Description: Palden Gyatso, a Buddhist monk since childhood, was arrested by the Chinese Communist Units in 1959. He spent the next 33 years in prison for the "crimes" of peaceful demonstration and refusal to denounce his apolitical teacher as an Indian spy. He was tortured, starved and sentenced to difficult labor. He watched his nation and culture destroyed, his teachers, mates and family displaced, jailed or killed under Chinese occupation. Fire Under the Snow reaches back to Palden's birth in 1933 and follows him through the Orwellian nightmare that began with the Chinese invasion. We slash back and forth between the past and Palden's show as an activist, living in exile. Our P.O.V. becomes a "third eye" hovering over Palden’s actual life, haunted by his memories of the past. We discover the escalating cycle of interrogation and physical violation during his years in prison that ended decades soon with Palden's escape from Tibet and a cathartic meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Description: In Puerto Rico, Art Deco was a very famous architectural style in the 1930's and early 1940's. Through interviews with architects and historians and the presentation of documents and photographs, this documentary highlights the historical and aesthetic importance of this construction style in the country.
Description: By means of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, this documentary pays homage to the multi-faceted career of poet, journalist, actor & director Edwin Reyes. The movie showcases his poetry as well as his artwork, and glimpses at the literary culture and political environment relative to the independence movement in Puerto Rico.
Description: The documentary illustrates which were the political, social, and cultural circumstances that led Uruguay to become the first country in the globe to comprehensively regulate the store of marijuana, a decision which marked a milestone in the history of drug privacy and placed Uruguay in the focus of international attention.
Description: The globe behind the scene of the Santiago Municipal Theatre is unknown. To understand it, it is important to visit and explore it structurally, functionally, humanly, and emotionally. Anonymity is probably the characteristic that greatest describes the scene machinery and those that operate it, which has left this trade devoid of recognition, despite constructing a fascinating world, worth of tribute.
Description: Takes zone among tiny agricultural communities located in Venezuela's Andes region where suicides have become a very significant part of their everyday. The movie explores through various situations the motives, the means, the places, and most important, the silence surrounding this delicate matter. Countries seem to ignore that few rural communities in Latin America face a sort of suicide "outbreak" probably associated with the contradictions presented by cultural globalization. This is a documentary that challenges our prejudices about life in a rural environment.
Description: An intimate adventure through the formative years of David Lynch's life. From his idyllic upbringing in tiny city America to the dark roads of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the happenings that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors.
Description: In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their mission of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O'Higgins, and attempt to retrace his remarkable adventure from Ireland to Chile.
Description: Two seasoned YouTube vloggers bicycle 5000km through the weirdest and wildest back streets of southern China. Join Winston Sterzel, “The Original China Vlogger,” and his fellow Youtuber, C-Milk, on their epic southern China adventure. They tackle tough roads, witness breath-taking scenery, sample weird meal and meet fascinating locals along the way. This is China like you’ve never seen it before.
Description: Stockholm My Love is a town symphony, a love letter to Stockholm, the fiction debut of director Tag Cousins and the acting debut of musician Neneh Cherry. It follows one woman's footsteps through the roads of her native city, on a adventure of recovery from a terrible thing that happened to her exactly one year before. It's an exploration of grief, identity and the power of architecture and urbanism to shape lives, and a celebration of the power of walking and looking to create us all feel just a tiny bit better. With fresh melody by Neneh Cherry, old melody by Benny Andersson (of ABBA) and Franz Berwald, and photos by Christopher Doyle and Tag Cousins.
Description: A meditative, immersive tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith. Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing different cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action. Working in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven, often directing few movies simultaneously, apparently on a point to discover and capture nature's hidden terrains. This movie is an interpretative edit that combines Smith's original footage with a fresh contemporary score by tindersticks to make a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith gotta have felt as he peered through his own lenses and seen these micro-worlds for the first time.
Description: Full Disclosure is a documentary short about secrets and the folks they keep. Comprised of nine interviews with anonymous folks shot in the summer of 2016, interviewees were asked to share one thing that had never spoken about with anyone.
Description: The Graduation captures the selection process for students at the popular Parisian movie school La Fémis, showing us how successful candidates receive to follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Louis Malle, François Ozon and Alain Resnais, all of whom attended this prestigious institution. Stumbling over their words, the often-nervous candidates seem vulnerable when confronted with the veterans of the industry, who have the hard task of discovering real talent among all these eager young people.
Description: In a tiny city in the Cuban Sierra Maestra, María Consuelo demands her daughter María Antonia to be relieved of the care of three elderly girls and her older sister who suffers from mental disabilities. The daughter’s decision to leave the house, in order to become independent, has generated a conflict between them that brings to the surface feelings of dependence and guilt.
Description: 30 years after the shooting of 'Blue Velvet', the classic movie of David Lynch, the German filmmaker Peter Braatz revisits his original Super-8 material and numerous photographies, filmed 30 years ago on the set in Wilmington, USA.
Description: A look at microcosms of a train that in theory could never stop, but now spends the majority of its service time detained. This road-stop film captures the relation of the co-existence between the workers of the train, and their reactions in the face of the various misfortunes that they come across during their journey.
Description: The Sad & Pretty Globe of Sparklehorse is a movie about Tag Linkous, singer-songwriter and founder of the alternative rock band Sparklehorse. A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative melody scene, the critically-acclaimed Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him war with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating depression that resulted in his eventual suicide. Mark's melody was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of delicate pop, discordant punk and melodic odyssey; it has been described as defiantly surrealist with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies. The movie mines Marks life and melody and navigates the sacrifices and highs and lows of his art.
Description: The island of Culebra, located off the coast of Puerto Rico, has one of the richest ecosystems in the Caribbean. Abundant mangroves, coral reefs and globe renowned beaches, like Flamenco Beach, attract tourists from all over. Today, active munitions from WW2 pose a threat to people, wildlife, and the environment. Activists, fishermen, professors, and military personnel aim to prevent further irreparable hurt to Culebra’s coral reefs.
Description: Tyrannical regimes have everytime tried to hide their abuses and injustices. This historic documentary recovers the memory of one of the nice travesties of Dominican dictator Trujillo: The Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Gratis Globe of 1955.
Description: How to build a country? Who's turn is it? Who cares? What does theater have to do with the construction of a country? This documentary is an immersion in the assembly process of the enjoy by Arístides Vargas, "La República Análoga" which addresses the subject of utopia.
Description: In the fall of 2013 the homeless Seegers is testing the roads of Nashville, just as usual. But one day he is suddenly discovered by Swedish country star Jill Johnson and her TV crew. Johnson instantly recognizes the magic of Seegers voice and offers him to record his song “Going Down to the River” in Johnny Cash’s legendary studio The Cabin. When the Doug Seegers episode of the TV series “Jill’s Porch, Nashville” is aired in March 2014 the audience just goes crazy. “Going Down to the River” immediately hits the top spot of the Swedish iTunes-list, and stays there for 12 consecutive days. Doug Seegers actually gets to record an album together with Emmylou Harris’ band and to tour Sweden, from north to south. This movie says the unlikely storyline of Doug Seegers late breakthrough and we receive to follow him on his Sweden tour in the summer of 2014.
Description: A special historical portrait of the Palestinian people's struggle to produce their own image. Using material long hidden in archives across the globe, the movie reaches back through the modern history of Palestine and reverses decades of colonial dominance with a mosaic of struggle from the perspective of the colonized.
Description: The strange storyline of John McAfee, who went from millionaire tool mogul to yogi, Kurtz-like jungle recluse to potential murderer, and most recently a prospective presidential candidate for the American Libertarian Party.
Description: Finding Fidel says the remarkable storyline of fight cameraman Erik Durschmied, who in 1958 journeyed to Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains to interview a little-known rebel leader called Fidel Castro. A month later, Castro's band of warriors rolled into Havana, and the globe would never be the same. Finding Fidel follows Durschmied as he returns to Cuba on the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution, retracing his original route to the mountains after an ailing Fidel has handed power over to his brother Raul and the island is waiting for change.
Description: One of the original members of the band Chicago, Terry Kath has been praised by icons like Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh for his voice and guitar playing. Michelle Sinclair, first-time filmmaker and Terry's daughter, searches for the truth surrounding the life and untimely death of her father, in this look at one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history.
Description: Based on Liliana Cotto Morales' "Desalambrar", this documentary is a montage of testimonials and audiovisual files that recall chronicles of resistance and confrontation during the social rebellion which meant the movement of occupation and rescue of lands in Puerto Rico in the 1970's and early 1980's.
Description: In Paraguay, farmers and peasants have been fighting for years for the right to own their land. But in June 15, 2012, the town of Curuguaty was the victim of a massacre fueled by the conflict between the folks and the dictatorship. This documentary portrays the massacre from the farmers' perspective and their struggle for the right to own the land where they live.
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This is an extraordinary documentary on the Continental, german production society responsible of "Le Corbeau" and "La Main Du Diable". Continental was directed by Alfred Greven, long time mate of Göring, and was a real lover of french cinema. Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Ollé Laprune, Pascal Mérigeau, Pierre Barillet and others testify on that mysterious tycoon. And maybe some day, we'll learn more about Continental ...
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