Reviews of documentaries (and some non-fiction films)

Music of Cuba
(Buena Vista Social Club)

Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder

Three days mother and son spend together
(Three Days And Never Again)

26-year old Sasha has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Originally he was condemned to death

Magical moments of life

The highway of the title refers to a 2,000 mile stretch of dirt road in remote Kazakhstan. Along this route a traveling family circus journeys in their crowded hand-cranked bus, stopping in villages to perform feats of strength and skill.

Fight a corrupt system with a legal battle
(Punitive Damage)

The story of New Zealander Helen Todd's law suit against an Indonesian general that she pursued after her son, Kamal, was shot dead in the Dili massacre in East Timor.

Nature of art and creativity
(The Living Museum)

The connection between "madness" and creativity has a long history, as does the notion of the "mad" having an inherent artistic capability. Such connections are explored in "The Living Museum" by Jessica Yu.

Filmmaking requires a lot of creative thinking!
(The End Of An Eternity)

The film follows director Theo Angelopoulos and his working methods during the production of his film ETERNITY AND A DAY.

BERLIN FESTIVAL 1999: Handling History

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival (February 11 - 21) offered the chance to watch many historical docs in a city saturated with history

Living legend
(The Real Mccoy)

Documentaries, real life and Mr. McCoy's acid mind intertwine to form an interesting experience

A portrait of the tabla player, percussionist and world musician Zakir Hussain
(Zakir And His Friends)

“A rhythm experience” is the subtitle Lutz Leonhardt uses for his 90-minute film Zakir and his Friends. A very precise term for this beautiful music film that takes you very far from the MTV experience. 

About a place where everything begins with a «Z»
(Tchuma Tchato)

«Tchuma tchato» means «our riches» and is the name of a project in which the government stimulates the population to jointly exploit and protect the land