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  • Gambare

    The documentary tells the history of the neighborhood Liberdade in Sao Paulo, a main point of reference for the commercial and cultural habits of the Japanese community living in Brazil. The film portrays the Japanese immigrants' lifestyle and discusses their influence on the esthetic and cultural composition of the region. The Japanese community itself is subjected to change. They face ideological contrasts between generations, as well as changes in social behavior. ...

  • Gandhi's Children

    A monolithic building on the outskirts of New Delhi provides food and shelter for 350 boys. Some are orphans, some have been abandoned, others have run away from home. About half are held under a court order, having been picked up from the streets for minor crimes. Living in the institution for several months, MacDougall explores its routines and the varied experiences of individual boys. Despite the harshness of their lives, many show remarkable strength of character, knowledge, and resilience. One day 181 child labourers arrive, placing additional strain on the building's already deteriorating facilities. The institution does what it can, but can it do enough? ...

  • Gangster of Love

    Matchmaker Nediljko Babic, a.k.a the "Ganster", tries to help a single mother from Bulgaria to find a husband in Croatia. Throughout the searches, the woman meets several possible matches, but without any results. Croatian men are rigid and conservatory, and they cannot imagine marrying a foreigner who also has a child on top of everything. Nediljko Babic is a captivating character in the role of a marriage broker, and the film deals very earnestly with the issue of rudimentary mentalities and social aspects of the rural areas in spite of the humorous and casual approach. ...

  • GANGSTER PROJECT

    In Cape Town, South Africa, one of the world's most violent and unequal societies, a young white film student sets out with his cameraman, leaving the comfort of his protected neighbourhood. He wants to make a gangster film, with real gangsters. After a lengthy search for a suitably “cinematic” character, he finds the perfect gang and settles into their everyday rhythm. The reality soon catches up and the claustrophobic gangster life doesn’t exactly fit to the expectations. 20 year after the first democratic election, South Africa remains a deeply divided society, one in which dialogue and understanding seem impossible, out of reach. Gangster Project is a film between fiction and reality, where real truths are revealed and fiction stops being fiction, and when it stops mattering. ...

  • Gauchos: If You don't Get On, You Won't Fall Off

    Gauchos: If you don't get on, you won't fall off is a film about people who live life through risk. Men who always get back on, no matter how often they will fall off. Gauchos find their luck on the back of a horse. For them, freedom means to ride off not knowing what they will eat, where they will sleep or when they will come back. Some people believe that the South American cowboy has died out; that fences, stables, and machines have replaced him. But somebody who loves what he does will not give it up that easily. The gaucho has indeed survived and is still living today. He has adapted himself to the modern world and may have to work additionally in a slaughterhouse, an office or as a nurse, but he is by no means less of a gaucho. To be a gaucho is a passion. It is passed on from father to son, or daughter. You have to learn to be a gaucho but there are no schools which teach it. Here in the Argentinean mountains, the horse is the teacher and shows the human being the most important things in life. It demands of its rider patience, endurance, stamina, perseverance, intelligence and the talent of improvisation. And in return it offers faith, trust, obedience, strength and energy. To ride and to be a good rider means to hold your body in balance. If the body is in balance, your soul is in balance too. That is the moment where you can reach whatever you want. You just have to get on and not be afraid to fall off. ...

  • Gearing Up

    The Indian Institutes of Technology ('IITs') are regarded as the hardest engineering school in the world to enter, with a success rate of 2% in the annual entrance examination. Their alumni have founded or run international companies (Sun Microsystems, Vodafone, Citigroup etc) and can be found everywhere from Silicon Valley to Wall Street to research labs across the globe, making the IIT graduate a highly prized commodity internationally. 'Gearing Up' is the story of four teenagers in the months leading up to the IIT entrance examination - considered by many as the most important in their lives. The documentary examines their motivations and ambitions, and asks fundamental questions regarding the nature of 'winning', 'losing', satisfaction and happiness in a materially competitive world. ...

  • Getting Back

    When you are fifty and you have been away from the world for ten years, it is quite a challenge to regain your place in society. The film tells the story of 50 years old Andrej who has been released from prison after having served a ten years' sentence. His old apartment is a ruin; he has no income whatsoever and no one to rely on, except his mother who stands by him during this difficult time in his life. Finding a job and really getting back to a normal life is his utmost desire. Will he succeed? ...

  • Gheorghe Banciulescu: I Will Fly Again!

    On September 12, 1926, pilot Gheorghe Banciulescu and flight mechanic Ioan Stoica suffered a terrible accident while flying from from Paris to Bucharest. Banciulescu was amputated both his legs, while Stoica died. In less than two years after the crash, the survivor was able to drive the car and then to fly again. He became an air hero who succeeded a record of thousands of hours of flight and air acrobatics. ...

  • Giant

    Giant is a virtual-reality short about a family trying to survive in an active war zone. The story draws from the director’s personal experience, growing up in war-torn Serbia. The film evolves around an American family: two parents and their six-year-old daughter. They hide in their basement as a fury of bombs approaches outside. To protect their daughter from understanding the imminent danger they face, the parents fabricate a tale about a giant who wants to play with her and whose footsteps are the loud explosions they hear approaching. ...

  • Gigi, Monica and Bianca

    Gigi is 17, Monica is 15. They live on the street of Bucharest together with other homeless children. Monica is the only girl in the group. They hang around the railway station, eat whatever they can find, sleep where and if they can. Gigi and Monica became close. They are two ingeniuous lovers waiting for their child to be born. Little Bianca comes to this world under precarious circumstances, bringing confussion and happiness to her parents. In 1994 Benoit Dervaux and Yasmina Abdellaoui set out to Romania to film homeless children. Impressed by the story of the two lovers, they return months later to film Bianca's birth. Thus they have captured on camera the joy and sorrows of two children who were forced to grow up to soon. A distressing film about life that eventually prevails. ...

  • Glorious Exit

    Jarreth Merz is an actor of Swiss and Nigerian origins who lives in Los Angeles. He is confronted with his African roots when he is informed that his father has died. Nigerian tradition requires that he as the first born must take the responsibility for the father's family and his funeral. Jarreth begins a journey of discovery of a country and a culture that are part of him but to whom he doesn't belong. From Los Angeles to Nigeria, Jarreth embarks on this important chapter in his life. ...

  • God Save the Partisans As We Wait for Americans!

    In post-war Romania, religious and political persecution didn’t come to an end. The installment of the Communist regime brought along the Securitate, a terrifying instrument for pursuing people who were incompatible with the system’s ideology. The film presents the story of Aristina Pop-Săileanu, who stood out through her guerrilla activity during Communism, in Maramureş, but also the history of the partisans in Mount Ţibleş. Going through painful experiences and surviving the Securitate, she is resilient in fighting for the values in which she believes. Interviews and archive images blend with the image of the protagonist in the present,as she recollects disturbing and incredible moments in recent history. The mark of the consequences of an oppressive system is highly visible in the narrative of this documentary, whose message is rendered through the collective memory of a community, of a people. ...

  • God's Will

    A former neo-Buddhist who has become an ardent defender of Orthodox values, Dmitry Enteo riveted public attention after performing several eccentric actions on himself. He calls himself an orthodox ‘actionist’, and opposes the creative activity of the Voyna and Pussy Riot art groups. Having gathered a movement of Orthodox activists around himself and called it ‘God's Will’, Dmitry declared his intention to lead first Russia, and then the whole world to eucharistical revolution. What follows on from this, and who is Enteo really? ...

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  • Going for Mackerel

    To avoid bad luck, Norwegian fishermen still rely on superstition in spite of the fact that they can count on science, technology and tactical skills for a successful fishing season. The film follows the crew of the Norwegian fishing vessel Havdron as they set out for a new season of mackerel fishing, which constitutes their main source of income. Fishing can be a difficult activity, because of the risks at sea and the instability of the prices on the market. In their attempt to control risk and uncertainty, people turn to magic. The film shows to what extent magical thinking is part of the life and work on board a fishing vessel. In a broader sense, this film challenges our own superstitious ideas and beliefs. ...

  • Gold Seekers

    Gold has always fascinated people's minds. The film explores the essential role it hasplayed in a history of a community living in a gold mining area in Transylvanya. While explaining the technical differences betweem gold mining and gold washing, the interwies reveals old stories of legendary shafts where you can sill find massive gold veins, and of miners who dug out dozens of kilograms of pure gold in only one night. The characters also talk about how the lucky miners used to spend their fortunes, and about the early ears of communism, when the regime imposed state control on all cold mine activities. "Gold has brought us good luck, but it has also been a curse" - mining and gold washing techiniques face extinction, but the fascination for gold remains untouched. ...

  • Golden Dances

    After he has worked traditional gold brocade all his life, an old man who has been deprived of his job because of the war and the poor economical conditions of his country, must find a way to carry on without the original material, which has become much too expensive. Shotgun shells can do, after they are turned into long shiny thin threads. The film depicts the journey of the used cartridges from the army barracks to the colorful decorations on Iranian costumes and traditional musical instruments. ...

  • Golden Thread, The

    Ritwik Ghatak's films are deeply haunted by the spectre of the Partition of Bengal in 1947. Subarnarekha refers to the river of that name which runs through the relatively new state of Jharkhand into West Bengal. Into this landscape comes a group of refugees. Ishwar, an educated man, travels with two children, his young sister Sita and a lower caste boy, Abhiram, whose mother was taken away by thugs employed by a local landowner. Ishwar is fortunate to get a job from an old school friend who owns a foundry in the area. But although economically secure, Ishwar is troubled by a sense of loss about home. Years later he has a form of breakdown when he realises that Abhiram and Sita are in love. He cannot accept the lower caste young man as a member of the family, although he has brought him up as such. ...

  • Golgota

    "Ideals are lyrical, destiny is tragic and life is comic". This is the motto for Alexandru Solomon Golgota, a peasant who has grasped to his dreams and ideals all his life. ...

  • GONE WILD

    In the labyrinth of water that makes up Romania's Danube Delta lies Europe's largest wetland, a lost paradise and home to a vast diversity of plants and animals. The most recent arrivals are the horses, that over 20 years ago were released to roam free. Their struggle and difficulties are followed through the eyes of Ivan, a village boy, who has developed a powerful bond with the animals. Ironically, as the horses roam wider in search of food and shelter they begin to damage the local protected forests. A controversy has erupted between environmentalists and local authorities who now want the horses to be exterminated. ...

  • Good Day, The

    In Chișinău, Lidia and Masato have a special dating agency. Through Japan Marriage Centre women from Moldova and men from Japan get to meet each-other and get married, a marriage the owners themselves can recommend based on personal experience. Nadia and Xenia have met their partners through the agency. Nadia prepares to visit her potential husband in Japan and also possibly for a life on the other side of the world. Meanwhile, Xenia waits for Takashi, her fiancé, who will be baptised to Orthodox Christianity so that the two can then have a Moldavian wedding. ...

  • Good Luck!

    The title of the film means „Good luck!" in the Gypsy language. It is also a common form of greeting between Gábor gypsies. In the beginning of the movie, Lali (a Transylvanian Gábor Gypsy) and Lóri (a Transylvanian Hungarian) have financial difficulties, so they decide to go to Austria for trading. This neo-realist comedy is actually a documentary feature road movie which tells the story of its two protagonists, who even find themselves in Egypt at some point. ...

  • Good Morning World

    Seria de filme « Les Petits Matins du Monde » ne invita sa intram în universul copiilor din lumea întreaga, si sa-i însotim de când se scoala dimineata pâna când ajung la scoala. ...

  • Good morning, world! (Indonesia, India, Egipt, Oman, Australia, Peru, Siria, Bolivia)

    Qatar Population : 769 000 habitants Région : Moyen-Orient Capitale : Doha Langue principale : Arabe Religion : Islam Lieu de tournage : Les beaux quartiers de Doha Un petit matin sur Doha. Bienvenue au Qatar. Émirat de la péninsule Arabique, le Qatar est l’un des plus petits pays arabes par sa superficie comme par sa population. Grâce aux revenus du pétrole, ce pays est devenu un pays riche et les enfants sont les premiers a en profiter. Qui sont ces enfants qui grandissent dans les gratte-ciels de Doha ? Quelle éducation reçoivent-ils ? Les petits qataris partent-ils des uniformes comme dans les écoles anglaises ? Un chauffeur vient-il les déposer a l’école ...

  • Google And The World Brain

    The documentary speaks about the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and about the dilemmas and dangers involved. In 2002, Google Inc. has started scanning millions of books with the intention of creating a gigantic virtual library, which would contain every book in the world. However, over half of the scanned books were protected by copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop the project, which culminated in a trial in New York. The representatives of Google claim that the purpose of the project is to create a superior form of intelligence, predicted by H.G.Wells in his 1937 essay " World Brain ", however, the sceptics believe that, their real intentions entirely different. ...

  • Gossip at the Shot Pillars

    January 2006. City of Cluj Napoca. In the centre of the city, near the monument of revolution heroes murdered in December 1989, two people talk. A TV reporter interfeares in their discussion asking about the significance of the monument: "Shot pillars". Their discussion slips toward politics, as we are in Romania and is cold outside. The two individuals turned to be ... ...

  • Govandi Crime aur Camera

    It goes without saying that in an urban slum located right next to India’s largest garbage dumping ground, squalor and crime must be the norm. Inspired by crime shows such as Crime Patrol and CID, a group of residents of Shivaji Nagar, a slum cluster in Govandi, the suburban area at the edge of Mumbai, have produced their own version and put it on youtube, in an attempt to expose this state of affairs and do something about it. In doing so, they also pursue their passion for acting. The film follows the six Govandi CID ''stars'' as they look for suitable props, build film sets, act and record new episodes. ...

  • Grass: A Nation Battle for Life

    Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life is a 1925 silent documentary film which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Iran as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures. It is considered one of the earliest ethnographic documentary films.The film is Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison's documentation of their journey from Angora (modern-day Ankara, Turkey) to the Bakhtiari lands of western Iran, in what is now the Chahar Mahaal va Bakhtiari province. They then follow Haidar Khan as he leads 50,000 of his people and countless animals on a harrowing trek across the Karun River and over Zard Kuh, the highest peak in the Zagros Mountains. In filming the journey, Cooper, Schoedsack, and Harrison became the first Westerners to make the migration with the Bakhtiari. The film highlights the extreme hardships faced by nomadic peoples, as well as the bravery and ingenuity of the Bakhtiari. ...

  • Grass: A Nation Battle for Life

    Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life is a 1925 silent documentary film which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Iran as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures. It is considered one of the earliest ethnographic documentary films.The film is Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack, and Marguerite Harrison's documentation of their journey from Angora (modern-day Ankara, Turkey) to the Bakhtiari lands of western Iran, in what is now the Chahar Mahaal va Bakhtiari province. They then follow Haidar Khan as he leads 50,000 of his people and countless animals on a harrowing trek across the Karun River and over Zard Kuh, the highest peak in the Zagros Mountains. In filming the journey, Cooper, Schoedsack, and Harrison became the first Westerners to make the migration with the Bakhtiari. The film highlights the extreme hardships faced by nomadic peoples, as well as the bravery and ingenuity of the Bakhtiari. ...

  • Gratian

    The people in Izbuc, a village in the Romanian Carpathian mountains, think tahat their fellow villager Gratian Florea is a werewolf. According to amn old custom, whwn a child is born, the midwifes call upon the spirits, to make the chilf hard working, beautiful, loveable or wise. it is said that whwn Gratian was born, the ombilical cors broke only after the midwifw called for the werewolf. This crucial moment was to influence his whole life. His family and rhe whole village rejected him. at 73, Gratian lives in a shack outside the village, without water and heating. Every Saturday Gratian goes into the village to beg fot the food he needs for the following week. The saying goes that those who refused to give him something will have their sheep eaten by wolves after a few days. In his solitude, Gratian works with astronomical numbers. He says that his thoughts about belief, moral values, and eternal life will help him discover infinity. Hes sees himself as a traveler into the universe, who at a certain time will surprass the wordly exsitence and the essence of his soul will become equal to God. ...

  • Gratian

    The people in Izbuc, a village in the Romanian Carpathian mountains, think tahat their fellow villager Gratian Florea is a werewolf. According to amn old custom, whwn a child is born, the midwifes call upon the spirits, to make the chilf hard working, beautiful, loveable or wise. it is said that whwn Gratian was born, the ombilical cors broke only after the midwifw called for the werewolf. This crucial moment was to influence his whole life. His family and rhe whole village rejected him. at 73, Gratian lives in a shack outside the village, without water and heating. Every Saturday Gratian goes into the village to beg fot the food he needs for the following week. The saying goes that those who refused to give him something will have their sheep eaten by wolves after a few days. In his solitude, Gratian works with astronomical numbers. He says that his thoughts about belief, moral values, and eternal life will help him discover infinity. Hes sees himself as a traveler into the universe, who at a certain time will surprass the wordly exsitence and the essence of his soul will become equal to God. ...

  • Green Card

    The dream to obtain the Green Card at the visa lottery for emigration in the USA could be the hope of millions in any country in the Balkans. That aspiration keeps a small Bulgarian village in constant fever. This film explores the image these people hold of what they think life in the U.S. will bring, which provides a source of humor and amazement for the villagers, as compared to life as they know it in Bulgaria. It also explores some motives that drive people to apply for an emigration visa: to escape poverty and to have a comfortable life. Apart from pointing out the differences between the two cultures, the film investigates the emotional side of leaving one's home forever. While most of the villagers would do anything to get a visa, there is a woman who decided to stay, despite the fact that she has one of the coveted visas in her pocket. This film takes a hard look at the frenzy to escape, and the emotional impact of that departure on the people leaving and the people left behind. ...

  • Grown in Detroit

    In the last fifty years, one of the wealthiest cities in America has transformed into one of the most economically and socially challenged ones, due to the collapse of the automotive industry, increasingly high unemployment, race issues, high crime rates and decreased public services. Grown in Detroit focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers. One of the fastest tracks toward becoming a high school dropout is to become a single mother: 90% of the girls who drop out of high school do so because they became a parent. For the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, this is simply unacceptable. She is determined to make sure that this generation of teen mothers will not lose a decade of their lives. At times both heart-warming and heart breaking, Grown in Detroit is a closely observed, inspiring and uplifting story about hope, the tenacity of the human spirit and 'going back to the roots'. ...

  • Guard at the Fortress

    In the 12th century, Hungarian kings encouraged the settlement of German colonists in Transylvania to defend their eastern border. At the end of 20th century, most of the Transylvanian Germans have moved to Germany. Very few chose to stay and now they witness the rapid and dramatic changes occuring in their one prosperous villages. The film tells the story of a German family from the village Stolzenburg, who live in the old fortified church. Out of an well-organised community, they are the only ones left and have to cope with this situation. ...