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At the market-place of a small town on the south of
, there are three springs - several meters away from each other. People at each spring behave in a different way, even though the water brought there is the same. Poland
LOVE IN TRANSIT
severine beaudot_10min_FRANCE / BULGARIA / TURKEY_2010
Love has no borders.
THE BOTTOM DRAWER
Nisa, a small town nestled in
’s interior, had a unique expression in Portuguese culture, where traditionally, girls from the age of six, would make embroideries working for years to create a bridal trousseau, which would then be sold on the eve of their wedding. With the money made from the sale, the bride would purchase, through her own means, a house for the newlywed couple. Portugal
maja ziberna&tomaz pavkovic_37min_SLOVENIA_2011
Documentary film which tells the history of Celuloza factory in Slovenian town Krsko.
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„Every city has his own Shanghai!“ „Shanghai Banzai“– it‘s an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city centre called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Polish, Gypsies) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. Also film tries to find out the origin of district’s nickname Shanghai. Film portraits inhabitants of Vilnius Shanghai, who have their own rules, loves, habits and sins. Most of them live in their Past still remembering their youth. Now modern skyscrapers exchange old wooden houses and nobody knows what is waiting for “characters” of Shanghai.
alberto garcía ortiz&agatha maciaszek_83min_SPAIN_2011
In the densely forested hills above
Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in Africa, 57 young Indian immigrants await their fate. They have crossed half the planet to get to Europe and now they can see Gibraltar and the Spanish coast - just 14 kilometers away on the other side of the Strait - but they cannot reach them. They are stuck in the juridical limbo of : and after 2 years in the city’s migrant detention centre, and faced with a deportation, they decide to flee one night, and set up shanty camps in the nearby mountains. The film approaches the experience of the group through a very intimate portrait of five main protagonists. Babu, Mili, Rocky, Happy and Guri are very different characters, thrown together by circumstances and bound to each other for survival. Ceuta
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THE INFINITE JEST
The economy conditions our lives. Scarcity is a restriction imposed by nature itself. It is not a human invention. It is an unresolved dilemma. An endless fight for survival.
DAY IN. DAY OUT.
carl valiquet_30min_INDONESIA / CANADA_2011
This short film is a montage of still and moving images that visually depict the laborious struggle of workers living on different islands of Indonesia. It is the study of a people that grind out a living by dint of heavy lifting. Still images show their features under severe stress and strain. Video images compose the workers movements, some in slow motion, rendering this film a visual ballet.
UNDERCUT PRICES BECAUSE WE ARE CLOSING DOWN
This is the last week for a store which closes down during financial crisis in
. This is the portrait of the owner, also a musician, and all big questions for the situation sitting on background. Greece
This film documents the resurrection and reintroduction of the Laterna, a mechanical barrel piano that was once a common sight in Istanbul.
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SO IT GOES
Remote village, twenty families, a lake, a dirt road, and destroyed buildings of an ex–State Agriculture Company. Specter of a soldier wanders near around. Other ghosts do not hesitate to reveal their presence in the neighborhood as well. The old women tell the stories about them while the youngsters still enjoy calling - up the ghosts. It is as if the senses are more opened in the emptiness of the village.
A short, metaphoric story, undertaking a problem of memory, identity, searching for traces of the recent past. Here, on thirty hectares in the city centre, the inventory is being made – it is to lead to reconstruction of a lost city. The camera focuses on details, showing fingers touching an obliterated inscription or a laborious process of decoding letters excavated from the ground, because each of them means something.
Our heroine stopped praying long ago. As a thirteen year-old girl she was brought from her native Turkey to Germany to marry one of her cousins. This is how her childhood ended – she became the property of a husband who tortures and degrades her. She finally decides to flee, but must continuously be in hiding. Condemned by both families, she has no chance at a normal life, neither as a wife nor a divorcee. The film is not a typical intervention reportage, but a poetic collage comprising of documentary material, family photographs and children’s drawings. This individual life story reflects the stories of many other girls and women subjected to a patriarchal law still enforced by tacit consent in the multicultural societies of Western Europe.
Every summer, Marek and Janina work as charcoal burners in the
. Far from civilisation, in the heart of the mountains, they live according to the rhythm set by nature. We accompany the characters from dawn till dusk, observing the slow passage of time. The whole creates a story about people who chose a simple life. Bieszczady Mountains
OH MY GOD, DEAR GOD
Picture of a quiet, charming and almost idyllic Polish village. The Mozejkos spend time on the porch of their wooden house, slowly conversing on what surrounds them and directly affects their lives – the weather, flowers and vegetables growing in their backyard garden. The view from the porch is their only outlook onto the world – this is where they observe the changing nature or any special events in the neighbourhood. From time to time their calm life, undisturbed by haste or worry, acquires some variety when a car or a singing group of pilgrims pass down the nearby road. This short document is a collection of static and extremely vivid takes expressing the mood of idyll, order and quiet.
THE END OF THE WORLD
A story of a remote village, almost completely abandoned. All the youth have left, looking for a better life in the city. Only a few village elders have remained, and they spend their days waiting for a mobile cart to come along and sell bread and wares - their only contact with the outside world.
monica lazurean gorgan&andrei gorgan_42min_ROMANIA_2011
"My Vote is an amusing and intriguing documentary about local elections in a Romanian village. The incumbent Mayor announces his umpteenth candidacy and tries to convince the villagers to vote for him. A fascinating insight into a young democracy, in which manipulation and deception are employed."
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Many scientists say that if the earth’s temperature increases by more than one degree Celsius, extreme weather conditions will be a regular occurrence.
jonas matzow gulbrandsen_15min_POLAND / NORWAY_2010
A film about a lost friendship.
A PLACE TO WIN
Documentary experiment on ways to reconstruct living spaces inhabited only by winners through the genesis of lottery houses. How can the past speak through a building and how many threads there are still connecting it to the history of its early days, while another 50 years have imposed other events on top of those? There is one thing in common in all the people recounting their stories in the film: all of them have won condominiums at the much fashionable lottery prize sweepstakes between 1958 and 1968.
david fedele_53min_AUSTRALIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA_2011
Documentary reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea. It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians. Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they don't understand, for the promise of "development" - fresh water, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed, waterways polluted and their way of life ruined forever.
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KARAMOJA CITY WARRIORS
simon bird_30min_UGANDA / UK_2010
This animated and real life documentary addresses the disturbing issues of child trafficking and begging by the Karamojong women in Uganda. We follow the story of Lucia Nayep with her children in the city, and their return to Karamojaland. Animated sections are created by street children from Kisenyi Ghetto Kampala.
LIFE, A LONG WAY AWAY
Barroso is an isolated region of Portugal where people live at the rhythm of the herds and the seasons. There, one can witness an ancestral way of life which will probably not last. Everyone knows it is the end of it soon and secretely draws the meshes of sparse memories. The memory resists, the setting serves as a mirror. In reminding us what we used to be, it also reflects what have become.
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oliwia&jerem tonteri_5min_FINLAND / FRANCE_2008
“Then I saw the face belonging to the voice that had spoken all night long.”
A one-night stand and the beginning of a new life.
LAND FOR PLAYING OUT LIFE
Can I reach the person whose fiction I live? Who lives in the reality I created? What do the traces of landscape speak about? As I wanted to make a film about the future, I began the expedition towards the North, my autobiographical birthplace.
“Birds can sleep while they are flying. I can’t remember the last time I was able to sleep, but I dream while awake.”
SPLITTING AT THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
Feelings of a generation on disorientation and their time.
PARADISE (Three Journeys In This World)
Paradise – three journeys in this world is a documentary film about dreams, immigration and Spanish tomatoes. ”I thought that when I go to Europe, everything would be fine. When I came to Europe, I cried. When I came to Spain, I cried.”
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PORTRAIT OF A WORKING MAN
This is a story about different people, who came to Estonia to work on the factory. Ukrainian, Russian and Chinese are working together on one Estonian Shipbuilding Factory. The work is very hard, but they are happy, that they have it.
IN EVERY RESPECT
oliver kruger_10min_POLAND / GERMANY_2011
The red-light district in Hamburg is crowded with strange creatures. One of them we followed. She worked as a whore for 30 years. It made us think about ourselves, that happinness and personal doom can be so close to each other.
Olga, who already for seven years has been working as a waitress in a 24-hour bar, is seeking for love that would eventually lead to marriage. The first potential husband was sentenced. She is waiting for him to return and is even ready to marry him inside the prison. As time goes by, she realizes that a marriage to a prisoner cannot be her dream. Life goes on - Olga finds new love that is also distant and ambiguous. Yearning to run from solitude and to flee from reality forces her to go to her next loved one...
MAYBE ARMENIA ONLY EXISTS IN MY IMAGINATION
karin hammer_48min_ARMENIA / AUSTRIA_2011
”In 2010 I was living in Armenia for a couple of months. I lived together with a family in a tiny appartment – 4 generations under one roof. Something very usual in Armenia. So from a very close distance I was able to watch their everyday life. I was surprised what a huge impact Armenia’s history had on everybody´s everyday life. After some time I started to film and talk to people I met and asked them about their lives, their wishes, dreams and hopes...”
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GHOSTS OF THE CAPITAL
laura von bierbrauer_50min_ARGENTINA / GERMANY_2010
Since the Argentinean economic crisis of 2001, on the streets of Buenos Aires more than 6,000 “Cartoneros” push their handcarts to collect the recyclable material of the household waste. Despite their daily presence facets of their work are hidden to the urban population, as the waste collectors usually appear at dusk in trains and trucks from the poorest areas of the province. The film remains close to them and shows the stories behind their handcarts.
MY FATHER IS A COMMUNIST
grigory grishin&olga yakovleva_59min_RUSSIA_2010
Film about a father and a son. They are extremely different but at the same time have much in common. The father, Victor Oshkin, is an orthodox communist, the leader of Labor party department of
region. His son, Alexander Oshkin, is a break-dancer, winner of Russian and international dance competitions, fitness-presenter. He lives and works in Saratov . Moscow
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The entire world in Nadiezhda’s life fits into small room in the house on the hill and her daily routine. She wakes up every morning to repeat the same daily rituals she did yesterday: to carry water in and out, to fire old oven, to launder, to cook for herself and for the animals huddling around her. In the evening her energy expires and the roaring emptiness enters into her small world.
matthew lancit_87min_CAMEROON / CANADA_2010
In this comedic ghost story, a Canadian Jew wanders through an African culture where ”the dead are not dead”. Embarking on a road trip across Cameroon´s most joyous funeral celebrations, the foreigner befriends his guides and becomes increasingly haunted by memories of his own ancestors.
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Film about building originally built as an envelope factory located 500 km down from the Arctic circle and now a centre for asylum seekers - warehouse for humans.
Moving freely in time and space, the film is a mental journey through states of mind, through rugged visions and forgotten memories.
LITTLE SNOW ANIMAL
It is not wrong to love – you just need to look for it in the right place.
SANTA MARIA DEL BUEN AIRE
Impressionistic film about a city which got its name because of ”good air (Buenos Aires)”. People of the city tell legends and the walls have a voice of those who have disappeared.
Late in 2008, Vicar Olli Aalto starts being a woman, full-time. The film tells a story about acceptance, mercy and forgiveness.
HOW TO PICK BERRIES
Guests from far away appear at Lapland’s swamps. “How are we going to get along with these strangers when they’re taking our berries?” How to Pick Berries is a film about Finnish heart and the peculiarities of the global economy. The economy is a many-splendoured thing.
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With its 130,000 inhabitants, Petrzalka is the biggest neighborhood in
Bratislava, capital of . Three generations have grown up here since it was built. People are dying and being born, a new chapter of history is being written, one that is not perceptible from the outside, but only from the inside, from the point of view of our memories and our intimate personal stories. The movie portrays several people living in this featureless world of concrete, trying to find a place for themselves in this jungle of blocks of flats where they could put down roots. Slovakia
Life is a big ball that we have to push up a steep hill. All it takes is a single slip to set the ball rolling back down, leaving us with no other option but to start from the bottom again... „Sisyphus“ is a portrait of a former drug addict who has moved to a little house in the country, away from civilization, and spends his time making origami in the loft. Sometimes art is the easiest way to start from scratch.
A STORY OF A DEPORTEE EXILED BY HER OWN FATHER
“How can you adapt when you get 118 litas? How can you, my kiddie, adapt? You go ad must keep on searching – you go to a church, you come here… Here I’m alive. I’m 79 years old – it seems I’ve managed to adapt.”
WRITTEN IN INK
Story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven´t been talking for 14 years. But can one change what has already been written in ink?
robi uppin&maria kivirand_15min_ESTONIA_2011
“Urban Tundra” is an observing documentary about homelesness and faith. A very big snowstorm named “Monica” hits Tallinn, Estonia in December 2010 and the filmcrew visited a soupkichen dedicated to people in need. The film tries to observe the activities during Christmas holiday and document how people in need are couping with the ongoing storm.
Russian road documentary.