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12 Onzas

12 Onzas

Director Patricio Serna Salazar 2010 Duration 54Min Country Mexico

With exceptional filming, the filmmaker shows us the reality of Mexican children whose dream is to become professional boxers. Through a few magnificent portraits, we discover the world of boxing behind the scene. To reach the top you have to receive many blows for only one out of three thousand boxers makes it.

24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years

24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years

Director Marius Iacob 2012 Duration 30Min Country Romania

Imre and Piroska live an isolated and poor life mining charcoal. Their quiet life is disturbed by the rising numbers of foreign tourists who come to see "real forest people" among other touristic attractions. Between the hard work and pictures with tourists, they dream about winning the lottery with a very personal combination of numbers. Yet, every morning, weather forecasts and the lottery drawing announce the beginning of another hard day.

24 Snow

24 Snow

Director Mikhail Barynin 2016 Duration 93Min Country Russia

In the Tundra, in the Arctic part of Yakutia, the climate is unbearable. In winter, the temperature drops to -65°C. There is no phone service, electricity nor roads. Living in such conditions means a daily struggle with nature and oneself. On a quest for liberty and independence, Sergei breeds his herd of horses, while being challenged by the extreme climatic conditions and the distance from his family.

31 haltes

31 haltes

Director Dorothée Van Den Berghe, Griet Van Reeth 2014 Duration 62Min Country Belgium

The visual thread running through the documentary 31 Haltes is the Stockel-Erasme Metro line crossing Brussels, whose route briefly brings together thousands of people and enables very different worlds to interact. The film follows six different people in their daily activities above and below ground. What links them are stories of loss and absence; of dreams and desires. Griet Van Reeth creates an intimate and poetic portrayal of a city and its various inhabitants.  The filmmaker will be there to talk after the movie 

66 Seasons

66 Seasons

Director Péter Kerekes 2003 Duration 86Min Country Slovaquie

A film about the Košice swimming pool, the place where, according to the filmmaker's slogan, "history came to swim." Set between 1936 and 2002, the story reflects historical events that took place in Central and Eastern Europe during that period. Using the pool as a backdrop where three generations came to cool off, a kind of "personal theatre" has been created, a space which becomes itself a model for evoking social history.

68, mon père et les clous

68, mon père et les clous

Director Samuel Bigiaoui 2017 Duration 84Min Country France

Opened 30 years ago, in the middle of the Quartier Latin in Paris, my father's hardware store is a meeting point for the neighbourhood and the playground of my childhood years. As it is about to close forever, I'm on my father's side in the last moments of the store. At the same time I try to understand why this former maoist militant with a university degree has ended up selling nails.

A Blooming Business

A Blooming Business

Director Ton van Zantvoort 2009 Duration 52Min Country The Netherlands

Roses sold in Europe often arrive from Africa. But at what price? Jane, Osca and Kennedy reveal the inside story of the global flower industry in Kenya - the violence, the terrible working conditions, the pollution and the drainage of a lake. Is this really fair for a bunch of roses?

A busz (A sárgabusz)

A busz (A sárgabusz)

Director Pálfi Szabolcs 2003 Duration 9Min Country Hungary

Somewhere in Hungary, at the dawn of the year 2000, a bus disappears, becoming a 'ghost' bus that has neither driver nor passengers. Starting from real recordings of voices and sounds, the director uses the form of an animated film to document the life of a Hungarian village. The young people are moving to the city, and only older people stay in the village, leaving the yellow buses empty.

A Certain Liberation

A Certain Liberation

Director Yasmine Kabir 2003 Duration 38Min Country Bangladesh

During the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh, Gurudasi Mondol became insane having watched her entire family murdered by the Razakars, the pro-Pakistani forces. She continues roaming the streets of a small rural town Kopilmoni, in quest of what she lost. Indifferent to authority and other people's contempt, she steals from foreigners and goes to places allowed only to men. In Kopilmoni, Gurudasi has become a legend. Through her untamable personality, she keeps the spirit of the liberation war alive.   

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Director Tom Fassaert 2015 Duration 116Min Country The Netherlands

On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95 ­year ­old grandmother Marianne to come visit her in South Africa. At that time, the only thing he knows about her are the myths and predominantly negative stories his father told him. She was a femme fatale who went through countless men, a famous model in the 1950s, and a mother  that  put  her  two  sons  into a children’s home. Fassaert decides to accept her invitation. But when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined.

A Goat For A Vote

A Goat For A Vote

Director Jeroen van Velzen 2014 Duration 52Min Country The Netherlands

Three young candidates start their campaign to become president on a school in the village of Kilifi, Kenya. Magdalene wants to show that women can make a difference in an environment dominated and corrupted by men. Harry comes from a very poor family and knows that winning could mean his way out. Said is resourceful and with a heart­breaking smile. Who has the best cards to win the presidency?

A Good American

A Good American

Director Friedrich Moser 2015 Duration 100Min Country Autriche

A codebreaker genius, a revolutionary surveillance program, and corruption across the board of NSA. Against this backdrop unfolds the feature documentary A Good American. The film tells the story of Bill Binney and his program ThinThread and how this perfect alternative to mass surveillance got ditched by NSA for money – 3 weeks prior to 9/11.

A Haunting History

A Haunting History

Director Ilse & Femke van Velzen 2015 Duration 69Min Country The Netherlands

Anuol Deng is a newly qualified lawyer who, after studying in Britain, returns to South Sudan with the hope of rebuilding his country after independence. Yet, the readjustment of living and working back home holds more challenges than he could have foreseen. When a new civil war breaks out he has to flee the same bullets that chased him as a little boy. History is repeating itself and his motherland’s violent past comes back to haunt him. Will Anuol be able to overcome these hardships and reconcile with his past?

A Leak in Paradise

A Leak in Paradise

Director David Leloup 2015 Duration 73Min Country Belgium

The investigative character driven story of Rudolf Elmer, a Swiss whistle-blower banker who defied secrecy by revealing the seedy operations of a Cayman Islands bank to WikiLeaks. After being harassed, tailed and jailed, the banker plunges us into the world of offshore banking.

A Maid For Each

A Maid For Each

Director Maher Abi Samra 2016 Duration 67Min Country United Arab Emirates

Domestic work represents a real market in Lebanon, segmented according to the national and ethnic origins of the worker. Zein El-Amin manages a maid agency. In a catalogue, he helps each client to choose the best candidate according to his or her needs. A Maid for Each observes the components of this system that transforms young women coming from Africa and Asia into merchandise to be exchanged. In this business, the notion of a maid is utterly dehumanised and becomes a product.

A Marriage Story

A Marriage Story

Director Helena T?eštíková 2017 Duration 102Min Country Czech republic

This documentary follows 35 years of ups and downs in the married life of Václav and Ivana Strnad. From newlywed architecture students living in a cramped flat in the socialist Czechoslovakia of the 80s, they become parents of five children, run a furniture company, build their own house and cope with Ivana’s fragile mental health. Their daily routine is played out in the dramatic context of political and social change where moments of absolute harmony mingle with dramatic fights and shocking revelations.

A place to live

A place to live

Director Mohsen Makhmalbaf Ostad Ali 2013 Duration 71Min Country Iran

Five men had to leave their families due to of different problems (addiction, poverty…) and now rent a bed in a men’s dormitory. Their only common point is the dormitory they can take refuge in and escape their loneliness. The documentary follows the story of their private life and their struggle to survive in the big city of Tehran.

A Place To Take Away

A Place To Take Away

Director Felippe Schultz Mussel 2012 Duration 80Min Country Brazil

To the rest of the world, the favelas of Rio de Janeiro are a representation of the Brazilian social disarray. Yet they are also one of the city's the most attractive points of interest. This documentary plunges us into the Favela of Rocinha and look into the desires and the images tied to the imaginary representation of such a popular touristic destination. In a changing market, the ever increasing demand, consistently provides new attractions, even if it concerns the poorest citizen of the country.

À qui appartient la terre?

À qui appartient la terre?

Director Lê Doan Hông 2009 Duration 50Min Country France

This film takes place in the farming region of Quang Nam, a couple miles from of Da Nang, the site of an American naval base during the Vietnam War, where bloody fights occurred. Today, the government decided to modernize the entire coastal area and to establish large tourist complexes, forcing farmers to leave their land. In the town of Dien Ngoc, farmers, most of whom participated in the fight for liberation, had to sell their rice fields where U.S. investors have built a golf course.

A River Changes Course

A River Changes Course

Director Kalyanee Mam 2013 Duration 83Min Country Cambodge/États-Unis

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes its course, while the life of the Cambodian people continues to flow in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth, and of creation and destruction. We travel to Cambodgia to capture the stories of three young Cambodians struggling to maintain their traditional way of life while the modern world closes in around them. From Cambodia’s forests to its rivers, from its idyllic rice fields to the capital’s pulsing heart, forces of radical change are transforming the landscape of the country - and the dreams of its people.  Awards:2013. Atlanta Film Festival. Etats-Unis (Documentary Feature - Grand Jury Award)2013. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Angleterre (CDS Filmmaker Award)2013. San Franscico International Film Festival. Etats-Unis (Golden Gate Award)2013. Sundance Film Festival. Etats-Unis (Grand Jury Prize)2013. RiverRun International Film Festival. Etats-Unis (Human Rights Award)2013. Tacoma Film Festiva. Etats-Unis (Best Documentary Feature)