Through intimate interviews, provocative art, and rare, historical film and video footage, this feature documentary reveals how art addressing political consequences of discrimination and ... See full summary »
Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, ... See full summary »
In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works correcting tests and feels a ... See full summary »
It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.
A portrait of the dark and tortured world of artist Matt Elliott, who opens up in rehearsals, interviews or writings. With disturbing clarity of expression, Elliott discusses his depression... See full summary »
On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks -- a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
An excellent film, and important historic document.
A deeply moving, tragic, upsetting, and yet somehow still hopeful documentary on Iran's brief 'Green Revolution' which for a moment seemed to promise to bring real change, only to be crushed by a shockingly ruthless and violent response from the government.
By combining animation (recalling 'Waltz With Bashir') accompanying dramatic readings of blogs by those who lived though those days, combined with video footage of events grabbed on cell phones, twitter messages and more traditional talking head interviews, this documentary feels original and fast moving, combining the storytelling power of fiction, with the urgency and social import of truth.
While we all read the headlines here in America, somehow I didn't really understand how powerful the movement for change really was in those brief days of 2009, nor just how bloody and brutal the repression that followed. As one interviewee points out, the West has largely forgotten about these human rights atrocities in dealing with Iran, focusing instead almost exclusively on the nuclear issue. An excellent film, and important historic document.
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