This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes the truth. Director Yael Hersonski shows how the imagery was staged to distort historical knowledge and, with the aid of Jewish survivors' testimony, chronicles the horrifying reality of ghetto life.
In this darkly comic gem, it's Christmas Eve in northern Finland, and an archeological dig has just unearthed Santa Claus. But this Santa isn't one you want coming to town. When local children begin disappearing, Pietari and his father capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the corporation sponsoring the dig.
Oscilloscope Laboratories presents REBIRTH. REBIRTH follows the ten-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001. Time-lapse photography simultaneously tracks the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once stood.
4) The Maid
After 23 years working as a devoted maid in an upper class Chilean household, embittered and ailing Raquel (Sundance Film Festival and Gotham Award winner Catalina Saavedra) can no longer care for the family alone. Trapped by guilt, matriarch Pilar (Claudia Celedón) refuses to let Raquel go, even though it is clear their longtime maid is slowly unraveling. Instead, Pilar hires more help, throwing Raquel into a jealous frenzy. The seemingly happy...
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
On the fringes of Dublin two kids, Kylie and Dylan, live in a suburban housing estate devoid of life, colour and the prospect of escape. Kylie lives with five other siblings and her overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away from home two years earlier.After a violent altercation with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to run away with him. Together...
Robert Hanson is a Copenhagen police officer transferred to a small provincial town following his nervous breakdown. There to take on the mysteriously vacated Sheriff position, Hansen quickly finds himself in a community governed by its own bizarre rules. TERRIBLY HAPPY is a taunt, noirish psychological thriller about the depths to which people will go to achieve a sense of security and belonging.
Luciano Gauna, a paranoid and failing screenwriter in Buenos Aires, has his world thrown upside down when his successful TV producer friend returns from Madrid with a stunning new girlfriend.
Sisters Jin (Hee-yeon Kim) and Bin (Song-hee Kim) must fend for themselves when their mother abruptly packs her things, leaving the girls in the care of their alcoholic aunt without a word as to when she'll return. In a tale of innocence lost, the sisters try to make sense of their mother's absence. But in the meantime, 6-year-old Jin will be forced to mature far beyond her tender years.
10) Burma VJ
Oscar-nominated and honoured with over 50 international awards, this film on Burma's secret video reporters is one of the most prolific political documentaries in recent years. The film shows a rare inside look into the 2007 uprising in Myanmar through the cameras of the independent journalist group, Democratic Voice of Burma. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police...
A suspenseful courtroom drama that focuses on the intricacies of the global politics of food by examining the actual case of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers and their suit against Dole Food Corporation. Their corporation was suspected of using banned pesticides, which were linked to generations of sterilized workers.
"Builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis ... begging the question: Can anyone really own water?"--Container.
French director Henri-Georges Clouzot created a film showing the process in which Pablo Picasso created his work. Captured is the moment and mystery of creativity as the master completed twenty artworks, ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to widescreen color paintings. Almost every painting created in this film was destroyed after it was finished. In 1984 the French government declared the film a national treasure. Picasso creates over...
Two young girls are sent to live with relatives while their mother searches for their missing father. When their mother doesn't come back, they are left at their grandparent's house where they finally learn the importance of family.
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James Franco delivers a career-defining performance as poet Allen Ginsberg. Through his search for personal and creative expression, Ginsberg writes *Howl*, and must contend with attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) during *Howl’s* bizarre obscenity trial. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic at the **Sundance Film Festival**. Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the **Berlin International Film Festival**. Nominated for Outstanding Film...
16) Unmistaken child
Follows the 4-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk's devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa, to search for his master's reincarnation, a child who may be anywhere in the world. Includes featurettes.
17) The messenger
Partnered with hard-line officer Tony Stone, Sgt. Will Montgomery is a battle-scarred war hero home from Iraq and newly assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. He faces this formidable mission while seeking comfort and healing back on the home front when he falls for the wife of a fallen soldier. After an injured soldier is assigned the duty of informing soldier's families that their loved ones have died, he faces an ethical dilemma...
18) Wendy and Lucy
Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Alaska in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Winner of the Palm Dog and nominated for the Un Certain...