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2016 Films

On the occasion of its 10th edition, Ânûû-rû Âboro’s team is very pleased to offer you a programming of 60 films showing from the 14th until the 22nd of October 2016 at Pwêêdi Wiimîâ (Poindimié), and in a wide range of villages across the three Provinces of New Caledonia.

The International selections and the Pacific selections will take you on a journey through the 5 continents and 46 different countries.

We heartily thank our partners and sponsors as well as all the contributing producers, distributors and directors from around the world for their invaluable help and trust.

International Feature Competition

16 Years Till Summer

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 (...)
Lou McLoughlan (Loumclou Films Ltd., Vintage Pictures)

2015 - Écosse/Islande - 83 min - VOST/Fr

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 (...)
Sean McAllister (10Ft Films Production)

2015 - Royaume-Uni - 76 min - VOST/Fr


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.
Zhao Liang (INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel)

2015 - France - 90 min - VOST/Fr

La Balada del Oppenheimer Park

"The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park" depicts the everyday life of a First Nation community, who was displaced from its Canadian reserve and occupies a municipal park in Vancouver.
Juan Manuel Sepúlveda (Fragua Cinematografía, Zensky Cine, Mexican Film Institute)

2016 - Mexique - 71 min - VOST/Fr

Not My Job

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.
Denis Shabaev (Marina Razbezhkina Studio)

2015 - Russie - 70 min - VOST/Fr

Something Better to Come   (Prix du public parrainé par les Nouvelles calédoniennes)

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.
Hanna Polak (Danish Documentary Production, Hanna Polak Films LLC)

2014 - Pologne/Danemark - 94 min - VOST/Fr

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 (Annett Ilijew, Saxonia Entertainment GmbH, WDR)

2015 - Allemagne - 91 min - VOST/Fr

Sonita   (Prix spécial du jury pour la compétition internationale Hôtel Tiéti)

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 (...)
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (TAG/TRAUM, Intermezzo Films, Rokhsareh Ghaem Magham)

2015 - Iran/Allemagne/Suisse - 90 min - VOST/Fr

Still Breathing   (Prix du jeune public décerné par les lycéens)

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 ?
Anca Hirte (entre2prises)

2016 - France - 89 min - VF

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

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.
Saeed Taji Farouky (Ponda Films)

2015 - Royaume-Uni - 82 min - VOST/Fr

The Dazzling Light of Sunset

Dariko, the only local television journalist in a small town in Georgia, races from one report to another giving an honest, if highly personal, take on the current events that shape her environment.
Salomé Jashi (Sakdoc, Inselfilm Produktion)

2016 - Allemagne/Géorgie - 74 min - VOST/Fr

Under the Sun    (Grand Prix festival Ânûû-rû Âboro)

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 (...)
Vitaly Mansky (Vertov.Real Cinema, Saxonia Entertainment,
Hypermarket Film, MDR, Czech TV)

2015 - Russie/Lettonie/Allemagne/République tchèque/Corée du Nord - 106 min - VOST/Fr

Zona Franca

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 (...)
Georgi Lazarevski (Ciaofilm, Les Films du Poisson)

2016 - France - 100 min - VOST/Fr

International Feature Film Selection

Between Sisters

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 (...)
Manu Gerosa (Clin d’oeil Films, Oneworld DocuMakers)

2015 - Italie/Belgique/Qatar - 78 min - VOST/Fr

Coming of Age

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.
Teboho Edkins (Don Edkins)

2015 - Afrique du Sud/Lesotho/Allemagne - 63 min - VOST/Fr

Driving with Selvi

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 (...)
Elisa Paloschi (Eyesfull)

2015 - Canada - 74 min - VOST/Fr

Ghostland – The View of the Ju/’Hoansi

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 (...)
Simon Stadler, Catenia Lermer (Cameleon Film GbR)

2016 - Allemagne - 84 min - VOST/Fr

Holy Cow

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 (...)
Imam Hasanov (Free Art, Kloos & Co. Medien, Conset)

2015 - Azerbaïdjan/Allemagne/Roumanie/Qatar - 75 min - VOST/Fr

I Didn’t Cross the Border, The Border Crossed Me

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.
Toma Chagelishvili (T-Studio, Kloos & Co. Medien)

2016 - Géorgie/Allemagne - 75 min - VOST/Fr


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.
François Margolin, Lémine Ould Salem (France 3 Cinéma, Margo Cinéma)

2016 - France - 72 min - VOST/Fr


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 (...)
Martin Butler, Bentley Dean (Contact Films)

2015 - Vanuatu/Australie - 104 min - VOST/Fr

The Last Nomads

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 (...)
Ben Ahmed Hamdi (No pasaran production)

2016 - Tunisie - 54 min - VOST/Fr


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.
Marta Minorowicz (zeroone film, Otter Films)

2016 - Allemagne/Pologne - 85 min - VOST/Fr

International Medium-Length Film Competition

Ba Khoda miraghsam

Ali Badri, an old Kurdish man, lost vision in both eyes forty-five years ago. To make a living, he decided, however difficult it would be, to learn sewing and become a tailor.
Hooshang Mirzaee (Dafilm)

2015 - Iran - 39 min - VOST/Fr

Coal India

"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 (...)
Felix Röben (Felix Röben)

2015 - Allemagne - 47 min - VOST/Fr

La fiancée du Nil

Like millions of young girls throughout the world, Heba must marry a man whom she has not chosen. A drama of tragic proportions is being played out in a recluse village by the Nile Delta.
Edouard Mills-Affif (Temps Noir, France Télévisions)

2015 - France - 63 min - VOST/Fr

Salamanca   (Prix du meilleur moyen-métrage de la Compétition Internationale)

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 (...)
Aleksandra Kulak, Ruslan Fedotow (STEREOTACTIC)

2015 - Russie - 41 min - VOST/Fr

Samir dans la poussière

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.
Mohamed Ouzine (L’image d’après)

2015 - France/Algérie/Qatar - 60 min - VOST/Fr

Tisseuses de rêves

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.
Ithri Irhoudane (AMC2 Productions, MPS, TV 2M Maroc, Télévision Loire 7, Berbère TV)

2015 - France/Maroc - 52 min - VOST/Fr

Vita Brevis

Drifting with the wonderful blooming of millions of mayflies on the waves of the Tisza River, "Vita Brevis" is a poem of the moment, an evocation of the fragile and fleeting dance of life.
Thierry Knauff (Les Films du Sablier)

2015 - Belgique/France - 40 min - No dialogue

International Musical Film Selection

Du piment sur les lèvres

Ils ont moins de vingt ans mais sont gouvernés par des Vieux. La gérontocratie sclérosée du Cameroun étouffe la jeunesse et l’a depuis bien longtemps exclue du système. Valsero, un artiste subversif, devient le porte-parole de ces jeunes : il chante et rape en leur nom en mettant des mots sur le mécontentement (...)
Laurène Lepeytre (Laurène Lepeytre)

2015 - France/Cameroun - 52 min - VF

Le paradis de Lee Scratch Perry

Il a révélé Bob Marley, produit The Clash et Max Romeo, inventé le reggae et le dub, sorti près de quatre-vingt albums : le parcours de Lee Scratch Perry est extraordinairement riche. Documentaire inédit, le film suit pendant près de quinze ans l’un des artistes les plus influents du XXe siècle.
Volker Schaner (Fufoo FIlm GmbH)

2015 - Allemagne - 97 min - VOST/Fr

Buddha est un punk

Kyaw Kyaw, un jeune Birman de vingt-cinq ans, rêve d’une révolution musicale punk dans son pays. Avec son groupe et grâce à sa musique, il critique la guerre civile et les persécutions des minorités ethniques. Prônant une symbiose entre le bouddhisme et la culture punk, il voyage dans tout le pays pour promouvoir sa philosophie auprès des jeunes (...)
Andreas Hartmann (Andreas Hartmann)

2015 - Allemagne/Birmanie - 68 min - VOST/Fr

Princesse Shaw

Aide-soignante le jour, Samantha, jeune fille de la Nouvelle-Orléans, devient chaque nuit Princess Shaw et poste sur YouTube ses chansons a capella. À l’autre bout du monde, un musicien célèbre l’écoute et, sans qu’elle le sache, décide de l’aider...
Ido Haar (Atzmor Productions)

2015 - Israël - 80 min - VOST/Fr

International Short Film Competition


In southern Iran, in the middle of a stark mineral lanscape, a woman breaks rock off a cliff over and over again. Like an epic hero, she relives the same routine day after day, relentlessly.
Hamid Jafari (Fatemeh Frouzan ala, Hamid Jafari)

2015 - Iran - 25 min - VOST/Fr

Black Sheep    (Prix de la FOL décerné au meilleur court-métrage de la sélection internationale)

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 (...)
Christian Cerami (Alex Sedgley, Christian Cerami)

2015 - Royaume-Uni - 16 min - VOST/Fr


Camrex House is a hostel for homeless that has upheld a fearsome reputation for forty years. Based on interviews with hostel residents, the documentary reveals a hidden world of untold stories...
Mark Chapman (Mark Chapman)

2015 - Royaume-Uni - 14 min - VOST/Fr

Matière première

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.
Jean-François Reverdy (Les films de l’œil sauvage)

2015 - France - 26 min - Sans dialogue


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 (Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

2015 - Canada/Éthiopie/Allemagne - 20 min - VOST/Fr

Om Amira

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.
Naji Ismail (Rahala Production & Distribution)

2014 - Égypte/Allemagne - 25 min - VOST/Fr


Orbis takes you on a mesmeric journey through Umlazi, one of South Africa’s largest townships, where people lives are shaped by the proximity to Africa’s busiest harbour - Durban.
Simon Wood (Paul Egan)

2014 - Afrique du Sud - 21 min - VOST/Fr


In Gaza, members of a typical family are thrown into disarray after a series of bombing attacks destroyed their home, killed some of the occupants and left others seriously injured.
Mohammed Almughanni (National Film School in Łódź)

2015 - Pologne, Palestine - 21 min - VOST/Fr

The Learning Alliance

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.
Muhammad Umar Saeed (Merci Films)

2016 - Pakistan - 9 min - VOST/Fr

Pacific Feature Competition

Another Country

The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the story of "Another Country" and explains what happened when his people’s way of life was interrupted by modern world explorers, up in the Northern Territories.
Molly Reynolds (Vertigo Productions)

2015 - Australie - 75 min - VOST/Fr

Les évasanés

Every year, hundreds of Caledonian patients suffering from serious diseases are flown to Sydney. Dropped into an environment unknown to most of them, they recreate a brotherly community where social and ethnic constraints tend to vanish.
Olivier Gresse (Duol Productions, Ânûû-rû Âboro, Les Films de la pluie)

2016 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 56 min - VOST/Fr

Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Tom Putuparri Lawford is an Aborigine caught between two worlds. He has given in to the temptations of the modern world but has accepted the responsibility of guiding his community, to fight for his clan’s ancestral lands and to work to ensure traditional know-how is passed down.
Nicole MA (Sensible Films)

2015 - Australie - 97 min - VOST/Fr

The Ground We Won

With a strong desire to push their limit, an eclectic rugby team of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter loses. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game has becomes the focus of the men’s passions : it is on the ground that they can demonstrate their worthyness and promote the values they cherish (...)
Christopher Pryor (Deer Heart Films)

2015 - Aotearoa Nouvelle-Zélande - 91 min - VOST/Fr

The Journey

Leina, a French-Japanese freediver, is expecting her first baby. Her partner Jean-Marie, an expert on cetaceans, is passionate about underwater shots and has earned international recognition for the quality of his productions. The documentary directors share with us this unique contact of Leina with whales, sperm whales and dolphins over the last four months of her (...)
Jan Kounen, Anne Paris (Bellota Films)

2016 - France - 52 min - VOST/Fr

The Price of Peace    (Prix de la Bibliothèque Bernheim décerné au meilleur long-métrage de la Compétition Pacifique)

Accused of terrorism, running a private militia and jailed on gun charges, political activist Tame Iti fights for the right of his tribe Ngai Tuhoe to be a sovereign nation within New Zealand. How high is the price for peace ?
Kim Webby (Conbrio Media)

2015 - Aotearoa Nouvelle-Zélande - 83 min - VOST/Fr

Un rêve kanak, les étoiles du football

Jacques Zimako, Antoine Kombouaré, Christian Karembeu are all Kanak soccer stars. What was their background ? What did their career look like ? Who are the emerging players being trained today to become tomorrow’s champions ?
Jenny Briffa (TêTemBa productions, Grand Angle, Canal + Calédonie)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 52 min - VF

Waiting for John

When the American military landed on the island of Tanna during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo - planes, trucks, canned food. They thought such goods could only come from the Gods. A religion was born : the John Frum Movement, now considered the last surviving Cargo (...)
Jessica Sherry (Alita Films)

2015 - États-Unis/Vanuatu - 70 min - VOST/Fr

Pacific Short Film Competition

Closing the Gap

"Closing the Gap" looks at the way women from opposing clans in the province of Simbu, in Papua New Guinea, bind together to ensure peace and justice in cases of sorcery and tribal warfare.
Llane Munau (Centre for Social, Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2015 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 16 min - VOST/Fr

Échec et Mathadhé    (Prix NC1 décerné à la meilleure réalisation technique du film du pays)

Lucky Mathadhé had everything a man could dream of : a wife, children, a job and, as son of the Chief, a status within his tribe... until he decided to move on. With no income, no family and no place to call home, he now lives and breathes for his only passion : chess.
Cristèle Deplanque (Quinoa, Ânûû-rû Âboro)

2016 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 26 min - VF

Haere Maï, le premier pas

Since I was a kid, I have always wondered how and why my family settled in New Caledonia. Sharing testimonials and confidences, young and not so young Tahitian mates tell me how it all began for them here.
Raïnui Atapo (Poadane)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 22 min - VF

La flûte des guerriers    (Prix Cèikî pour le meilleur film du pays)

Air and Water pollution, impacts on public health and environment... the situation around the planet is most alarming, and New Caledonia is no exception with its nickel industry and the emergence of consumer society. However, there is some hope thanks to those who promote a nature-friendly and healthier (...)
Guy Fohringer (Association Action Biosphère)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 26 min - VF


As the sun rises on the tribe of Galilée, the day starts early and will go until late, dictated by works in the fields, housekeeping and relaxing break in the kava bar. This is what everyday life looks like in the Amoa valley, on the East coast of New Caledonia.
Benoît Guichon, Téin Vaiadimoin (Waâwa Corp, Ânûû-rû Âboro)

2016 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 28 min - VF


"Sting coins" captures the work of a sporting initiative in one of Madang’s settlements under the leadership of Awok Awok.
Aaron Fernandes (Centre for Social, Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2015 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 13 min - VOST/Fr

Wêyem, la vallée sacrée

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 (...)
Jean-Louis Devillers (Quinoa, Ânûû-rû Âboro)

2016 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 28 min - VF

Wosera Justice    (Prix du Centre Culturel Tjibaou décerné au meilleur court-métrage de la Compétition Pacifique)

Wosera Justice focuses on the work of the eponym Centre in Papua New Guinea. The film shares the experiences of violence suffered by two families and demonstrates how the support of the crisis centre staff contributes to make sure justice prevails and reconciliation finds its way.
Llane Munau (Centre for Social, Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2015 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 16 min - VOST/Fr