When trains were first introduced to Thailand in the 1890’s, they were seen as a step towards progress and prosperity but instead, the train system remained frozen in time due to corruption and inefficient management.
Filmed over three years on China’s railways, The Iron Ministry traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation.
The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, huddled behind its wind walls and bathed in the billowing smoke and sulphur of its mills and factories. Originally built by Gulag prisoners under Stalin...
Vitaly Mansky embarks on a journey to track down his old school friends and fellow Young Pioneers with whom, as a child growing up in Lvov, Ukraine, he pledged allegiance to the Soviet motherland and the principles of communism.
With the astonishing New Mexican Rocky Mountains as backdrop, we meet Forrest Fenn - an eccentric Air Force veteran and art dealer who decided to hide a treasure worth $3 million - and a series of fanatic treasure hunters lured in to the American West with the goal of decoding Fenn’s cryptic instructions.
All That Passes by Through a Window That Doesn’t Open captures the laying of the tracks with breath-taking imagery as across the closed borders of Eurasia, men wait and dream, trying to suppress regret and fear by connecting with one another and the dreams of a better future.
Exploring the collective life of the generation born as Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, Mansky worked with over 5000 hours of home movies to create this unique chronicle of everyday life in the Soviet Union.