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How To Become A Hero
Director: Mladen Matičević
Year:
2007
Genre:
Ex-YU
Synopsis:

In the summer of 2005, the 40-year-old Serbian filmmaker Mladen finds himself in a typical midlife crisis. He felt he was a failure, especially as a filmmaker. With the necessary self-mockery, he concluded that none of his dreams to work with the likes of Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson will ever come true. He is overweight and out of shape, and doesn’t know how to change his situation. That is, until he sees a report on TV about the Rotterdam Marathon and becomes inspired. He makes a bet with a friend, saying he will finish the Belgrade Marathon the following year, and documents his struggle to achieve this goal with a camera. In this film, he consults a personal trainer, goes on a diet, and starts exercising, much to the amusement of his family and friends. Despite a setback and the sarcasm of those around him, he keeps at it. Slowly, his condition improves, he loses weight, and his outlook on life becomes brighter. The chances he will complete the 26-mile race are increasing. Gradually, running the marathon becomes a metaphor for daily life in post-war Serbia.

“The film is full of refreshing humor and is, at the same time, an excellent allegory of the marathonic struggle of the everyday survival in a region still trying to deal with economic transition and consequences of war.” – Gorazd Trusnovec (FIPRESCI), Perm 2008

“How to Become a Hero is a breath of fresh air by provoking a healing and liberating laughter.” – DOCNZ 2009

It’s a Rockabilly World!
Director: Brent Huff
Year:
2016
Genre:
Arthouse
Synopsis:

Live Fast…..Die Awesome

Rockabilly is a subculture whose members operate as if they are living in the 1950’s. From the music to the tattoos, pin up girls, hot rod cars and vintage fashion. This lifestyle gives creative people a place where they feel empowered. Rockabillies don’t fit the mold of what American culture says is ‘normal’. This scene makes invisible people visible. Simple as that. A Rockabilly’s greatest fear is not being noticed.

The Rockabilly World is a place where one can dare to be different.

It’s a Rockabilly World takes you behind the scenes with interviews with some of the most colorful Kats and Kittens in the subculture. You’ll learn the difference between Rockabilly and Psychobilly music. Rockabilly is a global sensation that not only has a huge following in American but is popular in Europe, South American, South Africa and Japan. It’s a Rockabilly World will also take you to the Granddaddy of all Rockabilly Events, Viva Las Vegas.

Some of the subjects in It’s a Rockabilly World will tell you that the scene and culture has changed their lives….forever.

“I would absolutely recommend It’s A Rockabilly World. I say this and I do not say it lightly, I think it is the best” – John Smith, Keep Rockin’

“Such a great film is rare to find! It’s A Rockabilly World has really exceeded my expectations. Thank you!” – Anna Croft, Rockabilly Lover

JFK: The Smoking Gun
Director: Malcolm Mcdonald
Year:
2013
Genre:
Drama
Synopsis:

Seventy-five percent of the American people still refuse to believe the official story of President John F. Kennedy’s death.

They do not think he was killed by a lone gunman but by a mysterious cabal that somehow conspired to have him killed. How can this be? How can a crime this famous, witnessed and investigated by so many, remain a mystery? This is what veteran Australian police detective Colin McLaren is determined to find out. JFK: The Smoking Gun follows the forensic cold-case investigation McLaren conducted over four painstaking years, taking us back to that tragic day in Dallas at Dealey Plaza where the shooting took place, to Parkland Hospital where the president was pronounced dead, to the Bethesda Naval Hospital where the autopsy was conducted and to the conclusions of the Warren Commission that have remained controversial to this day. Driven by a seasoned police detective who, thanks to modern technology, finally had access to all the facts and to witness testimony, the documentary uses logic, reason and time-tested investigative techniques to solve a crime that is every bit as shocking and incredible today as it was when it first happened 50 years ago. Colin McLaren believes he has found “the smoking gun” that killed JFK. Once you’ve seen this film, he’s confident you will believe it, too.

JFK: The Smoking Gun breaks new ground in the case of President John F. Kennedy’s murder 50 years ago by presenting evidence amassed by two highly qualified experts during multi-year investigations into Kennedy’s assassination.

Ken Follett’s Journey Into the Dark Ages
Director: Jann Turner
Year:
2012
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

For the first time on television, master storyteller and worldwide best-selling author Ken Follett, will act as host, introducing us in a thrilling primetime documentary to the Dark Ages…

No other period in history stirs our imaginations quite like the Dark Ages. It is an era cloaked in mystery, a time when noblemen and priors, master builders and monks were the order of the day and simple, peasant folk struggled to survive. Plagues, famines and witch burnings were commonplace. Those who questioned the authority of the Church faced the ultimate penalty – death. And yet there were some who stood up for reason and righteousness, brave men and women who were beacons of light in a time of darkness.

For the first time on television, master storyteller and worldwide best-selling author Ken Follett, will act as host, introducing us in a thrilling primetime documentary to the Dark Ages and the characters that inspired his epic blockbuster novels – The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.

Follett gives us an intimate glimpse into the world of his imagination and the extraordinary characters who have inspired him – women like Hildegard von Bingen, who advocated new approaches to healing and medicine or Marguerite Porete, who in 1295, challenged the hegemony of the Church with a revolutionary book.

Who were these women who changed the world? Why did they suddenly question what millions before had accepted without complaint? How did they succeed in challenging the ironclad rules governing faith, society and medicine? And how did they finally manage to curb the most terrible epidemic of all time – the plague – in a world where science had no place?

Produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS (The Pillars of the Earth) and STORY HOUSE Productions (Galileo Mystery), Ken Follett’s Journey into the Dark Ages is divided into two parts:
Part 1: The Great Women of the Middle Ages
Part 2: The Black Death

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers
Director: Havana Marking
Year:
2013
Genre:
Action
Thriller
Synopsis:

The world’s most successful jewel thieves in their own words.

Their crimes resemble high-octane Hollywood action movies: a sports car speeds through a Dubai shopping mall, crashing into the windows of a Graff jewelry store. Masked, gun-wielding men jump out of the car, and stuff fistfuls of diamonds into their satchels before screeching off. In London, they took all of three minutes to make off with $30 million in diamonds. They are captured – not in person, but on surveillance tapes that record their astonishing lightning strikes with hypnotic accuracy. Playing out like a noir thriller spiced with cutting-edge animation and shocking real surveillance footage, Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab is an exclusive all-access pass into the mysterious world of international jewel thieves. Dubbed ‘The Pink Panthers’, the formidable Balkan gang has stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world’s most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. Through never-before-seen interviews with key gang members, this provocative documentary delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks.

Genuinely captivating and intriguing, “Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” puts together a remarkable tale” – Indiewire

A compelling and often fascinating documentary feature… plays out like a real life Guy Ritchie movie.” – DVD Talk

Smash and grab, indeed. Marking knows how to get, and hold, a viewer’s attention.” – Washington Post

Fascinating and gripping! Smart… Slickly shot and clever…” – Screen International

A great story… if you’re not in the jewelry business. A polished cinematic whirl.” – Artinfo

Absorbing! Has the insider’s level of detail that gives so many good crime movies their bite.” – The New York Times

World War I – The War to End All Wars
Director: Edward Feuerherd
Year:
2013
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

A seemingly unending hell-on-earth, World War One shaped the 20th century. Never before in the history of the world had so many countries fought on such far-flung battlefields, nor had so many soldiers lost their lives. Journey through the trenches of “The War to End All Wars” (10 x 60′) to gain an in-depth appreciation for the horrors of WWI through rare actual battle footage and veteran interviews. More than a historical or military series, this is a riveting and personal account of a defining period in world history.

WWI: The War To End All Wars is a unique, 10-part, comprehensive look at the war that shaped the 20th Century. Through rare, actual battle footage and rare veteran interviews, The War To End All Wars takes you from the assassination of the Austrian Arch Duke in 1914, to the final desperate battles of 1918. Unique and stunning, you will go-over-the-top on the Western Front and witness the carnage in Russia. You’ll take to the skies in the world’s first air war and ride with the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.

This is more than a historical or military account of WWI; it is a riveting and personal account of a defining moment in world history. Never before in the history of the world had so many countries fought on so many far-flung battlefields. Never had so many soldiers lost their lives. Never had there been such an unending hell-on-earth. Never has there been such a remarkable look at ‘The War to End All Wars’. – Amazon.com

Yugoslavia for Beginners
Director: Đorđe Marković
Year:
2011
Genre:
Ex-YU
Synopsis:

My mother travelled only once to a foreign country. And it was Yugoslavia. As a child, I heard a lot about the beauties of that country, where people lived in perfect harmony. My mother was a communist, but she knew that the Eastern Block was problematic. However, Yugoslavia was different. She made an official visit and thought this was the way an ideal society should look. Now my mother is dead and that country is completely shattered. I often think about it.” – Lars von Trier, director

 

This is a mildly entertaining, “latently” educational and retro modern series which refreshes the memory and encourages further discussion.
This nostalgic and emotional documentary comprises 16 episodes with various reports on cultural concepts pertaining to everyday life in Yugoslavia, in the way former Yugoslav citizens recall them – with nostalgia, sarcasm, humor and without any “preconceived emotions”.

The series evokes private memories, without exploring official historiography or further ideological analysis. On the contrary, this is an entertaining and appealing TV program which evokes memories, especially of details which cannot be found in CVs, ephemeral “trifles”, which largely defined the colour and taste of everyday life.

The series covers over a hundred concepts (phenomena, people, objects), which were the essence of everyday life in former Yugoslavia and which had an impact on the identity of individuals as well as the entire community. The initial choice covered a wide range of topics:  popular brands, show business, fashion, sport, press, mass political rituals…

 

As expected, the series contains not only interesting archive footage, but also dynamic editing of appropriately structured sequences, clear flow of chapters and overall, successful combination of visual and textual. – Politika

Interesting and well-researched topics, excellent production, relevant and eloquent interviewees (even if they are not likeable in other contexts), private voices of presenters, and above all, content which has emotional, sentimental as well as educational value. – Mediaserbia.com