The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

A stark monologue examines why there has been so little outrage about the human rights violations in their country. An actress states, “Belarus is not sexy. Sexy countries have oil and gas.”

Feminist Stories From Women’s Liberation: 1963-1970

Lee’s film yields a “complex and multilayered” account which she hopes will instruct her daughter, and future generations of girls, about the struggle that preceded them.

“Toxic Hot Seat” Ignites Awareness

One of the top takeaways from the documentary for the general public is the startling information that there are approximately 84,000 chemicals being used commercially in the country.

“Trashed” Examines Global Waste

As part of the “Reel Pieces” movie series at the 92Y in New York City, Annette Insdorf hosted Jeremy Irons in a screening of Trashed. Irons, the executive producer of the film, also takes on the role of citizen-journalist narrator. Along with director Candida Brady, they explore the issue of global waste—and how each individual […]

Fracking Causes Friction In “Promised Land”

In the tradition of “The China Syndrome” and “Silkwood,” “Promised Land” uses mainstream entertainment to delve into American values, corporate responsibility, and activism.

The ‘Other Israel Film Festival’ Tackles Complex Issues

“Cinema. Dialogue. Understanding.” These words were on the screen at the Other Israel Film Festival, at the JCC in Manhattan, as the auditorium filled up on opening night. Sharqiya, by first time Israeli filmmaker Ami Livne, was receiving its New York premiere. It had garnered top honors at the Jerusalem Film Festival for best full-length […]

“Sweet Dreams”— Reconciliation in Rwanda at DocNYC

Through the artistry and energy of drumming, Odile “Kiki” Katese, a Rwandan theater director, saw a channel for the many who were broken.

A Portrait of Activism: “How to Survive a Plague”

Individual activism matters. Coalesced into group action—it is mighty.

The Artist as Dissident — “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry”

Ai Weiwei learned early on about politics and art through the experience of his father Ai Qing, a renowned poet who was imprisoned by Chiang Kai-shek.

“The Invisible War” — Documentary Spotlighting Rape in the Military Aims to Create National Awareness

Would anybody enlist if they knew a court ruling had put forth, “Rape is an occupational hazard of military service.”