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Media and communications are crucial to the dissemination and exploration of new pivotal ideas. These films explore the central role of journalism in shaping our relationship to the world around us.

Journalism Collection

  • Reporters Against Power | Director: Kees Schaap  
    Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: Burmese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Russian, Spanish, Turkish (with full English subtitles available)

    When powerful governments don’t want to be controlled, journalists become weapons against dictatorship and injustice. In their plight for truth, their pens become swords. Journalist Fidan Ekiz travels to Columbia, Turkey, Uganda, Russia, Myanmar and Hong Kong to speak to the people committed to reporting on the society around them, despite the considerable risks that this involves. In this six-part series, Ekiz explores how journalists can make a profound difference, whilst facing threats both to their own personal safety and to the concept of Truth itself.
  • The 50 Year Argument | Director: Martin Scorsese   David Tedeschi  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Japan, United Kingdom, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi ride the waves of literary, political, and cultural history as charted by the influential publication, The New York Review of Books, America’s leading journal of ideas for over 50 years. This provocative film explores the power of ideas in shaping history. The film weaves rarely seen archival footage of cultural icons, newly filmed interviews with many of the Review’s current contributors with original footage reflecting the humming, restless energy of the paper's brilliant and charismatic editor Robert Silvers at work in the Review’s West Village offices.
  • The Internet’s Own Boy | Director: Brian Knappenberger  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz has his fingerprints all over the internet—he was integral to the development of the basic internet protocol RSS and co—founded the global social news and entertainment website Reddit. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two—year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
  • Burma VJ | Director: Anders Østergaard  
    Year of production: 2009 | Country of production: Denmark | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    An acclaimed insight into the revolutionary potentials and personal dangers involved in video reportage. Filmmaker Anders Østergaard takes us behind the official headlines in Burma to brings us close to the country's video journalists who keeping up the flow of news from within the borders despite risking torture and life in jail. Armed with small handycams they make their undercover reports, and smuggle the material out of the country to be broadcast back into Burma via satellite or offered to the international media for free.
    The footage shot by these brave activists keeps the revolution alive.
  • We Are Legion | Director: Brian Knappenberger  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and traces how they evolved and coalesced into Anonymous, a full-blown movement with global reach and extraordinary power.
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief | Director: Alex Gibney  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    A provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF shines a light on the Church of Scientology, how they attract true believers, and the things they do in the name of religion.
    Following the HBO documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” his investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney (HBO’s “Taxi to the Dark Side”) turns his gaze to Scientology in GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright.
  • The Invisible War | Director: Kirby Dick  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Casualties of war rage beyond the battlefield. As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment, not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. With stark clarity and escalating revelations, The Invisible War exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
  • Red Forest Hotel | Director: Mika Koskinen  
    Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: Finland | Language: Chinese, English (with full English subtitles available)

    China has begun to invest in recycling, renewable energy and other environmental reforms in an effort to combat climate change. Filmmaker Mika Koskinen begins exploring how China's green policies could set an example for the rest of the world. But the project takes a surprising turn when Koskinen uncovers links between the Chinese government and a global forestry corporation. Barred from approaching the paper plantations and interviewing locals to find out what is really going on, the filmmaker is isolated at the Red Forest Hotel, and finds himself embroiled in a Kafkaesque political thriller.
  • Unwanted Witness | Director: Juan José Lozano  
    Year of production: 2008 | Country of production: France, Switzerland | Language: Spanish (with full English subtitles available)

    Hollman Morris is an internationally acclaimed journalist whose weekly television show, Contravía, boldly confronts the violence that ravages his homeland of Colombia. Though he has won prestigious awards abroad, at home he is faced with death threats and intimidation, and this puts a strain on his family life.
  • Cartel Land | Director: Matthew Heineman  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Mexico, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    In this Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, director Matthew Heineman and executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”, “Zero Dark Thirty”) gain unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels.
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