Sandinista             between two indigenous film-                  lives of five courageous Haitian
Nicaragua after the overthrow of             makers and an anthropologist,                 women workers, Poto Mitan gives
                                                                                                                                       Plastic flowers                        (un)veileD:                                 PostcarDs from
dictator Anastasio Somoza, who               Owners of the Water is a compel-              the global economy a human
                                                                                                                                       never Die                              muslim women talk                           tora Bora
have committed to remaining and              ling documentary with ground-                 face. Each woman’s personal
                                                                                                                                                                              aBout hijaB
working with the revolutionary               breaking ethnographic imagery.                story explains how neoliberal               after years of writing and re-                                                     armed only with rapidly fading
government.                                  A central Brazilian Xavante, a                globalization is gendered and               search on post-Revolution public       (un)veiled introduces ten Muslim            memories, a young Afghan-
                                             Wayuu from Venezuela, and a                   how it impacts Haiti, making it             culture in Iran, anthropologist,       women from various backgrounds              American woman returns to her
 alfred Guzzetti, susan Meiselas &
                                             US anthropologist explore an                  clear that women's subjugation,             writer and filmmaker Roxanne           living in the United Arab Emir-             childhood home after two decades
 richard p. rogers
                                             indigenous campaign to protect                worker exploitation, and poverty            Varzi weaves a year’s worth of         ates. In a time when Muslim                 of living in the U.S. to put together
 color, 59 min, 1985
                                             a river from devastating effects              are global struggles.                       interviews with ideologically          women are represented as beset              the pieces of her past, and fre-
 $195      $49.95
                                             of uncontrolled Amazonian soy                                                             driven mural painters, museum          by backwardness, these women                quently finds herself at a strange
                                                                                            renée Bergan & Mark schuller
                                             cultivation. Featuring a diversity                                                        curators, war vets and secular Ira-    show the diverse, lively, argumen-          intersection where cultures clash,
 FilM ForuM, neW york                                                                       color, 50 min, 2009
 red riBBon, aMeriCan FilM Festival          of Xavante opinions, the film                                                             nian youth into an experimental        tative debates in Muslim societies          identities are mistaken, and the
 vanCouver FilM Festival                                                                    $195      $79.95
 Festival dei popoli, FlorenCe, italy
                                             showcases indigenous efforts to                                                           documentary and meditation on          about the meanings of modernity,            past violently collides with the
 MelBourne FilM Festival                     build networks among different                                                            the aftermath of war.                  emancipation, and feminism.                 present.
 CinéMa du réel, Centre GeorGes                                                             indie speC Best doCuMentary aWard,
 poMpidou, paris                             native peoples and across nations.             Boston international FilM Festival, 2009
                                                                                            noMinated For soCial JustiCe aWard,         roxanne varzi                          ines hofmann kanna                          kelly dolak & Wazhmah osman
 tyneside FilM Festival, neWCastle-
 upon-tyne, enGland                            laura r. Graham, david hernández             santa BarBara international FilM            color, 34 min, 2008                    color, 36 min, 2008                         color, 87 min, 2007
                                                                                            Festival, 2009
                                               palmar & Caimi Waiásse                                                                   $145    $39.95                         $145    $39.95                              $195      $49.95
                                               color, 55 min, 2009
                                               $195      $49.95

                                                                 12                                                                                                                          13
North America

                                                                             hyman Bloom:
                                                                             the Beauty of
                                                                             all things
                                                                             one of the forefathers of
                                                                             abstract art in America, Hy-
                                                                             man Bloom garnered press and
                                                                             praise in the 1940's and 50's.
                                                                             However, due to his explora-                                                                                    the shePherD of
                                                                             tion of figurative work when                                                                                    the night flock
                                                                             the trend moved toward total
                                                                             abstraction and his disdain for
                                                                                                                  southern voices                                                            in the 1960’s at St. Peter's
                                                                                                                                                                                             Lutheran Church in Manhat-
                                                                             the public eye, he is now little     this documentary traces the development and premiere perfor-
                                                                                                                                                                                             tan, Father John Garcia Gensel
                                                                             known in the mainstream art          mance of an avant-garde symphonic work by Southern composer
                                                                                                                                                                                             started a jazz ministry for
                                                                             scene.                               Sorrel Doris Hays. Based on the sounds and rhythms of Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                             musicians who couldn't make
                                                                                                                  speech and musical traditions, it is a journey into childhood
                                                                             Weaving interviews, archi-                                                                                      it to Sunday morning service
                                                                                                                  memories via the melodies and rhythms of Southern dialect.
                                                                             val photos, and never before                                                                                    after playing late night gigs.
                                                                                                                  Stoney combines analysis of her work with interviews in which
                                                                             seen sketchbooks, this film                                                                                     It became the spiritual home
                                                                                                                  Hays discusses her struggle with the racism and paternalism of
                                                                             highlights a body of work that                                                                                  for many musicians including
                                                                                                                  Southern culture.
                                                                             is a vibrant manifestation of                                                                                   Zoot Sims, Billy Strayhorn and
                                                                             Bloom's imagination and his           George C. stoney                                                          Billy Taylor, and the legendary
                                                                             dedication to envision what           color, 59 min, 2003, $195        49.95                                    jazz great Duke Ellington who
                                                                             others didn't dare. Bloom's                                                                                     referred to Gensel in the title
“A wonderful, heartfelt and enlightening                                     story is not a bitter one; it is a    Blue riBBon, aMeriCan FilM Festival, 1985                                 song. It is not only a portrait
                                                                             triumph of art and of the spirit.                                                                               of the progressive pastor, but a
 film about one of 20th Century art's                                                                                                                                                        stunning document of the Jazz
                                                                              angélica Brisk
 neglected greats.”                                                           color, 57 min, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                             Vespers and its affect on the
—seBastian sMee, art CritiC, the Boston GloBe                                                                                                                                                church’s other congregations.
                                                                              $195    $29.95
                                                                                                                                                                                              George C. stoney
                                                                                                                                                                                              b&w, 56 min, 1975
                                                                                                                                                                                              $195      49.95

miss margaret                                            race or reason:                                          all my BaBies: a miDwife’s own story                                       for our street family
once there were thousands of licensed Granny
                                                         the BellPort Dilemma                                     Made in collaboration with the featured midwife, Mary Fran-                Begun as a participatory group
Midwives throughout the South. Now there are             in 1969-70, in the wake of the civil rights              cis Hill Coley, as well as with the doctors and nurses of Albany,          self-portrait, For Our Street Family
none. Who were they? Where did they go? Because of       movement, a high school in Bellport, a small             Georgia, this “training film” shows the preparation for and home           revolves around a teen drop-in
segregation, many Americans knew nothing about           town on Long Island, NY, became the scene of             delivery of healthy babies in both relatively good and bad rural           center called Planet Youth, and
natural home birth with experienced Grannies like        angry confrontations, resulting in its tempo-            conditions among African American families at that time. The               explores the pain of stereotypes,
Margaret Charles Smith who learned from each             rary closure and a police presence. Resident             film is not only a profound portrait of “Miss Mary,” but also is an        the importance of peer support,
other and could deal with breech deliveries, multiple    Betty Puleston decided to give black, white and          remarkable record of the living conditions of her patients. It was         and the ambivalence about
births and other situations with no medical instru-      Latino students video cameras to record their            selected by the Library of Congress for placement on the National          identity experienced by a group
ments or drugs.                                          concerns and feel empowered by being able                Film Registry in 2002 as “a culturally, historically and artisti-          of First Nations teens in Prince
                                                         to question adults in their community. Thirty            cally significant work.”                                                   Rupert, British Columbia.
 diana paul
                                                         years later, these students have gone on to lead
 color, 37 min, 2009, $145        $39.95                                                                           George C. stoney                                                           Jennifer Wolowic
                                                         socially active lives, and the tapes continue to
                                                                                                                   b&w, 79 min, 1952, $195         29.95                                      color, 34 min, 2008
                                                         teach on many levels, revealing the passion of
                                                                                                                                                                                              $145      $39.95
                                                         the young activists who felt that minority rights
                                                                                                                  The DVD also includes Palmour Street (1949), a dramatized, open-ended
                                                         could no longer be ignored.
                                                                                                                  discussion of family relations, which Stoney co-directed for the Georgia    university oF British ColuMBia
                                                                                                                                                                                              ethnoGraphiC FilM Festival, Canada, 2009
                                                          George C. stoney                                        Department of Public Health.                                                soCiety For visual anthropoloGy
                                                          color, 59 min, 2003, $195    39.95                                                                                                  FilM Festival, usa 2009

                                                    14                                                                                                                 15
North America

the films of
richarD BroaDman
regarded as an independent among indepen-
dents, Richard Broadman (1946 – 2000) was an
uncompromising filmmaker who specialized
in chronicling the American urban experi-
ence through oral history. His commitment to
presenting the complexity of society’s problems
from “the voices and tales of people not usually
presented in the media” often left him outside
standard documentary and political circles. The
result was a powerful kind of film that neither                                                                                                  mission hill anD the miracle of Boston
pandered to sponsors nor demeaned the intel-
                                                                                                                                                 Mission hill was an irish neighborhood of homes and small
ligence of the audience.
                                                                                                                                                 stores in which people lived near their schools, their church,
His films focus on presenting conflicting points
                                                        Brownsville Black anD white                                                              and their shopping area. Between 1940 and 1980 thousands of
of view - sparking dialogue on critical, often          this powerful documentary explores the                                                   units of public housing were built, hospitals expanded, apart-
unpopular, issues – while still remaining acces-        complex history of interracial cooperation,                                              ment buildings erected, and a new, poor population competed
sible to general audiences. A resident of Boston,       urban change, and social conflict in Brooklyn’s                                          with affluent professionals. Filled with the stories of real estate
where many of his films are set, Broadman also          Brownsville neighborhood —“The First Ameri-                                              developers, community activists and residents, this classic film
taught film history and ran his own film produc-        can Ghetto”—from the 1930's to the present. A                                            remains unique in presenting one neighborhood’s social history
tion and distribution company. DER is proud to          case study of the tragedy of urban American                                              set against the larger forces that reshaped a major American city.
inherit this invaluable collection, most of which       race relations, the film recounts its transforma-
                                                                                                                                                  richard Broadman
are now available on DVD for the first time.            tion from a poor but racially harmonious area        love stories: women,
                                                                                                                                                  b&w, 60 min, 1978, $195   $39.95
                                                        made up largely of Jewish and black residents to     men & romance
                                                        its disintegration following a disastrous policy
                                                                                                             as men and women struggle
                                                        of urban renewal.
                                                                                                             to redefine relationships in a
                                                         richard Broadman & laurann Black                    society where the concept of
                                                         color, 83 min, 2002, $195   $39.95                  marriage continually changes,
                                                                                                             Love Stories continues to reso-
                                                                                                             nate. Personal stories docu-
                                                                                                             ment the growth of feminism
                                                                                                             and the male reaction, fueling
                                                                                                             debates over lifestyle, sex roles
                                                                                                             and birth control.

                                                                                                              richard Broadman
                                                                                                              color, 85 min, 1987
the collective:                                                                                               $195    $39.95
fifteen years later
in 1970, thousands of young people thought of
themselves as agents of change. They wanted
to restore America’s democratic vision; they
wanted to end the war in Vietnam. This is the
                                                                                                                                                 chilDren of laBor:
story of one collective — their successes and
                                                                                                                                                 a finnish-american history
failures, and what they do and think today.                                                                                                      three generations of Finnish-Americans recount how they coped
                                                        water anD the Dream                                                                      with harsh realities by creating their own institutions: churches,
 richard Broadman
 b&w, 60 min, 1985, $195       $39.95
                                                        of the engineers                                                                         temperance halls, socialist halls, and cooperatives. The film
                                                                                                             Down the Project:                   focuses on the people, their organizations, and the challenges
                                                        this is a fascinating documentary where rich
                                                                                                             the crisis of                       posed by both McCarthy-era political repression and present-day
                                                        social history frames a spirited debate between
                                                                                                             PuBlic housing                      consumerism.
“… evenhandedly and                                     an environmentalist, biologist, and engineer.
                                                        Focusing on the particular cases of New Orleans      a classic portrait of a govern-      richard Broadman
compassionately embraces                                and California, the film reveals the surpris-        ment program besieged on             b&w, 55 min, 1977, $195   $39.95
the paradoxes, contradictions,                          ing and storied history of water systems in the      all sides, this film presents a
                                                        US. Exploring conflicts over technology and          concise social history of the
idealism and just plain                                 the environment, exposing power politics and         public housing movement and
                                                                                                                                                 “The film is refreshingly free of both pro-
nuttiness that the survivors                            revealing how water development has shaped           examines the social dilemmas         paganda and preachment. …a fascinating,
                                                        society, this is a crucial study shedding light on   involved. Residents, advocates,
ruefully recall… Its intimate                           the roots of today’s water wars.                     developers, administrators
                                                                                                                                                  richly anecdotal document on a particu-
scale and introspective tone                             richard Broadman
                                                                                                             and politicians tell how public      larly lively chapter in the history of
                                                                                                             housing began and how dra-
double its impact.”                                      color, 80 min, 1983, $195   $39.95
                                                                                                             matically it changed.
                                                                                                                                                  the American working class.”
 —Jay Carr, the Boston GloBe                                                                                                                      —detroit Free press

                                                                                                              richard Broadman
                                                                                                              b&w, 60 min, 1982
                                                                                                              $195    $39.95

                                                   16                                                                                                              17
North America

when meDicine                                                                                                “We failed to understand
got it wrong                                                                                                  why parents of a child with
in 1974, a small group of parents
became the first in the nation to
                                                                                                              leukemia were treated
publicly refuse blame for causing                                                                             with sympathy and under-
their children to have schizo-
                                                                                                              standing, while parents of                                       umiaq skin Boat
phrenia. When Medicine Got it
                                                                                                                                                                               shot against the magnificent backdrop of the
Wrong shows how these families                                                                                a child with schizophrenia                                       northern landscape, Umiaq Skin Boat is a beautiful
launched one of the fastest grow-
ing grassroots movements the
                                                                                                              were treated with scorn and                                      and poetic film about a group of Inuit elders In-
                                                                                                                                                                               ukjuak, Quebec, who decide one summer to build the
nation had seen to date, ushering                                                                             condemnation.”                                                   first traditional seal skin boat their community has
in an era of dramatic advances                                                                                — eve oliphant, 1977 speeCh, World ConGress oF psyChiatry
                                                                                                                                                                               seen in over 50 years. The film bears witness to the
in understanding, treatment and
                                                                                                                                                                               resilience of the Inuit spirit in changing times.
brain research.                                                                                               kQed BroadCast, 2009
                                                                                                              pBs BroadCast, 2009
                                                                                                              naMi national Convention, san FranCisCo, 2009                     Jobie Weetaluktuk
 katie Cadigan & laura Murray
                                                                                                              FraMes oF Mind Mental health FilM series,                         color, 31 min, 2008, $145         $39.95
 color, 53 min, 2009                                                                                          vanCouver, BC, Canada, 2009
                                                                                                              anthropoloGy FilM Festival at uBC,
 $195    $39.95                                                                                               vanCouver, Canada, 2010                                           hot doCs, Canada, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                ClosinG FilM – terres en vues/land insiGhts First peoples’
                                                                                                                                                                                Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Da feast!
                                                                                                                                                                                                     What makes the annual feast
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of San Paulino di Nola in Wil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     liamsburg, New York so spec-
chilDren left BehinD                                scenes from a Parish                                                                                                                             tacular is the Giglio, an 85-foot,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     3-ton obelisk that is carried
the compelling stories of public school students    an irreverent, young, Harvard-educated
                                                                                                                                                                                                     through the streets along with a
struggling with mandatory high-stakes tests         Catholic priest arrived at Saint Patrick Parish in
                                                                                                                                                                                                     full brass band, church pastor,
provide a springboard for the exploration of the    Lawrence, Massachusetts and soon discovered
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and many revelers. Filmed on
unintended educational, political and social        that fostering an inclusive community amidst             marion stoDDart: the work of 1000                                                       the Giglio’s 100th anniversary
consequences. The documentary raises the im-        the ethnic tensions of this working-class, mul-
                                                                                                             this is the parallel journey of two characters: one a young woman                       this documentary features the
portant question of whether we are leaving too      ticultural parish would be no mean feat. This
                                                                                                             discouraged at her future as a suburban housewife, the other a                          colorful characters who emerge
many children behind in our quest for higher        surprising, moving film explores the personal
                                                                                                             river - once beautiful and teeming with wildlife - now a hopeless,                      to celebrate for political, com-
test scores.                                        stories that fill a parish struggling to reconcile
                                                                                                             toxic sludge pit. Chronicling an important episode in U.S. envi-                        munal, familial, and cosmic
                                                    the ideals of faith with the cultural realities of
 louis kruger                                                                                                ronmental history, this inspirational story examines the human                          causes in a rapidly changing
                                                    the US today.
 color, 46 min 2009, $145   $39.95                                                                           side of acclaimed environmental pioneer Marion Stoddart who                             community.
                                                     James rutenbeck                                         proved that with vision and commitment, an “ordinary” person
                                                                                                                                                                                                       artemis Willis
                                                     color, 90 min, 2009, $250          $24.95               can accomplish extraordinary things.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       color, 22 min 2009,

                                                    fully awake:                                              susan edwards                                                                            $95      $29.95

                                                    Black mountain college                                    color, 30 min, 2010, $145        $79.95      $29.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Includes soundtrack on CD
                                                    Fully awake chronicles the brief but influential
                                                    existence of the North Carolina-based experimental
                                                    Black Mountain College, from 1933 to 1957. A haven
                                                                                                                                                                               Peacing it together
                                                    for the avant-garde, the college’s curriculum inspired                                                                     on a secluded island off the west coast of Canada
                                                    collaboration and innovation. During its years of ac-                                                                      a group of Palestian, Israeli and Canadian teens
                                                    tivity, the school significantly affected the American                                                                     participated in a unique peace and filmmaking camp
                                                    art scene, creating new models of artistic production                                                                      organized by the Peace It Together Society. During their
                                                    that altered the very definition of “art.”                                                                                 stay they worked in small collaborative groups to pro-
                                                                                                                                                                               duce films about the Middle East conflict. Through
                                                     Catherine davis zommer & neely house
                                                                                                                                                                               the camera’s lens they reflect their lives, fears, and
                                                     color, 60 min, 2007, $195         $29.95

                                                     Berkshires international FilM Festival, 2007                                                                               erik paulsson & nova ami
                                                     MuseuM oF Modern art, neW york, 2008
                                                     GuGGenheiM MuseuM BilBao, spain, 2008                                                                                      color, 29 min, 2008, $195         $49.95

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                                                                                                   Sensory Ethnography
                                                                                                                                                                       der introduces works from Harvard University’s
                                                                                                                                                                       acclaimed new Sensory Ethnography Lab headed by

                                                                                                   Lab Collection                                                      Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Experimenting within the
                                                                                                                                                                       interstices of art and anthropology, the videos focus
                                                                                                                                                                       on cross-cultural social experience and subjectivity.

the oDyssey series
in an attempt to cut the often
esoteric ice of anthropology, PBS
released in 1980 the first season of
Odyssey, a series of anthropologi-
cal documentaries, with a second
season in 1981. DER carries
sixteen of the original programs,                                                                  songhua                                      monsoon-reflections                      still life
the subject matter ranging from
                                                                                                   the songhua river runs through               drawing its title from a poem            exploring the mediations of
archaeological explorations, the
                                                                                                   Harbin, the capital of China’s               by the Nepali poet Lekhnath              memory among three genera-
lives of women in a North Indian
                                                                                                   Heilongjiang province and serves             Paudyal, this video focuses on the       tions of Palestinian refugees liv-
village (Dadi’s Family), slices of
                                                                                                   as the city’s main water source.             melancholy and grit of two female        ing in Lebanon, this documenary
American traditional culture
                                                                                                   At all hours of the day, people              Nepali field hands as they carry         considers how a series of photos
(Ben's Mill, On The Cowboy Trail), to
                                                                                                   flock to the crowded urban space             out their monsoon routines in            brought to Lebanon by Said Otruk,
the work of two of America's fore-
                                                                                                   where Harbin meets the river. By             Lekhnath, Nepal. It is a sensorial       an elderly Palestinian fisher-
most anthropologists (Franz Boas,
                                                                                                   attending to the everyday activi-            riposte to Paudyal’s idealistic          man from Acre, mediate both his
Margaret Mead: Taking Note).
                                                                                                   ties of leisure and labor unfolding          depiction of the monsoon as              present experience and recollec-
                                                                                                   along the banks and promenade,               “joyous from start to finish,” by        tions of his life in Palestine before
On DVD for the first time, this
                                                                                                   Songhua depicts the intimate and             means of reflections upon labor,         1948. We see how the “reality”
award-winning series is already a
                                                                                                   complex relationship between                 gender, and fleeting pleasure in         represented in these images has
classic in classrooms and homes
                                                                                                   Harbin city residents and their              rural Nepal.                             become conflated with the images
worldwide.                              the ancient Mariners         Maya lords of the Jungle
                                                                                                   “mother river.”                                                                       themselves.
                                        Ben's Mill                   Myths and the Moundbuilders                                                  stephanie spray
 Michael ambrosino (producer)
                                        the Chaco legacy             ongka’s Big Moka               J.p. sniadecki                                color, 23 min, 2008                      diana allen
 color, 59 min each, 1980
                                        dadi's Family                on the Cowboy trail            color, 29 min, 2007                           $145      $39.95                         color, 25 min, 2007
 $145     $39.95
                                        Franz Boas                   other people's Garbage         $149      $39.95                                                                       $145    $39.95
                                        the incas                    seeking the First americans
                                        little injustices            the three Worlds of Bali
                                        Margaret Mead: taking note
                                        Maasai Women

the Professional
asen Balikci                                                                                                                                                                             kāle anD kāle
& visual
ethnograPhy                                                                                                                                                                              portraying the subtle interac-
                                                                                                                                                                                         tions and relationships between
in a series of talks with film-
                                                                                                                                                                                         an uncle and nephew—both
maker Rolf Husmann, renowned
                                                                                                                                                                                         nicknamed Kāle—and their
anthropologist and ethnographic
                                                                                                                                                                                         families in rural Nepal, this
filmmaker Asen Balikci visits
                                                                                                                                                                                         document avoids a conventional
different locations to show
and discuss his life and work,
                                                                                                   chaiqian (Demolition)                                                                 ethnographic approach. Rather
                                                                                                                                                                                         than depicting these individuals
including his recent work among                                                                    this is a portrait of urban space, migrant labor, and ephemeral
                                                                                                                                                                                         as representatives of a particular
the Bulgarian Pomak and in                                                                         relationships in the center of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province
                                                                                                                                                                                         caste—in this case as itinerant
Sikkim (India). The Professional                                                                   in western China. Attending first to the formal dimensions of the trans-
                                                                                                                                                                                         musicians known as the Gāine—it
Foreigner is not only the portrait                                                                 forming worksite —including the demands of physical labor and the
                                                                                                                                                                                         slowly discloses the roles they
of a famous expert in Visual                                                                       relationship between human and machine—the film shifts focus to the
                                                                                                                                                                                         play within their families, in vil-
Ethnography, but also more gen-                                                                    social dynamics of a group of thirty men and women.
                                                                                                                                                                                         lage society, and in neighboring
erally touches upon vital issues of
                                                                                                    J.p. sniadecki                                                                       communities through a series
ethnographic filmmaking.
                                                                                                    color, 62 min, 2008, $195         $49.95                                             of discrete vignettes. The work
 rolf husmann, Manfred krüger                                                                                                                                                            invites the viewer to engage un-
 color, 60 min, 2009                                                                                2009 CinéMa du réel – Joris ivens aWard (int’l CoMpetition)                          hurriedly and sensorially with its
                                                                                                    2008 vienna int’l FilM Festival
 $195     $49.95                                                                                    2008 shadoW Festival For the Creative doCuMentary                                    subjects and their environment.
                                                                                                    3rd BeiJinG independent FilM Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                           stephanie spray
                                                                                                                                                                                           color, 51 min, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                           $195    $49.95

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