A Life with Asperger's

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 4 min
  • Director: Jaime Ekkens
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United States
  • Shooting location: United States
  • Distributor:

    Jaime Ekkens

    jmekkens@gmail.com

A Life with Asperger’s is an animated documentary that explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is a voice over narrative that demonstrates that Asperger’s is not simply “being a little awkward”, rather it is about adapting to one’s limitations in the face of anxiety and isolation. The technique is a collage of photography, rotoscope, animated characters and live action footage.

www.alifewithaspergersanimation.com

Director info
Jaime Ekkens was born in South Korea and adopted by American parents in Grand Rapids Michigan. Having received a BFA from Kendall Collage of Art and Design in 2007, she moved to New York City and successfully pursued her MFA in Computer Arts at The School of Visual Arts. This is her first independent film and she continues to work in the motion graphics industry.

Alaska

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 57 min 20 sec
  • Director: Christopher Stöckle
  • Original Language: German
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: Germany
  • Distributor:

    Bianca Laschalt
    bianca.laschalt@filmakademie.de

Since his early childhood Rudolph, age 75, has felt drawn to the loneliness of nature. He has built himself a second life by building a hut in the wilderness of far away Alaska, and established friendships with bears. But even today he has difficulty bringing his life in the wilderness, in Germany and with his family into some kind of harmony.


Director info

Christopher Stöckle was born in Karlsruhe in 1985. After a social year in a therapy center for drug-addicted youth in the Czech Republic, he worked for one year as a intern for different film production companys. In 2009 he worked as an intern for the television station Arte. He has studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg since 2010.



Analogue People in a Digital Age

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 13 min
  • Director: Keith Walsh
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: Ireland
  • Shooting location: Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland
  • Distributor:

    Keith Walsh

    twopairfilms@gmail.com

As the analogue age draws to a close, eight men sit in an Irish bar battling to remainrelevant in the digital world; the TV in the corner a harbinger of this technological future. It is the day of the analogue to digital switchover of television transmission. Conversations about life, death and quantum physics mix with pints to create a surreal document of the switchover day and of people caught between two worlds. Taking inspiration from that little piece of information that is lost in the transfer from analogue to digital, the film seeks to examine who and what is lost in the relentless rush forward.

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Director info

Born in Waterford, Ireland in 1979. He began working in camera and editing at the age of 13. Studied Film and Television in Galway City and began working professionally whilst in college. Described, along with his long time collaborator Jill Beardsworth, by Felim Mc Dermott, programmer of the Galway Film Fleadh as “major new Irish talents” Keith Walsh has been making documentaries since 2005. His films have screened over 50 festivals around the world. As well as directing, he also shoots and edits, both for his own projects and for other filmmakers.

Black Sheep

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 16 min
  • Director: Christian Cerami
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: United Kingdom
  • Distributor:

    Christian Cerami
    christian.cerami@gmail.com

Black Sheep follows two brothers from the North of England and their adolescent curiosity for the EDL - a right-wing street protest movement against radical Islam in Britain. This observational documentary portrays the working class youth culture in the North and the impact that the EDL has on these impressionable young men. Watch Sam and Jack decide for themselves whether this organisation, that some call racist and xenophobic, is a cause worth fighting for.


Director info

Born in the North of England, director Christian Cerami is of Italian and British descent. Growing up in both England and Italy, and spending some of his adolescence in America, has lead the director into having an outsider's view into different cultures which he has used when making his films. Having recently graduated from Westminster Film School, the director’s debut short documentary ‘Black Sheep’ is a bleak and hard hitting look at racism within the working class youth culture in the North of England.

Boys with broken ears

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Nima Shayeghi
  • Original Language: Farsi
  • Country of production: Iran, UK
  • Shooting location: Iran, Hungary
  • Distributor:

    Katayoun Forouhesh
    Pink Noise Films
    18B, Alwyne Place, London N1 2NL
    kat@pinknoisefilms.com

Boys With Broken Ears is an intimate look at the hopes and struggles of a handful of young Iranian wrestlers as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives, the world championship in Europe. It is a social tale set against the qualms of committing one’s life to a dream at a young age. With unprecedented access to the national youth team, the film follows five characters from impoverished background as they journey through the most challenging year of their lives, examining their beliefs and aspirations along the way.

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Director info

Nima Shayeghi is an award-winning filmmaker. His short films have been screened and awarded at various international festivals. He also has an academic background at the postdoctoral level and has published articles on contemporary Iranian art and culture. His latest series of short documentaries commissioned by Aljazeera and BBC has been broadcasted and screened at various international exhibitions and festivals.

Butcher Boy

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 49 min
  • Director: Florian Geyer
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: France
  • Distributor: Quark Productions
    22 rue du Petit Musc - 75004 Paris - France
    dan@quarkprod.com
    www.quarkprod.com
Miguel, 17, becomes a butcher’s boy after failing at school. The son of Portuguese
immigrants - short, dressed in an urban style - he is the opposite of the image that
butchers try to convey. His apprenticeship at school and in the store involves a near-
military makeover: adopting to uniform, language, physique, and meat-carving mastery.
Miguel will have to overcome several challenges to be accepted into the trade. The film follows
his 3-years scholarship as an apprentice in a butcher's shop. Will he ever achieve meat-carving mastery?




Director info
Florian Geyer graduated in geography and anthropological cinema. His diploma film,
Soufre (Sulfur – 52min), about an Indonesian sulfur carrier, was bought by Arte and
France Ô channels and received several awards at international festivals. He then
directed the making-of of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s project, 6 Billion Others, broadcsted
on many international channels. He has directed a dozen short documentary films
before the Butcher Boy.

Concrete Love

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director: Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
  • Original Language: German
  • Country of production: Germany, Switzerland
  • Shooting location: Germany, France, China
  • Distributor: LICHTBLICK FILM- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
    Apostelnstr. 11, D-50667 Cologne, Germany
    info@lichtblick-film.de
    www.lichtblick-film.de
Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany’s preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he is the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty to which his  three sons Stephan, Peter und Paul now belong. By realizing outstanding prominent buildings of their own, the Böhm fils have managed to step out of the shadow of their famous father. But the  ongoing crisis in the German construction industry, among other things, has stoked the fires of  competition between the brothers. Gottfried, now 94, still contributes daily to the work on current planning and construction projects. With the death of his wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all four Böhms, the family loses its emotional lodestone. Can the  fragile architecture of the family business work as a viable model for the future? The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of life, love, faith, art and architecture.


Director info
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux was born in 1988 in Cologne and grew up in Zurich. Influenced by his parents – his mother performs in her own satirical revues and his father is a comedian and mime artist – he moves between the worlds of language and images, which come together in film. Since graduating from the Zurich University of the Arts he has worked as a documentary filmmaker and sound designer. Concrete Love (WT) is his first feature length film.

Descending With Angels

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 75 min
  • Director: Christian Suhr
  • Original Language: Arabic, Danish, English
  • Country of production: Denmark
  • Shooting location: City of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Distributor: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)
    101 Morse Street Watertown, MA 02472, USA
    alijah@der.org
    www.der.org
A Palestinian refugee living in the city of Aarhus has been committed to psychiatric treatment after a severe case of jinn possession which caused him to destroy the interior of a mosque and crash several cars. He sees no point in psychotropic medication since his illness has already been treated with Quranic incantations. A psychiatrist and nurse try to understand his point of view but find that even further medication is needed. In the meantime a local imam battles a stubborn jinn-spirit of Iraqi origin and tries to explain the Muslims of Aarhus that they should stop worrying so much about jinn, magic, and other mundane affairs since nothing can harm anyone except by the permission of God. The film compares two systems of treatment which, despite vast differences, share a view of healing as operating through submission of faith to an external non-human agency—namely God or biomedicine.

http://www.personafilm.dk/en/ethnographic-films/

Director info
Christian Suhr is a filmmaker and assistant professor of anthropology, Aarhus University. His films include the award-winning „Unity through Culture“ (Papua New Guinea 2011), „Ngat is Dead“ (Papua New Guinea 2009), and „Want a Camel, Yes?“ (Egypt 2005). He is author of a number of articles dealing with visual anthropology, spirit possession, and psychiatry as well as the forthcoming ethnographic film-monograph „Descending with Angels“ about Islamic exorcism and Danish psychiatry based on 18 months doctoral fieldwork with Muslim patients, exorcists, and psychiatrists in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. He is editor of the book „Transcultural Montage“ (with Rane Willerslev 2013).

Expedition Yemen - 126 Degrees in the Shade

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 58 min
  • Director: Mikael Strandberg
  • Original Language: Swedish, Arabic, Mahari, English
  • Country of production: Yemen, Sweden
  • Shooting location: Yemen
  • Distributor: CAT And Docs
    18 rue Quincampoix #133, 75004 Paris France
    cat@catndocs.com
    www.catndocs.com
„You ́ll die. Or get kidnapped by Al Qaeda. What you want to do is impossible!“ That what all experts and the Yemenis told me. But I have done the impossible. I have made my way into what many say is one of the most difficult countries in the world to enter, and one of the most dangerous. Together with the journalist Tanya Holm, Kensington the Camel and a few of the oldest inhabitants of Arabia, the Bedus, I have travelled through one of the hottest deserts on earth. We didn ́t meet any terrorists, religious extremists and nobody got killed. What we found during our search of the real Arabia was a Middle Eastern country very different from the one portrayed in the global media.


Director info
Mikael Strandberg was born in 1962 in Sweden. He started his professional career as an explorer 28 years ago. He is currently working as an explorer, a lecturer and a writer. Mikael is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers’ Club, Travellers Club and the Long Riders Guild.

Femen Naked War

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 65 min
  • Director: Joseph Paris
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: France
  • Distributor: Claire Beffa
    claire.beffa@gmail.com
Young filmmaker and activist Joseph Paris came across the revolt of Femen, the Ukrainian women's feminist movement, in the spring of 2012 and followed them for one year. Inspired by their actions, and supportive to their cause, Joseph Paris seeks to distinguish what it is their revolt and what do these events recount. He extends his own reflextions by adding the voices of French writer and poet Annie Le Brun and philosopher Benoit Goetz, who provide their perspective on this “radical pop feminism”.

Director info
"Joseph Paris is a filmmaker who attended a acting school in Lyon (France). For a time he participated in video art exhibitions (Maison des arts de Malakoff, Cité Internationale des Arts ..) and then in 2008 he took part in the initiative of the collective Kassandre and advocated for the use of copyleft licenses in cinema . In 2012 he came across with the FEMEN movement, followed it for a year, and made a documentary, "FEMEN NAKED WAR". He has just finished assembling FORTUNE, a middle-length fiction film, and is working through "RADICAL CINEMA", a collective of artists and activists."

Fish'R'us

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 58 min
  • Director: Maciej Glowinski
  • Original Language: Polish
  • Country of production: Poland
  • Shooting location: Poland
  • Distributor: Maciej Glowinski
    glowinskimaciej@gmail.com
In the village of Piaski fishing is a profession that whole families take up. Fascination with the sea, sealife and revelry is passed from father to son. Nevertheless, the time comes when the son wants to be on his own and starts to wonder "fish'(o)R' us?"


Director info
Maciej Glowinski has graduated The Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. He is also a photographer and a journalist. His last film "Bottoms up" won 30 awards at national and international festivals. When making Fish'R'us, Maciej spent 18 months living with a small community of Polish fishermen on the Baltic coast.

Happily Ever After

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 83 min
  • Director: Tatjana Božić
  • Original Language: English, Croatian, Russian, Dutch
  • Country of production: Netherlands, Croatia
  • Shooting location: Croatia, Russia, Germany, England, Netherlands
  • Distributor: Marc Stucke
    4-6 High Street, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0RY, United Kingdom
    info@journeyman.tv
    www.journeyman.tv/58441/documentaries/documentaries.html
When filmmaker Tatjana Božić has, for the umpteenth time, found the love of her life and again things threaten to go terribly wrong, she decides that she should turn over a new leaf. This relationship must succeed! Tatjana visits five exes in Moscow, Hamburg, London and Zagreb to find an answer to the question why all her love affairs always end on the rocks. With a good dose of self-mockery, but also with deeply felt passion, she unravels her past relationships and confronts her (ex-)men and herself with the complexities of contemporary loving. The documentary is a confrontational, emotional, but at the same time humorous film, easily recognizable to all of us. In it the filmmaker staunchly keeps searching for the holy grail of love: the Happily Ever After!


Director info
Croatian born, I graduated television journalism at Moscow University and later the Moscow Film School, department of documentary film. Since then I have made documentaries wherever I lived: Russia, England, Croatia and the Netherlands. My diploma film at Moscow Film School ‘Provincial Girls’ (1995, 35mm, 30’ co-‐directed with Frank Mueller) was awarded for “The best Russian Documentary of 1996’ on the Doc Film Festival in Ekaterinburg. In London I worked on a BBC feature length documentary and studied Human Rights at the London School of Economics. In Croatia I made films concerning the civil society of a post war country and women’s ways of perceiving and experiencing the world.

Hikikomori, a deafening silence

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 52 min
  • Director: Dorothée Lorang and David Beautru
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Japan
  • Distributor: Vivement Lundi!
    11 rue Denis Papin 35000 Rennes France
    contact@vivement-lundi.com
    www.vivement-lundi.com
There is up to a million young people in Japan who stay hidden away in their bedroom, cutting
themselves off from all kinds of social interaction for several years. Hikikomori represent the ‘lost generation’, a generation looking for another lifestyle that is more independent and free. This film meets some of them in a rare center called ‘New Start’, located in one of Tokyo’s suburbs and set up to help them re-socialize, and tries to understand their reasoning. It’s an intimate portrait of these youngsters, one that both discusses their reasons of being enclosed and reveals their dreams for the future.




Director info
Dorothée Lorang was born in 1985. She works and lives in Nantes, France. She has a Fines Art Degree from the Nantes National School. During her course at Fine Arts, Dorothée Lorang took part at the residency project of Hashiru Kanazawa in Japan. She has exhibited at different cultural places in France and Japan.

David Beautru
Since 2008, David Beautru has worked as a film editor for the Nantes artist Pierrick Sorin and as filmmaker in different projects. Besides the current film, the authors have worked together in two other documentary films and video-lives. Both of them try to find responses to contemporary society in Japan.

Honey

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 39 min
  • Director: Adelina Antónia, Martin Gruber, Miguel S. Hilario, Henriques Bino Job, Fatima Jose & Evaristo Quintas
  • Original Language: Chokwe, Portuguese
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: Angola
  • Distributor: Martin Gruber
    martin.gruber@ethnofilm.de
    www.ethnofilm.de
Honey depicts the production of honey from wild bees as well as different aspects of honey consumption in the highlands of central Angola, where honey is an important means of subsistence and cash income. The film was conceived and shot by a group of villagers from the Cusseque area. Honey is the outcome of a participatory film workshop organised by Martin Gruber and Miguel Hilario for the interdisciplinary research project “The Future Okavango”.


Director info
Martin Gruber studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London and Social Anthropology at Hamburg University. He works as a researcher, teacher and ethnographic filmmaker.

Miguel Hilario works as a research assistant and translator for “The Future Okavango” project in Chitembo, Angola. Adelina Antónia, Henriques Bino Job, Fatima Jose & Evaristo  Quintas are farmers and beekeepers from Cusseque, Angola.

I`m still Kachaniraqmi 

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 120 min
  • Director: Javier Corcuera
  • Original Language: Shipibo, Southern Quechua, Spanish
  • Country of production: Peru
  • Shooting location: Peru
  • Distributor: Sergio Luis
    Garcia Locatelli
    Quechua Films
    sales@quechuafilms.com
This film is a spectacular musical journey through unknown and hidden Peru and its three regions: Ayacucho (the Andes zone), the coast (Lima) and the Amazonia (jungle). These regions come together in this documentary through great musicians who continue to sing in the native language and preserve a unique way of playing the guitar, the violin, the harp, the box drum and of telling stories that explain who they are. “¡Kachkaniraqmi!” is a greeting among old friends in Ayacucho Quechua (a Peruvian dialect) which could translate as “I am still here!” It’s an expression of inner stability and perseverance against the odds through a long and winding life.

Director info
Filmmaker Javier Corcuera was born and raised in Peru but has spent the last thirty years in Spain, lending the film a sense of journey to the source. He studied cinema in Peru and then received a degree in Image Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. After that he has made several award-winning films, including “The back of the world”, telling three stories about violations of human rights in the USA, Turkey and Peru. Since 2003, Javier Corcuera has been the director of the Festival Internacional de Cine del Sahara.

Iranian Ninja

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Marjan Riahi
  • Original Language: Persian
  • Country of production: Iran
  • Shooting location: Iran
  • Distributor: DEFC (Documentary and
    Experimental Film Center)
    int@defc.ir
In the heart of Tehran, a community of female ninjas engage in martial arts. Running, rolling and kicking are not only ways to protect oneself but also offer an opportunity to feel free. The ninjas practise their fight moves in the forest as well as at the gym, leaping out from behind trees in choreographed sequences that show the beauty as well as the discipline of the sport. While some of the sportswomen are encouraged by their families, others face obstacles from a patriarchal society. The sport becomes a metaphor for the struggle of the women, as they focus their minds and spirit to enjoy the freedom that comes with deep attention.


Director info
Marjan Riahi is a Founder & Manager of Short Film News, the first news network on short films and documentaries in Iran & Asia. She has graduated the Islamic Azad University in Communication Science Journalism branch and also Cinema Directing from Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS). Marjan Riahi is a member of the International Federation of Journalists IFJ, Iran Journalists SENFI, Iranian Society of Film Critics & Writers, European Off Film Awards and NETPAC.

Journey to the Maggot Feeder

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 68 min
  • Director: Liivo Niglas, Priit Tender
  • Original Language: Estonian, Russian, English
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia, Chukchi Peninsula, UK
  • Distributor:

    F-Seitse
    Kai-Ene Rääk
    kaie@fseitse.ee

"Journey to the Maggot Feeder" is an attempt to solve the mystery of a bizarre Arctic fairy tale. Priit Tender, an Estonian animator, has made a film about a Chukchi fairy tale. Confronting the misunderstanding of the western audiences, he takes to a journey to Chukotka where deeper layers of the story start to unfold. It is an anthropological road movie aiming to understand the importance of storytelling in human life. The questions that arise during the journey give the viewer a chance to reflect on their life experience and unconscious mind –  to undertake a journey into the depths of their inner worlds.


Director info
Liivo Niglas (1970) is an Estonian documentary filmmaker and ethnologist. He also runs an independent production company, Mp Doc, for anthropological documentary films. He has made films in Siberia, Africa, Central Asia and North America. His films have won numerous awards including „Prix IUCN“ at the Vison du Reel in Switzerland, “Golden Olive“ at the Kalamatha International Documentary Film Festival in Greece, Grand Prix at the International Festival of Ethnological Film in Serbia, „First Prize“ at the Matsalu International Nature Film Festival in Estonia.

Priit Tender (1971) is an Estonian animator – the director, designer and writer of many short animated films. His author films are driven by surreal imagery, black humor and dark existential journeys. Priit’s films have won prizes and nominations from the most important short and animation film festivals, including Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Dresden, Fredrikstad, Utrecht, etc.

Kalanda - the knowledge of the bush

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 62 min
  • Director: Lorenzo Ferrarini
  • Original Language: Jula
  • Country of production: UK
  • Shooting location: Burkina Faso
  • Distributor: Lorenzo Ferrarini
    lorenzo.ferrarini@gmail.com
    http://lorenzoferrarini.com
In some parts of West Africa, hunting is much more than killing animals. A donso is no common hunter, but a healer, a diviner, a ritual specialist and amulet maker. KALANDA - The Knowledge of the Bush is a unique initiatory journey into the knowledge of donsoya from the perspective of the filmmaker. It was filmed during a year of research in Burkina Faso, thanks to the filmmaker’s initiation and practice of donsoya. His teacher becomes a narrator who carries him and the viewer through a variety of experiences that show the richness of the knowledge of donsoya. The camera and sound recording techniques work to position the viewer in the shoes of an apprentice: the whole documentary mixes autobiography and reconstruction, continuously blurring the line between
teachings and fiction. Filming involved the hunters in a collaborative process, layering observational footage, experimental video, out-of-sync sound and still photography.

http://kalandafilm.com



Director info
Lorenzo Ferrarini is a filmmaker, photographer and sound recordist based at the University of Manchester, where he teaches Ethnographic Documentary at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. Before moving to Britain he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology in Italy, where he collaborates with the LEAV – Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology Laboratory at the University of Milan. He completed two extensive researches on Egyptian migrants in Italy (2007-2008) and donso hunters in Western Burkina Faso (2011-2012). In both cases he used radically participatory methods, sharing everyday practical activities, and the conception of his media projects.

Kamchatka - the cure for hatred

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 44 min
  • Director: Julia Mironova
  • Original Language: Russian
  • Country of production: Russian Federation
  • Shooting location: Russian Federation
  • Distributor: Ekaterina Berdnikova
    Film Studio LenDok
    krukovkanal12@gmail.com
    Krukov kanal 12
    Saint Petersburg 19068
    Russian Federation
The film portrays Vechyaslav Nemyshev, a military news reporter and writer. He is a typical representative of the generation of people affected by the Chechen War. And, having been there 27 times, he was not able to come back to normal life and therefore ran away to Kamchatka. Thirteen years after the war, his life has changed beyond recognition. Living on a remote island in the far east of Russia, far away from Moscow and memories of the violence of war, he is trying to forge a new existence. He films everyday life on the island, with gorgeous shots of spawning salmon and of fishermen going about their work, hoping to get rid of the nightmares inflicted by the war. But it is not a simple matter to escape, no matter how far away you go.

Director info
Julia Mironova (1977) was born in the city of Abakan, the Khakas Republic. In 1999 she graduated from the Khakas State University, the Romanic and Germanic Philology Department. In 2007 she graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Art as film director.

Kastom Twelve - Rennell and Bellona Artists at the FOPA 2012

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 54 min
  • Director: Jari Kupiainen
  • Original Language: Pijin, English
  • Country of production: Finland
  • Shooting location: Solomon Islands
  • Distributor: Jari Kupiainen
    jari.kupiainen@gmail.com
How do cultural traditions survive and evolve in the present? How do art and cultural identity connect? “Kastom Twelve” is a story of cultural continuities and the present state of a Polynesian cultural tradition. The film is documented at the Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) in the Solomon Islands in 2012 and it focuses on the artists from the Rennell and Bellona Islands. The Rennell-Bellonese compose one per cent of the Solomon Islands population, yet their  artists were ubiquitous at the FOPA 2012, and they also participated actively in the festival organization. Who are the Rennell and Bellona Islanders and what kinds of traditions (kastom) do they have in 2012? “Kastom Twelwe” is a documentary film by cultural anthropologist Jari Kupiainen, and it is based on long-term anthropological research of the Rennell and Bellona culture.
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Director info
Jari Kupiainen has been conducting anthropological research into Solomon Islands cultures since 1992 and continues to do so. Methods of visual anthropology have been systematically employed in his research, which has produced a diverse series of publications ranging from texts to photography exhibitions and anthropologically informed documentary films. He works as Principal Lecturer of media studies at the Karelia University of Applied Sciences.

Kings Of The Wind & Electric Queens

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 56 min
  • Director: Cedric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz
  • Original Language: Hindi, Bhojpuri
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: India
  • Distributor:

    Andanafilms
    contact@andanafilms.com 
    www.andanafilms.com

The Sonepur fair in India, with its whirlwinds of dust rising of the ground, offers an opportunity for a gigantic carnival where different people are going to engage  in representations for the pleasure of day spectators, pilgrims in ecstasy, in search of shivers and signs of good fortune.  As in a western, men with gleaming black mustaches lead nervous horses, adorned for the demonstration, while others drive wild motorcycles and some organize outrageous parades. Each have their rituals, prayers, and methods to accumulate and master the energy of the party, both mechanical and organic, magic and electric.



Director info

Cedric Dupire was born in Paris suburbs in 1979.  Self-taught in all his audiovisual practices, he started by directing a documentary film about traditional musicians in Rajasthan (India) in 2005. This first experience inaugurated two important directions of his artistic world, music and India. Beyond the music, sound is always a fundamental element of his works, inviting the spectator to pursue a path through unexpected and intense environments.  Over the years, his artistic expression explored several directions, from documentary to experimental cinema, live performance and photography.

Gaspard Kuentz was born in 1981, in Paris. Moved to Japan in 2003 to complete the fiction course of the Tokyo film school Eiga Bigakko, founded by well-known Japanese directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinji Aoyama. In parallel with his film activities, he has gotten involved with Tokyo’s improvised and noise music scene. Benefiting from his intimate knowledge of  Japan and East Asia, he is now developing world hybrid documentary projects in the region, mixing visual anthropology with fictional and experimental approaches.

Kora

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 70 min
  • Director: Jorge Carvalho
  • Original Language: Mandinka, Portuguese
  • Country of production: Portugal
  • Shooting location: Guinea Bissau, Portugal
  • Distributor: Jorge Carvalho
    jmcmc78@hotmail.com
Kora is one of the most important musical instruments of West Africa. Due to the pride of nations that were born from tribes without borders, there are discrepancies about the origin of this instrument. But it's in Guinea-Bissau, in a place that once was kaabú Realm, that most legends about Kora's invention intersect. However, it’s not just the history of Kora that matters but all the stories which we hear first-hand and which spark the listener’s imagination, carrying us beyond time into an unique atmosphere of reality and fiction, through an entire population which still claims Kora as unique and its own.



Director info
Jorge Carvalho started his activity in 2001 as a video editor in television projects. However, documentary is the genre that has had the most impact on his career. After frequent participation in documentaries as an editor, he has developed a particular interest in this area, realised in the creation of his own projects. He is a director of several documentaries: Argentina Santos, Não sei se Canto se Rezo; Antigono, uma ópera sem memória; e Nunca é meia-noite Dr. Nobre. Since 2007 he has worked as an associate professor at ECATI (Universidade Lusófona) for the cinema courses of the classes for film editing.

Le Pays

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 14 min
  • Director: Pierre Schlesser
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: Belgium
  • Shooting location: France
  • Distributor: Pierre  Schlesser
    BadCameo
    badcameo@gmail.com

Wandering and mediating a return home. Rediscovering the landscapes, places, and especially the people who still live there, I am reminded of glimpses of childhood, and what has been lost since that time.



Director info
Pierre Schlesser was born in Lunéville in 1986. He studied film at the University of Censier, after which he entered the Belgian film school INSAS to pursue a degree in editing. Simultaneously with his editing activity, he also gave a try at documentaries, the purpose of which was to refind and reinvent the memories of places and people through film. To this day he has directed three films: “Vendange tardive” (2011), “Lettre à Jacques Rozier“ (2012) and “Le Pays“ (2014).

Listening in Context

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 19 min
  • Director: John Grzinich
  • Original Language: Latvian, English
  • Country of production: Latvia
  • Shooting location: Riga Latvia
  • Distributor: John Grzinich
    info@maaheli.ee
    http://maaheli.ee
This film grew out of a project that investigates the intimate role sound plays in perception and the connections we make to our surroundings through what we hear. The project involves making ‘portraits’ with the public in public space, to engage people in becoming focused ‘listeners’ at specific places around their city. Those who agree to stop and listen, are filmed while they ‘monitor’ a recording and are then asked to make short comments following their experience. The resulting material is used as a series of personalised portraits, in this case in Riga, highlighting local listeners and their process of reflecting on the audible perspective of their environment.

http://maaheli.ee/main/archives/4800


Director info
John Grzinich has worked since the early 1990s as an artist and cultural coordinator with various practices combining sound, image, site, and collaborative social structures. His interest and work with sound combines such divergent methods as field recording, composition, performance, spatial perception and acoustics, filmmaking, workshops and exercises in listening. He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center.

Looking for a friend

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 19 min
  • Director: Karma Gava, Alvise Morato
  • Original Language: Japanese, Italian
  • Country of production: Italy, Japan
  • Shooting location: Tokyo
  • Distributor: NoLook Distribuzioni
    nolookdistribuzioni@gmail.com
In Tokyo there are many agencies where you can hire employees for several requests: to be a friend, husband, girlfriend, uncle, nephew or coworker.


Director info
Karma Gava was born in Montecarlo on January 10, 1981. In 2007 he began working as a video-operator for a regional television news program. After a short experience at Havana’s school of cinema in Cuba, he started directing commercials, music videos, short movies. In 2012, after winning a national project, he realized the documentary “Looking for a friend” that has been presented in many festivals in Italy and abroad, gaining some recognition and awards.

Alvise Morato was born in Camposampiero (Italy) on July 29, 1981. In 2008 he graduated in japanese language and culture at Venice University, with a paper on japanese animation cinema. In the same year he started a collaboration with director and friend Karma Gava, as an assistant in many aspects in the production of his early works. The collaboration with Karma Gava reaches its highest point with the documentary realized in Japan, "Looking for a friend", of which he's co-author. The film has been presented in many festivals in Italy and abroad, gaining some recognition and
awards.

Lost Property

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Susanne Malorny
  • Original Language: Portuguese
  • Country of production: Portugal
  • Shooting location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Distributor: Susanne Malorny
    susanne.malorny@gmail.com
The Lost and Found Office in Lisbon seems more like an old handicraft workshop than a modern office. Its mission is precise: to grant temporary asylum to any stray personal items which have been found around the Lisbon area and handed in. It’s impossible to predict if the unclaimed items will ever be reunited with their rightful owners, as though they may reveal much about the people who lost them it is uncommon to be able to make an exact identification. The work life of this special police department becomes an unexpected observation on property and identity in the dynamic context of a complex, contemporary society.



Director info
Susanne Malorny was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1982. She graduated in Media Studies (M.A.) at the Braunschweig University of Arts and the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany in 2008 and made a post-graduation in Film Directing at ESTC Lisbon Film and Theatre School, Portugal in 2013. Since 2009, she is a permanent collaborator at C.R.I.M. Productions, working as a director’s and producer’s assistant and editor and being responsible for festival circuits.

Lost Tribe: A Story About the Lutsi Estonians

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 53 min
  • Director: Indrek Jääts, Maido Selgmäe
  • Original Language: Estonian, Russian, Latvian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia, Latvia
  • Distributor: Estonian National Museum

This is a documentary about the Lutsis, a vanished group of Estonians, and an exploration of their former villages on the eastern edge of Latvia, in search of people who still remember them. The parallel story details Estonian academic and public interest in their Lutsi countrymen from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. Attempts to save "the lost tribe" from assimilation failed, but the Lutsi Estonians nevertheless deserve to be remembered.



Director info
Indrek Jääts (1971) is an ethnologist working at the Estonian National Museum and interested
mainly in ethnic processes, nationalism and nationalities policy in Eastern Europe.
In addition to academic writings, he has co-authored two documentaries – “The Komi-
Permyak Autumn” (2009), and “Lost Tribe: A Story about the Lutsi Estonians” (2014).

Maido Selgmäe (1966) is a film director and camera-man educated in Moscow who has
made different films for 20 years by now. He is working at the Estonian National Museum
as the film studio manager and his last films are maid in cooperation with researchers.

Man on the moon

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Director: Giuliano Ricci
  • Original Language: Italian
  • Country of production: Italy
  • Shooting location: Sardinia
  • Distributor: Giuliano Ricci
    onthemoonfilm@gmail.com
In the heart of Sardinia, in a village on the Barbagia mountains, a group of widows tell about their connection to the world of the dead. For centuries women have been the voice of the town and have kept stories and secrets of family battles and bloody revenges. Feuds and homicides mix with visions of the dead, contact with the afterworld, and dreams, doors to an invisible reality and revealers of misfortune. The  documentary gathers the fragments of a lost world where death and violence are daily topics. It’s an unconscious vanished since the arrival of modern times, since man put his foot on the moon. It’s an ironic and curious view over an ancient, timeless world where men seem to have disappeared and women are the ones who carry myth and tradition.


Director info
Giuliano Ricci was born in Milan in 1980. In 2009 he directed the feature film “La Piccola
A” (“Little A”) produced by Scuola Civica di Milano, awarded at Bergamo Film Meeting.
The same year he realised the documentary “Non c’è più una majorette a Villalba” (“No
more majorettes at Villalba”), a choral film on the social dynamics of a small village in
the hinterland of Sicily. The film participated in more than 40 festivals all over the world
and received several awards.

Manislam- Islam and masculinity

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Director: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
  • Original Language: Arabic, Bengali, English, Indonesian, Norwegian, Turkish, Urdu
  • Country of production: Norway
  • Shooting location: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Pakistan, Turkey
  • Distributor: Nefise Lorentzen
    neflor@yahoo.com
Manislam: Why does a man in Kuwait inspired by the 99 names of Allah and the Quranic stories create comics about superheroes called the 99? Why does a man in Bangladesh travel from one village to another to teach communities how to play a board-game? Why does a man in Indonesia encourage other men to wear mini shirts in a demonstration? They all have the same target. They want to change the dark side of the masculinity in their cultures by playing games. They all want to reform Islam.


How did it start? After 9/11, Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Turkish-Norwegian filmmaker, decided to make a trilogy about alternative Islam. Her intention was neither to defend nor to explain the meaning of Islam in general, but rather to show the different sub-cultures within Islam and its various interpretations. “Gender” was the main password for her quest into the mystery of Islam. The first documentary, Gender me, about Islam and homosexuality, was released in 2008. The sequel, A Balloon for Allah, about women and Islam, was released in 2011. Now Integral Film presents her 3rd installment Manislam about the power, privileges and burdens of masculinity. Manislam is possibly the most important one of all three, but also the most difficult one to make. It is always easier to portray the opposition to power than the power itself, and masculinity is in great length bound to the patriarchal tradition and power in Islam. We will follow Nefise’s voyage into understanding masculinities. She wishes to undress Muslim men from their patriarchal heritage. She questions the patriarchal tradition and search for the burdens of manhood in Islamic cultures, and she will pursue and discuss the freedom of men, democracy and equality, violence and oppression, emotionality and male sexuality. Since Nefise was a little girl she was aware of the fact that boys have more privileges than girls. However these privileges, which have kept the wheels of patriarchy running, have given happiness neither to women nor to men. Even though the power of patriarchy can transform the oceans into mud by dehumanization and militarization of the masses of men, it could not destroy her quest to find the stories of men who want to purify and dilute Islam from patriarchy. She believes that through this quest she will re-build the bridges which have been destroyed by gender-segregation.

http://integralfilm.no

Director info
Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (1964) is a Turkish-Norwegian film director. She holds a Bachelors
degree in political science from the Bosphorous University in Istanbul, Turkey, and
a Masters degree in media and communication from the University of Oslo. She has
written and directed numerous documentary films, often touching upon controversial
themes such as gay muslims, war and racial discrimination. In 2008 she also made her
debut in fiction, writing and directing the five-episode drama TV-series “The Young
Detectives”. She has also written several books.

Director’s Statement:
There are two things, which have inspired me to make a film about Islam and masculinity: Freud’s famous drawing “What is on a man’s mind?” and the magical number 99, which represents the names of Allah. As a female filmmaker I have an incredible desire to visualize Muslim men’s existential question in life.  The idea came into my mind when I was filming A Balloon for Allah. The film was based on my personal stories, fantasies, fears and my urge to find my grandma’s liberal Islam. After the shootings of an animation scene for the film I had a long conversation with Ibrahim Mahad, a Somali dancer and actor who played a man in burka in my film. “You made me feel the pain of my mother and the frustrations of my sisters in giving me the opportunity to play this role. Here I am the man in burka, I cannot even breathe. When are you going to do the same thing about Muslim men? When are you going to show our sources of frustrations?” he asked me while he was sitting in a blue burka custom we have rented from NRK. This film will be my personal travel into masculinity and Islam. How does a man become a man? What does virility mean, or the fear of impotency? Is desire equal with control? What is fatherhood? What type of existential fear does a man have? Does he need to take responsibility for his sister's sexuality? What does honor mean to a man? Why is there so much uneasiness? Has a man been given more responsibility than he can handle? Where can he locate his inner self? Why must a man be so tough all the time? How can he free himself from the patriarchal power? Where should he go to combine his belief with his personality? What type of role models has he had?

Maybe Darkness

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Joffe Juliette
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France, Belgium
  • Shooting location: France
  • Distributor: Flanders Image
    Bischoffsheimlaan 38 BE1000 Brussels Belgium, EU
    SCallewaert@vaf.be
An old mediterranean family flat has remained at a standstill for 150 years, as if stuck in time. Years pass by as generations come back to it every summer for holidays. The film explores the blurring of different timescapes in the space of the flat, intertwining the visual presences of the dead ancestors and the fleeting apparitions of the living family members. Through fragmented voices Maybe Darkness questions one’s relationship to familial past and identity as well as the contradictory emotions invested in sacralised places.



Director info
Juliette Joffé (Paris, 1987) worked as an assistant of the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Marc Isaacs before co- founding Quadrangle Film Festival, a creative documentary film festival in Kent. It’s after these inspiring experiences that she decided to start making her first professional short film Peut-être le noir (Maybe Darkness) ,which won the Wildcard for Best Documentary awarded by the Flemish Film Board and was premiered at Visions Du Réel Nyon.

Men of Clay

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 10 min
  • Director: Luis Abraham González Rocha
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Mexico
  • Shooting location: San Felipe, Guanajuato, México
  • Distributor: LA ÑORA DISTRIBUYE
    llanos@lanoradistribuye.com
    www.lanoradistribuye.com
Don Pedro and Don Francisco are two artisans who, while remembering a prosperous time of their lives, try to survive and not be forgotten by a society that needs less pottery.

www.facebook.com/HombresDeBarroDocumental


Director info
Born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. Student of University La Salle Bajío, México. Cheese lover and hater of salt shakers in tables. Ugly man in love with his book. Creator of crazy stories bubble and speakers cookies. Men of Clay is his first documentary.

North into the Mist

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 50 min
  • Director: Ariel Weisbrod, Neil Weisbrod
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: Norway
  • Shooting location: Norway
  • Distributor: Ariel Weisbrod
    ariel1w@gmail.com
'North into the Mist' is a documentary which follows 72 year old Yngve Kristoffersen, a Norwegian scientist who sets out on a dangerous three month expedition in a small hovercraft to remote areas of the Arctic. He intends to fulfill his lifelong dream and prove a theory about an asteroid hitting the Arctic Ocean millions of years ago, affecting the planet till this day. He encounters extreme weather, hungry polar vears and techincal difficulties along the way. The theory which inspired the expedition is based on data collected by John Hall on the US Ice  Station T3 in the late 1960's.

Director info
Ariel Weisbrod is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University’s (TAU) Bachelor’s program and Master’s program in Film. His final project for his Bachelor’s Degree was made in collaboration with NANA10, one of Israel's leading Internet portals, and has reached hundreds of thousands of viewers. He was a co-producer and director for the documentary film “Opening Night” that aired in 2011 on Israeli public television. His most recent short film “A Wonderful Day” was screened in over 70 international film festivals and has won 5 awards.

Neil Weisbrod started his career at WGBH, Public Television’s flagship station in Boston,
where he worked on several television series and local shows. In 1978 he moved to
Jerusalem and since then has been a Staff Director at IBA, Channel One. He has directed
hundreds of hours of television programming, music broadcasts and several major
documentary projects, with a focus on unique individuals and their endeavours. In
recent years he has directed several documentary films. In 2011 he left IBA and is now
working as an independent producer and director.

Once Upon A Time

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 82 min
  • Director: Kazim Öz
  • Original Language: Turkish
  • Country of production: Turkey
  • Shooting location: Turkey
  • Distributor: Hakan Pasali
    hakanpasali@gmail.com
Every year a large family of Turkish Kurds travels a long way from their hometown Batman to the capital city Ankara to work as hired hands on the fields. Without any benefits and with very low wages, the family works to gain a living by growing lettuce. Many stories and so much labor stand behind the simplest food we find on our tables.This year, the family’s trip to the fields takes a different turn, gearing into a sudden, unexpected love story which will change their lives forever.


Director info
Born in 1973, Kazim Öz studied architecture as well as cinema and TV at Marmara University. He has worked as a theatre director and actor and has made several short films and documentaries, including A Lost Time(1998), Land (1999), The Photograph (2001), and Bahoz (2008).

Project Wild Thing

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 79 min
  • Director: David Bond
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: United Kingdom
  • Distributor: Lorraine O'Donovan
    lorraine@greenlions.com
    http://projectwildthing.com/
David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors. They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside. But the competition is not going to lie down and let some upstart with a free product steal their market. Project Wild Thing is the hilarious, real-life story of one man's determination to get children out and into the ultimate, free wonder-product: Nature.



Director info
David Bond is an award-winning director, producer and writer of documentary, commercial and short film projects, exploring social and political themes. David's acclaimed feature doc Erasing David (2010) was released in cinemas, shown on Channel 4 in the UK, and played on TV and at festivals around the world. David runs Green Lions with his creative partner Ashley Jones. David wrote directed and appears in Project Wild Thing.

Remnance of madness

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 100 min
  • Director: Joris Lachaise
  • Original Language: French, Wolof
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Dakar, Sénégal
  • Distributor: KS VISIONS
    5 rue du Dahomey 75011 Paris France
    virginie@ksvisions.fr
    www.ksvisions.fr
There’s Khady, a woman whose writings and filmed images don’t succeed in saving her from torment. Her, who would so much like to know how to name that evil twirling in her mind. There are all the others, lunatics, people believe, with whom delirium flirts so closely with lucidity that we wonder what obscure connection links those two states together. There is this hospital. Thiaroye, just outside Dakar. A place where psychiatry in Africa has deviated from the path set by the French colonization. And there is the madness that talks to us, that we carefully listen to and that moves us deeply, not out of sympathy but because it carries all our certainties away. Ultimate monologues of the “wounded souls” who don’t bother with calculations and address the far reaches of ourselves, where the inner unbalance is not a danger but a silent, buried truth. Ready to burst out. Jean-Pierre Krief


Director info
Born in 1980, Joris Lachaise now lives in Marseille. In 1999, he met Jean Rouch. After an MA in philosophy, he began a Master degree in the field of investigative documentary. Along with his work related to an anthropology of death, and another one questioning the political status of ethnographic collections at the Musee de l’Homme, he became a cameraman and film editor. He initially worked with Jean-Pierre Krief and Arte on a film about the Iraqi Special Tribunal. He then produced video pieces based on sound compositions, and began to make his own documentary films.

Salóme

Art was an important factor of my childhood, as I used to spend time watching mama, through the threads. Today I am back in Iceland, watching her again - this time through the camera. We have not lived under the same roof since I was a teenager. Now I am 35, without children and a strong desire to make a film about her. Mum is not interested in being filmed. The film does not only deal with a mother - daughter relationship, but also a filmmaker and a subject with their own will.


Director info
Graduated in Fine Art (Chelsea College of Art, London, UK) and took a Master in Creative Documentaries (iDEC, Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain). As well as making documentaries and other filmic pieces Yrsa Roca Fannberg uses a variety of media in her practice: texts, photography, watercolours and print work. Salóme is her first documentary. In 2009 Yrsa and Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir started the production company Skarkali. After having lived a large part of her life elsewhere (Spain, Denmark, London and Sweden) Yrsa is now back in Reykjavík, where she was born.

Sensing the Journey of the Dead

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Director: Satoru Ito
  • Original Language: Tai
  • Country of production: Japan
  • Shooting location: Yunnan, China
  • Distributor: Satoru Ito
    satoru_worldmusic@yahoo.co.jp
The Tai society of Southwestern China. A few days after a funeral, the bereaved invites a Shaman to perform the ritual for sending the spirit of the dead to the heavenly realm. The long journey is broadcast “live” to the audience through her improvised singing. She metamorphoses into a form of multimedia and sings all alone about the dead’s experience of the journey for more than 10 hours. The audience imagines the journey and feels that they are also experiencing it with the dead. This film attempts to sense their sensibility represented in the interaction between their imagery world of singing and the emotional atmosphere of the ritual space.



Director info
Satoru Ito is an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, player of East & South East Asian musical instruments, and a visiting researcher of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. Japan.

Tengrela's diary

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 43 min
  • Director: Victorien Vialar
  • Original Language: Karaboro
  • Country of production: France/Burkina Faso
  • Shooting location: Burkina Faso
  • Distributor: V & V Productions
    18B Impasse de la Flambère, 31300 Toulouse, France
    vnvproductions@outlook.com
    http://vnvproductions.tumblr.com
For this burkinabe family of fishermen and farmers, hard work is the daily routine. All participate and perform their tasks respecting the karaboro tradition. Familial values direct social organization. The film depicts four points of view, four voices that share pieces of their thoughts and stories. Diéta and Adiara are co-wives, married to Seydou for more than 20 years. Tonton is Diéta’s son, age 20, and Abdoul is a 40 year old father of 5. All four provide us their vision of a world filled with hope, future and humanity.


Director info
Victorien Vialar has a degree in Anthropology-Sociology, University of Toulouse II Le Mirail, FRANCE,
2004-2008. Directed 3 other short movies selected in several international cinema festival such as Cannes Film Festival; International Montreal Vues d’Afrique, Black

The Characteristics of C-Minor

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 14 min
  • Director: J. Ollie Lucks, Max Bellamy
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: New Zealand
  • Shooting location: New Zealand
  • Distributor: J. Ollie Lucks
    j.ollie.lucks@gmail.com
Musician Nick Knox is likely to the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. But when you see him on stage – trancelike behind the keyboard, shimmering with dark mana, growling into the microphone – that sweet character you thought you knew slips into a minor key. In "The Characteristics of C-Minor", Nick talks for the first time about his battles with his own mind. Lucid, revealing interviews, and footage of glittering live performances, build a portrait of a man who transforms his titanic internal struggles through his art. To those who know Nick now, it comes as a surprise that he spent years of his youth in painful isolation. Cut off from society and family, strangled by a dangerous mix of physical and psychological impediments, this isolation culminated in an incident that changed his life forever. Nick still carries the scars and aftermath of that metamorphic event. However, the years since the accident have seen him emerge into a truly evolved man: glowing with warmth, intelligence, and love for his creative community. What comes through strongly in "The Characteristics of C-Minor" is Nick’s ability to be radically vulnerable. This is the driving force for his music. Solitary musical explorations have enabled a real sense of self-discovery and emotional self-knowledge. This deep, new confidence, combined with the widening validation of his community, lets us see a man alive with gratitude and wonder as never before. Part biopic, part music video, part tribute to Dunedin’s gothic beauty, this affecting film pays witness to the emotional armour of a scarred man, and to the exquisite growl that emerges when he peels it off. “Beautifully realised...the story [is captured] with finesse, all the moody scenes and soaring performance pieces adding up to a concise masterpiece in miniature” – New Zealand Herald.



Director info
J.Ollie Lucks
Since winning the Grand Prize at the Show Us Your Pixels competition in 2010 with his thesis film Plato’s Cave, J.Ollie Lucks has made short documentary films for clients such as
Caritas NZ, Sydney University, Tonga Power Limited and the Vodafone Foundation New Zealand. His work has a clear artistic vision, often featuring an underlying melancholic tone that creates dense atmosphere, even in shorter music videos for bands such as Knives at Noon, Thundercub and Alizarin Lizard.

Max Bellamy
Max Bellamy is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in New Zealand. Though most often framing his practice through the lens of a camera, he is also comfortable with sculpture, installation and works on paper. Bellamy’s artworks tap social fantasies around (dis)location, expectation and doom.

The Citadel

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 64 min
  • Director: Rubén Guzmán
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Argentina, France
  • Shooting location: Leleque, Paso del Sapo, Colinia Suiza (Argentinean Patagonia)
  • Distributor: LES FILMS FIGURES LIBRES
    103 rue des fontaines, 31300 Toulouse - France
    prod@lesfilmsfigureslibres.com
    http://www.lesfilmsfigureslibres.com/
This documentary triptych reflects upon three isolated characters living in the vastness of Patagonia. Through its poetic images, each spectator will be able to explore the simple and the precious Citadel that every protagonist cherishes from within, all in the frame of the majestic, haunting and indefinable Patagonia.


Director info
Rubén Guzmán is an Argentinean-Canadian photographer and media artist, professor and researcher, media curator and programmer. His work spans from photography to media arts, from video and experimental film to peripheral documentaries. His innovative work has been screened in numerous solo and group exhibitions, retrospectives and festivals around the world.

The Flower's Song

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 61 min
  • Director: Jacques Dochamps, José Gualinga
  • Original Language: Spanish, Quechua
  • Country of production: Belgium, Ecuador
  • Shooting location: Ecuador
  • Distributor: Wallonie Image Production (W.I.P.)
    PIL, Bâtiment T - 36, rue de Mulhouse
    info@wip.be
    www.wip.be
The fight for one’s rights and ideals can take many forms. For the Kichwa tribe of Sarayaku, an
indigenous population in the Amazonian forest of Ecuador, it has the form of a circle of sacred flowers animated by otherworldly, shamanic songs. To combat the latest attempt to attack the
green lung of the Earth with the cancer of oil wells and protect it from intensive exploitation, this tribe, which depends entirely on the forest, defends its territory with a border made of flowering  plants, the “Frontiere de Vie”.


Director info
Jacques Dochamps earned a diploma from the INSAS in Brussels in 1974. He worked as a screenwriter and director for Radio Télévision Belge Francophone and then founded Minute Papillon, a consumer defence magazine and has made documentaries and reportage.

José Gualinga
is the representative of the people of the Kichwas Community. He fought more than 20 years to protect his territory of the devastating action of the petroleum companies.”Le chant de la fleur” is his first film.

The Go-Between – Afar of Ethiopia

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 37 min
  • Director: Frode Storaas, Rolf Scott, Getachew Kassa
  • Original Language: Afar, Amharic
  • Country of production: Norway
  • Shooting location: Ethiopia
  • Distributor: Frode Storaas
    frode.storaas@um.uib.no
A woman is reported dead - another case for Hussein. The Islamic pastoral Afars inhabit the north eastern rangelands of Ethiopia. Some have settled in towns and trade centres where also the Ethiopian government is present with the police and other government officials. Many Afars have a foot in both sectors, having a home in town while maintaining close contact with their nomadic relatives. Hussein Hayie has a government position as Peace and Security officer. His work is to judge whether an incident should be handled as a criminal case for the police or be left as a case to be solved the traditional way by the elders of the clans. The Afar political organization is based on both territory and kinship. The political institutions are geared towards social control and the resolution of conflicts. The tribal leaders are often called upon to intervene before a small matter escalates.


Director info
Frode Storaas is professor, working at the University Museum of Bergen.
Rolf Scott is a PhD candidate, University of Bergen
Geatachew Kassa, Associate professor, Addis Ababa University.

The Master and Divino

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director: Tiago Campos
  • Original Language: Portuguese
  • Country of production: Brazil
  • Shooting location: Brazil
  • Distributor: Tiago Campos
    titorres@gmail.com
An engrossing portrait of two filmmakers who both work, apparently at cross purposes, in the same village in Brazil’s Mato Grosso region: Adalbert Heide, an eccentric ex-missionary with a passion for Super-8 since 1957, and his former student, a young Xavante filmmaker Divino Tserewahú, now a filmmaker in his own right, who has produced films for television and cinema festivals since the 1990s. Shifting between complicity, competition, irony and affect, they give life to their historical records, revealing peculiar backstages of indigenous catechizing in Brazil. A film which explores everything from film making to the history of the evangelization of the indians.

Director info
Born in Belo Horizonte in 1982, Tiago studied anthropology at UnB in Brasília, where he started to act as a documentarist, clown and musician. In 2005 he joined Vídeo nas Aldeias (a production company and cinema school for indigenous peoples) and gave workshops that resulted in films like “Bicicletas de Nhanderú” among many others. In 2008 he directed the film “Unnamed Xavante Women” together with his Xavante student Divino Tserewahú. He worked as editor, editing assistant and color grading on “Corumbiara”, by Vincent Carelli, among many other films.

The Ninth Life of Gualdino

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 61 min
  • Director: Filipe Araújo
  • Original Language: Portuguese
  • Country of production: Portugal
  • Shooting location: France
  • Distributor: Filipe Araújo
    blablablamedia@gmail.com
By the end of an incredible life full of adventure, misfortune and surreal accomplishments, a self-taught drummer, exalted to a jazz legend among the community for having introduced to the stage dozens of inexperienced young people acclaimed today in the music industry, suffers a stroke. At first, half of his body is paralyzed, but his stubbornness is overpowering. His mission is anambitious one: to regain full movement, play the drums once again, introduce one last singer and return to Paris, where he played with Nina Simone and lived under a bridge.

http://www.gualdino.net


Director info
Filipe Araújo
Co-founder of the production company Blablabla Media, Filipe Araújo is a Portuguese film  director, scriptwriter and independent producer from Lisbon, Portugal, with a ten years' experience in journalism. Up to day, his work in film was distinguished with three first prizes, one honorable mention and two nominations to "Best film on art".

The Prophet

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 28 min
  • Director: Mati Puss
  • Original Language: Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia
  • Distributor: Mati Puss
    matipuss1987@gmail.com
No prophet is accepted in his own country. The same goes to Veiko Rämmel – an Estonian nationalist and conservative Christian activist who wants to awaken the people and save his country. But first he has to save himself and his son. Doing that is not so easy when you have a drinking problem and live in a small room with 4 other persons with similar unfortunate destinies.


Director info
Mati Puss is a film directing student at Baltic Film and Media School. At the moment he lives at his birth home on the island called Muhu and works on his final thesis.

The Ruler

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 53 min
  • Director: Shalva Shengeli
  • Original Language: Georgian
  • Country of production: Georgia
  • Shooting location: Georgia
  • Distributor: Elene Gabashvili
    68 Kostava str, Tbilisi Georgia, 0171
    e.gabashvili@gpb.ge
Should the monument to Stalin be left in a nunnery yard? The main question of this film became the cause for a conflict between the population of a small Georgian village. The nunnery at the VII century Savior’s Temple at one side and the leader’s monument on the other - is it possible co-exist? How did the church become a shelter for the leader whose name was associated with the fight against religion? What kind of ideological conflicts are typical for 21st century Georgia? The authors of the film are looking to answers these questions.

www.facebook.com/therulerfilm




Director info
Born in 1966. In 1991 he graduated from the architecture department of the Georgian Technical University. At the same time he was studying at the secondary department of journalism. In 1998 he graduated from the film directing department of the Georgian State University of Theater and Film.

The Sacred in the Secular

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 27 min
  • Director: Karin Leivategija
  • Original Language: Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia/UK
  • Shooting location: Estonia
  • Distributor: Karin Leivategija
    karin.leivategija@gmail.com
Toomas is an Estonian Orthodox clergyman who is deeply committed to music. He expresses that commitment through his job as an ethno and reggae music DJ in clubs and radio. A clergyman and a DJ - it is a combination that comes across as surprising and raises questions even in a largely secular country like Estonia. But is the gap between religious and secular life really as wide as it is typically assumed to be?


Director info
I have recently finished Visual Anthropology MA studies at the University of Manchester, England. I come from Estonia and most of the films I made during my studies explored cultural and historical fragments of Estonian life. I got into film-making mainly because of its potential to bring the understanding of different ways of living and thinking closer to wider audiences. I also enjoy the artistic and creative aspect of film-making. I am mostly drawn to subjects that are strongly stereotyped and therefore attract prejudice in societies.

The Shebabs of Yarmouk

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Axel Salvatori-Sinz
  • Original Language: Arabic
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Syria
  • Distributor: Stéphane Riguet
    AndanaFilms
    Le village
    07170 Lussas
    France
    sriguet@andanafilms.com
    www.andanafilms.com
The Shebabs form a small group of boys and girls who have been together since they were teens. Now on the eve of adulthood, they have a genuine thirst for life and for the absolute, while being confronted in intricate situations. Between the need for freedom and sticking together, between longing for revolt and the prospect of a well-ordered life, choices are hard to make; even more so if you’re a third-generation Palestinian refugee in the 50-year old camp of Yarmouk, in Syria.

https://www.facebook.com/TheShebabsofYarmouk.LesChebabsdeYarmouk


Director info
Axel Salvatori-Sinz (born 1982) grew up in the suburbs of Lyon, France. He has directed several films for the French Embassy while in Salvador. “The Shebabs of Yarmouk”, his first feature-length documentary, was selected in more than 60 internationals festivals and has won severals awards such as the Regard Neuf for Best First Film at Visions du réel 2013 and the RTP Award for Best Research Film at Doclisboa 2013.

The Silence of the Flies

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Director: Eliezer Arias
  • Country of production: Venezuela
  • Shooting location: Venezuela
  • Distributor: Eliezer Arias
    earias12uk@yahoo.co.uk
There is no greater tragedy for a mother than the loss of her child. Against the majestic backdrop of the Venezuelan Andes, Marcelina and Mercedes recount the story of their daughters Nancy and Maria José, who committed a suicide pact, like many others in the last years in these surroundings. Through their memories of loss and grief, the film takes us into a world of tangible pain where silence has became a significant feature of this idyllic but violent natural setting. Director Eliezer Arias places these deaths in a broader perspective of rural communities where suicide is taking on epidemic proportions. Flies and suicide are everywhere, but no one talks about them.

Director info
Eliezer Arias is a Venezuelan Filmmaker and Anthropologist with a PhD at the University of Bath, England. He has taken screenplay tutorials with Lucrecia Martel, Felipe Vega, Javier Corcuera and Guillermo Arriaga.

The Superstars of koti

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 75 min
  • Director: Anuj Adlakha & Farha Alam
  • Original Language: Hindi, Jaunsari
  • Country of production: India
  • Shooting location: Uttarakhand, India
  • Distributor: Films Division
    Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, 24 – Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-26.
    dgfd@filmsdivision.org
The lives of three teenage boys in a mountain village in India get pinned to each other through the revered deity of their terrain. In a macrocosm evolved out of an ancient belief where the deity inhabits a few chosen ones, the 3 boys in their respective hierarchical roles reflect upon paths that have been laid out for them by the deity. As they clash in a flight of adolescent aspirations, will the coming of age entail harmony, or will equilibrium be restored by God’s own hand?

www.thesuperstarsofkoti.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheSuperstarsofKoti  


Director info
Anuj Adlakha and Farha Alam are independent filmmakers who have been collaborating since 2010. With a keen interest in hyperlink cinema, they share a desire to tell stories which are driven by compelling characters. “The Superstars of Koti” is their first documentary feature. Sometimes when they forget their cameras at home, they try out new local food, look for odd jobs and search for new characters. They can be reached on adlakha_anuj@hotmail.com and farha.alam@hotmail.com.

Wall Stories

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 40 min
  • Director: Shashwati Talukdar
  • Country of production: India
  • Shooting location: India
  • Distributor: Shashwati Talukdar
    st.lists@gmail.com
“Wall Stories” is about how a dispossessed saint, a newly minted gentry and generations of painters created a syncretic culture in the Western Himalayas. It is a pictorial journey through the Garhwal region in the Western Himalayas. Centered around Dehradun between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, it tells the fascinating story of the history and culture of its people through mural paintings found in the  area, and the daily life that is lived around them. These painting from the end of the 17th to the 19th century defy the boundaries of low art and high art, religion and received history. By using imaginary conversations, the film treats the subject of the paintings as living subjects and plays with its subject matter to explore the space and meaning created in the everyday lives of the people who encounter these paintings.

Director info
Shashwati Talukdar is an India-born, academic-filmmaker from New York. She has more than twelve films and videos to her name and is well-known on for her documentaries on cultural identity and representation. She has an MFA in Film and Video Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia (1999). She began working in the film and television industry as an assistant editor for a TV show by Michael Moore. Since 1999 she has worked on projects for HBO, BBC, Lifetime, Sundance and Cablevision. In addition to filmmaking, Shashwati Talikdar has taught at NYU, Arcadia and Temple University.

Where I can't be found

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 16 min
  • Director: Arjun Talwar
  • Original Language: Tamil
  • Country of production: Poland
  • Shooting location: India
  • Distributor: Arjun Talwar
    arjuntalwar@gmail.com
A day in the life of an ascetic as he wanders leisurely through a valley in southern India. Along the way, he meets numerous residents of the region and is curious about their lives. This popular philosopher enjoys considerable authority, is sometimes a teacher, and accepts events as the gifts of fate. At the end of the day, he returns to his shelter, where he contemplates life.

Director info
Arjun Talwar grew up in Bombay, leaving to study Mathematics at Stanford University. While working as a correspondent for a newspaper in Tbilisi, Georgia during the 2008 conflict with Russia, he began taking pictures. Currently, he studies at the Polish National Film School.

White Chimney

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 24 min
  • Director: Jani Peltonen
  • Country of production: Finland
  • Shooting location: Finland
  • Distributor: Jani Peltonen
    jani.peltonen1@gmail.com
Everlasting summer. Everlasting youth. The utopia of the new human. The park forest of Aulanko has always been the place where you can see the prevailing ideas and styles. It’s also a place where Finnish mass tourism expanded. In 1938, Hotel Aulanko opened its doors. It was built in a functionalist fashion and it quickly became the location of choice for the socialites of the time. In the late summer of 1939, only a month before the Second World War erupted, a party arrived at the hotel. One of the members of the party was nineteen-year-old up-and-coming actress Sirkka Sari. What happened to her? What happened to us?


Director info
Jani Peltonen graduated from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Design, Film and Television Department in 2008. His thesis film was the documentary “The Great Mill”. Since then he has been working in the Finnish film industry in several duties. “A Tall Man”was his professional debut as a director. The films was screened in several international film festivals (Visions du Réel, Karlovy Vary IFF, ERA New Horizons, Melbourne IFF, etc.). In 2012 he participated to Berlinale Talent Campus.

Whitsunday at Tammealuse

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Rein Maran
  • Original Language: Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Lääne-Viru County, Estonia
  • Distributor:

    Gaviafilm OÜ
    info@gaviafilm.ee
    www.gaviafilm.ee


Whitsunday is known in folk memory as an important holiday for country folk and merry spring holiday that has been celebrated in Estonia through the ages to greet the arriving summer. Whitsunday (or Whitsun, Whit) involved many traditional preparatory activities - tidying the home and its surroundings, decorating with birches, going to the sauna. The celebration itself took place at the nearest sacred Grove, where a swing was set up and a bonfire made. Entire families came there. People used to sing, dance, swing, play, eat and perform various rituals. The young gathered to have fun, while elder people gathered to watch it, to chat, and to marvel at the frolic and games of children. Something of it has endured into the present day. Every year local people and their guests gather at Grove of Tammealuse in Samma Village, Viru County, for Whitsunday festivities to celebrate the beginning of summer. Our film brings some of it to the viewer.



Director info

Rein Maran (1931) is a writer, director, cameraman and producer from Estonia. He has directed more than 50 films, most of them about the wild nature of Estonia. Many films are shown in TV-channels and festivals in abroad. He is also an author of numerous TV-projects about Estonian wildlife. Heroes of his films have been different animals, as for instants ants, toads, snakes, several bird species and mammals. With his films Rein Maran tries to value the beauty of natural behaviour of the animals in their own habitatas.


Without Breaks and Weekends

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Mikhail Zheleznikov
  • Country of production: Russian Federation
  • Shooting location: Russian Federation
  • Distributor: Mikhail Zheleznikov
    zmg@mail.ru
    http://www.zheleznikov.com/bio.html
Different times and walks of life mix together in a nostalgic commission shop.


Director info
Mikhail Zheleznikov was born in Leningrad in 1972. Made films for ARTE and YLE, Corona Films, and Saint-Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. From 2011 he curates the new experimental short films competition program In Silico at the Message To Man film festival. In 2012 he co-organized the online short film festival Kinodot.

Xenos

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 12 min
  • Director: Mahdi Fleifel
  • Original Language: Arabic
  • Country of production: UK, Greece, Denmark
  • Shooting location: Greece
  • Distributor: Patrick Campbell
    patrick@nakbafilmworks.com
    www.nakbafilmworks.com
In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon travelled with smugglers through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they came looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political, and social collapse. “Xenos” is a short documentary blending footage shot on visits to Athens in 2011 with phone conversations recorded during Abu Eyad’s time there. It tells of his day-to-day struggle for survival and enduring sense of exile in a land of hope that has become a nightmare.

Director info
Mahdi Fleifel is a Palestinian filmmaker and visual artist based in London. He was born in Dubai, raised in the Ain El-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon and later in the suburbs of Elsinore, Denmark. He graduated from the British National Film and Television School in 2009. His recently completed feature documentary, “A World Not Ours” (also screened at World Film Festival at 2014), is currently touring the festival circuit and has already picked up multiple awards.

You Can't Ban Freedom

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 83 min
  • Director: Inga Lizengevic
  • Original Language: Belarusian, Russian, German
  • Country of production: Germany, Poland
  • Shooting location: Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Germany
  • Distributor: Inga Lizengevic
    lizengevic@hotmail.de
Only a few people still have the courage to speak up in public in the dictatorship of Belarus. Lavon Volski is one of them. In Belarus his concerts have been banned for years, but Volski deals creatively with the situation. The film shows performances of Volskis punk rock band Krambambulya and the every day live of the musicians and their fans. In this way it gives insight into today's society in Belarus.

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Director info
Inga Lizengevic was born Russia and grew up in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. She studied theatre at the Academy of Arts in Minsk, Belarus and at HU and FU in Berlin, Germany. She lives as a theatre director in Berlin. Inga moves between Belarus and Europe and is an attentive observer of the situation in her home country. Her point of view combines the Belarusian and the European perspective, and therefore her film speaks to people on both sides of the cultural border.

You Don't Become What You Already Are

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 48 min
  • Director: Sabine Kuentz
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Paris area
  • Distributor: Ateliers Varan
    6, impasse de Mont-Louis, 75011 Paris, France
    communication@ateliersvaran.com
Emilie decided one day to accept herself. Now an LGBT leader and a volunteer worker at Emmaüs, sheis living a very happy life with her husband, like a victory of fate. She traces back her story, back to the time when she still was a little boy called Emile.


Director info
Sabine Kuentz was born in Southern France in 1975. After being the editor of illustrated books for 10 years, she learnt filmmaking at the Ateliers Varan documentary school in Paris. “You Don’t Become What You Already Are” (2013) is her school film.

Salto Mortale

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 94 min
  • Director: Guillaume Kozakiewiez
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France Switzerland
  • Shooting location: France, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Belgium...
  • Distributor: Vivement Lundi !
    11 rue Denis Papin 35000 Rennes France
    contact@vivement-lundi.com
In 2000, Antoine Rigot, a great tightrope artist, partially lost the use of his legs. But instead of compelling him to give up the stage, this serious accident encourgaed him to become both the object and the subject of his shows. Little by little, his desire to flirt with equilibrium returns. The
Fall and Rebirth of a humble and courageous tightrope walker makes for a film imbued with the spirit of its humble and courageous protagonist.


Director info
Guillaume Kozakiewiez is a director and cinematographer born in 1979 in Chaumont, France. From 1999 to 2001 he studied film & multimedia production at Nancy University. From 2001 to 2003, he went on to pursue a degree in Communications at Rennes University after which he completed a series of internships as a technician and cinematographer. His works as a filmmaker include “Leonarda” (2007) and “La Lutte N'est pas pour tous” (2011).

Icaros

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 71 min
  • Director: Georgina Barreiro
  • Country of production: Argentina
  • Shooting location: Peru
  • Distributor: Georgina Barreiro
    georginabarreiro@gmail.com
Icaros explores the spiritual universe of the Shipibo indigenous people who live by the Ucayali river, one of the main tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon. Young Mokan Rono sets outs on a journey to discover the ancestral knowledge of ayahuasca, mentored by a wise shaman and by his mother, a master healer.

Director info
Was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and studied the Design of Image and Sound at the University of Buenos Aires. She has edited several tv documentaries for Canal Encuentro, INADI, Canal a, Proa tv, Discovery Channel; and has worked both as editor and director in official audiovisual projects for the National Library of Argentina. She has worked both as an editor and producer in The October Silence (2010) by Valeria Mapelman and also as assistant editor in La Salada (2014) by Juan Martín Hsu.

Manakamana

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 118 min
  • Director: Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  • Original Language: Nepali, English
  • Country of production: United States
  • Shooting location: Nepal
  • Distributor: The Cinema Guild
    115 West 30th Street, Suite 800 ·
    New York, NY 10001
    info@cinemaguild.com
Pilgrims make an ancient journey in a state-of-the-art cable car. Their rides unfold in real-time, highlighting interactions with one another, the landscape, and this strange new mode of conveyance. Through these encounters, the film opens a surprising window onto contemporary Nepali lives, propelled along by the country’s idiosyncratic modernization.

Director info
Stephanie Spray is a filmmaker, phonographer, and anthropologist who has been working at the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory at Harvard University since 2006. Her work exploits different media to explore the confluence of social aesthetics and art in everyday life. Since 1999, she has spent much of her time in Nepal, roaming in its mountains; studying its music, religion, and language; and making films.
Pacho Velez works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His film and theater productions have been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and on Japanese National Television.

Dancing With Maria

  • Year of release: 2014
  • Duration: 75 min
  • Director: Ivan Gergolet
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Italy, Argentina, Slovenia
  • Shooting location: Argentina
  • Distributor: Manuela Buono
    Salita di Gretta 7/1 34136 Trieste ITALY
    festivals@slingshotfilms.it
Maria Fux is a 90 year old Argentinian dancer. In her studio in the heart of Buenos Aires she is still dancing, teaching and conserving the elegance and energy of a young performer. She accepts all kinds of people in her classes, forming integrated groups of dancers. She gives everybody the possibility to develop their own way of expressing themselves and gets out the talent from dancers of all ages and conditions. After a  period of training with her, a lot of them spring out, as if something new is waking up. They take part in one of the most ancient human struggles: the battle of human beings against their limits. Maria Fux is not an exception. She is pushing her old body to the limits, but there’s an unknown force coming from inside, one that forces her students to a concrete change and makes her continue dancing. This film tells about the power of that force.


Director info
Ivan Gergolet was born in 1977. He graduated in Performing Arts from the University of Bologna and started making films in 1995. He directed the short documentaries Akropolis and Making Archeo Films and the short feature films Quando il fuoco si spegne, Polvere, La collezione di Medea and Ouverture. His films are primarily focused on the relationship between repression and memory. Dancing With Maria is his first feature-length documentary film.

State of Play

  • Year of release: 2013
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director: Steven Dhoedt
  • Original Language: Korean
  • Country of production: Belgium
  • Shooting location: Korea
  • Distributor: Steven Dhoedt
    Rue Bara 173-177, 1070 Brussels, Belgium
    stephen@visualantics.net
    www.visualantics.net
„Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a
man when he plays.“ — Friedrich Schiller

In Seoul, hundreds of boys compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national pastime. Top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, and being a professional gamer isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea. It’s a title which many young South Koreans dream of, as the stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. What happens when play becomes work? For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives. The story follows three boys in different stages of their career of professional gamers.

www.stateofplaydoc.com


Director info
Steven studied film at the RITS Film Academy in Brussels and graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts. After his studies he settled in Hong Kong where he gained experience as a freelancer producer and director in the local video- and TV commercial industry. In 2003 he founded the Belgian based production company Visualantics, focusing on creativedocumentaries, fiction films and new media projects. He made his documentary debut in 2009 with ‘Inside the Metaverse’, a journey through online virtual worlds.