A moving love story lost in the past. Mountains as a place of the soul, between Trentino and Südtirol. Twenty pictures taken between spring and summer 1934. A composition of photographs, sound design, and narrating voice.
Guided by his grandmother’s haunting Sumerian lament, 9-year-old mute Ali takes his sheep, Kirmeta, for sacrifice on a strenuous 400km journey across Iraq’s landscape, destroyed by years of war, to the shrine of an ancient saint. Along the journey Kirmeta becomes increasingly resistant and runs away to escape his bloody fate.
Ali eventually finds Kirmeta amongst carcasses of cars leftover from decades of violence and false promises of freedom. When Kirmeta collapses from exhaustion the pilgrims think he’s dead. But with the continuous prayers of grandmother back in the village, Kirmeta mysteriously recovers. Witnessing this the pilgrims declare him a MIRACLE SHEEP, a reputation that accompanies them on the rest of their journey. Can both boy and sheep survive the hardship and accept their fate?
A lyrical hybrid film whose symbolism exposes the suffering of a nation whose only hope left is a mute child and his “miraculous” sheep.
WINNER OF BEST FILM AWARD IN SHEFFIELD DOC FEST UK COMPETITION - The Sheffield Doc Fest jury wrote:
“The jury was bewitched and moved in equal measure by Maythem Ridha’s intensely cinematic and lyrical film, which has the quality of an intimate epic in spite of its short length. Strikingly confident in both its embrace of formal hybridity and tonal ambiguity, the film shifts delicately from moment to moment in a flow of imagery that is at once beautiful, absurd and utterly heartbreaking. Ali and His Miracle Sheep made us consider the very meaning of "British cinema", when the fates and lived realities of individual nations are so inextricably bound up with the actions of others.”
A feature-length film about the life, work, influence and impact of California-based choreographer/Arts Activist Bella Lewitzky. Described as "...one of the greatest American dancers of our age," (Walter Terry) Bella Lewitzky was a talented, strong, out-spoken artist, who dedicated her creative life to protect the rights of every American citizen.
A young preacher contemplates walking away from his calling as he struggles to revitalize his congregation in an economically depressed region of the South.
We are little miracles. Tiny ones, even, who never stop shedding our skins, over and over. The world settles in our sweat. Alone, though, with no memory of what drove us into this life that jealous people claim is ours. Forgotten, skins fall one after another, like caresses that—much moreso than our cells, in truth—create them, these skins, which are neither ours nor those of others, regardless of the energy that we spend, at night, exchanging them.
The documentary is about an Iranian journalist who lives in Japan and tells interesting and shocking stories about the 2011 Fukushima earthquake.
Heart Valley follows a day in the life of Wilf Davies, a shepherd from the small village of Cellan in Wales. Kind and inquisitive, the film looks at the world through Wilf's eyes, asking questions about what it is we should truly value.
Just before conditions on Planet Earth became unsuitable for human life, a small group of children received a message from a faraway galaxy: an ancient civilization’s plea for notes describing life on Planet Earth. In The Garden of Forking Paths is made from all that is left of those notes.
Kara was five years old when a devastating accident caused her traumatic brain injury. Now thirty five years later she has returned to where it all happened to see the way things used to be and should have been and what is to become on her journey to be Star of The World.
A positive documentary following the healing efforts made by people in the aftermath of the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing.
This short documentary sees World War Two veteran Jack Mann tell his inspiring tale for the very first time in front of a camera.
A true story of a free-spirited Jewish boy's journey to manhood, Jack fights to make his father proud. As part of the Special Forces, he knows only too well what will happen to him if he is captured behind enemy lines.
Imagine the world in 50 years time: the year is 2072. Some young people are doing a history project and find an old video made by a group called Mixtup. It is about a virtual museum - perfect!
There are the two rooms in the museum. The First one is called 'Me:Unlimited'. It is filled with things that the young people in Mixtup are inspired by, things that they love. There are things that they have created, things that nourish them and make a difference to their own and other people's lives.
The second room is called 'Dark Pasts.' The young people have put things in here that they think should be history in the future. These are things that the young people of 2072might have heard about but have never had to deal with themselves.
They want to share this video with others.
Welcome to the Mixtup Museum.
As the UK’s transport crisis grows, lorry driver and writer, Lisa, dreams of escaping reality. Travelling on roads, her truck helps give her access to an out-of-this world imagination.
The unfulfilled dream of a young football fan became the catalyst to help achieve the dreams of talented young under-15 football / soccer players who come from very underprivileged and under-nourished families, struggling to meet their daily needs.
'Never Ask Why' is the journey of Jishnu Mitra and how his dreams have provided hope to over 250 children in Delhi and Kolkata, India. It is the story of the 1st year of the Jishnu Mitra Foundation, where the children played under the banner of 'Dream Team' in the U-15 Delhi Youth League.
This short docu-drama explores the impact of football foundations in the sporting ecosystem in India. While exploring the themes of ambition, failure, the spirit of life, and love for 'the beautiful game' of football, the film is a celebration of hope, the display of true human spirit and grit that brings strangers together for a larger cause.
The children did not win the league but they won the hearts and minds of everyone with their playing style and passion for the beautiful game.
'Never Ask Why' is a maiden passion project from the start-up production house 'Eating Potatoes'. The film is directed by Saurabh Dubey, the Co-founder of Eating Potatoes, who is also an acclaimed musician, rapper and lyricist.
Celebrate New York's reopening with this audio-visual homage to the greatest city in the world.
900+ sounds sampled. 6 days of shooting. Countless days of editing. As New Yorkers eagerly await a full reopening, the Bonamaze directing duo celebrates the spirit of the city with the release of their new short, “NYC! Sound (back) On.” The goal of this creative, audio-visual homage is to capture the heartbeat of the Big Apple like never before, with a special emphasis on sound that brings the city’s diverse culture to vibrant life. Selected as Vimeo Staff Pick - Best of the Month and winner of Best Unscripted and Best Use of Sound & Music at Berlin Commercial 2021.
An unflinching look at gambling addiction through the eyes of recovering addicts. One Last Spin explores the environments that condition people to gamble and the devastating effects it has on their lives and communities.
'Please Don't Stand Up When Room Is In Motion' uncovers Ali (Novo Amor)'s journey over the production of his Welsh Music Prize-nominated album ‘Cannot Be, Whatsoever’. The title—plucked from the album’s artwork—refers to the idea of embracing the mess, chaos and clutter that surrounds the creative process of writing an album; not letting go and seeing where the path takes you.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likes to call the Brexit referendum an “amazing moment for the country”, a rebellion of the "little people" against the faceless EU bureaucracy. But what if Brexit was ultimately not about the "will of the people" at all, but about the interests of a small British elite?
Millions of people claim to have experienced miraculous healing. Send Proof asks the question "Where's the evidence?" When his former pastor leaves the faith, Director Elijah Stephens embarks on a journey to find evidence for miracles. Along the way, he interviews atheists and skeptics, medical researchers and academics, and those claiming to have experienced miraculous healing. Will he find the proof he seeks?
The story of Alan Corcoran’s unprecedented length of Ireland – 500-kilometre – sea swim for charity has all the hallmarks of a fascinating documentary. With the stunning backdrop of Ireland’s wild coastline, the story tells the succession of challenges faced during such a monumental undertaking. It’s a film that explores a person’s journey through grief, using the swimming project to channel negative emotions into a meaningful, hopeful, inspiring adventure.
Best Feature Documentary - Prague International Film Festival
Outstanding Excellence Award (Human Spirit) - Docs Without Borders Film Festival
Official Selection - London Mountain Film Festival; Prague International Film Festival; Lyons International Film Festival; Docs Without Border Film Festival
'Alan embodies the adventure, joy and challenge of outdoor swimming.'
- The Outdoor Swimming Society.
'Alan turns grief into greatness through his epic swim.'
- SwimSwam Magazine
'As Irish adventures go, this has got to be one of the most extraordinary and difficult to date.'
- Sean Conway (author and adventurer)
'Alan's length of Ireland sea swim epitomises the spirit of outdoor swimming. Unsinkable is an inspiring tale of family, adventure, triumph and hope.'
- Outdoor Swimmer Magazine
'It's hard not to root for Unsinkable's charming subject.'
- Irish Film Critic
The latest documentary by award-winning director Martina Margaux Cozzi is a visually stimulating portrait of Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary artist Wallace Chan. Established as one of the greatest jewellery designers in the world, Wallace Chan - The Art of Materials chronicles the artist's debut into the world of sculpture fuelled by his desire to innovate. A tribute to creation itself, the film delves into Chan's mind to uncover the intricate relationship between materials, time and space.
What Comes Next? is a cinematic montage compiled entirely from amateur and low budget documentary footage shot in Wales during the post-war years leading up to and including the Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951.This theatre of the everyday touches on locations and lives that, though incidental in themselves, were symbolic of a broad sweep of change that ultimately transformed the face of Wales and ushered in a period of social reform, reconstruction and modernisation against a backdrop of economic austerity. Originally inspired by the montage documentaries of the 1920’s, the film seeks to present an insight into the challenges faced by Welsh working class communities that battled to build a better future while also reflecting on the legacy of Britian's colonial past that to this day continues to cast the deepest of shadows.
A film-poem exploring the physical aspect of the very
last moments as life becomes death.
Our film follows the stories of two resilient Welsh families, as they seek to put a challenging year behind them by running in the first-ever 'virtual' Nos Galan Road Race. But, without the crowds there to cheer them on this year, they’ll have to dig deep and remember their reasons for running if they hope to finish the race and add their names to the Nos Galan legend.
2019 in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales. An imaginative team of eight-year-old boys rewrite the ancient welsh legend of King Arthur. Drawing inspiration from their own lives, theirs is a distinctive and playful take on this timeless tale of self- discovery.
Cân Elenydd conjures a family mythology forged across three generations.. a handbag is found filled with first world war letters.. a sister Dilys Lewis writes to her brother Dai Lewis in the trenches.. a mystery Mr J.R.Owen replies.. a daughter Mary Lloyd Jones paints and connects to the Devils Bridge landscape.. brothers Dai and Ardwyn Lewis carry a harp on their backs playing and singing to local communities.. an artist Maria Hayes re-enacts a protective Swyn of love, joy and forgiveness rooted in the healing powers of a circle.. a granddaughter Sianed Jones weaves all the stories into song.
" The only rule we follow is: do not judge. Whoever you are, welcome to the Club. "
A Club Called Rhonda is an exploration of the cultural phenomenon that hit LA in 2008 with the opening of the eponymous club. It’s an insight into the free and inclusive spirit of a unique environment, in which the social norms imposed on our daily lives no longer apply.
The message behind the film is as inspirational as aspirational. Rhonda is a lifestyle open to anyone brave enough to be themselves, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. It’s an invitation to break away from the limits pre-established by society and to question how we look at family, roles and social structures.
Ironic, playful and provocative, A Club Called Rhonda is a window onto a universe of uncontaminated self-expression where everyone is welcome.
An investigative look at the rise in vaccine hesitancy, and the global anti-vax movement in the wake of the covid 19 pandemic. The film focuses on the role social media platforms have in the spread of misinformation, and individuals working on the frontlines to stop the virus.
The memory of District Six is as iconic to Cape Town as Table Mountain and
is remembered as a place of vibrancy and culture.
In 1960 District Six was declared a whites only area.
It is estimated that approximately 80 000 people were forcibly removed from District Six. The filmmakers family is one of them. The documentary is a deeply personal story.
Earth Odyssey was made by dancers from different continents filming themselves in their confinement with their personal phones and computers.
It was made in the first week of April 2020 while almost 2 billion people around the globe were unable to move freely due to the restrictions imposed in an attempt to prevent the spread of the CoronaVirus.
PEDRO is a homeless man. He wants to make a movie in order to understand cinema. AYA is a first-time filmmaker. She agrees to help him. But AYA is in the grip of doubt... What's behind PEDRO’s film project?
The country was transitioning from the late 1970s into the 80s and pop culture was shifting along with it. It was a decade of excess and excitement and made for the perfect introduction to a new, uniquely American take on a familiar sport. It was called the Major Indoor Soccer League. The “slow,” “low scoring,” “boring” European sport was transformed and rebranded as “hockey on turf” and for a short, but exciting time America fell in love with it.
From East to West all the major markets had a team: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New York, the list goes on. But one city had a franchise that didn’t fit within that roster: Wichita, KS.
With the help of several passionate owners, a charming Liverpudlian Coach, a roster of talented, sexy, pro athletes from Denmark, England, and beyond, and an energetic and dedicated fanbase, the Wichita Wings held their own in the most exciting sports league of the decade. "God Save the Wings" chronicles their journey through the 80s, sharing the thrills, wackiness, and flagrant debauchery; their triumphant victories and shattering defeats. Told in a style that matches the cheesiness and kitsch of the 1980s, this film serves as a time machine for a period when American Pop Culture was just plain fun.
Grey Roads follows a filmmaker returning to his hometown to document the dissolution of a small rural town while trying to reconnect with his only family left in town, his father and grandfather.
A young filmmaker sets out to return a Japanese military ‘good-luck’ flag to the descendants of its former owner, after it was discovered amongst the possessions of his late great-grandfather. A search for truth and reconciliation, and an attempt to address the legacy of the director's distant relative.
A touching and hopeful film about a medevac helicopter pilot who found peace within himself and with his mortal enemies when he tries to build a peace garden at the Khe Sanh Combat Base where he stationed during the Viet Nam war.
This is a portrait of painter Lucinda Urrusti who was born in Melilla, Spanish Morocco, 1926. She arrived in Mexico in 1939, with her parents and brother, as refugees from the Spanish Civill War. The film is constructed from articulated fragments of interviews made to her from 2012 through 2017. These interviews are intertwined with a critical text of her art by writer Jaime Moreno-Villarreal, and is complemented by art researcher Eduardo Espinosa-Campos’ and artist Manuel Felguérez’ participation. The film was produced and directed by Juan Francisco Urrusti, the artist’ s nephew.
Home movies and found films are never “lost” - oblique histories anchor to specifics of time, place, familiarity. We highlight the agency of women; dependence on horses; life outdoors, and the great consistency of love for children and home. This film is a collaboration with ghosts - spirits at once in the past and the present.
Artistic swimming, formerly known as synchronised swimming, is an Olympic sport since the games in Los Angeles 1984. It has however been a female-only discipline till today. In 2015, male artistic swimmers were for the first time allowed to compete at the official World and European Championships, in a mixed event called mixed duet. Despite this, men are still banned from Olympic competition in artistic swimming. Men In Sync is a Swedish-British short documentary exploring the gender inequality men are facing in the sport, with intimate interviews with the Spanish national team mixed duet Pau Ribes and Emma Garcia, as well as former team USA artistic swimmer Bill May. They share their experiences as a male artistic swimmer from childhood, to reaching the world elite.
All across the UK, a micro revolution is happening. As traditional pubs continue to close at astounding rates, a dedicated number of small one-room pubs known as ‘micropubs’ are shunning all technology, encouraging real human conversation and most importantly, promoting real ale to their customers, all in a bid to bring their local communities back together. Inspired by this Kentish micropub movement, three entrepreneurial Londoners decide to open their very own micropubs in this observational feature length documentary.
A documentary diving into the world of missed connections postings throughout Toronto by exploring the beauty and wistfulness that drives them, the importance of small interactions, and the effect one can have on a stranger.
Having tea with the vicar leads to some stories from a reputable source that are out of this world
Bronglais FM is a hospital radio station located in the small hut behind the hospital. Bobby is one of the presenters, during his broadcasts he invites guests to the studio and they discuss existential topics, which influences his emotions. The story takes place in the scenery of magnificent Welsh town.
The Remembrance Day remarks the 2020 life after wartime madness between loss and stress during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. On behalf of The Royal British Legion, this film tells a poem, written by Samuel Turner who explains why British veterans are so important more than life of war and the coronavirus crisis.
From the director of the award winning short fim When Efforts Begins with Cerebra (2019) and the award winning documentary film, I am Samuel (2020) comes an awareness in this computer animated short you'll imagine before.
This animated commercial has proud to feature the honourable Captain Sir Tom Moore.
"Such Complexity/Air & Wind" uses text, along with variable shutter speeds, a camera unexpectedly alternating between fixed and unfettered positions, time dilation and compression, and editing patterns in dialectic with the rhythms of the music, to create an uncanny synesthesia both metaphoric and concrete, a visual poem for the forest produced by sound.
Jack's erasure poem, "Such Complexity," extracted from "The Secret Wisdom of Nature," by Peter Wohlleben," adds another dimension to our experimental music video, "Air & Wood," inspired by "Luft und Holz II," a new music composition by Ezzat Nashashibi, performed by the Ensemble New Babylon (Chloe L'Abbé, flute, and Martin Abendroth, clarinet), suggesting that forest ecosystems (and ecosystems in general) are so complex and interrelated that our best understanding should tell us, not to try to master and fix them, but to leave them untouched as much as possible.
Journalists Maxine Hughes and Jason Edwards journey across the USA in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential elections. Meeting voters in middle America, border states, swing stages and even glamorous Los Angeles, Maxine and Jason dig deep into the issues threatening to divide towns and communities in the most polarised campaign period in recorded history. With riots ongoing and a backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the pair find a country more divided than ever standing at the threshold of change.
Heritage railway lines in the UK have grown primarily through volunteers and legacies driven by nostalgia of a time gone by. We go behind the scenes of Britain’s oldest full gauge preservation line, with Forge Photography's presenter Becky, to take a look at some of the important roles on the railway and meet those who selflessly give up their time to work there.
A young and successful lawyer from Chicago is questioning if what he does is meaningful enough. He decides to follow his internal call and try to become a priest. Only then he discovers what his true purpose in this world is.
A documentary exploring the revival of a Welsh folk song, 'Ble Rwyt ti'n Myned?' ('Where are you going?'). A group of musicians come together to create a contemporary rendition of the song, which is visualised through a music video.
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