Backstage Politics

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    Politics may not be personal, but individuals make a big difference on the political stage. Filmmakers take us beyond the political, into the perspectives of the politicians themselves. For better or for worse, it's eye-opening to see politicians as people, trying to win.

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    American Dharma

    • Errol Morris
    • 2018

    Steve Bannon sits down with filmmaker Errol Morris for an extensive interview, in a documentary that Morris has described as a “horror film.”

    Citizen Havel

    • Miroslav Janek, Pavel Koutecky
    • 2008

    This long-term account of former Czech President Václav Havel gets to the private side of political activity with unprecedented intimacy.

    Hungary 2018

    • Eszter Hajdú
    • 2018

    In a politically ruptured Hungary, left-winger Ferenc Gyurcsány gives his all in the battle against rising nationalism, personified by Viktor Orbán.

    Leaked Recipes

    • Gabriela Ivens
    • 2018

    Recipes that have been crowdsourced from leaked emails are served up, along with the story of their origin and a discussion about internet privacy. On-site reservation required.

    Meeting Gorbachev

    • Werner Herzog, Andre Singer
    • 2018

    Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, looks back at his political life and legacy with Werner Herzog.

    The Patriot

    • Katja Fedulova
    • 2018

    At 21, Vasily Vlasov is the youngest parliamentarian in the Russian Duma, and his deeply conservative ideas have made him the hero of many a fledgling patriot.

    Putin’s Witnesses

    • Vitaly Mansky
    • 2018

    A close account of the first year of Putin’s presidency, in which Vitaly Mansky also questions his own role: witness or silent accomplice?

    The State Against Mandela and the Others

    • Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
    • 2018

    Original sound recordings of the trial of Nelson Mandela and nine others in 1964 combine with animation, interviews and archive footage to produce a unique history lesson.

    The Trial

    • Maria Ramos
    • 2018

    A courtroom drama about the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, documenting the political theater and structures of power.

    The Trial of Ratko Mladić

    • Henry Singer, Rob Miller
    • 2018

    The trial of General Ratko Mladić, through the eyes of prosecutors, defense attorneys, genocide survivors and Mladić's supporters.

    The Waldheim Waltz

    • Ruth Beckermann
    • 2018

    An exciting reportage on the revelations surrounding Kurt Waldheim’s Nazi past, in the run-up to the Austrian presidential election of 1986.