Featured Documentaries in 2016
The radiant and uplifting story of a young boy who transcends a debilitating condition through an extraordinary connection with Disney movies.
At the age of three Owen Suskind’s parents realized something was wrong. The young boy started to communicate in gibberish, slowly withdrawing into himself, only to stop talking altogether. Almost by accident years later, Owen’s father discovered a way into Owen’s world – through his favourite animated Disney characters. The film is an extraordinary story of one family’s miraculous encounter with sidekicks, heroes and autism.
The inspirational story of The Silk Road Project, the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and their search for the universal language of music.
Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville follows this extraordinary collection of musicians - virtuosos from Spain to Syria - to see what kind of music they'll make together. Under the leadership of Yo-Yo Ma, the "Manhattan Project" of music delivers inspirational results, revealing the lives of the musicians involved, and building bridges between cultures that know little of each other.
A breathtakingly humane and poetic look at the tragedy of the migrant crisis in Europe, through the eyes of the inhabitants of Lampedusa.
A tiny island off Italy’s southern coast, Lampedusa is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East. Gianfranco Rosi delicately observes the minute details and the epic scale of the tragedy that unfolds as desperate people in boats arrive on a sleepy Mediterranean island. Shot over a year, the film won Best Film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
The long awaited story of Janis Joplin - one of the most revered and iconic rock and roll singers of all time.
An insightful and nuanced portrait of a complicated, driven and dazzling artist who burst onto the music scene in the 1960s and who changed music forever for millions around the world. Narrated by singer-songwriter Cat Power, the story is told in Joplin’s own words from letters to family and friends, many revealed for the first time - rebuilding our understanding of this vulnerable ‘60s icon who died aged 27.
A vivid portrayal of the life of 10-year-old Denisa, a deaf-mute Romany girl who lives for music in a temporary camp on the outskirts of Wroclaw in Poland.
his multi award-winning documentary uses a highly original hybrid form to both observe the harsh realities of life as an illegal migrant in Eastern Europe, and celebrate the heartwarming gifts of childhood. Shot over the course of a year, the film documents Denisa’s blissfully naive experience of life and her stunning transformation when her favourite Bollywood music starts.
The amazing unknown story of the running movement – once a marginal act with strict, sexist rules, now a worldwide passion.
From the tracks of the Swiss Alps to the streets of New York, millions of people run each year. However, fifty years ago running was exclusively reserved for men, confined to stadiums, subject to strict rules, and controlled by conservative Federations. Tracing five decades of struggle – with women leading the way - this is the exhilarating story of the modern running movement and the right to run.