The Chinese project One Belt, One Road (a modern Silk Road) has reached even a remote Georgian village. What does it bring the locals in addition to the promised prosperity and a better standard of living?
Acasa, My Home
A 20-year escape from Romania's growing capital is now coming to an end. A modern family of hermits must integrate into the system and accept all its pros and cons.
Angels on Diamond Street
An inspiring portrait of a small supportive community in a church on Diamond Street in Philadelphia, which helps the homeless, the socially disadvantaged, and immigrants. One of the new arrivals is Carmela, who finds refuge in the local kitchen.
Philippine director Alyx Ayn Arumpac presents a frightful testimony about the war on drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on his people. State-sponsored violence is slowly leading to social disintegration.
Buddha in Africa
The Amitofo Care Center (ACC), an orphanage in Malawi operated by the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, offers young people hope for the future in exchange for loyalty and obedience.
On 30 October 2015 fire broke out in a Bucharest nightclub during a concert, claiming 64 lives. But more than half the victims didn’t die till they reached hospital. How can that be?
Chelyabinsk Oblast is the centre of Russia’s metallurgical industry, which mercilessly leaves its imprint on the environment and on human health. In some places, the situation is on the brink of ecological disaster.
1,200 kilometres of snowy landscape to be covered in 12 days. These are the conditions for the Finnmarksløpet sled dog race and Czech husky breeder Jana Henychová is set to participate again.
Eye to Eye
A Finnish organisation helps the families of victims of violent crime to mourn. But a key point on the agenda is meeting the person who caused the death of the loved one.
After years under siege, the Syrian city of Aleppo has turned into a ghost town. It is the backdrop for a dramatic story of a filmmaker capturing the course of a never-ending conflict as a testimony for her new-born daughter Sama.
The heroines of the film are seriously concerned about the future of humanity and the planet. They organise activist events within the Czech branch of the Extinction Rebellion movement, which raises awareness about the impacts of the global environmental crisis.
This international award-winning film about the wild beekeeper Hatidze offers not only a glimpse of a vanishing trade set in the breath-taking mountainous scenery of North Macedonia but also a strong portrayal of the state of our civilisation.
China's Artful Dissident
An anonymous Chinese artist is fighting against a totalitarian state that has already caught up with many of his colleagues. What can one person do against a seemingly omnipotent regime?
Artificial intelligence is increasingly transforming the nature of the world. The testimonies of the qualified experts show how wide the scale of these changes is and how they affect the fate of individuals and of humankind.
In My Blood It Runs
Dujuan is 10. Caught between the culture of the native Australians from whom he is descended and the majority Australian society in whose system he is growing up, he is seeking his identity.
Social media has become a new platform for showbusiness. Fans have their stars, stars have their managers – and managers hold the keys to their dreams coming true. One young person striving for this dream is 16-year-old Austyn.
Karla & Nordahl
Six-year-old Karla is a bright and well-spoken girl. Although younger than her brother Nordahl, she must help her sibling more than normal. Nordahl suffers from epilepsy and learning difficulties.
Kiruna – A Brand New World
Iron ore mining is causing the northern Swedish town of Kiruna to sink into the ground. 6000 inhabitants must move a few kilometres away from their lifelong home, taking houses, town hall, and church with them.
Unmarried Chinese women of around 30 are labelled shengnu – leftover. Until they find a husband they face both the open contempt of the Chinese government and the stifling judgement of society and even their closest relatives.
Lessons of Love
Jola did exactly what was expected of her for years. She married and raised 6 children. Now she’s leaving the past behind and starting to live again at the age of 69.
A campervan stands by the road in the middle of a shadowy forest. A colourful heart-shaped light shines into the distance, luring passing drivers into a special private space filled with delight but also with unfortunate fates.
Congo has the world’s largest deposits of cobalt and lithium, two of the constituents of electric batteries. This original stop motion animated film reminds viewers of the living conditions of those who produce clean energy for the whole world.
Mai Khoi & The Dissidents
Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi decided not to be a conformist pop star and began to draw attention to the lack of freedom in her country, where civil activists, journalists and bloggers are being persecuted and arrested.
A year in the lives of two millennials seen through their own eyes reveals this generation’s habits: meeting via mobile apps, the form of their relationships, their sexual desires, and also their fears and anxieties.
The desperate lack of state ambulances in Mexico City has opened the door for private individuals to provide their own emergency transport for patients. When saving lives they find themselves on the fringes of the law and existential distress.
Pomm works as a nurse in a small private home for Alzheimer's patients in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Meanwhile, Maya lives with her husband in Switzerland, but he and his daughters gradually come to the conclusion that they are unable to provide the necessary care.
In Nigeria, it's as if women are not even part of public life. An activist known as "Mrs. F." organises workshops and public appearances at which she tries to help women claim the respect of their community.
My Letter to the Oilmen
Papilou often visits his father, who lives near a dangerous oil spill leaking from the Shell refinery. The accident has already killed his six-year-old brother, and Papilou therefore boldly decides to write a letter to the oilmen.
In Nicaragua’s mountains, one woman decides to defy a fate that is to a great extent defined by machismo culture.
Nomad Meets the City
Currently Mongolia’s capital has 1.5 million inhabitants - half the population of the country. Fifty-year Tumurbaatar is only one of many coming to the city to fulfill their dreams of a better life.
What can you do if your clients are dissatisfied with your cleaning and start to attack you verbally and physically? And want to rape you? This isn’t a survival course, but rather one preparing Filipino maids for their future profession.
Photographer of War
An intimate portrait of a man who has been photographing war for 25 years but suddenly faces an entirely new challenge. Life has opened a different battleground for him.
Unnamed property owners. Untenanted properties. Uninhabited towns. Why are attractive towns becoming just stage sets where ordinary people can’t live?
The crew of Sea-Watch 3, led by her captain, Carola Rackete, rescued more than forty refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. A few days later, they were facing another dismal situation as one European harbour after another refused to let them cast anchor.
Sing Me a Song
What impact can digital technologies have on the integrity of the ancient spiritual tradition of Buddhism? A time-lapse portrait of a young monk from a monastery in a remote corner of the mountains of Bhutan explores one of the less discussed risks of the digital revolution.
A community in subarctic Canada faces the challenge of obtaining even the most basic farm products on a daily basis. However, despite all of the difficulties and emerging environmental changes, they want to maintain their freedom and way of life.
Jasmine and Jastrip are looking forward to 2 weeks at the summer camp organised every year by the ultranationalist Azov Regiment for hundreds of Ukrainian children.
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 Bachelor House
Seven Kurdish men living in one flat in Istanbul. Each has his own story but they all share one room, arguments about unwashed dishes, and the longing to stand on their own two feet. Living with a partner is only a dream in this bachelor house.
In the besieged eastern area of Ghouta 400,000 civilians have become imprisoned, continually facing air raids in the Syrian civil war. For many of them, the last rescue is provided by a hospital with a complex of underground shelters, also called the Cave.
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 Czechs Are Excellent Mushroom Pickers
HHow would an extra-terrestrial intelligence view homo sapiens and the way the species plods along? The way we humans treat our planet? Do Czechs differ in how they care for nature?
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
For one mother and her children, making a film together is a way of coming to terms with the trauma of war in Donbass, Ukraine.
The Happiest Man on Earth
Finland has recently become famous as a country of emancipated women. Internationally acclaimed creator Joonas Berghäll corrects this reputation with a portrait of overworked, broken, drunk and frustrated Finnish men.
A 94 year-old Grandmother with a fearless spirit, must overcome dangerous accusations of witchcraft that are coming from within her own family. In Kenya, dozens of old women and men are victims of lynching following allegations of witchcraft, often being accused by their own relatives.
The Painter and the Thief
A documentary double-portrait of the marvellous friendship formed between a Czech painter living in Oslo and a Norwegian felon convicted of stealing her paintings from a gallery.
The Secret Lives of Pigs
Norwegian farmers like to boast about the high living standard their animals enjoy, but there is no official evidence of this, which led teacher Norun Haugen to visit pig farms with a hidden camera.
The Self Portrait
She is fascinated by human faces – but she hid her own for a long time. In an effort to stop time, Lene became enchanted by photography, but also the desire never to grow up and to have total control over her own body.
There's Something in the Water
Canadian actress Ellen Page sets out on a trip through her native province of Nova Scotia. The main trigger for the journey and making this film was the eponymous book by Ingrid Waldron, which draws attention to a new phenomenon: environmental racism.
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.
Town of Glory
The legacy of the Great Patriotic War still resounds loudly in Russia. In today’s aggressive politics, Putin’s crew is skilfully using this in order to gain support in a small town that came to symbolise the victory over fascism.
The Tap Tap’s musicians and singers are all from Jedlička’s Institute – people living with various diagnoses as well as diverse personalities and original humour.
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.
13-year-old Emika and her cousin Antti like to camp together under a tent, especially in winter. "All you need is a good tent, a sleeping bag and warm clothes," she says about her original hobby.