Shot over three years in the UK, Czech and Italy tells the powerful story of Jan Kaplicky, one of the most emotional figures in the world of architecture. His greatest unrealized architectural achievement, the new National library in Prague means the world to him. He return to his homeland, a vindication of his uncompromisingly forward-looking philosophy and poetic ending to his remarkable career.
This is a record of and reflection on the Taiwanese poet, Chouyu Zheng’s life and works. This film tries to tell the legend of his journeys through the sea of poetry. In the footsteps of the poet, we trace back to his family tree and his interest in the folk belief in the goddess, Mazu. Starting from a landscape painting and back to the sea, the poet might predict another departure and a new beginning for writing.
The film follows in real life the dream of any man living on the streets: to one day become famous and leave behind a life of poverty, misery and humiliation. 62 year-old homeless man Ion Barladeanu, in the 70s he started to create collages, with the help of the young gallery owner Dan Popescu, Ion is on his way to become an important contemporary artist.
Kinshasa Symphony shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.
Nora is based on true stories of the dancer Nora Chipaumire, who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. In the film through performance and dance, Nora returns to the landscape of her childhood and takes a journey through some vivid memories of her youth. A story about family dramas, difficult love affairs and militant politics. Shot entirely on location in Southern Africa.
Interweaving the folk music traditions of the mystic poet Kabir with the life and music of the late classical singer Kumar Gandharva, this film searches for that elusive sound, that jhini si awaaz, Kabir urges us to hear. This film journeying between oral and written, rural and urban expressions of Kabir, finds moments of both continuity and rupture between these disparate worlds.
This film interweaves Kabir’s deification by the Kabir Panth sect with his secular appropriation by the social activist group. The story unfolds through the life of Prahlad Tipanya, a Dalit singer whose participation in both domains, begins to raise difficult questions for him about ritual and organized religion.
Kabir was a 15th century mystic poet of north India who defined the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim. He had a Muslim name and upbringing, but his poetry repeatedly invokes the widely revered Hindu name for God – Ram. Who is Kabir’s Ram? This film journeys through song and poem into the politics of religion, and finds a myriad answers on both sides of the hostile border between India and Pakistan.
This film interweaves the stories of two people from two very different countries, Indian folk singer Prahlad Tipanya and North American scholar Linda Hess. Where is Kabir’s country? The answer is elusive, as we journey through song and poem into these two lives, brought together in an unlikely friendship by the cross-cultural resonance of Kabir.
Director Thomas Grube and his film crew accompany the Berlin Philharmonic on a concert tour into six pulsating, dynamic Asian metropolises. An inspired examination of the cultural clash between western traditions and far-eastern philosophy, this compelling film takes audiences on a journey into the confidential and private inner life of one of the world's leading orchestras.