Tags archives: documentary

10 documentaries to change how you see the world

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What I love about documentaries is that they open a window onto new people, places and cultures. Film makers can take you to locations that it might otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, to access. And not only do documentaries give you the opportunity to learn about life in other places, but they also have the amazing capacity to change the way we see [...]

Fight for your Dreams: Speed Sisters

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If you would have told me a few weeks ago, that one of my favourite films in 2016 would be a documentary about car racing, I would have shook my head in disbelief and told you to do your homework better. I'm not interested in racing sports whatsoever. And yet, I am a film buff and have signed up for the #52FilmsByWomen challenge this year, to see at least on[...]

The Propaganda Game - a documentary on North Korea

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What do you know about North Korea? Let me help you with a few basics I know from the news. It owns nuclear weapons that could allegedly reach the west coast of the United States; there is an incredible food shortage causing the population to starve; their dictator managed to shut down the theatrical release of a US-American satirical film evolving around[...]

The Act of Killing: The Dark Past of Indonesia

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With the Oscars coming up, our thoughts tend to evolve around whether Leonardo DiCaprio will finally be awarded for his great performances, or if rom-com sweetheart turned serious actor Matthew McConaughey will win the race. Does Gravity really deserve Best Film? And can Cate Blanchett's outstanding performance compensate for an otherwise mediocre film? And [...]

The Arctic Cowboys of Finland

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Picture a wide open landscape of an endless white carpet of snow; patches of old growth forest with trees covered in lichen. Suddenly a flock of reindeer appears from between the white hills: with massive antlers on their heads, and tiny white fur-balls aka. fluffy reindeer calves roaming between their legs. The herd grows bigger, thousands of animals emerge[...]

Travelette of the Month: Eva Stotz, documentary filmmaker

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On trips to far-away countries and different cultures I often feel a little lost. Advice by friends and guidebooks might help, but what I would actually need is the inside perspective of a local. Just, how to get to them? It's not like I can just walk into their house, sit down at their kitchen table and ask them what to do in their town or country.. but wai[...]

One to watch: Girl Rising

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If you're looking for something inspiring to watch then you might just want to check out Girl Rising. A groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. The girls faced arranged marriages, child[...]

Skylining - Flight of the Frenchies

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Ever heard of skylining? Neither had I, until one of my guy friends suggested we watch a documentary about "hot chicks doing crazy shit." Dubious to say the least I agreed. Turns out skylining is an extreme adrenaline junkies dream combining tightrope walking, slacklining and base jumping. As to be expected there are plenty of guys into the sport, but also a[...]

Gringo Trails - a Documentary

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I stumbled across this today on Vagablogging and really felt like I should repost here and share. Gringo Trails is a documentary in production about backpackers and their impacts on the places they visit. Pegi Vail, an anthropologist at Columbia University, explores these impacts on locations in Thailand, Mali, and Bolivia. Though the segment on Bolivia h[...]

TIP: The Road Junky Film Festival

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Dear Travelettes, if you are Berlin based, I might have something for you. Via the couchsurfing forums Ina came across the Road Junky Film Festival which takes place in Berlin this weekend. They will show shorts and features from independent film makers, which will be preceded by rounds of storytelling from travelers in the audience. Road Junky also hosts[...]