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Films Screened In 1983

The opera tells the story of the Israelites and their oppression by the Philistines, and is set in ancient Gaza. Samson, the victorious hero of the Israelites, has killed the overseer, Abimelech, at the temple of Dagon. The High Priest wants revenge and sends out Delilah, a Philistine woman, to ... Read more
A current look at the problems, welfare. and potential solutions for refugees in Africa: New arrivals who have fled for their lives, refugees who have been repatriated, and refugees who have become citizens of the country to which they have fled. ... Read more
Using the most basic of tools, artist Gerry Lynas creates a sculpture in the sand on the beach of Fire Island... only to watch it dissolve to the incoming tide. ... Read more
Secondary Currents is a romp through the worlds of language, conducted by an improbable narrator speaking an assortment of nonsense, It is an imageless film in which the shifting relationships between subtitled narration and spoken utterance constitute a duet for voice, thought, speech and sound. ... Read more
The film is concerned with politics and the production of history, sexual difference, and "national identity". Using a variety of formal devices, it marks a break with the documentary tradition of political film making in Australia. ... Read more
A student film about a candidate for the priesthood, who pays a visit to his estranged father, in a North African country. Here, he is confronted by an alien culture that threatens his values and beliefs. ... Read more
So Far From India is a documentary about two worlds: the world of a recently-arrived Indian immigrant in America, and the traditional world of his new wife who waits for him in his ancestral home in India. ... Ashok Sheth is one of the many Indian immigrants who work in subway newstands in New York ... Read more
A parable about spiritual corruption and insanity, told entirely through images and music. ... Read more
Pete Standing Alone is a Blood Indian I caught between two worlds—the 19th j century horse culture of the Plains Indian and the energy politics of the 1980s. | He passionately believes that it should | be possible to have the best of both. ... As a young man Peter was more a part of the white ... Read more
A documentary about the remarkable career of the famous American film director, with excerpts from eleven of his best films: Inherit the Wind, On the Beach, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Defiant Ones, etc. ... Read more
A story about the differences between reality and dreams. Dora falls in love with Dick and imagines that it will be just as movies and magazines told her it would be. But real life in Queensland 1953 is quite different. ... Read more
Stoney Knows How is a sensitive portrayal of the life of Leonard “Stoney" St. Clair, West Virginia-born master tattoo artist. Stoney is a unique representative of at least two subcultures: hillbilly overlaid by carny. ... Read more
A simple story about exile (both from one's country as well as one's self), and about a connection just barely missed. ... Read more
Teresa Stratas is one of the great singing actresses of today, having appeared on all the great opera stages in all the great roles. ... Now, in her mid-forties, she is still the centre of attention around the world. The story of her life is determined by extreme emotions, by torment and triumph ... Read more
Street Kids is the result of Leigh Tilson and Rob Scott having moved into a sleazy boarding house in St. Kilda, spending several months on the streets, befriending the homeless youngsters and gaining their confidence. The film is an unvarnished account of the lives of the kids the filmmakers ... Read more
A freelance cameraman travels around the world and wonders about the role of the images he creates. These images,as manifestations of his memories, are being commented upon by a woman friend, who reads his letters, and by a Japanese computer maniac, who rearranges the images on his synthesizer ... Read more
A film about a hundred cajuns, who celebrate Mardi Gras with their music and wild energy throughout the State of Lousiana. ... Read more
Swanning it in front of the mirror... ... Read more
Ron Tandberg is Australia's best known political cartoonist. This film follows through Tandberg's work on the front page of the Melbourne' 'Age" on one particular night's edition. ... Read more
Barry Greenwald, a former taxi driver himself, has produced a unique study of a world few of us are familiar with. Each of the drivers portrayed in the film has his own story, his own reasons for taking, up this job, but all of them enjoy the special kind of freedom it allows. Taxi explores reality ... Read more
"It is the function of television to impose silence upon the people''—Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder end their film with this short statement. ... Tell-A-Vision investigates the role of private cable TV in Italy since its introduction in 1976. What set out to give local groups the ... Read more
During the last thirty years, the life of the Hungarian peasantry underwent many changes: From the times of unemployment to the land distribution in 1945, and then, the organisation of the collective farms. ... Embedded in the depiction of the historical events is the story of a friendship between ... Read more
A profile of one of Britain's strangest and most exciting contemporary poets, John Cooper Clarke. ... Read more
A satirical look at the world's most fashionable sport. ... Read more
A hilarious student film, in which a tennis match provides the vehicle for countless visual gags. ... Read more
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