New to DocPlay in May

Decades in Colour (May 2)

Mixing lost images sourced from everyday New Zealanders alongside new interviews, Decades in Colour traces from the post-war suburbia of the ’50s, to rugby, racing and beer in the ’60s, to emerging challenges to cultural norms in the ’70s, as jet travel and TV broadened perspectives and a more independent national identity emerged.

Citizen K (May 13)

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) examines Russia’s power, president Vladimir Putin’s political dominance, and Mikhail Khodorkovsky—a former Siberian prisoner who continues to challenge Putin’s reign.

AFTRS Shorts (May 20)

Six of Australia’s finest emerging documentary filmmakers present new works that span diverse stories including the pro-life movement; migrant mothers; the Australian poet Robert Adamson; and one man’s mission to teach a million people how to perform CPR.

For Sama (May 23)

This Oscar-nominated documentary follows one woman’s journey through love, motherhood, war and survival during the Syrian conflict.

Kash Kash (May 23)

A vital portrait of Beirut, and its surprising community of pigeon lovers.

Rats in the Ranks (May 27)

A behind-locked-doors look at how politicians get the numbers. Every September Sydney’s Leichhardt Council elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand was popular with citizenry, but they don’t vote for the position of mayor – the 12 councillors do – and after three years of Larry some of them are after his job.

Facing the Music (May 27)

In their fifth major film together, acclaimed documentary makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson step inside the halls of Sydney University’s Music Department, where sublime music is being made in a setting that’s far from serene.

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