Forty-six million Americans live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. In this poetic observational film, documentary master Frederick Wiseman takes us to one such place, Monrovia, Indiana, immersing us in the rhythms and daily life of the place.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s celebrated philosophical children’s book The Little Prince, is one of the world’s most widely translated literary works. Around the world passionate translators share their love for the values of the book, and the fight to preserve endangered languages.
In its eighty year history, the iconic American record label Blue Note has repeatedly pushed creative boundaries. Founded in 1939 by Jewish German refugees, who simply loved the new type of music called jazz, the label became a game changing platform for African Americans.
Chris Sievey became a legend as Frank Sidebottom, a bizarre enthusiastic figure with an over-sized papier-mâché head. Beneath the head was a brilliant musician and comedy genius, remembered here by figures including former band member Mark Radcliffe and punk poet John Cooper Clarke.
In the High Himalayas of Nepal, children are sent from their remote villages to a Buddhist monk-led school in Kathmandu. After a decade of being away, a group of 16 year-olds are making their journey home, with the danger of earthquakes looming.
Imagine being lost at the bottom of the North Sea with no light or insulation and 5 minutes left of oxygen – and no sign of rescue in sight. Last Breath’s race-against-time story about deep-sea diver Chris Lemons will leave you gasping for air.
Bing Liu started filming himself and his skater friends when they were teens; hanging out at skate parks, learning new tricks and mucking about. When one his friends becomes a young father, he begins to reflect on the father figures in their lives.
Taiwan Film Festival Closing Gala: A selection of short documentary films depicting the past, the present and the future of the Taiwanese Indigenous movement, followed by a Q&A and live music by Panai Kusui & Ado Kaliting Pacidal.
One of the few films to engage with Rwandans as users of images, rather than simply their subjects, The Faces We Lost follows nine survivors of the 1994 genocide, relatives of victims and professional memory-makers), who guide us through their stories and share their experiences, remembrance and images.
Having broken away from Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes to pursue his solo career, Teddy Pendergrass was on the cusp of super-stardom - but his position in music history was thrown into uncertainty by a devastating accident.
Scotty Bowers wrote a best-selling memoir about providing gay sex services to Hollywood stars from the gas station he worked at in the late 1940s. This film follows a man keen to share his sexcapades, regardless of the implications.