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Oscar-winning documentary praises unsung heroes of music industry

Oscar-winning documentary praises unsung heroes of music industry

20 Feet From Stardom is a beautifully shot, musical spectacle that celebrates the unsung heroines of pop – a film in which the spotlight is deservedly set on some enormously talented women who share with us their compelling stories. Myriam Gwynned Dijck reviews. … Read entire article »

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Dirty Wars – a cinematic style thriller that is frighteningly real

Dirty Wars – a cinematic style thriller that is frighteningly real

Meet investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. He is The Nation magazine’s national security correspondent and has reported extensively on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scahill has a nose for a good story and a healthy distrust in governmental press releases. In his new documentary directed by Richard Rowley, this combination leads to the discovery of some very disturbing facts. … Read entire article »

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Beeban Kidron explores Generation Internet in her eerie new doc InRealLife

Beeban Kidron explores Generation Internet in her eerie new doc InRealLife

What is the internet doing to us? – that was what Beeban Kidron asked herself when she saw her kids glued to their phones 24/7, unable or unwilling to do anything else. With this question in mind she set off to find the online extremities, the internet addicts and social media junkies, particularly amongst teenagers who have never known any other world. … Read entire article »

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DG Approved: Chessboxing, The King’s Discipline

DG Approved: Chessboxing, The King’s Discipline

Chessboxing. Yes – you did just read it correctly, and it’s a very real phenomenon. And indeed, it is exactly what it says on the tin; a hybrid sport combining chess and boxing. While the two could hardly be more disparate, chessboxing is slowly but surely spreading across the globe, and changing from a quirky curiosity into a respectable sport with Olympic ambitions. … Read entire article »

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No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

Two years ago Channel 4 aired a shocking documentary. The film, directed by Callum Macrae, was almost made entirely out of extremely distressing amateur videos depicting the gruesome horrors of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. Presented by Jon Snow, ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ became known as one of the most graphic and disturbing documentaries in British television history and won the team a Nobel Peace Prize-nomination. … Read entire article »

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Hanan Abdalla’s In the Shadow of a Man offers an original portrayal of Egyptian women

Hanan Abdalla’s In the Shadow of a Man offers an original portrayal of Egyptian women

Set in Egypt at the height of the Arab Spring in 2011, the film In the Shadow of a Man is everything but a sub-standard story about the hope for change. Instead it is a compelling documentary which is surprisingly original and entertaining. It is a film about inequality and revolution, told in the most personal way through the eyes of four ordinary Egyptian women. … Read entire article »

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Filmmaker Lise Birk Pedersen about the making of Putin’s Kiss

Filmmaker Lise Birk Pedersen about the making of Putin’s Kiss

It was her first feature-length documentary, made in a country which language she didn’t speak. Despite that, Putin’s Kiss was picked up by festivals around the world and even won the award for best cinematography at the Sundance. You can call it luck, but perhaps filmmaker Lise Birk Pedersen really just has a nose for good stories. … Read entire article »

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