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  • Babu - Cazul Gheorghe Ursu

    In 1985, Dipl. Engineer Gheorghe Ursu, nicknamed Babu, was arrested by the communist authorities because they had found out about his diary, where Babu put down everything he saw and heard about what was happening in the country in those days. In November 1985, Ursu was beaten to death in his prison cell by his room-mates. One of the aggressors was an informer working for the Militia and the Secret Service, the Securitate. The film combines the interview where the latter gives his version of the story with Babu's voice from an old recording made by one of his friends in Paris in 1978, and with the accounts of another of Babu's friends, a Romanian SF writer living in Paris since 1967. Babu's friends accuse the authorities for delaying this murder case. The story is told by the murderer, the victim and the victim's friend. Only the murderer has survived. ...

  • Back Home to the Reich with Bubi

    An offspring of a very old German aristocratic family is looking for traces of his uncle, an SS General of the Third Reich, together with a young Polish film director. During World War II, Ludolf von Alvensleben called Bubi was responsible for the killing of thousands of Poles and Russians, ordering executions or putting people to death himself. Still very proud of their aristocratic origin, the large family experience difficulty in facing the memory of Bubi's deeds. They are trying to forget and conceal the Nazi blemishes in their family history. ...

  • Back Passing

    The film tells a story of the Roma boy David, who wants to take a part in the international football tournament. David ask his father for support, but the father prefers his guitar and bottle of alchool… The football team is composed of white and Roma boys. The Roma coach, Vlado Sendrei, tries to engage for this tournament also the boys from detention home. Will David become a member of this football team? What will happen to the team on its abroad? ...

  • BACK TO EARTH

    Oil is our daily energy staple. Or is it a drug our society has been flying high on for over a century? And isn't it time we started getting ready to detox ? ...

  • Back to the Roots

    Luis Simões lives in a small wooden house on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean, near Lisbon. The closer he lives to the nature, the stronger his spiritual connection with his ancestors grows. ...

  • BACK TO THE SQUARE

    We filmed in Egypt for a year since the beginning of the January 2011 revolution and followed five characters, all of whom have suffered injustice at the hands of the state since the uprising: a poor illiterate boy who was manipulated into fighting protesters in Tahrir Square; an ex-convict who speaks about how the State uses criminals to conduct its violence; a young newly married couple that was arbitrarily arrested; a twenty-year-old activist woman who was arrested by the military, tortured and forced to submit to a virginity test; a nineteen-year-old computer science student who, with his friends, is protesting for the release of his brother imprisoned for having criticized the army. Our film is about the courage to resist injustice in post-revolutionary Egypt. ...

  • Balkan Champion

    The 1990s were troubled years in Romania's recent history, a period of confusion and anxiety. The status quo of the communist regime was gone. Before, Ceausescu had been everybody's enemy, and this situation had created a certain solidarity between people. It was rather easy to distinguish between friends and enemies. With the dictator's physical disappearance, people felt free to express all their frustrations. And most often they did it in a violent way. The background was favourable for conflicts of all sorts, including ethnic conflicts. The film reveals this period through first-hand experience. The main character is the author's father, and his involvement in the events that followed the Revolution has provoked crucial changes in the life of his family. As a distinguished member of the Hungarian ethnic minority, he firmly expressed his position against the communist Secret Service (Securitate). In early 1990, it was an act of political suicide, and even put his life in danger. After sixteen years and after running for Parliament for five times, this champion of correctitude and intransigence does not find his place in the new system. ...

  • Balkan Champion

    The 1990s were troubled years in Romania's recent history, a period of confusion and anxiety. The status quo of the communist regime was gone. Before, Ceausescu had been everybody's enemy, and this situation had created a certain solidarity between people. It was rather easy to distinguish between friends and enemies. With the dictator's physical disappearance, people felt free to express all their frustrations. And most often they did it in a violent way. The background was favourable for conflicts of all sorts, including ethnic conflicts. The film reveals this period through first-hand experience. The main character is the author's father, and his involvement in the events that followed the Revolution has provoked crucial changes in the life of his family. As a distinguished member of the Hungarian ethnic minority, he firmly expressed his position against the communist Secret Service (Securitate). In early 1990, it was an act of political suicide, and even put his life in danger. After sixteen years and after running for Parliament for five times, this champion of correctitude and intransigence does not find his place in the new system. ...

  • Balkan Champion

    The 1990s were troubled years in Romania's recent history, a period of confusion and anxiety. The status quo of the communist regime was gone. Before, Ceausescu had been everybody's enemy, and this situation had created a certain solidarity between people. It was rather easy to distinguish between friends and enemies. With the dictator's physical disappearance, people felt free to express all their frustrations. And most often they did it in a violent way. The background was favourable for conflicts of all sorts, including ethnic conflicts. The film reveals this period through first-hand experience. The main character is the author's father, and his involvement in the events that followed the Revolution has provoked crucial changes in the life of his family. As a distinguished member of the Hungarian ethnic minority, he firmly expressed his position against the communist Secret Service (Securitate). In early 1990, it was an act of political suicide, and even put his life in danger. After sixteen years and after running for Parliament for five times, this champion of correctitude and intransigence does not find his place in the new system. ...

  • Balkan's Digest

    As a remanence of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Aromanian Vlachs blossomed into a cultural synthesis of the last Balkan millennium. Forgotten in the core of the south Albanian mountains, Grabova (1700 m altitude) is the most inaccessible of the 5, once flourishing, Moscopolitan cities. The last 300 years of Balkan inter-cultural relations challenged this historical urban network to keep alive its Aromanian Vlach culture. In our days this challenge transformed Grabova in one demographic winner: 50 families. Its destiny is most representative for the Aromanian Vlachs along many other cultures and settlements that share the South-East Europe. In dialogic communication with "Reader's digest", the film tries to briefly unwrap the elusive viscera of Balkan's "Self-devouring" while being convinced it is devouring the "Other". ...

  • Bar de zi and Other Stories

    Regular people living in a regular neighbourhood. Through a series of portraits, the film traces the daily history of the Downhill City of Sibiu. Without spectacular plots and without romantic-like subjects, just samples of regular life. Thriving or failing people, who live with or without regrets... A puzzle that shapes up a specific world. ...

  • Bar de zi and Other Stories

    Regular people living in a regular neighbourhood. Through a series of portraits, the film traces the daily history of the Downhill City of Sibiu. Without spectacular plots and without romantic-like subjects, just samples of regular life. Thriving or failing people, who live with or without regrets... A puzzle that shapes up a specific world. ...

  • Bar de zi and Other Stories

    Simple stories of ordinary people whose lives and destinies seem to intermingle in and around a small provincial day bar in Sibiu, Romania. ...

  • Barrel, The

    Thirteen-year-old Luis David lives with his family in Congo Mirador, a village on stilts in Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. This is an immense body of water, and the biggest oil field in Venezuela. Every day, a few thousand barrels of oil are tapped and turned into a whole lot of dollars. Luis David doesn’t notice much of this, except that they have to go further to find fish as there's too much oil in the water. And that once in a while, a plastic oil drum will float by. The village children know what these are good for: if you cut one of the long sides out of the barrel, you get a kind of floating bathtub – a great little boat for an oil drum race. But Luis David hasn't found a barrel of his own yet, so he goes looking for one. At the same time, he shows us around his watery world, including his house, the fisherman he works for and the waterways that run beneath the houses. ...

  • Bastards of Utopia

    The documentary offers an insight into the lives of three young Croatian activists. As children, they lived through the violent collapse of Yugoslavia. But now, amid the aftershocks of socialism's failure, they fight in their own way for a new leftism. In the middle of the struggle, a skeptical American is won over by their cause and even goes to jail with them. The film, shot during years of fieldwork with a Croatian anarchist collective, applies EnMasseFilm's unique blend of observation, direct participation and critical reflection to this misunderstood political movement. Its portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching, due to the involvement of the Croatian director with a left-wing organization on the one hand, and to the detachment of the US co-director on the other. ...

  • Bastion Of Sin

    Aysel is a religious Muslim who for many years has led a sheltered life as a housewife and mother in the provincial south of Germany. When she learns that the state theatre in Stuttgart is looking for non-professional actresses for the tragedy "Medea", she see it an opportunity to escape from her tedious everyday existence - and so she auditions for a part. What initially sounds like a little bit of change in Aysel's life soon proves to be a hard challenge to her view of the world. The director Volker Lösch wants to use the boundless freedom offered by theatre to penetrate the at times highly secretive world of Muslim women. As the stage adaptation develops, Aysel finds herself confronted by the tragic stories of life endured by other Muslim women, existences that up to now she only knows through hearsay. And as the only woman in the production wearing the Muslim headscarf, she is obliged to defend her values and lifestyle to other more modern Turkish women involved. Torn between her desire for freedom and her own traditions, Aysel gets entangled in a conflict with her beliefs and is forced to question her life to date. Aysel begins to struggle with the clichés, with the "immorality" in the theatre - and ultimately with her very self. ...

  • BBB

    The film features the Bad Blue Boys, football fans of Croatia's most successful soccer team. Dynamo Zagreb, as it was called before 1992, was more than a football club, as people looked upon it as the symbol for popular opposition against the political regime. Football rivalry amplified into nationalist intolerance and the stadiums became the stage of political confrontation. For five years the BBBs actually fought for the independence of their country and some of them died in combat. The film enjoyed great success with the Croatian public, being the only documentary screened in cinemas for more than two weeks. ...

  • Bed is Broken, The

    A derelict mine and its adjacent vacant buildings, a too familiar backdrop to the post communist Romanian rural landscape, becomes the playground of two kids in their search for gold. Actually, scrap metal, to be turned, at the end of the day, into pennies for candies. ...

  • Behind History

    The film witnesses the daily life and traditions of the Macedonian-Romanian community in Albania. It is a collection of stories about the Romanian school and church in Corcea, and that of the founder of these two institutions, Father Haralambie Balamace, or Papa Lambru, as people remember him, a prominent figure of the community, whose martyring death has inspired a popular song. His tragic destiny mirrors the fate of his people "whose only wish is not to disappear too soon" according to Pandi Bello, a distinguished representative of the Macedonian-Romanian community and a recognized personality of Albanian culture. The documentary evokes Moscopole, the legendary city of the Macedonian-Romanians, and observes the life of the community who has managed to survive in a state that does not recognize them as an ethnic and cultural minority. ...

  • Behind the Wheel

    Tajikistan is a country known for workers who emigrate to support their families. Most of them are men who leave their wives behind. The film presents the story of Nigora, a Tajik woman working in a garage to support her family, after she finds out that her husband, who left the country to find work, is cheating on her. Combining observational and expository techniques of film making, the documentary portrays an independent and strong character, who defies the rules and shows fortitude in an exceptional situation. ...

  • Believes and Customs of the Danube Plain

    The film is structured in three parts: the ritual dances of "Calus" and "Dragaica" and the custom of "Caloianul". The Calus dance exists in this form only in the village Pietrisu, district Giurgiu. This ancient dance superimposes two images from mythology: worship of fairies and the cult of the horse. The Dragaica ritual originally involved a parallel between the young girls of the community and the fields of young wheat. Although once a fertility rite, the ceremony also has a curative function. The Caloianul ceremony invokes the rain. A clay doll is used in the ritual which takes the form of a funeral. ...

  • Berlin, Kreuzberg 36

    Hip-Hop has often been credited with helping to reduce inner city street violence by replacing physical violence with break-dance, graffiti and rap. In this film, situated in Kreuzberg, Berlin, we see how hip-hop culture integrates into the lives of immigrants, giving them the opportunity to express their voice while at the same time keeping them away from gang life. ...

  • Berlinskaya Fuga

    'Shocking picture from the heart of Eastern Ukraine. Remains of European culture in the dark industrial metropolis of Donetsk. Smoke, pollution, stray dogs, endless lines of broken down block of flats. Tania, a five year old girl growing up in love and hope in the warm family nest. Suddenly the day arrives when she has to face reality. ...

  • Best of luck to you

    Stanesti Community, bucketeer Rroma population in Harlau (a small town in Romanian Moldavia), tries hard to stay together and keep good old routines... though social cultural national forces lure them, irrepressibly, towards integration. Old Dusan and Istrate Stanescu remember the WWII apocalypse, when they survived the ordeal of the concentration camps. Nightmarish incredible stories haunt their minds. Romanian presidents Gh. Gheorghiu Dej and Nicolae Ceausescu, chimeras of a confuse trade-off of good and evil, of humane and demon, of Gipsy gold hauled in and roaming destinies arrested. Mythical Gipsy King Dobrea is deputized and vivid scenes in the Stanesti Clan's life are firmly evoked in front of the Gypsy community. An arcane shadow weaves unrest and hope threads, in the chiaroscuro of a chamber... the old fortune-teller, the paramount icon of the bucketeers of yore.The mirage of magic driving wheel spurs young Cezar to learn how to read, so he could master the traffic code of rules…The confident world of the Stanesti has music run through its veins, as it happens with all Gypsies... the reason why they sing and dance wishing us "Te aven baxtale!"- (Best of luck to you!) ...

  • Bestiar

    Valea Mare is the name of an ancient Romanian village. When the coal mining industry settled nearby, the households were demolished one by one. Not even the old church, the heart of the village life, escapes the terrible rage of the gigantic mining machinery. "The Apocalypse" that had turned upon the village is seen through the eyes of sexton Mihai Dobre,for whom the small church has been the apple of his eyes for a lifetime. ...

  • Between the Old and the New

    The Masquerade Games Festival has a 30 years' history. It is held every third year and for the last 10 years it has become an international event. The Bulgarian popular calendar mentions several local versions of the masquerade, which differ according to the season: winter games or spring games. This film is about the winter masquerade games in Southwest Bulgaria. It has been shot between 27th and 29th January 1996, during the 11th International Folk Festival of Masks, Carnival and Customs PERNIK ’96. Considering old male carnival performances as they appear today, the film attempts to touch the ancient nature of the custom, focusing not so much on its genesis, but rather on its dynamics. ...

  • Beyond the Borders

    In Beyond the Borders, a Japanese professor comments that aid cannot always be one way. He feels that there must be reciprocity, even if it is not of a financial nature. Maybe this is one way to understand the phenomenon Beyond the Border examines. For, just as Japan sends aid to Bangladesh, so migrant workers are marrying Japanese women and either settling in Japan or binging their wives home to Bangladesh. Following three couples, Beyond the Borders shows the special joys and difficulties of relationships constructed across very different cultures. ...

  • Beyond the Forest

    The recent mass migration of the German-Saxon population from Transylvania to Germany has been the cause for personal as well as collective dramas. One of them is the loneliness of those who have chosen to stay, either because they had nobody in Germany to go to, or because they refused to abandon their homes and lands. They feel at home in Transylvania, but how can you feel at home without your own? ...

  • Beyond the Mountains

    It is often said in the Mountainous Northeast of Portugal "Bread and wine ease the way". For many centuries the only cereal planted here was rye. The Celts who inhabited the old "Castros" are thought to have grown it first. Julu is the harvest month according to the local people. After harvesting and once the sheaves are bound, it is time to thresh There are now very few people threshing cereal with a mallet or hammer. Mutual help is still found. The mills are linked to the cultivation of rye. They are quite ancient constructions, usually used by the whole community Each family may use the mill for a certain number of hours. The cycle of rye comes to an end with the baking of bread. Women who bake bread say very old traditional words they consider essential for good baking of bread. ...

  • Bghitut

    The documentary is an invitation to a traditional village gathering of women in Romania's Oas county, where brides' hair is braid in a tradtional style for the wedding. ...

  • Biafra: Fighting a War Without Guns

    Between 1967 and 1970 the Ibo people, known as the Jews of Africa, fought a doomed struggle to secede from Nigeria and create a new state, Biafra. Biafra never had the weapons to win a military war, but with a single telex link to the outside world, it fought another war, a war in the airwaves and print media. With novelist Frederick Forsyth and Biafram leather, colonel Ojokwu, this film tells the story of a pitiless civil war. ...

  • Big Day

    A wedding is a special occasion in everybody's life, requiring long preparations, because every detail counts. The film presents the young people's perspective on this event, their expectations and how much they are willing to pay, especially when they don't want to make any compromise when it comes to their own wedding. As their wishes diversify, a market develops to fulfil those needs. Thus, for some couples the dream wedding can become a reality. ...

  • Big Ocean

    The Romanian urban space has been marked by varioous cultural influences in the recent years, coming either from Western Europe or from the East. Since the 1990s, Chinese immigrants settled in to make a living. The documentary carefully avoids general issues confronting any alien in a foreign country, to give a discreet and profound insight of the stories of three Chinese merchants, who live constant confrontations with the competitors on the market, and who have to face everyday injustice, illegal practices of the authorities, and religious disagreement. In one way or the other, the ways of the three characters converge in the Europa Shopping Centre. It is the point zero of their social lives, that are marked by solitude and threats. ...

  • Birds Way

    It never happened before that the Old Believer community of Periprava (Danube Delta, Romania) did not have a priest - the most important leader of their traditional community. The continuity of such leadership has been kept throughout centuries without the help of any institution: Lipovan priests have always emerged from among the villagers and were educated within the community, with the help of the elders - until now. The last priest of Periprava lays in bed for more than a year already, and the person chosen by the community as a replacement refused to become priest. A young boy trained now on the expense of the entire community cannot find a wife, the indispensable condition for priesthood. The village is desperate… ...

  • Bitter Apple From The Tree, The

    It is the summer of 2013 in South Korea. The film-maker goes back to his homeland, driven by his “Mother". The film shows the modernization of Korea. The city is astonishing, it is full of hopes, it raises lots of expectations, unrealistic dreams for everyone. ...

  • Black and White in Colour

    A vivid documentary portrait of Vera Bílá, a Gypsy singer acclaimed in the international music world. The film explores Romany culture and what it means to be part of a marginalised minority group. Without sentimentalizing, it questions the prospects for mutual understanding. The character emerging from the film is a woman deeply attached to her family and her origins. Her music provides an opportunity for relieving her anxieties about securing sufficient food and money, but it also sweeps her into a competitive business which has little regard for her mood or feelings. The film reveals the exceptional energy Vera brings to her music and her relationships with her family and other members of the band. Shot as a journey with encounters and stories, the film shows a woman with an impressive and challenging personality. ...

  • Black Harvest

    The third film on the renowed trilogy on Papua New Guinea join First Contact and Joe Leahy's Neighbours. Black Harvest charts the progress of Joe in convincing the Ganina tribe people to join him in a coffee growing venture. He provides the money and the expertise; the supply and land and labor. But on the eve of success, the world coffee price collapses and tribal warfare errupts in the valley. Always suspect because of his mixed-race status, Joe is in deep trouble with the tribepeople when his promises of riches fail to materialise. As he organizes to emigrate with his family to Australia, he is a saddened man with an uncertain future. ...

  • Black Harvest

    The third film on the renowed trilogy on Papua New Guinea join First Contact and Joe Leahy's Neighbours. Black Harvest charts the progress of Joe in convincing the Ganina tribe people to join him in a coffee growing venture. He provides the money and the expertise; the supply and land and labor. But on the eve of success, the world coffee price collapses and tribal warfare errupts in the valley. Always suspect because of his mixed-race status, Joe is in deep trouble with the tribepeople when his promises of riches fail to materialise. As he organizes to emigrate with his family to Australia, he is a saddened man with an uncertain future. ...

  • BLESSINGS

    All over Romania from the mountains to the Danube Delta there lives a unique minority which has no name and whose villages don't appear on Romania's map. Without roads up in the mountains they just use paths in the forest. Isolated, they live following their own rules, undisturbed by our society. Without medicine they live in God's hands. Without having money they eat what they are able to harvest from the fields around their homes. Without electricity, the world looks different for them, in the absence of the television, the Internet and the social media. Feeling themselves forgotten, excluded from this society, they are used to living without having needs or expectations from our world. Since 2005 we have discovered more than 80 hamlets all over Romania. Even if from the outside this seems to be a hard life for them, they are blessed. ...

  • Blind man with starry eyes

    The Blind Man with Starry Eyes is a lovely tale for young children. Introducing basic astronomical concepts such as night and day, rotation of the Earth, stars and the Sun, shooting stars and meteorites - the show is also a profound story about life, knowledge and our relationship to Nature. In order to increase his power, a tyrant asks a wise old man of his kingdom to give him the secret which would enable him to extend his power and domination. Despite his insistence, he can only elicit one answer from the wise old man: “Look at the sky and count the stars”. When he realizes the wise old man will not give him more clues, the tyrant follows his advice and starts counting the stars in the sky. Step by step, a relationship takes place between them which will change the tyrant’s quest for domination into a quest for knowledge. ...

  • Block

    ''Once an executive director, always an executive director '' seems to be the motto of the protagonist of this film. In his day, he was the director of an important communist enterprise. With communism and the enterprise gone and him becoming a pensioner, he exercises his leadership skills on the occupants of a block of flats in a provincial Romanian city from the position of block administrator. With an eye both curious and sensitive to details, director Maria Şalaru explores the rich social and material universe of the typical Eastern-European flat and its dwellers. The camera observes the administrator's efforts to mediate relationships between neighbours and maintain peace and order, and occasionally focuses on trademarks of communist-style home design. In doing so, it crayons the rich nuances of the inhabitants’ everyday lives. ...

  • Block 103

    This documentary offers an image of the politics of the communist party that used to transform the personal dwelling in a prison, The interviews for this documentary are with people living in the same bloc of flats. ...

  • Blokada

    It is a film about blockade of Leningrad within the second World War. There are no words; there is no music, only sounds and pictures of dying city. ...

  • Blood

    A mobile blood collection unit is accompanied in its journey through various Russian towns. It is revealed that Russia has plenty of donors: old people, young people, unemployed or retired, all stand in line to sell their blood. The state pays 850 rubles (20 euros) for half a liter of blood and for many people this money represents their only source of income. In most Western countries, donating blood is regarded as an ethical act; however, in Russia, it becomes a means of survival. ...

  • Blood Engagement

    The film follows the stories of two Ethiopian men, who are inmates in Israeli prisons. They have both been convicted of murder. One of them killed his mistress. The other stabbed his wife twelve times. 80% of the Ethiopian male immigrants in Israel are convicted for domestic violence against women. Tracing the stories of the convicts and the families of their victims, the film highlights the acute issues of immigration. The Israeli immigration policy has attracted large numbers of Ethiopians, who have brought along their own social and cultural norms. Unemployment, poverty, alienation and racism are not likely to make them feel better in their new environment. Consequently, the more the Ethiopian women taste the freedom offered by modern Israeli society, the more their men hold fast to their traditional privileges. The film explores the position of an immigrant cultural minority as opposed to the cultural background of the host country. ...

  • Blue are the Waves of the Danube

    The history and presence of the danube is shown in its ecological context. The Danube is a river, a traffic artery, a nature reserve, a source of drinking water, but also a threat through floods. The film juxtaposes man and the river. Colourful images of ecological relations and the watwr project help the wiewer to become acquinted with these ideas. ...

  • Bogota Change

    Antanas Mockus and Enrique Penalosa are the initiators of a spectacular urban crusade. What at first seems a battle with the windmills, proves to be a stubborn and effective war against a corrupt political system and a tired and satiated mentality. Finally, the people of Bogota takes seriously its role as a key actor of this amazing metamorphosis .The two politically independent mayors with unpopular and controversial methods, manage in a few years to change not only the face of one of the most dangerous and unfriendly cities in the world, but also to make its residents more engaged and responsible citizenship. ...

  • Bogota Change

    Antanas Mockus and Enrique Penalosa are the initiators of a spectacular urban crusade. What at first seems a battle with the windmills, proves to be a stubborn and effective war against a corrupt political system and a tired and satiated mentality. Finally, the people of Bogota takes seriously its role as a key actor of this amazing metamorphosis .The two politically independent mayors with unpopular and controversial methods, manage in a few years to change not only the face of one of the most dangerous and unfriendly cities in the world, but also to make its residents more engaged and responsible citizenship. ...

  • Bondoc

    Dan Bondoc is a 78 year-old chess master who lives alone in Bucharest. The film shows him participating in a tournament organised in the memory of a deceased friend, the renowned chess player Victor Ciocâltea. His daily routine broken for a moment, old Bondoc is caught between the battles on the chessboard against much younger opponents and the fear his purpose in life has already come to an end. ...

  • Bontoc Eulogy

    An impressionistic film about Filipinos who have migrated to America. Fuentes uses striking visual imagery [some using his American born children at play], along with historical, documentary and feature film footage to describe and explicate his personal and emotional attachment to his cultural and historical heritage. The theme of the film revolves partly around his grandfathers' decision to migrate to America but, much more significantly he shows us incredible footage form the St. Louis World's Fair, where one of his grandfathers (Markod) came as part of the Philippine "native exhibit." Though reports of his activities were returned to his homeland frequently of his fascination with America, and the Americans' incredible curiosity about them. A totally fresh and fascinating film about cultural exploitation on one hand and a film maker's introspection about the other. Very strikingly photographed and edited. ...

  • Boot Cake

    Film-maker Kathryn Millard stumbled across the Charlie Circle during research for another film project. She was invited to join their 116th birthday celebrations, which included a parade of Charlie Chaplin look-alikes. She was asked to create the birthday cake, one in the shape of a boot, homage to the famous scene in The Gold Rush, where the Tramp eats his own boot. The film explores how one community, after the Gujarat earthquake that killed 200,000 people, finds hope in the genius of Chaplin. Through their eyes, we see the pathos of this physical comedy and the bitter-sweetness of his philosophy. And in moments of pure Chaplinesque absurdity we find ourselves sharing Kathryn’s concern that the chocolate truffle sponge with the cashew marzipan icing will melt in the 50 degree heat. ...

  • Borderline Lovers

    A Croatian woman from Dubrovnik has been dating a Montenegrin whose compatriots were attacking her city not long ago. At a young couple, marriage in Sarajevo, neither the groom's nor the bride's parents attended the wedding. His father had faught in the Serbian Army while her family had been under siege on the other side. Anesa and Dragan both live in Mostar. But the fact that she lives in the Eastern part of the city and he lives in the West makes a great difference. The film tells the story of couples who refuse to be separated by artificial boundaries. "I am interested in people who refuse to fail. Or, rather people who have the courage to behave as authentic individuals, regardless of boubdaries imposed on them."says director Miroslav Mandic. ...

  • Borders

    There is a complex situation of geo-human isolation in Tras-os-Montes, a province in the Northeast of Portugal. Will a second-hand railway bridge bought from the Portugal Railway Company only by 22 peasants with the help of European LEADER Program, save the old village of Chelas from an isolated existence between two rivers? The contrast between generations. A postponed dream. So identical ways of life and so different points of view about the bridge are given us by people who dream the way they die. Alone. ...

  • Borica

    On the first days of Christmas, on the outskirts of Brasov in the tiny village of Zizin, despite the freeze and the snow, twenty youngsters go from house to house dancing the Borica all day and all night. Borica is a spectacular traditional dance performed mainly by boys on Christmas night in all the households of the village, as well as on Christmas morning in the middle of the village, in front of a crowd. The film shows everything, from the rehearsal and the final performance to how the dancers split the money they make. ...

  • Born Into Servitude

    The institution of servitude has long standing traditions all over Transylvania, and Székelyföld is no exception. At the turn of the century, more than half of the inhabitants of the settlement called Kibed were servants, or at least had been in their childhood, partly due to economic reasons. The story begins in 1999, with teenager Levente Fülöp starting to work as a servant, and ends in 2004, when he has grown into an adult. He and his brother Csaba are bound to their working place and breaking free from this modern slavery system is very difficult if not impossible. The film parallels the lives of Levente and Csaba to those of their two luckier brothers, who live in better conditions and have access to education. Far away from their parents, the four siblings will have to manage by themselves in their attempt to start a new life. ...

  • BOTIZA

    At a time when Romania is forging ties with the European Union and laying plans for rapid progress, much of the country's agriculture remains cut off from the rest of the world and oblivious to international trade. All of its energy stems from the strength of its draught animals. Botiza is one of many Romanian villages where farmers work exclusively with the help of horses, oxen and buffalo. Life there is hard for man and beast alike. Watching horses and people at work, over the course of a year, little by little reveals the inexpressible bond between them. The union envelops the entire village and the entire region in relationships depicted more by gestures and sounds than by words. Sooner or later, mechanisation and rural depopulation will erase these vestiges of bygone times, but there may be a glimmer of hope. ...

  • BOTTLED LIFE

    Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there's a company which has developed the art to perfection: Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was "the wrong film at the wrong time". So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet. ...

  • Breadtime

    More than fourty years ago, an old village in the Transylvanian mountain region called Țara Moților was swallowed by a lake that originated from mine tailings from the Roșia Poieni copper mine. Nowadays, only the village church steeple is visible. There are only a handful of people left in the isolated village Geamăna. They try to lead a simple life with their daily bread, on the brink of an ecological disaster. The images of mountain landscapes, complemented with nostalgic sounds, become the visual background for the story of the warm bond between the filmmaker and the last Moţi from Geamăna village. ...

  • Brick in the Wall

    Brick in the Wall is a story about a family who’ve been trying to finish building their house for the past 30 years. The woman struggles to lead a normal life in the shadow of an uncompleted dream, while her husband very slowly continues a never ending construction. Why does it need to take a lifetime to build a home? ...

  • Brick in the Wall

    Brick in the Wall is a story about a family who’ve been trying to finish building their house for the past 30 years. The woman struggles to lead a normal life in the shadow of an uncompleted dream, while her husband very slowly continues a never ending construction. Why does it need to take a lifetime to build a home? ...

  • Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

    The film observes an ancient Kyrgyz custom, which is still active today although it has been declared illegal some years ago. In Kyrgyzstan, one of the former Soviet Republics in Central Asia, a man would abduct the woman he has chosen for a wife. Typically, he takes several friends, hires a car, stakes out his bride-to-be's movements, snatches her off the street, and takes her to his family home. A delegation is then sent to her family to inform them of the kidnapping. The abducted woman is kept by the groom's relatives until someone from her family arrives to discuss the marriage. The level of consent and the familiarity of the bride with the groom vary. Sometimes the kidnappings are consensual - the bride is engaged to the groom and agrees to the kidnapping. In this case, the kidnappings are merely playful rituals. In many other cases however, the bride does not want to marry her suitor, or has never even met him before. Recent studies estimate that about half of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan today are conducted through kidnapping and that in half of these cases the woman is forced into marriage against her will. This documentary follows the dramatic stories of four of non-consensual kidnappings. ...

  • Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

    The film observes an ancient Kyrgyz custom, which is still active today although it has been declared illegal some years ago. In Kyrgyzstan, one of the former Soviet Republics in Central Asia, a man would abduct the woman he has chosen for a wife. Typically, he takes several friends, hires a car, stakes out his bride-to-be's movements, snatches her off the street, and takes her to his family home. A delegation is then sent to her family to inform them of the kidnapping. The abducted woman is kept by the groom's relatives until someone from her family arrives to discuss the marriage. The level of consent and the familiarity of the bride with the groom vary. Sometimes the kidnappings are consensual - the bride is engaged to the groom and agrees to the kidnapping. In this case, the kidnappings are merely playful rituals. In many other cases however, the bride does not want to marry her suitor, or has never even met him before. Recent studies estimate that about half of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan today are conducted through kidnapping and that in half of these cases the woman is forced into marriage against her will. This documentary follows the dramatic stories of four of non-consensual kidnappings. ...

  • Brides of Allah

    The world of women which exists behind the prison walls, a world where the greatest cruelty lurks beneath the most striking beauty, where a lullaby whispered lovingly in a baby's ear, echoes with the sting of hatred, and where compassion and cold blooded disdain live together behind the same penetrating eyes. Israeli director Natalie Assouline chronicles the lives of women who are serving time in prison for involvement in terrorist attacks in Israel. The intimate portrait, filmed over the course of two years, strives to uncover the motivations behind the actions of these women. We share the daily lives of these women, we are with them when they give birth, we listen to their pain when they talk about husbands who abandoned them, and we watch them take charge within the prison structures. We hear of religious ideology, but also of discrimination and despair in the world of these women come from. It's a world where a woman who has shamed her family has but one way of redeeming herself. ...

  • Bucharest - Year of the Dragon

    „Anul Dragonului” tells the stories of Chinese immigrants in Bucharest, lost in the social and economic landscape of present-day Romania. At the same time, it captures scenes of Romanian realities as seen and understood from their perspective. Han Wenlong is an illegal immigrant whose dream of working in an Eastern European construction site has ended even before it began. Shen Xiaoming is a Chinese businessman and, at the same time, a Romanian citizen who lives divided between the two worlds. Li Jianhua is a journalist who put his own life in danger trying to present objectively the life of a developing community. ...

  • Bugarach

    Bugarach had been a small, quiet and isolated village in the South of France, until the international media spread the word that Bugarach was the only place on Earth that would survive the apocalypse. The film captures the way in which five characters are experiencing “the end of the world” in Bugarach. Slide, a boy-magician who believes that the arrival of foreigners will bring him fame; Uranie, a strange millennial who believes in his salvation; Pouce, who claims that Jesus himself will become embodied in the mountain near the village; Mirko, a boy obsessed with karma who wants to protect his village and a journalist. The film is a fable in the shape of an existential comedy about the crisis of spiritual values in the Western world. ...

  • Building Season in Tiébélé - A Royal Compound in Change

    The royal compound in Tiebele in Burkina Faso offers an impressive sight. The buildings, which are inhabited by several families, were originally constructed as defense installations. The edifices are technically perfect and their aesthetic value places them among the great architectural achievements of the world. During the dry season, people restore the old edifices and they also raise new houses, granaries and stairways, using different techniques. The film shows the building techniques in the royal compound of Tiebele, commented by the constructors themselves. Their social life is reflected in their building activity. There is also discussion about the future of the royal compound viewed from the perspective of the political and economic change process. ...

  • Buio in Sala

    This rare documentary short follows for about twenty minutes a traveling business-man who takes a break, relaxing inside a big city cinema and watching a film. Through Risi's film, spectators catch a glimpse of the little world inside the cinema: the faces of women-chasers, lovers, enraptured film fans, kids playing pranks, people enjoying themselves or bored out of their wits. It is a tribute to the fantasy of the movies and movie-going, to cinema which Risi considered to be the "master of life". ...

  • Burning Man 2020

    Somewhere in the desert between Mad Max and Woodstock a steadily increasing community creates a temporary autono­mous zone for a new millenium; a daring community experiment, a bizzare perform­ance, a vivid incarnation of the Internet, cyberspace in wasteland. Burning Man 2020 takes the viewer on a tour de force from San Francisco to the Black Rock De­sert, Nevada, where shameless rapture and stimulant overdose, creatively ignited, burst up in flames. ...

  • Bury Me Twice

    “River of borrowed life” is the description for earth in the sacred language of the Ngaju-Dayak. Earthly existence to them seems to be a troublesome stage of transition. Death consequently is not a tragic event for a dying person, but promises access to eternal life in the village of the dead in the upper world.The bones of the deceased are put in an artistically decorated shrine specially made for bones. The entire cosmos: plants, animals and human beings are created new once again through reciting the myth of creation. The film shows the different rituals that were executed on the occasion of a Tiwah ceremony in 1993. It lasted 38 days. ...

  • But, I Remember Seeing Sorceresses Fly Away

    In a crowded neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, strange things are happening. La Rosa Negra, Flor and Alzubey are taking a tour of the best sorcerers in town, experimenting exorcism rituals, spirit invocations, animal sacrifices, or unnatural trances. In the end, the three friends decide that they will try to become sorceresses themselves. Offering direct and unmediated visual access, this documentary suggest a new, highly spiritual world, one that challenges reality as most of us know it. ...