In Theatres: LIBERATION DAY

Coming to theatres today, Wednesday, October 18:
LIBERATION DAY

Directors:
Morten Traavik and Uģis Olte

Premiere:
IDFA 2016

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Sydney, Göteborg, Vilnius, Movies That Matter, One World, Docville

About:
A controversial cult rock band from the former Yugoslavia is selected to be the first to play in North Korea.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO

homeland-23New on VOD via Mubi this week:
HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO

Director:
Abbas Fahdel

Premiere:
Visions du Réel 2015

Select Festivals:
New York, Rio, Lussas Doc, Hamburg, Yamagata Doc, Doclisboa, CPH:DOX, Jihlava, Mar del Plata, Cinema Vérite, Göteborg, True/False, Vilnius, BAFICI, Taiwan Doc, Dokufest Kosovo, Vienna

About:
Life in Iraq, before and after the 2003 American-led invasion.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THE SKYJACKER’S TALE

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, October 17:
THE SKYJACKER’S TALE

Director:
Jamie Kastner

Premiere:
Toronto 2016

Select Festivals:
CPH:DOX, Victoria

About:
A convicted murderer hijacks a passenger plane to escape to Cuba.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD/VOD: STEP

Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, October 17:
STEP

Director:
Amanda Lipitz

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, True/False, Seattle, San Francisco, Wisconsin, Montclair

About:
Members of an African-American Baltimore high school stepping team pursue their goals of higher education.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On DVD: FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17:
FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

Directors:
Jamie Sisley and Miguel MiG Martinez

Premiere:
AFI Docs 2016

Select Festivals:
Denver, Virginia, Margaret Mead, Napa Valley, Big Sky Docs, Salem, Atlanta,

About:
A behind-the-scenes look at the plight of Mexican migrant carnival workers.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: MOTHERLAND

Coming to PBS’s POV tonight, Monday, October 16:
MOTHERLAND

Director:
Ramona Diaz

Premiere:
Sundance 2017

Select Festivals:
Nantucket, Berlin, Docville, San Francisco, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Montclair, Docaviv, Sheffield, Sydney, Melbourne, Moscow

About:
An immersion into the world’s busiest maternity ward.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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In Theatres: THE DEPARTURE

Coming to theatres today, Friday, October 13:
THE DEPARTURE

Director:
Lana Wilson

Premiere:
Tribeca 2017

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, Sheffield, Bergen, Reykjavik, Vancouver, Mumbai, Moscow, Warsaw

About:
A Japanese priest who works as a suicide counselor must deal with the burden of his mission.

Former punk rocker-turned-Zen Buddhist priest Ittetsu Nemoto runs a one-man suicide prevention hotline. Called upon day and night by desperate people, Nemoto finds purpose in his calling, but he increasingly has little time for his wife or young son. When counseling those who reach out to him, he asks them to write down the people, things, and dreams they cherish most, then has them destroy each one in turn, to provide a tangible sense of what dying would take away from them. When he faces his own mortality via a health crisis, Nemoto must weigh what he too is willing to give up. Though a quiet, smaller project, Wilson’s affecting film carries a profound message about mortality, suffering, and sacrifice.

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