Since its initial publication in Vienna in 1937, the exotic love story Ali & Nino has been surrounded by controversy over the true identity of its pseudonymous author. Alias sets out to shed light on the mystery surrounding Said's identity: Was he a Russian Jew, was he an Azerbaijaini Muslim, or was he even a she -- an Austrian countess? | Read More
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. | Read MoreDocumentary
In the man-made water passages of hyper-modern Singapore, a seemingly innocent activity triggers a mysterious event, which leads to a search and eventual surrender.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Journeys Across Cultural Landscapes program. | Read MoreDocumentary
An experimental documentary about a family's loss of a child and the struggle between remembranc and fogetting. The film explores the cultural differences between a North American mother and a Mexican father in the face of death. | Read MoreDocumentary
Arquette, a self-professed lover of "real music musicians" sets out to find out how rockers balance their lives with art, their opinions on today's music and who inspires them. Artists, including Stevie Nicks, Sting, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, and Joni Mitchell, provide all the answers.
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In acclaimed Canadian choreographer Lock's own interpretation of his modern ballet, the power and grace of his La La La Human Steps dance troupe are brilliantly complemented by striking cinematography and editing, which surround the dancers so completely that it appears Amelia is fully realized on screen rather than on stage. With transcendent music by David Lang and lyrics by Lou Reed. | Read More
Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp.
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In this unflinching, behind-the-scenes look at a doomed reality show, a pair of novice TV writers team up with the distributor of the Paris Hilton sex tapes to create a reality show in which contestants are starved on a desert island. More than just gripping entertainment, this documentary poses important questions about how far people will go in pursuit of fame and fortune. | Read MoreDocumentary
Politicians and the media like to talk about the relationship between Wall Street and Main Street, but investigative journalist Leslie Cockburn's debut feature gets to the guts of the matter, visiting defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor's and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble and, on the flipside, visiting the working-class Americans who were the unwitting chips on the table. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Set against a vivid backdrop of American rural landscapes, Alex Mar's meditative documentary artfully weaves together the stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion: a pagan priestess in California mining country, a Spiritualist in upstate New York, and a Native American father and sundancer in South Dakota, all yearning for fulfilling spirituality in disparate but often strikingly similar ways. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Does contemporary America have a controlling class? This inventive documentary satire featuring Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham sets out to get answers with the help of intellectuals, CEOs, politicians, folksingers, activists, and celebrities. And in the process, two Ivy League graduates ponder their future career possibilities.
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This short film is both a road movie about four young people traveling to Kosovo to donate an ambulance and a documentary about the situation of young Kosovars today, five years after the international intervention. The four travelers interview people they have gotten to know during the last five years on their trips to Kosovo and others who they meet for the first time on this journey. | Read MoreDocumentary