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Posts Tagged ‘documentary film’

The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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Africa Straight Up: Countering Stereotypes

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 November 2012

Anyone who has been to Africa knows that there is no such thing as a single Africa. ‘Africa Straight Up’ debunks the (in)sensibility that Africa could ever be limited to a single narrative. The video is “a more complete story about Africa and its diaspora” and “a dynamic ‘not your parents’ documentary’ about the stereotypes confronting Africa,” according to promotional material written about it.

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Video Spotlight: Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 July 2012

Cycling Japan’s Abandoned Rail is a short film in which an American couple explore the abandoned railway lines of Hokkaido, looking into what’s still out there following widespread rail closures of the 1980s. Travelling through rural Japan via bike, they uncover a lost history that tells a fascinating tale that few outside of Japan itself will ever know.

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Video Spotlight: Local Voices from Costa Rica

  • iSeeiTravel
  • 8 July 2012

When you travel, one of the easiest and most meaningful things you can do is meet the locals. To the best of your ability, strike up a conversation. Find out their story, their culture, their way of life. That’s what iSeeiTravel does in its debut documentary project, called 2.5%. Read more about them and support their fundraising campaign to promote conscious travel in Costa Rica.

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Video Spotlight: Nomadism

  • Paul Tavner
  • 27 May 2012

A lot of the films we feature as part of our Video Spotlight are difficult to classify. This week’s entry changes things. It’s a short film that would be equally at home being projected in a gallery as it is shared on a blog or on Tumblr. Canadian photographer and filmmaker Marty Mellway has produced some remarkable footage, filmed during his most recent travels.

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Video Spotlight: The Genius of a Place

  • Paul Tavner
  • 18 March 2012

The creative team behind the upcoming film ‘The Genius of a Place’ – a title taken from the works of Alexander Pope – noticed the change that was taking place in Cortona, Italy, and set out to document it. While steps are being taken to mitigate against the damage being done to this particular destination, it serves as an example for other towns likely to be affected by similar issues.

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Video Spotlight: Vendemmia – A Documentary About Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 January 2012

This week’s Video Spotlight features the work of film-makers Krista Lee Weller and Sharon Boeckle. The American duo and their team have spent several years documenting the challenges facing the Italian region of Cinque Terre, a beautiful section of the Italian Riviera that has been strained by tourism and the desire to capitalise on it.

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Video Spotlight: Human Planet

  • Paul Tavner
  • 6 November 2011

Human Planet, which originally screened in the UK in January 2011, was another worthy contribution to the BBC’s documentary legacy. The eight-part series focused on examining what it refers to as “the most remarkable species of all” – humankind, especially the sheer range of habitats and environments in which we’re able to make ourselves at home.

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Video Spotlight: The Economics of Happiness

  • Paul Tavner
  • 9 October 2011

The Economics of Happiness is a recently released documentary that examines some of the most powerful forces that hold sway over our lives. The world, it seems, is moving in two irreconcilable direction simultaneously: a shift toward globalisation versus ‘localization’. This film waves some important important flags, raises some thoughtful points of discussion for all of us who love to travel.

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Dance to the Beat of Mongolian Bling

  • Off the Radar
  • 23 August 2010

Ask any youth from the Western hemisphere to name their favorite hip-hop artists and they will probably rattle off a few names that come to mind. Ask their parents and grandparents and you would likely be met with a blank stare. Younger generations have come to assume that this culture gulf is wide and incapable of being bridged. Nasanbat, a 52 year old Mongolian woman, however, can name the first hip-hop song that became popular in Mongolia, a few of the bands and artists around town, and is probably more tuned into the industry than any Western youth. She is not the exception. In fact, in Mongolia, older generations know all about hip-hop.

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