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Fred Taikon, a journalist and militant of the Roma community in Sweden, talks about his childhood in the tabernacle on the outskirts of Stockholm and the difficulties of adapting to a new lifestyle, which started with moving into his first home, a house for which his father and grandfather fought for with the Swedish authorities. How do you think life is when you wake up every day in a car?
Ephtim D., 73 years old, a retired postman, lives in Sofia with his wife in a three-room suburban apartment. As a socialist, he feels confused by the “crazy” democracy and the uncertainties of the transition period. The couple’s combined pensions amount to 66$. Ephtim experiences constant difficulties in balancing the family budget. Free medical care and lunches at a subsidized canteen are essential to his survival strategy. This portrait of a Bulgarian pensioner is presented in the context of a global hopelessness and a clearly felt nostalgia for the communist past. Dontchev Antonii , Balikci Asen • Bulgaria • 1999 • 56′
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′
When Khatera, a 23-year-old Afghan, opposes the will of her family and the traditions of her country to seek justice for 13 years of sexual abuse from her father, she sheds light on the faulty Afghan judicial system and the women it rarely protects. One woman’s obstinate battle to make her voice heard demonstrates the power of action over fear. We learn that when the community refuses to listen, your only choice is to shout louder.
Sahra Mosawi-Mani • Afghanistan • 2018 • 81
Susan Koenen • Olanda • 2016 • 23′
Alfred runs an antiquated hotel and café in the Black Forest, where tourists are few and far between. Alfred’s daily routine is characterized by phlegmatic slowness. He hardly leaves his house to reminisce the days long gone. The longer we witness his life, with all its tragedy, the more unimaginable it becomes to bear. Still, there are a few unexpected moments in which Alfred finds his inner peace.
Constanze Klaue, Phlipp Fussenegger • Germany • 2019 • 45′
In Dobrogea, Romania, lives a trace of the Ottoman Empire, the small community of Muslim Roma, called horahai, or xoraxai. Several times a year, the community members get together for weddings and baptisms, as well as for small bairam and big bairam. Then, most of the community scatters in the world. Horahai are always on the move, but is their freedom a choice or a necessity? • • N/A • 0′
Best landscapes of the American West under a starry, starry night! This short film shows the beauty of the night in the amazing American West. You can sit down and then travel in an instant to famous places such as the Grand Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley and many more! The film was produced with ultra high resolution cameras so that you can see every detail of the sky above the landscape wonders of the American West. Kwon o Chul • • 2018 • 8′
Angel Business is a documentary about the financial and personal challenges of becoming one of the first angel investors during the birth of Hungary’s startup era. Tony balances financial risk, market knowledge and his family’s health and happiness to reach his goal – to foster new ideas and help emerging entrepreneurs. Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga • Ungaria • 2018 • 56′
Mixing images of contemporary Romania, archive films and the fascinating files of the Romanian secret services compiled during the Cold War, Sophie Dascal draws a mixed portrait of her mysterious grandfather; sketching out a wider reflection on identity, memory and the transmission of the traumas originating out of a totalitarian political regime.
Sophie Dascal • Switzerland • 2018 • 29′
Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Here is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, water is Aquarela’s main character, the film capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity. „I wanted to film every possible emotion that can be experienced while interacting with water – beautiful emotions, along with unsettling emotions of ecstasy and inspiration, as well as destruction and human devastation.” (director Victor Kossakovsky)
Victor Kossakovski • Germany • 2018 • 89′
An immersive Full Dome experience about the beauty of Auroras. Take a journey across time and space to understand the science behind the phenomena and to experience the stories of our ancestors. Guided by the lullaby of the Dawn Goddess, this cinematic adventure invites the audience to join the dance of these eerie lights over remote Icelandic landscapes. Tommy Caron • • 2019 • 21′
• • N/A • 32′ 2019-10-14T10:10:00 – Astra Film Cinema2019-10-14T10:10:00 – CC I.Besoiu 1
Els Duran, Evelien Vehof • Olanda • 2018 • 16′
The refugee crisis captured in one night, among exhausted crowds of work-seeking migrants and asylum seekers patiently persisting in their effort to begin a new life. It all happens in Tel Aviv, in front of the Department of Immigration, where hundreds of people line up every night to make sure they are first in line when the offices open. Most of them won’t get in anyway and those who do get in go through a difficult procedure that doesn’t guarantee their endeavor is a success.
Dana Gelman • Israel • 2018 • 17′
The story of millions of Romanians who have ended up living between these borders and having to stand each other: just the way things happen in every large family. This is a journey through space and time, where family bridges the gap between every moment that has united us or torn us apart during all these years. By defining some various elements – language, nationality, religion, gastronomy, sports, politics, war, agriculture, traditions, music or fashion – the documentary explores how these aspects of life have modeled and influence our family. Șerban Georgescu • Romania • 2019 • 95′
Toma Enache • • N/A • 90′
The tale of our planet’s origins is quite twisted. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today. How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? For example, what are our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? • • 2019 • 24′
„What are you up to tonight? Do you want me? We could have fun together…” Seven Romanian male-to-male sex workers in Berlin have their portraits taken as they listen and react to recordings of their own experiences. By turning the process of exploitation into a spectacle, the camera becomes a client highlighting the inevitable performativity of such power relations. Manuel Abramovich • Argentina • 2019 • 19′
An emotionally charged poetic encounter between the filmmaker and other psoriasis sufferers on behalf of yet another 125 million people around the world who are silently enduring the secret pain of a very visible yet hidden disease. The film explores skin as a metaphor of strength, belief, belonging and alienations… a determined attempt of a healing journey.
Lidija Burcak • Switzerland • 2019 • 25′