May 5th is International Midwifes’ Day. This training film from the 1950s provides an intimate look at “Miss Mary” Coley, an African-American midwife who assisted with the delivery of over 3,000 babies over the course of her lifetime. Filmmaker George Stoney followed Miss Mary for four months, and also recorded the various living conditions of her patients, as well as African-American families in 1950s Georgia.
May 4th is International Firefighters’ Day– what better way to pay tribute than to learn more about these brave heroes and what they do? Imagine getting 200 calls a day– that’s 160,000 calls in a year! The firefighters of The Bronx are the most active firefighters in the world. Over the course of two weeks, Patrick Chauvel’s documentary sheds light on common causes behind fires, and how they are combatted by these everyday heroes.
On May 2, 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces, putting an end to the pursuit of the FBI’s Most Wanted Man. Mohammed Sifaoui’s documentary focuses on Bin Laden’s methods that led to his escape from the U.S. military through the Tora Bora Mountains and to Pakistan, ten years prior to his capture and death. Features undercover footage from training camps, and evidence that proves that we shouldn’t always believe what we hear on the news.