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When Ursula Bodmer came into the world deaf and blind in 1951, her mother abandoned her immediately after giving birth. The doctors in Zurich did not expect her to live long. But despite such prognoses, Ursula is now a 60-year-old woman – cared for with a great deal of affection for five decades by Anita Utzinger, her foster mother. Where does Ursula get her strength to live? And where does Anita Utzinger get the energy for her relationship with Ursula? The film tells this story in stirring image... more

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Rodrigo is a young deaf man from Recife, northeast Brazil who works installing car stereos in a small dealership on the outskirts of town. Despite his deafness, sound penetrates his day to day life and he harnesses its vibrations, allowing it to pulse through his veins.

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Teijun Ogawa, a proud and rare niso (female priest) of Japanese Shingon Buddhist Sect, dies after telling her story to Reiko and Max, a Japanese couple based in New York. She told them about her desolate life since she was given to a temple at the age of seven, and her achievement of building the Enmyoin temple single-handedly. But she refused to share her view as a woman—as if the subject was taboo. Upon hearing the arrival of a young heiress, as though guided by old Teijun, the couple revisit... more

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In her late 50s, Nuala O'Faolain wrote a best-selling memoir that sold a million copies and shocked the Irish public with its revelations of her sexual history and the bizarre manner of upbringing. 
 She was a woman of many, contradictory parts: the enthusiastic heterosexual whose most lasting relationship was with a radical lesbian activist; the feminist who adored a father who openly betrayed her mother and neglected his family. 

In 2008, she transfixed Ireland again when, ravage... more

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Arnaud is a young man of twenty. Following the death of his mother three years ago, he has dropped out of his studies and taken refuge in food to fill the void. He now weighs 177 kilos and lives with his father, with whom he quarrels constantly. Arnaud has reached the point where he has decided to undergo a stomach reduction operation...

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"Yvonne Robert – une femme qui vient de l’ombre" is an intimate portrait of a woman with a turbulent past at an old age with extraordinary wisdom. It is also the life story of one of the last living artists of which some works belong to Jean Dubuffet’s prestigious collection of Art Brut. Yvonne Robert was born in the Vendée region of France in 1922 into a family of poverty-stricken farmers. As the eldest child, she had to take over the housework and of the education of her brothers, and sh... more

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Lovely RITA celebrates New Zealand painter Rita Angus. She lived and worked at a time in New Zealand when being a full-time artist was not only unusual, it was hardly considered to be a serious occupation. Her paintings were undervalued during her lifetime but appreciated by a small, informed group of supporters including the composer Douglas Lilburn, with whom she maintained a lifelong close friendship. Over 300 letters from Rita to Douglas were in his possession when he died recently, and thes... more

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The director’s father, who did not know how to use a computer, left her an autobiography via e-mail. The 43 e-mails are a regretful autobiography of the director’...more
 
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Peter Scott is a charismatic motivational speaker and life-skills guru. On stage in front of hundreds of people, he has boundless energy. In his private life, he struggle...more
 
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Michou is a solitary man with no ties. During the night, he acts as a taxi driver for three regulars, three extremely vibrant ladies with whom he unwittingly gets involved. Thi...more
 
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Sophie is a talented young deaf athlete. After being hit by a car, she fears she may never compete again. With sheer grit and determination, and the support of previousl...more
 
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Thirteen-year-old William loves birds nests. So much so that he will go to any length to collect them, until one adventure clips his wings forever. DRIVING WILLIA...more
 
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Gilad Atzmon is one of modern music's best saxophonists, and one of the most controversial public opponents of Israel. A gentle giant, warm, charismatic and somewhat shy, Gila...more
 
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