Feature Documentary

WHERE THE WIND BLEW

21 June 2018
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Where The Wind Blew tells the story of how the Cold War super powers, in their race to develop more and more deadly bombs, spent forty years developing weapons capable of wiping out entire nations, while sacrificing their own vulnerable populations in the name of national security. We may have become complacent about nuclear testing – but the Doomsday Clock which warns us about the threat of how nuclear global destruction takes us closer to Armageddon, is ticking steadily towards midnight.

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ACTA NON VERBA

21 June 2018
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On October 6th, 2012, at approximately midnight, a Swiss banker, Michel Yagchi, committed suicide in the basement of his house in Geneva. That evening, Michel’s entire family was out of the country, travelling to Brussels to attend the graduation of Michel’s eldest son Yvann. Three years later, Yvann decided to start investigating his father’s mysterious suicide, concurrently confronting his family and his father’s friends and colleagues.

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The Ulysses Of The XXI Century

8 January 2018
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Morocco has one of the highest migration rates in the world. It is estimated that 3 million Moroccans live abroad. Since the first rural exodus movements in the 1950s, Moroccan cinema has witnessed all major migratory milestones: the phenomenon of the “patera” or dinghies, the life in Europe, homecoming… This documentary, The Ulysses of the 21st century takes a migratory tour through Moroccan cinema.

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FREE SPEECH FEAR FREE

14 June 2016
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2016 DOCUTAH Raven winner: Best Foreign Film

Can we really be fully human without Free Speech? Is free speech the oxygen of our society? Without it we crumble. Free Speech Fear Free get’s to the core of what free speech really is, and the impact it has on our day to day lives. It compares the UK with Belarus and shows what life is really like without Free Speech. It tells chilling stories of a dictatorship that destroys people’s standard of living.

Das Ende der Redefreiheit? – Die Dokumentation “Free Speech, Fear Free”

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THORIUM, THE FAR SIDE OF NUCLEAR POWER

5 June 2016
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What would the world look like if nuclear power had been
conceived to provide energy rather than bombs or nuclear submarines?

Thorium molten salt reactors: ever heard about this technology? In a parallel universe, this reactor, combined with solar and wind power, ensures a guaranteed access to energy all over the planet. The oil wars didn’t bloody the world, the climate hasn’t got out of hand, Chernobyl and Fukushima are anonymous points on the map and nuclear waste isn’t an issue. In our own universe, the same reactor, stillborn in the forties and buried in ’71, reappears, carried by researchers far away from the traditional nuclear industry.

But, shh! We mustn’t talk about it.

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ONE SAYS NO!

6 November 2015
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The small village of Yangji. First it was swallowed up by the vastly expanding city of Guangzhou (previously: Canton). Now the villagers are supposed to clear out their simple homes. Modern China doesn’t have room for these old eyesores in what has become the financial district, and investors are ravenous for inner city plots. Only few dare to resist the highly corrupt political and economic system, which has little time or patience for the needs of individuals. Family father Ah Zhong has risked everything – and has successfully resisted eviction from his home. Now he advises homeowners in Xian how they can defend their rights. To the opposing villagers, Ah Zhong is a role model and a hero. But they refuse to see that the price Ah Zhong had to pay for his victory was extremely high – perhaps too high. A Pyrrhic victory.

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TAKING THE DOG FOR A WALK

1 November 2014
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Taking the Dog for a Walk maps the scene of British Improvised Music, past and present. Alternating with extended music sequences, the conversations led by stand up comedian Stewart Lee gravitate around the idiosyncrasies of improvisation, from playing in front of the proverbial ‘four men and a dog’ to pursuing a career in a milieu where success is not measured by mainstream criteria.

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THE ROAD UPHILL

1 January 2012
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Luxembourg. One of the world’s smallest countries, a green and peaceful place bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. The birthplace of two brothers, Andy and Fränk Schleck, two of the world’s best professional cyclists. Following Team Leopard Trek and the Schleck Brothers, this film focuses upon the team’s participation in the prestigious 2011 Tour de France. It is an intimate cinematic portrait of two brothers and a team under pressure to live up to the expectations of their country. « The Road Uphill » documents the relationships, motivations and belief systems integral to Leopard Trek – core aspects of the team which are not usually exposed by television reportage. This documentary investigates the day-to-day life of a professional cycling team and the physical, mental and emotional thresholds that they need to overcome to win the greatest race on earth.

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THE PROPHET

24 November 2011
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The Prophet, a film directed and composed by BAFTA-nominated Gary Tarn (Black Sun, 2005) takes Kahlil Gibran’s classic novel and spins it into a cinematic exploration of love, life and loss. Shot on his solo travels to Serbia, Lebanon, New York, Milan and London with a 16mm and HD camera Tarn filmed people, situations and places that resonate with, rather than illustrate, the theme of Gibran’s text. The result is a film featuring images from around the globe that act as a visual equivalent to Gibran’s written word and create a common, contemporary thread between each culture. The Prophet is visually striking, finding beauty in the everyday – moviegoers who like a film that makes them think will relish its beautifully evocative nature. And, in a stroke of exquisite taste, the film is narrated by British actress Thandie Newton who delivers Gibran’s captivating prose with an intimate reading, woven into a score for orchestra, guitar, cello and synthesiser. First published in 1923, The Prophet has sold millions of copies worldwide and was the bible of the 60’s counter-culture, famous for its main character’s simple, inspiring answers to the questions with which all of us grapple. Its timeless message continues to be read and to inspire people around the world today.

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