For almost 15 years, Docurama Films has presented audiences with the most acclaimed documentaries of our era, including Oscar-nominated films The Invisible War and Detropia. This month, the company will launch a 7-week, 7-film series of screenings in theaters across the country. The films include newly acquired titles fresh off the festival circuit, and spans the breadth of subject matter currently occupying documentary filmmakers: politics, the environment, social issues, personal profiles and pop culture. Beginning April 25th, Southside Works Cinema will bring the Docurama Festival to Pittsburgh.
Written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Vision), G-Dog is the remarkable story of Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest in East Los Angeles, and the tough street kids there who love him.
Vivan Las Antipodas
Russian director Victor Kossakovsky’s kaleidoscopic documentary juxtaposes tranquil landscapes of Argentina with the clamor of Shanghai – two of eight “antipodes” explored in this beautifully rendered world-spanning film.
The World Before Her
Moving between the transformative action of a boot camp in Bombay for beauty pageant contestants and Durgha Vahini, a right-wing military camp for young women, director Nisha Pahuja places the faces and voices of young Indian women at the center of her provocative film.
The Fruit Hunters
Acclaimed actor and community activist Bill Pullman (Independence Day, 1600 Penn) stars in director Yung Chang’s exploration of nature’s sweetest bounty.
From the director of Faster and Fastest (Mark Neale), and narrated by actor and motorcycle enthusiast Ewan McGregor, Charge is proof that maniacs on motorcycles can be a force for global good.
Veteran TV producer Hugh Hartford’s debut documentary feature follows 8 senior citizens from around the world – with 703 years between them – competing for gold in the Over 80 Table Tennis Championship in Inner Mongolia.
London: The Modern Babylon
Director Julien Temple (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten) time-travels through London from the start of the 20th century to the 2012 Olympics, threading past and present voices with film archives and popular music across the century.
Showtime is 7 p.m. for all films. Each feature screening will be preceded by a 3-minute short film from GE Focus Forward. Regular admission rates apply to all screenings.