For centuries, traditional music has unified Mali’s society. Yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced sharia law, prohibited dance and secular music and destroyed instruments. MALI BLUES tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence, and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country.
Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike.
In a never-before-seen interview filmed a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet guides us through his life and work. Powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining films such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, and Network, are just part of the canon of one of the most socially conscious directors in the history of cinema.
The story of the Rise and fall of National Lampoon. Amid the cultural shift of the 1970s, American comedy got a sharper edge when a newly minted magazine named National Lampoon stuck its middle finger up at the establishment. Energetic, revolutionary, and often hilarious, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD elevates nostalgia to a roof-raising experience.
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz' libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex‐reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen‐hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as "Sonny"
Women Behind the Camera reveals the courageous lives of pioneer camerawomen from Hollywood to Bollywood, from war zones to children's laughter, in a way that has never been seen before.
In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making beautiful music- a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats, and turns out thousands of fans each time it plays. This film offers a deeper understanding into the survival of Haitian culture and Septentrional through the country's turbulent history.
This rousing tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle was recorded at New York City's Town Hall in May 2011 and features her famously musical family - children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, older sisters Anna and Jane - and equally gifted friends including Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones.
Roza Askenazi sang the way she lived, with passion, fire and love. This is the story of three young musicians from Greece, Turkey, and Israel, who embark on an exciting musical journey, to tell the story of Greece's best-known and best-loved rebetiko singer for the first time on film.
Livorno, Summer of 1984. In Amedeo Modigliani's hometown, well-known for the sharp irony of its locals, the innocent joke of three young students turns out to be the hoax of the century. In one night, they carve « Modi-like » heads with an electric drill.
From the heights of his 84 years, the dramatic Greek composer takes the viewers on a journey through 70 years of his prolific musical career
A story of injustice, power and a dream that came true, Mike Brant was presented to the public as a singer-song writer and not as a cover boy until it all went sour. The story embodies the conflict between the will to succeed and the price Moshele Brandt was willing to pay.
In 1935 three Walt Disney films were screened in Moscow. Fyodor Chytruk, then a young art student, saw these films and didn't believe his eyes; he was convinced that he had seen a miracle unfolding before him. What he didn't know was that one day he himself would become one of the greats of Russian animation.
Privoli 2 (ep. 7): France has Edith Piaf, America has Bessie Smith, Cape Verde has Cesaria Evaroa and Greece has Mario." This was how Mario was described recently after a successful concert tour in Europe. | Deka Adoulas 2 (ep. 8): Teodorus Polikandriotis is one of the last great performers of rebetiko to be seen in nightclubs today. He may be seventy-eight years old, but in rebetiko there is no such thing as retirement
Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story
This enthralling documentary follows the life and work of the two comedy geniuses, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - the world’s most beloved comedy duo. Laurel & Hardy started way back in the days of the silent film, but their humour and talent still bring joy and laughter to peoples’ hearts even today
Based on his autobiographical book A Tale of Love and Darkness, this documentary tells the story of Israeli author Amos Oz, the society in which he lives and the connections between them. It follows the biographical, literary, political and philosophical aspects of Oz's personality.
Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi's "The 50 Year Argument" rides the waves of literary, political and cultural history as charted by its subject: the influential publication The New York Review of Books, America’s leading journal of ideas for over fifty years.
"If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" This 3D 6-part film project by 6 acclaimed filmmakers allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a man-made structure.