Description: So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when tv had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab film of the week, but did anybody ever wonder how Israel’s official TV station was able to transcend hostile boundaries to receive these films, and why it insisted on showing films made by “the enemy”? The Arabic-language film from Egypt allow some of us escape back to our original homeland, and allow others peek out from our “villa in the jungle” and catch a glimpse of our neighbors across the border. But most of us didn’t really wish to see the folks whose culture, anguish, and aspirations were reflected on our screens. “Arab Movie” brings us the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when we shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East. But this movie about the richness and intensity of Egyptian cinema also raises some disturbing questions.
Description: To be an artist is to turn any object into a magical one. That was the aim of one of the most brilliant writers and artists of the 20th Century, Jorge Eielson. Eielson's desire to avoid notoriety, and a fifty-three year exile, made him a legendary name - not only in the European art world, but in his home country of Peru. In "Virir en una obra maestra" Gabriela Yepes explores Eielson's luminous art and wonderful life.
Description: Makeup master Gino De Rossi talks producers Calum Waddell and Nickname Frame through his most infamous horror movies and takes them on a tour of his workshop to present off props and gags.
Description: If you had never heard of an airplane, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? Waiting for John says the storyline of America's wonderful impact on a remote island in the South Pacific and the birth of an extraordinary religion, the John Frum Movement, considered the last surviving cargo cult. We follow the John Frum believers today as they struggle to preserve a culture in danger of being lost to the modern world.
Description: A young writer moves to a fresh city on 21 December 2007. Among the moving boxes is a disc containing his father's legacy. One of these disks is the Cantata Santa Maria de Iquique Luis Advis Quilapayun interpreted by the group. The Cantata heard as a group of various personalities from the globe of culture are saying us, say us, "what history will not remember" their experiences, their impressions.
Description: How would you feel if the state sold the mountain above your village to a large multinational, your country's pretty islands, its beaches or your nice monuments? Strangled by debt, governments and public administrations all over Europe act like any indebted family: they test not only to reduce costs, but attempt to replenish their coffers by putting their most valued family possessions on the market. More often than not, this contains part of the countries' historical and natural heritage: castles, islands, mountains, beaches, palaces, ancient arenas and archaeological sites. But who really owns these properties? Aren't they our common heritage, our history that will end up in personal or corporate hands and will no longer be available to all? Or is the personal sector more efficient in managing these properties? And if so, who decides on the greatest deal? Are there democratic proceedings for the sale of our common good? The folks of Europe wish accountability.
Description: In a temple in Thailand, an order of Buddhist monks are performing a ceremony for folks who headed there to receive re-incarnated. There, we meet Tarn, a young Thai girl who lived in the Basque Country some years ago and who is still fascinated with that region, meal and culture.
Description: Very several athletes admit to having taken doping substances, but positives in anti-doping controls are constant. Erythropoietin, Nandrolone, Cortisone..., all of them substances of exclusively medical employ, with an almost magical power when used by elite athletes. The athlete that takes them can beat his own record or improve his performance and reach the podium. Dopes can create athletes victory medals, a match, a stage... The athlete ends by being the victim of a system that more and more induces to doping. Technicians, clubs and directors benefit from the victories that doping produces, but when the athlete is 'marked' in a control, he is the only one that faces the consequences, not only sportive but also in his health. Athletes who have given 'positives' in controls do not admit taking dope, nor do they blame anybody in their entourage but they all attribute the 'positive' to a scientific error; such is the situation of Alberto García, or the footballer Carlos Gurpegui. Only a cyclist, ...
Description: Even though girls create up 51 percent of the U.S. population, only about 4 percent of films are directed by women. Of the 220 TV shows, representing about 3500 total episodes, only 14 percent were directed by women. Bloomberg interviewed few female directors in Hollywood, from Oscar winners to the director of "Twilight" to discover the different forms of sexism and discrimination they have faced in Hollywood, and what they are trying to do to change things
Description: The Silent Majority Speaks collects photos from few various cameras secretly recording the protests in the wake of the fraudulent June 2009 Iranian presidential elections. Clandestinely made and signed by the “Silent Collective,” the movie mixes of-the-moment footage of the rise of Iran’s Green Movement with glimpses of revolutions long since suppressed and snippets of narration that recall a century of turbulence.
Description: While the former Serbian leader Radovan Karadžić is being tried at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Sarah Vanagt inspects the courtroom using paper, pencil and chalk. When the courtroom is empty between sessions, she territories sheets of paper on top of objects and then scrapes a pencil back and forth across them to reveal the underlying surface structures. It’s a technique that produces photos in their plainest form.
Description: Lars Kristian Gulbrandsen has made himself, his life and everything he is surrounded by into a living artwork. His abstract paintings are purchased by some of the world's largest galleries, but the local house wives and the bold fishermen see Lars Kristian as a nutcase, and view his paintings as meaningless dabs of colour and his house a chaotic garbage dump.
Description: Several another sports encompass the theatrical displays of human struggle, strength, and violence that have come to define boxing. This documentary that takes you inside the sport of boxing, exposing its life changing results on the warriors and their families.
Description: A tense, tight close-up of stunt boy Ken Carter's role on the stock-car racing track. Risking life and limb to rocket a vehicle from a ramp over a parked line of vehicles takes more than the will to create a living. What else is involved is shown by the movie as the camera looks and listens while the stunt boy readies for his act and then makes his wild ride.
Description: Through a combination of hand-held and hidden camera footage, Lucent explores the darker side of Australia's pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day cruelty agreed by the industry as standard practice.
Description: Young police officers are supposed to enforce the law and suppress their private opinions. After their training, protected by bullet proof vests, shields and a gun, they are sent out on the streets. This documentary accompanies students at a German police academy over the course of their first year. A remote zone in Saxony-Anhalt. Real-life simulations and practice at the shooting range are the preparation for the second phase of their training - going out on the roads and facing the true world. It's their first year at the academy and on the beat, and these young boys and girls are often confronted with realities that take them to their limits. This documantary takes an uncensored look at the German police for the very first time.
Description: Auschwitz is synonymous with the Holocaust, but it’s also a zone on the map with a surprising history preceding Globe Fight II. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this short documentary says the storyline of Auschwitz, from its construction to its infamy.
Description: For over 40 years, Maguy has been manufacturing goat cheese in the respect of nature and animals, on an isolated plateau in the Gorges du Verdon. Retiring Soon, she gotta give her flock. She decides to sponsor Anne-Sophie, a young farmer wishing to establish herself. Over the seasons, the transmission process turns out to be a painful renunciation for one and a hard learning for the other. Can we still transmit the taste for freedom?
Description: Featuring unprecedented access to Michael Nyman's working life, this movie shows one of the nice composers of our time in all his diversity and unlimited energy. From London to Berlin, Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, and Portugal the movie is also a adventure through the musical globe today. It shows Michael Nyman, the musician, in his concerts with The Michael Nyman Band and live collaborations with another internationally known musicians and orchestras. But throughout his journeys, this movie discovers Nyman's increasing passion for filming and photography.
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