Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities for today’s educators, the difficulty in attracting talented new teachers and why so many of our best teachers leave the profession altogether.
Named for her seminal play, this entrancing, wonderfully inventive portrait of the short life and enduring art of working-class British playwright Andrea Dunbar has actors lip-synching extensive interviews with family and friends and reenacting scenes from her work to trace the social context and haunted legacy of a brilliant but troubled artist.
“Lies, mystifications, provocations!” declares Ceausescu when confronted by his crimes at his 1989 trial. Bracketed by footage of his refusal to admit guilt in the hour before his execution, this masterfully assembled collage of clips from Ceausescu’s rigidly controlled official record reveals a dictator believing in his own cult of personality.
With sound floated in as if from outer space, Marie Losier’s first feature combines home-movie–style cinematography with whimsical set pieces and amazing archival footage for a poignant portrait of Genesis P-Orridge—industrial music, performance art and body mod pioneer—and her deep love for her late muse, the beautiful Lady Jaye.
Set amid arrests and subsequent trials surrounding the 2008 Republican National Convention, this portrait of two young activists caught in the web of an opportunistic mentor and a desperate justice system poignantly describes both the problems of power and the power of forgiveness and love.
This collage-style documentary combines recently rediscovered Swedish footage of the American 1967–75 Black Power movement with new and insightful commentary by leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, all set to an evocative soundtrack with original music by Questlove of the Roots and Om’Mas Keith.
Intrepid explorer of the exotic Werner Herzog is the first filmmaker allowed into the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc caverns in southern France, site of the world's oldest prehistoric art. Who better to ponder these enigmatic drawings? And what cinematic plunge into the unknown could be better served by 3-D?
Featuring candid discussion about hopes and dreams, love and heartbreak, family and friends, this engrossing documentary makes an inspired connection between classic literature and contemporary teen life in modern-day Marseille as one high school class studies the 17th-century novel La princesse de Clèves. With short Aglaée (20 min).
This eye-opening and bittersweet chronicle of the Yugoslavian film industry recounts how the cinema was used—often with direct intervention from President Josip Broz Tito—to create and recreate the young nation’s history, replete with heroes and myths that didn’t always hew closely to reality.
This intimate look at the coming together of a female prisoner and the two pro bono lawyers fighting for her release is a must-see documentary for those interested in the power of film to change the course of events. Shot over a five-and-a-half year period, the saga of one woman’s case resounds with broader social implications.