Past Screenings & Events 2011 | Page 2 | DocHouse

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO

Dir: Lucy Walker

Nuclear disarmament is a somewhat overlooked issue, since Gorbachev and Reagan failed to seal the deal in the 90s. The ticking time-bomb that looms almost forgotten by the world is revived by Lucy Walker. She defines the major danger that nuclear warheads constitute, from terrorism, miscalculation or accident and the 'Dr Strangelove' scenario.

ARMADILLO

Dir: Janus Metz

Award-winning director Janus Metz arrives in Afghanistan with a group of Danish soldiers on their first tour of duty stationed on the Helmand frontline in Camp Armadillo. Metz captures life on the frontline with an uncompromising and intense vision. 

RESTREPO

Dir: Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington

For 15 months, filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with a US platoon in Afghanistan’s hostile Korengal Valley, shadowing their every move. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Restrepo is as close as it gets to seeing what life as a soldier is really like.

SWEETGRASS

Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash

An unsentimental elegy to the American West. The film follows the last modern-day cowboys leading their sheep up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth Mountain for summer pasture.

NÉNETTE

Dir: Nicolas Philibert

Legendary French documentarist, Nicolas Philibert, returns with his distinctive verite film-making style. Creating a charming, funny and poignant portrait of the day-to-day life of Nénette, a forty-year-old orang-utan who lives in the Jardin des Plantes Exotiques Zoo in Paris.

ÊTRE ET AVOIR

Dir: Nicolas Philibert

Fantastic film by acclaimed French documentarist Nicolas Philibert that charts half a year in the life of George Lopez and his infant and junior pupils at a tiny, single-class school in the Auvergne. Philibert reaches an extraordinary intimacy with his subjects that is never voyeuristic.

CLIENT 9

Dir: Alex Gibney

Former New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, rose to the top, fuelled by genius of ambition and then lost it all, seemingly in a blaze of bad behaviour. Incredible true story.

GASLAND

Dir: Josh Fox

It is happening all across America, rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas."

SHELTER IN PLACE

Dir: Zed Nelson

Portraits of the vast, sprawling complexes of oil refineries and petro-chemical plants that help make the Texan economy one of the biggest in the world. But does the wealth come at too high a price to the local community?

CATFISH

Dir: Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost

In 2007 the filmmakers sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives.

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY

Dir: Michael Moore

Moore explores the issue he has been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans and the rest of the world. It explores what price Americans pay for their love of capitalism.