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  • Mabo - Life of an Island man

    On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie "Koiki" Mabo's tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Island­ers held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest. The film tells the pri­vate and public stories of a man so pas­sionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal sys­tem. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place on Murray Island and in Austra­lian history. ...

  • Madame E

    The documentary "Madame E" paints an intimate and funny portrait of Eila Lemmela, also known as the Finnish eccentric Madame E. She is the colourful wife of a pig farmer and at the same time a passionate art collector. She feels equally at home among her pigs as on the parish council, she likes to sit for painters and sketchers and attend openings of art exhibitions. Eila's life revolves round art: artistic baking, artistic Christmas trees, artistic hats. Her life is full of surprises and may take her from the piggery where she watches over the newborn piglets straight to a poetry evening or a party at an art gallery. And yet, life would not be complete without a glimpse of its tragic side. ...

  • Magnitogorsk-Forging the New Man

    In the early thirties, the bare steppes of the Urals were transformed at breakneck speed into a blast-furnace complex, and a city was raised out of the ground - Magnitogorsk. Volunteers from Eastern and Western Europe were involved, but most of the work was done by forced labor. Magnitogorsk was the model project to demonstrate the energy of the first five-year plan of the Soviet economy. In 1932, Joris Ivens made a film about the building up of the Soviet Union. He chose Magnitogorsk as an example of how the new world and the new man were being forged. His film Song of the Heroes encapsulates the spirit of the prevailing ideology of the time. Five years after Ivens had completed his film, Viktor Kalnykov, the main character, a Labour Hero, was accused of contrarevolutionary activities and executed. Taking Ivens’ film as an inspiration, this documentary goes in search of the past and current life and ideals of the builders and residents of Magnitogorsk after more than seventy years. ...

  • Maidan

    A chronicle of the events from the time of the civil uprising against Viktor Ianukovici's regime, which took place in Kiev during the winter between 2013 and 2014. The director, Sergei Loznitsa, brings his camera in the midst of the protesters, as he passively and systematically observes the course of the revolution: from peaceful meetings, to bloody street fights between civilians and police officers, he ultimately succeeds in creating an emotional portrayal of a nation that is waking up and is rediscovering its identity. ...

  • Making Rain

    The Vumba Hills in central Mozambique, close to the Zimbabwe border, are the kingdom of Mambo (Chief) Chirara. The Mambo's leading position is acknowledged by the government, and in addition to being the region's most important spiritual leader, the Mambo has the right to hold court cases that deal with minor crimes, problems involving spirits and domestic affairs. He is assisted by several subchiefs and ritual leaders. In the northern most corner of the Mambo's kingdom, Mbuya Gondo, an over 70-years-old woman, is a spiritual medium. She often holds ceremonies at a well-known rock drawing site. Mambo Chirara is not pleased with the old lady's activities. In his opinion, Mbuya Gondo acts too independently and demands too much money for carrying out the ceremonies. In the film, gender issues and local politics are brought to the surface as we follow these two leaders during a period of preparing for and performing the annual rainmaking rituals. ...

  • MAMA ILLEGAL

    They gave the smugglers all their money and risked their lives on their journey across borders: three women from a small town in the Republic of Moldova, living now in Austria as cleaning women. On top of their hard job they live a life in illegality without documents, far away from their children and family for years. A film about the price of the dream of a better life. ...

  • Man Made Place

    China passes through a period of very fast urban development. In this context, the documentary aims to analyse, under the form of an experiment, the situations of two towns with a special status: Yumen - a ghost town, and Kangbashi - a mythical town of the future. Both are deserted, but from two completely different reasons. ...

  • Manakia Brothers. Diary of a long look back

    A mysterious photograph of her great grandparents taken in the 1920’s somewhere in the Balkans reminds the author of two Aromanian photographers, famous in the region at the time – Milton and Ianaki Manakia. Trying to verify the assumption that her great grandparents, also of Aromanian origin, were indeed photographed by the two brothers, she embarks on a journey through Romania – Bulgaria – Macedonia – Greece trying to recompose the lifestory of the two people who became the very first filmmakers in the region, devoted documentarists of the most dramatic changes that reshaped the face of the Balkans in the first part of the XXth century. ...

  • Manu

    The film examines the foster care system in Romania through the case of Manuela, or Manu, an abandoned Gypsy girl. The policy of placing abandoned children into the care of foster families, rather than institutionalising them, is relatively new in Romania. Generally, low-income families apply for this task. The allowance they receive for each foster child, although relatively small, is meaningful to the family budget. This observational documentary follows Manu’s everyday life at the farm of her temporary family. Each day brings new discoveries and new hardships for her. Nevertheless, Manu is happy because, even in her provisional environment, she feels loved and protected. Her natural mother has not made any attempt, for two years, to contact her. Accordingly, she has been officially declared an abandoned child and put on the adoption list. Manu’s deepest concern is that her life could change at any moment. ...

  • Maramures

    Christmas time in a village in Maramures, Northern Romania: a time for family reunions. Those who have left the village come home for the winter vacation, particularly as old rituals and traditional celebrations go on ceaselessly from Christmas to New Year's Eve in the rural area. These people pride themselves on having preserved their identity; they have the self-consciousness of being the descendants of the free Dacians, as neither the Roman legions nor other intruders succeeded to conquer their territory. This does not prevent them from looking for a better life elsewhere. The neighboring city used to be their goal until 1989, when another more attractive destination became possible: Western Europe, where work is better paid. The film features a family which is emblematic for what Maramures is today. The elderly perceive city life with disbelief and ironic amusement. The young dream of the “promised land” whether it be in the city next door or in the West, although all they know of the West is based on television cliches and home videos. Some of those who have already left do plan to return after they've made enough money. In doing so, they will also bring their new experiences with them. How this will affect the life in rural Maramures, is hard to predict. After all, who in the village would have dreamed only a few years ago that they would use bulbs from a parade on the Champs Elysee as Christmas decorations? ...

  • Maramures

    The film depicts the colorful world of Maramures, in north Romania. In this one locale, there exist diverse ethnic communities of Romanians, Hungarians, Jews, and, Ukrainians. Though each community speaks its own language, together their histories define the common chronicle of this place. The film gives them each a voice to tell stories of dramatic moments in their history. One such account recalls the deportation of the Jews, and their current struggle against poverty. This is a film about tradition as well as the present. It captures the pace of their lives, and keeps the rhythm of the spectacular scenery of the place. ...

  • Maria

    The film tells the moving story of the final hours in an elderly woman's life, while her relatives and friends prepare for the funeral. ...

  • Marmato

    Columbia is the center of a new global fever for gold and Marmato, an ancient mining village, is the new border. Filmed during almost six years, Marmato tells the story of the confrontation between the village and the Canadian enterprise which wants the 20 billion dollars in gold, which lay under the villangers' homes. ...

  • Marriage

    For the rural communities living in the mountain area of southwest China, marriage is not a matter of a boy and a girl who are in love with each other and want to officially confirm their relationship. The protocol consists of six stages that must be completed according to the rules: the proposal, the negotiations, the engagement, the cognizance of the birth dates of the betrothed couple to ratify the marital relationship, a visit to the fortune-teller for the most favourable wedding date and finally the wedding ceremony. The film follows a marriage broker during the complicated negotiations for two marriages, somewhere in the southwest of China. In addition, the film depicts daily life in the villages, with both men and women having their share of hard manual labour. ...

  • Mary's City

    Once known as the City of Steel, San Nicholas has now become Ciudad de Maria, Mary's City, when word spread that Gladys Motta, a woman from a humble neighborhood, has visions of the Virgin Mary. The number of visitors who crowd at her gate begging her to deliver messages to the Virgin Mary grows at a constant and rapid rate. More and more pilgrims from all over the country pour into the city, encouraging the startup of an entire industry for fabricating and selling myths and miracles. From the individuals who sell writing paper and envelopes by Gladys's gate to the manufacturer of small-size replicas of Mary statues, the religious commerce is flourishing. Even the authorities seize the moment and try to sway this new industry to their benefit. The media transmits both real and fabricated happenings to the frenzied public. The fact that Gladys herself remains invisible in the midst of this sheer pandemonium endows her with an aura of mystery and thus, stimulating the public's ever-increasing appetite for more and more fantastic tales. ...

  • Masquerade

    The film offers various perspectives on the traditional winter rituals in Moldova, North Romania. From Christmas to New Year's Day, the rural villages are the stage for a series of rites and ceremonies. They start with the slaughter of the pigs and culminate with a masquerade where all community members are present as actors or spectators. Opening with a nostalgic view, based on his childhood memories, the filmmaker later introduces the rituals as they are performed today. He allows the actors and participants in the rituals to explain the meaning and origin as they know it from oral tradition, while he attempts to link the masks and characters to ancient Egypt, and Greek and Roman mythology. The film analyses tradition and innovation in rural customs, ceremonies and handicrafts, and explores their impact on the lives of the local people. ...

  • Massacre at the Border

    The documentary tells the story of the day when the province Bucovina was ceded to the Soviet empire. On April 1st 1941, over 3000 people coming from villages on the Siret Valley set out on a peaceful march to the newly established Soviet-Romanian border, to a place called Fântâna Albă. As they were getting near, the Soviet border guards called them to halt. The procession ignored the orders, and the Soviets opened fire. Those who escaped the machine guns were chased by the cavalry and put to the sword. After the massacre, over 13,000 Romanians were deported in retaliation to Siberia and Kazakhstan. After 73 years, the documentary reveals for the first time details about these tragic events. ...

  • Master Of The Universe

    The masters of the Universe are not politicians, nor armies, nor nations, but bankers. The film proposes an internal perspective on the world of the German banking system. A top banker reveals a parallel universe, in which employees are under extreme pressure, but they also go through financial ecstasies. The main character talks about his feelings, motivations and predictions regarding the fragile balance of the markets and his personal life. Created in a simple manner, the documentary rather focuses on the unsettling story of the banker, which affects us all. ...

  • Masters and Slaves

    The story takes place in the present time, in the immense semi-desert of the Sahel region of Niger. It presents a world governed by rules inconceivable by Western culture. Slavery is supposed to belong to the remote past, and yet in Sahel it is still a way of life. This state of affairs is made possible by two perpetual principles: the immutability of the social position and the loyalty to an extremely rigorous form of Islam. The film is built around two human adventures. Tumajet is 26. She has just run away from the Tuareg master to whom she was enslaved since early childhood. Her daughter though has remained in her former master’s servitude. Boulboulou is 20 and she has fled the cruelty of her Arab master two years ago, but she still fears his revenge. Both women are black. They share the courage of having rebelled against slavery. Timidria, a local alliance, will help them confront their former masters. The film follows the camel trails across the desert to enter the heart of an unknown world: the world of slavery and of the complex relationships between masters and slaves. ...

  • Matthew’s Laws

    Director Marc Schmidt films his childhood buddy, Matthew, who suffers from autism and desperately tries to create order in the chaos around him. Followed closely in his privacy, Matthew's explosive confrontations with the outside world are alternated with stylized observations and personal confessions. Little by little, the film unravels the complex way of Matthew's thinking and shows the catastrophic consequences his disorder may eventually have for him. ...

  • Max Rescues Animals

    Max are o misiune importantă: el vrea să salveze rase pe cale de dispariție, care au fost odată utilizate pe scară largă ca animale de fermă și de companie, fiind foarte des întâlnite în ferme și gospodării din Europa Centrală. Fiind în vacanță, Max poate merge la înot cu prietenii și să doarmă cât de mult vrea. Dar, la vârsta de numai 13 de ani, el este responsabil de proiectul „Arca” din Neuhaus, se îngrijeşte zilnic de 120 de animale, şi lucrează la construcţia „Arcei Copiilor” unde, în curând, copiii vor putea să descopere animale domestice aflate pe cale de dispariție. Fiind nevoie de timp și energie pentru proiect, iar Max nu vrea să lenevească. „Pur şi simplu iubesc animalele”, a spus Max, „mereu mi-au plăcut şi nu-mi pot imagina ceva mai frumos decât să am grijă de ele.” Max nu doar că se îngrijeşte de animale, dar le şi înmulţeşte. El vrea să salveze speciile pe cale de dispariție. Din acest motiv, elevul călătoreşte des cu fratele sau tatăl lui la târguri şi licitaţii, unde sunt vândute exemplare de animale care îl interesează. La un astfel de târg, Max tocmai a cumpărat la licitație un berbec. El vrea să îl folosească la reproducere, putând astfel să aducă o contribuţie mare la conservarea acestor oi. Specii rare de iepuri, curcani şi oi sunt doar o parte din rasele de animale îngrijite de el. Multe din aceste rase mai sunt astăzi cunoscute doar de profesioniştii în domeniu. Dar Max citeşte încă din fragedă copilărie, plin de entuziasm, cărţi ştiinţifice despre animale. Camera lui a devenit o mică bibliotecă de specialitate despre animale. Și el însuși este un expert, fiind între timp respectat până şi de către crescătorii adulţi cu multă experienţă în spate. Părinții și frații lui mai mari îl susțin pe Max. La început au crezut că pasiunea lui pentru animale se va încheia în cele din urmă. Acum însă şi-au dat seama că Max ia foarte în serios această muncă. Astfel, i-au pus la dispoziţie o bucată de teren pentru animale. Acolo, animalele lui Max trăiesc în țarcuri și grajduri. Proiectul Arca Copiilor Cel mai nou plan al lui este să înfiinţeze "Arca Copiilor". Este un proiect ambițios. Max își propune să-i înveţe pe copiii din grădinițe și școli despre speciile pe cale de dispariție. În acest scop, el a renovat, împreună cu familia, un vechi hambar, a construit garduri şi echipamente de adăpare pentru animale. Banii necesari îi sunt puşi la dispoziţie de familie dar este, de asemenea, norocos să primească sprijin şi din partea prietenilor. Finanțarea nu este atât de simplă, însă Max este sigur că, până la deschiderea din octombrie 2016, va reuşi să finalizeze cele mai importante angajamente. ...

  • May I have this Dance?

    The film is a study of cross cultural dance exchange between Sharon Kornelly and Yin Ying Huang. They exchange dances significant to their cultural backgrounds and to their own personal childhood experiences. As each dance is representative of collective as well as of individual experiences, the process of teaching and learning highlights issues of cultural translation. The project aims to translate art and visualized histories to one another in an attempt to understand more about the larger cultural systems in which we live. Because dance is a visual as well as a physical experience, an image based medium of transmission has been selected. Communication through moving images involves interpretation using both cultural and aesthetic codes at all levels of production and reception. This project is an experiment, a negotiation, and a collaboration across geographic and time boundaries and between disciplines and individuals. ...

  • Maybe Darkness

    An old Mediterranean family flat remained at a standstill for 150 years, as if stuck in time. Years pass by as generations come back to it every summer for holidays. The film explores the blurring of different timescapes in the space of the flat, intertwining the visual presences of the dead ancestors and the fleeting apparitions of the living family members. Through fragmented voices Maybe Darkness questions one’s relationship to familial past and cherished places. ...

  • Me and My Life Without some Things

    Macedonian director Ilija Piperkoski, who studied in Bucuresti, made his movie by following the journey of Dumitru Dragos, 22 years old gypsy, through Romania, who trying to find his father. Search finishes completely unexpected, but through it we can find distresful life story of Dragos who after all won't loose his cheerfulness and decisivness. ...

  • Me, My Gipsy Family and Woody Allen

    A very intimate journey on the ending of nomadic life and on the difficulties of settling in a council apartment told in first person with irony and playfulness by a young Roma director (19) struggling to accept her origins. The documentary is, in a way, Laura Halilovici's personal diary. Through the memories of her grandmother that still lives in a temporary camp at risk of been evicted; family photographs and video recordings made by her father we will discover an unknown world that has seldom opened to strangers. According to the family's traditions she should be married already but is determined to continue fighting to achieve her dreams. A tale on challenging a disciminatory society, presenting a different, deeply personal, insight into Roma culture. ...

  • Media Presentation and Case Study

    Valentina Miu, coordinator MEDIA Romania within the National Creative Europe Bureau (Unit for Project Management – Ministry of Culture), will present the European opportunities available to documentary filmmakers through the Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020) - EU MEDIA Sub-programme. Case study - Oana Giurgiu, director and producer (Libra Film), will be present at the seminar and she will share her experience of collaborating with MEDIA and present the way in which the development fund from Mediadesk was used for the documentary film project „Aliyah Dada”, which she directed and produced. The presentation will be held in the English language. ...

  • Meetings

    At the end of the 60s, film clubs were increasing rapidly in Romania, even in the countryside. The Communist Party supported them – they were a powerful propaganda tool. Many of their enthusiastic creators, director Ioan Agapi among them, saw them as an opportunity to become filmmakers. Thus the camera appeared into the lives of many – and it was received with fear or reserve, or with narcissistic joy, as portrayed in the two sequences of Meetings: the awarding ceremony of the best zootechnicians, and in the meeting of the Co-operative Society. ...

  • Men of Words

    "Men of Words" explores how an ancient tradition of exchanging poetry on the Arabian Peninsula is still used as a means to discuss contemporary social and political issues in Yemen. The film touches upon issues such as the social meaning of words in Yemen, circulation of the spoken word, and verbal art as a way to obtain freedom of speech in a country that faces a bleak future dominated by poverty and political instability. The film is structured around a typical qat chewing session in the South Yemeni highlands, where poetry is said aloud. Through the poems the viewer gains insight into some of the daily challenges in everyday life in Yemen, such as missing rain, regional politics, and love. ...

  • Men's Lust

    Five men over 60 talk about their lives when they were younger. They reflect on how a man’s life changes after his hormones settle down, on failed relationships and the search for love. We meet an artist, a fulfilled and happy father, who still worships the vagina, a doctor who believes in monogamy, a spiritual man seeking enlightenment by loving a woman, a philosopher who had a troubled childhood and a homosexual whose direct view of himself and love makes the rest of society seem anything but straight. This is about the ambivalence of enjoying old age but not wanting to die and about a willingness to put everything into a relationship. The desire for young bodies is replaced by one for a mature partner who’s an equal in every way. According to one of them: the word love, it smells good. ...

  • Merchands of Miracles

    Imported charlatanism or local traditions, miracles can be sold in Africa just like any other merchandise. Some believe in the noisy speeches, other's don't. Still the show ofered by the "merchants of miracles" is sometimes fascinating and the film reveals its entire "splendour". Either captivating or repugnant, it is worth, anyway, watching it. ...

  • METRO

    The underground wanderings of a not-so-young Brazilian student who, without knowing what to look for in life, goes to the Paris subway to meet those he values most... the strangers. For two years, always with a camera on him, he observed and interacted with all kinds of subway “inhabitants”: passengers, bill posters, homeless persons, musicians, subway conductor, frequently conversing about life expectations. The result is a film that reveals this eclectic underground world from an unusual, irreverent and personal point of view. ...

  • Metrobranding - A Love Story Between Men and Objects -

    While people in Western Europe were used to choose between hundreds of brands, the communist Romania used to have a different experience: all our life we lived with only one brand for each basic product. Imagine the importance that this "monobrands" could acquire for the lives of those who made them and for the lives of those who consumed them. Relaxa the mattress, Dragasani sneakers, Pegas the bicycle, Mobra the motorcycle, the Fieni bulbs and Ileana the sewing machine, which were once the stars of the Romanian golden era, are now becoming the characters of our film. We selected six brands with spectacular destinies. They appeared approximately at the same time, along with the socialist industrialization. As overnight towns were built around the factories producing these brands, they have become the objects of desire for the Romanian daily life and dreams. ...

  • Midway

    Driving through the most busy road connecting Western Romania to the main country, we notice how hills, mountains and even the river fall victims to our greed for fast progress. We look ahead through noise, mud and dust, enjoying that these harms are far away from where we live. We'll shake when everything holds still and we'll see that beauty has its own price. Which is the midway? How far will we go in order to catch up with our rich brothers from Western Europe? ...

  • Miina!

    Who can fight EU regulations on farming and agriculture? Miina Akkijyrkka is a sculptor, but she is also a protector of Finncattle, the native Finnish dairy breed. She has never followed the mainstream and her courageous and strange actions have aroused a lot of controversy. Being and acting out of the ordinary, Miina is fervently hated by some, and admired and loved by others. This portrait-documentary follows Miina since the 80s to show the tensions and controversies in contemporary Finish society. Coming into conflict with the authorities and the EU directives, she also has controversies with animal protection organizations, gets arrested and her dogs are taken into custody. Meanwhile, she works at a huge statue made of parts of wrecked cars, which she calls The Holy Cow. “I have a big heart,” Miina describes herself, “and I love insanity, deviance and everything abnormal. What others see as trash.” ...

  • MILES APART

    Miles Apart is an observational documentary, intimately looking at the clash of different generations and cultures in a rapidly changing China. Twelve years ago, Laomao and his wife Meizi left their two children in the countryside to build a business 600 miles away, in Beijing. When they are joined by their daughter Ying Ying, it becomes immediately obvious that she doesn't share her parents' work ethic. Meizi's frustration is raw as she pushes her daughter towards employment. At the same time, her son Lei Lei won't apply himself to his studies. The separation of Chinese families by migration is a story shared by a quarter of rural parents, most of whom can relate to the frustrations of working hard for seemingly ungrateful children. ...

  • Milking the Desert

    Frederic came from France to become a novice at the St. Moses Abyssinian monastery in the desert of Syria. We follow him and Syrian monk Boutrous through their daily chores and routines: milking goats, making cheese and praying. Their lives create a backdrop for Muslim and Christian relations in the area. ...

  • Milky Way

    Unlike other authentic mioritical shepherd films, walking their flocks through heavenly landscapes, the two main characters of this film are so called „Bucharest shepherds". They take out at grass their cows in a saddening display, filled with plastic bags and all sort of garbage, near by the Capital City. Even so, Mihai and Titinel still do business with the same customers, the ones that remained retentionists and consistently refuse on buying the pasteurized milk found at the local shop. Nicely framed, very aesthetically clean, this film captures the destiny of the people of Romania, freshly joined to U.E.. ...

  • Miner's Tale

    Joaquim is a migrant worker from Mozambique, who works on the gold mines of South Africa. He straddles two worlds the modern, urban environment of the mine and the traditional, rural world of his family homestead across the border. He only went to South Africa to earn money, but time has flown and many years have passed before he can pay a visit to his family. In the mean time, he has taken a second wife in South Africa, who looks after him and helps him prepare his journey home. He arrives at his village loaded with presents, but after a warm welcome, he soon faces his family's reproach. His first wife is hurt by his long absence, his son has become an adult and the elders of the community urge him to do his traditional duty and have more children. But this is something Joaquim cannot do, because he is HIV positive. Confronted with the difference between the modern world of South Africa and the traditional life in Mozambique, he tries in vain to find a way to reconcile the two. ...

  • Miraculous Fountain of Doctor Benedek

    This film portrays a real and tragic character that Romania knows very little about. Persecuted by the Communist regime for his belief, the early death of Dr.Benedek gave him the aura of a saint due to some paranormal manifestations that occured near his grave. The film does not try to convince us of the truthfulness of these phenomena, neither attempts it to prove that the water from the spring that flows near his tomb is miraculous. It rather makes the portrait of a martyr putting together testimonies of those who knew him. Last but not least, the film explores the human need for faith and for models. ...

  • Missionary

    Padre Casimiro is a Polish Catholic missionary in the Bolivian Andes. His parish spans the mountains at an almost inaccessible height that often exceeds 5000 m altitude. He is the only one from the “civilized world” who ventures to reach the people who live in this remote and isolated area. For an entire year, filmmaker Wojciech Staron, accompanied only by his camera, followed the pilgrimage of this fascinating man. Padre Casimiro leads a lonely life, full of obstacles and dangerous trips to the distant corners of his parish. Happy and sad moments alternate in this poetical story of a stranger who tries to understand the world of the South American Indians, which practically has not changed much over the past five hundred years. But more than an incursion into their untamed world, the film is an intimate examination of the heart of the missionary. ...

  • Miu Dobrescu-Iliescu

    This is a collage of films shot in 1970-1979, about the communist leaders of Iasi city Miu Dobrescu (until 1974) and Ion Iliescu who became President of Romania after the 1989 Revolution. They were filmed on different official events and festivities, together with a series of characters who later became renowned names of the Romanian culture or science. The camera is at ease, managing to get close to the characters without bothering them, thus capturing rare valuable footage, very different from official rigid propaganda. ...

  • Model Citizens

    How is a day in the life of a "talking statue"? Who are these professional street artists, agents of the new economic order, working on the southern bank of the Thames? Focusing on the use and role of public art, the film looks into innovative ways of earning one's living in a popular tourist area of London. People bringing to life traditional characters (a clown, a puppeteers and his puppet), as well as characters from Hollywood stories (Darth Vader or Captain Jack Sparrow), tell of their experiences as street artists. The film provides an insight on a creative popular activity, presenting different human types, with their motivations and aspirations. ...

  • Modern Slavery

    A simple conflict between some Roma families and the Hungarian homeless they had hired for household work arrives to be sorted out by the apparatus of justice as a case of ethnic discriminatory action. The way in which the press covered the incident played an important part in this misinterpretation. As a result, the court sentenced the Roma to years of prison, basing its decision exclusively on the exaggerated allegations of the homeless. ...

  • Mohamed Tomescu

    The events surrounding Syria are the reason for a meeting between an estranged father and son. This is a chance to talk to each other as adults, ask a question that has been bothering Mohamed for a while – finally he has enough courage to tell about his intention of changing the name. His father doesn't come to a meeting. A new wave of misunderstanding, resentment, hesitation and fear arises. With a cinema-verite aproach, we feel the camera and the music plays a vital role in the hip-hop impro scenes. ...

  • Mohamed Tomescu

    The events surrounding Syria are the reason for a meeting between an estranged father and son. This is a chance to talk to each other as adults, ask a question that has been bothering Mohamed for a while – finally he has enough courage to tell about his intention of changing the name. His father doesn't come to a meeting. A new wave of misunderstanding, resentment, hesitation and fear arises. With a cinema-verite aproach, we feel the camera and the music plays a vital role in the hip-hop impro scenes. ...

  • Monday

    The documentary follows Tudor Sisu a regular boy in the hood. Tudor was in prison two times, for drug traffic and use of highly risk drug. He was set free in november 2007 and is now under a surveillience programme during the trial. Every Monday, he has to go to the Police Station and prove he is clean. He has to sign a paper saying he didn't leave the country and he is ''ok''. ...

  • Monti Moments: Men's Memories In The Heart Of Rome

    Monti Moments captures the bitter-sweet memories and quiet desperation of men who today face dire economic threats to their lives as artisans and shopkeepers and as residents of a once mostly working-class neighborhood amidst some of Rome's most famous monuments. They wryly recall past poverty, scandals, and tragedies. An invasion of raucous traffic, the callous disregard of the rich and powerful, and the relentless invasion of market forces (with their attendant retinue of conniving loan-sharks) have not blunted the older residents' appreciative wit or their devoted intimacy with the intensely local remnants of ecumene and empire. Taxi-drivers debate old book editions; artisans ply their changing crafts amid the din of encroaching modernity; a newsagent muses over an old photograph that connects his family's business to a thousand years of local architecture. And over all looms the constant and growing threat of eviction from these familiar haunts. ...

  • Mosu's Dream

    A film about a member of an extinguishing species, the genuine dweller of a traditional countryside. People nicknamed Vasile Deac „Mosu", which means „old man" since he was a young man. As if to reinforce his nickname, he married the midwife of the village, the Romanian word for „midwife" being „Moasa". Throughout his life, he had many dreams and plans. One of them was to build a statue of Voivode Bogdan, the founder of the Province Moldavia. After 40 years, the statue is finally completed, but Mosu is still not satisfied. The last genuine dweller of traditional Maramures dreams on. ...

  • Mother Rome

    This is the story of a woman who couldn't recognize herself in the mirror. ...

  • Mr. Cool

    Dao Yaodong, a young Huayao Dai (Thai), lives in a village in Xinping County, in China’s Yunnan Province. Television and DVDs, and the infrastructure built for the workers of the sugar cane factory nearby, have turned him into a great fan of commercial movies and city life amenities. He has adopted a new look to pass with his new expectations: he wears sunglasses and leather jackets, as he attempts to imitate his favorite movie stars. While the elders recall past virtues, Dao, alias Mr. Cool prepares to follow his elder brother. He wishes to leave behind his farmer’s life, and move to the city. Based on observation and interviews, the film explores the impact of modernization and the media on traditional village life. ...

  • Mudava Comes to Town

    The story of Romania's most notorious healer, Constantin Mudava, who claims to have treated and cured over half a million people during the last twenty years. He was arrested by the communist authorities seven times. On the other hand, the Ceausescus and their families secretly wooed him for his healing capacity. Since the revolution he has been able to practice his therapy in the open. Some of his patients proved to be good mediums, and he used them to communicate with the other world. In 1995, the "spirits" started sending him a series of messages. According to them, he was to become Romania's president and his mission would be to bring people back to the Christian faith. He needed 100,000 signatures to enter the 1996 campaign and so he began a tour across country treating people and canvassing support. Like a travelling showman he stopped in major cities, renting the largest performance halls available and exchanging therapy for votes. The film focuses on his first stop, the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. Scenes of group therapy alternate with sessions of individual treatment. The film concentrates on two patients in a terminal stage: a Gypsy flower seller and a professor. The doctors had given them only a few weeks, but with Mudava's therapy they both made amazing recoveries. However, Mudava's campaign was far from successful, in spite of the predictions of the spirits, that he would get more than 50% of the votes. Allegations of forged signatures and ridicule in the press contributed to an embarrassing election result. Meanwhile the filmmakers sought the flower seller and professor and a few days later Mudava was challenged on camera over his failure in the elections and the fate of his two patients. ...

  • Music@AstraFilm: CONCERT Aromanian Music - Mara & Band

    MARA is singing since her early childhood. As a young artist, she was invited in various radio and TV shows and also national music festivals. Her talent and charisma made MARA very interesting for pioneering artists in the ‘90s and ’00s, who invited her to collaborate on various and equally challenging projects, ranging from electro (Nemos, NSK, Electic Brother) to rock (ZOB, Vama Veche) and acid jazz (Blazzaj, Baba Novac). So it’s safe to say that MARA is an important part of the Romanian recent music history, and these were just the forming years! In 2009 MARA was signed to Kult Studio Records, and from there on her career went full speed ahead. Since then she released four singles and a magical album (with impressive reviews), recorded with nineties’ icons Coolio and Haddaway, toured along with fellow artists Sensor and Kult Studio Artists in Romania and Europe, appeared in various TV & Radio Shows and literally turned her name into an exclusivist brand. Her solo project is exploring a wider sound and her live act has a profound purpose in connecting with the audience in a spiritual, loving way. ...

  • Music@AstraFilm: CONCERT Kana Jambe

    Formatia de muzica Kana Jambe a luat fiinta odata cu lansarea piesei Kana Jambe, interpretata de Bogdan Artistu'. ...

  • Music@AstraFilm: CONCERT Moonlight Breakfast

    Moonlight Breakfast s-a înfiinţat în 2011 şi a debutat în forţă, cântând direct în deschiderea concertului Jamiroquai, din România. Succesul răsunător pe care l-au avut în faţa a peste 35.000 de oameni, i-a propulsat rapid pe cele mai importante scene muzicale din România şi din străinătate. o Au ajuns astfel să cânte alături de artişti de renume internaţional ca Hurts (pe celebra Arena din Viena), Parov Stelar, De Phazz, Macy Gray, Selah Sue, Waldek şi Daddy G (Massive Atack) o Au fost invitați să cânte în cadrul evenimentului de închidere al JOCURILOR OLIMPICE de la Sochi, (Russia) o Au fost invitaţi la numeroase festivaluri de muzică, precum Imagine Festival 2016 (Untold Music Festival) 2015 (Basel, Elveţia), Eurosonic 2015 (Olanda), Untold Music Festival 2015 (Romania), DonauInselfest Wien 2014 (Austria), CANNES Lions International Festival Of Creativity 2014 (Franţa), Wir Sind Wien 2014 (Austria), Linzfest 2014 (Austria), Get Dizzy - Alte Kongresshalle Munich (Germany), Open Jazz Fest 2013 (Slovacia), Romanian Culture Festival 2013 (Polonia), Spirit of Burgas 2011 (Bulgaria), Jazz in the Park Festival 2014 (Cluj Napoca), Street Delivery 2014 (Timisoara), Electric Castle Festival 2013 (Cluj Napoca), Summer Well 2011 (Mogoşoaia), TIFF 2012 (Cluj- Napoca), dar şi la UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GALA (Bucureşti). o Piesa Shout este coloana sonoră pentru un spot publicitar Ford difuzat în 52 de ţări o Hello, My Baby şi Shout au fost în topul celor mai difuzate piese din Germania o Premiul "Cea mai bună trupa românească" la ELLE STYLE AWARDS ...

  • Muslim Labyrinths

    The village Breznitsa, in southwestern Bulgaria, is a multiethnic locality. The film focuses on the Pomak community, a Bulgarian-speaking Muslim population who considers itself of Turkish origin. Although submitted to assimilation during the socialist period, these people have preserved, to a great extent, their cultural and religious identity. Since the downfall of communism, the Pomak enjoy more civil and cultural liberties. A public revival of Islam, related to Turkish identity, is clearly visible. While many families in Breznitsa still keep traditional forms of living, everyone faces the pressures of change brought about by democracy. This film is a result of the cooperation between Canadian anthropologist Asen Balkci and Bulgarian film director Antonii Donchev. Cameraman Ibrahim Djunin is a young local who was trained in ethnographic video methods, through a visual anthropology seminar organized in Breznitsa, ten years ago. The film describes changes that have occurred in the Pomak villages since the early 1990s. It makes use of film material from 1995, as well as, contemporary material. ...

  • Mutants, The

    “Three kids in their early teens rejected life in juvenile homes or with foster families to take their chances on their own. They drift into petty crime and are exploited by sexual predators. The director had planned to make a documentary about homeless children, but when government authorities refused to cooperate, she used her research as the basis for this screenplay, giving many of the children she met in her travels roles in the film.” – Mark Deming Rovi ...

  • My Beautiful Dacia

    My Beautiful Dacia is a light hearted and humoristic portrayal of the evolution of Romania from Communism to Capitalism, seen through the eyes of its most emblematic symbol, the Dacia automobile. In our film, we will follow different generations of Romanians - from the old nostalgic to the young entrepreneurs - showing the present transformation of Romanian society. The connecting point between the different stories is always the Dacia car: first, a symbol of the ambitions of Communist technology and now a reflection of the new global economy. In 1999, Dacia was bought by Renault and nowadays it's a best-selling car in developing markets. The first Dacia car came out the Romanian factories of Pitesti in 1968, during the Ceaucescu era. In essence, Dacia was the realization of a dream: modernize Romania and make it totally self-sufficient and independent from foreign hands. In reality, Dacia's dream was never fulfilled and Romania inthe meantime was becoming one of Europe's poorest countries. With the collapse of the Ceaucescu regime, the dreams that fed many generations of Romanians quickly dissipated. By the end of the 90's, Dacia was dying, as an old & obsolete relic, spiraling down along with the rest of Romanian industry and mortally wounded by the imports of Western cars. But she survived. Already in the XXI century and with a foot inside the EU, Dacia's grandson makes its entrance into a market addicted to petrol and a consumer obsessed with flashy cars: the Dacia Logan (the first model designed under Renault's umbrella) is born. Will this new model survive into this Darwinian global market, where Italian, Chinese and Indian manufacturers are threatening to manufacture cheaper cars than the Romanian? ...

  • My Class - From Russia With Relativity

    In 1982, 26 young specially gifted pupils are accepted at the school for Natural Sciences in the Soviet Union. Graduating from this school guarantees a most promising future. But then Perestroika happens, the old order collapses. Today, those pupils are spread all over the world, hardly any of them are still employed with scientific research. With her film, the director Ekaterina Eremenko undertakes a very personal journey into her past in order to meet her former classmates once again and to faind out, what has become of them. Based upon the laws of physics, once taught at the school, My Class tells the story of a nation. The former pupils represent a generation that was dramatically influenced by the political changes that took place their graduation. ...

  • My Destiny's Road

    Maruja is the youngest member of a gang called "The Warriors" in San Juan de Lurigancho, one of Lima's poorest and most violent districts. A warrior's main concern is to survive. Although Maruja is only twelve, he must support his brothers and his mother, and also finds time to go to night-school. My Destiny's Road tells his story, which is the story of thousands of young people born in Lima's marginal neighbourhoods. ...

  • My family, briefly

    This short film is made by a 16 year old from the town Bârlad, Romania, and participated in the Cannes Film Festival, in the section Short Film Corner. The film is Elena’s attempt to discover the influence of The Factory (The Bârlad Bearing Factory) on the life of her family. The name of the Factory was constantly present in her home, which makes Elena realize that it was the main income source for the family. However, times change and the name of the Factory is rarely mentioned by the father, who has already found a different job, and by the mother who found work in Italy a while ago. Elena takes advantage of her mother's visit home for Christmas to find answers to questions that bother her. ...

  • My Father, Lucian Blaga

    At the end of the Second World War, in Romania, with communism rising to power a long period of social, political and cultural decay begins. Lucian Blaga, seen by communists as „a representative of royalty and burgeoisie”, falls from grace of the new regime. He is fired from the university, excluded from the Academy, and many of his books are black-listed. Employed as a librarian, he lives the last 12 years of his life writing an autobiographical novel, to be printed only in 1990, 30 years after his demise. Now Dorli (84 years old), Blaga’s daughter, evokes scenes of her family’s past in a final attempt to recover his memory and her own identity. ...

  • My Fathers, My Mother And Me

    Director Paul-Julien Robert was raised in the biggest European commune, the “Friedrichshof”, a community based on communal property, free sexuality and dissolution of the nuclear family. Inevstigating videos of communal life and also the motivations of the ex-memebers, he tries to discover what traditional family is and why these people denied it. ...

  • My Friend Rockefeller

    The FBI called it “the longest-running con in FBI history”: Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a man known to close friends and family as “Clark Rockefeller”, lived a life of deception and crime before settling on his ultimate scam – impersonating a Rockefeller. The film follows the trail left by Gerhartsreiter and collects the reflections of people who were left in the wake of his roller-coaster journey. How was Gerhartsreiter able to dupe so many people from so many walks of life? A story that begins in a Bavarian village, continues in the most exclusive clubs on the American East Coast, – and ends in a Los Angeles court. - http://cinephil.com/my-friend- rockefeller/ ...

  • My German Children

    Tom is born in Israel, in a mixed marriage - the father is a Jew, survivor of the Holocaust, and the mother is German, an ex-volunteer in a Kibbutz. At the age of 20, Tom moves to Germany and settles in Munich where she becomes a wife and the mother of two. After 17 years, she decides to take her children to Israel for one year, a time for Daniel (15) and Shira (16) to discover their Jewish roots and for Tom to rejoin her family. The film is a sentimental, painful and contradictory journey, a story about belonging and identity. ...

  • My Home

    On the outskirts of Bucharest, two 14-year-olds live by themselves in an apartment, without their families. How is it that they got here? What about their past? Alex and Petronel struggle to cope with daily life as adults. At any rate, they’ve never been allowed a real childhood. Casa Mia follows the two main characters in their thoughts and in their memories of their past lives spent with their families and on the streets. The film accompanies them as they reveal their dreams and set out for two different destinations. Alex struggles to make his dream come true, while Petronel takes a trip back in time, in search of love from his family. But at home all he finds is disappointment. ...

  • My Home

    Natasha Yurchenko used to live in a small village before developers decided to rebuild the area. Her family resisted the developments and they are now trapped between the high-rise buildings. She wants to fight for her home but conflicts surface in the family. How far will she go defending their home? A film portrait of 5 years of life of one (extra)ordinary family in the current Ukraine. ...

  • MY KOSHER SHIFTS

    The story of a little Orthodox Jewish hotel in London through the eyes of Iris, the receptionist. Being a complete outsider - a young atheist from Tel-Aviv, Iris was surprised by the intimacy and openness that have developed between her and the guests, religious Jews from different sects and backgrounds. Being a documentary filmmaking's student, she decided to document the interesting dialogues between secular and religious Jews into a personal, quirky documentary, which opens a window to the fascinating Jewish culture. ...

  • My Lost Russia

    The film was shot in the small town Efremov, where Pasternak’s camera identified a variety of characters whose stories are brought together to reconstruct today’s Russia: the ruined farmer writing letters to President Putin in his quest for justice, the priest who can finally inaugurate the new church after years of struggle, the striptease dancers who dream to become school teachers, the old pessimist who declares that Efremov is the worst place on earth, the young soldiers on their way to Chechnya. The filmmaker explores the life of the town in a non-intrusive way, to give a sometimes nostalgic and sometimes humorous insight into the stories of common people. Putting all their stories together, the viewer eventually understands what has changed, what is in the process of changing and what will never change in Efemov and in Russia. ...