Documentary Films

P4 / Wednesday–Saturday / 19:00–21:00

This year the documentary films will be a biographical cinema. Four incredible stories – world-format philosopher, religious leader, American leaders of struggle against racial segregation and a humble inhabitant of a Norwegian village. What is the common denominator? Why did we choose their stories to present to you? Come and listen. This year not only deepened cinematic analysis by Marcin Fischer, but also special guests. Our cinema is worth visiting 🙂

Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?”
dir. by Michel Gondry
France 2013, 88 min
A funny, provocative and extremely absorbing movie, which is an attempt to present the interesting personality of Noam Chomsky, an American writer, linguist, activist and social philosopher. It’s a suprisingly dynamic fusion of images and ideas, that characterize this most prominent and most quoted scientist in the world, a member of the front ranks of this world’s thinkers – after Shakespeare, Plato and Freud – named the most important living intellectual of our times by „The New York Times”.
World famous director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “The Science of Sleep”) decided to use a unique measure in this film – he not only engaged in a fascinating and sincere conversation with the scientist, but he also embellishes it with fantastic animations that are a perfect on-screen illustration of the things Chomsky says.

I Am Not Your Negro”

dir. by Raoul Peck
USA, France, Belgiun,
Switzerland, 2016, 89 min
An Oscar nominee “I Am Not Your Negro” tells the history of racial segregation, persecution an the fight for Afro-American rights in the USA. The director uses never before published fragments of unfinished book by James Baldwin, a famous Afro-american writer and essayist – Remember This House – and a rich collection of archive videos and photos. In the film we can hear Samuel L. Jackson – as the story’s narrator. “I Am Not Your Negro” received the BAFTA award in the best documentary film category.
The book and film present the stories of three consecutive murders of Baldwin’s friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.

The Venerable W.”
dir. by Barbet Schroeder
France, Switzerland, 2017, 100 min
Buddhism is based on non-violence, peace, love and understanding. But the most peaceful religion of the world has its intolerance-inciting preachers of hate. An influential character and a respected monk from Birma, also known as the Venerable Wirathu, has been promoting anti-Muslim speech for years.
The director concentrates on presenting the protagonist – we follow the self-satisfied, power-hungry religious dictator, preaching islamophobic nationalist slogans and teaching the same to the crowds of followers.

Doing Good”
dir. by Margreth Olin
Norway 2015, 95 min
Margreth Olin in her movie tells us about the power of hope. The director portrayed 22 people coming for help to Joralf Gjerstad, known for the healing power of his hands. Gjerstad is a Christian and he claims, that his healing gift came from God. He dedicated his whole life to helping the sick. For 25 years he has been working in a dairy and for 16 in a local church. He wrote several history books but his greatest achievement is helping those in need. For the last 65 years he has been visited in Snåsa, a village in northern Norway, by over 50 thousand people hoping to be healed.
The film is a portrait of this utterly special and incredibly humble person. We discover not only the everyday life of Gjerstad żyje, but also his relationships with the patients visiting him. It is the voluntary and selfless gesture of a simple man that helps them and changes their fate forever. Can we, as a society and civilization, learn something from Gjerstad’s attitude towards the world and other people?

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