“Black Tea” is a community engagement show that is focused on the racial disparages here in State College, Pennsylvania, as well as nationwide. This is meant to spark uncomfortable, but needed conversations with the hope to bring the community together. “When we talk we learn when we learn we grow.”
Mike and Debbie Africa joined the MOVE Organization in 1974 with relatively light demonstrations against the city of Philadelphia in the interest to confront some societal ills. Their beliefs and activism put them in the cross hairs of the Philadelphia police and officials. By Your Side highlights how they maintained their relationship through the hardship of the Rizzo era, the 40 years they both spent in prison separated from each other, their children, families, and freedom. Mike and Debbie want to tell the story of their young lives, their hopes, dreams and fears- the story of their determination and commitment to never giving up.
Clothed Minds is a documentary focusing on the effects that school dress code policies have on Black girls in the Washington DC public and charter school systems. Based on the report “Dress Coded: Black girls, bodies and bias in DC Schools” from the National Women’s Law Center.
At 16 years old Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of the rape and murder of Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school classmate. His fight for freedom sheds light on the shortcomings of the American justice system and is a testament to the human spirit.
Why would anyone over the age of twelve take up ballet? Four older dancers explain the importance of dance to their lives, and give us a sharp reminder of the need for art to survive.
This short film is a grass-roots social awareness documentary. The topic is the most common, yet unseen, and preventable disability in the United States: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is more common than autism, down syndrome and spina bifida combined, yet the only one that is preventable. Why don't we all know about FASD? The blinders are pulled over our eyes because of intense alcohol lobbying to minimize the realities of alcohol's harm, the harmful stigma around alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and a 'mommy juice' promoting culture. When the lockdown happened in 2020, researchers documented a 41% increase in drinking among women in the US. We are facing an epidemic of developmental disability in our future unborn children, and this short documentary is a real-time reflection of how we can stop it. Prevention will take all of us working together and stepping into the light of FASD awareness.
A short documentary of one mom's journey to feed her family.
A boy left alone to care for his brother during quarantine hides from his spying neighbor. When he finds himself in trouble, he must gather the courage to ask for help, finding it in an unlikely ally.
A documentary short film, "Imagemaker" was shot during a 13-year art residency of preparing the image of Goddess Kali for Kali Puja, a traditional Hindu ritual. Complemented by image-making process, archival sources, expert interviews, "Imagemaker" delves into an 80 year-old mystical and artistic tradition in Los Angeles, occasionally turning the lens on the artist and her experience with motherhood.
Owning your own business in New York City could be the perfect definition of the "American Dream'; but for Marcos, a baker, that dream can show many layers.
She consciously puts the drawing of a child on an equal footing with the compositions she — a professional painter — creates. She even goes a step further — in the film Lines, shot a month ago in the Zachęta workshop room, we see her copying the movement of her son's hand, spontaneously drawing with pastels on a blackboard. The roles are somewhat reversed — the mother/adult/educated artist tries to return to the innocence or unhindered freedom of a child’s drawing, to the original truth of the gesture. It is a kind of à rebours ritual — from adulthood back to childhood. Bielesz, speaking about this film, jokingly refers to Picasso, who supposedly said that ‘it took him four years to learn to paint like Raphael, and his whole life to paint like a child’.
Among the project creators, Magda Bielesz is mom.
A story about the duties and dilemmas that motherhood and society impose on women.
A woman tries to conceive her first baby naturally, an infertility problem take her on a long and strenuous journey of 10 years on treatments, lab tests, doctors, medicines, surgeries, faith, and a hope that is about to run out.
"Our Feet Are Rooted" is a documentary about government sponsored land grabbing in Northern Uganda and the non-violent techniques community members are using to fight for their ancestral land.
Remotely Learning offers an intimate look at family dynamics and the extraordinary demands placed on women during the pandemic. Filmed almost entirely on mobile phones by moms in Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts, the film captures who succeeds and who doesn’t when families “do school” from home.
In this documentary a group of mother's share their stories about self-care, what it looks like for them, the importance of it, and how they are trying to balance work/ life/home/friendships.
Metanoia calls attention to the alarming rate of femicide in México and uses emotive movement to summon our collective courage to speak out against domestic violence wherever it occurs.
Year One is an award-winning documentary about identity, postpartum depression, and the first year of motherhood made by new mom and Brooklyn filmmaker Erin Bagwell.
A journey of heartbreak over the loss of a child and the joy as one woman finally gives birth to her rainbow baby.