Category Archives: filme-2017

Magallanes

Drama | Salvador del Solar | Peru | 2015 | 109 min | SEN

Harvey Magallanes, a former soldier and current cab driver, gathers a passenger whom he recognizes: Celina, a woman he met in Ayacucho while he was a soldier. Magallanes wants to help her financially, but she is not ready to accept his help, due to a secret of the past which will face both of them.

My Own Private War

Documentary | Lidija Zelovic | Netherlands/Bosnia/Herzegovina | 2016 | 57 min | SEN

Zelovic grew up in Bosnia in the city of Sarajevo, then still Yugoslavia, where the civil war of 1992 divided the population. In 1993, she fled to the Netherlands. As a war correspondent for the BBC and later as a filmmaker, she kept trying to get closer to the truth about war. During the making of this film Zelovic finds that the real war is raging within people. Even inside herself. To try and leave the past behind and no longer feel like a refugee, Zelovic tries to identify the source of hostility.

Nowhere To Hide

Documentary | Zaradasht Ahmed | Norwegay/ Sweden | 2016 | 85 min | SEN

Iraq, 2011, the US Army withdrew and left back a country where war has become the norm. Our protagonist, 36-year-old Nori Sharif, is husband, father of four children, and a male nurse. He gets a small camera from the film maker and starts to document life in one of Iraq’s most  dangerous provinces: Diyala. Over a period of five years, Nori shows us how he balances his everyday life, people who have survived the war, how the city is destroyed and trying to gain new energy and the increasing growth of ISIS (the Islamic State). As a sensitive observer he starts to reveal the helplessness of the population and tries to be neutral. But how is it possible to remain impartial being squeezed between two giant forces – ISIS on one side and the Iraqi militias on the other?

Concerning Violence

Documentary | Göran Hugo Olsson | Sweden/ Denmark/ USA | 2014 | 89 min | SEN

According to Frantz Fanon’s famous book “The Damned of This Earth” the film tells the story of how the uprisings lead to the decolonization of Africa. Göran Olsson (the Swedish documentary filmmaker and television journalists) focused on Africa using archive materials from 1966 to 1984, e.g. of the Liberation movement in Angola, the Frelimo in Mozambique and the independence struggle in Guinea-Bissau. The musician Lauryn Hill brought to life lyrics of Fanons, which structure and comment on the visual material. A look at today’s conflicts shows that even 50 years after Fanons death Africa has not yet overcome the consequences of the centuries-old European raids.

On The Move

Documentary | Tsira Gvasalia | Georgia | 2013 | 50 min | SEN

The film depicts the supposedly sedate and passive
daily life of residents in a nursing home, which a second look reveals to be moulded by intense passions and a multitude of interests. The residents still have dreams and cling to their last loves, aware that they do not have much time left.

When Two Worlds Collide

Documentary | Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel | USA/ Peru/ UK | 2016 | 103 min | SEN

Two worlds, two leaders, one environment. On
the one side, President Alan Garcia, who wants to
strengthen the economy of his country by extracting
oil, minerals and gas from the untouched indigenous
Amazonian land. And on the other side, Alberto
Pizango, who is the leader of the biggest protest
movement of the native inhabitants of South America.
Pizango tried to fight with impassioned speeches
against Garcia’s destructive actions. When President
Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a tense war
of words erupts into deadly violence, bloody protest
and chaotic clashes between both sides.

For All The World To See

Documentary | Claudia Schmid | Germany | 2017 | 90 min | SEN

Asia, Africa, Europe – Benin, Bangladesh, DR Kongo,
but also in Germany: Violence to women is
pervasive. The movie takes us into the lifeworld
of women who were put out to the worst violence
acts and which have fought themselves out of this
harsh environment. They talk about their unpleasant
experiences: their fight for survival, their fears
and hopes and current attempts to build up a new
life – without violence.

Wrong Elements

Documentary | Jonathan Littell | France/ Germany/ Belgium | 2017 | 133 min | SEN

In the late 1980s, the young fighter Joseph Kony
founded a rebel movement against the government
in Uganda. Kony also recruited children, as
soldiers, abducted and forced them to serve “as
weapon”. The friends Geoffrey, Nighty, Mike and
Lapisa were child soldiers who were once forced
by Kony to kill people. They managed to escape
and because of an amnesty regulation they were
integrated into society again. Today the four of
them lead a normal life. For this documentation,
they tell how victims became perpetators.

The Things

Documentary |Nino Gogua | Georgia | 2016 | 64min | SEN

Nearly 10 years after the conflict in Georgia, Georgian
inhabitants of the Russian-occupied territory are still living in temporary camps, waiting to return home. Their dwellings are cookie-cutter houses. They brought only the few items that they managed to grab from their homes when fleeing from the occupation army. Equally austere, almost as empty as their provisional housing, they live their lives at the mercy of waiting for what is to come. In this meditative documentary, real relics of their past lives, everyday things brought from their original homes, are the most tangible manifestations of the irreversibility of time as measured by losses.

Madonna

Documentary |Nino Gogua | Georgia | 2014 | 58 min | SEN

Madonna, 57 years old, is the only female bus driver
in Georgia. Once a famous Soviet tram driver, today
she struggles against the conventional laws of a
traditional society, which sees her occupation as a
“man’s job”. Refusing to stop driving, she demands
to be accepted as a woman.

Der Junge und die Welt

Animated film | Ale Abreu | Brasil | 2013 | 80 min |no dialogues| Fsk: 8 years

Cuca lives a very simple and blissful life with his parents, playing in the forests and interacting with the animals and listening to sounds that are represented by glowing balls of light. One day Cuca’s father leaves by train for a new job, leaving sad Cuca with the nostalgia of playing with his mom and dad. Feeling that he will never be happy again, Cuca leaves with a large suitcase that contains only a picture of him and his parents. While waiting for the train, a sudden gust of wind lifts him up carrying him far away to a world that appears to have two moons.

Welcome To Refugeestan

Documentary | Anne Poiret | France | 2016 | SEN

Approximately 17 million people around the world are refugees, which is equivalent to the population of the Netherlands. This film focuses on the way the UNHCR manages refugee camps. This movie provides a deeper look into 4 refugee camps, including the Dadaab camp in Kenya. It is the world’s largest camp with a population of 350,000. Director Anne Poiret also visits Norway, where humanitarian workers are trained in the arts of negotiating with corrupt officials, and to the UNHCR offices in Switzerland, where innovation is the buzzword of the day. The film points out the essential exploration of both, the refugee experience and the failures of a system that can keep people trapped and stateless for decades.

Trapped By Law

Documentary | Sami Mustafa | Germany/ Serbia/ Kosovo | 2015 | 90 min | SEN

The law of “forced reintegration”, which has been signed between Kosovo, Germany and other EU states, has separated families and changed lives of many people. In 2010, thousand of Kosovo Roma were forcibly repatriated from the European Union to their original home, despite the fact that many had spent years living abroad or were not even born in Kosovo. This movie tells the story of the two brothers Kefaet and Selami. Kefaet was born in Kosovo but since the age of four he lives in Essen. Selami was born in Essen and never visited his so-called “original home”. In March 2010, they were deported to Kosovo. Separated from their family and friends they try to cope with their situation and do everything in their power to return to Germany. But administration and asylum laws are standing in their way.

Street Dancers

Documentary | Xuban Intxausti | Spain | 2016 | 56 min | SEN | Fsk: 12 years

The art collective Sra Polaroiska (Alaitz Arenzana and Maria Ibarretxe) leads a dance workshop in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) with young Romani Gypsies to jointly prepare a dance show to be staged in the city centre. Out of the relationship established between the participants and the artists emerges the precarious situation of the Romanies in Bulgaria. “Street Dancers” is a documentary about how dance, the arts and culture, are all antidotes against prejudice, social exclusion and the fear of difference.

DIY Country

Documentary | Antony Butts | Ukraine | 2016 | 90 min | SEN

In spring 2014, russia took advantage of the power vacuum in Kyiv to destabilise Ukraine and carried out an unacknowledgement separatist operationin Donbass. Armed groups of pro-Russian rebels took control of local authorities and announced a referendum on secession from Ukraine. Over a 2-year period, “DIY Country” captures the origins and evolution of the Donetsk People’s Republic in East Ukraine from hopeful and naive beginnings, to hate, destruction and infighting. Based on actual human experiences and situations, filmmaker
Antony Butts captures the determination and passion,
but also the naivety, arrogance and cruelty of
the participants in the coup.

Oscuro Animal

Drama | Felipe Guerrero | Colombia/ Greece/ Argentina/ Germany/ Netherlands | 2016 |
90 min | SEN

„Oscuro Animal“: three Colombian women who are forced to flee their homes in times of war. Somewhere in the deep of the primeval forest, Rocios husband has disappeared and she must leave her village after it was destroyed. And then there is La Mona. She has stabbed her young and violent boyfriend. Last but not least, we have NELSA. She escaped after getting the order to burn the mutilated corpses of executed farmers.

We Are Humanity

Documentary | Alexandre Dereims | France/ India | 2016 | 90 min | SEN

Isolated from the everyday hectic of big cities and modern values, there are 400 members of a tribe called the Jarawas. The last untouched area, where you still can find the origin inhabitants in the same way of life we had from beginning of humankind. Repeatedly, the Indian government and curious travelers tried to assimilate them into our modern society without any enthusiasm of the Jarawa tribe. In the wake of this documentary people now know about their paradise. What will happen to them? Can they stay isolated or will globalization affect them soon?

Theater Of Life

Documentary | Peter Svatek | Canada | 2016 | 94 min | SEN

The world famous chef Massimo Bottura decided to use thrown out foodstuffs taken from the EXPO Milano and serve it to homeless and refugees. That gives them access to a healthy and well prepared meal, which unfortunately isn’t granted for “normal”. At the evenings in the so called “Refettorio Ambrosiano”, Botturo and 40 well-known chefs from all around the world prepare gourmet food for less than usual.

Lost In Lebanon

Documentary | Sophia & Georgia Scott | UK | 2017 | 80 min | SEN

Lebanon is a country with almost 5 Million inhabitants, in which more than 1 Million Syrian refugees have found new homes. Fearing that the situation would get out of control, in 2015 the Lebanese government began tightening the refugee politcs. Following the new visa tightening about 80% of the Syrians found themselves in the position of illegal migrants. The film connects four stories, which show the extreme situations of people who
have been denied the right of a place to live. Which possibilities are left, when they cannot return home and the neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon cannot afford hundreds of thousands newcomers?

The Good Postman

Documentary | Tonislav Hristov | Finland/ Bulgaria | 2016 | 80 min | SEN

This movie uses a semi-fictionalized plot by closely showing real event‘s in a small, stubborn Bulgarian village near the Bulgarian-Turkish border. Since the times of the Roman and the Ottoman Empire, the village has been resisting foreign invaders. But now it is a gateway for refugees, mainly from Syria. Some are afraid of the new faces, others see a new possibility in renewing their village. This issue becomes the main topic of the forthcoming mayoral elections. Postman Ivan has a new political vision, he decides to run for mayor to bring the dying village back to life by making new homes for the Syrian families. His opponent doesn’t like this idea and leads a campaign to use the refugee house for the first internet club in the village. Who do you think will win…?

Rodnye

Documentary | Vitaly Mansky | Latvia / Germany / Estonia / Ukraine | 2016 | 112 min | SEN

Russian citizen and soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore the country’s society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian family. They live scattered all across the country: in Lviv, Odessa, the separatist area in Donbass, and Sevastopol on Crimea. The film is looking for reasons of the conflict after which citizens of a single country found themselves on different sides of the barricades. The main narrative takes place in the here and now, starting with the turning point of ex-president Victor
Yanukovych’s flight to Russia. But below the main narrative there is a strong historical undercurrent, because the lives of protagonists of the film are marked by history on every step they take. This undercurrent will carry information about the Russian-
Ukrainian conflict’s deep roots in centuries of close ties between the two countries.

When The Earth Seems To Be Light

Documentary | Salome Machaidze, Davit Meskhi & Tamuna Karumidze | Georgia | 2015 |
76 min | SEN

The film tells the story of young skaters and musicians who lose themselves in the contradictory reality of a post-Soviet country – a country where one can dash him- or herself to pieces against the power of the church and politics. A close look into the world of teenagers on a search for freedom and romance.

The Dazzling Light Of Sunset

Documentary |Salomé Jashi | Georgia/Germany | 2016 |
74min |SEN

The film takes a small town television station as a centerpiece and draws a pseudo-ethnographic portrait of a community in Georgia. Rituals and traditions define the community’s lifestyle, but a far away reflection of the modern world also finds a way in it. Thus a strange hybrid is generated. Furthermore, everyone’s confused on how to represent themselves while performance of a self in its best way possible is of primary importance. A kaleidoscope of characters, places and happenings unveil the life and values here. The sole journalist of the television station, Dariko, is like Virgil from Dante’s “Divine Comedy” taking the audience on a trip to the community’s moments of revelation.

Altzaney

Documentary | Nino Orjonikidze & Vano Arsenishvili | Georgia | 2009 | 30min | SEN

Altzaney, 87 years old, is the authority in the Pankisi Gorge. Only she is trusted by the local residents – they entrust her with their problems and with the bodies of their dead, which are to be mourned. The people in Pankisi Gorge see Altzaney as a mediator between two worlds. How can a woman have gained such authority in one of the most patriarchal places in Georgia – in a place where, even today, tradition takes precedence over the law of the land?