German Film Festival 2021 Review – Berlin Bouncer

Taking place across the sprawling metropolitan, Berlin Bouncer follows the lives of three of Berlin’s most famous bouncers — Sven Marquardt, Frank Künster, and Smiley Baldwin. Director David Dietl tries to capture the history of what Berlin was, what it has become, and where it is expected to go. As an outsider, the idea of …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – 100UP

Age is just a number. Some people are fortunate enough to live long and healthy lives and few rarely get to tell their story. Whether they are a retired sex therapist, a drummer from a girl band, a Peruvian doctor, or an Austrian refugee, 100UP is a sweet film that follows several centenarians that give …

Review – Betrayed

Set in Oslo during the events of World War ll, Betrayed follows the lives of the Jewish Braude family who must face the potential, and inevitable, realities of what a Nazi-occupied Norway will bring for their family. It’s important to note that this film is based on the true experiences of the Braude family, primarily …

Review – Super Frenchie

Super Frenchie provides an intimate look at the life of professional skier and BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, who stops at nothing to pursue his passion for adventure. The film follows Matthias as he dares ever more dangerous stunts while simultaneously falling in love and starting a family. When he crashes during a daredevil-stunt right before …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – The Rossellinis

Alessandro Rossellini was a teenager when his grandfather, filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, died suddenly of a heart attack. Forty some odd years later, he decided to make a documentary about the burden that came from being part of an entertainment dynasty and how that can screw with a person. Alessandro is the only child of Renzo …

Doc Edge Festival 2021 Review – The Boys Who Said No!

War is hell. Oscar and Emmy-nominated director Judith Ehrlich talks to a group of Vietnam War resistors and through song and story takes us on a journey of how the propaganda machine can be destroyed by just not maintaining it. Tensions were high in the 1960’s with people learning about what was going on in …

Review – Prevenge

I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I went to start this film. Something about the premise seemed too simple to me and I had basically set myself up to know how this story was going to be told before even starting. To my surprise, Prevenge managed to subvert my expectations to …

SAFF 2021 Review – Influence

There is power in public relations and the highest bidder gets to manipulate the narrative. Influence is a documentary about just that. We get a story of how a public relations company went from getting the first female PM elected (Margaret Thatcher) by using advertising to exploit the hearts and minds of the people to …

SAFF 2021 Review – Riding with Sugar

“Only cowards have no scars.” Joshua (Charles Mnene) is a young refugee living in Cape Town, South Africa, in a halfway house type situation where he has to be on guard 24/7. He dreams of being a champion BMXer and to make something of himself. However, after getting hit by a car and janking up …

SAFF 2021 Review – A New Country

Apartheid ended in 1994 and nearly 30 years later, things are still in a state of chaos. Scholars, artists, activists and politicians sit for director Sifiso Khanyile in this documentary about how the county of South Africa is still trying to recover from it. The promise of change and inclusion has yet to be fulfilled …