Films A-Z

100UP

100UP

The joy of another day and an age in treble figures. The protagonists of this story are united by the knowledge that each stage of life has its own beauty.

A Loss of Something Ever Felt

A Loss of Something Ever Felt

A tangled odyssey takes young Estonian Eeva to the slums of Bogota, Colombia, where the girl searches for her missing, estranged brother. At the same time, she is worried about the condition in which she will find him.

A Marriage

A Marriage

A longitudinal documentary tracking Zdenka and her Pakistani partner Tabish, who met playing the computer game Farmville and for 5 years lived their relationship chiefly online.

A New Shift

A New Shift

“From miner to programmer” reads a tempting headline, but does this idea have a chance of success? After 25 years underground, a laid-off worker seeks a new way of life.

A Portrait On The Search For Happiness

A Portrait On The Search For Happiness

A pictorial poem about seekers of precious stones from the South African west coast and how their obsession leaves irreversible scars on the landscape.

A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts

Philippine President Duterte leads an unconditional war against drugs as well as against his opponents, chiefly the independent press. The chief target is the Rappler news server and its unyielding director Maria Ressa.

A Year Full Of Drama

A Year Full Of Drama

How can art enrich human lives? An unusual ad offers a job as a fulltime theatregoer for a period of one year, but only those with no previous cultural experience may apply.

Amazonian Cosmos

Amazonian Cosmos

Jaider, a Macuxi man from the Amazon, leaves the jungle and sets out on a journey to try and pass on his people’s warning to ordinary people and the world’s religious leaders.

An Impossible Project

An Impossible Project

In today's digital age reviving instant photography, made famous by Polaroid, may seem not only crazy but downright impossible. Nonetheless, this is exactly what the eccentric analogue lover Florian Kaps, known as Doc, tries to do.

Anny

Anny

Helena Třeštíková’s new longitudinal documentary captures 16 years in the life of Anna, who, at the age of 46, starts to earn extra money as a streetwalker.

Arica

Arica

A Swedish mining company transported toxic waste to the Chilean city of Arica in the mid-1980s. The locals still suffer from health problems. All they want is justice.

Beautiful Something Left Behind

Beautiful Something Left Behind

A documentary presenting the stories of children trying to cope with the loss of their parents through the community meetings organised by Good Grief.

Because Of My Body

Because Of My Body

Intimacy as a way of learning. Claudia’s physical disability complicates her social and sexual life. Guided by a sexual assistant, she begins to freely discover the way to her own body.

Bitter Love

Bitter Love

A group of elderly passengers embark on a Volga River cruise hoping to come to terms with the past and find their happiness and place in the world.

Black Boys

Black Boys

How do black children, adolescents and men grow up and live in the United States? This polyphonic statement "from within" touches the boundaries of racial prejudice and provides an understandable context for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Captains Of Zaatari

Captains Of Zaatari

Two promising young footballers from Syrian refugee families want to turn professional and take part in the World Cup.

Care(less)2

Care(less)2

This experimental VR film uses feelings of anxiety, meditative metaphysical states, hallucinations and abstractions to open up a new perspective on social care for the elderly in the UK.

Coded Bias

Coded Bias

Joy is an African American computer expert. When a facial recognition program ignores her face, Joy decides to test its biases. She dons a white mask – and the program suddenly works.

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

One day, Timo decided to lock himself in his room and never leave. He and his mother thus find themselves in a pathological relationship from which no way out can be found.

Common Ground

Common Ground

A VR tour of a historically important housing estate for the socially disadvantaged in South London. The site is undergoing huge renovation, causing changes for the thousands of residents still living there.

Courage

Courage

For 14 years, the Belarusian Free Theatre has bravely criticised Lukashenko's authoritarian regime in its performances. But at a time when the country is at a crossroads, the functioning of the theatre is more endangered than ever before.

Cuban Dancer

Cuban Dancer

Alexis dreams of becoming the best Cuban dancer, but before he can dance through the National Ballet School in Havana, life brings him an unexpected change: his parents decide to leave Cuba.

Dad

Dad's Leaving

The portrait of Jacques, the 70-year-old father of documentary filmmaker Pauline Horovitz, proves that dreams can come true at any age. After retirement, a respected doctor will leave his comfort zone and, for example, become an actor in a Chinese blockbuster.

Dare to Do Whatever

Dare to Do Whatever

Stories of Danish high school students whose creativity and individuality are valued more than knowledge, and who sit on gym mats instead of classroom benches.

Descent

Descent

Cold-resistance training is beneficial for both body and soul. Dutch diver Kiki knows this to be true, as ice freediving freed her from past trauma and guided her to more conscious experiences.

E14

E14

A visual poem that captures the atmosphere of empty, pandemic-stricken central London. Balconies have turned into shop windows for social interactions, and private life is becoming a public affair.

Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch

In New York, hundreds of thousands of people live in wheelchairs and many others with reduced mobility. But public transport, especially the subway, remains woefully inaccessible to them.

First We Eat

First We Eat

Suzanne Crocker’s film presents the experiment undertaken by her and her five-member family who live on Canada’s outer edge. Is it possible to survive for a full year in a sub-arctic town using only local foodstuffs?

Fly So Far

Fly So Far

Teodora Vásquez was accused and subsequently sent to prison for deliberately giving birth to a dead child. The years behind bars did not break her. On the contrary, they inspired her to fight for the rights of other unjustly punished women in El Salvador.

Garage People

Garage People

How do Russians spend weekends? You start with a garage, then all you need is imagination, which knows no bounds even beyond the Arctic Circle.

Gogo

Gogo

Priscille is 94 years old. She has three children, 22 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren. And four years ago, she started elementary school to finally learn to read and write.

Her Mothers

Her Mothers

The decision to start a family is not easy. In Orban’s Hungary, where the rights of sexual minorities are systematically oppressed, it’s even harder, but that is what lesbian couple Nóra and Virág are trying to do.

Housing Against Everyone

Housing Against Everyone

How is it possible to deal with people who are unable to secure their own housing? Czech politicians take opposing positions, and their conflict emerges in all its intensity.

Hunger Ward

Hunger Ward

The conflict in Yemen has contributed to one of the worst humanitarian crises of our times. The documentary gives a voice to those who are often drowned out in the world media by bombings and political speeches.

Chaddr - A River between Us

Chaddr - A River between Us

There are still places on our planet that are almost completely cut off from civilisation. With the advent of global climate change, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the people in these places to live a normal life.

Childbirth Banned In Paradise

Childbirth Banned In Paradise

Hundreds of tourists flock to Fernando de Noronha Island daily. At the airport they pass crying pregnant women, who must temporarily leave this paradise. Since 2004, the Brazilian government has ordered them to give birth only on the mainland.

I Am Gen Z

I Am Gen Z

Anxiety and depression. Loss of privacy. Sleep or eating disorders. These are just some problems linked to mobile phone addiction. Members of the Z generation seem to be the most affected by them.

Imad

Imad's Childhood

Five-year-old Imad from Iraq has spent half his life as a captive of the so-called Islamic State. Returning to his family and normal life is difficult for him and for those around him.

In the Same Breath

In the Same Breath

In terms of the coronavirus crisis, 2020 unfolded in surprisingly similar ways in China and the USA - in summary, in a tragic underestimation of the situation and in lying to their own citizens. Who is responsible?

KACHALKA

KACHALKA

A tyre instead of a punch bag, the wheel of an armoured vehicle instead of a weight. The Kachalka outdoor gym, built out of scrap metal in Soviet times, still attracts visitors as a mecca for Kyiv sports.

Kofi and Lartey

Kofi and Lartey

There is a huge waste dump for electronic waste in Ghana’s capital. The locals, including children, make their living here in inhumane conditions.

KOMBINAT

KOMBINAT

A magnificently filmed, yet extremely intimate look into the daily lives of several friends living in the immediate vicinity of one of Russia's largest ironworks.

LandFall

LandFall

Puerto Rico has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria and political corruption. A local community tries to revive its country, but the situation is thwarted by both the government and some bizarre traders in human misfortune.

Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

A look at the everydayness and sexual life of a group of young Warsaw natives who entered adulthood without firm ground beneath their feet.

Last Chance for Justice

Last Chance for Justice

Ten years ago, a wave of unrest and violence against the Uzbek minority swept through Kyrgyzstan. A divided society continues to bear the consequences.

LIFT LIKE A GIRL

LIFT LIKE A GIRL

Several young girls meet every evening in a small backyard next to a busy street. Their dream is to become professional weightlifters. A film about adolescence and sporting ambitions in the middle of socially conservative Egypt.

Long Live Love

Long Live Love

Finding your bearings in the chaos of life can be a real struggle. Rosemarie is battling not only with adolescence, but also with recurrent cancer. The momentum of her world is a constant stop-and-go.

Making A Mountain

Making A Mountain

A mountain has been rising in flat Copenhagen since 2019. Climbers climb it, skiers ski on it, and smoke billows from the chimneys. Mount Amager is a futuristic waste incinerator.

Maya

Maya

This thrilling film full of unexpected twists tells the story of the famous Iranian tigress Maya, and is a masterful presentation of our relationship with wild animals and the natural world around us.

Mother

Mother's

“Mothers often raise their children so that they can fulfil their dreams through them. Maman lives her dream with her children.” This credo of the “matriarch” of a group of drag queens is just the start of an intimate dialogue.

Mothers

Mothers

Moroccan women who become pregnant out of wedlock are subject to social condemnation. In a desperate situation they find a helping hand in an organisation that supports single mothers.

My Family is a Circus

My Family is a Circus

Romy is a sweet 10-year-old girl and her classmates love her. However, they have to say goodbye to her for six months. Their friend is from a circus family – and they’re about to change venue.

New Gods

New Gods

A computer algorithm tells the story of a young man who has never had a love relationship and who is preparing to transform his frustration into a bloody catharsis. The algorithm’s task is to find him and to remove hate-filled videos from the digital world.

Not Going Quietly

Not Going Quietly

The doctors told Ady Barkan he has four years to live. He therefore decided to live them in such a way that his son will be proud of him one day and has dedicated himself to a campaign to change healthcare in the USA.

Nothing but the Sun

Nothing but the Sun

Mateo was born into the Ayoreo people in the Paraguayan primeval forest. As he ages, he feels the need to preserve the unique heritage of his people and pass it on to future generations.

Nun of Your Business

Nun of Your Business

In a world bound by the rules of the Croatian Catholic Church, two nuns fall in love. The intimate story of Marita and Fani reveals abuses within the church, distorted ideals, and the difficult journey towards understanding, love and one's true self.

On Your Marks!

On Your Marks!

“One is nothing, unity is everything,” says the anthem of Sokol, a movement that gathers thousands of people every 6 years in Prague to create an impressive mass performance. A human comedy about the society we live in today.

Once Upon a Sea

Once Upon a Sea

This poetic interactive VR film about the drying-up Dead Sea is narrated by 3 different characters who have a very close and personal relationship to the sea and its surroundings.

Once Upon a Time in Poland

Once Upon a Time in Poland

In this existential road comedy a Czech film crew travels to Poland to learn about the local faith in God. The successful characteristic style of the Klusák-Remunda filmmaking duo is obvious.

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

The formerly prosperous community of a village on Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has suffered a dramatic decline in recent years due to environmental and economic threats.

One More Jump

One More Jump

In a Palestine gripped by the constant threat of war, Jehad and Abdallah seek freedom of movement. For them, parkour becomes a liberation and a daily shared joy, but ultimately also a curse.

Only Devil Lives without Hope

Only Devil Lives without Hope

Human rights activist Dilya tirelessly battles for the release of her brother Iskandar. Sixteen years ago, he was thrown in Uzbekistan's Jaslyk Prison, notorious for torturing prisoners.

Peel

Peel

The film captures the reality of everyday life in a home for the elderly through the animation of fleeting gestures, everyday things and fragments of overheard conversations.

Phone Line 137

Phone Line 137

In Argentina, one woman is murdered every 30 hours and thousands more face sexual violence and other shocking brutality behind the walls of their own homes. For many of them, their salvation is telephone line 137 – the only line that helps victims of domestic violence in crisis situations.

Please Hold The Line

Please Hold The Line

A telecommunications study from rural Eastern Europe, where digitalisation, globalisation and even a simple phone line encounter limitations dictated by atypical conditions.

President

President

The end of Robert Mugabe’s dictatorship brought Zimbabwe hope for change. Only the election of a new president will show if the country can leave behind its totalitarian past and embark on the path of true democracy.

Radio Felix

Radio Felix

Passionate commentator Felix prepares his own radio reports, in which he links his inner world to the external one.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation

In a case of murder, Albanian tradition obliged the victim’s family to either publicly forgive the perpetrator or take their revenge. Needless to say, such a choice has a massive impact on the whole society.

Return to Epipo

Return to Epipo

The Epipo summer camp in Hungary left deep scars in children's souls. Many years later, one of the participants reveals the disturbing truth about what she and the other children experienced at the time.

Sabaya

Sabaya

A whole city of Yazidi residents was left at the mercy of ISIS. The men's wives ended up in slavery. A handful of ordinary men set out to save them. But while it may seem like something out of an adventure novel, this story is a reality.

Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

The story of an enlightened Muslim imam, feminist and human rights activist who seeks to free Islam from gender discrimination and open it to those for whom it has long been closed off.

She Had a Dream

She Had a Dream

A young Tunisian activist and future lawyer facing discrimination and racism in her country is determined to strive for social change through her active participation in politics.

Silent Voice

Silent Voice

Young Khavaj fled the torture and death threats he experienced in Chechnya because of his sexual orientation. He is now trying to find not only himself, but also his voice in Belgium, after his trauma rendered him mute.

Songs of Repression

Songs of Repression

"I still have nightmares about a man standing in the middle of a circle, everyone shouting at him, and then him being beaten terribly," recalls a resident of the German village of Villa Baviera in Chile. The former colony of Dignidad was one of the most brutal sects in history.

Soviet man

Soviet man

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, it was home to nearly 300 million people – “Soviet people”. Was it just a propaganda myth, or did “homo sovieticus” really exist? Is it now a thing of the past?

Still into you

Still into you

Six Finnish stories about love, old age, intimacy, devotion, abandonment, hope and karaoke.

Stop Filming Us

Stop Filming Us

A Dutch filmmaker wanted to capture what the real Congo looks like on camera. He made a film exploring what African stereotypes the locals struggle with most often.

Taming the Garden

Taming the Garden

The roots of centuries-old Georgian trees go deep. But not deep enough to avoid being excavated and transported to the private garden of a former prime minister.

The Foundation Pit

The Foundation Pit

An eloquent compilation of online videos, which in Russia, a country that restricts freedom of speech and applies censorship, have become the voice of the overlooked and reveal the scope of unresolved social, health, infrastructure and human rights problems that Russian citizens face daily.

The Fourth Kingdom, The kingdom of plastics

The Fourth Kingdom, The kingdom of plastics

A film that takes viewers to a community garden shows what life is like on the fringes of society in downtown New York. In a flood of colourful garbage, cans and beer bottles, quirky New Yorkers go in search of their American dream.

The Hero

The Hero's Journey to the Third Pole

Icelandic musician and former member of the GusGus band Högni Egilsson and film producer Anna T. Edwards both have bipolar syndrome. During a non-traditional concert tour in Nepal, they try to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

The Law of Love

The Law of Love

Talking about equality is one thing, respecting and defending it is another. The journey to the legalisation of equal marriage for all people in Czechia isn’t over yet.

The Man Who Was Looking For His Son

The Man Who Was Looking For His Son

Every year, a huge number of children disappear without a trace in China, and desperate parents search for them tirelessly. The abduction of toddlers and their sale to childless couples has been an unaddressed social problem for decades.

The Mole

The Mole

Unconventional Danish director Mads Brügger has yet again shifted the boundaries of his original work. This time he set a trap – and caught the dictatorial North Korean regime.

The Mole Agent

The Mole Agent

A strange newspaper ad offers work to interested parties aged 80 to 90. Although laconically phrased, it seems to be a spy mission. Destination: retirement home. Discretion required!

The Red Ring

The Red Ring

Through his own experience with a serious, life-threatening and mysterious disease, Joonas Berghäll reveals the hardships experienced by people with chronic Lyme disease.

This Rain Will Never Stop

This Rain Will Never Stop

Andrey and his family left war-torn Syria and settled in Ukraine, where they found themselves at the centre of another conflict.

Uncertain freedom: the story of A.

Uncertain freedom: the story of A.

How can one return to society when one is seventy, after spending half a century in prison ? Bank robber Alberto Maron wants to try.

Under the Same Sun

Under the Same Sun

Nagorno-Karabakh is of great symbolic importance to both Armenians and Azerbaijanis. The countries are waging a long-running dispute over this area, which is continually escalating into military clashes.

Unseen

Unseen

Childbirth is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life, but a doctor’s inappropriate approach can easily turn it into a traumatising event that leaves scars on body and soul.

We are Russia

We are Russia

Milena and Kolya take part in the largest anti-Putin protests in Russia's recent history. After many years, they have a chance to publicly support a promising opposition candidate – Alexei Navalny.

We Intend to Cause Havoc

We Intend to Cause Havoc

The 1970s in Zambia were interwoven with intoxicating moments of independence and the psychedelic musical ride of the rock band WITCH. The documentary is a search for its roots and a probe into the secrets of the local music community.

We Live Here

We Live Here

Getting to know the homeless and their life stories has generally seemed socially difficult and unpleasant. That’s not the case with this interactive VR project, which plays out in the tent of Rockey, a homeless American woman.

What About Our Future?

What About Our Future?

This short documentary presents a group of teenagers from Vancouver, Canada, who are not indifferent to the future of the planet. They have set up a group to draw attention to the dangers of climate change.

Where Were You?

Where Were You?

Domestic violence often remains hidden behind closed doors. Not even those nearest know what happens behind them. Three strong women decide to break through the barrier and talk about their experiences.

White Noise

White Noise

A unique look behind the scenes of a far-right, nationalist influencer cell in the USA. Never before have filmmakers been able to get so close, right to the core of a setting from which hatred and fear are planted on social media.

White on White

White on White

Slovak director Viera Čákanyová made her Antarctic video diary while shooting her award-winning film FREM. This powerful confession presents both environmental themes and some of her doubts about her actions.

Wolves at the Borders

Wolves at the Borders

Who was here first: wolf or human? The documentary follows the return of wolves to Czech forests and shows our conflicted relationship with nature through the story of a dispute between residents in a small village in the Broumov region.

Wood

Wood

Illegal logging is taking place in remote regions around the world, which contain the most forests and wildlife. It destroys biodiversity and has serious social consequences.

Writing With Fire

Writing With Fire

They are failing to spark a revolution in the Indian caste system, but they are succeeding very well at digital revolution. The women's editorial board, made up of members of the lowest caste and led by reporter Meera, has been fighting for human rights in India for 14 years.