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Description: Declassified FBI and CIA documents support director Paul Davids unravel the puzzle of Marilyn Monroe's demise, which was officially ruled a "probable suicide," while providing detailed evidence helping the conclusion that Marilyn was murdered.
Description: In this tribute to the eternal allure of an ancient myth, colorful fins and swimming pools fill the lives of five modern-day girls who strive to embody the mysterious siren as part of a growing “mermaiding” subculture.
Description: Peter Westerveld, artist and visionary, doesn’t wish institutions to resolve the issues linked to earth’s problems. Growing up in Africa, he witnessed the advance of the desert and dedicated himself to finding solutions for the ongoing erosion and desertification of the land. The movie follows Peter and the NGO working with him to realise his project; to build contour trenches that capture and shop rain water under the surface and replenish the desert land.
Description: A gravely ill, abused three-legged stray dog, abandoned in an industrial desert at Aspropyrgos, a city near Athens; a London based charity whose point is to support the neglected animals of Greece; a group of young volunteers who patrol Aspropyrgos and nurse the strays – these are the characters of the film, in a nightmarish place, a hellhole for many abandoned animals. Does the sick three-legged hound stand any possibility of getting adopted, becoming healthy again and running across the fields of Essex? Why are the Greekies, the strays from Greece, so famous when it comes to being adopted abroad? With an unexpected ending, the movie tries to explore whether there is any hope for the doomed dogs and for a doomed zone outside Athens.
Description: An underdog basketball squad under the helm of an idealist school teacher from difficult scrabble Diyarbakir in Southeastern Turkey goes beyond winning minigames in their point to rise above prejudice, poverty and political turmoil created by the decades long conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels who are fighting for local autonomy and cultural rights.
Description: The island of Socotra lies in the Indian Ocean between Arabia and Somalia. It was known in antiquity times for its Phoenix and Rukh birds. Frankincense and myrrh trees grow freely, as well as the dragon's blood tree proved by Egyptians, greeks and romans. The first commercial flights, at the begin of this century marked, for almost a couple of decades, the end of Socotra's century of isolation. The actual case of civil fight in Yemen has isolated again the remote island. In the film, a group of camel drivers heads to the secret interior of Socotra before the rainy season and they explain by the fire ancient stories of djinns and giant snakes.
Description: Explorer, colonizer, founder of Québec, discoverer of Lake Champlain, governor of Fresh France, cartographer and writer--few boys in Canadian history had a more adventurous and varied career than Champlain. This movie presents an exciting picture-study of the boy and his time.
Description: In China more folks are on death row than the rest of the globe combined. The kids of the convicts are often left alone, stigmatized and living in the streets. Grandma Zhang, as the children call her, is a former prison guard who has founded an orphanage in Nanzhao.
Description: Short movie about General Eduardo Cano, who after the military coup became director of the Chilean central bank in the Pinochet dictatorship. Cano withdraws cash from the circulation, which were described by opposition parties with resistance piles. From the Chile cycle by Walter Heynowski and Gerhard Scheumann.
Description: Mangeurs de Cuivre shows the reality of multinational mineral extraction in the south east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a long history of civil fights and conflicts has been caused by minerals. Portraying stakeholders in the copper mining industry, which represent various interests and positions, the movie explores the global economy in the meeting with local tradition and identity, rendered into a contemporary global perspective.
Description: A zebu disappears while kids are drawing it. They search it again in the woods. The notes of a harp accompany their multi-coloured joy. This short was made with kids from a nursery school in Mantua. Testing with colours, the kids seem to defeat the world.
Description: A quiet stage in the snow, a black kid in an anorak runs mumbling towards the camera. The pictures of Skip Norman's CULTURAL NATIONALISM (1968) are underpinned with a strong monologue by the co-founder of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale
Description: Brown sauce spills onto the plate and table in Wolfram Kohler's collage-like exploration of politics in South Tyrol during the explosive and nationalist commemoration year of 1984.
Description: When the Nazis took power, the Jewish artist Leo Haas (1901-1983) was arrested in his Czechoslovakian hometown. He spent the next six years in various concentration camps and became known for the paintings he did in the Theresienstadt camp. This movie presents Haas as a political artist and resistance warrior and celebrates him as a socialist caricaturist dedicated to the GDR.
Description: This non-narrative short movie examines one of the nice American icons: the Louisville Slugger baseball bat. The movie was conceived by its co-directors, Marlon Johnson and Dennis Scholl, along with the Louisville Orchestra's conductor, Teddy Abrams, to be screened set to a live performance by the orchestra of Claude Debussy's "Jeux".
Description: This is a 1991 documentary movie about the legendary artist and filmmaker, Joseph Cornell, who made those superb and strange collage boxes. He was also one of our nice experimental filmmakers and once apparently made Salvador Dali extremely jealous at a screening of his masterpiece, Rose Hobart. In this movie we receive to hear folks like Susan Sontag, Stan Brakhage, and Tony Curtis talk about their friendships with the artist. It turns out that Curtis was quite a collector and he seemed to have a very deep understanding of what Cornell was doing in his work.
Description: What would you do if your primary income was taken care of month after month? Would you stop working? Follow your passions? Take more risks? The four-figure sum that all four members of the Wardwell family obtain every year from the Alaskan government’s crude oil profits goes towards a college fund for their children, something they would otherwise be unable to afford. Filmmaker Christian Tod, himself a fervent supporter of the idea, explores the model of an unconditional primary income and takes a look at trial systems already underway in the US, Canada and Namibia. Wandering the history of this utopia reminiscent of science fiction he eventually ends up in Switzerland, where the fresh system was voted on in 2016. In this multifaceted and highly entertaining documentary, Tod broaches life’s existential questions and fuels the debate on one of the most prevalent economic subject of our generation.
Description: The movie explores the background and build-up to this final flight to disaster. Using dramatic reconstruction, archive footage and exclusive interviews with leading historians and engineering experts, the unique delves into the political and scientific happenings that led up to the catastrophe.
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This horrifying documentary won the Oscar for 2007. Using the situation of an innocent Afghan taxi driver who were tortured to death by American interrogators in Bagram prison as the starting point, the movie chronicles the atrocities committed by the Bush administration in the name of American folks and an ill-defined 'war on terror'.The movie is written, directed and narrated by Alex Gibney, son of a high-ranking naval officer who was an interrogator in Globe Fight II. A nice American and a real patriot, Frank Gibney's final disappointment of what became of the nice nation of the United States in the hands of a several liars is heart-wrenching.There is not a single frame in the movie that is not supported by difficult evidence. All of the investigation was conducted by Americans whose credentials of decency and patriotism are above suspicion. The movie is a chronicle of how paranoia, self-serving deceit and mere stupidity can threaten the very values a nice nation was built on. It could be impossible for anyone who watches this meticulous document to ever criticize the veracity of claims place forward by the newest films, Rendition, In the Valley of Elah, or Redacted - flawed as movies though that they were. Each person in the world, especially each American, that cares about the real nature of freedom and the sanctity of the individual (the primary tenets on which America was built) could see this film. How should anyone claim that it would be loved only by the supporters of Taliban is beyond me.
Too several have heard of Dilawar. Those who have will probably never forget him. Alex Gibney certainly will not. His recent movie begins and ends with this terrible innocent taxi driver who, in 2002, was taken to the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. Five days later, he was dead.Dilawar's death was the spark which ultimately led to the international awareness of what the Bush administration was doing to its detainees in the fight on terror. Gibney's film, however, decides to look up the tree, not down, to explore who was really responsible for these unpleasant developments.Gibney's movie is bolstered by frank and interesting interviews with some of the units on the ground. Their remorse is clear, as is their disgust. And disgust is the right word. This is, by no means, an simple watch. The test of the appalling footage which has been generated by the newest conflicts is important because, if anyone is in any doubt about how morally reprehensible these strategies are, this movie will create it abundantly clear.However, this film's true strength is the structure of its attack on the strategies that are employed. Gibney demonstrates that the strategies used are hopelessly inadequate and never yield effective information. There is a cutting and brilliant comparison with the old techniques and the fresh where an interviewee, a former FBI interrogator, uses his old softwares of interrogation words and you can feel yourself being persuaded.This is not just a polemic. It is a human storyline and a strong and well-constructed argument. It could be essential viewing as what has happened at Guantanamo, Bagram and Abu Ghraib could never be forgotten. This is excellent, necessary film-making.4 Stars out of 5
There is something you need to know about this film: it is not about true insurgents or terrorists or about true soldiers, and it is certainly not an anti-American film.It is about how senior military and civilian officials demand effects from their subordinates, even if the effects are to be obtained by unconscionable, immoral, and illegal means, up to, and including, torture and murder. The fact that many of these effects - what the military like to call "the mission" - are faked or just wrong is of no particular concern to them. Naturally, you'll never search a document signed by any of those officials advocating torture and murder. The most you'll ever search is a reference to "enhanced interrogation techniques" (i.e., torture). And if a detainee dies, the senior officers and officials everytime benefit from "plausible deniability" and claim that it gotta be the fault of junior "bad apple" troops. If terrorists are murderers, some of our own units have certainly engaged in murder, too. To reveal this is not anti-American; it's just a easy fact. Because the units often do it in a group they think they're not murderers. Just as, I imagine, someone who participates in gang rape does not consider himself, individually, to be a rapist. While most Military Police (MP) units are fighting difficult on the ground each day in Iraq and Afghanistan, one group of units which this movie examines are those Military Police who are used as prison guards. The another units examined in the movie are some military intelligence ("MI") units employed as interrogators in prison camps.If you don't know already, Military Police are usually despised by their own troops. If you give a soldier unique power over his fellow troops he will often abuse it. I still recall an Australian mate of mine mentioning that many of the Aussie "Red Hats" (MPs) who sailed for home after WWII never made it back; their fellow units threw them overboard.The old saw about military intelligence being a contradiction in terms is never more apparent than in the situation of interrogators. When you hear the word intelligence here you gotta forget all about spies, codes, and the items of James Bond novels. The interrogators of MI are an example of troops who are ill prepared, in general, to carry out work that would normally take years to master. They are mostly low-ranking enlisted boys and women, privates and sergeants, almost none of whom speak with any proficiency the language of the detainees they're interrogating.So, imagine the scenario: senior officials demanding intelligence, no matter how it's obtained; unqualified interrogators using whatever means they can think of to satisfy their superiors' demands; and MP prison guards who have the power of life and death over their detainees, with almost no restrictions on what they can do to them. Behind all this is the unwritten understanding that if something goes wrong, the units will probably not be prosecuted. God support the innocent person swept up into this sadistic, bureaucratic system. But as we all know, if you've been arrested, you gotta be guilty. Right? The elephant in the closet in all this is the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that regards itself as above law, morality, and civilized behavior. It gets away with much of what it does by having the military, foreigners, and contractors to do its dirty work for it. And when somebody has to take a fall, well, that's what privates and sergeants are for. If your children are MPs, interrogators, or just in the military, advise them everytime to watch their backs around those people.This may be a disturbing movie for civilians, but it won't contain many surprises if you've served in the armed forces, or on a police force, or in a prison. Those are the folks who know about this, but they're not about to say you. No wander the USA has pulled out of the Fight Crimes Treaty. But what officials do not wish to admit, even to themselves, is that fight crimes are fight crimes, no matter if you're a treaty signatory or not.
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