Doni doni – soon you will be artists.

In Koumana village Bangali, Moussa, Dati and Omori Camara are learning the traditional music of Hamanah people: the Strong Men, by master Nankhoria Amadou Keita.

Step by step they will learn the secrets of Hamanah tradition. Yakhouba Dabo, a young percussionist from Conakry, reaches Koumana during his travel in search of traditional rhythms where he meets the four children. Their destinies meeting is the cross between village and city, where tradition and modernity weaves together.

The Booker

Steve Scarborough is a booker with a vision who is struggling to build a professional wrestling league from the ground up. In Steve’s mind, modern pro wrestling has lost their audience because the theatrical form has been spurned in favor of shock tactics and clearly fake fighting. Putting everything he has on the line, Steve works to capture and engage audiences by restoring integrity to championship wrestling with PWC and along the way he learns a little something about himself.

Steve Scarborough, thirty eight year old father of two, has loved pro wrestling since he was a small child growing up in Hawaii. So much so, at 22 he went to Japan to train as a wrestler, seeing it as a good way to get the experience he needed to pursue his dream of being a pro wrestling, Pro wrestling in Japan is treated much different than here in America. The wrestlers are respected and expected to act as professional athletes. The training is a brutal, boot camp like routine made to weed out any applicant that is seen as wanting by the elder wrestlers. When he returned to the states, he hooked up with the legendary Jake “The Snake” Roberts and would be his traveling companion/wrestling opponent for almost 2 years. Steve maintains that it was these two experiences that have shaped his opinion of what pro wrestling should be.

Gradually Steve learned that he wouldn’t be able to make a decent living as a wrestler alone, so he started doing commentary and live announcing of the matches where he was on the under card. Things may have continued thus, traveling the country, picking up matches when and where he could until a chance meeting with pro wrestling legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. Piper encouraged him to go into teaching the sport, saying that Steve was “too smart to get his head bashed in for money”.

Knowing that pro wrestling’s deepest roots lay in the south, Steve decided that was where he should go to set up his school. That was it, he just picked Atlanta off a map, packed up and moved. That was 2001.

After a few soured partnerships and failed attempts to get a school off the ground, Steve had all but given up on having a wrestling school of his own. Now married with children, he had to consider that being a wrestling coach and booker might not be in the cards. He decided to give it one last go, having heard that a local theater might let him set up a ring in a spare room.

Colour by Numbers; The Sudokumentary

In a highly specialized, highly intellectual competition, one team of unqualified, under-prepared individuals prepare to make their mark! Australia first national sudoku team (the Numbats) travel into the unknown of competitive puzzling as they enter the World Sudoku Championships in Goa, India.

Competing against numerical geniuses from the world over, including the much fancied tournament favourite, Thomas Snyder, the Numbats experience what representing their country is all about.

Bulaq

On 25th January thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, sparking what we call now the Egyptian Revolution. Only a few hundred meters far from the world-famous square, the people from popular neighbourhood Bulaq joined protesters, finding in demonstrations something more than a glimmer of hope. Through their voices, ‘Bulaq’ portrays their collective struggle against eviction and social marginalisation, whose destiny seems to be strictly intertwined with the hesitant fortunes of the Egyptian spring.

97% Owned

When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it’s essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked, questions like; where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used? And what does this mean for the millions of ordinary people who suffer when the monetary, and financial system, breaks down?

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process.

Produced by Queuepolitely and featuring Ben Dyson of Positive Money, Josh Ryan-Collins of The New Economics Foundation, Ann Pettifor, the “HBOS Whistleblower” Paul Moore, Simon Dixon of Bank to the Future and Nick Dearden from the Jubliee Debt Campaign.

Generation OS13: The new culture of resistance

Generation OS13 is an explosive insight into the attack on civil liberties occurring in western democracies and how artists, musicians, journalists and authors encourage the peoples right to resist against Banker occupation.

Featuring Painter, poet & song writer Billy Childish, Harry Malt from Bare Bones, Luke Turner from The Quietus, journalist Huw Nesbitt, broadcaster Max Kaiser, author Nicholas Shaxson & Artists Anika, Comanechi, Gaggles & Saul Williams.

The Potemkin League

In 2005 the Glazer family took over Man United in Footballs first leveraged buyout. In 2007 America duo Tom Hicks and George Gillett purchased Liverpool football club in the same manner despite promises to the contrary. The Potemkin league chronicled the unfortunate ownership of the two Americans and found a city and culture that was diametrically opposed to their methods. The documentary discovers the Shankly spirit, crushed by the Thatcher years, awakened in the city and followed the events as they unfold. Director: Michael Oswald; Writer: Mike Horwath; Stars: David Bick, Patrick Duggan and Tony Evans

If Only I Were an Indian

If Only I Were an Indian follows three Native Americans (two Cree and one Ojibwa) from Manitoba, Canada as they travel to the former Czechoslovakia to meet several hundred Czechs and Slovaks who have set up a remarkable “Indian” community.

Wearing Indian dress and living in tee-pees, these central Europeans have adopted, to an amazing, almost obessive degree, the traditional cultures of nineteenth century North American Native Indians. Everything from play and recreation to religion and philosophy, from food preparation to child rearing is based on historic Native American models.

Inspired by the writings of the turn of the century Canadian naturalist, Ernest Thompson Seton, and his contemporary, the German novelist Karl May, these Czechs and Slovaks see Native Indian cultures as an alternative to what they consider to be the spiritual bankruptcy of modern day European civilization.

Astonishing, humourous, angry and poignant by turns, this beautiful film is a remarkable journey across continents, history, and cultures.

If Only I Were An Indian is a glimpse into the disorienting world of the “White Wampum” tribe, a group of Czech and Slovak families expressing their fascination with North American Native Culture by spending their summer vacations deep in the forests of Central Europe, living in teepees, dressed in loincloths, features and Moccasins, attempting to appropriate another culture’s way of life.

Blast ‘Em: A Celebrity Stakeout!

BLAST ‘EM offers a comical, bold and disrespectful view of the world of paperazzi and their famous prey. They steal up on and photograph their subjects, sometimes with their consent, usually without. The main character of this film is Victor Malafronte, a young professional photographer from New York, who is well-known as the most aggressive and talented of the new generation of ‘photography-killers’. He and his pals take the viewer on a ‘ride on the wild side’, hunting for Madonna (jogging), Michael J. Fox (also jogging), John F. Kennedy jr., Willem Dafoe, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and others (who are doing things celebrities do). Besides images of these photographers who are trying to sell their pictures to the highest bidder, the film explores the seemingly endless obsession of the audience with the rich and famous. BLAST ‘EM forces us to ponder on popular-cultural values that we find self-evident. Directed by Joseph Blasioli, Egidio Coccimiglio.

In the Boondocks

This poetic documentary film links the fate of New York artist Jimmy Ernst and his parents Max Ernst and Louise Straus on several narrative levels with the story of the print shop Augustin in Gluechstadt.

1935 – Jimmy’s parents had to flee to Paris – the Augustin family take in the 15-year-old as an apprentice typesetter. He learns how to set foreign languages such as Chinese and Arabic as well as Runic characters and cuneiform script. Inspired by his work he develops a fascination with symbols that will influence his entire oeuvre. With the help of the Augustin family Jimmy finally manages to escape to New York in 1938. His father later follows him to the United States, his mother is deported to Auschwitz where she is murdered.

The print shop Augustin today: based on photographs and contemporary witness accounts the abandoned print shop comes back to life. While the camera sweeps over characters, mysterious symbols and foreign alphabets, the images are accompanied by text passages from Jimmy Ernst’s memoirs “A Not-So-Still Life”, read by Burghart Klaussner to the music of sound artist Ulrike Haage. In its entirety this provides a fascinating insight which is crowned by pictures taken by the renowned photographer Candida Hoefer. Directed by Artur Dieckhoff & Christian Bau. Note: the above trailer is in German but the full film is narrated in English.