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  • Naked

    25 year old Denice and has starred in hundreds of porn films, but over the last 3 years she has been busy starting up her own company in Denmark. Denice decides to make a comeback in Porn Valley in LA to make some quick cash - she packs her bags and heads to LA where she moves into a mansion owned by porn film agent & owner of LA Direct Models, Derek Hay. Ten young porn models, some of them down to 18, live in the house with Denice. With her 25 years, her body still natural and unaltered, she is the most experienced. But after 3 years away from the industry she sees everything in a new light. ...

  • Naked Island

    Some sixty years ago, a man went missing for four years. He returned a changed man carrying along a painful secret. He later built his family’s life around this unspoken secret. Talking about the past was forbidden in the family. It was his granddaughter, also the director of this film, who first started asking questions, wanting to find out ever since childhood what lay hidden beneath her grandfather’s scar-covered body. He died without revealing the entire story to anyone. Naked Island is an investigation, a mosaic made of clues – family photos and intimate testimonies of a tight-knit group of people brought together by a place, a political prison in ex-Yugoslavia known as an island of broken souls, and the consequences that this place left on three generations. This is a brave documentary defying silence and fear. ...

  • Napps - Memoire of an Invisible Man

    This film tells the story of Mr. X, but his identity and his face are never revealed in it. Mr. X is a West-African asylum seeker living in Berlin without a work permit. As his exposure might put him in danger, he is the one holding the camera instead of appearing in front of it. Mr. X shoots the landscapes and people of Berlin to tell stories about the refugee camp in Italy, about his grandmother in West Africa, about his acquaintance with African drug dealers from Görlitzer Park, and about the relationship between him, his legal status and his camera. ...

  • Nenette

    Born in 1969 in the forests of Borneo, Nénette has just turned 40. The unrivalled star of the menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, she sees hundreds of visitors file past her cage each day. The film is based on the divergence between image and sound, meaning that we see the animals without ever hearing them and hear the humans without ever seeing them. There is no reverse angle. No cutaway shot. The soundtrack blends the reactions and the spontaneous comments of the visitors. Behind the glass, Nénette is a mirror. A screen for our projections. We attribute all kinds of feelings, intentions and even thoughts to her. In talking about her, we talk about ourselves. In looking at her, we include ourselves in the picture. This is a film on the gaze, on representation. A metaphor for the cinema, in particular for the documentary, as capturing and as capture; after all, filming others is always a way of imprisoning them, of enclosing them in a frame, of freezing them in space and time. ...

  • Neorealism and New Realisms

    The road map this retrospective tries to describe and create is the journey of the seeds planted by the neorealist experiment, introducing works that question the concept of documentary as privileged film genre considering its relationship with reality, and in order to do so focusing on the representation of such reality. This is a partial selection – in both time and space – whose goal is to suggest other relationships between other filmographies. Technical conditions for mobility and small teams allowed cinema to be critic, witness and researcher, looking at those who had been so far invisible: a “portable cinema” creating poetry from the popular imaginary and the ability people have to self-reflection: La Terra trema, Umberto D. Subarnarekha is part of a trilogy on refugees by Ritwik Ghatak, and one of the fundamental films of India's Parallel Cinema. Gatak himself was a refugee during East Bengali’s great crisis in 47. In Adela Adolfo Alix Jr. films Anita Linda (a former radio diva) in the slums of Manila, building an analysis of Philippine’s violent class system, in a game of self-fiction by those who are filmed. In 1961 Mackenzie directed The Exiles, with the Native American community in the outskirts of LA: those who do not belong anywhere, emerging in long takes that build up a “realism of duration” (R. Koehler). The Death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu is key to understand Romanian New Wage Cinema. The author and the camera’s point of view are alternative to the totalitarian state imaginary, in a minimalistic principle (both narrative and pictorial) reflecting a possible realism in cinema. From Portugal, Os Mutantes, by Teresa Villaverde: in a country disappointed by an unfulfilled revolution and numbed by the European dream, outcast institutionalised teenagers wander around in a parallel reality to the Lisbon of the 90’s. Commited to reality, cinema refused aesthetic and political constraints of traditional documentary and engaged in a pact with the people and with cinema itself. Neorealism and Newrealism retrospective is a carte de blanche program of Doclisboa International Film Festival ...

  • Network, The

    Over the past decade in Romania, the lack of essential cancer medication has affected thousands of patients. Although the state is supposed to guarantee its citizens’ right to life, thousands of patients haven’t been able to start treatment in time or followed and incomplete treatment with devastating effects on their chances of survival. For many help has come from an anonymous network that has gradually become known as „The Cytostatic Drugs Network”. The Network follows the itinerary of the cytostatic drugs from several pharmacies in Austria and Hungary to the patients in Romania, showing us how the network works and who are some of its key actors. ...

  • New Eldorado

    A village where many houses have been preserved for centuries. A village where people treasure their land, their church and their long-gone ancestors. A village surrounded by mountains hiding tons of gold and silver ore. Because of its deposits of precious minerals, the village Rosia Montana has been courted by international corporations involved in the extraction industry. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, a Canadian-Romanian company, wants to open a goldmine here. People will have to move to a new location, where modern houses are waiting for them. Gold and silver will be found in abundance in this New Eldorado. About eight hundred hectars will be covered with cyanide wastes, but there will be a dam to prevent contamination of the area. However, the village Rosia Montana with its centuries-old houses will disappear. ...

  • New Eldorado

    A village where many houses have been preserved for centuries. A village where people treasure their land, their church and their long-gone ancestors. A village surrounded by mountains hiding tons of gold and silver ore. Because of its deposits of precious minerals, the village Rosia Montana has been courted by international corporations involved in the extraction industry. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, a Canadian-Romanian company, wants to open a goldmine here. People will have to move to a new location, where modern houses are waiting for them. Gold and silver will be found in abundance in this New Eldorado. About eight hundred hectars will be covered with cyanide wastes, but there will be a dam to prevent contamination of the area. However, the village Rosia Montana with its centuries-old houses will disappear. ...

  • New Gypsy Kings

    Filmmaker Liviu Tipuriță takes us into the heart of the astonishing world of Romania's super-rich Gypsy popstars - a world of fast cars, lavish houses and gangsters. The Roma community is one of the most marginalised and impoverished in Europe and for years their traditional music has been their most famous export. Now a new type of Gypsy sound called Manele has swept across the country. Manele stars can earn 20,000 euros a night at opulent weddings, with cash showered over them by guests. Their videos can get millions of hits on YouTube. Traditional musicians, like the world-famous Taraf de Haïdouks, once championed by Johnny Depp, claim that Manele has put them out of business and that the new genre is destroying the Gypsy music brand. This film explores an extraordinary social and cultural change through its soundtrack. The screening is scheduled on Thursday, 20th October, 21:30 hrs at Thalia venue and it is preceded by the concert given by Kana Jambe & Dan Bursuc. ...

  • New Man

    Stephania is a middle-aged transgender for whom each day on the streets of Montevideo is a new struggle for survival. Director Aldo Garay mixes everyday scenes with footage of her shot 20 years ago. Thus, he attains a layered and non-victimizing portrait of a person with multiple identities. Ideologically influenced by the Sandinista movement from native Nicaragua and actively involved in the political and social education reforms of the 80s, Stephania would later on experience loneliness and marginality. Although it touches greatly on gender identity issues and although it equally addresses the way in which the political turmoil from Latin America’s past configures Stephania’s present, THE NEW MAN’s major thematic focus relies on her journey back home, to a family she hasn’t seen for decades, since she was still the preadolescent Roberto. Garay craftily approaches the tension between vulnerability and inner strength that made Stephania be the woman she is today, without sensationalizing her outstanding biography, but rather conveying with dignity an intimate story, which, nonetheless, speaks in a universal manner about identity and the concept of “home’’. ...

  • Next Year in Lerin

    In 1948, during the Greek civil war, the Democratic Army was losing ground. They made their escape over the border and took children with them for more safety. 28,000 Greek and Slavic Macedonian children were taken away from their mothers and smuggled out of Greece. Eventually, the children were dispersed to orphanages throughout communist countries in Eastern Europe. Only those of Greek origin were allowed to return. The film centres on a reunion in Skopje to mark the 50th anniversary of the Exodus where the "children" talk about their feelings of identity and longings to see the villages where they were born. Intercut is archive of the children's journey, family photographs and the villages themselves where the houses lie forlorn and empty. ...

  • Nico - Home At Work

    Nico works as a char woman for a family living in a rich neighbourhood. Five hours a day, five days a week she takes care of a house which is not her own. This portrait documentary shows the way in which the domestic life of a woman is transferred from her personal space at home to somebody else’s place, where she applies the same familiar strategies and does things her own way. At the same time, by being constantly connected to other people’s privacy, Nico lives the experience of being someone else. ...

  • Nicolae,Son of Ion, Son of Iacob/ Nicolae Pițis from Lăpuș

    Nicolae,son of Ion son of Iacob, is an old man from Lăpuş village who guides us in an amazing journey through his own memories of a simple, country life. He tells us, full of emotion, about a world that has not offered him the chance for an education, but where he managed to learn on his own the skills of playing traditional music. The old man exposes his soul in front of the camera, while playing on various wind instruments songs composed by himself. ...

  • No Entry, No Exit

    Karl D. should just leave. The house, the village, society in general. When the repeat sexual offender moves in with his brother Helmut and his family, the neighbors react immediately. They fear - for their children and their own safety. Karl has just served a 15-year prison sentence, and is still considered dangerous. While a jovial daily gathering forms on the street, Helmut's family threatens to fall apart under the pressure. Trapped in their own four walls, they have to face all the outside forces - the demonstrators, the local police and even the juvenile services, who consider taking Helmut's son out of the family. When the situation almost escalates, first dissonances appear among the demonstrators. ...

  • No Es Fácil - Children Of Che Guevara

    Every single person builds their own truth, carries their own inheritance with which one goes through life. The film deals with today's life on Cuba as it happens in the shadow of its political father Che Guevara. We see graffitis with his mottos at walls, the image of his face in living rooms, written on T-shirts or even onto whole houses. School kids dedicate their greeting 'Let us be like Che' to the icon - and it becomes apparent that people growing up in Cuba cannot escape this heritage. Che, his inheritance, and its reception in every one of its variations are a solid and formative part of Cuban everyday life across all generations. As much as this is apparent no one knows how this heritage will find it's continuation. Aleida Guevara, his eldest daughter also fights for her personal inheritance. 'That Che's image does not become an empty icon' is what she regards to be her life task. For Yoel, the sports teacher form Centro Havana, on the other hand, the task of surviving on a day-to-day basis has priority - no place is left for politics. ...

  • No Longer Achmed

    Achmed Hamdoon, a young Arab Bedouin of the Hamdoon tribe, was raised in the family tin hut, a few meters away from the locked gate of Kibbutz "Lotem" in West Galilee, Northern Israel. Having longed for the kibbutz life most of his youth, he finally pulls out and moves to "Lotem", changing his name to the typically Israeli name Meidan Sade. The clan is outraged and sees him as a "traitor". But Meidan, no longer Achmed, feels this is the only way to access the opportunities offered by the Israeli society. The price, however, is high. Meidan is lonely, unable to find a Jewish girl to accept him, nor a Bedouin girl to understand why he has chosen to cross the line. ...

  • No One Is Immortal

    The ancient Saint Peter's Church is hemmed between motorways and office blocks on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Outside the Sunday masses, the church also serves as the town's cultural center. A bar has been installed, and during the week drinking parties take place. Every Monday is bridge night, and a popular music choir also shares the space. The Church houses the graves of many generations, and but for the immortal rights addressed to these old graves in ancient days, the St. Peter church would have been demolished long ago. Today, the old graves are cared for by families, and occasionally given back to the church, to be so sold and re-used by the many who lineup for one of the limited number of burial plots. The film tells the story of how some people prepare for final rest, and at the same time examines the church's need to adapt to the modern world, and the secularization of sacred, historic Christian sites in the Netherlands. ...

  • No Rush, No Women

    During the last years of his regime, Ceauşescu planned the construction of an artificial lake on the site of a residential area in the southern part of Bucharest. As a result, the whole neighbourhood was demolished, but the lake was never built. After 1989, a sheepfold appeared on the location of the abandoned building site. The film is a fragmentary chronicle of the shepherds' life, following the rhythm of their hybrid existence at the crossroad of rural pastoral tradition and metropolitan experience. The female component is both present and absent from their lives, absent from the daily routine but present in their thoughts, memories and fantasies. An anthropological document about shepherding in an Eastern European capital city at the end of the millennium and a visual and ethnographic comment on its social and political background. ...

  • NOOSFERA

    True love is possible. This is what the Romanian sociology professor Nicolae Dumitru preaches to his students. But how can we reach it? The professor has developed his own theory, based on scientific research and on his predictions for the future. However, in his private life, things went often in a different direction and his theory was not always useful. Every failure in his marriages affected also the size of his apartment that got smaller and smaller with each divorce. When he finally encounters true love, his theory seems to come true… until life takes its own course again. ...

  • Normal Life, A

    This documentary film is based on a true story and reflects a normal life of a typical family in northern China. The protagonist was single until 44, when a neighbor introduced him to a divorced woman with a seven years old daughter. He always complains about life while she always responds with a warm smile, even though she can’t speak very well and always feels in pain due to her ex-husband’s family violence. In the film, the director tries to use the simplest camera techniques to combine several typical problems appearing in developing China - the immigrant workers, family violence, the theft in rural country, the coincidental family and the problems faced by people with disabilities - into one film. ...

  • North Korea, Absolutely Unenviable

    In April 2012, the North Koreans celebrated the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth. Behind the pharaonic festivity, North Korea is an enormous camp for 25 million people who do not have the right to own property, who receive food based on ration books, who are not allowed to talk to strangers and do not know what the Internet is. For the pompous parades, the Koreans practice weeks in a row, and they build in Pyongyang 50-floor apartment buildings where nobody will live for the sole purpose to impress foreigners and hide the country’s poverty. If the regime crashed tomorrow, the Koreans would not know what to do. They live on what they are given by the government, and if asked whether they are happy with their lives, they do not know what to answer since they have no point of reference, nothing to compare to. Currently, North Korea is the most isolated country in the world. ...

  • Northlands

    Northlands is an ethnographic document of contemporary charcoal-burning and lime-burning in the north woods of Hungary near the village Répáshuta. The film investigates some aspects of Slovakian and German cultural that the charcoal burners and lime burners still keep alive. ...

  • North-South.com

    In Cameroun, cyber-bars multiply, mainly used by women seeking a white man husband. Several stories cross each other, binding couples overseas, revealing the dreams and disappointments underlying these encounters inspired by hope, phantasmas, but also illusion, when destiny reveals itself in awe ? prostituion is sometimes pending online. An evocation of both North-South and women - men relationships. ...

  • Not By Bread Alone

    The Christian church is not only the place where worshipers congregate to serve the Lord. Of old, it has also played a role in charity and the relief of the financially weak. The Nassau Church in Staatsliedenbuurt in Amsterdam takes this task very seriously. In recent years, a reception centre was set up here where addicts, homeless people and illegal immigrants can have a simple meal and take a rest. Not all believers appreciate this initiative. Some churchgoers do not like seeing shabby clad and smoking visitors during Sunday mass. This film concentrates on four people, including the young reverend Jannet van der Spek and one of the regular visitors, the heroin addict Doede. In interviews, they tell about the place that the Nassau Church occupies in their lives. ...

  • Notes on a News Item

    A 12‑year‑girl, Annarella Bracci, was raped and killed in the popular borough of Primavalle, Rome, one of the age‑old crossroads of Italy, at the time it was going through major construction and road development projects. ...

  • Notes on Blindness - A Journey Into a World Beyond Sight

    Notes On Blindness is a multi-platform interactive project created alongside the feature length documentary Notes On Blindness. Notes On Blindness – Into Darkness, A Journey Into A World Beyond Sight uses new forms of storytelling, gameplay mechanics and VR to explore John’s cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Each scene will address a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a world ‘beyond sight’. ...

  • Nuba, Pure People

    During his first visit to the Nubia mountains in1980, Tomo Križnar met a community of healthy people, leading a fulfilled life. He called them the "pure people". After nineteen years and two million casualties in the Sudan civil war, Tomo smuggled his way through the besieged areas on a bicycle and crossed the border between the zone under control and the uncontrolled territory, capturing on video the scenes of one of the most brutal genocides ever, yet ignored by politicians world-wide. ...