5 BROKEN CAMERAS

by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Guy DVD Films, Burnat Films Palestine, Alegría Productions
| 2011 | color / black and white | video | 90’ & 52’ |

Palestinian farm laborer Emad has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village's resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Using the first camera, he recorded how the bulldozers came to rip the olive trees out of the ground in 2005. Here, a wall was built directly through his fellow villagers' land to separate the advancing Jewish settlements from the Palestinians.

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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 RIVER CHANGES COURSE

by Kalyanee Mam |
Migrant Films, Documentation Center of Cambodia
| 83’ | Cambodia - USA | 2013

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, Kalyanee Mam, spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt.

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A Syrian Love Story

by Sean McAllister

| 80’ | UK | 2015 | |
Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

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Before the Last Curtain Falls

by Thomas Wallner
Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion Köln GmbH & Co.KG , Savage Film
| 86’&52’ | Germany/Belgium | 2014 | HD |
The film dives deeply into the exceptional and heart-warmingstories of a group of transsexuals and drag queens in their sixties and seventies, who summon up their bravery to take the stage once again – perhaps for the last time.

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Burma Soldier

by Nic Dunlop, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
leBrocquy Fraser Productions
| 70’ - 54’ | Ireland, Burma, Thailand, USA | 2010 | HDCam |
“Only when there is discipline will there be progress” reads the billboard on the side of a Burmese road. Indeed, “discipline” by the standards of the ruling Burmese army means keeping civilians living in terror, and violently crushing any sign of dissent. Myo Mint knows this first hand – he entered the army as a teenager, attracted by the promise of security and power. But his harrowing stint came to an equally harrowing end when an arm and leg were blown away whilst clearing mines. Discharged and disillusioned, he began to try to educate himself – illicitly through banned books – on just why Burma was at war with itself. He soon became an outspoken activist, campaigning against the very regime he used to represent – a dangerous undertaking which soon led to brutal repercussions. Using smuggled footage, Burma Soldier tells us Mint’s story, in so doing shedding light on the ever present fear that drives both civilians and soldiers in this tragic land.

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CALL ME KUCHU

by Malika Zouhali-Worrall & Katherine Fairfax Wright
| 87’ - 58’ | USA | 2012 | HD

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda’s first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shockwaves around the world.

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Citizenfour

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER - DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

by Laura Poitras
Praxis Films, Participant Media
| 114’ | USA/Germany | 2014 | HD |
CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller of Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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EMPIRE OF DUST

by Bram Van Paesschen
Savage Film
| 77’ | Belgium | 2011 | HD Loa Yang and Eddy both work for the Chinese Railway Engineering Company in charge of rebuilding the 300km-long road that connects Kolwezi to the capital of the province Lubumbashi. Loa Yang is head of logistics for the group but when he sees that none of the necessary material arrives, he has no option but to leave the camp with Eddy, a Congolese man who speaks fluent Mandarin, and head out to deal with local Congolese entrepreneurs. The result is an endless, harsh but absurdly funny roller coaster of negotiations and misunderstandings, as Lao Yang learns about the Congolese ways.

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HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE


by Stephen T. Maing
Mud Horse Pictures LLC
| 88’ - 58’ | USA | 2012 | HD
>HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.

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IN BED WITH THE ARAB SPRING

by Paul Moreira
Premières Lignes
| 54’ | France | 2012 | HD
The Arab revolutions swept away the old regimes and were led by young modern people, invested with a global culture, internet, huge frustration, and a need for freedom and emancipation. Women played a major role in the revolutions. Some even became icons.

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In God’s Hand (In der Hand Gottes)

by Peter Woditsch
Sophimages, Artisan Filme, Germany, Hamburg
| 67’ - 56’ | Belgium | 2014 | HD |
One day they followed their vocation. As priests, they preached love relentlessly, sacrificing body and soul. But slowly, doubts started to grow. In order to keep their faith alive, they decided to leave the church, without looking back. The story of three former priests, a Belgian, an Austrian and a German; Three intimate confessions confronted with the personal view of the film director.

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IRON CROWS

by Bong-Nam Park
Frontline News Service
| South Korea | 90' - 59' | 2009 | HD |
PHP is the best conditioned ship breaking site in Chittagong, a home to the world renowned ship breaking industry. However, the workers risk their lives while wrestling with thousands tons of iron pieces at the yards full of asbestos and toxic gases. There is always a chance for explosion while burning the waste oils trapped in stacks of iron. The workers could easily get crushed and killed while cutting or moving iron plates.

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Kalash, The Last Infidels of Pakistan

by Gaël Métroz
TIPI'MAGES Productions
| 52' - 43' | Switzerland | 2010 | HDV |
In a remote valley in the Pakistan-Afghan border, the last pagan Kalash 3000 live surrounded by the Muslim community and the Afghan refugees. At the announcement of the winter solstice, they pray, sing and dance for the rebirth of the seasons and their culture. Among them, a young woman must choose between converting to Islam, join the modern world or enable her tradition to continue. With the choice of her generation the eternal return of the seasons sanctified by Kalash could fin an end. What will be the one of the young woman.

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LAST TRAIN HOME

by Lixin Fan
EyeSteelfilm
| Canada | 87’ - 52’ | 35mm | 2009 | HD |

Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important holiday in the lunar calendar. It remains the last stronghold of Chinese traditions that are withering rapidly with the invasion of new values. Each year, hundreds of millions of migrant workers return to their homes from the city to the rural countryside, throwing the transportation system into utter chaos. For many migrants, the cheapest and fastest route home is by train. People camp at railway station for tickets, climb through windows, stand for days and nights, wear diapers to avoid using the lavatory, and struggle to stay in sanity to survive the ride. They are determined to return home at any cost for the solemn purpose of getting back to see their families.

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Life Sentences

by Nurit Kedar, Yaron Shani
Nurit Kedar
| 92’ & 52’ | Israel | 2013 | HD |
An Arab man marries a Jewish woman and they live in quiet harmony within the Arab-Jewish community with their son and daughter. The family unit is broken when they discover that their Arab father is behind dozens of terror attacks.

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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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Love Marriage in Kabul

by Amin Palangi
Bower Bird Films Pty Ltd
| 84” - 52’ | Australia | 2015 | HD |
Love Marriage in Kabul follows the extraordinary quest of Afghan-Australian woman, Mahboba Rawi, as she passionately negotiates and challenges old traditions to make a love marriage happen between an orphan boy she has supported for years and the girl next door.

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Millions Can Walk

by Kamal Musale, Christoph Schaub
Reck Filmproduktion Gmbh
| 88’ | Switzerland | 2013 | HD |
Hundreds and thousand of Indian men and women - indigenous inhabitants and landless farmers – demand their right to existence by making a 400 kilometre protest march. «Millions Can Walk» focuses on their violence-free fight for their rights – a political yet philosophical and poetic film.

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Mothers

by Huijing XU
CNEX Foundation Limited, EVO Productions
| 68’ | China | 2013 | HDV |
In the northern Chinese village Ma, almost all of its women of child-bearing age are either sterilised or made to wear a birth control ring after having their first child. The one-child policy put into place over 30 years ago has meant a series of legal repercussions, including penalties for extra children and what can only be described as "birth control policing". Filmmaker Xu Huijing returns to his village to tailgate the government officials whose current job is playing cat-and-mouse with a woman who refuses to go through the sterilisation surgery. As Rong Rong is forced into hiding, we get a glimpse of the bureaucracy and statistics that strip away women's rights to bear children. Absurd and touching at the same time, the film sheds light on a rural China forgotten by the larger world while revealing the real and lasting impact of state-enforced family planning.

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My Barefoot Friend

by Seong-Gyou Lee
Sigong Tech Co., Ltd, SigongTech
| 52’ - 81’ | South Korea | 2010 | HD |
In Calcutta, 20 thousand feet are running tangled up, all barefoot. They are rickshaw pullers. Among them is Shallim, an ordinary man whose old and tired rickshaw has been the only means of hope. He’s run endless miles with it to save up money to buy an auto rickshaw, that will realize his dream: a house for his family. However, despair comes to the weakest first. Shallim’s wife is found to be seriously ill. His son catches a swine flu. Hospital charges are mounting and Shalim’s dream is on the verge of collapsing.

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No Place For Tears

by Reyan Tuvi
Reyan Tuvi
| 87’ - 52’ | Turkey | 2017 | HD |
One km opposite each other, the two neighboring settlements - a Syrian/ Kurdish city (Kobane) and a Turkish/ Kurdish village (Maheser) which have developed family ties over the centuries, are inevitably affected by this war. As ISIS gangs arrive to Kobane, the people escape, crossing the border to the Turkish side. They take shelter in Maheser or at the refugee camps nearby. After Kobane is liberated from the ISIS gangs, the journey continues to the city devastated by war where there is a possibility for hope of return and revival.

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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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Pennies

by Badran Badran
Yoad Earon Films
| 52’ - 72’ | Israel | 2015 | HD |
Two young Palestinian brothers, Yichia (14-years-old) and Hamam (8-years-old), living in Tul Karem are forced to grow-up too fast, to give up going to school and children’s play and instead work as street beggars in Wadi Arah Israel to support their family. Hamam, the youngest, tries to avoid the hard work and play while his elder brother Yichia, dreams of a better future.

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Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution

by Yony Leyser
Desire Productions GmbH, Totho Productions CpH
| 83’ & 56’ | USA | 2017 | HD |
In the mid 1980s, two 20-year-old punks, Bruce LaBruce and GB Jones created a movement known as Homocore, later known as Queercore. Unhappy with the Gay Rights Movement’s conformist thrust and the macho aggressiveness of the Punk scene, they decided to create their own revolution from their bedrooms. Before internet fact-checking, when punk was a way of life, and Kurt Cobain was spray painting “God Is Gay”

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Russian Libertine

by Ari Matikainen
Kinocompany LTD
| 75’ - 52’ | Finland | 2012 | HD |
Victor Erofeyev is a Russian author and dissident who has been in the teeth of authorities since the Soviet era. Now, before the Presidential elections 2012 Victor shows us deep inside into Russian society, which is facing yet another big change. Nothing can be taken for granted for Victor or Russia.

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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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Scientology. The Truth About A Lie

by Jean-Charles Deniau
Novaprod, Dissidents
| 97’ | France | 2010 | |
Honest, objective and nuanced, this documentary aims to show why individuals are consciously or unconsciously drawn into the Church of Scientology. It asks why they stay, sometimes for long periods of time and sometimes despite doubts as to the Church’s true nature, which is often revealed as devouring, indoctrinating and even totalitarian. How can one fall prey to such a system, to the point of drawing into it family, children and friends, when it appears so alienating to both body and soul?

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- ONE WORLD 2016 - AUDIENCE AWARD
- SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY GRAND JURY PRIZE
- SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD
- IDFA AUDIENCE AWARD
- IDFA 2015 DOC U AWARD FOR THE YOUTH JURY'S FAVOURITE FILM


Sonita

by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion, Intermezzo Films Switzerland + Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Iran
| 91’ - 52’ | Germany, Switzerland, Iran | 2015 | HD |
Sonita's family moved to Iran when she was eight, fleeing the war in Afghanistan. Whithout a legal ID, Sonita couldn't go to school, an NGO taught her how to read and write. Listening to hip hop even though she didn't understand his lyrics, Sonita realized she could tell her own story— and started writing songs of her own. In Iran, it is illegal for a woman to sing without special permission from the government. But with the help of a few rebellious producers, she started recording.

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South to North

by Antoine Boutet
Les Films du Présent, Sister Productions
| 109' | France | 2014 | DCP, dvd blu ray, video, hd, quicktime |
The Nan Shui Bei Diao (South Water North Move), designed to move water from the south to the north of China, is the biggest water transfer project the world has ever seen. Charting the path of this national construction project, the film maps the turbulent cartography of a territory where cement defeats the plains, rivers are deviated from their natural course, deserts become forests and where gradually people are becoming vocal, demanding justice and the right to speak out. While matter decomposes and individuals are becoming alarmed, a science-fiction landscape, against nature, is reconstituted.

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SWEET DREAMS

2014: 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide

by Lisa Fruchtman & Rob Fruchtman
| Liro Films | 89’ - 52’ | USA | 2012 | HD
Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. Sweet Dreams interweaves intimate, sometimes heart-wrenching stories, with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.

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Tchindas

by Pablo Garcia Pérez de Lara, Marc Serena
Doble Banda
| 94’ & 52’ | Spain | 2015 | HD |
A tiny island works together to make something beautiful out of nothing: a Carnival. There we meet Tchinda, one of their most beloved women, especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans.

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Team Gaza

by Frederick Mansell, Laurens Samsom
Dimdocs
| 84’&55' | The Netherlands | 2016 | HD |
Team Gaza records the lives of four young people daring to dream in Gaza. Stuck between walls these four Gazans try to build their lives. One wants to marry his niece, a second tries to rebuild his bombarded house, a third tries to flee the strip and the last turns to weapons.Together they unite in a football team, the only place where they can forget about everything. Outside of the football pitch, they pray and they fight for a better future, despite the hardships in war-torn Gaza.

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The Oath

by Laura Poitras
Praxis Films
| 96’44” | USA | 2010 | HD 16:9 |
An extraordinary inside view of militant Islamism. A quietly disturbing, often complex portrait of an Al Qaeda insider and a Guantanamo Bay detainee, The Oath offers a chilling preview of emerging Middle East battleground Yemen and poignantly questions American policies over the past decade in the Middle East. The Oath tells the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals.

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The Pawn

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye
TIPI'MAGES Productions
| 78’ - 52’ | Switzerland | 2015 | HD |
Karin Gramajo’s life drastically changed when her teenage cousin Kelly was brutally kidnapped and murdered.  Despite death threats, the single mother then decided to study to become a lawyer to make sure her cousin’s death wouldn’t remain unpunished, thus also helping other victims fight for justice.  Astrid Elias was kidnapped and raped at the age of 14.  She fled to the U.S. where she is facing deportation. LA PRENDA is a feature length documentary film about two women fighting to end the climate of impunity in Guatemala, one of the world’s most violent countries.

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The Shelter

by Fernand Melgar
Climage
| 101’ & 52' | Suisse | 2014 | 16/9 | DCP |
Every night dozens of people are forced to sleep on the streets of my town. As the population of the excluded grows each day, silence and ignorance of their condition continues to reign. In our current climate of xenophobia I would like my film to help lift the veil on their existence and plight.

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The Sun Behind the Clouds. Tibet's Struggle for Freedom

by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
White Crane Productions
| 79' - 52' | India | 2009 | HD |
Fifty years have passed since the takeover of Tibet by China. Chinese troops invaded Tibet in 1950 soon after the Communists took power under Mao Xedong. Tibet’s small army was quickly overrun. The representatives of Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, the Dalai Lama, were coerced into signing an agreement, which accepted Tibet to be a part of China. Then, on 10th March, 1959, the citizens of Lhasa rose up against the occupation forces. The uprising was brutally crushed. The Dalai Lama escaped to India followed by nearly 100,000 Tibetans. Tibet has been under the control of China ever since and the Dalai Lama has never returned to his homeland.

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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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Special Flight

by Fernand Melgar
Climage
| 103' - 52' | Switzerland | 2011 | HDCAM-35mm |
For the first time in Europe, a film crew gained authorisations to a detention centre for illegal migrants. Behind the closed prison doors, tension builds day by day awaiting for their deportation.

Read more: VOL SPECIAL