God Knows Where I Am

The new year is already in full swing, and BOND/Educator's slate of new documentaries for 2017 is downright inspiring.  We provide some of the most timely and thought-provoking content your institution will need in this new year and beyond.  Many disciplines will require new and penetrating films to bring them to life for students and to inspire the kind of critical thinking that informs responsible actions and decision-making. 

To help you and other other decision-makers at your organization, we provide free previews any film in our collection. Just drop us a note and tell us which film you or your faculty would like to watch, and we will send you a link and password.

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THE SETTLERS

2016 Sundance Film Festival

 Though many documentaries have sought to capture the peculiar political electricity of the settlements in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank, Shimon Dotan’s THE SETTLERS is the first to accomplish that feat, combining a penetrating examination into the forgotten recesses of Israel’s history with access to today’s pioneers that is often distinctly unsettling. It’s a film of subtle yet staggering revelations that will leave most viewers with the feeling that hard-to-articulate questions have finally been asked – and must now be answered.

Directed by: Shimon Dotan  Runtime: 109 minutes

Community Screening (During Theatrical Run) $799 

 

NOTES ON BLINDNESS

"★★★★★  “The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualise the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.”  - The Guardian, Charlie Phillips

 

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.

Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’

Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.

The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (alongside our virtual reality project), as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Directed by Peter Middleton & James Spinney  Runtime: 82 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699

 

A GERMAN LIFE

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Brunhilde Pomsel always described herself as just being a sideline figure, disinterested in politics, but she nevertheless got closer to one of the worst criminals in world history than anyone else presently alive. Now aged 105, Pomsel used to work as secretary, stenographer and typist for the Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. With amazing clarity and in beguiling denial of the full import of her role, she recalls her details of her work, relationships, and accession to evil. A GERMAN LIFE forces viewers to ask themselves whether they would sacrifice moral principles in order to advance their own careers. Her extraordinary biography and unique personal journey make it clear that fascism cannot rise again without the assistance of more Brunhilde Pomsels.

Directed By: Christian Krones  Runtime: 107 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699 

 

GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM

God Knows Where I AM Poster The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside her lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Directed By: Todd & Jedd Wider  Runtime: 102 minutes

DVD with PPR: $799

DVD without PPR: $349

Digital Site License: $699

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $999

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM

From the mind of award-winning director Julie Taymor (The Lion King on Broadway, Frida, Titus) comes a Shakespeare adaptation like none other, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rich with Taymor's trademark creativity, this immersive and darkly poetic cinematic experience brings the play's iconic fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers to life. Filmed at her sold-out stage production with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the center of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of Shakespeare's beloved tale.

Directed by Julie Taymor  Runtime: 148 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699 

 

AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES

God Knows Where I AM Poster Finding unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed an oeuvre of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has enlisted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould. AN ART THAT NATURE MAKES details Purcell’s fascination with the natural world – from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull – offering insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects both ordinary and strange into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.

Directed By: Molly Bernstein Runtime: 75 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699