Description: In this documentary Coutinho examines the plight of the folks who live off the waste of the Brazilian cities. These folks create their living by scavenging the immense urban garbage dumps searching for whatever they can search to sell as well as whatever they can search to eat.
Description: American archaeologist John Bellezza joins Tibetan historian Tsering Gyalpo in saying the storyline of how the Guge Kingdom came to flourish and then collapse. Using reenactments, the storyline details the riches and opulence of the Royal Family, and the collapse from the King's brother encouraging the Ladakhis to attack in the early 1600s.
Description: SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories is a poignant look back at a method of life that may actually be gone forever, and a prescient view at exactly how the gusher in the Gulf was allowed to happen. Thanks to corruption, malfeasance and the Louisiana industrial and political climate, environmental pollution seems to be simply a cost of doing business.
Description: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Fresh Orleans officials transformed the city's education system by increasing the number of charter schools as they rebuilt. This inspiring documentary traces the constructive fresh model's evolution through four schools.
Description: The melody of Nigeria’s reclusive synth funk innovator William Onyeabor has reached a fresh lvl of exposure via Luaka Bop’s perfect Who Is William Onyeabor? compilation last year, yet many difficult facts about Onyeabor’s biography remain elusive. In their fresh documentary “Fantastic Man,” Noisey speaks with musicians and champions of Onyeabor’s music, including our own Quinton Scott and Duncan Brooker who included the sublime “Better Change Your Mind” on the first Nigeria 70 compilation, about their appreciation for his music, and the find for the facts about his life.
Description: This is the storyline of an unlikely friendship. 68 year old Kathak Master Pandit Das (North Indian classical dance) and 32 year old tap star Jason Samuels Smith come together in a special East-meets-West dance collaboration that tours through India: ‘India Jazz Suites.’ As we follow their journey, we learn about their struggles to preserve their traditional heritage in today’s pop culture world.
Description: Spies of Mississippi says the storyline of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy. The anti-civil rights organization was hidden in plain sight in an unassuming office in the Mississippi State Capitol. Funded with taxpayer dollars and granted extraordinary latitude to carry out its mission, the Commission evolved from a propaganda machine into a full blown spy operation. How do we know this is true? The Commission itself says us in more than 146,000 pages of files preserved by the State. This wealth of first person basic historical material tutorials us through one of the most fascinating and yet tiny known stories of America's quest for Civil Rights.
Description: A one-hour documentary narrated by Donny Osmond that follows the lives of few extraordinary folks who have been diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. Through private interviews, viewers learn about the symptoms, emotions and challenges these folks face and about the treatments accessible to support folks on their street to recovery.
Description: Paper Dolls follows the lives of transgender migrant workers from the Philippines who work as health care providers for elderly Orthodox Jewish boys and perform as drag queens during their spare time. It also delves into the lives of societal outcasts who find for freedom and acceptance.
Description: Like a modern-day pirate, 75--year-old Ray Ives has been scouring the seabed for treasure his entire life. The former commercial diver has plundered the deep for over fifty years, bringing to the surface anything that glittered -- even gold. In a shipping container near the water, Ray tends his museum of cannon, bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear.
Description: Ulrike Ottinger’s documentary Prater (Austria-Germany), a half-decade in the making, chronicles over the past century and more the attractions that contributed to the rise and fall of Prater, the world’s oldest amusement park.
Description: Eight years in the making, The Joe Present is a shocking and wildly entertaining documentary about America’s most controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and his ringmaster’s approach to modern media, politics and law enforcement. Joe's desire for fame changes democracy forever and the voters cheer as ratings soar. The Joe Present explores how Joe uses media and his role as Sheriff to create himself the most popular law enforcement officer in the world. Racism, sex crimes, illegal immigration, first amendment rights, deaths at the hands of his employees – even Obama’s birth certificate – are all problems Joe faces and spins. Featuring Larry King, Steven Seagal, Hugh Downs, Ted Nugent, Dan Ariely and Noam Chomsky A film that will engage and enlighten both Joe’s detractors and supporters, the Joe Present takes a difficult yet balanced look at how democracy can survive when persuading voters becomes more necessary than protecting them.
Description: Witchcraft superstition has become a major trouble in many African countries especially Ghana where witchcraft superstition and persecution is so high. The availability of witch camps in the country reflects the seriousness of the trouble and how deeply rooted the belief in witchcraft is in the country.
Description: In the spring of 2010, a church lock in at First Baptist Church was organized by Pastor Chris. In the first hour of the lock in, one of the students, Justin, had an unusual “incident” and was “inconsolable.” It was reported that he calmed down and kept to himself for the remainder of the event. Two days after the lock in, Justin reportedly broke down to his parents that he experienced something “evil” at the lock in. He also claimed he captured everything on tape. After watching the footage, the parents met with church leaders to discuss criminal charges they were considering filing vs the church for kid endangerment, neglect and torture.
Description: Southern indie rockers Lucero hit the street in this documentary, which shows the Memphis, Tennessee band on tour and in the studio. In addition to candid interviews with band members Ben Nichols, Roy Berry, John Stubblefield and Brian Venable, the video details footage of the band on tour with The North Mississippi All-Stars, in the studio for the recording of "Tennessee" and performing live at the Memphis in May Melody Festival.
Description: Documentary about master director Roberto Rossellini, who says features of his life and childhood and visits the territories where he has lived and shot some of his most popular movies.
Description: A deceptively easy set-up: the director and his father watch a 1988 football match which the father refereed, their commentary accompanying the original tv photos in true time. A Bucharest derby between the country’s leading teams, Dinamo and Steaua, taking zone in massive snow, one year before the revolution that toppled Ceaușescu.
Description: Lost Heroes is the storyline of Canada's forgotten comic ebook superheroes and their legendary creators. A ninety-minute adventure to recover a forgotten part of Canada's pop culture and a national treasure several have ever heard about. This is the tale of a tiny country striving to make its own heroes, but finding itself constantly out muscled by better-funded and better-marketed superheroes from the media empire next door.
Description: “Life After Pi” is a short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Results company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on “Life of Pi”– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy. The movie explores rapidly changing forces impacting the global VFX community, and the Movie Industry as a whole. This is only the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary “Hollywood Ending,” that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the US Movie Industry and the many specialists working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.
Description: Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire when she gave up her career to begin a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic globe she’s carefully created crumbles around her.
Description: Three years in the making in conjunction with the BBC. Using never seen before home movies, images and eye witness accounts - this is the inside storyline of the world's largest motorsport disaster.
Description: A documentary about the atrocities committed vs the Hmong folks by the Laos government. Shot by Hmong folks with cameras provided to them in 2006, this movie provides a special look into one of the worst, and silent, human rights tragedies of the 21st century.
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