Documentary

  • Monika Treut – Didn’t Do It for Love (1997)

    Monika Treut1991-2000DocumentaryGermany
    Didn't Do It for Love (1997)
    Didn’t Do It for Love (1997)

    DIDN’T DO IT FOR LOVE is a documentary portrait of Eva Norvind, a.k.a. Mistress Ava Taurel, born Eva Johanne Chegodaieva Sakonskaya in Trondheim, Norway. The film follows Eva’s many careers, from her time as a showgirl in Paris to becoming Mexico’s Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s to establishing herself as New York’s most famous dominatrix in the 1980s. Using clips from Norvind’s Mexican films, stills from various periods, and interviews with friends, partners and family, Treut’s documentary traces Eva’s search for the wellspring of her obsessive and dark sexuality.Read More »

  • Errol Morris – Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

    Errol Morris1991-2000DocumentaryUSA
    Mr. Death The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
    Mr. Death The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

    Throughout his work, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has sought out characters lost in their own eccentric worlds, and he has managed to convey their sense of wonder with their passion, be it a topiary gardener arguing the merits of hand shears in Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) or astrophysicist Stephen Hawking discussing the origin of the universe in A Brief History of Time (1992). In his most provocative work since The Thin Blue Line (1988), Morris details what happens when this interior dreamscape collides with the hard facts of history. As a young man accompanying his father to work at a state prison, Fred A. Leuchter, a bespectacled mouse of a man, learned how inefficient and inhumane most executions were, and he set out to design and build a better electric chair. Soon he began getting offers from state institutions throughout the country to redesign their electric chairs, along with gas chambers, gallows, and lethal injection machines. Read More »

  • Dominik Wessely – Die Blume der Hausfrau (1999)

    1991-2000DocumentaryDominik WesselyGermany
    Die Blume der Hausfrau (1999)
    Die Blume der Hausfrau (1999)

    The movie depicts the daily struggle of vaccum cleaner salesmen in the region of Stuttgart, Germany at the tail end of the 90’s. What sounds dry is a deep and unmasking look into the homes of german housewives and housemen and the salesmen struggling to get by. The movie is driven by the daily incidental, often hilarious interactions of salesmen and to-be customers. The movie interrogates the essence of southwestern german housewives and housemen and salesmen alike by removing the narrator and letting the respective counterparts play out all of the interactions.Read More »

  • Miranda Pennell – The Host (2015)

    2011-2020DocumentaryExperimentalMiranda PennellUnited Kingdom
    The Host (2015)
    The Host (2015)

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    Miranda Pennell is investigating her family’s involvement with BP, the oil company created by the British and the Iranian governments during the imperial century. The filmmaker finds some letters written in the 1930s by a geologist who moved to Iran to study the origins of our civilization. By chance, personal memories intertwine with historical events, revealing unexpected connections.Read More »

  • Fatih Akin – Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005) (HD)

    Fatih Akin2001-2010DocumentaryTurkey
    Crossing the Bridge The Sound of Istanbul (2005)
    Crossing the Bridge The Sound of Istanbul (2005)

    Synopsis:
    Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. He looks at the vibrant musical scene which includes traditional Turkish music plus rock and hip-hop.Read More »

  • Maya Deren – Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1993)

    Maya Deren1991-2000DocumentaryEthnographic CinemaShort FilmUSA
    Divine Horsemen The Living Gods of Haiti (1993)
    Divine Horsemen The Living Gods of Haiti (1993)

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    A black and white documentary film about dance and possession in Haitian vodou that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between 1947 and 1952 and edited and completed by Deren’s third husband Teiji Ito and his wife Cherel Winett Ito (1947-1999) in 1981, twenty years after Deren’s death. Most of the film consists of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in Rada and Petro services. Deren had studied dance as well as photography and filmmaking. She originally went to Haiti with the funding from a Guggenheim fellowship and the stated intention of filming the dancing that forms a crucial part of the vodou ceremony. The film that resulted, however, reflected Deren’s increasing personal engagement with vodou and its practitioners (Wilcken, 1986). While this ultimately resulted in Deren disregarding the guidelines of the fellowship, Deren was able to record scenes that probably would have been inaccessible to other filmmakers. Deren’s original notes, film footage, and wire recordings are in the Maya Deren Collection at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archive Research Center.Read More »

  • Yi-Shan Lo – Xue shui xiao rong de ji jie AKA After the Snowmelt (2024)

    2021-2030DocumentaryDramaTaiwanYi-Shan Lo
    Xue shui xiao rong de ji jie (2024)
    Xue shui xiao rong de ji jie (2024)

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    A dazzling and unconventional documentary where a filmmaker explores their first experience of great loss after her best friends Chun and Yueh go missing. Trapped in a cave in Nepal for 47 days, Yueh survives. Chun does not. Yi-Shan offers an intimate window into the complex relationship of survivors as she traverses the intricate terrain of grief and gender with Yueh. Their conversations are steeped in themes of guilt, perseverance, and identity as they navigate Chun’s legacy with ease, even as elders around them fail to acknowledge their friend’s queerness/transness posthumously.Read More »

  • Olga Korotko & Darezhan Omirbayev – Zhiender AKA Révérence (2013)

    Darezhan Omirbayev2011-2020DocumentaryKazakhstanOlga Korotko
    Zhiender (2013)
    Zhiender (2013)

    Educational film by Darezhan Omirbayev for film schools students.This film shows us how directors are inspiring each other.Read More »

  • David Redmon & Ashley Sabin – Kim’s Video (2023) (HD)

    David Redmon and Ashley Sabin2021-2030DocumentaryUSA
    Kim's Video (2023)
    Kim’s Video (2023)

    Synopsis
    Playing with the forms and tropes of various cinema genres, the filmmaker sets off on a quest to find a legendary lost video collection of 55,000 movies in Sicily.Read More »

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