Documentaries

The documentary films of social and environmental injustice that artist Susan Swartz has contributed to including Academy Award winners Born into Brothels and The Cove

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP 

Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP 

1991’s Clarence Thomas vs. Anita Hill hearings were raw, gripping theater which united a firestorm about sexual misconduct and gender inequality in the workplace. More than 20 years later, filmmaker Freida Mock empowers Anita Hill to tell her own story through a series of intimate interviews. In the end, the film acknowledges how far we’ve come on these issues, but also reminds us how much more work there is to do. Premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Born Into Brothels

A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, this documentary by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature 2005.

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Connected

“An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology.” Tiffany Schlain’s vibrant and personal documentary is an exhilarating roller coaster ride that explores what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for an exploration of modern life… and our very interconnected future. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. 

Source: http://connectedthefilm.com

The Cove

Director Louie Psihoyos follows a team of activists as they penetrate a hidden cove in Japan where a massive ecological crime —the slaughter of dolphins— is secretly perpetrated. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary 2009 and US Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2009.

*DVD features 'Mercury Rising', a short documentary that explores the dangers of mercury contamination as it affects society and global environment. Conceived by Swartz and narrated by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Source: http://www.thecovemovie.com/

Detropia

The latest documentary from veteran team Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady explores the idea that the woes of Detroit are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. This is the dramatic story of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising. Premiered at 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Source: http://detropiathefilm.com

Hell and Back Again

Embedded in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of a 25-year-old US Marine Sergeant. The film seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man’s personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where he confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life. Contrasting the intensity of the frontline with the unsettling normalcy of home, the film lays bare the true cost of war. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature 2012.

Source: http://hellandbackagain.com/

The Invisible War

Nominated for a 2013 Academy Award, filmmaker Kirby Dick leads a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, the film is a moving indictment of the systematic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. invisiblewarmovie.com

Source: http://invisiblewarmovie.com

Kick Like a Girl

This is the story of what happens when an undefeated third grade girl’s soccer team competes in the boys division. Directed by Jenny MacKenzie, this short documentary uses humor and honesty to reveal the reality of boy-girl issues both on and off the field. Winner of 2009 Outstanding Documentary Award from Women’s Independent Network. 

Source: http://www.kicklikeagirlmovie.com/

Miss Representation

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Source: http://www.missrepresentation.org/