… because I am not the 21st century's Giacometti

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 50 min
  • Director: Tiago Pereira
  • Original Language: Portuguese
  • Country of production: Portugal
  • Shooting location: Portugal
  • Distributor:

    Tiago Pereira

Since 2011 I have been frantically – and as a committed author – recording musical and choreographic manifestations of various genres, which have been lost in the hills and valleys, in the cities and villages throughout the entire country, in both the mainland and islands. During this period, I have often been dubbed the 21st Century’s Giacometti. In this autoscopic film, and following a lengthy conversation with director Inês Oliveira, who accompanied my work for some time, I put forth the fundamental questions: Why do I do what I do? What are my relationships with people? What differentiates my approach from scientific work? What is tradition? Discussing these issues brings up even larger questions about time, about the urgency of this work, and about knowing how to deal with death.

Director info
Tiago Pereira is a film director and visualist dedicated to directing transdisciplinary films that refer to expressions of intangible culture which question tradition and contemporaneity. Since 2004, he has created video-performances that explore new narrative concepts in real time and video techniques – instrumentalism. Founder and mentor of the project “A Música Portuguesa a Gostar Dela Própria” (Portuguese Music Enjoying Itself), a video channel documenting weekly musical projects on the street.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 24 min
  • Director: Rekesh Shahbaz
  • Original Language: kurdish
  • Country of production: Iraq
  • Shooting location: Iraq
  • Distributor: Rekesh Shahbaz
Their road paved by genocides, mass executions and enslavement, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has left countless families of the Yezidi minority in Kurdistan scattered. We follow a young man back to his besieged village to save his elderly parents who were left behind by the first wave of refugees.  

Director info
Rekesh Shahbaz was born in Duhok, 1981. He graduated from the Institute of fine Arts, Department of Theater in Dohuk. He has performed in several plays as main actor. He has a background in TV program management, hosting and TV documentaries.

Abandoned Adopted Here

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 39 min
  • Director: Lucy Sheen
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: United Kingdom
  • Distributor: Lucy Sheen

Identity, many of us take for granted. We see ourselves reflected back as we gaze into the eyes of our parents. What if your image isn't the same? What then?

Abandoned Adopted Here” is a documentary that looks at the lives of 'Hong Kong Foundlings', children from Hong Kong and China who were adopted in to British families. It explores how it feels to be a part of a culture due to upbringing, yet different and apart from it.

An independent documentary looking at identity, adoption, transracial adoption and being British-Chinese.

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Lucy Sheen was made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee. Lucy is a dyslexic actor, writer, filmmaker, trainer and transracial adoptee advocate who happens to love Dim sum, Yorkshire puddings and a tea. She trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and drama (1985) and is the first British East Asian actress to graduate from a recognised UK drama school. In recent years Lucy has found herself becoming more and more "political". She is one of the original eleven founding members of The British East Asian Artists group who came together to fight for equal rights and job opportunities in the creative arts of British East Asian artists.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 72 min
  • Director: Matthew Mishory
  • Original Language: Romanian, English
  • Country of production: Romania, Switzerland, USA
  • Shooting location: Moldavia
  • Distributor:

    Lights On Distribution
    Corso Marconi, 39 10125 Torino, Italy

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 their history. Working entirely on location, filmmaker Matthew Mishory documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places.

Director info
Matthew Mishory's work has been shown in cinemas and at major film festivals and cultural institutions around the world and is permanently installed at the British Film Institute's National Film Archive in London. In 2013, Variety named him a "rising talent". His feature film debut, “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Fean” was released theatrically in the United States, the UK, and Germany.  He studied Film Theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.), and was awarded a (J.D.) Juris Doctor degree in law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Matthew has served on the juries of various film festivals and has taught directing and film history at institutions and workshops around the world.

All That Remains

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 59 min
  • Director: Kineret Hay-Gillor
  • Original Language: Hebrew
  • Country of production: Israel
  • Shooting location: Israel
  • Distributor: Kineret Hay-Gillor

Once she realizes her death is imminent, Liora decides to organize her departure from life with no compromises. As a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology and a medical researcher, she treats her upcoming death as if it was a scientific project. She creates a “Finalize and Overlap” folder in her computer, in where she lists all the tasks she wants to accomplish before her approaching death. This 'project' would mostly affect her loved ones in the following days, months and years after she's gone.
Is it possible to plan the unpredictable? Can facing death be also a vivid experience?

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Kineret Hay Gillor (Israel, 1979) graduated from The Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, where she was the recipient of several achievement awards. “How Much Love”, her first feature length documentary as a director, has been screened at numerous festivals around the world. She is also the editor of several documentaries and dramas which have been screened and broadcast around the world, between them:"Kashmir Journey to Freedom" (Berlin festival), “Lola” (Haifa festival), “All the time in the world” and more.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 88 min
  • Director: Isabelle Tollenaere
  • Original Language: Russian, Latvian, Dutch, English
  • Country of production: Belgium, Netherlands
  • Shooting location: Belgium, Latvia, Albania, Russia
  • Distributor:

    Michigan Films
    Vlaamsesteenweg 121, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Is a war ever truly over? “Battles” offers a wondrous view of our discordant world. The film reveals a past that has not passed by observing the traces that remain in landscape and memory. The troops are long since gone but a ghost army continues to haunt the land. A bomb, a bunker, a tank, a soldier – four archetypes of warfare lead us, chapter by chapter, to places in Europe where conflicts have occurred in the recent past. We discover the transformation of people, objects and landscapes after demilitarization. An old man in a land swamped with bunkers, scenes of a bizarre prison camp at night, the last moments of antique explosives, an army of women working on inflatable artillery. How people live with and between the military traces that surround us. Conflict seems to be near, then far off again, but always absurd.

Director info
Isabelle Tollenaere (Ghent, 1984) is an independent filmmaker. She made 3 short documentary films; her graduation film “Still Life” (2007), “Trickland” (2010) and “Viva Paradis” (2011). These  have been widely exhibited at international film festivals such as IDFA (NL), CPH:DOX (DK), FID Marseille (FR), EXiS (KR), etc, or  at art institutions like Centre Pompidou (FR). “Battles” (2015) is Isabelle’s first feature length film, and it won the Fipresci award at IFFR(NL).

Breaking the chains

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 107 min
  • Director: Erminia Colucci
  • Original Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Sundanese, English, Italian, Arabic
  • Country of production: United Kingdom, Australia, Italy
  • Shooting location: Indonesia
  • Distributor: Erminia Colucci 
The practice of using shackles and chains (known in Bahasa, Indonesia, as pasung) to physically restrain people with mental illness is widespread in Indonesia (as in many other low-middle income countries) and almost universally ignored. This ethnographic documentary tells an original story about the process that leads to the freedom of people held in pasung, such as Yayah, a young woman who has been chained inside a small room for 17 years. In particular, the film follows the activities run by a small group of people based in Cianjur (West Java) who have also experienced mental health problems.

Director info
Erminia Colucci is an emerging ethnographic documentary filmmaker and an established researcher focusing on issues of social justice, human/women rights, mental health and suicide. Erminia is the founder and festival director of Aperture, the first Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival, chair of the non-profit “Multicultural Women in Arts” and co-chair of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry SIG on “Arts, media and mental health”. Erminia is the director, camera, sound and editor of her first feature-length documentary “Breaking the chains” and has worked in collaboration with the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology (The University of Manchester, UK), and the Centre for Mental Health (University of Melbourne, Australia).

Change of Scenery

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 51 min
  • Director: Gaëlle Boucand
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Switzerland
  • Distributor: Olga Rozenblum
A 87-year-old man oversees the internal renovation of his luxurious property. Satisfied by his new house, he urges various people to come to visit it.

Director info
After graduating from Paris Beaux-Arts, Gaëlle Boucand moved to Berlin where she developed multimedia work and took part in different collaborations involved with city life. In 2007, she was resident of the Pavillon, research lab of the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2010, her production has focused on movies that lie in-between contemporary art and cinema. In 2014, she teached film and video in ISDAT, Toulouse Beaux-Arts. Her films have been shown and awarded in festivals like FID Marseille or Pantin as well as in art institutions such as Paris Museum of Modern Art or Centre Georges Pompidou.

Circus Debere Berhan

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 12 min
  • Director: Lukas Berger
  • Country of production: Portugal, Germany, Austria
  • Shooting location: Ethiopia
  • Distributor: Mário Gajo de Carvalho
The time, the day and the year are different in Ethiopia than in Europe, but time doesn't stand still. There is a dash of melancholy in a circus troup’s daily training. Photographic shots transport us into beautiful, yet alienating places, as troupe members perform their numbers in the open air, blending into their surroundings.

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Lukas Berger is a photographer & director from Austria. He is currently living in Hannover, Germany, and works on several photography and film projects. His travels have brought him to countries like Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Turkey. During the last three years he has worked on photographing several circus shows around the world. After publishing the book “Circus“, which shows circus photographs taken in Pakistan, Germany and Ethiopia, he’s recently finished working on his latest film “Circus Debere Berhan”.

Cooking Up a Tribute

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 87 min
  • Director: Luis González, Andrea Gómez
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Spain
  • Shooting location: Colombia, Peru, Mexico, USA, Spain
  • Distributor: FREAK Independent Film Agency
“Cooking Up a Tribute” chronicles an unprecedented journey in which one of the best restaurants in the world closes its doors for five weeks in order to go on the road. In their travels around four American countries, the team from El Celler de Can Roca pays tribute to Mexican, Peruvian and Colombian cuisine with their own personal reinterpretation of local ingredients and traditions.

Director info

Luis González has dedicated most of his professional career to the field of corporate communications. Since 2012, first as Project Manager and later as Executive Producer at Contents Area, Luis has produced television programs, documentaries, corporate videos and advertising spots. Starting in 2013, he began to combine his work in content design and creation with his work as a director.

Andrea Gómez has studied production, directing and screenwriting at various film schools in Madrid. In 2010 he founded a production company called Tócalasam along with two other partners, producing advertising spots, campaign, music and corporate videos and short films. In mid-2012, Andrea started working at Contents Área as a director and scriptwriter alongside Luis González.

Daughter of the Lake

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 87 min
  • Director: Ernesto Cabellos Damián
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Peru
  • Shooting location: Bolivia, Netherlands, Peru
  • Distributor: Sergio García Locatelli
At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother. A gold deposit valued at billions of dollars lies just beneath Nelida’s lakes and leads farmers and Latin America’s biggest gold producer into conflict.

Director info
Ernesto Cabellos Damián was born in Lima, Peru in 1968. In 1994, he founded Guarango, a documentary filmmakers association. Ernesto has produced and directed the feature documentary feature films “Choropampa” (2002), and “Tambogrande” (2007) and “The Devil Operation” (2010) in collaboration with Canadian director Stephanie Boyd. These award-winning films chronicle over 10 years of conflict between communities and mining companies in Peru. In 2009 Ernesto made “Cooking up Dreams”, a portrait of Peruvian society shown through its gastronomy. His documentaries have been selected in more than 150 international film festivals, obtaining 35 awards and distinctions, and broadcast on international television channels.

Divine Location

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 99 min
  • Director: Ulrike Franke, Michael Loeken
  • Original Language: German, Czech, Hebrew
  • Country of production: Germany, Czech Republic
  • Shooting location: Germany, Czech Republic, Israel
  • Distributor: NEW DOCS


In an urban regeneration project a decommissioned steelworks in Dortmund will be transformed into premium residential property with a hillside location and sea view. An amusing farce about conflicting interpretations of what is gentrification and what is socially compatible.

In the middle of one of the largest industrial areas in Europe, Germany's Ruhr region, a paradise is in the making. Until April 2001, this was one of the most important locations for heavy industry in the world. Now the enormous steel mill facility that has ruled the landscape in Dortmund for decades will be blown up to make room for an artificial Lake Phoenix and luxury housing development with marina and lakeside piazza. Heavy industry is to be replaced with leisure time and relaxation. Think Mies van der Rohe instead of workers’ housing.

A transition from an industrial to a leisure society touches everyone, as people became winners and losers of this game of progress. For a young couple buying their dream home the area promises a bright future, but a café owner and a factory worker mourn the loss of their livelihoods, as a their neighborhood becomes a ghetto, decimated by unemployment because of the closure of the steelworks.

Serious and exploratory, yet absurdly comic film about the rationality of gentrification.

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Ulrike Franke, born 1970 in Dortmund. Studied theatre, film and television, romance literature and art history in Cologne. Received educational grant from the Filmstiftung NRW in 1992 in the field of film directing. Continuous work on various television and feature films. Has worked since 1996 as author, director and producer.

Michael Loeken, born 1954 in Neviges. Studied theatre, film and television in Cologne. Wrote and directed the documentary “Ich hatte schon begonnen, die Freiheit zu vergessen” in 1981. From 1982 to 1996 worked as sound mixer on several documentaries and fiction films for TV and cinema. Has worked since 1996 as author, director and producer.

Elephant’s Dream

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 74 min
  • Director: Kristof Bilsen
  • Original Language: French, Lingala
  • Country of production: United Kingdom, Belgium
  • Shooting location: DR Congo
  • Distributor: CAT&Docs

Henriette works at the central post office. Her days are filled with waiting for customers that never show up. Some letters waiting to be collected have been covered with years of dust and cobwebs. A stoic fire lieutenant identifies a frightening similarity between the current dictatorship and his Belgian colonial predecessors: both are blind to the interests of the people. Just look at his firehouse in decay as a proof. Railway official Simon sees his job as an opportunity to rest, spending his days singing nostalgic songs.

“Elephant’s Dream” tells the story of three public sector workers who live in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, DR Congo, where the weight of history has not stopped them from pursuing hopes and dreams. Through their eyes we have a poetic and thoughtful insight into a country in transition. Colonialism might be over, but the future has yet to arrive.

Director info
Kristof Bilsen (director/DOP/producer) completed a filmmaking BA in Brussels (2002). He also works as cinematographer, editor and director for the performing arts. His first film “Three Women” (about female detainees in a Belgian prison) was shortlisted for the Henri Storck Prize. He also made the short documentary “Fez-return-ticket”, about a mixed marriage in Morocco before beginning his Masters at the National Film and Television School. He enrolled for the Werner Herzog Film Course in Los Angeles and also attended the Berlinale Talent Campus at 2012. His work has been screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide (IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs, Margaret Mead, Thessaloniki, a.o.).

Family Goldmine

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Robbie Fraser
  • Original Language: English, French
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Mali
  • Distributor: Pure Magic Films
    Ged Fitzsimmons
Frenchman Claude Nicolay (62) has no experience whatsoever in the mining business. Yet he has chosen to bring his Scottish wife Moira (60) and their two sons Craig (22) and Pierre (19) to Mali in West Africa on one last family adventure: to start an eco­friendly goldmine.
Starting in primitive conditions in a remote mining camp, Claude has acquired a concession of 100 square kilometres with a tiny initial investment of $1m. Learning on the job, he seeks to identify and locate a seam of gold which he is convinced must lie on the land.
Claude's mission is to create an eco­friendly enterprise where gold is produced without the use of mercury or cyanide, the land is well cared for, and there is a fair deal with the local (technically illegal) mining community. But reality soon intrudes: mistakes, malaria and mishaps lead to delay and soon the money is on the verge of running out as Claude struggles to protect his mine from a mini gold rush and his family from the onset of war.

Director info
Robbie Frazer was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Columbia University Film School in New York, then earned his stripes as a director on many BBC productions in Scotland, including arts documentaries, drama and sketch comedy. Described by BBC’s Paul Arendt as ‘a man to watch’, Fraser’s work in both fiction and factual films is characterised by warmth and off-beat humour, and a humane, gentle approach to its subjects.

Famous In Ahmedabad

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Hardik Mehta
  • Original Language: Gujarati, Hindi
  • Country of production: India
  • Shooting location: India
  • Distributor: Hardik Mehta
Set during the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the kite­flying festival in India, “Famous in Ahmedabad” witnesses the transformation of an 11­year­old Zaid from a boy next door to an aggressive and a passionate kite­runner, until he comes across a hindrance that prevents him from flying kites.

Director info
Hardik Mehta, 32, is an independent filmmaker from India. He has completed a post­graduate degree programme, M.A in Mass Communication at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has been an integral part of Director Dev Benegal’s “Road, Movie” (2010), Vikramaditya Motwane's “Lootera” (2013) and Vikas “Bahl’s Queen” (2014) as a script supervisor.

Fishermen’s Conversations

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 68 min
  • Director: Chiara Bove Makiedo
  • Original Language: Croatian, English, Italian
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Croatia
  • Distributor:

    PINCH Media
    Kingswood House
    Seely Drive, SE21 8QR London, UK

Fishermen’s Conversations is a study of a Mediterranean island, a young woman’s ode to her Grandfather, and a portrait of a group of men struggling to maintain their fishing livelihood in a rapidly changing landscape.

Taking its title from the epic poem by the island's great poet, Petar Hektorović, the film uses minimal dialogue and narration in a partly fly-on-the-wall documentary that laments the depredations of tourism in Croatia and the greed that invites it. At the same time, the film celebrates the conservation of a way of life that helps preserve the identity of the island.

Through journeys with fishermen as they take to the seas to make their living, “Fishermen’s Conversations” encourages the viewer to agree that not all is lost if we can only allow time to stand still once in awhile.

Director info

Chiara Bove Makiedo is a filmmaker of Italian, Serbian and Croatian descent. She studied filmmaking at PCFE Film School in Prague and at LCC, University of the Arts, London. She has directed and co-produced various short films that were screened at the BFI, Southbank. Chiara has worked for several directors on independent feature- and short-film productions in Rome and London, including with the award-winning production company, Pinch Media. Forming a collaboration with Pinch Media in 2012, Chiara wrote, directed and co-produced her first feature-length documentary, “Fishermen's Conversation”.

Game Over

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 79 min
  • Director: Alba Sotorra
  • Original Language: Catalan, Spanish
  • Country of production: Spain
  • Shooting location: Afghanistan, Spain
  • Distributor: Campos Diaz
    GAIA Audiovisuals
A young man obsessed with wargames becomes a soldier following his fantasy. But real war bores him and he returns home to confront a family war caused by the Spanish crisis. Only when he realizes that reality is not like in the movies, he will be able to grow up.

Director info
Alba Sotorra is a film director and video artist based in Berlin. Her work focuses on real stories of genuine characters that reflect on controversial issues like Islam and women, motherhood, popular culture, development, capitalism, international cooperation, warmongering and change climate. Through creative documentary, web-based documentary and AV Installation, she aims to open spaces for reflection and discussion to facilitate understanding of the world in constant change in which we live in. She has worked, filmed and lived worldwide. She is currently developing a transmedia project on climate engineering and a documentary on subversive motherhoods.


  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 19 min
  • Director: Annebel Huijboom
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: East-London, United Kingdom
  • Distributor: Caracara Films
    21a Childeric Road, SE14 6DG, London United Kingdom
This film explores issues of migration, belonging and food preferences in the specific context of five migrant women from different parts of the world, now living in London.They all work for Mazí Mas, a roaming restaurant that creates employment opportunities for migrant and refugee women, inviting them to cook food from their own countries, as they were taught by their mothers and grandmothers. Is there a difference between cooking food at home and in this role of a representative of their home country?

Director info
Annebel Huijboom (1989) studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She recently completed her master in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College in London.

Gazelle - The Love Issue

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 94 min
  • Director: Cesar Terranova
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: Brazil
  • Shooting location: Brazil, France, French Polynesia, Italy, Spain, United States
  • Distributor: Cesar Terranova

Paulo is HIV+ but never got sick. A flight attendant by day, at night he becomes Gazelle - a NYC club kid queen, internationally famous in the underground, appearing in clubs around the world in boldly conceived costumes. Being a part of the gay nightlife community Gazelle is able to capture the astonishing creativity of this international underground scene.

With the sudden death of his partner Eric, a new cycle in his life starts. He sees  that his own life is in danger for the first time. When his health is compromised and other ghosts from the past surface, Paulo must transform himself again in order to heal. He embarks on a conscious transformation by filtering what matters in his life.

Director info
Cesar Terranova is of Italian decent, born in Brazil. He studied documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, and is now living in French Polynesia. “Gazelle - the Love Issue” is his first feature documentary.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 61 min
  • Director: Andrei Kutsila
  • Original Language: Belarusian, Russian
  • Country of production: Belarus, Poland
  • Shooting location: Belarus
  • Distributor: TVP S.A.
    Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw, Poland

Aliaksiej Ščadroŭ used to work as a paramedic in an ambulance emergency service in Belarus. His ambulance was often called to collect homeless people from the streets, but after a few kilometres the crew would throw them out of the car.

After ending up behind the bars, he finds himself unwanted. Time in prison changes his outlook on life rapidly. Following his release, Aliaksiej leads a vagrant’s life and settles finally in the Aliaksandraŭka village where he opens an unofficial asylum and starts to admit poor, disabled people. Following the ideals of Mother Theresa, he takes care of his guests, helps them obtain reissued passports, and return to a normal way of life. Unfortunately, the local authorities have not been appreciative of Aliaksiej’s initiative...

Director info
Andrei Kutsila was born in 1983 in Baranovichi, Belarus. In 2007 he earned a degree in journalism from the Belarusian State University. In 2009 he finished the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Currently he works as a freelancer for studios and TV.

In Between

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 28 min
  • Director: Liis Lepik
  • Original Language: Estonian, English, Arabic
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia, Jordan
  • Distributor:

    Kultusfilm OÜ

What does a human being really need? In recent years, millions of Syrians have fled across the border to escape the bloody civil war. Kristi is an Estonian Muslim with Arab roots. She is a humanitarian worker at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in Jordan. Despite Kristi´s apparent ease in juggling with different cultures and tasks, and the refugees efforts to remain positive, healing the wounds of a crisis that sees no end is everything but easy. Meanwhile, life in Estonia proceeds at its own pace. There, the human condition poses quite different challenges. Somewhere in between there is peace.

Director info
Liis Lepik is an Estonian documentary filmmaker. She has studied social and cultural anthropology in Tallinn University, supplemented her studies in visual anthropology in the Free University of Berlin and holds a MA degree on documentary film directing from the Baltic Film and Media School. She founded the production company Kultusfilm OÜ in 2011. Liis is an active member of the Estonian Documentary Guild since 2012 and has experience in working and volunteering in the U.S and Germany.

Industrial Revolution

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 73 min
  • Director: Tiago Hespanha and Frederico Lobo
  • Original Language: Portuguese
  • Country of production: Portugal
  • Shooting location: Portugal
  • Distributor: Pedro Peralta
The Ave Valley is, for more than a century, a territory seized by an imposing industry. Amongst industrial ruins and operating factories, we descend the river on a journey alongside the banks of the present, unveiling the marks of the past and smelling a deep sense of melancholy, lingering over the beautiful greenery.

Director info

Tiago Hespanha graduated in architecture in 2004 and holds a MA on Creative Documentary at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain. He is partner of the production company Terratreme. In 2006 he participated at the documentary workshop at the Ateliers Varan in Lisbon and has worked since as director of his own film projects. Lectures at the master DOCNOMADS. Filmography: “Industrial Revolution”, co-directed with Frederico Lobo (2014), “Guided Tour” (2009), “The Gift From Afar” (2008), “Ground Glass I, II” (2007), “Show Room” (2007), “Quinta da Curraleira” (2006).

Frederico Lobo was born in 1981 in Porto. In 2006 he attended the course of the documentary Ateliers Varan at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. In 2008 he co-directed with Pedro Pinho the film “Bab Sebta”. He also directed the short film "Zone d'attente # 0". In 2014 he co-directed with Tiago Hespanha the feature film "Industrial Revolution”. As Director of Photography and Sound Engineer he has worked with Von Calhau, João Vladimiro, André Gil Mata, Paulo Abreu, Tiago Afosno, among others.

Jerusalem Boxing Club

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 71 min
  • Director: Helen Yanovsky
  • Original Language: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian
  • Country of production: Israel
  • Shooting location: Israel
  • Distributor: Ruth Diskin Films
    PO Box 7153 Jerusalem, 9107101 Israel
Founded in a bomb shelter in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Boxing Club brings together hundreds of teens from all around the city. For many of these young people, the desire to excel and to win the national championship is nourished by the tough training and boundless love of Gershon Luxemburg, club manager and trainer, who claims that “nobody comes to box without a reason.” Jerusalem Boxing Club follows four teens from different walks of Israeli life as they learn from Gershon, call his club home, and compete together for the national title.

Director info
Helen Yanovsky is a Jerusalem based documentary filmmaker with a BA from the Theatre and Film Georgia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia and an MFA degree in Film Directing from the Tel Aviv University. Since completing her first short documentary in 2009, “Neve Sha’anan Street”, Helen has been working in the documentary film industry as a cinematographer, while working on her debut feature length film, “Jerusalem Boxing Club”. The film’s premiere was at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 53 min
  • Director: Saija Mäki-Nevala
  • Original Language: Finnish
  • Country of production: Finland
  • Shooting location: Finland
  • Distributor: Saija Mäki-Nevala
Director Saija Mäki-Nevala observes her childhood village in between love and foreignness. Life shows up in details: abandoned houses, passing-by strangers and happy smiles. People are proud of their safe village, where they claim to have everything.

Director info
Saija Mäki-Nevala is Finnish cinematographer. The documentary film “Kihniö” is her debut as a director. She has graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School (Estonia).

Knowledge Eating

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 22 min
  • Director: Luis Germanó
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Spain
  • Shooting location: Madrid, Spain
  • Distributor: Freak Independant Film Agency
Ferran Adrià dons his chef’s jacket once again, to take up a new challenge: cooking without cooking and reformulating the conference format, turning it into content to explain the creative process that led him to make his restaurant elBulli one of the great temples of 20th century creativity, a feat that would forever change the history of gastronomy.

Director info
Luis Germanó is a tireless traveler who has finally settled in Barcelona after traveling around half the world. He was a bad acting student, and he soon discovered that he was better at creating that at acting, although along the way he has experimented with such diverse fields as painting, photography, writing, and even the circus. He has spent the last six years specializing in direction and audiovisual creation. As a multidisciplinary artist, he has fiddled with indie music videos, advertising, and the production of live music tours in Spain. Spontaneous, fast and curious, his work keeps evolving although it is recognized by its elegant, clear and detailed style with a touch of his passionate and irreverent personality. www.luisgermano.com

Leaving Africa

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director: Iiris Härmä
  • Original Language: English, Luganda, Finnish
  • Country of production: Finland
  • Shooting location: Uganda, Finland
  • Distributor: First Hand Films
Finnish doctor Riitta has been working in Uganda for more than 25 years. Together with her Ugandan friend Catherine, she brings sex education to Ugandan villages, challenging priests, imams, women and their husbands to discussions on women’s rights to their bodies, sexuality and life. In ultra-conservative Uganda, this soon leads to serious complications, jeopardizing their entire life’s work. However, even faced with tremendous difficulties, headstrong Riitta and Kata still continue to show women that empowerment comes from within. Leaving Africa is a film about the quest for gender equality in Africa and the world’s greatest challenge - mitigating the population explosion.

Director info
Iiris Härmä was born in Finland in 1970. She has a degree in cultural studies and ethnology. She has over 10 years experience as a producer, production coordinator, director and writer in documentary film productions. Since 1999, she has worked in her own Guerilla Films production company. Filmography (documentaries): “Leaving Africa” (2015), “The Child of Silent Winter” (2012), “Look at Me” (2010), “You Live and Burn” (2007), “Tomorrow’s Memories” (2004).

Midnight Sun

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 65 min
  • Director: Javier Sobremazas
  • Country of production: Spain
  • Shooting location: Finland, Norway, Sweden
  • Distributor:

    Digital 104 - CIF B76593466 Avda. Reyes Católicos, 25. 1º-2

Why are there so many good bands in the Nordic countries? How do they differ from bands from the rest of the world? To know a bit more, I grab my backpack and hitch-hike more than 4000 km across Finland, Norway and Sweden. I make a deal with seven local bands: they feed me and give me a place to crash, and in return I make a music video for them. This is the story of Midnight Sun.

Director info

Javier Sobremazas (1981, Santander, Spain) is a cinematographer, camera operator and editor in many audiovisual projects. He has worked in Spain and in the United Kingdom, including producing more than 15 musical videos as well as the documentary film “Pyramo, Pyramo” (2013) about the Mongol Rally of 2012.

No Lullaby

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 75 min
  • Director: Helen Simon
  • Original Language: German
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: Germany
  • Distributor: Deckert Distribution GmbH
From early on, Tina (57) was inculcated that nothing which happens at home in a well-off family is carried outside. So, she suffers the torture, keeps silent as her own father abuses her throughout her childhood, buries this part of her life deep down in her unconscious. She buries it so deep that she cannot read the desperate signals her daughter Floh sends out when she suffers the same ordeal by the same culprit. After many years of silence, Tina and Floh gather their courage and strength to break the vicious circle: they go to the police. But all help seems to come too late - Tina watches helplessly as her desperate daughter’s will to live gradually fades away. Tina and Floh take us on a journey into the depth of an unbearable trauma, where nothing is as it should be. Trapped in the structures of a destructive family, with no help from the outside world, a mother and a daughter embrace the fight to break the ice under which a whole society has gone indifferent and mute.

Director info
Helen Simon spent her childhood in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, USA. She studied German literature and philosophy in Bochum and Frankfurt. In 2005 she began studying directing for documentary in Munich. She teaches since 2008 at the HFF and is editor of the book: „Images wilder years 1968-1970“. Filmography: “No Lullaby” (2014), “As always with love” (2010), “When night falls before the evening” (2006), “Diane Arbus. Wizard of Odds” (2005), “Baba Drame” (2004).

My Leftover Ladies

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Director: CHOU Tung-Yen
  • Original Language: Chinese, Japanese
  • Country of production: Taiwan
  • Shooting location: China, Japan, North Korea, Taiwan
  • Distributor:

    Chi Ho

Nowadays when you flick on the TV, many channels show drama series with female pop stars playing roles of so-called “leftover ladies” — single women who are well past the conventional marrying age. These shows spin a web of fantasies, reassuring the audience that someday the right person will come along and sweep you off your feet. But in reality, does the right person always exist?

Meet four Taiwanese women, the actual “leftover ladies” fighting to stay breathing in a somewhat stifling society. Since 2012, their friend in common, Chou Tung-yen, has been “stalking” them, capturing on film moments of the daily life of these women.

Through the usually firm yet frequently hesitant steps of these leftover ladies, this documentary short prompts us to ask ourselves: Do we also feel the anxiety that comes along with being single? Are we aware of the isolation that is none but our own?

Director info

CHOU, Tung-Yen is the founder of Very Mainstream Studio. He is a graduate of Taipei National University of the Arts in Theatre Arts, and later attained a MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the United Kingdom. He works primarily in video art and theatre, and has been on the shortlist of Taipei Film Festival several times. My Leftover Ladies is his second documentary film.

Our Metropolis

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 88 min
  • Director: Gautam Sonti and Usha Rao
  • Original Language: English, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
  • Country of production: India
  • Shooting location: Bangalore, India
  • Distributor: Gautam Sonti and Usha Rao

The promise of a global city is being used to bulldoze Bangalore, India's I.T. capital, at the expense of the people who live in it.  To whose advantage?

Bangalore is being refashioned into a world-class metropolis. Livelihoods and homes make way for flyovers, glitzy malls, a shiny Metro and gated communities. Threatened with  the violent transformation of their city, destruction of homes, livelihoods and shrinking green cover, residents confront the authorities. Beneath the state's ideal of a global city lurks the intent to clear a pasture for big business.

Director info

Gautam Sonti's earlier series of short films, “Coding Culture”, is an ethnography of three software companies of Bangalore, a critical examination of the experience of globalisation within the microcosm of hi-tech workplaces. “Our Metropolis”, his first feature-length documentary film, extends this topic and looks at the transformation of the city as a result of its being connected to and serving the global economy.

Usha Rao is a cultural anthropologist with an interest in the anthropology of cities, has been studying the transformation of Bangalore over the past decade, within the context of globalization and liberalization of the Indian economy. In particular, she is interested in understanding the effects of of the 'global city' discourse on the lives of people and the cityscape.

Perversely Dark

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 59 min
  • Director: Pål Winsents
  • Original Language: Norwegian
  • Country of production: Norway
  • Shooting location: Norway
  • Distributor: Mats Christian Rude Halvorsen

It is perverse that many formerly able bodied persons have to lie in complete darkness and isolation.

And, indefinitely so.

In each of their respective rooms, in two different places around the greater Oslo area, Norway, ME/CF'S patients Kristine and Bjørnar lie sequestered in protective total darkness. In both cases, the tiniest amount of mental, social, or physical effort is detrimental and can completely overwhelm their bodies’ minimal energy reserves and function.

Consequently, only health care assistants and immediate family are permitted whispered access into their isolation in order to feed, medicate, and tend them.

While medical experts in Norway and internationally debate and test their many theories in attempt to understand and discover a cure for ME/CF'S, to get its patient group up and out into light and life again, many such lives wither away as the years roll by.

“Perversely Dark” is also a film about love, perseverance soccer, presents, and Christmas songs, as well as a human transformation one would not believe it if not seen with one’s own eyes.

Director info

Pål Winsents has worked as a documentary filmmaker for 15 years. “Perversely Dark” is Pål Winsents’ ninth documentary film and his second thematic ME/CFS film uniquely exploring the lives of this little known patient group while bringing their stories and voices into society’s light.

His first ME/CFS themed film “Heal Me!” featured partially functioning Anette Gilje, ME/CFS patient and former General Secretary of the Norwegian ME Association, through her desperate journey for treatment and proactive steps.

Portrait of Aida

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 83 min
  • Director: Antonio Gómez-Olea
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Spain
  • Shooting location: Mexico
  • Distributor: Quechua Films
“Portrait of Aida” deals with the personal relationship that develops between the painter Guillermo Oyagüez Montero and the actress Aida Folch over the course of more than a year, as they meet, session by session, to do a portrait.

Director info
Antonio Gómez-Olea (Bilbao, 1962) Bachelor of CSC (Rome) and Fine Arts UCM (Marid). In 1992 he founded the production company Mare Films SL, which has set up feature films, short films, creative documentary, and televisión projects. Filmography as director Feature: “Ring of Fog”. Short Film: “Pneuma”, “Moonbeam”, “The Conversations”; “Olocausto sin ache”; “Tirannicidio”; “Misfortune”. Documentaries: “Guillermo Oyagüez Montero”; “Portrait of Aida”.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 25 min
  • Director: Felice Fornabaio
  • Original Language: Italian
  • Country of production: Italy
  • Shooting location: Italy
  • Distributor: 75zero18
A folk holiday of rural Europe, where ancient arboreal and pagan rituals achieve a symbiosis with the Catholic religion, is celebrated every year at Pentecost in the town of Accettura, in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. Originating from Lombard-related traditions, this arboreal ritual symbolizes the link between earth and sky while evincing a sexual union through the joining together of two different types of trees, but also represents the progression of nature’s cycles.

Director info
After a first experience as a film production assistant in Rome, Felice Fornabaio moved to Berlin in 2006 and became a photographer and videomaker. He specializes in architectural photography in New York. In 2009 he won the award for the best documentary film at the Festival Of Festivals competition in Bologna, Italy.

Singing to the depths of the Earth

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 43 min
  • Director: Alex Campos García
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Spain
  • Shooting location: Mexico, Spain
  • Distributor: Nomad Eyes
Wirikuta is a sacred desert in Mexico. The indigenous Wixárika undertake a pilgrimage to this location, as one of their most important rituals. They consider it the navel of the world. This ancestral culture and its natural environment are now under threat because mining concessions for open air mining have been granted to companies to exploit gold and silver. Wixárica communities gather here, in ceremony against the mining concessions, in defence of the land. In this documentary we listen to their voices and accompany the ceremony as different ancestral rituals are celebrated and the world is reinterpreted through ceremony.

Director info
Alex Campos García was born in Madrid, where he studied audiovisual arts, photography, and took part in the squatting social movement. He studied performance arts, visual arts and documentary filmmaking in Lisbon. Alex works with indigenous communities, performers, autists, prostitutes, visual artists, children, choreographers, blind people, monks and other artists, producing dance and theatre shows, exhibitions, socio-artistic-community projects, festivals and films. In 2004 he created Nomad Eyes, a documentary film project with the intention of sharing the process of filmmaking with people across the world. Meeting different communities, he gives them the camera and encourages them to make films from their own point of view.

Six Men In The North

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Sakari Suuronen
  • Original Language: Finnish, Russian
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Finland, Russia
  • Distributor: Sakari Suuronen
Two towns in the North, Keminmaa in Finland and Apatity in Russia, are connected by a town-twinning - a tradition which started in Europe after the 2nd World War to promote a new identity and cooperation on a grassroot level. It seems that these two towns do not have that much in common but a closer look at six men from the north reveals something different.

Film music for documentary 'Six Men In The North' - Bitter Sweetness Of Life by Fraya Thomsen 

Director info
Sakari Suuronen is a Finnish born director and has worked at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE as an editor since 2006. Sakari’s BA graduation film “The Tunnel” had a warm reception across many international film festivals. His previous films have also been broadcasted as part of YLE’s documentary strand and included on the ‘’Short Films from Finland’’ DVD collection. Sakari has just received his MA in documentary directing from the National Film and Television school in UK.

Stony Paths

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Director: Arnaud Khayadjanian
  • Original Language: French, Turkish
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Turkey
  • Distributor: Arnaud Khayadjanian

“Stony Paths”  is the story of a trip across Eastern Anatolia, a part of Turkey that Arnaud Khayadjanian has never been to, although his forefathers used to live there. He is not returning home, even though he is somehow returning into the past.

The trek starts in Turkey, on the land of Arnaud’s forefathers who survived the Armenian Genocide. He goes on  to explore the little known issue of the Righteous, all the anonymous people who saved lives in 1915.  Following his great-grandfather’s steps, Arnaud tries to detect the layers of time in the stony landscapes of Kemah Valley.

Director info
Arnaud Khayadjanian has graduated the Sorbonne University of Paris. He has directed “Lost Horizons” in 2012, a short film screened and awarded in twenty international film festivals. In 2014, he adapted a French play into a short film entitled “Bad Girl” which has been viewed more than one million times by streaming. “Bad Girl” has been selected in 11 international festivals and it won both Vimeo Prize and Jury Prize in Sundance Channel Contest. In 2015, Arnaud Khayadjanian released “Stony Paths”, a full-length documentary inspired by the story of his Armenian great-grandparents.

The Archipelago

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 41 min
  • Director: Benjamin Huguet
  • Original Language: Faroese
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Faroe Islands
  • Distributor: Hemant Sharda - The National Film and Television School
The Faroe Islands: a remote group of wildly beautiful islands, battered by the ever-changing weather patterns of the North Atlantic. It is a community in transition, connected to the modern world and its technology, but also a place where people and nature are linked in ways they have been for generations. For centuries the Faroese have lived proudly off the natural resources that surround them – a pact between mankind and the wilderness based on balance and self-sustainability. True to their traditional customs, the modern Faroese continue to hunt pilot whales. This non-commercial, but controversial practice has long been under the scrutiny of western society, and now the International NGO Sea Shepherd announces its biggest anti-whaling campaign to date. The clash between these two opposing ecological visions could well change the face of the archipelago forever.

Director info
A native of the Loire Valley, Benjamin Huguet discovered documentary filmmaking while studying at the Department of Visual anthropology founded by Jean Rouch at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale in Paris. Later a journalist and a photographer, Benjamin has worked in France, in the US, in French Polynesia and in the Middle-East. Today a freelance filmmaker, he is passionate about remote societies where he investigates the relationship between natural resources, economy and traditions.

The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director: Ed Owles
  • Original Language: English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: India, United Kingdom
  • Distributor: Jan Daae, DR Sales
The oldest auction house in India is fighting for survival in the age of eBay and a changing Calcutta. This film follows its charismatic owners, brothers Anwer & Arshad, as they struggle to save their family business and a piece of India’s heritage which still brings people from across Indian society through its doors today. Having lived on separate continents for over 40 years, they must also learn what it means to be under the same roof again and find peace within their fractious but often amusing relationship. Can old family businesses and unique places like the Russell Exchange still have a place in 21st century India?

Director info
Ed Owles has shot and directed films across the globe for the last nine years for broadcast, festival and online, including short films for Channel 4 UK, Al-Jazeera and Current TV. His debut feature documentary “The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers” was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining”. He is an Associate Tutor in Ethnographic Film at Goldsmiths & the University of East Anglia.

The Bitter Apple from the Tree

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Hana Kim
  • Original Language: English, German, Korean
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: Germany, Korea
  • Distributor: Hana Kim

“The Bitter Apple from the Tree” is an autobiographical and experimental documentary. For ten weeks, Hana Kim returns to Korea to visit her mother. Kim records her mother's experiences and thoughts. Her mother was the youngest of four sisters, but her parents had wanted a boy. They did not hide their disappointment from their youngest.

It is also a film about the modernization of Korea from the personal perspective. The city is astonishing: it is full of hopes, it gives lots of expectations, unrealistic dreams for everyone.

Director info
Hana Kim was born in Incheon, South Korea. She studied film (2009-2014) at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Germany. Since 2014, she has enrolled into the Master studies programme.

The Closer We Get

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 88 min
  • Director: Karen Guthrie
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Djibouti, United Kingdom
  • Distributor:

    Ged Fitzsimmons

When filmmaker Karen Guthire’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke, Karen returns home to help her mother. She isn’t the only one to come back. Her father, who’s been separated from his wife for years, reappears. A witness to this reunion is Karen’s film camera. She seizes that it is the last chance to have a close look at their family’s story, part of which has evolved in the aftermath of the secret her father had kept, unsuccessfully, from them all.

A powerful and exquisitely-shot, but also warm and at times funny autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director - reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, who takes you under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye.

Director info
Karen Guthrie was raised on the West coast of Scotland and now lives in the rural North West England. She met co-producer and Director of Photography Nina Pope whilst studying at Edinburgh College of Art. They have since worked together on many creative projects. Together they have undertaken art commissions from the likes of Tate Modern and Cambridge University alongside three feature documentaries: “Jaywick Escapes” (2012), “Living with the Tudors” (2007) and “Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future” (2005). Karen also continues to work as an artist on diverse projects. “The Closer We Get” is Karen’s solo directorial debut.

The End of the World

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 40 min
  • Director: Monika Pawluczuk
  • Original Language: Polish
  • Country of production: Poland
  • Shooting location: Poland
  • Distributor: Karolina Socha - Kalinowska

How would you spend your last day before the end of the world?
According to the Mayan Calendar, it is a night before the end of the world. In a dark night in a Polish city, a late-night radio host takes in calls, while an emergency hotline picks up calls from people facing life-threatening situations. Both have to offer solutions at the defining moments of a man’s life. 

Director info
Monika Pawluczuk is the author of documentaries: "When I Am A Bird", "Models", "So You Should Change". She also works as a radio and television journalist. She is the co-author (with Katarzyna Miller) of a book "Being A Woman and Not Going Crazy", which has been translated into several languages. She is a cultural studies graduate at the American Studies Center at Warsaw University, a journalism department graduate at the Journalism Centre in Warsaw, and a DOC PRO Documentary Programme graduate at the Wajda School.

The Ground We Won

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Director: Christopher Pryor
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: New Zealand
  • Shooting location: New Zealand
  • Distributor: Christopher Pryor

In order to understand rugby, a crucial part of Kiwi identity, filmmakers Cristopher Pryor and Miriam Smith spent a year in rural New Zealand. The resulting film is a spectactular cinéma-vérité study of manhood as observed through the rites and rituals of the rugby team of Reporoa, as they try to recover from a humbling string of lost matches. With great bawdiness and camaraderie, a rugby team of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter losses. The main thing is to strengthen their team spirit, whether through sweat, beer or moonshine. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions and the ground on which their worth is proved.

With incredibly privileged access inside this sacred men’s zone, the film captures a fascinating season of traditions, debauchery and friendship, as the men reclaim their faith in themselves. A film, which is unsentimental, funny, and startlingly beautiful.


Director info
As an acclaimed cinematographer, Christopher Pryor has filmed numerous documentaries and drama for both the big and small screen. “The Ground We Won” is Christopher Pryor’s second feature as director, cinematographer and editor after his first documentary feature “How Far Is Heaven” (2012), for which he was awarded a New Zealand Film Award for Best Cinematography, as well as being nominated for Best Documentary and Best Director among others.

The House Guard

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Ingel Vaikla
  • Original Language: Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia
  • Distributor: OÜ Vesilind
“The House Guard” is a double portrait – of the Tallinn Linnahall concert and sports venue and its caretaker Peter, who are both bound by seclusion. It tells the story of the decline of a legendary building through one man’s eyes, and the personal story of a man against the backdrop of a vanishing building. It is a dialogue between the two.

Director info
Ingel Vaikla is a photographer and filmmaker. In her work she mostly questions the relation between architecture and its users, and the representation of architecture in camera based mediums. Ingel was part of the team representing Estonia at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale with a contribution titled “How Long is the Life of a Building?” She writes for design and architecture magazine Idee and organises film screenings for the International Interior Architecture Symposium SISU.

The Land of Many Palaces

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 61 min
  • Director: Adam James Smith, Song Ting
  • Original Language: Chinese
  • Country of production: China
  • Shooting location: China
  • Distributor: Adam Smith
In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. We follow a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressurized to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250,000,000 farmers to cities across the nation, over the next 20 years.

Director info

Adam James Smith is a Stanford-educated documentary filmmaker from England. His films focus on characters experiencing rapid change in their lives. Besides the given film he has produced, directed and edited short documentaries: “The Diner, Love & Allegiance” (co-dir Tijana Petrovic), “Shangri-La”, “Role Play”.

Song Ting’s short films have screened in many international film festivals. Ting produced the feature film “Her Love Story” in 2011, directed by Gu Qiao. She gained her MFA degree in Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and holds dual BAs in English Literature and Finance from the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing.

Time Suspended

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 64 min
  • Director: Natalia Bruschtein
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Mexico
  • Shooting location: Argentina, Mexico
  • Distributor:

    Centro de Capacitacion Cinematográfica

For the last 40 years, activist Laura Bonaparte has fought to keep alive the memory of her husband and children, who “disappeared” during Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s. It has been a tireless battle fought against historical amnesia and for justice in the crimes of the state of Argentina. For many years, she was one of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo protesting in Buenos Aires, holding up photos of her missing children.

Now Laura’s own memory is beginning to fade. She no longer recognizes members of her own family, and she has even forgotten that her husband and children were kidnapped by the dictatorial regime, never to return. „Time Suspended“ is a tender, heart rending portrait of a woman committed to preserving the truths of her nation’s horrible history, even as they slip from her grasp.

Director info
Born in Argentina, Natalia Bruschtein has lived in Mexico since 1976. She studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica film school, specializing in documentary film direction. Her thesis film "Finding Victor" was nominated for the Mexican Film Art and Sciences Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. She has edited several documentaries and fiction features and received a Coral Award for Best Editing at the Latin American Film Festival of Havana for the film "Cobrador. In God we trust” by Paul Leduc.

Tomorrow We Disappear

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 84 min
  • Director: Adam Weber, Jimmy Goldblum
  • Country of production: USA
  • Shooting location: India
  • Distributor:

    Kyle Greenberg

“Tomorrow We Disappear” chronicles the last days of Kathputli, the mysterious hand-built artist colony first discovered in Salman Rushdie's iconic “Midnight Children”. Hidden in the alleyways of New Delhi, Kathpuli artist community is a home to over 1500 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats and painters. But it is all about to change very soon. When the government sells the land, the community approaches their looming eviction to make way for a modern skyscraper.

Will the artists be able to preserve this lifestyle and tradition and overcome the progress? The filmmakers portray the fights and confrontations with developers among the community leaders. But the film is also full of the radiate beauty of the streets and the performers, offering a tribute to fading artistry.  

Director info

Jimmy Goldblum began his career as an interactive director and producer. In 2008, Goldblum won the Emmy for New Approaches to Documentary for “Live Hope Love”, an interactive documentary he produced for the Pulitzer Center. Goldblum also wrote, filmed, and produced “The Institute for Human Continuity”, an online narrative for Sony Pictures’ film “2012,” which is widely considered one of the most successful transmedia campaigns of all time. Additionally, CNN called his first interactive documentary, “Yearbook 2006,” “so special…the best of the best” of all Hurricane Katrina documentaries.

Adam Weber is an editor, director, and writer who has worked for major film and TV studios in both New York and Los Angeles. Weber edited Michel Gondry’s “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy” (IFC Films), an animated documentary about Noam Chomsky, which IndieWire named one of the top 3 documentaries of 2013. Weber has previously worked as the apprentice editor on Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds”.

Voices of the Land

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 100 min
  • Director: Paul Wolffram
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: New Zealand
  • Shooting location: New Zealand
  • Distributor:

    Paul Wolffram

This fascinating film about Māori instrumental traditions and musical structures accompanies ethnographer and musician Richard Nunns and musician Horomona Horo as they perform in a series of New Zealand wilderness settings, revealing the intimate relationship between traditional Māori music and the landscape.

Richard Nunns has been a primary figure in retrieving taonga puoro*, the traditional instruments of the Māori, from the silence of the museum. Archivist, researcher, composer and performer, he has worked to reinstate lost performance traditions.

The film is both an extraordinary cinematic and acoustic journey into a world of sound rarely encountered, enabling an audience to see and hear the ways in which the landscape can be understood as having a voice and even its own music.  

*traditional Māori instruments like wood and bone flutes

Director info

Born in Rotorua, New Zealand Paul Wolffram began shooting, directing and editing films about Pacific people during his time living with a remote rainforest community in Papua New Guinea. The two years he spent living with the Lak people of Southern New Ireland, PNG is the subject of one of his films, Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales (2011). Trained as an ethnomusicologist and ethnographer Paul has made films with a number of Pacific communities. His films seek to explore the indigenous realities of the communities that he engages with. Paul’s films have received international recognition and awards for collaborative ethnographic filmmaking.

Wastecooking - Make Food, Not Waste

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 82 min
  • Director: Georg Misch
  • Original Language: German
  • Country of production: Austria
  • Shooting location: Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France
  • Distributor: Mischief Films KG
A car that runs on used vegetable oil, a mobile stove and a host of culinary ideas in his backpack: “Wastecooking – Make Food, Not Waste” is an entertaining road movie detailing a journey through five European countries, where the only thing on the menu is what others call garbage. David, the host of “Wastecooking – Make Food, Not Waste”, whips up creative meals aimed at fighting food waste and our consumption-driven society, and at the same time inspiring us to search for creative solutions.

Director info
Georg Misch is a filmmaker and producer concentrating on creative documentaries. His career in film began as a sound engineer. He then studied Film and Media at the University of Stirling and documentary direction at the NFTS, the National Film and Television School. He has made films for the BBC, Channel4, ARTE and several other European TV stations. In 2002 he founded the production company Mischief Films, which specialises in international co-productions of feature documentaries. Occasionally, he still works as a sound recordist and since 2004 has been running the film sound course at the University of Vienna and is a guest lecturer at the University of Stirling.

Where the hills are greener

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Oliver Dickinson
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Aveyron, France
  • Distributor: LVP
Caplongue is a small village of 80 inhabitants in the South of France where the Loco-Motivés association was created in 2012. Its purpose is to produce and consume local food, respectful of nature and animals, in the friendliest way possible. In this film, we follow Isabelle, Jean-Marc, Vincent and the others over the course of a year as they pursue their ideal.

Director info
Born in London in 1980, Oliver Dickinson is an Anglo-French documentary maker. Director of films with a social and environmental message: “The Forgotten District”, “Caring for the Lagoon” and “Harvesters of the Bay”. Many international festival selections and awards already distinguish his young career. “Where the hills are greener” is his first feature documentary.

British Born Chinese

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 48 min
  • Director: Andy Lawrence
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Distributor:

    Dr Elena Barabantseva

“British Born Chinese” is a documentary film about Daniel and Kevin, two school boys born to Chinese migrants and living in Manchester (UK). It engages their everyday struggles of reconciling their Britishness with Chineseness through their experiences at school, as volunteers at a community centre, and at home. We use an ethical approach driven by dialogue and close involvement with the film’s subjects to understand the vulnerabilities through which the boys navigate their place in the British society. Our filmmaking as research not only uncovers new dimensions to understanding the ways our subjects experience their lifeworlds, but also seeks to reduce the epistemic violence of dominant visual forms of representation.

Director info

Andy Lawrence is Film-maker in Residence and a lecturer at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK, where he plays a leading role in the delivery of the MA in Visual Anthropology and is the principal tutor for the two week International Summer School, Film-Making for Fieldwork. As All Rites Reversed Andy uses anthropological knowledge and research methods to produce documentary films on subjects relating to visual anthropology. His main interest is in birth and death and the wisdom traditions that surround this, with regional specialisation in the UK and India.

The One and the Many&, documentary feature, 56 min, India, 2012 The Lover and the Beloved, documentary feature, 70 min, India, 2011 Born, documentary feature, 56 min, UK, 2008 Corridors, documentary short, 24 min, UK, 2005

Haying Time

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 48 min
  • Director: Evgeny Aleksandrov, Elena Danilko
  • Original Language: Russian
  • Country of production: Russia
  • Shooting location: Russia
  • Distributor: Evgeny Aleksandrov

The Krasnovishersky district in the Perm Region.Taiga foothills of the Northern Urals.

People's life here is determined by forest, which has always fed and given shelter to indigenous Finno-Ugric populations. The closely-knit family of Old Believer priest Krechetov tries to resist the widespread destruction of traditional life. Haying time is not the best time to talk with the villagers – all are in the fields from youngsters to the elderly ...Except our interlocutors ...

What are their memories of the remote past? How do they respond to their current life?

How do they live now? What do they believe in and what do they expect?

Director info

Evgeny Aleksandrov is a leading research assistant, Doctor of Fine Arts, the head of laboratory of The Earth Science Museum at M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has about 60 publications on visual anthropology. Producer of video works of CVA MSU (1989 - 2009). Creator and director of the Moscow International  Festival of Visual Anthropology  “Mediating Camera”(2002-2010)

Elena Danilko is Doctor of History and leading research assistant the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology Russian Academy of Science. Executive director of the Moscow International  Festival for Visual Anthropology  “Mediating Camera” (2002-2010 )

Movement is a Blessing

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 27 min
  • Director: Lana Askari
  • Original Language: Kurdish, Dutch
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Netherlands, Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Distributor:

    Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, The University of Manchester

After having lived in the Netherlands for over 20 years my parents, Gulzar and Shwan, decide to return back to Kurdistan, their homeland. Escaping the Iraqi regime as refugees in the early 90s, they became part of the larger Kurdish Diaspora and resettled in Europe. In the recent decade, Iraqi Kurdistan has developed into a regional safe-haven. However, with current tensions around the threat of the Islamic State (IS), the social and political landscape in the Middle East is changing drastically. In “Movement is a Blessing”, I follow, in a self-reflexive manner, my parents’ return to their homeland whilst addressing the renegotiation of belonging, temporality and future during a (seemingly) timeless crisis.

Director info
Lana Askari holds a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Utrecht, and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include museum- and visual anthropology, trauma and memory, post-conflict regions, Kurdish diaspora and the anthropology of death. Trained as a documentary filmmaker through the MA programme at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, she recently commenced her PhD at the University of Manchester on Kurdish returnees and migration in Iraqi Kurdistan.


  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 25 min
  • Director: Pavel Borecký
  • Original Language: Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Distributor:

    Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University

The film exposes the closing hours and the night time heartbeat of a Tallinn shopping mall – a place built to entertain and mirror the world. The ambiguity of the camera gaze and the immersive soundscape will confront the viewer with a raw materiality of fleeting encounters, circulatory systems and a gradually transforming atmosphere. The dialogue-free sensory ethnography will invite you to question the limit between the body and the world in one of the most vibrant urban ecosystems.

Director info

Pavel Borecký is an aspiring visual anthropologist holding MSc degree in Sustainable Development and co-founder of anthropological research organization Anthropictures. He carried out fieldworks in Serbia, Peru and Czech Republic focusing on visual ethnobotany, community building and urban placemaking. Currently, he studies Audiovisual Ethnography at EHI+Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn and collaborates with Estonian Urban Laboratory and Vita Pictura Productions.

The Tunnel

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 24 min
  • Director: Simon Safieh
  • Original Language: Arabic
  • Country of production: Syria
  • Shooting location: Syria
  • Distributor: bashar majdalawu

“The Tunnel” documents one of the most complicated results of the Syrian crisis, laying it out in an honest cinematic style. Monitoring the daily life of a group of refugees, the film does not seek any political goals.