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This year, NOWNESS turns 10 and in case you wanted a reminder of the award-winning films available to watch on NOWNESS, Kate Moss, Honey Dijon, Beth Ditto, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Harris Reed, Molly Goddard, Gus Van Sant and more have selected their all-time favorites from the last decade, just for you.

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Great Gardens: Las Pozas by Toby Amies takes place in a subtropical haven hidden in a Mexican mountainside.

"Las Pozas is such a magical place. I can lose myself in this film, it makes me want to live among intense nature.” —KATE MOSS


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HONEY DIJON SELECTS
DEFINE BEAUTY: HIS SWEAT

Define Beauty: His Sweat by Matt Lambert is an erotic yet humanising look at sweat as a fetish.
 

 “I remember when he was making this film and he asked me what I thought about it. We often have many discussions on alternative sexual expression and I felt that his work reveals many sexual practices that are shrouded in shame. I loved the honesty and directness of this film as it explores a less glossy side of human sexuality and desire that hasn't been sold to us by white, cis-heteronormative adverstising.” —MATT LAMBERT
 

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Thanks For The Dance by Harley Weir features Rowan Blanchard and Lily Cole in a magnetic music video for Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album.

"As someone who aims to create escapism and narrative in what I do, I always find myself transfixed by the extraordinary colours, mood and fabulous movements in Harley Weir's Thanks for the dance, I sometimes find myself playing it on loop whilst I create.” —HARRIS REED

 

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Kiss of the Rabbit God by Andrew Thomas Huang is a majestic tale of love between a young restaurant worker and a seductive Chinese deity.

"Kiss of the Rabbit God is a beautifully visceral film that merges mythology, folklore and vulnerability while exploring queerness and a deep-seated respect for ancestry, all within the span of fourteen captivating minutes. The sound design leaves a taste on your tongue not to be forgotten. The diverse inclusion within the crew is also to be admired." — KELSEY LU


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The Way We Dress: Simone Rocha's Hong Kong Dress by Linda Brownlee is a reflection on the innate style of a generation of older women.
 

"I made this film with Linda Brownlee in Hong Kong, inspired by my Chinese aunties and grandmother and the way that women dress." —SIMONE ROCHA
 

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Nirvana by Jess Kohl is a moving portrait of Asia’s largest gathering of transgender women.

“Jess’ documentary shows the strength and struggles of the trans community in India in such a beautiful way. It has an almost 'Paris Is Burning’ quality, in the way it represents marginalised people." —BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY AND SERHAT ISIK

 

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Thanks For The Dance by Harley Weir is a tale of the cycle of life for the title track of Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album.

"A very raw but beautiful depiction of a bittersweet song. Harley Weir is one of my favourite artists and I feel she captured the essence of this song perfectly." —WILSON ORYEMA

 

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Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary by Jenn Nkiru is a personal and powerful exploration of blackness.

“Many happy returns to NOWNESS on your tenth birthday! We may not be able to congregate but we must celebrate a decade of fantastic ideas and new work in film. “I urge everyone to watch Jenn Nkiru’s Rebirth is Necessary. It is a very urgent film. Thank you to NOWNESS for supporting Jenn and other young filmmakers to broadcast their work around the world.”—HANS ULRICH OBRIST

 

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Akl: Bel Wa2et is a striking spoken word response to the Beirut blast.

“Such an overwhelming film. You feel her and you see what she sees. You want to be there with her. You will wish all your friends were like her.” —BETH DITTO

 

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In Residence: Ricardo Bofill by Albert Moya profiles a brutalist former cement factory, of epic proportions, situated on the outskirts of Barcelona.
 

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Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary by Jenn Nkiru reimagines the future of the black experience.

“Jenn describes this film as "Jazz: black magic in motion". She hopes it can be "a source of inspiration, affirmation and healing to others, especially the black diaspora.” So many great talents have been platformed and supported by NOWNESS, but the relationship with Jenn, who’s film ended up being displayed as a multi-screen art work as part of Transformer at 180 The Strand, is unique. Rebirth is Necessary shows how art, story, image and intent can transcend the 'now'. It’s a deeply spiritual film with powerful imagery and ideas and already it has become an important artwork and key reference point for so many.” —JEFFERSON HACK
 

The Chief by Yuri Ancarani invites you into the otherworldly landscape of a marble quarry in northwest Italy.

“It was very hard to choose but I find this film totally hypnotic, the tranquil pace and delicacy of massive chunks of marble being excavated is an unexpectedly beautiful combination.” —MOLLY GODDARD

 

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Great Gardens: Las Pozas by Toby Amies documents the Surrealist architecture and acres of natural waterfalls in a subtropical rainforest.

“Nowness is a great invention. My favorite NOWNESS visit is to Edward James’s subtropical mountain garden in Las Pozas. With Surrealistic structures that resemble poppy plants, it was built in the last century, taking over forty years, and rivals stone temples in Asia. It also has a 'staircase to heaven.'" —GUS VAN SANT

 

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