We Like It Like That

We Like It Like That

Latin boogaloo is New York City. It is a product of the melting pot, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn. Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotal moment in Latin music history, through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images. From its origins to its recent resurgence in popularity, We Like It Like That tells the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.

One Woman, One Vote: American Experience

One Woman, One Vote: American Experience 2005

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates this educational installment of the popular "American Experience" series as it examines the 72-year struggle for a woman's right to vote. Segments focus on influential figures in the women's suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul; the country's widespread fear of social revolution; and the U.S. Senate's passage of the 19th Amendment by a single vote.

Echoes That Remain

Echoes That Remain 1991

Echoes That Remain combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The film's production team spent over a year of research in archives around the world collecting film footage and photographs to help dramatize the folk stories, parables, and anecdotes. Playing an important role in the film are a series of evocative images from the famed photo biographer of Eastern European shtetl life, the late Roman Vishniac.

Freedom Isn't Free: The American Civil War

Freedom Isn't Free: The American Civil War 2014

It's still the bloodiest war ever fought by the United States. The Civil War divided a nation, pitted brother against brother, friend against friend, family against family and nearly destroyed a nation. When it was over the country was decimated, worn and beaten, but the American spirit was stronger than ever and freedom for all peoples had been upheld and preserved. No one loves war, but as it showed us, the cost of freedom isn't free!

The Way to Sich

The Way to Sich 1994

The beginning of the XVII century. Events taking place at a time preceding the liberation struggle led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky. A young boy Pavlo Pokhilenko leaves his native Kaniv to join Zaporizhian Sich to fight for freedom and the Orthodox faith.

Mazeppa, der Volksheld der Ukraine

Mazeppa, der Volksheld der Ukraine 1919

The film tells the story of Ivan Mazeppa, a Ukrainian page at the Polish court who has an affair with the young wife of a much older count. Outraged when he learns of the incident, the nobleman has Mazeppa tied naked to a wild horse which is then released into the wilderness. The bulk of the poem describes the long hazardous journey during which Mazeppa almost dies twice but ultimately survives and returns to his native Ukraine.

East of Que Village

East of Que Village 2007

Shot in the rural Chinese province of Hebei, this work captures a pack of wild dogs scavenging in an arid desolate landscape. East of Que Village considers the impact of Chinese industrialisation and urbanisation on rural communities, casting fresh light on those neglected by the new social-economic paradigm. The dogs, which literally have to eat each other to survive are juxtaposed with a group of villagers who struggle in the same ways. The work reflects the sense of isolation and loss increasingly present in Chinese society as communities are scattered, traditional rural villages are dissolved, and the fight for survival takes hold. The work's title signals to the only road leading from the village to the outside world.

The Nightman Cometh

The Nightman Cometh 2011

Yejiang / The Nightman Cometh features a cast of strange figures who slip between historical eras. Strewn with symbols of past and future, civilisation and wilderness, dream and reality, the work is laden with filmic, artistic and literary meanings but surrenders to none. An ancient warrior is seen wounded and forlorn after battle, in conflict about his path in life. Yang dramatises the clash between the hero's social role or 'mask', and the more authentic face of his instincts and aspirations. For Yang, the visible world presented in this work is not an objective one but rather the externalisation of internal sentiments.

Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics: 10 Years of Revolutionary Rock and Roll

Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics: 10 Years of Revolutionary Rock and Roll 2006

Pioneers of punk-metal fusion, Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics revolutionized the culture of American music with unparalleled live performances and jaw-dropping theatrics, on and off stage. Lightning rods for controversy, Williams and the band endured police arrests and countrywide bans. With unforgettable stunts such as taking chainsaws to guitars and blowing up full-size cars, their chaotic live concerts are the stuff of legend.

Apollo 11: A Night to Remember

Apollo 11: A Night to Remember 2006

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Commemorating the 40th anniversary of NASA's 1969 moon landing, this documentary uses news coverage from the BBC archives to recount the excitement of the historic event. Led by science reporter James Burke and astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, the BBC team captures all the drama of the momentous occasion, from the exhilarating takeoff to Neil Armstrong's unforgettable first step.

Waves

Waves 2012

A personal essay film in which the director recounts his experiences living in the Egyptian city of Suez. In particular he focuses on the city's role in the revolution of 2011.

Smithy

Smithy 1946

An Australian biopic about the life of pioneering aviator Charles "Smithy" Kingsford-Smith. The film is unusually frank about the controversies that occasionally dogged him. PG Taylor and Billy Hughes both make appearances playing themselves.

The Faithful City

The Faithful City 1952

The Israeli-made Faithful City stars Jamie Smith as an American in Tel Aviv just after World War II. Smith makes the acquaintance of a group of orphans, Jewish refugees of the concentration camps. It takes some doing, but Smith wins the love and trust of these displaced youngsters. Like most government-funded Israeli productions of the early 1950s, Faithful City is designed more to instruct and inform than entertain. That it happens to be entertaining in the bargain is all the more reason to seek out this extremely rare film.