Black Sheep follows two brothers from the North of England and their adolescent curiosity for the EDL - a right-wing street protest movement against radical Islam in Britain. This observational documentary portrays the working class youth culture in the North and the impact that the EDL has on these impressionable young (...)
This is the story of a journey across a desert region in Mauritania. We board the world’s longest train and follow the iron ore all the way from open-pit mines in Zouérate to the ocean. The documentary has been filmed with a pin hold camera to offer a unique perception on the desert.
Twenty-three year old Aster Assefa is a visually impaired mother who lives in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. When Aster is confronted with her daughter’s wish to see a photograph of her father, she draws on a wealth of folklore, songs and stories and decides to rename her Medanit, the Amharic word for medicine and (...)
Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Emily Carr University of Art + Design - Canada/Éthiopie/Allemagne
Halima Mohamed Ahmed, aka Om Amira, lives with her family in Cairo. At night, in the streets near Tahrir Square, she sells home-made fried potatoes to support her family. Amira, her oldest daughter, suffers from a serious heart condition and needs constant care.
In the region of Lahore, in Pakistan, three brothers collect and sell garbage to pay for their school fees. They are all committed to the same challenges : struggling to survive, change their future and fullfill their dreams.
Coming from Senegal, Modou arrived in Bilbao many years ago in the hope of a better life. He has become so passionate about his small business of bicycle repair that he would never leave his second hometown.
The side effects of a sustained economic growth and extensive use of biotechnology pushed Indian farmers into the world’s greatest agrarian crisis. "CottonDreams" takes us into the life of one such family and recounts a powerful drama of love and sacrifices against the backdrop of rural India and its terrible living (...)
The Polish National Film School in Lodz - Pologne/Inde
Several pregnant women requiring particular attention live in the Cuban Maternal Waiting Home known as "The Big House". Yudi, a fifteen-year-old girl, is one of these expectant mothers : she tries, just as the others, to cope with a distant and inherently dysfunctional relationship with the father of her future (...)
Alima, one of the only two railway women in West Africa, travels across Mali in her locomotive. In a man’s environment, we gradually discover an uncommon character. Back in Bamako, Alima considers mariage.
Every winter night, Guillaume crosses the ski runs and the mountain to repack the snow. Alone in his cabin, he is at one with his machine in a balance composed of ceaselessly repeated comings and goings. He has to cling to the night and its grey areas, always reinventing his path.
Ted Curson is one of the last jazz legends alive. As his time is coming to an end, countless tours, never-ending delays and shadows of the past prove to be a burden too heavy to carry at this point of time.
Munk Studio, Polish Filmmakers Association - Pologne
In the heart of the bush where the gravel is hollowed, a stubborn civilisation hunts out its future below the earth’s surface. Blind, or perhaps all too seeing, they dig away, night and day, spurred on by the madness that drives man to his death.
One million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, many of whom in camps. The Syrian diaspora includes an invisible generation of young artists and entrepreneurs whose future expectations were destroyed in their own country. “A City without Dreams” depicts the disillusion of a whole Syrian generation torn between Beirut, Lebanon and Aleppo, in (...)
For the past fifteen years, contract worker Sidhiq Ali has spent all his spare time and money to feed five hundred stray cats in the streets of Abu Dhabi instead of sending his salary back to his family in India.
As Egypt’s official executioner, Ashmawi is convinced of being God’s hand on earth. While he is a meticulous and skilled legal murderer, sentenced persons share their pain and their nerve-wrecking conditions on death row.
An estimated five million people are homeless in Russia, and one million of them are children. Showing the hardships they face and the dreams they hold on to, this film takes an uncompromising look at a group of children surviving in a garbage dump outside of Moscow.
Luis David lives in Congo Mirador, on the shore of Lake Maracaibo, where houses are built on stilts. This is also Venezuela’s largest oil field. Adults move around using motorboats while children can only swim, but some of them use old barrels as makeshift crafts. Sometimes, children organize barrel races : Luis David is dying to take part in one of them, but he needs to (...)
Kinga habite chez son petit-ami. Face à la caméra, elle brosse le portrait sensoriel de Jarek, son compFrom her boyfriend’s home, Kinga recalls key moments she spent with Jarek and shares memorabilia to draw up a passionate tribute to her dead companion.agnon disparu.
This was quite a unique place, warm even in the middle of winter. Men and women were half-dressed yet they were not cold. Their movements were perfect : fast and fluid like a dance. The continuous humming of machinery sounded like music. People working in this factory in Smolevichi, not far from Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, produced felt boots that were sold all (...)
Vakha took care of little Magomed every minute of the day. They were both Chechen refugees who had found asylum in Warsaw and every gesture, every glance they exchanged suggested that they were bound by a strong tie. We could easily imagine that they share a tragic past, but the film focuses entirely on the present : a present made of peace, of a few daily certainties and (...)
There was a place in Honduras where rituals and prayers punctuated the time that elapsed. An elderly woman walked barefoot in the mountain, a man died accompanied by an angel, spirits were the voices of the ancestors. Welcome to this small indigenous community that would prefer to take care of the Earth than sell (...)
Viva Mexico ! The unadulterated fiesta of drugs in Mexico led to a wave of violence similar to bullfighting and this documentary reflects on violence associated with drug trafficking in a country where human body parts roll down the streets. Using animation, the film aims at depicting an authentic representation of the ruthless practices of drug lords in one of the world’s (...)
Machine Man reflects on modernity and global development, involving men as much as machines, particularly questioning the use of human physical force to undertake work in the 21st century. The film takes place in Dakha, the capital city of Bangladesh, where « machine men » perform a wide range of physical works, turning million of people into the driving force of the (...)
Aimée was an elderly French woman who lived on Stromboli, an island in the Aeolian archipelago off the north-east coast of Sicily. For years she had been struggling against the local administration to promote appropriate waste management. The goodwill of citizens such as Aimée could allow waste sorting and home composting, but politicians preferred not to address the waste (...)
« On 24 July 2012, I went to a city to support three human right activists. We quickly found out that we were tailed. Around midnight, a group of policemen arrived to conduct a thorough inspection of our hotel room. »
« Last February, I went to Ishinomaki, a town North of Tokyo which was partially destroyed by the tsunami of 11 March 2011, to meet the victims who now live in temporary housing. I spent several days there, listening to people talking candidly about what they had lived through, telling their own stories with no media as an intermediary. Their account were terrifying, but at (...)
Orléans, 28 May 2011. Prisoners singing inside a prison ; neither the cameras nor the eyes of other people are allowed in. On the other side of the wall, people are listening. Carried away by the music, the faces of the listeners light up and tell the camera their stories. On one side, the voices, on the other, the faces : feelings emerge from the space (...)
“The Axis of Evil” happened in the aftermath of September 11th when George Bush gave a speech where he named a string of countries thought to be homes of terror. In the film we visit a family in Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as night falls. Through childlike cardboard cities we enter into a space between the strange logic of political agitation and fairytales. The stories are (...)
The Mursi tribe lives in the south of the east African state of Ethiopia. The women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings. Every year hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned natives ; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for the (...)
I camera you productions / Ethiopian Film Initiative co-production - Nouvelle-Zélande, Ethiopie
Almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste (electronic waste) are generated worldwide every year. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as second hand goods. Without dialogue, this film presents a visual portrait of unregulated (...)
In a car’s headlights or in the pale light of a petrol pump, in the shadows, the night sweepers of Kabul shift the thick layer of dust lying along an avenue. Images torn from the dust and the night, telling a significant story about the state of the country.
The fruit of a personal approach based on questions and experiments around the theme of prejudice, this film could be defined as a creative documentary. Based on interviews with two researchers, ‘Murmurs and Rumours’ takes a sensitive look at the mechanism of prejudice that colours our perceptions of (...)
Migration is a significant livelihood option and a major development issue for Bangladesh. Yet the social welfare of workers is not a major concern at any level. Labor abuses, dishonored contracts and forced returns has generated tens of thousands of broken families, created poverty and destroyed the hopes of many. This film tells the story of three men from the rural (...)
A barren rock island off the coast of Peru. No soil, no water, but hundreds of thousands of birds. For a period of ten years, only two guards may live on Guañape Sur. In the eleventh year though, hundreds of workers arrive to harvest the Guano, the birds’ excrement that can be used as a fertilizer or for producing (...)