Entries tagged with “Documentaries”

"I AM": Discovering the True Nature of Humanity

“What’s wrong with the world, and what can we do about it?” These are the two seemingly vague and yet deeply complex questions that director Tom Shadyac sought to answer when he se…

“Samsara”: A Feast for the Senses

Samsara, a non-verbal, visually astounding documentary, is the second feature film by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of 1992’s critically acclaimed Baraka. Filmed in 25…

Behind the Scenes of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

"Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly is a call to action, extending the incredible reach of Ai Weiwei’s art by asking viewers to take the issue of global human rights to heart and make a simple gesture that would profoundly touch those unjustly imprisoned worlds away."

Brilliant Moon

Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse RinpocheBy Neten Chokling, with narration by Richard Gere and Lou ReedBeautifully filmed in Tibet, India, the United States, Bhutan, and Nepal, this docu…

Cultural Creatives The Revolution

Frigyes Fogel, FilmmakerThe so-called “Cultural Creatives” comprise over one-third of the adult populations of the United States, Europe, Japan, and other major cosmopolitan cities…

Delving into Silence with Patrick Shen

Exploring the waning resource of silence.

Elemental

Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Gayatri RoshanElemental traces the stories of three very different eco-warriors. In India, the catastrophic pollution of the Ganges now affects…

Film Review: "Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey"

This documentary from 2012 follows filmmaker Suzanne Bryant as she seeks healing and transformation of spirit through the practice of yoga. Bryant, a successful young journalist li…

Film Review: Band of Sisters

This new documentary by debut filmmaker Mary Fishman offers an informative look at the activism of Catholic nuns in the United States, particularly in the years following Vatican I…

Film Review: Food Chains

Food ChainsDirected by Sanjay RawalSCREEN MEDIA  The ghastly labor practices that America’s food workers have to endure are nothing new—everybody from John Steinbeck to…

Film Review: Human Flow

The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s immensely ambitious new documentary explores the world’s refugee problem by traveling to various hot spots and displaced person camps&mdash…

Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence

What exactly is silence? Patrick Shen’s hypnotic documentary, shot around the world, seeks to explore both the scientific and psychological concepts of silence, and posits the idea…

Film Review: Jane

Brett Morgen’s thoroughly absorbing documentary about the life and career of world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is founded on a treasure trove of footage—countless…

Film Review: One of Us

“Nobody leaves unless they’re willing to pay the price,” says one subject in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s documentary about three former Hasidic Jews who have left their communit…

Film Review: Remote Area Medical

Remote Area MedicalDirected by Jeff Reichert, Farihah ZamanCANDESCENT FILMS The titular organization at the heart of Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman’s documentary was originally c…

Film Review: Sacred

Director Thomas Lennon’s film examines the role of faith by following various rituals from different religions and countries. Shot by more than forty crews from all over the world,…

Film Review: Seasons

Seasons Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud Music Box Films Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud specialize in enchanting, nonnarrative nature documentaries that portray …

Film Review: The Armor of Light

The Armor of LightAbigail DisneyFork FilmsAbigail Disney’s emotionally overwhelming documentary portrays one of the more surprising political and religious alliances of recent year…

Film Review: The Connection

The ConnectionDirected by Shannon HarveyElemental MediaJournalist Shannon Harvey’s documentary begins with the director explaining how at the height of her career as a newscaster, …

Film Review: The Man Who Saved the World

The Man Who Saved the WorldPeter AnthonyStatement FilmIt might be hard to believe, but Stanislav Petrov lives up to the hyperbolic title of the documentary about him. Petrov was a …