More than 150,000 people arrived by boat on the Italian coast last year — many of them landing on the tiny Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. The Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi has been documenting the lives of the local people on the island, as they watch what is unfolding around them.
Moroccan cities and desert locales have served as stand-ins for many movies actually set in other Middle East countries. But some in Morocco would like their country to play itself more often on the big screen
American reporter Jocelyn Ford only set out to snag some contact in inaccessible Tibet. Instead, when she sat down to talk to a Tibetan woman named Zanta, she ended up as part of her own story, experiencing Zanta's struggles and the deeply-ingrained sexism of Tibetan society.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is a leading actor in The Hunger Games film trilogy— and he wasn't finished filming the final movie when he died of a drug overdose a month ago. So filmmakers plan to use computer animation to complete his role. It won't be easy.
The Green Prince was the code name for a top Israeli informant, a man who was the son of a Hamas founder. It's also the name of a new documentary that chronicles the path of informant Mosab Hassan Yousef, and his relationship with his Israeli handler.
Remember the last time you saw a foreign language film? You sat down in the dark, popcorn in hand, and for the next two hours you read all those subtitles. But even if you've seen a lot of subtitled movies, you've probably never thought of who wrote those fleeting words on the screen?
For years, Stephen Colbert's conservative parody showed how satire and ridicule can be powerful forms of expression. Now with Sony canceling "The Interview" in the face of apparent North Korean threats, his show's ending seems like an even bigger blow for free speech.
Plenty of religions tell their members that masturbation is a sin, but few are willing to go to the lengths of ultra-Orthodox Jews to make sure the rule is followed. That struggle is the subject of a new documentary, "Sacred Sperm," from an ultra-Orthodox filmmaker who lives that temptation.
The Marvel superhero movies have been, mostly, big hits. But they've always focused on a male hero, despite numerous popular heroines. Even recent highly-successful adventure movies with leading ladies haven't convinced studio executives to bet on female superhero movies.
You wouldn't wish anyone to have a childhood that started in war-torn Somalia. But in the real-life story of pirates who commandeered a US cargo ship and were pursued by US Navy SEALs, Barkhad Abdi says his few early years in Somalia helped him in his co-starring role.