An ethnographic poem about Kazakhstan, Chastie follows a nomadic shepherd's camp in Kazakhstan - and indifferently allows you to observe the rhythm of life on the grand, severe steppe. The film consists of thirty sequences that demonstrate that even the most elementary activities (eating, sleeping) can possess a great beauty, bliss and especially humour.
Bread Day unflinchingly depicts a community of pensioners living in near isolation outside of St. Petersberg as it enacts the weekly ritual of bringing a delivery of bread—left at a rail junction two hours away—into the village for distribution.
Ou Dede and His Daughters takes the viewer to a China few have seen before - centuries away from the bright neon lights of Shanghai and Beijing. Ou Dede is the village musician and repository of his tribe's culture. With a tradition of passing songs and dances down from father to son, Ou Dede is faced with a dilemma - his three offspring are all female. With the local government deciding that the preservation of traditional Chinese cultures should now be a priority, Ou Dede is faced with either passing his knowledge on to one of his girls or to another boy in the village. This huge cultural crisis facing Ou Dede forms the backbone of this engrossing anthropological study. Who will he choose and what will be the consequences?
Lucy Neiland travels to Kansas and stops at a motel called Dreamland, known for Tim McVay's Oklahoma bombing resident. It is also near Fort Riley where soldiers get ready to be shipped to Iraq. Neiland questions residents about what brought them there and what they think the future holds after 9/11.
An intimate portrait of a couple who live in the slums of Manila. Riles: Life on the Tracks screened in many film festivals, won the Royal Television Award for Best Student Factual Film in the UK, Best Documentary at the CineManila International Film Festival, and was subsequently acquired for broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The Shipyards was a riverside squatters community in downtown Whitehorse that symbolized the Old Yukon lifestyle. Shipyards Lament follows the forced eviction of the residents of this neighbourhood, the last of its kind in urban Canada.
A film about the 1966 North Korean football team who knocked tournament favorites, Italy, out of the World Cup finals in England. The film also provides a rare glimpse of life in modern day North Korea, particularly the lives of the surviving players.
An investigation into the 60-year history of a German multinational corporation that directly profited from the Holocaust, and in recent decades became a leading supplier of nuclear weapons technology to developing nations.
Director Scott Ritter was a chief United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. In Shifting Sands explores the UNSCOM inspections in Iraq, these inspections were in search of "weapons of mass destruction" during the later years of the regime of Saddam Hussein.
In the summer of 2000, members of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to stop the economic sanctions against Iraq, committed an act of civil disobedience. Facing up to twelve years in jail and fines in excess of one-million dollars, the delegates went to live in Basra, Iraq with families who survive on the U.N. Oil for Food Program rations. Greetings from Missile Street shows ordinary people living in Iraq, who have paid the price under economic sanctions.