Reel Time Film Series

Residents of Holland  travel the world via the annual Reel Time Film Series hosted by the City of Holland’s International Relations Commission (IRC). The film series runs November, December, and January and features follow-up live Q&A with the filmmakers. Our 2021 Reel Time Film Series will start in November, 2021. Until then, you can check out our previous selections below and access them via the links provided.


2020
Pad Yatra 

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey (2012) 

Available on Good Docs https://gooddocs.net/products/pad-yatra

This award-winning documentary weaves ancient Buddhist spiritual traditions, global environmentalism, and Tibetan and Himalayan culture. Viewers join the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Shot with solar power PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey gives unprecedented access into religious communities rarely seen on film. Running time 1h 10min. 


Street Food: Asia

Street Food Asia (2019) 

Still Available on Netflix 

From the creators of Chef’s Table, Street Food brings viewers to some of the world's most vibrant cities, where the rich culture of street food is explored. From the hawker stalls of Singapore to the food carts of India, this nine-episode series highlights the stories of perseverance and culture that bring life to the cuisines of Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam. Nine episodes, approximately 30 minutes each. 



Angels Are Made of Light

Angels are Made of Light (2018) 

Available on Grasshopper Film https://grasshopperfilm.com/film/angels-are-made-of-light/

A stirring and beautiful documentary from Academy Award-nominated director James Longley (Iraq in Fragments), Angels Are Made of Light traces the lives of young students and their teachers at a school in the old city of Kabul. Interweaving the modern history of Afghanistan with present-day portraits, the film offers an intimate and nuanced vision of a society living in the shadow of war. Running time: 1h 57min. 



2018

38085519_1888032967917397_1635863295409782784_nAmerican Experience: Panama Canal (2010)

Available through Amazon and iTunes

The construction of the canal was the epitome of man’s mastery over nature and signaled the beginning of America’s domination of world affairs. Learn about the impact of the canal on both the United States and Central America. Running time: 1h 30 min.


32151057_1783772128343482_5316627990086418432_nHarvest of Empire (2012)

Available on Amazon.

Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape. Running time: 1h 30 min.


44141302_1996746113712748_7921498837334622208_nABC News Classics - "The Fall of the Berlin Wall" (2007)

Available on ABC News

On November 9, 1989 after nearly three decades of separation, East and West Berliners breeched the wall that forced them apart. As East Germany's Communist leadership opened the gates, crowds clamored atop the wall, tearing chunks away from the iconic image of the iron curtain. Join Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson for coverage from the day it happened -- including a live interview with President Reagan. Running time: 38 min.


49900144_2122348751152483_2428027321182060544_nThe Occupation of the American Mind (2012)

Available on Vimeo.

Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of Gaza have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world, except for the United States. This film explores how the U.S. government and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. From the U.S-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people. Running time: 1h 22 min.

2017


81lov9WKPsL._SL1500_Which Way Home (2009)

Available on HBO and Amazon Prime

This feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. Olga and Freddy, nine-year old Hondurans, are desperately trying to reach their parents in the US. Jose, a ten-year old El Salvadoran, has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center. Kevin, is a canny, streetwise fourteen-year old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach the U.S. and send money back to her. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the children you never hear about; the invisible ones. Running time: 1h 30 min.


lost boys of sudanLost Boys of Sudan (2003)

Available on PBS POV

This feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia. Running time: 1h 27 min.



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After Spring (2016)

Available at Life is My Movie Entertainment. 

With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. Running time: 1h 42 min.