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A World Not Ours

Alam Laysa Lana
Mahdi Fleifel / Lebanon, UK, Denmark / 2012 / 93 min.

Mahdi’s father has always filmed his family. One of the few to get out of the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, he maintains contact with his relatives via video. Mahdi, who grew up in Europe, carries on the tradition, filming family scenes on summer visits. Behind the apparently ...


A Normal Life

En mors kamp for et normalt liv
Mikala Krogh / Denmark / 2013 / 75 min.

Cecilie and Katrine are identical twins, though that isn’t apparent at first – or even second – glance. Katrine is an animated 12-year-old girl with long blonde hair who is always surrounded by pals from school and soccer, while Cecilie is a head shorter, pale and skinny. The girls only look like ...


Across Land, Across Sea

Across Land, Across Sea
Hark-Joon Lee, Dongkyun Ko, Hein S. Seok / South Korea / 2011 / 52 min.

North Korean refugee Songgook is slowly building a new life in South Korea. However, his pregnant wife still has family in the DPRK. Songgook decides to organise their escape. He travels to China and undertakes a dangerous night-time journey to the Tumen River which runs along the border, where he meets ...


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Alison Klayman / USA / 2012 / 91 min.

In addition to being world famous for his work as an artist, Ai Weiwei connects human rights work and new media. This film takes us into the Beijing studio where, with the help of assistants, his ideas are turned into finished pieces of art. As well as his numerous exhibitions at world famous galleries, ...


Aleyna - Little Miss Neukölln

Aleyna - Little Miss Neukölln
Štěpán Altrichter / Germany / 2011 / 15 min.

Aleyna, a temperamental Turkish girl of 11, lives with her family in Berlin. She loves Bollywood movies and Indian dance. She can spend the whole day dancing in front of the mirror, polishing moves modelled from her favourite actors. Though she seems confident, she was ridiculed by classmates at her ...


Amazing Azerbaijan!

Amazing Azerbaijan!
Liz Mermin / UK / 2012 / 60 min.

Azerbaijan is like a dynamic eagle that naturally links the cultures of the West and East – that is how the state and local representatives attempt to portray the country internationally. Skyscrapers are growing in a country rich in oil, Azerbaijan has joined the UN Security Council and President ...


Ambassador

Ambassador
Mads Brügger / Denmark / 2011 / 94 min.

In the style of a spy film, Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger uncovers illegal trading in diamonds and diplomatic passports in Africa. Posing as a wealthy businessman, he approaches a group that is willing, for a fee, to procure for him the diplomatic cover of one of Africa’s unstable ...


Bahrain, the Forbidden Country

Bahrain, plongée dans un pays interdit
Stéphanie Lamorre / France / 2012 / 52 min.

In February and March 2011, footage was circulated around the world of brutally suppressed demonstrations in the capital city of Bahrain, Manama, in which tens of thousands participated. These Arab Spring protests were directed against the absolutist rule of the royal family, which didn’t hesitate ...


Battle for Syria

Battle for Syria
Jamie Doran / UK / 2012 / 32 min.

The battle for the ancient city of Aleppo has been raging since July 2012. The largest Syrian town has been a decisive battleground for more than half a year. The conflict between poorly armed insurgents and the regular Syrian army gradually drives people out of one neighbourhood after another, turning ...


Berg Fidel

Berg Fidel
Hella Wenders / Germany / 2011 / 87 min.

A decision is taken that no great debate is needed; if all are agreed, Daniela will receive a reprimand and the matter will be closed. This is the scene at a fascinating weekly meeting of eight-year-olds who discuss situations in their class and reach agreement among themselves on solving the problems. ...


Beyond Wriezen

Nach Wriezen
Daniel Abma / Germany / 2012 / 88 min.

Jano, 17, used to be a street drug dealer, Imo, 22, is violent and Marcel, 25, killed a 16-year-old youth three years ago along with two other neo-Nazis. Young German director Daniel Abma follows the trio for three years in the wake of their release from Wriezen prison. All three have vowed never to ...


Black Out

Black Out
Eva Weber / UK / 2012 / 47 min.

When final examinations are held in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, hundreds of students set out on a strange pilgrimage every evening, walking to the international airport, petrol stations or wealthier parts of the city … that is, to places where they are sure to find street lights under which they ...


Bravehearts

Til Ungdommen
Kari Anne Moe / Norway, Sweden / 2012 / 118 min.

Director Kari Anne Moe’s original aim was to capture the essence of the political scene in Norway, regarded as the world’s most sophisticated democracy. Over the period of a year, she followed the lives of four active students from different political parties who decided to stand in student elections. ...


Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu
Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall / USA / 2012 / 87 min.

This is a gripping portrait of Ugandan gay activist David Kato, who refused to be merely carried along by events. People with different sexual orientations have never had it easy in Uganda. The state has supported the homophobic attitudes of society, the media have carried out witch hunts against gays ...


Camp 14 -Total Control Zone

Camp 14 -Total Control Zone
Marc Wiese / Germany, South Korea / 2012 / 104 min.

Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in a North Korean concentration camp to parents who were married on the orders of wardens. At the age 23, by a virtual miracle he managed to escape and reach South Korea. His descriptions of camp rules, the zero value placed on human life and the torturous practices of the guards ...


Crooks

Šmejdi
Silvie Dymáková / Czech Republic / 2012 / 82 min.

Silvie Dymáková’s raw documentary uncovers the manipulation, humiliation and pressure that exist behind the closed doors of “product demonstration excursions for seniors” in the Czech Republic. The sad heroes of her film show us the nonfunctional saucepans, unused vacuum cleaners, “wool” ...


Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose
Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall / Great Britain / 2011 / 30 min.

Francis is preparing to defend the two titles he won in a best hairdresser competition held yearly by Scottish prisoners. He is thinking more about his imminent release than whether he will win again this year. Just like the other prisoners, cutting hair helps him come to terms with his past and ponder ...


Danube Hospital

Donauspital - SMZ Ost
Nikolaus Geyrhalter / Austria / 2013 / 75 min.

In statically composed shots of individual floors, departments, operating rooms and life situations ranging from birth to death, renowned director Nikolaus Geyrhalter carries out a detailed exploration of Donauspital in Vienna. He is a detached observer of the goings-on in one of Europe’s largest ...


Delete

Delete
Janetta Ubbels / Netherlands / 2013 / 15 min.

Fifteen-year-old Jurre’s father forgets everything. For instance, when he goes to the kitchen for bread, he comes back with juice. He is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Jurre is aware his dad’s condition will never improve and that he too will eventually disappear from his father’s memory. ...


Education, Education

Education, Education
Weijun Chen / China, South Africa / 2012 / 58 min.

Education is usually the best way to escape poverty but not in China, which is home to more than a billion people. Only the best students get into prestigious state universities. The rest can go to expensive and not always good private schools, whose graduates face uncertain prospects on the job market. ...


Entangled

Uwiklani
Lidia Duda / Poland / 2012 / 51 min.

When his adoptive mother died, his father sent him back to a child care facility, where he was sexually abused. He later demonstrated an inclination to paedophilia. After undergoing partial therapy, he now wishes to live a normal life with the defect. However, it isn’t easy in a small Polish town ...


Even a Bird Needs a Nest

Même un oiseau a besoin de son nid
Vincent Trintignant-Corneau, Christine Chansou / France / 2012 / 70 min.

This documentary looks at a community living on the banks of Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. In 2007, that country’s government decided the lake would be filled in and plots of land would be offered on a long-term lease to an unknown company, which would then build luxury ...


Everything Will Not Be Fine

Nerven Bruch Zusammen
Arash T. Riahi / Austria / 2012 / 94 min.

After 10 years, the director Arash T. Riahi returns to the Austrian asylum shelter for homeless women where he did his national service; several of the previous transient inhabitants are still there. Some are grappling with their fate while others have returned as volunteers or regular visitors. In ...


Forbidden Voices

Forbidden Voices
Barbara Miller / Switzerland / 2012 / 52 min.

Barbara Miller’s film features three brave women who – had they not been born in Iran, Cuba or China – could have led ordinary, peaceful lives. However, for various reasons they have decided to speak out, standing up to dictatorship. Yoani Sánchez, the first Cuban female blogger, faces persecution ...


Fortress

Pevnost
Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská / Czech Republic / 2012 / 72 min.

Twenty years after the collapse of the USSR, there is still a state in Europe where a bronze statue of Lenin looks down on the streets from his column, where the good old Soviet times are nostalgically remembered and where it is strictly forbidden to take photographs at railway stations. Welcome to ...


Free Smetana

Svobodu pro Smetanu
Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda / Czech Republic / 2012 / 53 min.

This film by Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda documents the much-covered case of Olomouc bus driver Roman Smetana, who received a jail term for drawing antennae on election posters but at first refused to serve his sentence. The prank of a civic activist frustrated by the Czech Republic’s political ...


Gay Champions

Gay- K
Nicolaas Veul, Tim den Besten / Netherlands / 2012 / 48 min.

Two young Dutch journalists head to Kiev with a camera for Ukraine’s first gay pride parade. From the parade organisers, they learn about the homophobia that reigns in the country. The vast majority of Ukrainians consider homosexuality to be an illness, and gays and lesbians have to keep their private ...


Gaza Calling

Gaza Tonadi
Nahed Awwad / Palestine / 2012 / 64 min.

Palestine is not only an occupied country, but a society deeply divided by the occupation. For more than five years, more than a million Palestinians have been living under a blockade in Gaza. If someone in an exceptional case manages to get out – for example, to study or work in the Palestinian West ...


Give Us the Money

Give Us the Money
Bosse Lindquist / Sweden / 2012 / 58 min.

Ethiopia suffered extreme famine in the mid-1980s. Images of starving people at death’s door were broadcast around the world, prompting famous musicians Bob Geldof and Bono Vox to organise a huge charity concert called Live Aid. Director Bosse Lindquist sets out on the trail of the engaged celebrities ...


Glacial Balance

Glacial Balance
Ethan Steinman / USA / 2012 / 95 min.

The peaks of the Andes covered in glaciers represent the main reservoir of water for the entire region of South America. Due to climate change, the ice mass has shrunk by about a third in the last 40 years and it is disappearing ever more quickly. Alongside the usual experts found in such films, Glacial ...


Hama 82–11

Hama 82–11
Anonymous / Syria / 2011 / 27 min.

In February 1982, the west Syrian city of Hama lived through the worst massacre in the country’s history. In the course of a few days, thousands of men and boys were killed and hundreds of women were raped. Three-quarters of the city’s buildings were razed, leaving hundreds of thousands without ...


High Tech, Low Life

High Tech, Low Life
Stephen T. Maing / USA / 2012 / 88 min.

This film follows the pilgrimage of two Chinese bloggers who travel around China documenting cases the media either distort or don’t cover at all. Armed with laptops, cellphones, digital cameras, basic medication and equipment, the pair become a mobile news station, gradually learning how to circumvent ...


In Focus

Dávej pozor!
Kamila Zlatušková / Czech Republic / 2012 / 15 min.

When nine-year-old Jana introduces herself to the camera, she claims she is stupid. She isn’t good at school. At first glance, her grades confirm her outlook. Though her adoptive parents regularly help her with schoolwork at home, she gets very poor marks. However, everything changes when her father ...


In the Wild North

Na divokém severu
David Vondráček / Czech Republic / 2012 / 52 min.

Director David Vondráček maps events in northern Bohemia during the spring and summer of 2011. This social survey of the problematic coexistence between local inhabitants and the Roma minority describes the historical events connected with the expulsion of the German population from the Sudetenland ...


Intersexion

Intersexion
Grant Lahood / New Zealand / 2012 / 68 min.

Statistics suggest that more than one child in every 2,000 is born without a clear gender. From the 1950s, operations were carried out to “correct” such children so that they corresponded to female or male. Despite this – or because of it – intersex children grow up with a sense of abnormality. ...


Jan's Mom

Jan's Mom
Anneloor van Heemstra / Netherlands / 2012 / 16 min.

When Jan, 11, wants to say something to his mother, he has to tape himself on a dictaphone and send her the recording. His mother has been in jail for a year and faces another 18 months behind bars. This Dutch documentary maps the sensitive subject of the relationship when a mother is separated from ...


Kaloo School

Kaloo School
Sahra Mosawi / Afghanistan, Nepal, UK / 2012 / 11 min.

Nine-year-old Fakhereh from Afghanistan isn’t content to be a goatherd. She goes to school and enjoys learning. However, she has to walk there on foot and the journey takes two-and-a-half hours. There are only two schools available to children in this mountainous area – one for boys and one for ...


Kung Fu Grandma

Kung Fu Grandma
Jeong-One Park / Great Britain / 2012 / 27 min.

In the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya, widespread rape cases of older women is rampant. Besides other prejudices, local young men, mostly under the influence of drugs and alcohol, are convinced that sex with an older woman cures AIDS. This documentary follows a group of older women who have decided ...


Law of the Jungle

Law of the Jungle
Michael Christoffersen / Denmark / 2013 / 85 min.

In 2008, the government of Peru divided up a large part of the country into smaller territories, selling the rights to their usage to multinational corporations. As tends to be the case, the latter’s interests frequently do not overlap with the needs and rights of the local population. When a Dutch ...


Les Invisibles

Les Invisibles
Sébastien Lifshitz / France / 2012 / 110 min.

The heroes of Les Invisibles are 11 gays and lesbians from throughout France who were born between the world wars. Some live as couples, others are single on principle while some have witnessed their partners’ passing. Several came out in the 1960s and ’70s. Others gave in to the expectations and ...


Lisa, Go Home!

Liza, namo!
Oksana Buraja / Lithuania, Estonia / 2012 / 27 min.

Lisa has to smile and be happy on command; she also has to stop crying when necessary. Consequently, she often escapes from her mother’s home, where she doesn’t feel good. Acquaintances gather there for wild parties, where lots of cigarettes are smoked and alcohol is consumed. Little Lisa dreams ...


Lost Rivers

Lost Rivers
Caroline Bâcle / Canada / 2012 / 72 min.

Most metropolises were established within reach of water, in areas interwoven with streams and rivers. But where have they all gone? A group of intrepid waterway explorers try to get to the bottom of the mystery. Equipped with head lamps and fishermen’s boots, they go underground to follow ancient ...


Maori Boy Genius

Maori Boy Genius
Pietra Bretkelly / New Zealand / 2012 / 84 min.

Ngaa Rauuira, 16, is the child of Maoris, the original inhabitants of New Zealand who to this day are dealing with the consequences of British colonialism. The youth has been chosen to lead the fight for the rights of the ethnic group, a task aided by his above-average intelligence and strong charisma. ...


Merfolk

Merfolk
Rory Waudby-Tolley / UK / 2012 / 3 min.

Originally Merfolk lived in the ocean, but it became so polluted they had to abandon it and make their way to shore. There, they were offered asylum by the prime minister of Great Britain. However, because they were different, they became victims of discrimination and attacks. This short animated film ...


Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls

Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
Juliet Lamont / Australia / 2012 / 75 min.

Wai Hnin doesn’t have an ear for music. Htike can’t dance. Everybody thinks Kimmy is ugly. Cha Cha can’t escape the clutches of her despotic father. Ah Moon is a control freak … perhaps not the ideal line-up for a girl pop group. But when the Tiger Girls hit the stage, the audience goes wild. ...


Motherland or Death

Patria o Muerte
Vitaly Mansky / Russia / 2011 / 99 min.

“Motherland or Death (Patria o muerte).” This revolutionary slogan is contained in the title of this visually remarkable film. Using Cuban cities as the backdrop to personal stories, the renowned documentary maker Vitaly Mansky depicts the complexity of contemporary Cuba. As the regime begins to ...


My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone

Mit Afghanistan - Livet i den forbudte zone
Nagieb Khaja / Denmark / 2012 / 88 min.

Nagieb Khaja, a Danish filmmaker with Afghan roots, decided to capture the “real” Afghanistan. At first glance it was a simple idea. Afghans – including farmers, construction workers, nurses and local elders – would shoot their view of their country on cellphone cameras. The raw, rough footage ...


My Granny Lien

Oma Lien
Annelies de Wit / Netherlands / 2011 / 15 min.

Christel from the Netherlands explains that when she was small, her grandmother looked after her; that’s why the 14-year-old is now returning the favor. Her grandmother Lien, 84, lives in a care home and suffers from senile dementia. Christel visits her twice a week. However, she never knows what ...


New Life of a Family Album

Nový život rodinného alba
Adam Oľha / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2012 / 80 min.

The father of documentary director Adam Oľha recently decided to abandon his wife and six children and begin a new life. In this personal film, Adam, the oldest sibling and only man remaining in the household, goes through his father’s old photos and family home movies, comparing them to the present ...


No Burqas Behind Bars

Frihet Bakom Galler
Nima Sarvestani, Maryam Ebrahimi / Sweden / 2012 / 77 min.

How free are Afghan women? This look into a female prison provides an unusually open account of women in a traditional society who have refused to obey men or to respect laws established by tradition. State courts hand down long sentences for infidelity, rejection of forced marriage and even fleeing ...


North of the Sun

North of the Sun
Inge Wegge, Jørn Nyseth Ranum / Norway / 2012 / 46 min.

Inge and Jørn are not your typical surfers. They have decided to experience a truly deep connection with the water and nature. For nine months, the two have been based on a deserted beach on an island off the coast of Norway, far beyond the Arctic Circle, where they have found not only perfect waves, ...


Off Label

Off Label
Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher / USA / 2012 / 73 min.

Attention is focused on a grey area of the pharmaceutical industry and U.S. healthcare in which the most vulnerable – the sick, the poor and the young – are abused. Without commentary or judgement, American documentarians Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher follow eight bizarre stories exploring the ...


On Decency

O slušnosti
Radovan Síbrt / Czech Republic / 2012 / 60 min.

In this documentary, failure to adhere to the rules and regulations of majority society manifests itself as one of the main reasons for the fear and malice that reigns among the residents of Janov. The camera enters cosy apartments in pre-fab blocks where embittered denizens explain the complicated ...


Orania

Orania
Tobias Lindner / Germany / 2012 / 94 min.

Orania is a small territory in central South Africa. A group of white South Africans, the descendants of European immigrants, decide to resist the notion of the country as a “rainbow nation” and have chosen this forlorn spot far from civilisation as their home. They jealously guard their distinctive ...


Our Days, Absolutely, Have to Be Enlightened

Nos jours, absolument, doivent être illuminés
Jean-Gabriel Périot / France / 2012 / 22 min.

A concert is taking place within the walls of a prison in the French city of Orléans. Melancholic melodies are broadcast via speakers to a square in front of the prison, where music listeners congregate. The camera captures the details of their faces and presents the gallery of silent emotions this ...


Outlawed in Pakistan

Outlawed in Pakistan
Hilke Schellmann, Habiba Nosheen / USA, Pakistan / 2012 / 39 min.

The village elders have condemned Pakistani woman Kainat to death in line with tribal law after she was raped by a group of neighbours on her way home from school. However, Kainat is lucky in at least one respect: her parents refuse to kill her. They demand justice for their daughter and decide to take ...


Page One - Inside the New York Times

Page One - Inside the New York Times
Andrew Rossi / USA / 2011 / 88 min.

This documentary gives audiences insight into the heart of one of the most important American dailies – the New York Times. Using specific situations and portraits of distinctive journalist personalities, it outlines the context in which contemporary media operates. For some time now, the omnipresent ...


Peace vs. Justice

Peace vs. Justice
Klaartje Quirijns / Netherlands / 2011 / 65 min.

Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been on a rampage for nearly three decades which has left tens of thousands dead as well as two million homeless in Uganda and neighbouring states. Despite persistent efforts by the official Ugandan Army and a global campaign, Kony is still evading ...


Phenomenon /The Soul Solace of Yuri Petrovich/

Fenomén /Duševní komfort Jurije Petroviče/
Zdeněk N. Bričkovský / Czech Republic / 2013 / 54 min.

Some years ago, director Zdeněk N. Bričkovský became fascinated by the Siberian taiga and the people who reside there. He returns virtually every summer, bringing back new stories and views of the harsh beauty of the northern landscape. The protagonist of his latest picture is 70-year-old Yuri Petrovich, ...


Poverty is No Vice

Chudoba cti netratí
Daniela Gébová / Czech Republic / 2012 / 53 min.

Imagine, after paying rent, you are left with a mere 125 crowns (5 €) a day… and that sum, in addition to your needs, also has to cover the basics for four children. Czech director Daniela Gébová introduces viewers to three single mothers caught in the poverty trap. Jana suffers from an incurable ...


Putin's Kiss

Putin's Kiss
Lise Birk Pedersen / Denmark / 2012 / 58 min.

In Russia, mass movements and demonstrations are not the exclusive property of the opposition. Putin’s followers have also organised themselves into a patriotic movement, with leaders and youth camps. It also holds demonstrations – especially at the same time and place as expected opposition protests. ...


Radioman

Radioman
Mary Kerr / UK / 2012 / 70 min.

Craig Castaldo could have lived like a homeless person anonymously on the margins of society. However, for the last 20 years he has hung around all the film shoots in Manhattan, wearing his trademark radio around his neck. He is often the first to arrive and frequently knows more about what is planned ...


Rawer

Rauwer
Anneloek Sollart / Netherlands / 2012 / 54 min.

Tom is 13 and only eats raw food, just like his mother. Director Anneloek Sollart previously shot a film about their alternative way of life. After it was broadcast, Tom’s mother was charged with child neglect. We now watch as they move among courts, paediatricians and dieticians while taking constant ...


Rent a Family Inc.

Rent a Family Inc.
Kaspar Astrup Schröder / Denmark / 2012 / 84 min.

Hiring a handyman to repair a leaky battery is nothing out of the ordinary. Mr. Ryuichi’s company in Japan goes one step further: it will rent you parents, siblings or friends so you can “repair” or cover up far larger shortcomings in your life. A thoroughly ordinary 40-something from a Tokyo ...


Salma

Salma
Kim Longinotto / UK / 2013 / 90 min.

When Salma was 13, her parents locked her in the cellar and wouldn’t allow her to study or go out. This house arrest lasted for nine years, until she gave in to pressure to agree to an arranged marriage. She then found herself in a different form of isolation – under the watchful eye of her husband ...


Saving Face

Saving Face
Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy / USA / 2011 / 52 min.

Every year, hundreds of women in Pakistan become the victims of brutal acid attacks in which their faces and bodies are burned. The aggressors are most often their husband or his family, and the reasons are usually petty. The victims bear the consequences until the end of their lives, while the attackers ...


Sexy Baby

Sexy Baby
Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus / USA / 2013 / 83 min.

This film by American documentarians Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus reflects on sexualised images of the female body in Western media and on the internet and the impact of these modern icons. Through three stories that at first glance seem diametrically opposed, the female directors show how feminine yardsticks ...


Silenced Voices: Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile

Tvunget til Taushet
Beate Arnestad / Norway / 2012 / 60 min.

An investigative film by Norwegian director Beate Arnestad, Silenced Voices documents the civil war in Sri Lanka from the perspective of local journalists forced into exile by the regime. While the conflict (which ran from 1983 to 2009) ended more than three years ago, many questions surrounding it ...


Sister

Sister
Brenda Davis / USA / 2011 / 94 min.

A pregnant woman lies on a hospital bed, shouting that she thinks she’s dying. Her belly is so unnaturally big she cannot even lie on her back. She attempted a home birth but after 12 hours, her baby still had not entered the world. Her relatives fashioned a stretcher and for another half day, carried ...


Sofia's Last Ambulance

Poslednata lineika na Sofia
Ilian Metev / Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany / 2012 / 76 min.

They save human lives and witness pain, misfortune and troubled life stories daily. The work of paramedics in Sofia is tough. There are only 13 rapid medical assistance crews in the Bulgarian city with a population of 1.2 million. Their work is complicated by old-fashioned equipment and at times even ...


Solar Mamas

Solar Mamas
Jehane Noujaim, Mona Eldaief / USA, Denmark, UK / 2012 / 75 min.

Rafea, a mother of four, lives with her husband in a shabby tent in a remote Jordanian village. The couple’s favourite activity is lying on a rug. Rafea, who has always wanted more out of life, is forced to run the dingy household. When the opportunity arises to go to India for several months to learn ...


Special Screening - Best of Karama HRFF

Special Screening - Best of Karama HRFF
/ Jordan, Palestine / ____ / 69 min.

Sawsan Darwaza, the director of the Karama festival, and Ehab Al Khatib, founder and artistic Director, will attend the screenings. The films will be screened in their original language with English subtitles. The following three films will be screened in one evening: MISSING, Tariq Rimawi, 2010, ...


Special Screening - Just the Wind

Special Screening - Csak a szél
Bence Fliegauf / Hungary / 2012 / 87 min.

Just the Wind by Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf is closely associated with the central theme of One World 2013. The festival will offer two special screenings of the film. This feature film looks at real events in Hungary in 2008, when the country saw a series of appalling racist attacks on the ...


Speed - In Search of Lost Time

Speed - Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit
Florian Opitz / Germany / 2012 / 97 min.

Do you not have enough time for your family, friends and hobbies? Are you not living the way you would like? The feeling of constantly playing “catch-up” and being under time constraints led young German director Florian Opitz to seek the causes of this problem in modern society as well as possible ...


Stone Games

Hra o kámen
Jan Gebert / Czech Republic / 2012 / 56 min.

A monument to eight Sudeten Germans murdered shortly after World War II has been erected in Nový Bor, North Bohemia. According to the local mayor, it is intended as a gesture of reconciliation between the two nations. However, opposition politicians and some members of the public have a radically different ...


Sun Kissed

Sun Kissed
Adi Lavy, Maya Stark / USA / 2012 / 85 min.

Yolanda and Dorey have a second child afflicted with an extremely rare form of fatal skin cancer. The Native American couple, members of the Navajo Nation, courageously deal with their children’s illness. When Yolanda discovers other Navajo children suffering from the same disease, she starts to investigate. ...


Tea or Electricity

Le thé ou l'électricité
Jérôme Le Maire / Belgium, France, Morocco / 2012 / 93 min.

Until recently, the inhabitants of the isolated Moroccan mountain village of Ifri lived as their ancestors had for centuries. Civilisation has been very slow to impact a spot without electricity, running water or a paved access road. Now everything is about to change as Ifri awaits electrification. ...


The Captain and His Pirate

Der Kapitän und sein Pirat
Andy Wolff / Germany, Belgium / 2012 / 76 min.

Krzysztof Kotiuk, captain of the Hansa Stavanger cargo ship, was held hostage by Somali pirates for four months in 2009. Andy Wolff’s film follows him as he undergoes psychotherapy in an effort to come to terms with the experience, his sense of failure and attacks from rescued crew members who accuse ...


The Gypsy Vote

Cigáni idú do volieb
Jaroslav Vojtek / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2012 / 72 min.

Slovak director Jaroslav Vojtek tells the story of a few exciting weeks in the life of Vlado Sendrei. This fieldworker and frontman of the popular group Kokavakére Lavutáris decides to fulfil his political ambitions. With the help of his election team and several people from an American foundation ...


The Only Flower

The Only Flower
César Pérez / China, Spain / 2012 / 6 min.

Botanist Steven Hemsley devotes his time to examining the types and variations of artificial flowers. More than any other country, China is awash with them, in part because of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Incidentally, even grass lawns were painted green for that occasion. Artificial flowers replace living ...


The Postman

Une journée du facteur Khan Agha
Wahid Nazir / France, Afghanistan / 2012 / 26 min.

Being a postman in a metropolis certainly isn’t an easy job. In Afghanistan’s Kabul, Khan Agha has it even harder. He spends his days looking for the addresses of parcels in unmarked houses and for the boundaries of city districts, which are frequently the only useful mark of identification when ...


The Real Social Network

The Real Social Network
Isis Thompson, Ludovica Fales, Srdjan Keca / UK / 2011 / 77 min.

Social networking sites have radically transformed the possibilities of street protest. The Real Social Network maps one of the first big events exemplifying the phenomenon. At the end of 2010, the coalition government in the UK decided to raise university fees, making third-level education in the country ...


The Revisionaries

The Revisionaries
Scott Thurman / USA / 2012 / 83 min.

The Texas Board of Education is a powerful body that decides what children in the state should learn, while the textbooks it approves are frequently accepted by other states. Regarding the question of the origin of life and the development of mankind, the teachings of Darwin have to date been the only ...


The Road: A Story of Life and Death

The Road: A Story of Life and Death
Marc Isaacs / UK / 2012 / 75 min.

The film’s title refers to the A5 motorway, one of the longest and oldest roads in the U.K., which runs from the Welsh port of Holyhead, where ferries from Ireland dock, to Marble Arch in London. For centuries, it has provided a route to London for those seeking safe haven, a career or simply to start ...


The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer / Denmark / 2012 / 115 min.

In 1965, the army took power in Indonesia by force. Prior to that, small players in the local underworld, thieves or debt collectors, had been given a task by soldiers: kill communists. Their death squads and regime representatives murdered more than a million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese and ...


The Darkness Under the Lamp

Pod lampou je tma
Kristýna Bartošová / Czech Republic / 2012 / 28 min.

Josefov is a town like many others in the Czech Republic, where a tense atmosphere prevails between local Roma and the majority. Zdeněk, a young Romany man, attempts to improve the situation by setting up a dance group for local children. His aim is to get young people – who otherwise wander the ...


The Dublin Trap

The Dublin Trap
Bryan Carter / Belgium / 2011 / 51 min.

Over 100,000 migrants from Asia and Africa flow into Europe every year across the Turkish-Greek border. Under the Dublin Convention, the countries through which borders foreigners enter EU territory are responsible for those refugees and their asylum proceedings. The deepening economic crisis, rise ...


The Grasp of the State

Od Fica do Fica
Zuzana Piussi / Slovakia / 2012 / 80 min.

Zuzana Piussi’s film describes events between the end of the Fico government in Slovakia in 2010 and the politician’s absolute victory in the 2012 elections. The director followed campaign meetings of parties across the political spectrum and the unfolding of the “Gorilla” affair. The scandal ...


The Human Scale

The Human Scale
Andreas M. Dalsgaard / Denmark / 2012 / 83 min.

Are cities for cars or people? It is a fact that while we have a great deal of data on the needs of automobile use, we know very little about the behaviour of pedestrians in cities. For more than 40 years, Dane Jan Gehl, who pioneered a humanistic approach to urbanism, has been looking at the other ...


The Invisible Men

Gvarim Bilti Nir'im
Yariv Mozer / Israel, Netherlands / 2012 / 59 min.

This film provides insight into the lives of three Palestinians – gay men who have been forced to abandon their homes and go into hiding in the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv. Their only hope is to leave the Middle East, their culture, identity and lifestyle to look for happiness elsewhere as asylum seekers. ...


The Little Team

L'Equip petit
Dani Resines, Roger Gómez / Spain / 2012 / 9 min.

The boys and girls who play on the mixed Margatánia team in Barcelona know full well they are going to lose their upcoming junior league match. It’s only a question of by how many goals and whether they themselves by some miracle manage to score at least one. They managed to do it once; Ruth got ...


The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

Manqana, romelic kvelafers gaaqrobs
Tinatin Gurchiani / Georgia, Germany / 2012 / 97 min.

Tinatin Gurchiani based her film about contemporary Georgia on a simple idea – she arranged a casting process for parts in a movie about young people. In front of the camera, a series of Georgians speak about themselves and their lives. The director then follows them to their homes and captures moments ...


The Punk Syndrome

Kovasikajuttu
Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi / Finland / 2012 / 85 min.

Pertti, Toni, Kari and Sami, members of Finnish band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, suffer from “punk syndrome”, as they jokingly call it. With their own characteristic humour, the band adheres to the punk ethos, adopting a DIY approach in the face of limitations and obstacles. The film maps the development ...


The Reluctant Revolutionary

The Reluctant Revolutionary
Sean McAllister / UK / 2012 / 70 min.

For Yemeni tourism entrepreneur Kais, the Arab Spring is not such a welcome development. The unrest has put a halt to the arrival of tourists, disrupting his investment plans. For security reasons, Kais also has to interrupt his last organised tour and return to the capital Sana’a. However, idiosyncratic ...


Věra 68

Věra 68
Olga Sommerová / Czech Republic / 2012 / 90 min.

This portrait of a former sporting champion, who during the Prague Spring in 1968 did not hesitate to become involved in the protest movement and later paid a cruel price, was filmed by director Olga Sommerová. Czechoslovak gymnast Věra Čáslavská collected an incredible 140 medals in top class ...


Village at the End of the World

Village at the End of the World
Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson / UK, Denmark / 2012 / 76 min.

Life in the small settlement of Niaqornat, Greenland, with a population of fewer than 60, moves at its own pace. Located by an isolated bay, the village consists of a handful of colourful houses owned by Inuit, a school, a graveyard and a small fish processing factory. However, when the latter is closed ...


Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs

Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolů
Helena Třeštíková / Czech Republic / 2013 / 80 min.

Director Helena Třeštíková is known for films that follow subjects over many years. Her latest film documents 16 years in the life of Romany musician, journalist and activist Vojta Lavička. During that period, he experiences many ups and downs in both his professional and private life. While his ...


Waking the Green Tiger: A Green Movement Rises in China

Waking the Green Tiger: A Green Movement Rises in China
Gary Marcuse / Canada / 2011 / 78 min.

Poorly informed and influenced by local propaganda, farmers in southwest China don’t seem to have a problem with leaving their homes due to the construction of a reservoir. Yunnan province has experienced similar gigantic projects on the nearby Mekong and Nujiang rivers. However, thanks to the environmental ...


We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
Brian Knappenberger / USA / 2012 / 95 min.

In the period of the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement, an incognito group of internet activists going by the name Anonymous seemed omnipresent. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists explores “the maturation” of an internet community shaped by its battle with the Church of Scientology, acts ...


When Bubbles Burst

When Bubbles Burst
Hans Petter Moland / Norway / 2012 / 90 min.

The Norwegian town of Vik is surrounded by the lovely countryside. The local hydroelectric station generates revenue and the community is responsible and socially minded. The only thing lacking is a tunnel linking it to a nearby town that would save travel time. The town hall decides to raise funding ...


When Hari Got Married

When Hari Got Married
Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam / India, UK, USA / 2012 / 75 min.

Hari, a taxi driver in Dharamsala, in northern India, is preparing to take his vows in a marriage arranged by his father. Tradition states that the engaged couple may not see each other prior to their wedding day. However, telephone contact is not proscribed. Hari is thinking about how marriage will ...


Where Heaven Meets Hell

Where Heaven Meets Hell
Sasha Friedlander / USA / 2012 / 80 min.

Every day, hundreds of tourists climb Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in the south of the Indonesian island of Java. They admire the turquoise lake in the volcano’s crater and the breathtaking beauty of the yellowish acrid smoke surrounding it. Many also stop to have their photos taken with some of ...


Winter, Go Away!

Zima, uhodi!
Askold Kurov, Elena Khoreva, Denis Klebleev, Dmitry Kubasov, Nadezhda Leonteva, Anna Moiseenko, Madina Mustafina, Sofia Rodkevich, Alexey Zhiryakov, Anton Seregin / Russia / 2012 / 79 min.

In winter months of 2011-2012, hundreds of thousands of Russians in dozens of cities across the country took to the streets to protest against rigged elections. People of different political views were united under the banner of “For Fair Elections”. Such images of large-scale demonstrations unseen ...


Written in Ink

Co raz zostalo zapisane
Martin Rath / Poland / 2012 / 11 min.

The protagonist of this short documentary writes the story of his life directly on his skin with ink. Tattoos cover most of his body – proof that he has survived much in his life. We watch him in a situation where, after a number of years, he tries to reconnect with his family to repair ruptured relationships ...


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