194 films found
DARK RED FOREST
CN 2021 • 85' • Jin Huaqing
Dark Red Forest is an exploration of the mysterious daily life of women devoted to their faith. 20.000 Buddhist nuns live in a monastery on a snowy plateau in Tibet, China. Surrounded by harsh nature and secluded from the outside world, these women offer us a glimpse into their religious exploration of life’s biggest questions. Far away from their families, the nuns commit everything to reach a divine state, entrusting themselves to the guru and each other.
2021 • 84' • Debbie Lum
At Lowell High School, the top public high school in San Francisco, the seniors are stressed out. They are preparing for the application process to top tier universities, like Stanford and Harvard, a race with a competitive edge. It’s hard to stand out at a school where cool kids are nerds and nearly everyone has an amazing talent. With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum takes us to the reality of the American college application process and the intersection of class, race (the majority of the student body is Asian American), and educational opportunity as experienced by students living through it. Try Harder! is a portrait of young adults in the most diverse American generation.
AT, US 2021 • 76' • Benji & Jono Bergmann
MAU is the first-ever, feature-length documentary about the design visionary Bruce Mau. The film explores his unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design.
WRITING WITH FIRE
IN 2021 • 93' • Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.
ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE
US 2021 • 109' • Theo Anthony
ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE is an exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.
UK 2020 • 88' • Rob Lemkin
A young man’s epic journey across Africa in search of a colonial killer. Using Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novel Heart of Darkness as his guide, British-Nigerian Oxford student Femi Nylander travels to West Africa to uncover colonialisms darkest stories. Fiction and reality overlap as Femi is confronted with both the horrors of the past and present and a spirit of hope for the future. Amidst the rise of the Black Lives Matter protests, African Apocalypse is an exploration of oppression and resistance.
US 2020 • 83' • Noah Hutton
A young filmmaker sets out to document a brilliant neuroscientist who has become frustrated with his field’s status quo. With time elapsing and millions of dollars on the line, In Silico explores an audacious 10-year quest to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers. Along the way, it reveals the profound beauty of tiny mistakes and bold predictions — a controversial space where scientific process meets ego, and where the lines between objectivity and ambition blur.
MAKING A MOUNTAIN
DK 2020 • 52' • Rikke Selin Fokdal, Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Following the process of a visionary project that combines waste management and infrastructure with spectacular architecture and a recreational urban space. Bjarke Ingels’ prestigious project Amager Hill - the waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope on top.
US 2020 • 108' • R.J. Cutler
Using previously unheard audiotapes recorded shortly after John Belushi's death, director R.J. Cutler's documentary examines the too-short life of once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny bones of devoted audiences. The tragic story of the shining star of all time classic Blues Brothers.
THE MEANING OF HITLER
US 2020 • 92' • Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
THE MEANING OF HITLER is a provocative interrogation of our culture’s fascination with Hitler and Nazism set against the backdrop of the current rise of white supremacy, the normalization of antisemitism, and the weaponization of history itself.
Filmed in nine countries over three years, the film traces Hitler’s movements, his rise to power and the scenes of his crimes as historians and writers, including Deborah Lipstadt, Martin Amis, Sir Richard Evans, Saul Friedlander, Yehuda Bauer, and famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, weigh in on the lasting impact of his virulent ideology.
As fears of authoritarianism and fascism now abound, the film explores the myths and misconceptions of our understanding of the past, and the difficult process of coming to terms with it at a time in our history when it seems more urgent than ever.