Archive for lifestyle

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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Lullabies of the World / Колыбельные мира (2003 – 2010)

Posted in Animation, Art House Film, Cosmology, Music, Mythology, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2014 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Yelizaveta Skvotsova
Producer: Arsen Gottlieb
Genre: Animation / Music
Country: Russia
Language: Universal / None

A collection of animated lullabies from different countries.

World Lullabies – animated music videos to musical performances of lullabies from different nations around the world. The films are made for everybody, but mostly for children. The viewer will feel as if he is lulled by a loving mother. Every lullaby is performed in its original language. The plot of the movie is based on the story told in the lullaby. Visual images reflect the lifestyle and traditions of each nation.
List of lullabies:
Russian, Chukchi, Greek, French, African, Indian, Georgian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Armenian, Jewish, Japanese, Hungarian, Moldavian, Azerbaijan, German, Ukrainian, Canadian.

Supported by the Federal Agency for Culture and
Cinematography of the Russian Federation.

The Spectre of Hope (2001)

Posted in Art, Documentary, Philosophy, Photography, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Paul Carlin
Producer: Paula Jaifon, Colin MaCabe, Adam Simon
Genre: Documentary
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

What globalization really looks like and what it is doing to the Earth.

This powerful film brings together art critic John Berger, author of “Ways of Seeing”, and world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado for a discussion about the power of photographic images to inform and inspire. As they peruse Salgado’s book, “Migrations”, a project that took him to 43 countries in order to document the experiences of people pushed from their homes and traditions to cities and their margins – slums and streets and refugee camps, their intimate and wide-ranging conversation, inter-cut with Salgado’s photographs, explores the deeper meanings of Salgado’s images, addressing both their artistic and emotional qualities and their political function as a critique of globalization.

Samsara (2011)

Posted in Documentary, Philosophy, Pure Cinema, World Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Ron Fricke
Producer: Mark Magidson
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema
Country: United States
Language: English / None

A journey of the soul – beautiful, haunting, and mystical.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life.” Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, Samsara transform viewers through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score. The film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

Expanding on the themes developed in Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985), Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.

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Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003)

Posted in Art House Film, Documentary, Independent Film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Erik Gandini
Producer: Johan Söderberg, Erik Gandini
Genre: Documentary / Art House Film
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish / Spanish / English / EN / ES / RO / RU subtitles

The consumerism totally consumed us.

Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers from 2003 is a film odyssey about the destructive sides of consumer culture and described as “a global doomsday satire set to music”. It used the language of music video, propaganda and commercial advertising as a response to the forces of globalization.

Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite our wealth? Surplus’ approach is to portray this issue from an emotional rather than a factual perspective.

The Story of Stuff (2007)

Posted in Animation, Philosophy, Psychology, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by SiNgUlIbRiUm

Director: Louis Fox
Producer: Annie Leonard, Erica Priggen, Jonah Sachs
Genre: Documentary / Animation / Short
Country: United States
Language: English / AR / CN / DE / ES / PT / FR / IT / RO / RU / EN subtitles

A short polemical animated documentary about the life-cycle of material goods.

The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more just world. The animation is critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability.

The documentary is being used in elementary schools, arts programs, and economics classes as well as places of worship and corporate sustainability trainings.