The Hartley Film Foundation is pleased to bring you the following new critically acclaimed films. For additional titles, please visit our complete catalogue of world religion documentaries.
A film by Jed Rothstein and Liz Garbus
Before the Spring After the Fall takes viewers on an incredible journey through the most tumultuous, inspiring events of our young century. But this film is not a document of the revolution. Rather, it is a character-driven story about the timeless, universal desire of young people for freedom ... not a story about the revolution, but what the revolution is about.
A film by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman
Between Two Worlds is a personal essay film telling five stories that reveal the passionate debates over identity and generational change inside today's American Jewish community. The debate over ethnic/religious continuity threatens to widen a generational divide.
A film by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed
Bronx Princess follows headstrong Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York to reunite with her royal father in Ghana, West Africa. Brook and Syeed highlight Rocky's confrontations with her immigrant parents and their ideas of adulthood and faith and Rocky's efforts to reconcile her African heritage and way of life with her dream of independence.
A film by Danny Alpert
The Calling is a groundbreaking two-part four-hour documentary series that will share the journeys of four young Americans - a Catholic, a Muslim, a Protestant and a Jew, who have decided to enter the clergy. Danny Alpert and a number of award-winning filmmakers follow these clerics-in-training as they take their first uncertain steps across the thresholds of their academies, undergo years of study and training, and face new challenges and personal growth as ordained religious professionals. Their trials and triumphs will provide viewers with an exclusive, "behind-the-scenes" glimpse into the dynamics of pursuing a religious vocation.
A film by Bari Pearlman
For centuries, the women of rural Tibet have been relegated to subservient roles. Regarded as capable of little more than churning butter, bearing children and saying prayers, they have lived servile lives without access to education or the time to practice Buddhism to the same degree as men. In Daughters of Wisdom, the filmmaker creates a vivid, intimate portrait of the lives of these women, and witnesses their culture, a culture on the verge of positive social change realized through education and religious cultivation.
A film by Yoav Shamir and Sandy Itkoff
A personal and global search by award-winning Israeli director Yoav Shamir for a better understanding of anti-Semitism is the focus of Defamation. Shamir seeks reactions from the man in the street to opinons about anti-Semitism posed by experts. And the filmmaker seeks answers to basic questions as well: "When we are talking about anti-Semitism, what do we mean? What is anti-Semitism in a daily sense? Does it take different forms in different places? How serious is it? Is there a 'new anti-Semitism?' Is being an Israeli detachable from being a Jew?"
A film by Carole Hart
The "Grandmothers" come from around the world - Africa, Asia, the Arctic Circle, and North, South and Central America. They are shamans, medicine women, prayer people, and the respected elders of their tribes. Together they share years of sacred wisdom handed down to them over generations going back thousands of years. The Grandmothers gathered together for the first time in October 2004 to form the Global Women's Gathering, a group with a mission to explore renewable resources, education for all children, preservation of cultures and species, integration of traditional and Western medicine, and environmental protection.
A film by Andrew Jacobs, Matt Lavine, Kelly Sheehan and Albert Maysles
Four Seasons Lodge is a counterintuitive and spiritually uplifting film about 100 Polish, Russian and Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust and, in 1979, bought 44 acres of land in the Catskills. They created a refuge, a bungalow colony with communal buildings called Four Seasons Lodge. They cooked, swam, raised children, prayed together and safely swapped stories about the war years. Their inspirational dedication to living righteous and full lives was, as they saw it, the best revenge. As one member put it: "To live this long, to live this well, is a victory."
A film by Jed Rothstein and Tom Hurwitz
God's Next Army takes you inside Patrick Henry College for an intimate look at a conservative Evangelical Christian liberal arts institution that is dedicated to home-schooled kids. Award-winning filmmakers Jed Rothstein and Tom Hurwitz follow members of the incoming freshman class through their training, which emphasizes debating skills, their conformity to college rules, and their frequent day trips to Congress, where they hone their expertise as lobbyists dedicated to molding the world into a Christian Republic.
A film by Macky Alston
Hard Road Home tells the story of Julio Medina and the Exodus Transitional Community (ETC), the center he created to help ex-offenders navigate the transition from prison to life on the outside. ETC is situated above a storefront church in the East Harlem section of New York City.