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Description: The Favela Pacification Tool was launched in 2008 to reduce crime and drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In April 2015 however, police shot and killed 10-year old Eduardo in Complexo do Alemão, causing uproar in that community. Alemão and another pacified communities began to realise that the tool had become the very thing it was designed to destroy. Taking zone in the build to the 2016 Olympic Games, this is the side of Rio that you have never seen before.
Description: Alana and Lori were just two LGBT 20-somethings looking for love on Tinder when a casual right swipe made a match that would bind them together forever. Within a several weeks of meeting, Lori learned that Alana suffers from Lupus and has been waiting on the kidney transplant list for years. The state of Fresh York, where Alana lives, has the lowest number of organ donors in the country, and because of her complex medical background, her possibilities of finding a donor match were incredibly slim. Vs all odds, Lori found that she was a candidate for donation and decided to give Alana the ultimate gift. If the transplant is a success, Alana will triple her life expectancy and be freed from nightly dialysis. But if it fails, Lori will go through dangerous surgery and lose a healthy organ in vain. BEAN is an emotional medical adventure for two families that tests the real limits of love and sacrifice.
Description: Janie’s Janie is a special movie in the Newsreel collection. It was the first (and only) “personal documentary,” that sought to expose injustice through the example of a single individual’s story. The movie is well crafted, carefully shot and edited. It contains cinema verité scenes of Janie’s life, as well as on-camera interviews. It was directed by Geri Ashur, with Peter Barton, Marilyn Mulford and Stephanie Pawleski.
Description: "Sometimes the ball is bewitched," tells legendary soccer coach Rudi Gutendorf. He's the one who would know, after having coached 6 first division soccer squads in Germany alone and countless others in 38 countries around the world.
Description: Master griot Katjira’s death, which is the beginning of this film, sets off a series of discussions within his tribe about the future of the tribe and particularly about who katjira’s successor could be. A decade after Katjira’s death no successor has been found. Will the himba die out because there is no storyline teller alive to say the storyline of the himba’s creation, thereby keeping the tribe alive? Or will Katjira somehow speak from beyond the grave, from the zone of absolute reality, in order to re-iterate the continuity of the tribe. More than ten years in the making, Craig Matthew’s documentary is a strong and special example of how a contemporary medium like movie can be utilised as an extension of the oral tradition.
Description: Do you REALLY know what OCD is? Dig beyond the stereotypes in this documentary, profiling multiple folks who deal with this mental disease in all its known and often unknown forms each single day.
Description: More than 50 years after the death of Joseph Stalin, Russia is still divided. Was Stalin a nice leader who made Russia into a superpower? Or was he a ruthless dictator, responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people? Virtually no family has been left untouched by the consequences of Stalin’s regime, and in each corner of the country, victims’ families are struggling with history. Throughout society, Stalin’s popularity is growing, and there is a yearning for a sense of national unity. The Red Soul shows how the past lives on in present-day Russia, and thus makes its tag on the future.
Description: The professional life of Roxanne Lowit, one of the best fashion photographers and a pioneer of backstage photography, covering her career from 1977 and the Studio 54 until now.
Description: A filmmaker’s self-portrait, asking difficult questions of herself and of us. Invoking Aurore Clément as a type of stand-in or proxy, a glamorous counterpart to Akerman who sports a drawn-on moustache. What is cinema for? Who is it for? If the Mosaic prohibition on making graven photos contains movie images, then where does that leave a Jewish filmmaker?
Description: A poetic and atypical nature movie about the different inhabitants of an old-growth forest, on the ground, in the air and in the water. There's no commentary, only the rich, almost palpable sounds of the forest and the magical cases captured by the camera. Although we might sometimes be puzzled as to what's now happening—a mating ritual or the begin of a fight?—the lack of explanation leaves zone for us to associate freely and simply experience the images. The movie offers a close-up view of a wide range of creatures—such as the insect that appears out of the melting snow, gradually starts to transport and impatiently waits until all its legs are gratis so it can fly away. The scale of the portraits is sometimes grand and at another times modest, but everytime filmed with precision, whether in daylight or at night. Time doesn’t seem to matter in this extraordinary piece of slow cinema.
Description: Shots of Canterbury Cathedral and the surrounding countryside are accompanied by choral songs and a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr William Temple, on the history and significance of the cathedral.
Description: NANJING: MEMORY AND OBLIVION uses archival footage and photos, interviews with Chinese survivors and eyewitnesses, former Japanese soldiers, and both Chinese and Japanese government officials, historians and lawyers, to document the happenings of "The Rape of Nanking" and to present how the interpretation of this history has become politicized.
Description: In the chaotic aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, Fakhir, a father of eight, is serving in the Iraqi army. All around him, he sees innocent civilians getting injured by landmines, so he determines to disarm them with his own hands, using just a pocketknife and some wire cutters. He clears thousands of roadside bombs, mines and vehicle bombs, knowing that each time he cuts a wire it should cost him his life—which he seems to search less necessary than the lives of others. In 2014, by this time having lost a leg, he begins working for the Kurdish Peshmerga, disarming boobytraps left behind by Daesh in and around Mosul. An enthusiastic home video maker, Fakhir collects hundreds of hours of footage of his day-to-day work.
Description: Anorexia, the pathological fear of eating and gaining weight, is actually the most deadly mental disease in the UK, affecting around one in each 250 women. In this film, Louis Theroux embeds himself in two of London's largest adult eating-disorder treatment facilities: St Ann's Hospital and Vincent Square Clinic. As he spends more time with patients both on and off the wards, he witnesses the risky power that anorexia holds over them, and finds himself drawn into a complex relationship between the disorder and the person it inhabits.
Description: Meet the boys and girls who are living testament to the power of transmutation, every sharing their extraordinary stories of empowerment, authenticity, and love. This detail documentary explores the rarely-seen intimacies of a deeply individualistic mystical experience of reality. Is direct private encounter with divinity a true thing? What secrets are buried in nature's deep places? Why has mainstream culture sought to eradicate the awakened human? Is normality really our friend? The answers may surprise you.
Description: Beth Chapman, the wife of bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, is followed through her war with throat cancer. Mates including Shannon Tweed and members of Dog and Beth's extended family offer the couple prayers and support.
Description: Deep in the bosom of the native soil, among idyllic hillocks, live boys and their tractors. Trahere is a short documentary on what might be the most Slovenian of all relationships: boy – tractor.
Description: Codelli is a feature-length docudrama about a little-known movie project by Slovenian inventor Baron Anton Codelli. Together with filmmaker and adventurer Hans Schomburgk he filmed in Togo in 1914 the first live-action movie in Africa, which possibly inspired James Rice Burroughs for his novel on Tarzan. In the company of three Codelli’s descendants and actor Primož Bezjak, we traced the fate of Codelli’s film, brought the remains from Togo and Berlin to Ljubljana and used the Green Screen technology to bring to life 15 live-action scenes based on 600 Codelli’s museum photographs.
Description: Johan van Rijthoven is a modern farmer who will do anything in his power to hand over a healthy farm to his children, like his ancestors before him. Because his cows don’t give enough milk and his business is in danger of going under, the dairy farmer is engaging in a war with the multinational who delivered three faulty milk robots. A war that will lead to confrontations with himself, his instant environment and uncontrollable forces on his farm yard…
Description: A well-established writer wars his family demons while the dreamers on top of the hill struggle with their health and hope for nice fortune. A successful businesswoman has plenty of the latter; still, when her daughter’s singing career takes off, she begins questioning her own professional choices. A nagging doubt is also tormenting an underwater construction worker, who wants to present his son a mysterious dark lake. This visually striking movie is a subtle narrative, a love storyline between folks and a fading city.
Description: Magic in the Sky investigates the impact of tv on the Inuit folks of the Canadian Arctic. The movie also documents the establishment of the first Inuit-language tv network, named Inukshuk, which began broadcasting to six Inuit communities in December 1980. The Inuit's efforts to make an indigenous tv network mirrors the struggle of any culture trying to preserve its special identity.
Description: This heartfelt and private documentary says the storyline of Andrew, a trans boy who lacked the help he required until AGE UK provided him with a life changing url to the LGBTQ community. Here he speaks about his experiences and how his life has been able to flourish, all thanks to his fresh mate Harriet.
Description: A adventure into the consciousness of Jamie a girl diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. A documentary of an experimental scene performance that invited audiences to enter, witness and interact with every of the eight personalities. Jamie, the host, and all the others, Rita, Misty, Patty, Magick, Bobby, Cleopatra, Marta, and James reveal, manage, and ultimately celebrate the uniqueness of their being.
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Above the Drowning Sea addresses and interweaves five topics, and does so beautifully and intelligently - Refugees; the lives of Jews in Austria as Hitler was gaining power; Ho Feng Shan, the "Chinese Schindler" who virtually single-handedly saved the lives of thousands of Jews; the exodus of Jews to Shanghai during the Nazi era; and finally, what happened to these Jews after they got to Shanghai. I saw this movie in a packed film theatre, and should say that many were moved by it by the stifled sniffles and quiet sobs. I stayed quiet, unless I unknowingly made some noise wiping away my tears. But as the credits started rolling I explode into applause, same as a lot of people. It's not clear from the movie how many visas Mr. Ho - the Chinese consulate general in Vienna at the time - issued to Jews trying to flee Nazi enslavement, but according to Wikipedia, Mr. Ho "risked his life and career to save more than 3,000 Jews by issuing them visas, disobeying the instruction of his superiors." According to an article in China Daily, Mr. Ho's daughter Ho Manli told that close to 4,000 visas were issued about a year after the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in March of 1938. "How many more were issued in the remaining months before the outbreak of Globe Fight II on September 1, 1939, when routes of escape began to shut down, is difficult to determine, she added."
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