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

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.

Source: http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/bornintob...

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/

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/

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/

Sergio

A real life action film about a UN hero, this documentary chronicles the life and final hours of Sergio Veira de Mello, the “go-to-guy” for international diplomacy. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Samantha Power’s biography Chasing the Flame, the film is directed by Greg Barker. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. 

Source: http://www.sergiothemovie.com/