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Bird of Prey

Bird of Prey

Cornell Lab of Ornithology film on the Phillippine Eagle; largest and rarest eagle in the world, which is under great threat. w/filmmaker Eric Liner.

Bitter Money

Bitter Money

Documentary on the lives of China's internal migrants working for long hours in noisy, stifling garment factories.

The Challenge

The Challenge

Focused on the world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry,

Cheshire, Ohio

Cheshire, Ohio

The takeover of a small, rural town by a large coal-fired power plant operation. w/filmmaker Eve Morgenstern

The Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest

Permacultural response to ecological threats in the cloud forest of Veracruz, Mexico. w/Monica Alvarez Franco via webcam.

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time

The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

Duty of the Hour

Duty of the Hour

The story of Dr. Benjamin Hooks, long serving executive director of the NAACP. w/filmmaker Reece Auguiste.

Entre los Hielos de las Islas Orcadas

Entre los Hielos de las Islas Orcadas

Rare footage of a 1928 Argentine trip to Antarctica. w/live music by Cloud Chamber Orchestra.

Everything Else

Everything Else

Dona Flora is a government clerk, who lives an anonymous life. When her cat dies, reminding of her daughter's death, she faces fears and finds hope.

For Akheem

For Akheem

Illluminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses their strength and resilience. w/filmmakers Levine and van Soes

Growing Up Coy

Growing Up Coy

Colorado family thrust into the spotlight when they fight for the right of 6-year-old transgender, Coy Mathis, to use the girls' bathroom.

Jerusalum, We Are Here

Jerusalum, We Are Here

Interactive documentary that brings expelled Palestinians back to their former neighborhoods, w/producer Dorit Naaman

Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day

Animated Chinese film about a young driver who steals from the boss of the gang that he works for to correct his girlfriend's botched plastic surgery.

Kekszakallu

Kekszakallu

Upper class Argentinian women face the consequences of economic recession on their privileged lives.

Kill Me Please

Kill Me Please

The lives of local youth are disrupted by a wave of murders in Rio de Janeiro.

Lupe Under the Sun

Lupe Under the Sun

An aging Mexican migrant faces his life's choices and tries to reconnect with his past.

Mysteries of July

Mysteries of July

Investigates a number of deaths of black men, in police custody, during the Thatcher administration.

Paulina

Paulina

Paulina moves back home to teach in a suburban high school, but must deal with the disapproval of people around her after being assaulted by a gang.

Playing Nabokov and Jefferson St.

Playing Nabokov and Jefferson St.

Two shorts:1st deals w/ Nabokov and angst; the 2nd, with gentrification in Bushwick, NY.-- Tied together by the involvement Saviana Stanescu.

Pop Aye

Pop Aye

A disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant in Bangkok. Excited, he takes it in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Remittance

Remittance

Marie seeks a life for herself in Singapore, deserted by her husband, working as a maid, but she has to decide between aspiration and responsibility.

Reversing Oblivion

Reversing Oblivion

A family estate in Poland and how its ownership and purposes evolved with the political transformations of the twentieth century. w/the filmmakers.

Rodents of Unusual Size

Rodents of Unusual Size

Giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods against them.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

A feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

The Shore Line

The Shore Line

Threats of massive development and rising sea levels on coastal communities around the world; w/producer,dir. Liz Miller.

Best of Streets Alive! Film Festivals

Best of Streets Alive! Film Festivals

For 5 years, Bike Walk Tompkins has hosted an annual film festival filled with great short films about bikes and more. See 14 of their favorites.

Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo

Gorgeously animated film reveals the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law.

Twilight City

Twilight City

Profound meditation on Lon­don, on being black, on the savagery unleashed by the Thatcher government, on exile and abandonment, w/dir. Reese Auguiste

An Undeniable Voice

An Undeniable Voice

Sharon Stone interviews Sam Harris, one of the youngest boys to survive the death campus, asking him to share his story.

Unfractured

Unfractured

UNFRACTURED writer and biologist Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist. w/filmmaker Chanda Chevannes and S. Steingraber

Wasted: A Story of Food Waste

Wasted: A Story of Food Waste

Exposes the multiple harms of food waste and features some of the world's great chefs as they turn food scraps into gourmet meals

The Women's Wisdom Project

The Women's Wisdom Project

A multi-media film/reading garnering the living wisdom of more than 70 women in Tompkins County, New York and beyond.

The Wound

The Wound

Xolani takes a journey to the mountains for a manhood initiation ceremony, but his life begins to fall apart when a romantic secret is revealed.

Variete

Variete

Seduction, intrigue, betrayal, and murder taking place against the backdrop of flying trapeze artistry; w/live music by Lil Anne and Hot Cayenne.

Zama

Zama

Based on a novel about Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Zim High

Zim High

The first African teen movie, ever. A coming-of-age comedy from Zimbabwe, documents the tribulations of a social outcast at prestigious Zim High.

On Campus

Agents of Change

Agents of Change

The often untold story of African-American student activism in the 1960s, and how it still shapes American political and cultural life.

An Art that Nature Makes

An Art that Nature Makes

Photographer Rosamond Purcell has found unexpected beauty in discarded and decaying objects of all kinds.

Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

Captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the clean water, our environment, and the future of the planet.

Billa's Saving the Savior

Billa's Saving the Savior

Indian film about an impoverished young man who supports himself and his family by selling the plastic and other refuse that he finds in Lake Wular.

black enuf

black enuf

A queer oddball seeks approval from Black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that ‘talks white’

By Blood

By Blood

Are the descendants of African slaves, forced to walk the infamous "Trail of Tears," now full members of the Cherokee nation? The answer is not clear

China Remix

China Remix

Explores China's burgeoning African entertainment industry through the lives of three African hip-hop artists.

A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism

A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism

Sequel to a groundbreaking history of Chicana women, CHICANA (1979), honors the achievements of five activist Latinas

A Drop of Sunshine

A Drop of Sunshine

Controversial treatment for schizophrenia developed in India.

Electric Shadows

Electric Shadows

Indian films in China as a form of cultural propagation.

First Cry

First Cry

A remarkable hospital in an Indian mining town built by the voluntary labor of daily-wage contract miners.

Goldmine

Goldmine

A Peruvian gold rush causes social upheaval and ecological destruction.

Geographies of Disability

Geographies of Disability

High schoolers with disabilities face unique challenges, but they can do great things given a chance and with supportive adults.

Talk by Edurado Garcia, activist and photojournalist

Talk by Edurado Garcia, activist and photojournalist

His work has been focused primarily on the struggles of indigenous peoples in Mexico,

Inside the Chinese Closet

Inside the Chinese Closet

The complexities of gay life in modern China as cosmopolitan gay men and lesbian women enter into "fake marriages" with members of the opposite sex.

Las Marthas

Las Marthas

The challenges facing two young Latina women as they participate in a debutante ball in Texas that honors George Washington's birthday.

Lesbiana:  A Parallel Revolution

Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution

A parallel, lesbian-feminist revolution was born out of the women’s and civil rights movements of the 60’s and 70’s.

The Man Who Dwarfed the Mountains

The Man Who Dwarfed the Mountains

The life of one of India's greatest environmental activists.

Moratorium Vondrejs

Moratorium Vondrejs

A founder of genetic engineering in the Czech Republic traverses the boundaries between art and science.

 Neither Here, Nor There (Ni Aqui, Ni Alla)

Neither Here, Nor There (Ni Aqui, Ni Alla)

Illuminates the challenges facing an undocumented college student and her family.

Orchids:  My Intersex Adventure

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure

On a journey of self-discovery, documentarian Phoebe Hart reveals that she has a hidden intersex condition.

The Other Song

The Other Song

Indian homeopathic practice, with a focus on the work of Dr. Rajan Sankaran.

Ovarian Psychos

Ovarian Psychos

Eastside Los Angeles women of color take back their streets, riding bicycles, and confronting violence in their communities.

Sailing the Sinking Sea

Sailing the Sinking Sea

A feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand.

Sea of Life

Sea of Life

Stunningly beautiful footage tracks ecological threats to our oceans and attempts underway to protect them.

Tashi's Turbine

Tashi's Turbine

A small village in Nepal seeks to harness the wind to bring sustainable energy to the local people.

Vertical City

Vertical City

Slum residents of Bombay are moved into the confined, oppressive suburban apartment spaces.

What the Fields Remember

What the Fields Remember

Film about the Nellie massacre, in India, in which 2000 Muslims were killed in a six hour period.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

A uranium boom on Navajo land leaves a toxic radioactive legacy.

Young Blood Reverses Aging + Designing Life Wisely

Young Blood Reverses Aging + Designing Life Wisely

Two Ted Talks on current trends in medical technology.