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.


After the rain


After the Rain

by Jian Fan
FAN Film Studio, Golden Doc Productions, Black Cat Entertainment Co., Ltd., Tencent News
| 104' | China | 2021 | 2K |
After an earthquake razed a Chinese city to the ground in 2008, more than six thousand parents were encouraged to replace the children they lost and move on with their lives. AFTER THE RAIN follows two of these families for over a decade. Haunted by fear, resentment, and unspeakable grief, the families find hope beyond intergenerational trauma to build towards an uncertain tomorrow.





Agnus Dei: Lamb of God

by Alejandra Sanchez
La Femme Endormie, Imcine & Pepa Films
| 84’ - 52’ | Mexico/France | 2010 | HDV |
Agnus Dei is a courageous, candid documentary on the thorny subject of pedophilia in the Catholic Church. As an 11-year-old altar boy, Jesús, now 26, was abused by a priest. After years of silence, he decides not only to bring criminal charges against his aggressor, but to confront him in the flesh. This is the story of Jesús’s journey, a mandatory hiatus on the road to forgiveness, born of a deep-seated need to come to terms with the past. Jesús is torn between brotherly love and anger toward his sexual predator in this film full of nuances that gives a name and a face to a problem stigmatized by silence.





All-in

by Volkan Üce
Cassette for timescapes, Halal (NL), Little Big Story, Onomatopee Films (BE), Magellan Films (BE),
| 80’&52’ | Belgium, The Netherlands, France | 2021 | 4K |
Two innocent boys, a Turk and a Kurd, start working in a gigantic all-inclusive hotel at the Turkish Riviera. They observe the colourful bikini’s, the un-emptied plates, the different ways of addressing other people, and gradually discover new opportunities to move ahead in life.
ALL-IN explores the coming of age within the European dream, but that comes at a cost. Initial kindness turns into indifference and dishonesty... In ALL-IN, the hotel functions as a microcosm for a more universal story about the loss of innocence, when newcomers try to adapt to our capitalistic first world societies.





AT THE PHILOSOPHER'S SCHOOL

by Fernand Melgar
Climage
| 97’ | Switzerland | 2018 | 4K |
The adventure of a small group of children different from the others, who open themselves to life and to the world.





Better this World

by Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway
Loteria Films
| 89’ | USA | 2011 | HDCAM |
The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.


Buddha in Africa


Buddha in Africa

by Nicole Schafer
Thinking Strings Media , Momento films (Sweden)
| 90’ & 60’ | Malawi/South Africa/Sweden | 2019 | HD |
In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, the film follows the story of Enock Alu, a Malawian orphan from a rural village growing up between the contrasting worlds of his traditional African culture and the strict discipline of the Confucian, Buddhist value system of the Chinese. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock, in his final year at school, has to make some tough decisions about his future and finds himself torn between returning to his relatives in the village or going abroad to study in China.





BUTTERFLY

by Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
Indyca snc
| 80’ & 52’ | Italy | 2018 | |
Intimately filmed over 3 years, this coming of age story delicately portrays Italian teenager Irma’s rise to fame, and the crushing defeat that changes her life and sense of self.


Children of the mist


Children of the Mist

by Diem Ha Le
Varan Vietnam Co., Ltd
| 90’ | Vietnam | 2021 | HD |
Di is a 12-year-old girl living in a village lost in the mist of Northwest Vietnamese mountains. She belongs to the Hmong ethnic minority where women get married very young, enduring the controversial tradition of ‘bride-kidnapping’. When Di enters puberty, her personality changes drastically. The carefree little girl has turns into an impetuous, hypersensitive teenager constantly arguing with her mother who is trying to keep her away from reckless relationships that she is not mature enough to handle. On the Lunar New Year’s Eve, when Di’s parents come back home after celebrating, the house is silent: Di has disappeared.





China Heavyweight

by Yung Chang
EyeSteelFilm
| 89' | Canada, China | 2012 | HD |
Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country’s ever-changing economic landscape—this time through the lens of sports. In China Heavyweight, Chang follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. A select few boys (and girls) are sent to national training centers, with the hope of discovering China’s next Olympic heroes. But will these potential boxing champions leave it all behind to be the next Mike Tyson? Their rigorous training, teenage trials and family tribulations are expertly intertwined with Coach Qi’s own desire to get back in the ring for one more shot at victory. Cinematically rich and intimately observed, China Heavyweight is all at once thrilling sports drama, astute social commentary and a beautifully crafted portrait of an athlete.


Oscar contender Communion / Komunia - a film by Anna Zamecka now playing in U.S theaters




SHORTLISTED for the 91st Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature Category
BEST FILM -Polish Independent Cinema Award 2018
BEST DOCUMENTARY - European Film Awards 2017


COMMUNION

by Anna Zamecka
Otter Films - Wajda Studio | 72’ | Poland | 2016 | HD
When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives separately; but most of all she tries to reunite the family.


GERI'S WISH


Geri’s Wish

by Tonislav Hristov
Making Movies Oy, Soul Fool
| 81’ | Finland, Bulgaria | 2024 | |
Geri, 18, is a Bulgarian girl living in an orphanage in the city of Vratza. She’s a senior at a local high school. She’s dreaming of entering university. The final exams are approaching, and this has even bigger meaning for her than to many others, because after the graduation she is obliged to move out from the orphanage.




I Am Kuba

by Ase Svenheim Drivenes
Sant & Usant, AMP Polska, Poland
| 58’ | Norway / Poland / Germany | 2014 | HD |
When the familybusiness goes bankrupt Kuba (12) and Mikołaj's (8) parents are forced to leave Poland to find work abroad. "I am Kuba" is a coming-of-age film about Kuba who must take care of his little brother while his parents are away. As times goes by, Kuba becomes a teenager and rejects the big responsibilty on his young shoulders. His family is forced to make a life changing decision. Kuba's story is also the story about modern Europe. It is estimated that only in Poland more than 100,000 children are left by their parents who are forced to work abroad. «I am Kuba» is an intimate film about children growing up as 'euro-orphans'.





Los Reyes

by Ivan Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut
Perut + Osnovikoff Ltda., Dirk Manthey Film
| 77’&52’ | Chile, Germany | 2018 | HD |
Chola and Football are a couple of street dogs that live in the Los Reyes skatepark. A microcosm is organized around them, composed of things, animals and young adolescents in conflict with an adult world that they reject but are required to enter.





Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing

by Jocelyn Ford
Stories that Matter LTD
| 52’&76’ | China / USA | 2014 | HD & HDV |
A Tibetan farmer is torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village near the epicenter of Tibetan self-immolations, this epic family story puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet.


ONCE AURORA


ONCE AURORA

by Stian Servoss & Benjamin Langeland Thorvald Nilsen | Norway | 70’ - 52’ | 2019
Aurora is a pop music sensation from a small town in Western Norway. She was discovered at the age of 16, dropped out of school, and spent the next years touring the world with her first album. At the age of 20 she is at a breaking point. Is this really what she wants, and if not, does she have any other option but to continue?





Poisoned

by Daniel Sivan
One Man Show, One Man Show
| 50' | Israel | 2010 | |
Growing-up in Israel means going to the army -It is not a question, It is the law. Once you turn 18 you are a soldier or a deserter – It’s as simple as that. The film follows four best friends from high-school and during the entire army service. During 3 years of service, the boys are transformed into soldiers; they become commanders, serve in the Occupied Territories and are confronted with ideological and emotional conflicts that lead them to lose all faith in the army and finally grow-up. It is the story of children in Israel, maturing in an insane reality.



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”


RAISE THE BAR


Raise the Bar

by Gudjon Ragnarsson
Sagafilm, Pystymetsä
| 70’ | Iceland, Finland | 2020 | 2K |
High anxiety and a low self-esteem is a known and growing problem for young girls today. We get an insight into the mind of the girls and their path towards their teenage years. This is a story about growing up, were we explore the ideas the girls have about themselves and what is changing in their lives as they train basketball in a way we have hardly seen before. We look at them both as individuals, as girls in sports and as team players. The basketball is the red thread through the story, but adding the layers of the individual girls into the film to understand how they are taking the tools they are handed and using that in their everyday life. It therefore also deals with child participation in matters that are important to them.





Reach for the Sky

by Steven Dhoedt, Choi Wooyoung
VisualAntics, Boda Media Group
| 90’ & 52’ | Belgium/South Korea | 2015 | HD |
Every year, on the 2nd Thursday of November, the entire country of South-Korea is put to the test. That day, more than half a million senior high school students take part in the National University Exam, better known as Suneung. ‘Reach for the Sky’ tells the story of several South-Korean high school students, their families and teachers, as they prepare for the annual National Exam. The exam will not only determine where the high school seniors will attend university but ultimately also their status in the Korean hierarchical society.





- 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.





State of Play

by Steven Dhoedt
VisualAntics, Minch&Films
| 85’ - 55' | Belgium | 2013 | |
In Seoul, hundreds of young boys compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a professional gamer isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture.But what happens when play becomes work? For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.





The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

by Iryna Tsilyk
Albatros Communicos Film Production, Moonmakers
| 73' | Ukraine | 2020 | |

Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.

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The Magic Life of V

by Tonislav Hristov
Making Movies Oy, Kirstine Barfod Film, Soul Food Ltd
| 82’ | Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria | 2019 | HD |
While trying to become more independent and to help her mentally disabled brother through live-role-playing, a young woman haunted by her childhood traumas learns how to face her own past.





The Night

by Steffan Strandberg
Indie Film as, Walking the Dog, Fasad Produktion
| 63' & 58' | Norway | 2017 | HD |
When Steffan's mother died, he felt nothing. No sadness, no sense of relief. How did it come to this?





The Road to Fame

by Hao Wu
Tripod Media LLC
| 80’ - 56' | China | 2013 | HD |
The film gives a rare, intimate look at the coming-of-age of some of China's most promising yet confused youth. It chronicles the staging of the musical 'Fame' by the graduating class of China's top drama academy, in China's first official collaboration with Broadway. It follows five students of divergent personalities and family backgrounds as they compete for roles, struggle with the expectations of teachers and parents, and prepare to graduate into China's reality of huge wealth gap and rampant corruption. Often confused by the conflicting cultural values shaping China today, the students must confront their anxieties about an uncertain future and negotiate their own paths to fame.





The Woodmans

by C Scott Willis
C Scott Films LCC
| 82’ - 60' | USA | 2010 | HD |
The Woodmans are a family of well-known artists bonded in their belief of art-making as the highest form of expression, but for their daughter Francesca -- one of the late 20th century’s most recognized and influential photographer -- fame came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. The Woodmans traces the story of a family broken and then healed by their art.





Tokyo Idols

by Kyoko Miyake
Brakeless Limited, EyeSteelFilm
| 88' & 52' | UK/Canada | 2017 | HD |
Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern societies.





Tongue Cutters

by Solveig Melkeraaen
Medieoperatørene as
| Norway | 2017 |
Cod season is the backdrop of the story of Ylva (9) and Tobias (10). Ylva lives in Oslo and comes to visit her grandparents – and to learn cod tongue cutting. Tobias has worked on the docks since he was six and is already skilled with the knife. Now he is to tutor Ylva. We follow their friendship and get to see how children, when given the opportunity, take on responsibility for work, life and for each other.





Transnistra

by Anna Eborn
Momento Film, Adomeit Film, Clin d’oeil films
| 93’ | Sweden, Denmark, Belgium | 2019 | |
Shot on 16mm, Transnistra follows a group of young people as they move from a carefree summer through an unforgiving winter in the self-proclaimed state of Transnistria. At the forefront is Tanya, a headstrong young woman who spends her time with young men who all seem to be in love with her.





Wake up on Mars

by Dea Gjinovci
Mélisande Films , Alva Film, Amok Films
| 74’ | France, Switzerland | 2020 | 4K |
A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious Resignation Syndrome that has put his two sisters in a coma. The tight-knit family is trying to rebuild a normal life far from their native Kosovo where they were victims of persecution. While their entire future hangs in the balance of a pending asylum request, the little boy dreams of building a spaceship to leave it all behind.





We did it on a Song

by David André
Brotherfilms
| 82’ | France | 2014 | HD |
This film tells the stormy tale of a group of friends from Boulogne-sur-Mer, a French town hit by the financial crisis. A year between dreams and disillusion, imagined by teenagers from a working or middle class background, with songs that regularly add poetry, laughter, and emotion to reality.