Ella Fitzgerald was 15 years old when she won a talent contest at the Apollo Theater and rose to meteoric success. With access to never-before-seen archives, this is an intimate account of the incredibly innovative musician.
Director Margarethe Von Trotta builds a rich tapestry of Ingmar Bergman’s legacy. Bubbling with anecdotes and insight into the breadth of his influence, this is a film for both fans and newcomers to Bergman’s work.
Juggling motherhood, activism and filmmaking, Merata Mita was a trailblazer and a dynamic figure in New Zealand politics. Her film archivist son Heperi Mita delves into her story to create this rich and personal portrait of the first female Maori filmmaker.
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.
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.