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For two years, the artist Vik Muniz photographed people who live from separating garbage, with the idea of turning their work into a crazy project: transforming refuse into art and thereby money. In Jardim Gramacho, the largest dump in the world on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, 3000 people recycle 200 tons of stinking garbage every day. How can art change their lives?
Globalization makes us long for roots and Saudade is a feeling that describes this longing, this nostalgia. We feel Saudade because we love. In this film, we go on a journey to explore the "Saudades do Brasil". We follow mariners as they cross the ocean from Europe back home to Brazil. Then, we peer into a hidden convent near Rio de Janeiro.
A week in the Cuban capital, 7 otherwise separate chapters in which some of the characters cross paths: a singer who dreams of leaving to find success, a director invited to receive a lifetime achievement award, an overqualified taxi driver and a tyrannical grandmother who sees the Virgin in her dreams. These portraits come together in one large picture of a city ruined by history.
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
In 1964, Jean Ziegler was asked by Che Guevara to fight the "capitalist Monster". Former collaborator of Kofi Annan, professor and writer, Ziegler's books still act as a manifesto to left-wing intelligentsia.
In China, Jun watches his fiancé die in front of him, crushed by a horse fallen from the sky. On the other side of the world in Buenos Aires, Roberto, an anal retentive hardware store owner who lives a very ordered life, loves to collect strange stories from the newspapers
An isolated beach on the south-coast of the Pacific Ocean. At the end of the beach : the mangrove. A young european woman comes back with her son after many years spent abroad. But can one make peace with the ghosts from the past ?
Nowadays, along the railway, only ghost towns remain. In the deserted train station of Quito, some retired railroad workers still talk about the time when the train used to travel all across the country. These old men and hundreds of miles of railroad tracks†are the last witnesses of an era fallen into oblivion.
A look at the history of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as "The Butcher of Lyon." This documentary's main focus will be on Barbie's post-war activities, in which he became a counter-intelligence agent who worked for the same countries that pursued him during WWII.
Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia's trust.
In 2002 a process of historical proportions began in Columbia. In the 1990s approximately 40'000 people were tortured, massacred and deposited in mass graves throughout the entire country. Standing trial are paramilitary militia whose networks extend as far as the highest governmental levels, proving to be a crucial text for the Columbian society.
The building of a huge astronomical observatory on Mount Graham, in south-eastern Arizona has been strongly opposed by the San Carlos Apaches. To them, Mt. Graham is sacred land. The Apaches particularly resent the fact that the Catholic Church is involved in the building of this observatory.
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.
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border.
Emir Kusturica celebrates the incredible story of Diego Maradona: God living football genius artist and champion of the people. From Buenos Aires to Naples, via Cuba, here is the life of this extraordinary man, from his humble beginnings to his worldwide fame, his meteoric rise to the deepest decline. A unique documentary on the "Player of the Century", filmed by his biggest fan.
Jorge is a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher toiling away in a shabby Jamaica, Queens, New York diner run by Rick. From his solitary kitchen corner, Jorge gropes mutely for a bond with Amy, the newly hired Chinese waitress and even though she tries to reciprocate, the gulf that separates them may be too large.
Orlando Vargas has lived with his wife, Alice, and son, Thomas, in Uruguay for years now, subject to a great deal of pressure from the Uruguayan government. His assistant Gaspar is concerned for him, and others praise him for his courage. Orlando's steps are always controlled by a policeman, but he seems indifferent to the danger ahead.
Zapa is a locksmith in a quiet little town lost somewhere in Buenos Aires' province. His boss sends him on a job that consists of opening a safe at an office. He is imprisoned for being responsible of robbing the place. His uncle, a retired policeman, bails him out and sends him to Buenos Aires. Zapa becomes an aspiring officer in the Police and starts to see his life turn into a strange fiction.
A 12-year-old Brazilian boy who longs to see his team win out over Italy in the 1970 World Cup match finds his entire world turned upside down as his left-wing parents are forced into hiding and he is sent to live with his grandfather in São Paulo's Bom Retiro district.
At the end of the 1970s, Juan's family returns from voluntary exile. His parents are leaders of the Peronist movement Montonero, a group of urban guerillas who fought the military dictatorship in Argentina with kidnappings and assassinations. The 12-year-old boy goes to school, spends time at camp, celebrates his birthday. But he leads a double life.
A kid bumps a car against a pole. Life asks him to go slowly. Through some signs, we can see that he has an anger inside him. But life won't give him much space to live it. Just the opposite, it will ask him to move on, solve the problems, go further, fix the car, find the missing piece. Everything, like an yogurt in a broken fridge, tends to rot if he doesn't do anything.