Sociology

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This field casts each and every one of us as possible subjects for research, uncovering the trends and forces that define and dictate human behaviour.

Sociology Collection

  • Connected | Director: Tiffany Shlain  
    Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
  • (Dis)Honesty | Director: Yael Melamede  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    It’s human nature to lie; we all do it! From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.
    Interweaving groundbreaking experiments from celebrated behavioral economist Dan Ariely with personal stories from individuals affected by the unraveling of their lies, Ariely and a team of scientists uncover our propensity to be dishonest—sometimes even unknowingly. What’s revealed is a fascinating look at the forces behind our collective behavior and the many truths behind lies.
  • One Day on Earth | Director: Kyle Ruddick  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    ONE DAY ON EARTH is the first film made in every country of the world on the same day. We see both the challenges and hopes of humanity from a diverse group of volunteer filmmakers assembled by a participatory media experiment. The world is greatly interconnected, enormous, perilous, and wonderful.
  • Life 2.0 | Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff  
    Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Every day, across all corners of the globe, millions of users log onto Second Life, a virtual online world populated by real-life-like avatars. Life 2.0 follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically consumed by the virtual world of Second Life. They reside in this new reality, where inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars—with digital alter egos that can be sculpted and manipulated on a whim.
  • The Chimpanzee Complex | Director: Marc Schmidt  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: Dutch, English (with full English subtitles available)

    The main characters are ‘humanized’ chimps, who after years in captivity must learn to live among their own species again. Many of them were taken from the wild at a very young age and never learned any practical or social skills as apes. A vulnerable, paradoxical process that raises fundamental ethical questions and reminds us of where we come from.
  • Shipwrecked America | Director: Alexandra Kandy Longuet  
    Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: Belgium, France | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the most violent storm in the history of the United States, ravages New Orleans. The city’s entire population is displaced. In the land of opportunity, the disaster seems to provide an opportunity for a city’s rebirth on a fairer basis. But against all expectations and despite the Obama presidency, the Crescent City turns into a ground zero for imposing economic shock therapy, intensifying drastically the economic, social and racial inequalities that existed before. This is the portrait of a city that became the US laboratory and reveals the divisions of a whole country.
  • SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK
    Sleepless in New York | Director: Christian Frei – SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Switzerland | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Often laughed off as nothing more than an affliction of adolescence, lovesickness becomes the topic of a sensitive and compelling documentary film. Christian Frei dives into the frenzied nights of the newly rejected. Nights full of pain and tears, yet also wakefulness and creativity.
    Anthropologist Helen Fisher researches the astounding and profound processes that are unfolding in the brain of the lovesick. Has nature overdone it? The film explores the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self. And it wonders about the unwavering desire – despite it all – for love.
  • Where is my Son?
    Where is my Son? | Director: Chaiman Ahn  
    Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Korea (South) | Language: Korean (with full English subtitles available)

    Giseon Kwon lost her husband shortly after the birth of their son. She dedicated her entire life to her only son. JunKyo Lee had a successful career in the big city, and after more than 50 years came back to his hometown of Andong.
    Before it was too late, JunKyo wanted to make his mom happy during her final years. This documentary records their last year-and-half together, offering a meditation on family and loyalty.
  • Romeo Is Bleeding | Director: Jason Zeldes  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    ROMEO IS BLEEDING is a documentary film following Donté Clark, a young poet in Richmond, CA, a community that struggles with gun violence stemming from a turf war spanning across multiple generations.
    Donté transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he co-founded an arts organization called RAW Talent, where like-minded youth from both sides of Richmond mount Te’s Harmony, an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, with the hope of starting a meaningful dialogue about violence in the city.
  • Burning Out | Director: Jérôme le Maire  
    Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: Belgium, France, Switzerland | Language: French (with full English subtitles available)

    Burning Out is literally a drama about life and death. For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit in one of the biggest hospitals in Paris. Constantly under severe stress, understaffed and subject to severe budget cuts, employees fight each other for resources. Meanwhile the management imposes ever more stringent efficiency and profitability targets. All over Europe burnout has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public and private sectors. Will we end up killing ourselves? Or will we be able to find meaning and joy at work?
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