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  • operculum

    Episode 1

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 1993 • United States

    The artist visits with seven cosmetic surgeons specializing in blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid creasing surgery) in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area for initial consultation sessions. The doctors demonstrate different reshaping options an...

  • amaurosis

    Episode 2

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 2002 • United States

    AMAUROSIS is an experimental documentary about Dat Nguyen, a blind guitarist living in Little Saigon in Orange County, California. Dat Nguyen was a “triple outcast”: blind, Amerasian, and an impoverished orphan. The video unfolds through layer...

  • So We Live

    Episode 3

    Directed by Rand Abou Fakher • 2021 • Belgium
    Starring Rahaf Alobeid, Amina Al Haj, Luna Al Obeid

    In this claustrophobic study of life during wartime, a family in a conflict-ravaged country spends what seems to be a normal evening together. Their conversations shift between casual matters of dai...

  • LYNCH2

    Episode 4

    Directed by blackANDwhite • 2007 • United States
    Starring David Lynch

    This 2007 short film by blackANDwhite, the makers of DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE, features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of INLAND EMPIRE.

  • Heron 1954–2002

    Episode 5

    Directed by Alexis McCrimmon • 2022 • United States

    HERON 1954–2002 is a visual eulogy that taps into the phenomena of makeshift memorials and small gestures of mourning. Honoring the life of a loved one who died due to an accidental opioid overdose, the film materializes the process of overdue ...

  • Maman Brigitte

    Episode 6

    Directed by Ayanna Dozier • 2022 • United States

    MAMAN BRIGITTE stitches together the intimacy of a private ritual involving the Voudou loa Maman Brigitte (who governst the barrier between the living and the dead) with the sounds of the body (spitting, running, vomiting, etc.). These “interior” ...

  • Declarations of Love

    Episode 7

    Directed by Tiff Rekem • 2022 • United States

    A fragmentary rumination on an aging father figure and his nearness to the gender-reveal-party fire that scorched the San Bernardino foothills in 2020.

  • Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

    Episode 8

    Directed by Toby Keeler • 1997 • United States
    Starring David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Jack Nance

    This eighty-minute documentary was made by Toby Keeler in 1997. In addition to footage from the set of LOST HIGHWAY, it includes interviews with David Lynch, Patricia Arquette, Angelo Badalamenti,...

  • Oliver Sees Indigo

    Episode 9

    Directed by Ryan Clancy • 2022 • United States

    This film enacts an attempt to regain attachment following a period of heroin addiction, near-death experiences, and oxytocin deficiency. The camera shifts between moments of fragile devotion as it searches for a higher power in threads of shared su...

  • Madness Remixed

    Episode 10

    Directed by Rhea Storr • 2021 • United Kingdom

    MADNESS REMIXED examines the fetishization of Josephine Baker’s body through data-moshing analogue film. What unfolds is a questioning of which images of Black bodies should be reproduced and on what terms.

  • Home When You Return

    Episode 11

    Directed by Carl Elsaesser • 2021 • United States

    “Stretching and blurring the boundaries of video essay, experimental film, and home movie, traces of a 1950s homemade melodrama by amateur filmmaker Joan Thurber Baldwin intermingle with a mournful homage to the author’s grandmother and her vacat...

  • Strangers

    Episode 12

    Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe • 2022 • Sri Lanka, United States

    “This footage was shot shortly after the civil war in Sri Lanka on the occasion of my mother’s long-delayed reunion with Kamala, the aunt she lived with as a child. Kamala was living a life of solitude at this point and has now sin...

  • LYNCH (one)

    Episode 13

    Directed by blackANDwhite • 2007 • United States
    Starring David Lynch

    This 2007 feature-length film by blackANDwhite, the makers of DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE, was made over the course of two years during the filming of INLAND EMPIRE.

  • We Knew How Beautiful They Were, These Islands

    Episode 14

    Directed by Younes Ben Slimane • 2021 • France, Tunisia

    At night, a stranger digs graves, buries the dead, and watches over them. In the dark, he reveals the personal belongings of the deceased to us. These objects, separated from their owners, bear their scars and story, while others melt until...

  • Three Songs Without Z.

    Episode 15

    Directed by Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne • 2022 • United States
    Starring Zakaria Almoutlak

    A portrait of Zakaria Almoutlak, a sculptor and media activist from Homs, Syria, who fled the civil war in 2015.

  • What Happened to This City?

    Episode 16

    Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 1986 • India

    This pioneering work takes communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in 1984 as its starting point, gaining immense political force through its complexity. The film’s historical perspective is provided by a thorough commentary, illuminating the ways in...

  • Tobacco Embers

    Episode 17

    Directed by Yugantar • 1982 • India

    In the spirit of mobilizing for the leftist labor and women’s movements, the Yugantar collective spent four months with female tobacco factory workers in Nipani, Karnataka, listening to their accounts of exploitative working conditions, discussing strategies f...

  • Loving Highsmith

    Episode 18

    Directed by Eva Vitija • 2022 • Germany, Switzerland
    Starring Gwendoline Christie, Annina Butterworth, Marijane Meaker

    The life and work of celebrated American writer Patricia Highsmith are revealed through her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends, and family...

  • Something Like a War

    Episode 19

    Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 1991 • India

    SOMETHING LIKE A WAR is a chilling examination of India’s family-planning program from the point of view of the women who are its primary targets. It traces the history of the family-planning program and exposes the cynicism, corruption, and brutality of ...

  • Invoking Justice

    Episode 20

    Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 2011 • India

    In Southern India, many family disputes are settled by Jamaats—all-male bodies that apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. Recognizing this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 establis...

  • Love in the Time of AIDS

    Episode 21

    Directed by Deepa Dhanraj • 2006 • India

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF AIDS follows a group of kothis (gay men who identify as femme) in Belgaum, a small city in Karnataka, and traces their stories of love, desire, and ostracization, as well as their work with an NGO that promotes safe-sex practices.

  • Maid Servant

    Episode 22

    Directed by Yugantar • 1981 • India

    This portrait of female solidarity in action exposes the oppressive working conditions of hundreds of maidservants in Pune, India, and reveals how the women came together to form an organization to fight for their rights.

  • Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.

    Episode 23

    Directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese • 2019 • Germany, Lesotho

    Part poetic essay, part documentary, this rapturous film by director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION) analyzes the complexities of his relationship to his native country of Lesotho from his new hom...

  • Is This Just a Story?

    Episode 24

    Directed by Yugantar • 1983 • India

    The Yugantar Film Collective’s most successful and widely seen film sheds light on the issue of domestic violence in Indian society. Created in collaboration with the feminist activist collective Stree Shakhti Sanghatana, this short, improvised narrative film ...