BBC heading to Bollywood to explore the world’s largest film industry.

BBC heading to Bollywood to explore the world’s largest film industry.

Source:  Deadline

The BBC is heading to Bollywood with a two-part documentary series exploring the world’s largest film industry.

“Strictly Come Dancing” star Anita Rani will present “Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry” for the British public broadcaster.

The film will look at the world of Indian cinema, which is the world’s largest film industry in terms of film production with an annual output of around 2,000 films per year.

Rani will meet a number of big-screen idols and discovers how an industry based on centuries old traditions is racing to keep up with the changing tastes of one of the youngest countries on earth.

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“In the Intense Now” surveys Paris in 1968 and the revolution that almost was

“In the Intense Now” surveys Paris in 1968 and the revolution that almost was

Source:  The Village Voice

Immersive, involving, sometimes revelatory, sometimes curiously naive, and on occasion thuddingly obvious, João Moreira Salles’ found-footage study of revolutionaries in the streets of Paris, Prague, and other countries in 1968 would stand as an invaluable assemblage simply on the basis of its archival finds alone.

That Salles (“Santiago,” “Entreatos”) muses in voiceover as his exhumed film clips — from amateur sources, TV broadcasts, previous documentaries — survey the streets of ’68 proves both the boon and bane of “In the Intense Now.”

Salles is hushed, whispering tensely, reaching for poetry, occasionally pausing on a key frame so that he can draw our attention to some detail that has caught his eye.

He might pull you in; he might push you away — especially when his attention wanders to Chairman Mao’s China, which he regards not with a documentarian’s scrutiny but with a son’s enchantment for his mother in her youth. She shot the footage he uses while on vacation there in 1966.

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Viewers are plunged deep into a real life horror story in “A Woman Captured”

Viewers are plunged deep into a real life horror story in “A Woman Captured”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Viewers are plunged deep into a real life horror story in “A Woman Captured,” the tense and moving feature-length debut by Hungarian director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter.

More conspiratorial than observational, this nightmarishly claustrophobic documentary about a middle-aged woman trapped in the toils of “modern slavery” in Hungary as an unpaid 24/7 live-in housemaid gradually takes on the contours of a dramatic thriller as Tuza-Ritter aids her protagonist’s bid to escape a tyrannical employer who is often heard but never seen.

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BBC orders “definitive” documentary of Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

BBC orders “definitive” documentary of Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

Source:  Variety

The BBC is promising to bring viewers the “definitive” account of the Harvey Weinstein scandal after ordering a feature-length documentary from two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn and his production company Lightbox.

Although the British broadcaster will screen the documentary on TV, it is tentatively planning for an Academy and BAFTA award-qualifying theatrical release.

Lightbox said the 90-minute documentary would feature interviews with actresses who have accused Weinstein of misconduct as well as with journalists, producers, directors, actors, agents and lawyers involved in the scandal. Some of the people will be speaking publicly for the first time about the story.

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“Sennan Asbestos Disaster” explores a David vs. Goliath story

“Sennan Asbestos Disaster” explores a David vs. Goliath story

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Three decades after using tales of wartime cannibalism to condemn the political maneuvers of Japan’s ruling class, firebrand filmmaker Kazuo Hara returns with another j’accuse against his country’s officialdom with “Sennan Asbestos Disaster.”

Running nearly four hours, the documentary chronicles the protracted struggle in getting the Japanese government to admit to ignoring the deadly consequences of the country’s asbestos factories — considered a driving force behind Japan’s economic resurgence after the Second World War.

With an original title that translates as “The Japanese State vs Sennan Asbestos Villages,” the documentary offers more than just a harrowing account of the suffering of those afflicted with asbestos-related diseases. Instead, Hara focuses on the government’s war of attrition against these poor victims, unleashing mountains of red tape to derail the victims’ cases, and appeals against each and every court indictment for official negligence.

The result has been a lawsuit lasting nearly eight years, with dozens of ailing plaintiffs not living to see the outcome.

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Bristol MP demands reform of UK’s plainly failing drugs laws in the wake of new BBC doc, “Drugsland”

Bristol MP demands reform of UK’s plainly failing drugs laws in the wake of new BBC doc, “Drugsland”

Source:  BBC

An MP has demanded reform of the UK’s “plainly failing” drugs laws in the wake of a new BBC documentary.

Bristol MP Thangam Debbonaire used Prime Minister’s Questions to call for a Royal Commission to deal with the “catastrophic impact” of drugs.

The Bristol West MP called on UK prime minister Theresa May to watch “Drugsland,” which investigates that city’s drug culture.

The documentary series looks at addiction, dealing, treatment, and policing of illegal drugs in Bristol, England and focuses on an area of Ms Debbonaire’s constituency.

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