Growing up in Israel, Jane never conformed to her family’s patriarchal traditions; she refused to marry, choosing instead to join the army, and afterwards to study filmmaking. When at 38 she becomes pregnant, she returns in the midst of her family equipped with a camera, trying to address the years of silence and to understand her mother, herself and their strained relationship. Demonstrating spirit and fearlessness in confronting her family and exposing her life, Jane tackles her marked decisions to be an independent, professional woman and her family’s expectations for her to comply or at least accept their customs. While evidently disagreeing with her mother on all matter of topics, the film is also a chance to consider the other person’s perspective. Jane Bibi • Israel • 2018 • 73′
“A Jew should marry a Jew, period. Ethnic background doesn’t matter, even an Ethiopian, even… As long as he’s Jewish.” (Jane’s mother)
Jane Bibi, Arik Bernstein
Jane was born in 1977 in Ashdod, Israel. Her parents emigrated from Georgia. She studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television in Tel Aviv University. A Perfect Housewife is her first documentary.
16.10.2019 – 19:30 Thalia 19.10.2019 – 15:00 Cinema Ion Besoiu – Sala Mare
Is it possible that in the era of social media and virtual communities we are more disconnected than ever? A third of the population of a small town in Poland emigrated to Iceland for work, leaving the older generations behind. Using creativity to produce an intimate study of homesickness and familial affection, with projections of Skype conversations on unconventional spaces, Pawel Ziemilski underlines the ephemerality of human contact. As images of Icelandic landscape are projected on the walls of a gymnasium or families “sharing” a meal despite thousands of kilometers separating them, the film highlights how even when in touch people are disconnected.
Pawel Ziemilski • Poland • 2019 • 63′
Anatolyi, a young man who dreams of becoming a dancer but works as a stripper to make ends meet, lives together with his grandfather, a retired army officer nostalgic for the communist times, in a small apartment in Minsk. The nondescript apartment is the arena in which the two generations clash. The grandfather believes that the young man is wasting away his life on trivial pursuits, despite having an engineering degree, while the grandson doesn’t understand the old man’s fascination with the past. With an observational approach, director Andrei Kutsila captures their regular disagreements, as the question remains whether familial ties can overcome such dissension.
Andrei Kutsila • Belarus • 2019 • 69′
Former child bride Laila Haidari, who had witnessed her brother’s long battle with drug addiction, devotes her life to helping the men and women in Kabul struggling with one of the deadliest problems in Afghanistan: heroin addiction. Determined and courageous, Laila takes initiative and fights to pull as many of the city’s addicts from their seedy environments and bring them to the treatment centre that she runs together with her brother. As financial aid dries up after the departure of the foreign troops from Afghanistan, leaving behind a corrupt government and a chaotic society, the centre survives through funds generated by a local restaurant that she runs, where the waiters are recovering drug addicts. Laila’s efforts are presented directly, as an observational documentary, with the camera unobtrusively following her on her journey to save some of these men and women. Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei • Canada • 2018 • 97′