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2015 Films

This year, we offer you a wide selection of 58 films showing from the 16th until the 24th of October 2015 at Pwêêdi Wiimîâ (Poindimié) and in a wide range of villages across the three Provinces of New Caledonia.

The International selection and the Pacific selection will take you on a journey through the 5 continents and 38 different countries.

On the occasion of its 9th edition, Ânûû-rû Âboro celebrates the Pacific and its culture with 30 films in competition. A programming which honors the richness and diversity of the regional film production.

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

Above and Below   (Grand Prix festival Ânûû-rû Âboro)

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 (...)
Nicolas Steiner (Maximage, Flying Moon)

2015 - Suisse / Allemagne - 118 min - VOST/Fr

All Things Ablaze

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 (...)
Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov (Honest Fish Documentary Stories)

2014 - Ukraine - 82 min - VOST/Fr

Baladna Alraheeb

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.
Mohammad Ali Atassi and Ziad Homsi (Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts)

2014 - Syrie/Liban - 85 min - VOST/Fr

Elephant’s Dream

"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, (...)
Kristof Bilsen (Associate Directors, Bram Crols & Mark Daems)

2014 - Belgique/Royaume-Uni - 74 min - VF, VOST/Fr

Hotel Nueva Isla   (Prix spécial du jury pour la compétition internationale Hôtel Tiéti)

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 (...)
Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador (El Viage Films, Produciones de la 5TA. Avenida)

2014 - Cuba/Espagne - 71 min - VOST/Fr


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 (...)
Georgina Barreiro (Georgina Barreiro )

2014 - Argentine - 71 min - VOST/Fr

In the Underground

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 (...)
Song Zhantao (Song Zhantao )

2014 - Chine - 90 min - VOST/Fr

Lejos de la orilla

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 (...)
Javier Sanz (Films de l'Orient)

2015 - Espagne - 60 min - VOST/Fr

Of the North

Reaching out to the Inuit people through amateur films posted on YouTube.
Dominic Gagnon (Film 900)

2015 - Canada - 74 min - VOST/Fr

The Storm Makers : ceux qui amènent la tempête

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 (...)
Guillaume Suon (Production, Tipasa Production)

2014 - France/Cambodge - 66 min - VOST/Fr

Tomorrow We Disappear

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 (...)
Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber (Old Friend)

2014 - Inde/États-Unis - 84 min - VOST/Fr

Toto si surorile lui (Toto et ses sœurs)   (Prix spécial du jury pour la compétition internationale Hôtel Tiéti)

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 (...)
Alexander Nanau (Strada Film, HBO Europe, Alexander Nanau Productions)

2014 - Roumanie - 93 min - VOST/Fr

Um Ghayeb

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.
Nadine Salib (Hassala Films)

2014 - Égypte/Émirats arabes unis - 92 min - VOST/Fr

International Feature Film Selection

Au crépuscule d’une vie

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…
Sylvain Biegeleisen (Zen Production Ltd, Take Five)

2015 - Belgique/Israël - 71 min - VF

C’est ma vie qui me regarde

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.
Damien Fritsch (Ana films)

2015 - France - 102 min - VF

Ik ben Alice

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 (...)
Sander Burger (Keydocs)

2014 - Pays-Bas - 76 min - VOST/Fr

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 (...)
Stefan Schwietert (Maximage, Flying Moon, SRF, WDR)

2015 - Suisse/Allemagne - 86 min - VOST/Fr

My Love, Don’t Cross That River

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 (...)
Moyoung Jin (Kyungsoo Han, Argus Film)

2014 - Corée du Sud - 86 min - VOST/Fr

Un homme pour ma famille

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 (...)
Thierno Souleymane Diallo (JPL Productions, Lyon Capitale TV, Le Grenier des Ombres)

2015 - France - 58 min - VF

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 (...)
Jean-Gabriel Périot (Local Films)

2015 - France/Suisse/Allemagne - 93 min - VF, VOST/Fr


Déwé Gorodé, écrire le pays

In this focus filmed shortly before he died, Nidoish Naisseline, one of the customary chiefs of Mare, in the Loyalty Islands, shares his perspective on the evolution of the kanak society, while embracing his fifty-year long political career, which started on the Paris barricades in May (...)
Deborah Walker and Neil Morrison (Dragonfish)

2015 - Nouvelle-Zélande - 52 min - VF, VOST/Fr

Nidoish Naisseline, une parole qui ne meurt pas

Veteran activist and longest standing member of the New Caledonian Government, Déwé Gorodé shares a moment with Maori writer Witi Ihimaera. Her poetry, short stories and novels tell the history of New Caledonia’s journey towards its emancipation better than any historical essay.
Nunë Luepack (SaNoSi Productifons)

2015 - France - 52 min - VF

Totem et Tabou

As the population of New Caledonia will soon have to choose its destiny, what does remain from the concept of independence after thirty years of clashes and reconciliations? This is the story the film aims to tell, using video archives, interviews from the 1980s as well as recent footage.
Bernard Lassauce (Régis Ayache, EKLA Production)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 52 min - VF

International Short Film Competition


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.
Sendoa Cardoso (ESEENEDE Visual)

2014 - Cuba/Espagne - 4 min - VOST/Fr


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 (...)
Sandeep Rampal Balhara (The Polish National Film School in Lodz)

2014 - Pologne/Inde - 15 min - VOST/Fr

La casona

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 (...)
Juliette Touin (Quilombo Films)

2013 - Cuba - 24 min - VOST/Fr

La fille du rail

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.
Eva Sehet and Maxime Caperan (La Fémis)

2014 - France - 28 min - VF, VOST/Fr

Suspendu à la nuit

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.
Eva Tourrent (Survivance)

2015 - France - 24 min - VF

The Length    (Prix de la FOL décerné au meilleur court-métrage de la sélection internationale)

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.
Ivan Torres Hdez (Mouka Filmi, Yle Finland)

2014 - Finlande - 13 min - VOST/Fr

To tylko marzenia

Jan lives on the outskirts of the city of Lodz in a dilapidated timber house of no great size. Days come and go with his two dogs and his little mouse... not to mention his most precious dreams.
Jakub Michnikowski (Munk Studio, Polish Filmmakers Association)

2014 - Pologne - 23 min - VOST/Fr


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.
Simon Gillard (INSAS)

2014 - Belgique - 19 min - No dialogue

Pacific Feature Competition

Being Bruno Banani

In the Pacific Ocean, the Kingdom of Tonga seeks an athlete who could qualify as a luger in the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games. While two German coaches feel quickly at home in this heavenly environment, the first training sessions on the island give rise to some colourful situations. When Bruno Banani qualifies, he sets off to discover a totally different world to (...)
Susann Wentzlaff and Jörg Junge (Mediaheadz)

2015 - Allemagne - 98 min - VOST/Fr

Black Panther Woman

In 1972, Marlene Cummins, an Aborigine, fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party. With the break up of that relationship, she spiralled into a cycle of addiction that left her on the streets and vulnerable. Fourty years later, still struggling with addiction, Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New (...)
Rachel Perkins (Blackfella Films)

2014 - Australie - 52 min - VOST/Fr

Cap Bocage

In January 2008, at Cap Bocage, a headland on the East coast of New Caledonia, heavy rains washed toxic sludge from the hilltop of nickel mines into kanak customary fishing grounds below. Florent Eurisouké, an independence activist, and his environmental organisation "Mèè Rhaari" take on the mining company and demand that the bay be cleaned (...)
Jim Marbrook (Jim Marbrook)

2014 - Nouvelle-Zélande - 74 min - VF

Carsud - Toute une histoire

Between 2007 and 2008, the bus company Carsud experienced a prolonged strike punctuated by urban guerilla and violent clashes between USTKE activists and Police forces. From 2009 onwards, as all the staff and executives embraced a new business model, the company became a benchmark for labour (...)
Emmanuel Desbouiges and Dorothée Tromparent (PAO Production)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 52 min - VF

Échos militants

This ensemble documentary interweaves the lives and viewpoints of Australian environment activists. As young members of an international Punk-Hippie community camp in thousand year-old trees to protect them, inhabitants of the Mary Valley stand together to campaign against the construction of a dam which would destroy their (...)
Margaux Dufourmentel and Arnaud Biaujaud (L'Atelier Horsham)

2013 - France - 85 min - VOST/Fr

Hip Hop-eration

Who said grandma couldn’t be a hip-hop star? These senior citizens may be almost a century young each, but for Kara (ninety-four), Maynie (ninety-five) and Terri (ninety-three), the trip to the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas is just the beginning of a life’s journey.
Bryn Evans (Inkubator Ltd)

2014 - Nouvelle-Zélande - 93 min - VOST/Fr

Le test, chronique d’une initiation

In the Solomon Islands, Ernest has been selected to learn the secrets of traditional bonito fishing. This village boy from the Makira province will reconnect with an ancient tradition, which was used by the elders as a ritual of initiation but had been forgotten for more than thirty years.
Adilah Dolaiano (La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse, Sukwadi media)

2014 - France/Îles Salomon - 52 min - VOST/Fr

Naha Shi

After leaving Okinawa in 1912 to work in the nickel industry of New Caledonia, Zenziro Uichi’s life took a dramatic turn in December 1941 when Japan entered the Second World War. Just like him, a thousand of Japanese living across the island were regarded as potential enemies from one day to the next. Seventy years later, his descendants and close relatives, established in (...)
Sabine Jobert (Ânûû-rû Âboro)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 60 min - VF

Next Goal Wins

After suffering a crushing defeat 31-0 against Australia in 2001, American Samoa – officially the worst football team on earth – were still in search of their first ever competitive win. Then came maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen, whose mission was to help the national team achieve this elusive (...)
Mike Brett and Steve Jamison (Agile Films, Archer's Mark)

2014 - Royaume-Uni - 97 min - VOST/Fr

Nick and Chai    (Prix du public parrainé par les Nouvelles calédoniennes)

In November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed the lives of Nick and Chai Quieta’s four children and destroyed their home in Leyte, leaving them with nothing but each other. Four months later, the couple found in their mutual love the energy they needed to move forward.
Rowena Sanchez and Charena Escala (Hiraya Pictures)

2014 - Philippines - 70 min - VOST/Fr


Set against the stunning backdrop of the industrial seaside town of Port Kembla, in New South Wales, a feisty and resilient community group have determined to take back the responsibility that most of us leave to someone else – to care for their own dead. As their plans for community-based funerals gather momentum, one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening (...)
Lynette Wallworth (Scarlett Pictures)

2013 - Australie - 73 min - VOST/Fr

Une nature envahissante

Invasive species are the second most important cause of global biodiversity loss and New Caledonia is no exception: deers, cats, rats, pigs and ants destroy the Caledonian biodiversity. And consequences go far beyond environment as they can be economic or social.
Jenny Briffa (TêTemBa Productions, Grand angle)

2014 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 52 min - VF

Vive la France    (Prix de la Bibliothèque Bernheim décerné au meilleur long-métrage de la Compétition Pacifique)

Fourty-six nuclear tests in the open air and one hundred and fourty-seven underground nuclear tests have been carried out in the Southern part of the Tuamotu archipelago, in French Polynesia. Today, on the Tureia atoll, the population reflects on the Moruroa nuclear campaign and its consequences. What is the risk incurred by the atoll if the rifts in the Moruroa reef (...)
Titti Johnson and Helgi Felixon (Felix Film AB)

2014 - Suède/Finlande/Norvège/Islande - 86 min - VF

Walking Under Water

Borneo. The ancient traditions of the Sama-Bajau, nomads of the sea and extraordinary divers, are in danger of disappearing. Fending off the end of this world, a fisherman tries to pass on these ancestral skills to his nephew. But globalisation and tourism advance inexorably. The young man hesitates in the face of (...)
Eliza Kubarska (Monika Braid, Braidmade Films, Stefan Kloos from Kloos & Co. Medien.)

2014 - Pologne/Allemagne/Royaume-Uni - 76 min - VOST/Fr


In 1994, a Hollywood production would change forever the life of the people from Easter Island. Blockbuster «Rapa-Nui» poured millions of dollars onto this tiny island and gave every resident a temporary job, but it also strongly impacted their traditions and the image many of them still held of their (...)
Paco Toledo and José Domingo Rivera (Andoliado)

2014 - Espagne/Chili - 72 min - VOST/Fr

Pacific Short Film Competition

Aline, sage-femme kanak

Eighty-two year old Aline lives in Tendo, near Hienghène. Just like her mother, she uses traditional kanak medicine to look after pregnant women.
Wylfried Pagoubéalo (Hânu Marip)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 16 min - VF


Gégé is only twelve but he already lives a tumultuous life, split between his family and his neighbourhood. The teenager is passionate about hip-hop: we follow him overcoming the hardship and the cracks of a highly selective system to take part in a Battle in La Rochelle.
Kevin Wayaridri (Poadane)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 26 min - VF

Jeune tribal

He does not speak much but he is said to be a good fisherman and a hard-working farmer. As anybody knows, Elvis (aka Ataï) would never leave his community.
Clarisse Ele-Hmaea (Poadane)

2013 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 9 min - VF

Kiamou    (Prix NC1 décerné à la meilleure réalisation technique du film du pays)

Kiamou, an elderly from Néouta, near Ponérihouen, looks back full of nostalgia and reflects on her early years. She shares her everyday activities while preparing the pandanus leaves, which will be used for custom mats.
Benoit Guîchon (Ânûû-rû Âboro)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 17 min - VOST/Fr

La place 2    (Prix Cèikî décerné par Koniambo Nickel-KNS au meilleur film du Pays)

In 2011, « The Place » highlighted the daily routine of youngsters from the Vallée-du-tir neighbourhood, who had gone adrift. Two years later comes a sequel as filmed by two youths living in this typical, working-class district.
Glenn Wahnawe and Joël Heiec (Poadane)

2014 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 18 min - VF


Lapan is a film centred on Miriam Potopi, one of the first female magistrates in PNG. While she is charismatic and highly educated, Miriam has to face many challenges.
Renagi Taukarai (Centre for Social & Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2014 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 26 min - VOST/Fr

Les couleurs de mon quartier

In the Tindu neighbourhood, we follow a group of youngsters. Four of them open up and share, each in their own way, their strategy to cope with life.
Bénédicta Cidopua (Poadane)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 26 min - VF

Meri Markham

Jenifer Baing Waiko belongs to the Aztera clan; she is the daughter of a leader and former political figure and her mother comes from New Zealand. She works on the family cocoa farm with her husband and is involved in an NGO. Determined to share her strength and determination to help her country, she decides to go into (...)
Klinit Barry (Centre for Social & Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2014 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 26 min - VOST/Fr

Never give up    (Prix du Centre Culturel Tjibaou décerné au meilleur court-métrage de la Compétition Pacifique)

"Never Give Up" is the moving story of Gina Baidam, a community worker from Serimambu, a remote village in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. In the face of the hardship that pregnant women must cope with, Gina’s ambition is to contribute to change people’s mentalities.
Ruth Ketau (Centre for Social & Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2014 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 26 min - VOST/Fr

Taan na kîjiin

In 2013, the storytellers association of Tagadé celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a tales festival. The film recounts the highlights of this event and presents interviews of local and international storytellers.
Tagadé (Tagadé, conteurs du Nord)

2015 - Nouvelle-Calédonie - 38 min - VF

When We Were Hela

With exceptionally abundant mineral resources, Papua New Guinea attracts financial interests, which undermine the living conditions of the indigenous population and their environment. The film includes shocking images of the consequences of a liquefied natural gas development project run by Exxon (...)
Ian T.Shearn and Olivier Pollet (The Gumption Group)

2014 - États-Unis/France - 14 min - VOST/Fr

Yu ken mekim

A former fish vendor in the streets of Goroka, Rita Kare now runs a small restaurant. With her husband Peter, she is determined to achieve their dream of establishing a successful business.
Janet Munaup (Centre for Social & Creative Media, University of Goroka)

2014 - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - 26 min - VOST/Fr