Titles tagged 'SOCIOLOGY/Social Sciences':
Between The Shades
Fifty conversations exploring the many different shades of being “gay” in America.
This conversation focuses on the degrees and varying perceptions about how people define themselves, their lives, struggles and triumphs.
To Be A Miss
Blessed with breathtaking landscapes and abundant natural resources, the South American country of Venezuela has also become renowned in recent years as the home to uniquely beautiful women celebrated in international beauty pageants. Indeed, Venezuela has claimed title to more global beauty competitions than any other nation in the world, successfully taking 6 Miss Universe, 6 Miss World, and 5 Miss International crowns.
Above All Else
ABOVE ALL ELSE is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a 7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Abominable Crime
Born into a homophobic society, what are you willing to sacrifice to survive? THE ABOMINABLE CRIME explores the religious-based culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans forced to choose between their homeland and their lives
“Free China: The Courage To Believe” tells the story of a mother and former Communist Party member, Jennifer Zeng, who along with more than 70 Million Chinese were practicing a belief that combined Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese Government outlawed it.
One World Tour: Europe
What happens when two indie filmmakers are given the chance to take the trip of a lifetime? Join Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla from award-winning biker documentaries Choppertown, Brittown, and the Harbortown Bobber on a crazy six week trip as they show their films throughout Europe, meeting underground builders and throwing parties along the way.
With 11/8/16, Producer/Creator Jeff Deutchman's second installment in his election film series, viewers are afforded a uniquely cinematic look at the chaotic glory of American democracy from sea to shining sea. Featuring footage captured by a carefully curated group of the some of America's finest documentary filmmakers, 11/8/16 follows sixteen subjects spanning the contry's geographic, socioeconomic, and polical divides throughout the course of that history-altering day.
The New Radical
Making a printable gun landed Cody Wilson on the U.S. government's watch list. Together with British programmer Amir Taaki, they founded a Bitcoin app that allows its users to "go dark" – because for this pair of crypto-anarchists, ensuring freedom of information and challenging economic structures they view as corrupt is mandatory. Adam Lough glimpses a rarified world, where these new radicals revel in questioning everything from gun control to encryption, even if it means incarceration.
Island Soldier is a feature documentary that interweaves the personal stories of Micronesian soldiers serving in the US military at high rates per capita, and the experiences of their families back home in the islands.
This journey takes us to the world’s most bio-diverse landscape of the agave plant, Mexico; here families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations, at times, even clandestinely. From the alluring red highlands of Jalisco to the rugged mountains of Oaxaca the film follows three producers - Carlos, Graciela, and Aquilino in this burgeoning renaissance.
Olompali: A Hippie Odyssey
Olompali quickly becomes a hip mecca, welcoming local counterculture characters like the Hells Angels, the Diggers, and the Grateful Dead, who lived at Olompali for a brief stint in 1966. But McCoy’s dream of a utopian society is short-lived. Facing increasing pressure from forces within and without, the Family’s blissful first year is followed by a series of shocking tragedies that threaten the very existence of Olompali and its residents.
The Things We Keep
Drawn from 15 years of footage, The Things We Keep is both an intimate look at friendship, and a celebration of people’s common humanity.
After Auschwitz is a “Post-Holocaust” documentary that follows six extraordinary women, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life. These women all moved to Los Angeles, married, raised children and became“Americans” but they never truly found a place to call home.
ONE OCTOBER is a lyrical time capsule that offers a window into the shifting heart of New York City. Filmed entirely in October of 2008, a time when gentrification is rapidly displacing the working and middle classes, Wall Street is plummeting, and Senator Obama is making his first presidential bid, the story begins with Clay Pigeon, an intrepid radio host who takes to the streets of New York City to talk to everyday citizens who are facing the uncertainty of change.
Women Of '69, Unboxed
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age. At a time when these Boomers' parents were asking less of themselves, many of these distinguished citizens are asking more, feeling a Third Wind. Where will it take them?
Kit Bricca was a leader of the Bay Area protest movements of the 1960s and 70s with a fierce passion for social justice, but found the transition from activist to breadwinner a challenging one. In this moving, psychologically complex documentary, filmmaker Jacob Bricca follows the extraordinary journey of his father Kit, a man whose uncompromising idealism changed the world but tore his family apart.
BURN is an action-packed, award-winning film exploring human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds. With vast stretches of abandoned buildings, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions, these brave men and women risk injury, disablement, and death to try and make a difference for the city they call home.
HIGH FIVE is a story of international adoption unlike any other. Cathy and Martin Ward travel to rural Ukraine to try and adopt five brothers and sisters, who become separated when only the adoption of the two middle sisters goes through.
How does it feel to be addicted to love. To rush from zero to velcro at first sight? Through seven personal stories comes a tale of the longing for life's ultimate aphrodisiac: Love. Addicts trapped in a fantasy, riding high on the white horse of eternal, passionate love. A film about the all-consuming obsession to obtain and arrest the love of others. The give and take between trust and neglect, dreams and delusions, pleasure and pain, sanity and insanity, and the inescapable fact that in the end we all just want to love and be loved in return.
Tibet: Beyond Fear
Tibet: Beyond Fear highlights the remarkable courage of Ngawang, a Buddhist nun and Bagdro, a Buddhist monk who at 13 and 20 years old, led freedom demonstrations against Chinese repression in Tibet. Following a brutal military crackdown, they’re arrested and endure horrific torture until a global movement culminates in their release.
Take My Nose... Please!
A wickedly subversive look at the role of comedy in exposing the pressures on women to be attractive and society’s ambivalence toward cosmetic surgery. The film follows Jackie Hoffman, an award-winning comic actress, known for her self- deprecating humor, and Emily Askin, an up-and-coming improv performer, as they contemplate the possible impact of surgery on their careers, relationships and self-regard.
The follow up to the hit documentary "Barista" features four National Barista champions from around the globe who represent their countries and their craft in an attempt to win the World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
Forever Faithful is the story of one family's journey through canine cancer told through the eyes of their young observant daughter. The film follows her journey as she tries to understand both the causes of canine cancer and the advanced treatments available to her dog. Leading experts shed light on the disease and what's being done about it.
United We Fan
When married sci-fi fans Bjo and John Trimble organized their unprecedented letter-writing campaign to force NBC to renew the original Star Trek back in 1967, they couldn’t have known that they were also planting the seeds of television fan activism that would forever change the relationship between viewers and networks.
Connected By Coffee
Connected By Coffee tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to the region's troubled past and hopeful future.
Culture In Decline
Culture in Decline is a satirical yet serious social issues series that challenges modern cultural phenomena that have been normalized by society. Designed as a crude, “public access” TV style parody, each documentary episode tackles a different theme and guides the viewer toward a fresh perspective on current issues.
The Hooping Life
Hula-hooping is back. From South Central to South Africa,The Hooping Life documents the rise of an infectious new subculture, at the intersection of fitness, art, spirituality, and entrepreneurship. Introduced by hooper Shaquille O’Neal with a score by Basement Jaxx, The Hooping Life follows eight pioneers of the movement who sometimes left an established career to make a living as hoop-makers, performers, and teachers.
Loving A Stranger
Four North American women take a chance on love… falling for younger Muslim men from Morocco, Pakistan and Guinea. What follows are years of longing, affection, heartbreak and betrayal. Two cultures clash leaving the women question themselves and the honesty of their partners’ motives.
Yogawoman bears witness to millions of women who have integrated yoga into their daily lives so they are happier, healthier 6 allowing them to ‘give back’ in life changing and innovative ways.
The Guys Next Door
Who, among us, can say that we come from a “normal” family? The Guys Next Door, a feature length documentary, offers an alternative to the traditional ideas of what constitute the nuclear American family. Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay couple with two daughters birthed by their friend Rachel with donor eggs. In her 40s, Rachel is married to Tony and they have three biological children of their own.
Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. TROPHY investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation.
In hillbilly, directors Ashley York and Sally Rubin show the evolution of the uneducated, promiscuous "hillbilly" stereotype in media and culture, linking it with corporate exploitation of Appalachia's natural resources.
Made in Boise
Four women find purpose carrying babies for strangers in the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho - the unregulated and unofficial “surrogacy capital” of the United States - and encounter unexpected complexities along the way.
Under the Great Oak
A small town wrestles with the responsibility of taking down America’s oldest white oak tree, the 619-year old Great Oak of Basking Ridge, located in the center of a graveyard with headstones dating back to 1736. In response to the death of their oldest resident, locals host an art celebration, arborists plant a sapling grown from the Great Oak’s acorn, and town leaders emphasize the value of history to unify a community growing in diversity.