Ever since a prison guard was murdered in 1972, three Black Panthers who’d been vocal about conditions at a Louisiana penitentiary were blamed, and the “Angola 3” were placed in solitary confinement – where Wallace and Woodfox remain to this day, 40 years on.
“Kon-Tiki” is a fictionalized account of the Norwegian experimental ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl’s 4300 mile journey in a balsa raft over 65 years ago.
“We all live downstream from something.”
Since its debut in 2003 the World Chess Boxing Organisation has expanded internationally and now includes branches from Siberia to LA. I caught up with the current light heavyweight champ Iepe “The Joker” at the bustling café of De Balie, a massive cultural center in the heart of Amsterdam.
“Call Me Kuchu” is a sweeping portrait not just of the heroic gays and lesbians who often literally put themselves in the line of fire each and every day just to demand basic human rights, but also of a self-righteous Ugandan society which bans homosexuality and openly advocates for the death penalty for HIV-positive men.
There’s not one false note in “The Punk Syndrome,” the thrilling portrait of Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, a socially minded and politically incorrect quartet of kick-ass musicians – who happen to be mentally disabled, and the real rebellious deal.
Last Days here is the riveting story of Pentagram lead singer Bobby Liebling, a hard rock legend and hardcore addict who, as one of Liebling’s friends puts it, sold his soul a long time ago – and is now fighting like hell to get it back, one piece at a time.
“Meet the Fokkens” is a nuanced portrait and loving celebration of 70-year-old twins Martine and Louise Fokken, two vivacious ladies of the night who’ve been selling sex in Amsterdam’s infamous red light district since 1961.
From “Children of the Sun” to “La Voix Humaine” to “Hedda Gabler” Halina Reijn is an inspirational presence to Toneelgroep Amsterdam, her self-assurance anchoring every production she’s in.
After a decade this Eastern-European cinephile event has finally come into its own, trading in grand spectacle for subtle gestures.