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The Unusual Subjects

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Have you ever wondered about the diverse reaches (and implications) of dust? Wanted to know the history of a Coney Island roller coaster? What about what it’s like to work on a globe-trotting cargo trip? Or what it takes to compose some of the world’s most adventurous electronic music? Welcome to The Unusual Subjects, a new series of eclectic documentaries plunging into topics few venture to explore.

The Lebanese Rocket Society

Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige Francia, 2012

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Subtitulado como “El Extraño Cuento de la Carrera Espacial Libanesa”, este sorprendente y extraño documental de Joana Hadjithomas y Khalil Joreige, supera a la ficción y da el lugar merecido a una historia ignorada hasta ahora. Inspirador contra todo pronóstico y que cuenta con un delicado montaje.

In the Game

Maria Finitzo Estados Unidos, 2015

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From the team of producers behind the legendary documentary Hoop Dreams, Maria Finitzo’s wise, patient film similarly commits its vision to a team of high school athletes and their communal quest for a greater education through soccer. A small yet intimate gesture of humanism of immeasurable worth.

Unseen: The Lives of Looking

Dryden Goodwin Reino Unido, 2015

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Artist Dryden Goodwin chases an inspiring and thoroughly challenging impetus with but his first foray into cinema: an exploration of four varying ways of seeing the world. The material and the immaterial of our lives, societies, and cultures are parsed through exacting voices and incisive images.

Vampir Cuadecuc

Pere Portabella España, 1970

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Innovative Spanish director Pere Portabella’s “documentary” is one of the most unique and experimental horror films ever made—a horror film about the making of a horror film! In its sneaky, clandestine production, it also stands out as a key work pushing Spanish cinema against the Franco regime.

Fish Tail

Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel Portugal, 2015

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The filmmaking duo behind the acclaimed What Now, Remind Me?, followed up that success with this gorgeous and calming anthropological portrait of a fishing village at war with encroaching industry. Fish Tail is study in a people’s perseverance and has a rare, tangible connection with its subjects.

Fuck for Forest

Michał Marczak Polonia, 2012

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We continue our Unusual Subjects series with perhaps the most uncanny subject matter of the selection: Fuck For Forest, for which the title effectively doubles as a synopsis. We’ll say no more. Winner of the Best Documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival.

Portrait of a Garden

Rosie Stapel Holanda, 2015

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A truly undiscovered subject is chased in this enveloping documentary which at first glance concerns the life of a single garden, then expands outwards in subject matter towards generational gaps, friendship, and time itself. A lovely and generous look into a world ripe for discovery.

Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Amy Nicholson Estados Unidos, 2012

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Next in our documentary series The Unusual Subjects, a Coney Island roller coaster! The Zipper takes on a symbolic role in this ground-level portrait of a changing neighborhood, as the iconic and once-glorious Brooklyn amusement park tries to finds its place in a gentrifying and changing New York.

15 Corners of the World

Zuzanna Solakiewicz Polonia, 2014

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Contando con archivos y metraje actuales, este perfil documental de Eugeniusz Rudnik, un compositor que trabajó en los comienzos de la música electrónica, es un único y sinestésico intento de que el espectador vea sus sonidos revolucionarios. Ganador del Premio de la Semana de la Crítica en Locarno.

The Forgotten Space

Allan Sekula, Noël Burch Estados Unidos, 2010

Expiró

The Forgotten Space is an immersive journey into capitalism and the varying forms of its oceanic transport and displacement. Read our review of the film and its many complexities at the Notebook.

Dust

Hartmut Bitomsky Alemania, 2007

Expiró

Ever wondered about the diverse facets of dust? Or the history of a Coney Island roller coaster? What about what it’s like to work on a global cargo trip? We’re starting The Unusual Subjects, a new doc series with surprising topics—beginning with a wry film essay on one of the tiniest of topics.

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