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A summer of documentaries in London

DocHouse offers a large variety of documentaries this summer and the opportunity to attend a seminar given by the director Joshua Oppenheimer.



Verano de documentales en Londres4_Foto DocHouseOppenheimer dedicated a whole decade to making The Act of Killing, which some critics have classified as a new genre of documentary in which the perpetrators took part in the production of the documentary itself. It is based upon the genocide which took place in Indonesia in 1965.

After a coup d’état which was attributed to the communist party, the army undertook a purge which cost the lives of more than a million people.

This incident was described by the CIA as “one of the worst cases of mass murder of the 20th Century”.

Verano de documentales en Londres1_Foto DocHouseAccording to the documentary’s director, “The film is not about history. This is not about the past. It is about how the past lives within the present.”

Another of the documentaries which will be shown in July is The Moo Man, where the directors, Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier and the film’s protagonist, Steve Hook will be in attendance.

The film shows the emotional journey of a rebel farmer who fights against the large industrial dairy companies to try and hold onto the family farm.

Verano de documentales en Londres5_Foto DocHouseThe festival also includes the latest Oscar winning film “Undefeated”, a documentary told over an entire American Football season about three players from a state institute in Tennessee.

The animal world also has its place in this group of films and here we find Blackfish, a documentary telling the story of Tilikum, a killer whale which has killed three of its trainers, sparking questions about the treatment of the species in captivity.

It’s clear that the programme is varied, including classic music films, such as Bob Dylan in Don’t Look Back or Jimmy Hendrix’s legendary concert Monterey Pop. Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of the concert filmed in the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 3rd July 1973, there will be a showing of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Verano de documentales en Londres3_Foto DocHouseIn this documentary Bowie breathes life into an imaginary character Ziggy Stardust, a bisexual extra-terrestrial who came to save the earth, and in order to attract the earthlings’ attention becomes a Rock and Roll star.

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