Uisdean reckons he should be given a second chance. But, after sixteen years in prison, he must re-shape his ambition and look after a frail and demanding father. When an accusation spreads out in the village, a fearless woman intervenes, and Uisdean must find his way to redeem himself from a tragic (...)
Loumclou Films Ltd., Vintage Pictures - Écosse/Islande
A Syrian Love Story
Amer met Raghda when they were both imprisoned in a Syrian jail for speaking out against an oppressive regime. When released, they got married and started a family, but as the ‘Arab Spring’ swept the region, the family’s fate shifted irrevocably. Filmed over five years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to political (...)
In this unconventional documentary, Chinese director Zhao Liang takes us to multiple open-pit coal mines in the sparse hinterlands of China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, revealing the barbaric impetus of Chinese economy scrambling for preserving its world-wide leadership.
Ornella and Teresa, two Italian sisters, have always cared for each other. Now that Teresa is in her life’s twilight and her memory slowly fades out, Ornella decides to confront her sister with an untold story that goes back to their childhood. This well kept secret might change their close bond (...)
"Coal India" portrays people who work under pre-industrial conditions in the coal fields near Dhanbad, India. The film takes us to Loader Area 6, where men carry chunks of coal in baskets on their heads, and Kusunda Area, where children climb like pirates onto trucks to claim their booty of (...)
Four teenagers grow up somewhere in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. Doors into adulthood open and close : some leave their village school to help tend the sheep while others are going to attend secondary school and may never return. The summer of their youth will not last forever.
Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. But instead, she gets on the bus, choosing to live… and goes on to become South (...)
They are under twenty but are governed by elderly. In Cameroon, sclerotic gerontocrats have been stifling young people for a long time, excluding them from any leadership system. Valsero, a highly subversive artist, has shouldered the role of a spokesperson for these young adults : he sings and raps about social (...)
One of the most ancient cultures on our planet is undergoing a major change : the Ju/’Hoansi Bushmen from Namibia are not allowed to hunt anymore and are asked to adapt to our so called modern life. For the first time they travel across the Kalahari and into Europe. What begins as a glimpse into their fascinating culture soon becomes a thoughtprovoking exploration of our (...)
Tapdig has a dream of bringing a European cow into his picturesque village of Azerbaijan to improve the condition of his poor family ; he decides to call it Madonna. His passion unsettles his traditional community, where the Old Men see a threat in having a foreign cow among them. Even his wife Vafa does not want to take care of such a strange breed. But Tapdig is ready to (...)
When Russia started building barbed wire fences on the border to Georgia after the Ossetian war, they cut right through some villages. Family members, childhood friends or lovers, suddenly find themselves on opposite sides.
A thrilling, poetic story with the legendary Lee Scratch Perry, this movie is not a biopic but rather a fairy tale documentary ! It is a mind-blowing encounter with "the" inventor of reggae and dub, the mentor of Bob Marley and as such one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth (...)
Kyaw Kyaw, a twenty-five-year-old Burmese punk, pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in Myanmar. Along with the members of his punk band and by way of his music, he criticizes the ongoing civil war and the persecutions of ethnic minorities. He travels across the country to promote his philosophy among the young generations : A symbiosis of Buddhism and (...)
Leaving his wife and child in Dushanbe, Farrukh, a young Tajik who dreams of becoming a film star, emigrates to Moscow in the hope of standing out. But fate is against him and an accident will soon thwart his plan.
Samantha lives in New Orleans. By day she works as a caregiver for the elderly ; at night she turns into Princess Shaw, posting homemade a cappella clips on YouTube. How could she suspect that on the other side of the world, a talented secret admirer is about to expose her to millions of listeners (...)
François Margolin and Lemine Ould M. Salem expose the radical ideologists indoctrinating thousands of jihadists. They venture to Gao and Timbuktu in Mali to Mauritania, and finally to Tunisia. The raw documentary also displays ISIS’s propaganda images, bereft of commentary or voiceover.
In Salamanca, time stopped two hundred years ago, when the first Mennonites came to Mexico in search of their place on Earth. Everything here is predetermined, and lives of the descendants are repeating lives of their ancestors. While the hero of the film recalls his childhood in search of the right answer, days, months and years slowly go (...)
In a mountainous and arid region of Algeria, Samir lives off fuel smuggling. He transports his merchandise on the back of a mule from his Algerian village to the Moroccan border. In a conversation with his uncle, Samir gradually shares his aspirations and his desire for a different life.
Yula lives with her mother, her friends and many other people in the Svalka, the largest dumping ground in the world, located not far from Moskow and run by the Russian mafia. While life is tough in the Svalka, beauty and humanity can arise among the most squalid and unpredictable conditions.
Danish Documentary Production, Hanna Polak Films LLC - Pologne/Danemark
Somos Cuba - Wir sind Kuba !
A far cry from the familiar picturesque images of Cuba, casual labourer and amateur cameraman Andres recorded everyday life in a working class neighborhood of Havana over a period of seven years. Filmmaker Annett Ilijew edited Andres’ footage into a unique, intimate document that shows the reality of ordinary Cubans on the eve of a sea (...)
Annett Ilijew, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH, WDR - Allemagne
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Sonita is a reckless and enthusiastic Afghan teen living in Tehran, who dreams of being a famous rapper. But in Iran, the government doesn’t let girls sing solo. And in her Afghan home, she is expected to become a teenage bride. Armed with nothing but passion and determination, will she turn obstacles into opportunities (...)
Karim Chakim is a thirty-eight year old boxer. He is madly in love with his wife and children. When he arrives to step into the ring, possibily for the last time, Karim knows that it is the fight of a lifetime. Will he stand up to the occasion ?
On the island of Tanna, in Vanuatu, Wawa and Dain belong to the same tribe but Wawa’s marriage has been arranged in order to reconcile a violent ongoing tribal war. The narrative of this spectacularly exotic film is based on a true story from the Tanna community in the 1980s, with hints of Romeo and Juliet in its tale of star-crossed forbidden (...)
When NATO troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Afghan National Army (ANA) took over the control of the Helmand Province, a highly dangerous region where attacks by Taliban militants take place on a daily basis. Risking their lives, the directors take us on to the front line.
Cut off from the world, deep in the southern part of Tunisia, without any kind of identity papers or birth certificates, the Rebayaa tribe maintains a nomadic lifestyle : its daytoday life, songs and music are faifthful to centuries old traditions. However, some community members start to speculate about their (...)
Berber women weave carpets and dreams ; dreams of a new goat, of building, of love, all transformed into carpet by their skillful hands. Through all four seasons, this film examines their reality through the door of the unconscious.
AMC2 Productions, MPS, TV 2M Maroc, Télévision Loire 7, Berbère TV - France/Maroc
Under the Sun
This is a film about an ideal life in an ideal country – North Korea. We see a girl in an ideal school, the daughter of ideal parents, working at ideal factories, living in an ideal apartment in the centre of the capital. We can appreciate how much effort the North Korean people have to undertake to make this ideal world (...)
Zona Franca, a rather run-down tourist showcase, is Patagonia’s biggest shopping mall in Chile’s Magallanes Province. The story interlaces the life of Patricia, the mall’s security guard stuck in her sentry box, and of Edgardo, a politically active trucker. When the local inhabitants block the roads to protest against the rising gas prices, the tourist bubble pops. The (...)
After winter kills hoards of his parents’ livestock in Mongolia, eleven-year old Sukhbat has to support the family and is given the responsibility by his father to tame a wild horse in a bid to win a regional race.
From a couple who moved in a drainage tunnel in Las Vegas to an adventurer surviving on his own in the Californian desert and this young woman seriously planning to be among the first crew to colonise Mars, none of these characters fit into the world as we know it... but all of them are citizens of the United States of America, a place that can be regarded as apocalyptic (...)
Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov
Ukraine, winter 2013 – 2014. What does People’s revolution look like when you observe it from the inside ? What happens when the demand for freedom escalates into civil war and politics rule the game ? This account of the Ukrainian revolution will take you across political divides to examine the core of a complex and violent (...)
When the doctor told Sylvain that his mother, in her nineties, was not expected to live much longer, Sylvain started to visit her everyday. Against all odds, the venerable lady “decided” to hang around for a while…
At a time when Syria is on the edge of the abyss, this road movie takes you on a perilous journey across the country with Yassin al-Haj Saleh, a distinguished revolution theorist who was imprisoned for sixteen years, and Ziad Homsi, a young militant-photographer.
Eighty-eight-year-old Alice has been living alone since her husband died three months ago. Her neighbour, whom she asked help from so that she can stay home, comes for a filmed portrait. They both engage in a surprising conversation with a lot of memory lapses and indulgence moments.
"Elephant’s Dream" depicts three State-owned institutions and their workers in DR Congo. The interwoven stories of a female clerk in the dilapidated central post office, colleagues at the railway station and a group of fire-fighters in the only fire station provide insight into their daily lives and reveal what survival is about in the third largest city of Africa, (...)
Associate Directors, Bram Crols & Mark Daems - Belgique/Royaume-Uni
Hotel Nueva Isla
Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador
In a rundown part of old Havana, what was at the turn of the century the luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla has become the refuge of a group of people living on the margins of society. Life inside the ruins is becoming more and more dangerous, Jorge refuses to leave the building : he remains convinced that treasures, hidden by the hotel’s original owners, lie waiting within its (...)
El Viage Films, Produciones de la 5TA. Avenida - Cuba/Espagne
Ícaros explores the spiritual universe of the Shipibo indigenous people who live by the river Ucayali, one of the main affluents to the Peruvian Amazon. Young Mokan Rono sets outs on a journey to reconnect with the ancient knowledge of Ayahuasca, mentored by Sene Nita, a respected shaman and his mother, a traditional (...)
Alice is a “care bot”, a robot designed to take care of people, in this case exclusively elders. A university research group tries to find out how Alice should talk and react to stem the effects of loneliness on elderly women. For several weeks, Alice pays regular visit to three women who volunteered to take part in an experiment, which could become fairly mundane in a (...)
Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared
What would happen if one day all music simply disappeared from the planet ? Would it be possible to bring it back ? Stefan Schwietert follows controversial musician Bill Drummond as he engages with different people asking them to sing or hum a tune that does not exist yet. Schwietert delivers a strong advocacy for musical creation and a true conspiracy against marketing (...)
On the Chinese mine of Sunzhuang, safety instructions learnt by heart and recited before heading down into the pit do not protect workers from explosions, silicosis and potential collapses. On the ground, a miserable domestic life illustrates the dramatic impact of these high risk, working conditions on (...)
Mariama, Amadou, Abdoulaye and Rahisy share a goal they attempt to tackle by all means and they are so determined that they bounce back whenever life brings them to their knees. “Lejos de la orilla” is a documentary that reflects on the heroic and anonymous journey some people have to undertake to pursue their (...)
Jo Byeongman is ninety-eight-year old, his wife Kang Gyeyeol is eighty-nine and their extended family includes thirty-five children, grandchildren and great-grand children. Kang was only fourteen when they met and ever since, not a day has passed without them falling asleep hand in hand each (...)
A young Cambodian peasant girl, Aya was enslaved at the age of sixteen and sold as a maid in Malaysia, where she was harnessed for two years without receiving any salary. As she returns to her home village just as poor as when she was abducted, with her child as a result of a rape, she is despised by her mother and about everyone in the (...)
Delhi´s most fascinating community, the Kathputli Colony, is home to over three thousand artists, magicians, acrobats, puppeteers and their families. When their neighbourhood was sold to real-estate developers, these street artists were left with no choice but to overcome manipulation and division and find a way to struggle together for their (...)
Alexander Nanau brings us the astonishing family story of Toto (ten), and his sisters, Ana (seventeen) and Andrea (fifteen). As his mother was serving her time behind bars, Toto became passionate about learning to read, write and dance with a little help from his sisters who tried their best to preserve a good family balance in a world that had long forgotten what (...)
Strada Film, HBO Europe, Alexander Nanau Productions - Roumanie
In a forgotten corner of Egypt lives Hanan, a woman who is yearning for a child. Having no other option but to live on the fringe of her community because of her infertility, Hanan lingers between a dream that is slowly slipping away and her struggle to find a place where she could settle.
My father died eight years ago but he still haunts my nights. He regularly delivers messages to me, some of which I can decipher. I found out he was concerned that his family split up because of a piece of land he sold before he died. For his soul to rest in peace, the Peul tradition requires that I organise a cow (...)
JPL Productions, Lyon Capitale TV, Le Grenier des Ombres - France
Une jeunesse allemande
Using archives footage, the film portrays the first generation of the Red Army Faction (RAF) and its central figures, namely Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof. They firmly believed in the power of images and started their activism through artistic activities and the media, but in view of the failure of their strategy, they soon radicalised and pursued armed (...)
For centuries, inhabitants of Abu Haraz, a small village in the desert area of North Sudan, have lived in harmony with the Nile and its floodings. When they learnt of a project to build a gigantic dam, people realised that their stern, albeit joyful world might soon come to an end. Unfortunately, their attempts to turn back fate had no impact and their village was flooded (...)
When James decided to leave Chico, a small provincial town of California, because his parents would not accept his homosexuality, he headed for San Francisco with Tyler, his teenage lover. Yet their dreams were soon shattered against a reality which did not match their expectations of a gay-friendly community, and the return to their home town ended up fraught with (...)
For Real Productions et Radiator Film - Finlande/Danemark
Elwira Niewira et Piotr Rosolowski
Natasha, an opera singer, left her husband and daughter in Russia to join Rafael, Minister for Sports of Abkhazia, an autonomous territory within Georgia only recognised internationaly by five foreign countries. Set in a crumbling seaside resort on the Black Sea coast, the film swings between comedy and documentary, creating an ironic yet affectionate atmosphere which (...)
Zero one film et Otter Films - Allemagne / Pologne
Two young Tunisians struggle to survive by working in the hay trade. Their day starts very early and seems to never end. With no other alternative than unemployment or exploitation, their dreams of a carefree youth quickly turn to despair.
National Diploma follows a group of young Congolese high school students who are about to sit the exam for their National Diploma, the equivalent of the French baccalaureate, in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Dieudo Hamadi’s camera films them as they prepare for the exam, from the benches of the school that they are regularly ejected from because they haven’t paid (...)
AGAT Films & Cie, Studios Kabako, Karoninka - France/Congo
Farewell to Hollywood
Henry Corra et Regina Nicholson
The dream of directing a film created a strong relationship between seventeen-year-old Regina Nicholson, in the final stage of a terminal illness and fifty-year-old filmmaker Henry Corra. The film questions ethical boundaries in filmmaking and results in a rich and complex documentary that is extremely disturbing and irresistibly moving at the same (...)
Twenty-two year old Hind from Morocco has had not official status since she was raped when she was fourteen ; she was subsequently kicked out from her family home and left with no other choice than engaging in prostitution. Despite the odds of her situation, she has refused to give up her dream of dignity, motherhood and love and has been trying to make ends meet by (...)
Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has been renting a modest flat in Athens, which gradually became a place of transit for migrants. But Greece is only a stop-over : all of them are dreaming to move on to Western countries but in the meantime, they find themselves stuck at Amir’s, hoping for ID documents, contacts and eventually a smuggler to whom they might entrust their (...)
Ekoué, Léon, Blacky and Zorro live in Lomé, in a slum known as “Katanga“, a place where the local fishermen hang around. Always looking for a deal to strike or a bargain, they spend most of their time together. Known to the other residents of Katanga as the “Hustlers“, they are always ready to take whatever job they are offered, be it legal or (...)
La maison du directeur et Merveilles Production - France/Togo
Since Hai’er has been expelled from school, he has wandered around in town. When he isn’t drinking or getting into fights, he’s racing motorcycles with his gang. Beatings by his father simply won’t stop him. Having turned fourteen, he reckons it’s about time to go to the city for some shady (...)
Bob, a retired cowboy and forest addict, is a free spirit and a good friend of Marcel. Now that his wife has left him, Marcel does his best to regain control of his life from time to time. The two stooges fill their boredom in the Walloon countryside with friendship and drunkenness.
This feature-length cinematographic documentary was entirely shot inside one of the world’s most restricted environments : the Takhar Prison, a no-burqa detention centre where forty women and thirty-four children are rotting in four cells. Unprecedented access to the lives and stories of the Afghani women prisoners enabled the director to explore how “moral crimes” are used (...)
Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota Nation, has been the site of some of the most tragic events in Sioux history. With high unemployment, a large number of residents living below the federal poverty line, troubling rates of teen suicide and low life expectancies, the youth of Pine Ridge struggle to make sense of an uncertain (...)
At the beginning of the twentieth century, large numbers of marble quarrymen from Carrara in Italy crossed the Atlantic to work in the granite quarries of Barre, Vermont. In the 1930s, when the industry was already in decline and many quarrymen had succumbed to the occupational lung disease of silicosis, dozens of interviews with Barre’s inhabitants were transcribed by (...)
« Behind The Redwood Curtain » takes the spectator on a mesmerising journey through the dark and eerie Redwood forest. Seven forest dwellers - loggers, scientists, activists and Native Americans – invite us to familiarise with their environment. The ancient Redwoods have always kept the region isolated but now that the logging industry has become intrusive, the survival of (...)
The film profiles Thomas Sankara, the late President of Burkina Faso, who was murdered in 1987. Committed to liberate his country and transform the mentalities of his fellow citizens, contest the world’s political order and challenge the powers of the mighty players, Sankara stood out strongly in the history of modern Africa and of the whole (...)
Mashti Esmaeil spends most of his time three hours’ walk from home, where he grows rice. With an impressive autonomy despite his blindness, he proves in this affectionate portrait to be a serene and wise man with an incredible sense of humour.
Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari et Somayyeh Zeraatkatr - Iran
My Name Is Salt
Salt is everywhere, lying just beneath the cracked, baked surface of the earth. This is the Little Rann of Kutch, 5000 sq kms of saline desert in India. And for eight months of the year, Chhanabhai and his family live here without water, electricity or provisions – tirelessly extracting salt from this desolate landscape. Under the blinding glare of the sun, they work on the (...)
On the shores of the Black Sea, Captain Jack and his pirates lived on a remote beach where a legendary seafarer was said to have buried his treasure. Fuelled by gold fever, these dropouts blew lumps of rock into the air… until the project of a luxury resort forced them out.
“In one hundred years, it’ll be Woodstock !” In his village near Belgrade, Zivan Pujic, aka Jimmy, has been organising his own punk music festival for six years, turning the concrete slab of the sports ground into a stage and relying on performers to help move the rows of seats. If need be, Zivan’s guests might as well provide some cash to pay for a new light bulb in the (...)
Hamdan is a former Palestinian leader who was detained in the old Israeli prisons for 15 years. In 1973, whilst living in Syria, he received the mission of transporting explosives over the border and training someone he could trust. The man he chose was Omar, a neighbour from his village. The investigation led to Hamdan, who was imprisoned. Via his memories the film (...)
The 2011 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was only the second free election since the country gained its independence in 1960. Gaylor, a penniless pastor (like most of Kinshasa’s nine million inhabitants) turned into an "atalaku", a town crier, following a deal with the most generous of the candidates, ensuring visibility on the street and (...)
Mutotu Productions et Walter Films - Congo Kinshasa (RDC)
Four silhouettes wandered around in Cuba in search of their destiny. Victims of an ideology on its way out, these individuals fought for survival, sometimes flirting with illegality. Cantos took a poetic look at a drifting society, far away from its long-vanished utopias.
On August 2009, in Milan, four workers from INNSE climbed a 20-metre high gantry crane and threatened to throw themselves down to protest against the dismantling and the closure of the last factory in town. Surrounded by dozens of policemen and supporters from all over Italy and Europe, the four workers resisted for eight days in a cramped space in temperatures close to (...)
Ulises Rossell took his camera to the Indian community of Wichi, which settled not long ago in the province of Chaco, Argentina, with an American ethnologist as a guide. To some degree a repentant ethnologist, John Palmer married a native Indian and established a large family rather than completing his PhD. He chose to become part of this remote and deprived community (...)
Director Harry Freeland accompanied albino activist Josephat Torner on his awareness campaign across Tanzania to try to put an end to superstitious beliefs spouted by witchdoctors about albinos. Filmed over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun leaves little hope for short term improvement but it celebrates courage and tolerance and it will not leave you (...)
Dans l’immeuble du 85 rue de Genève à Lausanne, la clé de la chambre à lessive est bien plus qu’une simple clé servant à ouvrir la porte d’une buanderie collective. La rencontre entre ce symbole d’une mentalité respectueuse de l’ordre helvétique et les locataires placés dans les appartements de secours par le service social de la ville ne va pas de soi. Traditionnellement située dans (...)
As traditional shepherds, Pascal, fifty-three, and Carole, twenty-eight, embarked in November 2010 on a four-month winter migration spanning 600 km across the Swiss- French region. Accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep, they walked through a rural area which had undergone profound changes, and their odyssey turned into an eventful journey with (...)
Matthew is partially autistic, desperately trying to sort out the chaos around him. Home is his world, the only place where he can find peace and stability, and when he has to relate with the outside world, explosive confrontations often happen. As a childhood friend, director Marc Schmidt filmed him from a point of view that expressed both distance and complicity, (...)
A filmmaker intruded upon the reclusive life of Inta, a woman who lived alone on the edge of a picturesque swamp. He thought that Inta would make an extraordinary film character, but rather than being filmed, the "untamed" woman preferred to cast a spell on this unwelcome intruder. The determination of the filmmaker eventually softens Inta’s heart... only to break it (...)
Outcasts of Italian society gathered in this open centre after having experienced drugs, prison and homelessness. They talked about their existence, sang and lived a simple life, demonstrating that there was still hope for humanity. This is a film with a vision, with a nod to Italian masters such as Pasolini and Bellocchio ; a sad yet vibrant work that mourns a certain (...)
Mahmood Kiani Falavarjani was an Iranian truck driver and filmmaker whose experimental animal films had been screened at international film festivals. Mahmood had developed an obsession : taming a fox and filming a love story with donkeys. The result was an amazing, touching and funny story of an artist who tried to overcome his bipolar disorder using his own (...)
Paulo de Figueiredo worked as a mercenary and lived on the fringes of two worlds : power and revolutions. Structured as a non-linear conversation between the filmmaker and his subject, the film took place in a « no man’s land, » a place outside of the comfort zone of both the director and her subject. While Paulo talked about anonymous locations and facts, fragments of (...)
When Joshua Oppenheimer went to Indonesia to produce a documentary on the Death Squads who tortured and killed over a million communists in the mid-60s, he did not expect that the survivors would be too scared to talk. On the other hand, former executioners, who were still protected by a corrupt administration, easily shared their memories and even proposed to replay the (...)
Final Cut For Real - Denmark, Norway and United States
Danish journalist Mads Brügger went undercover as a European Ambassador to the Central African Republic and embarked on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the diamond trade and reveal the ins and outs of a corrupt political system.
In 2009, when the MV « Hansa Stavanger » was seized by Somali pirates for four months, international media did not report on a fascinating aspect of this front page story : the friendship that developed between chief pirate, Ahado, and captain Krysztof Kotiuk. Waiting for rescue which was slow to take shape, the captain established a relationship with his enemies in a (...)
Twelve-year-old Anton lived with his Grandma in a little home outside Moscow. He spent his summer time with his friends and his babouchka, who was always happy to play with him. Unfortunately, like most of the Russian children, Anton had to join an army camp where he found himself in uniform, holding a (...)
This is a feel-good movie about the art of music produced by tree leaves. Anplagd takes us into a world of eccentric characters with Vera, a former private detective, Pera, an expert farmer, and Josip, an inventor of instruments who attempts to unravel the mystery of perfect leaves. Frozen in time, filled with gentleness and poetry, music is central to life even if it (...)
Horopter Film Production et Helmi Film Oy - Serbie, Finlande
Martin Baer & Claus Wischmann
Kinshasa Symphony shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world managed to implement an incredibly complex system of human cooperation : a symphony orchestra. This is a film about Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.
Kovasikajuttu is a film about Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, suffer from mental disorders and they play their music with bucketloads of attitude and pride. Come and follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity, on the fringes of (...)
At the beginning of the last century, Leonard Percival Howell (1893 – 1981) left Jamaica as a sailor to travel the world. He came back home in 1939 to launch the very first Rasta community, the Pinnacle. Thirty years after Bob Marley’s death, it was timely to pay homage to Howell, the first Rasta whose rhetoric about revolution, politics and social issues resonated with (...)
Her dream was to make it big in Jamaica as a reggae artist. Finally, it came true but ironically she didn’t live to see it all : after fighting for her break-through from the age of seventeen, her success had only just begun to bloom when her car crashed on the way to a stage show in Spanish (...)
In the early 70s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well-received albums that were commercial failures and rumour had it that he had committed suicide. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon, a symbol against apartheid and inspired the younger (...)
Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul - Suède, Royaume-Uni
This unique musical road movie follows Gilberto Gil travelling from Aboriginal Australia to the townships in South Africa and to the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Former Minister for Culture in the Brazilian government, Gilberto Gil unveils his vision of a diverse and interconnected future, rich in hopes, exchanges… and music, of course (...)
BAD WEATHER tells the story of Banishanta Island. It is made up of a community of sex workers. Living on a tiny sliver of land 100 meters long and only ten meters wide in the Bay of Bengal, south Bangladesh, this community survives at the frontline of climate change. The rising river, soil erosion and frequent cyclones are slowly destroying what is left of the island. (...)
Johana, a young actress, and Button, her puppet, have chosen humour to face and beat a painful reality : the progress of an incurable disease. The film tells a story oscillating between smiles and tears, between the here-and-now and the world beyond, between documentary and poetic fiction. Despite the bitter reality of an approaching end, Button defies fate and it all (...)
Right In the heart of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is a small orphanage called “Little Heaven”. One of the orphans, Lydia, is 13 today. A trul joyful event, because she can now move to the “other house” where all of the ‘big kids’ live. Unfortunately this special day is overshadowed by the shocking news delivered to her by the head nurse : Lydia is HIV positive. The (...)
This third film of a trilogy, ‘Position among the stars’ transports us into the working-class suburbs of Jakarta. For twelve years, Leonard Retel Helmrich followed a Javanese family. Through the eyes of Rumidjah, the grandmother, he paints a portrait of a fast-changing Indonesian society.
In the realities of this world, where corruption rules, in a country with a large (...)
A long journey from Niger to Côte d’Ivoire, to meet Niger people who were forced into exile twenty years ago by the songs of Zabaya Hussey, a hugely popular female singer. She is now reaching out to them with a song asking them to come home to their country. The film raises, in song, the universal issue of separation : why did they leave their native land ? And what has kept (...)
« In my country, young people emigrate as a rite of passage to adulthood. But the rule is that you leave to come back. In fact for many this is a journey of no return, for various reasons that those who stay behind often cannot understand. Joanny, my big brother, suddenly left his family one morning in 1978. After 18 years, and still no news, cousin Augustin, who had come (...)
Cinnédoc films-Diam production - Burkina Faso, France
Leave your family at age 7, 12 or 16. Travel to a strange place. Make your home in front of a store, in a video club, by a bus station. Learn how to use drugs, beg, steal, scarper, fight, stop feeling frightened. Make friends and enemies. Move into a new world. Adapt.
Stories told and journeys made : this film is an insider look at some ‘Bakoroman’ from Gounghin, a (...)
coproduction Diam prod, TV Rennes 35/ Région Aquitaine, CNC, Procirep-Angoa, Africalia - France
Cheveux rouges et café noir
Hermanovce, Slovakia. A Rom village at the bottom of the valley. Old outhouses and new watertight. An ancestral spirit, Vozarania, which roams. Through the centuries-old gestures, four rom women tell us their daily paper. ). In the course of the words, on the border between two worlds, Stories of red hair and black coffee, Transmission but also (...)
Near the port of Antwerp lies the village of Doel. A village that has been in the way of the megalomaniac expansionary urges of Antwerp for decades, and now finally has to disappear. While Doel is slowly dying, the elderly Emilienne attempts to keep up a pretence of normality. At her kitchen table village life seems to continue like nothing has changed. But when her close (...)
In his village, Bil’in in Gaza, on the birth of his fourth son, Emad Burnat tries out his first camera. Filming political events and family intimacy in equal parts, Emad Burnat provides an insider vision of the spirit of resistance. These sometimes very violent images, shot over five years, relate events in the colonised territory and the escalation of repression. Damaged (...)
Productions, Guy DVD Films, Burnat Films Palestine, France Télévisions Print Source CAT&Docs - France, Israël, Palestine
Fragments d’une révolution
Iran, June 12, 2009. Denouncing « massive fraud » in the presidential elections, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to express their discontents. At a time when local journalists were muzzled and foreign journalists expelled, the ensuing violent confrontations were living to the entire world films by the anonymous demonstrators. For a full year, Iranians (...)
Mille et Une. Films, l’Atelier documentaire, LCP/ TVM - France
Katinoula has grown old, but still actively serves a Greek-Egyptian lady of her age and origin. She does the chores around the house, haggles with the Egyptians in the marketplace and blesses each day even though what‘s left of her loved ones is just smiling faces frozen in a picture.
Where have all these people gone ?
All these years ?
Let them go... Let (...)
« The Kurdish lover is Oktay, a man of Kurdish origin with whom I share my life. We have been drifting through a devastated region brought to a standstill by war and economic misery. A shaman goes into trance in front of the television, sex-starved hermit dreams of marriage, a ewe is sacrificed and eaten, an old woman prevents her daughter-in-law from learning to read, a (...)
Lessons for Zafirah records the faces and gestures that congregate around the train « The Beast », which represents the symbolic vehicle of escape for thousands of migrants who travel to the United States. Through testimonies, the film captures the participation of people in Mexico who voluntarily provide assistance to migrants : the Women of La Patrona and Father Solalinde. (...)
A bookseller without a shop, a scar covered rapper, a dyslexic, opera loving punk, a wannabe popstar, a mattress too big for a bed, another bombscare... The staircases of John Clancy’s terraced house are filled with hundreds of unsold volumes like a Noah’s Ark of Knowledge telling the stories of a city that has known stormier times. John Clancy treads a new path through the (...)
This chronicle of a Cairo family, ‘They dance at night’ by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, gives us an intimate insight into a clan of women, in which the art of dance has been handed down from mothers to daughters since the beginning of time. Gradually the film unveils their daily existence, made up of concern about the threats to their livelihood, tricks to deceive (...)
Alphonse, 70 years old, returns to his native country after 40 years as an expatriate in Spain. This is a journey of redemption, a quest for reconciliation and forgiveness. Alfonse will have to speak up and explain 40 years of silence, and face up to the present and his shame and disillusions. The one-way door is a trip between two worlds, a journey through time, between (...)
Cairo, February 2011, Elsayed, Noha and Ahmed, three young Egyptians, join the Revolution. Day and night, they occupy the square, talk, shout and dance with thousands of other Egyptians, saying what they hadn’t been able to say freely until that moment. The bloody crackdowns of the regime fan the flames of revolt. In Tahrir, the crowd puts up its resistance, they learn how (...)
“Tea or electricity” tells the epic story of the implementation of electricity in a tiny isolated village enclosed in the middle of the Moroccan High Atlas. Over more than three years and season after season, the director patiently reveals the outlines of the net that will inevitably end up closing on the people of Ifri. Before our eyes is drafted the image of the merciless (...)
Iota Production, Perspective Films, HKS Production, K Films - Belgique
“Vie” follows a group of young African women in the streets of Douala – Cameroon. On the screen, there art video-clips dancing stars, but in real life, they struggle to survive. Between the sacrifices the women make to live their passion and the everyday problems that lie upon their path, “Vie” documents the courage and the will it takes to be an artist in a precarious social (...)
Aiprod, Neon Rouge Production, Green Light 7 - Belgique, France, Cameroun
La vierge les coptes et moi
Namir Abdel Messeh
Namir is a French filmmaker of Egytian origin. One day he watches a videotape of the Virgin Mary’s apparition in Egypt with his mother who, like millions of other Copts, (Egypt’s Christians) sees the Virgin on the screen while he sees nothing. Skeptical about the videotape, Namir travels back to Egypt, to make a film about the bizarre occurrence of the (...)
As they await deportation from Switzerland, a group of rejected asylum-seekers and overstayers languish in Frambois prison. In this detention centre the tension is rising day by day. Guards full of humanist good intentions on one side and men in the grip of fear and stress on the other. Relationships develop here – love and hate, respect and rebellion, until the (...)
Follows the devastated and worn out banks of the Mississippi river, as a blue meridian between North and South. From Cairo, Illinois to Venice, the film portrays people living in the decay of semi abandoned places, who try to rebuild, preserve and survive, in an attempt to take a stand in their land and its history. Flooding, civil rights movement riots, racism, real (...)
Hermes Paralluelo’s first film takes us to Villa Urquiza, a neighbourhood just outside the city of Córdoba. For several years now, we have seen cartoneros portrayed in Argentine cinema. However, very few films have deeply wondered about the way they should be represented. And a film that is aware of that while also managing to takes us to the world the lead characters live (...)
Eighteen ill-housed families appear lined up on the back row of the Council Chambers. They decide to occupy Palermo town hall. Democracy incarnate seems to take hold of the woodwork and the gilt. Dreams of victory and decent housing drive the squatters. A young “mediator” Fabrizio, a left-wing councillor tries to represent them. Then little by little the Palace becomes a (...)
The film, shot entirely on a mobile phone camera, evolved from three protagonists filmed on London’s streets : Sandrine, an attractive young woman from Brazil on a mission to find a husband, Steve, a seasoned beggar, whose life is a continuous struggle with drug addiction and Precious, a poet who became Steve’s girlfriend. The filmmaker mostly remains off-screen while he (...)