By 2050, the world population will grow to ten billion people. In the middle of the heated debate about food security, comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution – from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation.
3 Rooms of Melancholia
A poetic journey across the world of emotions of Russian teenagers. Each of the three parts-rooms has its unique, emotional dominating theme.
A Family Affair
“Marianne Hertz: Model and Perfect Mother” – this is how filmmaker Tom Fassaert’s grandmother was presented in a 1950s magazine. His father, uncle and aunt smile awkwardly when he makes them read it out loud: their childhood was far from perfect.
A Good American
The mass surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden was not the first scandal in the history of the American intelligence agency NSA. Friedrich Moser’s eye-opening ”A Good American” soberly unfolds the deeply disturbing story of how corruption, lies and personal ambitions led to the closure of a cheap and effective monitoring system that demonstrably could have stopped the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A Maid for Each
In many Lebanese households, lives an African or Asian domestic worker. There are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers amongst 4 million Lebanese. Zein is the owner of a domestic labor agency in Lebanon. He brings women from Asia and Africa to work in Lebanese houses.
A Strange Love Affair with Ego
Ever since she was a young child, filmmaker Ester Gould has been amazed by the sheer self-confidence of her older sister Rowan, whose boundless creativity and natural beauty tended to make everyone around her jealous. She has the world at her feet, and the universe is her playground. But can such a well-developed sense of your own worth go too far?
A Young Patriot
Nineteen-year-old Xiao Zhao is a patriot through and through, and a great fan of Mao Zedong. He often marches in an old Red Army uniform through the streets of his hometown of Pingyao, inciting his comrades to rise up against the Japanese “occupation” of the Diaoyu Islands.
”Absent God” is a documentary film about the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, one of the foremost thinkers of the 20th century. Inspired by modern philosophy and ancient Jewish texts, Levinas developed the “humanism of the other”.
Alisa in Warland
Alisa is 26 when the revolution starts in Kiev. She’s a student of film school, but above all, she’s Ukrainian. This film describes her journey from Euromaidan to the war in the East. It’s a sensitive diary of young woman lost in the shaky world.
The modern-day superhero Gennadiy Mokhnenko made a name for himself kidnapping homeless child addicts in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. There, the married pastor – who alongside his own three progeny has 32 adopted children – has been running his Pilgrim Republic shelter since 2000.
Among The Believers
A unique, disturbing glance inside the Red Mosque movement, a network of schools in Pakistan that is a breeding ground for radical, militant Islam. The recipe is very simple: offer free education and meals in a poverty-stricken country.
“Anthill” is a portrait of a giant garage located in the largest Soviet blockhouse area of Tallinn. Here 700 garage box owners form an extraordinary men's club and vary from those who just keep their cars to those who adapt their boxes for living.
At Home in the World
This observational, poetic documentary follows one Danish class as they sing, do arts and crafts, play and argue, just like kids do at any other school. The difference is that these children all bear their own painful memories.
This film is about residents of Crimea for whom the Crimea is their home, which had to leave after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. And just for the director, who moved from Simferopol to Moscow, arrival in Crimea is the homecoming. However home became a completely different...
The decisive years of Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović, told through rare archive footage in which a young Zlatan speaks openly about his life and challenges. The film closely follows him, from his debut with the Malmö FF team in 1999 up to his final breakthrough with Juventus in 2005.
The two Italian sisters Ornella and Teresa have cared for each other through their whole lives. Teresa is now in her life’s twilight and having problems facing fate, whilst her memory is slowly fading out. Before it’s too late, Ornella decides to confront Teresa with a painful untold story.
Björk. The Creative Universe of a Music
Musician, actress, scientist, visionary, video artist, composer and educator – Björk is one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time, tearing down the limits of art genres and constantly redefining the process of creating music.
Kielce, Poland was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom—in 1946. Townspeople killed 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building, injuring 80 more. As news of the pogrom spread across Poland, Jews fled the country.
Broadway. Black Sea
Refugees from the Caucasian republics, Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Russians, meet on the shore of the Black Sea: they work as shop keepers, life guards, karaoke singers, or just enjoy their holidays.
A documentary about the close relationship between two brothers. Markus (14) and Lukas (11) live in an old, yellow townhouse in the middle of Oslo. The river runs close to their home. A paradise in the heart of a big city.
Insects as food is a hot topic. Particularly over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists and for their nutritional content by public health scientists.
Tourists used to come by the busload for their place in the sun at the beautiful Café Waldluft. For the past two years, though, the long-established hotel in Berchtesgaden has accommodated guests from Syria, Afghanistan or Sierra Leone who have certainly not chosen this alpine idyll freely.
Cathedrals of Culture
If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? “Cathedrals of Culture” offers six startling responses to this question. This 3D film project, about the soul of buildings, allows six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a man-made structure.
There are great expectations upon Anita Zenani – a South African township girl – being a junior champion in BMX. The pressure is starting to weigh heavily on her shoulders.
Cinema, Mon Amour
“Cinema, Mon Amour” follows the story of Victor Purice – manager, former projectionist and lifetime cinephile along with his two employees, Cornelia & Lorena, in their battle to preserve Dacia Panoramic Cinema in Piatra Neamţ – one of the last remaining cinemas in Romania.
Czech Journal: Near Far East
This film about the situation in presentday war-torn Ukraine originated over the course of a year as the director’s travel journal.
Dancing for you
“Dancing for You” is a musical and visual film about Vilde, a charming 12-year-old girl with a talent in an unusual field, especially for her gender: a physically-demanding Norwegian solo dance called Halling.
“Democracy” offers an insight into a hidden world of political struggle for new data protection legislation in the European Union.
“Deprogrammed” chronicles Ted “Black Lightning” Patrick’s anti-cult crusade. His practice of “deprogramming”, also known as ‘reverse brainwashing”, started in the early 1970s and quickly snowballed into a vast underground movement.
One of Indiewire's six highlights of SXSW 2015, singled out by Janet Pierson as 'pretty nuts', Selected at Sheffield 2015 and raved by SoundOnSight as 'bombastic', Disaster Playground investigates future outer space catastrophes and the procedures in place to manage, assess, and minimize the risks.
Diving Into the Unknown
Four Finnish cave divers face their worst nightmare when two of their friends drown deep inside an underwater cave in Norway. When the official recovery operation is called off by the authorities after being deemed too risky, the friends set out on a secret mission to retrieve the bodies themselves.
Twenty-two-year-old Oleg doesn’t live up to his mother Marina’s idea of a real man. She thinks he’s an autistic loafer. He’s enrolled at the University of Nizhny Novgorod and is supposed to be watching online lectures, but his mother says all he actually does is hang around watching TV.
Tilda Swinton's hypnotic voiceover and a treasure trove of rare archival footage culled from hundreds of films from the 1880s through the 1930s—much of it previously unseen—combine to trace the anxieties of today's hyper-connected world back a hundred years.
Erbarme dich – Matthäus Passion Stories
“Erbarme dich – Matthäus Passion Stories” is a labyrinthine narrative in which notables such as Peter Sellars, Emio Greco, Simon Halsey and painter Rinke Nijburg explain their special relationship with Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Ramón Gieling.
Europe, She Loves
Europe on the verge of social and economic change. A close up into the shaken vision of four couples, daily struggles, fights, kids, sex and passion. A movie about the politics of love. Seville, Tallinn, Dublin, Thessaloniki. Europe, she loves.
Every Face Has a Name
On April 28, 1945, life begins again. Hundreds of survivors from the German concentration camps arrive to the harbour of Malmö, Sweden. While they take their first steps in freedom Swedish news photographers film them. Now, 70 years later the survivors are watching this archive footage for the very first time.
Facebook wants you to share all your info, but how much information are they willing to share with you? A new documentary takes a close look at Facebook, its laws, power and its influence on privacy and freedom of expression.
Fire at Sea
Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. But his island is not like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.
Free to Run
From the streets of New York to trails in the Swiss Alps, men and women, champions or unknown people… every year tens of millions of people run. Fifty years ago, running was still considered to be eccentric, an almost deviant practice reserved for male athletes in stadiums.
Fukushima: A Nuclear Story
Pio d’Emilia travels across the municipalities hit by the tsunami and enters the "exclusion zone" established but loosely enforced by the government. He had to wait until June 2013 when the plant's operator TEPCO allows the first pool of foreign journalists in.
Young pioneers betrayed their fatherland at the age of 10, fleeing with their parents from the Soviet Union to Israel – or they did as the Manskis who changed their names, wiped away the traces of their Jewish family history and stayed.
Djalal is 25 years old and one of the 50% of Spanish youngsters that neither works nor study. He spends all his time on the Internet where he has develop a fictional alter ego, Lord_Sex, a soldier. Growing up in a small Catalan town his parents spoiled him rotten.
Gardenia – Before the Last Curtain Falls
“Before the Last Curtain Falls” tells the story of great love, bitter disappointments and self-doubts - but most of all of courage. The film dives deeply into the exceptional and heart-warming stories of a group of transsexuals and drag queens in their sixties and seventies.
Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr
In 1995, eight-year-old Omar Khadr moved with his parents from Canada to Afghanistan. Seven years later, at the age of 15, he was captured by American troops, accused of having links to Al-Qaeda. The teenager ended up in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without any legal representation or trial, and he was subjected to many years of torture.
Heidi at the Foley Artist
Nine-year-old Anuk Steffen plays the title role of the new Heidi film. Full of curiosity, she watches the film crew at work, and is especially intrigued by the sound engineer. Anuk takes us to a mysterious studio, where she becomes part of a fascinating experiment.
In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the mythical book “Hitchcock/Truffaut”—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time.
Tapdig has a dream of bringing a European cow into his picturesque village in Azerbaijan to improve the condition of his poor family. He decides to call it Madona. His passion unsettles the traditional community, the Old Men see a threat in having a foreign cow among them as they say its milk is full of chemicals.
Home Sweet Home
Salimah had only just been born when her family fled to Malaysia from Myanmar. After her first birthday, her father immigrated to Denmark. Her mother remarried, but Salimah wasn’t happy with her mother and her hostile stepfather. She lived with an aunt until the age of 10, when she was finally able to move to Denmark to be with her father.
“Homo Sapiens” is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being.
In communist Rumania in the 1980s the US television series Dallas provided the only window on the capitalist world and at the time it seemed as if all of Rumania’s population were glued to their TV screens.
French photographer, journalist and ecologist Yann Arthus-Bertrand got thousands of people from different cultural backgrounds to give answers to a lot of life’s questions. Many of the resulting personal anecdotes are included in his ambitious film project “Human”.
I Am the Blues
“I am the Blues” takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south.
I’m Never Afraid
Eight-year-old Mack's room is filled with all his motocross trophies. At the age of three, he won his first prize. From that moment on, he was as big a motocross fan as his father and his now deceased grandfather - his hero.
Human memories can be deceiving. We forget, we distort and we condense. Efforts to find a more accurate alternative marked the beginnings of the Internet.
In Pursuit of Silence
Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition “4’33””, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into the quiet spaces of hearts.
“In Utero” provides a thought-provoking exploration of the question “What makes us who we are, and how early do we become so?” As recently as the 1960s it was standard to perform surgeries on infants without anesthesia, the rationale being they would not remember — and thus be affected by — the experience.
Innocence of Memories – Orhan Pamuk’s Museum and Istanbul
The subject of Grant Gee’s latest project has been described by the great art historian, Simon Schama as “the single most powerfully beautiful, humane and affecting work of contemporary art anywhere in the world.”
Inside the Chinese Closet
Instead of being proud of his son, the father of a successful Chinese architect named Andy is worried. Andy, who lives in Shanghai, has come out of the closet, and his father is overcome with shame. Cherry’s mother is struggling with a similar issue because her daughter is attracted to women.
Inside the Mind of Favela Funk
“Inside the Mind of Favela Funk” is a documentary about love and relationships in the world of the extremely popular 'favela funk': pornographic music from Rio de Janeiro's deprived neighborhoods.The documentary shows the perspective of the favela youth
There was no place like this on Eastern European map, in the Communist Block. Jarocin – a small town in Greater Poland becomes a symbol of independence, rebellion and freedom in a system of oppression. And it was all thanks to rock music.
Jheronimus Bosch, Touched by the Devil
In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch will be holding a special exhibition devoted to the work of Jheronimus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. This late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil always played a prominent role.
K2. Touching the Sky
In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world meet at the Base Camp of K2, second highest summit on the planet. Their goal is to climb this extremely difficult, rarely conquered, 8-thousand meter peak. Up to that moment, K2 had never been climbed by a woman. Julie Tullis, mother of two, will try to be the first.
The world’s farmland is at risk. Demand for land has soared as investors look for places to grow food for export, grow crops for biofuels or simply buy up land for profit. The film gives an inside look into the world of investors in the international agro-business and how the politics of the European Union is involved.
Little Giants: Bram
Katinka follows Bram, a filmmaking talent. Bram is a 14-year-old boy who wants more than anything to be admitted to the Film Academy. He enters all kinds of scriptwriting and filmmaking contests, gives high-level talks about filmmaking, and is very talented.
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Society depends on the internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes his newest vehicle for exploration, a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives.
Lovers and Despot
They were the Brangelina of ’70s South Korea – the romance between the debonair film director Shin Sang-ok and glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee took them to the heights of South Korean society. Fame took a toll on their love, but it also attracted unbelievable twists of fate.
Mallory is living a hard life. Her wild youth among punks and skinheads in Prague's underground is over, and after several years on both drugs and living on the streets, it is slowly the last chance for the self-conscious Mallory – and nobody is more aware of this than herself.
Mariupol lies in eastern Ukraine, where the Kalmius river ﬂows into the Sea of Azov. The city, which is centered round the steel works, seems calm but the encroaching conﬂict between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces is tangible everywhere.
38-year-old Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US to work as a defence lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the only foreign lawyer, and the only woman, who has a license to work in Afghan courts. With her Afghan assistant, Kimberley defends Western and Afghan clients accused of criminal acts.
“My Joy” is a tale of truck driver Georgy. Georgy leaves his home town with a load of goods, but he is forced to take a wrong turning on the motorway, and finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Georgy tries to find his way, but gradually, against his will, he becomes drawn in the daily life of a Russian village.
My Love, Don’t Cross That River
There is a 200 years old house by the riverside, and a couple who have lived together for 76 years. They wear Korean traditional cloths all the time, go to market every five days, go for a picnic with neighbours, and enjoy dance parties.
24-year-old Jacob Nossell is really bright, but he does not fit the typical idea of the perfect life. Jacob is living with cerebral palsy, a congenital physical disability. In addition to affecting his speech, it causes muscle cramps and stiffness.
Ninnoc doesn’t like cliques. Why do they all have to behave – and look – the same? Ninnoc has big blue eyes, she dances and sings, and she is a strong-willed girl. She can’t describe herself, but if she feels excluded, this is the sound it makes: “Wawawawawawawawa.”
No Man is an Island
Doctor Bartolo found Omar, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant stranded on Lampedusa’s coast. Despite the ongoing burden of death at sea, he offers Omar a family, a home and a job as an interpreter in the local detention centre.
In 1964, five years before receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, playwright Samuel Beckett wrote his only film script. The avant-garde project, film, is still regarded as a striking undertaking. Both panned and praised by critics, the film was regarded by Beckett himself as an enormous failure.
Michale Boganin's film main characters are Ukrainian Jews, once living in Odessa, now emigrates. They live with nostalgia, forever seeking the Promised Land.
Olmo & The Seagull
For more than ten years, OIivia has led an actress’s bohemian life at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, where she met her boyfriend, Serge. Their relationship is now transformed by Olivia’s pregnancy, which prevents her from performing in Chekhov’s The Seagull and forces her to confront her deepest fears.
Oncle Bernard – A Counter-Lesson in Economics
Filmed in 2000 during the making of Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy, this interview with Bernard Maris, aka Uncle Bernard, is a fascinating conversation with an independent thinker who was the economic analyst at Charlie Hebdo, assassinated with his colleagues last January.
Out of Fashion
We live in an era of global consumption where the rate of consumption is constantly increasing. It’s no secret that the fashion industry is at the forefront of this consumption rally. Thousands of factories in the third world produce not only clothing for big corporations, but also tons and tons of toxic waste.
Paths of the Soul
This film documents a group of Tibetans who, over the course of a year, make an arduous 2,000km pilgrimage to Lhasa, not by means of any transportation, but by prostrating themselves over and over again the entire length of the journey, an act which is believed to purify their bodies and minds.
Patience, Patience, You’ll Go To Paradise!
In the 1960s, thousands of North Africans came to work in Belgium. Among them were women who had left everything behind to follow their men to an unknown country.
Porn to Be Free
“Porn to be free” is the first documentary giving an insight on the Italian 70’s and tracing porn’s incredible genesis from the first magazines, photo shoots, censorship issues to its political and social repercussions — such as the election of Porn-star Ilona Staller (Cicciolina), the first to become parliament’s member.
The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.
Power to Change. The Energy Rebellion
Germany faces the biggest structural reform since the beginning of the industrial age. “Power to Change. The Energy Rebellion” is the cinematic experience and exploration of this millennium challenge.
Presenting Princess Shaw
All around the world, at any given moment, random people post personal video clips online. They are their virtual messages in a bottle, tossed into the boundless sea that is the Internet. Most of these posts flounder in a sad limbo of indifference and anonymity — unless your YouTube handle happens to be Princess Shaw.
Private Chronicles. Monologue
The collective life of the generation born as Jurij Gagarin became the first man in space. Vitalij Mansky has woven together a fictional biography – taken from over 5.000 hours of film material, and 20.000 still pictures made for home use.
Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction.
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
It took the likes of Eli Roth, Harry Knowles and Steven Spielberg himself to make the dream of three Mississippi teenagers come true: a shot-for-shot remake of their favourite film, „Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It started in 1982 and ended only last year.
Requiem for the American Dream
The American linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential intellectuals of our time. In a series of long interviews – recorded over a period of four years – he describes the end of the American Dream, an ideal that he believes was partly symbolic and partly realistic.
Revolution Won’t Be Televised
In the 1980s, Senegal is a country ruled by a thinly disguised dictatorship. The man who stood against this system was Abdoulaye Wade. During his 20 years in the opposition, he promised to establish political liberalism, if elected. However, once elected, this hero soon became worse than his predecessors.
Road to Excellence
Deep in a dark forest Kora meets herself as an 8-year-old girl. Agnieszka Holland watches herself as a young rebel shown in multiplied images - projections. Rafał Olbiński seeks inspiration for his painting in and under water. Janusz Gajos tries to find a way out of a dream that has haunted him for years.
Ruth ties the laces of her white sneakers, combs her hair in front of the changing room mirror and tries on different bows. This Swedish teenager has just been selected to compete for Twisters, her cheerleading team, and today is her first day with her new teammates.
Shoulder the Lion
The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in times of uncertainty, and uses unique film form to produce the answers. The viewers are taken on a journey into the lives of artists through haunting images that avoid prosaic documentation.
Sketches of Siberia
Diary notes made by Fridtjof Nansen more than a century ago evoke images of the colonization of America between 1865 and 1890. This Norwegian polar explorer also encountered native people, whom he described with a mixture of compassion and paternalistic disdain.
Song of Lahore
With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan's 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. Today, this vision of Lahore exists only in myth.
If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future.
Four exceptional astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the southwestern United States, recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other's influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history.
Konstantin – a quantuum man, seemingly both here and not, is navigating a world that he may not be suited for. Konstantin, a young physicist, is assigned to teach at a seaside institute where the students yearn to let loose and treat the academic centre and its surroundings as a glorified summer camp.
The Academy of Muses
Baader and Meinhof as the ultimate poster stars for a revolutionary romantic rock 'n' roll dream of a youth rebellion. At the University of Barcelona, professor Raffaele Pinto is teaching the muses – the goddesses of the arts, sciences and of inspiration - to his students.
The Amazed Spectator
“The Amazed Spectator” is a cinema-investigation about spectatorship, a continuous conversation between different kinds of spectators: Which one is more cinema?
The End of the World
“The End of the World” is an intimate, creative and very immensely visual documentary where couple of stories weave into one narrative during in one night. In a big city, many people are joined in one need - troubled by loneliness, they want to talk to someone.
In August 1991 a failed coup d’état attempt (known as Putsch) led by a group of hard-core communists in Moscow, ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. The USSR collapsed soon after, and the tricolour of the sovereign Russian Federation flew over Kremlin.
The Land of the Enlightened
In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan.
The Other Side
The dark and deep of the America South surrounds you in this acclaimed critic's hit from Cannes- and from a lyrical talent amongst modern documentarists. The Italian director Roberto Minervini has quietly evolved into a lyrical talent among modern documentary filmmakers.
The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger
The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger.
The Sprawl. Propaganda About Propaganda
This documentary by the Dutch design and research studio Metahaven emphatically argues that the internet has become a disruptive geopolitical super weapon. “The Sprawl” is potent propaganda about propaganda, an unbroken digital scream and a paranoid trip of ones and zeroes.
The Swedish Theory of Love
Around the world (and Scandinavia) in a surprising and eye-opening essay about the good, Nordic life. For many people around the world, the Nordic social model is an ideal organization of society. A peak in the history of civilization, and a shimmering example for others to follow. Or is it? What kind of society have we actually created for ourselves?
They Will Have To Kill Us First
For musicians in Mali, music is not about money or fame, but survival. When Al-Qaeda occupied northern Mali in 2012, western-inspired music became a mortal sin from one day to the next. But as Arby says in the film, “there is no life without music”.
Those Who Jump
Mount Gurugú overlooks the Spanish enclave of Melilla on northern Africa’s Mediterranean coast. The European Union and Africa are separated here by a high-security border facility. Refugees live in the tree-covered foothills, from where they try to cross the land border between Morocco and Spain.
Thy Father’s Chair
The elderly Orthodox Jewish twin brothers Abraham and Shraga have to deal with a violation of their privacy when a team of cleaners arrives to clean up their house. The family home in Brooklyn has become filthy since their parents died: rubbish is stacking up and vermin are taking over.
When David Farrier came across social-media notice of a “competitive endurance tickling” event in Los Angeles, he thought he’d lit upon another amusingly weird topic for his lighthearted reports on New Zealand television.
”Tierra Caliente” is the story of a family from the state of Guerrero, Mexico. As they go about their normal lives, they are caught in the crossfire between the Narco and the military.
time/OUT OF JOINT
The mystery of time has preoccupied the human being since eternity began. Everyone knows what time is, but only until you start to think about it – and then there is no way back! Or is there? Is it actually possible to make time go backwards?
Train to Adulthood
Our story starts on the small gauge railway built in 1948 by the communist leaders of Hungary. The Train is entirely operated by children. Today over 500 teenagers work here for free - in exchange for an unforgettable community experience.
The author, director and protagonist of this moving “art project of my existence” was 30 when he was diagnosed with ALS. A degenerative nerve disease that switches off one muscle after the other until the patient finally suffocates. Only the brain remains intact to the last breath.
In a rural village in southern Ukraine, the tragicomic sheriff duo Viktor and Volodya has to solve crimes such as the theft of two ducks.
Unseen: the Lives of Looking
Dryden Goodwin’s first feature-length essay film, focuses on four individuals with extraordinary relationships to looking: an international eye surgeon, a NASA planetary explorer, a leading human rights lawyer and the artist/filmmaker himself.
Seven-year-old Polina and her 13-year-old sister Nastia live and breathe ballet. Both of them are studying at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy in frigid Saint Petersburg. They’re currently awaiting their grades to find out if they’ve done well enough to be promoted to the next year.
The world is increasingly more divided by walls. There are human beings on either side of them. Brilliant editing connects people living and working on different sides of decisive walls. A true cinematic experience not entering the geopolitical discussion. But exploring “Walls” as a global issue.
When Will This Wind Stop
The film tells four personal stories of one Crimean Tatar family. Their story concentrates, as in a lens, all the extensive experience of people living under occupation. The difficulties, which affected this family, are experienced by the larger community and evolve extreme emotions.
This is the story of Lauri, and through him the story of other victims of both school bullying and a separate childhood trauma: victims full of white rage, which may lead to school shootings and other extreme acts of violence.
With or Without You
Magg-i and Chun-hee 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. Magg-i, a 88-year-old woman, is in big trouble. She gets older and weaker every day and must prepare Chun-hee.
You Have No Idea How Much I Love You
What’s the secret behind the word “love”? Two women meet at a psychotherapy consulting room. In an intimate dialogue between three people traumatic experiences and deeply concealed emotions come gradually to the surface. The therapist takes the women for a difficult journey towards a better relationship.
11-year old Sukhbat lives on the vast Mongolian steppe together with his nomadic family and their livestock. When Sukhbat isn’t helping his parents on their ranch he spends time either playing in the desolate landscapes or attending school in the nearby city.