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FOR AHKEEM

HD - DCP - 2017 - USA - 90 Min - Color

FOR AHKEEM

For Ahkeem (original title)


A film by Jeremy S.Levine & Landon Van Soest

For Ahkeem is the coming-of- age story of an extraordinary young girl who never gives up as she strives to balance school, family, and trauma within the challenging world of being a Black teenager in America.

 

Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail.

 

After she is expelled from her public high school, a juvenile court judge sends Daje to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy, which offers her one last chance to earn a diploma. Over two years we watch as Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother.

 

As Antonio is drawn into the criminal justice system and events in Ferguson just four miles from her home seize the national spotlight, Daje learns she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young Black boy.

 

Through Daje’s intimate coming of age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.




TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

DCP- HD - 2015 - French - 53 Min - Color / Black & White

TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

Trop noire pour être française? (original title)


A film by Isabelle Boni-Claverie

Filmmaker Isabelle Boni-Claverie, a black woman who grew up in a privileged environment, has none of the supposed social handicaps that could impede social integration. And yet, she is often an object of discrimination. Has the Republic lied to her?

A brazen question illuminated by the analysis of Eric Fassin, Pap Ndiaye and Achille Mbembe regarding the inequalities of our society.




OUR WAR

DCP- HD - 2016 - Italy - 68 Min - Color

OUR WAR

Our War (original title)


A film by Benedetta Argentieri, Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia

“Sometimes in your life, you just got to fight, fight for what’s right”

Who fights against ISIS? Three westerners joined the Kurds of the People Protection Units (YPG) of Rojava, in Northern Syria, to fight the self-declared Islamic State. The documentary has original footage from the Syrian battlefield, which blends in with the protagonist's daily life in USA, Italy, Sweden.

The three characters talk about choices, nightmares, hopes, comrades and friends lost and their continuous support the Rojava’s struggle and democratic dream.

In volunteering to fight in a war so distant from their daily life the question is, what are they fighting for?




BOLINGO. THE FOREST OF LOVE

DCP-HD - 2016 - Spain - 55 Min - Color / Black & White

BOLINGO. THE FOREST OF LOVE

Bolingo. The forest of Love. (original title)


A film by Alejandro G. Salgado

BOLINGO, THE FOREST OF LOVE tells the journey made by several women from the heart of Africa to North Morocco looking for the “European dream”. This journey will get them into a trip to motherhood at Bolingo or some other awaiting camp settled next to the Moroccan-Spanish border.

Bolingo means love in Lingala; a language used by a group of Congolese migrants giving humanity to the migrants’ drama in North Africa. They created a camp where migrant women could live with their children until circumstances allowed them to cross the border to Europe. 

BOLINGO, THE FOREST OF LOVE shows mothers fighting for survival and raising their children in hostile circumstances.

 




LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2

DCP - HD - 2016 - French - 85 Min - Color

LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (original title)


A film by Florent Vassault

Lindy, a former juror, starts a journey through Mississippi looking for the 11 jurors alongside who she sentenced a man to death, 20 years ago.

Looking like 12 ANGRY MEN, Lindy’s story is all but fictional.

For 20 years, she has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt and no one, in this Republican and Protestant community, understood her distress.

In 2006, Lindy met the man, Bobby Wilcher, who didn’t have a single visitor on death row in Parchman. She sought his forgiveness and became his friend. This friendship shocked and she lost dear friends along the way.

Lindy was the only visitor Bobby Wilcher had on the day of his execution and she remembers seeing him in shackles in the middle of the room, glancing one last time in her direction before passing away.

Traumatized, this is how Lindy begins her journey and finds her 11 fellow jurors since they sentenced this man to death and questions the impact this experience had on them.




KOUDELKA, Shooting Holy Land

DCP - HD - 2015 - Germany/Czech Republic - 72 min - Color

KOUDELKA, Shooting Holy Land



A film by Gilad BARAM

The film follows Koudelka in his journey photographing Israel and Palestine from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to the next. In each location - soon to become a new “Koudelka Photo” - a scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working, his perception of the world he is documenting and the people he encounters.

A fascinating dialogue emerges between the moving images Baram films and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Austere images of landscape divided by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.

Baram’s long-term documentation of the photographer on-field together with the exclusive use of Koudelka’s photographic archive result in a unique record that offers a rich and intimate look into the solitary creative process of one of photography’s greatest living masters.




Nuclear Nation II

HD - 2015 - Japan - 144, 90, 52 - Color

Nuclear Nation II

Nuclear Nation II (original title)


A film by Atshushi Funahashi

Following the 2011 events and the first documentary Atsushi Funahashi directed, NUCLEAR NATION II analyses the evolution as of December 2014.It follows a new group of people exiled from Futaba, the region occupied by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Nothing has changed yet for the refugees, away from their home like lost souls and still hoping to be compensated. Through their agonies and frustrations, the film unravels the cost of capitalism and nuclear energy.




Before you know it

DCP - HD - 2014 - USA - 110 min - Color

Before you know it



A film by PJ Raval

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT is no ordinary documentary about senior citizens. Robert,Ty and Dennis are unique characters among the 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55; many of whom facing discrimination, neglect and exclusion. However, the film is not about cold statistics and gloomy realities but about overcoming prejudice and defying expectation to form communities, create camaraderie in senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.




MAN VS TRASH

HD - 2013 - French - 74 Min - Color

MAN VS TRASH

SUPER TRASH (original title)


A film by Martin Esposito

Martin returns his childhood place. He has now been buried by a huge open dump.

Martin decides to settle and live in this world of garbage, punctuated by the forth back and forth dances of trucks and bulldozers leveling and discharging waste. For days and months, Martin will mark his place in an unbearable universe seemingly driving to madness. He feeds himself with the trash. He bathes into the river each daily, like a step back to the primitive world. He looks after animals trapped in the hellhole, and surfs on giant wave generated by the trash. Nothing looking for exposure such pointing fingers at one other, Martin simply tries, in this film, a desperate effort to make a metaphor for our world, minus the guilt. Martin won’t accept this universe that has been imposed, he wants to appropriate it, ingest and digest.

This until the final and permanent closure of the dump, where he will save the last seagull from poisoning.




3 : Minutos (Three Minutes)

DCP - HD - 2013 - Spain - 75Min - Color

3 : Minutos (Three Minutes)

3 : Minutos (original title)


A film by Alvaro Torrellas

The story of 3 Minutes wheels around the character of Antonio Rodriguez, aka El Bigotes, an old Sevillian boxing trainer who rescues boys from the streets since 30 years. What Antonio does is just open the door to people whom life, society, law and even family have denied a second chance.

Through the stories of three young boys, who have a lot of things in common, we will find out how Antonio is the key in these boys’ lives as well as in their process of social reintegration where school, psychologists and reformatories have failed.