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A film by Oeke Hoogendijk

131 minutes, documentary, color, 2014
In Dutch, English, French & Spanish w/ English subtitles

In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world's greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to glorious masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction. But from the start the project was in trouble. The museum battled politicians, designers, curators and even the Dutch Cyclists Union as the workers struggled to complete the job. Five years later than expected, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars, the museum finally reopened.

Oeke Hoogendijk's epic documentary captures the entire story from design to completion, offering a fly on the wall view of one of the most challenging museum construction projects ever conceived. With its decade-long scope, the film reveals a surprisingly dramatic story that art and architecture lovers will not want to miss.

“Eye-opening.” - The New York Times

“Engrossing and incisive... an elegant portrait of dysfunction.” - LA Weekly

“An intimate, at times epic, view of one of the world's great art museums. Like Frederick Wiseman, director Oeke Hoogendijk offers no voice-over narration, no talking-head experts, no archival footage. She puts you there, in the middle of a majestic, miraculous place. Dramatic...exciting...a multitude of lovely moments.” - Boston Globe

“Epic. Art lovers will find it edifying.” - The Hollywood Reporter

Proves that films can describe nuances of character and situation as finely as the finest novel or creative non-fiction.” -

“Highly absorbing! A sharply studied political morass of ego, entitlement and maddening administrative politesse. No shortage of drama.” - Santa Fe Reporter

“Artful...mesmerizing.” - Washington Post

UPC: 720229916745 | Catalog #: FRF916745D | $27.95 | Street: Nov 24
A film by Johanna Hamilton

79 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

DVD Extra: "Snowden on 1971" (85 minutes, 2015) - Edward Snowden in conversation with the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI

On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

Despite conducting one of the most thorough investigations in its history, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the citizens' identities remained a secret...until now. For the first time, they have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971 is their story.

“Both a cat-and-mouse thriller and an examinationn of the abuses of government power that could hardly be timelier.” - TheWrap

“'1971' unpacks a crucial but littleknown episode in modern political and journalistic history. The story, including its cat-and-mouse aftermath, adds the intricate excitement of a thriller to righteous historical outrage.” - The New Yorker

“The story told here couldn't be more significant or more timely.” - Los Angeles Times

“Straightforward and skillful.” - The New York Times

“Deftly tracing the skullduggery of the mission as well as the impact of the find itself, '1971' crafts a thrilling lesson about how authoritarianism can be curbed, sometimes, by one simple and well-targeted blow.” - PopMatters

“A well-constructed, vividly detailed account of the FBI break-in that exposed the agency's shocking illegal practices to the public.” - Variety

UPC: 720229916769 | Catalog #: FRF916769D | $24.95 | Street: Nov 24
A film by Guillaume Suon

66 minutes, documentary, color, 2015
In Khmer w/ English subtitles

The Storm Makers is a chilling exposé of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld. More than half a million Cambodians work abroad and a staggering third of these have been sold as slaves. Most are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes, in Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.

The film weaves the story of Aya, a young peasant sold into slavery at age 16, with that of two powerful traffickers (known as "storm makers" for the havoc they wreak) who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country's borders. French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon presents an eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade.

2015 PBS National Broadcast

“9 out of 10. Revelatory...breathtaking. In its focus on trauma's lasting effects, 'The Storm Makers' is of a piece with producer Rithy Panh's other work, including the 'The Missing Picture' and 'S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine.'” - PopMatters

“Explores the dark undercurrent of Cambodia’s mass migration boom: Half a million Cambodians work abroad and many will be sold as slaves.” - Newsweek

“Some stories are painful to hear, but need to be told: this is one of them. Modern day slavery still exists, and 'The Storm Makers' takes us to Cambodia, tracing the lives of three people involved in the terrible system that puts such a low value on human lives; mainly those of young, uneducated women.” - Barbican Centre (UK)

“A harrowing, uncompromising portrayal of human trafficking in Cambodia.” - Washington City Paper

UPC: 720229916776 | Catalog #: FRF916776D | $24.95 | Street: Nov 24
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