World’s best documentary film maker introduces free screening

The director of the world’s best documentary film is to visit Glasgow next week for a special free screening of his most celebrated work.

Arunas Matelis’s remarkable documentary, ‘Before Flying Back to the Earth’ topped the list of the 50 best documentaries of all time - Martin Scorcese’s ‘Bob Dylan - No Direction Home’ was 2nd - according to ratings by visitors to the world’s most popular movie website: ‘The Internet Movie Database’.

The Lithuanian director will give a talk at 5pm on Tuesday 23 October in Room 408, Gilmorehill G12 Centre, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow prior to the 6.15pm free screening of the award-winning documentary.

‘Before Flying Back to the Earth’ is Matelis’s first feature-length documentary film. It shows the lives of children with leukemia in Vilnius Pediatric Hospital in a poetic but unsentimental way. The documentary celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

The film - in Lithuanian with English subtitles – is showing as part of a series of Lithuanian films at the Gilmorehill G12 Cinema on 22, 23 and 24 October.

Full details of the Lithuanian cultural events at the University of Glasgow can be found here:

Notes to Editors

CRCEES is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence bringing together partners from the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Paisley, St Andrews and Strathclyde, as well as international partners from the region.

The Centre offers postgraduate training in the form of language diplomas, taught and research masters degrees, and PhD scholarships.

Countries covered include: Bosnia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, amongst others.

Further information:

David Smith, Co-Director, CRCEES
Tel: 0141 330 8539
CRCEES website:

The Internet Movie Database website:

First published: 18 October 2007

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