Richard Davis shot himself in the abdomen 192 times to prove how effective his invention—a bulletproof vest—was. Charming and charismatic, he became a multi-millionaire and a cult phenomenon. The cracks in his funny, colorful anecdotes began to show when a policeman wearing one of his vests was shot and killed.
Mined in Greece, prized blocks of marble are sent to China, where they are carved into replicas of historic statues, and back to Europe, which yearns for ancient beauty (on the cheap). Their surprising journey tells the story of a historical-economic pendulum now swinging from West to East.
New Delhi’s air pollution is so bad that birds fall from the skies, exhausted and struggling to breathe. Brothers Saud and Nadeem rescue birds of prey, mostly black kites, in their makeshift basement clinic. This incredibly optimistic and heartwarming film won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
Cesária Évora’s incredible voice paved her way from a poverty-stricken childhood in a former slave colony to the world’s most iconic concert halls. Chock full of previously unseen footage, the film follows the ups and downs in the story of the celebrated singer, who never let anyone run her life.
Of the Chelsea Hotel’s glorious, bohemian, scandalous past, mostly memories remain, and the aging residents who refuse to leave despite the renovations are holding on to those memories for dear life. At the heart of Manhattan, amid scaffolding and dust, they are a tiny island of eccentric creativity that refuses to die.
Valeria is forced to leave her village after it had been flooded with toxic water from the mines. Before she says her final farewell, she remembers the life she had there.
When they disbanded after three albums and a short-lived success in the US, the members of Cymande were sure their music had been forgotten. But the all-Black band that sent a message of peace and brotherhood was an inspiration to many, and its comeback proves that it remains very relevant today.
After building a lifetime of memories and a close-knit community, the residents of a council housing neighborhood are faced with eviction, as real estate investors itch to demolish their homes in favor of luxury projects.
They both came from wrecked homes, but once they found each other, they were happy, at least for a while. A decade of love between the filmmaker and her partner is captured with rhythmic, gritty cinematography and backdropped by the harsh reality of life in a crumbling Russia.
At the heart of Kyiv, Florian Yuriev’s architectural magnum opus is in danger. Yuriev, a 90-year-old painter, musician, architect, filmmaker, and art theorist, refuses to back down. Despite his age, he cannot stop making art, innovating, and provoking the mainstream.
In Kiryat Malachi, Los Angeles' twin city, dreams were left behind. Yosef Hurriye is 60 years old: with mounting debts and looming local elections, he decides it’s time to fight for the town and his life.
The Turkish music scene in Germany that emerged in the 1960s out of migrant workers’ homesickness and disappointment, has undergone many musical, political, and social changes over the years. The film shows the brightest stars to have graced the genre over the years, their music, and the communities that grew around it.
The advent of synthetic diamonds threatens to dethrone their natural counterparts. Jason Kohn’s funny and clever film shows the tricks that made us assign meaning and sentimental value to the sparkling gemstones, and wonders whether they are about to become just another mundane raw material.
In this remarkable adaptation of sociologist Didier Eribon’s bestselling novel “Returning to Reims,” archive footage and personal stories paint the struggles of the French working class, where the political is always personal—intimately so.
When his life partner is hit with an illegal repossession order, attorney Barak Cohen launches an unprecedented public campaign against the heads of Israel's banking industry.
Poland’s biggest pawnshop hardly sees any customers anymore, its shelves laden with unwanted products. Between cigarettes and shouted arguments, the staff organizes a carnivalesque one-day sale in an attempt to breathe new life into the store and neighborhood. This heart-stirringly human film is brimming with compassion and humor.
An intimate gaze at the lives of Shiran and Smadar, a cashier and a cleaner, employees of a supermarket located in Kiryat Shmonah, at beginning of COVID-19 in Israel. As simple desires become complex, the film uncovers two strong women and their passion for life.
In return for billions of dollars in loan money, China bought the right to exploit Ecuador’s land and natural resources. Set in Ecuador’s powerful, pristine landscapes, the film follows those who stand against this new enslavement: whistleblowers and grassroots resistance leaders.
TikTok offers its users a funny, colorful, and near-infinite multiverse of content, but behind one of the world’s biggest social networks is a maze of intricate data collection mechanics, and the fact that all this data is stored in China raises many concerns among Western economists, culture researchers, and military strategists.
At the height of his career, Chef José Andrés decided to swap his high-end kitchen for the world’s most dangerous disaster zones—from Haiti to Ukraine—to cook for and feed the hungry. Director Ron Howard follows him into the field on his mission, now a major humanitarian aid organization.
Lilian and her four children are fleeing Guatemala and making their way to the Mexico-US border in a migrant caravan numbering thousands. The road is hard, but it gives birth to unexpected and heartwarming human bonds, and the journey's end brings with it a new outlook on life.
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