Winner of the 2008 Student Academy Award in the category of alternative films, this meditative, experimental documentary wades through the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The filmmaker artfully brings together her impressions of ruined New Orleans with the suicide of filmmaker Stevenson Palfi, who lost nearly everything in the storm. [adult content]
A real-world fairytale about the journey of Pinki and Ghutaru, two children in rural India born desperately poor and with a cleft lip. The simple surgery that can cure them is a distant dream until they meet Pankaj, a social worker traveling village to village, gathering patients for a hospital that provides free surgery to thousands each year. Told in a vibrant verite-style, rich with nuance and complexity, the film follows its two wide-eyed protagonists on a journey from isolation to embrace. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. [subtitles]
"The Rule of the Final Inch consists in this: Not to shirk this critical work, not to postpone it…one’s purpose lies not in completing things faster, but in the attainment of perfection."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Nearly 50 years after a vaccine was developed in the United States, polio still finds refuge in some of the world's most vulnerable places. This Oscar-nominated documentary follows members of the largest non-military army in history into India on their mission to eradicate polio from the planet.
The global strategy aimed at hundreds of millions of children becomes intensely personal for the vaccinators working to save them. For the world's poorest, saying "no" to vaccinations is sometimes their only political voice. And then there are millions of homeless children across India who get the disease because they cannot be found in time. The Final Inch explores how the final days of any endeavor are always the most challenging, and is a profound testament to those working on the front lines of public health. [subtitles]