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Media and communications are crucial to the dissemination and exploration of new pivotal ideas. These films explore the central role of journalism in shaping our relationship to the world around us.

Journalism Collection

  • White Noise
    White Noise
    Director: Daniel Lombroso   | Year of production: 2020
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 94 min.

    The Atlantic’s first feature documentary is the definitive inside story of the movement that has come to be known as the alt-right. With unprecedented access, White Noise tracks the rise of far-right nationalism by focusing on the lives of three of its main proponents: Mike Cernovich, a conspiracy theorist and sex blogger turned media entrepreneur; Lauren Southern, an anti-feminist, anti-immigration YouTube star; and Richard Spencer, a white-power ideologue. As white-nationalist violence surges in America and across the world, White Noise represents an urgent warning about the power of extremism, and where it’s going next.

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  • That Which I Love Destroys Me
    That Which I Love Destroys Me
    Director: Ric Roman Waugh   | Year of production: 2015
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 112 min.

    That Which I Love Destroys Me is a unique and powerful film by director Ric Roman Waugh. TWILDM is an uncensored look at the current epidemic of PTSD and severe mental trauma that create tremendous challenges for returning service members. A five-year labor of love, TWILDM followed two Special Operations Soldiers as they returned home after fighting.

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  • Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul
    Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul
    Director: Francesca Mannocchi   Alessio Romenzi   | Year of production: 2018
    Country of production: Germany, Italy | Language: Arabic (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 80 min.

    Isis, Tomorrow follows the destiny of the surviving families of the fighters in the complexity of the post-war period, a post-war time of marginalisation and stigma, in which battle blood leaves room for daily revenge and retaliation, for violence as the only response to violence.

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  • The Cleaners
    The Cleaners
    Director: Moritz Riesewieck   Hans Block   | Year of production: 2018
    Country of production: Brazil, Germany | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 95 min.

    Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like: violence, pornography and political content. Here we meet five “digital scavengers” among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content off of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.

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  • Allah in Europe
    Allah in Europe
    Director: Johannes Bucher   Jan Leyers   | Year of production: 2018
    Country of production: Belgium | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 8x42 min.

    What is the future of Islam in Europe? How hopeful can we be of an European, enlightened version of Islam? Will it be possible to overcome the Europeans’ distrust of Islam? Jan Leyers goes in search of answers. He heads off to Sarajevo, Budapest, Vienna, Hamburg, Paris, London, Copenhagen and Malmö. He listens to the voice of experts and the word on the street and talks with religious men and women, with ex-believers and new converts. What do they hope for and what are their concerns? In this series, Jan stays true to his style: nuanced and respectful, without shying away from controversy.

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  • The 50 Year Argument
    The 50 Year Argument
    Director: Martin Scorsese   David Tedeschi   | Year of production: 2014
    Country of production: Japan, United Kingdom, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 96 min.

    Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi ride the waves of literary, political, and cultural history as charted by the influential publication, The New York Review of Books, America’s leading journal of ideas for over 50 years. This provocative film explores the power of ideas in shaping history. The film weaves rarely seen archival footage of cultural icons, newly filmed interviews with many of the Review’s current contributors with original footage reflecting the humming, restless energy of the paper’s brilliant and charismatic editor Robert Silvers at work in the Review’s West Village offices.

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  • Cartel Land
    Cartel Land
    Director: Matthew Heineman   | Year of production: 2015
    Country of production: Mexico, USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 80 min.

    In this Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, director Matthew Heineman and executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”, “Zero Dark Thirty”) gain unprecedented, on-the-ground access to the riveting stories of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

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  • The Islands and the Whales
    The Islands and the Whales
    Director: Mike Day   | Year of production: 2016
    Country of production: Denmark, United Kingdom | Language: Danish, English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 81/52 min.

    The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever. As the islanders come to terms with the health revelations, they face increasing pressure from the outside world to stop the whale hunts.

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  • Far from the Tree
    Far from the Tree
    Director: Rachel Dretzin   | Year of production: 2018
    Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 93 min.

    FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.”

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  • Life Is Sacred
    Life Is Sacred
    Director: Andreas Dalsgaard   | Year of production: 2014
    Country of production: Denmark | Language: Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 80 min.

    Violence is a fact of everyday life in Colombia, where the drug cartels have kept the country in an armed conflict for decades, and where almost all families have lost a loved one.
    The unorthodox presidential candidate Antanas Mockus does all he can to reverse the vicious circle with an imaginative and positive election campaign. His idealism is both his strength and his weakness in a corrupt political system, where the people have lost faith in being able to make a difference.
    An inspiring man, and an inspiring story, whose points are relevant far beyond Colombia’s borders.

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  • Reporters Against Power
    Reporters Against Power
    Director: Kees Schaap   | Year of production: 2016
    Country of production: Netherlands | Language: Burmese, Chinese, Dutch, English, Russian, Spanish, Turkish (with full English subtitles available)
    Running Time: 6x42 min.

    When powerful governments don’t want to be controlled, journalists become weapons against dictatorship and injustice. In their plight for truth, their pens become swords. Journalist Fidan Ekiz travels to Columbia, Turkey, Uganda, Russia, Myanmar and Hong Kong to speak to the people committed to reporting on the society around them, despite the considerable risks that this involves. In this six-part series, Ekiz explores how journalists can make a profound difference, whilst facing threats both to their own personal safety and to the concept of Truth itself.

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