All That Passes By Through a Window That Doesn’t Open
Between Azerbaijan and Armenia, men young and old labor to build a new railroad promising to bring glory to a new generation. Meanwhile, across closed borders, a lonely stationmaster sits idle in suspended time, waiting for twenty five years for the return of trains. Across the closed borders of Eurasia, men reflect upon their desires and regrets, floating through the expanse striving to fill their days and dreams, as much as their pockets.
Brimstone & Glory
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lofi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry more►
Death of a Child
Death by hyperthermia is the official designation. A parent forgets a child in a car, misremembering having dropped them off and leaves the child for so many hours that the child dies of heatstroke. These unpleasant stories sometimes reach the news. Often with the same reactions of hatred toward the parent. Janette Fennel, founder of kidsandcars.org, explains this tendency: “People want them to be monsters. They feel that by saying these things and dissociating anything about themselves and these parents, that could protect them.” Happening on average every ninth day more►
In the Last Days of the City
Downtown Cairo, 2009. Khalid, a 35 year old filmmaker is struggling to make a film that captures the soul of his city while facing loss in his own life. With the help of his friends, who send him footage from their lives in Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin, he finds the strength to keep going through the difficulty and beauty of living in the last days of the city.
Love After Love
A sad, funny, romantic account of a mother and two grown sons as they struggle in the wake of a father’s death.
Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, Quest is a portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Over the years, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, Quest is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a more►
The world’s largest salt flat, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, is a pristine, otherworldly expanse of white. For generations, the only signs of life have been the “saleros” who harvest salt from its radiant surface. This remote region is thrust into the future when Bolivia’s leaders embark on a plan to extract a precious mineral found beneath the salt crust, and to build an infrastructure connecting the Salar to the outside world. Salero, a nonfiction feature film, is a poetic journey through the eyes of Moises, one of the last remaining more►