Review: ‘The Road Up’

Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, “The Road Up” follows four individuals in Chicago as they participate in Cara, a job-training program that helps people overcome poverty by providing workforce training and personal coaching. As viewers see in the film, the program also helps participants develop confidence and instills in them an additional element […]

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Review: ‘TOPOWA! – Never Give Up’

“TOPOWA! – Never Give Up” is destined to be one of the most uplifting documentaries you’ll see this year. Directed by Philip Sansom and Inigo Gilmore, the film follows the journey of 12 young teacher musicians from the slums of Uganda as they prepare for an opportunity that could change their lives forever–traveling to England […]

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MDFF: 7 Art and Culture Shorts to Watch

A feast of short documentaries will screen this weekend in Melbourne. The selections are from the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, which was previously held online due to COVID-19 but whose films now find their way to Cinema Nova May 23rd. Art, music, and culture docs are aplenty. Below are 7 picks we think you […]

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Directed by Ran Li and produced by Jiapei Wu

Review: ‘Silver Lining’

Winner of Best Australian Short Documentary at the 2020 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, “Silver Lining” introduces viewers to a Chinese immigrant in her 60s as she adjusts to life in Melbourne following the tragic passing of her husband. The woman, who has lived in Melbourne for four years, doesn’t speak English but does her best […]

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Review: ‘The Last Extinction’

“The Last Extinction” begins with the rattling statement that more than 150 species go extinct every 24 hours. It’s a number that is difficult to fathom. The process of extinction is typically thought of as long and slow. When a species dies at such a rate will its loss even be noticed? Directed by Reilly […]

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Review: ‘Call for a Poetic City’

“Call for a Poetic City” is the dreamlike observational documentary by Elisabeth Felson that documents life at Ross Nye Stables—the longest-established riding school in Central London’s Hyde Park. Originally from Queensland, Australia, the Nye family immigrated to the region in the 1960s where Nye opened the Hyde Park school giving the community the opportunity to […]

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