Director Mahdi Ali Ali
A professional Qatari photographer is intrigued by the rebellion of a teenage girl from her conservative family as they take pictures of the frescoes in a cultural village. She pursues the teenage girl, documenting her rebellion until the family rebukes her. After discovering the girl’s hideout, the photographer follows her into an amphitheater, where she expresses her inner voice.
Mahdi Ali Ali is a Qatari filmmaker in charge of the Training and Education Department at the Doha Film Institute. Through the years, he has successfully worked with major industry players in providing filmmakers in Qatar with comprehensive learning initiatives. Mahdi has contributed as Executive Producer and supervisor on more than 30 short films produced by the Institute. He holds an MFA
BARE GIRAN- THE HEAVY BURDEN
Director Yılmaz Özdil
AVDEL (65) feeds his family by working with BOZO his donkey in the sanitation service of the city of Mardin in Turkey. Avdel’s sister and her son SALIH (30) who fled from Syria because of the war are now staying at Avdel’s house. BOZO is old and so is retired by the municipality; Avdel must find a younger donkey to continue to keep his work.To help his uncle, Salih slips over the border into Syria to bring back his own donkey, which he had to leave behind due to the war. However, to accomplish this mission, Salih must cross with his donkey through the minefields.
Yılmaz Özdil is a Kurdish film director born in Hakkari (1979), in eastern Turkey. He did his master’s degree at the Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University on the geopolitical border treatment in Kurdish cinema. In 2013 he defended his PhD dissertation entitled “The Visual Construction of Kurdish Identities in Cinema” at the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle.From 2003 to 2014, he directed several documentary films and also worked as assistant director in several Kurdish films shot in Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and France, notably with Yılmaz Erdoğan and Hiner Saleem. He is currently working at Mardin Artuklu University as an assistant professor teaching Kurdish cinema and the representation of the Kurds in cinema.
BORN IN GAMBIA
Director Natxo Leuza Fernandez
Hassan is a child who lives on the street. His brother was accused of witchcraft and burned alive in front of him. His stepfather tells him the devil is inside, so he runs away so they do not kill him. Hassan always has a tape recorder with which he tells us about his life, that of other children and that of a beautiful country, but anchored in dan.
Natxo Leuza works as a filmmaker, screenwriter, editor and post-production. He has a long career in the documentary world, working in many projects in several countries of the world: Sierra Leone, Benin, Togo, Mauritania, Gambia, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Qatar, Haiti, Germany … He is currently finishing his project Born in Gambia, and directing the musical feature of Enrique Villareal, “El Drogas”.
81min 39sec|El Salvador
Director Marlén Viñayo
Five Salvadoran women, street vendors and single mothers, form a theatre company and accept the challenge of putting on a play through which they’ll bring their harsh life stories to the stage. What began as an experiment has turned into the only opportunity to transform their lives, but will they be able to face their past and get over their fears, traumas and dark secrets? Filmed over a year and a half, this observational documentary is witness to the rehearsals process of their play, through which they will discover themselves as victims and victimizers, realizing that they have educated their children without overcoming the pain of the past. The cycle of violence is perverse, but the force of the theater is more powerful
Marlén Viñayo is a documentary filmmaker based in El Salvador working in film and TV as a director and producer. She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication at Carlos III University (Madrid) and a master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking at the ESCAC (Barcelona). She has worked for PBS Frontline, CCTV Americas Now and BBC News. She lives in El Salvador since 2013, where she has founded her production company La Jaula Abierta. Cachada (2019) is her debut feature film and it won the Audience Award Global at SXSW Film Festival, the Latitud Award at DocsBarcelona, CIMA Award for Best Filmmaker at Ourense Film Festival, Audience Award at Festival Cinema Ciudad de México, and has been selected at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, DocPoint Helsinki and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, among many others.
Director Stephan Hilpert
In crisis-ridden eastern Congo, one of the poorest regions on earth, three European aid workers are forced to question what it means to help. Raúl, a French-Spanish economist doing research on rebel groups, realizes that he is leading his Congolese colleagues into great temptation with his project funds, putting their study at risk of failing. After 30 years in Africa, Peter, from Germany, reaches retirement age and is unable to renew his job contract. He is fighting a losing battle to stay in Congo and to preserve his identity as an aid worker. And the relationship of Anne-Laure, from Belgium, is put to the test when her Congolese boyfriend, after a stay in prison, becomes a high-profile regime critic. Deeply personal insights into coexistence and cooperation between Europe and Africa – and the question: how helpful is the help of the West?
Stephan Hilpert studied Documentary Film Directing at the University of Television and Film Munich/Germany and wrote a PhD thesis in Film Studies at the University of Cambridge/UK (on the films of Ulrich Seidl and Christian Petzold). He works as a documentary and advertising film director. CONGO CALLING is his thesis project at the Munich Film School and his debut feature documentary.
Directors Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi
In a remote village nestled in the foggy hills of northern Bangladesh, Rupa fights against a predetermined destiny. With only a bike, a camera and her knowledge, she defies traditions and tries to make a place for herself in her community. When a twist of fate hits her family, Rupa’s freedom is threatened. Will she be able to maintain the fragile balance between the expectations of her loved ones and her own dreams?
Mark Olexa (b. 1984) is a Swiss director and producer. Francesca Scalisi (b. 1982) is an Italian director and editor. In 2012, they cofounded DOK MOBILE, a film production company based in Fribourg, Switzerland. Together, they directed and produced the short film Moriom (2015), which received the Award for Best Short Documentary at Slamdance, at the Chicago International Film Festival, at the Brooklyn Film Festival and at FRONTDOC. The film was also awarded with a Special Mention at the Winterthur Kurzfilmtage, Minimalen and FIDBA. It was screened at IDFA, Tampere Film Festival, BFI London International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest and Uppsala Film Festival among others.
Directors Amir Masoud Soheili
A mini-bus is on a journey across the mountains to Kabul. Each person on the bus has a reason to take this journey. An old man is traveling to give a turkey to his grandchild, as his last wish before dying. However, the main road is blocked by insurgents. They decide to use an alternative road, which is not very secure, and there is still the possibility of getting caught by insurgents.
Amir Masoud Soheili is an internationally awarded short filmmaker, Festival director and programmer. He has been one of the seven most honored Iranian short filmmakers in 2015. Masoud Soheili was born in 1988 in Mashhad, Iran. He studied cinema in Indonesia and South Korea. Just with His second short film “Blue eyed boy” (2014) he won 20 international awards from more than 140 international film festivals. He was member of the juries of the 10th Yogya Netpac Asian Film Festival (2015) ,Viddsee Juree awards competition in Indonesia (2016), Avanca International Film Festival in Portugal (2016 and 2018), SAARC Film Festival in Sri Lanka (2017) and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in India (2018) and Malatya International Film Festival in Turkey(2018).
He is co-founder and creative director of “Asia Peace Film Festival” in Islamabad, Pakistan and programmer of “Changing Perspective Intentional Film Festival” in Istanbul,Turkey. He was also worked as a festival director of Inaugural “Safe Community” International Film Festival in Mashhad, Iran (2017).
Director’s Varun Sasindran
In this film, the filmmaker enters into conversation with the survivors of the Omarska concentration camp in Prijedor (Bosnia-Herzegovina). The film begins with the recollection of their memories and eventually touches on the present situation of the former camp.Former site of the concentration camp Omarska is now a factory owned by Arcelor Mittal Company. The company’s manufacturing process now takes place where the civilians used to be detained.
Thirty two years old (2nd April 1987), born and raised in Kerala, India. He graduated in Electronics and Communication engineering, during the year of 2008. Post study, worked as a software engineer for four years. In 2012, he decided to quit the job and decided to study films. He mainly got inspired from the film he has seen in the international film festivals he attended during the course of this time.
He pursued his further studies in Visual media Studies from Calicut University. And then he joined for M.A at Sarajevo Film Academy followed by the research from Le Fresnoy, where he received a full scholarship from Institut Francais. His Film “Omarska”, has already won Honorable jury mention at Berlinale, Jury special mention at Kyiv international short film festival, Best Director award at Bucharest international experimental film festival and has been also presented at many other festivals all over the world.
WHILE WE ARE HERE
Directors Clarissa Campolina and Luiz Pretti
Lamis and Wilson are migrants in New York. She’s a Lebanese that just arrived, and he’s a Brazilian that has lived there illegally, for 10 years. A hybrid narrative constructed with a poetic approach; a travel diary that becomes a chronic and takes us into the essence of human micro-politics in times of globalization: an uncertain kingdom of desire, hope and fears.
Clarissa Campolina (1979), Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Partner of the Anavilhana Production Company. She had directed documentaries, installations, short and feature films. In 2015, the DAAD, Art Residency Program held a retrospective of her work at Arsenal Cinema (Berlin, Germany). “Girimunho” (2011) her first feature film, won the “Inter film Award” at Venice Film Festival. “While We Are Here” is her second feature.
Luiz Pretti (1982), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Filmmaker and editor. Founder of the production company/collective Alumbramento. Currently he lives in Belo Horizonte where he started his production company, Errante. “While We Are Here” co-directed with Clarissa Campolina is his fifth feature. His previous works were shown at Venice, Locarno, IFFR Rotterdam, Rome, Viennale, Oberhausen, among others. Nowadays he’s writing two features.
Director Farzaneh Omidvarnia
Based on a real event, in Austria 2015, and in Ireland 2019… A Group of refugees tries to reach themselves to a safe country in search for a better life. They pay a smuggler to convey them across the boarders in a fridge truck. However, the freezing temperature of the truck turns their hopes for a better future into a fierce struggle for survival.
Farzaneh Omidvarnia was born in Iran, Graduated from University of Tehran, and faculty of Fine Arts. She received a PhD in Design in 2015 from Technical University of Denmark. Following her graduation, she began to focus on creation of fabric sculptures and writing short stories. Her artworks soon appeared in several art exhibitions in Europe and Iran, and she published her first collection of short stories in 2016. In 2017, she directed and produced her first animated film “To Be” (6 minutes, drama). The movie was acclaimed internationally and won prizes in different festivals. Her second film “Song Sparrow” has been completed in June 2019. She is now based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
MAID IN HELL
Director SØREN KLOVBORG
35 year old Mary Kibwana is just one of thousands of women who lived through hell working as a domestic helper in Jordan. She is a mother of four and was lucky to return to her home in Kenya. She arrived in a wheelchair with 70 percent of her body burned. Two months later she died. Harassment, abuse, rape and 18-hour work days are a commonplace reality for domestic helpers who have travelled to the Middle East to find employment. Trapped in the Kafala system, their passports are confiscated and they are bound to their employer. Unable to flee, they risk harsh punishments or imprisonments if they try.
‘Maid in Hell’ gives unprecedented access to this frightening and brutal form of modern slavery. Following employment agents who vividly describe the trade, as well as maids who struggle to find a way home after harrowing, and sometimes, deadly experiences, we come to understand the grotesque reality faced by thousands of women each day.
Søren Klovborg has more than 20 years of experience as a producer, editor, scriptwriter and consultant. He has one of the strongest profiles in Denmark when it comes to investigative journalism and has been the driving force behind a number of award winning documentaries––uncovering issues like the trade of human organs, the surrogate industry, piracy in Somalia, Mugabe’s hunt on white farmers and many others. Søren Klovborg also has substantial editorial experience: commissioning editor of DR Documentaries for a number of years, head of the Department of Foreign Affairs at DR, head of a weekly strand of foreign affairs documentaries. Søren also works as a scriptwriter and consultant on documentaries supported by the Danish Film Institute. He is a teacher for journalists in Denmark and in the Middle East focusing on investigative journalism, ethics and visual storytelling.
Director Danski Tang
An animated documentary exploring how my mother’s abusive relationship with my father shaped my own experiences in a boarding school as a child in China. The societal pressures on my mother to hide her abuse and her desire to protect me ultimately created a situation where I was subjected to the same societal pressures. Our shared desires for intimacy, safety, and normalcy have been constantly at odds with the realities that surround us. The parallels between my mother’s experiences and my own are abstracted. Through a conversation as adults, my mother and I learn to understand each other and support one another.
Originally from Zhuhai, China, Danski Tang is an animator and visual artist now based in Los Angeles. Specializing in 2D hand-drawn animation, interdisciplinary art, and alternative documentary, Danski uses animation as a means to investigate themes of gender, sexuality, cultural indoctrination, and body politics. Her work has been shown in numerous international film festivals such as Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Krok International Animated Film Festival. Recent projects include “Newts” a concert theatre piece in collaboration with dance, music, and projection mapping; and “Ming” a film about a Chinese woman’s experience as a nude model in Canada.
Danski holds an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts. She also holds a BFA in animation from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art.
OUR HOME HERE
Director Angela Chen
Confused and frustrated by his rejection from the US Marines, 19-year-old Dylan clashes with his older sister, Rose. Meanwhile, driven by guilt and loneliness, 43-year-old fast food worker Celine tries in vain to convince her far-away son that she’s becoming successful in America. 21-year-old Sean grapples with his aimlessness, turning to the comforts of drugs and alcohol.
Unbeknownst to them, these four lives will soon come together in a violent clash at the Sunny Meals drive-thru when Sean’s drug-bender takes a sinister turn, forever changing the trajectories of their lives, their careers, and their relationships.
The film explores the desires for control, identity and family, as we intimately follow these characters during the day leading up to the incident.
Angela Chen is a director born and raised in the heart of Texas with family roots in Taiwan and China. Her films have won numerous awards and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, and more. Angela’s current narrative feature is the recipient of the Russo Brothers’ AGBO Films and AFI’s Development Grant and she was an Armed with a Camera Fellow at Visual Communications and a recipient of the ITVS Diversity Development Fund for her feature documentary.
A graduate from the Master’s Directing program at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory with a bachelor’s in Film and a minor in Asian American the Global Creative Director at HTC Vive (Virtual Reality).Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Angela is also currently
BLOWBACK: THE 9/11 WAR S IN GLOBAL FILM
29MIN 50sec| United Kingdom
Directors Terence McSweeney, George Lee
What is the relationship between any given film and the culture which produces it? Blowback: The 9/11 Wars in Global Film interrogates how cinema, and in particular the war film, plays a pivotal role in constructing how societies come to understand and even remember the wars in which they participate. The documentary argues, with help from some of the foremost scholars in the field, that war films are profoundly affectual cultural artefacts which crystallise an image of their respective conflict that becomes influential at the time of their release and, perhaps even more importantly, in the decades after.
Dr Terence McSweeney is a senior lecturer in film and television studies at Solent University. He is widely recognised as one of the leading writers on contemporary American cinema. He is the author of The War on Terror and American Film: ‘9/11 Frames per Second’ (2014), Avengers Assemble! Critical Perspectives on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2018), The Hurt Locker (2019) and The Contemporary Superhero Film (Short Cuts) (2020). In 2019
Terence completed his first film, the 29-minute long documentary Blowback: The 9/11 Wars in Global Film (co-directed George Lee), a companion piece to Terence’s book of the same name which will be the first to explore how the defining conflicts of the new millennium have been portrayed on the frames of global screens.
18min 30 sec|USA
Directors Wenting Deng Fisher & Luke Fisher
A boy and his new friend hunt their village’s last sparrow for a reward to save his sick Grandma during Communist China’s Great Leap Forward(1958-1961).
Wenting Deng Fisher is a cinematographer and director currently based in Los Angeles. Growing up in Northern China and studying in the US has shaped Wenting with sensitive traveler’s eyes. She is always ready to capture the precious moments either with her lens or her mind for the next script. Her photography work is seldom staged but captured in the vérité style. As a young cinematographer, she enjoys working as an assistant camera under prolific cinematographers and observing how they bring the directors’ visions to the screen. She has worked in camera departments in different countries including China, US, Croatia and Japan on various short films, music videos, commercials, reality TV shows, feature films and documentaries. Her credits include: The Constitution (feature film by Rajko Grlić), Would You Mind (music video of Pretty Much), and American Idol. Her visual style is influenced by Ed Lachman, Caleb Deschanel, Gordon Willis, Christopher Doyle, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and Fan Ho. Wenting’s recent film Empty Skies was featured in a write-up by American Cinematographer magazine.
Luke Fisher currently works in Los Angeles as a freelance writer/director, editor, and sound recordist contributing to all sizes and formats of projects: from web-series and short films to commercials and feature films. Luke’s passion is writing and directing emotional and moving content that entertains and inspires freedom and creativity in the individual. He was a Producer’s Assistant for 20th Century Fox and as a post-production assistant for their feature film, Devil’s Due. Luke taught video production at a film academy in the Austrian Alps and has worked as an intern for Late Show with David Letterman. He produced spots for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 Race and has won a number of awards for his films including: 2011 Iris Film Festival Award for Best Script, the 2011 Multi-visions Award for Studio Production and the 2010 Iris Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he majored in Telecommunications and Film Studies and minored in Business, German, and Economics. He received his MFA in filmmaking at Ohio University’s School of Film in 2016. Luke is always ready to collaborate with people on new projects and challenges: if you’ve got a need or an idea hit him up and make something happen.
CAN ART STOP A BULLET
1hour 30 min| Australia
Director Mark Street
William Kelly, widely considered the social conscience of Australian art, once said “Art can’t stop a bullet, but it can stop a bullet from being fired.”
Can it? Filmed on five continents, with contributions from over 20 artists, thinkers and activists, this documentary explores the power of art to influence the violence in our world.
The film documents the creation of Kelly’s monumental artwork “Peace or War/The Big Picture”. It is a tapestry of history and art, drawn from major artworks and photos from the defining conflicts of their times. This immense visual collage allows the audience to navigate through time and place, meeting survivors of these horrific moments in history and the artists who have created work commenting on these periods, some of which have become iconic.
MARK STREET has worked in the film and TV industry for 25 years as a Producer/ Director/ Camera operator/ Editor/ Sound designer. Most of his work has been at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on a variety of productions in drama, comedy, and documentary. As a part of the Arts department, he produced segments featuring artists, curators, galleries and musicians – from Gilbert and George to the Bollywood film festival, and filming in locations as diverse as Alice Springs and Cape Town, in South Africa. His work in the arts continued with “Inside Art” an independent series filmed in the major galleries in Melbourne including the NGV, the Arts Centre, and ACCA.Mark met William Kelly whilst producing “Nathalia, art of the possible” a documentary about the development of art in a regional Victorian town.
GIRLS FOR CHANGE
Director Collective Directors
8 short films written and produced by adolescent girls from the Syrian refugees camps and communities in Lebanon, as part of an audio visual and film training done by Beirut Film Society. Girls for Change are films done by Adolescent girls to express their ambitions, fear, pain, and hope… Project supported by UNICEF – Lebanon
FORM AND FUNCTION
Director Are You Artists or Cops?
A look into human perception, how human’s evaluated possible interactions or affordances – and expectation revision through the lens of a shared experience – getting ready.
“Are you Artists or Cops?” is a new collective interested in exploring exploration.
RETHINK YOUR CLOTHES
Director Charlotte Bruneau
Rethink your Clothes” is a short docu-fiction about two women who are seeking alternatives to fast fashion, a phenomenon that is keeping workers in the garment industry below the poverty line and affects buyers by tempting them into over-consumption. From Bangladesh to Luxembourg, Salma and Christine turn their thoughts into concrete actions and adopt small gestures as solutions against the fast fashion production. The fight within the garment industry is seen from another perspective than the usual victimization and/or blaming of those involved. Both women are ingenious, have agency and become real change-makers. They get indirectly connected through a secret t-shirt tag and we follow them in their parallel and complementary quest through the film, until they discover impactful and positive solutions to ameliorate their lives. In an act of rebellion against the working conditions in a clothes factory in Bangladesh, Salma decides to produce a tag which denounces the bad conditions she suffers from at work. She stitches the tag into a batch of t-shirts – the tag never getting noticed by the manufacturer.
Charlotte Bruneau is a filmmaker from Luxembourg. Since 2009, she is on the road collecting words and images from around the world. She directed documentary films in Tanzania, Morocco, the Comoros, Lebanon, Bangladesh, India and Europe. Her work focuses on social and political issues, exploring the creativity of individuals from around the world as they are facing current global issues.
2min 54 sec|Canada
Director Elisa Moar
A deeply moving personal poem that embodies the #me-too movement
From Manawan, Élisa Moar studied photography in college. This special effect and visual editing enthusiast immerses us in strange and phantasmagoric universes. She directed her first experimental film, Marées (Tides), in 2012. She took part in a screenwriting and editing workshop at UQAM. Whenever she feels inspired, she loves to experiment in Photoshop. She participated in several film workshops and internships. In 2014, she worked as an assistant filmmaker with Wapikoni Mobile. In 2017, she added to the list of her productions a film entitled Wapikoni (Flower), a visual poem on the themes of femininity and maternity. In 2018, she penned the deeply moving personal short Kenin that embodies the #metoo movement.
IN SEARCH OF BIDESIA
Director Simit Bhagat
In Search of Bidesia is a musical documentary on Bhojpuri folk music that connects the history of indentured labour migration from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to the last living musicians in these states, who are now struggling to ensure these songs of love and longing do not slip into oblivion.
Simit Bhagat is Mumbai-based screenwriter, director and social development practitioner. His first short documentary film ‘My Disappearing Farms’ was selected at 9th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife International Film Festival and Forum 2017, New Delhi. In early 2019, Simit left his full-time job with an international NGO to pursue filmmaking. In Search of Bidesia is his first feature length film.
CALL ME INTERN
New Zealand, Switzerland
Directors Leo David Hyde and Nathalie Berger
Meet the millennial fighting back against unpaid work. Call Me Intern follows three interns-turned-activists who refuse to accept that young people should have to work for free to kick start their careers. Their stories challenge youth stereotypes and help give a voice to the growing movement for intern rights across the world.
As a young filmmaker, Nathalie has combined her passion for art and politics to incite debate on social issues. She worked on the Solar Impulse project as a content creator, producing videos for the plane’s around-the-world adventure. She won the Pitching forum at DokMunich in 2019 with her next project – Chagrin Falls. She is completing her Masters in Documentary Film at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Leo David Hyde is a filmmaker and youth activist from Aotearoa, New Zealand. He has worked on a variety of media campaigns, and in journalism and film production for NGOs and media.
He recently completed work on a 12 part documentary series for Public Services International, examining the work and challenges of public service workers across the world. He is a co-founder of Collective Bievre – an art-activism group and film production association. He has participated in workshops and pitching forums around the world, including at Visions Du Reel, Beldocs and Docs In Thessaloniki. His first feature – Call Me Intern – (co-directed with Nathalie Berger) won Best New Zealand Documentary at Doc Edge 2019, qualifying for Oscar consideartion along with Best Editing and the Doxa Film Festival’s Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming. He spends his time between New Zealand and Switzerland.
PORTRAITS OF MY MOTHER
11MIN 11SEC| Germany
Director Tavo Ruiz
This is a documentary about my mother and the moment that changed her life. Through her narration, my mother confesses to me what she remembers from the moment she was raped as a child. By painfully recalling this traumatic event, she reflects on the sexual abuse of children and the scars that these events leave in a person’s life.
Born in 1987 in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico. He wrote and directed his first short film “La madrina” when he was 18 years old, participating with success in different film festivals like the prestigious Morelia Film Festival. He co-founded Light’s On Producciones and with them he produced his next projects. In 2016 and 2018 his new short films “Line 9” and “Juan Gabriel is dead” screened in over 60 Film Festivals around the world including Out Fest Los Angeles, Hofer Filmtage, among others. Winning several awards in the process. He currently lives in Germany where he is developing his next projects.
HAVE A NICE DAY
25MIN| Hong Kong
Director Lau Kok Rui
Babar, a Pakistani immigrant left with nothing, finds as he comes out of jail that his wife, Hina, and son, Ali, had left their home. Reluctantly, he seeks help from his good friend Numan, and learns that Hina wants to divorce him. To salvage the marriage, Babar tries to find work to prove that he is ready for a new life. Yet, his lack of education, criminal record and ethnicity mean constant discrimination in Hong Kong. At one interview, he learns that driving for riding apps pays well, but the activity is targeted by the police. Taking a risk, he borrows a car from Numan and begins his career as a desperate app driver on this illegal enterprise. However, his unruly appearance turns off many customers and earns him nothing but negative reviews. To save his driving career, he heeds the advice of the app instructor and shaves off what Muslim men consider sacrosanct, his beard…
Lau Kok Rui is a Hong Kong-Based Malaysian writer-director and he was a graduate of 11th Golden Horse Film Academy. His director works includes fiction, documentary and TV drama, for instance, Let’s Get Lost (2017), Have A Nice Day (2018), How High The Moon (2019), Till Death Do Us Part (2019) and The Sea Gypsies (2019), which were selected by numerous film festivals, such as Asian American International Film Festival (USA), Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival (Hong Kong), etc. He is currently developing his first feature film The Sunny Side of The Street, which won Script Service Award in Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum.
Director Marwa Zein
A group of young ladies in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally. They are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan’s Islamic Military government. Their battle to get officially recognized as Sudan’s National Woman’s team is fearless, courageous and often laughable. Through the intimate portrait of these women over a number of years we follow their moments of hope and deception. There is a new spark of hope when the elections within the federation could mean real change of the entire system.
Marwa Zein, Award Winning Sudanese Film Director, Script Writer and Producer for her acclaimed debut ‘Khartoum Offside’ and acclaimed short fiction films ‘A game’ and ‘One week, Two days’.
‘Khartoum Offside’ is Awarded Best Documentary for 2019 by The 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA 2019. Carthage International Film Festival JCC awarded the film best 1st work by TV5 Monde. The film won Best Documentary award in FCAT Spain 2019 and Special Mention Award at Malmo Arab FF Sweden 2019 and nominated for best Arabic film in Cairo International FF 2019.
Director Zyan Alexandar
Tragedy strikes when the Zayyad family loses its patriarch under mysterious circumstances, leaving the surviving members to fend for themselves within a judgmental community in Southern Lebanon.
Zayn Alexander is a New York-based actor and director of Lebanese origin. Alexander began his career upon moving to New York City in 2010. He made his film debut in the 2012 drama “The Defector”. In 2017, Alexander starred in and directed the acclaimed short drama “Abroad”. “Abroad” made its world premiere at the Oscar-qualifying Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In October of 2018, Alexander produced, directed, and starred in the film “Manara”. In addition to his film career, Alexander has a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Psychology from Columbia University.
12min 29sec| Canada
Director Samiramis Kia
In this family drama, a Russian immigrant couple do all they can to provide help to their daughter while facing their differences.
Samiramis Kia is a director, writer, and producer based in Toronto. Graduated from Interior Architecture, she decided to pursue her life-long passion in film making after immigration to Canada in 2012. From then, she has participated in different photography and film venues around the world, including Iran, Turkey, China, and Canada.
Director Rahim Toofan
A pregnant woman is stuck with a young man in the hospital elevator, and the young man needs help because of his illness and …
Rahim toofan graduated with the degree of computer graphics in the year of 1357 .He started his professional career in the year of 1378 and worked in the field of filming, editing and directing professionally. In his cv we can see that he has produced 7 short films and semi long films alongside with long and documentary films which not to add all were produced and made by himself. The most important work he has done is the film he directed, wrote, produced and edited himself called “yek kilo vabistoyekgeram”. Overall to conclude his works over the past decade he has been able to capture more than thirty short, long and serial films, more than 500 hundred promotional teasers, and several television and documentary programs. He has participated in more than 70 short and long film festivals and received more than 10 national and international awards. He has also spent 8 years teaching photography, cinematography and directing in several institutes including universities.
15min|Republic of Korea
Director Jegwang Yeon
Reonghee and I are illegal aliens. Yesterday, Reonghee died while running away from the Immigrant Office Agents. The company we worked for is only concerned about covering up the mess. I’m going to find Reonghee, whose body the company has hidden somewhere and give her funeral that she deserves.
Born in 1990 / Seoul, South Korea. 2010-2016 Sangmyung Uni-versity, Department of Filmmaking (bachelor’s degree) 2016-2019 Korea National University of Arts. Department of Film- making (MFA) FILMOGRAPHY 2019 ALIEN (15 min, fiction, short, graduation / film school project) 2018 STRANDED (17 min, fiction, short) 2017 COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE (11:48 min, fiction, short, film school project) 2016 HONGEO: FERMENTED SKATE FISH (13:23 min, fiction, short, film school project) 2016 THE GUEST (17:17 min, fiction, short, graduation project) 2014 AMNESIA (21 min, fiction, short, film school project)
89min|France, Sri lanka
Director Pradeepan Raveendran
In the spring of 2009, Sri Lanka’s decade’s long civil war is entering its most violent phase. Siva, a young Sri Lankan refugee living illegally in France, has lost contact with the family he was forced to leave behind. Haunted by the trauma of the war that devastated his childhood and obsessed by the flow of images on the Internet, Siva sinks into a waking dream that propels him into the heart of the battlefield.
Pradeepan Raveendran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1981. He is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He has been living in Paris, France since 2004, as à political refugee. His first short film A Mango Tree in the Front Yard which was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009 and subsequently nominated for a Golden Bear. His second short film Shadows of Silence premiered at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes International Film Festival in 2010. Both films were screened at many film festivals around the world. He co-founded the Exil Image in 2008. The above films are produced through this production. His debut feature film is Soundless Dance.
THE DEAD DIE ONCE
8min 30sec|United States
Director’s Max McGillivray, Alex Morelli
Based on a surreal short story by Syrian writer Jehan Sayed Issa, The Dead Die Once follows a refugee living in the U.S. whose evening is transformed by the power of memory. When her kitchen radio picks up familiar voices demanding freedom, she is drawn into a space where food unites the living and the dead.
Max McGillivray is an independent filmmaker currently receiving his Masters at Columbia University. He studied film and history, while an undergraduate at Harvard University, and performed with the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, America’s oldest theater troupe. After college, Max taught fiction filmmaking in Harvard’s Visual and Environmental Studies program alongside Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin and worked with Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris on his six-part Netflix series, Wormwood. As of late, Max has forayed into commercial work, making commercials for notable brands like the Coca Cola Company.
Alex Morelli is a documentary artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. Drawing on observational and experimental practices, he makes first-person films that explore intergenerational memory, marginal characters, and the relationship between place and identity. He has taught film and video making at Harvard and Duke and frequently works as a freelance cinematographer and editor. A recipient of grants from the LEF and Puffin foundations as well as the Film Study Center at Harvard, he was selected in 2019 as a Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke.
Directors Sum Chung, Doh LEE
A desolate mountain, a little girl, Minhee lives with her grandpa whose life leaves in the near future. One year ago, her mother disappeared suddenly leaving her alone, and never come back.
Minhee is always waiting for her mother, and she becomes melancholy the more she longs for. One day, her grandpa passes away leaving her alone.
Finally she is about to seek out her mother, without knowing the death of her grandpa. She set out to unwind the thread wondering if she ever get lost .
Sum Chung Born Seoul, 1965. I was graduated at Yonsei university in Seoul. My major is Rusian literature. I have worked at several film festivals as a technical coordinator from 14 years ago. 2002 ‘She loves to massage feet’ ,(60 min) docu, producer 2015 ‘Green Boots’ (19 min) HD, short film, Director 2017 ‘I love sunyoung’ (3 min) VR, short film, Director 2018 ‘Moon, Thread’ (14 min) short film, Co-Director.
Doh Lee Born in Busan, 1972, 1997-1999 Seoul Arts University, Acting major completion 2001 Seoul Film Academy completion 2003 ‘She loves to massage feet’ ,(60 min) docu, director. Invited by the 5th Seoul woman film festival. “Excellence award for best picture” invited by Nyon international documentary ilm festival ETC… 2004 ‘Moon’ project Assistant production designer in U.K 2005 ‘Don’t stay farewell, again’ short film, actor invited by Roterdam international film festival ETC… 2018 ‘Moon, Thread’ (14 min) short film, Co-Director.
In “Oldman” we have tried to deepen into a reality not so far from ours. The abandonment in the third age has been our excuse to talk about the loss of values and selfishness in which our society is installed.
Trueba&Trueba are Caque and Juan Trueba. Two brothers from Santander (Spain) who, after carrying out separate projects, decided to come together to lead and direct together. His first piece was the short film One Step Ahead starring, among other actors, Aura Garrido, Alejandro Albarracín and Lara de Miguel; and that was selected in more than 60 festivals all over the world obtaining a award in five of them. OLDMAN is his second production with which he wants to deal with a subject of painful actuality: The loneliness in the third age.
Director Yaser Talebi
A documentary about the real life of an 80 year old woman who lives alone in the nature, however she’s strongly fond of it. It narrates the story of a kind and lover mother who is living with her forty cows, brave and strong enough to tackle the hardship of rough years of her life but never quits the mother of nature and her beloved! Despite having masculine and tough life style, she is trying to make it poetic.
Yaser Talebi was born in Sari, North of Iran, in 1982. A film director, producer, screenwriter and Editor. He has been famous as a creative director and aesthetic expert. He travels around his home town meeting its people and exploring the environment, history and culture of the different regions. Also an active member of Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA).
Director Cesare Maglioni
THE SAKO TAPES
73min 20sec |Netherlands
Director Machiel van den Heuvel
A film about Sako, an eccentric Indonesian man with Chinese roots. Sako is struggling with his past. He is traumatized because of the murder of his innocent father, who was one of the approximately half to a million alleged communists that were killed in the transition period to the Suharto regime in Indonesia in 1965. Besides communists, a number of farmers, unionists and Chinese were also among the victims. Sadly, this brutal period is still taboo in Indonesia and what makes it more painful for Sako is that during this time, he supported the responsible regime. To break the taboo and process his trauma, Sako ventured out with his camcorder and filmed people close to him and talked with them about their experiences related to this past.
Machiel van den Heuvel started his film career at the University of Amsterdam where he followed a documentary course called POLDOX. This course had a huge impact on Machiel and made him realize that his destiny is filmmaking. Because of this, he continued his film education and studied ‘Film Directing’ at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. At this Film Academy, Machiel was seen as a filmmaker with authorship. In his films, he is looking for content in stories and personalities that somehow reflect his inner life and also have a universal appeal. This content has a few recurring themes which involves in particular: the search for meaning in life, issues of injustice, the strife for an ideal self or world and a feeling that is called Weltschmerz. This feeling can be described as a mood of weariness or sadness about the existence of evil and suffering in the world.
6.743 COUNT MY VOICE
Director Shristi Joshi
In the year 2015, the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal 2015 initiated the country’s transition to a federal state, thereby providing an opportunity for local participation in government giving people a stronger voice in how their communities are governed. The Local Level Election Act 2017 mandates that two of the ward members elected for each ward must be women and one of the two women must be a Dalit, in total of 6743 wards. The film tries to explore the dilemma of one of such locally elected representatives from Terai region of Nepal, whereby belonging to a certain marginalized community is boon as well as bane. While her representation is a direct outcome of the aforementioned provision, the fact that the candidate has been elected by virtue of being a Dalit woman ironically prohibits her meaningful participation in the exercise of her rights and responsibilities as a Ward member. She is just a proxy leader, with no say of her own in decision making and her role as a Ward member, which makes it only harder for her to live up to the expectations of the people who elected her. This is the story of Mrs. Jasodhiya Paswan, who wants her voice to be counted, not just on paper but in reality. This is an effort to raise the voice of thousands like Jasodhiya Paswan.
Shristi Joshi is a girl from Kathmandu with keen interest in governance. She aspires to tell stories, which people generally refrain from sharing, but is something that reflects the society. For people to know and take action, such stories have to be told in a meaningful manner. This is where she believes a film-maker can contribute.
10min 05 sec|Nepal
Director Nipil Sharma
Adit, on the way to a pilgrimage to dip the final ashes of someone, along with his friend talks about religion, their beliefs and faith. Their ceaseless contradiction in their values stays with them throughout the journey. The film pursues their avidity until they bid their final farewell.
Growing up amidst the vibrancy and ever changing colors of Kathmandu, Nipil was always fascinated by different stories of different people. The love for story telling drove him to photography and writing from an early age. He got his Bachelor’s Degree from Oscar International College of Film Studies, Kathmandu in 2019. He firmly believes that an artist should always be honest to his art and himself and it’s the sum up of honesty, hard work, patience, team work and overall understanding of the art form that makes a cinema a good cinema. He aspires to give back something to the art of cinema that has never failed to amazed and motivate him at any moment of time.
BRITAIN’S LONELY GURKHAS
16min 43sec| UK
Director Sarala Thapa
Britain’s Lonely Gurkhas shares the stories of the elderly, Gurkhas who moved to the UK, in the hope of a better life following a high-profile settlement campaign in 2009, supported by Joanna Lumley. Many find themselves isolated, lonely, and struggling with daily life. A 77-year-old veteran waiting to receive equal pension to his British counterparts. An ageing couple struggling to book a doctor’s GP appointment as they speak no English. A Gurkha widow missing her children and family, all back in Nepal. The film explores the human stories and examines the issues arising from the settlement ruling.
Sarala Thapa is broadcast journalist and an aspiring documentary film maker.
Director Marziyeh Riahi
According to the laws of Iran, Bahareh must have her traditional, chauvinistic husband accompany her to driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone.
Marziyeh Riahi is editor-in-chief of Short Film News, (http://www.shortfilmnews.com/en ), Asia’s first website specializing in short films and documentaries. She is a member of The Network for Promotion of Asian& Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC). She graduated in Cinema at the University of Applied Science and Technology in Tehran and graduated in film directing at the Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS). “Driving Lessons” is her first short film.
Director Arka Das
A migrant worker discovers the dark side of immigrant labour as his boss begins to control his destiny.
Arka is an actor, writer and filmmaker based in Sydney with short films, web-series and short documentaries under his belt. He wrote & directed his major short film ‘Khana Khazana’ in 2018 exploring the dark side of migrant labour which was selected in competition and had its Australian premiere at the 28th International Flickerfest Film Festival. Alongside its US premiere at LA International Short Film Festival.
Arka is also one of the writers on an upcoming anthology feature film developed with the assistance of Screen Australia produced by Co-Curious, ABC and Emerald Productions.
22min 22sec| India
Director Ashish Pandey
Nestled in the Kashmir valley, lies a small village on the India-Pakistan border, always caught in the crossfire between the two warring nations. One night an eight year old girl ‘Nooreh’ discovers that the gun battle rages when she sleeps and the bloody duel stops when she keeps her eyes open.
Ashish crossed the barrier of the spoken word with his first short ‘The Cabin man’ (2007), which dealt with the loneliness of an old railway cabin man guarding an abandoned cabin. With his second short ‘Open Doors’ (2011) he learnt to camouflage the plot with the stillness of time and space. ‘Nooreh’(2018) set in a border village is actually shot in a border village and with locals as actors. His films have been screened at major fests and exhibited at art galleries. Ashish is a graduate from Satyajit Ray film & television institute, Kolkata with specialization in Sound.
PARI OF POKHARA
Director Babar Ali
Pari is a young Nepalese woman, an aspiring actress and gifted dancer. She lives in a claustrophobic run-down shack in Pokhara, exiled there before the earthquake that killed her mother and destroyed the family home. She is a virtual servant to her aunt and gets no comfort or understanding from Asha, her older sister. The two continually feud over Pari’s choice of career and new friend – the handsome and seductive Abhinash from India. Abhinash coaches Pari in her acting, but more importantly supports her dreams and gives her a sense of freedom as they experience the beauty of Pokhara’s lakes and mountains. Abhi is a human trafficker, adept at multi-tasking. He romances Pari while sending pictures of her to his Indian handlers, negotiating her price. But then Abhinash starts developing true feelings for Pari and becomes conflicted between his job and those feelings. Pari begins to trust him – unaware of her possible peril.
BABAR ALI Independent Filmmaker 2001, Murjan 5, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai 058.966.3997 email@example.com Show reel: https://vimeo.com/244666771 Work Experience Touchline FZ LLC June 2018 – Present Director, Cinematographer and Editor Filming documentaries and corporate videos. Also oversees post-production. Pinky Memsaab Productions Nov 2016 – Dec 2017 Screenwriter/Assistant Director Pakistani feature film shot in Dubai and Pakistan and released in December, 2018 ZAHRSSS June 2013 – Aug 2016 Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor Made various short documentaries, a mid length film, three short films, a music video and two public service announcements. House of Peace (HOP) July 2011– May 2013
Director, Cinematographer and Editor Created two short films, two documentaries and a music video on different social issues. Films Gulaab (2016)
SHE WHO WASN’T TAMED
Director Seyed Saleh Kashefi Khonsari
Synopsis Hanie, a highschool girl tries her best to not to disappoint her parents and her teacher at the poetry competition.
Seyed Saleh Kashefi Khonsari known simply as Saleh Kashefi (born in Tehran August 1st, 1999) is an Iranian Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Editor and Graphic Designer. He has made four main short films which have been in more than 85 film festivals around the world and have won 24 awards. He began his career as a child actor when he was 9 years old before starting to make films when he was 12 years old. He won an award for best short film in under 15 category in 2013 when he was 13 for a music video he made called “I love life“ in City‘s Moths Film Festival in Iran. He made his first serious fiction short film, “The Three Letter Word“ when he was 17 which was selected in 8 International film festivals and his second short film “Arian Said: I Wanna Play Too“ was selected in 5 International film festivals. His most successful short film is his third made in the same year called “A Pair of Horns on a Female Homo Sapiens“ which was selected in 50 International film festivals and won 12 awards. His fourth short film called “She Who Wasn‘t Tamed“has just started its festival run and has been in 26 film festivals and won five awards until now. Since 2009, he has acted in more than ten plays and television films but he has stopped acting since 2016 and focused on directing. He‘s a graduated scholar student at Iranian Youth Cinema Society and a member of FIFF‘s Talent Campus 2019. He was the only artist invited for the Basel House of Film‘s Filmmaker Residency Program and spent three months in Switzerland to work on the script of his first feature film and to make a short film also. He has recently started a Film Distribution Company called Synesthesia Films (synesthesiafilms.com) for student short films around the world and they have a selection of films from China, Germany, Turkey and Iran right now.
THE MUSIC BOX
Director Joe Chang
The Great Chinese Cultural Revolution was a political campaign in China launched and led by Mao Zedong from 1966 to 1976. Nearly ten million people, including outstandingscientists, artists, intellectuals and ordinary people,died during these “Ten Years of Turnmoil” or “Ten Years of Holocaust.”
This animated short film is based on a real story and sets in China duringthe Cultural Revolution in 1967, It is about a young boy Liang Liang, whose family is suddenly taken to thecountrysideby Red Guards. He is able to grab the only thing he treasures which is a western style music box, and is careful notto expose it to the red guards since it was linked to western culture.
The film mirrors tragedies that befall children and familieswho are forced to leave their homes, due to war, colonization and political campaigns – unfortunately a situation which is all toocommon today.
Joe Chang is an award-winning director, animator and artist. He studied at Lu-Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China and Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan and the animated short the Chinese Violin (2000) was his first animated film with the National Film Board of Canada. His most recent animated short film is The Music Box (2018). Currently, Joe is an artist and independent filmmaker, and he also working at China Academy of Art as guest professor in Hangzhou, China.
5min 57sec| Chile
After an unfortunate event at a party, two friends decide to take action on the matter.
She studied film at the Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile), where she wrote the screenplay for the feature film “Anónimo”, selected in Horizontes Latinos section of the San Sebastián festival and winner of the Latin American Prize at the festival in Cuenca, Ecuador. After graduating she began working as an assistant director in various film, television and advertising projects. Among these include: Gloria, Prófugos 2 and Neruda made by Fábula and Ecos del Desierto by Andrés Wood. During the last year she has worked as a screenwriter for several directors and producers such as Matías Lira, Sebastián Radic, Ceneca productions, among others. She also writes her own projects, with which she has participated and won project contest like ViñaLab, PanamaLab, BioBioLab, CinedeBolsillo and others. In parallel she has participated in several talks and workshops of outstanding directors and writers such as Robert Mckee, Guillermo Arriaga, Ingrid Veninger, Kelly Stuart, Jan Willem-Bult, María Victoria Menis, among others. Nowdays she courses the MA Screenwriting at LCC, UAL, UK.
Director Sean Wirz
The world of twelve-year-old Isaf is turned upside down when he discovers Yara hiding in his attic. Despite some initial distrust, the boy and the traumatized Syrian refugee girl become friends. Eventually, the authorities arrive and destroy any hope for a happy future together.
Sean Wirz lives in Bern, Switzerland and works as an independent filmmaker and producer. He studied in Australia, Zurich and New York City. In 2012 he was invited to the Swiss Study Foundation. Sean began his creative work as a musician and composer and soon thereafter developed an interest for the technical side of the craft. He moved on to become a film director, author and producer. 2015 marks the completion of his first feature length documentary A Song for Me, for You. His short black comedy Lights Out!!! and the dance short Akasha (Aesthetica Short Film Festival, a. o.) ran 2018 at film festivals worldwide.
A SECOND FAMILY
7min 33sec|DR Congo
Director Ramon Sanchez Orense, Susanne Krauss
Goma, DR Congo. Amina’s mother couldn’t afford a “normal“school for her only daughter. She took her to a school for deaf children even though Amina could hear perfectly well. That day Amina’s life changed. Amina learned the sign language and a few years later, in 2018, she started to coach Goma’s first basketball team of deaf people. They train every day. Very hard. And they dream big. One day they wish to participate in international competitions. For Amina and her team basketball is an escape route – and a second family.
Ramon Sanchez Orense (director|camera|editor). Ramon is a Spanish freelance filmmaker, photographer and scriptwriter. Since 2009 he lived and worked in Morocco, Cambodia, DR Congo and Rwanda, mainly working with non-profits and international organizations to share their stories through videos and photos.
Susanne Maria Krauss (director|script). Susanne is a German freelance journalist and filmmaker who has produced and directed several documentary films. Before she moved to Rwanda in 2016, she worked for the German public television. What drives her? The passion for stories behind faces. When she met Ramon in DR Congo, both were convinced Amina’s story is one of those worth to be told.
AI WEIWEI YOURS TRULY
Director Cheryl Hainesis
Human rights become profoundly personal when dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental exhibition on Alcatraz inspires thousands of visitors to write messages of support to prisoners of conscience worldwide. Following Ai’s detention and torture in a Chinese prison, and while still under house arrest in Beijing, the outspoken artist and activist remotely transformed a notorious former island penitentiary into a remarkable expression of socially engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. The film explores the extraordinary results when prisoners received those messages of support and asks us all to take the issue of global human rights to heart with simple gestures of empathy. Illuminating the little-known history of Ai’s childhood spent in remote Chinese prison camps, AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY connects the life of the world’s most famous living artist with the urgency of his ceaseless work on behalf of human rights everywhere.
Cheryl Hainesis the founding executive director of the FOR-SITE Foundation and principal of Haines Gallery. She was the curator of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. For over thirty years, Haines has developed exhibitions and site-specific public programs that have exposed new audiences to contemporary art and advanced the discourse on art about place. Haines’ dynamic curatorial stance presents challenging and provocative exhibition artists who explore cultural and environmental issues through a wide range of media, as well as public, site-specific commissions on a national scale. AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY is her first film.
IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
Director Isra Calzado Lopez
In broad daylight, in a random city and in the next couple minutes, Carla’s life will depend on a negotiation of four armed men.
Filmography (as director): ‘IN BROAD DAYLIGHT’ (2018), ‘JUST COFFEE’ (2016), ‘V.O.S.’ (2013), ‘TALK TO HIM’ (2010), ‘PICTURE IN GREY’ (2006), ‘LUCK’ (2004), ‘MURIEL TOWN’ (2003)
28Mmin 45sec| France
Director Samir Benchikh
In Ivory Coast, Rasta, who is 16, is traumatized by an armed conflict that is ravaging his country. Haunted by a tragedy that he keeps secret, he will begin a journey through the war zone held by the Rebellion, in search of a mysterious militiaman..
Director Patricia Alvarez, Aurélien Vallotton
After 20 years of the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela Is going through the worst economic, political and social crisis in its history. The rise of an unprecedented migration phenomenon in Latin America, attracts the look and polarizes the opinion of the actors in the international community. This film tries to show the perception of the crisis by those who are suffering it. To leave?, To stay?, To fight? In this difficult context, a doctor, a family mother and an opponent of the regime, reveal through their life stories, the challenges to find their “Emergency exit”.
Patricia Alvarez(30 years – Venezuelan)
Graduated from the School of Political Science at the Fermín Toro University in Venezuela and specialized in Social Development of the IEDES, Paris1 Sorbonne University. She has worked for over 5 years for different NGOs, particularly on issues such as migration, the defense of Human Rights and access to basic services for several developing countries.
Aurélien Vallotton (29 years – Swiss)
Filmmaker graduate from the Geneva Film School. He has been working since 2011 as a cameraman and director for different TV channels in Switzerland. Work forthe Swiss National Television, he performs several projects in parallel such as the documentary Home Sweet Home (60 min – Haiti 2017)
SAPMI- THE WAY OF BEING
15min 29sec| Finland
Director Arttu Nieminen
Nonverbal poetic journey through the mental landscape of the Sápmi. An anthropological dive into the cultural nuances and everyday life of the sámi, the northernmost indigenous people of Europe.
Booze king of shadowy alleys 2008
DOWN TO EARTH
2min 47sec| Spain
An alien tells us his years of experience on earth and the disappointments he has had throughout his life
Cesc Nogueras is a director and director of photography. He has extensive experience in advertising, but has also done several film projects in recent years. Regarding the cinematographic world, Cesc has collected several awards for the documentary “56” (2015), which dealt with the struggle of three children to get 56 kg of rice in Soavinarivo, Madagascar. This year he has been working on several documentaries, that includes one in Congo about the violence against woman, other in Colombia about child gangs, or a tv series for Al Jazzerra about refuges.
8min 20sec| South Africa
Director Bernard Attal
Dela is a beautiful little girl with a mind of her own. She lives with her dad, a cook, on the magical island of Itaparica in Brazil’s Bay of All Saints. Dela does not understand why the kids at school make fun of her name and her hair. But she is determined to sort it out.
Bernard Attal, a former child actor, studied filmmaking at the New School in New York City. He has been living in Brazil since 2005. He directed three short films (29 Inches, Rat Island, and A Bike Ride) and a documentary for the Brazilian Public TV, The Magnificent. All of these films participated and won awards in festivals throughout the world, including Palm Springs, Chicago, London-BFI and Clermont-Ferrand. Bernard’s first fiction feature, The Invisible Collection, based on a short story by Stefan Zweig, was released in the movie theaters in 2014, won fifteen awards on the international film festival circuit (Nashville, Bogota, Newport Beach, Paris) and was later sold to HBO and In-flight Entertainment. In 2017, Bernard completed a feature film for television, the comedy “My late mother-in-law”. In 2018, he is expected to release “Restless”, a documentary feature about police violence.
Director Udita Bhargava
DUST tells the story of intertwining lives set against the maoist conflict/ left wing insurgency in central India. It’s a story of loss and displacement, of love, loyalty and survival. Poetic and political, DUST gives a glimpse into a people’s struggle that rarely gets attention in the mainstream media, yet has shaped the lives of thousands living in the subcontinent.
DUST, Udita Bhargava’s first feature film premiered at the 69th Berlinale. Her short films have screened at film festivals across the world. Her last short film, IMRAAN, C/O CARROM CLUB (2014) won the 3SAT award at the Oberhausen Film Festival and was acquired by Germany’s ZDF/3sat. Udita has studied film directing at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and worked as a camera assistant, stills photographer and post-production assistant on several international productions including Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008), Lars von Trier’s ANTICHRIST (2009) and Mira Nair’s THE MIGRATION (2008). She holds a Master’s Degree in mass communication and a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature. She is an alumni of Berlinale Talents and of the Into the Wild Mentoring Programme.
Director Ellen Vermeulen
Four children with a behavioral problem, mental disability and/or physical disability. Because of a European law, these children have the right to go to regular classes, which is highly contested. Inclusive takes time, not to give an opinion, but to watch. To see interactions, to see how it works rather than whether it works. After ‘9999’, which was the first film ever to be used as an argument to convict a country at the European Court of Human Rights, Ellen Vermeulen brings another film that looks closely at a problem of present society. Beautifully shot in black and white, s16mm, and with lots of attention for the ethics of documentary filmmaking.
Ellen Vermeulen is an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and researcher at RITCS School of Arts. She realized ‘9999’, a film about mentally ill people imprisoned without treatment nor end date (Special Mention Visions du Réel, winner Fried van Hoof human rights award). She realized ‘Catch-19to25’, a shortfilm based on the cog-theory of Hannah Arendt and shot on a refugee boat. ‘Inclusief’, a film about inclusive education, was released in december 2018.
THE SCHOOL BUS
14min 01sec| Turkey
Director Ramazan Kılıç
Nebahat, a teacher in her 20s, has just been appointed to a rural village school in Anatolia. She realizes that her students are struggling to arrive at school, hitchhiking tractors, using whatever means they can find. She asks the Ministry of Education for a shuttle, but without a driver, the vehicle is useless. So, she decides to be the bus driver for her students but there is a small problem!
Ramazan Kılıç who was born in Ağrı, East of Turkey in 1993 studies Cinema-Tv, and Literature at İstanbul Şehir University in Istanbul. His first short film “PENABER” has been screened in numerous festivals and won many awards. “The School Bus” is the fourth short film of Ramazan Kılıç who pursues his career as a screenwriter and director.
THE HANGMAN’S PLACE
14min 58 sec| France
Director Julien Bertrand
Yesterday, a man was murdered in a street, in Cleveland. According to the initial findings of the investigation, several men have been arrested by the police, and among them, a potential witness whose identity is still unknown…
Graduate of the <<Conservatoire Libre du Cinema Franca is (CLCF)>> with analog and digital editing options, Julien Bertrand turns to management department (movies, TV shows, advertising, TV and web) without abandoning the writing of fictional works. The Hangman’s Place is his first solo and English short film.
01hr 15min| France
Director Nuno Escudeiro
Over the past two years, refugees started taking mountain routes to cross the French-Italian border. Soon, the population rushed to help them in order to prevent humanitarian tragedy, entering a battle with the State, which responded with a wave of repression that revealed a system of human rights violations.
Nuno Escudeiro studied Media Studies in the University of Aveiro and Documentary FIlm Directing in Zelig, School for Documentary in Bolzano, Italy.
He works on different fields of the moving image, exhibiting both in Gallery and Film Festivals. His experimental dance short films have been screened in several national and international film festivals, such as Directors Lounge 2013 in Berlin, CineDans 2013 in Amsterdam, and Cinerail 2013, in Paris. His feature Moon Europa (2016) was screened in Dok.Fest Munich 2017 and Indielisboa 2017. In 2012, he founded the creative group PostmodernSquare, a member of the firestarter network, which involves 11 European organisations collaborating on new projects in order to develop and enhance the use of art within different social contexts supported by the European Commission. During his studies in Zelig Film School, he directed several exercises and films, including: Chronicles of Wind and Stillness (2015) which portrays the institution of border controls in order to prevent refugees from traveling from Italy to Austria and Germany; and Moon Europa (2016) working with migrants living in the European Arctic. The Valley is his second feature length documentary.
I’ll love you till the End
29min 32sec| UK
Director Bex Singleton
I’ll Love You Till the End is an intimate film that sensitively examines the experience of those bereaved when someone they love takes their own life. Through recounting her own experience of her father’s suicide, and capturing revealing interviews with mothers’, sisters and brothers, director Bex Singleton opens a window into what happens for those left behind when every 40 seconds someone in the world takes their own life.
Bex is a documentary director and photographer with a love and fascination for emotional journeys, and documentary film as a medium with which to better understand how we are living. Whilst studying MA: Documentary Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK, she directed The Cowfoot Prince (2019), a timely tale of heritage and belonging for a Sierra Leonean man living in the UK, I’ll Love You Till the End (2019), a searingly intimate film examining the bereavement of suicide, Dear Ronald and Sylvia (2019), Process I and II (2018) and Butterfly (2018). Previously she lived in Sierra Leone for a number of years and has worked across the world. As a self-shooting director producer, she has made films for UN Agencies and NGOs with clients including BBC Media Action, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, World Food Programme, and Save the Children.
1hr 12sec| Iran
Director Hassan Solhjou
A unique inside story of a conservative Mullah’s family in Iran, filmed by his daughter, Mahdieh. She is a photographer banned from her job by government due to political restrictions. Mullah is in radical support of Iranian regime but he is struggling to manage his defiant children with opposing political and religious beliefs. Mahdieh has a secret to share with his family:She is planning to flee the country with his boyfriend. However, it is not that easy and things are getting more complicated …
25min 58sec| Indonesia
Director Adi Victory
Coming close to her husband’s executions, Mirna (50) was asked to come with a Lasagna to the prison. Rudi (Mirna’s husband, 51) was arrested with the possession of 8kg of coc- caine at Soekarno Hatta International Airport. He was accused of smuggling drugs from Italy to Indonesia. Lost in court, facing hard reality that he was sentenced to death.
Rudi wished to enjoy his last Lasagna with Mirna. Mirna cooked the most delicious Lasagna for her husband. But when finally his eyes met hers, Rudi chooses not to eat the Lasagna. He wanted the Lasagna to be a witness of their goodbyes. In the end, Mirna and Rudi danced with their beautiful and delicious Lasagna watching them.
Lasagna is Rudi and Mirna’s favorite comfort meal when they both went to Pharmacy Faculty in University of Naples, Italy. Lasagna isn’t just food for them, but also witness of their love, rage and happiness. Lasagna saw everything.
Adi Victory, from Tangerang 93. Graduated from Universitas Esa Unggul of Broadcasting. An Associate Producer in one of the Broadcasting Stations. Fell in love with movies after watching Laskar Pelangi. He believes that movies are the only honest medium to express his feelings. Hagia (Follow The Hollow) is his third movie. This film was inspired from a true story, a love twined between two religions. His best achievement is when his short film, Xiao De (in the Middle of A Black hole) was chosen in the Official Selection at Marquee on Main – North Carolina.
DERECHOS Y HUMANOS
19min 58sec| Argentina
Director Ignacio Ibarra
During the last Argentine military dictatorship, some photographers constructed a counter-discourse through images that ridiculed the hegemonic discourse. They are called ironic photographs.
Junu ko Jutta
13min | Nepal
Director Kedar Shrestha
Junu, a five year old girl who has trouble learning left from right is constantly asked by elders around her to wear her shoes correctly. Yet she cannot solve the problem. After being tricked to wear shoes wrong way, she invents a new way of learning.
Kedar Shrestha is an artist involved in theatre since 2006, as an actor, playwright, designer, director & art campaigner. He is a founder and artistic director of Theatre Mall and Theatre Centre for Children Nepal. Kedar loves to work with children, explore their stories, understand psychology and help them to become better adults in the future. He and his plays have participated in many national and international theatre festivals.
Kedar has five children story books published to his name and was honored by appreciation award of Parijat Manuscript Award 2012. He has been involved in films as well, working as an actor in Red Monsoon (2014) and Kathaa ’72 (2018) and as a casting director in a short movie Super Monk (2018) and Ainaa Jhyaal Ko Putali (2020). He is also the secretary of Film Critics Society of Nepal. Kedar’s directorial debut short movie, Junu Ko Jutta (2019), which is a children movie has won the Nepal Panorama – Best Fiction Film in Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2019 and Best Short Film – Jury Award in Nepal International Film Festival 2020.
Wells of Hope
30min | Italy
Director Lia Beltrami
“The day we left Syria, the bombings were as strong as rain” Hence the story of Shaima, fleeing the war, kidnapped as a victim of trafficking. Is there still hope? You cannot live without it. Among stones, deserts, mountains and dust, a group of brave Arab women gives life to Wells of Hope, to give answers to the drama of trafficking, together with the worldwide network Talita Kum. They are women of different religions who live in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria. They move between borders, conflicts and refugees. They want to restore the dignity of the victims and rebuild the dignity of the abused people. The path is not easy, but the determination of these women will open a new way.
Lia Beltrami has received the Golden Lion for Peace 2017 in Venice. She directed 40 documentaries all over the world; she won several awards for her films. She is appointed as Representative of Religions for Peace at FAO -UN. She was the artistic director at Vatican Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015, which was awarded as the Pavilion which best developed the theme and she was the artistic director for the photographic exhibition in Expo Astana 2017, Kazakhstan. In 1997 she founded Religion Today Film Festival, the first festival about inter-religious dialogue. She founded the group Women of Faith for Peace in Jerusalem. She wrote 5 books. She is the CEO of the production company Aurora Vision, advisor for Dhaka Film Festival Bangladesh and honorary member of the House of Wisdom, Grenada.
25 min | Nepal
Director Pradeep Dhakal
Every day in the hills of Bhojpur, Pashuram an old Gandharva, works in his field. He has been a gaine fated by his caste to become a travelling musician. A man who wandered towns with his sarangi, spreading information through his song. Journalists of the old days. Residing in the same village are other Gandharvas who believe that their role in the society has changed with the dawn of new media. with time, many Gandharvas have migrated and found new way to sustain themselves, whereas other still maintain loyalty to their caste, to the occupation, and to the music of their sarangi.
studying Bachelor In Media Studies at Kathmandu University School Of Arts, previously worked on documentary, short fiction and commercial projects, first film as a director.
Blues of Pink
30 min | Nepal
Director Grishma Giri
This documentary is a portrayal of a life and a character whose stories and experience are mostly unheard. The transgender community of the Terai is very diverse unlike in the hilly region. They have a certain culture and practices that has been an integral part of their identity and their work, which connects them with rest of the society. Shot at the land of King Janak, this documentary tries to showcase the various spectrum of life that a transgender lives. From the broken marriage to the understanding relationship, from the desire to raise the child to not being able to watch the child grow up, from giving blessings to thinking that their life is a curse, this documentary will intrigue you in different levels.
In the society where the people judge all our actions based on our gender, how would their actions be judged?
Grishma Giri has recently completed his Bachelors in Arts and Social Work from Tribhuwan University. Since, his hometown is Birgunj he always had the thought that the issues of “madhesh” should also come on the limelight. As a result he made a debut documentary on the life of a transgender from Terai.
8min 30sec | Bangladesh
Director Murshida Zaman
Khuku grows up with that tree. Suddenly, her world of green comes to a termination. Then she starts a journey where her desires and dreams break apart in her life. This story of ‘Toshok’ shows Khuku’s ability to start taking her own decisions about her own life.
Murshida Zaman was born in Jhalokathi at Barisal District in the Southern part of Bangladesh. She has received MA in Bengali Literature from Eden University, Dhaka. She has the literature romanticism where she loves nature and animals. She has been a film activist for quite long time. Murshida has been involved in various documentaries and short fictions. Beside her career in film she is a young Bengali poet and Fiction writer. Her publications are “অদৃশ্যছায়ারপ্রজাপতি (২০১৬) – Butterfly of Invisible Shadow (2016) – Poetry Collection” “মৃত্যুঞ্জয়ীমৃত্তিকা (২০১৮) – Imperishable Soil (2018) – Novel on Liberation War of Bangladesh at 1971” “প্রিয়অমলতাস – Dearest Golden Shower (2020) – Poetry Collection”. She was in Busan, South Korea to attend Human Rights Week by the invitation from City Mayor of Busan as a young artist from Bangladesh.
1 hr. 30min | South Korea
Director CHO Minjae
Jinmu starts to record things he should remember with a camera after hearing that he could lose his memory due to prearranged brain surgery. Memories of family and his forgotten father come to Jinmu’s mind as he takes records of his life.
CHO Minjae is from Jeju, South Korea. Minjae CHO is a worker who makes films sometimes. Tiny light is his directorial debut.
29 min | South Korea
Director Bo-seong Jeon
We just want a small room where we can rest intact, to protect our little pride that we can no longer back off. But all that’s too cold to us. Since when d we think people who don’t have stable homes and jobs have failed in life?
Bo-Seong Jeon majored n playwriting in Korea University of Media Arts and has continued his passion for film on the set for many years. He writes about those who are alienated or forgotten from society with a warm heart to convey a message of consolation to the world in his own eyes. Currently, he is preparing short and feature films based on plays.
13 min 07 sec | Nepal
Director Rajeela Shrestha
A historical route trod for centuries by legions of travellers was suddenly abandoned after the construction of the Tribhuvan Highway. But the ancient village that was its hub, Chitrapuri Nagar, remains of great socio-cultural importance.
Rajeela Shrestha is a freelance filmmaker and writer based in Kathmandu. Since 2014, she has explored the complexities of the world through short fiction films and documentaries that have been screened and won awards at national and international film festivals. Rajeela is a graduate of Oscar International College.
05 min 48 sec | Nepal
Director Sabin Singh
Nepal,s constitution has already addressed the Sexual and Gender minorities Rights in article 12,18 and 42.Constitution’s Article 18 talks about equality and gives permission to Nepal government to design special law for sexual and gender minorities. Though definition of marriage in civil code couldn’t friendly for sexual and Gender minorities therefore community peoples are left behind from marriage’s Right. This short Transgender story is just a symbolic story of many LGBTIQ. Love is just between two soul and heart not in Gender. Everyone has Right to dream about it. With Support of Right Here Right Now Nepal platform, Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities Nepal had developed it.
35 min | Nepal
Director Ganesh Pandey
This film revolves around the polyandry custom prevalent among the Lama communities living in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Among Lamas of Humla district of Nepal, there is still a very strange tradition, which may be a matter of great surprise to many. Lama Brothers, no matter what in numbers they are, just marry a girl (have a common wife). They not only share their love and work, they also share a wife among them.
Ganesh Panday have an extensive experience of making documentary films as his latest Bhagyale Bachekaharu (Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivor and Miracles) had made significant success both home and abroad winning more than 17 international awards and screened in almost all the mountain film festivals in 32 countries including the British Parliament and Wisconsin University, Madison, and City University, NY, USA. This movie was the opening film of the KIMFF and won first prize and public choice award at the festival. Co-Husband is his new creative documentary film, which has won best documentary film at Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF), February, 2020.
08 min | Nepal
Director Deepak Tolange
Gyani Maiya Sen [Kusunda] is the last known speaker of Kusunda language who lived in the jungle until nine. Sadly, Gyani Maiya Sen [Kusunda] passed away on 26th January 2020. ‘Ban Rani’ is based on Gyani Maiya Sen’s [Kusunda] briefing on Kusunda language and culture in 2020.
Deepak Tolange is a Berlin/Kathmandu based filmmaker/photographer. He studied an MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Free University Berlin (2014-2016). Currently, he is working as a visiting faculty in Kathmandu University, and working on independent documentary projects. Previously, Deepak worked as a photojournalist for Republica and The Himalayan Times.
Alter the Change
02 min 59 sec| Nepal
Director Jayanti Kunwar
The story is forged with these entities that unfortunately got discounted, when the country was going through the chains of “metamorphosis” wholly. The story is tied around the tales, the mother tells the daughter, when she eventually surrenders all vulnerable. (Symbolically, representing nation and her citizens). It’s a tale of that unfortunate body, which can be accessed by these courtrooms and grand assemblies, but herself! Other metaphors also talk about our celebrated hypocrisy as a society, as we pray these “goddess” and degrade the same gender afterwards. A poetic short film that touches on the various ways gender oppress us, or the use of women’s bodies as a proxy for nationalism or by inhibiting the gender expression of others. We think the tolerant earth, at least, might be invincible, only to find out we have wrecked her a while ago.
Jayanti Kunwar, Female of 22 years old, Multimedia Graduate Student, Co-owner of Viera Films Pvt. Ltd., a production company, established on 2019. ‘Alter the Change’ representing the first ever official involvement as a filmmaker. The film was produced by Viera Films Pvt. Ltd, which was co-founded and co-owned by self. It was officially selected at KIMFF under the short film category of ‘Paribartit Nepal’, and won the first runner-up prize. Apart from numerous commercial and other directorial involvements via the company ‘Viera Films’, selection at Human Rights Film Festival 2020 would be the second official selection of ‘Alter the Change’.
IF NATURE COULD TALK
11min 50sec| Nepal
Director Simant Thapa
A small plant stranded on road struggles to survive amidst the concrete city and concrete heart. Small girl helps the plant to grow, but beautiful nature is too much to ask for insensitive human.
Simant is direction student and writer, currently studying in Oscar International College, Nepal. He has made few short films, music videos and TV ads. He also involve in different film festivals as volunteer like Human Right Film Festival (HRF), Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF), Screen Writing workshop (2019). He also completed the FIAF-approved Workshop on Film Preservation Strategy for Saving Nepal’s Audio Visual Heritage by Frederic Maire.