Description: Dhammariya is a bhikkhu who lives in a temple far away from cities. One day, he finds a meditator's cell smartphone which was left in a guest room. Dhammariya falls into the urge of using it to contact his family. This incident leads him back to his past and makes him unstable as he is attached to the cell phone.
Description: Of all the hellholes in the world, El Cartucho, in the Colombian capital Bogotá, was perhaps the worst. In the 1980s, the colonial neighbourhood of solid middle-class houses degenerated into the fiefdom of a drugs gang. The roads became the backdrop to a flourishing trade in drugs, folks and garbage, crack houses sprang up all over and life wasn’t worth a damn.
Description: This special interactive movie puts you on set with Ken Loach in production on his recent film, I, Daniel Blake. Throwing us into life on zone and during pre-production, it enables you to change the course of your viewing experience by choosing inserts in which Loach and some of his key collaborators – past and show – give fascinating insights into his constructive practices. (The ver released on the Criterion Collection edition is only 38 mins and doesn't contain the interactive parts with interviews and illustrative scenes from previous Loach films.)
Description: Between 1971 and 2005 on a tiny sicilian island in the Mediterrean sea, north of Palermo, an extraordinary phenomenon developed. In just over 30 years, a surprising parabola of the locally known "Hit and Run" minigame took place, which is more widely known as baseball. In the peak of this event, during the 90s, the tiny island of about a thousand inhabitants hosted two sport teams: Ustica Baseball Club and Ustica Softball Club, both at their respective national levels. A sporting and social ferment that led, among the ranks of the Italian softball national team, a Ustica's athlete at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Throughout the years, this phenomenon attracted the interest of journalists, baseball specialists and enthusiasts, which made Ustica popular as the Island of the Baseball.
Description: Before the creation of the secret towns of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Hanford, the Manhattan Project hired the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works of St. Louis to refine the first uranium used in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. For the next two decades, Mallinckrodt continued its classified work for the Atomic Energy Commission during the Cold War. The resulting radioactive waste contaminated numerous territories in the St. Louis zone some of which have not been cleaned up 70 years after the end of Globe Fight II. Said through the eyes of an overexposed worker, the storyline expands through a series of interviews that careen down a toxic pathway leading to a fiery terminus at a smoldering, radioactively-contaminated landfill. The First Secret Town reveals a forgotten history and its continuing impact on the community in the 21st Century, uncovering past wrongdoing and documenting the renewed struggles to confront the issue.
Description: The movie follows the matrix of hierarchies and relationships involved in a transaction of seeds between the Norwegian city of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, an island in the Arctic Ocean, and the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
Description: Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of fresh allegations by the Globe Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.
Description: Theatre of Fight is an essay on how to represent war, performed by former enemies. British and Argentinian veterans of the Falklands fight come together to discuss, rehearse and re-enact their memories 35 years after the conflict.
Description: In 1986, the Uruguayan Parliament passed a law granting amnesty for all crimes and human rights violations committed by the military and police during the dictatorship (1973-85). This law of impunity prevented the clarification demanded by the relatives of those who had disappeared and been murdered by the former regime. A public initiative arose calling for a referendum in which the law be topics to the vote of the people. Unas preguntas uses U-matic footage, mostly of interviews recorded on the roads of Uruguay between 1987 and 1989, to show a time capsule of the period.
Description: Towns and landscapes bear the desires of the residents. This restless war for a fulfilled life in which we often stand in our own way. We long for love, recognition, freedom and a sense of home – but just as later as we arrive somewhere, we long to return or to go somewhere else. It is this longing that drives us through life.
Description: In 2013, Dima Ilukhin, the cousin of the film’s director and a soldier in the Russian army, died on duty in the Republic of Dagestan in the North Caucasus. He was 21 years old. This incident marks the starting mission for Abaturov’s reflection on the military. He movies the training of fresh recruits in Siberia, as they bid farewell to their mothers and girlfriends, learn the mechanics of a Kalashnikov, or how to throw a hand grenade and administer first aid. While his parents test to cope with their loss, Dima’s former fellow recruits have to return to battle.
Description: Claire Simon portrays an necessary time for any individual, from 16 to 18 years of age. Set in the Paris suburbs in high school (for those lucky enough to go), teenagers chat after and even during class, sitting in the hallway or outside on a bench, looking at the town below them.
Description: As they undergo 12 weeks of intensive training, a group of young civilians is gradually moulded into soldiers. The Primary Training, a prerequisite for joining the Canadian Armed Forces, becomes the gateway to exploring the inner workings of a globe governed by its own guidelines and values.
Description: In Asamblea general (1960), the documentary about Fidel's address of the First Declaration of Havana in the Plaza of the Revolution, Alea practises what becomes a sustaining Cuban contribution to documentary. Engaging with Gratis Cinema and cinema-vérité, his camera seems to touch the faces of the fresh citizen one by one rather than as a single mass before a leader.
Description: Alan Garner was the creator of The Owl Service, one of the key texts within the newest fad for the English Wyrd. This early 1980’s documentary details Garner talking about his life and influences, and comes loaded with narrated excerpts from his ebooks and eerie musical interludes and recorded screams that are curiously reminiscent of The League Of Gentlemen. Another scenes of Garner wandering around his key websites of inspiration – mainly around Alderley Edge in Cheshire – look like they’re from the early days of pop videos, with shaky hand-held footage and sudden zooms into blacked-out windows and strange rock formations. Somehow it all adds to the sincere intention of introducing Garner’s unusual body of work to the unsuspecting viewer.
Description: "Look about you" invites you to set out on a fascinating adventure through Israel with one tiny family who is trying to understand what it takes to truly live together. Squeezed in a small RV, they meet and live with folks from all walks, traversing hope and despair, collecting the slivers of an ancient dream from among the fragments of contemporary reality. A sensitive video journal, it paints a painfully touching picture of true life in Israel, portraying the subtle interdependence between family and society, and the need to overcome separation.
Description: Bathed in the uncanny glow of late afternoon sun and set vs a noisy highway, Interchange depicts the melancholy and isolation of a tiny working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Montreal.
Description: Two girls in a living room: smoking, testing cards, listening to the radio. As often in Dwoskin’s films, the test of masks, make-up and costumes allows the characters to playfully transform themselves. Shot in colour film, C-film exuberates swinging London energy. In the second part of the film, the girls appear to be watching the rushes of the movie on an editing table. ”We are making a movie” we hear them say. As Dwoskin points out, “C-film asks how much is acting acted”, an ongoing question in Dwoskin’s cinema. Produced by Alan Power, with Esther Anderson & Sally Geeson.
Description: The film, set in Kirghizstan, is a find for Jamila, the game hero in the novella by Chingiz Aitmatov about a young girl who rebels vs the guidelines of Kirghiz society. We will meet girls who, in talking about Jamila, reveal their own personal lives and desires, the guidelines they chafe under and their concepts of freedom.
Description: An immersive movie essay on tennis legend John McEnroe at the height of his career as the globe champion, documenting his strive for perfection, frustrations, and the hardest loss of his career at the 1984 Roland-Garros French Open.
Description: Each year, on the 9th of May, folks gather in Treptower Park in Berlin. They come dressed in their greatest outfits or in Soviet military uniform. They carry flags, banners and posters. They lay flowers at the monument to the Soviet soldier; they sing, dance and drink. They celebrate the win of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.The movie is a direct reportage from Treptower Park 72 years after the victory.
Description: We were fully ignorant of this topics until we tried to start our family four years ago, and found we were unable to conceive. As we sought a solution, we began documenting our adventure as a method of reflecting and coping, and we were overwhelmed by the physical, emotional, and financial cost of creating a baby. We filmed all necessary events, decisions, and effects in true time, exposing the heartbreaking, challenging, and even hilarious roller-coaster ride undertaken by a couple struggling to build a family.Throughout our journey, we have interviewed many another couples who have experienced the same struggle and found alternative methods to construct their families. Through IVF, surrogacy, egg and sperm donation, adoption, and miraculous natural conceptions, these infertility “survivors” instill a sense of hope that creating a family when all hope seems lost is possible.
Description: A person enters the frame dressed up as a bird. In a dressing room, John Malkovich sheds the costume of Casanova. A young woman's skirt is just as orange as the beak of a zebra finch singing in a cage. White lilies stand at the foot of a statue of the Virgin Mary, red roses in front of the window of an SM studio. There the quiet minigame of submission in exchange for money, in a museum an embrace, a poem whispered in the ear. Kids testing in a forest in autumn. A forest in summer, framed by light. An orgasm and a dance.
Description: Dreamworlds 3 examines the stories contemporary melody videos say about women and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a special and strong software for understanding both the continuing influence of melody videos and how pop culture more generally filters the identities of young boys and girls through a dangerously narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender. In doing so, it inspires viewers to reflect critically on photos that they might otherwise take for granted.
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