Centrul Astra Film

 

 

Astra Film Festival

Film catalogue

0-9 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

  • Waiting

    Povilas Jurkstas is an amateur ethnographer. He is an old man, living alone surrounded by piles of things he has collected in a lifetime. He is waiting for tomorrow, the day when he hopes everything is meaningful. ...

  • Waiting for August

    Seven children are living alone in a social house in Bacău. Their mother, who left to work in Italy, is only digitally present by phone or Skype, while the children are looking forward for her return in August. Until then, Georgiana, the older sister, has to be the head of the household at only 15 years old. Torn between adolescent life and teenage issues and caring for her siblings, the film depicts Georgiana's struggles and the fragility of the family balance. The author patiently observes the day-to-day life of the Halmac family, with sympathy and discretion, creating a cinematic epic that will prove hard to forget. ...

  • Waiting For Women

    In the romte spanish village of "Riofrio" the women have left years ago. Only men are left without the sligthest possibilty to find a relationship. Not bearing the desastrous situation any longer, they organize a busload of single women to come from Madrid into their lonliness. Their ideal aim is to fall in love! But having never learned how to deal with women, beside their mothers and some motorway prostitute, the event goes terribly wrong. Waiting for Women is a heart-warming documentary about love and solitute, about gender, migration and hope. ...

  • Warsaw Available

    Ania, Gosia and Ilona live in villages located far away from each other. Ania wants to be a hairdresser, Gosia dreams of leaving her village where she seems to have no future prospects. Ilona just wants a better life for herself and her little son. All three of them decide to come to the "big city" and change their lives. Warsaw means a better life. A life they only know from television. They go on a journey hoping to find a better place to live. Each on of them is a different person but they share the same dream. The construction is eliptical, and highlights short, but significant, moments of the fears, hopes, and excitement of the three characters facing the same adventure. In the background, there are glimpses of a society still in a transitional condition. ...

  • Wasted

    For the inhabitants of Old India, the word "waste" did not exist, since the object itself was non existent. Waste appeared in the agricultural Colonial history, becoming a concept with the beginning of the industrial revolution. Nowadays waste represents a mark of development, and India produces it in huge quantities. The documentary is a personal perspective on the waste in India and the idea of recycling, as the author attempts to identify "waste" that he has produced in time as a film director and "recycle" old footage, transforming it into archive material. ...

  • Water That Kills

    The Balkan Endemic Nephropathy is a disease that makes hundreds of victims in Romania each year, most of them coming from Mehedinti. The Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN) is a deadly and irreversible kidney disease, geographically limited to a couple of rural regions in the Balkan Peninsula. The first village in Romania in which BEN was discovered is Erghevita, in Mehedinti. It appears that potential centers of contagion exist close to Drobeta Turnu-Severin: in Erghevita, Izvorul Anestilor, Hinova, Bistrita and close to the towns of Strehaia and Vânju Mare. Several thousands of people died of this enigmatic disease and at present experts estimate that only in Romania, in the south-vest region, there are approximately 20 thousands of people in the preclinical stage of the disease. ...

  • Way home

    Ancient Russian chronicles mention a glo­rious tribe, the Kumandinians, who fought against the Slav princes. Today, a small community of no more than 1,000 people live in the Altai Republic. They are the descendants of the famous warriors. Svet­lana and Vladimir are Kumandinians. She is a historian, he is a driver. According to Christian kinship, they are cousins, but in the Kumandinian tradition he is her uncle. They have both left their native village, but are strongly tied to the Kumandinian heritage. Coming back home means the happiness of meeting their mothers, the sadness of having lost someone dear and nostalgia for their childhood. In the vil­lage of Sankinail, the kumandinians try to survive as a distinct community. Will there be any Kumandinians in the future? Svet­lana and Vladimir's return to their roots is trying to give an answer. ...

  • We Are Boys

    Twelve year old Jim and ten year old Sam are from the Netherlands and they are best friends. This film uncovers their most intimate moments: when they go fishing, when they get into trouble, when they disturb the neighbors, or even when they talk about girls. A great film about a great friendship, full of funny adventures and good guys. ...

  • We Are Living on the Edge

    Long shots of a village by the river, a man milks his cow in the sunset, a drunkard stumbles through the junk scattered in a back yard. This extremely well-accomplished short documentary sketches in impressive sequences every day life in an isolated Belorussian village. The film culminates with the dramatic scene showing a herd of cows being driven, by the villagers, across the river. ...

  • We Are The Indians

    " I love James Bond films, action films and even romantic films, but my favorite film is without a doubt 'The Mission'. My uncle acts in it and nobody calls him anything other than Burnt Arse', says Marcelo Gonzales at the beginning of the film. This young man, from the Mbya Guarani Indian tribe, lives with his family in the Red Earth settlement in the Northeastern part of Argentina. These original inhabitants survive in the immediate vicinity of the rainforest as best they can. Their dilapidated houses are often a tourist attraction for Japanese visitors, and they sometimes set off into the jungle to hunt for armadillos or pumas or leave in a group to work on the tea plantations. However, most of them do not receive the promised wages for their several days' hard work. In this colorful and original documentary film with miniportraits of members of the Indian community, we meet with zealous Christian missionary Claudio, an older peasant named Sebastian, and the active toothless chief Agustin, who goes off to fight for the rights of his people to their land in Buenos Aires. The picture offers a unique look at the conflict between the traditional Indian culture with the white civilization and the way in which the Indians perceive the universal human themes such as Identity, friendship, adulthood, 9/11, death and religion. ...

  • We Have the Same Kind of Blood

    In the small mountain village of Pachnali, Nepal's 1990 ban on discrimination based on the caste system has no effect. The Thakuri, members of an upper caste, and the Dalit, divided in several lower castes, have no contact whatsoever, except for some labor the latter do for their superiors. Upper caste members do not accept the Dalit in their temples and they even use separate water taps to prevent the slightest chance of physical contact. The Dalits, however, have an intricate system of unwritten laws that govern the relationships among their lower castes. Albeit interaction with superior castes is out of the question, each of the lower castes observes a set of rules that forbids contact with some, but allows relationships with others. The film gives voice to the Dalit, who express their own opinions and try to explain to themselves and to the viewer the origin and correctness of the caste system. Despite the decline in its strict adherence, the caste system is likely to persist in conservative, rural areas such as the village Pachnali. ...

  • We Weren't People We Were Numbers… Auschwitz

    Coming round to Auschwitz today may engender many questions and for each of us could mean something different. Jewish people, certainly, have different feelings and perceptions. There still are lots of questions to be asked about Auschwitz and Holocaust. But not all will have an answer. Three jews, different ages and different experiences in life, raise exceptional moments from all the drama of Holocaust did or does, at the moment, represent. Under the sign of a powerful emotion, we can raise those moments in the memory of Elie Wiesel, one of the Holocaust survivors. Laureate for the Nobel Prize for Peace, in 1986, he is one of the 50.000 jews from Maramures who was embarked in the "trains of horror" in may 1944. The producers of this documentary, those from Maramures, consider it a debth of honour, they do homage to the person who has reached the age of 80 right in the completion year of the documentary. ...

  • Web Junkie

    China is the first country in the world to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. This feature documentary spotlights the revolutionary treatment used in a Beijing Rehab Centre, and explores the cases of three young Chinese teenagers from the day they arrive at the clinic through their three month period of rehabilitation. The program admits children between the ages of 13 and 18; and part of the treatment is a military-inspired physical training programme with regimented meal times and recreation, along side gruelling group therapy sessions. Despite the harsh regime and the high costs, parents voluntarily send their children to the center - desperate for a cure. WEB JUNKIE provides a microcosm of modern Chinese life, examines inter-generational pressures, and takes a hard look at one of the symptoms of the so called Internet age. ...

  • Weddings, Music And Video Tapes

    The film is a trip behind the scenes of the Romanian wedding industry, on the thin line between art and kitsch. In the foreground, a series of photographers, cameramen and singers, from Sibiu to Iasi, from Piatra Neamt to Bucharest. From the now classic photos – to the well in the central city park – to eccentric photographs – on the football camp – to cheesy scenes, with strikingly coloured credits and ridiculous messages, or more elegant filming, with no flashy trinkets. Everybody tries to offer the weds the same, in their own vision, the perfect memory of an unforgettable day. Life stories, work styles, forgotten or parallel crafts. A exceptionally funny film, about people looking for perfection and the often hilarious results. ...

  • Weekend

    The summer weekend brings crowds of day-trippers to the Transylvanian resort of Ocna Sibiului. They are keen to sunbathe, cover themselves with mud, play games, eat ice cream, have sex or simply float in the salted lakes. These people are determined to have a good time in spite of the lack of toilets. This film is an intriguing study of an extraordinary East-European resort. ...

  • Welcome To New York

    Welcome to New York is a set of impressions, and an experiment of inverted ethnography. It reveals the directors' irreverent and sarcastic vision of the "Capital of the World". Tragedy and comedy alternate in strong contrasts. The camera scans the city looking for humans, animals, politics, fashion, sense and nonsense, beauty and death. Welcome to New York is a reflection on the human condition in the most influential urban center of contemporary Western sociey. ...

  • We're Gonna Seed the Land in Some Future Time

    Szék, this Hungarian speaking community in the North-Western part of Mezoség in Transilvania, Romania, uniquely preserved its heritage and social-cultural integrity until the political changes in 1989. Its traditional dances, folk songs, traditional costumes, which can be seen even today, and other folklores made Szék a remarkable place. It has been frequented by ethnographers, professional and amateur photographers, documentarists and travellers interested in folklore from all over the world for a long time. However, the political changes in 1989 brought many changes in the life of the community: "The World has opened up", traditions - so far very important - have been eliminated from one day to the other. Along with this working abroad became a very favoured thing: the 80 percent of the inhabitants, who are able to work, works abroad - the men work at house constructions and the women take on cleaning jobs at families. Szék people spend the three-quarter of their year working away from home, and sometimes work 10 or 12 hours a day. The money they earn they mostly spend on building 8 - 14 room houses, whose most important function is to represent the families' financial status.This life style, however endangers the community and the institution of the family. While the parents are away, the children are left with the grandparents, who are not able to replace the parents' caring, educating and coordinating role. Szék people are aware of the destructive effects of their chosen life strategy, they are aware that their sacrifice - in which they force their children too- is irrational, but they du not actually try to change their situation. The aim of the documentary, on one hand, is to comprehensively draw the image of the ambiguous and tense society of Szék, which is mostly characterised by the contrast of the traditional culture and the modern world (most vividly found in the notion of "generation gap"). On the other hand, the film-makers attempt to show the everyday drama of Szék people today, through the life of a three generation family. The film was made within the three year research programme set by the Cultural and Visual Anthropology Department at the University of Miskolc, which focuses on the consequences of the political system change in five communities in the Carpatian-basin. ...

  • When I Talked With the One God

    Ilona Jánó is a clairvoyant Csango woman born in 1934. At present, she works as a healer and as a medium for those who want to get into contact with their deceased relatives. Although most of the villagers look at her in distrust, she has enough supporters who believe in her powers and many people come from all over Hungary to employ her services. ...

  • When Mountains and Animals Will Speak

    It is said that animals can sense threat and disaster. In the small Romanian village Roșia Montană, animals become more and more anxious as strange sounds take over the mountains and forests. We are in the heart of Transylvania, in a place also known by the name of “New Eldorado” - Europe’s richest gold deposit. The powerful Canadian corporation Gabriel Resources is about to create EU’s largest cyanide open-pit gold mine here, in the heart of the Carpathian garden. “When Mountains and Animals Will Speak”, shows the battle of Romanian villagers against the most controversial gold mining project in Europe in a poetic light. ...

  • Where are you Bucharest?

    A former police officer, a dog trainer, the founder of a political party and the anti-government protesters: what do they all have in common? They all met on the streets of Bucharest, 23 years since the Revolution, determined to regain the public space. Renouncing the telephoto, talking heads and the background music, the director of this documentary observes, participates, listens and talks to his characters, following their stories from the first days of the protest up until the referendum against the Romanian president, Traian Basescu. Thus, a film arises about a confused world, in a continuous transition between a communist past and an uncertain future. ...

  • Where The Sun Becomes Bread

    The film is part of a trilogy on the agricultural productivity in Iasi country, as ordered by the Propaganda Department of the Communist County Council in Iasi. The author is trying to draw the poetics of a rigid and dry topic. It is remarcable it has been screened only in close circles, in front of the members of the boards of the county communist councils, as if to satisfy their need to be exposed to their own propaganda. ...

  • Where The Sun Doesn't Rush

    A small village lost somewhere in Slovakia. A place inhabited by common people, and common days passing one after another. A place where nothing seems to occur and the little community events are announced by a neutral voice in loudspeakers: hiring at the cemetery, payment of some taxes, the death of an old woman… Nothing seems to bother the slow passing of the days. In the total silence, time seems to be created by the calendar pages which naturally leave place for life, love, beauty of nature, and, in the en, death. A metaphor of the setting of an eon when traditions, having dried out, lost their spirit and vigour. ...

  • White carnaval at Kruscica

    An ancient pagan custom meant to revive nature has been preserved under a new form and with a new significance. Seven weeks before Orthodox Easter the shrove-tide begins. The old customs still exist in a few Serbian villages in Banat. ...

  • White Masks of Putnikovich

    Vido Bagur is a Croatian folklorist and ethnographer. He has done field research in Dalmatian towns and villages for decades, studying traditional songs, dances and customs. During the past few years, he was involved in a programme proposed by the communities themselves: the revitalisation in situ of disappearing customs. The film is about one of the projects, the carnival of the white masks in the village of Putnikovici, in a peninsula in south Dalmatia. To bring forgotten customs back to life is a delicate and responsible process. The basic question the film raises is how truthful such a process can be. The genuine desire of the community to get their cultural identity back is one possible answer. ...

  • Who is Thomas Mueller?

    Thomas Mueller is the most frequent name in Germany and statisticians gave him some general features: he is 45 years old, he lives in a rented apartment with his wife and his son and he works in the fields of economy, advertising and politics. In a journey across germany, we get to know some of these Thomas Muellers- meet a musician, soldier, prisoner, football player, teenager and even a dead man. ...

  • Who wants to publish my diary?

    She was abandoned in an orphanage shortly after having been born; she was sexually abused, diagnosed with a mental handicap, and lived in a violent environment; she was subjected to physical and emotional pain. The film makes the portrait of this woman quoting from her own diary. Now, at 38, she can say that she has made it. She is a university graduate and has found a job as a teacher. But all the pain she has suffered has remained in her memory and on the pages of seventeen notebooks. ...

  • Wilder And His Wild Life

    O viață sălbatică ilustrează perfect capacitatea documentarului de a dezvălui lumi necunoscute și vieți neobișnuite ale oamenilor obișnuiți. Wilder Ferreira are 12 ani, locuiește în Cape Town în Arica de Sud, împreună cu părinții și cei doi frați mai mari. Numele lui (Wilder înseamnă sălbatic, nestăpânit), îl caracterizează pe deplin. Vorbește engleză, suedeză (mama luiu e din Suedia) și limba afrikaans. Iubește animalele și merge în safari pentru a le oberva în sălbăticie. Face scufundări, surfing și skating. Dar cea mai importantă preocupare a familiei sunt rechinii și protejarea lor. Wilder a fost crescut să respecte rechinii și nu i se pare neobișnuit să înoate alături de ei. La fel cum nu i se pare neobișnuit nimic din stilul de viață al familiei Ferreira. ...

  • Window

    He is only eleven years old, but he has to work in a deserted coal mine. The place is dangerous, and the boy risks his life every day for 20 soms, which is no more than half a dollar. But is has to be done, because he is the only support for his invalid mother. ...

  • Winter at 3000 Meters

    Qiang, descendants of one of the oldest ethnic groups living in China, is the focus of this film. The subject matter is presented with an extraordinary anthropological sensibility. The filmmakers follow a 9-year-old girl, Cong Huan, who lives with her family in a village 3000 meters high in the mountains with no access road. It is a small settlement, isolated on the highland, with no more that one hundred households. The elders speak Qiang language and cherish their customs. Cong Huan's parents decide that she too must speak the language and learn the Qiang customs, which leads to the heart of this film. Through Cong's education, the viewer is able to listen to old storytellers weave their tales; hear the traditional songs; see the dances; and watch as her mother, an experienced artisan teaches the techniques for creating the traditional handicrafts. In moments of leisure, Cong and her friends play, reproducing the adults' efforts for everyday survival. It is their way of learning from a very young age to adapt to the harsh conditions, as life at 3000 meters is more than just a game. ...

  • Winter Custom, A

    „Vălărețul” is a winter tradition specific to the Vaslui area in Romania. The short film is part of director Agapi’s interest in capturing on film the Romanian traditions and their actors. ...

  • With Much Love and Kisses

    Northern Russia. The Solovetskii Islands in the White Sea. An ancient monastery, turned into a concentration camp. Here, in the 1930s, famous philosophers, scholars, engineers and writers spent the last days of their lives. And 70 years later their children and grandchildren come here in order to see for the first time the stones, the monastery walls and northern landscapes, which their parents also saw. At the end of October and beginning of November 1937 more than 1000 prisoners were taken from the Solovetskii islands to the mainland and executed. But their letters were preserved by a miracle. And thanks to these letters, life is seen to be unconquered by death. Thanks to them, a woman who was once a small girl can now hear the voice of her father, who still thinks of and cares for her. This film is also about love. For it is love that unites the heroes of the 1930s, who perished but preserved their dignity, and their close, "loved and dear" ones, who only now, 70 years after the executions, have the opportunity to arrive for a meeting with their mothers, fathers and grandparents. ...

  • With or Without You

    Maggi and Chunhee lived for 45 years under one roof as wives of one man. Now they are old and approaching the end of their extraordinary intertwined lives. Maggi, a 88-year-old woman, is in big trouble. She gets older and weaker every day and must prepare Chunhee. The film follows the two women during their daily life in the Korean countryside. It intensively captures their intimate and very special relationship, one in which they share night and day side by side. It is not always an easy life, but it is always marked by deep respect and love and the extraordinary humor of both of them. The director Hyuckjee Park has been working on this feature documentary since 2011, visiting the two women regularly and documenting the increasing challenges in their shared life as they become ever older. ...

  • WITHIN A TEMPEST. THE ISLAND

    The documentary pictures significant creative instants of the famous director Silviu Purcarete while staging William Shakespeare's Tempest. His work with the actors, his theatrical directions and the emulation of the whole acting corpus of The Marin Sorescu National Theatre from Craiova become, through this film, not only an outstanding document for the history of contemporary theater, but also a filmic evidence of a great creative talent and an imagination of singular essence. ...

  • Witness 360: 7/7

    On the 7th July 2005 Jacqui Putnam stepped on to a Circle Line train in London on her way to work; a journey she had taken many times before. At 08:50 am Mohammad Sidique Khan would detonate a bomb in the carriage next to hers. This is the story of her day, the immediate aftermath of the explosion and her road to recovery. The film combines personal testimony, reconstruction, and abstract imagery to take the viewer on a powerful multi-sensory journey into the heart of one survivor’s extraordinary story. ...

  • Wolfpack, The

    Locked away from society in an apartment in Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood. Moselle crafts a captivating portrait using unprecedented access into the subjects’ world and their vast archive of home movies. ...

  • Women on Canvas

    Three women guards.The film discovers their thoughts, sadness and their own micro world in this huge palace museum. ...

  • Women, the Forgotten Face of War

    WOMEN, THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF WAR is the story of ethnic cleansing seen through the eyes of women of all ages, who make up an increasing amount of the victims of modern war. It features women who have survived the most recent crisis in the Balkans: the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Ordinary women speak about living with the scars of gang rape and having witnessed the executions of their husbands and children. These are real stories about women and their amazing journeys as they try to piece their lives back to normal. The film explores what happens to ordinary women, whose lives have been turned upside down and changed forever by war. ...

  • Women's Lust

    Women's Lust is about the sexual desires of women of a certain age and their daily struggle to preserve these new-won freedoms. The protagonists are five women from various walks of life who have a variety of needs. This film deals with ways of viewing one’s own ageing body, issues related to various couplings, differences of culture or age, impotence and how to work around it creatively. Of particular significance is the aspect of overcoming barriers thrown up by society and crass moral concepts, whether the protagonists have to face the judgement of strangers or even of their own children. The film has something to say about courageous self-actualization and self-determination with regard to one’s own ageing body, a theme we will all be confronted with some day. ...

  • Workers's Dream

    loan and Ngah fill in employment application forms, go to interviews but fail to get a job. Dinh talks about the working conditions in the international corporations which have set up in Vietnam and voices her claims. Thao films loan and Ngah during those long waiting days while they encourage and comfort each other. They talk about their hopes and disappointments, the lack of money and love. ...

  • Working is Growing. The Organized Child Workers and Their Demands

    Gerald, Ruben and Neysa and their friends are children and adolescents who work as wheelbarrow pushers at the market and as prayer boys at the cemetery in the region of Cochabamba in Bolivia. They are also part of their proper labor union and they firmly defend their right to work in front of the authorities. They will present their ideas to the parliament where a new legislation concerning working children is decided. ...

  • World 2 War

    World 2 War is an action packed fulldome documentary that combines cinematic battle scenes with informative overviews of the battlefield and historic reference from photos and videos, to put the viewer right in the middle of World War 2’s biggest battles. ...

  • World Number 2

    Have you ever long to visit the most beautiful places in the World? Drive Ferrari? Trade with parts of human´s bodies? Take off the Earth and fly? Change your hairstyle or colour of your skin or even sex? Welcome inthe World where everything is allowed. The World of unlimited possibilities is unbelievably close...A short documentary film WORLD NUMBER 2 offers the audience a view on the virtual world Second Life, which offers turning from reality and gives fulfilment of the most bizarre dreams. ...

  • Wotenik

    Meklenburg-Pomerania, in the Federal Republic of Germany. There are 10,000 unemployed people in the district of Demmin. Sociologists describe this place as one of the most disadvantaged regions of the former DDR. Local young people grow up with a persistent feeling of social demotion. A private training centre has selected twenty-five adolescents for an integration programme. The staff need plenty of commitment and patience to dismantle the acute sense of personal and social failure experienced by these people. In only one year's time, they must find either a job or an apprenticeship for their trainees. Wotenik, the summer of 1999. The film observes the daily routine in the training centre. A documentary about imperfect human beings who claim fortune but lack chance. ...

  • Writing on the wall. HIP-HOP graffiti in Cluj-Napoca

    Graffiti can be seen as an artistic form of resistance to authority and at the same time a means of expression and connectedness to its own subculture. This documentary is based on a research project on the emergence of the graffiti phenomenon in the city Cluj Napoca. The structure of the film follows the stages of the research, starting with the exterior signs, interviewing graffiti writers and revealing their position toward and connections with the international graffiti community. In its second part, the film analyses the internal structure of the Cluj commmunity of graffiti writers, and the place and meanings of graffiti productions in the public space of the city of Cluj. ...