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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.




The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

DCP - HD - 2011 - Sweden, USA - 92 & 52 - Color / Black & White

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape (original title)


A film by Göran Hugo Olsson

The Black Power Mixtape is an archive- and music- driven documentary that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the African-American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. Combining startlingly fresh and meaningful 16mm footage that had been lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, Mixtape looks at the people, society, culture and style that fuelled a change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 70s mixtape format, the Black Power Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the ghettos of America. At the end of the Sixties, Swedish interest in the US Civil Rights Movement and the US anti-war movement peaked. With a combination of commitment and naiveté, Swedish filmmakers traveled across the Atlantic to explore the Black Power Movement. Filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson brings this newly discovered footage to light and introduces it to a new generation across the world in a penetrating examination – through the lens of Swedish filmmakers – of the Black Power Movement from 1967-1975, and its worldwide resonance.




Three Letters from China

HD, DCP - 2013 - Swiss - 84 & 52 - Color

Three Letters from China

Watermarks (original title)


A film by Luc Schaedler

Based on three different places, the film portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments: in the deceptively idyllic Jiuxiancun in the rainy south; in the apocalyptic coal mining site of Minqin and Wusutu in the parched north; and in Chongqing, the megacity on the Yangtze River. The protagonists give their moving accounts of an unresolved past, an uncertain present and their tentative steps into the future. The film thus paints a complex image of the mental state of the people in this complicated country. “Watermarks” is a subjective snapshot in time that takes a poetic look at the changing everyday life in China.




Grandma Lo-Fi

HD - 2011 - Icelandic - 62 Min - Color / Black & White

Grandma Lo-Fi

Amma Lo-fi (original title)


A film by Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

At the tender age of 70, Grandma Lo-Fi, started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets, found toys, kitchen percussions and Casio keyboards. Sigrídur Níelsdóttir is her name, and before long the Icelandic/Danish musician became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic music scene. Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm ‘Grandma Lo-fi’ is a cinematic tribute to her boundless creativity, created by three musicians and artists whom she inspired. 




Matthieu Ricard, on the path to compassion

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color

Matthieu Ricard, on the path to compassion

Matthieu Ricard, sur le chemin de la compassion (original title)


A film by Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis

40 years devoted to the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism have made Matthieu Ricard, a courier between East and West.

 

Scientific, Buddhist monk, French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, photographer and author of texts on Buddhism and meditation, Matthieu Ricard is today one of the world.

 

This film allows us to discover his thoughts, his research, and its humanitarian, through its association KARUNA-Shechen.

 

Matthieu Ricard spends indeed much of his time to humanitarian projects in India and Nepal, as well as many symposia in which he was invited into the world of MIND and to DAVOS LIFE. He regularly participates in scientific studies on the effect of meditation on the brain.

 

He is a man of his time, putting his knowledge and his humanist philosophy for the well-being and vitality of the greatest number.




In my mother’s arms

DCP & HD - 2011 - UK, Netherlands, Iraq - 85 & 51 min - Color

In my mother’s arms

In my mother's arms (original title)


A film by Atia Al Daradji & Mohamed Al-Daradji

Husham works tirelessly to build the hopes, dreams and prospects of the 32 damaged children of war, under his care at a small orphanage in Baghdad's most dangerous district. Against this threatening backdrop, with funds running desperately low, the bittersweet dramas of childhood play out: 7-year-old SAIF can only remember his dead mother's name, 'Mejuda', as he faces the taunts of other kids in constant playground battles; teenager MOHAMMED struggles to balance academic life with his search for self-identity; whilst young Salah fears he may never be able to go to school. When the landlord gives Husham and the boys just two weeks to vacate, a desperate search ensues.




Honk!

DCP & HD - 2011 - France - 62 min - Color

Honk!

Honk! (original title)


A film by Arnaud Gaillard & Florent Vassault

At nightfall, on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, surrounded by his family, a grandmother will attend the execution of her husband's murderer.

In Oklahoma, a former death row inmate exonerated after 22 years in prison tells his amazing story.

In Texas, a woman struggles against the criminal justice system for his son to survive, while he is awaiting his execution for 14 years.

In Huntsville, a small provincial town in eastern Texas, the Department of correction performs the executions by lethal injection almost as a weekly ritual.

Based on the numerous absurdities of the death penalty, the film shows through these three characters how this death sentence generates pain, unfairness, violence and inefficiency in the heart of the American society.