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The Tentmakers of Cairo

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The Tentmakers of Cairo


The Tentmakers of Cairo offers unprecedented access to a small community of talented craftsmen, known as tentmakers, who practice the uniquely Egyptian art of Khayamiya, or hand stitched appliqué. In a small covered market, in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, four tentmakers expertly stitch ornate Islamic designs, as their centuries-old craft collides with a 21st century revolution. Read more read more

Visible Silence

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Visible Silence


A rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity, and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. The film highlights the experience of masculine women (toms) who visibly transgress gender norms, yet are bound to remain silent about who they really are. Read more read more

An American Mosque

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An American Mosque


When the Islamic Center of Yuba City, California, was burned to the ground, it was the first arson to destroy a mosque in US history. At the time, this incident was largely ignored. Now, for the first time, members of the Muslim community involved respond publicly to the crime, speaking passionately about their hope and heartbreak, as well as their continued faith in religious freedom for all Americans. Read more read more

Mystic Mass

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Mystic Mass


Every year, thousands of Shia Muslims meet in the town of Nabatiyyeh in Lebanon to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, killed in battle in 680 A.D. With great sensitivity, Mystic Mass documents the emotional ceremony, and provides a deeply engaging portrayal of how the mass is formed, how it attains its highest mystical levels, and how it dissolves — all within a period of twenty-four hours. Read more read more

Beyond Recognition

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Beyond Recognition


After decades struggling to protect her ancestors' burial places, a Native woman and her allies occupy a development site to prevent desecration of sacred ground, and ultimately vow to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Over the course of the film, their journey transforms the way viewers see cities, revealing histories that have been buried by shifting urban landscapes. 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 Paul Wolffram of Stori Tumbuna

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Paul Wolffram on Stori Tumbuna


DER's Alice Apley spoke with filmmaker Paul Wolffram about the making of his film Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors' Tales. Read more read more

Elephant's Dream

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Elephant's Dream


An intimate portrait of three state-owned institutions and their workers in the Congo. The interwoven stories of a female clerk in the dilapidated central post office, two colleagues at the railway station, and the staff of the area's only fire station provide insight into daily life in Kinshasa, Africa's third largest city. Read more read more

Opening and Closing the DER Vault

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Sailing a Sinking Sea


A dazzling experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand — a seafaring community whose entire belief system revolves around water. With stunning cinematography, the film weaves a visual and aural tapestry of Moken mythologies and present-day practices. Read more read more

Tender

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Send in the Clowns


Armed with a desire to change the world, performers from Clowns Without Borders travel to areas of crisis to relieve stress through laughter. Send in the Clowns explores their work in Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake. What begins as a film about artists with good intentions slowly reveals Haiti's crippling and conflicted relationship with the global aid industry. Read more read more

My Name is Salt

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My Name is Salt


Each year, Sanabhai brings his family to a saline desert in India, where they harvest what they proudly proclaim to be the world's whitest salt. For months they work, using the same painstaking, manual harvesting techniques as generations before them. Though hardships loom large, the film focusses instead on the poetry and ritual of the family's existence. Read more read more

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