Description: Strong As God - The Children's Aid Societies of Ontario is a documentary that delves into society's most controversial and secretive topics. The movie navigates 'truth' by engaging twenty-six witnesses with diverse experiences into conversation. By facilitating a voice for individuals whose lives have been tragically affected, with observations and suggestions by experts who have worked directly with the agency (such as doctors, social workers and lawyers), the movie reveals a kid welfare system plagued by systemic and bureaucratic abuse that urgently requires public attention. Financed by tax dollars and wielding extraordinary power, the Children's Aid Society is deconstructed to reveal a broken system where employees have been heard to describe their influence over kids and families to be as strong as god.
Description: In late 1962, the Beatles stepped into EMI studios for the first time, meeting producer George Martin and beginning an unparalleled and remarkable recording career. Over the next eighteen months, they would release four number one singles (including “She Loves You” and “I Wish To Keep Your Hand”) and two number one albums while becoming worldwide superstars. In Deconstructing The Beatles 1963 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!, Scott Freiman explores the melody that helped open Beatlemania.
Description: In 1854, noted American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau published his influential ebook 'Walden; or, Life in the Woods' about his attempt to live self-sufficiently in his cabin in the woods near Walden Pond, MA for two years.
Description: Oscar is the storyline of the life of the popular artist Oscar Rabin vs the background of three decades of Soviet history; it is a storyline about a successful experience of standing up vs a regime with the support of paint and brushes. It is the storyline of non-violent resistance vs evil, of the boundaries of compromise, about how folks test to maintain their inner freedom when they are living in a country that is not very free. The movie uses many special newsreels and another archival materials being shown for the first time. Along with Oscar Rabin, featured in the fim are Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Vladimir Sorokin, Evgeny Kisin, Boris Akunin, Maya Turovskaya, Vladimir Paperny, Erik Bulatov, Oleg Tselkov, Vitaly Komar, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Mihail Chemiakin, Igor Guberman, Donald Rayfield, and Adam Michnik.
Description: Inspired by his ideals, architect Han van Loghem travelled to Siberia in the mid 1920s. The Soviet Union was in need of professionals to support design and construct fully fresh towns and mining and metallurgical centres in the Urals and Siberia. And socially engaged architects from Western Europe headed to the first workers’ state in the globe so that they should bring their fresh architectural concepts to life. Builders Of The Future shows how for van Loghem, the adventure to Siberia was also a quest for private and professional fulfilment, which he was lacking in the Netherlands. Van Loghem's private adventure had its repercussions his relationship with his wife, Berthe Neumeijer, who had initially planned to stay in the Netherlands but then followed him to Siberia in an attempt to save their marriage.
Description: The Porn Factor takes viewers on a adventure of discovery, from regional and urban Australia to the centre of the international porn industry in Los Angeles and back. Through candid interviews with young people, experts and porn industry professionals, The Porn Factor explores how pornography is shaping young people's sexual expectations and experiences. It brings into compelling focus the 21st century challenges faced by parents, schools and others as they seek to equip young folks for a sexuality that is safe, respectful and totally consenting.
Description: The movie is dedicated to a special artistic phenomenon—the work of musician Oleg Karavaichuk, who with nice strength embodied the understanding of “The Spirit of St. Petersburg” in our time. About this movie composer who wrote melody for more than 100 movies, and the author of virtuosic piano, improvisations, Dmitry Shostakovich said, “Karavaichuk is not a talent; he is a genius.” This is how he was discussed, as the last musical genius, in June 2016, when Oleg Karavaichuk passed away. The next year, 2017, he would have turned 90 years old.
Description: Visions fugitives are the moments of when melody is born; they are elusive and normally hidden from the audience. This movie is a portrait of the legendary musician and composer Vyacheslav Gaivoronsky (the author of melody for movies by Evgeny Yufit, Oleg Kovalov, and others). Shot over year, it focuses on special episodes during rehearsals. Featured in the movie are Vladimir Chekasin, Vladimir Tarasov, Vladislav Pesin, and another outstanding musicians
Description: On November 20, 1979 at 5:30 AM, hundreds of armed boys take over the Grand Mosque of Mecca, transforming the holiest shrine of Islam into a fortress and a trap for almost 100.000 pilgrims inside. This is the beginning of the SIEGE OF MECCA.
Description: Following Landstück (2016), Volker Koepp's documentary Seestück is about the magical, natural setting of the Baltic Sea, its coasts and its folks – including fishermen, seamen, scientists and young folks on both the Baltic and Scandinavian shores. Conversations meander from Caspar David Friedrich to Copernicus, Rousseau and Kant, or simply life itself. Show concerns address the sea's threatened ecosystem and political frictions among the neighbouring countries. One universal truth applies for the tiny Baltic Sea too: The landscape is a window to the world.
Description: The world-renowned Marina Abramović has argued that artists could not fall in love with every other. The movie VovaNina decisively overturns this categorical statement by showing us the life storyline of two outstanding Moscow artists, Vladimir Salnikov and Nina Kotel.
Description: In this ground-breaking expose, industry insiders go on the record to explain how carefully Pokies are programmed for addiction. They’re joined by world-leading neuroscientists, taking you into the lab to reveal how these machines work on the deepest lvls of our brains, leading some researchers to call them “electronic morphine”. And, we reveal how successive Australian governments have become the largest addicts of all. This documentary puts the pokie machine on trial.
Description: After having his vehicle stolen, Iranian filmmaker Hesam Eslami meets Ehsan, the leader of an adolescent crime gang that breaks into vehicles regularly. What forms is a close relationship between the director and the members of the group, following their steps for six entire years. 20th Circuit Suspects provides an intimate look into Ehsan and the gang's life by documenting thefts, wild chases, running from the police, imprisonment, release and, ultimately, the gang splitting up.
Description: Although tiny in population, the melody stage in the town of Fredericton, Fresh Brunswick, is rich in talent across a wide range of categories including rock, punk, hip-hop, metal, country, pop, jazz, classical, and everything in-between. The Capital Project focuses on the tightly knit community and their relationship to The Capital, a melody venue and bar that has served as a lynchpin of the live melody stage for over a decade.
Description: When all North American air traffic was grounded after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, over six thousand passengers from all over the globe were stranded in the small community of Gander, Newfoundland. For five days the folks of Gander housed, fed, clothed, and entertained their homesick visitors, creating a lasting memory for the waylaid passengers and forming a special bond that continues to this day between the folks of Gander, and the ‘come from aways’.
Description: Musician Catherine MacLellan—the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He committed suicide when she was 14. The Song and the Sorrow follows Catherine as she adventures to understand her father and face her own struggles with mental illness. Through archival footage and intimate interviews with friends, family members, and musicians who knew and played with Gene—including Anne Murray, Lennie Gallant, and the late Ron Hynes—the movie reveals a troubled and loving boy who was never at ease with fame or money.
Description: The controversial Swedish creator Anderz Harning (1938-1992) share component of his writing, his sources of inspiration and his never ending anger. "Didn't I tell so/Vad var det jag sa" are the challenging words on his memorial stone. Anderz Harning was a major critic of the modern bureaucratic society, nepotism and abuse of power. In his autobiographical novels "Stålbadet" and "Asfåglarna", he reflects on his upbringing in a Nazi home in Sweden.
Description: Michael Palin heads for rural Pennsylvania and Maine to discover the extraordinary life and work of one of America's most famous and controversial painters, Andrew Wyeth. Fascinated by his iconic painting Christina's World, Palin goes in find of the true life stories that inspired this and Wyeth's another depictions of the American landscape and its difficult grafting inhabitants. Tracking down the farmers, mates and family featured in Wyeth's magically true work, Palin builds a picture of an eccentric, enigmatic and driven painter. He also gets a rare interview with Helga, the girl who place Wyeth back in the headlines when the press discovered he had been painting her nude, compulsively but secretly for 15 years.
Description: A re-examination of the 1996 murder of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey that contains never-before-seen evidence, police interrogation tapes, unsealed documents, more than 500 family photographs, and profiles of chief suspects.
Description: In a seasonal special, Gordon Buchanan meets the animals who live in nature's winter wonderlands. He reveals their survival secrets, from the polar bear mother who gives her cubs the greatest possible begin in life to the owl that finds meal hidden beneath a blanket of snow, plus the plucky penguins that huddle together to hold warm. Gordon also unwraps the lives of our favorite Christmas characters - those unbelievable reindeer and our very own robin redbreast!
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