The 18th edition of Millennium Docs Against Gravity will start on September 3. The program will once again include the "Places" section, which will take you on an extraordinary cinematic journey. While waiting for the festival, we encourage you to watch the most interesting films that we showed in the "Places" section during the past editions of the festival. You can buy one-time access to the films for PLN 9.50 or buy a pass for several films!
NOMAD: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, dir. Werner Herzog
When British writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he gave his friend Werner Herzog the rucksack that he carried on all of his adventures around the world. Now, three decades later, carrying the rucksack, Herzog sets out on his own journey inspired by Chatwin’s passion for nomadic life.
21 x New York, dir. Piotr Stasik
Who are the people traveling on the New York subway? Piotr Stasik pointed his camera at 21 random people picked out from the crowd of passengers. What do their intimate relations look like? What are their sexual desires? In the film we get to know 21 personal stories, full of emotions. - Is it even allowed to be this happy again? - asks a girl who in one of the scenes is kissing a man she has recently met. New York, as seen by Piotr Stasik, is a whirlwind of passions, longings, but also disappointments. Is closeness today mainly about sex? Moving images of New York and hypnotic music put us in a trance, thanks to which we can get closer to strangers.
Faces Places, dir. Agnés Varda, JR
Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.
A Dog Called Money, dir. Seamus Murphy
Writer and musician PJ Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy hatched a collaboration - seeking first-hand experience of the regions she wanted to write about, Harvey accompanied Murphy on some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected images.
SAKAWA, dir. Ben Asamoah
There's a treasure trove of information to be found in the poisonous e-waste in Ghana. It's a relatively simple matter to open up hard drives and gain access to photos and the personal details of their former owners. Equipped with a name and address, almost anybody can be found online. The film follows young mother Ama who tries to become an internet con artist but she doesn't appear to have much of a knack for it. She looks in astonishment at an American street that she has conjured up on Google and wonders if she will able to scam a man. One Dollar, on the other hand, knows how to use his fake account to drive men crazy: they fall for the photo of a buxom woman - and his high-pitched voice.
The Cleaners, dir. Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.
Journey to Jah, dir. Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer
This forceful documentry catches the global phenomenon of crossing borders by documenting the experiences of integration in a foreign culture. The film follows the internationally acclaimed European musicians Gentleman and Alborosie, which found a new spiritual home within the reggae culture while Jamaican singer Terry Lynn takes the other direction integrating European styles into her music.