A nail-biting behind-the-scenes drama about the intense physical and mental labor put into a sport that thrives on its beautiful aesthetics.
With her uncompromising lyrics against all forms of oppression, Swedish rapper Silvana Imam has taken Scandinavia by storm.
How did a niche documentary by a first-time director, about two unknown Iranian DJs, become one of Germany’s cinematic events of the year? Over 60,000 people in Germany have now seen Raving Iran, the debut feature by Susanne Regina Meures, and a year after its release the film continues to draw interest. On the occasion of the film's online launch in our MOVING DOCS Home Cinema, Kirstin Innes talked to Weronika Adamowska of Raving Iran’s distributors and Moving Docs partners, Rise and Shine Cinema, about how they did it.
Weronika Adamowska at the Moving Docs Outreach Workshop in Athens
Chris Silver has watched A FAMILY AFFAIR, our latest addition to the MOVING DOCS Home Cinema.
“In order to find yourself you need to get lost. But if you lose yourself you need to find your way back.”
These words of wisdom are spoken by Cretan musical legend George Xylouris, to his son Nick, as they practice together in a cramped apartment while on tour in northern Europe during a scene in the Greek/Australian documentary A Family Affair.
The words are, no doubt, one of countless lessons that have formed part of the young man’s lifelong apprenticeship as a member Greece’s most renowned musical clan. Indeed, the wild, largely improvised traditional music of Crete of which they are exponents, is itself like a great rambling exploration of the wilderness – a journey that is never quite the same – but always finally returns to the village having learned something.
This key fragment of fatherly advice also speaks to a searing question that the film asks – what does it mean to carry traditions into the future in a time of often troubling change?Read more
An interview between director Jérôme le Maire and co-writer Pascal Chabot.
All over Europe burnout has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public and private sectors. Will we end up killing ourselves? Or will we be able to find meaning and joy at work?Read more
Here's a new study by Europa Cinemas that may be of interest to Moving Docs partners and the wider industry.
It shows how – while consumer demand challenges the status quo – those venues that continuously invest are the ones that thrive and grow.
The report includes lots of case studies of cinemas across Europe and how they function as social spaces.Read more
Kirstin Innes finds hope and black comedy in Raving Iran, a story of two young DJs following the beat and defying the authorities.
Midway through Raving Iran, our protagonists, two young Iranian house DJs, Anoosh & Arash, are trying to get a CD of their latest album printed and distributed. They go through the official channels for permission and are turned away; Iran’s strict laws prohibit the distribution of any music that is not traditional, and various aspects of their packaging – Latin typeface, a picture of a man with his back exposed, any depiction at all of their female singer – are turned down. They try an endless succession of printers and then shopkeepers, and time and again they hear the question “is it political?”. No, they say, genuinely baffled each time. It’s just music.Read more
Adoption papers are here and Moving Docs is proud to welcome Daphne to the family!