'PICK OF THE FESTS' 29 March 2009, 12 - 10.30 pm, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith-A +A
FIVE MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARIES FROM THE 2008/9 WORLD
FILM FESTIVALS IN ONE UNMISSABLE DAY
The films in this programme have been selected for their insight and innovation.
Together they offer an overview of what's happening in world documentary...
This is an essential programme, whether you are a documentary professional,
filmmaker, student or simply an enthusiast who wants to gain insight into
the world around you. In between screenings there will be time to meet
friends, filmmakers and colleagues in the lively Riverside Bar and Kitchen.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! £18 for the full day or £7.50 per double-bill
*Encounters At The End of The World + Discussion £7.50
Box Office: 020 8237 1111
Full details of all the films…
UP THE YANGTZE
Director: Yung Chang / Canada / 2007 / 93 Minutes
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008 - Emerging Artist
Golden Horse Film Festival, 2008 - Golden Horse Award Best Documentary
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2008 - Don Haig
Award San Francisco International Film Festival, 2008 - Golden Gate Award
for Documentary Feature
Sundance Film Festival, 2008 - Nominated Grand Jury Prize World Cinema
China's massive Three
Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along
the fabled Yangtze River. As the river rises, countless ancient villages
will be submerged forcing 2 million people to lose their homes and livelihoods.
Filmmaker Yung Chang examines the effects of this massive project on the
lives of the people it affects; sixteen-year-old Yu Shui and her family
are dismantling their tiny shack along the river's edge to make
way for rising waters. She longs to continue her education, but financial
circumstances force her to work for Farewell Cruises, ferrying tourists
to catch a glimpse of the river region before it's too late. The
irony of her employment becomes clear as the boat glides along the river,
revealing a landscape changing at an alarming pace. Beautifully photographed,
Chang shows the tenuous balance between China's rich cultural past
and its modernized future. --Sundance Film Festival
With thanks to The National Film Board of Canada
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL
Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker / USA / 72 minutes
Best Documentary TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Witness Award SILVERDOCS FILM FESTIVAL
Audience Award JACKSON HOLE FILM FESTIVAL
Jury Award TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
Oscar Shortlisted, 2009
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a powerful documentary
about the brave women of Liberia who stood up and said no more to war.
Through their sheer determination and grit they were able to transform
their country. Liberia had suffered over a decade of war between the army
of dictator Charles Taylor and the rebel warlords - boys were conscripted,
families torn apart, there were mass killings and rapes and towns were
plundered and destroyed. In this atmosphere the women put their lives
on the line to force the battle crazed factions to the negotiating table
and were instrumental in bringing a lasting peace to their country. "In
a relentless pursuit of peace, the women of Liberia show us how community,
love and perseverance can change the fate of a society. Pray the Devil
Back to Hell is a reminder that we have the power to say "Enough!"
to the atrocities of our world." Tribeca jury
With thanks to Roco Films
Director:Boris Despodov / Bulgaria / 2008 / 74 mins
Berlinale 2008 – The International Forum of New Cinema, The Ecumenical
Jury Award HOTDOCs International Documentary Festival 2008 – Toronto,
HBO Documentary Film Emerging Artist Award
In 1997 the EU launched Corridor # 8 – a
massive project to build a road connecting the Black Sea to the Adriatic
and the people of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania to each other for the
first time. Ten years on, not much has happened, and the residents along
the proposed route are not sure what to make of it – after all, who
said they wanted to be connected up in the first place? In this remarkable,
funny, award-winning road movie about a road that doesn't exist, director
Boris Despodov paints a memorable mosaic of life inside "unified"
Europe, where gravediggers don't trust Albanians, and abandoned tunnels
are used for growing mushrooms. The stirring Balkan soundtrack reflects
some of the absurdities of this tale, but underlying it are the real problems
of EU grand plans for a region recently at war with itself.
With thanks to AGITPROP
EPISODE 3 - 'ENJOY POVERTY' – UK PREMIERE
Renzo Martens, The Netherlands, 2008, colour, video, 90 min
This controversial film caused an uproar at IDFA last year and is on the hotlist
for many Festivals in 2009
An investigation into the emotional and economic value of Africa's most lucrative
export: media coverage of poverty.
Deep in the interiors of the Congo, Dutch artist Renzo Martens undertakes
an epic journey to launch an installation exposing the poor and hungry
to the idea that their primary capital resource is: Poverty.
Mixing investigative journalism, satire and self-criticism. Enjoy Poverty
is a highly personal take on the hypocrisy of the 'charity business'.
A disturbing work that pushes the boundaries in an attempt to confront
western audiences with the reality of their collusion in the media's exploitation
of poverty in Africa. It is blatantly provocative and confrontational,
but the mirror it holds up is disturbing even if you question the method.
With thanks to AUTLOOK
8:00pm - SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Director: Werner Herzog / United States of America
/ 2007 / 99 mins
Winner Best Documentary at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2008
Oscar Nominated, 2009
Antarctica, that is.
And who better to encounter there than the great Werner Herzog?
This darkly witty documentary sees Herzog heading to the frozen south
to interview those who live and work there, on the assumption that they'll
be quite weird. Sure enough, their colourful personalities prove a headily
entertaining foil for Herzog's dry-as-a-bone commentary. Ever wanted to
know if there are suicidal penguins; which mating sea creatures sound
like synthesisers; or how to simulate a blizzard using just a bucket?
It's all here! … Edinburgh Film Festival
thanks to Revolver Entertainment for the SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING of
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD ahead of its theatrical release on
April 24th 2009
WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A ROUND-UP DISCUSSION
Full day delegate passes - £18
Tickets per double-bill - £7.50*
*Tickets for Encounters At The End of The World + Discussion £7.50
Enquiries to Riverside Studios Box Office: 020 8237 1111
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