DOCUMENTARY FILMS

WE ARE WISCONSIN

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When a Republican Governor’s bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens force their way into the Wisconsin State Capitol, joining thousands of protesters who spend the next twenty-six days launching a popular uprising that not only challenges the bill, but the soul of a nation. 2012, 1h 45min.

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NO SWEAT

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An all-American tale about an all-American garment: The T-shirt, NO SWEAT takes a wild ride into the bowels of Los Angeles garment industry. Mostly undocumented workers at American Apparel and SweatX are offered better wages, benefits, even a shot at worker-ownership. But what’s really behind the label? 2006, 54 min.

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STRIPPED & TEASED: TALES FROM LAS VEGAS WOMEN

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This video goes behind the “Showgirls” mythos to tell the true story of real women who live and work in Las Vegas—the mothers, maids, waitresses, wives, cabdrivers, construction workers, casino executives, and showgirls, who struggle against the sex-object stereotype—and whose stories reveal there’s always more to girl than the show. 2009,  62 min.

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MERCEDES: PORTRAIT OF A STREET SWEEPER

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AMASAN: WOMEN OF THE SEA

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Amasan: Women of the Sea looks at the dying art of the Amasan, or Sea Women of Shirahama, Japan, women who free-dive without breathing equipment, holding their breath for 1-2 minutes at a time, risking their lives and livelihood for the love of a more balanced life and ocean. Told through the wise eyes of seven AMA, all over the age of sixty, the film celebrates growing old while embracing the beauty, camaraderie and longevity of female friendship, defined by lives lived mostly “underwater” and the freedom that they find beneath the sea. 2009, 24 min.

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VOICES FROM THE HEART

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Can speaking Arapaho heal a community, liberate a generation? Can learning your ancestral language change how you feel about yourself and your surroundings?  This film looks at the new Arapaho native immersion school on the remote, Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, through the eyes of Tish Keahna, a Native (Meskwaki/Ojibwe) mother, who returns to Wind River after thirty years to see how education and growing up on the “rez” have changed. 2009. 20 min.

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AMANI NOMI, A HARD PEACE

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Amani Noma, A Hard Peace traces the events leading up to the Kenyan national presidential elections of 2007 and its tragic aftermath, leaving over 1500 dead 300,000 displaced or homeless, an entire nation, once considered an African success story, brought to the brink of disaster.  2007, 26 min.

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ONE DAY LONGER

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On Sept. 21, 1991, five hundred and fifty hotel and restaurant workers walked off their jobs at the Frontier Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. For six years, four months and ten days, they maintained a 24-hour picket line, and not one worker crossed the line to return to work. 2000, 62 min.

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FALLON, NV: DEADLY OASIS

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Sixteen kids have cancer in a remote Nevada town, yet no one seems to be able to uncover the reason why. An environmental nightmare, or a tragic coincidence? The film follows two of the families through the labyrinth of questions with no immediate answers. 2003, 56 min.

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UNCOMMON GROUND

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Uncommon Ground is a film that explores the critical voice of youth across two different and complex cultures: South Africa and the United States. The film looks at young people coming of age in two different areas of the world, and the mutual discovery that takes place as they come together to raise consciousness, share real life traumas, and reaffirm their humanity. 1994, 62 min.

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