Description: Race. Class. Poverty. Faith. Hope. Soccer. Welcome to Alex––the biggest and most notorious township in South Africa where soccer is lived, not played. With the first ever FIFA Globe Cup in Africa as a backdrop, witness the cultural importance of soccer in township South Africa through the lives of five individuals born and raised in the oldest and toughest of South Africa’s townships, Alexandra, locally known as ‘Alex.’ Seventeen-year-old dribbling sensation Nancy ‘Maradona’ Majola, former national squad user Isaac ‘Shakes’ Kungwane, actual professional Patrick ‘Raiden’ Phungwayo, 69-year-old Jacob ‘Babes’ Bopape one of the first professional soccer users in South Africa, and scholarship-winner Ricardo ‘Rico’ Kutumela will all take you into a culture dominated by soccer and into a storied township still largely unknown and misunderstood even among South Africans.
Description: Long before the mountain bicycle entered our global consciousness, the cycling enthusiasts of Northern California's Marin County rode modified pre-WWII bikes down the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. They developed their bicycles through rigorous field-testing, often risking life and limb to do so. Some of these cyclists were Category-1 street racers looking for a fresh method to train during the off-season. Others were simply fun-loving hippies looking for a fresh method to commune with nature. Their early bicycles were scavenged from dumpsters and junkyards. It was from these humble beginnings that a multi-billion dollar industry, a form of recreation for the masses, and an Olympic event, were born. These hefty steeds were affectionately known as Klunkerz.
Description: Today in the United States, by the easy acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the biggest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Every of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered meal on a everyday basis. The risks and results to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only deliever even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide-scale experimentation of modern biotechnology. GMO OMG says the storyline of a fathers discovery of GMOs in relationship to his 3 young kids and the globe around him. We still have time to heal the planet, feed the world, and live sustainably. But we have to begin now!
Description: When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and meal supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions.
Description: Scott Nixon, a traveling salesman based in Augusta, Ga., was an avid member of the Amateur Cinema League who enjoyed recording his travels on film. In this 16-minute silent film, Nixon documents some 38 streets, storefronts and towns called Augusta in such far-flung locales as Montana and Maine.
Description: Human, All Too Human is a three-part 1999 documentary tv series produced by the BBC. It follows the lives of three prominent European philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre. The first episode is titled Beyond Nice and Evil, which is about Friedrich Nietzsche and his gradual shift from religion, to nihilism, and finally to insanity. His sister presented the National Socialists (Nazis) with heavily modified versions of Nietzsche's writings that were interpreted as a pro-Nazi agenda; to advance the superior race of the Übermensch, the "superman", the excellent Aryan.
Description: In a globe full of constant change, we are everytime aware of what’s going on and what we think about it. This gives us a sense of who we are similar to what we are aware of. This documentary reveals that awareness itself is not what you think.
Description: Jan Saudek, Czechoslovakia’s most popular living photographer, is the topics of this often-shocking kaleidoscopic biopic by mate and colleague Adolf Zika. With an unblinking eye, Zika chronicles the drama-filled life and work of a controversial artist who, though little-known in the United States, has enjoyed international acclaim throughout his fifty-year career
Description: Documentary which examines the September 11 attacks, and America's military response, including previously unseen and recently declassified war footage on American units in combat in Afghanistan. After terrorists attacked Fresh York Town and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001, America's military went into action and launched a counterattack on the boys believed to be responsible -- Osama bin Laden, Sheik Omar, and the terrorist network al-Qaida.
Description: Raül, a farmer that tries to grow organic food, hires Iurie, a Moldavian wrestling fighter, to support him in the fields. Slowly, their private histories intertwine with those of three solitary women.
Description: Documentary that traces the last months of Michael Jackson's life, examines the circumstances that led to his untimely passing, and explores the controversy surrounding a death that many tell should have been prevented.
Description: Weaving together footage recorded throughout the globe on the day Obama was elected President, this verite documentary explores how folks select to live through 'history.'
Description: Criminals Gone Wild details 100% REAL, NEVER BEFORE SEEN footage of bold criminals audacious enough to be willingly videotaped or unwillingly surveillanced as they go on brutal rampages on US roads and soil. With the test of shotguns, knives and even machine guns these criminals have no respect for human rights or the LAW. Watch, as unsuspecting victims receive beat, robbed, jacked and shot. Receive into their ruthless and twisted minds as we interview America's most wanted criminals.
Description: Hillbillies haven't died off; they've simply become neo-hillbillies. Three families of musicians in the Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri give fresh meaning to the word "hillbilly". Float down the backwaters, soak up some old time religion, savor a washboard duel, and bask in the neon lights of the pseudo-hillbilly showtown Branson. Lean back and merge into hillbilliness.
Description: Bahman Mohassess was a celebrated artist at the time of the Shah. Trained in Italy, he created sculptures and paintings in his homeland. But audiences often took offence at the pronounced phalli on his mostly naked bronze figures and his work was regularly censored. All traces of him were lost after the revolution. It was told he destroyed his remaining paintings and disappeared. Farahani wants to movie Mohassess at work and discovers two brothers who commission a fresh piece from him. Enlivened by the encounter with these two young Iranian collectors, the artist energetically discusses his grand plans and drives a difficult bargain for his last work of art.
Description: Each September Sydney's inner-suburban Leichhardt Council re-elects it mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand was famous with the citizenry but they don't vote for mayor - the 12 councillors do - and after three years of Larry, at least four councillors were after his job. When film-makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson settled in at Leichhardt Council in early 1994 the knives were already being sharpened. A war royal was in the making, and so it came to pass. By the end of September Larry had fought the war of his life, with Connolly and Anderson documenting each bit of it on film. Ambition, courage, envy, hatred, loyalty, betrayal, disaster, triumph... in another words, a classic study in politics.
Description: An MTV producer's life is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' Fred Rogers. Friendship with the PBS icon sets the young producer on a hero's quest to search depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex globe through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert ('Meet The Press'), Marc Brown ('Arthur') and more.
Description: The universe is so complex that even the best scientific minds on world ultimately acknowledge that we do not understand the forces and real nature of the cosmos, allow alone our zone within it. Actually for the first time, we can see in this documentary the un-seeable and wonderful has been caught on video by multiple individuals who have not only captured mind bending video of Entities, UFOs and Angels, but have been profoundly affected by their experiences.
Description: Natan says the remarkable storyline of Bernard Natan, a Romanian immigrant who came to Paris in 1905 and was involved almost instantly with French cinema. He took control of the Pathe movie group in the late 1920s and went on to produce epic movies such as Les Miserables. But Natan has become largely written out of French movie history for different various reasons. I will not go into features here as the storyline is an perfect one, suffice to tell that his ethnicity and subsequent rumours plagued Natan almost from the begin of his career. His ‘comeuppance’ for his alleged transgressions is at the heart of this devastating documentary.
Description: Vivian Maier's images were seemingly destined for obscurity, lost among the clutter of the countless objects she'd collected throughout her life. Instead these photos have shaken the globe of road photography and irrevocably changed the life of the boy who brought them to the public eye. This movie brings to life the interesting turns and travails of the improbable saga of John Maloof's discovery of Vivian Maier, unravelling this mysterious tale through her documentary films, photographs, odd collections and private accounts from the folks that knew her. What started as a blog to present her work quickly became a viral sensation in the photography world. Images destined for the trash heap actually line gallery exhibitions, a forthcoming ebook and this documentary film.
Description: 1979, shot in the Bronx, 45 min long, and chock full of rare vintage graffiti, mostly Fabulous Five stuff; Lee and Slave mostly. There are no words, just an eerie, dope, sparse soundscape by Charles Mingus and his sextet. The movie is a haunting look at rolling steel on the trains of NYC.
Description: “Ox-Fam”, Neddy’s perfect Oxford stage video, With fresh footage from the likes of Tom Watts, Jason Cloete, Joe Paget, Phil Sproul, James Needham, Alex Brewster, Kieran Mounsey, Alex Fuller, Jono Wyborn, Luke McInnerney, Olly Maton, Michael Halls, plus many more heads from around the south coast and Sheffield, this is definitely one for the collection!
Description: Marc is a wealthy but critically ill boy who is living life to the full one final time. Alongside his ordered existence as a human resources manager in Luxembourg he enjoys a bacchanalic life with young male 'companions' in the luxury hotels of major towns whose opera houses happen to be testing Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni'. This opulently filmed documentary follows Marc on his journeys, accompanies him on his visits to doctors, and allows him to expound upon his private philosophy of power, cash and control over both himself and others. Marc's life is uncompromisingly black and white. His structured routine is essential to support him "keep his head above water". But then his life starts to unravel when he falls in love with a porn actor and follows him into the globe of Berlin’s HustlaBall.
Description: Liquid Assets, a ninety-minute documentary, says the storyline of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems — some in the ground for more than 100 years — deliever a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates recommend this is the single biggest public works endeavor in our nation’s history. Exploring the history, engineering challenges, and political and economic realities in urban and rural locations, the documentary provides an understanding of the hidden assets that help our method of life. Territories featured in the documentary contain Atlanta, Boston, Herminie (Pennsylvania), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Fresh York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
Description: Director Dag Yngvesson starts making a documentary about the porn industry, until he is asked by a desperate director to shoot movie for his next adult movie. After agreeing, he is led deeper and deeper into the globe of porn, speaking frankly with many of the industries most popular icons (Jeanna Fine, Bill Margold) and a 19-year-old newcomer called Selena who discusses her career choice on movie with her mother. Viewers are invited into many territories of the industry previously not discussed including the personal lives of its stars and the inner workings of the industry, in particular how directors go about casting their stars.
Description: A psychedelic documentary of the body electric, with melody by Pink Floyd. The movie was directed and produced by Roy Battersby. The film's narrators, Frank Finlay and Vanessa Redgrave, deliever commentary that combines the knowledge of human biologists and anatomical experts. The film's soundtrack, Melody from the Body, was composed by Ron Geesin and Roger Waters.
Description: This gritty documentary takes you inside the legendary Oso Blanco, the most feared prison of Puerto Rico and one of the most notorious in the Caribbean. It is the birthplace of two of the most risky Latino gangs: "Ñeta" and "Los 27" (aka "Los Insectos") and the stage of hundreds of murders.
Description: Fabricating Tom Zé is a documentary that portrays the life and work of one of the most controversial Brazilian musicians, having as its backdrop Tom Zé's 2005 European Tour. The documentary mixes various video, movie and animation formats in order to present a detailed vision of Tom Zé's private musical universe, in which a guitar and a vacuum cleaner have the same melodic importance. In intimate interviews, he narrates various parts of his life and says us about his musical debut in the early 60s, his downfall during the 70s and his 90s comeback.
Description: Documentary narrated by Tom Brokaw. National Geographic delves into the untold storylines and unresolved mysteries surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Oceanographer Robert Ballard dives deep into the waters of the harbor to search the remains of a Japanese sub and closely examine the popular wreckage of the USS Arizona. This footage is mixed with interviews with survivors of the attack.
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