The Kartemquin Films Collection

Chicago-based Kartemquin Films has been a center for independent documentary filmmaking since the 1960s. This collection includes classic films from Kartemquin made in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s among other award-winning films.

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The Kartemquin Films Collection includes the following titles:

Anonymous Artists of America - imageAnonymous Artists of America

The psychedelic rock collective Anonymous Artists of America holds a performance at the University of Chicago.

Kartemquin Films | 1970 | 9 minutes
HSA Hospital Strike '75 - imageHSA Hospital Strike '75

A document of the eighteen-day strike by interns and residents at Chicago's only public hospital.

Kartemquin Films | 1975 | 20 minutes
Home For Life - imageHome For Life

The experiences of two elderly people in their first month at a home for the aged.

Kartemquin Films | 1966 | 80 minutes
Hum 255 - imageHum 255

Two women, expelled a year earlier during a student strike at the University of Chicago, confront students about their convictions and how far they are willing to go to defend their values.

Kartemquin Films | 1970 | 28 minutes
Inquiring Nuns - Part I - imageInquiring Nuns - Part I

Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"

Kartemquin Films | 1968 | 33 minutes
Inquiring Nuns - Part II - imageInquiring Nuns - Part II

Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, "Are you happy?"

Kartemquin Films | 1968 | 33 minutes
Marco - imageMarco

Disbelief, shock, hostility and superstition confronted the wife of one of the filmmakers when she decided to give birth without pain medication using the Lamaze method of childbirth.

Kartemquin Films | 1970 | 80 minutes
Milking the Rhino - imageMilking the Rhino

The promise of community-based conservation in Africa.

Bullfrog Films | 2009 | 83 minutes | 7 - 12, College, Adult
Now We Live on Clifton - imageNow We Live on Clifton

Children talk about their fear of being forced out of their neighborhood by the gentrification.

Kartemquin Films | 1974 | 26 minutes
Parents - imageParents

A parish youth group in a lower middle-class Chicago neighborhood discusses parental authority, what growing up means, and the difficulties of communicating with their parents.

Kartemquin Films | 1968 | 22 minutes

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