Emmanuel was nine-years-old when he got his video camera. Through his eyes, his family’s life was a source of infinite love, even in a neighborhood struggling with drugs and violence. His family documented their lives for 20 years, creating a candid, intimate, and heartwarming portrait.
‘Now something is slowly changing’
Everyone is looking for meaning and personal growth. To find it, some climb trees or whisper to horses, some roll around with pigs in the hay, others scream their lungs out in role-play sessions. The camera captures them all in a fascinating and surprising anthropological compilation.
Underneath Mexico’s mesmerizing social and geographical landscape, lies great darkness: women that were systematically murdered for years, as the authorities did nothing. Director Julien Elie puts the pieces together with the patient precision of an archaeologist solving a crime while trying to understand a culture and its people.
On the water
At first glance, life on the water in Sisak, Croatia, where three rivers converge amid lush greenery, seems to be a perfect model of serenity. But the locals’ disturbing and touching stories paint a different picture, revealing the complexity of living in a town haunted by its memories.
When Afghan filmmaker Hassan Fazili fled his home amid Taliban death threats, he, his wife and their two little girls found themselves on a dangerous quest for freedom. The parents and children chronicled their journey using smartphone cameras, creating a remarkably intimate home movie filled with love, laughter, and hope.
Football and Chola, two incredibly human stray dogs, spend their days tailing skaters in a park in Santiago, Chile. The proximity to the dogs changes the people who frequent the park, and they find themselves able to open up and share their stories in a tender film that captures the unique atmosphere of the place.
Shooting the Mafia
Letizia Battaglia was the first photographer to document the brutality of the Sicilian mafia and the terror of living under their thumb in her hometown of Palermo. Her photographs, still as powerful as the day they were shot, are shown alongside her memories and her unorthodox personal life, in a film that, at times, seems too blood-chilling to be a documentary.
Mike Wallace Is Here
An extraordinary, witty, funny, and candid portrait of Mike Wallace, the newsman who invented uncompromising television interviews. Chock-full of Wallace’s interviews with influential figures, as well as interviews he has given over the years, this film holds a fascinating mirror to today’s journalism.
A teenage girl and her posse of boys try to hold on to fleeting moments of happiness throughout a magical year of adolescence. Life in a country unrecognized by the rest of the world is fertile ground for existential questions, but so are their raging hormones and fantasies. The beautiful cinematography adds a dream-like quality to their story.
Hatidze Muratova climbs the staggering mountains of Macedonia to extract honey from the bee colonies hidden away high up in the crevices. When a family of nomads shows up at her doorstep, they threaten her livelihood but also ease her loneliness. The film won a special award at Sundance for its exceptional cinematography.
The Disappearance of my Mother
Benedetta Barzini was a celebrated supermodel and actress, as well as the mother of the director, who has been filming her incessantly since childhood. At 76, when she announces that she wants to “disappear”, he casts her, almost against her will, in the lead role of the his personal film.