Hitchcock/TruffautSeptember 4, 2015
Filmmakers discuss the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock and the book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (“Le cinéma selon Hitchcock”), written by François Truffaut and published in 1966.
From Atatürk to ErdoğanOctober 22, 2019
Turkey's history has been shaped by two major political figures: Mustafa Kemal (1881-1934), known as Atatürk, the Father of the Turks, founder of the modern state, and the current president Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan, who apparently wants Turkey to regain the political and military pre-eminence it had as an empire under the Ottoman dynasty.
A documentary about iboga, a medicinal tree root that is the basis of the bwiti religion in Gabon.
Olivier Messiaen: The Crystal LiturgyJanuary 1, 1997
A portrait of French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992), through archival films from 1964 to 1987.
Fake Empires: The Architecture of ImitationSeptember 11, 2018
A smaller scale Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées can be found just outside Shanghai. A copy of St. Peter’s in Rome can be found in Yamoussoukro, in the Ivory Coast. A journey over three continents to see the architecture of imitation, the uncanny world of the fake.
The Real ThingMay 1, 2018
Las Vegas isn't the only city adorned with architectural replicas. Today, you can admire the London Bridge near Shanghai, visit St. Peter's Basilica in Côte d'Ivoire, or take selfies with one of China's Eiffel Towers. These large-scale copycat monuments can seem like mirages conceived by clever real estate investors, but what do they say about imaginary geographies, modern tourism and globalized urban planning? Do they herald a world where travellers won't cross borders, or are they proof of heightened cultural exchange and new transnational identities? A captivating and poetic meditation, The Real Thing elegantly journeys from one corner of the globe to the next—capturing a strange postcard here, an unexpected slice of life there—and collects philosophical musings from the people who design and inhabit those places. It creates an intriguing mirror game that plays with the viewer's perception and reflects an unexpected image of the world.
Holy Diplomacy: The Secret Power of the VaticanJanuary 9, 2018
This documentary takes us behind the scenes of the Holy See and lifts the veil on the secret diplomacy of Pope Francis, the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
Clockwork ClimateNovember 24, 2015
The Cold War's wildest dreams of climate control have made a spectacular comeback: from the USA to China, 'geo-engineers' promise to make climate change the way we want. And they have found powerful supporters among lobbyists and entrepreneurs. This film is an investigation into the world-wide boom in geo-engineering. How did a pseudo-science with a controversial past become a planet-wide research subject?
Citizen Krone, Austria between the LinesNovember 29, 2002
This film journeys deep into the heart of Austria’s favorite daily newspaper, the Kronen Zeitung, the most widely-read paper per capita in the world. The “Krone’s” 2.7 million readers represent 43% of the Austrian press market. A reflection of the Austrian soul, this newspaper serves as a prism through which we can understand the rise of the populist Right in this country and examine the dangerous flirtation between media and politics. Director and editor-in-chief Hans Dichand’s ingenious populist strategy allows him to reach the greatest number of readers: the paper’s style and content play on base human instincts such as the fear of the “other,” the opposition between “good” and “evil,” and the common man’s sense of powerlessness in the political arena. He then wields the might of this enormous audience to influence politicians and impose his nostalgic vision of a pure, prosperous, and peaceful world.