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Hello Photo
In her startling, exquisitely shot Hello Photo, documentarist Nina Davenport turns the conventions of the travelogue inside out. She takes us to India and abandons us there, leaving us to believe what we see through her eyes. Her movie replicates the experience of being a traveller and thus a voyeur,…
Spain: Facing Uncertainty - Spain's Evolving Political State
Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy, following the death of Franco, amazed the world. Today, Spain amazes for the wrong reasons. Billions wasted in public works. Astronomical unemployment rates, peaking at 58.5% youth unemployment. A royal princess accused of tax fraud and over 600 politicians and public officials implicated in…
Ordinary Lives
Mumbai is the financial capital of India, which is predicted to be the most populated city in Asia in 2020. Today, half of the city's population - 7 million people - are living in slums. Such demographics only exacerbate the economic issues and infrastructural problems that exist. While offering solutions…
In the Footsteps of Buddha - The Path to Buddha’s Enlightenment
A journey across India walking in the same path that lead to Buddha's enlightenment. Siddhartha Guatama lived 2500 years ago in an ancient land called Maghada, known today as Bihar, the poorest state in India. He was born in Lumbini (Nepal today) into a noble family. At the age of…
Shaun Micallef’s Stairway To Heaven - Gods, Gurus and The Ganges
In his youth Shaun Micallef almost joined the priesthood. Now he wonders if he may have missed his one shot at the answers to life's big questions. Heading to India, a country where spirituality and the search for meaning is very much a national past time, he immerses himself in…
Swandown - A Journey Through the Waterways of England
Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition in which Andrew Kotting (the filmmaker) and Iain Sinclair (the writer) pedal a swan-shaped pedalo from Hastings on the south coast of England via the sea, rivers and canals to London. With modest references to Herzog's Fitzcarraldo mixed with a little…
Freedom Stories
Freedom Stories is an exploration by filmmaker Steve Thomas of the achievements and struggles of former 'boat people'. Now Australian citizens, they arrived seeking asylum from the Middle-East around 2001 - a watershed year in Australian politics sparked by the Tampa affair and Prime Minister John Howard's declaration: "We will…
The Last Clan
They are a model of socialism. Living as a collective and as equals in a family-based commune. They are the Hakka from the mountainous region of South East China. Their home is a fortress-like structure called the Tulou, where as many as five hundred family members share an ancient way…
My Name Is Salt - Salt Harvesting in India
Year after year, Sanabhai brings his family to a seasonal saline desert in Gujarat India, where they harvest what they proudly proclaim to be the world's whitest salt, using the same painstaking, manual techniques as generations before them. Hardship and exploitation loom large in this film, but director Farida Pacha…
Running with Bulls - The Bull Run in Spain
Running With Bulls is a study of the controversial San Fermin's Bull Run in Pamplona, Spain. We follow the journey of the festival's fighting bulls from their countryside ranch through the city and then through the cobbled streets to the arena's Gate of Fear. For the last section of the…
Brooklyn Castle
This NY Times Critic's Pick tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The team's victories go beyond a room full of trophies--through chess they learn patience and…
Barolo Boys - An Italian Wine Revolution
Now known as one of the most famous red wines in the world, 30 years ago, Barolo was unknown to its own production region -- the beautiful Langhe in northwestern Italy. Barolo's current success is mainly due to the courage and initiative of a group of small-scale wine producers, the…