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Description: What if each song you've ever liked or listened to on the radio, each album you've ever bought, downloaded or stole, was the product of an insidious military-industrial scenario intent upon brainwashing the population of America and indeed the whole world?
Description: The fusion of modern aesthetics with Basque tradition in monumental works is what has made Chillida a legendary sculptor all over the world. Using wood, stone and iron, he created forms based on his surroundings, thus exposing their sculptural essence. Chillida even inspired the nice Heidegger to write “Art and Space” which was published in 1969 and accompanied by 7 of the sculptor’s litho prints. This movie shows Chillida at work, taking its viewers to cities like San Sebastián and Hernani. Alongside his major works, it also depicts the fascinating artist himself as he candidly philosophises on space, limits and materials.
Description: Documentary filmmaker Kenjiro Fujii takes a look at the history of a distinctly Japanese brand of softcore pornography in this extensive examination of the "pinku eiga" category (ピンク映画 Pinku eiga or Pinkeiga). For more than 40 years, so-called "pink" movies have served as both a key source of revenue for the Japanese movie industry as well as a launching pad for the careers of such mainstream filmmakers as Kiyoshi Kurosawa. After providing a detailed history of the still-profitable and famous category through interviews with a tons of behind-the-scenes users and clips from such classic pink movies as Fish Bait Boobies, director Fujii shifts his focus to the production of an upcoming pink movie to offer a glimpse into the constructive and stylistic evolution of the genre.
Description: Lbyvs called Thaddeus (in English : Lebbaeus Whose Was Surname Thaddaeus ) documentary black and white, 35 mm and 33 mins to the Armenian product in 1347, directed by Arby ovanessian is. This documentary was filmed by Solomon Minasian . The topics of this documentary is the ceremony of the pilgrimage of the Church in the town of Maku ; it shows some parts of the Armenian customs and traditions from the baptism to the ritual ceremony , along with the satisfied ceremonies of the Armenians and their method of life.
Description: For a quarter of a century, Frank Castorf has created a microcosm in the Volksbühne that many considered to be an identity-forming fortress and a renegade island in the increasingly chic and monotonous centre of the capital. The marathon productions for which he was responsible were real orgies of association that demanded everything from the audience. The movie accompanies Castorf's final season and is there when the theatre folks receive together once more to begin a last fireworks display in the face of an uncertain future. (weltfilm GmbH)
Description: On July 1, 2019, Salgueiro Maia, the iconic name of one of the captains of the Carnation Revolution, would be 75 years old. He was born in Castelo de Vide and is buried there, in a shallow grave, as was his wish. This documentary addresses some of the most relevant moments in the life of this courageous and tolerant man, whose contribution to the end of a 41-year dictatorship and to the establishment of a democratic regime in Portugal was decisive.
Description: Valentin is an eccentric projectionist. For 44 years, he's been working in one of the oldest cinema in Kiev's town center. In his projection booth, he drinks vodka, dances with the women from next door casting agency or cuts his friend's hair. Each day at work seems like other adventure. It all comes to an abrupt end when a fire breaks out in the cinema and Valentin is forced to retire. With an average life expectancy for boys in Ukraine of 64 years, Valentin is aware that he does not have much time left. Still, he wars desperately to search a fresh meaning in life in a rapidly changing country.
Description: Kevin Foster became the only person allowed by the Chinese government to ride a bike atop the length of the Nice Wall, despite being said by doctors he would never walk or talk again after being electrocuted as a child.
Description: A portrait of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017), a witness of the Tiananmen Square massacre (1989), a dissident, a woodpecker who tirelessly pecked the putrid brain of the Communist regime for decades, demanding democracy loudly and fearlessly. Silenced, arrested, convicted, imprisoned, dead. Nobel Peace Prize champion in 2010, alive forever. These are his last words.
Description: In this program, devotees of Wicca and practitioners of tarot, astrology, palmistry, and another arcane arts explain their bonuses of divination and healing while reflecting on their efforts to reconcile their unorthodox callings with Biblical injunctions and sometimes hostile skepticism. Wiccan initiation rites and psychic counseling sessions shed light on obscure practices that are very much alive today and in demand by a diverse constituency that even contains police
Description: The Hawker Hurricane was the first warrior monoplane to join the Royal Air Force and the first combat aircraft adopted by that arm capable of exceeding 300 mph in lvl flight. The Hurricane shouldered the lion s share of Britain s defence during the War of Britain. This tool portrays the history of this legendary aircraft which was to form an immortal partnership during the infamous battle.
Description: June 12, 2019 From the Maui Movie Festival's Celestial Cinema. Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and should support save the planet. Wonderful Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey, from 2019 Maui Movie Festival Visionary Award honoree and director Louie Schwartzberg, about the magical, mysterious and medicinal globe of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on World that began 3.5 billion years ago. Better yet, you'll see it through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned Paul Stamets exing about the endless potential of fungi in the fields of food, medicine, expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that's just the hint of the iceberg.
Description: The movie traces Sam McKinlay’s early days as a punk skateboarder through his academic development as a conceptual artist into a highly esteemed noise practitioner whose work bridges the gap between the gallery globe and the sleaze of exploitation movie imagery. It documents the physical processes of his work and the distillation of visuals into sound, most notably addressing the appeal of abstraction—from the cheap results of old creature film makeup to the ‘masks’ created by the massive cosmetic makeup of 1920s flapper culture and actresses like Pamela Stanford in Jess Franco’s Lorna the Exorcist (The Rita has albums or EPs called after few eurotrash actresses, including The Nylons of Laura Antonelli (2009) and Monica Swinn/Pamela Stanford (2016)).
Description: There are folks who are treated as outcasts, repeatedly dismissed, and pushed to the margins just because they are temporary workers or union members. However, they do not receive intimidated. Although capital may pass over their existence and permanent employees ignore them, they heal and overcome their difficulties over and over again. They select a path with a dream to live as human beings. A storyline about folks who are walking their paths with surefooted steps.
Description: Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in a vehicle ruin in Paris in August 1997, this documentary reveals how Diana learned to manipulate and control the photographers who pursued her ever since she started seeing the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, in the early '80s. Contributions from tabloid editors, royal photographers, Diana's friends, and former Press Attaché and her royal bodyguard.
Description: Katoey meets three folks in rural Thailand who are clearly and confidently girls even though their bodies are male. Integrated to an impressive degree into society, these girls have successfully overcome the difference between their physical and mental genders.
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I had been looking for this movie for a nice three years to no avail. It had come highly suggested by one of my more esoteric friends, one of those folks whose greatest lists are topped with movies that nobody has ever seen nor heard of, so I figured it was a lost cause. But his manic and passionate description of this so-called documentary intrigued me, and I made a silent note in my head to hold my ears and eyes open. Later it became my elusive holy movie grail: I played detective, draining each possible resource from Kim's Video in Fresh York to eBay...I even had a mate of mine scour the Smithsonian anthropology archives in my quest, but the find was fruitless, my energies depleted, my mind numb and wandering to more easy accessible filmmakers. Then last night, I watched the news: An rare planetary alignment expected tomorrow, Earth, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter... This was the same night I saw les Maitres Fous for the first time, in a possibility screening at Fresh York's Movie Forum, presented by Werner Herzog, along with other nice movie named 'Sans Soleil' by Chris Marker. Talk about planetary alignment! Herzog presented it by telling this movie was shot for virtually no money, on a 16mm Bolex wind-up camera, and the effect was in his opinion, one of the best movies ever made. I sat during this thirty odd minute experience, at first confused, then disturbed, then fascinated, then finally entrained. Whatever it was that I was privy to during this movie was magnificently effective and at times profoundly disturbing and apocalyptic. The movie follows a tribe of West Africans in 1955 ruled and oppressed by British colonialists; they work difficult labor, for tiny money, the same storyline said by generations of Africans when Europe had control over most of the continent. They devised initiation rituals within their tribe in which they work themselves into a type of therapeutic ecstatic rage, 'possessed' by incarnations of the British elite class: soldiers, generals, governors; rituals that involve thriving, screaming, foaming at the mouth, self mutilation, flagellation, animal sacrifice, all as ways to protect themselves mentally and spiritually from what might be an otherwise rage-inducing role in colonial society. This enables them to resume labor the next day as subservient working class, but regenerated and spiritually cleansed. In few bizarre sequences, we watch the very primal and brutal dances these young boys place themselves through, in order to achieve the desired catharsis, akin to my memories of adolescence where I screamed and punched my walls at the top of my lungs until I was out of energy and breath, a natural reaction to bottled frustration -- a diversionary strategy to potential outward violence by inflicting the pain instead upon myself. They tap into this ingrained potential energy, and intuitive body rhythms, and at times it almost seems like a well choreographed dance, but there is a dark and primal spontaneous sense all though these ritual that while it is very theatrical, the pain and empathy is very real. Herzog afterwords even named it 'a deep glance into the darkest hell and abyss of the human soul'... The rituals are also very constructive and surreal, compared to the dull monotony of their daily jobs, it seems a rather positive, albeit extreme, outlet for these energies and frustrations. In a spectacular series of final shots, we see these same boys the next day, in their 'proper' societal roles, as truck drivers, salesmen, hospital attendants, all smiling for the camera, as though the day before had never happened. It's disturbing that their rituals are what modern day psychology might call 'coping mechanisms'. This type of collective spiritual purging is virtually unseen or unspoken of in Western society, where I can only imagine it would be considered taboo or blasphemy to act out some of what these boys do. The movie is endlessly fascinating, and an essential ethnographic document, though how much is 'documentary', I do not know. It is so enormously strong and surreal it is difficult to trust that any of it is 'real'. I suppose the word 'real' is inefficient at describing any film, document or not, but what is fact is that undoubtedly these boys and the theater-going audience were profoundly affected. I would tell that the larger picture was revealed to me by the end of this film, and it connects all cultures around the world: Society creates the need for such irrational and insane practices, just in order to maintain order and sanity.
Easy premise of this movie is to follow the results of colonialism on indigenous Africans via specific rituals developed as a reaction to the colonial system. The movie turns into a crazy elaboration on both the madness of such a political system and boy himself. At once we are amazed and confused by the violent and involved trance that the Africans take part in; however, we are, at the same time, forced to recognize the power that the camera may have over those in front of it. That is, the very "reality" of a documentary is dissolved or, at least, questioned. Disturbing and essential.
This rare and interesting piece of movie really struck me when I watched it. I was already expecting something like those old National Geographic movies I remember seeing actually and then as a kid, they gotta have shown them on TV at some point. This however is a bit various in that you are presented at times with quite horrific imagery and scenarios. As long as you have an launch mind and are not going to receive squeamish at the ritual sacrifice of a chicken, (a dog too but you do not see this at least), then I would tell that everyone could watch this! These Africans are showing a quasi-religious ceremony that is an obvious reaction and mocking of the British colony masters. Every Hauka is dressed to represent some Colonel or General etc and they mock them whilst at the same time, showing a very intense and, at times, frightening display of trance and 'spiritual' behaviour. Watching this film has opened my eyes to what I already loved to watch but did not know the term for it: Ethnographic Cinema. Ethnography. There are so many nice movies of records of Africans and Tribal peoples around the globe and I search them so interesting. In fact this one isn't as nice as a couple I already got a keep of and have just watched (Turkana Conversations Trilogy (1974) - Three movies by David Macdougall & Judith Macdougall - Shot in Turkana, Kenya.) I highly suggest you checking those out if you search yourself being fascinated by this film.
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