Documentary, Music: On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock And Roll," "Kashmir" and "Stairway To Heaven." A film of the show, Celebration Day, is now available and includes the entire 16 song concert.Celebration Day, directed by Dick Carruthers, is an incredible document of the now legendary concert which has been described as possibly the greatest rock and roll concert ever.
Documentary: A challenge, a warning, a gift, a blessing. In the ancient Sufi language, it is a word that translates to the thread that weaves life together. In the pantheon of modern cinema, it remains one of the most unique and acclaimed motion picture events of our time. Shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, Baraka is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you have ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and natures own prisms of symmetry, savagery, chaos and harmony.
Documentary, History, War: One of the most vivid depictions of the horrors of Nazi Concentration Camps. Filmed in 1955 at several concentration camps in Poland, the film combines new color and black and white footage with black and white newsreels, footage shot by the victorious allies, and stills, to tell the story not only of the camps, but to portray the horror of man's brutal inhumanity.
Documentary, Music: Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, fuses the epic and the personal in Roger Waters The Wall, a concert film that goes well beyond the stage. Based on the groundbreaking concept album, Roger Waters The Wall could be called a concept film: it' s a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war. On stage and now on film, Waters has channeled his convictions into his art and his music. With Roger Waters The Wall, Waters – together with his fellow musicians and his creative collaborators – brings audiences an exultant ride of a rock and roll concert, and delivers an unforgettable, deeply emotional experience.
Biography, Documentary: This gripping documentary chronicles the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track and off, depicting a dynamic and complex public figure who could be both spiritual and ruthless, all while becoming a global superstar.
Society, War: FOR SAMA is an intimate feature documentary that takes the form of a letter from Waad al-Kateab, a 26-year-old Syrian mother, to her daughter Sama recorded in the last days of the battle for Aleppo, Syria. Waad lives with Sama’s father, a doctor in the last surviving hospital in rebel-held Aleppo. Surrounded on all sides, bombarded daily by the Syrian regime and Russian air force, Waad fears they may be killed at any moment. So she crafts a filmed message to her one-year old daughter to explain who her parents were, what they were fighting for and why Sama came into this world – a record for the young girl in case they don’t survive. Waad’s story begins in 2012 when she was a student studying marketing at Aleppo University. Protests against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad reach the university and Waad is one of the first to join. Her camera captures the joy and optimism of those early days. She meets a young medic in the protests called Hamza and with a group of friends they continue to demand freedom even as the regime resorts to greater and greater violence to crush them, eventually engulfing the city in full-blown war. They lose friends and narrowly escape death themselves at the hand of snipers, airstrikes and barrel bombs, scenes all captured on camera. Then, in the midst of the storm, Hamza proposes marriage. They marry, move into their first home and before long Waad is pregnant, scenes recognisable to any young couple anywhere in the world. The difference is their honeymoon plays out against an increasingly apocalyptic war. When the Russians intervene to save the regime in September 2015, they unleash ferocious violence against the rebels. Yet despite their fear, Waad and Hamza decide not to flee the city as so many have done, but to stay and continue the fight for freedom. She realises that the struggle is no longer only for them, it’s for the future of her daughter. Sama is born on the 1st January 2016, a small ray of hope in the chaos. Sama’s first year of life will see the last year of the battle for the city, a time of almost unimaginable darkness. The regime and its allies resort to every imaginable atrocity to crush the rebels. Hamza’s hospital is bombed. They are besieged and witness attacks by chlorine gas, cluster and barrel bombs, massacres of women and children. Yet amid it all, Waad and Hamza have the joy of parenthood, witnessing the first weeks of their baby daughter’s life, full of fun and laughter. She gives them the strength to endure and inspiration to all of the last band of rebels. Eventually, they are overwhelmed and forced into exile. In the exodus, the family pack their things and with tears in their eyes, bid farewell to the shattered city, the place where their dream of freedom was born and where it died. Yet they carry their daughter with them, an eternal symbol of the love and hope that the violence of tyrants cannot destroy.
Crime, Documentary: Documentary following a team of activists led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry as they embark on a covert mission to infiltrate an undercover operation run in a hidden cove in Taiji, Japan. Driven by a lucrative black market for dolphin meat, the local fishermen are illegally capturing and slaughtering dolphins, causing a significant risk to public health as the meat they sell is tainted with toxic levels of mercury.
Biography, Documentary: It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood -- and all children could be his neighbors. Love was at the heart of it.
Crime, Economics & Politics, Society: In 2015, a fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.
Documentary, History, Music: In honor of Pearl Jam’s twentieth anniversary, Cameron Crowe created a definitive portrait of the seminal band with over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot footage
Biography, Documentary, History: Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
Comedy, Documentary: An Evening With Kevin Smith is a no-holds-barred Q&A with one of Hollywood's most gifted filmmakers. Infamous for picking apart the pop culture landscape with films such as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the New Jersey native has become a veritable icon of independent film. Smith gives us a new lens to examine spirituality, sexuality, and human relationships. Get up close and - at times - very personal, with the man everyone has been waiting to hear from ... Silent Bob speaks!
Documentary: A filmmaker blows the lid off a conspiracy of silence. The risks are heavy, but our planet's future is worth it.
Documentary, History, War: Heroism. Horror. World War I’s brutal trenches and terrible new technologies buried romantic notions of combat forever.
Documentary, Drama: An Oscar™-nominated film and one of the most widely discussed and well-received documentaries of the decade, Hoop Dreams chronicles the universal process of growing up, coming of age, the love and conflict between fathers and sons, brothers, best friends and spouses. Hoop Dreams tells the remarkable true story of two American dreamers plucked from poverty and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school basketball coach. These two young men soon discover how easily their dreams of basketball glory can become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. But in the end, both boys fight to remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes.
Biography, Documentary, History: In 1978, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco city council, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. One year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Milk’s fellow council member, former police officer Dan White. The Times of Harvey Milk recreates the tumultuous story of Milk’s grass-roots political organizing and election, through the shocking murders and their repercussions—from the eloquent candle-light memorial joined by tens of thousands of San Franciscans on the evening of the assassinations, to the angry mobs who stormed City Hall in the aftermath of the lenient sentence White received at his murder trial.
Documentary: Mosul, Iraq's second largest city is overrun by ISIS fighters and the Islamic State, imposing a reign of terror to the city, as a disgraced and disorganized Iraqi Army retreats to Baghdad. Years later, a revitalized army of Iraqi soldiers and militiamen mobilize to liberate the city. ALI MULA, an Iraqi journalist, joins this army of uneasy allies to find out if they can put aside their sectarian differences and free their country. MULA encounters an unforgettable group of characters ranging from a Sunni tribal leader named "the Crocodile", a militia leader avenging the death of her husband, an Iraqi Army colonel brushing aside sectarian differences, to refugees fleeing from the brutality of ISIS occupation. In the aftermath of Mosul's liberation and back home again in Baghdad, MULA ponders the question: Is the war against ISIS over, or have the seeds of the next sectarian conflict already been sown?
Documentary: This film by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes tells of the relationship between JoséSaramago and his wife Pilar del Río. It shows us their day to day life in Lanzarote, at home and on work trips around the globe. José and Pilar is a surprising portrayal of an author throughout the creative process and of the relationship of a couple dedicated to changing the world, or at least trying to make it a better place.
Documentary, History, War: Zeitgeist: Addendum attempts to locate the root causes of the pervasive social corruption, while also offering a solution.
Documentary, Music: One More Time with Feeling began as a performance-based concept around the making of new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Skeleton Tree, but evolved into something more complex as director Andrew Dominik delved into the personal backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised ruminations. Filmed in black-and-white and colour, the result is stark, fragile and raw. A co-production between Iconoclast and Pulse Films, in association with JW Films, and produced by Dulcie Kellett and James Wilson, One More Time with Feeling was officially selected for world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
Documentary: This Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary is a compelling, refreshing, and insightful vision of the Middle East conflict through the eyes of seven children growing up in Jerusalem. Living no more than 20 minutes apart, but locked in separate worlds, the film explores the boundaries that lie between these Palestinian and Israeli children and tells the story of a few who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.
Documentary, Music: A motion picture essay which takes a revealing and shocking look at modern life and its imbalances. The first film in a trilogy which was followed by Powaqtsi.
Documentary: Edet Belzberg's Academy Award nominated directorial debut, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND, follows a group of homeless children living in a train station in Bucharest, Romania. Raw and insightful, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND personalizes the often dangerous and always chaotic and uncertain world of youngsters casually abandoned by their families and society at large. It also subtlety illustrates the legacy of former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. CHILDREN UNDERGROUND won the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Prize, the International Documentary Association's Documentary Award, and the Gotham Awards' Documentary Achievement Prize.
Documentary, Music: A true chronicling of the triumphs and tragedies of the band’s 16 year history, BACK AND FORTH chronicles FOO FIGHTERS’ entire existence.