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Astra Film Festival

Films

  • 69 Minutes of 86 Days

    “69 Minutes of 86 Days” is a poetic documentary that looks at the refugee crisis through the eyes of a three-year old girl crossing Europe together with her family. Childish innocence hides more awareness than we imagine. Through her curious gaze we can see that the effects of the humanitarian crisis will be the painful legacy of a whole generation. ...

  • A film less happy, more sad, poetical and wise

    Pătru Godja Pupăză, wood carver, bought some land in his village, built a fenced around it and made a majestic gate, creating his own cemetery. The film is a vivid and endearing mosaic of traditions and customs from Maramureș. ...

  • A Grandmother’s Love

    Two very similar children. Two very different opportunities at life. Areli and Anderson have been close friends since they were young. Growing up together in the remote village of Tactic in Central Guatemala, the children attend the same school, work in the same fields, and, of course, play together. While their lives seem very similar, there’s one major difference: Anderson has access to electricity; Areli does not. Anderson’s grandmother and a village leader, Ilse Lopez reflects on the changes she’s seen in Anderson’s life since receiving solar energy. "Amor de Abuela" is an Oculus VR for Good project in conjunction with Global Brightlight Foundation. ...

  • All That Passes By Through a Window That Doesn't Open

    A railway is being built in Azerbaijan for a high-speed train, a new road of silk, designed to bring glory to the new generations. The film follows the workers’ harsh routine, their hopes and financial problems, reflecting on the political and social situation of countries with a tense historical relationship. ...

  • Another Year

    Another Year traces thirteen dinners of a migrant worker’s family over the same number of months, shown in an intense 180 minutes. The film observes the unrelenting passage of time, over the course of a year as it witnesses the constant changes of Chinese society. ...

  • Art Universe

    Originally produced for the Pepsi Art Dome at Voodoo Fest 2015 in New Orleans, Art Universe piece is a collaboration between artists and animators at Likuid Art and FullDomeLab. This stunning, immersive piece, featuring original score and sound design, showcases work by artists from Likuid Art’s growing online subscription-based art repository. Conceived of and directed by the Likuid Art creative team of David Gardner and Chris Saunders, it presents a new way to experience art. ...

  • Baloane de curcubeu

    In the village where cattle are grazing on the football field, where the villagers are sent to the seaside during winter, the president's wife is kidnapped. ...

  • Bashir’s Dream

    Bashir's Dream centers around Qusai Bashir Masaama, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan who was shot in the back by a sniper while on a candy run. As a result, Qusai is confined to a wheelchair, with dreams of playing basketball and traveling abroad for better care and education. ...

  • Batusha's House

    On the outskirts of Prishtina, Kosovo, a huge building is being erected housing 300 people. For 15 years, Kadri Batusha continues his work building it seven days a week, without an authorization, plan or architect. The construction is a mosaic of personal ideas that changes from one day to the next and reflects Batusha’s laden biography. ...

  • Before I go to sleep, I say "Good night, Andreea!"

    Returning to her parental home, Andreea is more stranger than familiar, seemingly out of place. Can she fit into a family that is together only part-time? ...

  • Before I met you

    It is supposed to be the happiest day of a woman’s life. In Slovakian hospitals, however, the joy of motherhood can easily turn into a nightmare. The documentary “Before I Met You” uncovers the reality behind the closed doors of delivery rooms where nobody but mothers-to-be are allowed to enter. ...

  • Behind the Fence

    The world’s next mass atrocity is currently unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where roughly 1.1 million Rohingya, a Muslim minority, are severely oppressed and at risk of slaughter at the hands of the majority Buddhist nation. The Rohingya have been stripped of virtually all rights, including citizenship, the right to vote, and access to education, healthcare and livelihoods. They can be killed, tortured or arrested without just cause or legal recourse. Many are held in what some experts call modern-day concentration camps. ...

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  • Breaking Fake News. Războiul de după războiul rece?

    In an era in which war is waged through the airwaves, and not so much through military power, the two poles of the Cold War, Russia and the West face each other over a disinformation battle. “The War Behind the Cold War” presents clear examples of media misinformation from around the world with testimonies from Romanian experts. ...

  • Burma Storybook

    Poetry is immensely popular in Burma/Myanmar, a country emerging from years of dictatorship and isolation. In the past, poetry was a way to endure and resist tyranny. Today, there are more online poets than bloggers. ...

  • Calabria

    Calabria is a road movie in a hearse. After the death of a Calabrian emigrant who came to Switzerland to find work, two undertakers, Jovan and José, emigrants themselves, travel from the north to the south of Italy to repatriate the deceased to his home village. ...

  • Calan, the Bagpiper

    "I think it's good that we have a queen," says 10-year-old Calan from Braemar in Scotland. "She's really nice. But she's actually just a normal person, he says, and I'm not particularly excited when I see her. " Calan lives in a typical Scottish village in the highlands not far from the summer residence of the English royal family in Balmoral. He already sees Prince Charles walking in the hills. "But now, before the great Scottish play, the Braemar Gathering, where I am supposed to play a serenade for the Queen on my bagpipe, I am quite nervous. Hopefully I will not be. " ...

  • China's Van Goghs

    An intimate portrait of a peasant-turned-oil painter who is transitioning from making copies of van Gogh's paintings to creating his own authentic works of art, emblematic of China’s Dream for the 21st Century: to go from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Created in China’. ...

  • City of Ghosts

    City of Ghosts exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds. This is the story of a brave group of sirian journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. ...

  • City of the Sun

    In an atmosphere of disenchanting surrealism, a miner/actor, a music teacher, and two teen-age long-distance runner stoically bear the weight of the decrepit remnants of a by-gone era. In “City of the Sun” people live like scavengers off of the corpse of their town’s former communist glory ...

  • Civilians

    New York is not primarily a temple of prosperity and glamour, but a home for its millions of inhabitants. What does the everyday life of the many diverse civilians living in the metropolis look like? Civilians reveals the metropole to us, courageously taking a look at the ‘normal’ instead of the spectacular. ...

  • Close ties

    Close ties is a funny and tender portrait of an elderly couple who are about to celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary. If not for the fact that the husband spent eight of those years living with another woman, this would have been quite the celebration, yet as it is he must accept his wife’s biting remarks. ...

  • Collisions

    COLLISIONS, directed by artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth is a virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960’s. Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950’s via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology, when he witnessed first hand and with no context, an atomic test. Nyarri offers us a view to what he saw, and, reflecting on this extraordinary event, shares his perspective on the Martu way to care for the planet. COLLISIONS focuses on the needs of future generations, as we dive head-long into the fourth industrial revolution. Through the use of the world’s most immersive technology in combination with Wallworth’s world‐class storytelling, the audience of COLLISIONS is invited to experience an alternative understanding of long‐term decision making via one of the world’s oldest cultures. It highlights our inability to imagine the possible unintended consequences of our actions —provoking thought around the environment and the sustainable use of the world’s resources with a view to the generations to come. ...

  • Communion

    Ola, a 14 year old Polish girl, takes care of her useless and alcoholic father and her autistic younger brother. Embracing the possibility of having her mother return, and reuniting the family, Ola dedicates herself to her brother’s Holy Communion. ...

  • Convictions

    Four stories of young men’s encounters with army recruitment commissions in Russia, where army is compulsory for young boys. A sneak peak into what it really means to stand up for one’s beliefs in a re-militarized society that punishes conscientious objection under criminal law. ...

  • CounterAction

    CounterAction looks at the fight for fair anticorruption bodies. Together with the main character – Vitaliy Shabunin, head of the Anticorruption Action Centre, we take part in interviewing prospective candidates and attend meetings of the selection board to appoint the head of the Specialised Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office in Ucraine. ...

  • Couz

    Couz is portrait full of vitality of a group of Marseilles teenagers. The film accompanies them during a summer vacation infused with rap music and nights spent on the beach. The last sequence offers a homage to the creative energetic youths . ...

  • Darwin and his fabulous Orchids

    Orchids are amazingly seductive and full of tricks when it comes to attracting insects and ensuring pollination, which in turn means securing their own survival. Their creativity amazed Charles Darwin who carried out intensive research on this family of plants. To celebrate Darwin year 2009, the Planetarium invites you to a fascinating journey into the secret life of orchids. In gigantic close-ups, the audience will learn the tricks used by the orchids to ensure their reproduction. Darwin once wrote that hardly anything else had fascinated him so much as orchids. In the immersive dome, sheet upon sheet of paper on which Darwin recorded his research will turn into a paper ocean, the expedition ship “The Beagle” or the forest in which orchid hunters hoped to find everlasting fame. Like no other medium before, the Planetarium’s 360° stage will enable you to experience a sensuous sea of flowers as well as the life and times of Charles Darwin. Although the show is in every detail biologically and historically authentic, the humorous side is not neglected. The atmosphere is in particular intensified by the visual atmosphere created by the designer Ralph Heinsohn and by a soundtrack which was composed and arranged exclusively for the show by the musician and sound designer Sven Lütgen. In a video game, a member of the audience will have the opportunity to create a fictitious orchid and find out whether it can survive in the climatic zone selected. ...

  • Deportation Class

    Mixed brigades of police officers and immigration officials take them to a bus that transports them to the airport and the first available flight home. This happens to foreigners who arrived in Germany with a dream that is suddenly disrupted by deportation teams that analyze, plan and visit families that have not complied with the official refusal of asylum. ...

  • Deprogrammed

    What do a radical Islamist, a Christian cult member and a white supremacist have in common? DEPROGRAMMED takes the user on a virtual walk through the world of indoctrination. Told through the voices of three characters, DEPROGRAMMED, unfolds how they became completely enveloped by extremist ideologies. Diane was deceptively recruited into the Unification Church at the age of seventeen, Frank was a high-ranking member of a skinhead gang by the age of fifteen, and Mubin was ready to wage jihad before he graduated from High School. Combining documentary storytelling and an immersive virtual landscape, DEPROGRAMMED is a meditative and, at times, de-stabilizing experience that humanizes those behind acts of terror and self-annihilation. DEPROGRAMMED offers the user first-hand in sight into how hate groups and cults strategically alter one's perceptions of the world by defining those on the outside as the source of all problems. This is a theme that is once again on the rise in today’s divided political climate. ...

  • Dum Spiro Spero

    Dum spiro spero is a Latin saying meaning ‘while I breathe, I hope’. Until this day it has remained the motto of those who refuse to quit until the very last breath. Intertwining daily life, books and death, the author speaks about losing strength and the strength to cope with the loss. Everybody die the moment they are born, which is the greatest reason why to understand the values of life and enjoy the joys it gives. The acclaimed writer after a series of book made his first film and his literati experience spoke in a cinematic language that reaches the level of his literature. Details of ordinary surrounding and daily life fit in with the story they engender. This film is to a great extent a one-man show, because next to the script and directing, the author also filmed all the material and played the mouth harp. ...

  • Education

    A documentary showing the paradoxes of schooling. Forth grade primary school students, try to understand and interpret the poem “Education” by Julian Tuwim, with the aid of their parents. Unfortunately, not all metaphors can be explained in an unambiguous way and poetry clashes with the prose of life. ...

  • Erwin For Mayor

    Loving the spotlight, Erwin Albu, well-known brawler, activist and politician, found in 2016 the perfect platform to satisfy his need for attention, by running for the position of mayor for the city of Codlea. ...

  • Esmeralda

    In a small town somewhere in Romania, Mr. Diniță and his reliable bicycle, Esmeralda, travel from place to place in the search of a recollection of personal and collective history. ...

  • Exit Through The Gift Shop: A Banksy Film

    The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. ...

  • Expired

    Expired is a thoughtful documentary on the issue of waste. Four friends assume a thrilling challenge of 3000 kilometres bike riding with no food except the one provided by the containers with expired stuff of markets. ...

  • Extended Family

    Mummy, mama and daddy; mummy, mama and sperm donor: The film Extended Family offers an intimate insight into two same-sex families' lives, who found a way to create their families within a legal grey zone in Switzerland. Swiss law bans access to adoption and any assisted reproductive medicine for same-sex couples. ...

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  • Famous In Ahmedabad

    Set during the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the biggest kite-flying festival in India, ‘Amdavad Ma Famous’, witnesses the transformation of an 11-year-old Zaid from a boy next door to an aggressive and a passionate kite-runner, till he comes across a challenge that threatens to keep him away from the one thing he loves. ...

  • Fatema, The Surfer of Cox's Bazar

    Fatema is 10 years old and comes from Cox's Bazar, the largest city by the seashore in Bangladesh. She loves the sea and she’s one of the few girls from Bangladesh who surfs. Even if people tell her she’s a girl and that surfing is a sin, she keeps on doing this relatively new sport, being passionate about it. She enjoys it and her family supports her. Every day, Fatema goes to “Wavefighter Surfclub” in order to train with her group. The president of the club tries to convince the parents that surfing adds to the girls’ self-confidence. ...

  • Finn loves the speed

    Chill and just hang out - Finn has no time for that. His calendar is full of appointments. After all, the 11-year-old wants to become a racing driver. And he needs to train a lot. He usually spends the weekend on the track and after school he always sits fast in his own racing simulator in the basement. He only has to take his time for homework. His father does not know a pardon. Only when he is good at school can he go karting. Fortunately, Finn has already written many singles this year. For him, his family means everything. Because his father has to work a lot, Finn always looks forward to spending time together with the family. His parents have a holiday home in Bavaria and they spend three or four times a year there. Finn and his sister Lenya then play with their dog Houston, go skiing or prepare breakfast for their parents. Finn makes then for all omelettes. Finn loves to sing with his sister Lenya. Most popular pop songs from the charts. Sometimes the family also visits a racetrack. Finn's father is also a good racing driver and can teach Finn a lot. At 11, Finn has now moved to the new age class of "Minis". There is already driving with large karts, which are fast over 100 km / h. He wants to be among the top three, so he is sitting in his kart at the moment, doing cornering, real braking and tricky overtaking maneuvers. In a few weeks the first preparatory race of the season takes place. Whether Finn can keep up front? ...

  • Full-dome Industry Meeting

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  • Gala Primul meu film

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  • Gaza Surf Club

    Trapped in “the world’s largest open-air prison” and ruled by war, a new generation is drawn to the beaches. Sick of occupation and political gridlock, they find their own personal freedom in the waves of the Mediterranean - they are the surfers of Gaza. ...

  • Gopal, Prince of the Cow's Planet

    This story is based upon ancient Indian poetic legends and is the first educational animated movie in a series of shows about the history of nations. On one beautiful planet Goloka on the slopes of the sacred Govardhan Hill, a little Prince Gopal together with his friends grazes herds of cattle. Breaking an annual tradition of giving honors to Lord Indra and treating Govardhan instead, Gopal angered Indra very much so Indra decided to avenge himself with the villagers and Gopal. Who will help Gopal and his friends and stop ruthless Lord Indra? ...

  • Gora

    In the remote mountain villages of Gora, in the harsh Shar Mountains, lives a Slavic speaking Muslim minority – the Gorani people. “Gora” explores this rich culture through the everyday rituals. They work, talk, dance, play music, preach, pray and sing as the mountains around and above them constantly remind how ephemeral their existence is. ...

  • Grizzly Man

    Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell's actual video footage, Werner Herzog's remarkable documentary examines the calling that drove Treadwell to live among a tribe of wild grizzly bears on an Alaskan reserve. A devoted conservationist with a passion for adventure, Timothy believed he had bridged the gap between human and beast. When one of the bears he loved and protected tragically turns on him, the footage he shot serves as a window into our understanding of nature and its grim realities. ...

  • Habitat Earth

    Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences' 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today's connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean's surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth's tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand, this 2015 show from the Morrison Planetarium features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth. "In Habitat Earth," says Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium, "we're advancing the boundaries of traditional planetarium content, which focuses primarily on astronomy and space." Instead of looking solely to the stars, the Morrison team is using advanced digital tools and scientific data to tell stories that are uniquely Earth-focused. The show details the ways humans fit into this ever-evolving story of connection. And along the way, audiences will learn more about what we can do to ensure that our cohabitation with the natural world leaves a healthy, sustainable planet for generations to come. ...

  • He She I

    Two people, parents of the filmmaker, who separated long before she was born, have two sets of perceptions and memories. This film is a straightforward and intricate retelling of a failed relationship, an example of the power of subjective interpretation and the futility of attempting to control the narrative by either part. ...

  • Hello Earth

    Seeking contact with others remains one of the earliest and strongest humans’ needs. By trying to fulfil this need, we invented writing, radio, telephone and finally – the Internet. We overcame language barriers, problems related to distance and information flow time. Thanks to modern technologies and communication devices, we develop our civilisation – we are changing the world and ourselves. “Hello Earth” will take you on a journey through landmark moments of the history of communication: you will fly over the mythical Babel Tower, see the first pictograms – paintings in Lascaux Cave, pay a visit to Johannes Gutenberg, visit a surrealistic library, witness the first ever phone call, see the beginnings of the Internet and launch of the Voyager. You will immerse into Space and who knows – maybe you will hear someone seeking contact you with? ...

  • Homecoming

    Two brothers rebel against their upbringing in an Israeli occupied West Bank Jewish settlement. Dan now lives with his male partner in Brussels while Noam remained in Tel Aviv. In this debut film, Noam attempts to understand his older brother and what made run so far away. ...

  • Homo sapiens

    A treat of the impermanence and fragility of human life, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s "Homo Sapiens" is a documentary with a strong fictional-distopian touch, ”an aesthetically austere catalog of contemporary ruin.” (Hollywood Reporter) ...

  • Hum

    A musician man suffering from schizo-affective disorder, successfully pursues his dream of making music. What does his eerie music, which incorporates sound of hair dryer sound like? How do Kevin’s mental illness and his music influence each other? ...

  • I am Hercules

    Nostalgia beats reality. Ironic and attentive to everyday absurdities, “Eu sunt Hercule” follows Mitică, Relu and Gelu, three self-taught masseuses that promise to heal you, in the Băile Herculane wellness SPA. It shortly becomes obvious that, if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, to our own eyes we are demigods. ...

  • I made you, I kill you

    Can we ever overcome childhood traumas? I made you, I kill you is an exercise to exorcise the legacy of a violent and harrowing past. ...

  • Incoming!

    Embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth—and those that roam far from home. These ancient objects travel billions of years before reaching Earth, and their impact can be so powerful that just one collision can change the course of life on our planet. Scientists aren’t waiting for asteroids and comets to come to us to learn more about them—get an up-close look at spacecraft sent to rocky asteroids and icy comets to collect invaluable data. You’ll follow the trek of the Chelyabinsk meteor as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere in 2013 and visualize major shifts in the history of the Solar System billions of years in the making—and all in under an hour. ...

  • Inside Auschwitz

    With "Inside Auschwitz" the WDR presents the first global Virtual Reality Project realised in Auschwitz-Birkenau. More than 70 years have passed since the liberation of "Auschwitz", a synonym for the Holocaust, for Nazi atrocities and for mass murder. With the aid of 360° technology, the personal experiences of three Holocaust survivors can be directly linked to the huge dimensions of Auschwitz. The users can be "inside" the story. Guided by the three storylines, they can explore Auschwitz and follow their interests. They can choose their own 360° panoramic view. In this way users can emotionally connect with the stories and feelings of the three Holocaust survivors. The project aims to make their stories come alive especially to the young generation which, although it gets and processes it`s information in new ways can and must be reached. The monstrous exterminating system of Auschwitz-Birkenau becomes tangible for them. ...

  • Ionaș Dreams of Rain

    Fearing a wild boar invasion to his cornfields, Ionaș cannot fall asleep. How long can he fight the lure of sleep and dreams? ...

  • Journey to a Billion Suns

    The age-old history of measuring the stars and a stunning journey through our Milky Way emerge in a modern astronomy show about stars, space science and the distances in the Universe. Thrilling story, amazing 3D graphics, great music and full omnidirectional experience: This brand new 4K show has been produced with ESA and 30 planetariums and premiered early 2014. Comes in 45 and 30 minutes, 10+ languages, Fulldome and classic, and with educational material for an attractive licensing fee. ...

  • Jules Vernes Voyages

    “Jules Verne Voyages” is an artistic interpretation of “From the Earth to the Moon” and its sequel “Around the Moon” in the format of a 55 Minute long 4K Fulldome Show. The project is a co-production of the three independent fulldome artists Rocco Helmchen, Ralph Hein ohn and Tobias Wiethoff and consists of three thematically connected but stylistically different episode pieces. ...

  • Keet's skate

    Skatekeet is a youth documentary about Keet, a 10-year-old girl who stands out with her talent in a boy-dominated skate world. In addition to admiration, this leads to incomprehension. On her skateboard, Keet pays herself a way through the opinions of others or how a girl should be, as she increasingly finds her own place, both on her skateboard and in life. ...

  • Khrumka’s Adventures in the Winter Forest

    On their way through the fairy tale winter forest, little Khrumka and his friends watch the Nothern Lights, witness the flight of an asteroid, admire the constellations of the winter sky. Thrilling rides, magic and surprises await them on their fantastic fulldome journey. ...

  • Let This Be A Warning

    A group of Africans have left the Earth to create a colony on a distant planet. They respond with disquiet to the arrival of an uninvited guest. ...

  • Libera Nos

    Libera Nos is a disturbing documentary that examines the return of exorcism in the twenty-first century. Every Tuesday, the congregation attends Father Cataldo’s mass for deliverance, seeking a cure for their discomfort that they believe to be 'possession'. But what happens when this ancient ritual meets with contemporary society? ...

  • Long Echo

    How is life in Ukraine war zone? Dobropolye is a town located in Eastern Ukraine: 70 km from the border where conflicts with the breakaway republics are raging on and people feel always like being on the verge of total war. An existence on the peripheries of war, with fears, needs and desires, with inventive people who survive with the hope of peace, in the long echo of the last bomb. ...

  • Long grass

    Long Grass delicately observes the childhood games of a brother and sister growing up in the countryside. But what happens when school starts to interfere with their fairly tale world? ...

  • Lotumi and the red dance

    Lotumi is 13 years old and spends most of his time with his best friend, Ales. The two young boys belong to the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania. For a long time now, Lotumi can’t think of anything else but becoming a warrior, a Moran that is! “This is the best time in life! When you become a warrior, you get to dance all night, grow your hair long, wear jewelry and paint your skin with ochre. The girls find it very attractive!”, Lotumi perks up. The warriors are dressed-up in red and dance with high jumps, and Lotumi would love to be part of it. But he’s still a child and has to do chores around the village. In order to join the warriors’ brotherhood, first he must pass the tests to which he’s put by the elders of the village. ...

  • Magic Tree House: Space Mission

    Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. With the help of the astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie are taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get… Well, we don’t want to give it away. The adventure is just beginning! ...

  • Magnus

    In 2004, when Magnus was 13 years old he made a decision: He would become the World Chess Champion. The coming-of-age story unfolds as we follow the prodigy battling his way through the ranks of chess, with personal sacrifices, special friendships and a caring family. MAGNUS is a character driven drama that is bound to engage the non-chess players, as well as the over 600 million people who play chess all over the world. ...

  • Mrs. Fang

    Fang Xiu Ying is 67 years old and suffers from Alzheimer's, and yet she slowly understands that her life is coming to an end. Taking place in a quiet village in southern China, Mrs. Fang deals with the feelings of a person nearing death, as well as the lives of her relatives and neighbors. ...

  • Music from the Cosmos - a Visual Concert

    Music from the Cosmos is a Visual Concert inspired by the 80´s TV series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”. Newton, Vivaldi, Bach, Einstein, Galileo, Vangelis, among other scientists and composers will link their theories and musical themes in a Visual Concert where the sound aesthetics of synthesizers and a violins, accompanied by FullDome live visuals will allow us to enjoy, remember and to be surprised with the most intimate of our essence: The Cosmos. “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” Carl Sagan ...

  • Muzeon: Ștefan Râmniceanu

    “Muzeon - Ștefan Râmniceanu” is a portrait of the painter who created his own gallery where he exhibits but also promotes other artists. The art documentary discusses not only the work of this great post modernist, but also his decision to build a museum representative of himself and his creation. ...

  • Nairobi Berries

    Two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other's core for fruits promised but only ever borne in dreams. A poetic symphony on Nairobi. ...

  • Notes to My Father

    Set in the lush rural landscapes of Southern India, Notes To My Father is a story of love, grief and reconciliation, between father and daughter. Flooded by past memories of an adolescence spent in an Indian brothel, Ramadevi pens a letter to her father, who unintentionally played a role in his daughter’s trauma. Though close now; they have never discussed what happened to her as a teenager. Through a touching letter, Ramadevi reaches out to her father. She wants to address and heal the silence between them, in the hope that her own young daughter, is saved from a similar fate. Notes To My Father is a virtual reality experience which uses a mix of verbatim theatre and documentary storytelling techniques. Inspired by conversations with real survivors of trafficking, the lead protagonists are played by a survivor and her father. The film touches on memory and trauma and how these can shape rather than define our lives. It is ultimately a story of survival and an ode to resilience and hope. Notes To My Father is the worlds first live action 360 documentary on sex trafficking. ...

  • Nothing but lies - Fighting Fake News

    For many people the Fake News phenomenon has come from nowhere to dominate the airwaves, column inches and internet. But it hasn’t. Now a new documentary traces the roots of fake news, from the second world war, via Estonia, the war in Ukraine, and MH17 through to President Donald Trump. World renowned experts explain what is Fake News, how it succeeds, and how to tackle the growing problem. ...

  • Ocean Hill Drive

    The inhabitants of a Boston suburb become restless as a slight bizarre flickering starts to invade their homes. What might its source be? ...

  • Off the beaten path

    After studying theology for a long time, Ulrika, a woman suffering from ADHD, tries to become a priest and gets rejected. How will she take her revenge on the stubborn conservative church? ...

  • Oh Brother Octopus

    In the traditions of Indonesian sea nomads, the octopus is a revered being. Despite the constant urbanisation and the workforce migration, the locals believe that the human and octopus are spiritual twins. That is why they continue old rites, meant to appease the aquatic beings, in the hopes of living in harmony. ...

  • Out of the Blue

    A child in Mexico inherits an unexpected future after his family of fishermen, facing ever shrinking catches, make a bold decision to change their fate. Their choice has a profound impact on both their environment and the education of the child. This VR experience dives into the story of a mother's love and the legacy she leaves to her son. ...

  • Permutations

    Through a multitude of cinematic gimmicks, Permutations reminds us with irony that cinema should analyze it’s own means before proceeding to examine reality. With wry irony, the film focuses on the daily activities in a small coastal town and presents series of self-contained chapters connected by the presence of several characters. ...

  • Phoenixxx

    Phoenixxx portrays two young women working in the live sex chat industry in Bucharest. Driven by different motivations - Mona wanted to give her daughter a better life, while Georgiana wanted breast implants - they fall into this world, yet find friendship and kinship in their interactions. ...

  • Pia's cakes

    Pia is eleven years old and lives with her parents and her 15-year-old sister Mara in Berlin. For about one and a half years Pia passionately likes to bake pies. She was inspired by Sally, who cooks and cooks very successfully in "Sally Welt" on You Tube. Pia has already baked much of Sally, but also changed the recipes over and over again and is increasingly thinking of his own backyards. Meanwhile, Pia is also baking for friends or acquaintances, for parties and parties. Pia's dream would be to bake once on You Tube like Sally. Pia likes to bake very different things, but also likes fondant. In those cases, the cakes are covered with a sugar mixture, the fondant. On this fondant you can then decorate very different ideas and different. But with these fondanttorten one has to work very exactly as the fondant tear, have dents or can dissolve. ...

  • Planeta Petrila

    The mine in Petrila, one of the oldest in the country, is about to be closed and its buildings are to be demolished. The former miner, Ion D. Sârbu, now an artist and activist, is leading a struggle to stop the bulldozer assault on the historic buildings, which could easily become redoubtable cultural spaces. ...

  • Rocknrollers

    Sia (15), Bas (14) and Vince (13) are three best friends who’ve been playing for years in the psychedelic rock band Morgana’s Illusion. When Sia ends up in a depression the future of the band is at stake. ROCKNROLLERS is a lively youth rockumentary about friendship, growing up and the power of music. ...

  • Roumanie, le grand ménage

    A film about the DNA and NGOs’ anti-corruption activity, as well as the unprecedented reactions of the Romanian civil society that started in January 2017, Roumanie. Le grand ménage is a documentary meant to highlight and raise awareness on realities in this part of Europe. ...

  • Samskara

    Samskara is a modern digital art projects which is totally new, a trend of immersive art what we call a digital environment. It’s a beautiful combination of artwork, the artist’s imagination, digital technology and projection technology, with panoramic mapping protection, fulldome and VR oculus projection. It’s also includes other modern art such as digital 3d printing, sculptures and painting digital artworks, composing materials like gold, silver and other composing material given in an amazing way to light up art. So it’s a combination between digital technology and modern design. It’s an absolutely unique approach and of course the spiritual meaning of Samskara is a journey beyond the mind and imagination which is limited to mundane experience. We go to the new level of consciousness almost like yogis. When we can see an experience things in existence are beyond ourselves and this world. — Why? Because we not really worth who we are, so being spiritual beings, we need spiritual food for ours souls, our consciousness. So Samskara is not religious but, it’s an absolutely spiritual experience of a new type which provides somebody with an opportunity to be. Where a lot of powerful images and symbols are beyond self-judgments – this is what it’s all about. So at the same time there’s a very powerful spiritual message built in, from another point it gives the ability to interpret this art in the way that is close to you. That what we loved about Samskara it’s open to interpretation so we had numbers of people who are «buddhist», «atheist», «materialists», «Christians», «Hindu» – everyone of them had their own totally different interpretation. It appeals to everyone at. So the great part of Samskara is that it’s open to interpretation. Of course with someone like Andrew Jones, a great vision artist who has the internal feelings of the world, the universe, consciousness, colors and forms, a person who probably realizes this project’s present potential So we know that Andrew is a great visionary artist and has a lot of subjective feelings, and subjective experience himself and that is a very interesting point because we want to see reality in the eyes of somebody who has deep vision or more fine vision. It’s doesn’t limit us to be able to see, it’s a helping us to see – this person is pointing to our attention particular subjects and feelings and things. So this is a great part of Samsara as well. It’s absolutely spiritual, a non-religious experience, that’s why we use figure and symbols from different cultures and political symbols as well but it speaks for itself, that’s why we love Samsara. ...

  • School Life

    This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. ...

  • Shindy Music

    In Romania, party music is a very lucrative business. Top manele singers can make 20.000 euro per night at events where money is literally thrown at them. The film follows a few talented children from three poor areas of Moldova, who dream of a bright future in the realm of party music. ...

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  • Solar Superstorms

    A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections. The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois. Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next ….Solar Superstorm. This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Film Office; funded in part by the National Science Foundation. ...

  • Soul Exodus

    Five American-born musicians try to discover their roots through klezmer music. They set out on what might be described as a reverse exodus on a journey from Montreal, passing through New York, Paris, Berlin, Budapest and Oradea, until they finally arrive in Moldova. ...

  • Spirit Robot

    VR documentary which explores the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra. ...

  • Story of Fatat

    In a Sirian city, where gunshots are heard constantly, a woman lives in poverty with her son. After her husband’s death, the result of a prolonged illness, Fatat decides to join those that will get on a boat towards Europe. A very warm film, with extraordinary approach towards the character. ...

  • Supervolcanoes

    The scene was 74,000 years ago, on the island of Sumatra. A volcanic eruption triggered the sudden and violent collapse of a vast regional plateau. Toba, as the volcano is known today, was the largest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years. But Earth has seen far larger. 250 million years ago, an eruption in what's now Siberia lasted a million years and was probably responsible for the greatest episode of mass extinction in Earth's history. Supervolcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune's frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter's moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? ...

  • Tango 360

    A story of passion and dance with the city as its backdrop. The tango culture takes us for a ride through every corner of Buenos Aires -its streets, its buildings, its customs- in an impressive audiovisual spectacle: the 360-degree animation, video and cinematography combine in order to deliver some amazing postcards, while we hear Astor Piazzolla’s “Four seasons” in a rendition by the Escalandrum group and guests in an orchestra led by Pipi Piazzolla, winner of the Golden Gardel Award. ...

  • Tarzan’s Testicles

    Sukhum is the capital of Abkhazia, a tiny, unrecognized republic on the shores of the Black Sea. On its highest hill lies a medical institute of research on monkeys, established by the Soviets in the 1920’s. The legend states it was meant to create a hybrid between man and ape. This creature never came to life, neither the communist New Man did. ...

  • Taste of Cement

    Taste of Cement - a daring, imaginative and impressive documentary about Syrian construction workers in Beirut. The poetic-essay from Ziad Kalthoum is an empathetic encounter with refugees who have lost the right to their past and their future. Locked in the building site over-night, due to strict curfews imposed by the Lebanese government, the workers are haunted by the memories of war as they endure the bitter reality of their present. ...

  • Testimony

    Testimony is an interactive documentary for virtual reality that shares the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. Witness these powerful testimonies and help us shatter the silence. ...

  • The AI Comrade

    The AI Comrade is the first robot spy created in the Communist Era, Romania 1979. Trained to listen and to record, he is discovered after 50 years and challenged by the citizens of the “Brave New World”. What would you ask The AI Comrade? And how would you reply if you were in its shoes? Experience the VR journey and then continue the dystopia with the hashtag #askthecomrade. ...

  • The Applause Man

    Antoon De Pauw had his fifteen minutes of fame during the 1990s. He was known for his numerous attempts to steal applause on public occasions. No stage, show, or event was spared from Antoon’s streakings: fully dressed-up in tuxedo, he jumped on scene to receive the applause from the audience. ...

  • The Art Of Moving

    Daya Al-Taesh is an anti-IS satirical web series created by a group of Syrian videoactivists. They produce the episodes from their base in Gaziantep, Turkey. After receiving threats from IS supporters they leave to Istanbul with the aim to broadcast an improved topical-comedy show for Syrian TV. ...

  • The Bad Kids

    The Bad Kids follows several students from dysfunctional families who attend the special alternative school Black Rock in their last attempt to earn the important high school diploma. Despite the efforts of the highly supportive headmistress, it is hard to predict how many of them will succeed. ...

  • The Beast is still alive

    In “The Beast is Still Alive” takes place a direct confrontation with communist legacy and an uncompromising analysis of individual and group responsibility. A young woman tries to understand her dissident grandfather. However, in doing so, she unearths the workings of an entire political machinery and answers she is not yet prepared to accept. ...

  • The Brotherhood

    In Romanian football, shaken by corruption scandals, at ASF Brotherhood Bucharest, a team from the fifth division, there is only passion for football. Without media attention, with an almost non-existent audience, with bad playing fields and a surviving out of contributions, the Brotherhood brings people together, irrespective of race, age or disability. ...

  • The Challenge

    Tradition and opulence in the realm of the sheikhs with a passion for falconry, The Challenge is a visual journey into the customs of the uberwealthy that merges enduring practices with the comforts of modernity. ...

  • The Circles of Time

    THE CIRCLES OF TIME – fulldome animation based on Natalia Oliwiak’s twelve abstract paintings about each month of the year, presented by the circles- symbol of a day. The animation is reviving of that paintings. It's an artistic interpretation about the time through the colorful circles, spread over four changing seasons, which were inspired by Mandala's structure. Relax as you drift away immersed in circles, sound and colors. Music composed by Jędrzej Rochecki. ...

  • The Contestant

    Francesca, a mother of three struggles with money issues. She decides to participate in a TV quiz show, hoping to miraculously win and solve her family’s financial problems overnight. Will she succeed? ...

  • The Dead Nation

    Images do not reveal but hide. A hybrid documentary, “The Dead Nation” uses intentionally harmless looking archive photographs to illustrate passages from a Jewish doctor’s journal that describes the anti-Semitic deeds of Romanians from 1930-1940. Incisive through its minimalism, the film becomes a collective review of the myth of national identity. ...

  • The Displaced

    War has driven 30 million children from their homes. These are the stories of three of them – from South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine. This ground-breaking VR film, created by Within and The New York Times, puts you in refugee camps and desolate villages, where you can witness firsthand the lives of the displaced refugees – their limited options and also their extraordinary, heart-filling resilience. Oleg, Hana and Chuol account for the tiniest fraction of a percentage of those 30 million children, but their experiences stand in for the whole. In Hana’s story, we see the daily trials of a refugee who now lives in a foreign country and is trying to make a provisional life; in Oleg’s, we see the difficulties of building a new life amid the ruins of the old. Chuol’s story is more grave. He is in the midst of a terrifying escape, unsure of where or when a new life might begin. As dissimilar as these three children are, they’re bound in an unhappy fellowship, not only with one another but also with the other displaced kids around the world, with the two children in the photos on my desk and with the numberless children displaced throughout history by all the world’s wars. Think of them, moving silently within the mass migrations and terrified departures, the families running away at night, the human displacements on an unfathomable scale. ...

  • The Game

    A short animation maintained in a vintage style showing a story of a man who tries to find his hapiness and fullfilment in the casino. By throwing a coin into a slotmachine he activates the game and sets the ball of destiny in motion. The ball that from now on will decide his fate. Henceforth tha gaze of the audience is attached to the man’s destiny by chasing the ball inside the arcade machine. The animation is inspired by true story. ...

  • The Girl of 672 K

    The Girl of 672k is a coming of age film about the imaginative 15-year-old Annegien from Utrecht, the Netherlands, whose creative talents draw ample attention in the virtual landscape of YouTube and Instagram. Her personal and artistic photographs on her Instagram account Fetching_tigerss reach over 672,000 followers, something most Youtubers can only dream of. ...

  • The Girl Who Walked Upside Down

    This is the tale of a very special girl. She came to us one spring day after a storm, walking upside down by the rainbow. She has a very special point of view of everything, perhaps due to her special way of walking. The girl who walked upside down is committed to the fight against light pollution. ...

  • The Hunt for Transylvanian Gold

    The film reconstructs the trajectory of 24 bracelets, supposedly of Dacian origin, which were discovered by a forester in the Sarmizegetusa area, going through the hands of treasure hunters and the networks that deal with artifact trafficking on the international black market. ...

  • The Jilava Massacre

    Jilava Masacre is a VR experience based on the trial deposition of Rabi Guttman in 1949. He is one of the few survivors of the mass shootings from the Jilava Forest done by the Iron Guard members during the Bucharest Pogrom. Through the voice of the actor we here over the years his testimony on how his sons died and his miraculous survival. The experience is mainly computer generated and uses photos of the pogrom victims. ...

  • The Last Kalderash

    Geo, a young Roma coppersmith from Corcova village, Romania, lacks the means to support his wife and his 6-year old son. The farmers from the surrounding villages are not buying his copper handmade objects anymore – the copper brandy stills, trays and pots the Roma coppersmith families traditionally manufacture and sell nearby. While the older Roma coppersmiths from Corcova still work copper for their few customers, the younger generation is leaving for France to collect scrap metal, or for Belgium to pick apples. Half of the Roma in Corcova have already left the country. Geo has been to France to collect scrap metal and to Belgium to work as an apple picker. He quickly learned French and earned some money to build a house in Corcova. Geo and his wife, Marina, are now preparing to depart again, but life in France is extremely hard for them. They live in “barracks” surrounded by garbage and rats, in extremely poor conditions compared to what they have at home. ...

  • The Man Who Knew 75 Languages

    An animated reenactment about a polyglot, and his life-long love for Princess Elisabeth of Wied, later Queen of Romania, whom he tutored and with whom he kept in contact throughout his life. This man of letters distinguished himself by his fight for the rights of linguistic minorities, which was far ahead of its time. ...

  • The Other Dakar

    A little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar. ...

  • The side street of Europe

    After living for five years in Germany, Zénó returns home to Romania, to her home village in Szeklerland to continue her acting career. She has only one choice: traveling alone to perform in local schools for Hungarian children living in diaspora in Transylvania. The film gives a double insight in the life of these villages and her struggle to survive as an actress. ...

  • The Trial

    In The Trial, Mihai Moldoveanu, a former Romanian army officer sentenced to 25 years in prison for a crime he claims he did not commit, presents his case and gives the spectator a position of jury member through the darkness of a complicated and controversial case, through the suffocating underground of a kafkaesque judicial mechanism. ...

  • The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

    While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. ...

  • To be a teacher

    To Be a Teacher is a touching story about three young teachers and their first years of being involved in education, a period known in Germany as ‘Referendariat’. ...

  • Tzina: symphony of longing

    A poetic, interactive webVR documentary in which the residents of the run-down Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv muse on love and things that are no more. At the beginning of 2017, Tzina Dizengoff square, one of Tel Aviv’s emblematic sites, has been demolished. The square became a home for the lonely and marginalised characters of the area. This project tells the story of the people who gravitated toward the square and spent their days in it. In this interactive webVR documentary (for HTC Vive + chrome), they talk about their lives and the square. Tzina invites you to physically explore the virtual square, combining elements of fantasy, while experiencing the square in different times of the day. ...

  • Urban Cowboys

    14-year-old Dylan illegally captures and tames a mare he decides to name after his deceased mother. What impact will the newly found pastime activity have on the boy’s evolution? ...

  • Vasile

    Milking the cow, building a haystacks, attending funerals, taking pictures. For Vasile recording the daily life of the village is more than a hobby. Portrait of a peasant who found his way to make time stand still, and find a sense in his life in documenting village life. ...

  • When the Ground Talks

    ”When the Earth Speaks” is an attempt to reconstruct our history, starting from the oldest material evidence of a culture, a civilization, in this geographical area, to this day. ...

  • Who is your grandfather?

    During an annual Mossi (Burkina Faso, Africa) ritual, stories of the ancestors are told in drum language. “Who is your grandfather?” cries the master of ceremony to the chief of the tribe and to all those present, after the ritual sacrifice of a beast. ...

  • Win by Fall

    Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle are 12 years old when they leave home. The "Elite School of Sport" at Frankfurt/Oder, a boarding school in East German tradition is where they move to. They grow up in a strict corset of training schedules, weight classes and pressure to perform. Being wrestlers, they all dream of a championship title, though off the mat, each girl fights her very own battle: Janny is searching for her standing within the group, Debby fights her own expectations, Lisa is homesick and Michelle quarrels with her weight. The documentary "Win by Fall" follows the wrestlers trying to find their place, as well as away from competitive rankings. ...

  • Women on the Move

    Please add also something interesting regarding the film production, for example: When Fatchima was a child, she had no space to dream. Her life in rural Niger was a difficult mix of poverty, drought, and isolation. At age 14, her parents forced her to marry. Two decades ago, she began participating in a women’s financial empowerment program in her village. They call themselves Mata Masu Dubara (Women on the Move). Over time, she’s been able to save money and unlock a better future for her granddaughter, Nana, who now attends school and has dreams that Fatchima never had as a girl. ...

  • You Are Still Somebody's Someone

    A poignant and personal essay about a deteriorated father-daughter relationship, the film beautifully captures the daughter’s longing and sorrow about the rupture and her attempt to relive some of the happy memories of her childhood. Through elegiac, sensory images, the short film fluctuates between an imperfect past and an incomplete present. ...