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...In Twenty Words or Less (Tim C. Patterson, 1994)
Tim Patterson just about manages to achieve the impossible in his 'epic-grammatic' bid to explain Japan in twenty words or less (give or take a few). Take-away impressions of a complex culture occur … Read more

.Tibbar (Leo Wentink, )
[.Tibbar] tells the story in reverse (the title spelt backwards reads rabbit) of 20,000 albino rabbits on a breeding farm. In astonishing detail we see the entire lives of these trapped rabbits. The … Read more

14 Episodes (Murad Mazaev, )
The direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers powerfully conveys the reality of the Russian Chechen conflict in [14 Episodes]. ... --- ... D/P Murad Mazaev… Read more

A Beach Near Belfast (Henri-Francois Imbert, 1996)
Ghostly images flicker through the projector. An unidentified family amuse themselves on a beach. This home movie accidently left in the super 8 camera given to the filmmaker by his girlfriend on ret… Read more

A HUNGRY FEELING - THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BRENDAN BEHAN (Allan Miller, 1988)
Brendan Behan's life can be divided into 3 parts his youthful years in an English jail for his activities on hehalf of the I.R.A., his writing, drawn largely from his experiences as a prisoner, and h… Read more

A MARRIED COUPLE (Allan King, 1969)
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A Pair of One (Juliette Darling, 1987)
A Pair of One is a complex and resonant study of a strange and fascinating pair of twins. Greta and Freda are identical twins who dress alike, try to walk in step and for much of the time speak the s… Read more

A Song of Air (Merilee Bennett, 1987)
A personal diary film examining the relationship between a woman and her father, a methodist minister. Through the use of home movies the filmmaker attempts an emotional and intellectual reconciliati… Read more

Adolescent (Amiel Courtin-Wilson, 2002)
This stylised documentary film follows a group of teenagers at a party that gradually disintegrates over the course of a night. An inspiring miniature, it traces the rhythms of an adolescent gatherin… Read more

Ai-Amour (Kamal Musale, 1994)
Butoh is confronting, sexual and serene Japanese dance. This film documents a selection of stunning performances from one of its best exponents, Carlotta Ikeda. Butoh is unlike any other form of danc… Read more

Akiko-san in Scarsdale (Yumiko Murakami, 1994)
Akiko-san has followed her husband's career path to Scarsdale in America and finds herself uncomfortably immersed in the simmering melting pot of expatriate Japanese culture. Here a housewife is eith… Read more

ALL THAT IS SOLID (John Hughes, 1988)
All That is Solid is speculative documentary taking the future in Australia as its subject. ... Today, unlike the 1840s, 1930s or 1960s. There are no unifying visions of a progressive or humanitarian… Read more

Alone (Audrius Stonys, 2001)
A girl is travelling to a prison to see her mother. A film about a small girl, a vast solitude and cinema's sublime ability to create a more real reality. ... Read more

Animal Tracks (Jeff Winch, 1995)
Animal Tracks is about the relationships humans have with animals: how we look after them, how we treat them, the way we adopt or dispose of them, and our ongoing fascination with animals. ... It tak… Read more

April Diary (Rodrigo Vazquez, 1998)
April Diary is a poetic chronicle of a descent to the horrors behind the Falklands war. A highly subjective and personal search for the fragments of an ongoing war in Argentina. ... Read more

Archangel (Claude Waringo, 1989)
Centered around Charlie Gaul's victory in the 1956 Tour de France this lyrical film explores mythologies, both personal and collective, that have grown up around this event and the nature of the myth… Read more

ARTIST ON FIRE (Kay Armatage, 1987)
Artist on Fire is a portrait, first and foremost, of the artist at work For her documentary on renowned Canadian artist, Joyce Weiland, Armatage isn't content to follow the conventional, show-and-tel… Read more

Atomic Ed & The Black Hole (Ellen Spiro, 2001)
Tells the story of Atomic Ed. a former nuclear scientist turned-atomic-Junk-colleclor who is building a museum of nuclear waste in an attempt to preserve Los Alamos National Laboratory's hidden histo… Read more

Autumn Wind (Iara Lee, 1993)
A haiku film by lara Lee combines calligraphy and shakuhachi music. This experimental piece juxtaposes the master poet Basho and the contemporary poet Allen Ginsberg. ... Read more

Avoca (Neirda Moore, 2001)
Avoca traces the filmmaker's memories of growing up in a small coastal town, amidst the burgeoning beach culture of the 70s. A poignant and revealing testimony, it blends Australian popular history w… Read more

Back to Life (Samantha Reynolds, )
This blackly comic look at taxidermy leads us to think about our own relationships with our families, our pets and death. --- D/S Samantha Reynolds P Nora Donaghy WS Nora Donaghy TD video/col/ 2005/… Read more

BEIRUT - THE LAST HOME MOVIES (Jennifer Fox, 1987)
Gaby Bustros, a member of one of the original seven great families of Lebanon, left her home in Beirut at the age of 19 to work, study and travel. For years she watched the events in her country unfo… Read more

Best in Beef (Rob Smits, Britta Hosman, 1999)
Best in Beef juxtaposes surreal visions of hell in a slaughterhouse against abattoir workers eating at lunchtime. Images of blood-splattered faces between mouthfuls sit uneasily alongside the upstair… Read more

Bianca (Grace Amilbangsa, 1992)
In this, her first film, noted Philippine actress, Grace Amilbangsa, displays a sensitive approach to a potentially sensational subject and an impressive command of expressive film language. In a sed… Read more

Big Day, The (Christine Olsen, )
It's been 60 years since Enid and Clarry were married and today they plan to renew their wedding vows. There's only one small hitch, they're having trouble remembering them. The Big Day is a romantic… Read more

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