Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
1988 | 268mins
Marcel Ophuls' Academy Award-winning documentary portrait of infamous Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie, HOTEL TERMINUS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE brilliantly weaves together forty years of footage and interviews culled from over 120 hours of discussion with former Nazis, American intelligence officers, South American government officials, victims of Nazi atrocities and of witnesses. Known as the "Butcher of Lyon," Barbie, while serving as the local Gestapo chief, tortured and murdered French resistance fighters (including Jean Moulin), as well as countless Jewish men, women and children?and had thousands deported to death camps. After the war he was protected by and worked with the U.S. Army and American intelligence officers, and then allowed to hide in Bolivia?where he lived peacefully for thirty years as a business man under the moniker Klaus Altmann. It was only in 1987 that was he brought to trial in a Lyon court for crimes against humanity, thanks to the efforts of Serge and Beate Klarsfeld.
director Marcel Ophuls
starring Marcel Ophuls
Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbi...
2004 | 142mins
One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. In this complex, exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary, directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's increasing preeminence. Written by Joel Bakan (and based on his book), the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation's inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn, Milton Friedman and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.
directors Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar
starring Michael Moore, Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
2007 | 86mins
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, this acclaimed documentary thriller explores the cycles of violence that plague Brazil's upper and lower classes in fits of rampant corruption and violent kidnappings. To illustrate these cycles, the film utilizes highly personal stories that reflect the growing truth about Brazil's huge economic disparities: a frog farm connected to a corrupt politician and one of Brazil's most powerful men; a kidnapping victim who had both ears cut off before she was released; a wealthy plastic surgeon who pioneered the procedure to reconstruct the ears of kidnapping victims; and a kidnapper who has watched others like him escape the poorest parts of Brazil for wealthier Sao Paulo, where the affluent are terrorized by theft and murder. MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) explores the plethora of strange cottage industries cropping up in response to the violence, and interweaves these narratives for a compelling and complex portrait of what happens in a country when the rich and powerful steal from the poor?and then the poor steal the rich.
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
2014 | 78mins
ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capability to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country whose minds have been revitalized and awakened by the simple act of listening to the music of their youth.
actors Dan Cohen, Bobby McFerrin
director Michael Rossato-Bennett
Lost for Life
2014 | 75mins
In the United States, more than 2500 individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were seventeen years old or younger. Children as young as thirteen are among the thousands serving these sentences. Directed by Joshua Rofé (who spent four intensive years on the project), LOST FOR LIFE tells the stories of these individuals, their families and the families of juvenile murder victims. This searingly powerful documentary tackles this contentious issue from multiple perspectives and explores the complexity of the lives of those affected. What is justice when a kid kills? Can a horrific act place a life beyond redemption? Could you forgive?
director Joshua Rofe
Lost for Life
2011 | 101mins
At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. The film interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative that provides the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few. Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award (dramatic category) at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the World Cinema Audience Award at AFI Fest.
director Alrick Brown
starring Hadidja Zaninka, Cleophas Kabasite, Jean Mutsari