Monday, June 27, 2016

No Land, No Food, No Life (2013)

Director: Amy Miller
Run time: 75 min.
Call Number: HD9000.5 . N65 2013

"A hard-hitting film which explores sustainable small scale agriculture, and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and vérité footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land. It covers Mali, Cambodia and Uganda."

Library catalog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Citizenfour (2014)

Director: Laura Poitras
Run time: 113 min.
Call number:  JF1525.W45 C58 2015

"With unprecedented access, this behind-the-scenes chronicle follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA."
—Publisher's description

Friday, June 3, 2016

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Director: Dave Jannetta
Run Time: 103 min.  
Call Number: PS3602.A599 Z46 2014

"In an isolated, high-plains community, a brilliant mathematics professor disappears from the local college without a trace. Three months later his body is discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition in the remote hills south of campus. Iconoclastic author Poe Ballantine searches for clues related to the case while reflecting on his own life of wanderlust."

Distributor's description

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Stolen Revolution (2013)

Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani 
Run time: 75 min. 
Call Number: DS318.839 .M97 (2013)

"A student activist in Iran's 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorial Shah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani fled to Sweden with her baby after Islamists seized power and began persecuting leftists who had been their revolutionary allies. Three decades later, prompted by brutal crackdowns on protests in Iran and long-suppressed guilt for abandoning a younger brother to imprisonment and death, the internationally acclaimed filmmaker locates and reunites with five women who were tortured in the jails she so narrowly escaped. . . ." 
Distributor's description

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Red Hollywood (2014)

Director: Thom Andersen, Noël Burch
Run time:  90 min.
Call number: PN1993.5.U65 R43 2014

“'Red Hollywood” may suggest the rivers of blood that flood our screens. But the red in the title of this fascinating essay like movie refers to the home-front Communists and other American radicals — actual and accused — who once upon a Hollywood time made socially conscious movies that took on the world and its woes."

Manohla Dargis, New York Times (Full review here)