The lost treasure of Sydney Pollack’s observational footage from 1972 has finally surfaced; witness the sonic brilliance of Aretha Franklin as she recorded her bestselling album Amazing Grace in an L.A. Baptist Church.
A car disappears through the ice on a Siberian lake, colossal melting icebergs crack and rumble against the Finnish symphonic heavy metal soundtrack, while towering waves curl in this spectacular and devastating vision.
In a deserted Macedonian village, 50-something Hatidze, clambers up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks; but disruption is coming. With beautiful cinematography evocative of Caravaggio, Honeyland explores nature’s vulnerability under capitalist demand.
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.
In Eastern Al-Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, 400,000 people are trapped in a relentless bombardment which has been going on for years. While above ground is a colourless Armageddon, below is a buzzing hive of humanity, as paediatrician Dr Amani Ballour manages a hospital, treating a constant flow of bomb victims.