Murge: The Cold War Front

For 13 days in 1962, the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Krushchev’s decision to place nuclear weapons in Cuba sparked the Cuban Missile Crisis. But what’s relatively unknown is that he was responding to an earlier perceived threat from America: the stationing of nuclear weapons in Murge, Italy – within striking distance of the USSR. We reveal how Murge was transformed unwittingly into a theatre of the Cold War.

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

100 years after its creation, the power of the Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman’s every word. Yet the average American knows very little about the most powerful financial institution on earth. Narrated by acclaimed actor Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve is the first film to take viewers inside America’s central bank and reveal the impact of Fed policies – past, present and future – on our lives. As Ben Bernanke’s tumultuous tenure comes to a close, join Paul Volcker, Janet Yellen, and many of the world’s best financial minds as they debate the decisions that led the global economy to the brink of collapse and ask whether we might be headed there again. Directed by Jim Bruce.

Our Generation

Australia’s image to the world often features the didgeridoo and Aboriginal art. The country prides itself on its Aboriginal culture and heritage.

But what is its real relationship with the Aboriginal people living today?

This powerful documentary explores the hidden scandal of Indigenous relations in Australia, and the Australian Aboriginal struggle for their land, culture and freedom. Featuring the stories of the remote Yolngu tribe of Northeast Arnhem Land, one of the last strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture in Australia, as well as the voices of national indigenous leaders, historians and human rights advocates, the film explores the ongoing clash of cultures that is threatening to wipe out the oldest continuing culture in the world.

Australia’s Aborigines have some of the worst health statistics and living conditions of any Indigenous group in the world, even though they live in one of its richest countries. Despite the government’s National Apology to the Aborigines in 2008, paternalism and assimilation continue to wreak havoc on their lives. Current government policies, whilst claiming to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, are further disempowering Aboriginal communities and separating them from their lands, culture and languages. The United Nations has repeatedly condemned the government for racial discrimination. But Aboriginal lands contain a large proportion of Australia’s precious natural resources, including uranium, which the government and mining corporations are determined to exploit. The “Children of the Sunrise” are fighting for freedom. This is their untold story, and their message stick to the world.

The Man Who Stole My Mothers Face

Hope Road is a quiet jacaranda-lined street in a white middle-class suburb in Johannesburg, South Africa. Two days before Christmas in 1988, a 59-year-old woman is sexually assaulted and savagely beaten in her home by a young white teenager.

Fourteen years on, the woman has still not recovered from this assault. The police bungled the investigation, the neighbours disputed her version of events and her son blamed her for letting the perpetrator into her house.

The teenager, identified from a school photograph, was never charged and remains a free man. The woman’s daughter is film-maker Cathy Henkel, and the film is her search for some form of justice and whatever it takes to help her mother heal and move on from this trauma.

The journey takes her back to Johannesburg, city of her birth, to confront the past and the present climate of violence. The police re-open the case, but they run into numerous obstacles and the film-maker has to take matters into her own hands. What she discovers and the answers she brings back for her mother form the climax of this compelling, and ultimately uplifting.

Discovering Lake Argyle

When explorer Alexander Forrest discovered the rich black soil plains surrounding the mighty Ord River during his 1879 exploration of the north west of Western Australia, he set in motion a series of events that began with the pioneering Durack family driving 7000 head of cattle all the way from Queensland and has culminated today in the amazing Ord River Scheme.

During peak flood in the wet season, enough water flows out of the Ord River in a single hour to supply Perth for 10 years. Today this water is harnessed by the spectacular Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest body of fresh water at currently over 27 times the size of Sydney Harbour.

The lake is the centre piece in the Ord River Scheme, which is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in Australia’s history.

The film features:

> The Pioneering Durack Family
No story of the history of the East Kimberley can be told without including the Durack Family who over several generations have played a pivotal role in the development of the region.

> The Diversion Dam & Ord Dam Construction
Both dam constructions were captured on 16mm film at the time and offer us an insight into Australian life in the late 1950’s to early 1970’s.

> The Ord River Scheme Development
With the dams built and the dream of unlimited water now realised, the next challenge was to find crops that would thrive in a tropical environment.

> The spectacular Ord River & Lake Argyle
In Discovering Lake Argyle we show you the lake and the river from the air in plane and helicopter and from the water by high speed tour boat, 12 foot tinny and even canoe.

America’s Darkest Secrets

America’s Dark Secrets Documentary takes a look at some of the most infamous extremists, radical & cult groups in American history.  We also highlight the recent case involving the allege Black Hebrews crimes in Durham, North Carolina. What were the ties to top-secret government agencies; mass murders, suicides, illegal drug experimentation and the abundance of racial injustice? Who profits off of such groups? Are these extremists victims of urban terrorism, culprits or simply both?

 

This documentary focuses on three main stories linked to a covert human experimentation program called MK Ultra created in 1953.  ??First, we look at the 1974 kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army of a world famous newspaper heiress’ daughter named Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.  Its leader was ?Donald “Cinque” Defreeze, an African – American male & ex-convict.  ??Next, is the biggest single loss of life prior to 9/11 led by cult leader Jim Jones.  The charismatic preacher led a crusade of mostly minorities from San Francisco, California in 1979 to the jungles of Guyana, South America. One determined U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan wanted to put a stop to Jones & aggressively pursue top-secret government involvement.  Ryan was investigating & threatening to leak information to the government on the Jones & Patty Hearst cases.  He was assassinated in the line of duty on an airstrip in Guyana, along with several news journalists.  ??The 3rd segment is the May 13, 1985 bombing of a radical group called “Move”, who protested against police brutality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The bomb killed six African – American adults and five children.  Nine members of the Move group were prosecuted & convicted of killing a white police officer by a former Pennsylvania governor.  ??200 children in Jonestown, 5 in Philadelphia and a recent one murdered & buried in North Carolina; we all fall short but go a little too far when harming defenseless “kids”.  If we don’t know our past, how can we adequately be prepared for the future?

Lanterna Magicka

An insightful look into the life and work of Bill Douglas. Besides being an accomplished filmmaker [one of his classics being “Comrades”], he became keenly interested in early optical devices that predated but complimented the early development of cinema techniques. They mirror and anticipate the creation of the slide and film projectors and the early contributions of people like the Lumiere Brothers. Over a period of thirty years, Bill Douglas discovered and collected pre-cinema optical devices including Magic Lanterns, Thaumatropes, Praxinoscopes, Zoetropes, and Phenakistoscopes; little mechanical wonders dating back to the 19th century that attracted general audiences by evoking a sense of magic stimulating the public’s sensibilities and imagination. Taken together, the story of these remarkable but under-appreciated visual contraptions form what the documentary suggests: A secret history of film. Directors Sean Martin & Louise Milne. Writers Sean Martin & Louise Milne. Producers Sean Martin & Louise Milne. Cinematography Sean Martin. Editing Louise Milne, Nick Soldan. Sound Nick Soldan. Visual Effects Peter Gerard. Additional Photography Nick Gibbon, Yorgos Karagiannakis. Production Assistant Nicholas Mark Harding.

Being with Clay

Her first documentary, “Youku”, is an example of Ms. Hongyu’s intellectual and spiritual depth. She uses an oral history approach to tell a simple but profound story about 85 year old Yang Bailiang’s life history. Ms. Hongyu’s documentary beautifully sculptures Yang Bailiang visually whose hands and face are remarkable, while revealing the potter’s simple peasant life, a constant struggle to survive using pottery making skills to barter for food, learned from her great, great, great grandmother; a heritage dating back to the Neolithic age, 6000 years ago, among the Li Minority of Hainan Island. The documentary is a kind of visual poetry with a strong filmic sense that gives the viewer a taste of how ancient history translates to surviving in the 21st century. There is also a lovely sense of humor. Winner: Heritage Award, 8th Montpellier Film Festival of Clay and Glass (March, 2012) . Director Tan Hongyu

Aftermath: The Remnants of War

AFTERMATH is a feature-lenghth documentary which takes us to Bosnia, France, Russia and Vietnam to meet a series of unique people. A Frenchman picks up unexploded bombs from the First World War; a Russian tries to identify bones from the Second World War; a Vietnamese struggles with the lingering effects of Agent Orange from the Vietnam War; and Bosnians live in an environment studded with mine-fields. Their stories flow from one to the next, providing portraits of man’s inhumanity to man but also our ability to heal old wounds. With a mix of never before seen footage, stock images, narration and original score, AFTERMATH is a reminder that we will continue to pay for the last century’s legacy of war for years to come, and that future generations will pay for contemporary events which are occurring even now. Aftermath is based on the Lionel Gelber Prize winning book by American author Donovan Webster. Directed by Daniel Sekulich.