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thumbnail Mountain (2017 Australia)

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August 19, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Jennifer Peedom
Starring: Willem Dafoe
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 76 mins

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? ‘Mountain’ is a cinematic and musical collaboration between acclaimed director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Shot by the world’s best adventure cinematographers and written by best selling author Robert Macfarlane, this feature documentary explores the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with mountains. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.

thumbnail The Judge (2017 Palestine)

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August 5, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Erika Cohn
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 76 mins

When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. A unique portrait of Judge Kholoud – her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, it presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine-custody of children, divorce, abuse-while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

thumbnail The Go-Betweens: Right Here (2017 Australia)

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July 8, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Kriv Stenders
Starring: Robert Forster, Mark Callaghan, Clinton Walker
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 95 mins

On May 6th 2006, on a Saturday afternoon while preparing a housewarming party, singer/songwriter Grant McLennan died of a heart attack. His tragic death brought an end to one of Australia’s greatest musical partnerships. McLennan and Robert Forster,
the founding members of seminal Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, had been close friends and collaborators for 30 years. Their body of work across countless group and solo albums is now recognised around the world as some of the greatest ever created in this country. The legacy they and their fellow band members forged through the late 70s, 80s and into the 2000s has now become the stuff of rock music legend. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, The Go-Betweens: Right Here tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.

thumbnail I am Not Your Negro (2016 USA)

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May 27, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte
Genre: Documentary
Minutes: 93 mins

Though its principal figure, the novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, it would be hard to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history. To call it a movie about James Baldwin would be to understate Raoul Peck’s achievement. It’s more of a posthumous collaboration, an uncanny and thrilling communion between the filmmaker and his subject. The voice-over narration (read by Samuel L. Jackson) is entirely drawn from Baldwin’s work. Much of it comes from notes and letters written in the mid-1970s, when Baldwin was somewhat reluctantly sketching out a book, never to be completed, about the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

thumbnail The Salt of the Earth (2015 Brazil)

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July 23, 2017
7:30 pm

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders
Starring: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 110 mins

The amazing monochrome images created by 71-year-old Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado are the subject of this deeply considered documentary study, co-directed by Wim Wenders and the photographer’s son, Juliano Salgado. The pictures are the result of Salgado’s remarkable 40-year career as a photojournalist and self-described “witness to the human condition”. Salgado took stunning pictures in South America, Africa and central Europe, paying tribute to peoples who are dispossessed. He speaks to the camera here about his life and work. Wenders says that compassion fuels Salgado’s vision, humanity being the salt of the earth.

thumbnail The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble (2015 USA )

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June 25, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor
Genre: Music documentary
Duration: 96 mins

“I’m always trying to figure out who I am and how I fit in the world that I share with seven billion other people,” Mr. Ma says early in the film. That curiosity led him to assemble the Silk Road Ensemble, a collective of some 50 musicians and artists from across the globe. “This was like the Manhattan Project of music” one interviewee says of the group, founded in 2000. Director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) knows how to capture the magic of performance and how to encourage professionals to speak plainly. He profiles its members who speak about threatened traditions, the relevance of music in a violent world and the stress of staying true to one’s art while mixing styles.

thumbnail The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016 UK)

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March 26, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon
Genre: Documentary

Duration: 100 mins

Documentary about The Beatles’ assault on America and the change it wrought upon the volatile American landscape. Director Ron Howard has mixed archival footage conjuring the pandemonium of the times with interviews that put the tours into social and musical context.Their entire set at Shea Stadium follows the film. Originally shot on 35mm film, the sound was remastered by Giles Martin, son of Beatles’ producer George Martin.

thumbnail The Wolfpack (2014, US)

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October 9, 2016
7:30 pm

Director: Mark Bowsher
Starring: Mel Hanson, Chris Jones, Glenn Rise, Jon Youseman
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 90 mins

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favourite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house is transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.

Screening Date: 9-Oct-16

thumbnail Love Marriage In Kabul (2014, Iran)

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October 2, 2016
7:30 pm

Director: Amin Palangi
Starring:
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 85 mins

A lovingly fashioned tale of the brokering of a marriage amidst the ruins of a country impoverished by decades of war. Mahboba Rawi, founder of Mahboba’s Promise, is an Afghan-Australian woman dedicated to help Afghan orphans. Abdul, one of the first orphans she saved, is in love with Fatemeh. They want to marry, but Fatemeh’s father wants to give her to anyone who offers the largest dowry. Devastated, Abdul is hoping when Mahboba arrives in Kabul, she will help to make his marriage happen, but Fatemeh’s father has unexpected demands. He wants 10,000 Australian dollars or a wife for his eldest son to replace Fatemeh in the household. The fate of the couple hangs on Mahboba’s ability to negotiate, but she only has one month and limited resources.

Screening Date: 2-Oct-16

thumbnail Amy (2015, UK)

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July 31, 2016
7:30 pm

Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Amy Winehouse, Lauren Gilbert, Juliette Ashby, Nick Shymansky, Tyler James
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 128 mins

Traces the arc of Amy Winehouse’s life and the transformation of this mischief-loving Jewish girl from North London into a peerless interpreter of jazz and soul, to global pop sensation, to her death in 2011, at 27, from alcohol poisoning. Director Asif Kapadia has pieced together the visuals exclusively from archival images, tapping into a trove of home videos, concert material, publicity interviews and recording sessions. Like many who have come of age in the digital era, Amy and her friends seemed to have kept a running record of their lives, cataloging their waking and sleeping hours, their back-seat and backstage lulls. The end of the movie is a gruesome horror show but you don’t turn away, because the film has made Amy so touchingly, recognisably human.

Screening Date: 31-Jul-16