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
Waad al-Kateab was a student in 2011 when the civil war in Syria started and she became an activist and citizen journalist reporting for international media. For Sama is a video diary, told in a first-person voice, addressed to al-Kateab’s infant daughter that documents five years of Waad’s life, as she falls in love, gets married and has a child, while the traumatic effects of the conflict make life unliveable for everyone around her. Struggling between her desire to fight for her ideals and the safety of her family, Waad and her husband eventually decide to flee the conflict-ridden zone. What results is a powerful statement from a young filmmaker, whose simple act of witnessing transforms the humanitarian crisis into one of the most compelling documentaries on the subject.
Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts • Great Britain • 2019 • 99′
As a child of Portuguese immigrants in Luxembourg, Melanie Pereira explores her parents’ past through videotapes, which they used to record their new surroundings and doings in that distant country. We discover their pasts and their struggles, as well as the director’s own effort to adjust in a country where she wasn’t born nor raised, without her parents.
Melanie Pereira • Portugal • 2018 • 29′
Doris, a young Wayuu woman, has a dream about her late cousin and decides to exhume her remains in order meet her one last time before saying goodbye. Set in the Columbian La Guajira desert, the documentary by the filmmaking duo of Juan Pablo Polanco and César Alejandro Jaimes is a mystical journey through some of the rituals of the indigenous community as we follow Doris on her expedition to complete her people’s ancient ritual of reburial. Through a supernatural lens, the film constructs a hypnotic image that is heightened by the acoustic detachment that accompanies it, as it moves between life and death, reality and dreams.
César Jaimes, Juan Pablo Polanco • Colombia • 2019 • 75′