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101 minutes, documentary, color, 2011

A film by Jon Shenk (Lost Boys of Sudan)

Special Features • Interview with Director Jon Shenk • Photos • Bios • More

A film about one man's mission to save his nation and perhaps the planet, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is a riveting, uplifting story that is impossible to take your eyes off of.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives and make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT captures Nasheed's battle to stop global warming - and save his country.

• Music by Radiohead and Stars of the Lid
• Winner! Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award, Sundance Film Festival
• Winner! People's Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival

“Wonderfully vivid! A riveting, visually dazzling film.” - Washington Post

“Extraordinary access, spectacular footage.” - The New York Times

“High drama... Fascinating!” - The Wall Street Journal

“Astonishing...documents a brave battle against overwhelming odds.” - Variety

“An engaging, gorgeously photographed documentary.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Gripping!” - San Diego Union-Tribune

- New York Daily News

“Inspiring! A Mandela-like tale of political heroism.” - The Hollywood Reporter

UPC: 7-20229-91529-8 | Catalog #: FRF 915298D | SRP: $27.95 | Street Date: November 13


A Culinary Journey Through Taiwan

83 minutes, documentary, color, 2012

A film by Monika Treut (Female Misbehavior, Ghosted)

Special Features • Recipes • Culinary Film Gallery • Biographies • More

Taiwan is known around the world as having one of the most diverse cuisines in Asia, and food is THE RAW AND THE COOKED is a sumptuous the foremost passion of its 23 million inhabitants. exploration of the island's rich culinary traditions, and their relationship to the Taiwan's unique mix of cultures.

The film begins in Taipei, circles the island, and then heads inland. Along the way we enter the world-renowned restaurant Shin Yeh atop the city's Taipei 101 skyscraper; are treated to a mathematically precise lesson on how to eat soup-filled xiaolongbao at Din Tai Fung, Taiwan's most celebrated dumpling house; and visit Shitiping, where aboriginal chef Ladibisse makes a bouillabaisse from inside a tree trunk, cooked by heated stones. The grande finale is set at Jindou Restaurant in Pulin, where fusion chef Liu Heng-hong offers spectacular edible objects such as roses, paper, bitter gourds, water bamboo and ailanthus prickly ash, leaving the viewer hungry for more!

• Official Selection - Berlin, Rio de Janeiro & Foodfilm International Film Festivals

“Scrumptious! A cornucopia of cuisines, leaving the audience hungry for more.” - Variety

“Fascinating! Goes far beyond the subject of food.” - Die Welt (Germany)

“Especially well done! It not only demonstrates extraordinary cuisines but also includes the production chain and regional culture.” - Culturport (Germany)

“A dreamlike, seductive journey through an endangered culture.” - Radioone (Germany)

UPC: 7-20229-91528-1 | Catalog #: FRF 915281D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: November 13


Box set: 279 minutes total on 4 discs, documentary, color

Four culinary masterpieces in a special edition box set


This intimate portrait of Le Cirque founder Sirio Maccioni and his three sons - to whom he will one day leave his formidable culinary legacy - is the fascinating story of a family business caught in the world's spotlight. A mustsee for anyone who is passionate about food and dining shows us a family embroiled in the age-old struggle between tradition and change.

“Terrific access! Maccioni is a delight to watch... Great theater!” - The New York Times

“Brilliant!” - Liz Smith


DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (The War Room, Don't Look Back) turn their sights on the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, France's Nobel for pastry. High drama ensues as sixteen chefs whip up delectable, gravity-defying concoctions, and the inevitable disasters prove both poignant and hilarious.

“Spellbinding brilliance, high drama and humor!” - Chicago Tribune

“Critic's Pick! You'll bite your nails and lick your lips!” - New York Magazine


Guy Martin is the chef at the legendary Michelin 3-star Parisian restaurant Le Grand Véfour. Guy Martin: Portrait of a Grand Chef reveals Martin's philosophy of cooking, which ranges from resolutely traditional to savagely creative, and brings to life the sources of his inspiration.


A Matter of Taste follows talented young chef Paul Liebrandt for over a decade, revealing his creative process in the kitchen as well as the extreme dedication it takes to be a successful culinary artist in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine.

“A gastronomic thriller! Part Rocky, part Kitchen Confidential.” - Wall Street Journal

UPC: 7-20229-91530-4 | Catalog #: FRF 915304D | SRP: $59.95 | Street Date: November 13

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