Raindance Film Festival, now in its 22nd year, has always had a strong legacy of showing independent films and uncovering talented filmmakers. This year’s festival brought various interesting films from all over the world, films you are unlikely to see elsewhere. The first one that caught my attention was Mohamed Al Daradji’s movie entitled In […]

“Cinema is the mirror of the world” Bertolucci once said. And it sure is in the Italian director’s eyes. Born in 1940, son of the critically acclaimed poet Attilio Bertolucci, he entered adulthood in the 60s. In 1968, he was 27 years old and, according to him, that time was a great experience for him […]

Marijn Poels is a documentary and independent filmmaker, who stole my heart with his extraordinary film stories. He focuses on making reports and films worldwide for organisations, governments and educational films concentrated on human rights. Apart from being a filmmaker he is also a writer and photographer. Poels’ film style is characterised by real-life recordings, […]

  Ruud Lenssen is an independent documentary filmmaker. His films focus on socially relevant topics. In 2010 Lenssen graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam with a BA in Audiovisual Design. His graduation film ‘Kathem & Chris’, a short documentary about the friendship between former asylum seeker Kathem and the local villager Chris in the Limburg village […]

José Tadeu V. Bijos was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but he’s had an on-going on and off love affair with California for the past 3 years. He spends a lot of his time looking up facts about his favourite musicians (did you know that John Lennon and Paul McCartney only played […]

The beginning of April was very a exciting time for us here at VOTA. Roxy and I had a chance to help out as volunteers at the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival, a new and independent event which took place from the 5th to 7th of April 2013 at the Brunei Gallery in Russell […]

I do not know what I would have done without the British Film Institute and its various film previews. One of those previews was SIDE BY SIDE documentary directed by Chris Kenneally ( post production supervisor: Henry’s Crime, 13 and director: Looking out for Number One) and produced by, one of my favourite actors, Keanu […]