Description: In 1996, Cuban bandleader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, British producer Nickname Gold, and American guitarist Ry Cooder convened in Havana to produce a Cuban-Malian collaboration. When the Malians couldn’t receive visas, the squad turned their attention to reviving a forgotten generation of legendary son cubano musicians and formed an on-the-fly ensemble: the Buena Vista Social Club. Two decades since that fateful first session, we catch up to these master musicians, as they reflect on the magical unfolding of their lives—from humble origins to the evolution and surprising revival of their careers, all vs the backdrop of Cuba’s dramatic history. Brimming with unseen concert, rehearsal, and archival footage, this movie is an emotional, shimmering celebration of music’s power to transcend age, ideologies, and class, and to connect us to every another through our souls.
Description: Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon named “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no concept of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.
Description: Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What begins out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, later becomes a war for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her fresh found feminism with racial and class justice.
Description: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of famous culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a true energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the globe training an units of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments personal and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
Description: American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai’i shows the survival of the hula as a renaissance continues to grow beyond the islands. With the cost of living in Hawai'i estimated at 27 percent higher than the continental United States, huge numbers of Hawaiians have left the islands to pursue professional and educational opportunities. Today, with more Native Hawaiians living on the mainland than in the state of Hawai'i, the hula has traveled with them. From the suburbs of Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area, the biggest Hawaiian communities have settled in California, and the hula continues to connect communities to their heritage on distant shores.
Description: The storyline of a group of neighbors who years ago formed a choir in a neighborhood of Montevideo. The choir is a method of fighting vs loneliness, a meeting place, but after the rehearsals or acting, the neighbors gotta return to their routines.
Description: As a movie about fertility, Water Kids is an ode to womanhood and the body Filmmaker Aliona van der Horst followed the trail of the unconventional Dutch-Japanese pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama who made a large work of art on the theme of womanhood and fertility. She created a cathedral-like zone out of twelve thousand white silk dresses in which visitors, as in a ritual, roamed around and fell silent. And where folks confessed intimate features about kids who were or were not born, about sexuality and life-choices. This resulted in a majestic epic about motherhood, miscarriages and menopause. In a visual and poetic way, the movie penetrates into what is probably still one of the best of taboos, menstruation, and, as a consequence, touches upon universal themes around life and death.
Description: An intimate portrait of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov — once Deputy Prime Minister and “an heir of President Yeltsin”, soon an uncompromising adversary of Putin — that was assassinated near the Kremlin in February 2015. Election campaigns and hotel beds, protest rallies and office routine, train compartments and courtrooms, night walks and police vans – you have never seen any politician so close. This is a storyline how a journalist assignment turns into a genuine friendship.
Description: Anma (The Masseurs) is a representative and historical work by the author of Butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata in his early period in the 1960s. The movie is realized not only as a dance document but also as a Cine-Dance, a term made by Iimura, that is meant to be a choreography of film. The filmmaker "performed" with a camera on the scene in front of the audience. With the main performers: Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, the movie has the highlights such as Butohs of a soldier by Hijikata & a angry girl by Ohno. There is a storyline of the angry woman, first outcast and ignored, at the end joins to the community through her dance. Inserted descriptions of Anma (The Masseurs) are made for the movie by the filmmaker, but were not in the original Butoh. The film, the only document taken of the performance, gotta be seen for the understanding of Hijikata Butoh and the foundation of Butoh.
Description: For generations, we have believed that boy is driven by ruthless self-interest. But over the past decade, this concept has been increasingly challenged. Fresh research from fields as diverse as political science, psychology, sociology and experimental economics is forcing us to rethink human actions and motivation. ‘The Altruism Revolution’ examines the scientific reasons behind the call for a more caring society.
Description: Robert Altman's first movie was this 26-minute short, which has a football coach explaining how to enjoy the sport. This is basically an educational short where the viewer learns about the different guidelines of the sport as the narrator explains them while we see reenactments.
Description: Documents the conflicts and tensions that arise between highland migrants and Mosetenes, members of an indigenous community in the Bolivian Amazon. It focuses particularly on a system of debt peonage known locally as ‘habilito’. This system is used throughout the Bolivian lowlands, and much of the rest of the Amazon basin, to safe labor in remote areas.
Description: This short documentary follows Frank Ladouceur, a boy who lives alone for months at a time, trapping muskrat in the vast, desolate wilderness of northern Alberta. He receives no visitors, and rarely voyages to his family home in Fort Chipewyan. What some may consider an unthinkably lonely, isolated existence is the calling of this fiercely independent Métis man. Remarkably determined and self-sufficient, Frank makes his home in the wild bush.
Description: “La Sape” is a special movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious boys who are ready to splurge cash they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become real local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price.
Description: The Force presents a cinema vérité look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a famous uprising following happenings in Ferguson, MO, and an explosive scandal.
Description: While investigating the furtive globe of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over variety of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that zone Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.
Description: Uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom attack the system through risky technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes minigame with globe authorities in the midst of a dramatically changing political landscape.
Description: WAR OF WORDS is an energizing, controversial and inspiring detail documentary that lifts the lid on the quick growing UK War Rap scene. The documentary is an examination of an exciting subculture of youth in the UK today; their creativity and work ethic, their passion for language and ability to control their own destiny. It investigates freedom of expression and respect for another cultures and lifestyles. While the language is often harsh and unflinching, the 'anything goes' philosophy of the war arena effects in one of the most harmonious and constructive scenes in youth culture. The movie is a truly entertaining expose on how the UK has embraced this American art form, creating one of the most exciting youth subcultures event right now.
Description: The senior year of a girls’ high school step squad in inner-city Baltimore is documented, as they test to become the first in their families to attend college. The women strive to create their dancing a success vs the backdrop of social unrest in their troubled city.
Description: This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.
Description: About the last two years of film goddess Jayne Mansfield’s life and the speculation swirling around her untimely death being caused by a curse after her alleged romantic dalliance with Anton LaVey, head of the Church of Satan.
Description: When Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors say her it’s "all in her head." Determined to live, she sets out on a virtual adventure to document her story—and four another families' stories—fighting a illness medicine forgot.
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