The '63 Boycott film and website aim to re-unite participants of Chicago's biggest ever civil rights march. Visit the companion website to identify yourself or others who took part.
How did Rita Crundwell steal $53million over 20 years without anyone noticing? An in-depth documentary about large fraud in a small town. Stealing more than $37,000 a day in her more than 20 years in office, Rita Crundwell used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeding empires, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair. In 2012, Crundwell she was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in American history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a small town in the heart of Illinois with a population of just 16,000.
A year in one of the country’s most exemplary and diverse public high schools, as students, teachers and administrators grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities.
A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of disaster, and survival by zip code. With equal parts naivete and requisite chutzpah, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all: extreme poverty. With Chicago’s 1995 heat disaster at its dramatic core -- when 739 Chicago residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American, died over the course of one hot July week -- Cooked asks questions about the politics of disaster every city will have to answer: disaster preparedness for some or community resilience for all? Inspired by Eric Klinenberg's award winning book Heatwave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.
On Easter Island, the most isolated community in the Pacific uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development.
With a billion hungry and two billion overweight people on Earth, everyone knows that the food system is broken. But few people understand that it’s a system, with rules that keep things ticking along. A few groups are breaking these rules of how we eat today, so that everyone can eat tomorrow. Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and Raj Patel (Stuffed & Starved, The Value of Nothing) weave together tales of the system’s destructive creators and creative destroyers, bringing together traders, farmers, grocers and eaters from India to Malawi to Maine to Oakland to show not only how the system works, but how some unlikely people are transforming it.
Three Alaska Native women work to save their endangered language, Kodiak Alutiiq, and ensure the future of their culture while confronting their personal demons. With just 41 fluent Native speakers remaining, mostly Elders, some estimate their language could die out within ten years. The small community travels to Dig Afognak camp on remote Afognak Island, where a language immersion experiment unfolds with the remaining fluent Elders. Young camper Sadie, an at-risk 13 year old learner and budding Alutiiq dancer, is inspired and gains strength through her work with the teachers. Yet PTSD and politics loom large as the elders, teachers, and students try to continue the difficult task of language revitalization over the next five years.
Bing, a Chinese-American 25 year-old, returns to his hometown and reconnects with two skateboarders: Keire, an African-American 17 year-old and Zack, a white 23 year-old. Bing's investigation of trauma in their homes culminates in him confronting his own estranged family. Over the next three years, Bing and his friends' freewheeling lives unravel as they struggle with a rocky transition from adolescence into manhood.
Inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, a filmmaker faces her personal departure from the Mormon church nearly two decades ago, and its impact on their promise of a “forever family.”
Mossadegh & Me
The Dilemma of Desire
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