Society

Romania is changing, and Geo, a young Romani coppersmith, lacks the means to support his wife and his 6-year-old son. The farmers from the surrounding villages do not buy his copper handmade objects anymore. For Geo and his wife, Marina, going abroad is their final option.
Village People is an intimate and philosophical portrait of small villages in north-western Bulgaria – the poorest region in the European Union. This mosaic film offers us a slice of life from rural Bulgaria through the confessions of the little people about not so little things – cows, life, faith, death, the benefits of dogs and mice, the need for blonde waitresses, Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism, river fishing, old fortune tellers and the wind.
After the deadly Tsunami of 2004, the originally isolated and self-sufficient aboriginal populations of the Nicobar Islands Archipelago were invaded by humanitarian aid and initiatives. These interventions affect their lifestyle, their culture, their identity and their memory, which are all endangered.
Paul works in Michael Flynn’s mattress shop, which is close to bankruptcy. In order to save both his job and the business, he embarks on a crazy marketing mission and transforms his employer Mick into “Mattress Mick” who creates a buzz on the Internet. Are crisis, success and friendship, a good mix?
Madame Saïdi paints the portrait of an unusual, old Iranian woman. She’s the mother of a martyr and a well-known personality in Ali Abad, her popular neighbourhood located in the south of Tehran. To everyone’s surprise, Madame Saïdi has become a movie star in her old age. She’s an eccentric and paradoxical character in a very complicated society. She does extaclty the opposite of what we would expect. Madame Saïdi is always ready to laugh, and above all, to play.
The story of a great friendship and a shared battle. Finninsh Riita and Ugandan Catherine have some things in common; their work, a shared home and their sense of humor. Together, they broach women’s rights to their bodies, sexuality and life with religious leaders, in order to break taboos. Leaving Africa depicts the empowerment of women and its impact on individuals, communities and global development.
On a dark winter’s night, a trawler returns to the old port of Reykjavík, Iceland. On board, 20,000 boxes of frozen fish, which the workers have 48 hours to unload. While they tackle this impossible task, these men tell the story of their lives, beautiful, sad or amusing.
Down the Deep, Dark Web deals with the drifts of surveillance society. Through the investigation of a journalist born in 1984, the documentary questions everything you thought you knew about the Internet and the dangers of the digital world, and delving beyond the child pornography, drug sales and hitmen-for-hire which have dominated existing explorations of this virtual Wild West. Assigned with writing an article about the Darknet, Yuval Orr dives head first down the rabbit hole. On a journey that takes us through Tel Aviv, Prague and Berlin, Yuval meets tech experts, cybercrime watchmen, and a group of self-appointed underground freedom fighters.
Are alternative management and a new way of working possible? After four years of struggle against their boss, the employees of Unilever, those who are called the Fralib, take the control of their factory and work without him. They collectively handle their cooperative. How will everyone live after such a long struggle and such a beautiful victory? What can transforming work inside a neoliberal economics mean?
The Castro was an occupied building in Rome, Italy. A shelter for those left behind, for many people a home which none of them owned. For more than ten years it has given many families a chance of life. Yesterday it was tolerated, today it doesn’t exist anymore. This documentary was more than a year in the making and reveals the everyday life of a community living in extraordinary circumstances. The Castro like a Tower of Babel tells its own story in many voices but with the same semantics: dreams and unresolved needs.