With eighty percent of Baltimore's African American boys dropping out of high school and half of them ending up in jail, Mavis Jackson runs a programme to send twenty'at risk' twelve-year-olds to a school in Kenya for their 7th and 8th grade education. This fascinating documentary highlights the profound academic and cultural failings of the North American system and the changes and achievements of the youngsters, as we follow the group through the culture shock of swapping their inner-city streets for the Baraka School's strict disciplinary regime in the bush country of East Africa.
This raw and heartbreaking documentary follows a group of orphans and runaways just about existing in Moscow's Leningradsky station, whose miserable days consist of the grim horrors of prostitution, begging, glue-sniffing and dealing with the direct threats of police brutality and AIDS. Oscar-nominated and bearing unflinching witness to the terrible reality of child-homelessness, this is a must-see insight into one of our most desperate urban conditions.
The Bolivian silver mines of the Cerro Rico mountain have been exploited for over 450 years. It is estimated that over eight million people have died in the mines. It is known as "the mountain that eats men". The Devil's Miner is the story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in one of these mines. Through the children's eyes, we encounter the world of devout Catholic miners who sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. It is an ancient belief that the devil, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines the fate of all who work within the mines.
Australian filmmaker Cathy Henkel returns to Johannesburg where fourteen years ago, her mother was sexually assaulted and beaten in her suburban home by a local teenager. Henkel's despair at an ineffective police investigation as well as her mothers' inability to recover from this violent attack drives her to seek out and confront her mother's attacker. A disquieting film about justice, healing and bond between mother and daughter.
"And obviously we gave him the wrong advice, didn't we?" retorts Bev, stepmother of Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, "because the next we heard he was on his way to Afghanistan to join the Taliban." Australian David Hicks, incarcerated in a cell in Guantamano Bay for over two years, has been refused access to a normal trial hearing, and has had no contact with any family members.
In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by the violently new and raw sound of a band of misfits called The Ramones. This film traces the band from its unlikely origins, through its star-crossed career, its bitter demise and the sad fates of Joey and Dee Dee. End Of The Century is a vibrant, candid document of one of the most influential groups in the history of rock.
Baghdad,1998 and the pressure is intense. Hundreds of journalists are in town and Sean McAllister is one of them.But instead of focusing on the talking heads and the staged demonstrations, McAllister turns his camera on two "minders", those assigned by the Iraqi Ministry of Information to patrol what foreigners see and do not see.
Agnès Varda's exuberantly inventive follow-up to her critically lauded essay film, in which she revisits characters from the original and further explores what it means to be a "gleaner." Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait.
A documentary film about the South African neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terreblanche, and Nick Broomfield's attempts to get an interview with him. His failed attempts lead him to become acquainted with Terreblanche's driver JP and his family.
As the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO are aiming to develop a common approach to world economic policies called the 'coherence agenda', The Yes Men have an agenda of their own. The Yes Men gain worldwide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on TV and at business conferences around the world, amazingly without being discovered. The bizarre story begins with activists Andy and Mike setting up a website that mimics the WTO, which is mistaken for the real thing - they soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to speak as the organisation they oppose, Andy and Mike don cheap suits and set out to see how far they can push it - with darkly comic satires featuring the worst aspects of global free trade.
In the First World War is primarily a spectacle - sensational footage, military briefings, carefully edited news presentations. The Fourth Word War shows a different kind of war - without battlefields, without a clear enemy, that is economic and cultural as well as military. It shows footage from the frontlines of neglected struggles in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, and finds a connection with the WTO protests of Seattle and Genoa, and the so-called 'War on Terror'. Directed by the award winning New York-based Big Noise Films, with Tony Award winner Suheir Hammad and singer Michael Franti from Spearhead, it is a radical story of hope and human connection in the face of a war that shatters and divides.
In March 2001 the ruling Taliban destroyed Afghanistan's foremost tourist attraction, the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Over the course of a year, this film follows the story of one of the refugees who lives in a cave amongst the ruins...
In 2001, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain traveled to Venezuela to videotape a behind-the-scenes profile of President Hugo Chavez. While filmming in 2002, they found themselves in the midst of a coup attempt against Chavez.