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Astra Film Festival

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  • Yangka im Land des Glucks

    Documentarul Yangka în Țara Fericirii prilejuiește o incursiune într-o țară exotică și îndepărtată, din perspectiva unui băiat de 13 ani. Când Yangka ţine în mână vopseaua și pensula, el uită de lumea din jur. În aceste momente, vede doar măştile de lemn de pe masă, pe care le însufleţeşte cu fiecare mişcare a pensulei. Yangka locuiește în internatul școlii de pictură Choki, situată la 20 de kilometri de Thimphu, capitala Regatului Bhutan, situat în cei mai înalţi munţi din lume, Himalaya. Această țară mică are o ambiție națională mare, și anume fericirea tuturor cetățenilor săi. Pe parcursul documentarului, Yangka dezvăluie ritmul vieții lui de zi cu zi de la școală, aspirațiile lui de a deveni maestru în pictura tradițională, bucuriile vacanței și emoțiile examenelor. Visul lui Yangka este să ajungă într-o zi să picteze măști pentru dansatorii de la celebrul Festival de dans din capitala țării, Thimphu. Cu această ambiție se prezintă la examenul de artă, în cadrul căruia candidații trebuie să creeze patru picturi, fiecare conținând câte un simbol norocos. Filmul îl însoțește și în acest moment important, de care depinde viitorul lui. ...

  • YCP 1997

    Built between 1865 and 1876, Yerwada Central Prison (YCP) Pune is one of the oldest prisons in India, with over 2,500 inmates. In this film, six poets and artists of the YCP talk about their work and their lives. Through their poems and musings, the film explores the ways in which they creatively cope with the pain and stigma of incarceration, analysing themselves, the barriers raised by society between "us" and "them", between "normal" and "deviant". ...

  • Yellow Box

    You come across betel nuts stands everywhere you go in Taiwan.In order to start your own business, you only need a Hi-Fi, a desk, a mirror, a refrigerator and neon lights for decoration.The stand must be located on some main street or on the highway, as the target customers are male workers and truck drivers. The betel nuts stand girls must addapt to their customers' sexual fantasies. Scantily dressed and wearing a charming smile, they offer brief moments of relief to those who are overworked. From the outside, it looks like a glamorous life, but if you look behind the showcase window you can see to many working hours for too little money. ...

  • You Don't Become What You Already Are

    Emilie decided one day to accept herself. Now an LGBT leader and a volunteer worker at Emmaüs, she is living, with her husband, a very happy life, like a victory on fate. She traces back her story, back to that time when she still was a little boy, whose name was Emile. She claims she has always been a woman and she claims she shouldn't have to prove it to anyone through a sex change operation, since sex and gender are two different things... ...

  • You Live And Burn

    You Love and Burn is a gritty and powerful documentary film about two Roma siblings on the verge of adulthood in Finland. The film is a story about the search one's identity and about finding one's path in life. For the main characters of the film, Mirella and Benja, Romani culture represents shackles that prevent them from getting on with their lives. These two young people question the rules and regulations that the mother of the family still swears by. You Love and Burn fights for the right to listen to one's heart and for the right of expression. ...

  • YouTube Bazaar

    Bahoi has his own media channel on YouTube. He works in the Netherlands so he can afford buying second hand computers. He sends them to his home village next to Constanta, Romania, in order for his people to watch his short movies. After every shooting, Bahoi asks his neighbors to go online and watch his productions. Is he childish? Megalomaniac? Or is he just plain mad? ...

  • Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body

    A montage documentary that includes archival footage shot in Yugoslavia between 1945 and 2000, which brings to light the way in which an ideology permeates the public space and is manifested through tribute shows and mass movements. At the same time, the author also provides his own personal view on the socialist history of Yugoslavia until the moment of its official dissolution and follows the way in which the communist ideology has gradually modified the relationships between people. ...

  • Yukhagir Stories

    The Yukhagirs are one of the small indigenous peoples of Northern Siberia. The film-maker went to the village of Nelemnoye to explore what it means to be a Yukhagir. ...

  • Yuri Vella's World

    Liivo Niglas has performed extensive research work with the Nenets in Siberia. This film is about a writer and social activist, Yuri Vella, who has left his home village ten years ago to live the life of a nomad reindeer herder in the west Siberian taiga. Indigenous people in Siberia live under the threat of alcoholism and unemployment. Yuri Vella strives to build his own world, where these afflictions do not exist. He even sets up an elementary school in his winter camp, where his grandchildren are given a proper education, and learn the skills of a good reindeer herder. Unfortunately, Yuri Vella’s world is but an oasis of traditional lifestyle in the middle of Russia’s largest oil fields. The film is built around Yuri Vella, a powerful character who finds the resources to accomplish his dream. ...