An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Flyer)

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

A Roma family living far away from the urban centres ofBosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old carsand sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy,cooks, bakes and cares for their two small daughters. One day, she feelsa sharp pain in her abdomen. At the clinic she is told there is somethingwrong with the baby she is carrying: “They say it’s dead.” She is at riskof septicaemia and they must operate immediately. More

Workers (Flyer)

Workers

Rafael has been a cleaner in the same light bulb factory for thirty years. It is his last day before retirement, and he even buys himself a pair of new shoes for the occasion. But his boss soon takes the wind out of this reticent man’s sails. Although Rafael has been a diligent and reliable worker, as an illegal immigrant to Tijuana from El Salvador he has no right to expect a pension … Lidia is one of seven people keeping house for a rich Mexican woman in a wheelchair who has dedicated her life to her whippet ‘Princess’ who eats from a golden bowl and sleeps on a More

The Woman in the Septic Tank (Flyer)

The Woman in the Septic Tank

As far as their film school final project is concerned, these three studentshave only one goal in mind – international fame, includingOscars and festival prizes. They know what foreign audiences expectfrom Philippine cinema – prostitution, abuse, rubbish tips and slums –and apply this magic formula to develop the ultimate in misery porn.A mother, battered by life, sells her child to a sex tourist; a story asharsh and realistic as it is rousingly emotional. More

The Other Bank - Gagma napiri (Flyer)

The Other Bank - Gagma napiri

Twelve-year-old Tedo lives with his young mother in Keto in an isolated hut on the outskirts of Tiflis. Tedo and Keto are refugees from Abchasia. The civil war has claimed everything they ever owned, including Tedo’s and Keto’s hopes for a bright future as an intact family unit. Tedo was just four years of age when they were obliged to flee from Abchasia. At the time, they had to leave behind Tedo’s father – his weak heart made it impossible for him to take on such a strenuous journey. More

Paraíso (Flyer)

Paraíso

Hector GalvezPeru – 2009

Five teenagers, three boys and two girls, live in a refugee neighborhood south of Lima paradoxically known as Los Jardines del Paraíso, the gardens of paradise. Together with their parents, their share memories of wartime massacres between the army and the Shining Path. Despite their trauma, they yearn to move on with their life. But in an isolated world without opportunities, they have little hope of succeeding. More

Los herederos (Flyer)

Los herederos

At early age children begin to work in the Mexican countryside. The Inheritors is a portrait of theirs lives and their daily struggle for survival. These children work farming, sculpting and painting alebrijes, shepherding, making bricks, weaving cloth, looking after their little siblings, collecting water, harvesting tomato, chili, maize, and laboring in a myriad of other activities. They have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but they have also inherited their day-by-day hardship. Generations pass and child workers remain captive in a cycle of inherited poverty. More

Bamako (Flyer)

Bamako

The beautiful woman Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work. The couple that lives in Bamako, the capital of Mali, is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house, where they live together with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF, whom they blame for Africa's woes... Amidst the pleas and the testimonies, life goes on in the courtyard. Chaka does not seem to be concerned by this novel Africa's desire to fight for its rights. More

Comment j'ai fêté la fin du monde (Flyer)

Comment j'ai fêté la fin du monde

The recent Rumanian cinema delights the screenland The current Rumanian cinema is very exciting, which could also be seen at the Festival in Cannes: In 2006, the gentle feature film "Comment j'ai fêté la fin du monde" (Cum mi-am petrecut sfârsiful lumil) by Catalin Mitulescu was honoured with the award "Un certain regard" for the actress. A brilliant Dorotheea Petre represents the young woman Eva at the time, when the Iron Curtain disintegrated. More

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Sonhos de Peixe (Flyer)

Sonhos de Peixe

In a tiny village on the northeastern coast of Brazil, the young fisherman Jusce scrapes out a living by diving 30 meters with rudimentary equipment for lobster. His ‘prize’ at the end of a long day of risky work is sitting close to Ana as she savors the drama of urban sophisticates on her favorite soap opera. Ana dreams of leaving the village to see the world. Jusce is content with the life he leads. Jusce’s old fishing buddy - Rogerio - returns from the big city for holidays. With his Buggy he drives around the dunes and scores Ana’s immediate attention. More

Dignidad de los nadies, La (Flyer)

Dignidad de los nadies, La

This film is about the degraded socio-economic condition of Argentina leading to the December 2001 rebellions, and its consequent social chaos analyzed by focusing on real people from Buenos Aires poorest shantytowns, crumbling hospitals, and women middle class farmers fighting multi national banks that are shamelessly appropriating their farmlands. More

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Suite Habana (Flyer)

Suite Habana

Fernando PérezCuba – 2003

It might take two viewings to grasp fully what Fernando Pérez is doing in "Suite Habana," an elusive but intermittently beautiful tone poem on film. There is virtually no dialogue. There are no story lines that build to a climax, no documentary-style voice-overs. There are just snippets from a day in Havana, so disjointed and seemingly random that it takes a while to realize that Mr. Pérez is focusing on 10 specific individuals, tracking them through 24 hours in their painfully ordinary lives. More

Amandla! (Flyer)

Amandla!

«Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony» shows how music was used in the fight for freedom. In the South African liberation struggle against apartheid, it was not least the songs that united those who were being oppressed and gave those fighting a way to express their plight. The music also consoled the incarcerated people and created a form of communication inside the prisons. When the first victims of apartheid brutality died protesting against the pass laws in the 1960s, they were singing. More

Lagaan (Flyer)

Lagaan

Lagaan takes place in the small village of Champaner, now in the State of Gujarat, in western India during the height of the British Empire in India in 1893. Captain Andrew Russell, the commanding officer of the Champaner cantonment, has imposed high taxes (lagaan) on people from the local villages which they are unable to pay due to a prolonged drought. Led by Bhuvan, the villagers beg Raja Puran Singh to help them. He tells them that much to his regret, he is also bound by British law. It is after their visit to the Raja that the people of the village first witness a cricket match. More

Domésticas, o filme (Flyer)

Domésticas, o filme

Maids presents audiences with a glimpse of life in Latin America's most dynamic urban center, São Paulo. The poor women within their local spaces defy easy definition, but both films explore the limits and possibilities of their respective subjects. More

Marat, tueur à gages (Flyer)
La danse du singe et du poisson (Flyer)

La danse du singe et du poisson

The seven young Cambodian actresses who were chosen to play the main parts of The Rice People were all born during the Khmer Rouge genocide between 1975 and 1979 or under the subsequent occupation. When they are not on the set, they are all practicing the art of choreography between the walls of the former royal palace of Phnom Penh. More

Les gens de la rizière - Neak srê (Flyer)

Les gens de la rizière - Neak srê

Rithy PanhCambodia – 1994

Les Gens de la rizière tells the story of Yong Poeuw, his wife Yim Om and their seven daughters. The land is scarce, the family members are many, the children are growing up, the balance has become fragile. Yong Poeuw and Yim Om suspect that a rupture is coming. More

Quiéreme y verás (Flyer)

Quiéreme y verás

As in Alice in Wonder Village, Díaz Torres creates a world of his own, where fantasy and reality intermingle. Alice was banned from Cuba three years ago after winning the Silver Bear in Berlin. It resembled reality too much. Despite this, Díaz Torres is one of the few directors who have been able to make a film in his country since the political crisis. In Love Me and You’ll See . . . , Juventino and two of his friends are robbing a bank when the Cuban revolution explodes. More

Et la vie continue - Zendegi edamé dârad (Flyer)

Et la vie continue - Zendegi edamé dârad

Abbas KiarostamiIran – 1992

Together with his young son a father heads off for an inimitable quest: By car they drive through the nightmarish chaos of the erathquake catastrophe from 1990. The destruction demanded over 50'000 deaths, entire villages were razed to the ground. People report how they were suddenly faced with the catastrophe, standing in front of nothing, having lost their entire families with over thirty relatives. But still the film is not a report of terror. More

Der Wanderzirkus - Gánh xiêc rong (Flyer)
Charachar (Flyer)
Klamek Ji Bo Beko (Flyer)
Ein blutroter Morgen - Xuese qing chen (Flyer)

Ein blutroter Morgen - Xuese qing chen

Shaohong LiChina – 1990

The young teacher Li Mingguang is to be murdered in the north of China because of having taken the virginity from the young girl Li Pingwa. The whole family wants to take revenge on him for that, even the whole village. Critical of society, the film is about the backgrounds origin of the deed. This is shown through the inquiries on the part of the prosecution, the conversations between the villagers and the social structures of the place. More

Hello Hemingway (Flyer)
Piravi (Flyer)

Piravi

Shaji N. KarunIndia – 1988

An ageing father waits, in vain, at the bus stop for his son Raghu, a student at the University of Trivandrum, who is supposed to be coming home for the holidays. The elderly Chakyar’s eager happiness slowly turns to disappointment and then anxiety. After several days with no news of Raghu, his family learn that the police have arrested him for singing revolutionary songs at the university’s annual fête. Chakyar goes to the capital, hoping to find support from the Minister of Internal Affairs, and is soon joined by his daughter, who does not, however, share his optimism. More

Zan Boko (Flyer)

Zan Boko

Gaston Kaboré’s movie «Zan Boko explores the conflict between tradition and modernity with a family in a rural contexr. It has been for long time a central theme in many African films. Kaboré tells the poignant story of a village family swept up in the current tide of urbanization. In doing so, «Zan Boko» expertly reveals the transformation of an agrarian, subsistence society into an industrialized commodity economy. More

Dao ma tse - Dao ma zei (Flyer)

Dao ma tse - Dao ma zei

Norbu is a nomad who lives with his wife and his child in the mountainous highland of tibet as a shepherd. He belongs to an ethnic minority and from time to time he sees himself compelled to act as a horse thief in order to provide his family with food. But the day Norbu tries to steal some treasures of a temple the community excludes and banishes him. Living in exile, he loses his son. After his last theft of a horse he sacrifices himself in order to save his wife and his second child. More

Harvest Three Thousand Years - Mirt Sost Shi Amit (Flyer)

Harvest Three Thousand Years - Mirt Sost Shi Amit

Haile GerimaEthiopia – 1976

Director Haile Gerima’s first feature work to be set in Africa employs visions of his native Ethiopia to construct a post-colonial allegory of class exploitation.  Filmed in the tumultuous days following the overthrow of Haile Selassie, the portrait of an abject peasant family toiling under the scornful eye of a wealthy landowner exhibits the spontaneity of a documentary.  But it also displays the assuredness and authority of a master storyteller in the sweep of its conceptual rigor and moral stand. More

Dodeskaden (Flyer)

Dodeskaden

Akira KUROSAWAJapan – 1970

The film focuses on the lives of a variety of characters who happen to live in a rubbish dump. The first to be introduced is a mentally challenged boy who lives in a world of fantasy in which he is a tram conductor. He is both the tram and the tram driver and follows a set route and schedule through the dump; his dedication to the fantasy is fanatical. The film title refers to a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound made by a tram or train while in motion ( "Do-desu-ka-den do-desu-ka-den do-desu-ka-den"). The sound is made by the boy as he makes his daily faux-tram route through the dump. More

Akahige - Redbeard (Flyer)
High and Low - Tengoku to jigoku (Flyer)

High and Low - Tengoku to jigoku

Akira KUROSAWAJapan – 1963

A wealthy executive named Kingo Gondo (Toshiro Mifune) is in a struggle to gain control of a company called National Shoes. One faction wants the company to make cheap, low quality shoes for the impulse market as opposed to the sturdy but unfashionable shoes currently being produced. Gondo believes that the long-term future of the company will be best served by well made shoes with modern styling, though this plan is unpopular because it means lower profits in the short term. He has secretly set up a More

Subarnarekha (Flyer)
Meghe dhaka tara (Flyer)

Meghe dhaka tara

Ritwik GhatakIndia – 1960

The film tells the story of Nita, a beautiful young woman who lives with her family, refugees from East Pakistan, in the suburbs of Calcutta. Nita is a self-sacrificing person who is constantly exploited by everyone around her, even her own family, who take her goodness for granted. Her life is ridden with personal tragedy: she loses first her fiancé, then her job and finally her health by contracting tuberculosis. It is only when she collapses that her family begins to realize what they have done to her. Her mostly absent would-be singer brother is the only person who cares about her. More

Aparajito - The Unvanquished (Flyer)
Pather Panchali - Song of the Little Road (Flyer)
Mat - Die Mutter (Flyer)

Mat - Die Mutter

In this film, the mother of Pavel Vlasov is drawn into the revolutionary conflict when her husband and son find themselves on opposite sides during a worker's strike. After her husband dies during the failed strike, she betrays her son's ideology in order to try, in vain, to save his life. He is arrested, tried in what amounts to a judicial farce, and sentenced to heavy labor in a prison camp. During his incarceration, his mother aligns herself with him and his ideology and joins the revolutionaries. More

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