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States of Dissent

Is there a tougher woman than Rebiya Kadeer? ... Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uyghur homeland - known as East Turkestan - she has been punished at every turn by the Chinese ... Read more
To the Ultra-Orthodox Haredim, segregation is for your own safety. ... Over the last decade the number of prohibitions for the women followers of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (known as Haredi) have increased dramatically. Some accept this as religious law and others see it as a violation of their human ... Read more
“Who did they shoot?… A guy with a camera.” ... While those in the West might bemoan the falling standards of news media, the Burmese live in a world where journalism of any kind is illegal. Just being found with a camera can have you killed in the streets. ... In extraordinary acts of ... Read more
A modern-day faux propaganda film made in the style of North Korea's nationalistic Juche cinema. ... --- ... D/P/S Jim Finn L Korean w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Jim Finn L Korean w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2009 ... Read more
The bloody violence of the 2009 Iranian elections explodes onscreen in this audacious film by 21-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf. ... A new wave of hope has sent the Iranian people singing, dancing and massing into the streets. Playwright Ava doesn't share in such positivity, so she ... Read more
“A totally original and ultimately inspiring consideration of the extremes human beings can suffer, and yet still hold out hope for a better future.” - Sundance Film Festival ... Kimjongilia is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian and human rights disaster of North Korea. Weaving a ... Read more
“Aghion's powerful film sets the beauty of a country against the unimaginable barbarity [that] took place.” - Screen International ... Could you ever forgive the people who slaughtered your family? When hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus were incited to wipe out the country's Tutsi ... Read more
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... In his quest to give voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao Liang spent 12 years gathering footage, much of it secretly filmed, to tell a story of the plight of ... Read more
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... Giving voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao Liang spent 12 years gathering footage, much of it secretly filmed, to tell a story of the plight of thousands ... Read more
“Dignifies the struggles of powerless people and holds a sobering mirror up to a superpower.” - Sundance Film Festival ... A startling work of investigative journalism, Russian Lessons sees its two filmmaker-protagonists, Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov, report from different posts on the ... Read more
"He was the world's go-to guy. He'd probably seen more wars, more human misery, than any man or woman of his generation." - filmmaker Greg Barker ... Diplomat Sergio De Mello had so much star quality his biographer called him “a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy”. During his time as a ... Read more
What began as an unassuming documentary has taken on the fate of a cause célèbre. Initially begun as a film about family reunion in a western Saharan refugee camp, the production suddenly takes a complete twist into an expose of slavery. This film will spark debate, not only about the issues, but ... Read more
The story of a people confronting tyranny with the joyful power of art, music and self-expression. ... Intensely political and emotional, this documentary is a celebration of West Papua, told through story, music and song. It's also a testament to the determination of director, Charlie Hill-Smith ... Read more
“An outrageously funny study of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's theories on moviemaking.” - Variety ... The irony in Kim Il-sung's ideology of Juche (pronounced ‘choo-chay') - the independence of man and the spirit of self-reliance - being used as a basis for propaganda film is not lost ... Read more
A subversive comedy tour through North Korea takes a turn for the absurd in this Yes Men-style gonzo doco from Mads Brügger. ... Fighting propaganda with propaganda, filmmaker Mads Brügger takes two Danish-Korean comedians - the rotund Simon and the self-professed ‘spastic' Jacob - on a ... Read more
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