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Films In 1994

This moving and empowering independent doc­umentary follows the experiences of five multi-ethnic students from LA who travel to South Africa and live with South African students in black townships after the supposed dismantling of apartheid and arrive home to the 1992 LA riots. The students ... Read more
When Moemi has her braces removed the new­found dental liberation has unexpected side effects. Is it because husband Yukio seems less than delighted? is he too obsessed with his work to notice her? Moemi's, er, unusual response is to tie up everything in sight - books, apple,s even the pet ... Read more
The bittersweet story of two old room-mates both down on their luck. When you get to a cer­tain age and you're alone in the world losing your job can be frightening. Banding together mightn't make you a fortune but it can lighten life's load a little. ... Read more
In the near future, Canada is at war with Quebec, battles are determined by TV ratings, and weapons are sponsored by McDonalds and IBM, A skull-masked newscaster reports on the antics of Prime Minister Wayne Gretzky who entertains parliament with animal impressions. Berlin has just finished ... Read more
Since 1989, Andre Gregory has directed rehearsals of Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' at a dis­used theatre in New York with audiences of no more than thirty sharing the ever-evolving work, and the stage, with the players. In 1994, director Louis Malle introduced his camera, capturing in intimate ... Read more
One small and extremely disillusioned boy from Santiago gives Santa Claus a scathing 'what-for' in this post-christmas 'letter'. A humorous account on the failure of Father Christmas. ... Read more
... ... Few recent Films have divided audiences and excited debate like Vive L'Amour, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice last year. Despite the romantic title, the film is about lack of love and fulfilment in the overworked 1980s. But what sends its supporters out of the cinema on a high is its ... Read more
This witty collection of vignettes profiles a city and some of the people that can be found there. A combination of a quirky shooting style and a discordant sound track effectively con­denses a variety of mood and texture into three minutes. ... Read more
Giving the term 'overkill' a whole new meaning, this amusingly vicious parody of TV news, is a quickfire montage of cartoonish violence where everyone and everything imaginable gets it. Has its point blank morality and shoots it too. Fun and more than a little sick! ... Read more
Displaying the off-centre whimsy that characterised his international arthouse hit My Life As A Dog, Swedish-born filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom casts his gaze upon the quiet contours of rural America in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? The result is a small-town comedy with a big heart and just a touch of ... Read more
When Billy Golfus, Award-winning radio jour­nalist, became brain-damaged as a result of a motor scooter accident ten years ago, he became one of the 43 million Americans with disabilities—the country's largest vocal minority. ... When Billy Broke His Head... is a chronical of Gol­fus' ... Read more
... ... Mythology, theology and a racy lesbian cir­cus performer, director Patricia Rozema (known for her charmingly funny I Heard the Mer­maids Singing) explores in high flying style this heady terrain of obsession, lust and the resurrective powers of love. ... ... ... Camille and Petra ... Read more
This new film from San Francisco filmmmaker Lynne Sachs is a sensual, rather than factual travelogue around Vietnam. With her sister Dana, who is living and working as a Journalist in Vietnam, Sachs travels North from Saigon to Hanoi. Together they create a diary-like compo­sition of filmed ... Read more
When Bing Crosby sang "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas", he wasn't dreaming of the kind of White Christmas portrayed in this film. White Christmas is a fascinating look at Christmas - American-style - as celebrated in the Philippines. This is also a journey through childhood memories and adult ... Read more
Entertaining and informative documentary showing an overview of current forms of public access community television. The emphasis is on participation and the program encourages anyone to get involved. ... Read more
Beautifully crafted futuristic film noir, Bladerunner in a nutshell. Interned in a psychiatric hospital, Marcus takes his nurse as hostage in order to confront the mysterious 'force' that neutralised him and his brother in a bank hold-up. ... Read more
Slapstick pathos and off-cut laughs abound in this crackling tale of a man and his pig. The caretaker of a derelict rocket range spends his days playing the spoons and poker (or should that be porker!) but then 'Booster' cashes in his chips. ... Read more
... ... In a maelstrom of confused childhood experi­ences and nightmarish memories half lost in an over medicated haze the story of John Harrowell emerges in this intense micro-docu-drama. Incarcerated for 27 years, John talks of being taken to the 'Sunbury Lunatic Asylum' as a child, the ... Read more
It was one of those days when he just couldn't write, and things weren't going to get better. In fact, he didn't know how much worse...The writer comes to a full stop. It's a surreal thing, baby. ... 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
The TV is talking and it's not happy! ... Via pithy pastiches of every imaginable TV genre, from soaps and Oprah-style talk shows, to news, gardening and the ubiquitious music-video, Paul Ruven (How to Survive a Broken Heart-MiFF '91) discovers there may be 57 chan­nels, but there's only one ... Read more
A seemingly simple matter - that of a woman continuing to work after marrying—is the cause for consternation and calamity in Ebrahim Mokhtan's Zinat.The young rural healthcare nurse of the title, vital to her village's wellbeing, is soon to be wed. In fundamentalist Islamic Iran this ... Read more
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