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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson, this a powerful documentary about the science, the politics and the personal stories of Lyme disease, from which Swartz herself suffers chronically. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and their livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the healthcare system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients. Semifinalist for 2010 Academy Awards, Finalist for Audience Choice Award at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.