The Kartemquin Catalogue

The Kartemquin Catalogue

The nearly complete Kartemquin catalogue! Over 52 years of groundbreaking, impactful and award-winning documentaries. Offerings include over 50 documentaries as well as special features including deleted scenes and directors cuts.

See the full list of films at www.kartemquin.com/films

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The Kartemquin Catalogue
  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wak...

  • Keep Talking (Niugaa Yugaa)

    Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the lang...

  • Edith + Eddie

    Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

  • Stevie

    In 1995, filmmaker Steve James returns to Pomona, a beautiful rural hamlet in Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, for whom James once served as an advocate Big Brother. He finds that the once difficult, awkward child has become -- ten years later -- an angry and troubled young ma...

  • Inquiring Nuns

    In the politically fraught climate of Chicago in 1968, two young nuns crisscross the city in order to ask strangers the question, "Are you happy?" The answers vary: "Happiness is the absence of fear," "Avoiding people," "Raspberries," "Joy in knowing Christ." They meet a lonely girl, a happy moth...

  • The New Americans Episode 1

    The New Americans follows four years in the lives of a diverse group of contemporary immigrants and refugees as they journey to start new lives in America. We follow an Indian couple to Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom and bust. A Mexican meatpacker struggles to reunite his family in rural...

  • The Homestretch

  • On Beauty

  • Now We Live on Clifton

    Now We Live on Clifton follows 10 year old Pam Taylor and her 12 year old brother Scott around their multiracial West Lincoln Park neighborhood. The kids worry that they'll be forced out of the neighborhood they grew up in by the gentrification following the expansion of DePaul University.

  • American Arab

    A Coming of Arab story. Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Showcasing the diversity of Arabs living in the United States, American Arab sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giv...

  • Hard Earned Episode 1

    As Emilia celebrates her 50th birthday, she takes stock of her career as a waitress and struggles to hold onto her house. DJ gets frustrated with working conditions at Walgreens and starts talking to his co-workers about how to make a change. Clerical worker Jose and his girlfriend Elizabeth look...

  • Raising Bertie

    Recorded over six years, Raising Bertie delivers an authentic and tender portrait of the lives of three young boys as they face a precarious coming of age within Bertie County, a rural African-American community in North Carolina.

    This raw and starkly poetic vérité documentary weaves the young...

  • Almost There

  • The School Project - Ep. 1: Worst in the Nation?

  • The Interrupters

  • Unbroken Glass

  • Typeface

    In rural Wisconsin, a lone employee waits in a cavernous old museum for visitors to come. A few individuals straggle in every few days and then, come Friday, the museum fills with life. Machines hum, presses print, artists buzz about. One weekend each month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted...

  • Prisoner of Her Past

  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali

  • Milking the Rhino

  • Saving Mes Aynak

    Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races to save the Mes Aynak site from imminent demolition by China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC), a Chinese state-owned mining company ready to harvest an estimated $100 billion dollars worth of copper. Located within Afghan...

  • Refrigerator Mothers

    It is America of the 1950s and 1960s, when a woman's most important contribution to society is generally considered to be her ability to raise happy, well-adjusted children. But for the mother whose child is diagnosed with autism, her life's purpose will soon become a twisted nightmare. Looking f...

  • Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes

    Kartemquin Films completes its chronicle of the work and times of the American artist, Leon Golub, taking us from searing images of interrogations and torture to the ironies and dark humor of old-age.