9th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival (22-25 Nov 2021)
1. Title: Paradise
Synopsis: Ahmed, Taha and the intimacy between a father and a son who survive inside a children’s hospital room.
Director- Mateo Cabeza
Run Time: 20 MIN
2. Title: A Day in the Life of Refugees
Synopsis: A desperately ill child sets out for medical treatment. A Coast Guard team keeps watch overnight. An Iraqi becomes an American. Meet them all in a single Day…in the Life of Refugees.
Greta Van Susteren narrates as Voice of America deploys more than 75 news teams in 32 countries to chronicle how forced displacement affects the rich and the poor, newcomers and their hosts, those in flight, and those out to stop them.
More than two years in the making, this feature-length documentary film debuted on World Refugee Day — June 20, 2021.
Director – John Lippman, Arthur Rasco
Country: United State
Run Time: 1 hr 35 min 58 sec
3. Title: Tails of men
Synopsis: What secrets do men hide behind their moustache?
With this absurd fascination as a starting point, Tales of Men explores manhood and the Hungarian male culture, in order to invest some deeper questions such as gender, identity and love, beyond the moustache.
Tales of Men is a short documentary film shot in rural Hungary by an international team of filmmakers.
Directors – Ananthakrishnan PILLAI, Monica Bustamante, Boton Pushok, Charllote muller
Run Time: 9 min 9 sec
4. Title: TONY DRIVER
Synopsis: One day, Pasquale decides to change his name and be called Tony. Because despite being born in Bari in the mid-60s, he crossed the ocean with his family at 9 years of age and grew up as a real American, all hot dogs and rockabilly. He has never been back to Italy until when, now a taxi driver in Yuma, he’s arrested on account of his side hustle – smuggling illegal immigrants into the US across the Mexican border. He is therefore forced to make a choice: jail in Arizona or deportation to Italy. Once back in Puglia, he finds himself living alone in a cave at Polignano a Mare, looking at Italy as a small, inert country, with no opportunities and no dreams. But Tony is not willing to give up.
Director – Ascanio Petrin
Run Time: 1 hr 15 min
5. Title: GREEN BLACKBERRIES
Synopsis: Nishu (14) and Nima (16) are daughters of a woodcutter living in a remote village in north east India. They have to cross multiple hurdles and travel by their own boat, 3 hours every day to reach their nearest school. Nishu dreams of going out of the village and studying in a good school in town. The only way out is if she pass the 5th grade exams and gets a government scholarship, which her sister couldn’t. But finally on the day of exams all the obstacles stand against her to shatter her dreams. Will she be able to overcome the hurdles and be the first one in her village to get the scholarship?
Director – Prithviraj Das Gupta
Run Time: 39 min 40 sec
6. Title: THE LETTER ROOM
Synopsis: When a kind-hearted prison officer (Oscar Isaac) is transferred to the letter room, he soon gets involved in an inmate’s personal affairs…
Director – Elvira Lind
Country: United State
Run Time: 30 min
7. Title: THE RIGHT WORDS
Synopsis: Kenza, 15, and her little brother Madhi, 13, regularly humiliate one another on social media. On the bus, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother to the test: to profess his love for Jada; a girl that Madhi loves but who does not know him.
Director – Adrian Moyse Dullin
Run Time: 15 min
8. Title: Isolated
Synopsis: “Isolated” was filmed between two lockdowns due to Covid19. Our characters, the elderly, are those who were targeted as most vulnerable. The restrictions set by the government to protect them from Covid19 exposed them more than any other sector in the population to horrifying reality of loneliness.
Director Biography – Naama Pyritz
Run Time: 52 min 31 sec
9. Title: The Red Grave
Synopsis: In the backdrop of civil war of Nepal, two teen rebels work to bury and dispose off human bodies of the war dead. Their desire to collect personal possessions from the dead bodies, implying communist ideology learned from observing their senior comrades, leads to complications, confrontation and, ultimately, betrayal and dictatorship.
Director – Umesh Ghorsaini
Run Time: 12 min 12 sec
10. Title: Confusion
Synopsis: After getting married to a stranger, a newlywed woman feels uncomfortable in her new home. Instead of seeking comfort with her husband, she is attracted to her sister-in-law.
Director – Aashuka Aryal
Run Time: 13 min 11 sec
11. Title: DIMA PUNK / ONCE A PUNK…
Synopsis: Once a punk… always a punk ? Stof is a young punk from Casablanca. During the eight years that we followed him, he tried to set his Mohawk against all odds. He pays a heavy price for his independence when he finds himself arrested and imprisoned for eleven months. Will he remain “Dima Punk”, forever a punk?
Director – Dominique Caubet
Run Time: 1 hr 2 min
12. Title: The day before the volcano
Synopsis: Three tales worried about expected anger on them! Only to discover that they were that volcano that night, as things go on as usual, that brown eruption of Africa shows the next volcano…
Director – Abanoub Youssef
Run Time: 21 min 15 sec
13. Title: Please….. see us
Synopsis: Suthit and Noonae are a Lahu married couple struggling to make a living and dream of better opportunities. But the more they try They both fell into a vicious cycle of state oppression.
Director – Chaweng Chaiyawan
Run Time: 27 min 30 sec
14. Title: Devil in a Lawyers Suit – a rapist posthumous logos
Synopsis: The film is about human dignity.
At the outer reaches of the marginalised are vulnerable migrant male rape victims of Refugee Council of Australia President David Bitel, who was given a sort of diplomatic immunity by the legal profession to sexually abuse his vulnerable clients at will.
After Mr Bitel was arrested and charged with 21 counts of sexual assault including rape the legal profession twice voted him as one of Australia’s best immigration lawyers.
Six weeks after his arrest Mr Bitel was a guest of honour at an ActionAid Australia Forum where former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was the keynote speaker.
Mr Bitel died in August 2016 before he could face justice at Court.
Police estimated Mr Bitel sexually assaulted 500 victims.
Now two of his victims speak out for the first time, harrowingly describing Mr Bitel as ‘evil’ and their ongoing struggle with trauma including suicidal thoughts.
The Australian legal profession had a true monster in its midst.
Director and Producer Mark A Tarrant gave evidence against Mr Bitel at his Committal Hearing (known as a ‘Grand Jury’ in the USA). The following Sydney Morning Herald article reports on the crimes committed by Mr Bitel (Mr Tarrant is quoted in the article).
Director: Mark Tarrant, Otto….
Run Time: 20 min 49 sec
15. Title: The Art of Living in Danger
Synopsis: In an internal monologue, the director of the film Mina unveils the tragic story of her grandmother and the circumstances surrounding her mysterious death.
Although they never met, the two women seem inextricably linked and Mina faces the same battle as her grandmother. through this monologue Mina shows how domestic violence against women in Iran has been supported by the government for many years.
Director – Mina Keshavarz
Country: Iran Islamic Republica of
Run Time: 1 hr 27 min
16. Title: I Am Belmaya
Synopsis: A story 14 years in the making, set in Nepal, following an uneducated young woman’s transformational journey from subjugated wife to documentary filmmaker.
Belmaya, dominated from all quarters, is desperate for independence. Born a Dalit, orphaned aged 9, barely educated, and trapped in an abusive marriage with a baby daughter, Belmaya, 21, has given up hope of finding happiness.
Rewind to 2006, when Belmaya, at 14, participated in a photo project at a girls’ home in Pokhara. A feisty student, she was keen to change her discriminatory world through photography. But that window closed when the home locked away her camera.
Now she grasps the chance to train in documentary filmmaking training. Picking up the camera once more, her old spark returns. But are her resentful husband and conservative community ready for this?
As Belmaya grows in confidence and ability, she turns from subject to co-director of her story. But in 2015, after her first job filming the Gurkha 200th anniversary celebrations, the great earthquake strikes and all work comes to a halt.
Belmaya is determined not to give up. In 2016 she completes her graduation film, Educate Our Daughters, a personal insight into education for girls in Nepal. Her film goes on to win hearts and awards, taking Belmaya to places she never dreamed she would go.
Director – Sue Carpenter
Run Time: 75 MIN
17. Title: Garderie nocturne – Night Nursery
Synopsis: Every evening in a popular area of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Mrs. Coda welcomes the children of prostitutes at her home. The young women then stroll through the “Black”, a lively alley in the city
center, until daybreak when they come to pick up their babies.
Director – Moumouni Sanou
Country: Burkina faso
Run Time: 1 hr 6 MIN
18. Title: EDNA
Synopsis: Living on the edge of Transbrasiliana highway in the Brazilian Amazon, Edna is a witness of a land in ruins built upon massacres. Raised only by her mother, she experiences in her body and hers descendants, the marks of a “war that never ends” – a war for land. Through her reports and writings, the movie builds an hybrid narrative that moves between reality and imaginary. Everything’s woven from Edna’s memory and her diary entitled “Story of My Life”. Brand new title from Eryk Rocha, director of “Cinema Novo” awarded with Golden Eye for Best Documentary in Cannes 2016.
Director – Eryk Rocha
Run Time: 1 hr 4 min
19. Title: OSTROV – LOST ISLAND
Synopsis: On the island of Ostrov in the Caspian Sea the inhabitants, left alone by the Russian state after the collapse of the Soviet Union, survive through poaching. Ivan regularly goes out to sea risking his life and freedom. In addition to the political aspect, the film’s empathetic view also paints a touching family portrait of its protagonists, who cling to a sense of hope in their family and community. The strong audiovisual approach capturing the rough natural beauty of the island underlines the cinematic potential of the film.
Director – Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop
Run Time: 1 hr 33 min
20. Title: Ophir
Synopsis: Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous revolution for life, land and culture, opening up the path for the creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture and sovereignty; the film sheds light on the biggest conflict of the Pacific since WWII, revealing the visible and invisible chains of colonization and its enduring cycles of physical and psychological warfare.
(2020, 97′, France/United Kingdom)
Subtitles available: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek, Catalan, Chinese, Italian, Hungarian, Armenian.
Director – Alexandre Berman, Olivier Pollet
Run Time: 1 hr 37 min 06 sec
21. Title: Dabur
Synopsis: In the midst of a couple’s dispute, the father of the family faces his daughter’s first experience of puberty (period) in the absence of his wife …
Director – Saeid Nejati
Country: Iran Islamic Of Republica
Run Time: 12 min 05 sec
22. Title: My name is Zolzaya
Synopsis: Damba Zolzaya, the first Khoomei singer in her birthplace, Khovd aimag, and the winner of the 2018 World Khoomei Contest,
is enjoying the happiest time in her life as she receives attention from the public and the media.
For the first time in a while, Zolzaya visits her hometown of Chandmani to shoot the cover photo for her first Khoomei album.
However, happiness is not her only feeling as she prepares to visit her hometown.
Director – dongchul kwak
Country: Korea Republic of
Run Time: 58 min 20 sec
23. Title: Map of Latin American Dreams
Synopsis: The Argentine artist Martín Weber travelled throughout Latin America from 1992 to 2008, asking people he met to write their dreams with chalk on a small blackboard: the result is a beautiful series of black and white photos, poetic but firmly rooted in reality. Years later, in making this documentary, he follows in the footsteps of those who had posed for him and confronts himself with what life has made of their dreams.
Director – Martín Weber
Run Time: 1 hr 30 min
24. Title: Ronaldo
Synopsis: Azad is a child nobody notices, to be more precise, everyone ignores him. His father had died during an air raid at the beginning of the war.
The only thing left from his father is a football which Azad kept close.
They settled next to a shipyard with his mother.
Their aim is to move to another country through the sea.
Director – Rasit Algul
Run Time: 30 min 50 sec
25. Title: the sea bride
Synopsis: Manal has to decide whether she will submit to the will of her family, society, and traditions and accept marriage to her rapist, or rebel against all that and refuse to marry him, and consider the incident of her rape as a starting point for a new life, not a point for her breaking.
Director – mohammed hussai
Run Time: 14 min 55 sec
26. Title: Option zero
Synopsis: A group of Cuban migrants use their mobile phones to record and transmit through social networks intimate moments of their passage through the jungle, gathering more than 100 hours of experiences. Immobilized in a makeshift camp by Cáritas in Panama City, the difficult passage through the Darien Jungle comes to life on their devices. In this migratory limbo, Cuban director Marcel Beltrán films the passing of the hours in the camp and gains access to this shocking archive.
Director – Marcel Beltrán
Run Time: 1 hr 20 min
27. Title: Faguniya
Synopsis: This film is a portrayal of the women’s situation and ongoing injustice on them, by the male members of the family in the Terai Region of Nepal, called Madhesh.
Director: Sarita sah
Run Time: 8 min 18 sec
28. Title: To See you Again
Synopsis: What is hiding a government that buries over two hundred people without an investigation? In Mexico, mothers and relatives of the disappeared search for their loved ones; hoping to see them again, even if only their body, even if they have to dig them from a hidden grave.
Director- Carolina Corral
Run Time: 1 hr 33 min
29. Title: Confetti
Synopsis: Naples. Scampia. “Le Vele”. A young lady is reading out on the balcony. A guy is staring. They meet each other during a Carnival party at a funfair. Young people having a good time amid apartment blocks. Totoriello and Speranzella, Cinderella and Hulk, both of them ten years old, sitting on a bench in a suburb. Why do you always read out on the balcony, he asks. Her answer is the song of a crucified siren. Her answer is a knife who cuts into pieces “capitoni”. The retch of a hanged man’s daughter. She got lost at the platform, no train getting there. A cinderella without her fairy lady, without her bibbidi bobbidi boo. They stole her happiness. Speranzella was born by a bitch, but she can fly like a butterfly
Director – Maddalena Stornaiuolo
Run Time: 8 min 56 sec
30. Title: JIUDO MODO
Synopsis: In Darchula of Far Western Nepal, the old grandmother survives by breaking stones. All she has is one infertile goat. Her grandson has yet to return from his journey. He had ventured into the upper Himalayas to find Yarsa. Anxiety and worry start to fill her mind. The villagers tell her the bad news about her grandson. After hearing the news, she breaks down. All she wishes is to see the face of her grandson one last time. However, the villagers stop her from visiting the cremation site. She is not allowed to witness the passing of her grandson.
Director – DURGA BADHUR KARKI
Run Time: 12 Min
31. Title: SARITA – TELL ME WHO I AM
Synopsis: In 1990, one-sixth of the population of Bhutan was exiled because they demanded greater democratic rights from the ruler. The film follows the story of Sarita, a 13-year-old girl born in Khudunabari, a refugee camp in Nepal where over 100,000 Bhutanese exiles live. Now they will be “relocated”: thousands of families will be forced to emigrate and their Lotshampa identity will disappear forever. Sarita and her friends will not tell us their odyssey: they will dance and sing it.
Director – Sergio Basso
Run Time: 1 hr 26 min 45 sec
32. Title: Aliya
Synopsis: A young teacher Aliya goes to the village to work, provided by the university program. There she suddenly faces the old Kazakh tradition “Qyz alyp qashu” that quite challenging for her.
Qyz alyp qashu – Bride kidnapping, where a man abducts a woman he wishes to marry.
Aliya’s “new family” makes her life a nightmare and she decides to run away.
Director- Aruzhan Dossymkozha
Run Time: 17 min 32 sec
33. Title: We Make Film
Synopsis: At a time of ever increasing media access, anyone who wants to make a film should be able to make one. But what happens when you’re assumed as incapable or ‘difficult’ to work with, or need adjustments to make the creative process accessible?
Set across three cities in India, We Make Film explores the creative journeys of d/Deaf and disabled filmmakers Debopriya, Mijo and Anuja. Many barriers stand in their way. While some battles are won, sometimes a dream must be given up altogether due to inaccessible environments, exclusionary production practices or barriers to film education. While documenting their stories, Shweta too begins to reflect on her privileges, and revisits the lifelong creative collaborations she has had with her disabled father.
At the intersection of the four filmmakers’ experiences lies We Make Film, a documentary that rethinks accessibility, ally-ship and collaboration in filmmaking today, and dreams of an inclusive creative future for all of us.
Director – Shweta Ghosh
Run Time: 1 hr 20 min
34. Title: A Boxing Country
Synopsis: From the very beginning until becoming a boxing champion, Paco “The Hammerhead” De Ocampo was supported by his countrymen. However, at the height of his career, he becomes abusive of an illegal substance which also affects the support & impression of his fellow countrymen.
Director – Arjanmar Rebeta
Run Time:6 min 26 sec
35. Title: Dream
Synopsis: Zhangmu Lama shares a dream about her beloved brother Sange with her mother. In the dream Sange seems very angry and dissatisfied with her because he is not getting any way to salvation after his death till now. He roams in weird places and is stuck in limbo. Being too much worried about him, she goes to a monastery and worships for him and promises him to help his way to salvation. Now she hopes to get rid of his anger.
Director – Pasang Dawa Sherpa
Run Time: 12 min 30 sec
36. Title: Delphine’s prayer
Synopsis: This film is the portrait of Delphine, a young Cameroonian girl. Delphine, like others, is part of this generation of young African women crushed by our patriarchal societies and left to this Western sexual colonization as the only means of survival. Through her courage and strength, Delphine exposes these patterns of domination that continue to lock up African women.
Director – Rosine Mbakam
Run Time: 1 hr 29 min
37. Title: I WILL WAIT
Synopsis: Suhailah leaves her infant at her neighbors in order to earn enough money, but they get upset with the baby and don’t want to take care of him/her. Suhailah has to find a way for the baby so that she could continue at her work until her husband comes back from war.
Director – MOHAMMED SHERWANI
Run Time: 11 min
38. Title: Return
Synopsis: After 23 years in prison, Rahim returns to his hometown to meet his brother…
Director – Shahriyar Poorseyediyan
Country: Iran Republic of
Run Time: 21 min 46 sec
39. Title: Bicolour
Synopsis: Arezoo is a little girl who is searching her mom’s grave, Her father who is a terrorist of Taliban avoids her, till…
Director – Sarajudin Bayat
Run Time: 10 min 23 sec
40. Title: Highway to Heaven:
Synopsis: A short symphonic documentary offering a glimpse into the unique religious co-existence found along No. 5 Road in Richmond, British Columbia.
Director: Sandrea Ignagni
Run Time: 16 min 24 sec
41. Title: Someone like me
Synopsis: In Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams’ feature doc Someone Like Me, Drake, a young gay man from Uganda, leaves behind everything he knows to attain the universal freedoms everyone deserves: to be who he is and love whomever he chooses without fear of discrimination, persecution, or violence. A group of queer strangers unite to resettle Drake in Vancouver, but they are tasked with a year-long commitment to someone they’ve never met, and struggle with the challenging conditions of this support. Together, Drake and his sponsors embark on an emotional journey in search of personal freedom, revealing how in a world where one must constantly fight for the right to exist, survival itself becomes a victory.
Leaving everything he knows behind, Drake, a vibrant 22-year-old gay man from Uganda, aspires to the universal freedoms everyone deserves: to be who he is and love whomever he chooses without fear of discrimination, persecution, or violence.
Tasked with a year-long commitment as Drake’s primary support network, a group of strangers from Vancouver’s queer community unite under the banner of Rainbow Refugee, a non-profit that connects LGBTQ+ asylum claimants with sponsors. In the months following Drake’s arrival, facets of his turbulent experience and day-to-day challenges begin to parallel those of certain group members: as a gay Black man, Marlon also moved cities in order to live his life openly; David struggles to find job security after grad school; and Kay’s gender transition presents a long and emotional road to personal freedom. As problems are compounded by the unexpected complication of a global pandemic, the group must ask themselves difficult questions about their capacity, commitment and conditions of support. The substantive work includes meeting Drake’s immediate basic needs; but sustaining the necessary emotional and psychological assistance and mentorship over the next 12 months becomes a delicate business.
Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams’ feature documentary Someone Like Me takes a verité approach to the generous and rough-edged nuances of what it means to sponsor an asylum seeker. Chronicling the complexities of the journey taken by Drake and his sponsors, the filmmakers illuminate how survival itself becomes a victory in a world where one must constantly fight for the right to exist.
Director: Sean Horlor and Steve J.adams
Run Time: 1 hr 19 min 57 sec
42. Title: The Magnitude of All Things:
Synopsis: “It was grief. I knew it well. And this time it was for the changing world around me.”
When Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her sorrow opened her up to the profound gravity of climate breakdown. Abbott’s new documentary The Magnitude of All Things draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. Stories from the frontlines of climate change merge with recollections from the filmmaker’s childhood on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. What do these stories have in common? The answer, surprisingly, is everything.
This cinematic journey by the Sundance award-winning director (The Corporation) takes us around the world to witness a planet in crisis: from Australia’s catastrophic fires and dying Great Barrier Reef, to the island nation of Kiribati, drowned by rising sea levels. In Nunatsiavut, melting ice permanently alters the landscape, while in the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous people fight a desperate battle against oil and mining extraction.
For the people featured, climate change is not happening in the distant future; it is kicking down the front door, flooding homes, poisoning water and destroying communities. The connection between humanity and the environment is stated plainly by Australia’s Wonnarua Traditional Custodians: “If this land hurts, we hurt.”
Like ash from a distant fire, grief on this scale touches everything. But coming to terms with the brutal reality of climate breakdown requires more than empty words and gestures. When hope is lost, the real work begins. Members of Extinction Rebellion protest in the streets, risking arrest. Greta Thunberg’s school strike grows from a solitary vigil to a mass movement. The Sápara, Wonnarua and Nunatsiavut land defenders hold the line in a life and death struggle. Facing her own mortality, Jennifer’s sister offers another kind of answer: “Just a simple, quiet openness to all that is.” Battles waged, lamentations of loss, and raw testimony coalesce into an extraordinary tapestry, woven together with raw emotion and staggering beauty that transform darkness into light, grief into action.
Director: Jennifer Abbott
Run Time: 1 hr 26 min
43. Title: “A Scarecrow”
Synopsis: NANI is preparing for a dance performance in the upcoming National Children’s Day event at
her school. Meanwhile, NANI’s mother gets a job of making scarecrows for all the villagers’
fields, which has to be finished within the certain timeline. The mother isn’t able to handle
the job of making scarecrows while still having to take care of her younger child. Hence, it
comes upon NANI, the only girl among her three siblings, to take care of her younger brother.
Eventually, she is forced to let go of not only her dream to perform at the event, but also her
education, for the survival of her family.
Director: Rajesh Prasad Khatri
Run time: 13 min 34 sec
44. Title: APARICHIT
Synopsis: A girl trickled an unknown person in livestream of gaming. She was abused with the vulgar words. Initially she took it lightly and ignored the matter but later on she got massaged by that unknow person in her inbox. She was totally disturbed by his frequent harsh messages. She was threatened by the same person which led her to mental disturbance.
Director: Ambika Bhandari, Purnima Maharjan
Run time: 7 min
45. Title: LALITA
Synopsis: An unapologetic young woman in her early 20s recalls the days when she first chose to go against the societal norms out of the difficult situation. But she regrets nothing. Highly opinionated, this young woman has a dream like everyone else or higher than the rest. She empathises with others with similar experiences as her and hopes to live as a helping hand. She challenges all the stereotypes people have about her and people alike. Well, she is just a normal girl living her life in a city of dreams.
Director: Angila Chaudhari and Puspa Joshi
Run time: 8 min
46. Title: NO SCHOOL TODAY
Synopsis: Maya is 27 years old woman, working at a construction site. She takes her twins daughters, Ganga, and Jamuna aged 5 years along with her. Maya is a +2 graduate for the last 7, 8 years. She is struggling to find a sustainable job. She hasn’t got her children’s admission yet. She really wants to provide good education and dream of making them a nurse. Maya’s husband drinks and works outside the house. He. sometimes visits the house. Maya doesn’t really care about her husband rather she is more focused on how to provide education to them.
Director: Mira Khadka and Jyoti Belbase
Run time: 7 min 24 sec
47. Title: SAMAIRA
Synopsis: – An inspiring and confident transgender Samaira Shrestha who stay in silenced and hide her identity for 21 years is now inspiring with her stories and living her dream life.
Director: Shrisha Kuwan and Asmita lawoti
Run time: 6 min 13 sec
48. Title: VISHRAM
An observational story of three women with different social and financial backgrounds. Though they play different roles outside the house, they have the same duties inside. The responsibility to do all the household chores and take care of children is always on a woman despite their status in the society. Even if these women are exhausted and need rest, they tend to keep on working so that their family members can stay at ease. The intention of this documentary is to show the similarities in the condition of women of different backgrounds, the strength they have to keep on moving forward and find a balance in their personal and work life.
Director: Aashruti Tripathi and Pradhanya devi yonjan
Run time: 7 min 24 sec
49. Title: Durga
Synopsis: Forging a New Trail, a short documentary film, tells the story of 34-year-old Durga Rawal, the only guide of any gender from her village in northern Nepal. In a country where boys receive an education, men seek employment in larger cities and girls and women are often left to work on family farms and within their homes, Durga’s is a story of defying cultural, societal and familial expectations to pursue an independent life. It is a story of female empowerment and gender equality about a brave young woman who is forging her own trail.
Our film explores and celebrates bold dreams and the unwavering strength it takes to overcome doubt, discrimination and harassment to break free from the narratives that are put before us and intentionally reach for a life that is uniquely ours.
Director: Emily hopcial
Country: United state
Run time: 20 min 27 sec
50. Title: Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Synopsis: Written and directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (who also stars) and Kathleen Hepburn, the drama explores two Indigenous women living very different lives who are briefly brought together by desperate circumstances.
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
Run time: 1 hr 45 min 26 sec
51. Title: ANTHROPOCENE
Synopsis: A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky.
Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high-end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination.
At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses, in an experiential and non-didactic sense, a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.
Director: JENNIFER BAICHWAL, NICHOLAS de PENCIER, EDWARD BURTYNSKY
Run time: 1 hr 26 min 42 sec