COVID-19 Update

To protect our community in light of COVID-19, the DER staff will be working remotely until further notice. We’re doing our best to meet the needs of filmmakers, educators, students, and others during this challenging time. READ MORE

  • FEATURE

    WATCH FROM HOME: SUMMER 2020

    As we continue to examine and grapple with how systemic racism impacts every sphere of American life including education, healthcare, housing, popular culture, and the criminal justice system, DER is proud to share a selection of relevant films from our collection.

    All titles are available to stream for free until September 1st, 2020.

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  • FEATURE

    COVID-19 Micro-Ethnographies

    COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, its impact reaching across the globe, affecting individuals in virtually every nation on the planet. This curated collection of short, stylistically diverse micro-ethnographies provides a window into the personal experiences of DER filmmakers from around the world during these extraordinary times.

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  • NEW RELEASE

    Voices of the Rainforest

    Voices of the Rainforest is a 70-minute cinema concert–an experiential documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. This Deluxe Edition includes a 150-page color photobook, 7.1 Blu-ray (with a 2.0 stereo track), and the 25th Anniversary edition audio CD.

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  • NEW RELEASE

    Mother, Daughter, Sister

    Mother, Daughter, Sister exposes the Burmese military’s practice of using rape as a weapon of war. The film brings light to Kachin and Rohingya women activists’ efforts to enact justice for Burma’s crimes. Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses, and activists explore the far-reaching impact of sexual violence and trauma upon these communities, and together, the women call for justice.

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  • EVENTS

    DER50: Tim Asch Symposium at USC

    In November 2018, the USC School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California held a day-long symposium on the work of Timothy Asch, an event which also helped celebrate DER’s 50th anniversary.

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  • EVENTS

    The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

    As part of DER’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University hosted a film screening & panel discussion on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman.

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  • FILMMAKER INTERVIEWS

    The Camera as Guest: A Conversation with Tala Hadid on House in the Fields

    We caught with up with filmmaker Tala Hadid to discuss her film House in the Fields before its New York premiere at the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

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  • NEWS

    DER Featured in WBUR's The ARTery

    A recent feature in WBUR’S The ARTery takes a look back at 50 years of DER’s history and reflects on the influence its founders have had on documentary cinema.

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