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DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMME

SPRING SEASON 2017



Please note our new venue: Fletton House, Fletton Way, Oundle PE8 4 JA, on the first floor.

There is a lift. Car parking facilities at the rear of Fletton House.

Tickets: £8, or all five films for £25 if purchased at the same time.

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

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  Wednesday 15 February 7.45pm
    Director: Louise Osmond
    Certificate: 12A
    Runtime: 1h 33m
    Release: 2016

Film director Ken Loach turned 80 last year and celebrated 50 years of filmmaking with the release of I, Daniel Blake; a searing portrait of the modern social welfare system. Louise Osmond examines Loach's career in this 'witty but clear-eyed' portrait, which includes exclusive interviews stretching back to his first major TV film Cathy Come Home. Loach remains a controversial, sometimes reviled director who makes films about the struggles of ordinary people coping with difficult circumstances and about 'how the world is actually run'.

'This is a fitting tribute to a director who has made a career out of telling the stories that most urgently need to be told.' Wendy Ide, Observer



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Almost Holy

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  Wednesday 15 March 7.45pm
    Director: Steve Hooper
    Certificate: 15
    Runtime: 1h 36m
 

The fall of the Soviet Union left Ukraine in social and political upheaval, with little hope. However, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a pastor and civic leader from Mariupol, tried to solve some of its problems by 'abducting' homeless, drug-addicted kids from the streets of his city and rehabilitating them through the children's home he founded called Pilgrim Republic. Thanks to this and Mokhnenko's quasi-vigilante approach to sorting out local drug dealers, the city has improved immeasurably over the years.

'A compelling study of a controversial Ukrainian pastor whose forceful approach borders on vigilantism.' Wendy Ide, The Guardian

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Paper Lanterns

 
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  Wednesday 19 April 7.45pm
    Directors: Barry Frechette
    Release: 2016
    Runtime: 1h
 

Few people know that among the estimated 140,000 casualties of the devastating bombing of Hiroshima were twelve US bomber crew, captured just days before the attack and held at Military Police Headquarters. For decades, the families of these Americans were never informed as to the fates of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Shigeaki Mori, himself a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), their names are now part of the Hiroshima Peace Museum. His work has contributed to wider personal and political reconciliation; Paper Lanterns documents Mori's dream of reaching out to the relatives of these lost airmen.

 

 

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The Eagle Huntress

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  Wednesday 17 May 7.45pm
    Director: Otto Bell
    Certificate: U
    Release: 2016
    Runtime: 1h 27m
 

'Stunning', 'Inspiring', 'Enchanting', 'Thrilling'... just some of the epithets used to characterise The Eagle Huntress. And yes, it is a documentary! Set in the bare and forbidding Mongolian mountains, the film follows a 13-year-old girl's quest to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Aisholpan fights against tradition, but also to prove herself. It is a story that gives insight into a nomadic society that still has very little in material things and yet has a great sense of self. It is also a story of a golden eagle and its place in between nature and humanity.

'...one of the most magical stretches of nonfiction filmmaking in recent years.' Entertainment Weekly

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