This musical release from legendary rock band U2 captures a live performance recorded at the Rose Bowl with over 27 cameras during their 2009 U2360 tour. Some of the songs featured in the concert include " Get On Your Boots", "Magnificent", "The Unforgettable Fire", "Until the End of the World", and many more.
Ab ovo is a story about life, from birth until death. It was filmed in one of the polish slaughterhouses. The access there is strictly forbidden. Not many people knows what’s going on behind the closed doors.
‘Grandma Lo-Fi’ is a cinematic tribute to an amazing musician Sigríður Níelsdóttir and her boundless creativity. At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from her living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets purrs and coos, found toys, kitchen percussion and casio keyboards. The film was created over a period of 8 years by three musicians debuting as directors, capturing the most creative period in the life of Sigríður Níelsdóttir.
3 destinies, 3 perspectives, from the forbidden country of the Arab Revolution. A country that has been forgotten by the West. These images are extremely rare. Outstanding, clandestinely filmed footage. In the last year, the repression has caused 60 deaths. That is a lot for this small country with a population of 600,000, run by the Al Khalifa royal family. The people of Bahrain are demanding the same thing as the Syrians, Egyptians and Tunisians - democracy and freedom. But the rest of the world seems convinced that nothing is happening in Bahrain. Yet every day for the last year, men and women have been taking to the streets and risking their lives demanding freedom and democracy. For 1 month, Stephanie Lamorré secretly filmed the violently suppressed demonstrations in the heart of the besieged districts. She brought back the story of her immersion, through the perspective of three women. These women are courageous activists, who explain how invisible their revolution is. They explain how to make the insurrection against the authorities happen, and how to recognise it.
The unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. “Rocky Anna,” as the children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV know him, was dissatisfied with his life in America. Having grown up without a close-knit family of his own, he found his calling living and working with kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well-being. Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair proves to be an invaluable resource.
This 16-song 2007 set from London's O2 Arena featuring a reunited Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham filling in behind the drum kit for his dearly departed father includes renditions of many of their legendary tunes, among them "Ramble On," "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Whole Lotta Love," "Kashmir," and "Stairway to Heaven."
Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 Cambodian women were forced into marriages by the Khmer Rouge. Sochan was one of them. At the age of 16, she was forced to marry a soldier who raped her. After 30 years of silence, Sochan decided to bring her case to the international tribunal set up to try former Khmer Rouge leaders. Red Wedding is the story of a survivor who pits her humanity against an ideology and a system designed to annihilate people like her.
In July 1989, budding Argentine documentary filmmaker José Luis García attended the last-ever USSR-sponsored international festival for communist youth in North Korea. There, he became entranced by young student Lim Su-kyung a peace activist and a passionate advocate for Korean reunification who captured the public's imagination by promising to walk back home to South Korea crossing the frontier at the heavily militarized Pyongyang border. Twenty years later José Luis García goes in search of the young woman who was once known as "The Flower of Reunification”. In that case he travels to Seoul to meet her face to face and to confront his own perceptions of Su-kyung with the real person.
The Sudanese/Dutch Mazin is deaf from the day he was born. But now he faces an operation that is supposed to make him hear. Excited about all the new things he might discover, Mazin is looking forward to it. How will a dog sound? And fishes, do they make any noise? But he keeps on having second thoughts. For one of his closest classmates a similar operation turned out to be a disaster. And even if he succeeds, the world as he knows it might never be the same again, he fears. Will he get used to this whole new universe, or will it make him go crazy?
Marcel Łoziński’s film presents Polish high-school graduates of late 70s. It shows the conformity of young people, on the one hand glibly expressing propaganda slogans, but on the other hand fully aware of the lie in which they participate.
Future My Love is a unique love story challenging our collective and personal utopias in search of freedom. At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco.
This film reveals that it is possible to create the world full of life, beauty and artistic expression even in a rigid Orthodox monastery. Sonia, a young nun, paints icons at night, then she sleeps until noon. She’s got a dog, cats, egzotic birds and a body which has rebelled against the stiff monastic discipline. Trying to understand Sonia’s character and the meaning of her choices, we come to meet her family, that suffered because of the difficult history of Russia. The film is a journey inside the Orthodox Church and shows a deep nationial spirituality being reborn. “Losing Sonia” tells the story of a remarkable woman who is trying to re-establish the values that had been lost for Russian society during political regimes.
Marcin to młody chłopak z małej miejscowości pod Krakowem. Niespiesznie wkracza w dorosłe życie. Nie podoba się to matce, która oczekuje od niego konkretnych decyzji i działań – znalezienia lepszej pracy i przyszłej żony. Ponadto Marcin jest też początkującym sędzią piłkarskim – co tydzień na meczach amatorskich drużyn musi wysłuchiwać niewybrednych komentarzy i ocen swojej pracy wygłaszanych przez piłkarzy i kibiców
Documentary study of people’s behavior when they need to make the right choice.
„Inny świat“ („A different world“) is a story about the world that no longer exists. Danuta Szaflarska is a narrator and a guide through history and culture that shaped her as a human being. Efficient form and photos by Arthur Reinhart, maintained mostly in black-and-white color scheme, interlacing with archival materials from Danuta Szafarska‘s collection and frames from films she is famous for – „Forbidden Songs“, „The Treasure“, „Farewell to Maria“ or „Time to Die“ – create a frame for a story full of digressions, memories and humor, which the protagonist shares with us. During the symbolic 97 minutes of the film, which are a direct reference to the actress‘ age – Danuta Szafarska was 97 years old when the film was being made – the viewers have a chance to see the world through eyes of this exceptional personality in Polish culture.
Pema comes from an unusual Tibetan family that has scattered around the globe. The parents, Karma and Dolma, live in extreme poverty in a Himalayan village at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Pema and his two youngest sisters grew up in a children’s home in Kathmandu (Nepal). Sister Sumchog was adopted by Dutch people and sister Dorje by Americans. Sister Yonzom is the only one who stayed with her parents. She is married now, carrying on local traditions. When Pema was 16 his parents came to Kathmandu to tell him they want him, their only son, to marry a local village girl. That is how things go according to their tradition. But Pema has gotten used to the modern life in the big city. He dreams of becoming a photographer and studying in the west. Within the microcosm of this family a familiar generational conflict unfolds. Globalization, migration and adoption have left deep gaps between the family members. They love each other, and do not want to miss each other, but they will never be a real family again.
The first polish team of amutee football was founded in November 2011. Players’ and teriner’s determination made it possible for them to participate in the World Cup in Kaliningrad. They faced players from the countries where amputee football exists for years. Sweat, tears, superhuman effort. Defeat and enjoyment of winning. But sport rivalry is just a pretext for showing the boys from the team. Accident, illness, disability. Like ona of them said: my leg won’t grow back, but I have to live somehow. Adjust the life plan.
Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, campaigns daily for disabled rights. Nothing stops him, especially not his own Cerebral Palsy.
This film is about the most striking occurence in contemporary art in Russia, the art-group Voina (War). Their founders — Vor (Thief) and Koza (Goat) live underground, raise their one-year old son Kasper and carry out art actions on the fine edge between art and criminal code. Their cou-rageous political statements leave nobody indif-ferent (and disturb absolutely everybody). They live in the present, hoping that tomorrow they can change everything.
No matter what age you are, drugs are always a tragic addiction and defeating it is not an easy task. A teenage girl from Czech Republic, Katka, is the best example of it. It is 1996. Katka is 19, undergoing detoxification therapy in Němčice (Czech Republic). Why did she start taking drugs? Because she wanted to stand out. However, it turned out soon that her need of being different is nothing but a deceptive craving which finally turned her life into nightmare. Now she is struggling to be like the others, but it is not so simple any more.
Kyrkogårdsö, a small Island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. An Island of 8 habitants which has been in the possession of the Nordberg Family for 16 generations.Every morning, the little Ida Nordberg, 5 years, is crossing an Icy Sea for going to the school. Kyrkogårdsö is a movie, which is questioning the relation of a child with the immensity and the power of the Landscape.
Anton Belakov is 12 years old and lives with his grandmother in a small house outside Moscow. For any boy his age, summer should be a time of new experiences, discoveries and fun. But like 60% of Russian children, Anton has decided to spend the summer at the Kaskad school - one of President Putin's youth military training camps. Physical conditioning, prayer, barracks banter, weapons training, anti-Chechen propaganda sessions: filmmaker Jasna Krajinovic takes an unflinching look at youth being moulded for war. ‘Un été avec Anton’ is both superbly constructed and utterly terrifying. It is like staring into the face of a future in the process of collapsing.
30.000 km. 200 days. 20 euros. 4 wheels. Albert Casals is a young boy who moves in a wheelchair since he suffered leukemia whenhe was 5 years old. A circumstance that hasn‘t prevented him from making his dream come true: to travel around the world. And to do it his way: without money, without companions,without luggagge. He has nothing but his imagination, his courage and his sympathy.“Little world” will show us his biggest and craziest challenge: to reach exactly the other sideof the planet. Is it possible to cross the earth in this conditions?Mixing the techniques of the self-shoot with the interviews and the traditional documentary,we will get to know who this young boy is, his love story, his special philosofy of life and his parents way to raise a child.We will see how Albert and his girlfriend Anna go from Barcelona (Spain) to an isolated lighthouse in New Zealand. Or how they fail in the attempt. The journey (and the film) can be considered sheer madness, a lovely romance or an epic adventure. Or perhaps, a bit of everything.
Oscar-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald (ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER) examines the life of pioneering reggae artist Bob Marley in this film featuring intimate footage from the family's personal archives.
Deep in the rain forests of Eastern Java, Indonesia, lies the active volcano, Kawah Ijen, where 500 sulfur miners carrying backbreaking loads, traverse treacherous terrain amidst spectacular vistas and toxic gases. Where Heaven Meets Hell relays the stories of four of these miners, who risk their lives and health daily in an industry we rely on for sugar, matches and cosmetics. This visually stunning and intimate film chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and Muslim faith, these miners inspire us as they search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.
Wille’s godfather is in love with a Thai woman. Wille believes there can’t be true love between a Western man and a Thai woman. It’s just prostitution by another name. Invited by his godfather, Wille spends a month in Thailand trying to reveal the reality of the relationship. Is it true love?
The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to athletes, who compete at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. He himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sport who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an odeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.
On the south face of Annapurna, at 7,400 metres, Iñaki Ochoa de Olza is dying. His rope companion sounds the alarm. And, from the other side of the world, the biggest rescue attempt in the history of the Himalayas gets underway. For four days a dozen men including some of the best mountaineers in the world, from ten countries, set out to try to rescue their stricken comrade. Even beyond the peaks, Iñaki is an exceptional man. As exceptional as the rescue attempt itself and the men who risked their lives to save him. They are exceptional because their one driving rule is to live. To live in the only way possible: with pure intensity and honesty.
Nessa is a young woman from Kermanshah (Kurdish city in west of Iran) who is challenging to progress in her acting and artistic career. Nessa's family prevents her from reaching her goal because of the conservative environment. The film in the cinema verite style follows Nessa in her battle with her brother, father and colleagues.
Mina, the director, is a girl from Shiraz who gets married in order to move to Tehran. Influenced by her own life, she decides to make a documentary about the girls nationwide who, like Azar, move to Tehran (the capital) to start an independent life away from their families’ watchful eyes and restrictions. The film is about Mina and Azar’s constant struggle to find the answer as to why families and the society have difficulty in accepting an independent life for a single girl.
Darek is a 51-year-old man who changed his life and became a buddhist monk in a little monastery in South Korea, in search for happiness and fullfilment. His mother doesn’t understand his decision and can’t come to terms with her son’s change of faith.
Starting from their home in Warsaw, they set off to the long journey through Europe, driving and old camper van. They want to get to Paris, where 25 years ago in Luxembourg Gardens the father illegally scattered the ashes of his mother. The son is driving as the father is sitting by his side. Both of them are of the same profession – they make documentaries. “Father and Son” is a road movie, where the protagonists are the directors as well.
They share a name, a profession which is their passion and a strong and complicated bond, full of resentments and implicit meanings. Two acclaimed documentarists, Marcel and Paweł Łoziński, go on a car journey across Europe. For the father, it is a return to his birthplace, for the son, an attempt at a critical review of their past together. Both are trying to capture this difficult dialogue using the camera. This version is signed by Paweł Łozinski.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi's thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.
8-year-old Mateusz begins his nautical course for the youngest. Sailing into the sea in a one-person boat he’s managing the sail and the helm, fights with the unruly Baltic waves and, above all, with his own fear. Learning how to sail is a tough character training. Will Mateusz be able to overcome his weakneses and pass his first life exam?
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was a despised gift from Stalin. After the system transformation in Poland some suggested to pull it down. But the palace is still standing and doing fine pulsating with the life of hundreds of offices, hosting a theatre, concert hall, cinema and even a swimming pool and city council room. Having already visited a clinic, hospital and registry office, this time Wolski with his camera enters the building that is a reflection of Poland’s everyday life and history. The nooks and crannies of the building and the crowds that fill it make a backdrop to apt and witty observations as well as an inspiration to more general diagnoses.
The wind roars. The sea crashes against the cliff. Two meters of rock, that is the strip of water and oxygen where the goose barnacle grows. Two meters where the sea shows no mercy, and beats with millenary strength. A line of waves and foam where Serxo and his comrades fight for a bite out of the sea. A line between bravery and fear. Between recklessness and common sense. Two meters without margin of error. That is where the barnacles live. Where Serxo lives. SEA BITES is the battle against the sea.
Revolving around the divisive plans to build a US missile defense base on Czech territory, CZECH PEACE is a chronicle of history in the making, as it features both, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. With the directors’ trademark wit, intelligence, and the razor sharp taste for absurdist humour, CZECH PEACE is an indictment of modern Western democracies told through the story of Mayor of Trokavec village (population 80) who decides to take the US on and stop the construction of the radar. Featuring the statesmen, lobbyists, peace activists, and ordinary folk, the film cleverly shows the workings of global geopolitics and the way they affect the little people.
Rodrigo is a young deaf man from Recife, northeast Brazil who works installing car stereos in a small dealership on the outskirts of town. Despite his deafness, sound penetrates his day to day life and he harnesses its vibrations, allowing it to pulse through his veins.
Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist, singer, and songwriter David Gilmour plays his Pink Floyd classics, as well as songs from his solo album ON AN ISLAND, in this live performance at Royal Albert Hall. Special guests include David Bowie (on a haunting "Comfortably Numb," and Syd Barret's "Arnold Layne") as well as Robert Wyatt and Crosby & Nash.
Traveling among people and objects we discover a world usually considered as ugly and unattractive. This dream-like journey is not a dream. Who are the people in this „big aquarium”? And what is our position towards them?
A village in the Sierra Madre is inhabited by the last representatives of an ancient Mixteco culture. Deprived of their identity by modern civilization, they are facing an even bigger threat: a landslide that may destroy the village during torrential rains. The local leader tries to prevent the disaster. He wants to invite a geologist to the village, so that the approaching danger could be officially confirmed. But no help is coming and the inhabitants may just humbly wait for the disaster to happen.
Kimmo Pohjonen, Finland’s most vibrant and daring accordionist, struggles to find the melody of his own voice. Breaking the rules, tampering with the bellows, adding electronic devices, sampling noises of animals and earth machines he pushes sound to its extremes and shatters everything you know about the accordion. Kimmo Koskela - producer, director, cinematographer, editor - tells the story with sparse words. His creative approach and breathtaking images give a deep understanding of the inner struggle of this exceptional artist and convey the spirit and feelings of a Scandinavian country.
The film tells the extraordinary story of musician Sixto Rodriguez who was foretold a career bigger than Bob Dylan’s. After his first album the singer disappeared into thin air.
Memories of the witnesses of the Kielce pogrom, recorded in 1987, illustrated with photographs from the archival Polish Film Chronicle (1946, nr 22).
Blind Roman could have become a slave to his disability. But what he loves most are freedom and dogs. For them he took the risk and moved from the city to the country. Here, in his own way, he’s trying to live as a farmer.
Tonia and Her Children is a film about the consequences of the parents’ ideological choices, which are borne by their children. The director presents a story of siblings, Wera and Marcel Lechtman, who were sent to a children’s home while their mother, a pre‑war communist, was arrested. In the film the protagonists recollect the past and are trying to understand their mother’s choices. They speak about their very personal experiences.
Four Iranian country women from northern Khorasan, who play doetar and sing, encounter life's challenges. Although they face several social problems they have a common passion, to release their pain through music. Even though they suffer many social prejudice and segregation on a daily basis the film depicts how music soothes them.
The camera is following the international community of Internet players who, using flight simulators, engage into air battles trying to change the course of history in the virtual world. Their passion smoothly turns into addiction and they become their own Avatars. The craftsmanship of the documentary film master is evident in both affectionate portraits of human weaknesses and in the panache of combat staging. If this is Bławut’s documentary farewell, it is extraordinarily spectacular.
An original portrayal of a small Czech village where – as the locals put it – an UFO has landed in the form of a kilometre-long silverish factory: a Korean Hyundai automobile plant. The village, hitherto famous mostly for its sauerkraut and the “Radegast” beer now is turned into an industrial zone – the largest greenfield investment project in the Czech Republic’s history. Nonetheless, for a long time many farmers resist selling the land upon which the factory is now standing. Eventually, they all succumb under the pressure from the neighbours. The filmmakers returned to Nošovice two years after the dramatic property buyouts, at the time when the factory has just started churning out cheap cars. Combining the perspectives of seven characters, they have composed a portrayal of a place suddenly changed beyond recognition that is playful and chilling at the same time – an absurd about a field that yields cars.
The main protagonist of the film is a resolute six-year-old boy, Tomek Łoziński. He gets to know the world riding his scooter through the park. On the way he stops to smell the flowers, chase butterflies, feed a squirrel or swans. But most of all he stops next to the benches standing along the parkways, where the elderly women and man sit. As he is talking to them, he is confronting his knowledge with their experiences. He is learning about the need for faith and the inevitability of death, the value of health, work and family, the ailments of old age, the reasons of poverty, the role of memory, the paths of people’s lives which are influenced both by history and their own decisions. He learns that solitude can be a curse, but also an appreciated value. He does not want to realize that his destiny is already written. He does not want to come to terms with inevitability. Being full of infant illusions he is convinced that anything can happen in our life: we can meet a small dinosaur or an elderly man in glasses can live 120 years or even more. Tomek’s ride through the park gradually turns into symbolical journey through life.
At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when "The Photo House" – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments. Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments – a journey that requires a lot of love, courage, and compassion.
The Punk Syndrome is a documentary film about Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, formed in 2009 by four developmentally disabled guys. The film follows the band’s journey from their rehearsal room to cult success. It shows the love and hate between the guys, the crying and the laughter. This is what punk used to be about: misfits screaming their lungs out about real problems. That's why this is the last punk band perhaps in the whole World.
This is the film, which the famous Pussy Riot church scene is taken from.WINTER, GO AWAY! was filmed by the graduates of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School, on the initiative of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper. Ten young directors did not part from their cameras for two months. The result was a chronicle of Russia’s winter protests - a chronicle of those who make the political climate and those who are dissatisfied with the makers. We see people, their faces, their conversations, rallies, victories and defeats ahead of the presidential election. A living camera interacts with living heroes. WINTER,GO AWAY! is funny in places - and yet contains an overall sadness: A unique account of Russia today.
Freestyle life is a story of the art of putting up the fight, when the game involves the most competitive rivals – ourselves. Resistance to the determinism leads towards stubborn challenging oneselves to consecutive duels. The surface of the screen that precisely keeps the viewer from reality resembles the surface of water that separates swimmers from their disability.