Collections: Documentaries

A Trick of the Light

Director: Wim Wenders

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Udo Kier, Nadine Büttner, Christoph Merg, Otto Kuhnle, Lucie Hürtgen-Skladanowsky

The birth of German cinema comes to life in one of WIM WENDERS' most charming and playful films. Working with a group of film students, the acclaimed director (Kings of the Road, Wings of Desire) celebrates the century of cinema by reappraising the importance of the Skladanowsky Brothers, one of the pioneers of early cinema.

Becoming Traviata

Director: Philippe Béziat

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Natalie Dessay, Jean-Francois Sivadier, Louis Langrée, Charles Castronovo, Adelina Scarabelli, Ludovic Tézier

An intimate and fascinating documentary that invites you to go behind the curtains of one of the world’s greatest operas, Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata. Director Philippe Béziat offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of renowned singers and musicians as they collaborate to produce a contemporary re-telling of this classic opera at the prestigious Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France.

Brilliant Moon

Director: Neten Chokling

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Narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed and featuring  His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche.

BRILLIANT MOON: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche chronicles the life of writer, poet and meditation master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers.

Buena Vista Social Club

Director: Wim Wenders

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Ry Cooder, Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén Gonzáles, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Juan de Marcos Gonzales

Cuba's rich and colourful past comes vividly to life in this legendary, Oscar-nominated documentary from director Wim Wenders (PARIS, TEXAS, WINGS OF DESIRE).

Ed Hardy: Tattoo The World

Director: Emiko Omori

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Ed Hardy

From humble tattooist to multi-million-dollar brand name, meet the extraordinary artist who brought tattoo imagery from the shadows into mainstream America.

Nick's Film - Lightning Over Water

Director: Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray

Cast Summary: Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Ronee Blakley, Susan Ray, Tom Farrell

WIM WENDERS first met the legendary maverick director NICHOLAS RAY when he cast him in The American Friend. Their friendship developed and when it became clear that Ray's cancer was terminal, he agreed to make a film with his young director friend. What transpired now stands as a tribute to a great filmmaker and one of Wim Wenders' most personal films.

Notebook on Cities and Clothes

Director: Wim Wenders

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Yohji Yamamoto

In 1989, WIM WENDERS was commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou to make a film about fashion and its place in contemporary society. Initially bemused by the offer, the award-winning director chose to focus on a designer whose work he was both familiar with and felt comfortable in, Yohji Yamamoto.

One Who Set Forth

Director: Marcel Wehn

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Wim Wenders, Donata Wenders, Peter Handke, Robby Müller, Rüdiger Vogler, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer

The early films of Wim Wenders are now regarded as landmarks of European film. Alice in the Cities, Wrong Move and Kings of the Road became foundations of the German New Wave and cemented the reputation of their director.

Return to Goree

Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

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Youssou N'Dour, Moncef Genoud, Idris Muhammad, Ernie Hammes, Gregoire Maret, Amiri Baraka

Internationally acclaimed Senegalese singer YOUSSOU N'DOUR explores Africa's enduring musical legacy from its historical roots in the slave trade, to its far reach across the globe in RETURN TO GOREE.

Room 666

Director: Wim Wenders

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Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Steven Spielberg, Yimaz Güney, Michelangelo Antonioni, R. W. Fassbinder

During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, WIM WENDERS invited a group of filmmakers to discuss the future of film in front of a video camera, in an empty hotel room. The fifteen directors who responded to the invitation present a fascinating document of attitudes towards cinema at a moment when the medium's power was seen to decline.


Director: Wim Wenders

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Chishu Ryu, Yuharu Atsuta, Werner Herzog

In TOKYO-GA, WIM WENDERS travels to the city of his cinematic hero, YASUJIRO OZU, hoping to still find the spirit of the director in the twenty years since his death. Featuring an encounter with fellow filmmaker WERNER HERZOG, a conversation with one of Ozu?s regular actors, CHISHU RYU, and a moving tribute by the director?s long-term cameraman, YUUHARU ATSUTA, TOKYO-GA celebrates the work of a director whose films 'actually and continuously dealt with life itself'.

Trip to Asia

Director: Thomas Grube

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Sir Simon Rattle, The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Documenting THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’s tour of Asia, including their first performance in China since 1979, THOMAS GRUBE’s extraordinary film offers privileged access to one of the world’s premiere orchestras and the 126 musicians — all masters of their craft — that make up this unique self governing institution.

Why We Fight

Director: Eugene Jarecki

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, WHY WE FIGHT takes an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war-making. With unparalleled Pentagon access, the film launches a non partisan inquiry into the forces - political, economic, and ideological - that drive the United States of America to fight.

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