About: This is a masterpiece of found footage and archival cinema largely ignored. Using vast collections of photographs and family movies acquired in the flea stores and to expatriates, combined with photos produced by mass media and Franco official regime, this movie traces the history of the folks of Spain from civil fight to the raising mass culture and consumption in the '70s. The "particularity" i...
About: Held up for seven years before it was released, Far from the Trees seems like a excellent successor to Luis Buñuel's Land Without Bread. Like that earlier film, it is a type of impressionistic travelogue that shows a Spain far from the beaten paths of the tourist resorts; not only poverty but the persistence of superstitions and occult beliefs captured by the movie rebuke the photo of a forward-lo...
About: The movie accompanies the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist around the world, shows her at work in her studio in Zurich as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in Fresh York. Since she won the Duemila Prize at the Biennale di Venezia in 1997, Pipilotti Rist is an internationally recognized and renowned artist. For the first time, she lets a documentary filmmaker into her world, providing insight into her...
About: In Bettina Büttner’s exquisitely lucid documentary Kinder (Kids), childhood dysfunction, loneliness, and pent-up emotion run wild at an all-boys group home in southern Germany. The kids interned here contain ten-year-olds Marvin and Tommy. Marvin, fiddling with a mini plastic Lego sword, explains matter-of-factly to the camera, “This is a knife. You test it to slash stomachs open.” Dennis, who is ...
About: By the time "It's A Mean Old World" was filmed, Reverend Pearly Brown had been struggling to survive singing gospel melody for nearly 40 years. While the rough sound of his bottleneck testing has the feel of a life spent scuffling on the street, the poignancy of his voice is a better measure of the gentle spirit and inner strength of the man.
About: The storyline of the settlement of Irish immigrants in the North Bronx, Fresh York, and how the once predominantly Irish neighborhoods are changing because of the influx of another groups.
About: A short movie about axe making in Oakland, Maine. It documents the process of creating fine axes in the Emerson Stevens store -- the last axe factory to operate in Oakland. Oakland was once a world-famous center of quality blade-making.
About: Pete and Toshi Seeger, their son Daniel, and folklorist Bruce Jackson visited a Texas prison in Huntsville in March of 1966 and produced this rare document of of work songs by inmates of the Ellis Unit. Worksongs helped African American prisoners survive the grueling work demanded of them. With mechanization and integration, worksongs like these died out shortly after this movie was made.
About: Supporters from all walks of life test to describe what makes so many inhabitants of Rotterdam love the red-and-white of Feyenoord so much. But, as one fanatic puts it: 'You can't explain it, you just have to feel it.' Made by a supporter for supporters.
About: DREAMING NICARAGUA is a movie about HOPE. It's about love for the dignity and courage of the human spirit that, even immersed in uttermost tragic conditions, wars for a better life, and in this case, with a friendly SMILE. DREAMING is a sensitive and lyrical portrayal of four kids living in extreme poverty in Nicaragua. The movie takes us beyond their hardships and gives voice to the youngsters, w...
About: After selling herself at fourteen to a brothel inside her home city of Svay Pak, Mien takes an undesired path all over Cambodia for the remainder of her teenage life. At twenty, her path crosses with a group of folks fighting to create a difference, bringing her long and onerous adventure back to face where it all began. The Pink Room is an intertwined storyline of the heart-rending, epic war to e...
About: Nobody can escape the dance of life. Prisoners of the Ground is literally and symbolically about surviving in the dark: a portrait of an introvert, melancholic society; a Finnish tango in the shape of a movie.
About: From Oscar and Emmy award winning filmmakers, Red Units highlights the Soviet Union's legendary and enigmatic hockey training culture and world-dominating squad through the eyes of the team's Captain Slava Fetisov, following his shift from hockey star and celebrated national character to political enemy. The movie turns a special lens on the social and cultural transformation of the Soviet Union l...
About: Eight girls on the margins of Israeli society are thrown together during the course of a school year at Tel Aviv's oldest beauty school. Amidst the combs and colorings, these girls show a microcosm of modern-day Tel Aviv -- native Israelis and fresh immigrants, Asians and Africans, among them girls struggling with cancer and private loss. As they learn to make beauty without, every girl undergoes ...
About: Summers develops a quasi-autobiographical fictional frame for an inquiry into a gallery of Spanish celebrities who have decayed into something worse than total abandonment. The movie visits a famous singer, a winner prize warrior who has been committed to an asylum, and an ancient matador returning to the ring among many others to probe the anomie that comes with fame as a privilege at its apex an...
About: In the late 1980s, Tim Duffy, a penniless North Carolina musicology student, became deeply involved in Winston-Salem's drinkhouse melody scene, an off-the-grid hotbed of gritty traditional blues. He began the foundation after observing and living with the deep poverty of the Southern blues artists he befriended and championed.The foundation actually supports hundreds of older Southern musicians wi...
About: The theme of this movie is the children's view on the destruction of a working-class area. The loss, for them of the dilapidated alleyways and waste ground where they met up and played. Their anger, their futile revolt vs the demolition workers only serve to confirm their powerlessness and status as social outcasts.
About: To tag the publication of his much-awaited fresh monograph, Asylum of the Birds, photographer Roger Ballen, with director Ben Crossman, has produced this psychologically powerful, unforgettable movie that follows Roger into a globe synonymous with his photographs, as never before seen on film.
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