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Founded in 1968, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote thought-provoking documentary film and media for learning about the people and cultures of the world.

Tender

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Life and Death in Preah Vihear


David Feingold's latest film explores why two Buddhist countries are fighting over a Hindu temple from the 11th Century because of a bad French map from the early 20th Century. Filmed over a five year period in both Thailand and Cambodia, the film uses the conflict over the ancient temple of Preah Vihear to illuminate current political and cultural tensions between the two countries. 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

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

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

DER filmmaker Jeff Silva

DER PODCAST

Jeff Silva on Balkan Rhapsodies


In the latest installment of the DER Podcast, filmmaker Jeff Silva talks about the making of his film Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War. Read more read more

Descending with Angels

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Descending With Angels


This film explores two highly different solutions to the same problem: namely Danish Muslims who are possessed by invisible spirits, called jinn. The film compares these two systems of treatment which, despite vast differences, share a view of healing as operating through submission of faith to an external non-human agency — namely God or biomedicine. Read more read more

Tender

NEW RELEASE

Tender


A feisty and resilient community centre in Port Kembla, Australia is in the process of setting up a community-based funeral service when they are suddenly faced with the challenge of caring for one of their own. Tender is a heart-breaking and beautiful glimpse of an extraordinary group of people dealing with one of the most essential challenges of human life: its end. Read more read more

Tracks Across Sand

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Tracks Across Sand


Containing 4.5 hours of materials, this interactive DVD presents an in-depth record of the ‡Khomani San of the Kalahari. Driven from their lands, forced into a life of destitution, and denied the right even to speak their own languages, they fight for their heritage. Read more read more

Argentinian Lesson

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Argentinian Lesson


With lush and intimate photography, Wojciech Staroń documents his family's move from Poland to Argentina. This uniquely cross-cultural yet universal coming-of-age story portrays the innocence of childhood surrounded by the harsh realities of adulthood. Read more read more

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