In Brazzaville, 'invisible forces' rule the world. The monk Medard tries to heal the sick victims of evil spells. But he is accused of practicing black magic.
He is accused of causing a lightning strike that led to the death of children.
Medard adheres to traditional beliefs based on ancestral spirits, magical beings and spells. Directors Hadrien La Vapeur and Corto Vaclav follow their Medard as he works.
This visually stunning monumental work is an emphatic reminder of the enduring threat of total annihilation by nuclear weapons.
The driving electro soundtrack was composed especially for the film by electronic music quartet The Acid. Intentionally non-chronological, THE BOMB edits together footage of missile tests, military parades, and instructional films.
Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the film was conceived for projection onto meter-high, 360-degree screens. As classic silent films, it was to be presented with live music performed by The Acid. However, the work also unfolds its full impact on home screens.
"A multimedia experience that shocks, shakes and, above all, opens your eyes." (The Upcoming).
One of the biggest taboos in society is the rehabilitation of sex offenders. This film takes the offender perspective and tells the story exclusively from their point of view.
Elliott and Teofilo, two released sex offenders in Miami, Florida are not allowed to leave their residence and must stay 750 yards away from schools, parks or other places where children regularly hang out.
These requirements make it nearly impossible to find a job or housing. The consequences are homelessness and social isolation.
"Bittner's film is worth watching for two reasons. On the one hand, he puts himself in the perspective of the "sex offenders" and thus portrays frighteningly normal people. On the other hand, he thereby proves how incredibly bigoted, hypocritical and repressive the "normal" people deal with it." (Berlin Film Festival).
Volker Spengler, who has worked with Fassbinder, Schlingensief and Pollesch and whose role in 'In a Year with 13 Moons' is one of the most impressive acting performances in German cinema, is the center of the film.
Based on his origins and personal background, director Sobo Swobodnik analyzes the social fabric of society and the German education system in particular.
What is it like to be born into the precariat in the mid-60s in provincial West Germany? What is it like to want to leave this preordained traditional path and, with the help of literature, theater and art, to leave one's origins behind in order to "move up" into another class?
In his experimental documentary essay on class membership and class struggles, Swobodnik, portrayed by actress Margarita Breitkreiz, returns to his roots in the Swabian Alb and comes to terms with his sense of perpetual foreignness in a social structure marked by security and predetermination..
In 2014, the award-winning theater director Julia travels to Burkina Faso with her acting ensemble to stage Danton's Death. Once there, she discards the concept imported from Europe.
Puppet maker Michael Pietsch makes a puppet of the president and independence fighter Thomas Sankara, who was assassinated in 1987. His alleged murderer is Blaise Compaoré, who has ruled the country autocratically for 27 years. When protests break out on the streets of Ouagadougou, fiction becomes reality.
SMALL WORLD shows the life of twenty-two-year-old Wijdan, a young Palestinian woman who faces repression in her homeland.
Trapped between physical and mental barriers, she makes plans to leave behind not only her torn country, but also the safety of her family and the familiar cultural and religious conventions of her homeland.
Two brothers investigate a Nazi massacre that happened in their home village shortly before the end of the war. Their search for answers, however, reveals very different "truths."
On the night of May 2, 1945, less than a week before the end of the war, 228 Jewish forced laborers from Hungary were murdered in the small Austrian community of Hofamt Priel by perpetrators unknown to this day. There was never a trial. On site, only a small memorial stone commemorates the crime.
Elisa Amoruso debut documentary portraits Pino, a mechanic and a rally car champion who decides to become a woman, naming himself Beatrice.
As a transgender person, she meets Marianna, a nurse from Romania who is taking care of Beatrice's elderly mother. Beatrice and Marianna fall in love. Fighting the prejudice of established society, the two of them manage to get married in Rome.
Consequently Beatrice becomes a father-figure to Marianna's son, Daniele. In high heels, Beatrice continues to work as a mechanic and to pursue her passion for off road racing.
What inspires people to take the initiative and organize communal living for themselves? What ideals drive them and how does the financing work?
On the basis of six self-managed residential buildings in Austria from 40 years, this documentary sets out to find answers. The pioneers of the cooperative living project in Graz-Raaba talk about their experimental ideals of the 1960s and about growing old in community. The most recent buildings, the housing project Vienna Nordbahnhof and the project willy*fred in Linz, show completely different models and social milieus.
This documentary by cult photographer Jim Rakete follows the generation of young climate rebels who have had enough of empty words and ineffective declarations of intent.
Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg rises to become the leading figure of a worldwide movement that uses civil disobedience, strikes and demonstrations to shake up the general public and rapidly gain influence. Governments are finally taking notice. Director Jim Rakete asks some of the most prominent faces of the climate rebellion about their motives.
R.W. Fassbinder has never been shown with such openness and introspection. From an interview filmed in Cannes in 1978 and previously unreleased, an incredibly personal portrait has emerged.
Danish film director and historian Christian Baard Thomsen met Fassbinder in 1969 after that director's first, memorable Berlinale appearance. The two subsequently became close friends. A conversation which took place 10 years later is cleverly interwoven by Thomsen with the main themes of Fassbinder's works, and includes extensive interviews with some of his closer companions, such as Irm Hermann and Harry Baer.
"One should not dismiss Fassbinder's cinema, just as one should not venerate Fassbinder as a patron saint. Both lead us past the truth. A truth that Danish film director and historian Christian Baard Thomsen impressively presents in his phenomenal documentary." (Kino-Zeit).
The musician Wilhelm Heckmann became a victim of Nazi justice in 1937. He survived 8 years of concentration camp, the ordeal of working in the quarry, branded with the 'pink triangle' for gay prisoners.