Tibetan Buddhist master Choogyal Namkhai Norbu watches as his western-born son, Yeshi, who was recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, considers departing from tradition to embrace the modern world.
The documentary “A Family Undertaking” (60 min.) explores the growing home funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Through their stories we see that “hands-on” care for the dead by family members, including children, can aid in grieving, bring a sense of fulfillment, and help loved ones to grasp the reality of a death. Their home funerals are remarkable documents of death made intimate, meaningful, and even joyful.
Go inside the brutal, secretive, and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives of an Irish Traveller community and hear the history of violent feuding between rival families. Follow the story of the Quinn brothers, as they fight for their reputations and the honor of their family name.
Every spring on the New Year’s holiday, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages, forming the world’s largest human migration. For many workers this is the only time they will see their families each year. Lixin Fan’s documentary, Last Train Home (85 min.) takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life. Follow them as they return to a family growing distant and a daughter longing to leave school for work. This showing is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Check out the trailer for the film below:
We recently added My Architect to the DBRL collection. The film was nominated for a 2003 academy award, and has received some good reviews from critics and audiences. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Nathaniel Kahn documents the life and works of his father, Louis Kahn. Louis Kahn had an “official” family, including his wife Esther and daughter Sue Ann. He had two other secret families: with fellow architect Anne Tyng he had a daughter, Alexandra, and with his colleague Harriet Pattison he had Nathaniel.
A shocking and outlandish year-in-the-life documentary about the White Family of Boone County, West Virginia’s most notorious extended family, with shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing and using, pill popping, murders, and tap dancing. Nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, the White family glorifies their criminal behavior and lives an existence more like something from the Wild West than modern-day America.