Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our Brand is Crisis

Our Brand Is Crisis is a 2005 documentary film by Rachel Boynton on American political campaign marketing tactics by Greenberg Carville Shrum (GCS) in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. The election saw Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada elected President of Bolivia ahead of Evo Morales.
The film is distributed by Koch-Lorber Films.
"This film is a cautionary tale which comes at a very timely moment," said Koch-Lorber Films president Richard Lorber in a statement to indieWIRE. "The parallels to the current U.S. administration's approach to selling the war in Iraq are staggering."

Directed byRachel Boynton
Produced byRachel Boynton
Sanders Goodstein
Robert Kravis
Steven Shainberg
Written byRachel Boynton
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
Distributed byKoch-Lorber Films
Release dates
  • March 12, 2005 (2005-03-12) (World Film Festival)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States


A Sinner in Mecca

A Sinner in Mecca is a 2015 documentary film from director Parvez Sharma (A Jihad for Love). The film chronicles Sharma's Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia as an openly gay Muslim. The film premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to great critical acclaim. The film opened in theaters in the US on September 4, 2015 and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.

Directed byParvez Sharma
Produced byParvez Sharma
Alison Amron
Andrew Herwitz
Music bySajid Akbar
M.E. Manning
CinematographyParvez Sharma
Husain Akbar
Edited byAlison Amron
Sajid Akbar
Release dates
  • September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04) (Cinema Village, New York)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Saudi Arabia
LanguageEnglish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi


Finders Keepers

Shannon Whisnant purchased a grill at an auction. Inside the grill was an amputated leg. What follows is a story centered on the enterprising Whisnant and John Wood, the man whose leg wound up in the grill due to an odd chain of events. 

Directed by Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel
Starring John Wood, Shannon Whisnant


The Brainwashing of My Dad

A filmmaker examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her father, whose immersion in it radicalized him and rocked the foundation of their family. She discovers this political phenomenon recurring in living rooms everywhere, and reveals the consequences conservative media has had on families and a nation.

Directed by Jen Senko
Written by Melodie Bryant, Fiore Derosa
Starring Jeff Cohen, Thom Hartmann, Matthew Modine


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rabin The Last Day

The film depicts the events surrounding the final days and assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
For many Israelis, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 marked a grim turning point for their country. In the words of the commission set up to investigate the murder, "Israeli society [would] never be the same again. As a democracy, political assassination was not part of our culture." In the eyes of even more people, the murder ended all hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process through the Oslo Accords and altered the course of history. But, as Amos Gitai sets out to prove in his brave and provocative new film, Rabin's assassination was not just the act of one fanatic; it was the culmination of a hate campaign that emanated from the rabbis and public figures of Israel's far right.

Directed byAmos Gitai
Produced byJean-Baptiste Dupont
Cyril Colbeau-Justin
Sylvie Pialat
Francesco Di Silvio
Amos Gitai
Written byAmos Gitai
Marie-José Sanselme
Music byAmit Poznansky
CinematographyEric Gautier
Edited byYuval Orr
Tahel Sofer
Isabelle Ingold
LGM Cinéma
Les Films du Worso
France 2 Cinéma
Orange Studio
Hamon Hafakot
Agav Films
Distributed byLe Pacte (France)
Release dates
  • 7 September 2015 (2015-09-07) (Venice)
  • 4 November 2015 (2015-11-04) (Israel)
  • 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16) (France)
Running time
153 minutes
Budget$4.6 million

  • Yitzhak Hiskiya as chairman
  • Pini Mittelman as commission member
  • Michael Warshaviak as commission member
  • Einat Weizman as commission lawyer
  • Yogev Yefet as Rabin's murderer
  • Tomer Sisley as Rabin's driver
  • Ronen Keinan as commission lawyer
  • Tomer Russo as hospital director
  • Uri Gottlieb as attorney general
  • Ruti Asarsai as police spokeswoman
  • Dalia Shimko as psychiatrist
  • Gdalya Besser as police officer
  • Odelia More as teacher
  • Eldad Prywes as Rabin's bodyguard
  • Shalom Shmuelov as intelligence officer
  • Mali Levi as journalist
  • Stephen D. Root as journalist
  • Liron Levo as soldier
  • Yona Rosenkier as rallye driver
  • Yael Abecassis as interviewer
  • Shimon Peres as himself

Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution

"Provides non-Iranians with precious access to a broad range of Iranian films... including clips of films nearly impossible to see outside the country...a crisp, intelligent, and enjoyable documentary."—Cineaste

Icarus Films


Nader T. Homayoun


Nicolas Bertrand, Nader T. Homayoun


Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Bahram Beizai, Farokh Ghafari

サカサマのパテマ (Sakasama no Patema) (Patema Inverted)

In 2067, scientists attempt to harness energy from gravity. The gravity reverses, however, and nearly everyone and everything are sent flying from Earth.
Years later, Patema is a respected teenager who lives in an underground society, who impose rules to keep its members away from "danger zones" that surround the community. Inspired by her friend Lagos, who has mysteriously disappeared, Patema explores the tunnels. One day, she is startled by a figure that walks on the ceiling while exploring and falls into the shaft below.
In the nation of Aiga, founded to protect its citizens from "danger zones" that were created by the experiment, Patema falls outside the fence bordering Aiga. Age, another teenager, finds Patema on the fence, whose gravity is inverted from his. After carrying her safely to the ground, he takes her to a nearby shed, where they learn about each other's worlds. Age tells Patema about his father, who supposedly fell from a flying craft while demonstrating it, inspired by the "Inverts", as dubbed by the government.

Directed byYasuhiro Yoshiura
Written byYasuhiro Yoshiura
Music byMichiru Ōshima
StudioPurple Cow Studios Japan
Licensed by‹See Tfd›
  • Cinedigm
Anime Limited
ReleasedNovember 9, 2013 (2013-11-09)
Runtime99 minutes