Documentary

Fumio Kamei – Ikiteite yokatta AKA It Is Good to Live (1956)

From Amos Vogel’s Film as a Subversive Art:
This is one of the first documentary films about the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It coldly records the lingering effects of the bomb on the victims decades later. In a succession of realistic, shocking sequences, their lives, difficulties, and camaraderie are examined. The very objectivity of incidents, scenes, and faces makes the film the more terrifying. Read More »

Jonas Mekas – Happy Birthday to John (1997)

On October 9th, 1972 an exhibition of John Lennon/Yoko Ono’s art, designed by the Master of the Fluxus movement, George Maciunas, opened at the Syracuse Museum of Art, in New York. On the same day an unusual group of John’s and Yoko’s friends, including Ringo, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Krasner, and many others, gathered to celebrate John’s birthday. This film is a visual and audio record of that event. Read More »

Alexe Poukine – Sans frapper AKA That Which Does Not Kill (2019)

Alexe Poukine tells the story of Ada, 19, brutally abused three times a few days apart by the same boy. Read More »

Andrea Sedlackova – Toyen: La baronne subversive du surréalisme AKA, Toyen: The Baroness of Surrealism (2022)

If Leonora Carrington was England’s “lost surrealist” the Czech title must surely go to Marie Cermínová, AKA Toyen or “the baroness” to her friends – a name that characterised her remote and somewhat aloof bearing. Like Leonora Carrington, Toyen’s life contained much hardship and loss and the art of both women reflected their intense inner suffering. Toyen knew hunger and poverty and watched those she loved dying around her, one by one. Read More »

Hito Steyerl – Factory of the Sun (2015)

In this immersive work, which debuted at the 2015 German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Steyerl probes the pleasures and perils of image circulation in a moment defined by the unprecedented global flow of data. Ricocheting between genres—news reportage, documentary film, video games, and internet dance videos—Factory of the Sun uses the motifs of light and acceleration to explore what possibilities are still available for collective resistance when surveillance has become a mundane part of an increasingly virtual world. Factory of the Sun tells the surreal story of workers whose forced moves in a motion capture studio are turned into artificial sunshine. Read More »

John Ford – Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend (1976)

A documentary about Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, USMC. Interviews, combat footage, parade at Virginia Military Institute. Made for TV, but never sold or released. Read More »

Pascal-Alex Vincent – Satoshi Kon, l’illusionniste AKA Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist (2021)

A subtle portrait of Japanese director Satoshi Kon by the specialist of Japanese cinema Pascal-Alex Vincent and a dive into a rich work. With interviews of the greatest Japanese, French and American directors inspired by his work.

Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist (French: Satoshi Kon, l’illusionniste) is a 2021 documentary film directed by Pascal-Alex Vincent. The film celebrates the legacy of Japanese anime director Satoshi Kon. The production features interviews with animators, voice actors, producers, directors, and writers who worked with Kon during his career. Read More »