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Sunday February 19 2017
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I Am Not Your Negro
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature! In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House". The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. "I Am Not Your Negro" is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.
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The Great Transmission
What does it take to keep ancient knowledge alive? Tibetan culture has deep roots, but the turmoil of the 20th century has left its vast text tradition in jeopardy. This is a story of an historic act of cultural preservation, chronicling one refugee lama's lifelong efforts to preserve, print and return to his people, the sacred books that are their precious heritage. His work unfolds against the backdrop of a centuries-long transmission, across continents and generations, upholding a legacy of transformative knowledge that dates back to the time of the Buddha.
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Mud Maza
"Mud Maza" means "playing in the mud". A host of rustic children leading quite a comfortable life, spiced with their spirited games, petty quarrels, and secret crushes. With all their differences, football is their first love. They play football in a playground near the paddy fields. When the play is over they swim and somersault in the river nearby the ground and took rest under the huge tree nearby the river. The playground, the shade of the tree and the river; it’s their world. When a team of some rough-looking, unfamiliar seniors invade into their playground, the frustrated and helpless team is forced to find another playground. In reality, it is a muddy paddy field. They jump in the mud and create a new game: mud football.
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Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World
A reckless sailing expedition to Antarctica, done on a hand-built gypsy boat crewed by a band of wandering miscreants.The vessel is Infinity, a 120 ft hand-built gypsy boat, crewed by a band of miscreants. The journey, an 8,000 mile pacific crossing, from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica. Unlike all the other boats heading to Antarctica though, Infinity is no well-financed, ice-reinforced super yacht, crewed by well-paid professional sailors, with carefully thought out agendas. Infinity lives in the moment and sails on a whim, without permission or insurance of any kind. What can to be found in abundance onboard, is blood, sweat, enthusiasm, disdain for authority and an ample supply of alcohol, a mad voyage of reckless adventure just for the thrill of it. Along the way the crew will battle a force 12 hurricane of ice in the Ross Sea, assist the radical environmental group Sea Shepherd in their fight with Japanese whalers, tear every sail they have ...
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No Limits
It was the worst drug disaster in history.A “wonder drug” sedative called Thalidomide was mass distributed around the world by the German company Chemie Grünenthal: aggressively marketed as totally non-toxic and claiming to be completely harmless for pregnant mothers experiencing morning sickness. In reality it killed and malformed thousands of babies. Many of them had short arms or legs, or no arms or legs at all. Many were blind or deaf, or had severe damage to their brains or organs. Now, almost 60 years after the drug was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, a class action lawsuit in Australia finally unveils the hidden truth.The feature documentary "No Limits" follows the tragic story through the remarkable life affirming journeys of survivors around the world, as they grow from children to adults, determined to succeed, still waiting for adequate support and compensation from their governments, the drug’s distributors and the drug’s manufacturer, Grünenthal.
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Chicken People
Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. CMT has partnered with Emmy Award-winning Motto Pictures, and Emmy nominated director Nicole Lucas Haimes for “Chicken People,” a documentary that takes a charming and fascinating look at the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. A real life “Best in Show” but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their chickens on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens.
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Death by Design
What is the cost of our digital dependency?"Death by Design", a feature length documentary, explores this question and uncovers a global story of damaged lives, environmental destruction and devices that are designed to die.Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs.
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Voyagers Without Trace
A mysterious sign, a lost diary, a daring journey down canyons of the West and across France in search of three voyagers from 1938. In 1938, three young Parisians arrived in the American West with kayaks, cameras, and beer. They had a bold, even foolhardy plan: be the first to take kayaks down the wild Green and Colorado rivers. They recorded their journey, creating the first adventure film shot in vivid color. But the reels go unseen for 75 years, until director Ian McCluskey spots a photo of the trio on a roadside marker. His curiosity sends him on a historical treasure hunt, learning to paddle the same waters and searching for clues. What led an explorer, his new bride, and his best friend halfway around the world on the eve of World War II? What secrets do flooded canyons and a weathered journal still hold? Ian traces the trio's wake back to Europe, uncovering unexpected connections to the French Resistance, the advent of the French Riviera.
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Vulcania
After the accidental death of Jonas’ family in an abandoned mine in a mysterious place lost in the mountains, he devotes himself to a dangerous job under a magnet at the foundry. The work in this place will make him develop an amazing power that he’ll try to hide from everyone else. Until the day he meets Marta, who also seems to keep secrets. Together, they will find evidence that their love ones were in fact murdered because they knew that there was life beyond their natural boundaries. All the inhabitants, manipulated by their despotic leaders, during generations, ignore there is an alternative to the life they are living. Jonas, torn apart by feelings of guilt and revenge, will come up with a plan to save Marta who’s in serious danger if she doesn’t escape on the exact date when they have their only festivity in the whole year.
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The Carer
Diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease, ailing theatrical legend Sir Michael Gifford (Brian Cox) is terminally ill. He’s also foul-mouthed, irascible, and highly resistant to the concept of allowing a full time care giver into his home. Out of sheer necessity but hardly convicted at the notion herself, Sir Michael’s daughter Sophia (Emilia Fox) reluctantly brings in a candidate to interview for the job. Into this fraught household comes Dorottya, who is greeted coldly by Sophia and Michael’s estate manager and former lover Milly (Anna Chancellor) but nevertheless manages to convince them to allow her a chance. Dorottya, an aspiring Hungarian actress herself in need of a day job, secretly hopes that this opportunity to care for Sir Michael will propel her own career onstage and endures his unbearable temperament. Their relationship gradually improves as Dorottya’s warming personality and knowledge of theatre begins to grow on the old lion.
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Perfume War
A single mom, Barb Stegemann, creates an unlikely weapon in the fight for world peace after her best friend — a soldier, Captain Trevor Greene — is axed in the head by a terrorist. Only now she finds herself in the battle of her life taking on corporate giants. So she creates a new way to fight for peace – Perfume. And with it, a worldwide movement that has transformed lives not only in Afghanistan, but Rwanda, Haiti and the Middle East. As well as that of her best friend, Trevor. "Perfume War" is a David and Goliath tale about a start-up social enterprise that rebuilds lives and empowers peace, inspired by one of the Afghan War’s most tragic victims. With an intimate and personal emotional core, it’s also an international story about a new way of fighting war: Not with weapons, but with compassion and ideas. This is the story of Barb and Trevor.
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Finding Oscar
What if everything you knew about yourself was a lie,? and the truth revealed a secret about the worst humanity has to offer? "Finding Oscar" is about the search for justice in the case of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala in 1982. That search leads to the trail of two little boys, Oscar and Ramiro, who were abducted during the slaughter and raised by some of the very soldiers who’d murdered their families. These boys offer the only living evidence that ties the Guatemalan government to the massacre. The film follows the men and women who have spent nearly two decades looking for answers — from the human-rights worker who first heard the story to the forensic anthropologists trying to identify victims and contact families. The documentary profiles the young Guatemalan prosecutor who took on her own government, and the U.S. immigration agents who began rounding up war criminals found living in the States.
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RiverBlue
Can a change in fashion save the planet? Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, "RiverBlue" spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, the manufacturing of our clothing is destroying rivers globally. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.
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SCORE: A Film Music Documentary
"SCORE" is a first-of-its-kind documentary that dives into the creative process of film scores. Tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, "SCORE" will illustrate how the first few notes on a piano keyboard end up in the most dramatic moments of a film's emotional climax. Turning the spotlight on the creative struggles that make up a major motion picture score, this documentary will showcase the way the world's top soundsmiths solve musical challenges — from the creative to the technical. "SCORE" explores the power of film music as an art form, and why it's famously been used to score graduation ceremonies, weddings, and even the President of the United States. Plunging into the tricks composers use to make a powerful moment stick in our hearts, "SCORE" will detail how well-timed melodies and unconventional sounds can turn heroes into villains and tension into triumph."SCORE" will break down the anatomy of a compelling major motion picture score.
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To Keep The Light
Inspired by true stories, a lighthouse keeper’s wife struggles with her work and her sanity as she cares for her sick husband in 19th century Maine. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and she is forced to confront both her past and her future. Mining stories of the lives of women lighthouse keepers, "Abbie" is a composite character giving voice to their largely unknown experience. Working in isolation and under extreme conditions, these women — who inherited their jobs from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers — were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed and far afield from the urban, intellectual circles that spawned the women's rights movement. Shot off the coast of northern Maine, "To Keep the Light" paints a landscape of stark, aching beauty, and reveals the inner life of a woman who is, literally and figuratively, at the edge of society.
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The Sabbatical
James Pittman is a middle-aged photography professor at a small prairie university. He’s feeling old, tired, and disconnected from the youth that he teaches. The prefect remedy is the year-long sabbatical he’s been looking forward to for years. But his loose schedule gets turfed by the Dean who needs him to publish a follow-up to his only successful book from years ago. He’s not feeling inspired until he meets Lucy, a young artist who reconnects him to his youthful exuberance.
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Burns Point
When his sister is strangled by her jealous boyfriend, Jeremy expects swift justice to follow. But the killer's father is a corrupt policeman who rigs the murder trial. The son walks free, but days later his body is found on a dark street ... and Jeremy is running for his life.
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Sink
Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter tragically dies whilst under the care of her employers; return to poverty stricken Mozambique or continue working for the people responsible for the death of her child. Things become even more complicated when she finds out that her employers are expecting their first child.
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The Comedian
"The Comedian" features an award-winning, all-star ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Keitel, Billy Crystal and Patti LuPone. An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people. The film screening will include a special introduction by Cloris Leachman.
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Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
"Underfire" is the remarkable story of WWII infantryman and photographer Tony Vaccaro, who created one of the most comprehensive, haunting and intimate photographic records of the war using a smuggled $47 camera while developing the negatives in his helmet at night. The film discusses the timeless ethical issues surrounding war photography and how images shape public perceptions of conflict featuring contributions from Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times photographer Tyler Hicks, Anne Tucker, curator of the Fine Art Museum of Houston, James Estrin, of the Times, and John Morris, former photo editor of Life Magazine and Robert Capa.
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The Merry Maids of Madness
After walking out of her wedding for a sandwich, Beatrice decides to take a rest at the Stratford Home for Rest and Rehabilitation. Beatrice soon realizes that if she wants to get out, she'll need a plan and the help of her unusual cohorts. A feature length comedy inspired by the women of Shakespeare.
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Reengineering Sam
Sam Schmidt was living out his boyhood dream as an IndyCar racer and earning the title of IndyCar “Rookie of the Year”. His dream came to an abrupt end when he crashed into a wall at 200 miles per hour, leaving him a quadriplegic. Sam’s accident rendered him physically helpless, unable to scratch an itch much less drive again, until a dedicated group of bright engineering minds stepped up to build him a car that he could drive using only his head. "Reengineering Sam" chronicles Sam’s personal life and business ventures, his road back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and groundbreaking adaptive technologies that hold promise of a level of independence for anyone confined to a wheelchair.
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Vegas Baby
Oscar-nominated director Amanda Micheli's provocative and suspenseful documentary follows several aspiring parents who desperately want to have a baby but are struggling with infertility and the high cost of treatments. They place themselves in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor and his annual contest, which offers a prize of a free round of in-vitro fertilization—with no guarantee of success. Contestants post video entries online telling their stories, counting on the votes of strangers to make their dreams of becoming parents true. IVF can be cripplingly expensive and is rarely covered by insurance in the United States. So while exposing private pain online to win a contest is a brutal proposition, many infertile couples consider this a gamble worth taking. Through this controversial contest, VEGAS BABY navigates the complexities of America's burgeoning fertility industry and unveils the class disparity within a topic that is often clouded by judgment and stereotypes. Micheli paints an
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H.O.P.E.
What we eat matters a lot more than we might think. Featuring powerful interviews and personal stories of well-known physicians, nutritionists, behavioral scientists, farmers and patients who have recovered from severe illnesses by changing their diets, "H.O.P.E." shows not only the personal benefits of a plant-based diet, but also the global impact. This film offers a simple, yet convincing solution to many of our most pressing societal challenges — one that is not far away but right in front of us on our plates: altering our eating habits and letting go of animal products can bring our own health and the future of our planet back into balance.
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In Her Name
A gripping and emotional legal drama based on a true story that moved France for three decades. In 1982, André Bamberski (Daniel Auteuil) learns about the death of his 14 year-old daughter, Kalinka, while she was on vacation with her mother and stepfather (Sebastian Koch) in Germany. Convinced that Kalinka’s death was not an accident, Bamberski begins to investigate. A botched autopsy report raises his suspicions and leads him to accuse Kalinka’s stepfather, Dr Dieter Krombach, as the murderer.Unable to indict Krombach in Germany, Bamberski attempts to take the trial to France, where he will dedicate his life to Kalinka’s justice and the imprisonment of Krombach. Based on the true Kalinka Bamberski case, "In Her Name" follows the three decade battle faced by a father to bring his daughter’s murderer to justice. Faced with challenges from the French and German legal systems, Bamberski’s story is one of perseverance and obsessive determination.
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Aaron's Blood
Struggling with his new life as a single father, Aaron copes with his increasingly distant relationship with his only child Tate. Twelve-year-old Tate, a timid hemophiliac, is small for his age and regularly bullied at school. Roughed up by his chief bully, Tate winds up in the hospital suffering a massive nosebleed. After a blood transfusion and Tate is sent home, Aaron starts to notice peculiar changes in his son. When he discovers that Tate could be becoming a vampire, he enlists the help of a local vampire hunter and embarks on a frantic search to find the source of the infection to stop the transformation before it’s too late.
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