Living In Emergency – Stories of Doctors Without Borders

2 06 2010

During the nomination process for the 82nd Academy Awards® earlier this year, LIVING IN EMERGENCY was among the 15 documentaries selected for the shortlist by the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Directed by Mark N. Hopkins (producer of “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry”), the feature—length film provides a rare inside look into the Nobel Peace Prize—winning Doctors Without Borders organization, marking the first time a film crew was granted unlimited and uncensored access to its field operations in war—torn Congo and post—conflict Liberia.

Directed by Mark Hopkins





Bouncing Cats (documentary trailer)

28 05 2010

Directed by Nabil Elderkin

Uganda has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a child. In the South, children face the threat of poverty and disease. In the North, these threats are enflamed by a brutal, mindless war inflicted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (L.R.A.) that has divided families, displaced millions, and led to the abduction and mutilation of tens of thousands of children resulting in the deterioration of identity and culture.

Bouncing Cats is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of
Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. In 2006, Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy and A.I.D.S. orphan created Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.). The dream was to establish a free workshop that would empower, rehabilitate and heal the community by teaching youth about b-boy culture. Based in Kampala, Uganda, B.P.U. has recently expanded to include permanent classes in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Abramz teaches classes three times a week to more than 300 kids from all parts of the country. Many of the children are homeless, victims of war and poverty, and few can afford proper schooling yet they walk from miles away to attend the B.P.U. classes. As Abramz says, “This is where many people’s pride is. It’s a skill that no one can take away from us.”

Crazy Legs, one of the founding members of the seminal Rock Steady Crew visited Uganda after receiving an invitation from Abramz to teach b-boy classes. What he discovered upon his arrival was both heartbreaking and inspiring. Traveling throughout Uganda, from the southern slums to the war-torn North, Crazy Legs encountered a passion for hip-hop and desire to learn amongst the most squalid conditions.

Bouncing Cats follows Abramz, Crazy Legs, and Breakdance Project Uganda on a journey to use hip-hop culture for positive social change. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will-I-Am, and K’Naan.





Highlands to Himalayas: Training for Everest

28 05 2010

In May 2010, 23 year old Stephen Green will attempt to summit Mount Everest. In the process he aims to raise over £30k for Cancer Research and Marie Curie. This is a short promotional film about his preparations in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. For more information check out Stephen’s blog.
stephengreen.net

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Restrepo (documenatry trailer)

27 05 2010

Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, RESTREPO chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon of courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. From May 2007 to July 2008, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger dug in with the men of the Second Platoon, Battle Company of the 503rd Infantry Regiment (airborne), stationed at Restrepo, sharing duties and shooting more than 150 hours of combat, frustration, routine, jokes, terror and bravery during daily life at the outpost. Hetherington and Junger, have made a film unlike any other about men in harm’s way. We see their courage. We experience their frustrations. We share their bonding. We hear the music they listen to, and we see the snapshots of their kids that they pass around. It is something that audiences have never before experienced. As they fight the Taliban, these 15 men win our hearts and minds in a way no fictional film can.





Kenya 2010

20 05 2010




Countdown To Zero (documentary trailer)

19 05 2010

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker (The Devil’s Playground, Blindsight), the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today.





Disney’s African Cats (documentary trailer)

14 05 2010

African Cats, a true story about two rival families – Cheetahs and Lions. From Disney Nature in HD. Two cat families in East Africa each survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild. To be released Earth Day 2011.