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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.




THE GERMAN NEIGHBOUR

HD- DCP - 2017 - Argentina - 94 - Color

THE GERMAN NEIGHBOUR

EL VECINO ALEMAN (original title)


A film by Rosario Cervio and Martin Liji

 

Long live Germany! Long live Austria! Long live Argentina! These are the countries with which I have been most connected and which I will not forget. I had to obey the rules of war and my flag. I am ready.”

Last words of Adolf Eichmann,

Thursday evening on May 31st, 1962 at the gallows of Ramla prison

 

In 1960 Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped in Buenos Aires and taken illegally to Jerusalem for a trial.

A pure documentary integrating archive materials, the film shows through the eyes and research work of Renate, a young journalist, the awkward life of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina contrasting with the crimes he is defending against in Israel.




Move! Dance your life

DCP-HD - 2016 - France - 76 Min - Color

Move! Dance your life

Move! Dance your life (original title)


A film by Fanny Jean-Noël

MOVE ! Dance your life is a "poetrip". It’s a unique, poetic and aesthetic film about dance around the world !
Its primary language is Dance, a universal medium.
The film takes place in 18 different destinations around the world. With over 20 dancers, amateurs or professionals, from childhood to old age, from womb to tomb, MOVE ! shows humanity’s vital need for dance.

 

« We should consider each day lost in which we have not danced at least once »

Friedrich Nietzcshe




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.

 




Cheer up

DCP - HD - 76 Min - Finland, Canada - 76 Min - Color

Cheer up

Cheer Up (original title)


A film by Christy Garland

Cheer Up takes us into the teenage lives of a team of cheerleaders from the Arctic Circle in Finland, who always seem to place last.  They struggle to improve, and try their best to look perfect doing it, but really, teenage life can be tough for these girls. For Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are,  where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy.

Cheer Up is a universal story about teenagers. The film embraces the inner conflicts these young women face at such an important turning point in their lives - when relating to family, finding your own way, and fitting in with the crowd is not so easy. Win or lose, cheerleading for them is a second family (like dance, football and other hobbies) and an opportunity to learn about life, it’s pitfalls and success, sorrows and joy.




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.




Czech Swan

HD - 2015 - Poland & Czech Republic - 52 Min - Color

Czech Swan

Czech Swan (original title)


A film by Aleksandra Terpińska

The documentary Czech Swan is a compelling story about women aging, dance and beer.

A group of pensioners from Horni Lhota, a small village near Ostrava, Czech Republic, lends beauty to the occasional village events with their dance performances, calling themselves Majorettes. Always ready to perfect their repertoire the ladies decide to incorporate the famous Russian classic – Tchaikovskyʼs Swan Lake – into their famous routine. They ask Igor Vejsada, the director of the Ostrava Ballet, for help. Igor, who is bewitched by their energy and enthusiasm, decides to help the beginner ballerinas. He asks a ‘Swan Lake’ debutant soloist Marketa Pospisilova to give the ladies a proper Ballet training.




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.