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Description: The movie shows the Polish media life in 2010 from the perspective of the everyday work of paparazzi - from hunting Roman Polanski to the happenings of the Smolensk catastrophe. However, in the foreground there is a dramatic storyline of a boy who makes controversial choices on a everyday basis and bears emotional, private and ethical consequences. The game hero turns out to be as ruthless as himself as to the folks on whose lives he preys. Paparazzi is a film about lost globe values and bold guidelines - but shows that we everytime have a possibility to decide what type of boy we will be tomorrow.
Description: Shot during the summer of 1970 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Frederick Wiseman’s movie Primary Training focuses on a group of boys going through infantry training, showing how they are turned from civilians into soldiers. As well as being a special portrait of the US units at work, the movie is also a fascinating snapshot of a time and zone at a defining moment in American history.
Description: Wiseman enumerates the sights and sounds of Talladega, Alabama – the railroad tracks, quiet roads and homes, a several stores downtown – almost as if to list those things most of us might take for granted. Of the four movies in this series, Adjustment & Work is the only one that focuses entirely on adults—specifically adults who have recently lost their sight (and hence are adjusting to this change) and those without sight or hearing who are learning skills in order to enter the workforce.
Description: Essene is about everyday life in a Benedictine monastery and the resolution of conflict between private needs and the institutional and organizational priorities of the community. In the Order, where the focus of life is the relationship of individual work and worship to the community as a whole, the brethren gotta cope with the same problems that arise in any community: rules, work, worship, values, love, and play.
Description: Everyday activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in Fresh York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The situations depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of health care.
Description: JUVENILE COURT shows the complex tons of situations before the Memphis Juvenile Court: foster home placement, drug abuse, armed robbery, kid abuse, and sexual offenses. The sequences illustrate such problems as community security vs. the desire for rehabilitation, the range and the limits of the choices accessible to the court, the psychology of the offender, and the constitutional and procedural questions involved in administering a juvenile court.
Description: HIGH SCHOOL II is a movie about Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS), a successful alternative high school in Fresh York's Spanish Harlem, 85-95% of whose graduates go on to four year colleges. The movie illustrates the school's emphasis on the “Habits of Mind” tool (weighing evidence; awareness of multiple points of view; seeing connections and relationships; speculating on possibilities; and assessing values.) Sequences illustrating the school's approach to learning include: classroom activities in the humanities and sciences; family conferences; discussions of race, class, and gender; faculty meetings; disciplinary problems; sex education; conflict resolution by students; and student council meetings.
Description: MANOEUVRE follows a U.S. infantry tank company through NATO’s annual fall manoeuvres in Western Europe. One purpose of these fight minigames is to use how quickly and effectively U.S. reinforcements can come to the aid of NATO forces stationed in Europe. The different stages of the training exercise, including defensive and offensive tactics, and hypothetical wins and losses are seen from the mission of view of a company fighting a simulated, conventional, non-nuclear ground and air war.
Description: MEAT traces the process through which cattle and sheep become consumer goods. It depicts the processing and transportation of meat products by a highly automated packing plant, illustrating necessary points and issues in the zone of production, transportation, logistics, equipment design, time-motion study, and labor management.
Description: This movie shows the day to day activities of multi-handicapped and sensory impaired students and their teachers, dormitory parents, and counselors at the Helen Keller School. The basic point of the school is to meet the total and living needs of deaf and/or blind children, some of whom also have another disabilities. The movie presents cases involving private hygiene, mobility training, ideas of time and money, self support and independent living, dormitory life, recreation, sports, vocational training, and psychological counseling.
Description: MODEL shows male and female models at work on TV commercials, fashion shows, magazine covers, and advertising for a tons of products, including designer collections, fur coats, sports clothes and automobiles. The models are seen at work with photographers whose techniques illustrate various styles of fashion and product photography. The business aspect of running an agency is also shown: interviewing prospective models, career counseling, arranging portfolios, talking with clients, and planning trips. The movie presents a view of the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, tv and fantasy.
Description: RACETRACK is about the Belmont Race Track, one of the world's leading race tracks for thoroughbred racing. The movie highlights the training, maintaining and racing of thoroughbred horses. Daily occurrences are shown: in the backstretch — the grooming, feeding, shoeing, and caring for horses and the preparation for races; at the practice track the different aspects of training, exercising, and timing the horses; at the paddock — the pre-race presentation of the horses; and in the grandstand — betting and watching the races. The movie also has sequences showing the tons of work done by trainers, jockeys, jockey agents, grooms, hot walkers, stable hands, and veterinarians.
Description: STATE LEGISLATURE shows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature during an whole session. Lobbyists, lawmakers and their constituents are seen debating and discussing the concerns of the electorate, on problems that range from violence in schools, angry cow illness and video voyeurism to illegal immigration, secondhand smoke and the deregulation of telephone rates. The movie is an example of the achievements, values, constraints and limitations of the democratic process.
Description: CANAL ZONE is about the folks who live and work in the Panama Canal Territory and shows both the operation of the Canal and the different governmental agencies — business, military, and civilian — similar to the functioning of the Canal and the lives of the Americans in the zone. The movie contains sequences of ships in transit, the work of unique canal pilots, aspects of the civil government, work of the military, and the social, religious and recreational life of the Zonians.
Description: The School for the Deaf at the Alabama Institute is organized around a theory of total communication i.e. the test of signs and finger spelling in conjunction with speech, hearing aids, lip reading, gestures and the written word. The movie shows sequences dealing with different aspects of this comprehensive training such as teaching students and parents to sign; speech therapy; psychological counseling; regular academic courses; vocational training; disciplinary problems; parents visits; sports and recreational activity; training in living and working independently; and developing skills in home and cash management.
Description: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE shows the Tampa, Florida police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for girls and children. Sequences with the police contain police response, intervention, and attempted resolution of domestic violence calls. Sequences at the shelter contain intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings, conversations among clients and between clients and staff, and school activities, therapy and counseling for kids at the shelter.
Description: An African tribe in the Eastern Nigerian village of Umana work to build a maternity hospital, with the aid of government officials, and vs the opposition of some tribal members.
Description: This documentary, filmed entirely by military photographers, recounts the U.S. Navy's 1946-47 expedition to Antarctica, known as Operation High Jump. The expedition was under the overall command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, no stranger to the Antarctic. This was a huge undertaking involving 13 ships and over 4000 thousand men. The fleet departed from Norfolk, Virginia traveling through the Panama canal and then southward to their final destination. The trip through the ice package was fraught with danger and forced the submarine that was part of the fleet to withdraw. The trip was a success meeting all of its scientific goals.
Description: This biographical drama/part-time documentary, narrative written by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and spoken by Frederic March, traces the life of Dr. Schweitzer (with actors testing the characters), from his birth in France up to about the age of 30 when he makes the decision to go to French Equatorial Africa and build his jungle hospital. The latter half of the movie encompasses a full day in the hospital-village following the 80s-plus Samaritan in his everyday rounds.
Description: A documentary about the circumstances during a party at a University of Florida fraternity that led up to what may or may not have been a rape. Interspersed with current footage shot by the fraternity brothers on the night of the incident, including the sexual acts. This video led to the police not pressing charges and the involvement of NOW, and eventually led to the fraternity getting kicked off campus.
Description: The acclaimed poet is examined in this movie finished just prior to his death at age 88, with his speaking engagements at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence Colleges intercut with studies of his work, as well as with scenes of his life in rural Vermont and private reminiscences about his career. He is also seen receiving an award from President Kennedy and touring an aircraft carrier.
Description: Break Up Club director Barbara Wong and writer-producer Lawrence Cheng are back to break your heart with The Allure of Tears. Featuring Richie Jen, Gigi Leung, Aarif Lee (Echoes of the Rainbow), idol-drama queen Joe Chen, and Under the Hawthorn Tree fresh stars Shawn Dou and Zhou Dongyu, the poignantly romantic melodrama consists of a trilogy of standalone tales about life, dreams, and the often futile pursuit of happiness. Though they vary in tone and theme, the subtly connected storylines wield enough emotional power to drive home the message - cherish your loved ones before it's too late.
Description: An intimate and moving portrait of one of the most remarkable girls in American history. It is the storyline of a lonely, unhappy kid who became the most admired and respected girl in the world. Richard Kaplan's lively documentary reveals the human face behind the American icon, beginning with the emotional deprivation suffered by this plain, awkward tiny woman born into a socially prominent and strong family. Though she would eventually marry a boy who would look beyond her awkwardness, Eleanor was not content to be the proper, silent wife to her husband Franklin's extraordinary political career. Instead, she began a lifelong crusade to speak out about injustice and oppression in any form.
Description: The movie portrays a 16-hour group-therapy session of eight well-adjusted folks who have never met before, led by psychologists Richard Farson and Carl Rogers. The "patients" contain a cashier, a theology student, a teacher, a principal, three businessmen and a housewife.
Description: ZOO is a movie about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by folks from all over the world. The movie presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.
Description: The mass murder of Jewish folks by the Nazi regime is chronicled, with a warning that anti-Semitism is on the rise and the happenings of the Holocaust should happen again. The history of European Jewish culture and happenings before and during the Holocaust are seen in newsreels, photographs, and animated segments. The words of the victims of the era are read, and footage from the liberation os a concentration camp is shown.
Description: In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch Fresh Guinea, actually West Papua or Irian Jaya, to trek north to the far side of the island. The adventure (450 miles, as a crow flies) across unmapped zone took seven months; three Muyu porters died. Near both coasts, the expedition met villagers who invited them to observe rituals and live with them. In the interior, all villagers kept them at bay, and they depended on air lifts from Hollandia for meal and supplies. They climbed above 10,000 feet, built 14 bridges, and fought leeches and malaria. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age savages, headhunters, and cannibals.
Description: Three sectors of American society hit by recession in the mid-1980s: heartland farms, factory workers out of a job, and the fresh homeless. In Minnesota, 250 family farms are being repossesed every week; boys and girls talk about their farms, the nature of their bank loans, the onslaught of corporate farming, and their sorrow and despair. In towns where 3,500 jobs per day go overseas, unemployed workers contemplate their options. The newly homeless talk about the jobs they've lost, "Justice Ville" in Los Angeles (bulldozed by court order), and squatting in Fresh York's abandoned buildings. A family living in a welfare hotel says their story.
Description: An unflinching verité portrait of the kids of Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia, an inner-city neighborhood where 90% of the students live below the poverty line. Seen through the viewpoint of devoted principal Deanna Burney, the movie shows Stanton as grossly underfunded, understaffed, and filled with kids struggling to overcome their difficulties. But for these at-risk kids, however, the hope for their future survives only in the success of their education. A captivating series of vignettes concerning kids growing up outside the American dream, echoing actual “hot-button” problems in our country’s ongoing political discussion.
Description: A hilarious and affectionate look at the path to stardom inside the competitive globe of opera. Filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf relegate the divas to the background and focus on a limelight-craving group of "choristers" -- the seldom-noticed singers who stand behind the soloists portraying peasants, troops and slaves.
Description: In "The Happiest Toddler", Dr. Harvey Karp, noted pediatrician and kid development expert, reveals a fully fresh and extraordinarily effective method to communicate with our "uncivilized" tiny toddlers. For the past 30 years, Dr. Karp has taught his remarkable techniques to thousands of parents from working moms to superstars like Madonna! And now, America's top doctors are lining up to praise this revolutionary fresh approach that will change parenting forever!
Description: Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a pretty vintage train in California, setting out for Fresh Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The resulting movie from this adventure is nothing short of magical. Part street film and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a fresh musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these wonderful musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds, from Oakland… to Fresh Orleans.
Description: Each year thousands compete in the world's best singing tournament - that you've never heard of. AMERICAN HARMONY adventures deep into the ultra-obsessive, zany, and heartfelt globe of competitive barbershop singing, where passion is equaled only by raw talent, and the reward is not fame or fortune, but simply victory. The movie focuses on four quartets vying to victory the International Championships of Barbershop Singing, in what turns out to be the closest and most controversial win in its 70 year history. Maximum Q is the massive favourite - a superstar quartet comprised of former Champions. Looking to upset them is OC Times (The Heart-Throbs), Vocal Spectrum (The Rookies) and Reveille, an aging foursome who that has been together for 30 years. In total, fifty quartets duke it out for the coveted gold medal, while facing the pressures of quartet life - from large egos to brain cancer and everything in between. - Written by Colin Lord Miller
Description: Typically controversial speech by psychoanalyst/philosopher Lacan is disrupted by a student, ridiculing such public intellectuals. Lacan refuses to let safety to haul off the student, lets him speak and incorporates such criticisms into his presentation. The packed performance took zone at the Catholic University of Louvain on October 13, 1972, with Lacan interrelating death, language, love, alienation, paranoia and life. His talk is followed by a probing interview of Lacan on his ideas of psychoanalysis, conducted by the director, Belgian documentarian Francoise Wolff. One of only 2 known filmed appearances by Lacan, both by Wolff, who also made documentaries of Albert Einstein and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
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