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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.

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

Root Hog or Die

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Root Hog or Die


Set in the hill towns of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont, Root Hog or Die follows the cycle of the farming year, visiting with elders who 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 they have endured. 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

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

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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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 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

Four Films by Robert Ascher

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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

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