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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.

Valley of the Heroes

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Valley of the Heroes


In many Tibetan communities, the loss of Tibetan language has reached a crisis level. As an elder generation passes away, fewer young Tibetans can understand their own native language. A rare glimpse at a pivotal moment of cultural and linguistic transition among Tibetans and Muslims in Hualong County, a remote community in Amdo, Tibet, part of what is now eastern Qinghai Province, China. Read more read more

Turning Tide: The Robbie Leppzer Collection

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Turning Tide: The Robbie Leppzer Collection


Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose works capture the experiences of ordinary people grappling with critical issues of our time, such as war and peace, environmental protection, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. Many of his works are now available from DER in this powerful 6-DVD collection. Read more read more

Hollow

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Hollow


Winner of a 2014 Peabody Award, Hollow is an interactive documentary project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, West Virginia. DER's Educational DVD Edition allows guided access to 35 stories from the project, combining video portraits, photography, and community-generated content to bring these stories to life. Read more read more

Robert Gardner, filmmaker and author (1925 - 2014)

IN MEMORY OF

Robert Gardner (1925 - 2014)


We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Robert Gardner, who passed away on Saturday, June 21st. Gardner was an internationally renowned filmmaker and author whose many influential works, including Dead Birds, Forest of Bliss, and Rivers of Sand, have entered the permanent canon of non-fiction filmmaking. Read more read more

Screening Room

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Screening Room series


Screening Room was a 1970s Boston television series that for almost ten years offered independent filmmakers a chance to show and discuss their work on a commercial (ABC-TV) affiliate station. Many of the filmmakers presented on the show are now considered the most influential contributors to their respective fields of modern experimental film, documentary, and animation. 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

DER Digital

DER DIGITAL

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

The Sound of Old Rooms

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The Sound of Old Rooms


Sarthak, an Indian man, juggles his desire to be a poet with the daily practicalities of raising a family. A thought provoking look at the choices we make and how art and life inform one another. Read more read more

Root Hog or Die

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Root Hog or Die


Elder farmers of northern New England reflect on farming's deep natural patterns, and share their family histories and personal memories, while pondering the inevitable forces of technological and social change. Read more read more

Five Films on Police

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Talking Stone


Hidden away on a top-secret military base at the edge of the Mojave Desert is the largest concentration of rock art in North America, created over thousands of years by a now vanished culture. Read more read more

A Life Without Words

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A Life Without Words


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

A Weave of Time: The Story of a Navajo Family

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A Weave of Time


In 1938, noted anthropologist John Adair created a visual record of the life of the Burnsides, a Navajo family. 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

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