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Kimball Johnson is a non-conformist with a heart—and someone willing to lose everything to tilt at windmills. Documentary filmmaker Gabriel Lakey spent six year... more
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Living together in a flat in Cape Town, Mayra, Zanele and Sarah keep in touch with their mothers by phone. Anna-Maria, Tsepiso, and Hilary all share an intense love for their daughters, and will often call them from their homes in Johannesburg, Gaborone and London. Whenever the phone rings in the flat, a mother is usually at the other end. Conversations flow forth in Spanish, Sotho and Mandarin, about food, sleep, and health; always with a pinch of career advice where deemed necessary. Ye... more

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The story of a young Ethiopian pastoralist who escapes his arranged marriage to fulfill a dream. An apparently normal student who is willing to reach a balance between his tribe's costumes and the dream of becoming an educated man. A life straddled between tradition and modernity, and a commitment to discover the good in both.

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Jascha is a young deaf art student who doesn’t care much about the hearing world. But he can't escape it if he wants to fulfill his ambitions. This makes him rebellious and uncertain. Armed with a camera, he visits Europe’s only home for elderly deaf people and tries to find out how these people have lived their lives. They tell him about their youth, when sign language was forbidden, and about their struggles against embarrassment and indignities. Though Jascha's world is very different he find... more

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After the sudden death of his father, director Andrew Morgan sets out to explore the meaning of loss in each of our lives. Void of easy answers, this is an honest exploration into the journey of hurt and hope that makes us human. Shot in cities across America, the film features intimate conversations with people from all walks of life who have experienced the loss of a loved one. In addition, leading professionals on grief and loss speak into the effects of losing a loved one includin... more

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'A dream called America’ is a documentary made on Shahbaz, a 15-year-old boy from Gujarat, India. He is the third among the five children of his father Aftab who makes a living by repairing cycles on a footpath. Shahbaz had studied in the US for a year on a scholarship, where an American couple hosted him. The one year he spent in US changed his attitude, as he experienced a much more comfortable and carefree life than at his real home. After reaching India, he badly wants to go back and settle i... more

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"The Cardboard Bernini," examines the work and life of artist James Grashow as he spends four years building a giant cardboard fountain inspired by the work of the famous Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. James Grashow is an artist who has made—among many other things—giant 15 foot tall fighting men, an anthropomorphized city, and an ocean-- using papier-mâché, fabric, chicken wire and cardboard. More recently, he has begun making sculptures entirely out of corrugated cardboard and twis... more

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John Perceval was born in 1923 in the lonely wheat fields of Western Australia. While John was still very young, his mother left his father for a more glamorous socialite life in Melbourne and eventually took their two children with her. John caught poliomyelitis at the age of 15 and started to paint like a master from that time. The filmmaker, David Blackall first met John when visiting him in a mental institution in 1983. At the time David was in a relationship with John's youngest daughte... more

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Standing alone in the middle of an empty baseball diamond, a man is caught up in the memories of a long sporting career. Images unfold of baseball game...more
 
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"When it’s not autism, what is it?" When their son was just 17 months old, Erik and Jennie Linthorst suspected something was not quite right. Experts and therapists tol...more
 
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Contact with parts of my family is broken. I have only a nebulous image of their past. My grandparents supposedly worked for the Stasi, the secret police of the GDR, locate...more
 
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Liberamente Angela is inspired by the words and the life of Angela Altieri MacDonald, author of “The age of weakness”, a book about her fighting against cancer, he...more
 
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In this RSA Animate, Dan Ariely explores the circumstances under which someone would lie and what effect deception has on society at large. Taken from a lecture given by Da...more
 
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Beehive in My Heart is a film about abiding friendship and Alie's story of living with cancer and dying of cancer, and how she lived within the transformative power of being i...more
 
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