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Jane Fonda in "Jane" (1962)
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FILM: Jane (1962)

DIRECTOR: D.A. Pennebaker (USA)

FILM DESCRIPTION: Produced by Robert Drew, this documentary follows a young Jane Fonda backstage and behind the scenes as she tackles a demanding role on the Broadway stage and faces criticism.

FILM: Letter to Anita (2014)

DIRECTOR: Andrea Meyerson (USA)

FILM DESCRIPTION: Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign, the “Save Our Children” coalition, was formed in 1977. The following year, while living in Florida, Ronni Sanlo lost custody of her children for coming out as a lesbian. Letter to Anita is an insight into Sanlo’s activism in the LGBT community.

FILM: Love Thy Nature (2014)

DIRECTOR: Sylvie Rokab (USA)

FILM DESCRIPTION: Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the importance of our relationship with the natural world for our species’ survival.

FILM: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (2013)

DIRECTOR: Matthew VanDyke (USA)

FILM DESCRIPTION This film explores the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by two powerful individuals whose lives have been torn apart by war.

FILM: One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (2014)

DIRECTOR: Lauren Bon (USA)

FILM DESCRIPTION: Filmmaker Lauren Bon walked the 240-mile route with a team of 100 mules on the centenary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct to commemorate the connection of Los Angeles to its water source.

FILM: Primary (1960)

DIRECTOR: Robert Drew (USA)

FILM DESCRIPTION: The first of four critically acclaimed films focusing on President John F. Kennedy, this breakthrough documentary travels along with the then-senator as he campaigns against Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic presidential nomination.

FILM: Shark Girl (2014)

DIRECTOR: Gisela Kaufmann (Australia)

FILM DESCRIPTION: Shark Girl follows 20-year-old Madison Stewart on her mission to protect sharks from unnecessary slaughter and extinction.


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