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  • Oath

    The film is an accurate ethnographic description of a traditional custom of the Yuruks, a Turkish ethnic group living in southeast Macedonia. The Yuruks were nomadic tribes who migrated from Anatolia to the Balkans about five centuries ago. Since their settlement, they have lived in closed communities, preserving their cultural identity. The custom described in the film reproduces a wedding where the bride is a little girl. The ritual, an oath to the Almighty, is meant to ensure the welfare of the family. The camera carefully observes the participants throughout all stages of the ritual and includes reactions of both actors and spectators. ...

  • Obcina

    Obcina is a small village hidden in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains. In summer, some dozens of Ruthenians live and work there. In winter they all leave the village because of the extreme weather conditions, except the cooper's family. The Cuts have survived many winters up in the mountain, until an unexpected event threatened their lives. One day Stefan Cut had too much to drink and as he was walking on the mountain paths, he fell asleep in the snow. The fingers from one hand froze and amputation was the only solution. But Stefan delayed his decision to accept surgery. On the one hand, he feared the pain, but on the other, he was concerned about his family. How could they possibly survive if he was not able to work anymore? Finally, Stefan's operation is successful and he can make use of his hand again. But the family starts questioning whether they should go on living up in the mountain. ...

  • Odd Number

    Odd Number is a story of redemption set in South Africa's Cape Flats, a low lying area south west of Cape Town, a human dumping ground for Apartheid era's forced removals of 'black' and 'coloured' people from 1948 to 1993. During this time, hundreds of labelled 'non-whites' were forced from their homes into undeveloped, dusty pieces of land. With little or no education, and no existing infrastructure or local economy, these areas withered. For years the Cape Flats have been ravaged by gang violence, drugs and crime, as some of South Africa's poorest do what it takes to survive. ...

  • Odysseus' Gambit

    A gambit is a chess opening in which a player sacrifices a pawn with the hope of achieving a resulting advantageous position. The film follows Saravuth Inn, a Cambodian-American chess player who sacrifices himself in the hopes of finding a better position on the board of life. ...

  • Of People, Chickens and Mirabelle Plums

    In a Romanian village, the social life is diverse and rich. From gossiping in front of the gate or taking care of the chicken, to picking mirabelle plums for tuica, this observational documentary explores the interactions between the villagers and their take on life and death. ...

  • Off the Beaten Track

    Off the Beaten Track chronicles one year in the life of Albin and his family of shepherds in the North of Transylvania. In direct cinema style, this documentary follows their day to day routines, and their struggle to adapt to a new world where traditions are gradually replaced by modern values. Since joining the EU, Romania has been facing, like several other Eastern European countries, the pressure of modern values, introducing in farmer's lives the cruel notion of competition, the temptation of migrating to the higher salaries abroad, and the marginalisation of locally produced food against industrial products. ...

  • Oh, Jezera, My village by the Sea

    The village of Jezera is on the Murter Island in northern Dalmatia. Everything about this village is connected to the sea: its history, the folklore and people's thoughts. Almost all the local songs are about the sea and the loved ones who are out there in their boats. On the shore, women take care of the light-house, so that their men can find the way back home. ...

  • On A Tightrope

    The Xinjiang Province of China is one of th worst places in the world when it comes to human rights abuse. The Muslim Uyghurs are systematically oppressed. At least 10,000 have been imprisoned, suspected of separatism, and hundreds have been executed. This film follows four children at a government orphanage who are learning the Uyghur tradition of Dawaz, tightrope walking. ...

  • On The Road

    Every autumn, shepards from Transylavania set off with their flocks in search of green grass. They follow an ancient route wich takes them hundreds of miles away from home. During his journey, the master of the flock is murdered in a forest. His youngest son mist take over one thousand sheep, five donkeys, seven dogs and four hired sheperds. sleeping in the open, marching through villages and fields, fighiting bad wheater and truck drivers'prejudice, he learns to be a master. ...

  • On The Road

    Every autumn, shepards from Transylavania set off with their flocks in search of green grass. They follow an ancient route wich takes them hundreds of miles away from home. During his journey, the master of the flock is murdered in a forest. His youngest son mist take over one thousand sheep, five donkeys, seven dogs and four hired sheperds. sleeping in the open, marching through villages and fields, fighiting bad wheater and truck drivers'prejudice, he learns to be a master. ...

  • On the way to school

    They live in different corners of the world and they all share a thirst of learning. They instinctively understand that their survival and happiness depends on knowledge, hence schooling. These are the heroes of ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL. An adventure documentary that relates the lives of four little pupils and the 1,001 hardships they must face to reach school. As they set out this amazing road to school, they put their childhood behind them and start off on paths that are lined with pitfalls and surprises. This is the story of an initiatory journey that will reshape their lives. ...

  • On the Wings of the Night

    On the Wings of the Night is a documentary film for planetariums about the migrations of birds, convering from the amazing ideas developed by the ancient greeks about the sudden disappearance of birds from their fields to the mechanisms that birds use to fin the route towards their winter quarters. The show combines spectacular CG animation, starry skies and fulldome video recorded in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the european continent, from the fjords of Norway or the Diepholz swamps in Germany down to the largest wetlands in southern Spain, where migrating birds gather by the millions before crossing the ocean to Africa. ...

  • Once Upon A Time

    A poor crowded Kurdish family arrives from Batman to Ankara to work on the fields every year. Without any benefits and with very low wages, the family works to gain a living by cultivating lettuce. This year, the story takes a different turn gearing into a sudden, unexpected love story. The tale being told by the mother to her kids in the tent on the fields becomes real. The docudrama also narrates the process of lettuce coming from the fields to dinner tables. It reveals that so many stories and so much labour stand behind the simplest food we find on our tables. It also shows that modern slavery continues to exist even in today's world, successfully combining sociological observation with narrative ambitions. ...

  • Once Upon A Train

    Old wives say that it is of bad omen to travel on New Years Eve. Ignoring the rule, the two film directors decide to spend the night between the years in the train, crossing the country in search of people with interesting stories to tell. Of the ones singing and dancing or the surfeited employees of the Railway Company, the film highlights and focuses on a few subjects: an old lady going to the funeral of her sister in law, an Adventist, a young woman who left her husband and is looking for shelter in her parents' house, an elder man looking for his fifth wife who suddenly confesses of having killed a woman with his bare hands, or a timid young man, dreaming of finding a life companion. The film directors remain mere observers, interfering in the talks at times. After all, they are all travelling towards a new year and a new life... ...

  • One Day In People Poland

    One Day In People's Poland chronicles an ordinary day in the life of ordinary citizens in communist Poland. After a three-years long research of archive material from the communist period, the director reconstruct October 27th, 1962. It was just another day, when nothing remarkable happened. Yet, each personal account reveals memorable things about the absurdities of those times. The film combines original footage, letters and oficial documents. Those who have experienced communism will recall many things that used to govern their lives in those times. As for younger viewers, they are offered a glimpse at a period they neither know nor understand. ...

  • One Voice, one Vote

    Documentary or animation? Apparently, we are dealing with two completely different genres. We can ultimately accept a "docu-fiction" genre, but how should it be possible to mix documentary and animation and still obtain an organic final product? Well, the filmmakers have found an original method to propose us an "animated documentary"! ...

  • One Voice, one Vote

    Documentary or animation? Apparently, we are dealing with two completely different genres. We can ultimately accept a "docu-fiction" genre, but how should it be possible to mix documentary and animation and still obtain an organic final product? Well, the filmmakers have found an original method to propose us an "animated documentary"! ...

  • One Way Round Trip

    Every year France expels around 10,000 Roma immigrants back to Romania. The Duduveica family were expelled after living in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Northern France, for three years. The father and the mother were hoping to find a job there while their children, 12 and 15 years old, got officially registered and attended school. Back in their poor Romanian village they dream of returning to France. After many adventures, their trip back ends on the French Riviera, where they eventually manage to settle and send their kids to school. Although the anti-Roma Policy of the French government still threatens them, the Duduveicas have won the battle for the time being. ...

  • Other Worlds

    In Eastern Europe, transition is a long, often painful process to a lot of people. Unemployment, identity crises, dezilusion - they are all effects of the economic and social transition. Marginal communities (i.e. Gipsies) are some of the most affected. Yet... why should we always notice only the dark side of the life, and not get funny now and then? Other Worlds is first of all a funny film, refusing toughness. ...

  • Our 1/4 Life Crisis

    The film delves into the crisis of young people sharing with one another the intimate anguish of growing up. Leaving adolescence and family protection behind and starting to live on their own, they feel overwhelmed and confused, dazed by the choices and role models screaming at them all over social media nowadays. The „Y” generation is perceived as being lazy and privileged. But what are the true reasons why children born in the Internet era are more depressive and less able to adapt than past generations at the same age? The 25 year old director Sonia Suvagau and her boyfriend investigate what has triggered the crisis of their generation. ...

  • Our Currency is Information

    While traditional media have less time and money to put into investigative journalism, its new forms are thriving. Touching on issues around shady offshore economies and the complexity of company ownership schemes, the film highlights the importance of cross-border work between journalists, activists and hackers to uncover organised crime. The film follows the work of Paul Radu, a reporter who established the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He shares some of the stories that this organization has exposed. Their investigations often span numerous countries and require certain skills and networks. They track organised crime across borders by 'following the money' and although they may be chasing criminals' cash, information is what they are really trading in. ...

  • Our Curse

    The film director and his wife are trying to adjust to the fact that their baby is suffering from an incurable disease of the respiratory system. The ones who are afflicted by the disease stop breathing while they are asleep and they need special equipment to survive. The parents go through alternating states of fear and acceptance, as they learn how to manage and to adapt to the baby's condition during the first months of diagnosis. ...

  • Our School

    'Three Roma ("Gypsy") children from a small Transylvanian town participate in a project to desegregate the local school, struggling against indifference, tradition and bigotry with humor, optimism and sass. Shot over four years, OUR SCHOOL is a captivating, bitter-sweet and often funny story about hope and race. ...

  • Our Street

    "Our Stret" is in Poland, in the city Lodz, which is far from what it used to be during the communist regime. It is a place where Old Europe meets New Europe. Right under the windows of the apartment inhabited by a Polish family of workers, who have lived there for five generations, a French investor built the Manufaktura, the largest shopping and entertainment centre in Central Europe. The centre has been built on the ruins of an industrial site, where all the members of the Furmanczyk family used to work in the times when Lodz was considered „the promised land", one of the most prosperous European cities. The film documents the life of the Furmanczyks for three years, covering the period of Poland's adhering to the EU and the opening of the centre. There is every-day struggle and few moments of happiness in a world of confusing economic changes. ...

  • Our Street

    "Our Stret" is in Poland, in the city Lodz, which is far from what it used to be during the communist regime. It is a place where Old Europe meets New Europe. Right under the windows of the apartment inhabited by a Polish family of workers, who have lived there for five generations, a French investor built the Manufaktura, the largest shopping and entertainment centre in Central Europe. The centre has been built on the ruins of an industrial site, where all the members of the Furmanczyk family used to work in the times when Lodz was considered „the promised land", one of the most prosperous European cities. The film documents the life of the Furmanczyks for three years, covering the period of Poland's adhering to the EU and the opening of the centre. There is every-day struggle and few moments of happiness in a world of confusing economic changes. ...

  • Out of Place

    Made during the summer of 1993 with a group of Bosnian refugees seeking aslum in Sweden, this film relates the feelings and issues at hand for two teenagers and their families. This is a situation where past, present and future all bear down at once. Nerna explains that "before the war started we all thought of ourselves as Yugoslavs. But now we know that it was all a big lie. We were just blind." Having lived in Sweden for five months , Haris becomes frustrated and impatient with the Suedish system, realizing that those who control his family's future aren't alwais responsive to their needs. Everything seems bitter, even the food. As summer ends, they try to piece together the fragments of their lives, but many hopes remain unrealised. ...

  • Out Of The Present

    Out of The Present is regarded as being the non-fiction cult film of the nineties. Celebrated throughout the world, this montage film uses mainly documentary video material of a space mission to tell the story of Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev in diary-form, from May 1991 when he set out for the MIR space station where he was to remain for ten months – twice as long as planned. He is the first person to have been able to observe the end of a historical era from the vantage point of the gods. During the time he spent in space, the August coup took place in Moscow which was to result in the collapse of the Soviet Union. By the time Krikalev returned to Earth in March 1992, his country was called Russia. ...

  • Outside

    After more than 20 years in prison, inmate Gavril Hrib, senteced to life in 1990 for double homicide, is released on parole. The only support he gets from the state upon his release is 40 lei (10 Euro) for transportation. Outside focuses on Hrib’s attempts to adapt and rebuilt his life in a new Romania, very different from what he knew. ...