Long Live Life

Human diversity and the will to live in one’s own way, often against the expectations of majority society, are the focal point of this category. Become inspired on a Greek tomato eco-farm or with interesting heroines – a professional Kenyan runner and freethinking American globetrotters. Sudanese cinephiles battling to reopen a cinema and Japanese students of Polish show that living one’s dream makes sense. Proof that the path to a desired goal may be a thorny one can be seen in the story of an alternative community in rural Estonia.

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Films in category Long Live Life

Our Little Poland

Obtaining a degree in Polish studies is a prestigious affair in Japan. Every year, only 15 students are recruited to learn not only the language but also the different Polish culture and mentality.

Run Like a Girl

The life story of Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho, who wants to escape from her poverty and low social status through her career as a marathon runner.

Talking About Trees

Four movie enthusiasts are trying to restore the lustre of the silver screen in Sudan. Together they are setting up a film club to show that this culture is part of their country, although the current political regime takes a dim view.

The Circle

Those who want to change the world must first start with themselves. Twelve adults and six children are trying to create a socially and environmentally self-sufficient community somewhere on the outskirts of Estonia. But they encounter a major obstacle: The unpredictability of human nature.

The Men's Room

Twenty Norwegian middle-aged men gather every week over beer to have fun and sing. Together they form a choir. But their friendship is suddenly affected by illness.

This Train I Ride

Riding freight trains as a nomadic lifestyle, a negation of contemporary society or an escape from the family. Against the background of the passing landscape, the documentary presents a portrait of women who have completely fallen into this (in)dependence.

When Tomatoes Met Wagner

Elias, a small forgotten village in Greece, is slowly dying out. Cousins Aleco and Christos come up with a plan to save it, one that is full of sun, juicy tomatoes and Wagner.

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