Absolutely Safe

Nearly 400,000 women, every year, in the United States get breast implants. The story of everyday women who find themselves and their breasts in the tangled and confusing intersection of health, money, science, and beauty. Women with debilitating illnesses – joint pain, chronic fatigue, scleroderma – are linking these problems to the implants. Even though the FDA recently lifted its restrictions on silicone implants and approved them for wide-scale use, many serious questions remain regarding breast implant safety. Reveals that the conversation on implant safety is far more complex than simple pros and cons..

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Orgasm Inc.

Explores the strange science of female pleasure and reveals the warped mentality of the pharmaceutical and medical industries. Director Liz Canner embarks on a nine-year odyssey as she follows the companies who are racing to be the first to win FDA approval for a product to cure ‘female sexual dysfunction.’ The prize: billions of dollars in profits. Featuring illuminating footage and interviews with activists, doctors, and medical experts.

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Manufacturing Consent

Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist, and radical philosopher Noam Chomsky. Focuses on Chomsky’s analysis of the hidden use of ideological manipulation in democratic societies

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A Better Life

Carlos Galindo always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos’s only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream.

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A Doll’s House

Nora is the pampered wife of aspiring bank manager Torvald Helmer whose career has been financed in part by his wife’s funds. In a desperate attempt to hold her family together, Nora once forged a loan signature and now finds herself blackmailed. She remains confident, however, that Torvald will stand by her no matter what the outcome. His reaction, though, is not what she expects and alters her life forever.

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Do the Right Thing

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This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It’s the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.

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Girl Trouble

“In the past decade, the San Francisco youth crime rate declined, the number of girls in the juvenile justice system more than doubled. This film follows four years in the lives of three teenage girls caught up in San Francisco’s juvenile justice system.”–Title screens. This documentary tells the compelling stories of Stephanie, Shangra, and Sheila, opening a window onto the juvenile justice system, exposing its failure to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and incarceration that consumes vulnerable young women. Two programs are hightlighted: The Walden House SisterKin Project and The Center for Young Women’s Development’s Sisters Rising internship program, for pushing the boundaries when it comes to helping girls in the system, addressing issues like sexual abuse, self-esteem, and community as part of the healing process for young women.

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The Color of Fear 3

“A film about the struggle of the gay, lesbian and transgender community to be seen and understood in a predominately heterosexist society… [T]he original cast…discusses what it is like to grapple with their fears and stereotypes of gays in [the United States]. A ten-year retrospective has been added from Roberto Alamanzan and David Lee. They describe the complexities of being male, the fears that men have of each other, and their thoughts on same-sex marriage”–Container.

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Oh, What a Blow that Phantom Gave Me!

The film takes its title from a 1972 book written by anthropologist Edmund Carpenter and explores the positive and negative ways in which media, and film in particular, interact with indigenous cultures. Carpenter and other filmmakers, including Adelaide de Menil, discuss interactions of media and culture in Papua New Guinea and the Canadian Arctic.

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The Tank Man CLIP

On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world. Filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the identity, fate, and significance of the tank man.

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