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On the 17th of March all around the world people celebrate St Patrick’s Day. At Beamafilm, we have handpicked a few great films that highlight Ireland, its people and its contribution to the history books.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards, “The Look of Silence” is Joshua Oppenheimer’s compelling companion piece to his award-winning film “The Act of Killing“, revealing the history and perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide.
The Palio di Siena is the world’s oldest horserace, a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. Now, in Cosima Spender’s doucmentary “Palio“, you can experience the excitement for yourself.
The Lumière brothers of France are widely acknowledged as the first filmmakers in history. But the month before they dazzled audiences with moving picture projections from their “Cinématographe” of 1895, three German brothers, Max, Emil and Eugen Skladanowsky, had patented a similar idea for capturing and then displaying film. Acclaimed director Wim Wenders sets out to put the focus back on the German brothers’ story in this fascinating documentary, “A Trick of the Light“.
Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, WACO: The Rules of Engagement addresses conspiracies behind the Waco siege (Feb-April 1993) involving an unorthodox Christian group – The Branch Davidians, US Federal/Texan state law enforcement and the US military. The film goes back to the shootouts and the 51 day standoff including the fire that destroyed the compound in which 76 people died including charismatic leader David Koresh.