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Human / Social

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.

 




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.




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.




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. 




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.