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Description: Marijuana as a cancer fighting drug? Science tells yes, federal law tells no. Patricia Crone is caught in the life-and-death stand-off. Patricia Crone, a professor of Islamic history at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2011, when the cancer had already spread to her brain. She was busy preparing for the end when she saw that the National Cancer Institute described some of the chemicals in marijuana, or cannabis, as having cancer-fighting potential. With only grim prospects for the future, she wanted to test it. So Patricia, who had never had as much as a puff of pot, started a hunt for marijuana, and for credible evidence of its medicinal potential.
Description: From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an zone of our modern-day lives that is not affected by the oil industry. The storyline of oil is the storyline of the modern world. And this is the storyline of those who helped shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge of monopolizing life itself.
Description: Charles Ferguson reopens the situation of Watergate, from the 1972 break-in to Nixon’s 1974 resignation and beyond, and gives it a fresh and bracing life. The filmmaker creates a real-life political suspense story, one remarkable feature at a time, built from archival footage; interviews with surviving members of the Nixon White House (including Pat Buchanan and John Dean), reporters (Lesley Stahl, Dan Rather and, of course, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein), unique prosecutors (Richard Ben-Veniste, Jill Wine-Banks); the Senate Watergate Committee (Lowell Weicker), members of the House Judiciary Committee who debated Nixon’s impeachment (Elizabeth Holtzman), modern commentators, and historians; and carefully executed recreations based on the Oval Office recordings. Ferguson also accomplishes the hard and instantly relevant task of drawing extremely disquieting fact-based parallels with other presidency and criminal investigation, still underway.
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Description: Can the sun lie? asked a US court in 1886. This legal question arose when photographs or sun pictures as they were also named at the time first entered into juridical proceedings as a fresh form of evidence. Should chemistry and light manipulate the natural order of the things worried the court or were the realities depicted by photographs incontrovertible?
Description: It follows the band around as they leave the UK and zoom off to Tokyo. It charts almost everything they did while they were there (for reasons of nice taste we left out the vomiting)
Description: When a documentarian filmmaker interviews young Israelis about their settlement in the West Bank, the effects are an urgent movie of revealing and sometimes challenging conversations.
Description: This ebullient documentary about trend-setting Soho hair salon Cuts also serves as a reminder of how pre-gentrification London was a fertile ground for multicultural DIY creativity.
Description: Ross Lipman's fresh movie frames an act of self-archiving within a larger, essayistic mediation on the relationship between experimental practice and independent arthouse cinema.
Description: Bouchra Khalili’s meditation on revolutionary histories considers the poet Jean Genet’s secret 1970 visit to the United States at the invitation of the Black Panther Party.
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Description: Documentary that delves deep into the history of abortion law, revealing the contradictory methods in which women's bodies have been used to further political and ideological agendas.
Description: They arrive, they smoke, they wait - armed robbers seeking redemption, life-long thieves, addicts and anxious fathers of wayward children. Difficult exteriors hide soft centres, old lives exist in young bodies - ordinary folks awaiting judgement on an unlovely stretch of pavement outside a London magistrates' court. Whilst waiting for their situations to be heard they reveal their lives, and the complexities of the human soul are laid bare. Tense and intimate conversations with the filmmaker illuminate stories that the magistrates hear daily. Director Marc Isaacs spent three months outside Highbury Magistrates Court and, in doing so, demonstrates how the eye of the camera has the ability to delve much deeper into hero and motivation than the eye of the law. Consequently, the more we receive to know the characters in this film, the harder it is to create simple judgements. Whilst the court gotta judge, the filmmaker need not.
Description: The everyday adventure of the young deliverer of the Delo magazine. The contrast between the mood of a young vendor and the impressive images of global happenings reported by the newspaper.
Description: The movie discusses the sub-bituminous coal mining process from tree cutting to the renaturation of open-pit mines. Lusatian villages and, with them, the Sorbian culture have been mined for nearly 100 years. 136 villages, 125 of them Sorbian-German, have disappeared since 1924. The movie questions the equality of constitutional law and nature protection. A pond where thousands of European fire-bellied toads (Bombina bombina) have been moved serves as an allegory of the lost villages, while an acoustic metaphor for the missing balance between human rights and nature conservation should be found in alternating soundtracks – European fire-bellied toad vs. the background noise of an open-pit mine.
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With all due respect to the person who wrote the first review telling the footage was 'second rate', I think he misses the point. The reason why a lot of the clips aren't well shot or popular is because they are shot by amateurs about amateurs - this is a movie about true life, and about a common humanity. Incidentally, there are shots of astronauts and atom bombs, and also some very popular clips, such as the clip from the old movie 'the kiss' and the infamous shooting of a Vietnamese man.The giving birth part of the movie was for me rather painful to watch, which surprised me because, having seen Irreversible the week before, I didn't think anything should shock me. Many of the clips were funny, and others moving, but the movie was flawed for a number of reasons. Primarily, I was confused by the order in which he tackled the different themes, which instead of going chronologically from birth to death exploring themes in-between, went from birth to death to rebirth, religion, marriage etc.. Also, having spent about 20mins on childhood and the teenage years, he spent no time on the elderly, unless you count the 'death' part.I also felt that the plinky-plonky melody didn't really support much, particularly during the 'sex' sequence. Why is there freaky jazz melody going on over the sex part? Why is sex portrayed as some strange, subversive, aggressive part of life? I'll never understand why in 'serious' movies hardcore sex attracts aggressive jazz music, when if you watch a hardcore porn film it everytime has soft jazz music.Although there were many parts of the movie I enjoyed, it didn't have the coherence or forward thinking approach of related movies such as Koyaanisqatsi.P.S I don't know why folks would walk out of a movie like this - it was marked '18' in the UK, so some of the scenes were expected, and all the reviews I read for it clearly stated that it was a series of clips place to music. Besides, it's not that long.
BODYSONG is a must-see emotional roller-coaster build up out ofclips of found footage from all periods of film-making from all overthe world. A cinematic experience in the real sense of the word, usingimages and melody (a wonderful diverse movie score from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood) to speak to the audience on a gutand heart level. In a time where the individual is paramount thisintelligent movie dares to push you to think about what it means to behuman.At first the movie follows the cycle of life, starting with conception, acascade of births, growing up, mating rituals and sex, followed byviolence, destruction, old age, disease and death. Because there isno voice-over used, the photos are incredibly strong. There is noway to escape the visual, you cannot box it with knowledge andtherefore the less pleasant sides of humanity are straight in yourface. We are all animals driven by procreation and lust for power,moving in herds and I watching this, am one of them. I think I amspecial, but I am not.Fortunately director Simon Pummell then shows us the redemptive side of humanity: the find for meaning. Through religion and ritual, art, dreams, beliefs and solidarity.Particularly interesting is the introduction of speech very late in thefilm, adding cinematic ally as a positive, the discerning factorsbetween animal and human: voice and reason.The movie ends upbeat, pulling out into space, leaving the humanspecies on their planet, with all their smallness and bignessticking over, generation after generation.The Bodysong site delivers finally something very several filmwebsites do: a meaningful experience in itself and not just apromotional tool. The site has all the clips used in the movie andit is on the site you can search out what, when and by whom. Thechoice for mostly amateur non-fiction footage makes absolutesense to me as this movie speaks about true people. That thechoice is also highly private (and anyone else making this filmwould select various clips) echo's and underlines the theme ofthe film: we are all the same, but different.
As I started to watch this extraordinary film, I found the 30 or 40 graphic birth sequences, a several slash with MTV precision, to be somewhat repetitive, even though the cumulative result is one of wonder and the "That's-how-we-ALL-started" realization. As the movie wandered on, photographically documenting our communal adventure through life, the immense variation of sequence (locale, year, style, situation, etc.) gave it rhythm and pace.The first climax of the movie is arresting, as are the rest.An interesting, if sometimes obvious, musical score of different genres, projects warmly in 5.1.The snaps of true sex are sandwiched by snips of painful and joyous reality and while the movie has a humanist political bent, it is a truly nice work of art with remarkable archival footage edited like movements of a sonata.
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