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Non Fiction Features

Documentaries have emerged as a major force in the theatrical marketplace and now reach a much broader audience, rivaling the draw of traditional narrative features. This expanded documentary section will highlight a select overview of the best new contemporary non-fiction cinema.


Cowboy Del Amor   

Cowboy Del Amor
USA, 2005, 88 min.
This exquisite documentary follows self-proclaimed "cowboy cupid" Ivan Thompson as he plays matchmaker to American bachelors looking for Mexican brides. Academy Award nominated director Michèle Ohayon (Colors Straight Up) deftly turns what could have been a kitschy portrayal into a complex, m... more



El Perro Negro   

El Perro Negro
Netherlands, 2005, 86 min.
Fusing images, fragments, and voices with the beautiful music of Tibor Szemzõ, Péter Forgács delivers a remarkable essay about the personal drama and historical turbulence of life in Spain, before and during the Spanish Civil War. ... more



Five Days in September   

Five Days in September
Canada, 2005, 73 min.
Winner - Audience Awards, Best Documentary An intimate and exciting look at the inner workings of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as it launches a new season with charismatic maestro Peter Oundjiian. Director Barbara Willis Sweete captures soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Emanuel Ax, and t... more



George Michael - A Different Story   

George Michael - A Different Story
United Kingdom, 2005, 101 min.
The extremely private George Michael candidly shares his life and career in this riveting documentary. Michael leads us through his professional and private highs and lows, from pop fame with Wham! to solo superstardom. Featuring performance footage and interviews including Elton John, Mariah Carey,... more



Inlaws & Outlaws   

Inlaws & Outlaws
USA, 2005, 106 min.
Unconventional couples, both gay and straight, from the Pacific Northwest share their views on marriage and the possibility for long-term relationships. The result is a revelatory illustration of how individuality and independence can be the most important ingredients in any romantic match.... more



Mahaleo   

Mahaleo
Madagascar, 2005, 103 min.
Mahaleo is the name of Madagascar's most popular musical group. Their music provides an entry point for depicting the almost mythic island of Madagascar and its rich oral tradition. The sublime soundtrack, combines anthem-like calls to action, rocking rants of anger and despair, and beautiful ballad... more



Melting Siberia   

Melting Siberia
Israel, 2005, 76 min.
A poignant documentary in the mold of last year's audience favorite Watermarks, this explores familial wounds that may fade but never die. Director Ido Haar instigates a search for his mother's father, a Red Army hero who abandoned his grandmother when she was pregnant, never to be heard from... more



Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea - Revisited   

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea - Revisited
USA, 2005, 72 min.
Squatters, nudists, retirees, and barflies all speak their piece about the resort/mistake/ecological nightmare that is the man-made lake in the Southern California desert that they call home.... more



Pursuit of Equality   

Pursuit of Equality
USA, 2005, 82 min.
Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw's documentary looks behind the scenes at San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom's 2004 decision to allow gay couples to marry. The elation, the controversy, the court's decision to shut things down, Bush, Schwarzenegger, Rosie O'Donnell -- they're all here in this thoroughly eng... more



Shakespeare Behind Bars   

Shakespeare Behind Bars
USA, 2005, 93 min.
Take Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, cast it with a group of inmates who are part of an innovative rehabilitation program at Kentucky's Luther Lucket prison, and watch the sparks fly. This revelatory film about a group of hard-timers coming to grips with their past actions in the course of pr... more



Sisters In Law   

Sisters In Law
United Kingdom, 2005, 105 min.
The only documentary selected for the 2005 Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, this is a totally fascinating, often hilarious look at the work of one small courthouse in Cameroon where the tough-minded state prosecutor and court president help women in their Muslim village find the courage to fight abus... more



That Man: Peter Berlin   

That Man: Peter Berlin
USA, 2005, 81 min.
An engrossing look at photographer/exhibitionist/Tom of Finland subject/San Francisco fixture Peter Berlin, who is described as a living cartoon and "The Garbo of male porn stars." Interviews with Armistead Maupin and a flabbergasted John Waters round out this tragicomic glimpse of a true original.... more



Zizek!   

Zizek!
USA, 2005, 82 min.
This exuberant documentary features the “wild man of theory,” eminent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, whose critique of pop culture has gained him rock-star status. The film trails this brilliant eccentric as he traverses the globe, expounding on ideology, belief, revolution, and love, filling a... more



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