Living with Chimpanzees: Portrait of a Family

This is the story of an unusual nuclear family, Roberta and Philip and the two chimpanzees they adopted, Charlie and his half sister Casey. It shows the joys and challenges of life with our closest primate relatives. The film investigates the chimpanzees’ adaptive abilities when removed from their natural habitat, their amazing mental capabilities, and the bonding love that exists

Paternal Instinct

Mark and Erik are an “unmarried” gay couple who have been together for ten years. They long to have biological children. Searching for a surrogate mother on the internet, they meet Wen, a wife, mother and practicing witch. Over the next three years, this unique partnership encounters unforeseen obstacles that challenge their desire for a child and threaten the growing

A Joking Relationship

This film depicts a moment of flirtation in a joking relationship between N!ai, the young wife of Gunda, and her great uncle, Tik!kay, under the shade of a big tree. Through the lens, the director of this film leads the audience to ponder on the possible relationships between the two sexes. The flirtation between the protagonists, indeed, is based on

A Kalahari Family: Part II. End of the Road

John Marshall is reunited with Toma’s family in 1978. Like the majority of Ju/’hoansi, they have settled at Tjum!kui, an administrative post run by the South African government. They came looking for water, jobs and an easier life, but found poverty, malnutrition and violence. Desperate for a more stable existence, the family heads back to their traditional water hole, /Aotcha,

In Search of the Hamat’sa: A Tale of Headhunting

The Hamat’sa (or “Cannibal Dance”) is the most important-and highly representable ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) people of British Columbia. This film traces the history of anthropological depictions of the dance.Moreover it tries to discuss about the cultural role this dance serve. Another focus in this film is the filmaker’s fieldwork experince. It works on th ethics of the relationships

Fate of the Lhapa

Fate of the Lhapa is a feature-length documentary about the last three Tibetan shamans (lhapas) living in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. These shamans are really concerned about their endangered traditions.They fear there might be no descendants to carry on their healing practices and traditional treatments.The lhapas requested their stories to be filmed. They wish to keep a historical

People Say I’m Crazy

Welcome to my mind. My name is John Cadigan, and I’m an artist with schizophrenia. “People Say I’m Crazy” is my documentary about the world inside my head. It’s a chaotic world filled with paranoia, creativity, fear and desire. A world in which I’m struggling every day, trying to know what is real and what is not

Today The Hawk Takes One Chick

Amidst the highest prevalence of HIV in the world and the lowest life expectancy, three grandmothers in Swaziland, a small, landlocked country in southern Africa between South Africa and Mozambique, cope in this critical moment in time. For these grandmothers, there is no choice but to raise their grandchildren and maintain basic needs. As more and more insight into the

A Balinese Trance Seance

Bringing rice, flowers, and woven coconut leaves as offerings, clients visit Jero in her household shrine to figure out the cause of their son’s death. Jero ,the witch lights an incense brazier, sprinkles holy water, and recites mantras as preliminaries to trance. Several ancestors and the young son speak through her voice, revealing the exact reason of his premature death

Voices in the Clouds

“Voices in the Clouds” is an intimate exploration of Tony Coolidge’s quest to understand his heritage. At the heart of the film lies the celebration of family and cultural preservation. Through his amazing journey, the film hopes to encourage viewers to carve their own path toward self-discovery. With his mother gone, Tony reunites with his relatives in Taiwan, only to

My Land

The film paints a vivid picture of Feliciano’s life, of the conflict between his love of the land and the work he has learned from his father, and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city. Interwoven with Feliciano’s story is the complex history of his people. In his often poetic

Hidden Battles

“Hidden Battles,” a feature length documentary, is a dramatic and deeply intimate film about the psychological impact of killing on the lives of five soldiers. How does killing change the person who pulls the trigger? “Hidden Battles” weaves together moments of reflection and realization from people who struggle with what it means to kill in all of it’s complexity. The

Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir!

Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! is set in a ghetto in Western India. It’s about Budhan Theatre, a group of young Chhara Tribals who are considered “born criminals.” In 2003 Dakxin, a director and playwright, was arrested on false charges. We were concerned because the Chharas face are regularly brutalized by the Police. The documentary evolved from that initiative. Dakxin

Bitter Roots: The End of a Kalahari Myth

Bitter Roots: The Ends of a Kalahari Myth is set in Nyae-Nyae, a region of Namibia located in southern Africa’s Kalahari desert, traditional home of the Ju/’hoansi. It updates the ethnographic film record begun in the 1950s by John Marshall, whose films documented 50 years of change, and who together with Claire Ritchie, established a grass-roots development foundation, which Adrian

The Bird Dancer

The film follows the life of Gusti Ayu Suartini, a young Balinese woman with Tourette’s Syndrome, as she struggles to create a life for herself while coping with a society who doesn’t understand her disease, doctors with no cures, and a family that rejects her. Gusti has spent many years struggling to overcome the stigma and suffering that has resulted

Family Victim

The second youngest of eight children born to an upper-class family living in the rural region of Gunung Kidul in Cental Java, Estu has been ‘different’ ever since he was a young boy. Estu’s actions, and their disorienting power, cannot be understood outside of the cultural and social context within which they have taken shape nor can they be considered

Savage Memory

In 1915, Bronislaw Malinowski set out to document the ‘exotic’ practices of a small group of islanders off the coast of Papua New Guinea. With extensive data on sex, magic and spirits of the dead, his work would set the stage for anthropologists for decades to come and bring him fame as one of the founding fathers of anthropology. Four

Vietnamese Girl

During a six-month period of living and traveling throughout Vietnam, an American filmmaker meets a diverse group of Vietnamese women and documents their attempted integration into the new global culture. “Vietnamese Girl” documents the growing pains at the dawn of a new feminism in Asia. And on a journey spanning thousands of miles, through ancient landscapes and cities of the

Kasheer

Kasheer is an ethnographic film examining artistic production in the disputed territory of India-controlled Kashmir. The legacies of a catastrophic insurgency and indefinite militarization by Indian security forces produces stark social and political complexities embedded in daily life. Kasheer portrays three local visual artists who work to make sense of tragedy and to reformulate a cultural identity inextricably linked to