Docurama Films has been presenting compelling documentaries since 1999 in a vast array of subjects, from arts, history, politics to social, ethnic and gender issues. On April 22, they present a national film festival that will feature 7 documentaries in 7 weeks, starting with G-Dog, about Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest who’s spent 25 years in East LA helping gang members turn a new path with counseling, job training, education and tattoo removal through his non profit organization Homeboy Industries. His motto is “Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job” and his vision of providing hope and real opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty and violence has become a global model for social reform.
Here are the dates and screening locations for the national release of G-Dog and the other 6 films in the series:
G-Dog featuring Homeboy Industries April 22 – April 28 – Locations
Written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Vision), G-DOG is the remarkable story of Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest in East Los Angeles, and the tough street kids there who love him.
Vivan Las Antipodas April 29 – May 5 – Locations
Russian director Victor Kossakovsky’s kaleidoscopic documentary juxtaposes tranquil landscapes of Argentina with the clamor of Shanghai – two of eight “antipodes” explored in this beautifully rendered world-spanning film.
The World Before Her May 6 – May 12 – Locations
Moving between the transformative action of a boot camp in Bombay for beauty pageant contestants and Durgha Vahini, a right-wing military camp for young women, director Nisha Pahuja places the faces and voices of young Indian women at the center of her provocative film.
Charge Movie May 20 – May 26 – Locations
From the director of Faster and Fastest (Mark Neale), and narrated by actor and motorcycle enthusiast Ewan McGregor, CHARGE is proof that maniacs on motorcycles can be a force for global good.
Ping Pong Film May 27 – June 2 – Locations
Veteran TV producer Hugh Hartford’s debut documentary feature follows 8 senior citizens from around the world – with 703 years between them – competing for gold in the Over 80 Table Tennis Championship in Inner Mongolia.
London: The Modern Babylon June 3 – June 9 – Locations
Director Julien Temple (Joe Strummer:The Future is Unwritten) time-travels through London from the start of the 20th Century to the 2012 Olympics, threading past and present voices with film archives and popular music across the century.