Reviews of documentaries (and some non-fiction films)

Community trying to save their own little patch of «the wild»

OUR PARK was meant to be a nice quiet film about the filmmaker's local park, an essay on the notion of the wild and the tame in the inner city suburb of Leichhardt

Music of Cuba

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

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

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 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 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

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...

“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.