citizenfour-2014

Citizenfour (2014) Director: Laura Poitras Actors: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald Runtime: 114 min “We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind.” Edward Snowden In January of 2013 documentary film director and producer Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four, who offered to provide […]

Potemkin-1925

Bronenosets Potemkin (1925) Director: Sergei Eisenstein Actors: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov Runtime: 75 min Battleship Potemkin is one of the most influential films of all time. When the film was made in 1925, it quickly established a film editing as one of the key elements of film language and radically changed cinema. Indeed, […]

Conspiracy-2001

Conspiracy (2001) Director: Frank Pierson Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci Runtime: 96 min In late January of 1942, in Wannsee near Berlin Nazi bureaucrats held a meeting which brought together 15 representatives of different branches of the German state, the army, the SS, the Nazi party and so on. The sole topic of the meeting […]

Z-1969

Z (1969) Director: Costa-Gavras Actors: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant Runtime: 127 min This is a movie about Greece in the years preceding the coup d’état of 1967 when pro-fascist military junta, known as “The dictatorship of the colonels”, took over the government. The year is 1963 and senior police officers, with the help […]

das-experiment-2001

Das Experiment (2001) Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel Actors: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski Runtime: 114 min Exceptionally tense and dynamic movie that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. Although it isn’t mentioned at any point, the film is largely based on actual events – in the summer of 1971 at Stanford […]

one-two-three-1961

One, Two, Three (1961) Director: Billy Wilder Actors: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin Runtime: 115 min Hilarious Cold War comedy made in 1961, the same year when began the construction of the Berlin Wall, probably the best known and most memorable symbol of the Cold War. The plot is simple: CEO of the West […]

Burn-Quemada-1969

Queimada (1969) Director: Gillo Pontecorvo Actors: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez Runtime: 132 min In the golden age of colonialism, British government sends an agent to a tropical island under Portuguese rule with the mission to start a slave rebellion, so that Britain would take over the island, for its significant sugar cane production. However, after […]

dr-strangelove

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Director: Stanley Kubrick Actors: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden Runtime: 95 min Hilarious and very intelligent (also terrifying at the time it was made) Cold War black comedy that completely reveals insanity and absurdity of the Cold War paradigms. […]

The-Stanford-Prison-Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment Runtime: 29 min In the summer of 1971 at Stanford University professor Philip Zimbardo set an experiment in which the basement of the Department of Psychology was converted into prison and the group of 24 volunteers was randomly divided into guards and prisoners. This research, whose goal was exploring the social […]

all-the-presidents-men-1976

All the President’s Men (1976) Director: Alan J. Pakula Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford Runtime: 138 min During the U.S. presidential campaign of 1972, Washington Post reporters Karl Bernstin and Bob Woodward investigated the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. An anonymous source from the FBI, […]

Laputa-Castle-In-The-Sky-1986

Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) Director: Hayao Miyazaki Run-time: 124 min Air pirates, army and government agents wants to abduct Sheeta, a girl with mysterious necklace with crystal pendant. She meets boy by the name of Pazu who plans to construct a plane and set off in search for the flying city of Laputa. During […]

Last-Waltz-in-Sarajevo-1990

Belle epoque ili poslednji valcer u Sarajevu (1990 / 2007) Director: Nikola Stojanović Actors: Slobodan Ćustić, Davor Janjić, Vita Mavrić Runtime: 135 min On the 28th June 1914, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip, member of the secret revolutionary group Young Bosnia (Mlada Bosna), shot dead the archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The film […]

Medium-cool-1969

Medium Cool (1969) Director: Haskell Wexler Actors: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz Runtime: 111 min A realistic movie centered around a TV cameraman and his relationship with a single working class mother, made in the social atmosphere of a mass political awakening and loss of trust in the legitimacy of the system. The focus […]

Grave-of-the-Fireflies-1988

Hotaru no haka (1988) Director: Isao Takahata Runtime: 89 min A tragic story of two Japanese children left on their own in the midst od World War II. In the spring of 1945 U.S. bombers dropped napalm on Kobe, at the time the sixth-largest city in Japan with about one million inhabitants. The firestorm that […]

the-round-up-1966

Szegénylegények (1966) Director: Miklós Jancsó Actors: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár Runtime: 90 min The year is 1869 in Hungary – the government has decided to deal with uncontrolled elements in order to stabilize the system. In an improvised prison which has elements of a concentration camp a large group of people is detained. […]

Catch-22-1970

Catch-22 (1970) Director: Mike Nichols Actors: Alan Arkin, Art Garfunkel, Richard Benjamin Runtime: 122 min This anti-war comedy of the absurd attempts to show the defeat of the rational mind in the face of the madness of war. A squadron of U.S. B-25 bombers is deployed on a small Mediterranean island near Italy. The commander […]

A-Report-on-the-Party-and-the-Guests-1966

O slavnosti a hostech (1966) Director: Jan Nemec Actors: Ivan Vyskocil, Jan Klusák, Jiri Nemec Runtime: 68 min This simple and intelligent movie skillfully and effectively questions conformism and obedience to authority. It was made within the framework of the Czechoslovak New Wave and banned as “subversive” after the Soviet intervention in 1968. The critique […]

Shoah-1985

Shoah (1985) Director: Claude Lanzmann Runtime: 566 min Shoah is the Hebrew term for the Holocaust, the genocide of approximately six million of European Jews conducted by Nazis (and their collaborators) during World War II. It is very difficult to find the words to express or think about the Nazi industry of death. I will […]

Chronicle-of-the-Years-of-Fire

Chronique des Années de Braise (1975) Director: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Actors: Yorgo Voyagis, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, Leila Shenna Runtime: 177 min It is very rare to see colonialism depicted from the perspective of the enslaved. In this great Algerian movie, director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina succeeded in showing the essence of colonial rule and many aspects of resistance to […]

Statues-Also-Die-1953

Les statues meurent aussi (1953) Directors: Chris Marker, Alain Resnais Runtime: 30 min The narrator says in the opening sequence: “When men die, they become history. Once statues die, they become art. This botany of death is what we call culture.” This documentary makes an excellent analysis of the cold cruelty by which colonialism and […]

shake_hands_with_the_devil_2007

Shake Hands with the Devil (2007) Director: Roger Spottiswoode Actors: Roy Dupuis, Owen Sejake, James Gallanders Runtime: 112 min General Roméo Dallaire was the Force Commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda (UNAMIR) in the moment when, at the beginning of April 1994, the Rwandan army and paramilitary forces of the ruling party MRND […]

Enemy-Of-The-State-1998

Enemy of the State (1998) Director: Tony Scott Actors: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight Runtime: 126 min Although it is a blockbuster thriller with a Hollywood happy ending, this is also one of the first movies to realistically deal with modern high-tech surveillance and the state offensive against personal privacy, which has in recent […]

bloody_sunday_2002

Bloody Sunday (2002) Director: Paul Greengrass Actors: James Nesbitt, Allan Gildea, Tim Pigott-Smith Runtime: 107 min Bloody Sunday, also known as the Bogside Massacre, was an incident on 30 January 1972 in a neighborhood in Derry, the second largest city of Northern Ireland. British soldiers opened fire on a protest march of the Northern Ireland […]

Defence-Of-The-Realm

Defence Of The Realm (1986) Director: David Drury Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott Runtime: 96 min A British journalist follows the story of a politician who might have contact with a KGB agent, but eventually comes up to a much larger discovery. It appears there has been some cover-up at the highest level […]

Week-end-1967-Godard

Week end (1967) Director: Jean-Luc Godard Actors: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne Runtime: 105 min A couple prepares for the weekend. He doesn’t love her, she doesn’t love him. Both have someone on the side and wish that the other gets killed. This weekend they are going to the hospital where her father is dying, in […]

syriana_2005

Syriana (2005) Director: Stephen Gaghan Actors: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright Runtime: 128 min A movie about the impact of the oil industry and petroleum politics on the Middle East, but also on world politics. Syriana is a term used by Washington think-tanks to describe a hypothetical re-shaping of the Middle East. The structure […]

the-professor-1986

Il Camorrista (1986) Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Actors: Ben Gazzara, Laura del Sol, Leo Gullotta Runtime: 164 min Outstanding movie about the Mafia in southern Italy at the end of the 1970s. In the beginning of the movie, the authors say they hope that viewers will strengthen their belief in the necessity of the state and […]

amanece-que-no-es-poco

Amanece, que no es poco (1989) Director: José Luis Cuerda Actors: José Sazatornil, Carmen de Lirio, Francisco Martínez Runtime: 110 min A very intelligent Spanish surrealist comedy from the late 1980s that simply can’t be retold. Surrealism distorts reality to breaking point, to the absurd and impossible, and puts us in position to laugh at […]

stonewall-1995

Stonewall (1995) Director: Nigel Finch Actors: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis Runtime: 99 min In the early morning hours of 28 June 1969 in front of the New York bar Stonewall there was a violent confrontation between police and a large number of gays, lesbians, transvestites… This movie follows a young gay who just […]

now_and_later_poster

Now & Later (2009) Director: Philippe Diaz Actors: Shari Solanis, Keller Wortham Runtime: 99 min At the very beginning we are welcomed with Wilhelm Reich‘s quote: “A sexually repressed society will resort to violence.” He is an international trader – a speculator who grew up in a typical American family devoted to power and success. […]

counter-intelligence-doc-film

Counter-Intelligence (2013) Director: Scott Noble Runtime: around 330 min Exceptional five-part documentary series which aims to show through in-depth analysis how the current world order, dominated by the USA as an imperial power, is maintained primarily by (public or concealed) organized violence of huge proportions and the threat of violence, destruction, torture and death of […]

Convoy-1978

Convoy (1978) Director: Sam Peckinpah Actors: Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine Runtime: 110 min After the incident with the police in Arizona, a group of truck drivers flee across the state border to New Mexico, where they are joined by a large number of colleagues in support and solidarity. Truckers form a protest convoy […]

la-patagonia-rebelde-1974

La Patagonia rebelde (1974) Director: Héctor Olivera Actors: Héctor Alterio, Luis Brandoni, José Soriano Runtime: 110 min Rebellion in Patagonia is a name given to the turmoil during 1920 and 1921 in the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia, a region at the southern tip of South America. The export price of wool and other […]

The-strawberry-statement-1970

The Strawberry Statement (1970) Director: Stuart Hagmann Actors: Bruce Davison, Kim Darby, Bud Cort Runtime: 109 min Students are rebelling against the war in Vietnam, against co-operation of their university with corporations from the military-industrial complex, but also against the university’s appropriation of a playground in the poor African-American neighbourhood. The protesting students decide to […]

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Director: Banksy Runtime: 87 min Thierry Guetta (born in Paris, lives in L.A) was for many years obsessed with video cameras and documenting every moment in his life, until he discovered street art which became his new obsession. Or maybe the whole thing was made up and planned by […]

Wasted-youth-2011

Wasted Youth (2011) Directors: Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Jan Vogel Actors: Haris Markou, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Arthouros Kiviliov Runtime: 122 min Two parallel stories are developed in the course of one day in the streets of Athens, capital of Greece, which is deeply shaken by the world financial crisis and the economic collapse of the country that can […]

The-Confession-1970

L’aveu (1970) Director: Costa-Gavras Actors: Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Gabriele Ferzetti Runtime: 139 min The split between Tito and Stalin (1948), in the late 1940s and early 1950s, was followed by show trials of prominent Communists all over Eastern Europe and the wave of Stalinist purges in which tens of thousands suffered or lost their […]

Afrique-50-1950

Afrique 50 (1950) Director: René Vautier Runtime: 17 min René Vautier went to West Africa to make a documentary for the French League of Schooling, but when he arrived there he was appalled by the colonial exploitation, brutal crimes of the French army and poverty people lived in. Although upon his return to the country, […]

The-Discreet-Charm-of-the-Bourgeoisie-1972

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) Director: Luis Buñuel Actors: Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig Runtime: 102 min The movie follows a group of friends from upper middle class and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. They are experts on expensive food and drinks, know how to enjoy without haste, […]

Erasing-David-2009

Erasing David (2009) Directors: David Bond, Melinda McDougall Runtime: 76 min British director David Bond decides to disappear, to “go underground”, and hires top private investigators to find him within 30 days. On the first day of the pursuit he leaves the country and takes the opportunity to do interviews with various experts on surveillance […]

fresh-1995

Fresh (1994) Director: Boaz Yakin Actors: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson Runtime: 114 min Michael is 12 years old, growing up in a poor housing project, selling drugs on the streets of New York before and after school. He periodically plays chess with his father, who is a chess master and an alcoholic […]

Promised-land-1975

Ziemia obiecana (1975) Director: Andrzej Wajda Actors: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn Runtime: 138 min Three young friends, a Pole, a German, and a Jew, decide to join forces and open a textile factory. Due to lack of money, they have to cope in various ways, at any cost, using all the means and […]

Everything-is-illuminated-2005

Everything Is Illuminated (2005) Director: Liev Schreiber Actors: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin Runtime: 106 min A young Jewish American decides to travel to Ukraine to find out more about his grandfather, one of the very few from his village who survived the Holocaust and saw the end of the war. The journey he […]

The-Sorrow-and-the-Pity-1969

Le chagrin et la pitié (1969) Director: Marcel Ophüls Runtime: 251 min This two-part documentary analyzes the occupation of France in World War II through the example of a city with a population of approximately 100,000 people. The spirit of the time is quite well conveyed with the use of archive materials, as well as […]

La-Noche-de-los-lapices-1986

La noche de los lápices (1986) Director: Héctor Olivera Actors: Alejo García Pintos, Vita Escardó, Pablo Novak Runtime: 105 min During the reign of the military junta in Argentina (1976-1983, a period now known as “The Dirty War“), between 17,000 and 30,000 people “disappeared”. In fact they were kidnapped by the military and the secret […]

the-victors-1963

The Victors (1963) Director: Carl Foreman Actors: Vince Edwards, Albert Finney, George Hamilton Runtime: 150 min (175?) This movie follows a group of American soldiers through different European battlefields in World War II: Italy, France, Belgium, Germany. It is composed of several short stories that share the same theme and characters, divided by sequences of […]

Slacker-1991

Slacker (1991) Director: Richard Linklater Actors: Louis Black, Abra Moore, Kim Krizan Runtime: 105 min This movie follows the everyday life of inhabitants of the U.S. City of Austin, the capital of Texas. It takes place in a single day and the story is linear and does not stay with one character or conversation for […]

Superpower-2008

Superpower (2008) Director: Barbara-Anne Steegmuller Runtime: 119 min A documentary about U.S. foreign policy, the position of the USA in the World, the journey it made to arrive at global hegemony and the mechanisms by which this position is maintained. This film is full of information, not overcrowded, but very carefully crafted to successfully cover […]

Guilty-by-suspicion-1991

Guilty By Suspicion (1991) Director: Irwin Winkler Actors: Robert De Niro Runtime: 105 min The beginning of the Cold War brought a new wave of anti-communist hysteria and “witch hunts” in the U.S. The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations headed by Senator McCarthy took the leading role, accompanied by the House Committee on Un-American Activities – […]

Stander-2003

Stander (2003) Director: Bronwen Hughes Actors: Thomas Jane, David O’Hara, Dexter Fletcher Runtime: 111 min Andre Stander was an officer in the South African police at the beginning of 1980s. A powerful revolt arises in him after the shock he experiences during his involvement in a police massacre of unarmed civilians at the rally of the […]

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