In 2001, four Pakistani Britons, Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul and another friend, Monir, travel to Pakistan for a wedding and in a urge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war torn Afganistan which is being bombed by the American forces in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Once there, with the loss of Monir in the wartime chaos, they are captured by Northern Alliance fighters. They are then handed them over the American forces who transport them to the prison camps at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. What follows is three years of relentless imprisonment, interrogations and torture to make them submit to blatantly wrong confessions to being terrorists. In the midst of this abuse, the three struggle to keep their spirits up in that face of this grave injustice.
The James Dean Story (1957) Robert Altman, George W. George, Martin Gabel, James Dean, Lew Bracker, Documentary, Biography
This documentary, which was undertaken soon after James Dean’s death, looks at Dean’s life through the use of still photographs with narration, and interviews with many of the people involved in his short life. Interviewees include the aunt and uncle who raised him after his mother’s death (when James was 9), his fraternal grandparents, a cabdriver friend in New York City, and the owner of his favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. James’s father, who was alive when the film was made, does not get a single mention.
L’épine dans le coeur / The Thorn in the Heart (2009) Michel Gondry, Suzette Gondry, Jean-Yves Gondry, Documentary
Naomi Kawase collaborates with Shinya Arimoto, a Taiyo award-winning photographer she knows from university, to create a photo album of Machiko Ono (who Kawase scouted for her previous feature film Moe no Suzaku) and Mika Mifune (daughter of famous actor Toshiro Mifune) with the idea to contrast these two aspiring actresses, Ono coming from the rural Nara and Mifune from Tokyo. Kawase documents the photo shooting and interviews Arimoto, Ono and Mifune as the work progresses, while the tension between her and Arimoto increases over disagreement on the direction of the project.
As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed documentarian Hubert Sauper, who is mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future.
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010) Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado, Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic, Documentary, Biography
Foucault contre lui même / Foucault Against Himself (2014) François Caillat, Leo Bersani, Georges Didi-Huberman, Didier Eribon, Documentary, Biography, History
Giorni di gloria / Days of Glory (1945) Giuseppe De Santis, Umberto Barbaro, Umberto Calosso, Donato Carretta, Documentary
The film shows the life of the antifascist partisans, the events that led to the liberation of Rome, among which are the Ardeatine slaughter, the Koch and Caruso process and the execution of these as well as the reconquest of Milan with the union of arms between partisans and allies.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) Frank H. Woodward, Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Documentary
Journey into the life and work of the weird fiction author who gave us the Cthulu mythos and inspired such notable horror authors as Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman. Though initially overshadowed by the masterfully morbid prose of author Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft’s writings have proven very influential, and can be seen in everything from movies (Re-Animator, Hellboy) to music (Metallica’s “Call of Cthulu) to video games Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth). Discover how an Old World xenophobe crafted one of literature’s greatest mythologies, and why his works continue to fascinate readers long after his untimely death as John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Straub, and others reflect on Lovecraft’s crucial role in the history of horror fiction.