Documentary

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    Weekend of a Champion (2013)

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    Weekend of a Champion (2013)

    Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempts to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix, offering an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. This 2013 version expands on the original 1972 release by adding a more recent discussion between Stewart and Polanski, looking back to ’71.

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    Late at Night: Voices of Ordinary Madness (2013)

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    Late at Night: Voices of Ordinary Madness (2013)

    ‘You have no choice about being here, you’ll have no choice about when you leave’ proclaims a woman in Xiaolu Guo’s latest film, a documentary about the personal and physical journeys of the people of London’s East End. Herself an immigrant to the area, Guo’s sensitive character studies hint at an affinity with the push and pull of feelings of alienation, a theme she has previously explored as a filmmaker (She a Chinese, LFF 2009) and novelist (A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers). This empathy is also apparent in her playful stylistic approach that layers Warhol-esque news reports, archival material and a soundtrack including Linton Kwesi Johnson and Fela Kuti, to comment on the human cost of capitalism. The resulting film is both a penetrating portrait of a frenetic place that feels deeply authentic, and a powerful piece of protest film.

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    Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease (2013)

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    Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease (2013)

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    Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay (2013)

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    Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay (2013)

    When Brazil won the war against Paraguay in 1870, they spared the life, but not the reputation of the woman they claimed was the chief villain in the bloodshed. Irish-born Eliza Lynch, lifetime partner of dictator Francisco Solano López, was painted by Brazil as a puppet master, thief and whore, and in 1991 included alongside Lucretia Borgia and Catherine the Great in a book entitled The World’s Wickedest Women. In Paraguay, the country where she lived as a beloved uncrowned queen, she is a national heroine. Fascinated by the contradiction, Irish academics Michael Lillis and Ronan Fanning embarked on 18 years of research to write a biography which forms the basis of Alan Gilsenan’s unique and compassionate documentary. Blending interviews with re-enactments of Eliza’s life – wonderfully performed by actress Maria Doyle – Gilsenan thoughtfully breathes humanity into a portrait of a much maligned woman.

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    Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart (2013)

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    Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart (2013)

    In marked contrast to “Color Me Obsessed,” director Gorman Bechard’s risky yet rewarding 2011 Replacements documentary that featured no songs or appearances by its subject matter, his upcoming “Every Everything: the music, life & times of Grant Hart” doc completely flips the formula: It’s 100% unfiltered, unrestrained Grant Hart. The former Husker Du co-songwriter/singer/drummer welcomes you into his world, immediately addresses any HD reunion possibilities in an old interview, and is shown wailing behind his kit during that renowned middle-American punk band’s heyday.

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    Frank Shamrock: Bound by Blood (2013)

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    Frank Shamrock: Bound by Blood (2013)

    Shamrock: Bound by Blood, a gripping 65-minute documentary that airs Thursday on Spike (11 p.m. ET), stirs up a few ghosts still haunting the MMA personality. There’s a lot of story to tell (Spike producers said they bandied the fighter’s 2012 memoirs around the office to begin), but wisely, Shamrock focuses mostly on Frank’s deteriorated relationship with his iconic brother Ken. Frank and Ken, a weathered UFC Hall of Famer still trying to ply his trade at age 49, haven’t spoken in nearly 15 years.

    For MMA enthusiasts, Shamrock will be an enlightening hour. It also takes a more serious tone than Spike’s previous MMA programming. But at its heart, Shamrock is not about MMA. It’s about love and hurt, and finding forgiveness and acceptance in the face of dysfunction. For Frank, on his own road of self-improvement, it was about finding peace.

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    Vannin' (2013)

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    Vannin’ (2013)

    A documentary film focusing on customized vans and the quirky people that drive them. Comprised of footage taken over the course of 6 days at the 40th National Truck-In (known as the Van Nationals) in Elkhorn, WI in July 2012.

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    Journey to the Safest Place on Earth (2013)

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    Journey to the Safest Place on Earth (2013)

    Over 350,000 tons of highly radioactive waste and spent fuel rods are in temporary storage on site at nuclear power complexes and at intermediate storage sites all over the world. More than 10,000 additional tons join them every year. It is the most dangerous waste man has ever produced. Waste that requires storage in a safe final repository for hundreds of thousands of years. Out of reach of humanity and other living creatures. The question is, where? Together with Swiss-British nuclear physicist Charles McCombie, who has been searching for a safe final storage site for highly radioactive nuclear waste for thirty-five years, director Edgar Hagen investigates the limitations and contradictions involved in this project of global significance. Supporters and opponents of nuclear energy struggle for solutions whilst dogmatic worldviews are assailed by doubt

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    The Do Gooders (2013)

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    The Do Gooders (2013)

    British documentary filmmaker Chloe Ruthven’s grandparents were aid workers in Palestine. Growing up, she had avoided getting too involved in the subject, recalling how mention of the country made all the adults in her life angry. In her forties, after revisiting her grandmother’s book on the subject, she starts to research a documentary on the effects of foreign aid in the area and is shocked at the continued reliance on it there. Along the way she meets Lubna, a Palestinian woman who acts as her driver and fixer, and who is fiercely critical of Western aid efforts in her country. What begins as a quest to better understand her family history turns into a deeply emotional account of two women trying to understand one another. Ruthven’s determination to focus her film on deeply subjective analysis results in a unique joining of the acutely personal and complexly political. (Source: LFF programme)

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    The Sixth Man: Bluesanity (2013)

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    The Sixth Man: Bluesanity (2013)

    What do Josh Hutcherson, Steve Zahn, Josh Hopkins, Eddie Montgomery, Laura Bell Bundy and The Back Street Boys all have in common? Aside from making great movies and music, they all bow at the altar of Kentucky Basketball as members of Big Blue Nation!

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    Symphony of the Soil (2013)

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    Symphony of the Soil (2013)

    Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

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    God Loves Uganda (2013)

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    God Loves Uganda (2013)

    A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.

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