Sweetgrass is a 2009 documentary film that follows modern-day shepherds as they lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. It was directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, a Harvard anthropologist, and produced by his wife Ilisa Barbash. The title derives from Sweet Grass County, one of several in which the film was shot.
YUMEN combines ghost stories and “ruin porn” to form a celluloid psycho-collage of wandering souls seeking connection with one another and a lost collective history among the frozen remnants of the abandoned oil town of Yumen in China’s northwest Gansu province.
In 2006 two Czech electricians, Milan and Tomáš, set off for the Zambian village of Mupande. Exploiting a “higher level of African improvisation” they managed to provide electric power to the local school, clinic and several homes, and brought the villagers out of their equatorial darkness.
Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film, IDFF Jihlava 2007.
In harsh natural environment, four young men try to rip from the frozen lake in the middle of the snowy Russian plains something which will provide them with a livelihood.
On the top of the mountain two shepherds talk quietly while the herd grazes. The few local inhabitants follow the normal routine of the village until something unexpected happens, which threatens the community. It echoes a song of resistance. Three women dance among the ruins. A blind man reflects on the future of the village.
It starts with the laughter of children. Images from the late 80ies in the GDR to the immediate present of the year 2008 in Germany...
He left home, on a winter morning, wishing to cross France, walking alone from South to North.
He was trusting his luck to meet new people and to reach his only aim: HAPPINESS.
An hallucinatory tale which documents a filmmaker’s journey to Canada’s arctic in search of the Northern Lights.
Elements relates directly to space, to impregnable landscapes and uncertain horizons. As the motifs, taken from the website "Alaska Weather Camera Program", are small airfields in Alaska, the weather conditions there, time lapse and collage make the functional data disappear. In the same way the concrete objects like cars and planes disappear.
During the spring thaw, when the hills in Appenze11 are clad in a patchwork of green and white, buckets filled with water glide slowly up and down the slope.
Grimsel-West was the name of a project for the expansion of the hydroelectric plant in the Hasli Valley. Submitted on 30 June 1988, its realization seems fairly improbable for the moment. Originally conceived as an expression of opposition to the construction of a new dam, the film tries to fathom the undercurrent of apprehension caused by such plans to exploit the environment.
«In balance between Schalk and melancholy... On the way with the artist Roman Signer - an attempt at the ideal cruising speed.»
"I was born beneath this water. I was 10 years old when it all happened. Some things I remember well others are blurred and confused..."
How to Save a Fish from Drowning is a quirky film about the death of white rural America.
The tempestive dash of a scientist in the research of the crystal lattice, he will loose himself until reaching Hiroshima…
Vladimír Turner’s video balances on the line between abstract and concrete depiction, or rather blends the two. The whole film consists of a single time-lapse scene flowing through time and landscape. In the final part of the video, the images very much remind of the inkblots of the Rorschach test.
“A Rua da Estrada” travels around Portuguese roads, with its very peculiar landscapes – a seismograph of passing time. Voiced by geographer Alvaro Domingues, the film shows us a trip around Portugal as it is.
In the beginning the idea was to make something from nothing, in a neutral and unknown place. Collect images and sounds instead of producing them.
Gerês, Portugal. Days are born with fire and die with it. Men renew the earth with ancient practices. All beings inhabit the same place.
This film explores the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of a river and of man. In low flight across the water, from the source in the mountains to its mouth, we witness the consequences of the indifference of man towards nature. But the river resists. Because everything that runs deep is revealed at the surface.
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