New Releases

New Releases - February 2014

A Weave of Time color, 60 minutes
In 1938, noted anthropologist John Adair met and filmed the Burnside family, creating a visual record of Navajo life in the 1930s. This rare, previously unseen material is woven together with footage of the Burnside family 50 years later, powerfully documenting four generations of change in one Navajo family. Read more

Posted on March 5th, 2014

New Releases – January 2014

The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific color, 59 minutes
Over 1,000 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, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of today’s Polynesians sailed across a vast ocean area, larger than Europe and North America combined. Newly remastered, The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific reveals the ancient navigational heritage of those original settlers. Read more

Posted on January 7th, 2014

New Releases - December 2013

Neighbors: Conservation in a Changing Community color, 28 minutes
Neighbors examines the challenges and opportunities of neighborhood revitalization through the stories of 12 South End residents. The older, working class population is juxtaposed with the more affluent newcomers who are attracted by the prime location and historic architecture as well as the ethnic mix of the neighborhood. While documenting the differences among these residents, the film also reveals their common goals — to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Read more

Posted on December 2nd, 2013

New Releases - November 2013

Gods and Kings color, 87 minutes
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

Four Films by Robert Ascher color, 21 minutes
This collection contains four animated films by writer, educator and anthropologist, Robert Ascher. These films were created using a technique called “direct animation” — drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. Films in this compilation have been included in the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, the New Zealand National Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum, NYC, and the Israel Film Archive. Read more

Returning Souls color, 85 minutes
In an environment highly influenced by western religions, national land policy, and local politics, the dream of the young people of the Amis tribe in Taiwan for cultural revitalization and to bring back not only the ancestral souls but the soul of the village encountered many frustrations. This documentary interweaves reality and legends as well as the seen and the unseen as it records the unique case of repatriation. Read more

Posted on November 21st, 2013

New Releases - October 2013

The 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, don’t miss Traces and Memory of Jorge Prelorán, an illuminating biographical portrait of the filmmaker. Read more

Imaginero - The Image Man color, 53 minutes
Imaginero is an ethnobiography of Hermógenes Cayo, a self-taught woodcarver and painter who lives on the high Andean plateau of Argentina. The film portrays Hermógenes, his wife Aurelia Kilpe, and their children in their Andean lifestyle, as well as Hermogenes’ passion for painting, carving, building, and his devotion to the Virgin Mary. Read more

Zulay, Facing the 21st Century color, 110 minutes
Filmed over a span of 8 years, this film is based on dialogue between Zulay Saravino, an indigenous Otavaleña of Equador, and Mabel Prelorán, an Argentine anthropologist living in Los Angeles. Zulay tells Mabel stories passed down from her elders and reflects upon the trade-offs she’s had to make in leaving her home to come to Los Angeles, where her desire to learn new skills is tempered by homesickness. The film becomes a universal document on transculturation and its implications for identity, education, economic advancement and emotional ties. Read more

Cochengo Miranda color, 53 minutes
The extensive region of the Pampas in Central Argentina is one of the most fertile in the world. However, as the rains subside towards the West, the land becomes arid and dry. Here live a sparse population of rugged cattlemen whose nearest neighbor may be 10 miles away. Cochengo Miranda has lived here for over 30 years, and raised his family after marrying at 45. In his youth he had been an itinerant singer and ranch hand, but hung up his guitar when he finally settled down. Read more

Traces and Memory of Jorge Prelorán color, 79 minutes
Jorge Prelorán filmed a genre of his own, ethno-biographies, for more than twenty years. By focusing on one character and following him or her for a period of time, Prelorán achieved profound portraits that express the particular vision of the world of different people. Traces is an ethno-biography, but in this case the character is Prelorán himself, and the director a disciple of his. Read more

Posted on October 7th, 2013

New Releases - September 2013

Five Films on Police b&w, 152 minutes
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

Posted on October 7th, 2013

New Releases - August 2013

Evolution of Violence color, 77 minutes
Evolution of Violence asks how violence becomes interwoven into the fabric of a society. While offering a profile of the ongoing violence in today’s society, the film looks to historical events – told through the use of archival footage – from Guatamala’s colonial history and place in the global banana trade, to the roots of its 36-year civil war, to try to understand how a culture of violence is created. Read more

Posted on August 19th, 2013

New Releases - July 2013

Fambul Tok 2-DVD set, color, 82/52 minutes, 68 min of extras
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

A Life Without Words color, 71 minutes
The haunting story of two Deaf siblings, Dulce María (28) and Francisco (22), who have been raised their entire lives without access to any written, spoken, or signed language on a farm in northern Nicaraguan. They are visited by a Deaf sign-language teacher who is determined to teach them their first words. Sure to stir debate, this unsettling film is both emotionally engaging and philosophically challenging. Read more

Ameer Got His Gun color, 58 minutes
Ameer, a young Israeli, Muslim Arab, volunteers to join the Israeli Defense Forces with the innocent belief that his induction will turn him into an equal citizen. Drawing fire from Jewish and Palestinian societies, he sets on a tough voyage to civic and self definition. Ameer, an eternal optimist wishes to be both a proud Arab and an enthusiastic Israeli, while his only enemy is reality. Read more

Posted on July 9th, 2013

New Releases - June 2013

Richard Leacock & Valerie Lalonde: The Paris Years 1989 to 2009 color, 394 minutes
In the early 1990s, the then-new format of Video-8 offered documentary luminary Richard Leacock and his creative collaborator Valerie Lalonde an escape from the cost and processes of filmmaking on celluloid, and allowed them to shoot more freely in their efforts to record the beauty, charm, and poignancy of life itself.

This five-DVD set features eleven films:
Les Oeufs à la Coque de Richard Leacock (91 min, 1991)
A Musical Adventure in Siberia with Sarah Caldwell (56 min, 2003)
Mambo Madness (32 min, 1995)
Gott Sei Dank: A Visit with Helga Feddersen (30 min, 1993)
Kren - Parking (3 min, 1992)
Les Vacances de Monsieur Leacock (20 min, 1992)
A Celebration of St. Silas (25 min, 1993)
The Killings of Cariola (35 min, 1992)
Hooray! We’re 50! (30 min, 1993)
A Hole in the Sea (30 min, 1994)
Au Revoir, Marie Laure (42 min, 2006)
Read more

The Chairman and the Lions color, 46 minutes
The Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village battles many lions that threaten his community — land grabbers, ‘bush’ lawyers, migration and lack of education. Chairman Frank Ikoyo provides a glimpse into the current world of Maasai and advocates education as a key to village self-determination. Read more

Posted on June 3rd, 2013

New Releases - May 2013

Lifecycles: A Story of AIDS in Malawi color, 57 minutes
Malawi is a small country in South East Africa that has reached a turning point — it will either sink into unknown depths of despair and poverty or it must grow and change with AIDS as a catalyst. Charles Mann explores the themes of sex, witchcraft, poverty, death and religion in relation to AIDS. Read more

“It’s a Young Country”: Turkey and Akbank color, 18 minutes
Commissioned to make a film for a teaching case at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, filmmaker Charles Mann drew upon seven years as a working economist in Turkey to produce a film that captures the spirit of the country’s cultural and economic transformation. Read more

Posted on May 30th, 2013

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