A Diary of Healing

by Marie Mandy
The Factory, Fontana (Belgique)
| 91' | Belgium | France | 2010 | HDCAM |
The director learns she has breast cancer. Her life is turned upside down. Her journey through the medical world, part of an artistic and personal quest, achieves unprecedented intimacy with the disease.

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A HEARTBEAT AWAY

by Tal Barda & Noam Pinchas
Set Productions | 55’ | Israel | 2016 | HD
A Heartbeat Away is a riveting human drama, swinging on the pendulum between science and faith, hope and despair, life and death. In its center, human doctors who have been thrust to the position of gods in the midst of Africa.

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A MI LADO (BY MY SIDE)

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye
JCDE Productions
| 95’ - 55’ | USA | 2012 | HD
Some mothers put their children first. Some don’t. To survive in the trash of the Chureca, Central America’s largest dump located in Nicaragua, three young women will have to determine whether their mothers are their best allies or unexpected foes.

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A STRANGER'S SKIN

by Christophe Hermans
Frakas Productions
51’ | Belgium | 2011

Arnaud is a 20 year old young man. Following the death of his mother three years ago, he has dropped out of his studies and taken refuge in food to fill the void. He now weighs 177 kilos and lives with his father, with whom he quarrels constantly. Arnaud has reached the point where he has decided to undergo a stomach reduction operation....

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Bicycle, Spoon, Apple

by Carles Bosch
Cromosoma, S.A.
| 58’ - 90’ | Spain | 2010 | 16/9 HD |
In October, 2007, Pasqual Maragall was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Once past the initial blow, he and his family embarked on a crusade against the disease. And from the very first step, this film has grown into an extraordinary testament. With intelligence, sincerity and an infectious spirit, Maragall allows a portrait to be painted of not only himself, but also his family and his doctors, in order to leave behind a lasting document of his personal fight.

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BIG TOBACCO - YOUNG TARGETS

by Paul Moreira
Premières Lignes
| 90’ - 52' | France | 2013 | HD
In the 21st century, tobacco will continue to kill 8 million people each year. And yet the dangers of smoking have been well known for many years. Tobacco companies have used every trick in the book to sell their deadly product; blatant or illegal, furtive or camouflaged advertising, corruption, ignoring or omitting scientific or medical data, mass manipulation, political influence… The tobacco industry will do what it takes to remain profitable; the very survival of the industry is at stake.

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Burning Out

by Jérôme le Maire
AT Production/AT-DOC, Iota Production (Belgium), Louise Productions (Switzerland), Zadig (France)
| 82’ | Belgium-France | 2016 | HD |
Burning out follows a group of doctors and their team crushed by a profitability injunction of our contemporary world. Could they resist ? If the caregivers are suffering who will treat them ?

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Don Juan

by Jerzy Sladkowski
Ginestra Film AB, MADE Oy
| 92’ | Sweden/Finland | 2015 | HD |
A four-sided love triangle, spiced with autism, neuroses and life crises in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. The 22-year-old autistic young man Oleg is seeking approval and love. He is surrounded by many who wants to help him, but no-one succeeds. Suddenly help comes from an unexpected direction.

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Dr. Feelgood

by Eve Marson
Bungalow Pictures
| 83 | USA | 2016 | |
The story of Dr. William Hurwitz a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, but this power begets trouble when the same drugs lead to addiction, abuse and death..

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Dust. The great Asbestros Trial

by Niccolo Bruna, Andrea Prandstraller
GraffitiDoc, Iota Production - Isabelle Truc (Bruxelles), Amka Films - Tiziana Soudani (Lugano)
| 84’- 52’ | Italy | 2011 | HD CAM |
The great asbestos trial recounts the first degree criminal trial of Turin, which should decide of the responsibilities of the biggest leaders in the social aftermath of the company's activities, related to both his own employees and the community.

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Health Factory

by Haavard Bustness
Faction Film
| 58’ | Norway | 2010 | |
Health care institutions mimic industry production to become more efficient. The goal is to get more health for the money spent, based on the presumption that private corporations are more efficient and less wasteful than public institutions. Do we have to be in a competitive state in order to work efficiently, or does professional pride really exist? Are we about to lose our humanity in our struggle to increase productivity?

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I’m Not Afraid

by Fadi Hindash
The Sound of Applause
| 90'&52' | The Netherlands | 2016 | HD |
71 year-old psychiatrist Frederik Polak is in the final stages of preparing for the assisted suicide of his patient Mrs. L. After 15 years of trying to treat her, he’s finally come to the conclusion that helping her die is the only way to save her. Mrs. L has been suffering from a severe anxiety disorder all her life. She spends her days alone and heavily medicated. 40 years of debilitating mental illness have isolated her completely, leaving her with no family or friends. Mrs. L’s lonely existence is in complete contrast to Frederik’s life which is packed full of friends, grandkids, birthday dinners and colleagues. Despite his life of privilege, Frederik digs deep in himself to find the empathy needed to help Mrs. L and see things from her point of view. But how does he cope with the idea of losing a person he’s known intimately for the last two decades. I’M NOT AFRAID follows the painfully intimate process of physician-assisted suicide and the emotional toll such a journey takes on both doctor and patient. It is as much a story about a woman facing her death as a story about a doctor facing the hard reality that helping his patient die is the only way to end her suffering.

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Karla’s Arrival

by Koen Suidgeest
El Rayo Films
| 88' - 58' | Spain-Belgium-USA | 2010 | HDV 16:9 |
In Managua, Nicaragua, teenager Sujeylin Aguilar raises her newborn daughter Karla on the same streets she has been calling home for the past eight years. Based in a city park and part of a larger group of youngsters, mother and baby struggle to reach the little one’s first birthday.

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Last Supper for Malthus

by Klaus Pas
Turbulence Films Sàrl
| 52’ | Switzerland | 2009 | 16/9 |
A leading and up-to-date reference work on the food crisis, “Last Supper For Malthus” is unique it its presentation of long-term feasible solutions, and can be seen as more than a movie, but a tool in solving what has been deemed by many as the ‘Permanent Food Crisis.

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Little People Big Dreams

by Mak CK
MCN International Pte. Ltd, Wonderland Pictures
| 89’ | Singapore | 2014 | HD |
Travel to the most unlikely kingdom on earth. This is china’s dwarves empire, where little people stand tall. Or do they? This feature documentary chronicles their journey in the pursuit of of happiness and explores the shades of modern-day morality.

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Lost Down Memory Lane

by Klara Van Es
Associate Directors
| 87’ - 52’ | Belgium | 2010 | HD |
This is the first documentary about living with Alzheimer’s, as seen through the eyes of the people who suffer from it. The characters live together in an apartment called Iduna, under constant supervision and care. Iduna is a somewhat unusual department of The Bijster, a nursing home for people with dementia in Belgium. The eight residents of Iduna are in – scientifically considered – the first phase of the disease: flurries of lucidity, forgetfulness and falling into oblivion alternate constantly.

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LoveMEATender

by Manu Coeman
AT Production/AT-DOC, Planète Vie
| 52' - 63' | Belgium | 2011 | HD |
This documentary is a fierce indictment of the industrialized meat industry. The objective is to demonstrate the consequences of our excessive meat consumption: for the animals, for the earth, but also for our own bodies.

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Monica & David

by Alexandra Codina
CineMia LLC
| 68’ | USA | 2009 | HD |
Monica & David explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David embody child-like spirits with adult desires; they are aware of their need for assistance, but also capable beyond traditional expectations. Behind the couple’s blissful love are two mothers who struggled against an intolerant world, and with this wedding, realize a dream.

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Numb

by Phil Lawrence
Little Dog Big Bite Films Inc., Frozen Feet Films & Channel Z Films
| 78’ | USA | 2010 | BDIG 16:9 |
What happens when you stop taking antidepressants? A successful suburban dad who is tired of feeling “numb” decides to quit taking antidepressants and documents the drastic effects on his physical and psychological well-being. His wife and kids wonder what happened to man they once knew. “Numb” also reveals startling new information the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know.

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- IDFA 2014 - VPRO Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary
- 2014 European Film Awards - Nominated in the European Documentary category


Of Men and War

by Laurent Bécue-Renard
Alice Films, Louise Productions
| 140' - 82' | France - Switzerland | 2014 | HD |
Years after coming home, a dozen veterans continue to wrestle demons from the war. Will their therapist help them find meaning in their trauma and leave the war behind?

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OPEN HEART

by Kief Davidson
Urban Landscapes | 40’ - 52' | USA | 2012 | HD
An HBO Documentary Film In Co-Production with ARTE
Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life or death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan. Their hearts ravaged by a treatable disease from childhood strep throat, the kids have only months to live. Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel, Rwanda's lone government cardiologist as he fights to save the lives of his young patients and Italian Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center’s head surgeon, who must also fight to save his hospital, Africa's only link to life-saving free cardiac surgery for the millions who need it.

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Scarlet Road. A Sex Worker's Journey

by Pat Fiske, Catherine Scott, Catherine Scott
Paradigm Pictures
| 70’ - 54’ | Australia | 2011 | HDCAM |
Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele - people with disability.

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Semper Fi: Always Faithful

by Tony Hardmon, Rachel Libert
Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc.
| 76’ - 60' | USA | 2011 | HDCam |
When Jerry’s nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.

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Still Loved

by Debbie Howard
Big Buddha Films, Studio of the North
| 77’ - 52' | UK | 2015 | |
When their dreams are shattered by the loss of a tiny life, families find a way to transform their heartbreak into hope.

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SUSHI : THE GLOBAL CATCH

by Mark S. Hall
Sakana Film Productions - Cactus Three
| 75’ - 52' | USA | 2011
Sushi began as simple street food in Tokyo but has developed into a worldwide phenomenon. From restaurants in New York and Warsaw to grocery stores and football games, sushi is on the menu. Can this growth continue without consequence? Sushi: The Global Catch is a call to action that cannot be ignored.

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The Electric Mind

by Nadav Harel
NoProcess Films
| 60’ | Israel | 2009 | HD |
The Electric Mind has been granted exclusive access to document mentally ill people undergoing a set of groundbreaking medical experiments in Israel, Germany and the US, conducted by world leading brain researchers who are taking psychiatry a giant leap towards the future.

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The Grown Ups

by Maite Alberdi
Micromundo Producciones, Volya Films
| 80’ - 52’ | Chile - The Netherlands | 2016 | HD |
They keep hoping for an independent life that inevitably eludes them, since no grown-up really wants them to achieve it. Now that they desires clash with their premature aging process, we see them as kids who only wanted to grow up and suddenly grew old.

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The Optimists

by Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
Skofteland Film AS, Mantaray Film
| 90’ & 52’ & 3x39' | Norway | 2013 | HD |
The volleyball ladies THE OPTIMISTS (66-98) haven’t played a proper match in 30 years. Until now. Fearing age? Queen of the team Goro (98) might change your ideas. Many of us fear age. Youth is our modern world's ideal. These ballplaying ladies might change our ideas, and possibly make us realize that those who do get to experience old age are actually the lucky ones.

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TOXIC PLAYGROUND

by Willliam Johansson & Lars Edman
Laïka Film
| Sweden | 70’ - 58’ | 2009 | Children in Arica in the North of Chile are falling badly ill because of toxic waste dumped by a Swedish company in the 80’s. The young filmmaker Lars find Rolf, head of environment at the company who was responsible for the waste going to Chile and who decides to deal with his wrongdoings in the past. He agrees to go back to Chile to take the consequenses.

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Transfixed

by Alon Kol
Transfixed Films Inc
| 80’ - 52’ | Israel | 2015 | HD |
Transfixed tells the story of a very unconventional romance: transsexual Martine and straight-identifying John are “underdogs” with Asperger Syndrome, which makes communication with others extremely difficult. Despite their social limitations, both dream of getting married, but John refuses to tie the knot until Martine gets “a real vagina.’ The only problem:  no doctor in Canada will perform the surgery because Martine’s obesity makes her too great of a surgical risk. Will Martine and John find the happiness together that they deserve? Transfixed is a deeply human story about freedom, self-actualization and the quest for happiness – one that anyone who has ever longed for love and acceptance can empathize with and understand.

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Twilight of a Life

by Sylvain Biegeleisen
Zen Production Ltd, Take Five
| 70’ - 52’ | Belgium / Israel | 2015 | HD |
How a son and a mother aged 94 deals with aging in an optimistic way full of humor, sensitivity and hope. When the doctor announced me that my mother, aged 94 had just a few weeks to live, I left my home and came back to Belgium to say her goodbye. But my mother decided that the time to pass away has not yet come. We shared together weeks and months of uncertainty and mystery. I found myself filming hours of incredible conversations, humoristic situations, poetic moments. "Au Crepuscule d'une Vie" is an Ode to Life !

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Until Cancer Do Us Part

by Jan-Olof Svarvar
Pampas Production
| 86’ - 52' | Finland | 2016 | HD |
A man in his prime learns that he suffers from the most aggressive form of brain cancer, also known as "the terminator". The mortality rate is 100%. The doctors gave him a year to live. He has a large family and his youngest daughter was only 4 years old. This documentary closely follow him, his wife and the children, trough the hard road filled with despair and love - from diagnosis to death. But most of all this is a story about the power of love.

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WEEK 23

by Ohad Milstein
60’ | Israel | 2016 | HD
Week 23 follows Rahel through a high-risk identical twin pregnancy. Six months into the pregnancy, one of the twin dies. Rahel has to decide whether to give this living baby a chance or follow the doctor’s recommendations

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