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23 Sep 2021 - 4:47 PM  UPDATED 23 Sep 2021 - 4:58 PM

SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS, 27 SEPTEMBER - 3 OCTOBER
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 27 September - 3 October
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

  • Closed Captions (CC) for The Bowraville Murders, Milpirri: Winds of Change, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, The Twinning Reaction, Food Fighter and Blitzed: Nazis on Drugs
  • Audio Description (AD) for Sunny and the Dark Horse, The Bowraville Murders, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and Food Fighter

 

MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

The Infinite Race
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 2 October, 10:20pm) 

M
Mexico, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Bernardo Ruiz
What's it about?
In the annual Ultra Maratón Caballo Blanco, runners compete in the spectacular Copper Canyon of Chihuahua, Mexico, home to the indigenous Rarámuri people. The town of Urique has hosted the event since 2004, after an American athlete created the race as a way for the Rarámuri, who are known for their endurance running, to honour and preserve their culture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
The Infinite Race

Free Solo
2:15am, SBS

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Featuring: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Sanni McCandless
What's it about?
This Oscar-winning documentary provides an intimate and unflinching portrait of professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to attempt the first ever free solo climb (i.e. without ropes or safety gear) of the 3,200-foot, vertical face of El Capitan, one of the highest peaks in America’s Yosemite National Park. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

Chi-Town
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Budabin
What's it about?
An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation. But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Power Meri
10:55pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 29 September, 2:00pm)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joanna Lester
What's it about?
Follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Power Meri

 

WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:00pm, NITV

PG, AD
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

The Salvation
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Denmark, 2014
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Danish
Director: Kristian Levring
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
Former Danish soldier Jon (Mikkelsen) lives in a wild frontier town in 1870s America. After being separated from his family for seven long years, his wife and son finally start making their way to him, but unfortunately they do not survive the journey. Devastated, Jon goes on a revenge killing spree after learning that his family was murdered.

REVIEW
The Salvation Review
Mads on a mission in wild Dutch Western.

Australia Uncovered: The Bowraville Murders
10:10pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Allan Clarke
What's it about?
This installment of the Australia Uncovered series of feature documentaries traces the epic David vs Goliath battle for justice waged by the families of three Aboriginal children murdered in a small rural town thirty years ago, the system that failed them, and what it reveals about racism in Australia today.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Australia Uncovered: The Bowraville Murders

 

THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Message from Mungo
1:50pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

The Vikings Uncovered
2:00pm, SBS

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Harvey Lilley
What's it about?
Dan Snow uncovers the lost Vikings in America with Dr Sarah Parcak. As Sarah searches for Vikings across the Atlantic, Dan explores their journey 500 years before Columbus. The Vikings Uncovered reveals these intrepid seafarers to be far more sophisticated, vulnerable, and more human than their fearless reputation would have us believe.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
The Vikings Uncovered

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco
What's it about?
In this Spike Lee re-imagining of Bill Gunn's 1973 cult blaxploitation horror Ganja & Hess, Dr. Hess Green (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

Vice Guide To Film: Spike Lee

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER

Milpirri: Winds of Change
11:00am, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What's it about?
It's early October in 2012, and Steve Jampijinpa is leaving Canberra for his home in outback Lajamanu. Once there, he'll play a key part in something very important to him: Milipirri, a biennial community festival of dance, art and ceremony. But things are changing for Steve and his community. This documentary reveals what goes on behind the scenes of a controversial and ground-breaking Walpiri event.

Milpirri - Winds Of Change

Mosley
7:45pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 2 October, 10:15am)

PG
China, New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Kirby Atkins
Voice Cast: Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Temuera Morrison, Rhys Darby, Kirby Atkins
What's it about?
Mosley, and his family of four-legged Thoriphants, live a worker's life on an isolated farm owned by Simon - a sullen, and mean-spirited farmer. One evening, after plowing all day, Mosley' discovers a cave with large ancient drawings on the walls - they're of Thoriphants similar to Mosley and Rue except they stand upright! Is this what the Thoriphant race used to be? What happened to cause them to become bent backed creatures without hands?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

She Who Must Be Loved
9:35pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erica Glynn
Starring: Freda Glynn
What's it about?
Erica Glynn tells the epic life story of her mother Alfreda Glynn, 78-year-old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and Imparja TV, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist, grumpy old woman, who in equal measure loves the limelight and total privacy.

American Honey
11:40pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes
What's it about?
Follows Star (Lane), a free-spirited teenage girl who runs away from home to join a rebellious gang of misfits selling magazines door to door as they explore America. Star is drawn to the hedonistic lifestyle of the group and begins to fall for their charming leader, Jake (LaBeouf). Running wild across the Midwest, Star and Jake revel in their youthful spirit as they make money, party hard, and bend the law. Written and directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank). 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER

Rosemary's Way
4:00pm, SBS

PG
Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
What's it about?
Charismatic changemaker, Rosemary Kariuki, is on a mission to empower migrant women, enticing them out of cultural silos, exposing them to new ideas, experiences and the wider Australian society - her means are anything but orthodox and laughter is her secret weapon.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Rosemary's Way

Queen Of The Damned
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau 
What's it about?
After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat (Townsend) awakens only to find that the world has changed, and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star, only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha (Aaliyah), and she wants him to become her king. A co-production between the US and Australia (and directed by Angel Baby's Michael Rymer) that was released posthumously after Aaliyah's tragic death, and dedicated to her memory. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
11:20pm, SBS

M, CC
Belgium, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
What's it about?
The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod (Dhanush), a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store. Co-starring Oscar-nominees Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Twinning Reaction
1:00am, SBS

PG, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lori Shinseki
What's it about?
An astounding and thrilling exposé that gives voice to the unwitting subjects of an infamous American scientific experiment: the 1960s Neubauer-Bernard study of separated twins. Told from the perspective of the Jewish identical twins and triplets who were secretly split up in infancy and adopted through Louise Wise Services, a Jewish adoption agency, the documentary examines the traumatic, long-term effects of the separations — and continuing deception — on the children and their adoptive families.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Twinning Reaction

 

SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
Belgium, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Sergi López
What's it about?
Toby (Driver), a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth.

Homeland Story
8:50pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Yolngu Matha
Director: Glenda Hambly
What's it about?
Homeland Story is an intimate portrait of Donydji (pronounced doy-n-ji), a small Aboriginal community in North East Arnhem Land, about 800 kms east of Darwin, in the far north of Australia. The film charts the Donydji community's transition from traditional life to the digital age, from the 1960s to the present day.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Heritage Fight
10:25pm, NITV

M
Australia, France, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: French, English
Director: Eugénie Dumont
What's it about?
The residents of Broome, Australia, and the Goolarabooloo, the traditional custodians of the land, fight to protect the land from developers and corporations.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Heritage Fight

Food Fighter
12:05am, SBS

M, CC, AD
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Goldberg
What's it about?
OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn has enough passion and drive to move mountains – but can she reduce the exorbitant pile of food Australians waste each year? Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins, and holds government to account.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Food Fighter

Blitzed: Nazis on Drugs
1:40am, SBS

PG, CC
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Duncan Napier-Bell
What's it about?
Narrated by acting legend Steven Berkoff (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), this absorbing new documentary shines an extraordinary light on the Nazis’ experimentation with drugs in WWII.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Blitzed - Nazis On Drugs

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