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Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival 2015 - Films

  • (se)Cechanok

    Step by step, this observational and almost wordless documentary takes us through every aspect of falconry as practiced in Middle Eastern countries: all the way from the catching of field mice in a fishing village in Iran to competitive falcon shows in Abu Dhabi. Each step is a new chapter marked by a title and poetic instruction. The long scenes underline the level of patience and knowledge necessary for each stage in the process. Each of the falcons has its own destination: a busy city square as a tourist attraction, a falconry center as an object of study alongside stuffed companions, or the world of falconry, where it will undergo a period of remarkable training to reach competition form. ...

  • 1989

    A young, East German couple makes a fatal decision. It is the time just before the fall of the Berlin Wall when they try to escape into Austria via Hungary, whose new Prime Minister Miklós Németh has shortly before opened the border to the East to save money on the border control. But powerful forces deep inside the Communist Party want things to be otherwise. Németh is plunged into a political storm, and the young couple is caught in a fatal crossfire at the border - a tragic event, which paradoxically ends up accelerating the final demise of the wall. Erzsébet Rácz and Anders Østergaard has created a historical epic where the international power game in 1989 is portrayed in dramatic reconstructions, archival footage and interviews. A forgotten tragedy, buried in the rubble of the fallen wall, is dusted off and reminds us that historical change always has a human cost and that it is the small coincidences that can ultimately change the course of history. ...

  • About love: Ira

    This is the story of a young woman, Ira, who lives like all of us between love and dislike, with quarrels, routine, unrealized dreams and hope for the best. But first of all, this story is about love, love for the difficult and crazy life, about love, that is nothing like the love in the Bible and the idealistic sense which the word often conveys. The film is about love, destiny, life … About all of us. ...

  • Absent

    For over a hundred years, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak honestly or completely about what happened. ABSENT is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship to their own history. Working entirely on location, filmmaker Matthew Mishory documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places. A Romania-Switzerland-US Co-Production. ...

  • Adela

    It is Adela’s 80th birthday. A former radio personality, she lives on her own in the slums of Manila, surrounded by a sea of humanity, their problems, successes, and trivialities. She is swept up in the mundane and dramatic events of those around her. Adela is about the quiet moments in life that can fill us with either joy or sorrow. ...

  • AFF 2015 Official Opening - Double Bind Theatre Performance

    Double bind Double Bind is a documentary-theatre show, a result of a drama workshop involving Romanian and Hungarian actors, who went through a creative process based on their own personal experience, letting the feelings and hidden thoughts of both communities loose. Alina Nelega, a drama author involved with underground theatre, and Kincses Réka, a film director, share the pleasure of forcing taboos and tackling themes people are afraid of and prefer to keep silent about. Their common endeavor gave birth to a show that makes use of documentary film technique: it does not fabricate anything, but captures slices of reality. ...

  • Alphabet of Fear, The

    The Romanian-German poet Herta Müller (1953) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009. Müller’s parents were German speaking Romanians. Her father served in the German SS during World War II, and her mother was imprisoned in a Soviet working camp after the war. Her own studies and adult life were overshadowed by the repression of the Ceausescu regime and the continuous harassment of the Securitate. The fears and traumas resulting from those experiences largely continue to dominate her life. When Herta Müller is not working on a novel, she composes so-called ‘collage poems’. The bewilderment and fear that characterize her prose also pervade her poetry. The Alphabet of Fear is a quest for the roots of her work, the mortal fear and the thirst for life that pervade all her writings. It is a film about living in fear, with literature as a sole weapon. ...

  • Always in Motion

    The film follows a group of Freerunners from Austria on a trip through Croatia, Italy and Austria. It shows them in cities like Venice, where they practice their art of movement: Freerunning/Parkour. The film tries to understand this form of alternative movement and the people who practice it. It tries to reveal the motivations, the values, the concepts and the relationships of the practitioners. ...

  • Always Together

    Is there a recipe for an ideal family? 25 years ago, Petr used to be an urban man studying computer science. Then he met Simona, and they decided to pursue their dream of freedom together. Choosing a traditional lifestyle of self-sufficiency, love and togetherness, the couple lead a frugal, bohemian life in a self-made house in a meadow in the Bohemian Forest, with the bare essentials – and their nine children. Can fatherly love become suffocating for the children? Rejecting a conventional life style means sacrifices for the whole family. Will they be able to fit in modern society? ...

  • Andrew With Great Fanfare

    Andrew is 14 years old and lives at his grandmother's in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans. His strict father is a major in the US army and is constantly on the road. His mother lives with her new boyfriend in Atlanta and he sees her very rarely. Music is Andrew's life and his brass band 'Roots of Music' are his refuge. In his band Andrew learns much more than making music. He learns about values and norms, knowledge that will guide him in his later life. But most of all, the band keeps him off the street. Andrew wants to become a musician and perform in the many amazing jazz clubs of New Orleans. But first, he needs to prepare for the world renowned Mardi Gras parade. ...

  • Apocalypse By Cioran, The

    "Universal history is nothing more than a chain of recurring catastrophes waiting for the final catastrophe."(E. Cioran) The film brings the viewer to Cioran's home in Paris, walks along with him to his favorite places, and records his recollections of a "lost Paradise", his place of birth in a village near Sibiu, where he never returned. We meet Cioran the philosopher and Cioran the man, profound and explosively humorous, shortly before his departure from this world. The film is narrated by the Romanian philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu. ...

  • Back to the Roots

    Luis Simões lives in a small wooden house on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean, near Lisbon. The closer he lives to the nature, the stronger his spiritual connection with his ancestors grows. ...

  • Bar de zi and Other Stories

    Simple stories of ordinary people whose lives and destinies seem to intermingle in and around a small provincial day bar in Sibiu, Romania. ...

  • Barrel, The

    Thirteen-year-old Luis David lives with his family in Congo Mirador, a village on stilts in Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. This is an immense body of water, and the biggest oil field in Venezuela. Every day, a few thousand barrels of oil are tapped and turned into a whole lot of dollars. Luis David doesn’t notice much of this, except that they have to go further to find fish as there's too much oil in the water. And that once in a while, a plastic oil drum will float by. The village children know what these are good for: if you cut one of the long sides out of the barrel, you get a kind of floating bathtub – a great little boat for an oil drum race. But Luis David hasn't found a barrel of his own yet, so he goes looking for one. At the same time, he shows us around his watery world, including his house, the fisherman he works for and the waterways that run beneath the houses. ...

  • Bed is Broken, The

    A derelict mine and its adjacent vacant buildings, a too familiar backdrop to the post communist Romanian rural landscape, becomes the playground of two kids in their search for gold. Actually, scrap metal, to be turned, at the end of the day, into pennies for candies. ...

  • Bitter Apple From The Tree, The

    It is the summer of 2013 in South Korea. The film-maker goes back to his homeland, driven by his “Mother". The film shows the modernization of Korea. The city is astonishing, it is full of hopes, it raises lots of expectations, unrealistic dreams for everyone. ...

  • Bondoc

    Dan Bondoc is a 78 year-old chess master who lives alone in Bucharest. The film shows him participating in a tournament organised in the memory of a deceased friend, the renowned chess player Victor Ciocâltea. His daily routine broken for a moment, old Bondoc is caught between the battles on the chessboard against much younger opponents and the fear his purpose in life has already come to an end. ...

  • Borica

    On the first days of Christmas, on the outskirts of Brasov in the tiny village of Zizin, despite the freeze and the snow, twenty youngsters go from house to house dancing the Borica all day and all night. Borica is a spectacular traditional dance performed mainly by boys on Christmas night in all the households of the village, as well as on Christmas morning in the middle of the village, in front of a crowd. The film shows everything, from the rehearsal and the final performance to how the dancers split the money they make. ...

  • Brick in the Wall

    Brick in the Wall is a story about a family who’ve been trying to finish building their house for the past 30 years. The woman struggles to lead a normal life in the shadow of an uncompleted dream, while her husband very slowly continues a never ending construction. Why does it need to take a lifetime to build a home? ...

  • Buio in Sala

    This rare documentary short follows for about twenty minutes a traveling business-man who takes a break, relaxing inside a big city cinema and watching a film. Through Risi's film, spectators catch a glimpse of the little world inside the cinema: the faces of women-chasers, lovers, enraptured film fans, kids playing pranks, people enjoying themselves or bored out of their wits. It is a tribute to the fantasy of the movies and movie-going, to cinema which Risi considered to be the "master of life". ...

  • Călușarii from Bârla

    The dance of the Calus is the pride of the Balea village, in the Arges county. Gelu, the Bailiff, has “stolen” the ritual from his father, old Crivac, a local legend who, at 94, still burns with the desire to dance. For the Calusari, the Pentecost folk song is one of the very few occasions on which they can be admired by the whole village. But the tradition is about to break. Things are different now and the Calusari find it more and more difficult to gather. Will they be able to overcome rivalries and obstacles in order to dance the Calus? What starts as a recording of a tradition turns into documenting a fading custom and a plea for the importance to perpetuate national values. The Calus in Barla is struggling not just with the new generation’s lack of interest, but also with aging and even with the human nature. The ritual is alive as long as the dancers are. ...

  • Cartoonists - Foot Soldiers Of Democracy

    12 lovable lunatics, capturing the comic and tragic in all four corners of the earth: cartoonists who risk their lives to defend democracy, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon. ...

  • Chronicle, A

    Director Slavomir Popovici’s documentary, made in 1973, put Toader Hrib’s chronicle on film. Toader Hrib was a peasant from the Arbore village, Suceava County, Romania, who founded a local museum. By watching the documentary, one can tell that talking in front of the camera comes natural to him. He is at the level of the greatest Romanian folk storytellers. However, the director complements his considerations with starkly contrasting modern footage. The result is a unique documentary that combines anachronism with technological progress in the most unexpected, expressive ways. www.slavomir-popovici.ro ...

  • Chuck Norris vs Communism

    At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, over-the-top action heros of the 80s meant the world to the Romanian viewers newly introduced to the VHS. In the last days of the communist regime and in the years after its falling, there were no legal video stores in Romania, nothing but a unique kind of piracy that brought about a cultural revolution: in the long nights, Romanian youth would gather and watch five movies in a row. Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and all the glorious figures of B movies helped them get a taste of the free world. However, director Ilinca Calugareanu’s documentary film is more about an unassuming hero – a dubbing translator whose shrieky voice has come to epithomize the sweet taste of that revolution. Working with the most basic technology, she dubbed hundreds of films and her voice has turned into a character itself. ...

  • Cici

    Petru is a Roma man from a village in Romania. His nickname is Cici. He earns his living with his puppet, the "Capra". But his request for a permit to perform in the streets of Lausanne, Switzerland, is denied because of some complaints about the snapping sound of the Capra. The film chronicles Cici’s life, his run-ins with the authorities, his multiple bonds with his family and the rapport he develops with the Swiss people who provide assistance to Roma migrants. Filmmaker Yann Bétant shows with humour the process for obtaining a street artist license and the absurdity of an administrative system that refuses so modest a request. The closeness of his relationship with his subject gave the director access to engaging cinematographic points of view to illustrate a man, a city and also a system. ...

  • Cine Verite

    Constantly looking for things to shoot, Agapi uses film saved during other productions to record everyday moments. This is a selection of ordinary moments from 45 years ago: people buying things from a kiosk, high school students hiding for a smoke, children burning fallen leaves, students in the street, a man pushing a cart up on a hill, a family reuniting on a train station platform, the Husi fair, the train station in Brno (Czechoslovakia), a student dorm, the student bar at the House of Youth in Iasi, a party in a restaurant. ...

  • Clay Watching

    Piscu village, located 38 km from Bucharest, used to be known all over Romania as the village of pottery artists. Dumitru Constantin is one of the last three remaining masters who still work with clay. He reveals the secrets of his art, a fascinating but dying tradition. ...

  • Dabija Brothers

    Three brothers meet and talk over the table, in the kitchen of the house they grew up in and where two of them are still living. Their conversation is mundane, insisting on petty problems and unimportant details. But the time they spend together slowly reveals an alienated relationship, a dysfunctional connection, the defective communication a consequence of technology, superficiality and consumerism. ...

  • Dark Sun

    The director initially considered using the text of the Lamentation for Christ to complement the close-ups of old icons in Romanian churches, in his essay about the celebration of life, the passage of time and, above all, about death. The communist censorship did not allow him to do it, therefore he wrote a script together with writer Gabriela Ionescu. Almost 50 years later, its dark poetry against some of the most beautiful icons of the Orthodox Church makes it one of the most relevant Romanian art documentaries, created in an era of harsh censorship. www.slavomir-popovici.ro ...

  • Dear Uncle Vladimir

    Zhenya is preparing for her wedding. Her friend is helping with hair style, relatives are presenting gifts before ceremony. However, Zhenya is going not to the Civil registry, but to an investigative isolator. Her future husband Lenya is under the arrest as one of the so-called Bolotnaya Square case's or the 6th of May prisoners' case's accused. After the ceremony, Zhenya is going back home alone and starting to wait. Wait for meetings, letters, a trial, a sentence. It's about a guy who believed that he could make a big changes. And about a girl who wanted her husband to be with her. What is it more important: to be together the one who loves you or to defend your beliefs to the end. ...

  • Death Of Mr. Lazarescu, A Making of, The

    “The production of a film such as The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is an extraordinarily complex activity and my great fear was that I will not be able to capture this through images. Four years have passed and in 2009 I resumed the process of editing the footage. After all that time, it was much easier to decide on the approach: everything is presented chronologically, in the order in which the film was shot, although it does not follow the internal timeline of the film. From each day of shooting I chose what seemed to me to be of value, what transcended my temporary emotions and impressions. I was very interested in the emotions of the people who were working and the way in which they were interacting and I was less interested in the technique and the practical matters concerning the shooting process. At the back of my mind was always the fact that, for many days, we all lived only during the night (the film was exclusively shot at night). We learned about what was going on in the world only from TV or newspapers. I had the privilege of shooting and working on the making-of of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and the privilege of taking so much time to finish it.” Andrea Paduraru. ...

  • Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The

    Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old man living with his cats feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides she should take him to the hospital but, once there, the doctors decide to send him to another hospital. From there the old man is sent to yet another one... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health deteriorates fast. ...

  • Descending with Angels

    A Palestinian refugee living in Aarhus, Denmark has been committed to psychiatric treatment after possession by evil spirits, known as jinn, caused him to destroy the interior of a mosque, crash several cars, and insult numerous people. His possession has already been treated with Quranic incantations so he sees no need for further treatment, but psychiatrists believe medication is needed. This film explores the crossroads of Muslim exorcism and psychiatric medicine, comparing two systems of treatment which, despite vast differences, share a view of healing as faith in an external non-human agency—God or biomedicine. ...

  • Doge's Palace, The

    The film follows a group of railway workers who, for the past 25 years, have been sharing the same sleeping car which they made into a “home away from home”, despite the difficult living conditions. ...

  • Don’t Breathe

    DON’T BREATHE is a dark comedy set in Tbilisi, Georgia. It tells the story of Levan, a man in his forties, who is suddenly led to question his existence because of a routine medical examination. This apparently minor event turns into the complete reassessment of his life, as he finds himself caught in a downward spiral of paranoia and doubt as he fumbles his way through the theatre of the absurd that we call life. Then a serendipitous event occurs… Using a playful tone and humor, the film examines the psychological nature of mankind when our bearings get lost and our imagination takes over, highlighting our common fears, fragility, hopes and resilience. More subtly, the film is also a rather revealing metaphor of the current state of the country of Georgia, an ailing nation torn between tradition and modernity and the lure of Europe. ...

  • Don't Get Me Wrong

    They are not exactly friends, just bound to live together. Ocsy, sweeps the church steps every day, always in a suit and tie, and has a chat with an extremely obedient God. Alex, has a genuine passion for science, an adequate diet and a breakthrough invention on the way. They often argue, but their aim is one: to help mankind. Abel, feeds everyone and, if need be, changes their dipers. Ignat, moves stones, from left to right, then from right to left, seldom complaining. Only when it rains. Friends, or no friends, they’re definitely bound together. ...

  • Dreams of a Clown

    Rolling between villages and towns in rural Ireland for nine months of the year, Circus GERBOLA becomes a place outside the ordinary world. It helps us feel the sense of wonderment and remember the important things in life: desire, affection and astonishment. ‘Dreams of a Clown’ is a universal yet intimate portrayal of a family seen through the eyes of 9 year old Blake Gerbola, who is dreaming of following his father’s big footsteps: Mikey Gerbola - eccentric clown, generous husband, and determined small-business man - battling at the helm. As he and Tara struggle with budgets and the demands of the show, their two young sons juggle their love of the circus and their need for formal education. ...

  • Earth Will Tremble, The

    Luchino Visconti based this 1948 film, one of the major works of neorealism, on a novel by Giovanni Verga. In a sophisticated pictorial language, La Terra trema (earthquake) depicts a Sicilian family’s futile struggle against poverty and exploitation. Using only amateur actors, Visconti managed to combine human interest and social comment. ...

  • End Of Summer

    Set in a small Romanian village, the documentary follows a group of high school boys during the last nights of summer vacation. In spite of the cocky attitude they display after dark, their passage to maturity is powdered with hidden insecurities about the future, about love, manhood and identity. ...

  • Érpatak Model, The

    The film portrays Mihály Zoltán Orosz; the hyper energetic and ultra nationalist mayor of Érpatak, a village of 1,750 inhabitants in eastern Hungary. Mayor Orosz is possessed by delusions of order, discipline and control. He divides the villagers into "builders" and "destroyers"; supporters and opponents of his Érpatak Model. The mayor’s ultimate goal is the creation of a "sacred and organic dictatorship" where the supreme values are order, discipline and fighting spirit in order to unite the community on a local level and the nation on a country level. The mayor hates the liberal-democracy and the liberal media, but more than anything, he hates the "International Masonic Jewish Network" lead by billionaire-philanthropist George Soros - a Jew of Hungarian decent - who is set to destroy Hungary. Mayor Orosz liken himself to a knight who stands as the last line of defence for Hungary. ...

  • Exiles, The

    For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, director Kent MacKenzie follows a handful of urban Indians. Yvonne is pregnant, commenting on her life and dreams as she shops, walks home, cooks dinner, and watches her husband Homer leave with his friends. Homer and his pals go bar hopping, play some poker, and end up, bottles in hand, with other Indians on a hilltop. During the night, the men pick up women, there are fights, there's camaraderie, and Homer reflects on life in the city versus life on the reservation. At dawn, Yvonne watches Hector from a window as he and two pals and two women head somewhere. "Let's do it again tonight," says one. One of the first independent American filmmakers draws the painful portrait of the tragic destiny of an American minority. ...

  • Factory

    One of his first films, Uzina already demonstrates Slavomir Popovici's talent as filmmaker. With the power of its editing and music, the film plunges us into Romanian industrial progress. www.slavomir-popovici.ro ...

  • Farewell, The

    After visiting the ruins of mines, Pablo Fabelo, an old miner, becomes obsessed with finding the diplomas and medals miner which disappeared from his chest. Convinced that his daughter is responsible for the disappearance, a discussion that raises tensions between them breaks out. Distraught by the hostility of the environment and tired of trying to remember, he makes the decision to escape this time. ...

  • Fellow Travelers

    Three freezing hitchhikers, standing on the road in December, reveal part of their souls to a car driver who took them for a ride on a dark winter day. Sharing their life stories they unknowingly compliment one another, even though they have never met and possibly will never meet each other. All that unites them is this one car and its driver who took them for a ride and the same road which all of them are travelling. ...

  • Filme Atelier - Sibiul văzut de liceeni 2015

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  • Floating Bridge, The

    Brudina (a local word defining the floating bridge connecting the shores of a river) is a documentary essay about isolation, loneliness and destiny. The life of the two protagonists is depicted in recurrent, concise detail, alternating with poetic, deeply atmospheric frames. The film reveals in no more than 60 minutes, a small revolute universe, a narrow world consisting only of the water flow, the two shores, the movement of the floating bridge, the tension of the anchor chain cables and the gliding movement of the pulleys. ...

  • Flying Shepherd, The

    Two worlds colide in the middle of a field where a flock of sheep graze both on their natural habitat and the nearby airstrip. Noisy delta-planes often cruise among the sheep or circle above the clueless shepherds. ...

  • For Ever Little

    Persons of an unusually small size have always been fascinating, either as fictional characters in fairy tales and sagas or in their flesh and bones, shown off in fairs or circuses as curiosities, as people were ready to pay a lot to see them. These days many little people rebel against this special status. They try to make their lives as normal as possible. The film follows a small opera singer and some of her friends at their work, at home and on a journey to a beautiful small island, where they have a great dinner followed by a swinging party. Gradually, each character reveals his or her personality. They talk about their problems, love affairs, difficulties in finding work and whether or not to risk having children, knowing that they could be little like themselves. The film does not try to trace the history of their lives. It aims to confront the viewer with the meaning of "being small" and uses music, humour and beauty to make people look at "imperfection" with a different eye. ...

  • Freedom in Childshoes

    This is the story of Uwe Pelger, born in Mediaș in 1971, who left Romania before the fall of the Iron Curtain and settled in Germany. There he learned a trade, got married and lived for more than 20 years without looking back to whatever was left behind. 25 years later he returns to his homeland to look at the past as well as at the present Romania, at what it has become. ...

  • Future of Clay

    In 2013, the film-maker spent three weeks in a "FaSinPat (FAbrica SIN PATrones, which means "Factory without bosses"). In this factory, the workers have been self-ruling the production for more than twelve years, since the huge crisis of 2001. The aim was to observe how it is to work in such a place, how it is to make an utopia working, day after day. ...

  • God's Will

    A former neo-Buddhist who has become an ardent defender of Orthodox values, Dmitry Enteo riveted public attention after performing several eccentric actions on himself. He calls himself an orthodox ‘actionist’, and opposes the creative activity of the Voyna and Pussy Riot art groups. Having gathered a movement of Orthodox activists around himself and called it ‘God's Will’, Dmitry declared his intention to lead first Russia, and then the whole world to eucharistical revolution. What follows on from this, and who is Enteo really? ...

  • Golden Thread, The

    Ritwik Ghatak's films are deeply haunted by the spectre of the Partition of Bengal in 1947. Subarnarekha refers to the river of that name which runs through the relatively new state of Jharkhand into West Bengal. Into this landscape comes a group of refugees. Ishwar, an educated man, travels with two children, his young sister Sita and a lower caste boy, Abhiram, whose mother was taken away by thugs employed by a local landowner. Ishwar is fortunate to get a job from an old school friend who owns a foundry in the area. But although economically secure, Ishwar is troubled by a sense of loss about home. Years later he has a form of breakdown when he realises that Abhiram and Sita are in love. He cannot accept the lower caste young man as a member of the family, although he has brought him up as such. ...

  • Good Day, The

    In Chișinău, Lidia and Masato have a special dating agency. Through Japan Marriage Centre women from Moldova and men from Japan get to meet each-other and get married, a marriage the owners themselves can recommend based on personal experience. Nadia and Xenia have met their partners through the agency. Nadia prepares to visit her potential husband in Japan and also possibly for a life on the other side of the world. Meanwhile, Xenia waits for Takashi, her fiancé, who will be baptised to Orthodox Christianity so that the two can then have a Moldavian wedding. ...

  • Happily Ever After

    Filmmaker Tatjana Božic grew up in Croatia before the Balkan War. She roamed in different relationships through different countries before settling in Holland. For the film and to save her present relationship, the girl with the red hair follows her tragicomic way back to her past love affairs. Happily Ever After is an open-hearted self-portrait of a woman stuck between the urge for freedom and the conventional ideal of true love, marriage and a ‘happily ever after'. Intimate street portraits of random women throughout Europe give this personal document a universal feel. ...

  • Hopes for Sale

    This experimental documentary presents a series of interviews with seven girls from Romania who were sold abroad for prostitution. These victims of sex trade manage to escape eventually and agree to reveal their stories. Demonstrating generosity and great courage, Andreea, Ramona, Andrada, Maria, Camelia, Gabriela and Luminița accepted to go through the strain of speaking up about this part of their lives so that other girls would not go through similar experiences. ...

  • I Am the People

    January 2011 in Egypt was marked by anti-government demonstrations. While tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo, poor villagers in the country’s south followed the tense situation on Tahrir Square on their TV screens and in the daily newspapers. It is from their perspective that this documentary captures the political changes in Egypt, from the toppling of President Mubarak to the election and fall of Mohamed Morsi. The film reveals the villagers’ hopes and disappointments, and shows that despite the wild events, very little has actually changed in their lives, Anna Roussillon's interviewees fretting more about their irrigation systems and pregnant wives than ideological struggles and political emancipation. ...

  • I Love My Music! Norway, England, New York, Canada, Egipt, Napoli, Greece, Korea, Thailand, Harlem, Cuba, Ivory Coast

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  • Independence

    Independence is a former one-person apartments building in Sibiu, transformed into a block of flats. The very narrow apartments make life not very comfortable here. Razvan is a child living in the Independence building, whose mother left to Western Europe for work. A sensitive portrait of a child who tries to live a normal life, but who sometimes is overwhelmed by the feeling of missing his mother. ...

  • Intersection

    At a four corner crossing in a small mountaneous village, time flows differently. Various vendors, lumberjacks, policemen and nuns are among the people who constantly spend their days selling, buying, quarreling, drinking and gossiping while the rest of the world rushes past them. ...

  • Japanese Quince Tree

    At a certain age, is hard enough to remember what you did yesterday. At 90 it really doesn't matter.You keep on going with either reluctance, or abandon. What seems important, are the little things at hand, a flower, a cat, a crystal glass, a tree, and scattered glimpses into the remembered past that always tend to help. A bitter-sweet look into the freshness of the fleeing moments embodied in our present perfect continuous life. No matter the age. ...

  • Left on Purpose

    Midway through a film shoot about his life in the anti-war movement, Mayer Vishner, a 1960s radical, declares that his time has passed and his last political act will be to commit suicide and he wants it all on camera. Now the director must decide whether to turn off his camera or use the film to keep his friend alive. Mayer found his place in the 60s counterculture in 1965 at the age of 16 and the strong ties to the community of activists of which he was a part gave his life focus and meaning. ”Left on Purpose” confronts the growing issues of depression, isolation and aging through an intense character driven story of the relationship between filmmaker and subject. It provides a rare cinematic look at what it means to be a friend to someone in pain. ...

  • Life Sentences

    Fawzi, an Arab man, marries a Jewish woman. They live in quiet harmony within the Arab-Jewish community with their son and daughter. After it is discovered that the father is behind dozens of mysterious terror attacks in the late 1960s, the mother flees the country with her kids to the other side of the world and settles in Montreal's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. No-one suspects the real identity of the children. When they grow up, the two will take opposite roads. Even though freed by the Jibril Agreement in 1985, the father's life sentence never truly ends, and neither does the life his son is sentenced to as a result of his father's actions. The real imprisonment the documentary explores is that of Fawzi's son, Nimer, and his family ties. ...

  • Little People Big Dreams

    A millionaire wanted to create a utopia for little people in China. A land where they could live and work among themselves, away the discrimination of mainstream society. And so the ”Dwarves Empire” was born. This is an unlikely theme park where dozens of little people reside and perform for anyone who pays an entrance fee. The observational documentary traces the journeys of a few employees at a pivotal point in their lives. A change of heart, a secret escape, a struggle to find true love and a venture beyond the confines of the ‘Dwarves Empire’ lead to vastly different experiences. Connected by a will to pursue their dreams and a life of happiness, these little people take their chances in an uncertain world. For some, their destinies are forever changed. ...

  • Long Way Home, The

    20 years ago our film crew, while shooting in an orphanage, witnessed a roma mother, Svetla, leaving her newly born son Ilya there. Four years later Ilya was adopted in France. The abandoned roma baby has turned into a handsome, educated, well mannered Frenchman who comments confidently on his own adoption. Ilya’s adoptive mother was asking for years on end if there was a way to find his biologic mother and to visit his seven brothers and sisters in Bulgaria. Our film reveals these emotional meetings and the suspicion and surprise of the collision of cultures… The film also rises questions on the fate of other children who were adopted in front of our cameras while shooting The Long Way Home.- Bulgaria is the only EU member that allows international adoptions. ...

  • Look of Silence, The

    Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother, an optometrist named Adi, is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live by confronting the men responsible for his brother's murder and asking them to accept responsibility for their actions while testing their eyesight. ”The Act of Killing” exposed the consequences for all of us when we build our everyday reality on terror and lies. ”The Look of Silence” explores what it is like to be a survivor in such a reality. This powerful companion piece to ”The Act of Killing” initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 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 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Parades

    Agapi shot the parade in Iaşi celebrating 50 years from the establishing of the Romanian Communist Party. It was an extracurricular routine task for him to shot the political events of the moment. More than four decades later, what was no more than a routine film has become a filmed document illustrating the Iasi society of the era. ...

  • Pekka: Inside the Mind of a School Shooter

    On November 7 2007, eighteen year old Pekka goes to school armed in Jokela, a quiet town North of Finland’s capital, Helsinki. On that tragic day, he kills eight people. The director reconstructs Pekka’s story through conversations with his parents, classmates and teachers. The oppressive circumstances that brought on the young man’s tragic action are slowly revealed clearer and clearer and the spectator realizes that these situations are not unique to Pekka from Jokela. ...

  • Play, no matter what!

    Alexandra and Noni, two 14 year-old teenagers, live in Răchitoasa, an ordinary place in Romania. When they aren’t in school, they help their parents around the house or idle on the streets of the town. But one day, a couple of foreigners – Ash and Jolien – come to live in their town for a while. They turn an abandoned building into a colourful playground. Alexandra and Noni quickly befriend the two foreigners and spend time with them, discovering that playing is a universal language that can overcome communication barriers, and at the same time a way to escape the reality of living in Romania. Film website: https://playnomatterwhat.wordpress.com ...

  • Population Boom

    A well-known nightmarish vision of the future: The Earth’s population reaches seven billion. Dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change—the results of overpopulation? Who says that the world’s overpopulated? And who’s one too many? After the box-office success of “Plastic Planet,” in Population Boom curious documentary filmmaker Werner Boote takes on the overpopulation myth and takes us on a light-hearted global investigation. A cinematic journey with the masses between myth, facts and politics. ...

  • Propaganda

    The film of the official visit of a Communist Party delegation to the Veterinary Institute in Iasi is a rare occasion for the public to see how high officials of the Party moved from highly formal manners and official discourse to gargantuan feasts that would turn into loud parties with gypsy fiddlers. ...

  • Quest

    Two nomad coopers, with a carriage for a house and a horse for a friend, fare from one village another, merrily striving to make ends meet. No cumbersome belongings, not even a watch, but they still have the time. Misplaced and disregarded, with skills hardly needed anymore, they keep on looking for means and meanings, or the lack of them. In this marginal existence, that would make Zola exalt, there are touching reminiscences of a long forgotten time. What time is it, what time ? ...

  • Rebel, rebel

    “REBEL, REBEL” offers fragmentary glimpses of the fascinating universe of two highly authentic teenage girls who prefer spending their time with boys and being separated from their parents. Delia and Silvia stand out from other kids their age. ...

  • Rehearsals

    Meeting for the first time, eight musicians from different corners of the world are brought together for a few days to rehearse the music of a Romanian legendary folk singer, Maria Tanase. ...

  • Requiem 4 Ephemeris

    The documentary follows a group of amateur fishermen who spend their free time on the shore of the Timis river, in the vicinity of the city of Timisoara. They share the passion for fishing and spend time playing the guitar, telling personal stories and stories they have heard from others, indulge themselves in petty talk, all the while waiting to catch the big fish. ...

  • Romania, as seen by Norman Manea, Gabriela Adameşteanu, Mircea Cărtărescu, Florin Lăzărescu

    Four writers, four lifestyles, four different life experiences, and one country: Romania. For Mircea Cărtărescu „living in Romania is like swimming in a pool filled with sulphuric acid”. Norman Manea survived his deportation in Transnistria at the age of five and another exile to the States when he was 50. Gabriela Adameșteanu returned to literature after 13 years of political journalism and civic activism. The youngest of the four, Florin Lăzărescu, splits its time between writing, photography and organizing a literature festival. Four subjective geographies overlap and form a complex and surprising map of a country that is still trying to find its place in the world. ...

  • Romanian

    The story of the concerts in the Româneşti Cave (Poiana Rusca Mountains) began 26 years ago as the dream come true of a speleologist – Doctor Constantin Lupu from Timișoara. Ever since, tourists from all over the world come here every year looking for unique moments of harmony at the place where nature and music meets. The film briefly shows fragments of concerts and preparations, focusing on the initiator and owner of the project himself. ...

  • Schweighofer Effect

    The documentary shows a multistakeholder insight into the consequences of wood-cutting and processing activities in the Reci locality, Covasna county, performed by Austrian company Hozindustrie Schweighofer. ...

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  • Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz, The

    The actor Warwick Davis (”Harry Potter”, ”Life's Too Short”) presents the story of the Ovitz family and their ordeal during World War II - from a successful musical act to being tortuously experimented on by Dr. Josef Mengele in a concentration camp. This story might have been lost to history if it weren't for the family's diminutive size. They were a family of seven Jewish dwarfs living under Nazi rule. What happened when they were discovered reaches beyond the imaginings of even the darkest fairy tale. The troupe of performers became prisoners and, eventually, guinea pigs to the Nazi's "Angel of Death”. Warwick's expedition takes us to Eastern Europe and explores their remarkable, inspirational story of human endurance. ...

  • Spartacus & Cassandra

    The 12 year old Spartacus and his 9 year old sister Cassandra are two Romanian Romani children living on the outskirts of Paris. Director Ioanis Nuguet spent a lot of time with them following them around day by day, several years in a row. He tells us their story at the moment when they are at a crossroad in their life: they have to choose between their parents who live on the streets and Camille, a 21 year old Frenchwoman, a trapeze artist who has decided to take them under her wing and offer them a better life. ...

  • Speed: In Search of Lost Time

    Never before have we worked more efficiently. Never before have we saved time with more sophisticated technologies. But nearly everyone feels they don’t have enough time. It seems that the same technology invented to make our life easier, is now enslaving us. Florian Opitz tries to track down the reasons of our shortage of time and for the constant acceleration of our lives. In his search of lost time he not only questions his own hectic lifestyle, but also visits several people, to find out how they deal with time. The pacemakers of the constant acceleration of society as well as dropouts. He reveals the disturbing picture of a civilisation, that has disposed of all brake systems and, run by autopilot, goes blindly for unlimited and eternal growth, no matter what the consequences are. ...

  • Stories of Romanians in China

    The documentary takes a look at the lives of four Romanians who decided to live in China. A young man who studies Chinese calligraphy, a fashion designer, an interpreter skilled in Chinese crosstalk, and a singer are followed in their daily routine. They are asked about their daily life, about how it is to work and live in cities like Hangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing, and about the European view on the Chinese society and culture. ...

  • Storm is Coming

    This is a short essay dedicated to the Romanian migrants trying to make a living on the streets of Paris. Out of respect for their privacy, the filmmakers chose not to show their faces. The interviews are written on the screen, accompanied by neutral images shot on the outskirts of the city. ...

  • Storming Paradise

    What drives young Western men to leave everyone and everything behind and journey to Syria to get involved in someone else’s struggle? It all started with a radio broadcast. Mourad M. is the first Dutchman killed in Syria in the struggle against Bashar al Assad’s regime. He left for Syria with a group of friends to become a Jihad fighter. Floor knew some of them from the neighborhood of her childhood. The media portrays these boys as vulnerable and derailed, and who may be a terror threat. But is this picture true? In order to understand why they feel called upon to pick up arms and leave everything they know behind, Floor abandons her Western perspective to be able to see things through the eyes of the fighters. ...

  • Summer with Mosquitoes

    Smell of flowers, sounds of carriages and caress of the wind. Few elements of a film that presents the story of a little girl. She has to leave her home village because there is no proper education for her. She leaves the innocent childhood behind herself and faces the cruel reality of being alone. The documentary made by an international team describes the everyday life of an old village and a small girl’s way of becoming adult. ...

  • Super Unit

    Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a "housing machine". Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true... or not. 762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them. ...

  • Surire

    The Surire salt flat is located in the Chilean high plateau at 4,300 meters over the sea level, on the border with Bolivia, and it is one of the very last places in the world, keeping the treasure of untouched nature with all its beauty, but also holds an allurement: a huge amount of borax, promising the mining industry profits in unknown levels.. In its surroundings live a handful of elders, the last survivors of the Aymara culture in the area. As background, the machinery of a mine site roams the landscape, intermingled with flamingos, vicunas and llamas. ”Surire” is a film that from observation and visual language portrays this unique space in which coexist natural beauty, human absurdity, and cultural decline. ...

  • Swamp Dialogues

    The Danube Delta in Romania - the 'Last European Sanctuary’ - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While major efforts are made to protect biodiversity, the plight of local communities is largely overlooked. Social scientists claim that the traumatic nature of the swamp bears heavy on the villagers' lives. But is Nature really to blame? Swamp dialogues is based on extensive field-research about the discursive creation of wilderness in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Through a careful ‘argument montage’ built entirely on cinematic language the film represents an anthropological analysis while reflecting on epistemological questions of knowledge production in social sciences. ...

  • Szekler Highwaymen, The

    At the beginning of the 50s, names of partisans such as Pusztai, Jeges and Dézsi stirred panic in the old Szekler regions of Trei scaune or Plăiești. At their roots, they were simple country folks, but they were deemed defectors by the communists, and later, when they started to oppose the regime and hide, were labelled villains and criminals. The film presents statements, facts and stories about these young people who took their guns and fought against the communist regime, trying hard to stop collectivisation and the spreading of socialist mentality. ...

  • Toto and His Sisters

    Totonel (10) and his sisters, Andreea (14) and Ana (17), are waiting for their mother to come back home from prison. As they grow up, each of them learns how to survive on their own, hoping that when their mother returns, the family will be reunited. ...

  • Transylvanian (Love)Stories

    Soon after the fall of the communist regime, in the town of Târgu-Mureș, Romania, an extremely violent conflict broke out between Romanians and Hungarians. The outcome has had long-term effects on the two ethnic communities. Although 25 years have passed, people are still living in closed communities, trying as much as possible to avoid contact with „the others”. The film tries to shed light on the lives of people living in mixed families, caught between two parallel worlds in permanent conflict. ...

  • Transylvanian Tale, A

    A stranger arrives in Posaga, a small village in Transylvania, trying to find out if Dracula’s legend is real. He talks to the village elders, he investigates, asks questions and listens to their stories. In the end he uncovers a new side of the legend and the fact that his alter ego from another life was here before. This is a fictional documentary that combines local legends about supernatural powers with personas of the protagonist, symbolically named „The Stranger”. ...

  • Truth

    The short film tells the story of a pottery artist living in a village near Iasi. In 1971, Agapi started an experiment – he travelled the Modavian countryside with a mobile photo lab and took pictures of the locals. That is how he met Toader Nica, whom he photographed and filmed for several years. Today, Toader Nica is the most famous name among black ceramic artists. ...

  • Umberto D.

    An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on a government pension in Rome. Umberto and his dog are faced with eviction by a greedy landlady who would rather rent his room by the afternoon to adulterous couples. He must find a solution in order not to lose his humble room and end up living in the streets. Shot on location with a cast of nonprofessional actors, Vittorio de Sica’s film, considered by prominent critics as the best of the Italian neorealism, is more about the struggle of a once honourable man to keep from falling from poverty into shame. ...

  • Viflaim.These Kids Are All Right

    In Crasna, a Ukrainian village in Maramureş, young people meet before Christmas and prepare together, like their parents before them, the staging of the „Bethlehem”, a nativity play. The film looks at the whole process of rehearsal as well as the final show on an improvised stage, presented to the delight of the whole community that comes to watch. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 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. ...

  • 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 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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? ...