British Documentary at M?R

The 5th edition of the British Documentary screenings in Bucharest kicked off on 6 October and is due till 15 December, at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (M?R) – Horia Bernea Hall (3 Monet?riei Street), British Council in Bucharest informs. Once again the “British Documentary” screenings will stir up your curiosity and imagination and will make you question some of the most fervent current affairs, from censorship to lack of access to education, discrimination, decision factors in communities, to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The documentaries were in the official selection of numerous international festivals, many of them having been awarded for best cinematography or having received the audience award, to name but a few of the categories, in festivals such as: Sundance, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, BAFTA, the Nuremberg International Human Rights Festival and the list could go on.

The screenings will take place every Monday, at 19.00, with the exception of 10 November and 1 December. The film screening from 1 December is scheduled for Tuesday 2 December. The British Documentary screenings is a project run by the British Council Romania since 2010 in different cities across Romania showcasing the best of British documentaries. All documentaries are subtitled in Romanian and entry is free of charge.

Syria: Across the Lines (13 October)

2013, Olly Lambert

49 min.

Award-winning documentary maker Olly Lambert has spent weeks living deep inside Syrian territory – with both government and opposition supporters – to explore how the two-year-old conflict is tearing communities apart. This unprecedented film witnesses how the country is collapsing into a sectarian conflict and faces a bleak, Balkan-style future.

Salma (20 October)

2013, Kim Longinotto

91 min.

After Salma reached puberty, she spent nine years trapped in one small room. Millions of young girls endure the same fate, but Salma refused to let the long years of imprisonment break her spirit. Using hoarded scrap paper, she managed to smuggle out poems that expressed her hidden anger and pain. These poems scandalized her community but inspired readers all over South India. 25 years later, Salma’s brave defiance is a beacon of hope.

Order and Disorder: The Story of Energy (27 October)

2012, Nic Stacey

60 min.

Professor Jim Al-Khalili discovers the intriguing story of how we discovered the rules that drive the universe. Energy is vital to us all, but what exactly is energy? Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates a strange set of laws that link together everything from engines to humans to stars. It turns out that energy, so critical to daily existence, helps us make sense of the entire universe.

No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka (3 November)

2013, Callum Macrae 96 min.

No Fire Zone tells the story of the final awful months of the 26 year-long Sri Lankan civil war.

A chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent times – told throughthe most extraordinary personal stories of a group of characters who lived through it and by some of the most disturbing video evidence ever recorded filmed by both the victims and perpetrators.

Rich Hall’s Continental Drifters (17 November)

2012, Chris Cottam 91 min.

US comedian Rich Hall hits the road as he takes us on his personal journey through the road movie. From the earliest days of American cinema, the road movie has been synonymous with American culture and through films such as Bonnie and Clyde, The Grapes of Wrath and Thelma and Louise, Rich explores, with his customary wit and intelligence, what makes a road movie and how the American social, economic, political landscape has defined the genre.

The Trouble with Aid (24 November)

2012, Ricardo Pollack

120 min.

45 years ago a group of young men and women set out to make the world a better place by giving aid to those in desperate need. But trying to do well in the world’s worst conflict zones is filled with danger. The Trouble with Aid tells the story of what really happened during the major humanitarian disasters of the last fifty years. Despite the best intentions, did aid do more harm than good?

Beach Boy (2 December)

2013, Emil Langballe

28 min.

Juma is unemployed and like many other young Kenyans, he dreams of a better life abroad. One day he meets a British woman and Europe suddenly gets closer. Filmmaker Emil Langballe describes what appears to be a budding romance between the young Kenyan boy Juma and a middle aged British woman, in a real-life version of the feature film by Ulrich Seidl – Paradise: Love, set in Kenya, whose sex tourism trade promises women a romantic idyll, but all they hear are compassionate lies. Beach Boy recently won the award for Best Short Documentary at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Transsexual Teen Beauty Queen (2 December)

2012, Dan Murdoch

58 min.

This documentary follows the world’s youngest transsexual as she attempts to win Miss England and draw attention to the challenges she’s faced to become her true self. From bullying to suicide attempts, surgery to the catwalk, follow one girl’s brave attempt to achieve acceptance for who she really is.

The 2000 Year-Old Computer (8 December)

2012, Michael Beckham 59 min.

This documentary tells the extraordinary story of how 2,000 years ago the ancient Greeks built a computer. A scientific detective investigation, set against the glories of classical Greece, follows a mysterious trail of numbers as a scientific team solves the puzzle of the spectacular Antikythera Mechanism, just like a real-life Da Vinci Code set in ancient Greece.

Arena: aka Norman Parkinson (15 December)

2013, Nicola Roberts

75 min.

On the centenary of his birth, Arena examines the glamorous life and exceptionally long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson, an eccentric English gentleman who also produced his own brand of sausages. Featuring an abundance of beautiful images and with previously unseen footage, the film explores Parkinson’s work with contributions from his models and collaborators, including Iman, Jerry Hall and Carmen Dell’Orefice, Grace Coddington, Creative Director of Vogue, as well as his grandson, Jake Parkinson-Smith.

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