On The Line @ Bertha DocHouse, London [from 25 to 28 August]

On The Line


37
25 - 28
August
18:20 - 17:20

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Bertha DocHouse Screen, Curzon Bloomsbury, Brunswick Centre, WC1N 1AW London, United Kingdom
Join us to traverse the railways of the world in our latest season of documentaries, On the Line. Framed by the evocative imagery of trains travelling through landscapes, these films explore the feeling of being between two places, focusing on the journey rather than the destination. On the Line offers a meditation on ideas of movement and people in transit and we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the ride.

The season will start with an archive double bill of Turksib (1929) and Night Mail (1936) and will also include Albert Maysles’ final film In Transit (2015).

See full programme below:

FRI 25 AUGUST — 18:30
Double Bill: TURKSIB + NIGHT MAIL
With bold and exhilarating flair, Turksib charts the monumental efforts to build a railway linking the regions of Turkestan and Siberia in 1920s USSR. It will screen with the iconic British documentary, Night Mail, a lyrical look at postal workers on the Royal Mail train delivery service. The screening will be introduced by Henry K. Miller.

SAT 26 AUGUST — 18:20
IN TRANSIT
In Transit journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Albert Maysles’ final film made in collaboration with a team of directors, the film unfolds in overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, in which passengers share their fears, hopes and dreams.

SUN 27 AUGUST — 16:00
ALL THAT PASSES BY A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN
Labourers from Azerbaijan are working on the construction of a new high-speed train line intended to bring glory to future generations while in Armenia, a station master has been awaiting the return of the trains for decades. Across the closed borders of Eurasia, men wait and dream, trying to suppress regret and fear by dreaming of a better future.

SUN 27 AUGUST — 18:20
RAILWAY SLEEPERS
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. A contemplative study of Thailand accompanied by the contact rattling of the wheels, Railway Sleepers takes you on a journey along the edge of modernity and nostalgia.

MON 28 AUGUST — 16:00
IRON MINISTRY
Filmed over three years on China’s railways, The Iron Ministry traces the vast interiors of a country on the move. Acclaimed filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network.
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