Banned under Taliban rule (1994-2001), Afghan theater is experiencing a comeback with many women at the forefront. Filmmaker Anneta Papathanassiou exposes pervasive erosions of Afghan women’s rights. Her timely, eye-opening documentary perfectly captures art’s transformative power and the dangers these courageous women face to do the work they love.
Distributed by Women Make Movies.
This documentary is produced with an urgent sense of salvaging an endangered heritage, nüshu 女書 the world’s only “women’s script” that men cannot read, a script circulated exclusively among women in an agrarian patriarchal community in southern China, namely Jiangyong 江永 County of Hunan Province. Based on fieldwork conducted since 1992, this film explores what nüshu has meant to Jiangyong women socially, cognitively, morally and sentimentally.
Distributed by Turnbox Production Studio Inc.
After 40 years of bipartisan support for engaging China, debate about PRC is brewing in Washington: has America created a peer competitor that now needs to be contained? This film explores the personal experiences of iconic IR theorists John Mearsheimer (Chicago) and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. (Harvard) to see how their first trips to China framed their strategic understanding of US-China relations.
Distributed by Wildwood Films.
A timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China, this documentary evokes the personal and the international with its accent on diplomacy, activism and individual experience. Interspersed with remarks from journalists and experts, All Eyes and Ears interweaves the stories of U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie Mei, and blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng as they find purpose, identity and resolve amid the two nations’ evolving relationship. This film adroitly illuminates the delicate, intersecting layers of history, ideology and politics at play behind current diplomatic maneuvers.
My Life In China
Distributed by My Life In China, LLC.
Three Japanese war brides trace their tumultuous journey to America as the young wives of US soldiers and civilians. Atsuko, Emiko and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married American soldiers after World War II. In brutally honest conversations with their respective daughters, they reveal the largely untold story of the Japanese war brides.
Winner of Best Documentary from both Kinejun Magazine and Mainichi Film Awards in 2015, Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. This ambitious documentary was directed by Japan-based filmmaker John Junkerman, whose previous films include the Oscar-nominated Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima.
Honor and Sacrifice tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons; two who fought for the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill's Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma. He was born near Los Angeles, educated in Japan, and became a hero when he used his Japanese language skills and military training to save his surrounded, starving battalion deep in the Burmese jungle. At the same time his parents and sisters were living in their family’s ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy's daughter Karen as she discovers her father's work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years.
When the daughter of a Japanese businessman in Okinawa charges that a US Serviceman assaulted her, the serviceman claims the encounter was entirely consensual. The ensuing military and civil investigations brings to light persistent resentment going back many years on both sides - the human toll of long term military occupation.
Distributed by Lifecycle Productions Inc.
This video documents the socially engaged process of making the artwork "Sunset House: Language as the house of Being," which commenced in 2010 on a unique site on Shodo Island in the Setouchi Inland Sea. Created by over two hundred volunteers, residents and visitors in collaboration with artist James Jack, this artwork to be featured in the Setouchi International Art Festival in 2016 embodies local people’s stories, the history of the area and the surrounding ecology.
Distributed by Dr. James Jack.
Nuclear Savage uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history: how Marshall Islanders, because they were considered uncivilized, were deliberately used as human guinea pigs to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings. The film features survivor testimony, unseen archival footage, and recently declassified U.S. documents.
Through rare archival footage, contemporary veritè, creative use of graphics and sound, as well as testimonies of survivors and their descendants, War for Guam reflects on World War II and its enduring legacy in Guam from various points of view. A U.S. territory since 1898, the film tells the extraordinary story of how the Native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under a brutal Japanese occupation. After World War II, as Guam was quickly ushered into a market economy revolving around U.S. military contracts and military service, Chamorros increasingly felt like squatters on their own land, and the memory of the war started to change from that of being rescued to that of being reoccupied.
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Distributed by Evyn Lê Espiritu.
A self-trained and passionate artist, Surayia Rahman is an unconventional Bengali woman who frees herself, other women and families from poverty and social hardships, by guiding hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks of exquisitely hand-embroidered art that has been gifted to dignitaries and admired in collections throughout the world.
Distributed by Kantha Productions LLC.
India's Daughter is the powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. In 2012, it made international headlines and ignited protests by women in India and around the world. BAFTA winning filmmaker Leslee Udwin, herself a victim of rape, went to India inspired by the protests against sexual assault. An impassioned plea for change, India's Daughter pays tribute to a remarkable and inspiring young woman and explores the compelling human stories behind the incident and the political ramifications throughout India.
Distributed by Women Make Movies.
Last updated May 19, 2016