Category Archives: Documentary

GORED (2015): New Documentary About Antonio Barrera, The Most Gored Bullfighter…

Gored (2016), Antonio Barrera
Gored (2016), Antonio Barrera

Directed by Ido Mizrahi, Gored is the new documentary that tells the story of Antonio Barrera, the most gored bullfighter in modern history and his last performance before retirement…

Antonio Barrera’s story intrigues me because it had me thinking about the question of, to what extent people’s passions choose them instead of the other way round. Of course people have options but I’m curious about the thought process that leads to the decision to choose a career as dangerous as bullfighting.

According to the @GoredTheMovie twitter profile, the film will be available on Netflix very soon. You can also watch it on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray from March 1st, 2016.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

COLLIDING DREAMS (2016): New Documentary On Zionism & The Israel / Palestine Conflict

Colliding Dreams (2015), Israeli West Bank barrier
Colliding Dreams (2015), Israeli West Bank barrier

Award winning filmmakers Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky are the team behind Colliding Dreams, a new and well titled documentary about the controversial movement of Zionism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict…

Having not watched many documentaries on the film’s subject matter in the past, based on this trailer it looks like Colliding Dreams is going to be both disturbing and informative.

Colliding Dreams Release Date (s): January 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

LISTEN TO ME MARLON (2015): Marlon Brando – The Man, The Artist, In His Own Words

Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Marlon Brando
Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Marlon Brando

Listen To Me Marlon is quite the serious affair because it deals with the life of a rather tortured soul, one who succeeded in finding purpose and meaning but also had what was perhaps more than his fair share of personal tragedy.

Written and directed by Stevan Riley, Listen To Me Marlon is a documentary that features Marlon Brando’s own audio recordings. Recordings that tell his story combined with interesting photo and video footage.

Focusing on Brando’s work and touching on his relationship with his parents, his father particularly, we’re presented with insight into the celebrated actor’s childhood. We get to know more about Brando’s journey to acting and everything else that makes the man we’ve come to know of and whose work we continue to enjoy and celebrate today.

Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Martin Luther King Jr., Marlon Brando
Listen To Me Marlon (2015), Martin Luther King Jr., Marlon Brando

Listen To Me Marlon will probably surprise you in a few ways. You may, like I was, find yourself thinking about the giant task of parenthood and how difficult it can be – especially when your own parents are / were quite far from ideal. I loved the wisdom of this movie, including Brando’s views on introspection and self analysis.

Stevan Riley’s documentary will make you glad that you made time to learn more about one of the greatest actors to ever do it. Not just because of the wise and revealing words from Brando himself, but because of the knowledge that, though not perfect, Marlon Brando was quite the admirable human being.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

HE NAMED ME MALALA (2015): Plenty You May Already Know But Still Worth It…

He Named Me Malala (2015), Malala Yousafzai
He Named Me Malala (2015), Malala Yousafzai

The story of Malala Yousafzai is one that has been extensively covered in  world media, particularly in the west. So much so that as I watched the Davis Guggenheim directed He Named Me Malala, I found there to be very little I wasn’t already aware of.

This is not to say that watching He Named Me Malala was a redundant exercise, because I welcomed the opportunity to learn a little more about Malala’s home town and the events that lad to the reason everyone knows her name today.

Guggenheim’s documentary tells you Malala’s story from before she was born to how her life has irrevocably changed since the fateful incident when the Taliban aimed a gun at her head and fired. Her crime, simply going to school.

I enjoyed learning about Malala; the strong, intelligent and brave teenager who also happens to be incredibly wise beyond her years. I also welcomed the glimpse into the beautiful relationship between Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai as well as her relationship with her two younger brothers.

As I watched and learned of several unsettling statistics about how millions of people, especially girls around the world are deprived an education, I was reminded of just how true the following statement is.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace‘ _ Jimi Hendrix

The very impatient side of me just really wishes that ‘when’ were a date rather than a question because change for the good of the many seems to be the kind that always takes far too long to arrive. Yet hopeful we must remain.

Happy Film Loving

G

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED (2016): New Documentary About The Lives Of Afghani Children…

The Land Of The Enlightened (2016)
The Land Of The Enlightened (2016)

From first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue, The Land Of The Enlightened follows a group of children from the Kuchi Tribe who live in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan.

The Land Of The Enlightened captures the children’s  daily lives, a life that involves digging up personal mines to sell to other children whose job it is to mine precious blue stones (Lappis Lazulli)…

I’ll be tuning in thanks to the haunting atmosphere of this trailer. I also want to see a side of Afghanistan that before, I’d only ever have imagined.

Release Date (s): February 2016 (Belgium)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

THE TRUE COST (2015): Great Documentary About The People Behind Your Clothes…

The True Cost (2015), Documentary
The True Cost (2015), Documentary

You’ve probably heard about the tragic stories of inhumane factory working conditions in the developing world. Conditions that have lead to far too may deaths that could have been avoided. You may also have heard about the continued use of such factories by numerous multinational retailers.

The True Cost is a documentary directed by Andrew Morgan and it covers the ills of the fashion industry, particularly the effects of the prioritisation of profit over people and the planet.

I’m glad that I made time for this documentary because it opened my eyes to a few truths that before, I only had a vague idea about. Morgan’s documentary does a good job of identifying and explaining the root cause(s) of the problems within the fashion industry. But even more than that, the viewer is presented with ideas for positive ways to move forward by some of the great people already working towards and advocating for change.

By the end, I understood that the issues presented in The True Cost aren’t the easiest to solve. Even though most people have the best intentions, they’re not always able to play their part. So thank goodness for everyone impassioned enough to do all that they can.

A random thought that went through my mind as I watched: ‘How great things would be if only the World’s empathy deficiency was something that could be fixed with a prompt inoculation.’

Happy Film Loving

G

INCORRUPTIBLE (2015): New Documentary About The Fight For Democracy By Senegalese Youth

Incorruptible (2015)
Incorruptible (2015)

Incorruptible is a documentary about Senegal in Spring 2011. A time when the country’s President, Abdoulaye Wade decided to change the constitution to allow for a third term. This proved to be an unpopular decision that brought crisis to Senegal. It also resulted in  an artist-led youth movement to protect one of Africa’s oldest and most stable democracies…

Though I’m not currently up to date on precisely how much progress was made since 2011, I’m hopeful that it’s much more than most people imagine because the end of this trailer has me believing.

If I had to guess, I’d say that  the song from 1:53 is by none other than the most famous artist I know who has roots in Senegal. That would be Akon, of course.

Release Date (s)

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

AMONG THE BELIEVERS (2015): New Trailer For Documentary About A school Where Future Terrorists Are Trained

Among The Believers (2015)
Among The Believers (2015)

The radical Islamic school, The Red Mosque in Pakistan is where young children are trained to devote their lives to jihad (holy war).

Directed by Mohammed Naqvi and Hemal Trivedi, Among The Believers is a documentary that presents the unsettling realities of what goes on inside the school and the motivations of the the people involved…

As interesting as the the story of those preaching hate is – because it’s useful to have that knowledge and insight, I’m most excited about what those opposed to the teachings  are able to do to make things better.

Release Date (s): December 11th, 2015 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G