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First We Eat

Helmut Newton:

Helmut Newton:

The Bad and The Beautiful

The Bad and The Beautiful

Meeting The Beatles in India

The Great Green Wall


  • Jimmy Carter Rock 'N' Roll President

    This presidential portrait shows how Jimmy Carter’s lifelong passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate. Through folk, soul, gospel, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Carter tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, and often party lines. Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson helped to define his campaign.

    ”Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President” combines intimate interviews with Carter along with rare archival era-defining live performances from: Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, and Paul Simon among others.

    Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability and the unifying power of music became key to his political appeal, and allowed him to connect with voters who may only have known him as a small town peanut farmer.


  • Oliver Sacks His Own Life


    Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks was a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

    A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.


  • First We Eat

    Putting food security to the test in the far North of Canada – filmmaker Suzanne Crocker, living just 300 km from the Arctic Circle, removes absolutely all grocery store food from her house. For one year, she feeds her family of five only food that can be hunted, fished, gathered, grown, or raised around Dawson City, Yukon. That means no salt, no caffeine, no sugar, and -40°C temperatures.

    Director of VFF 2014 audience favourite All the Time in the World.

    Winner of the TOP FIVE AUDIENCE AWARD at Hot Docs 2020 and a huge festival hit from the Vancouver International Film Festival 2020.


  • Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

    As one of the great trailblazers of photography, Newton made a name for himself exploring and elevating the female form.

    Through candid interviews, Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, and others share their thoughts on Newton’s life and legacy. His unique and striking way of depicting women still begs the controversial question – were these women subjects or objects to him?


  • Meeting The Beatles in India

    Filmmaker Paul Saltzman retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with the Beatles at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram on the banks of the Ganges River. In 1968, he discovered his own soul, learned meditation, which changed his life, and hung out with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    Fifty years later, he finds “Bungalow Bill” in Hawaii; connects with David Lynch about his own inner journey; as well as preeminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn; Academy Award nominated film composer, Laurence Rosenthal; and Pattie and Jenny Boyd. And much of this is due to Saltzman’s own daughter, Devyani, reminding him that he had put away and forgotten these remarkably intimate photographs of that time in 1968.

    Starring: Paul Saltzman, The Beatles, David Lynch, Morgan Freeman (narrator)


  • The Great Green Wall


    Executive Producer Fernando Meirelles (Academy Award®-nominated director of “City of God” and “The Two Popes”) and Malian musician Inna Modja take us on an epic journey along Africa’s Great Green Wall – an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000km “wall” of trees stretching across the entire continent to fight back against runaway climate change, severe resource scarcity and mass migration.


  • Buddy

    Heddy Honigmann explores the story of six extraordinary dogs that are indispensable for their owners. Specially trained to assist them in lives that aren’t always easy, the incredible skills of the dogs make them as independent as possible.


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