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′
“I woke up without fear. In fact I was happy to see my grandpa and my cousin. I wasn’t afraid like when you have nightmares. Instead I was happy, as if they told me that I would see them soon.” (Doris, the protagonist)
César Jaimes, Juan Pablo Polanco
Los Niños Films
JUAN PABLO POLANCO
Juan Pablo was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied filmmaking at ECAM in Madrid. He is co-founder of Los Niños Films, the production company with which he made his short film Portete and his first feature film, Lapü.
CÉSAR ALEJANDRO JAIMES
César Alejandro studied photography and filmmaking in his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia. He is co-founder of the production company Los Niños Films. Death and dreamlike experiences are his main object of study and inspired him to write his debut feature film, Lapü
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“If you stay here you get either locked up or knocked up,” says Gemma, the teenager protagonist of this coming-of-age documentary about the prospects for young people in a drab Scottish town a few miles south of Glasgow. The closing of the local steelworks in the 1980s by Margaret Thatcher’s economic restructuring created persistent social issues that lead most of the new generations into dead-end situations. Gemma’s determination and strong personality coupled with directors’ Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin intimate yet unobtrusive camerawork, provide moments of lyrical beauty and even humour, despite the almost ever-present violence and bleakness that clouds her life. Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin • Suedia • 2019 • 90′
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′
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′