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Groundbreaking Artist who Can Bend Reality

A boy whose dreams and traumas paired with the strong influence of Freud’s work led him to become one of the greatest of theater and visual art today… this is how the legend of Philippe Genty is born. Intrigued by the enigmatic persona of this globally renowned theatre artist, the filmmaker sets out to unravel the depths of his artistry, delving into his exploration, aesthetics and humanity, aiming to capture his essence. Beyond giving us an intimate look into the creative process this movie is a beacon of hope to those who are determined to turn life’s challenges into stepping-stones for reaching the next level. Mind over matter to bend reality.

Documentary /

68 Min /

French with English subtitles /

4K

Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the Civil Rights movement. A formerly enslaved man who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker, he played a pivotal role in “The Underground Railroad” which helped enslaved African Americans escape horrific bondage and gain their freedom. Frederick Douglass takes us on an engaging journey grounded in historical fact using his original writings as building blocks for the story. It tunes into Douglass’ life when he starts writing his first highly successful narrative in the fall of 1844.

Historical drama, fiction, bio-pic /

83 Min /

English /

4K

BOTERO, the intimate, in-depth and inspiring portrait of this monumental artist weaves together original footage shot in 10 cities across China, Europe, New York and Colombia, with decades of family photos and archival video. Unprecedented access to the artist and his family is combined with a colourful cast of historians, curators and academics to reveal the creativity and convictions in the heart of this towering genius of a man.

He is the greatest living artist with the highest number of museum exhibitions, the greatest number of books published about him, the greatest international appeal and with the greatest number of people attending his exhibitions.

100 major museum exhibitions in more than 40 countries, 4.7 million visits in three years.

BOTERO, the documentary offers a unique opportunity for us to get up close and personal with a living legend.

Documentary /

84 Min /

English /

4K

Women’s hockey which has fought an uphill battle since the early 1980s to get the sport to where it is today has had its moments of glory as well as its spells of despair. It has been the pure love of hockey that has kept the woman warriors of this sport going.

ANGELS IN THE RINK examines the lives of the bravest of the brave: the women of the Middle East who are determined to prove themselves in a sport that is traditionally considered “male” only, especially in a culture that still maintains traditional views in which female athletes are not widely accepted.

The movie is a thrilling, intimate and emotional journey into the lives of the women and girls who tirelessly juggle their family duties with their passion for this highly competitive sport which they have devoted their lives to.

Along the way, we are drawn into the world of hockey and begin to feel what these players experience every day: as long as they keep moving the sky is the limit.

Sports - Inspirational - feature documentary /

86 Min /

Farsi, French and English /

4K

The fight for nature’s alternative to pain and suffering

Healers brings us the real life stories of those using a cure that has given relief and healing thanks to the bravery of the healers who dared to apply it despite the legal risks. What started as isolated events has gained momentum and became a social justice movement that is changing Latin America.
After living in fear for their children suffering from chronic or terminal diseases, a group of women risks it all for access to an illegal treatment. When traditional medicines fail them or are financially out of reach, thousands of Latin American women have turned to cannabis for seemingly miraculous results. These strong and resolute women are effectively branded as drug dealers by ineffective laws that fail to distinguish between the medicinal and recreational uses of cannabis.
The risks these mothers, sisters and wives face to help their families are huge, but a network of these women has developed to help unite, educate and begin to lobby for change. What started as clandestine meetings to learn about cannabis cultivation and treatment methods has evolved into an inspiring movement by women who are taking control of their families’ destinies.

Lifestyle - Transformational Documentary /

93 Min /

Spanish /

4K

“At long last, history has been corrected with a moving documentary…masterfully directed by Mike Dorsey. Watch this film and be stirred.”—Huffington Post

This powerful film chronicles the little-known story of 168 Allied airmen imprisoned at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. Their incredible ordeal remained a secret for decades. Told through interviews with eight survivors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, the film follows the group from the terror of being shot down over enemy territory, hiding with the French Resistance, to betrayal by a double agent and arrest by the German Gestapoto. In the darkest corners of the Holocaust, these men then faced starvation, disease, execution, forced marches, and even a devastating bombing by the Allied forces as they struggled to escape or survive the Buchenwald nightmare.

Led by their heroic commanding officer, a New Zealander named Phil Lamason, the group showed unimaginable courage and managed to maintain military order inside one of Germany’s most infamous concentration camps.

“Perhaps the true take-away from this film is that, despite official silence and media inattention, these veterans’ moral character and love of country shine through.”

—Huffington Post

Documentary /

114 Min /

English, French /

HD

Travel through the boulevards of Paris with a talented exiled musician working as a taxi driver in the City of Lights. This remarkable film takes you on a stunning tour of the city’s world-famous landmarks as well as through the neglected and desperate streets most tourists never visit. His passengers are a fascinating cross-section of different cultures, classes, languages, and ages, and our hero connects with them with blunt questions and through the beautiful language of music. During the extended filming of this extraordinary work, Paris undergoes changes with the Charlie Hebdo attack. The conversations with the passengers become critical of the extremist acts in a wittingly funny manner while the musician’s charm and world-weary character offer an inspirational perspective. Amidst the many problems that he and his camera capture, there are even more surprising and wondrous moments revealing the beauty of music, humanity and ultimately the hope we all hold in our hearts.

Documentary Feature /

86 Min /

French, English, Farsi /

HD

A real-life, world exploration in the touching spirit of the Oscar winner, NOMADLAND

Delve into the modern-day nomadic lifestyle explored through the complicated but devoted relationship between a mother and daughter. Images from a family archive intercut with footage from different corners of the planet paint a deeply personal portrait of this mother-daughter dynamic. The film thoughtfully sparks a conversation about personal responsibility, the desire for freedom, and ultimately how you find the place you call your home. Loosely influenced by the hippie movement of the 60’s, these modern-day wanderers cherish a lifestyle that only requires an internet connection and a love of spontaneous adventure!

Documentary /

78 Min /

English, Hungarian /

HD

The Spirit Who Walks Among His People

“Much more than a virtuoso with paint…viewers are shown the supernatural.”

-Essential West Magazine

“Old world traditions…contemporary vision.”

-Aspen Times

He is called “A Monet of the 20th Century”, a master painter and innovative leader in the Contemporary Native Art Movement from America’s Southwest. This intimate and in-depth portrait of Earl Biss (1947-1998) showcases his dynamic and deeply spiritual art while giving insight into the joyous and bold man who created it. Archival footage of Biss speaking and painting, and interviews with tribal members, friends, art dealers, and patrons paint an unforgettable story – a joyous, mystical, and tumultuous journey to success placing him firmly in the annals of modern art history.

His prolific output has been acquired and exhibited by museums and major collectors around the world. This fascinating portrait will give you intriguing insights into his art if you already know him or will introduce you to a phenomenal talent if you are being newly introduced.

Documentary /

94 Min /

English /

HD

WITNESS TO HISTORY

He has been called one of the greatest photojournalists of the 20th century. Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Liz Taylor, Miles Davis, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Jean-Luc Godard and some of the most famous historical figures of our times, including President Kennedy have all found a home inside his archive of one million negatives. But for all his achievements, few know the details of Henri’s remarkable origin story. Orphaned at thirteen in the midst of the Holocaust, he set out to rebuild his family at any cost. Through love, persistence and uncompromising vision he achieved something more: an artistic legacy for the generations. Exploring both the photographer’s traumatic past and the contrasting vibrancy of the life and career he molded after, Henri Dauman’s story is a testament to the resilience and perseverance of the human spirit.

Documentary film /

86 Min /

English and French /

HD

There are over 58,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, and on any given night, there are over 550,000 homeless people in America.

Here are three of their stories, told in their own words

HOMELESS WITH LAUGHTER takes you on a journey into the lives of three struggling comedians who have decided to pursue their dreams of careers in stand-up comedy despite the harsh realities of being homeless. For these comedians, their cars are lifesavers providing safety and shelter at night and transportation to auditions and performances during the day. Their daily struggle to avoid sleeping on the street is startlingly juxtaposed with the extravagant wealth of the opulent mansions they park in front of at night. One of them, Tiffany Haddish will achieve her dreams to become a true Hollywood movie star, the other two, Doc Jones and Steve Lolli find the lure of the spotlight takes an unforgiving toll on their hopes and ambitions. This honest and touching movie is told in their own words revealing the passions, dedication and pains that drive them.

Documentary /

90 Min /

English /

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Humberto Mauro is a mesmerizing tribute to legendary filmmaker Humberto Mauro, one of the iconic masters of cinema, alongside Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Pathe and Chaplin.

Directed by his grandnephew, André Di Mauro, the film features stunning rare footage from many of Mauro’s archived masterpieces revealing his personal and professional perspective on life and his pioneering film techniques. This beautiful and reverent homage is cleverly narrated with Humberto Mauro’s own words using an interview he gave in the 1960s. Beyond its important historical perspective, this film provides a rare glimpse into lifestyles and landscapes long since forgotten in the Brazilian Amazon. Mauro’s original cinematography and this documentary’s sensitive and thoughtful portrayal open a critical window into the history of cinema and more importantly, the history of a spectacular corner of our world.

Documentary /

90 Min /

Portuguese /

4K