This poignant, feature-length documentary shines a light on the hidden epidemic that is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Filmed partly on her cell phone and almost entirely from her sickbed, director Jen Brea breaks the mould and proves that anyone can be a filmmaker! In a truly human story, she documents the lives of forgotten patients, who after decades of maltreatment due to stigma and medical ignorance are rising up in a global movement for change.
The legendary Werner Herzog explores the extraordinary life of Timothy Treadwell, who lived among Grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness for over a decade. Herzog painstakingly pieces together footage filmed by Treadwell to try to comprehend what attracted him to this extreme choice of lifestyle. His childlike wonder and passion for the bears is infectious, and the viewer is left wondering whether the joy he gets from these animals justifies his inevitable tragic end.
In this award-winning documentary by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, an American musician travels to Cuba to reunite an ageing group of instrumentalists, who were regulars at Havana’s legendary Buena Vista Social Club. The film brought their rich and vibrant Afro-Caribbean sound to the world, and the artists later went on tour!
Every year, hundreds of people throw themselves off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. In a haunting portrayal of the world-famous suicide hotspot, the family and friends of victims are interviewed, and we hear personal accounts from who survived – what drove them to jump in the first place and why they’re thankful to be alive today.
The unbelievable story of a six brothers who grew up within the confines of their New York apartment, their paranoid and overprotective father never allowing them outdoors. His film collection becomes their only link to the outside world, until they are old enough to break free…
The real-life tale of a group of Syrian refugee women who were relocated to Jordan, where they took part in a drama-therapy workshop and created an adaptation of Euripides’ tragedy The Trojan Women, based on their horrific experiences of war and terror. The emotive production was later reworked for the London Westend.