Σάββατο, 6 Οκτωβρίου 2012

How Much Further?


Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα: English 

Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2012, GR
Σκηνοθεσία: M. Wiessler
Διάρκεια: 40'



Γυρισμένο στην Αθήνα μεταξύ Οκτωβρίου 2011 και Φεβρουαρίου 2012, εν μέσω της κοινωνικής, πολιτικής και οικονομικής αναταραχής, το ντοκιμαντέρ δίνει βήμα στις φωνές εκείνων που έχουν εγκαταλείψει το Αφγανιστάν, τη Σομαλία ή το Σουδάν ελπίζοντας να βρουν καταφύγιο στην Ευρώπη.
Μετά από μήνες ή ακόμη και χρόνια στο δρόμο, φτάνουν στην Ελλάδα, μια χώρα της οποίας ο πληθυσμός αντιμετωπίζει το πλήρες βάρος της οικονομικής κρίσης και τα συστήματα ασύλου και υποδοχής είναι εντελώς δυσλειτουργικά. Οι περισσότεροι άνθρωποι δε βλέπουν άλλη επιλογή από το να πάρουν να το δρόμο και πάλι με την ελπίδα να φτάσουν σε μια χώρα που θα μπορεί να τους δεχτεί και να εξετάσει το αίτημά τους για άσυλο. Αλλά, από τη στιγμή που έχουν εισέλθει στην Ελλάδα, είναι εξαιρετικά δύσκολο, αν όχι αδύνατο, να εγκαταλείψουν τη χώρα λόγω των ευρωπαϊκών πολιτικών που τους εγκλωβίζουν νομικά στην Ελλάδα.

Το ντοκιμαντέρ είναι ο καρπός της συνεργασίας μεταξύ ECRE, του Ελληνικού Φόρουμ Προσφύγων και του κινηματογραφιστή Matthias Wiessler, και υποστηρίζεται από το Ευρωπαϊκό Πρόγραμμα για την Ενσωμάτωση και τη Μετανάστευση (EPIM).

Μετά από τις ταυτόχρονες πρεμιέρες στις Βρυξέλλες και Αθήνα για την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Προσφύγων (20 Ιουνίου), το "Πόσο Μακριά Ακόμα;" έχει ήδη παρουσιαστεί σε 2 άλλες προβολές μέχρι στιγμής, στο Ινστιτούτο Ευρωπαϊκής Πολιτικής και στους μαθητές του Δικτύου Οδυσσέας στο Θερινό Σχολείο Ευρωπαϊκού Δικαίου και Πολιτικής για τη Μετανάστευση και το Άσυλο.

Αυτοί οι άνδρες, οι γυναίκες και οι οικογένειες έχουν, ως επί το πλείστον, ξοδέψει όλες τις οικονομίες τους για το μακρύ ταξίδι τους, το οποίο τους οδήγησε στην Ευρώπη, με τους περισσότερους ανθρώπους να πληρώνουν λαθρεμπόρους να περάσουν τα σύνορα. Μπορούν να βρεθούν σε μεγάλη ένδεια στην Αθήνα, η οποία έχει μόλις 1.000 θέσεις υποδοχής για πάνω από 9.000 αιτούντες άσυλο το 2011 και μόνο. Με καμία ελπίδα να φύγουν από την Ελλάδα νόμιμα και με ασφάλεια, χωρίς την ελπίδα της ζωής με αξιοπρέπεια στην Ελλάδα, χωρίς ελπίδα επιστροφής στις χώρες τους και σε ένα ευμετάβλητο περιβάλλον γεμάτο από κοινωνικές εντάσεις και με την ξενοφοβία σε άνοδο, μαζεύονται όπου μπορούν και περιμένουν ελπίζοντας να βρούνε έναν τρόπο να φύγουν.

Το 'Πόσο Μακριά Ακόμα;' (How Much Further?) είναι μια "ταινία δρόμου" τοποθετημένη στην Αθήνα. Από κρυμμένα διαμερίσματα, κατοικίες κοινοτήτων των προσφύγων και δημόσια πάρκα, οι πρόσφυγες μας λένε τις ιστορίες τους για το πώς ζουν και παρουσιάζουν τις λύσεις τους. Εκπρόσωποι από αρμόδια θεσμικά όργανα, πολιτικοί και εκπρόσωποι οργανισμών προσθέτουν σχόλια και τις λύσεις τους για την κρίση.
Η ταινία έχει διάρκεια 40 λεπτά.
http://www.ecre.org/component/content/article/67-films/288-how-much-further.html
Source video:
http://vimeo.com/46319686


Παρασκευή, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Smart Card

Είδος: Taινία μικρού μήκους
Γλώσσα: English
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2005, US
Σκηνοθεσία: James Oxford
Διάρκεια: 15'
 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468876/ 




Παρασκευή, 15 Ιουνίου 2012

Zift (2008)



Είδος: Ταινία
Γλώσσα: Bulgarian
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2008, Bulgaria
Σκηνοθεσία: J. Gardev
Διάρκεια: 92'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1264914/




Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien world - the totalitarian Sofia of the 60s. His first night of freedom draws the map of a diabolical city full of decaying neighbourhoods, gloomy streets and a bizarre parade of characters.




Κυριακή, 3 Ιουνίου 2012

Ικέτες

Ικέτες (2012) / Διάρκεια: 24'
Μια ταινία για την κρίση, το πολιτικό σύστημα,τις εκλογές,
τις επιλογές που κάνουμε ελεύθερα(;) και ...τις σχέσεις!
Σενάριο: Ιωάννα Γεροκωνσταντή
Σκηνοθεσία: Λάζαρος Ανδριώτης
Δ/νση φωτογραφίας-μοντάζ: Νίκος Βουρλιώτης

http://www.cineincrisis.gr/ 


Παρασκευή, 1 Ιουνίου 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Είδος: Ταινία κινουμένων σχεδίων μικρού μήκους
Γλώσσα: -
Υπότιτλοι: -
Χρονολογία: 2011, US
Σκηνοθεσία: W. Joyce, B. Oldenburg
Διάρκεια: 15'


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1778342/



Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.


Παρασκευή, 25 Μαΐου 2012

Ulak (The Messenger)


Είδος: Ταινία
Γλώσσα: Turkish
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2008, Turkey
Σκηνοθεσία: C. Irmak
Διάρκεια: 95'






Another masterpiece from the one of most intellectual and creative directors of Turkey. Story is also by Irmak.

1- The incredible soundtracks that takes you away is by E.Reboutsika who won the World Soundtrack Award in 2006 by another Irmak movie "Babam ve Oglum" (My Father and My Son) 2- Cetin Tekindor presents one of the best actings I've ever seen. He paralyses the audience. Especially, the scene he begins to cry when he finishes his story and the children are talking about the Messenger they dream of.. 3- Story is very allegoric. No time and no place. And the presentation of this story is very original, since there are parts like "Dream of Ferhat", "Reality of Zekeriya", "Book of Mehmet" 4- Although lots of messages are given, the most emphasized is "The one who knows but keeps silence is as much guilty as the one who commits." In fact it seems to refer to the Military Regime started in 1980 and to the society that did not want to talk about it for years. Not only that, but also every society that stay silent against the evil kind. 5- The end is much more original. Story ends with "Dream of Saffet", which means it is your turn to dream about the end.

Author: kaan from Turkey

 

Παρασκευή, 11 Μαΐου 2012

Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky






Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα:
English 
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2010, Australia
Σκηνοθεσία: M. Achbar, P. Wintonick

Διάρκεια: 167'









One of the most important documentaries ever made.
 
Noam Chomsky has been called "arguably the most important intellectuals alive" by the New York Times and has been at the forefront of dissenting intellectual thought and activism for several decades now. This film takes a witty and intelligent look at Chomsky's well-documented theories on how the media serves the agendas of the corporate/government power structure - not as a conspiracy theory, but simply as an analysis of the way things necessarily operate.

This film is bound to polarize audiences. The ideas which are put forward and the facts which are revealed will shake some people's world. Many will disagree and argue against Chomsky and his ideas. Good. I think that's much of why this film was made. The disclaimer at the end of the credits states that the film was made with the intent to promote discussion about the media. If you aren't aroused one way or another by what is put forward in this film then either you must have been sleeping through it or else you are just plain apathetic.

The film is long. It has to be. Chomsky points out that part of the way in which the mass media manufactures consent is through concision. Sound-bytes. They don't take a lot of time to look at the facts or to thoroughly examine both sides of most issues. In order to think outside the paradigm of the mass media and to adequately discuss and defend views which go against mainstream thought, then you have to take some time. That's exactly what "Manufacturing Consent" does. However, the filmmakers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, keep it interesting. They keep it from turning into three hours of talking heads.

To do this the filmmakers use some of the very techniques which Chomsky identifies the mass media as using in order to influence their audiences. It's wonderful and humorous to see how they speak the very language which they (and Chomsky) are exposing and criticizing. Don't be fooled, this is a propagandist film in favor of Chomsky and in favor of thinking about the world around you and then getting off your butt and doing something about it! Keep in mind when I use the term 'propaganda', that propaganda isn't always necessarily bad (the USA used propaganda to muster support for World War II and consequently Hitler's genocide was stopped). 'Propaganda' it just basically means that it pretty blatantly favors one view over another. Don't get me wrong, "Manufacturing Consent" is not completely one sided. Both sides of the argument are given screen time, but Chomsky's views come out on top.

Watch this film. Even if you don't agree with it, the discussion of the issues presented is important. It will raise your consciousness of what is happening to you every day whenever you turn on the TV or the radio, or pick up a newspaper, or even when you go to a football game. It will change your perspective and maybe even your life. And how many films really do that? That's why I say it's one of the most important documentaries ever made.
1 October 1999
Author: A. Tad Chamberlain (script2screen@hotmail.com) from Provo, Utah



Πέμπτη, 26 Απριλίου 2012

Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets



Είδος: Δράμα / Drama
Γλώσσα: Arabic, French
Υπότιτλοι: English
Χρονολογία: 2000, Morocco
Σκηνοθεσία: N. Ayouch
Διάρκεια: 95'



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260688/



Storyline: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's revenge. Ali wants to become a sailor - when he was living with his mother, a prostitute, he used to listen to a fairy tale about the sailor who discovered the miracle island with two suns. Instead of finding his island in the dream, Ali and his friends are confronted with Dib's gang. Matters are getting serious.

 

Πέμπτη, 19 Απριλίου 2012

The Light Bulb Conspiracy



Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα:
Spanish,French, English, German
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2010, Spain / France.
Σκηνοθεσία: C. Dannoritzer

Διάρκεια: 52'



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825163/




Planned Obsolescence is the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand.As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it: The article that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business – and a tragedy for the modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating cycle of production, consumption and throwing away.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.
This film travels to France, Germany, Spain and the US to find witnesses of a business practice which has become the basis of the modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa where discarded electronics are piling up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.


Πέμπτη, 12 Απριλίου 2012

The Wave (1981)


Είδος: Ταινία
Γλώσσα:
English
Υπότιτλοι: -
Χρονολογία: 1981, US
Σκηνοθεσία: A. Grasshoff

Διάρκεια: 44'




In 1967, at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, World History teacher Ron Jones was asked about the Holocaust by a student. "Could it happen here?". According to the press release accompanying the latest retelling of the events that followed, "Jones came up with an unusual answer. He decided to have a two week experiment in dictatorship. His idea was to explain fascism to his class through a game, nothing more. He never intended what resulted, where his class would be turned into a Fascist environment. Where students gave up their freedom for the prospect of being superior to their neighbors. 

According to the original author of 'The Wave', Mr. Ron Jones, the story is no fiction. He describes how the story took place in 1967 at the Cubberley High School. The school which closed in 1979 was located in Palo Alto, California. Apart from Jones' own recollections, not much documentation exists about the experiment. Brief mention of the events can be found in the "The Cubberley Catamount" which was the Cubberley High School student newspaper.

On his website, Mr. Jones responds as follows to the many questions surrounding his story: "I'm not proud of The Wave but I can't escape it! It is like a calling that just gets louder! For me The Wave is a story of ghosts. What we can be. The allure of good and evil. Choices. I'm sorry, but in the end I can't answer your questions about The Wave."
Norman Lear, an American film maker, made a television adaptation of Jones' original story, simply called 'The Wave'. The movie is described by the publishers as follows:
"A thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. This unflinching yet sensitive 1981 Emmy Award-winner raises critical questions: When does dedication to a group cross the line from loyalty to fanaticism? Does power corrupt? What is the nature of propaganda and mass persuasion? Can something like the Nazi Holocaust happen again? Grades 7-12. Color. 46 minutes."
The Wave wins the 1981 Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program and the 1981 Peabody Award.

Source






Πέμπτη, 29 Μαρτίου 2012

La belle Verte


Είδος: Κωμωδία
Γλώσσα: Γαλλικά
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά & English
Χρονολογία: 1996, Fr 
Σκηνοθεσία: C. Serreau
Διάρκεια: 90'



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115650/






Once again I am struck by the original talent of Coline Serreau, who shows in "la Belle Verte", in a very simple and yet beautifully profound way, all the insane sides of humanity. Very much unlike her later film "Chaos" (2001) ,the choice of style and expression for "La Belle Verte" is a very undemanding form of comedy, which gives the movie an altogether very light tone, totally free of complexions and not at all inviting to intellectual debate. She simply points to the almost ridiculously obvious differences between a life of beauty and respect of life and one of disease, stress and egoic battle. Interesting is off course also to see the director herself in the leading part. Merci Madame! 
-Henrik Ajax




Παρασκευή, 16 Μαρτίου 2012

Born into this (Bukowski)

Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα:
English
Υπότιτλοι: Ελληνικά
Χρονολογία: 2003, US
Σκηνοθεσία: J. Dullaghan

Διάρκεια: 115'


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342150/












This is an extraordinary documentary, capturing Bukowski in the 1970's and 1980's mostly, telling the story of his incredible life and alternatively capturing private moments that define him as well as defy his reputation. The film uses interviews of those that lived with him and knew him to portray a man that waded through an interpersonal sewer of a life, only to conquer the literary world on his own terms and make a decent living from it to boot. It's the story of a man, a writer, who just lived life as it presented itself to him. He had an unflinching ability to face the realities of his life with charm, wisdom, and a determination that even he would not be able to recognize. Whether he spoke of his upbringing, his drinking, his laziness, his unattractiveness, his women, and especially about love, death and sex, he remained steadfast in his cynicism laced with humor, much like the comic artist Robert Crumb. Most of the highlights in the film occur when Bukowski is either conversing or reading his own work. He reads his own work in a world weary tone of voice that possesses a cadence that seems to say he's tired of it all. Just then though, he hits us with another gem, another truth about ourselves and the world around us. If you like Bukowski, see this at all costs.
Author: CitizenCaine from Las Vegas, Nevada







Δευτέρα, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Είδος: Ταινία
Γλώσσα: English
Υπότιτλοι: Αγγλικά
Χρονολογία: 1968, US
Σκηνοθεσία: Robert Ellis Miller
Διάρκεια: 124'




http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063050/






Author: lilybear5923 from CA
A story of one man's isolation from others by the fact of being a deaf-mute individual with apparently only one true friend (another deaf-mute whom he love's like a brother). In spite of this physical disability he becomes an important part of all the other characters involved by being a confidant and sounding board for their lives. His patience and quiet concern and attention allows them to sort through their own motives and problems and come to an understanding of them.

Unfortunately because of this disability he remains isolated from being able to take comfort from them when he needs it most. The HEART of the story. To be able to give so much and yet still be denied the love and understanding of the very people you have helped so much.

A wonderful and introspective movie about feelings and motivations. View it if you can. 


Πέμπτη, 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

Waste Land

Είδος: Ντοκιμαντέρ
Γλώσσα:
Portuguese, English
Υπότιτλοι: English
Χρονολογία: 2010, Brasil / U.K.
Σκηνοθεσία: L. Walker, K. Harley

Διάρκεια: 99'






http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1268204/






An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves. 

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