Doc ‘Robolove,’ Animated ‘BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes’ Among Titles Available on DVD From MVD and Synergetic in April

The documentaries Robolove and COVID-19: Inside Job as well as the animated BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes and the drama Sibel will be released in April on DVD only from Synergetic Distribution and MVD Entertainment Group.

Robolove is a documentary that reflects on the strategies of men and women involved with the creation of artificial intelligence and robots that will perhaps one day expand human life, featuring such subjects as Japanese robotics guru Hiroshi Ishiguro and transhumanist Natasha Vita More. While the difference between humans and androids is diminishing, the tension between technology and social responsibility is growing as much as utopian visions expand.

The film was a 2019 official selection/nominee at the Austria Film Festival; a 2020 official selection at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival; a 2020 official selection at the Docs Against Gravity Film Festival; and a 2020 official selection at the Amplify Film Festival.

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The documentary COVID-19: Inside Job explores the work done on developing a vaccine for COVID-19. The Jenner institute was given a billion dollars by the United States to produce “hundreds of millions” of doses of a vaccine not tested on humans. This is a GMO vaccine, requiring typically many years to produce, and yet this lab supposedly developed it in 19 days. Through investigative research, John Hankey unfolds the origin of a possible COVID-19 vaccine through research into scientific papers, interviews and testing.

In the drama Sibel, 25-year-old Sibel (Damla Sönmez) lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be prowling in the neighboring forest, sparking fears and fantasies among the village women. There she crosses path with a fugitive. Injured, threatening and vulnerable, he is the first one to take a fresh look at her.

The film was an official selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) and Sönmez won Best Actress at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival and the 2019 Sadri Alisik Theatre and Cinema Awards.

In BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes, a followup to BoBoiBoy: The Movie, BoBoiBoy and his friends have been attacked by a villain named Retak’ka who is the original user of BoBoiBoy’s elemental powers. He seeks to take back his elemental powers from BoBoiBoy to become the most powerful person and dominate the galaxy. Together with his friends, BoBoiBoy must find a way to defeat Retak’ka before his powers fall into the wrong hands.

The feature, which had limited theatrical screenings in December 2020, won Best Animated Program or Series at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards. The “BoBoiBoy” series is broadcast in more than 70 countries.

Polaroid Doc ‘Instant Dreams,’ Comedy ‘Birds Without Feathers’ Available on DVD From MVD

Two Synergetic Distribution titles, the Polaroid documentary Instant Dreams and the comedy Birds Without Feathers, are available on DVD in February from MVD Entertainment Group.

In Birds Without Feathers, desperate for human interaction, six emotionally damaged individuals get attention and validation out of one another in toxic and possibly ineffective ways. Among them are a wannabe Instagram celebrity who compulsively asks people to take her picture, a literal identity thief with an endless cache of costumes to match her personas and a depressed motivational speaker on his way to give the performance of a lifetime. Over the course of a weekend, people are punched, posters of celebrities are violated, birthdays are ruined and everyone’s sense of worth is challenged. The film, which stars Wendy McColm (“Community”), Alexander Stasko (Child 44) and William Gabriel Grier (Twelve), won the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Style at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was an Official Selection at the Whistler Film Festival, the 2018 Denver International Film Festival and the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival.

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Instant Dreams brings viewers into the lives of Polaroid enthusiasts to create a portrait of Dr. Edwin Land, a pioneer in American technology. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, a small group of enthusiasts bought the last operational factory in the Netherlands. Although they have the factory, a house fire destroyed all of Dr. Land’s private notes, including the chemical formula behind instant film. As a result, engineer Stephen Herchen is brought in to recreate the magic behind Polaroid. Despite all of their progress, their version of the instant film is still too slow to share with the world. Meanwhile, artist Stephanie Schneider stores her last remaining Polaroid stock in a refrigerator, using them for her work in the California desert. Her primary medium is instant film, and most of her stock expired years ago. In New York, Christopher Bonanos is also running out of the Polaroid stock he needs to document the growth of his son. As the author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid, Christopher offers the audience a history of Dr. Land, the scientist and innovator at the heart of Polaroid’s success. Director Willem Baptist interweaves the film with archival footage showing a man at the cutting edge of technology and the downfall of Polaroid at the turn of the digital revolution. The film was an official selection at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, the 2018 San Francisco Docfest, the 2018 Sofia International Film Festival, the 2018 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the 2019 Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival and the 2018 Doc NYC Festival.

Animated Films ‘Boboiboy: The Movie’ and ‘Saving Sally’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Asian animated films Boboiboy: The Movie and Saving Sally are available on DVD From MVD Entertainment Group and Synergetic Distribution.

In Boboiboy: The Movie, alien treasure hunters named The Tengkotak have arrived on earth and kidnapped Ochobot in order to use him to locate an ancient and powerful Power Sphere. BoBoiBoy and his super friends must race against time to save Ochobot and uncover the secrets behind the Sfera Kuasa. The second film in the series, BoBoiBoy: Elemental Heroes, is slated for theatrical release in December 2020. The first film has been broadcast in more than 70 countries, but this is the first time it has been released in the United States.

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In Saving Sally, Marty, an aspiring comic-book artist, secretly loves his gadget inventor best friend, Sally, and fantasizes about saving her from the big bad world. The film won the Audience Award at Lund Fantastic, the Jury Award at Fantasporto, Special Mention at Brussels Fantasy, Best Family Film at Bentonville and Children’s Choice at Metro Manila.