Archive for the World Cinema Category

Life in a Day (2011)

Posted in Documentary, Feature Length, Independent Film, Psychology, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Producer: Liza Marshall, Ridley Scott
Genre: Documentary / Independent Film / Feature Length
Country: United States / United Kingdom
Language: English / Italian / Japanese / German / Spanish / Indonesian / Balinese / Portuguese / Ukrainian / Vietnamese / Creole / Catalan / Dutch / Bengali / Masai / Hindi / Arabic / Quechua / Russian / AR / CN / DE / EN / FR / IT / PT / ES / RU subtitles

Filmed by You.

A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.

Enlisted to capture a moment of the day on camera, the global community responded by submitting more than 80,000 videos to YouTube. The videos contained over 4,500 hours of deeply personal, powerful moments shot by contributors from Australia to Zambia, and from the heart of bustling major cities to some of the most remote places on Earth. The film offers a unique experience that shows – with beauty, humor, and joyful honesty – what it’s like to be alive on Earth today.

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Earthlings (2005)

Posted in Documentary, Feature Length, Independent Film, Philosophy, Psychology, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Shaun Monson
Producer: Shaun Monson, Maggie Q
Genre: Documentary / Feature Length
Country: United States
Language: English / CN / DE / FR / ES / PT / RU / EN subtitles

A powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby.

Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about humankind’s absolute economic dependence on animals raised as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research. Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices at some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, Earthlings is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals and human economic interests.

Alma (2010)

Posted in Documentary, Independent Film, Philosophy, Psychology, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Patrick Rouxel
Producer: Patrick Rouxel
Genre: Documentary / Independent Film
Country: United States
Language: English / None

The devastating effect of the cattle industry on the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil.

Patrick Rouxel has dedicated his time to making films aimed at raising awareness of deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the ethical treatment of animals. In Alma, Rouxel continues his visual poetry into the world’s forests and industries that are destroying them, heading to Brazil to explore the devastating impacts of the cattle industry. The film offers an exposition of a cowboy culture and the millions of animals used to satisfy our voracious global appetite for meat and dairy products. The film wanders from forest to pasture to rodeo to slaughterhouse to market to tannery.

In essence, Alma is a journey into the soul of humanity and a testimony of the damage inflicted by humans on the natural world.

Our Daily Bread / Unser täglich Brot (2005)

Posted in Documentary, Philosophy, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Producer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Genre: Documentary
Country: Germany / Austria
Language: German / Polish / None

A realistic view on the internal workings of multiple food production companies in our modern society.

Our Daily Bread is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn’t always easy to digest – and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas. The film depicts how modern food production companies employ technology to maximize efficiency, consumer safety and profit. It consists mainly of actual working situations without voice-over narration or interviews as the director tries to let viewers form their own opinion on the subject. The names of the companies where the footage was filmed are purposely not shown.

Babies / Bebes (2010)

Posted in Documentary, Psychology, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Thomas Balmès
Producer: Alain Chabat
Genre: Documentary
Country: France
Language: English / Japanese / Mongolian / EN subtitles

A nature documentary with focus on humans.

A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. Experience joy and happiness at its purest in this life-affirming, universal celebration of the magic and innocence of Babies. The movie is a joyous celebration of humankind that’s loaded with adorable images, but it lacks insight and depth.

This film is rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity.

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1 Giant Leap (2002)

Posted in Art, Documentary, Music, Philosophy, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Producer: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Genre: Documentary / Art
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.

1 Giant Leap is a collaborative dvd project for the 21st century, which fuses music, words, sounds, rhythms and images from over 25 locations in 20 countries around the globe to celebrate diversity of musicians, story-tellers, authors, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, artists, and thinkers from many different cultures.

1 Giant Leap is a title, a philosophy, a leap of faith that sprung from the minds of visionary UK musicians/visual artists Jamie Catto (Faithless) and Duncan Bridgeman. It is the embodiment of the unity in human diversity and a cross-cultural exploration of universal truth that is a global journey unto itself.

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1 Giant Leap: What About Me? (2008)

Posted in Art, Documentary, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Producer: Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto
Genre: Documentary / Art
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

One World Music.

One Giant Leap have created a unique music, TV and film project. What About Me? is the culmination of 4 years work visiting 50 global locations collecting wisdom and musical jewels. It’s an inspiring and alarming look at our collective insanity: how we are ego-driven, needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, addicted to status, wounded by childhood and unable to stop thinking, but how we still manage to be inspired and creative.

The backbone of the project is the music that One Giant Leap make. They start with pre-composed backing tracks in a laptop studio. The music grows as each layer is added, seamlessly mixing international stars like Alanis Morissette, KD Lang and Michael Franti, with Bedouin Musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies, Tuvan throat singers, Egyptian folk musicians, Japanese taiko drummers. In addition, they manage to capture a unique take on the collective human condition, helped along by contributions from, among others, Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle, Stephen Fry, Will Young, Maxi Jazz, Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly and Michael Stipe.
1 Giant Leap: What About Me? (2008)
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