THE SETTLERS

The world is rapidly changing, and BOND/Educator's exciting slate of new documentaries provides some of the most timely and thought-provoking content your institution will need in the coming months and years.  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. 

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Contemporary Politics & Human Rights

THE SETTLERS - Available Now

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

 

THE WAR SHOW- Available January 1, 2017

2016 Venice International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize

For the past few years, the world’s eyes have been fixed on the disintegration of Syria. Untold news coverage has followed the descent of a nation and and the displacement of its population as they pour into Europe, risking their lives to find refuge. THE WAR SHOW is a first-hand account of the Syrian civil war and the plight of its people from an inside perspective. Co-directors Obadiah Zytoon and Andreas Dalsgaard take the viewer inside the war- from the euphoria of the initial protests to the nadir of despair in the face of unspeakable tragedies and brutality. Emphasizing the rarely seen accounts of civilians and the parasitic rebel factions, THE WAR SHOW is a heart-pounding and visceral snapshot of a nation in shambles. Despite these dire circumstances, however, the film presents a staggering triumph of the human spirit.  

Directed by: Andreas Dalsgaard & Obaidah Zytoon  Runtime: 104 minutes

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ANGRY INUK- Available Now

WINNER OF 2016 HotDocs Audience Award!

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Using images of seal slaughter that shocked non-native viewers, environmental activists managed to have the hunting of baby seals banned years ago. But for Inuks, one of the northernmost indigenous peoples, seal hunting is a centuries-old means of survival in an ice-covered land where farming is definitely not an option. ANGRY INUK documents for the first time an acrimonious and supremely ironic clash between fundamental cultural rights and the pressures of Euro-American morality. Can a violent culture with the pretense of disdain dictate the economic future of a peaceful culture that thrives on the harvesting of cute, furry animals? While its scenes of butchery might be difficult for some, ANGRY INUK provides an important immersion into a little-known conflict that will ultimately determine the fate of an entire minority group.


Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril  Runtime: 85 minutes

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Disability & Public Health Policy

GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM- Available January 1, 2017

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

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NOTES ON BLINDNESS- Available Now

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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

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History

A GERMAN LIFE- Available Now

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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

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Education

KILLING ED- Available Now

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Award-winning director Mark S. Hall’s documentary about the lack of educational success and accountability in charter schools strikes an unexpectedly deep vein of corruption and shocking foreign influence. It turns out that the largest network of taxpayer-funded charter schools in the U.S. hides a worst-case-scenario - that they’re operated with highly questionable academic, labor, and visa standards by members of a rapidly expanding, global Islamic group whose leader lives in self-imposed exile in the Poconos and is likely tied to the 2016 violent coup against the Turkish government. It may sound far-fetched, but KILLING ED unloads a jaw-dropping surprise lurking inside the charter school movement – one that also reveals a startling disconnect with quality and accountability, as well as criminal behavior such as bribery of public officials.

Directed By: Mark S Hall  Runtime: 97 minutes

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