Political Science

Court

Court

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Year: 2014

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide.

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Koch

Koch

Director: Neil Barsky
Year: 2012

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La Chinoise

La Chinoise

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Year: 1967

Director Jean-Luc Godard, whose advocacy of Maoism bordered on intoxication, infuriated many traditionalist critics with this swiftly paced satire. Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class students, led by Guillaume (Jean-Pierre Leaud) and Veronique (Anne Wiazemsky), form a Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary.

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Nationtime

Nationtime

Director: William Greaves
Year: 1972

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree and H. Carl McCall. 

 

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Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2

Director: Florent Vassault
Year: 2017

An illuminating look at the American criminal justice system from the perspective of a juror on a trial that resulted in a death penalty sentence. Lindy, the juror, begins a journey through rural Mississippi looking for the 11 other jurors she sat beside twenty years ago on the trial of Bobby Wilcher. While Wilcher sat on death row, Lindy was the only person to visit him, ultimately resulting in friendship. The feelings of guilt she has lived with since his death inspire her to seek answers from her fellow jurors. The film follows her journey, which examines how the verdict has impacted the jurors who decided it, and questions one of the most controversial topics in American politics: capital punishment.

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PACmen

PACmen

Director: Luke Walker
Year: 2017

This observational documentary follows the men behind the Super-PACs that persuaded Dr Ben Carson to run for President.

Believing Carson can save the Republican Party, they successfully draft him to run, raise millions of dollars and catapult him to the top of the polls.

However, as Carson’s political inexperience begins to show, his constant media gaffes make fundraising increasingly difficult. Donors and voters abandon Carson’s campaign as wallets close, hearts open and faith is tested.

As Trump inexplicably rises, the campaign descends into chaos and the PACmen begin to wonder… did they pick the wrong savior?

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Playing Frisbee in North Korea

Playing Frisbee in North Korea

Director: Savanna Washington
Year: 2020

Calling North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, fat can get you killed in North Korea. Any other complaints about daily life there gets North Koreans incarcerated in brutal work camps. What harm could come from playing Frisbee? A look at the daily life and humanity of the North Korean people.

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Poisoned by Polonium

Poisoned by Polonium

Director: Andrei Nekrasov
Year: 2007

The Litvinenko File exposes the truth behind a crime that shocked the world and provoked a war of words between Russia and England that continues to this day.

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Putin's Kiss

Putin's Kiss

Director: Lise Birk Pedersen
Year: 2011

PUTIN'S KISS portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked.

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¡Las Sandinistas!

¡Las Sandinistas!

Director: Jenny Murray
Year: 2018

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the extraordinary and untold story of a group of Nicaraguan women who led rebel Sandinista troops in battle, and went on to create groundbreaking social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution - and who continue to lead popular movements for democracy and equality today.

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