"The natural ice from Chimborazo is the best ice. The tastiest and sweetest. Full of vitamins for your bones. But nobody wants natural ice from Chimborazo anymore. They have factory ice. My father taught me and my brothers how to work in the ice mines. My name is Baltazar Ushca Tenesaca. Now I'm the only ice merchant of Chimborazo." El Último Hielero
(The Last Ice Merchant
), is a short documentary. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 3, 2013 -
"40 years ago, in millions of living room across the British Isles, a strange alien creature was beamed on to our television screens. With bright red hair and multicolored spacesuit, his unearthly appearance shocked the nation. But for many teenagers who experienced this televisual visitation, he would change their lives forever." Jarvis Cocker narrates the BBC Four documentary, David Bowie -- The Story of Ziggy Stardust
posted by Room 641-A
on May 30, 2013 -
You've probably never heard anything quite like the musical documentary More About Henry
. Remixing interviews with musical interpretation, composer Adam Goddard
has woven a unique work of art from the stories of his grandfather, Henry Robert Tindale Haws, who spent a half-century farming in rural Ontario. More About Henry
first aired on CBC Radio's Ideas
. [more inside]
posted by oulipian
on May 26, 2013 -
The project centers on nine women in the feminist lesbian porn industry who are recorded for a 24-hour period, with 10-second blips of their everyday lives playing out in five-minute intervals. What’s revealed is an intimate portrait of a marginalized community opening up about sex, gender politics, depression, and their daily grind in a way that’s downright real
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on May 18, 2013 -
The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project
is an amazing Tumblr with photos, quotations, film excerpts, and ephemera that accompanies a feature-length documentary, now in production, that "will highlight interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the United States and situate them in a range of black historical movements, spanning the decades between the 1930s and 1980s."
posted by liketitanic
on May 16, 2013 -
Teenage Diaries Revisited Beginning in 1996, Radio Diaries gave tape recorders to teenagers around the country to create audio diaries about their lives. NPR’s All Things Considered aired intimate portraits of five of these teens: Amanda, Juan, Frankie, Josh and Melissa. They're now in their 30s. Over this past year, the same group has been recording new stories about where life has led them for our series, Teenage Diaries Revisited.
- The conversation at the end of the 2013 update on Josh
is a complete gut-punch - it left me speechless and unable to breathe.
posted by Slap*Happy
on May 10, 2013 -
is a documentary which details how our concept of privacy is altered by the modern surveillance state.
posted by antonymous
on Apr 30, 2013 -
In 2005, he was considered the finest high school football player in the country. Heavily recruited, the quarterback was sought after by Notre Dame, Alabama, and the school just down the road from home, Arkansas. Many believed that he was a better player than another promising high school quarterback, Tim Tebow. In 2013, Mitch Mustain is the back up quarterback to the San Jose SaberCats, an arena football league team. The documentary,The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain
, seeks to understand what happened.*
*Trailer for documentary. [more inside]
posted by Atreides
on Apr 26, 2013 -
Mozart in Turkey
is film made of three distinct, but related, elements. First, it is a look into Mozart at the time of his courting Constanze
, a bit on his new patron, the "enlightened monarch" Joseph II
, and other influences, including the Turkish music and culture
, along with thoughts on Mozart's opera as a work created in the Age of Enlightenment
, all through the running commentary by opera director Elijah Moshinsky
, who also interviews Alev Lytle Croutier
, the author of Harem: The World Behind the Veil
. Then there is the production of an opera in Turkey, specifically set in and around the Topkapi Palace
(virtual tour; Wikipedia
). And the last piece is the performance of Die Entführung aus dem Serail
, or The Abduction from the Seraglio
. You can watch the entire film online on Vimeo
, thanks to Directors Cut Films
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Night and Fog
is a 1955 documentary directed by Alain Resnais
It is mortifying, for both its brutal imagery, and poetic narration, but moreso, the fact those two could seemingly live together.
Censored by the French over one shot
it only came to fruition after writer Jean Cayrol
, a camp survivor himself, agreed to write the script.
The soundtrack was by Hanns Eisler
, whose music was banned by the Nazis in 1933.
[What follows is 30 minute documentary film concerning two Nazi concentration camps. Please be warned there are some very NSFL/triggers ahead
] [more inside]
posted by timsteil
on Apr 12, 2013 -
, a 1994 Documentary from Canal+ on the origins of Drum & Bass with some live footage, and interviews with MC's, DJs and producers. It's en Français
, but most of the interviews are in English.
posted by empath
on Mar 28, 2013 -
Makers: Women Who Make America
is a sweeping 3-hour documentary of the movement for women's equality in the last half of the twentieth century. Airing this month on US public television, it's accompanied by an online archive of videos
of interviews with individual women in leadership across a variety of fields. Leaders and activists, celebrities and pioneers, and everyday women retell the story of their awakening, organizing, and world-changing efforts.
posted by Miko
on Feb 28, 2013 -
You may remember an animated film from the early '90s. Set somewhere in 'Arabia,' a land of bazaars and minarets, the story featured a bored, harem-panted princess, an orphan boy, a treacherous vizier with bird sidekick, a rotund and oblivious sultan, a blue-skinned magic user, et al.
But it wasn't Aladdin
- and the movie
had started production
in 1964 ... [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 13, 2013 -
Reportero (alternate link)
- follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 50 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country's powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced? [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor
on Jan 8, 2013 -
In seventh grade, after school let out, Humaira Mohammed Bachal opened her home in Thatta (Pakistan) to 10-12 friends who weren't allowed to go to school, and taught them what she was learning. By the time she was 16 and ready to take her 9th grade exams, (over her father's objections,) she and four other girls were teaching more than 100 students. Now, her sister Tahira, (age 18,) is principal of the school Humaira founded: with 22 teachers serving more than 1,000 kids in a Karachi slum (yt)
. All in a country where if you are a young girl in a rural area, you are unlikely ever to see the inside of a classroom, and advocating education for young girls can be life-threatening. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jan 6, 2013 -
"The fact that photographs — they’re mute, they don’t have any narrative ability at all. You know what something looks like, but you don’t know what’s happening, you don’t know whether the hat’s being held or is it being put on her head or taken off her head. From the photograph, you don’t know that. A piece of time and space is well described. But not what is happening."
Legendary street photographer Garry Winogrand with Bill Moyers, 1982 [more inside]
posted by Lorin
on Jan 6, 2013 -