Directed by Tommy Walker and Ross Hockro. In late 2016, as a response to the police killings of African Americans, Colin Kapernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand during the national anthem, instead choosing to kneel.Telling the sportsman’s story, Kaepernick and America is a necessary, sobering and authentic film filled with hard emotions, hard decisions and individual truths.
Feature Documentary/2022/USA/98min/Directed by Daniel Roher
With the pacing and power of a political thriller, Roher’s perfectly pitched documentary switches between fly-on-the-wall observation to in-depth interviews with the subject and those around him, creating a fascinating portrait of Navalny, producing a documentary which (as I write these words) is exceptional and timely.
Feature Documentary / 2021 / Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Sweden / 80min / Directed by Amélie van Elmbt & Maya Duverdier
New York’s Chelsea Hotel is legendary. Exploring the hotel and following the few remaining residents, the ghosts of the past and the changes coming, Dreaming Walls is a quiet, impressionistic documentary in and around one of the most iconic buildings in art, music and popular culture.
Feature Documentary / 2022 / Denmark, Ukraine, Sweden / 86 min / Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont
Winner of Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Best Director Prize, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival’s Golden Alexander and FIORSCI award, and Best Nordic Documentary Gotenburg Film Festival, A House Made of Splinters is an observational documentary filmed in a children’s home in the Eastern Ukraine.
Directed by Srdjan Dragojevic. We love magical realism and fly that flag rather high year to year – and 2022 is no exception with several titles that take the bold step into the wilder sides of the imaginative experience. Heavens Above is one such title that not only bends expectation but film form.
Directed by Jane Castle. Cinematographer Jane Castle ACS tells the story of her mother Lilias Fraser, a true pioneer of Australian cinema, while simultaneously telling her own story. Not just a story of filmmaking and creativity, but also of family, trauma, and human experience, this is a deeply personal film that is unafraid to fully engage with its themes.
Directed by Stephen Karam. Brigid and Richard have moved into a rundown Manhattan duplex. Before they’ve had time to settle, Brigid’s family visit for Thanksgiving.
Conversations, tensions, dramas slowly emerge, and all around them the duplex creeks, the very walls seem to echo with inexplicable sounds.
Adapted from his Tony Award winning theatrical production, Karam’s film is a masterpiece in tensions, deftly adding a cinematic quality to the unfolding psychological drama.
Feature Documentary | 2022 | USA, Lebanon | 78 min | Directed by Rita Baghdadi
Sirens tells the story of Beirut based musicians Lilas and Shery and their band Slave to Sorens. With their brand of thrash, the group are the Middle East’s first all-women metal band, and Rita Baghdadi’s film tells the story of the women’s friendship and the band all against the backdrop of a conservative country undergoing political turmoil.