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A long way home

DCP-HD - 2017 - Switzerland - 73 ' and 52' - Color / Black & White

A long way home



A film by Luc Schaedler

The film centers around five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture: the visual artists the Gao Brothers, the choreographer and dancer Wen Hui, the animation artist Pi San and the poet Ye Fu.

With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. What they share is a struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts, all scarred by violence and oppression. Their vision is of a democratic, supportive and humane civil society.

A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China. In doing so, the film poses universal questions that ultimately concern us all: which values determine our cultural identity and in what kind of world do we want to live?

A Long Way Home is an entertaining and moving plea for human solidarity.




The Green Lie

HD-DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color

The Green Lie



A film by Werner Boote

“When you shop with a conscience, you don’t save the world, you save the corporations”

Environmentally friendly electric cars, sustainably produced food products, fair production processes: Hurray! If everything the corporations tell us is true, we can save the world through our purchasing decisions alone! A popular and dangerous lie.

Are the industry's “green products” nothing more than a sales strategy?

In his new documentary film, Werner Boote (Plastic Planet, Everything's Under Control) shows us, together with environmental expert Kathrin Hartmann, how we can protect ourselves.

They easily banter, they agree to disagree and ultimately bring freshness to a never-ending debate.




A Journey to the Fumigated Towns

HD-DCP - 2018 - Argentina - 97 - Color

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns



A film by Fernando E. Solanas

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns is the final episode made by Fernando Solanas in a series of 8 films dedicated to the Argentinian’s crisis in the 21st century. Based on testimonies, re-creations, archives and photos, this investigative documentary reveals not only the after-effects of the soya’s model and other GMO’s grain productions with agrochemicals, on the health of the Argentinian people but also the global and environmental consequences.

Fernando Solanas unfolds dramatic stories and testimonies from locals, farmers and researchers. As a fearless director and a senator, he is convinced that Eco-agriculture produces food for everyone in a natural and profitable way.




The Waldheim Waltz

HD/ DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color / Black & White

The Waldheim Waltz

Waldheim's Walzer (original title)


A film by Ruth Beckermann

A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power.

Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.

Created from international archive material and what Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history repeats itself time and time again. 




Young Solitude

HD-DCP - 2018 - FRANCE - 100 - Color

Young Solitude

Premières solitudes (original title)


A film by Claire Simon

Claire Simon portrays an important time for any individual, from 16 to 18 years of age.

Set in the Paris suburbs in high school (for those lucky enough to go), teenagers chat after and even during class, sitting in the hallway or outside on a bench, looking at the city below them.

Claire Simon sets up a cinematic dialog with the teens, speaking about their personal history, their family, but also passions and loneliness.

At this age, they start thinking about leaving their family, when there is one, and even run away from it when it’s completely broken. Being by yourself can bring as many good things as bad ones. This film becomes a place where they search and discuss the meaning of all this.

A pure coming-age story, Young Solitude is an ode to youth.




LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE

HD-DCP - 2017 - FRANCE - 100 - Color

LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE

Le maître et l'enfant (original title)


A film by Alexandre Mourot

“Education should not limit itself to seeking new methods for a mostly arid transmission of   knowledge: its aim must be to give the necessary aid to human development.”
Maria Montessori

Inherited from Maria Montessori in 1907, the Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach celebrating and nurturing each child's desire to learn.  An approach valuing the human spirit and a full child development —physical, social, emotional, cognitive. This method is more and more popular and Montessori schools are opening worldwide today. Because self-development and respect are essentials to our society,  film director Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6 years of age) and observes.

He meets happy children, free to move around, working alone or in small groups. Some read, others make bread, do divisions, laugh or sleep. The teacher remains  very discreet.

Children guide the film director throughout the whole school year, helping him understand the magic of their autonomy and self-esteem – the seeds of a new society of peace and freedom, which Maria Montessori dedicated her life work to.

 

Website: http://www.montessori-lefilm.org/

 




THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

HD-DCP - 2017 - USA - 90 min - Color / Black & White

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR



A film by Nancy Buirski

To the countless women whose voices have not been heard.
 
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists.
The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. 
 
Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning. 
 
More and more women are now speaking up after rape.
Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed.
 
The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.




Imposed Piece

HD-DCP - 2017 - Belgium - 74 min - Color

Imposed Piece

Opgelegd Werk (original title)


A film by Brecht Vanhoenacker

IMPOSED PIECE is a cinematographic chronicle revealing one of the most prestigious violin’s competition: the Queen Elisabeth.

Through this documentary, the audience meets some of the twelve finalists and follows their intense preparation. These young and talented musicians finally have the chance to manifest themselves as soloists after years of practice and sacrifices. Pressure and expectations are high.

In complete seclusion and during an eight-days period, they have to study a compulsory piece and a concerto of their choice.

Little by little, the film reveals how they prepare, how they cope with stress and how they reflect on their past and future.

 




The Wandering Chef

HD/DCP - 2018 - Korea - 85 min - Color

The Wandering Chef

The Wandering Chef - 108 plates (original title)


A film by Hye-Ryoung Park

A deep homage to Mother Nature through a heart-warming culinary journey.

 

Jiho Im, better known as the "Wandering Chef", travels the Korean peninsula, in search of the most unique ingredients, honouring Mother Nature with whom he has a very strong and personal relationship.

For him, Nature is at the core of his life and his creative work.

One day, he meets someone very special on the road leading him to the most incredible challenge of a lifetime: conceiving and cooking 108 plates in 24 hours - significant of 108 agonies of life in Buddhism - to pay tribute to his adoptive mother.




Raise your arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48

HD - 2016 - Japan - 121' / 90' - Color

Raise your arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48

Doutonboriyo, Nakasetekure! Documentary of NMB48 (original title)


A film by Atsushi Funahashi

Japanese Pop Idols! Shiny, but not always. You see the shadows. 

Launched in 2011 as a sister group to girl band behemoth AKB48, the Osaka-based NMB48 has become a musical force itself. With a string of No.1 hit singles and albums, not to mention sell-out performances, NMB48 continues Japan’s pop-music phenomena.
Director Atsushi Funahashi, whose documentary work has previously chronicled such harrowing events as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, pulls back the curtain on the life and struggles of the band members and the workings of the idol-making industry.