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PORNO & LIBERTA’

DCP - HD - 2015 - italy - 78 Min - Color / Black & White

PORNO & LIBERTA’

Porno & Libertà (original title)


A film by Carmine Amoroso

PORNO E LIBERTA' Porn to be free is the first documentary giving an insight on the Italian 70’s and tracing porn’s incredible genesis from the first magazines, photoshoots, censorship issues to its political and social repercussions — such as the election of Porn-star Ilona Staller (Cicciolina),  the first to become parliament’s member.

It also offers food for thought about the 70’s & 80’s periods, years of transformations in which, pornography became a tool of protest and liberation, a real language.

The documentary brings to light a wide range of exclusive materials and interviews – pornographers, porn stars, writers, intellectuals, philosophers and feminists, from Lasse Braun to Riccardo Schicchi, from Marco Pannella to Ilona Staller, from Helena Velena to Judith Malina – who recall and recount what deserves to be defined as the most important sexual revolution in decades.




The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

DCP - HD - 2011 - Sweden, USA - 92 & 52 - Color / Black & White

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape (original title)


A film by Göran Hugo Olsson

The Black Power Mixtape is an archive- and music- driven documentary that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the African-American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. Combining startlingly fresh and meaningful 16mm footage that had been lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, Mixtape looks at the people, society, culture and style that fuelled a change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 70s mixtape format, the Black Power Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the ghettos of America. At the end of the Sixties, Swedish interest in the US Civil Rights Movement and the US anti-war movement peaked. With a combination of commitment and naiveté, Swedish filmmakers traveled across the Atlantic to explore the Black Power Movement. Filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson brings this newly discovered footage to light and introduces it to a new generation across the world in a penetrating examination – through the lens of Swedish filmmakers – of the Black Power Movement from 1967-1975, and its worldwide resonance.




Shadow World

DCP – HD - 2016 - U.S.A - expected duration: 100 min (TV version 90 min) - Color

Shadow World



A film by Directed by Johan Grimonprez and based on the book THE SHADOW WORLD by ANDREW FEINSTEIN

Directed by Johan Grimonprez and based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film SHADOW WORLD reveals how the international trade in weapons - with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents - fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. SHADOW WORLD posits an alternative through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as the stories of Eduardo Galeano. But ultimately the film reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how the weapons of war are now being turned against the citizens of liberal democracies, and how the ‘shadow world’ is taking over. In the hopes that in understanding how our realties are being constructed, audiences may see through this horror, and create a better future.




Plot for Peace

DCP – HD - 2013 - South Africa - 84 Min - Color

Plot for Peace



A film by Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson

This is the untold story behind History, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela's release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. Their improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust.




Tropicalia

35mm, HD, DCP - 2012 - Brazilian - 87 Min - Color / Black & White

Tropicalia

Tropicalia (original title)


A film by Marcelo Machado

Many years after the “explosion” of the Tropicalia movement in 1967, 1968 and 1969, it still influences the cultural production both domestically and internationally. 
“Tropicalia” is a feature length documentary that revisits this important Brazilian cultural movement through the recovery of valuable archives and exclusive encounters with renowned foreign artists and Brazilian “Tropicalia” icons such as Gaetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, among others.




The New Watchdogs

35 mm - HD - 2012 - France - 104 min - Color

The New Watchdogs

Les Nouveaux Chiens de Garde (original title)


A film by Gilles Balbastre & Yannik Kergoat

In 1932, writer Paul Nizan published "The Watchdogs", a book denouncing the philosophers and writers of his era for imposing themselves as guardians of the establishment behind a pretense of intellectual neutrality. The new watchdogs of today are the journalists, editorial writers and media-friendly experts who openly crusade for free markets and the maintenance of social order. With sardonic humor, The New Watchdogs lambastes these pundits posing as independent, unbiased, pluralistic forces of democratic opposition. The film convincingly and accurately exposes the growing threat of news being manufactured and deformed into a commodity by big business. 




This Ain’t California

HD - 2012 - Germany - 90 min - Color / Black & White

This Ain’t California

This Ain't California (original title)


A film by Marten Persiel

A hymn to the subversive power of vitality, this fast-paced documentary takes us on a trip through the strange unknown world of the ‘Rollbrettfahrer’ as skateboarders were known in the GDR, a country where besides those loyal to the regime, there was also an avowed political resistance. Apart from this, there was also a movement of young rebels whose only raison d’être was the illusion of staying young, immortal and non-committal. In THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA three kids discover their love of skateboarding on the cracked asphalt of the GDR – a madcap, even unacceptable sport that was perhaps so incredibly exciting because of its nuttiness. This punk fairytale created by a bunch of kids who luckily possessed sufficiently manic levels of energy to record their lives on Super-8mm film, shows us life in the GDR life as it has never been seen before.




The First Rasta

HD - 2010 - France - 85 min - Color / Black & White

The First Rasta

Le Premier Rasta (original title)


A film by Hélène Lee

At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893 – 1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and travelled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time. From Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land. With this cocktail of ideas Leonard “Gong” Howell returned to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community in 1939.

 

By recreating a backdrop of that time from film archives, police reports and newspaper articles, we follow in the wake of this adventurer and track the evolution of his thinking.  Through direct witnesses we trace his evolution, from his return home in 1932 to the first manifestations of his movement.  For the first time, these centenarian survivors describe a Rasta movement that is very different from the usual clichéd images. Their interviews, sparkling with humor and common sense, outline not only the silhouette of a great leader, but the daily struggle of a handful of men and women who stand without fear in the face of an all-powerful global system.  An example of incredible moral courage at a time when black people in America and Africa were still considered to be sub-human and were subjected to forced labor and racial discrimination. They paid the price for this bold stand through relentless persecution and through systematic misinformation bent on making them look crazy – but in the end they won.

 

Reggae is everywhere, and millions of young people identify with its message. The release of this documentary film marks the end of the silence and the reintegration of the Rastas in the great altermondialist movement of which they are the precursors.

 

Thereafter, a way of living and thinking was developed which nourished the reggae culture that Bob Marley would spread worldwide. Thirty years after the singer’s death, it is high time to pay tribute to Leonard Percival Howell, The First Rasta, whose revolutionary, political and social discourse resonates with the altermondialist movement of today.