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From the classical period to the present, the film traces prejudice against the physically active woman, shows the rise of women's participation in sports and the growing awareness of their rights. ... Read more
The traditional Aboriginal women of Utopia cattle station near Alice Springs show, with jokes and good humour, how they make their beautiful batik fabrics. They also share some of their daily lives including hunting for ‘bush tucker'. ... Read more
Welcome to suburbia ground zero. In 1947, in response to the United Stales' worst housing shortage, architect William Levitt designed the world's first planned community—cheap, mass produced homes that would take his name and become Levittown. This Long Island development, with its row upon ... Read more
Eight minutes of movie magic. We see con­temporary (1941) footage while we hear Lau­rence Olivier recite an idiosyncratic selection of English literature and the Gettysburg Address to the music of those sterling Teutons, Beethoven and Handel. ... Read more
“Australians all let us recoil, for we have no idea. We go to war for wealth and oil, our home is girt by fear.” - TZU Words from the City explores the evolving Australian hip hop scene through intimate observations by some of the nation's most progressive and compelling artists, including the ... Read more
Workers' Films of the Thirties is an independent film, made from the extant films and documents in the British Film and Photo League Archive. ... The compilation of silent films, with added voice-over and contemporary music, is in two 20-minute parts. Part One deals with the origins of the Film and ... Read more
Won the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival. ... What would you be prepared to do to earn a living? Michael Glawogger's eye-opening documentary focuses on the extremes to which people will go to earn a wage or, more particularly, those working people that have no choice. ... Told in six ... Read more
“I learned and lived more in the last seven days than in the last seven years... nothing will ever be the same again. I can't go back... my life begins now!” - documentary maker Jamie Morgan People enter a workshop that takes place over 10 days somewhere outside San Francisco. Run by a ... Read more
A World Without Thieves, from popular Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, is a stylish, high-octane ride on a train to redemption - with some superbly choreographed battle scenes en route. It revolves around China's Bonnie and Clyde - Wang Bo, played by the superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, MIFF ... Read more
“A crazy, foul-mouthed black comedy that blows up every rule of taste and common sense and somehow gets away with it.” - Entertainment Weekly ... With pitch-black humour and the subtlety of a sledgehammer, comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (Sleeping Dogs Lie, Shakes the Clown) offers his ... Read more
Brooklyn teenager Feliix is asked to look after kindly store owner's dog. Will he perpetuate the neglect he himself is used to. This subtle reflection upon choices won a Jury Prize for short filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival.---D/S Adrian parrish King P Monique Zavislovski WS Adam Parrish ... Read more
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"The money's finished. It had to run out sometime. Everything does. The blood, the passion, the fear. Everything except the loneliness. I don't even want to kill myself anymore. I don't know if I ever did. Another piece of indulgence to keep up the interest. I decided to go back to Australia. What ... Read more
Yaaba means grandmother in Moorea. It is the name given by Bila, a wide-eyed 12 year old boy to the wizened Sana, an old woman who is treated as an outcast by the rest of the village. Yaaba is a delightful and beautifully crafted film depicting life in a dusty village on the barren, flat plains of ... Read more
A simple story set in the tiny village of Mizquic, which forms part of the Xochimilco area on the outskirts of Mexico City. In this village a way of life which is a blend of Catholicism and paganism is still practised. Juanito, a musically gifted boy, cannot bear the noises of the town and runs off ... Read more
Yansan, Orisha of winds and storms and her amorous adventures with Ogun and Shango. ... D/P/S Carlos Eduardo Nogueira TD 35mm/col/2006/17mins ... Read more
“We are committed to rebuilding a proud Japan, where the prime minister can openly worship at Yasukuni.” - Japanese politican ... A celebrated but beleaguered documentary, Yasukuni drew a storm of controversy in Japan from ultra-nationalists, who labelled the film anti-Japanese. Chinese ... Read more
All people are born with their own distinct rhythm; three of China's best beatboxers are about to share theirs. ... --- D Liu Feng P Kerli Teo, Angie Wong, Liu Xiaoming S WS Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai L Chinese w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Belly-dancing, beer, love handles and beer-bellies. Cultures collide in the life of Annette the belly dancer. Embracing Lebanese culture, she discovers that cultural stereotyping works both ways, facing chauvinism and fighting cultural myth number two: that you are born with the rhythm in you, it ... Read more
Director Chen Kaige was only 32 when he made Yellow Earth, his debut feature. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), like many of his contemporaries, Chen had been sent down to the countryside to "learn from the peasants". The editors of Seeds Of Fire, a recently published anthology of ... Read more
A charming portrait of the filmmaker's 94-year-old Greek grandmother, combining flashes of gentle humour with poignant moments of sadness. ... D/P/S Natalie Cunningham L Greek w/English subtitles WS VCA School of Film & Television TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
Hong Kong hitman, Bart, has fallen on hard times. He has been forced to take on assassinations at bargain basement prices and even stoops to some questionable practices, shonky even by killer-for-hire standards. ... Called upon to bump off the boyfriend of a wealthy socialite, his client also ... Read more
Bonni loves Wiltem. Willem loves himself, and the company of others, but not Bonni's. Bonni wonders what a girl has to do to attract a man. She asks for our advice. A comedy. ... Read more
The portrayal of what the son sees in the life of his father. Dr. Yukawa, Japan's Nobel prizewinner, and his world of cosmotrones. ... Read more
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Trains] (Hirata Takahiro, 8 mins) is a rhythmic rendition of [Kaerunoouta] (Frog song), created by the ... Read more
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