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  • (se)Cechanok

    Step by step, this observational and almost wordless documentary takes us through every aspect of falconry as practiced in Middle Eastern countries: all the way from the catching of field mice in a fishing village in Iran to competitive falcon shows in Abu Dhabi. Each step is a new chapter marked by a title and poetic instruction. The long scenes underline the level of patience and knowledge necessary for each stage in the process. Each of the falcons has its own destination: a busy city square as a tourist attraction, a falconry center as an object of study alongside stuffed companions, or the world of falconry, where it will undergo a period of remarkable training to reach competition form. ...

  • “6x9” A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement

    “6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement” is an immersive experience of solitary confinement in US prisons which places viewers in a virtual segregation cell they can explore and interact with. It aims to highlight the psychological deterioration and sensory deprivation that can be the effects of long term solitary confinement for many of the people who have experienced it firsthand around the world. Throughout “6x9” the viewer will hear audio from interviews with seven former inmates who were in solitary confinement for between one and eight years in California and New York. These characters talk to viewers throughout the experience about what they can expect during the film. ...

  • “We are girls, but...” - Women Artists In Romania Between Everyday Life And Visions

    The documentary portrays five women artists who are living and working in different cities in Romania. Each story can stand for itself, but the film relates them to each other following similar subjects in order to contrast attitudes, ways of living and working (art works/ projects) in the context of the contemporary art scene in Romania. The camera accompanies the women during their everyday life activities (at home, in the studio, with friends) and to special events (exhibition, openings, art parties). With close and intimate pictures the film offers a deeper insight into personal life situations. The women tell about their art work, everyday life routine and the difficulty to be creative as an artist while having a job for a living. The author also focuses on the difficulties the characters experience as women artists living in an environment where old fashioned mentalities regarding gender roles/ relations in society still prevail. ...

  • ”Polyethylene terephthalate” Rafters

    Seven people set off on an adventure in the Danube Delta: they water travel for 14 days, on a raft made of wood and plastic bottles. On their way, they interact with the locals, who are worried about nature degradation and the lessening of the fish and birds. The experience of the people who live in the Delta and depend on its resources is different from that of the adventurous tourists, bewildered by the beauty of the scenery. ...

  • 1 Building and 40 People Dancing

    Exploring the relationship between people and their living quarters, “1 Building and 40 People Dancing” is an endearing living mosaic, that focuses its gaze on the elderly inhabitants of a public housing building. For the protagonists, the proximity acts as a driver of empathy and complicity, defining them as both individuals and an organic part of a larger whole. Emblematically so, we first become acquainted with them in the communal space of the hallways, through the relationships they create with one another. Little by little the characters reveal details of their life story, both harrowing and inspiring, they themselves deciding how and how much to share in front of the camera. With an unbiased sense of understanding, director Miki Polonski creates a candid series of portraits, with a fine eye for capturing the minutiae of the people’s inner lives and the tenderness of their emotions. ...

  • 10 x Cultural Observer

    In the year 2010, the magazine Observatorul cultural/The Observer celebrated 10 years of existence, which was a great opportunity to bring tribute to all the people who were involved along the years, as collaborators or as readers, in the life of and the system of values promoted by this independent weekly publication. The years that passed were marked by attitudes, cultural memories and free debates, without restriction, censorship or chosen subjects, in which The Observer, together with publications like “Dilema veche” or “România literară” have promoted the authentic Romanian cultural values, standing out from the crowd of superficial and aggressive media to be found in Romania these days. The film tells the story of an outstanding cultural project developed in a society that grows more and more fragmented and indifferent. ...

  • 1989

    A young, East German couple makes a fatal decision. It is the time just before the fall of the Berlin Wall when they try to escape into Austria via Hungary, whose new Prime Minister Miklós Németh has shortly before opened the border to the East to save money on the border control. But powerful forces deep inside the Communist Party want things to be otherwise. Németh is plunged into a political storm, and the young couple is caught in a fatal crossfire at the border - a tragic event, which paradoxically ends up accelerating the final demise of the wall. Erzsébet Rácz and Anders Østergaard has created a historical epic where the international power game in 1989 is portrayed in dramatic reconstructions, archival footage and interviews. A forgotten tragedy, buried in the rubble of the fallen wall, is dusted off and reminds us that historical change always has a human cost and that it is the small coincidences that can ultimately change the course of history. ...

  • 24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years

    A unique way of life that repeats itself every day, slowly transformed Imre and Piroska in some museum exhibits. In a quiet and isolated world we meet a couple whose existence comes to depend on the interaction with a different outer world, oposed to the absurdity of their own. Their life is a standstill, like a diorama in a museum, but they are trying to break through. ...

  • 28 DAYS ON THE MOON

    Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, is a popular touristic site visited by millions of people each year, for its surreal moonlike landscape and undeniably rich Christian heritage. Located in the heartland of Anatolia in Turkey, this place still remains to be inhabited by its own secluded, hospitable yet conservative Muslim people, who have been experiencing radical changes and facing development-forced displacement due to the rising international development of tourism in the area. The film tells the story of three different villages and seven individuals. They comment on the daily issues and highlight the important themes and impact of tourism in their lives, that may be of interest not only for the curious anthropologists or protective conservationists, but for everyone who travels or travelled at some point from home to someone else's home ... ...

  • 5 1/2 Roofs

    According to Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 the occupation of empty property in the UK is not illegal. In London there are more than 13.000 people living in squats. With a poetic and sympathetic eye this film shows 6 episodes of 6 different London based squats and their inhabitants. 6 stories of the struggles and joys of life of the city, which is usually hidden to us. ...

  • 7109 Km

    Young polish man travels to Irkutsk by trans-Siberian train to see Tanya, his holiday love after 8 months. He wants to know, what was exactly between them and to say her that he loved her. ...

  • 8th of March

    In the documentary The 8th of March, simple human stories become parts of a complex historical puzzle. An abandoned mine, a tram depot, an old tailory once part of a communist fashion studio, a dairy factory, they are all remains of a world that ceased to exist, and the setting for the lives of several women who used to work there in communist times. They were young and did not complain, in spite of the difficult conditions. The documentary also observes the way in which 8th of March, the International Women's Day, is celebrated in the ex-socialist countries. ...

  • 99% Bucharest

    By means of a colourful patchwork of moving pictures dubbed by a dense narrated essay, this short film depicts present-day Bucharest as a city of contrasts. A European capital city combining Western ambitions with the laissez faire of the Balkans. ...