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  • Face Mania

    Lena Constante, an innocent victim of the struggle over over power within the Romanian Communist Party, was arrested in January 1948 and involved in the trial of Lucretiu Patrascanu. After long years of detention (she was relased only in 1961), sole survivor of the trial, she writes a shocking book, "Silent Escape", which is the basis of this film and which constitutes an amazing testimony about the will to survive, in prison, escaping through creation. ...

  • Face Mania

    Lena Constante, an innocent victim of the struggle over over power within the Romanian Communist Party, was arrested in January 1948 and involved in the trial of Lucretiu Patrascanu. After long years of detention (she was relased only in 1961), sole survivor of the trial, she writes a shocking book, "Silent Escape", which is the basis of this film and which constitutes an amazing testimony about the will to survive, in prison, escaping through creation. ...

  • Facebook Follies

    Facebook, the world's widest known social network has completely changed the way in which people communicate. Currently, over three quarters of a billion Internet users from all over the world have Facebook accounts, since it is easy to use and access. Our relationships, thoughts, passions, memories, life and even death are recorded daily on Facebook, like in a routine. The film presents a series of interviews about the consequences of posting on Facebook personal information. This includes people whose recklessness cost them their job, their marriage or even their freedom, but also the happy case of a man who found his family after 50 years thanks to Facebook. ...

  • Facebookistan

    As some are fighting a war against Facebook, most people seem to enjoy the benefits provided by this giant platform. With 1.4 billion users from all across the world, Mark Zuckerberg implements his strategy of connecting everybody and “giving power to people”. Addressing the prickly question regarding what really happens with the data shared on Facebook, the author takes us on a journey of discovering the underbelly of this social network. The rules that govern the Facebook nation are a hot polemic among users, since joining the platform is a one-way ticket. As the alpha and omega of our societies nowadays, information is a powerful tool for those who possess it. By means of interviews and Internet archive images this film draws attention on issues like privacy, freedom of expression, control via shared data, and adjustment to the modern technology. ...

  • Faces

    If you have been born and you live in the Danube Delta, and you own a fisherman's boat, you don't have to worry too much about today and about tomorrow. At least, that's what locals used to think. Owning a boat means that you can fish and feed your family, and it also means communication. Surrounded by waters, the only way people can get from one place to another is by boat. The film tells the story of the transition period in the Danube Delta, an isolated area at the Eastern Romanian border, governed by other rules than the rest of the country. According to the locals, they are the first Romanians to see the sun rise and the last to see justice done. In the recent years, some nouveaux riches have seized the opportunities offered by the Danube Delta and started fishing or tourism businesses there, most of the times at the disadvantage of the locals. The film explores the ways they find to cope with this new situation. ...

  • Faces of Conflict

    Gideon is a 23 year old Israeli, living in Jerusalem. Wisam, a palestinian also 23 lives in the West Bank in Betlehem. Gideon was a soldier in the Westbank while Wisam was active in the Palestinian uprising. At first sight, they match the me­dia stereotypes of the Israeli soldier and the palestinian rockthrower. However, in the course of the film we get to know them as human beings, not just as anonymous violent opponents. Gideon tells us about his years as a soldier, when he tried hard to do his duty without losing his human dig­nity. Now he has a job in a restaurant and thinks about leaving Israel and finding a safer place for his unborn children. Wisam was in the Intifadah. His story is about clashes with israeli soldiers, prison and torture. Now he is a tourist guide and in his spare time he goes to meetings where palestinians and Israelis discuss about the conflict. "Faces of Conflict" is a strong and nuanced double-portrait counter­pointing the newsmedia stereotypes. ...

  • Factory

    One of his first films, Uzina already demonstrates Slavomir Popovici's talent as filmmaker. With the power of its editing and music, the film plunges us into Romanian industrial progress. www.slavomir-popovici.ro ...

  • Familia

    Drawing on photographic and filmed material spanning over thirty years, Familia is a poignant documentary about a poverty-stricken Peruvian family trying to stay afloat in the midst of great difficulty. When mother Naty loses her job and is forced to look for employment in Spain, the other members of the family struggle to find a new balance in the absence of the matriarch. Beautifully shot, with startling access to each member of the family, the film unveils a delicate and multi-layered psychological landscape where time is crucial for the texture of the relationships unfolding between the stranded parents and their children, but also - less obviously but with significant consequences on the film's emotional texture - between the subjects and the film crew. An arresting portrait of the displacements wrought by poverty, Familia tells a story that is heartbreakingly relevant for today's Romania. ...

  • Family 068

    A family among so many people that lives in the dump of Managua, Nicaragua, acquaintance as " The Chureca ". Without interviews, or voice in off, not music, there is interwoven the daily statement of this family: of what they live and where from they extract it. Out of pretentious political considerations, every spectator can extract its own conclusion in a documentary opened for the dialog: are they happy in spite of the hard living conditions? Or is it a resigned happiness? Among other conclusions, in a observational style we've tried to transmit our experience with the family, trying to flee of the sensationalism; we were not trying to give lessons of on which it is the solution since even having an opinion that is reflected in the editing if we see the evident of an unjust situation that is explicitly, every one can know what produces it. That's why inside this sea of poverty yet it's possible to rescue brief moments of happiness or resigned happiness worth emphasizing in worthy persons that they meet obliged not to think about tomorrow, since their life depends of a every day work. The documentary reflects the idea in the complete daytime, beginning for the work in house, seeing after where they obtain the raw material, to end up by seeing as it is weighed already in the late afternoon. ...

  • FAMILY MEALS

    Do you remember when was the last time you talked to your parents? What did you talk about? Did you go a step beyond the weather forecast and daily politics? Can a conversation about buried family secrets help you eat without cramps in your stomach? Can a failed birthday cake help you embrace the past? A birthday celebration brings together an ordinary four-member family five years after their last gathering. They start questioning what made them turn away from each other. Through the ritual of family meals, the film unveils how important it is to feel accepted by our loved ones. ...

  • Family Portrait Black and White

    Olga Nenya is a foster mother to sixteen black orphans in Ukraine - where 99.9% of the population is white and where race DOES matter. Racist neighbors and skinheads' attacks keep the kids on constant alert. Olga is a loving mother but she is not exactly Mother Teresa, but more of a platoon leader. Some of the kids are obedient, others ae manipulative, and one dares to confront her. They call him „Mr. President" for his intelligence and effortless aristocratic air. The modern world is interconnected: not only did the British Charity buy the house for the family, The kids are familiar with other countries, as they have spent the summers with host families in Italy or France. When European families offer to adopt the kids, Olga refuses, although she is aware that life will not be easy for a black Ukrainian. This film is a multi-dimensional portrait of one family, the country they live in, and the bigger world they are a part of. ...

  • Family portraits

    The film focuses on the votive paintings of the court of the cantacuzin family (a Romanian Royal family). ...

  • Farewell, The

    After visiting the ruins of mines, Pablo Fabelo, an old miner, becomes obsessed with finding the diplomas and medals miner which disappeared from his chest. Convinced that his daughter is responsible for the disappearance, a discussion that raises tensions between them breaks out. Distraught by the hostility of the environment and tired of trying to remember, he makes the decision to escape this time. ...

  • Fat Fiancees

    For the Bahima people of western Uganda, fat is beautiful - at least for women. Men measure a woman's attractiveness by her obesity, and a young woman is prepared for marriage in ways guaranteed to "fatten her up." She is given the least possible activity and the most possible food. By the time of her marriage, the young woman may be so fat that she cannot walk, only waddle. Once married, a wife is kept fat by consuming surplus milk from the cowherd. She leads a life of "leisure" - she is assigned no heavy physical work and rarely leaves home. The obese, conspicuously consuming wife is a symbol of her husband's economic prosperity. In this film Sheila, 17, is fattened for her marriage to Moses. But Sheila wants a different life. She would prefer to stay at home with her parents and still go to school.The film tells the story of the tradition vs. modernity conflict in the form of a lush and compelling story. ...

  • Father Arsenie Boca in Spirit and Truth

    Arsenie Boca is considered by many Christians as "Romania's last saint". The monk became a legend due to his prophetic words and his deeds, considered to be miracles by those who witnessed them. The film focuses on the testimony of Mother Marina, and on the murals of the church in Drăgănescu village, painted by Arsenie Boca after he was released from the hell of the Communist prisons. One of the paintings shows the martyric death of Saint Stephen the New whose destiny strikingly resembles that of Arsenie Boca. ...

  • Father Arsenie Boca, A Man of God

    His colleagues at the Theological Academy of Sibiu named himThe Saint by; he is considered a founding father of the Romanian Philokalia by father Dumitru Staniloaie, who thought of him as an unparalleled phenomenon of Romanian monasticism; sought after and followed by thousands of believers eager to quench their spiritual thirst from his inexhaustible spring of serenity; legendary for his prophesying and healing gifts, painter of souls and painter of churches, man of culture, philosopher of sciences and religion, father Arsenie Boca was, just like Saint Basil as depicted by him in his essential work The Path of the Kingdom: a disciple calmly walking across the stormy seas, an unmoving pillar against the troubled waves, a man among people, providing guidance and strength with otherworldly serenity, unflinching in the belief that God alone is ruler of our world. An unequaled personality, a magnet for thousands of people in all walks of life, and also a target for suspicion for the authorities of his day, who failed to understand the source of his exceptional power to gather people around him. ...

  • Father of the Goats

    The film focuses on life in the homestead of Baldambe, a Hamar elder in Southwest Ethiopia, who comments on the intricacies of herding goats, the division of labour and the moral obligations obtaining between the members of his family. The second part of the film deals with sacrifice and the ancient art of reading the entrails which are used in Hamar to cope with the physical and social threats of illness. ...

  • Father, Son and the Holy Torum

    Starting from a family drama, the film explores the collision of two entirely different worlds. One of them is conservative and traditional, the other flexible and adaptive. Father and Son. Shaman and Businessman. They both belong to a disappearing Siberian nation, the Khantys. The son works for a Russian oil company, which pumps millions of barrels of oil out of the Khantys' ancestral land. His job is to coerce his own people into selling their lands to the Russians. Shaman resists armed with his drum and bearhead. The Prodigal Son has two faces. Under the pressure of the consumer society, Torum, the most important Khanty God, has also become double-faced. ...

  • Faust. The Path Of The Moment

    Faust - The Path of the Moment, direct by Laurentiu Damian, reveals a journey through Silviu Purcarete's universe, via Ghoete, the starting point of which is the play staged in Sibiu in September 2007. The myth of Faust, as seen by Purcarete, implies a certain type of theatrical formula which occupies a large area - from the classic stage to the industrial warehouse. Damian follows Purcarete's footsteps from the point when he "moulds" the characters, their movements, and the space and sound of the world of Faust, to the point of the finite work, where every detail becomes an imprint of the director's style. The rehearsal and the show are the two halves of a whole that is carefully constructed around the persona of the great theatre director, whose only method of communication is through theatre. The entire movie documents Purcarete's reluctance towards giving interviews and his escape into theatre. In his unique style, Silviu Purcarete discards the faustian compromise and proposes a creator that has been freed through his work. ...

  • Favela Rising

    A favela is a Brazilian squatter settlement. Favela is the home of drug dealers, and a place where murder is an everyday event. Anderson Sa is a former drug dealer haunted by the deaths of his family members and those of many of his friends. His way to fight against crime and violence is hip-hop music. The rhythms of the street and the Afro-Brazilian dance rally his community to war against the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson's grassroots Afro-Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever. ...

  • Fellow Travelers

    Three freezing hitchhikers, standing on the road in December, reveal part of their souls to a car driver who took them for a ride on a dark winter day. Sharing their life stories they unknowingly compliment one another, even though they have never met and possibly will never meet each other. All that unites them is this one car and its driver who took them for a ride and the same road which all of them are travelling. ...

  • Filip And The Dark Town

    Dintre multele filme și reportaje de televiziune despre Copșa Mică, localitatea purtătoare a nedoritei faime de cel mai poluat oraș al Europei, documentarul de față iese în evidență datorită protagonistului său, Filip Mădăraș, de 12 ani, din satul Agârbiciu, aflat la mai puțin de 10 km de fostul ''oraș negru''. Urmărind ceea ce spune și face Filip, filmul creează portretul unui copil care, prin preocupări și fapte, se arată mai matur decât mulți dintre adulții din viața lui. Are grijă de animalele din gospodărie, curăță râul de gunoaie împreună cu colegii lui din organizația ''Micii ecologiști'', și, cel mai important, vrea să îi facă pe ceilalți să înțeleagă de ce și cum trebuie protejat mediul înconjurător. ...

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  • Fire at sea

    Winner of Berlinale Golden Bear in 2016, Fire At Sea depicts the life on the island of Lampedusa through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy, Samuele, an inhabitant of this island in the middle of the sea. Located about 200 km off the southern coast of Italy, it is not an island like the others, but the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom. Gianfranco Rosi lived on this island for months, gradually coming into contact with the locals, on the one hand, getting to know their rhythms, their daily life, their way of seeing things, and the guests of the island, on the other hand, with their customs, religions and tragedies. The director succeeds at capturing the truth and reality, but also the humanity within. Andrew Pulver, writing for The Guardian, described the documentary as having “a distinctive, humane cinematic style” and being “a collection of tiny details that morph, almost by osmosis, into a shocking excavation of the mechanics of crisis.” ...

  • Fires of velines

    This film is about the day of commemoration for the dead. Usually the ritual continues for one or two days, but in one small village the commemoration days for the dead last eight days.The ritual shows christian and pagan elements. ...

  • First Contact

    In the early 30s the last remaining large populations in the world came into contact with Western civilization. First Contact tells the story of the 'discovery' of the New Guinea highlands by Australian gold prospectors, and in particularly Michael Leahy and his brothers.The first part of the film First Contact provides the backround to the story. They include a brief description to the highlands and the highlanders, a very brief history of the European presence in Papua New Guinea and an account of Leahy's early life. The fil is about the events of 1933, when Leahy led a series of prospecting expedition into the highlands and initiated the first contacts between highlanders and Europeans. The account is based on his diaries and later writings and on interviews with people still alive who witnessed the events-highlanders, white Australians, and their carriers from costal group. The last part of the film describes the forces that would irrevocably alter highland culture. ...

  • First Contact

    In the early 30s the last remaining large populations in the world came into contact with Western civilization. First Contact tells the story of the 'discovery' of the New Guinea highlands by Australian gold prospectors, and in particularly Michael Leahy and his brothers.The first part of the film First Contact provides the backround to the story. They include a brief description to the highlands and the highlanders, a very brief history of the European presence in Papua New Guinea and an account of Leahy's early life. The fil is about the events of 1933, when Leahy led a series of prospecting expedition into the highlands and initiated the first contacts between highlanders and Europeans. The account is based on his diaries and later writings and on interviews with people still alive who witnessed the events-highlanders, white Australians, and their carriers from costal group. The last part of the film describes the forces that would irrevocably alter highland culture. ...

  • First Mass in Hagstedt

    The first mass celebrated by a newly ordained priest resembles a debut performance held in front of a scrutinizing parish. The film follows the frantic preparations of the community in Hagsted, a small town in a Catholic enclave in Lower Saxony for the first service of their new priest. The moment becomes a major event for the entire community, as the young cleric is one of their own townsman. The film is shot in a clean observational style, combining an intimate approach with well-dosed humor. The authors follow all the preparatory stages that develop according to the complicated rules of neighborhood organization. The story culminates on the very day of the service, when a “nice boy next door” becomes one of the community notables. ...

  • Fish On!

    The Klamath River of Oregon and California is one of the most important salmon runs in the USA. While diminished over the past 100 years, it still supports an abundance of life and diverse economies struggling over its future course. This is a film about the Indian tribes of the river ecosystem - what the Klamath means to them and how they draw on traditional and modern resources to restore its strength, beauty and balance. The film focuses on the Klamath river and the Indian tribes of the lower basin - the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk. Yet this story has implications for any number of river ecosystems and indigenous people around the world. Through the Indian tribes of the Lower Klamath, the film reminds us how the health of a people and the health of its lands are integrally linked. ...

  • Floating Bridge, The

    Brudina (a local word defining the floating bridge connecting the shores of a river) is a documentary essay about isolation, loneliness and destiny. The life of the two protagonists is depicted in recurrent, concise detail, alternating with poetic, deeply atmospheric frames. The film reveals in no more than 60 minutes, a small revolute universe, a narrow world consisting only of the water flow, the two shores, the movement of the floating bridge, the tension of the anchor chain cables and the gliding movement of the pulleys. ...

  • Flowers in the shadows

    Miss Kyra Kyralina is a beauty pageant held every year in Brăila. However, it is no ordinary competition: the participants are either blind, or visually impaired, which makes inner beauty the main stake. Following the preparations for the competition, the film portrays the contestants as they are: beautiful, sensitive, strong and full of life. An emotional documentary, offering a complex sensory experience, in addition to a poignantly told story. ...

  • Flying On One Engine

    At 77, doctor Sharadkumar Dicksheet is bound to a wheelchair, had his larynx extirpated and was diagnosed with a threatening aortic aneurysm. Still, the plastic surgeon, eight times nominated so far for the Nobel Peace Prize, living for half an year now in a flat in Brooklyn, due to the social benefits, becomes, during that other half of the year, a God in his native India. There, he performs free surgery, in marathon sessions, on hundreds of children with cleft lip and other facial defects. These relatively easy surgeries (especially for a surgeon who performed over 100,000) change the lives of these children who would be otherwise outcast. The debutant director gives a touching and uplifting documentary about a peculiar, funny and difficult at times person who knew how to overcome his own troubles in order to help others. ...

  • Flying Shepherd, The

    Two worlds colide in the middle of a field where a flock of sheep graze both on their natural habitat and the nearby airstrip. Noisy delta-planes often cruise among the sheep or circle above the clueless shepherds. ...

  • For Ever Little

    Persons of an unusually small size have always been fascinating, either as fictional characters in fairy tales and sagas or in their flesh and bones, shown off in fairs or circuses as curiosities, as people were ready to pay a lot to see them. These days many little people rebel against this special status. They try to make their lives as normal as possible. The film follows a small opera singer and some of her friends at their work, at home and on a journey to a beautiful small island, where they have a great dinner followed by a swinging party. Gradually, each character reveals his or her personality. They talk about their problems, love affairs, difficulties in finding work and whether or not to risk having children, knowing that they could be little like themselves. The film does not try to trace the history of their lives. It aims to confront the viewer with the meaning of "being small" and uses music, humour and beauty to make people look at "imperfection" with a different eye. ...

  • For Ever Little

    Persons of an unusually small size have always been fascinating, either as fictional characters in fairy tales and sagas or in their flesh and bones, shown off in fairs or circuses as curiosities, as people were ready to pay a lot to see them. These days many little people rebel against this special status. They try to make their lives as normal as possible. The film follows a small opera singer and some of her friends at their work, at home and on a journey to a beautiful small island, where they have a great dinner followed by a swinging party. Gradually, each character reveals his or her personality. They talk about their problems, love affairs, difficulties in finding work and whether or not to risk having children, knowing that they could be little like themselves. The film does not try to trace the history of their lives. It aims to confront the viewer with the meaning of "being small" and uses music, humour and beauty to make people look at "imperfection" with a different eye. ...

  • For God's Sake

    "Crucified to death by a priest and some fellow nuns, a young nun died after being exposed to a ritual of exorcism performed in a remote Romanian monastery". This story was making headlines around the world in June 2005. The Middle Age scenario and spectacular media coverage stirred the imagination of the international general public. In February 2007, the priest was sentenced to 14 years inprisonment, and the nuns to 8 and 5 years respectively. What is real fact and what is fiction in this stunning story? Using archive photos, exclusive testimonies and original filmed material, the documentary goes beyond the media coverage in the case of the life and death of 23 year-old Irina Cornici. The story is complicated, as it involves malpractice, both medical and religious, and confused institutions in a new EU member country who is not yet ready abandon the communist legacy. ...

  • Forest

    “Leafless forest” is a picture painted by Romanian artist, Ion Andreescu, which was a present from Ceaușescu to Tito during the latter's first visit to Romania. The film describes the rise and fall of socialism in Romania and Yugoslavia from the point of view of Radu Bogdan, the art critic, and his obsession for Andreescu's painting, one which triggers unexpected political intrigue. The richness of archival images is enhanced by a story well told, offering a profound account of recent history. ...

  • Forest Is Like the Mountains

    After becoming the godparents of a Roma girl in a mountain village community, the German filmmakers created a portrait of its members. The film captures the life of Roma people far from the problems that impede their community and it is filled with hope and complex family relationships. Life in the countryside, the faith of 7th day Adventist, the lush nature surrounding them and notions of politics and work are explored. ...

  • Forest of Bliss

    Forest of Bliss is an unsparing yet redemptive account of the inevitables grieves, religious passions and frequent moments of happiness that punctuate daily life in Benares, India's most holy city. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. It is an attempt to give the viewer a holy authentic though greatly magnified and concentated sense of participation in the experiences examined by the film. "In late 1984 and early 1985 I was back in Benares making Forest of Bliss, a film about which I had pondered at length since my first unsettling visit ten years earlier.I have shaped the film so that it occupies the time between two sunrises. It stand as an exclusively visual statement resorting neither to voiced commentary nor subtitles. It is about people being and also dying". ...

  • Forever Yours

    Our grandparents' lives are coloured in sepia. They fascinate us because they are related to events we have read about in history books or seen in old newsreels. Forever Yours bears the charming perfume of the good old times before WW2, but it is much more than that. The author of the film discovers a photograph taken in Mumbai, which could be a proof that her grandfather, whom her grandmother never ceased to love and to mourn, could still be alive. The charismatic figure of the grandmother together with romantic pre-WW2 footage complete this emotional and disturbing journey in seek of the truth. ...

  • Forever Yours

    Our grandparents' lives are coloured in sepia. They fascinate us because they are related to events we have read about in history books or seen in old newsreels. Forever Yours bears the charming perfume of the good old times before WW2, but it is much more than that. The author of the film discovers a photograph taken in Mumbai, which could be a proof that her grandfather, whom her grandmother never ceased to love and to mourn, could still be alive. The charismatic figure of the grandmother together with romantic pre-WW2 footage complete this emotional and disturbing journey in seek of the truth. ...

  • Forget Me Not

    Director David Sieveking is making his mother's portrait - Gretel, an elderly woman, suffering from Alzheimer. In their youth, David's parents were actively involved in the student movement of the '60s and had an "open relationship", which is now remembered by Gretel in a tragic way, through the disease that she suffers from. David presents his parents with humour and affection, exploring their human side and the transformations that force the members of the family to face their own conflicts and learn new ways in which to express their feelings and personal experiences. ...

  • Forget the Races

    Throughout the centuries, some peoples have consdered themselves superior to the others. They founded their belief on military power, religion and threat. The first attempts to clasify human races scientifically were made only 200 years ago. But interpretations based on the concept of the survival of the fittest made some races look less fit than others, thus offering the justification to some to dispose of the "inferiour" human beings. The film highlights the contrast between this concept and the mistakes made by research in the past. ...

  • Forgiving the Blood

    Part one of a trilogy about passion in three Europeam nations. In a village in Kosovo, an Albanian farmer faces a critical dilemma: should he avange the murder of his son by an Albanian neighbor, or, in light of the escalating conflict in Yugoslavia and the increasinf threat of Serbian agression toward Albanians, should he heed the call to bolster Albanian national unity and abandon the age-old honor codew of retribution, the blood fleud? Candid interviews of personal dramas inextricably linked to turbulent political events. ...

  • Forgotten Godesses – A meeting with Marija Gimbutas

    When you are looking at the heading of ASTRA FILM, you can see a goddess figurine from the European Stone Age. You can find such figurines all over Europe, but who produced them and why? Marija Gimbutas gives us her answer to this mistery. By doing so, she also gives us a revolutionary new understanding of the origin of our civilization. Maria Gimbutas was born in Lithuania in 1921 and came to the USA as a refugee after the second World War. Working in American universities, she soon became a leading authority in European Bronze Age history. She then combined her great knowledge about European linguistics, folklore, mythology and archeology and started her great work about religion in the European Stone Age. When she presented her theories about a peaceful and woman centered civilization where goddesses were worshiped, she created a storm of controversy. ...

  • Fourth One

    The documentary was filmed on a single Sunday of Emilia's life. She is an elderly but still quick-witted woman, mother of five. The day begins like any other day, but as the story progresses, every moment of the morning routine reveals its tragic meaning. It is a special and very difficult Sunday for Emilia. It is the day when she must part forever with one of her children, the fourth one out of the five. Therefore, questions about life and death arise, in a humane and emotional story about the intimacy of a family and contrasts between the old and the new. ...

  • Foutura - A Lobi Potter tells her story

    Fortuna Sib is a 65 year old Lobi woman who been a potter all her life. She speack about her life, the technology and economy of pottery, religion and future prospects. ...

  • Freak Out

    The first hippie community was born long before the 60’s. A group o radical thinkers set up a commune on top of a Swiss mountain. The women burnt their corsets and men let their beards grow long. However, there were other many obstacles to overcome to make their little world work out . ...

  • Freedom in Childshoes

    This is the story of Uwe Pelger, born in Mediaș in 1971, who left Romania before the fall of the Iron Curtain and settled in Germany. There he learned a trade, got married and lived for more than 20 years without looking back to whatever was left behind. 25 years later he returns to his homeland to look at the past as well as at the present Romania, at what it has become. ...

  • Freedom, I'll Wolf You Down

    Every year, the political and financial elite of the Roma minority in Romania come to a place near an orthodox monastery for what they claim to be the Day of the Roma all over the world. It is an opportunity to show off their luxury cars, heavy gold necklaces and piles of banknotes in a sort of competition. It is also an attempt to promote the image of the Roma ethnic group in the eyes of the majority. Still, most of the Roma live in Romania in extreme poverty and have little in common with these people who pretend to represent them. This outrageous gathering of the richest and most powerful Roma in the country arouses people's curiosity. Romanian politicians find it a good opportunity to collect the votes of the largest minority group in the country, while evangelists see it as a source of proselytes. From the interviews of the participants at the celebration, who are very willing and flattered to speak for the camera, it becomes clear that their perception of freedom is synonymous with wealth. It is their wealth that makes outsiders envious, and the film hints at this envy felt by many people throughout Romania. ...

  • Friends in High Places

    In Burma, where spirit worship has survived both the triumph of Buddhism and the vagaries of a military dictatorship, a lively cult peopled by talented spirit mediums, many of them homosexuals, makes life under one of the world's harshest regimes more bearable. Shot on film without a permit in Burma's capital, Yangon, “Friends in High Places” takes us on a journey into a cult and into the lives of several of these mediums. Guided by two lively Burmese women narrators in their early seventies, we enter an unknown world of moving stories, extravagant costumes, ecstatic music and flamboyant dance. Within this unchartered territory, we discover the unique role the spirit mediums play in Burmese society, acting as social workers and psychiatrists for people from all walks of life. ...

  • Friends, Fools, Family. Rouch's Collaborators in Niger

    On the 18th February 2004, Jean Rouch was driving down a desert road together with his friend Damouré. Suddenly, out of the darkness, a trailer blocked their way. The car drove straight into it, and Rouch died instantly. Worldwide, Jean Rouch is known to many as an anthropologist and innovative filmmaker. Much of his work is linked to the birth of cinéma vérité. However, Rouch's 50 year involvement with a particular group of people in Niger shines a more personal light on his work - one of friendship and collaboration. Together with this particular group of friends, Rouch has made numerous ethnographic films. Upon his arrival in 2004, they had yet another film in the works. Sadly, Lam Ibrahim Dia, a founding member of the group, had passed away in 2001. The others, namely Damouré, Moussa and Tallou, were eagerly awaiting Rouch's return. The year prior to Rouch's death, the authors went to Niger to make a film with his friends. They were curious to know how Rouchts friends had experienced all these years of working with him and the cinema. Unaware of Rouch's fate a year later, these friends joined the authors on a journey to explore this unique collaboration that changed their lives. ...

  • From Moscow to Pietushki

    The film evoke with humour and bitter insight the novel "Moscow to Pietushki" by Vyenedict Yerefeyev, one of the finest Russian writers of the Khrushchev period, a time when hope for liberalisation faded and an entire generation of Russian sought escape through alcoholism. A survivor of throat cancer, Yerefeyev need mechanical assistance to speak, but his dry gallow humour survives intact. ...

  • Funeral Season

    Travelogue and ethnography meet in this comedic ghost story about a Canadian Jew wandering 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. ...

  • Funny Sisters

    Sisters Maria and Ileana live in a "museum-like" home in a village in Maramure?. Their once numerous family now consists of just the two of them. Parents and siblings died one after the other while they, just helping each other, continue living as traditionally as possible: they weave, they work on the fields, they make bread, they cut wood, they breed pig to sacrifice at Christmas. Their destiny as the last representatives of the family, keeping up a whole household without complaining about anything, is an icon of the Romanian peasants' destiny. Smart, hard-working, full of life, ready to do a man's work, satisfied with little ("I just want to have what to eat today and tomorrow"), the sisters are charming characters with a caching optimism. A touching film about the disk of an era, accompanied by subtle smile. ...

  • Furriadroxus

    Furriadroxus could be translated as the secluded, or isolated place. At Malfatano, on southern Sardegna, only a few hundred yards from the well-known beach of Tuerredda, you come across the first furriadroxus. These typically local habitats are scattered along the coast and most tourists ignore their existence. But the locals do not ignore the invasion of tourists on the Tuerredda beach. The film explores the microcosm of the furriadroxus people as opposed to the consumerism of the tourists. ...

  • Future of Clay

    In 2013, the film-maker spent three weeks in a "FaSinPat (FAbrica SIN PATrones, which means "Factory without bosses"). In this factory, the workers have been self-ruling the production for more than twelve years, since the huge crisis of 2001. The aim was to observe how it is to work in such a place, how it is to make an utopia working, day after day. ...

  • Future remembrance - Photography and image arts in Ghana

    In the small fishing towns of Ghana, the photographer’s studio is the place to go. To get “snapped” - wearing the latest fashion or posing with a long lost friend. Carrying the tools of your trade. For “future remembrance”, to show how that dress was so becoming, how durable the friendship, how you made your living. So that everybody will remember you. ...