PROGRAMME 

2019 EDITION

SESSION # 1

Mni Wiconi: Water is Life (U.S.A.)

by Miguel Antonio Genz

 

Perfection (ITALY)

by Riccardo Di Gerlando

Ainhoa (SPAIN)
by Iván Sáinz-Pardo

Sun Shine (U.S.A.)

by Walker Hare

Infill & Full set (VIETNAM / U.K.)

by Hai Duc Dao

Eleven Minutes (BRAZIL)

by Hilda Lopes Pontes

Ellie (GREECE)

by Miltiades Christides

An Opportunist (U.K.)

by Matt Page

Retouch (IRAN)

by Kaveh Mazaheri

Runtime: 1 h 51 min

Water is Life
Synopsis: A short film on the environment and how the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change. It’s a black and white hand drawn film dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory. The main theme is about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the film is to create social awareness regarding contamination of natural resources.
Perfection
Synopsis: A young girl tries to draw a very difficult work.
Ainhoa
Synopsis: Ainhoa is 9 years old and she has left home, bringing only her school bag and a Playmobil.
"Ainhoa is a story that, instead of trying to put children to sleep, tries to wake up the adults."
Sun Shine
Synopsis: When an energetic black girl gets a seemingly depressed white guy to open up, she discovers he’s on his way to commit a horrible act.
Infill & Full Set
Synopsis: "Infill and Full set” was staged in London, telling a story of an illegally immigrating heavily pregnant woman who was stuck between the ethical boundary of being honest and being dishonest. On the one hand, she was running away from being hunted by the UK immigration authorities, and the other, ceaselessly searching for employment as a nail technician of Vietnamese owned nail salons in order to support her living.
Eleven Minutes
Synopsis: In Brazil, each 11 minutes, a woman is raped. Elisa need to go to the airport and, in the way, obstacles lived by who is a woman.
Ellie
Synopsis: Alarmed by area crime, Ellie panics when a hooded man enters her apartment.
An Opportunist
Synopsis: Across five days care home assistant Kate drifts from after-parties to therapy sessions to her day job, struggling to address and control her kleptomania. 
But when Kate involves her young niece in a shoplifting spree it seems as if her inner thief has finally got the better of her. Until an opportunity to redeem herself arises...
Retouch
Synopsis: Maryam's husband has an accident at home and, rather than saving him, she stops helping and watches him die.
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SESSION # 2

Hooked (U.S.A.)

by Tamara Campbell

Amazing Things Happen (U.K.)

by Alex Amelines

No Place (U.K.)

by Laura Kavanagh

ITSY (U.K.)

by Premila Puri, Amy Mathieson

Ius Maris (ITALY)

by Vincenzo D'arpe

I am Zal (IRAN)

by Hooman Naderi

Whole (BULGARIA)

by Slava Doytcheva

Animal (IRAN)

by Bahram Ark

Skógafoss (NETHERLANDS / ICELAND)

by Niels Bourgonje

Runtime: 1 h 45 min

Hooked
Synopsis: Addiction, through the eyes of an addict. Experience the effects that an initial choice can have on one’s life and how there really is no breaking free once you start.
Amazing Things Happen
Synopsis: This is an introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It underlines that autistic people aren neither ill nor broken. They are ordinary people with an extraordinary way of perceiving the world. Autistic or not, each one of us are a unique combination of habits, behaviours and idiosyncrasies that makes us who we are.
No Place
Synopsis: Angela and her two young kids have been evicted from their home. Angela struggles to maintain a sense of normality as an increasingly desperate situation unfolds.
ITSY
Synopsis: ITSY is a fictional narration of two neighbours and an unsuspecting friend who forges their unique bond.
Ius Maris
Synopsis: Yassine, a young man born and raised in Lecce by Moroccan parents who live, in the same way of all second-generation guys, straddling two cultures, never supported by a real integration. Through the sea and surfing, however, the integration process will come true, Yassine will become an host of a surf camp, attended by people of all races and religions.
I am Zal
Synopsis: Daniel is a child with Albinism who’s supposed to play the role of the mythical Zal at school. In an attempt to prevent him from taking on the role, his mother beats him as always and tells him a false version of the Zal and Simorq story. At school,his teachers notice his being thrashed again; but this time,they stand out against the mother...
Whole
Synopsis: A wedding. A girl. A closet. And the choice to be made once and for all - against the current or against herself.
Animal
Synopsis: A man who wants to pass the border, disguises himself as a ram.
Skógafoss
Synopsis: While on vacation with his girlfriend, Gijs receives a phone call from his mother, that reveals her troubled mental state and their complex relationship.
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SESSION # 3

When We Were Free (U.S.A.)

by Mark Franz

 

Timbó (U.K. / BRAZIL)
by Peiman Zekavat

Black Hair (TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)

by Miquel Galofré, Gabrielle B.

Not an Isolated Story (BRAZIL)

by Marta Pinheiro

«A Land Shaped by Women» (AUSTRIA)

by Anne-Flore Marxer

Brucia La Sabbia (ITALY / SYRIA)

by Riccardo Bianco

Runtime: 1 h 53 min

When We Were Free
Synopsis: The title is a reference to Milton Mayers 1955 account of the development of fascism in Germany in “They thought they were free.” It is meant to be an open question as much as a statement, not unlike the “what if” questions created by abstraction in other types of visual and poetic work.
Timbo
Synopsis: "I will make a Brazil for the majority, minorities [indigenous] have to bow down to the majority. Minorities should adapt themselves or simply disappear", words of Jair Bolsonaro, newly elected president of Brazill as he proposed opening the Amazon region to mining and resuming dam construction.

If built, the dams would severely affect the community of the indigenous people and flood an area the size of London, Paris and Amsterdam combined.
Black Hair
Synopsis: The beauty industry hails the European standard of beauty. But one model, Gabriella Bernard, is challenging that.

"I live in a world that tells me that my black beauty is not enough." Gabriella Bernard, Model.
Not An Isolated Story
Synopsis: Violence against women is more usual than people think. The film is developed in four
stories of violence, suffered by four different women, who complement each other.
The first woman is stalked and death threatened, the second is held in false
imprisonment, the third woman undergoes an abortion because of physical violence
and the fourth story is based on the testimony of a woman who has a relative who
murdered the wife in front of the couple’s baby son. Among the scenes, clippings of
A Land Shaped by Women
Synopsis: The movie is an inspirational depiction of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the country in a van through the adventure sports they are passionate about: snowboarding and surfing. On the road they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand their mindset living in a country with a rich history in gender equality.
Brucia La Sabbia
Synopsis: Riccardo trip to Syria included three stages: Damascus, Kafroun and Aleppo, where he would have to document the resistance of the Salesian school in the city to constant bombing. Immediately the director feels the need to vent his feelings and his involvement in the work: the feelings of sadness, fear, anger and adrenaline emerge.
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SESSION # 4

STARVATION (IRAN)

by Zahra Rostampour

A Pair Of Horns On A Female

Homo Sapiens (IRAN)
by Saleh Kashefi

Less (U.S.A.)

by Isabelle Levent

Go Stella (U.S.A.)

by Bruno M. Viana

Where I was Born (U.S.A.)

by Jungmin Cha

Exist, Non-Exist (FINLAND)

by Karoliina Gröndahl

Love Me Not (HUNGARY)

by Lili Fenyvesi

The Birth Statement (PORTUGAL)

by Matilde Calado

Stolen (GERMANY)

by Dean Marriott

Runtime: 1 h 50 min

Starvation
Synopsis: A Hungry wolf gets stuck in stereotypes about being the big bad wolf of the story. She has to flee when everybody accuses her to violence and murder. She faces the danger of getting killed.
Pair Of Horns On A FemaleHomoSapiens
Synopsis: Going about her daily routine, a young woman faces discrimination and criticism based on her appearance.
Less
Go Stella
Synopsis: "Stella is a popular teenage girl who shares her day-to-day life on a YouTube channel. In her latest video, Stella explains why she decided to lose her virginity to Travis, a guy she met on a dating app. Is he going to be the one?"
Where I Was Born
Synopsis: Through short, humorous vignettes, one presents a critique of the diverse social issues permeating throughout South Korean culture.
Exist, Non-Exist
Synopsis: Just outside of the Lisbon locates a self-built neighbourhood Bairro 6 de Maio, which is facing the consequences of gentrification in postcolonial Portugal. Day by day, week by week and month by month houses, rooms inside these houses and windows of these rooms are disappearing. Short documentary film
Exist, Non-Exist dives into this torn down neighborhood and shows its everyday events with a poetic touch.
Love Me Not
Synopsis: The film presents the life of Edina, a single mother. The storyline begins with the father coming back in order to build the family that the child needs. The emphasis of the film is on the sentiments and contemplation of Edina.
The Birth Statement
Synopsis: The Birth Statement is a documentary film that extends in the search for past memories of Joaquim Amaro Calado de Melo with the purpose of justifying the personality of the man that he is today and the way he acts in society. A film that reflects on the fact that we are constituted as much or more by our past than our present by being beings in constant physical evolution and
mainly psychological.
Stolen
Synopsis: Inspired by the Stolen Babies Scandal which took place in Spain during the Franco era, this bilingual German-Spanish short film brings ethics, religion, language and the exploitation of vulnerable women into question.
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