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FINDING FIDEL
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 1 x 55' and 1 x 89'
Director(s): Bay Weyman
Delivery Status: Completed
 
Finding Fidel tells the remarkable story of war cameraman Erik Durschmied, who in 1958 journeyed to Cuba’s Sierra Maestra mountains to interview a little-known rebel leader named Fidel Castro. A month later, Castro’s band of fighters rolled into Havana, and the world would never be the same. Intercutting Duschmeid’s reflections on the lost promise of Castro’s Revolution with his rarely seen interview with the young Fidel, award winning filmmaker Bay Weyman explores the hinge of fate, the vagaries of history, and the power of media in both men’s lives. Durschmied spent weeks in Castro’s guerrilla headquarters, filming fascinating scenes of camp life with the rebels, and conducting the only known English-language interview with Fidel from the period just before he came to power. The interview is a unique time capsule, vividly depicting Castro’s early views, his struggle against the dictator Batista, and his goals for the Revolution. “There is no Communism or Marxism in our idea,” Fidel insists. “Our political philosophy is representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.”
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MAD AS HELL
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 1 x 56' and 1 x 80'
Director(s): Andrew Napier
Delivery Status: Completed
 
The Young Turks, one the most popular online news show in the world, has amassed a YouTube network of over 2.4 million subscribers and 2 billion views. But that wasn’t always the case. MAD AS HELL documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing trajectory of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks’ main host and founder, as he traverses from unknown Public Access TV host to internet sensation by way of YouTube. When he ventures into national television by landing the 6 PM time slot on MSNBC, Cenk’s uncensored brand of journalism is compromised as he becomes a thorn in the side of traditional news media; his unwavering dedication to speaking the truth puts him at the nexus of the battle between new and old media, and makes MAD AS HELL not only entertaining, but incredibly timely as well.
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PRINCES OF THE YEN
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 1 x 90'
Director(s): Michael Oswald
Delivery Status: Completed
 
Princes of the Yen reveals how post-war Japanese society was transformed to suit the agenda of powerful interest groups, and how citizens were kept entirely in the dark about this. History is now repeating itself around the world. Based on a book by Professor Richard Werner, a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan during the 90s crash, during which the stock market dropped by 80% and house prices by up to 84%. The film uncovers how the Bank of Japan pumped up and then crashed the Japanese economy, with an aim of inducing change. Today, what happened in Japan 25 years ago is repeating itself in Europe, with an aim of centralizing power in the Eurozone. The film shows why it is important for central banks to be accountable and transparent. It also explains how International Financial Organizations such as the IMF seek to impose conditions on countries that are mainly of benefit to dominant Western interests. For anyone interested in understanding recent developments and the significance of the establishment of institutions such as the AIIB and the BRICS led New Development Bank, Princes of the Yen provides the background. Princes of the Yen reveals with clarity the control levers that underpin the dominant ideology of the 21st Century. Piece by piece, reality is deconstructed to reveal the world as it is, not as those in power would like us to believe that it is. “Because only power that is hidden is power that endures."
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FATHERLAND
Genre: Documentary (Investigation / Coming of Age / Human Interest)
Run Time: 52 & 70 HD
Language: English - Afrikaans with Subtitles
Director(s): Tarryn Crossman
Producer(s): Tarryn Crossman
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Budget or Location: South Africa
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: South Africa
 
Fatherland is a coming-of-age documentary set in the remote South African bush. It follows a group of Afrikaner boys over 9 days at a military-style camp in the spirit of their fathers before them. However, what starts out as basic training, fitness and camaraderie soon intensifies as the true nature of the camp is revealed and the boys are forced to question their place in the ‘New South Africa’.
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DIARY OF A SCHOOL UNDER SIEGE
Genre: Documentary (Art and Culture, Social Issues)
Run Time: 58 & 98 HD
Language: English
Director(s): Director(s): José María González Sánchez & Paulina Costa Maluk
Delivery Status: Completed
Budget or Location: Mexico
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: UK & Mexico
 
During the student demonstrations in Chile, a group of High-School students break in to one of the most emblematic schools of the capital city, the Darío Salas high school, and occupy it for six months. The camera is locked in with them as this group of idealistic young protesters take on the authorities in a battle to draw attention to their governments brutally destructive new education policies. Barricaded inside, the situation intensifies as their struggles to maintain unity and political influence vie with the problems faced by teenagers the world over, all the while under the constant threat of police raids. Hunger strikes and tear gas attacks clash with attempts to organise lessons and cleaning rotas. Press conferences and raids punctuate days of political debate over their direction, while girls fall pregnant, the school falls into disrepair and arguments emerge over the future of their protest. By the end of this transformative period, our inspiring protagonists have changed forever. Diary of a School Under Siege is a bittersweet coming-of-age story, set against and reflecting a global movement that echoes throughout every corner of the planet.
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J STREET: THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE
Genre: Documentary (Politics / Lobbying)
Run Time: 52 & 71
Language: English
Director(s): Ben Avishai & Ken Winikur
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: UK
 
J Street is on the frontlines of the world’s most “intractable” problem. An upstart lobby group in Washington, D.C., J Street dares to assert what to many seems obvious: that a two-state solution is Israel’s only future, and any peace deal will require robust American participation. It sees itself playing David to AIPAC, the Israel Lobby’s Goliath, and, less than five years old, has been making surprising gains. With full access to the inside workings of a lobby group struggling to represent the centre ground of Jewish American thought, this documentary tracks J Street as it attempts to change what it means to be pro-Israel in America. We see their missteps and their triumphs as they push the Obama administration to take an active role in negotiating a two-state solution, fend off accusations of harbouring ‘anti-Israel’ objectives and gain influence among America’s Jewish population. In this urgent political story told with the intimacy of cinema vérité, we feel the pulse of an organization, taking viewers to high-level strategy meetings, and long nights on the road. It is here that our characters come to life and the J Street story unfolds. J Street: The Art of the Possible is at once a gripping story about the desperate need for a two-state solution, and a captivating glimpse at the role of Lobbyists in the American political process.
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ROAD TO RIO
Genre: Documentary (Sport / Social Issues / World Cup / Youth)
Run Time: 26' and 52'
Language: Portuguese
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Post Production
Year: 2014
Countries of Origin: Brazil
 
As the country is getting ready for the biggest sporting event in the world, a group of homeless children from Fortaleza are chosen to represent Brazil in the second ever Street Child World Cup to take place in Rio 2014. Road to Rio follows these children on an emotional and inspiring journey as they prepare for the competition that could change their lives forever.
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KILLING THE MESSENGER: THE DEADLY COST OF NEWS
Genre: Documentary (Investigation / Journalism / Current Affairs)
Run Time: 52' or 78'
Language: English
Director(s): Tricia Todd and Eric Matthies
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: USA
 
Killing The Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News is a feature length documentary focusing on the journalists who have been censored, targeted, tortured, intimidated, kidnapped, and killed. Murder is the leading cause of work-related deaths for journalists. Everyone in the world is impacted each time a reporter is imprisoned or a blogger is censored. As countries restrict news, they restrict information that is important to all. This documentary aims to address the dangers faced by journalistWatch Film / Read More>s today and why these dangers exist, as well as raise public consciousness about the deadly cost of news in today's society.
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DSKNECTD: IS TECHNOLOGY CHANGING US?
Genre: Documentary (Technology, Science and Nature, Human Interest)
Run Time: 52' or 98'
Language: English
Director(s): Dominic H. White
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: USA
 
Since childhood we’d been promised that the 21st century would bring us dramatic new technologies like flying cars and utopian cities. Instead it bought us the smartphone, social media, virtual societies and online gaming. As it turns out these technologies began to transform society almost as dramatically as the moon colonies we’d been expecting. DSKNECTD: Is Technology Changing Us? is a sobering and definitive exploration of how digital communication technology has intruded our lives, and changed society in the process. Covering subjects ranging from online pornography and sexting to social media narcissism and gaming addiction, DSKNECTD surveys the changes to the digital landscape that in just one decade have profoundly altered the way we connect to those around us.
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PROPAGANDA
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 52' or 95'
Language: Korean, English
Director(s): Slavko Martinov
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: New Zealand
 
Controversial to its core, this hard-hitting anti-Western propaganda film, looks at the influence of American visual and consumption culture on the rest of the world from a North Korean perspective.
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TWILIGHT OF THE YAKUZA
Genre: Documentary (Human Interest / Crime / Narrative)
Run Time: 2 X 52' or 1 x 104'
Language: Japanese
Director(s): Sebastian Stein
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: Japan
 
The Yakuza, Japan’s organised crime syndicates, are a dying breed. Their members are aging and the government of Japan has launched a large-scale crackdown on them to eradicate them once and for all. But who are the Yakuza? The cancer of a nation or a necessary evil in a country with one of the lowest crime rates in the industrialised world? This documentary deals with the struggle of the Yakuza for its survival and the restructuring of the organized crime scene in Japan. Furthermore, unprecedented access to the secret world of the Yakuza gives you an insight on who the Yakuza really are: criminals, outcasts, but also family men and a part of Japanese society.
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RED REIGN
Genre: Documentary (Investigation)
Run Time: 60'
Language: English
Director(s): Masha Savitz
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: USA
 
Red Reign exposes the until now concealed story of the systematic execution of those Falun Gong members held in custody to service a growing demand from the west for harvested organs. The scale of this trade and the manner in which it is executed amount to a modern day genocide. Desperate western clients are reluctant to ask how it is possible for organs to be “booked” in advance without an execution-to-order taking place, and as a non-smoking or drinking practice, the Falun Gong are uniquely vulnerable to this trade.
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A WHISPER TO A ROAR
Genre: Documentary (Global Politics / Democracy)
Run Time: 57' or 94'
Language: English, Spanish, Arabic, Ukrainian, Malay
Director(s): Ben Moses
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2012
Countries of Origin: USA
 
Whisper to a Roar presents the inspiring and dangerous work of democracy activists in five countries around the world – Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. The film’s subjects span the full spectrum of democratic activists: student leaders (Venezuela); young professionals (Egypt); currently active opposition politicians (Malaysia and Zimbabwe) and a former president (Ukraine). These heroes tell their compelling personal stories of struggle with the oppressive regimes ruling their countries, now or in the past. The activists come from a variety of cultures and live on different continents, yet they all take enormous risks to pursue political freedom for their people and aspire for accountable government. In each country, the regimes and rulers that oppress their people use remarkably similar techniques and the activists’ most successful techniques are also remarkably alike, regardless of their circumstances.
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BEAUTIFUL FACES
Genre: Documentary (Human Interest / Health)
Run Time: 1 x 52' or 1 x 75'
Language: English, Spanish
Director(s): Russell Martin
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2012
Countries of Origin: Mexico, USA
 
Beautiful Faces offers a compelling look at one of the world’s most remarkable hospitals, the disfigured young patients to whom it offers new lives, and the team of surgeons, physicians, and medical professionals who believe it’s the best place in the world to practice their unique, life-transforming craft. You’ll come away convinced that health-care can be affordable, humane, and excellent, and that every one of us deserves a face with which we can bravely meet the world.
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UN ME
Genre: Documentary (Investigation / Geo Politics / Humour)
Run Time: 1 x 90' and 1 x 52'
Language: English, French
Director(s): Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Countries of Origin: USA
 
Following the horrors of World War II, there was a strong desire for a better world in which peace would be maintained and human rights respected – the U.N was born. Now, more than 60 years later, the image of the UN has become severely tarnished. International peace and security is in a perilous state, and scores of stories are flying around demonstrating that the UN and its Security Council could have done more harm than good. Documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a brutal tour of a number of places where the UN has intervened. Through interviews with those involved — some of whom wish to remain anonymous — and archive footage, we uncover facts about abuses and scandals surrounding UN missions and personnel.
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INFILTRADOS
Genre: Documentary (Investigative / Current Affairs)
Run Time: 1x 52' or 1 x 74'
Language: Spanish
Director(s): Juan Rendon
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2012
Countries of Origin: USA
 
Infiltrados takes an in-depth look at the FARC, one of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisations, and examines the Colombian National Police and the involvement of its intelligence division in the recent lethal strikes against the FARC. Featuring first hand accounts from those undercover spies who infiltrated the ranks of the FARC – living for many years among them - before relaying intelligence back to the Colombian military, these brave people undertook what were to be the most dangerous missions ever conceived of.
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ARE ALL MEN PEDOPHILES?
Genre: Documentary (Human Interest / Science and Nature)
Run Time: 52'
Language: English
Director(s): Jan-Willem Breure
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2013
Countries of Origin: Netherlands
 
We live in a society that condemns pedophiles, though biological instinct and world cultures throughout history suggest that an attraction to adolescents is as natural as it is unavoidable. The fashion industry on the one hand sexualises ever younger girls while those who act on these instincts are reviled. The apparent hypocrisy at the heart of society forces the question: What do we mean then when we talk about Pedophilia? This film's broad canvas takes in how our evolution and biological make-up have throughout history created cultures where what would today be called Pedophilia has passed without note, and with the complicity of all religions. It also looks at how media definitions differ to scientific ones, whether Pedophilia could be considered a sexuality, how the definition differs between modern societies as well as presenting the testimony of both victims and perpetrators.
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BEYOND POLLUTION
Genre: Documentary (Social Responsabilities / Green / Science and Nature)
Run Time: 91'
Language: English
Director(s): Harper Robinson
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2012
Countries of Origin: USA
 
A thought provoking, in-depth look at the causes and effects of the most devastating man made environmental disaster America has ever experienced. Beyond Pollution is a firsthand investigation into BP’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling thousands of miles across the Gulf coast interviewing environmental experts, government officials, fisherman & distributors, scientists, drilling engineers, and key BP contractors, the film reveals, in depth the immediate and long term environmental, economic, and health impacts the tragedy is having on the local communities. In the context of BP’s record on safety and the environment, the oil spill now seems sadly inevitable, so why weren’t measures put in place to avoid the disaster that will be felt for generations to come? How were they able to play down the consequences and avoid criminal responsibility, and how did their response further devestate those communities affected?
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ALONG GADDAFI’S ROAD
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 1 x 52' or 1 x 84'
Language: French, Arabic, English
Director(s): Marie-Laure Baggiolini
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2012
Countries of Origin: Switzerland
 
he first time in 42 years, a camera enters Southern Libya in what was forbidden territory under the Gaddafi regime. Shortly after Gaddafi’s demise, we accompany members of the disgraced Tabu tribe along the road to their impoverished desert territory near the Algeria-Niger-Chad borders 1000 Km from Tripoli. Electricity has been on again for barely two months, mobile phones haven’t worked for seven. Fuel is scarce and queues are endlessly long. Two widespread weapons are in use: sat phones and Kalashnikovs. Closely guarded by rebel escorts for security reasons, we follow the illegal immigrants route all the way to the Niger border. We discover how Gaddafi challenged Europe at the beginning of the revolution by sending and financing flows of migrants. Rebels, smugglers and victims of the old regime tell their stories.
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WHO RULES AMERICA?
Genre: Documentary (World Politics / Democracy)
Run Time: 6 x 25'
Language: English
Director(s): Danny Schechter
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Year: 2012
 
Who Rules America? takes a comprehensive look into the governing system of the United States of America and reveals the behind-the-scene powers that rule the nation. There are two Americas; one in which people have freedom in choosing their leaders within the framework of the constitution living in the land of the free, and another, wherein all is dedicated to the ruling 1% and within which a hidden network of power governs including the media, Wall Street , the Military and Corporations. This new expose from Danny Schechter (In Debt We Trust, WMD: Weapons on Mass Deception) lifts the lid on the true decision makers behind the worlds self-proclaimed democratic role model.
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TEARS OF GAZA
Genre: Documentary (Politics / Current Affairs)
Run Time: 1 x 52' and 1 x 90'
Language: Arabic, English
Director(s): Vibeke Løkkeberg.
Agent: Sideways Film
Delivery Status: Completed
Countries of Origin: Arabic, English
 
Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a brutal record – presented with minimal gloss – of the bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Almost purely observational, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, the film shuttles between the actual bombings and the horrific aftermath on the streets and in the hospitals. Løkkeberg contrasts these graphic scenes with footage of bachelor parties, weddings and visits to the beach – social activities that epitomize daily life in Gaza during more peaceful times.
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