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Founded in 1968, our mission is to promote thought-provoking documentary film and media for learning about the people and cultures of the world.

A Weave of Time: The Story of a Navajo Family

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A Weave of Time: The Story of a Navajo Family


In 1938, noted anthropologist John Adair travelled to the Navajo reservation in Pine Springs, Arizona where he met and filmed the Burnside family, creating a visual record of Navajo life in the 1930s. In A Weave of Time, Adair's previously unseen footage is juxtaposed with contemporary scenes and in-depth interviews with family members 50 years later. Read more read more

The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific

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The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific


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Over a thousand years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built canoes, the ancestors of today's Polynesians sailed across a vast ocean area, larger than Europe and North America combined. Read more read more

Neighbors

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Neighbors: Conservation in a Changing Community


Neighbors examines the challenges and opportunities of neighborhood revitalization through the stories of twelve residents of Boston's South End — an ethnically and economically diverse community. While documenting differences among these residents, the film also reveals their common goal to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Read more read more

Gods and Kings

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Gods and Kings


In the muddy market square of Momostenango, Guatemala, where shamans burn offerings in the shadow of the Catholic church, prehispanic gods dance beside horror movie monsters and dictators from the dark days of the Cold War. Gods and Kings illuminates the way creations of mass-culture take on new meanings as they travel around the world. Read more read more

Films of Jorge Prelorán

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Films of Jorge Prelorán


A cinematic icon in his native Argentina, Jorge Prelorán was a pioneer in the field of ethnographic documentary film. DER is proud to announce the first three titles in a collection of his works: Imaginero, Zulay, and Cochengo Miranda. As a companion to these films, see Traces and Memory of Jorge Prelorán, an illuminating biographical portrait of the filmmaker. Read more read more

Fambul Tok

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Fambul Tok


Fambul Tok explores a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals, and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities. Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's brutal civil war come together for the first time in tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Read more read more

DER Digital

DER DIGITAL

You can now access the films you need, when you need them, through DER Digital's streaming services! DER Digital consists of multiple streaming options — designed specifically for students, teachers, and home users. Read more read more

Five Films on Police

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Four Films by Robert Ascher


These films, which explore themes of myth and mystical traditions, were created by writer, educator, and anthropologist, Robert Ascher by drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. Read more read more

A Life Without Words

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A Life Without Words


In rural Nicaragua, deaf young adults Dulce María and her brother Francisco have lived their entire lives without any access to language — spoken, written, or signed — until a deaf sign-language teacher arrives determined to teach them their first words. Read more read more

Returning Souls

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Returning Souls


Young villagers of the Amis tribe in Taiwan seek to restore ancestral souls to their most famous historical house, which was toppled by a typhoon 40 years ago, its pillars moved to the Institute of Ethnology Museum. A unique repatriation story interweaving reality and legends. Read more read more

Framing the Other

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Framing the Other


The Mursi women of southern Ethiopia wear large plates in their lower lips, which has recently begun to attract ethnotourism. This film portrays the interaction and private thoughts of a Mursi woman and a Dutch tourist. Read more read more

Five Films on Police

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Five Films on Police


These five films by George C. Stoney are a view of police officers as instruments for social service for all rather than simply a force tasked with bringing down on criminals the punishment of the law. Read more read more

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