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2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Kate Brooks (The Last Animals)

2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Kate Brooks (The Last Animals)

Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones to the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos in ‘The Last Animals’ this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal

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2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Vaishali Sinha (Ask The Sexpert)

A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity while a ban on comprehensive sex-education in in one-third of Indian states schools holds. Highly taboo, the topic remains controversial, making the practice of 90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa all the more impressive. To millions of Mumbai newspaper readers, his column acts as institution and lifeline. ‘Ask The Sexpert’

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2017 Tribeca Filmmaker Profile: Rainer Sarnet (November)

Based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp, ‘November’ tells the story of a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. Director Rainer Sarnet elevates his film above mere period drama, sprinkling the fable of peasant girl Liina’s doomed romance with Hans with generous amounts of humor, and enriching its earthy fairytale milieu with

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CPH:DOX 2017 Filmmaker Profile: Petr Lom (Burma Storybook)

Burma Storybook is a creative documentary about a country emerging from years of dictatorship, told through Burmese poetry. The film circles around the story of the country’ s most famous dissident poet alive today, as he waits for his long-lost son to return home, having inspired fellow prisoners and younger generations to take up the

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SXSW 2017 Filmmaker Profile: Miao Wang (Maineland)

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., ‘Maineland’ is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two teenagers of China’s wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. This SXSW Award Winner (Jury Prize – Excellence in Observational Cinema) follows part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” enrolling

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SXSW 2017 Filmmaker Profile: Mike Ott (California Dreams)

From Director Mike Ott (Lake Los Angeles, Actor Martinez) comes the new comedy documentary feature ‘California Dreams’, presenting five unique individuals in pursuit of a big life change. With subjects including celebrity impersonators, aspiring writers, and a former nurse, this bitingly funny film reveals the strange and entrancing hypnotic grip that Hollywood has, in some

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