Thursday 12th September
UK 2012 - 5 mins
Mrs Panda Tian Tian and Mr Panda Yang Guang, aka “Sweetie and Sunshine”, two Chinese Pandas gifted to Edinburgh Zoo take up residence. Will Sweetie win Sunshine’s heart?
Produced for the Edinburgh International Culture Summit at the Scottish Parliament on 13th and 14th of August 2012.
USA - 2013 - 10 mins
In 2008, new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies became available, resulting in an oil boom across Western North Dakota.
While the boom has created businesses and made millionaires in the years since, it has also greatly taxed the infrastructure of the region.
This short documentary explores some of the day-to-day realities of people living in the boom.
Greece 2012 - 12 mins
The CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon takes place in Torridon every year.
The challenge is immense, encompasing a 3.8K sea swim in Loch Shieldaig (always cold), 202K bike ride across some of Scotland's most stunning landscapes and a 42K run over two Munros.
The 2012 race was beautifully filmed by a Greek crew and produced in association with EDINDOCS.
USA 2011- 14 mins
Simply Rob is a portrait of New York based poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis.
Rob was diagnosed in 1993 as HIV positive. Using a mixture of HD and Super8 footage, this film follows Rob as he tells his turbulent life story through his poetry.
UK 2012 - 14 mins
Unravel follows the Western world’s least wanted clothes, on their journey across sea and land to Northern India, and to Panipat, a sleepy town north of Delhi, the only place in the world that wants them, to recycle back into yarn.
Reshma is a bright, inquisitive woman working in a textile recycling factory who dreams of travelling the vast distances the clothes she handles have come.
Despite limited exposure to Western culture, she and fellow women workers reflect on the clothes, constructing a picture of how they perceive the West to be, both from their own imaginations and the rumours they have heard that have travelled with the cast-offs.
USA 2013 - 4 mins
Animation filmmaker Dustin Grella set up a voicemail service to allow people to leave messages, and then chose one of these to animate daily.
The animations are under thirty seconds, and range in topics as diverse as the people that leave them
Denmark 2012 - 115 mins
Errol Morris “ Like all great documentary, THE ACT OF KILLING demands another way of looking at reality. It is like a hall of mirrors––the so-called mise-en-abyme––where real people become characters in a movie and then jump back into reality again. And it asks the central question: what is real? “
Werner Herzog “THE ACT OF KILLING invents a new form of cinematic surrealism.”
In the 1960s, Indonesian paramilitary leader Anwar Congo and his band of dedicated followers spent their lives at the movies, where they controlled a black market in tickets, while using the cinema as a base of operations for more serious crimes.
When the government of President Sukarno was overthrown by the military in 1965, the army recruited the group to form death squads, as they had a proven capacity for violence and they hated the communists for boycotting American films – the most popular – and profitable – in the cinemas.
Devoted fans of James Dean, John Wayne, and Victor Mature, they explicitly fashioned themselves and their methods of murder after their Hollywood idols.
In this chilling, almost surreal documentary, director Joshua Oppenheimer invites these unrepentant former members of Indonesian Death Squads to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love. They write the scripts, they play themselves, and they play their victims.
Their fictional filmmaking provides a unique opportunity to expose how a regime that was founded on crimes against humanity, yet has never been held accountable, would project itself into history.
Their own film sets become safe spaces wherein the mass murderers can be challenged about what they did.
As opinions within the group diverge, the atmosphere on set grows tense, and the edifice of genocide as a “patriotic struggle”, with Anwar and his friends as its heroes, begins to sway and crack.
Thursday 12th September:
6:00pm: Lyceum Bar and Cafe open
7:00pm: EDINDOCS Introduction
7:05pm: Sweetie and Sunshine
7:15pm: Sweet Crude Man Camp
7:45pm: Simply Rob
8:20pm: Interval, Lyceum Bar open for refreshments
8:40pm: Animation Hotline
8:45pm: Act of Killing