Metrograph to salute Icarus Films' 40th anniversary

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To mark Icarus Films’ 40th anniversary, New York City’s Metrograph and Icarus Films announced a retrospective of 56 films released by the company, from countries including China, Congo, Ireland, Mozambique and Venezuela, and by directors including Chantal Akerman, Patricio Guzmán, Heddy Honigmann, Shôhei Imamura, Robert Kramer, Chris Marker, Bill Morrison, Jean Rouch, Wang Bing and Peter Watkins. The series begins on Sept. 14.

Icarus Films was started in the summer of 1978 by Ilan Ziv. It was an outgrowth of his work the previous year, with Faye Ginsburg, organizing the first Middle East Film Festival in the United States at the Bleecker Street Cinema. After the festival, in possession of films rarely, if ever, seen and a passion to expose U.S. audiences to different points of view about the Middle East and its conflicts, Ziv booked the films across the country and organized this effort into the distribution company Icarus Films.

Jonathan Miller, who previously worked at Tricontinental Film Center bringing to the American public Cuban and New Latin American cinema, joined Ziv in December 1978. He took over Icarus Films in 1980, swapping ownership of the company for an early semi-professional video camera, so that Ziv could pursue his dream of independent filmmaking and Miller his vision of a distribution company dedicated to the finest international documentaries.

The retrospective will include:

A Grin Without a Cat

A Man Vanishes

An Injury to One

Ben Barka: The Moroccan Equation

Bitter Money

Casting the First Stone

Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold

Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story


Devils Don't Dream

Drowning by Bullets

Edward Said: The Last Interview

End of the Dialogue


Far From Vietnam

Finally Got the News


From the East (D'Est)

From the Other Side

Fundi: The Ella Baker Story

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

I Am Somebody

In the Name of the People

Integration Report 1

Investigation of a Flame

The Jackets Green

Karayuki-San: The Making of a Prostitute

Kuxa Kanema

La Commune (Paris, 1871)

Last Grave at Dimbaza

Le Joli Mai

Let the Church Say Amen!

Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard: The Meeting in St. Gervais

Matamata and Pilipili


Mobutu, King of Zaire

Moi, Un Noir

Nostalgia for the Light

Our Daily Bread


Profit, and Nothing But!

Remembrance of Things to Come

Rocky Road to Dublin


Sociology is a Martial Art


Taking Back Detroit

Tango of Slaves

The Battle of Chile: Part I-III

The Human Pyramid

The Ister

The Nine Muses

The Patriot Game

The Way Thing Go

Time of the Locust

Tosca's Kiss