New to DocPlay in January

Room 999 (January 15)

This talking heads take on the future of cinema is a sequel to Wim Wenders’ 1982 classic Room 666. “The enduring nature of the central question, coupled with a multinational roster including everyone from Wim Wenders and David Cronenberg to Lynne Ramsay, Claire Denis and Asghar Farhadi, should make it of potential interest to just about any cineaste.” — Screen Daily.

Citizen Ashe (January 22)

How sports legend and social activist Arthur Ashe rose to prominence after becoming the first African American to win the US Open. “This warm, sympathetic documentary portrait traces the career of the tennis champion and pioneer who smashed through history.” — New York Times.

The Australian Wars (January 25)

“Forgotten battles on Australian soil during colonial days are confronting when retold in a new SBS documentary series … Blackfella [films] have gone to some trouble to re-enact these period theatres of war which helps drive home the tragedy .” — TV Tonight.

Araatika: Rise Up! (January 25)

NRL greats devise a pre-game ceremony to celebrate Aboriginal cultures, respond to the Maori Haka and counter racism in rugby league. “A spirit of optimism pervades this compelling film about trying to create an Indigenous Australian haka.” — The Guardian.

Corners of the Earth – Kamchatka (January 29)

Filmmakers Spencer Frost and Guy Williment join surfers Letty Mortenson and Fraser Dovell on their journey to the far east of Russia in search of new waves along the frozen, unexplored coastline of Kamchatka.

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