God Knows Where I Am

That breeze is getting crisper, these mornings are getting chillier.  Fall is officially here and BOND Educator has a slate of new documentaries we are downright giddy to share with you.  We distribute some of the best docs available for use on your campus either with PPR, DSL (with hosting options), or for community screenings.

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 NEW RELEASES

THE SETTLERS

2016 Sundance Film Festival

From the Romanian-born, Israeli-raised filmmaker Shimon Dotan, THE SETTLERS traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their growth through individual action and, in this telling, the sometimes tacit encouragement of Israeli politicians.  

Interweaving archival footage with current interviews featuring settlers and academics alike, Dotan examines the incremental protests, governmental indifference, and political calculation that have led to the current stalemate in which we've come to know.  Partisans on both sides of the conflict will find plenty to argue with.  The real achievement here is in going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what's happening on the ground-- and give it a sense of urgency.  

Directed by: Shimon Dotan  Runtime: 109 minutes

 

GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM

WINNER Hot Docs Special Jury Award

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"God Knows Where I Am—beautiful, haunting and supremely moving—is one of the most powerful documentary films I have seen on America's flawed approach to mental health and homelessness. Essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the systemic failings of our mental healthcare system, it is at once a work of art and a clarion call to end our neglect of people with mental illnesses.  The film powerfully conveys how an empty commitment to individual liberty has been substituted for a genuine system of mental health treatment and leaves us with one unavoidable conclusion: "we can and must do better.""

-Paul S. Appelbaum, MD
Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, & Law

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, 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: 97 minutes

DVD with PPR: $499

DVD without PPR: $249

Digital Site License: $599

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $799

 

NOTES ON BLINDNESS

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"★★★★★  “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: $499

DVD without PPR: $249

Digital Site License: $599

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $799

 

ANGRY INUK

WINNER OF 2016 HotDocs Audience Award!

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Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They are pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy, but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities who consider any seal hunting barbaric. 

Arnaquq-Baril and her cameras travel through the Canadian Arctic, giving voice to the people the animal activists rarely bother to meet: the hunters, the craftspeople, the families for whom the seal hunt is a critical part of their livelihood and survival. She follows a group of students to Europe, where they plead the Inuit case before a European Union panel.

The film interweaves the reality of Inuit life with the story of their challenge to both the anti-sealing industry and those nations that mine resources on Inuit lands while simultaneously destroying the main sustainable economy available to the people who live there. As one student said, “We need to stop the cultural prejudice that is imposed on us by not being allowed to benefit from our natural surroundings without having to drill into the ground. And that’s really all we want as a people.”

Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril  Runtime: 85 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699

 

GUN RUNNERS

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When it comes to world-class marathon runners, Kenyans are considered the cream of the crop. But some of Kenya’s top runners aren’t running for fame and fortune. Some are wanted warriors, running for their lives.

For years, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda thrived among the bands of warriors that terrorize the North Kenyan countryside. Stealing cattle, raiding and running from the police is the only life they knew. So when both warriors suddenly disappeared from the bush, many assumed they were dead or had been arrested. Instead, they traded in their rifles for sneakers—in the hopes of making it big as professional marathon runners.

Years of fleeing from the police have prepared the men for running marathon distances, but do they have what it takes to overcome the corruption, mistrust and jealousy that threaten to derail their careers? Told entirely by its central characters, GUN RUNNERS is the American Dream, Kenyan-style.

Directed by Anjali Nayar  Runtime: 89 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699

 

STRIKE A POSE

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"A perfect love song by Gould and Zwaan to the exceptional men those boys turned out to be.” - The Huffington Post

In 1990, seven young male dancers-­‐6 gay, 1 straight -­‐joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare, they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour, when they were ambassadors to the world on behalf of the LGBT community during the height of the AIDS epidemic. STRIKE A POSE is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

Directed by Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan Runtime: 85 minutes

DVD with PPR: $349

DVD without PPR: $149

Digital Site License: $499

Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $699