SHERPA

Dir: Jennifer Peedom

In April last year, a 14 million ton block of ice killed 16 Sherpas in the worst tragedy ever on Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of Sherpas on the mountain. This film tells their story for the first time.

CHEMSEX

Dir: Max Gogarty & William Fairman

This powerful film tells the stories of gay men whose lives have been affected by a rising phenomenon; Chemsex. Offering unprecedented access, this new doc is an unflinching journey into the dark underworld of modern, urban gay life.

DREAMS REWIRED

Dir: Manu Luksch & Martin Reinhart & Thomas Tode

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, Dreams Rewired traces the anxieties and cravings of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when film, television and the telephone were new. 

SHERPA + Q&A

Dir: Jennifer Peedom

In April last year, a 14 million ton block of ice killed 16 Sherpas in the worst tragedy ever on Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of Sherpas on the mountain. This film tells their story for the first time.

*LISTEN TO ME MARLON

Dir: Stevan Riley

A creative journey into the mind and motivation of an enigma. Making use of an archive of audio tapes, Brando’s own voice leads us through his life story, guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory, and through the story of his life.

Pick of Doc/Fest: CONTAINMENT

Dir: Robb Moss & Peter Galison

Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

STAR*MEN

Dir: Alison Rose

Four astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the US. The journey provokes reflection on their work, life and contribution to the most exciting period in astronomy's history.

In 1972, athletes from around the globe gathered in Munich, Germany for the Olympic Games. However, the Olympic spirit of brotherhood and peaceful competition was shattered when eight Palestinian terrorists invaded the athletes' quarters to take the Israeli team hostage while the world looked on, incredulous. Using extraordinary archive footage including the only surviving member of the Black September group, the film tells the dramatic story of what happened during those 21 hours in Munich.

 

The first of two LGBTI Human Rights Activism and Film events organised by the ‘School of Advanced Study’ as part of the Being Human Festival 2015.

This event will focus on the experiences of the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights transnational project (www.envisioninglgbt.com) in its innovative work with grassroots activists in participatory video film-making, to document the experiences and human rights struggles of LGBTI people. 

*FRESH DRESSED

Dir: Sacha Jenkins

A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from the New York discount markets to high fashion’s catwalks and shopping malls all around the world.

CENSORED VOICES

Dir: Mor Loushy

One week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day War’, renowned author Amos Oz and editor Avraham Shapira recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. Fifty years later we observe the same men listening back to their harrowing confessions for the first time.

PALIO

Dir: Cosima Spender

Siena is home to the world’s oldest and most dangerous horse race: the Palio. Every summer riders compete through the Piazza del Campo where taking bribes and making deals is just is essential.

THE NIGHTMARE

Dir: Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237) meets eight sufferers of sleep paralysis and discovers the terror that awaits them when they fall asleep each night. Using dramatic reconstructions, compelling first-hand accounts and slick cinematic trickery, The Nightmare will entertain, educate and completely petrify.

1971

Dir: Johanna Hamilton

Before Watergate, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971 eight anti-war activists broke into an FBI field office and stole every document they found. 

INVISIBLE HEROES

Dir: Jordi Torrent & Alfonso Domingo

2,800 North Americans volunteered during the Spanish civil war, 85 of whom were African Americans. This is the story of those invisible heroes who fought in a far-away war for the civil rights that they were denied in their own country.

*THE SPANISH EARTH

Dir: Joris Ivens

Narrated by Earnest Hemingway, The Spanish Earth tells the story of Spains revolutionary struggle through the experience of a single village. Shot in 1937, when the Republican forces were on the retreat, the film is a graphic portrayal of the men and women who resisted Franco’s insurgents.

GORED

Dir: Ido Mizrahy

Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history. He has been stabbed an incredible twenty-three times over the course of his career but now with a family to consider and a body that is broken, Barrera has decided to retire – but not before one final fight.

*THE WOLFPACK

Dir: Crystal Moselle

Six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a manhattan housing project meticulously recreating the movies they love. Yet as adolescence looms, they dream of escape...

ADDICTED TO SHEEP

Dir: Magali Pettier

Director Magali Pettier follows a year in the North Penines on the farm of the Hutchinsons; beautifully capturing both the stark, stunning beauty of the landscape, and the brutally hard graft it takes just to survive. And a lot of sheep.

This week we're celebrating one of the most experimental, form pushing director's in the country with a retrospective at Bertha DocHouse. We kick off with Brian Hill's latest film, a real-life noir thriller which uncovers the truth behind Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Thomas Quick. 

IRIS

Dir:  Albert Maysles

Iris pairs Albert Maysles (the legendary and much-loved documentarian who passed away earlier this year) with Iris Apfel; the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

This week we're celebrating one of the most experimental, form pushing director's in the country with a retrospective at Bertha DocHouse. We kick off with Brian Hill's latest film, a real-life noir thriller which uncovers the truth behind Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Thomas Quick. 

BEST OF ENEMIES

Dir: Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Best of Enemies is a behind-the-scenes account of the explosive televised debates between two towering public intellectuals: Liberal Gore Vidal and rightwinger William F. Buckley Jr. 

GREY GARDENS

Dir:  Albert Maysles & David Maysles & Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer

Another chance to see the Maysles brothers best loved film about a pair of reclusive New York socialites who live together in a dilapidated Hamptons mansion

KHRUSHCHEV DOES AMERICA

Dir: Tim Toidze

A story that could have ended the Cold War long before Gorbachev. In the autumn of 1959, with communist paranoia at its peak, the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in Washington for an unprecedented no-holds-barred two week tour of the United States. 

GOING CLEAR

Dir: Alex Gibney

Going Clear is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power. Director Alex Gibney profiles eight former Scientology members, shining a light on how the church cultivates its true believers and detailing their experiences.

1971

Dir: Johanna Hamilton

Before Watergate, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971 eight anti-war activists broke into an FBI field office and stole every document they found. 

MONTEREY POP

Dir: D. A. Pennebaker

Filmed at the Monterey Pop festival on a beautiful June weekend in 1967, the Summer of Love is immortalised in performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Otis Redding, The Mamas & The Papas and many more.

WOODSTOCK

Dir: Michael Wadleigh

It was the summer of 1969 and 500,000 people descended on a small patch of field in a little know town in upstate New York. What unfolded was the greatest outdoor rock concert the world has ever seen.

BORN IN GAZA

Dir: Hernan Zin

What’s it like to grow up in a war zone? In 2014 the siege on Gaza left 507 children dead and over 3,000 wounded. This extraordinary new film follows the lives of ten children living in the region, examining its physical and psychological effects.

1971

Dir: Johanna Hamilton

Before Watergate, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden there was Media, Pennsylvania. On March 8, 1971 eight anti-war activists broke into an FBI field office and stole every document they found. 

Director Abner Benaim's ambitious project to recreate the 1989 invasion of Panama through personal recounts and fictionalised reconstructions confronts the reliability of non-fiction filmmaking as well as questioning human remembrance and the collective memory of a country.

THE TRUE COST

Dir: Andrew Morgan

As the price of our clothes decreases, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost pulls back the curtain on an untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our cheaper clothes?

WE ARE MANY

Dir: Amir Amirani

On February 15th 2003, up to 30 million people demonstrated against the impending Iraq War. We Are Many is the story of the largest global demonstration in human history and how a small band of activists changed the world.

LAMBERT & STAMP

Dir: James D. Cooper

The inside story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring film directors from opposite sides of the tracks who form an unlikely partnership, leading them to discover and manage the iconic band that would become The Who.

A FULLER LIFE

Dir: Samantha Fuller

A gripping tribute to a true American maverick. Samuel Fuller's adventure-filled life encompassed every major turning point in the 20th-century. His body of work is one of the most radical and exhilarating in the history of cinema.

INDIA'S DAUGHTER

Dir: Leslee Udwin

India’s Daughter investigates the story of the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh and why it led to such widespread anger. Examining the values and mind-sets of the rapists as well as society in India more broadly.

ALTMAN

Dir: Ron Mann

Innovative, rule-breaking and truly independent, maverick director Robert Altman changed the face of American cinema, with 70s classics including M*A*S*H (1970). Ron Mann’s illuminating doc reveals the man behind the films.

In the Shadow of a Man

Dir: Hanan Abdalla

Interweaving the stories of four Egyptian women from diverse backgrounds and generations, this film offers a window into the country's complex gender relations. Powerful, intimate and politically explosive, In the Shadow of a Man forms an impressive social portrait of life both before and after the revolution.

STREAM OF LOVE

Dir: Ágnes Sós

Love and desire fill the minds of the inhabitants of a rural village in Transylvania. In Ágnes Sós' festival favourite Stream of Love the elderly men and women of the village speak frankly about sex, love and everything in-between. 

BTL: THE AMBASSADOR

Dir: Mads Brügger

A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa. Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches – this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds.

BTL: LAST CALL AT THE OASIS

Dir: Jessica Yu

Director Jessica Yu presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Last Call at the Oasis exposes the neglected problem of impending global water shortage, and features those who fight for the countless American residents who suffer from water pollution, including activist Erin Brockovich. With shocking facts from distinguished experts, the film is an urgent wake-up call.

BTL: PINK SARIS

Dir: Kim Longinotto

'A girl's life is cruel...A woman's life is very cruel', notes the formidable Sampat Pal Devi, leader of the Pink Sari-wearing Gulabi Gang. From highly-acclaimed director Kim Longinotto, Pink Saris is a finely-crafted and classically observational documentary, partraying a complex figure with honesty and empathy, and giving a window onto the reality for many women in Northern India.

Amid the global coverage of uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria, protests in the island kingdom of Bahrain went largely ignored. Shot undercover in Bahrain over the course of three months, Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark follows the saga of the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.

BTL: THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE

Dir: Ken Burns & David McMahon & Sarah Burns

In April 1989, five black and Hispanic teenagers from Harlem were arrested for the brutal assault and rape of a white woman in Central Park. After hours of intense interrogations, the youths confessed and were sentenced to long prison terms.