A decade on and filmmaker Jez Lewis also returns to his hometown in Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge, and a real-life drama about why his childhood friends are killing themselves. Beginning with a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long exploration of the problems his friends face and find impossible to overcome.
50 years after Europe warred on the battlefield its competitive spirit is now satisfied with singing contests. Funny and moving in equal measure Sounds Like Teen Spirit tells the story of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where pint sized talents from Sweden to Ukraine sing their 10-15 year old hearts out.
Pawel's highly original and most formally constructed film "Serbian Epics" (1992) was made at the height of the Bosnian war, using the siege of Sarayevo as its central image. It includes close up footage of Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic, both later wanted by the international court of justice for war crimes.
In a part of the world where perspective dictates politics, it's critical for the photojournalist to capture stories without prejudice or bias. This shocking and revealing film follows Reinhard Krause, the head of the Reuters photo bureau in Israel...
A fairytale of love lost and found, this is the story of 11-year-old Laura Anne who lives in the depressed Cumbrian town of Siddick. We follow her tumultuous love-life...
The Moscow skyscraper was Stalin's pet project, envisioned in the spirit of a Communist utopia but in reality built by prisoners of war and Gulag detainees to house KGB agents and the Moscow Intelligentsia. Shot in the ghostly corridors, and told through the stories of the residents, this is an ironic, off-beat portrait of modern-day Russia.
A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses—then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.
This film travels between one remote tribe in India and another, far more powerful, in Washington DC, to uncover a story of misunderstanding and bureaucratic arrogance that achieves the opposite of the World Bank's GEF paper promise.
Surplus explores the destructive nature of consumer culture. Against a backdrop of cynical world leaders, corporate captains and Microsoft fanatics the film puts the controversial anti-globalisation guru John Zerzan, whose call for property damage has inspired many to take to the streets. An intense visual odyssey filmed over three years in eight countries, finding links between the explosive anti-globalisation riots of Genoa, $7000 sex dolls to George W's infamous "just keep shopping" speech. Twenty per cent of the world is gobbling up 80% of its resources. The stunning editing and cinematography turns the statistics into an unforgettable emotional experience.
The winds of change blow through a remote community living in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. This beautifully observed film looks at life since the Russians have left the country, and the once modest rural economy is now steered towards market capitalism. However while the rural areas suffer from the loss of subsidies, the fortune of those living in the city is very different. Market forces have also brought change there, but mostly for the better. The film offers unique insight into this universal dilemma.
A highly acclaimed beautifully made documentary about an old fashioned circus in India where about 50 girls, sold by their parents and separated from the rest of society, are trained to become circus artists.
In the summer of 2000, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were on the brink of reaching a peace agreement. After years of negotiation, both sides seemed ready to move forward. Never before had the dream of peace seemed so close...