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A fast-paced film about people whose feet are their primitive and powerful instrument of artistic expression. Beginning with “bödele” in Central Switzerland, this film journeys from tap dance and flamenco to Irish dance.
In the early 70s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate.
Sara Baras, Manolo Sanlucar, Antonio Canales, José Antonio Ruiz, Aída Gómez, and Enrique Morente were summoned by Carlos Saura for his latest homage to flamenco. «Iberia» is a episodic dance movie that travels from city to city or region, covering all of Spain. The traditions of flamenco - song, music and dance is enhanced by elements of classical music, ballet and contemporary dance.
Heavy set, proudly wearing a black robe, the cow from Hérens has loyal fans. Presented as inoffensive and sweet the cow from Hérens has a combative temperament Those who raised her therefore organize fights in competition, making sure to file down her horns to avoid injury. Each cow takes on an opponent, a battle that ends with the winner being presented with a bell.
Every year, the choir of the Collège St-Michel in the canton of Fribourg attracts around fifty young people from the most diverse backgrounds. Following their concert rehearsals for a year, we discover a world on its own: a world in which singing means a physical experience, the opportunity to forge close friendships, and oneness with the music.
Told through the eyes of Yumiko Yamada, a young Japanese architect living in Lausanne who follows the film every step of the way, the viewer becomes acquainted with the players of a major architectural adventure: the construction of the Learning Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
An impressionistic portrait of the iconic actor. The film explores the actor's enigmatic outlook on his life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes candid scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson and Debbie Harry. The fragile soul of an actor emerges from the poignant collage.
A documentary about courses given to people in France who need to gain new points on their driver's licence. People from all walks of life are concerned. A portrait of French society on a subject that touches each and everyone.
Compared with the dimensions of nature, they are tiny. But they take it on every day to get to school. In Kenya, Jackson (11) walks 15 km (in 2 hours) through the Savannah with his sister Salomé, each with a plastic jug of bottle, a shoulder bag and a stick, meager protection against the group of elephants they risk meeting every day.
This episode reveals how, as well as creating the multiplexes, Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist were also innovative. The programme then travels to India, where the world's most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, shows how Bollywood was doing new things in the 70s too. And there's a look at how Bruce Lee movies kick-started the kinetic films of Hong Kong.
Switzerland was one of the world's last countries to grant women the right to vote and to elect representatives. This film illustrates a century of Swiss history in the footsteps of some women who fought to get out of their kitchen - until equal rights were obtained, which in reality still seem rather fragile sometimes.
On October 31st, 2009, two giants meet on the stage of the Théâtre de St-Gervais in Geneva: Jean-Luc Godard and Marcel Ophüls. Their conversation draws us inside the history of cinema and into History in itself.
In the heart of Paris, in a reception class for immigrant students within a regular high school, director Julie Bertuccelli focuses on ten children aged 11 to 15. They are Egyptian, Irish, Serbian, Moroccan, Senegalese, Brazilian, Tunisian, Chinese... Thrown together from around the globe, they share their views of the world, of their countries, their pain and their joy.
Erwin Wagenhofer and Lisa Ganser analyze and show who pays for the profits gained by investors in the international financial system. They visit investment objects, financial services providers, critics and victims around the world.
Virgin Red raises some fundamental issues in a provocative and emotional manner: How do we judge the innocence of those who take part in a war? What a price are we ready to pay in terms of human consequences?
A small community on the island of Santorini has a unique duty: that of preserving the tradition of vine growing. The issue arising is that of defining tradition, true love, and the role of god in it all.
Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there's a company which has developed the art to perfection - Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water.
Very much like his last effort, this one tracks a quartet of underprivileged children in far-flung lands (Mongolia, India, Uganda and Cuba) as they try to accomplish a series of feats both academic and physical, overcoming significant socio-economic obstacles to achieve their goals.
He was a student activist, an urban guerrilla, a taxi driver; Joseph "Joschka" Fischer emerged from the Extra-parliamentary Opposition (APO) to become Hessen's trainer-clad environment minister and Germany's suited and booted foreign minister. Director Pepe Danquart follows Joschka's colourful life through six decades of postwar Germany from the phoney fifties, to the wild APO days.
The Uprising shows us the Arab revolutions from the inside. It is a multi-camera, first-person account of that fragile, irreplaceable moment when life ceases to be a prison, and everything becomes possible again.This feature-length documentary is composed entirely of videos made by citizens and long-term residents of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Filmmaker Luc Peter accompanies acclaimed Swiss contemporary dancer and choreographer Gilles Jobin as he and his eclectic troupe of dancers work on The Moebius Strip 2001 in London and Paris. Peter’s documentary gives a fascinating insight into how an artist like Jobin works and lives.
Alpha takes place in a bar, a client exposes a waitress to the underground world of Betta fish fighting. In a battle of the sexes, the waitress does what she can to save the bar's Betta from it's supposed destiny...
Travelling is an adventure, writing is another. Writing of the world needs considerable attention; that is why Nicolas Bouvier writes very slowly. Because the world deserves many respects. In order to tell it, words have to be adjusted.
How does Ursula’s reality look? “Where” does she live? Ursula Bodmer, born deaf and blind, is an enigmatic being. Five decades ago she began caring for the young Anita Utzinger as a foster mother. Since then – and still today – her steadfast love has served as the bridge between reality and Ursula’s world without sight or sound.
Karl's kühne Gassenschau, the largest outdoor theatre in Switzerland, is a guest in St-Triphon. The film portrays everyday encounters between the sixty employees of the theatre backstage. It provides an intimate look behind the scenes and tells the story of a world behind the show which remains otherwise hidden to spectators.
A film director meets a wife. By small steps, he captures moments of their life, objects and places with his video camera. Then he realizes that he isn't really storing memories. He is rather creating a film. After a year of shooting, 75 minutes of video tell the story of a link made in the daily life and enhanced by feelings.
The film portrays the months between the death and demolition, while illustrating how the family overcomes this situation, grieves, deals with the inheritance and carries on the traditions outside the walls that once held them together. It takes the viewer on a walk between the past and the present, between life and death.
They are caught in between heroin trips and toy pistol muggings, between mad shopping sprees and depths of misery. They learn English and jail slang. They crave for substitute happiness smuggled into their cells and the next leave.
The film about Max Bill (1908-1994) moves between the dynamic fields of art, aesthetics and politics. Max Bill was probably the most important swiss artist of the 20th century and the most famous student to come out of the legendary Bauhaus in Dessau.
Moscow, June 2007. The stage director Olivier Py and the musical director Marc Minkowski adapt the work of Claude Debussy, "Pelléas et Mélisande". Their first collaboration has inspired Philippe Béziat who decided to approach the mystery of this opera.
Behind the scenes, in the shadow of spotlights, an invisible match is played, that could mean the end of one of the most popular sports: football. This movie disentangles the web woven by European and Asian Mafias in order to control football matches all over the world with the aim of increasing their benefits and laundering their illegally obtained money.
They give their savings to the traffickers and risk their lives on their trip to Western Europe: Aurica, Raia and Natasa, three mothers from a small Moldovan village. They leave their humble homes behind to work in Austria or Italy as cleaners or care workers. Here they live a life in the underground - a tough job, unprotected -separated from their children and families for years.
Hollman Morris is an internationally acclaimed journalist whose weekly television show, Contravia, boldly confronts the violence that ravages his homeland of Colombia. Though he has won prestigious awards abroad, at home he is faced with death threats and intimidation, and this puts a strain on his family life.
Fred Florey and Floriane Devigne take us on a static journey of discovery into a rarely seen world inside Switzerland: the world of the socially excluded people. It is a rather black comedy set inside the laundry room of a Lausanne apartment block. The foundations of society itself are sketched out or perceived in this microcosm where dirty laundry is almost aired in public.
"Becoming Traviata" documents preparations for a stripped-down version of Verdi’s “La Traviata” which was performed at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2011.Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.
Andreas Pfiffner and Simon Baumann go out into the Swiss population to gather ideas on how to combat the bad reputation that Switzerland has abroad. In point of fact: the rise in xenophobia, the accumulation of capital hidden from the tax authorities of foreign countries and the indecent exploitation of raw goods.
Les Règles du jeu immerses into the world of the playoffs with the team of Geneva ice hockey team: Genève-Servette Hockey Club. This documentary was made in order to share with the audience what is the real life of a professional hockey team.
Lao Yang and Eddy both work for a company called CREC (Chinese Railway Engineering Company). They have just set up camp near the remote mining town of Kolwezi in the Katanga province of the RDC. The goal of the company is to redo the road - covering 300km - that connects Kolwezi with the capital of the province Lubumbashi.
Charles Bonnet, is one of Europe’s leading archeologists. He has been combing through the sands of northern Sudan for 40 years. His work has exposed the importance of the Nubian civilisation, the black pharaohs, and of Kerma, the first capital of the great Nubian empire. The major findings made by him and his team have enabled the Sudanese population to rediscover some of its national identity.