Recommended Viewing: June 2010
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Check out this month's selection of DVDs for smart, creative thinkers.
Director: Andy Cheng
In 1985, South Africa burns as the vile Apartheid regime reaches breaking point. In the months leading up to this historic moment, a group of men hold secret talks to bring about peace and democracy to the nation. Under constant threat and fearful for their lives, a gathering of ANC "terrorists" led by Thabo Mbeki and key Afrikaner representatives meet in a manor house in England. Facilitated by Michael Young, the head of public affairs at British mining concern Consolidated Goldfields, the influential men begin clandestine talks on how they might bring about the end of Apartheid.
Through volatile discussions, setbacks and breakthroughs, the secret talks in Britain become a precious arena for airing opinions, arguing consequences and developing a frail trust between the two archenemies. But as tensions with the ruling South African government and anti-Apartheid terrorists mount, the peaceful negotiators begin to fear that they might never live to see the peace they are striving for.
The End of the Line
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The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.
In The End of the Line we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food.
It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.
Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans.
One of his allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo – on the trail of those destroying the world's magnificent bluefin tuna population.
Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world.
The Burning Season
Dorjee Sun, a young Australian Entrepreneur, believes there's money to be made from protecting rainforests in Indonesia, saving the orangutan from extinction and making a real impact on climate change. Armed with a laptop and a backpack, he sets out across the globe to find investors in his carbon trading scheme. It is a battle against time. Achmadi, the palm oil farmer is ready to set fire to his land to plant more palm oil, and Lone's orangutan centre has reached crisis point with over 600 orangutans rescued from the fires. The Burning Season is an eco-thriller about a young man not afraid to confront the biggest challenge of our time.
2012: An Odyssesy
Director: Sharron Rose
The Mayan Calendar is ending on December 21st 2012. What will happen to us between now and then? Are there other prophecies that also predict the closing of this world age and the start of a new beginning?
Join author Sharron Rose on an adventure into the future. In this exciting and thought provoking feature documentary she travels across the entire United States speaking to the many experts on this fast approaching prophecy. They help her to reveal the secrets that will unfold before our eyes and will shape our future.
Featuring noted experts Jose Arguelles, Gregg Braden, John Major Jenkins, Rick Levine, Geoff Stray, Moira Timms, Alberto Villoldo, Jay Weidner, the Incan Elders and more, this film shows us that the coming world is ours to reshape and to remake in any way that we deem possible.
Sharron Rose also travels to the Georgia Guidestones, Washington D.C., the Denver Airport and many other places to discover that there are numerous groups and people who understand that this present age is ending and a new world is now just beginning.
Discover the secrets of the Mayans, the Incans, the Alchemists, the Christians, the Masons and others of our ancient ancestors concerning the end of time and the promise of our destiny as human beings.
Herb and Dorothy
Herb and Dorothy tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal worker, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Living only on Dorothy's modest income, the Vogels devoted all of Herb's salary to purchasing art.
The criteria by which they chose the art were simple: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit into their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; supporting and befriending artists who went on to become world-renowned, such as Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle and Chuck Close.
In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) lives in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem with her dysfunctional family; she has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl, and suffers constant physical and mental abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary (Mo'Nique).
The family resides in a Section 8 tenement and subsists on welfare. Her first child, known only as ‘Mongo’ (short for ‘Mongoloid’), has Down Syndrome and is being cared for by Precious's grandmother.
After Precious becomes pregnant for the second time, she is suspended from school. Her junior high school principal, Mrs. Lichtenstein (Nealla Gordon) arranges to have her attend an alternative school, which she hopes can help Precious change her life's direction.
Precious fights to find a way out of her traumatic daily existence through imagination and fantasy.
DVDs selected by Katrina Fox, Editor-in Chief.
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