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“A Call to Action: The Freedom Budget of 1966” tells the story of a little-known grassroots push for guaranteed income during the civil rights movement.
Richard Nixon was on the verge of providing guaranteed basic income for all Americans. Then a story from 1795 changed his mind and the course of history.
Diabetes will affect one adult in 10 by 2040. It is ruining lives and weighing heavily on public finances. The disease is still not being treated properly. A whole system has gone off track because patients either take too many drugs or can no longer afford them. Only the pharmaceutical industry seems to be thriving in this bleak health situation.
One of the most heated issues in Japan and Asia today is over something that occurred 80 years ago: the Japanese Imperial Army's sexual enslavement of an estimated tens of thousands of Korean women and others in military brothels during World War II. Many nationalist Japanese conservatives, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (with the surprising support of Western media influencers), believe the …
When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride, and they spend the evening talking, laughing and getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel’s offer of “a kiss without consequences.” Emilie admonishes him that the kiss could have unexpected consequences, and tells him a story, unfolding in flashbacks, about the impossibility of indulging your desires …
Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains. On ocean floors and deep down in the earth. The term “matter out of place” refers to objects in a place they originally do not belong to. And there are many such objects in the places Nikolaus Geyrhalter visits for this film. In his unique imagery consisting of minutely composed pictures, the director traces immense amounts of waste across our planet. …
Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late author Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog’s deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips, and a mound of “brontosaurus skin,” encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient …
In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived …
Summer, 1967. Two Massachusetts boys – 9 and 11 — are desperate to visit Expo ’67 in Montreal — the largest World’s Fair ever. But their parents can’t take them. Then Mom comes up with the solution: hitch their pet Shetland pony King to a cart and drive 350 miles to Expo 67 — on their own — at 5 m.p.h.! For Tony and Jeff Whittemore, it becomes the adventure of a lifetime.
The powerful and darkly sensual drama Augustine is based on the true story of the unusual relationship that developed between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century French neurologist and mentor to Sigmund Freud, and his star teenage patient. In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off …
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Helg Sgarbi, a goodlooking Swiss man with a radiant smile, tries to extort 14 million Euro from BMW’s major shareholder Susanne Klatten by threatening to publish intimate photos. Susanne Klatten however, isn't afraid: the richest woman in Germany contacts the police and her blackmailer is arrested. The story goes public, and it turns out that this case is only the tip of the iceberg. The money … More
Before the Oscar-winning sensation THE ARTIST, Michel Hazanavicius directed Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in this hilarious satire. Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent and close friend is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place … More
Thanks to Hank is the inspirational story of Hank Wilson, a true unsung hero of the gay liberation movement and the AIDS epidemic which followed, who lead a life of such extraordinary humility and compassion that it will inspire people far beyond the LGBTQ+ community. Unique in its focus on the impact of the AIDS epidemic on poor people and people of color, the film tells the story of AIDS activism … More
Whether in NYC or in Paris, every year in June, the Gay Pride parade is a wild party, where music resonates, floats roll by and glitter is thrown every which way. It hasn’t always been like this. While 2020 marks the fiftieth anniversary of this parade, it was originally called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, it was the first time gays and lesbians walked the streets claiming publicly … More
The charismatic young entrepreneur Waleed Ahmed started his own company at age 18, and was referred to as "The Norwegian Mark Zuckerberg". He quickly gained access to politicians, diplomats, and royalty. His short-lived and grandiose career ended with an arrest by the FBI and an 11-year prison sentence for fraud. This portrait tells a larger narrative of belonging, identity, fraud, and dreams.
Why do data protection activists bother? What do they seek to achieve and who supports them? Their opponents, as their allies, often are in unexpected positions. The film explores the world of a community of well-connected activists who, with cleverness, wit and persistence, stand up to presumed almighty opponents. They are concerned with nothing less than the protection of privacy, the freedom of … More
Jérôme Reybaud’s remarkably accomplished feature debut is a sly and sophisticated take on gay romance in the 21st century. On a seemingly ordinary night in Paris, Pierre takes one last look his lover Paul’s sleeping body, then steals away into the early morning light. Where he’s headed, neither of them know. Pierre’s only guide is his Grindr app, which leads him on a series of encounters … More
François Reichenbach follows a group of young men from the day they enlist in the US Marine Corps, all the way through basic training. The power of this is twofold. It lies in the poetic visuals focused on the men’s faces and expressions (scared, determined, chastened), and in the critical commentary, which questions the need to humiliate, threaten, and even endanger the lives of these recruits. … More
A slice-of-life film shot in a small-town cafe/hotel in Northern France. Older men smoke, drink beer and read the paper; young lovers gaze into each other’s eyes, and regulars play cards, while the owner blusters on the phone with potential banquet customers. Meanwhile, from behind the counter, the quiet woman who does the work of ensuring the place runs smoothly keeps watch—and occasionally sneaks … More
IN MEMORY OF ROCK captures the power, promise, and fear generated by the early days of rock n’roll. It is also a fascinating study in the juxtaposition of image and music. Outside an arena, a crowd of young people gather for a concert, the camera lingering on them as we hear a Boccherini minuet. Inside, rising French rock stars Eddy Mitchell, Vince Taylor and Johnny Hallyday gyrate in leather jackets … More