AU, 67 min
i like this one.
Botschaft der Götter
DE, 87 min
> view the rest on flickr
USA, 90 min
In this documentary on the Rastafarians in Jamaica, director Alan Greenberg interviews some Jamaicans whose conversations suggest that the smoking of ganja, the worship of Haile Selassie (the former Ethiopian emperor) as a god, and the goal of Jamaican self-realization is their own kind of unified field theory. A young, poverty-stricken teenager listens to the reggae music on his radio as though it will magically lead him to a better future, and a pineapple cutter living in the “baddest” area of the island dreams of fomenting tourism in his exotic surroundings. The May, 1981 funeral of Bob Marley brought Christian and Rastafarian beliefs together in tribute to the island’s hero, providing one of the most poignant vignettes in the Land of Look Behind.
Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974
Gokushiteki erosu: Renka 1974
JP, 98 min
Small Is Beautiful: The Story of the Free Cinema Films Told by Their Makers
UK, 45 min
1988, 20:15 min, color, sound
This idiosyncratic view of Tokyo begins with a live mannequin in a store window and French actress Arielle Dombasle chatting with Marker as they wander around Tokyo. After Dombasle departs, the tape continues with footage from the Tokyo subway and an indoor market. Marker punctuates the tape throughout with playful visual and sound edits.
In Japanese and French.
Être et avoir
FR, 104 min
Long ago, Earth was dominated by supernatural beings: spirits who lived in the forest and in the ocean. To live in harmony with them, Man had to learn to respect nature and animals.
Today the Masters of the Spirits are the guardians of ancient beliefs uniting men and animals: by respecting these eternal legends, Man continues to live incredible adventures with animals, hoping to receive the spirit`s protection.
For its 13 extraordinary and true stories, the series entitled ” The Master of the Spirits” has sought out civilizations who still believe in magic, and whose people continue to share remarkable experriences with animals, hoping to win the favor of the spirits.
From the mysterious fishermen of the Himalayan rivers to the last eagle tamers of the Kirgisthan mountains, this collection recounts the most beautiful legends fearturing exceptional relationships between Man and animals.
Very little information available on this series, it’s not even on IMDB that I can tell, but it’s produced by a company called ZED, based in France I believe, and a lot of their documentaries seem to be produced by someone named Jean Queyrat.
This one looks great too.
3 minute portrait of producer Theo Parrish wandering the urban landscape of Detroit making field recordings to use in his tracks.
He makes me remember myself.
“Genius: A word with a long and complicated history, as this
information from the OED shows. In Latin, the word usually meant “The
tutelary god or attendant spirit allotted to every person at his
birth, to govern his fortunes and determine his character, and finally
to conduct him out of the world”; in later Latin, it often meant “A
demon or spiritual being in general.” A common English sense beginning
in the seventeenth century was “With reference to a nation, age, etc.:
Prevalent feeling, opinion, sentiment, or taste; distinctive
character, or spirit.” Another seventeenth-century development was
“Natural ability or capacity; quality of mind; the special endowments
which fit a man for his peculiar work” (first attested in Milton’s
L’héritage de la chouette
13 episodes x 26 min.
chris marker’s television series investigating the legacy of ancient greek culture in the modern world
Dumnezeu la saxofon, dracu la vioara
RO, 43 min
Instinctive energy and the economy of shifts are guiding the mechanics of life in a psychiatric clinic. The director illustrates this life by an example of one Romanian asylum, where patients themselves created rules of life in a close society.
Almost three hundred inhabitants, out of whom some live in rooms with twelve roommates, are friends, become intimate, marry and break up. Coffee and cigarettes are the basic currency units. Lively business and sexual affection are interrupted by the time for medications, food and sleep.
USA, 29 min
This documentary short, produced for West Virginia public TV’s “Different Drummer” series, introduces us to Jesco White, a hard-living, tap-dancing Boone County resident whose repeated run-ins with the law have interfered with his dream of becoming as renowned a “mountain dancer” as his late father, D. Ray White. We meet Jesco’s three distinct personalities; the gentle and loving Jesse, the violent and dangerous Jesco, and the extremely strange Elvis. We also encounter various members of Jesco’s family, all nearly as eccentric as Jesco himself. You will ask, “Are these people for real?” Yes, they are. “The Dancing Outlaw” was released to videocassette after becoming something of a cult sensation through circulating “bootleg” tapes. Film and TV actress Roseanne is among Jesco’s many fans.