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Painted Nails (2014)

 

Directed by: Dianne Griffin and Erica Jordan
Running Time: 57 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://www.paintednailsmovie.com/

Synopsis: The cosmetic industry is one of the fastest growing in the US, and health regulations for it are almost non-existent. This puts at risk the over 80% of licensed US manicurists who are Vietnamese immigrants, Van Nguyen included. The salon Van owns with her husband feels like a second home, but she is hesitant for her daughter to spend time there, fearing the adverse effects of product chemicals. Van herself suffers from headaches, memory loss, and has had trouble bringing other pregnancies to term, but continues to work morning until night every day. Determined to make her salon a safer place, Van takes her story to Washington D.C. and becomes one of the first to testify for safe cosmetics in over 30 years. Replete with tender yet insightful moments, Painted Nails strips the polish from an issue that touches everyone.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary

 

Long Journey Home (1987)

Directed by: Elizabeth Barret
Running Time: 58 min
Starring: N/A

Website: https://www.appalshop.org/store/appalshop-films/long-journey-home/

Synopsis: Long Journey Home explores the ethnic diversity of the Appalachian region, the economic forces causing people to migrate into and out of the area, and the choices individuals make to stay, to leave, and to come back. European immigrants recall the ethnic variety that existed in Appalachia during the first coal boom of the 1910s and ’20s. African-Americans whose families left sharecropping in the South to build the railroads and work in the mines talk about the transition to life in the coal camps, and their later dispersal across the country as automation took their jobs.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary

 

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For “Superman”(2011)

Directed by: Julie Cavanagh, Darren Marelli, Norm Scott, Mollie Bruhn, and Lisa Donlan
Running Time: 69 min
Starring: N/A

Website: https://theinconvenienttruthbehindwaitingforsuperman.com/

Synopsis: A group of New York City public school teachers and parents from the Grassroots Education Movement wrote and produced this documentary in response to Davis Guggenheim’s highly misleading film, Waiting for “Superman.” Guggenheim’s film would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and above all, the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great schools.

The film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman highlights the real life experiences of public school parents and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting education. The film talks about the kinds of real reform–inside schools and in society as a whole–that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary, Education

 

Hard Earned (2015)

Directed by: Katy Chevigny, Maria Finitzo, Ruth Leitman, Brad Lichtenstein, and Joanna Rudnick
Running Time: 312 min
Starring: N/A

Website: https://www.kartemquin.com/films/hard-earned/about

Synopsis: Hard Earned, a six-hour documentary series for Al Jazeera America, puts aside economic debates and follows five families around the country to find out what it takes to get by on eight, ten or even 15 dollars an hour. The series turns an intimate lens on this group of 21st century American dreamers. They fight against all odds to thrive, when it takes everything they have to simply survive.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary

 

Gasland (2010)

Directed by: Josh Fox
Running Time: 104 min
Starring: N/A

Website: http://one.gaslandthemovie.com/home

Synopsis: “The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary, Environment

 

From Bedside to Bargaining Table (1984)

Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb and Tami Gold
Running Time: 20 min
Starring: N/A

Synopsis: This inspiring documentary looks at nursing from the nurse’s point of view, encouraging healthcare professionals to work together to change their poor working conditions and gain self-respect.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Documentary, Safety & Health, Short

 

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Directed by: Ken Loach
Running Time: 100 min
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy

Synopsis: A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Drama