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The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production weplaces the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask,
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEAN TELL NO TALES. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil"s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea--notably Jack. Jack"s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
A tale of a small boy with dreams and his journey to becoming the God of Cricket and the most celebrated sportsperson in his country.
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples -- struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) -- chase success through a rock "n" roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
Warner Bros. Pictures" dramatic thriller UNFORGETTABLE is the first film in the director"s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Focus). Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses, Knocked Up), Rosario Dawson (the Sin City films) and Geoff Stults (TV"s The Odd Couple) star in the film. Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)--not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily. Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa"s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia"s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production,
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, a Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw"s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg"s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. Based on one of the best-selling book series of all time, this family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.
THE FOUNDER is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers" speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
Madhav meets a girl named Riya and falls in love. After stuggling to convince her to be his girlfriend, she half heartedly agrees to be his "Half Girlfriend"
Ozzy, a friendly, peaceful beagle has his idyllic life turned upside down when the Martins leave on a long and distant trip. There's only one problem: no dogs allowed! Unable to bring their beloved Ozzy along for the ride, they settle on the next best thing, a top-of-the-line canine spa called Blue Creek.
A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.
With 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award winning BEGINNERS) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. It is a film that keeps redefining itself as it goes along, shifting with its characters as they navigate the pivotal summer of 1979.
When the medical system that Dr. Lisa Cooper has worked in for so many years starts to fail her, she turns her back on what she has always believed in and gets lured into an organ smuggling syndicate in order to save her son’s life. Starring Natalie Becker, Deon Lotz, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Greg Kriek.
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
The third film in Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar trilogy, which chronicles the exploits of a powerful political figure.
A teenager is magically transported to China and learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios" "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team"s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill"s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes" aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D"Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios" "Guardians of the
It's 2002. Four friends are having a braai on the Sunday after Johannes Kerkorrel's suicide. They reminisce about their days as students in Stellenbosch during the time of the Voëlvry tour in the late 80's. They were young, drunken rebels saturated in the protest music of Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis and Bernoldus Niemand. Now, they have become disillusioned suburbanites. The death of their varsity friend Johnny remains a mystery and still haunts all four of them, even after all these years.
Love By Chance is a film about two aspiring actors from South Africa (Altovise Lawrence and Atandwa Kani) who are independently in America, trying to crack into an extremely difficult and over saturated Hollywood industry. They meet by chance, but between the everyday struggle of auditioning, dealing with daily rejection, self-doubt, financial hardship, crazy friends and a mad dating scene, who has time for love?
The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress (Lily Collins), her determined driver (Alden Ehrenreich), and the eccentric billionaire (Warren Beatty) who they work for. It"s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her personal driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), only two weeks on the job and also from a religiously conservative background. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes" #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress. But Hughes" absurd behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.
Forushande (The Salesman) is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
When Shiva, the son of Bahubali, learns about his heritage, he begins to look for answers. His story is juxtaposed with past events that unfolded in the Mahishmati Kingdom.
Two men from completely different backgrounds team up to chase a gold medal in the arduous Dusi canoe marathon.
SLEEPLESS stars Jamie Foxx (DJANGO UNCHAINED, WHITE HOUSE DOWN) as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs" teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff"s comedy GOING IN STYLE. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
From Summit Entertainment. From the Academy Award-nominated producer of THE BLIND SIDE, THE SHACK is based on the New York Times best-selling novel with over 22 million copies sold worldwide about a father"s life-transforming journey that shows him the truth about love, loss, and forgiveness. In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to THE SHACK. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God and ultimately on a path to acceptance.
ALL ABOUT LOVE is an amazing love story shot in the vibrant city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The movie explores the interesting, bitter-sweet, sometimes difficult –but always instructive-journeys of the heart.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Phillip Roth, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede"s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry (Dakota Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a savage act of political terrorism, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.
Martin Scorsese"s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) -- at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director"s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo"s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this December.
Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend"s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the "random" table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone"s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of TABLE 19. Friendships - and even a little romance - can happen under the most unlikely circumstances.
Disney"s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a live-action retelling of the studio"s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle"s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast"s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle"s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston"s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichor
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can"t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world"s stage...and to bring home the man who made them a family.
DreamWorks Animation and the director of MADAGASCAR invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks" THE BOSS BABY. THE BOSS BABY is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby"s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks" THE BOSS BABY is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinski (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh from THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned -- and forced to report to the Reich"s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance -- and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and her family at great risk.
Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
Adapted from the non-fiction book "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley, LION is about a five-year-old Indian boy who, after a wrong train takes him thousands of miles away from home and family, survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only the scantest of clues, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family.
Award-winning Hendricks returns with this carefully observed study of a Hout Bay fisherman as he engages with his friends over the course of a dagga-fueled conversation, making dinner and putting his children to bed. As in previous work, Hendricks gains remarkable access to his subject, achieving a level of intimacy rare in documentary filmmaking. In providing such a personal portrait of a single household, and allowing the rich dialogue between the men to flow so freely, he provides a tangible account of how the economic policies of neoliberalism and post-apartheid South Africa have constrained the lives and livelihoods of the poor in this country and around the world.
Of all the great oppositional U.S. journalists, I.F. Stone was surely the most influential. His weekly newsletter exposed government corruption and collusion, and mixed humour and politics to devastating effect. This slickly-shot documentary uses Stone’s legacy as a starting point to profile a number of contemporary independent journalists, and the issues that matter most to them; stories of humanist importance that are usually drowned out by the misinformation megaphone of corporate media, where economic imperatives Trump the societal. This film is an important documentation of journalists and media who provide a counterbalance to power. A welcome tribute, not to the impossible folly of “free” journalism, but to a higher purpose: ethical journalism
Almost There is an existential crisis, made gorgeously cinematic. All right-angle compositions, half-light and fluorescence, Zünd’s camera follows three men as they negotiate the last years of their lives. In the United States, a city slicker wanders solo around the frigid countryside, leaving voice messages for someone who never answers. In Tokyo, a retired salaryman gets used to his now-empty days in the world’s largest city. And in bleak Blackpool, a down-on-her-luck drag queen and comedian decides to leave grey Britain for a solitary life in a sunny Spanish resort. The sum of these three narratives is a poetic triptych that confronts mortality, aging, purpose and loneliness; a piece of cinema assured in its gloominess and texture, deep and affecting as a lush glass of red wine.
Brexitannia is a remarkably nuanced exploration of the political and emotional landscape in post-Brexit UK. Shot in black and white, the film is in two parts. First a series of beautifully composed portraits in which a diversity of Brexit voters discuss their gut, nostalgic and sometimes absurd responses to leave or remain, often raising issues that will not be remedied by Brexit. The second consists of compelling interviews with informed experts, notably Noam Chomsky who provides surprising insights to people's motives. Kelly, tellingly, does not canvas the opinions of any British politicians. The film challenges the binary notion associated with the Brexit vote - national pride and identity - and extends into a complex discussion of the broader global backdrop of the 21st Century.
A devastating film sparked by a school exercise book containing 300 courageous testimonies of Central African women, girls, and men, a record of the trauma suffered at the hands of Congolese mercenaries between October 2002 and March 2003. Filmed over seven years Cahier Africain follows both the progress of the exercise book as it makes its way to a vault at the international criminal court in the Hague, and the quiet desperation of the women who display extraordinary courage. Just as the pages of the exercise book bore witness to their experiences, so too does this film bear witness to a country torn apart by war and coup d’états.
The mystique of the falcon and the obsession to control morning's minion, stretches back through the mists of time, but nothing will prepare you for this contemporary, blinged Mad Max journey across the Qatari desert towards a falconry competition. Fuelled by the petrodollar, falconry has reached ridiculous heights - prize birds, often costing as much as $24,000, arrive in private jets complete with designer hoods and hand-polished beaks. Their owners speed down empty highways in their Lamborghini's - with pet cheetah's in the passenger seat - or on gold-plated Harleys. Set amidst breathtaking desert scenery, rich men bond, but their lives appear all surface and as empty as the dunes. This unusual, intriguing short is the first filmic documentation of the ritual of the kale zombi – a mixture of dance, trance-inducing percussion and flagellation – that re-enacts the trauma of slavery in a remote Haitian village.
This affecting and episodic debut by Zamecka tells the story of Marek Kaczanowski and his two adolescent children. It focuses on Ola, an extraordinary 14-year-old who parents her autistic brother, Nikodem. Mostly set in the family’s welfare apartment, Zamecka’s use of fixed lenses enables her to achieve a remarkable intimacy; she shuns a didactic narrative, allowing the film’s storyline to unfold through spoken dialogue and acute observation. Masterful editing adds to the unhurried pace and fiction-like unravelling of character. Communion is less a portrait of family dysfunction than an essay in familial tenderness and endurance. Ola’s commitment to seeing Nikodem through his first holy communion is matched by her determination to reunite the family with their estranged mother, Magda. This haunting multimedia film uses a mix of video, animation, photographs, children’s drawings, music and voice-overs to provide an account of the director’s traumatic childhood which was ruled over by his bullying, domineering father, himself a victim of child abuse. In a life marred by alcoholism, domestic violence and frequent funerals, the moving image offered Bădeliță the only escape
This psychedelic surf film emerges from the Elands Bay dustbowl like an LED encrusted crayfish. Acclaimed Fokofpolisiekar and African Cypher director (and two-time Encounters Audience Award winner) Little recruited musicians, sculptors, artists, a coastal forager, underwater wildlife filmmakers, conservation biologists, drone pilots – to spend 10 days and nights at a camp site where they surfed, created artworks, and worked with the local community, celebrating that coast and ocean. Surfing the line between fiction and non, this strangely surreal dreamscape is an invigorating dip into the stream of consciousness of an eccentric and wildly talented bunch.
In South Africa reports of rape and abuse of women and children sadly, are not uncommon. What is rare, however, is Lucy Witt's courageous and unwavering dissection of the grooming process, the abuse, and surviving the aftermath. Repeatedly raped by her stepfather, her confrontations with him in her adult years are thought-provoking, a quest for meaning, not retribution. Initially reluctant to be filmed, his inclusion allows a frank and chilling expose of how sexual predators "work". Dr Marcel Londt, a social worker specialising in child sexual abuse, provides insight, a sobering warning and some solace for survivors.
13 year old Aisholpan is the first female in 12 generations to become an eagle hunter. The Mongolian steppe provides a breathtaking backdrop for this stirring tale of bird and girl. Panoramic birds-eye cinematography belies the intimacy of this avian love story that beats with a feminist heart. While rooted in tradition has seemingly modern desire and ability to compete in the Golden Eagle Festival, on equal terms with the men, draws the ire of traditionalists. Her father’s support is testament to her belief in herself. This visual feast pays tribute to courage and the unique bond formed between a master of the skies and its earthbound mistress' ability to soar.
You know the ending, the drastic trip that put paid to two brilliant running careers. But knowing that ending only enhances the enjoyment of this moving, thought-provoking and wonderfully crafted film. It's packed with archival footage of the bare-foot bokkie, Zola Budd, and her 1984 Olympic nemesis Mary Decker. A teenage tool in the hands of a grasping father and the Daily Mail, a politically cynical tabloid desperate for British gold, Budd was granted UK citizenship, flying in the face of the sports boycott. The Fall, a masterful mix of their personal journeys and the broader political contexts of the time, illustrates the impact that media, politics and history have on individual lives. Their story, with a new ending, still reverberates. Thirty-two years on, Budd is particularly impressive.
Decades on, the Beitar Jerusalem football team, a bastion of racism, Israel’s hard-right and a symbol for the underprivileged. When owner Arcadi Gaydamak transfers two Muslim players from Chechnya, all hell breaks loose. Fan club La Familia threatens a boycott sparking a violent crisis. Displaying remarkable access, Forever Pure illustrates the difficulty in trying to eradicate racism from a race-based society, as well as the central role that sport all too often plays in the political arena.
Premièred at the Berlinale this film took the Best Documentary prize and an Audience Award. Andoni advertised for inmates of the notorious "Russian compound" of the al-Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem, where he himself was incarcerated, to re-enact the psychological and physical abuses they endured there. These older, grey-haired men build the detention cells from memory and then, painfully, from deep-seated and bubbling-over memory, they play it all out. Not all will agree with the breaking-down as therapy module, both for the ex-inmates and as a way to tackle such a politically charged subject, but the use of black-and-white animation is an extraordinary means to distance and yet heighten traumatic scenes
South Africa through the eyes of David Goldblatt is an achingly beautiful place. From his early photographs of Apartheid South Africa to the removal of Rhodes statue from UCT, he has chronicled the country as faithfully as this film chronicles his life. Including interviews with Nadine Gordimer, Zanele Muholi and William Kentridge, the intimate portrait of man and country is captivating. We trail him in his campervan, capturing the essence and heartbreak of a land, and which invites deeper scrutiny. Through frank and disarming revelations he shares his views on faith, fear, death and desire. This is a film which invokes a need to see as Goldblatt sees, feel as he feels.
“I want these three lives to bang against and reveal each other,” wrote author James Baldwin. Though a book was unrealised, his urgent letters remain and here read with startling clarity by Samuel L. Jackson, they provide the loose structure for this extraordinary film. It revisits the deaths of three civil rights activists: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, but Peck’s much-lauded film is more than a requiem to a historical moment. While focused on the terror campaign against black leaders in the 1960s, the real subject is white supremacy. Peck draws on diverse archives – Gordon Parks' colour photos, grainy newsreels, Hollywood films – to visually tell the story of race in America. Ultimately, it is Baldwin’s vivid personality and incisive analysis that carries this remarkable experiment in memory.
Armed with her traditional Xhosa uhadi, acclaimed musician Indwe embarks on a musical pilgrimage through South Africa’s past and the events that led to the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria. This saw 1000s of women from Port Elizabeth boarding trains, determined to take part in an historical landmark in the struggle against the apartheid regime. Indwe tracks down some women to collect and record their personal accounts and the songs they sang on that momentous day. Her voice melds with theirs as she interprets their stories through her music. It’s a highly evocative musical meeting of past and present. Courtesy of the Director
There are some 25 billion hits on the 2 million+ cat videos on the net. Discounting the repeat offenders and addicts (divide by 4), it holds that 6.25 billion people, that's just about everybody on the planet, can't be wrong! Cats are cool. And no more so than in Instanbul, where 100s of 1000s have for 1000s of years wandered in and out of their minions (that's us) lives. The camera-work, from slinking about on a feline's back to soaring above the city they share with humans, is as about as free and fluid as the cats themselves and is accompanied by a great score and well-chosen Turko-pop. Welcome to the wonderful world of Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, and Deniz.
“That mother@#$%er Bashar has us watching the sky constantly,” says plain-speaking father of two, Khaled, early into this frontline study of three reluctant heroes. Khaled, Mahmoud and Subhi, are all volunteers of the White Helmets Syrian Civil Defence, who rescue neighbours in war-torn, besieged Aleppo. Told from their perspective, Fayyad captures the unbroken cycle of waiting and devastation that characterises Syria's asymmetrical war. When a young boy quizzes Mahmoud about being saved, his rescuer responds: “You’re a flower and you must see life.” At times claustrophobic and tragic, this film is nonetheless leavened by its searing grace. It stands testimony to the humility and determination of the people of Aleppo.
Juxtaposing the beastly beauty of, intricate, deafening machinery and their subordinate human operators, Jain welcomes you to the Dark Heart of the clothing industry. Though frank and withering interviews with workers and owners - both mortally dependent on productivity and profit - may be revealing, global demand for cheap clothing ergo cheap labour, is not mentioned. Nonetheless, our own participation in exploitation reverberates long after the closing credits. Masterful and poetic, the immersive, full-sensory, no-holds barred looks at conditions in a textile factory in Gujarat that is closer to a Victorian work-house than a 21st century working environment. From the mouth of the Salt River through Rondebosch to Kirstenbosch, are the remnants of a an indiginous almond tree hedge planted by Jan van Riebeeck in 1659. The Remnant weaves the voices of a botonist, a tour guide, and Jan van Riebeeck himself into a multilayered documentary depicting the rise of segregation in the Cape.
In 2011, Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan announced his retirement with a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Equal parts biopic and hagiography, this film – scored by French house act Cassius – breezily fills in the details of the proceeding years of struggle, hustle and high jinks. He once duct-taped his dealer to a wall and made a sculpture of a penitent Hitler. The film explores the fragile Pinocchio figure behind the bad-boy artist myth. Narrated by a host of insiders – family, lovers, dealers, curators, toadies, and a strategically placed imposter – Axelrod offers a crash course in everything Cattelan. Along the way she sheds light on an obscure economy that rewards evasion and tomfoolery with accolades like genius. men we use to fight them.” Uncensored and unsettling this is the coalface and the canaries have stopped singing.
Grude handed two African Union soldiers a camera and told them to film anything that they felt was important. One year, 523 tapes and some seriously talented editing later, here is the story of the banality and tedium of soldiering and peace-keeping that is, perhaps, more undermining than the terrifying certainty of a deathly conflict with Al-Shabaab in Somalia. These are men before they are soldiers and we see moments of tender generosity juxtaposed with the ever present spectre of violent death. Two-time Oscar nominee EP Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence) describes it as an "urgent, haunting look at our secret wars, through the eyes of the men we use to fight them.” Uncensored and unsettling this is the coalface and the canaries have stopped singing.
In 2009 Madagascar’s democratically-elected president, the popular businessman Marc Ravalomanana, was ousted from power following a bloody military coup. In a fascinating geopolitical drama, Danish filmmaker Mik-Meyer closely follows Ravalomanana as he attempts to return from exile in South Africa to Madagascar, under the threat of arrest and bodily harm. With fly-on-the-wall access to Ravalomanana’s legal, business and PR teams – and investigative interviews with the president and his family – Mik-Meyer conducts an intriguing study of the politics of a country on the imaginary and physical peripheries of Africa, of the insidious nature of French neo-colonial interests, and of the self-sacrifice that true leadership requires.
In a brutally bland room, on the beautiful island of Sicily - the frontier of the desperate wave of African and Middle Eastern to a largely unwelcoming Europe - an actor demonstrates three scenarios of dealing with asylum seekers. By turn confrontational, understanding and coldly procedural, each of these encounters, with real asylum seekers, explores the complex nature of the cultural and moral quandaries, fiscal implications and legal procedures of good neighbourliness in Europe. Director Hendrikx’s hybid role-play often straddles the line between documentary and fiction, allowing him to offer a detached take on an emotive subject. Though clearly meant to challenge European attitudes, it succeeds in making every viewer examine his/her own preconceptions. Powerful, controversial and thought-provoking.
This extraordinary documentary is an ode to the quite extraordinary women catalysing political change throughout the fallout of the Marikana Massacre. A counterpoint to Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down this provides, not just a history of the oppressive conditions, police violence and sanitised corporate indifference (and outright lies) that made Marikana inevitable, but also a view into the rebirth of politics in the human shadow of the Lonmin mine. By foregrounding the political career of Primrose Sonti and the activism of Thumake Magwangqana in particular, this film creates a strange sense of optimism in the face of a terrible crime, while damning the exploitative enterprise of, and collusion between, the mining houses and the ANC. A fascinating document of our country’s long-overdue political maturation.
Surely to be considered "one of the finest documentaries of 2017", says Variety, this timely and intelligent work is a painful intersection of private tragedy and public and political intransigence, and it questions the very notion of the American Dream. Ford's family were the living example of that dream, hard-working, striving for education and a better life for their children. In 1992, when William Jr. was killed, their dream became the African-American Nightmare. Ford's strength is how he negotiates 20-year-old, 20-year-long cold anger and raw emotion for an injustice that still has not been righted, and his film could not be more timely for a country that is in the midst of an unresolved crisis over racial politics. Beautifully crafted, it won the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling.
In Makhasaneni, a hamlet in rural KwaZulu-Natal, scores of villagers are under threat of forced removal for the second time in as many generations. Forcibly moved here by the apartheid government, now their homes are under threat by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu royal family, and who seek to exploit the land over the heads of the people who live and work on it. An eloquent portrait of the activists and residents of Makhasaneni, This Land is also a brave and necessary exposé of the inadequacy of customary law in a predatory capitalist state. It raises the question, “Is monarchy compatible with democratic land reform?”.
What's in a joke? Protests, lawsuits, government oppression, and personal threats apparently, for Bassem Youssef the so-called "Egyptian Jon Stewart". This heart surgeon turned his scalpel to satire - his YouTube stardom turned into a television show, Al Bernameg (The Show), and was watched by 30,000,000 weekly viewers across the Middle East. That kind of popularity, and the critique on offer, makes the powers-that-be nervous of the man named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. That same year his show was cancelled and an arrest warrant issued, which accused Yousseff of insulting Islam. He survived Murburak and Morsi, but his foot-in-it moment came with tackling Al-Sisi. This fascinating document of word vs sword carries the caveat, be careful what you say in jest.
Trophy is a complex and challenging exploration of the international big game hunting industry and the attendant conservation movement, that offers no easy answers to the difficult questions which it poses. Including frank and intimate interviews with a diverse range of subjects, the film offers a thought-provoking look of the issues at hand that will force viewers to reevaluate their own position on hunting and conservation. Although its stark imagery of animals being killed will be difficult viewing for many, its extensive pool of conflicting facts, figures and arguments is nonetheless essential viewing for anyone concerned with the role of humankind in the custodianship of the planet’s last remaining wilderness areas and the many species that are facing extinction.
How do you commemorate soldiers who died in wars perpetrated by their oppressors? Mudzingwa and Ledwaba correctly seek no easy answer to this complicated question. At its narrative core is the Ditrupa, a celebration of military history held in Markapanstad, rural North-West – a filtered-down appropriation of Scottish tradition brought back by black South African troops who served in the Great War. As well as covering black military history, the film provides a telling juxtaposition of black memory against white history. And in its portraiture of the craft and history of Diturupa, it needles in on an uncomfortable nostalgia that may be a basis of inquiry for future films on the subject. Worthwhile. Courtesy of the Directors
A portrait of family, and a study of migration, assimilation and generational spirit in the most gentle and intimate of terms. Kenyan born Munyiri, partially raised in South Africa and much-travelled since, creates an autobiography-through-biography of her late paternal grandmother, Waithira. Through interviews with her cousin in Dresden, and her uncle who remains in the family home, what seems straightforward becomes beguilingly complex and somewhat quixotic: more is gone and lost than retained and knowable. The intersections of Munyiri’s family’s lives with Kenya’s history and present – colonialism, the persecution of Kikuyu people, migration – are in sequence similarly telling, creating a subtle depiction of the meaningless sadnesses that people live through, and pass on, in order to create more comfortable lives for themselves and those they love.
One of the most successful recording artists of all time, with more consecutive #1 hits than the Beatles, endless scandals - drugs, sex, and a violent husband - finally eclipsed Whitney Houston's rocketing star. What becomes apparent, in this balanced biography, is that Houston was a nice person, deeply insecure, and vulnerable to the pressures of fame. Archive includes a remarkable sequence of the 12-year-old girl singing in the church choir led by her mother, Cissy, and mostly unseen footage of her last tour of Europe in 1999. Commentators include many of her music associates, but not Robyn Crawford, her life-long friend and reported lover. Ultimately, a portrait of a particularly American tragedy.
An unflinching look at the 2014 events triggered by the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, how they inspired a community to fight back and sparked the global Black Lives Matter movement. Consisting mostly of footage shot by the people who lived through the violence, news clips and social media posts, Whose Streets? is a deeply moving account of the course of events documented over several years. The film is made all the more powerful by detailing the personal lives of many of those involved and is a remarkable example of how 21st Century citizen journalism can impact on the official narrative, and shift the balance of power.
This account of the political life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela includes facinating archival footage, extensive interviews with her, her daughter Zinzi and shadowy regime types who sought her downfall. With her icon husband 'safe' in prison, Winnie faced the brunt of apartheid cruelty and an adoring, fickle public that first cast her as the Mother of the Nation, and then cast her down as a sinner. Though firmly on the side of Winnie, this film, nonetheless, offers a unique perspective on a South African history that has been largely ignored by both mainstream media and the ANC itself. In the process, it restores Madikizela-Mandela to stage centre, a key figure in the liberation of South Africa.
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