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A female role model

A new year, new opportunities. 17 years ago, Charlotte Horton left the UK for Italy, where she’s devoted her time to restoring Potentino castle. We meet to discuss the ecological attitude to life, local traditions, democracy and micro-politics.

The age of consequences

A new hard-hitting documentary draws parallels between the climate crisis and worldwide social unrest.

The energy revolution
[Power To Change]

TRUE DEFINITION OF A REVOLUTION: It is imperative to rouse people to take control of the issue themselves – if we want Earth to survive, says Carl-A. Fechner.

Alarming but hopeful future of the planet Earth
[Before The Flood]

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Are insects the new meat?
[Bugs]

The insects we once regarded with disgust are now being touted as the solution to the world’s food shortages. Can insects really save the world?

Why submit ourselves?
[The subjection]

Why submit ourselves?  Stefan Jarl asks in the documentary The Subjection. Why do we accept a life surrounded by danger – unnecessary hazards, which exist because someone profits from them?

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The ‘high times’ of the Brezhnev years
[Soviet Hippies]

Vivid memories of home-made psychedelic drugs and Soviet revolutionary times are brought to life in Toomitsu’s Soviet Hippies.

Parallel lives at the West Bank
[Omar’s Dream/ Avidan’s Dream]

A coupling of Biblical panoramas showing breathtaking sunrises and tranquil landscapes highlight the comparative heaven and hell of how differently someone’s birth and their dreams can collide contingent on context.

Sweeping up the internet
[The Cleaners]

The «cleaners» of global social media platforms live in harsh societies and conditions of comparative clutter to those after whom they are cleaning up.

In praise of nothing

Boris Mitic’s In Praise of Nothing is probably the most unusual documentary you are likely to see this year.

Britain’s hidden empire
[The Spider's Web]

The Spider’s Web employs an array of experts in offshore tax havens to detail the degree to which the British elite has created a system of shocking inequity. This is a film all ordinary, tax-paying citizens should watch.

Soothing reconstructions of the Utøya massacre
[Reconstructing Utøya (work in progress)]

If you can only bear watching one film about Utøya, Reconstructing Utøya is worth the wait.

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Festivals

Fresh perspectives from Oberhausen
[Beyond Cinema]

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen offers an oasis of innovative, experimental and artistic film.

Women’s expression: Two shorts from the Berlinale

The thought provoking realities of Jayisha Patel’s shortfilm Circle, stands in stark contrast to the realities of the cotton-picking corner of Alabama – portrayed in Maris Curran's short While I Yet Live.

Raising women’s voices

Turkey's women's festival may be a drop in the ocean of the poisoned patriarchy that pollutes the world, but its part of a current that is growing in power, pace and spread.

On the edges of Sundance 2018

There’s more that goes on at the Sundance festival beyond traditionally formatted film - this year VR was the biggest buzzword.

Focus Serbia: Fractions of history and the global area

Serbian cinema takes a leap onto the world stage with the programme presented at the international film festival Visions du Réel’s Focus Serbia.
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OSLO: Thor Halvorssen has long been deemed a suspicious liberalist. We interviewed him about dictatorships, his native Venezuela, anarchism and meritocracy – so that you can judge for yourself.
To be a director: Raoul Peck’s films I Am Not Your Negro and The Young Karl Marx were both neigh on impossible to catch a glimpse of at the Berlinale.

The Sirens

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As I watched Crispin Gurholt’s film The Sirens for the first time, it struck me how fast the role play of political theatre may change.
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The screening of Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt was followed by a panel debate.

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