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Recommended Viewing May 2010

DVDgenericCheck out this month's selection of DVDs for smart, creative thinkers.






Off and Running
Director: Nicole Opper
First Run Features

Off_runningWith white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers - one mixed-race and one Korean - Brooklyn teen Avery grew up in a unique and loving household. But when her curiosity about her African-American roots grows, she decides to contact her birth mother.

This choice propels Avery into her own complicated exploration of race, identity, and family that threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known.

She begins staying away from home, starts skipping school, and risks losing her shot at the college track career she had always dreamed of.

But when Avery decides to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her identity, the results are inspiring. Off and Running follows Avery to the brink of adulthood, exploring the strength of family bonds and the lengths people must go to become themselves.




Sister Smile
Stijn Coninx

Sister_SmileSinger. Rebel. Feminist. Lover... Nun

Cécile de France ( Orchestra Seats , The Singer ) stars in the true story of Jeannine Deckers, international '60s pop icon Soeur Sourire , or The Singing Nun.

Jeannine’s dull parents want her to marry and take over their bakery, but Jeannine—an aspiring musician—longs for adventure.

When she suddenly decides to enter a convent to escape her parents, she is encouraged by her Mother Superior to indulge her dreams of singing for the good of her Order.

Jeannine records the song “Dominique”, and becomes an overnight worldwide sensation, outselling even Elvis and the Beatles.

But how much can the walls and vows of convent life contain a superstar?


Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine
Amei Wallach

Louise_BourgeoisLouise Bourgeois: This is a film journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. She is "the real McCoy," as Jerry Gorovoy, her assistant of 30 years, puts it.

There is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her every day. As an artist she has for six decades been at the forefront of successive new developments, but always on her own powerfully inventive and disquieting terms.

At the age of 71, in 1982, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In the decades since, she has created her most powerful and persuasive work.

As director/producer Amei Wallach notes: "We filmed intense, and sometimes hilarious, encounters with Louise and her work in both her Brooklyn studio and Manhattan home starting in 1993. We videotaped conversations where she trusted us with the childhood sources of her pain and invited us into the ritualistic process by which her memories become embodied in objects and installations. We filmed her friends and her work here and abroad through the autumn of 2007."

This film is a drama of creativity and revelation. It is an intimate, human engagement with an artist's world. It builds to a searing climactic scene, then rebounds in joy and reconciliation.

Architects of Control
Michael Tsarion and Henrik Palmgren
Available from
Architects of Control 

Architects_controlArchitects of Control: Program One, explores humankind's future and the posthuman world. Will the "perfect" human be a dumbed down, regimented inhabitant of a cyber purgatory created by unseen elites?

Will the children of tomorrow be smiling depressives of a technocratic dystopia?

Subjects include mass control, mind control and its history, radiotronic weaponry, teen rage, school shootings, media manipulation, tragedy: catalyst of change, global awakening, the myth of progress, the global village, the inauthentic life, drugged, medicated, and under control, the rise and fall of civilizations, the death of emotion, the posthuman world initiated and more.






The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane?
Produced by and available from
Citizens Commission on Human Rights 

Marketing_madnessThere is no money in "normal"

From the makers of the award winning documentary Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging, this is the story of the high-income partnership between psychiatry and drug companies that has created an $80 billion psychotropic drug profit center.

It exposes psychiatry’s fraudulent diagnosis to further sell their drugs to “normal” people.

And it works. Psychiatrists and drug companies have created a profitable market making over $150,000 every single minute of the day.

But by publicizing diseases creating the illusion of widespread mental illness, how safe are the drugs psychiatrists are prescribing to treat it?

It’s the story of big money — drugs that fuel a $330 billion psychiatric industry, without a single cure. The cost in human terms is even greater — these drugs now kill an estimated 42,000 people every year. And the death count keeps rising.

Containing more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of victims and the survivors themselves, this riveting documentary rips the mask off psychiatric drugging and exposes a brutal money-making machine.

This high impact presentation, two years in the making, exposes the destruction created by psychiatrists upon every sector of our society.

Graphic footage from showing psychiatrists in action, eye-opening interviews with medical experts and moving stories from victims and their families, make this the most complete and devastating documentary of psychiatric abuse ever produced.

Every person has the right to know the cold, hard facts about psychiatry, its practitioners and the threat they pose to our children.

Features include Psychotropics, The Story, Disease Mongering, Selling Sickness to the Worried Well, Marketing to MDs, Time for your Annual Checkup, My Doctor Never Told Me.

DVDs selected by Katrina Fox, Editor-in Chief.

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