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Description: An airstrip, a hangar and a classroom somewhere in rural Ghana: This is the zone where 18-year-old Lydia and 20-year-old Esther hope to achieve their dream: learning how to fly. They have joined the first aviation school for women in West Africa. There, an ambitious Englishman wants to train young girls from rural territories to become pilots. Yet, during training and daily life at the Aviation Academy Western ideals collide with African values, and the women gradually realize, that their dream of flying comes at a price.
Description: Since the huge waves of migration in summer 2015, many are ready to house and welcome the less fortunate folks of this world. Long before that Doctor Bartolo took responsibility for Omar, an 18-year-old Tunisian who stranded on Lampedusa's coast. Dr Bartolo offers Omar a family, a home and a job as an interpreter in the local detention centre. Around the same time also Adam, a 16-year-old from Ghana, is taken in by a hotelkeeper, who gives him a job as the hotel's valet. Both men have been lucky. Or haven't they? Because a future is more than a roof above your head. And nice intentions don't suffice for real integration. We could at least listen to the men themselves. Lampedusa: promised land or prison in the Mediterranean Sea? These 2 special adoption stories reveal the find for freedom and happiness of both the Lampedusiani and the newcomers, and are a metaphor for the task that awaits the European continent.
Description: Inside the very first girls' school in a tiny Afghan village, education goes far beyond the classroom as the students explore the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading.
Description: The first in-depth profile of legendary illustrator Richard Amsel (1947-1985), detailing the artist's remarkable body of work, while chronicling an enigmatic life marked with private heartbreak, celebrity friendships, constructive genius, and a tragic end at the age of thirty-seven.
Description: Teenaged Milan is like another men his age: he likes sports, lasagna and testing with friends. But unlike others, he faces the struggles that come with a transgender identity. With the loving help of his family, Milan chooses to stay in the rural community of Prince George to continue to educate and inspire.
Description: Meet Tajikistan's respond to the Jackson family. Nearly 80, Allo "Papa" Alaev guidelines his celebrated folk melody guild with an iron tambourine. Beginning with his unilateral decision to emigrate to Israel, the gifted musician micro-manages nearly each aspect of their lives, both on scene and off. From each food made in his kitchen to what instrument every member will play, the patriarch accepts nothing less than total commitment and obedience. Each kid and grandchild lives in their single-family house in Tel Aviv. All but one, that is. His only daughter, Ada, chose her own method in life, a sin her father will not forgive. As generations clash over fresh musical directions, competing private interests and Papa's advancing age, the family present gotta go on—but who will lead the band? Set to a blazing tribal soundtrack, drama and drumbeats sing out from each entertaining exchange in this grand family affair.
Description: Savage! Sadistic! Thrill hungry! When it came to independent filmmaking in the sunshine state, William Grefé was the wildest of the wild! During the 1960s and '70s, the Miami-based producer/director transformed the darkest corners of the Florida swamps into his own private backlot. From rampaging crocodiles possessed by an ancient Seminole witch doctor (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU) to a slithering serpent called STANLEY, William Grefé would grind out low-budget exploitation movies for drive-ins and hardtops around the world. Now, without the benefit of cages or another protective devices, the untold storyline of Florida's most daring moviemaker comes to the screen...IN PSYCHEDELIC COLOR!
Description: Cowtown Ballroom..Sweet Jesus is a documentary movie about the melody of the '70s celebrated in the Kansas Town rock and roll landmark, the Cowtown Ballroom. The movie contains many interviews with rock legends such as B.B. Lord and Steve Miller, as well as interviews with patrons and fans. Original footage of artists testing at the venue filmed by Jim Rush.
Description: Focuses on the performance of different elite athletes during the PanAmerican Minigames held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1979. Athletes showcased in the documentary contain USA squad swimmer of Puerto Rican origin Jesse Vassallo; legendary Cuban track and field athlete Alberto Juantorena; Mexican diver Carlos Girón; American diver Greg Louganis; and the Puerto Rico national basketball team, among others. At the end of the film, the athletes expressed their hopes of being "a step away" from the 1980 Olympics Games; however, these hopes were shattered by the political crisis and the eventual USA-led boycott to the Olympic Minigames held in Moscow in 1980.
Description: Roman Shyrman's documentary features the life and work of Sergei Paradjanov, who was no less vibrant and extravagant in daily life than in his films. His private life was itself a piece of art. This movie is a tragicomic storyline about this nice improviser and fantasist.
Description: The record of a human intervention in nature: A static shot shows part of a landscape, a serene body of water in front of a mountain. A motorboat enters the picture from the right, obeying the directions sent by radio and forming a spiral in the water's surface. The boat then turns to the left and leaves the scene; solely its wake is visible for a time.
Description: Frontiersmen explores the lives of some Donegal folk living on the fringes of what might be considered 'conventional' employment. These are the stories of rugged individualists, ploughing their own furrows in life, fighting the nice war of the sole trader or entrepreneur.
Description: Howie, a 70-year-old alcoholic and ex-sailor, sums up his life in the following terms: "Travel and drink, drink and travel, that's all I've ever done." The movie Howie redefines its topics in terms of the present, documenting Howie's two-year hiatus in a tiny college town, his confrontations with the townspeople, and his relationship with the filmmaker.
Description: Urban utopia beckons in this idealistic vision of postwar Manchester - fascinating to revisit as Northern Powerhouses and town devolution return to the agenda. Sponsored by the town council, it's very ambitious for a local government film. Under the soaring, sweeping direction of Paul Rotha, it takes in themes of industry, energy, leisure and housing, present, past and future.
Description: Documentary by Ken Russell that shows Alice traveling through a century of Russian's history, from the period of Tsarism, through Socialism and Glasnost. Alice's original characters embody ideological conflicts crossing politics, art and cultural movements. (http://alicenations.blogspot.com)
Description: A bloody civil fight in Central African Republic has divided a once peaceful nation along religious lines. Two children, one Christian and one Muslim, seek answers in every other.
Description: Intersection is a philosophical adventure detailing the extreme highs and the extreme lows of such a mentally driven sport; we discover professional Supercross and motocross racer, Josh Grant's, humble beginnings and introduction to motocross, all the method to his professional career and private wars on and off the track in feature not yet known to the public. From dropping out of school at only 14-years-old, to being blind-sided with financial crash shortly after the birth of his son, Wyatt... Intersection focuses on struggles of searching for the right path along his adventure to not only search self-preservation but also to search the path back to his winning ways.
Description: Documentary about the life of Jozef Antalík and his wife. The social ethnographic documentary presents a portrait of a folk artist introducing his interesting personality and melody while defining his environment and sources of inspiration.
Description: Follows in an unconventional method the adventure of 'ISH', a former Miami based rapper, who traveled to Africa to visit family. Tiny did he know that Libreville Gabon would be the zone where the project of his dreams would fall on his laps. Vs all expectations the alchemy born between him and 2 local beat-makers would lead to the making of a potential first album. Written and Directed by Marc A. Tchicot and Franck A. Onouviet, the movie captures glimpse of nice encounters and musical moments between folks from opposite backgrounds driven by the same passion: music. 'The Rhythm of my life' belongs to the fresh generation of short films, which combine fiction and documentary style. Deeply grounded in the line of non formatted and guerrilla style independent projects, the rhythm of my life set a various direction for film-making in Gabon and Africa.
Description: The movie is a portrait of two shepherds, the Sanitrár brothers, notable representatives of famous culture. The movie is conceived as their witness acc as well as a probe into their broad family.
Description: In this fresh documentary, Susan Kemp explores the life and work of the nice British director Antonia Bird, who died in 2013. Bird blazed a trail from the radical hotbed of the Royal Court Theatre in the 70s, via the groundbreaking early days of EastEnders and Casualty in the 80s, all the method to Hollywood in the 90s and back again. She everytime had something urgent to say, but her career was a long struggle to receive her voice heard. Featuring many of her close collaborators, including Robert Carlyle, Irvine Welsh, Kate Hardie and Tag Cousins, this documentary is the first to examine Bird’s legacy, and to zone her where she belongs – among the most necessary British film, TV and theatre directors of her era.
Description: The movie acquaints us with the work of the senior consultant of pavilion 11 in the Bohnice mental house who endeavours to build up a complex rahabilitation and re-socialising programme for patients with chronic mental illness. One part of her treatment programme is a week's stay outside the institution for chosen patients. It is this week which is captured on movie
Description: Discovered at age nine and a celebrated composer by age eighteen, George Frideric Handel experienced a meteoric rise to success, with forty-two operas performed on three continents in his lifetime. As enduring as Handel's operatic work is, the prodigious German genius is greatest known for his oratorio Messiah. Actually you can learn in poignant feature how Handel's magnum opus came to be.
Description: In The Beginning follows Trey Canard’s heartfelt storyline to the top of the sport, despite overcoming the loss of his father and a series of injuries. It is in those weak times that Trey transformed into a champion. Like life, Trey’s storyline is a bit of a roller coaster and the movie will showcase Trey’s journey, giving viewers intimate access into Trey’s thoughts. No another motocross movie has ever had this type of access to such a strong and inspiring story. In The Beginning focuses on the motocross and supercross champion’s life through 2010, the year Trey won the National Title.
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