September 6th, 2013 | Comments Off on DocHouse returns with strong Autumn line-up
The school year has kicked off and so has DocHouse’s fantastic documentary programme. Not only do the doc-lobby group host a series of great films on their signature Thursdays the coming two months, they’re also behind a few other screenings of documentary films which look nothing but promising.
Like last season, DocHouse will continue their year-round screenings of top quality docs in some of London’s finest cinemas. This time their films cover everything from gender equality to war zone reporting and from US politics to the dangers of the internet. Here is an overview of what to expect in the coming two months.
Thursday 12 September, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Riverside Studios
A double bill of extraordinary insights into hidden women’s lives in Morocco and Afghanistan. First up is Karima Zoubir’s Camera/Woman in which she introduces us to the determined Khadija. The film shows the difficulties faced by working women in conservative Morocco. Khadija is a harsh example as she makes a successful living as a camerawoman at weddings in Casablanca, despite her family’s blatant disapproval and the consequences thereof.
In No Burqas Behind Bars by Maryam Ebrahimi and Nima Sarvestani we are taken to the Takhar prison in Afghanistan where 40 women are serving long sentences for ‘moral crimes’. These crimes largely involve the defiance of men, from rejection of forced marriage to infidelity to fleeing violent relationships. Read More
Thursday 19 September, 2013 at 6:30pm at the ICA
Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides documented their experiences with Super 8 cameras. Using this treasure trove of material, director Penny Lane has created an extraordinary, intimate and revealing record of the Nixon era. Read More
Thursday 26 September, 2013 at 8:00pm at the Rich Mix Cinema
Director Kim Longinotto returned to the big screen this year with the story of Salma. When Salma was 13, her parents took her out of school and locked her away in a room with a single window. After nine years of captivity in a small dark room with no outside contact she gave in to pressure and agreed to an arranged marriage. The film follows Salma on a trip back to her village and paints a nuanced portrait of an extraordinary, resilient woman. Read our review
Wednesday 2 October, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Riverside Studios
Who writes the news? Journalists? Audience demand? The network bosses? Or is it possible that bigger forces, such as power and money get a say in what makes the cut and what stays behind? Together with director Jean-Philippe Tremblay we are racing the story of media manipulation through the years. The filmmaker poses us a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations dictate the news? Read More
Thursday 3 October, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Riverside Studios
In his prime Edwin Honig was a distinguished and successful poet, translator, literary critic and university lecturer. At 91, however, and in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, he has lost almost all connection with his own past, his family and his personal identity.
Documenting his mentor, friend and first-cousin-once-removed across five years, director Alan Berliner takes us deep into the heart of this devastating illness with extraordinary intimacy. A complicated and courageous individual in his youth, Edwin now oscillates between lucidity and unbearable confusion. With tangible love and respect for his subject, Berliner captures moments of great humour and beauty, encouraging Edwin’s poetic spirit to frequently break free of the fog of dementia. Read More
Thursday 10 October, 2013 at 8:00pm at the Riverside Studios
Director Beeban Kidron takes us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, to find out what exactly the internet is doing to our children. Beguiling and glittering on the outside, it can be alienating and addictive. Quietly building its case, this documentary asks if it is wise to just stand by and watch while our children are being outsourced to the net? Read More
Thursday 17 October, 2013 at 8:30pm at The Lexi Cinema
A moving portrait of war photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who died covering the conflict in Libya in 2011. His friend and colleague Sebastian Junger gracefully captures the curiosity, compassion and empathy that underpins Hetherington’s extraordinary work. Read More
Thursday 24 October, 2013 at 6:30pm at the ICA
A deeply immersive, cinematic experience this documentary by filmmakers Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor looks closely at the dangerous world of commercial fishing. In a visceral stream of breathtaking camerawork the director of Sweetgrass (2009) takes us on one vessel’s treacherous journey. Read More
Thursday 31 October, 2013 at 8:00pm at the Rich Mix Cinema
Ain el-Helweh is Lebanon’s largest refugee camp, home to over 70,000 displaced Palestinians. In this personal study director Mahdi Fleifel combines his own footage with that of his father’s from the 80s and 90s, to present an intimate portrait of the place where he was born. Read More
For more future events, workshops and screenings, keep checking the DocHouse website for regular updates.
Written by Alexandra Zeevalkink
Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.
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