Contemporary Masters

Contemporary Masters

7 Episodes

Contemporary Masters includes documentaries by Jafar Panahi, Gianfranco Rosi, and Lars Von Trier.

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Contemporary Masters
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Episode 1

    Directed by Bill Morrison • 2016 • USA

    Bill Morrison's documentary transports us to a landscape where early cinema intersected with the peak of the Canadian Gold Rush.

  • Fire at Sea

    Episode 2

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    Gianfranco Rosi • 2016 • Italy

    A small fishing town emerges as the nexus of the refugee crisis.

    Halfway between Sicily and the coast of Tunisia lies a tiny island with a dwindling full-time population of several thousand. As the island denizens go about their business, distress...

  • Sacro GRA

    Episode 3

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    Gianfranco Rosi • 2013 • Italy

    A cartography of Rome's ring road and its eccentric inhabitants.

    The Grande Raccordo Anulare is a 68-kilometer highway girdling the metropolis of Rome. Rarely given a passing glimpse by the majority of the city's inhabitants, Rome's ring road is a...

  • Taxi

    Episode 4

    Jafar Panahi • 2015 • Iran

    Banned from filmmaking, Panahi has adopted a new hobby—driving a taxi.

    He navigates the streets of the Iranian capital picking up passengers: two women with a goldfish, a bootleg DVD dealer, his young niece.

    In Taxi, from the vantage point of the cab's dashboard a po...

  • The Five Obstructions

    Episode 5

    Lars von Trier • 2003 • Denmark-Switzerland-Belgium-France

    Documents the re-making of Jørgen Leth's classic short film The Perfect Human through a maddening maze of obstacles imposed by his former student Lars von Trier.

  • The Pearl Button

    Episode 6

    Patricio Guzmán • 2014 • Chile-Spain-France-Switzerland

    Navigating Chile's colonial and political histories vis-à-vis its expansive waterways, The Pearl Button charts the labyrinths of individual and collective memory.

  • This is Not a Film

    Episode 7

    Jafar Panahi • 2011 • Iran

    Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi inscribes small acts of resistance in the fabric of quotidian existence, as he remains enclosed within the confines of his Tehran apartment.