A Man Returned

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Mahdi Fleifel
  • Original Language: Arabic
  • Country of production: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Lebanon
  • Shooting location: Lebanon
  • Distributor: Nakba FilmWorks ltd
Reda is 26 years old. For the past three years he has been living in Athens, hand-to-mouth, wanting to get a refugee status in Europe. But it does not work out. Instead of creating a better life for himself outside, he returns to the camp he originally fled from with a heroin addiction. Life in a camp is torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet. For years now, director Mahdi Fleifel has been accompanying the men of his youth with a video camera, becoming a chronicler of the refugee experience.

Director info
Mahdi Fleifel is a Danish-Palestinian film director who graduated in 2009 from the UK National Film and Television School. In 2010 he set up the London-based production company Nakba FilmWorks with Irish producer Patrick Campbell. His first feature-length film, A World Not Ours (2012), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has since picked up over 30 awards, including the Peace Film Prize at the 2013 Berlinale and the Yamagata, Edinburgh and DOC:NYC Grand Jury Prizes. Mahdi's latest film, A Man Returned, won the European Film Award and the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlinale.

Journey to Aleppo

”Panic created by sharing news items in social media doesn’t help.” This short documentary tells the story of Syrian born Finnish citizen Rami Adham, who delivers humanitarian aid to the children of the world’s most dangerous city, Aleppo.

Director info

Juuso Lavonen is a Helsinki-based freelance editor and director. He recently graduated from the film department of Aalto University in Helsinki majoring in film editing. He has worked in various projects from 2010 onwards, ranging from documentaries to short fiction. Many of these films have been shown in various festivals.

He is now working also as a director in effort to contribute more to the story and to get his personal subjects on the screen. His work can be described as cinematic puzzles due to his editor background. This is an attempt to share something unique and universal about being a human in an interesting form. His philosophy on filmmaking comes from the urge of sharing – to get closer to that feeling which is the most important part of humanity.

Vesa Rajala is a Helsinki-based director-cinematographer. After years of TV work, he is now working as independent filmmaker and concentrating on human rights and environmental topics.

Heaps of Love

Whether 19 or 90, love is always an incredible experience. Esther (89), Anneliese (90), Ruth (83) and Ulla (71) explore the love in their lives as a part of a theatre production. They explore which role men have played and still play in their lives today. How did war, disease, pragmatism and social circumstances influence their relationships? The women talk about their own expectations for love, missed moments, infidelities, inner fireworks and social changes that have paved the way for an independent life. Heaps of Love tells their stories and shows that also old skin longs for tenderness.

Director info

Alina Cyranek, born on Poland, completed her double master in Media Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the Tongji University Shanghai focusing on documentary and experimental film. In her work, she uses different media formats, technical approaches and narratives. Her films have been shown and awarded across the world at international film festivals as well as at art exhibitions. Alina has served on the juries of various film festivals and has taught directing and storytelling at institutions and workshops around Europe.

She lives and works as a producer and director in Leipzig, Germany.


Cousin Madenn

Madenn, a young developmentally disabled woman, visits her cousin in Paris after a breakup. This film lets her speak for herself, freely and unreservedly, exploring her dynamic personality filled with dark tendencies and exuberance. Realistic, sensitive, funny, uncontrollable, and very much in love, Madenn does not conform to our stereotypes about the developmentally disabled. This film combats indifference with emotion.

Director info

Gregoire Thoby. Cousin Madenn is Gregoire’s film directorial debut. After completing an undergraduate degree in theatre and audiovisual media studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, he left the university in 2008 to focus fully on his acting career and his personal projects.

In 2006, he starred in Fabrice Delauré’s short film One of many drops which was shortlisted by over twenty festivals (Clermont-Ferrand, Sapporo in Japan…) and received various prizes (Grand Prix Signe de Nuit, Special Jury Award Festival of Nations, Jury Award Curtos actua). Grégoire acts in various film shoots and is developing new projects as a filmmaker.

Alzheimer's: A Love Story

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that accounts for roughly 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. It is caused by the death or malfunction of nerve cells in the brain, and results in eventual deterioration of memory, behavior, and basic bodily functions. Those diagnosed with the disease live an average of 8 years after their symptoms first become noticeable. It’s been 12 years for Greg. Every day a man named Michael comes and visits for a couple hours. No one can say for sure if Gregory knows who Michael is or why he comes every day, but it seems he does. From Michael’s point of view it’s only natural that he does so - after all, he has loved Greg since the day they met 40 years ago.

Director info

Monica Petruzzelli loves telling stories – whether it be through documentaries, newscasts or the songs she writes. She is a senior Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Production major and she aspires to save the world, one story at a time. Monica is a proud vegan and social justice junkie. She has held internships with Ryan Seacrest Studios, Smart Money Talk Radio, and ABC7, to name a few. Her latest documentary „Alzheimer’s: A Love Story” has garnered attention from some of the best in the biz during it's film festival run. When she’s not filming or broadcasting, Monica enjoys playing guitar and soaking up the California sun.

Gabe Schimmel was passionate about films already as a child. Since then he has never stopped cultivating his passion and is specializing in film production and assembly at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Gabe is also fascinated by the use of animation in film and television, and his goal is to make films with a social message and on the environment.

Grace of God

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 43 min
  • Director: Kristján Loðmfjörð
  • Original Language: Icelandic
  • Country of production: Poland, Iceland
  • Shooting location: Iceland
  • Distributor: Katarzyna Wilk
Grace of God is a documentary reflecting on the complex relationships between humans and domesticated animals. Thirteen individuals share their stories of personal experiences with a particular animal, relaying everything from profound friendships to a range of unusual interactions. There are stories of farm animals as well as beloved family friends. Animals of exceptional intelligence, who in some cases have used their instincts and wit to save the storytellers live. Even touching on the symbolism associated with animals that appear to humans as visions from the afterlife. The film takes place in the countryside of rural Iceland. The proximity with the animals is apparent as a central part of everyday life but the roles they play are nevertheless clearly defined. At its core the film illustrates a portrait of a Christian society while allowing for some reflections on the moral questions concerning the relations between master and servant.

Director info
In the late nineties Kristján Loðmfjörð co-founded the film association Lortur. In the turn of the century Lortur became a populous group of young artists in Reykjavik Iceland, producing experimental films as well as hosting the visual art biennale Drum Solo. After graduating from visual art in the year 2006 Kristján has worked as a visual artist, film director and editor. With the film medium Kristján explores the border between visual art and cinema, which allows him to emphasise the narration of visual language and sound.


  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 98 min
  • Director: Vic Rawlings and Jeff Silva
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: USA
  • Shooting location: Kentucky, USA
  • Distributor: Jeff Silva jeffdanielsilva@gmail.com 
Lee and Opal Sexton live in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, farming the land where Lee was raised. Lee is a retired coal miner and a revered banjo legend, a living link to the deep past of American music. Though now well into his eighties and hampered by age, Lee continues to perform and teach his distinctive banjo style to a new generation eager to preserve a vanishing cultural tradition. Linefork offers an immersive view of Lee and Opal’s daily rituals and inherent resilience while documenting the raw yet delicate music of a singular musician, linked to the past yet immediately present.

Director info

Jeff Silva is an american filmmaker, teacher and film programmer based in France. Jeff’s work explores the quotidian aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. His most recently completed personal projects include Linefork (2016), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, Visions du Reel, Valdivia, and Flahertiana. A long-time affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop the curriculum and methodology of the program while a teaching fellow aside founder and director Lucien Taylor. Jeff has also been programming documentary and experimental cinema for the past 15 years at BALAGAN, an the offbeat and alternative screening series which he co-founded in 2000 in Boston. Vic Rawlings bought his first motion picture camera in 2012 to begin work on Linefork as Co-Director/Cinematographer/Editor with  Jeff Silva; he was soon taught by Ernst Karel to record sound. He considers himself a lucky man. This project marks his entree to filmmaking. He is a musician and freelance teacher who tours internationally. As a multi-instrumentalist (banjo/guitar/mandolin/etc.), he has contributed music to film, theater, and television soundtracks. Rawlings is also active as an electro-acoustic musician and sound installation artist. Visiting artist/teaching residencies have included Oberlin Conservatory, MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Princeton, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, among many others. He lives near Boston, USA.

Blueberry Spirits

Blueberry Spirits is a poetic documentary about a Roma family that spends its summers in the Latvian forests, picking berries to make a living. While harvesting the fruits of the forest, they reflect on their identity as a group by sharing ghost stories. Surrounded by the existential questions on how to balance the future and the past, traditions and modern life, the movie points out their struggle for identity as a journey between night and day, and vice versa.

Director info
Astra Zoldnere is a Latvian film director, curator and publicist. In her line of work, practical and theoretical aspects of film interact with each other. Astra holds an MA degree in film directing from Baltic Film and Media School. Her shorts Treasures ofthe Sea (2013) and All My Dead (2014) have been shown on many film festivals and have received some prizes.

On the platform

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 65 min
  • Director: Stefan Mihalachi
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: France
  • Distributor: Macalube Films
    21 place de la République, 75003 Paris France
At the La Borde psychiatric clinic, psychotherapy is established around everyday gestures and living together, in the dynamic created by the relationship between the carers and the cared for. The lack of distinction between the patients and the personnel is one of the characteristics of this therapeutic movement. In this portrait of writer and psychoanalyst Marie Dépussé, an ageless woman who lives at the end of the grounds of the clinic where she has long worked, this lack of distinction is the motif of the staging. The conversation between Marie and her former patients regularly loses us. At times it is precise and informative, at times poetic and transcendent: is she still their therapist? Is she their friend? Is it important to know?

Director info
Stefan Mihalachi was born in 1976, Vatra Dornei, Romania. Living in Paris for fifteen years, he walks through the city and photographes crowds, preferably silent and with blank stares, from the subway to the suburbs, with the violence and immobility of the people living there. His photographs have been shown in several group exhibitions in Paris. "On the Platform" is his first documentary.

Faber Navalis

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Maurizio Borriello
  • Country of production: Italy
  • Shooting location: Norway
  • Distributor: Maurizio Borriello
Faber Navalis is the Latin translation for Boatbuilder: words in an ancient language for describing an ancient profession. It might seem as just a video about the restoration of a wooden ship, but the actual subject of this documentary-film is the ecstatic state of mind of its shipwright: an Italian researcher in maritime ethnography who decided to learn traditional boatbuilding skills in order to understand the intangible knowledge hidden behind the construction of a wooden ship. This film is an experiment in Sensory Ethnography: a combination of aesthetics and ethnography which attempts to bring out an inner dimension that may only with difficulty, if it all, be rendered with propositional prose.

Director info

Maurizio Borriello was born 1974 in Naples, Italy. He is a boatbuilder, filmmaker and independent researcher in cultural anthropology. After graduating in Asian and African Languages and Civilizations he moved to Indonesia where he had a teaching assignment at University of Jakarta. In those years he carried out research a project in Visual Anthropology making a documentary-film which explores the universe of Indonesian cinema.

After the Tsunami he worked as volunteer rebuilding some fishing boats destroyed by the seaquake. Since then his interest shifted to the study of coastal communities, boatbuiding technology and transmission of knowledge. His research interests focus on maritime cultures of the Indian Ocean from ethnographic and archaeological perspectives.

In the last four years he has been working as wooden ship restorer at the maritime museum in Norway.


Since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989, Bulgaria has experienced the most extreme population decline in the world. Low birth rates, high death rates, and emigration have pushed many villages to the verge of extinction. Altimir explores life in one of Bulgaria’s disappearing villages haunted by the promises of communism and capitalism.

Director info

Kay Hannahan is a Queens-based filmmaker originally from Minnesota. She codirected the series Lost in Bulgaria, which was nationally broadcast in 2011, and has spent years making films in Bulgaria, where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her work has screened nationally and internationally at venues such as Crane Arts, Nova Television, and the Bulgarian Embassy. Kay has a BA in Anthropology from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA in Film and Media Arts with a certificate in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice from Temple University. She was recently awarded the Beatrice Deglin Leder Award and was a Flaherty fellow in 2014.

DIY Country

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 71 min
  • Director: Antony Butts
  • Original Language: Russian
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Eastern Ukraine
  • Distributor: Artline Films
    101 rue Saint-Dominique 75007 Paris France

In spring 2014, following the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, groups of armed pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk seized a local administrative building, expelled Ukrainian officials and raised their own flag, called for a referendum and eventually declared independence from Kiev.

Antony Butts first came to Donetsk in April 2014 and met people who became the work-a-day rebels at the barricades while building a new country. As they gradually let him into their lives, he began working on an extensive record of what has been happening in the region - chaos, adventure, geopolitics, opportunism, heroism, and broken lives, revealing the psychology and motivations of these men and women creating a “new country”. A portrait of a conflict clouded with misinformation and one of the deadliest wars in modern European history.

Director info
Antony Butts is a Russian-speaking documentary maker and video journalist. He is passionate about films featuring characters with both good and bad qualities, who struggle in a complex world that is often politically entrenched. The results are films that are often full of absurdity and unintentional comedy, and challenge the viewer to engage with both sides of a highly contentious issue, yet avoid being divisively polemical. Antony worked on the Oscar long-listed „Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” as a cameraman, and won an Amnesty International Award for filming in the North Caucasus.

Making a Living in the Dry Season

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 35 min
  • Director: Ines Ponte
  • Original Language: Olunyaneka
  • Country of production: Angola, United Kingdom, Portugal
  • Shooting location: Angola
  • Distributor: Ines Ponte ineslponte[a]gmail.com

Set in the highlands village of Katuwo, the film is an intimate portrait of the day-to-day life of a family living in an agro-pastoralist farm in Namibe, Angola. Through my request to my host Madukilaxi to put her skills into the making of a doll, the film addresses a twofold notion of labour taking place in the dry season: our shared doll-crafting and making a living. Lipuleni, Madukilaxi's toddler, follows our twofold labour, and the three of us celebrate our efforts with a feast.

Director info
I was born in 1979, Portugal, and studied Visual Anthropology in the UK, with a background in Documentary and Social Anthropology from home. My previous video is „Tender Kisses are Hard to Find” (21', 2011, PT/UK). Since 2006 I have worked as an editor, cameraman, producer, researcher and writing assistant of documentary and research projects in India, Brazil, Portugal, Angola and the UK. Nowadays I teach theoretical and practical courses on filmmaking and visuality, conceive and collaborate in audiovisual and media projects based in Portugal.


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 15 min
  • Director: Paulina Skibinska
  • Country of production: Poland
  • Shooting location: Poland
  • Distributor: Katarzyna Wilk
    Basztowa 15/8a, 31-143 Krakow
Object is a creative and abstract image of an underwater search. The action takes place in the dimensions of two worlds – ice desert and underwater. The story is told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver entering the water all covered by ice, and of the ordinary people awaiting on the shore.

Director info
Paulina Skibinska, born in 1987 in Kowary, near Jelenia Góra, Poland, graduated from the Post-Secondary Studio of Culture Animation in Wrocław (2009), film specialization. She earned her M.A. degree in screenwriting at the Łódź Film School (2014), where she is now pursuing her Ph.D. studies. Being a screenwriter of numerous internationally awarded short fiction and animated films, e.g. „The Kiss”, „48hTV”, Paulina is presently at work on her full-length fiction debut film, as part of the International Screenwriting Workshops MIDPOINT.

Nobody Dies Here

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 23 min
  • Director: Simon Panay
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: France
  • Shooting location: Benin
  • Distributor: 7th Art Releasing, Adastra Films
Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream of finding something, others have realized there is nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others have died in the process. And a few of them say that here nobody dies.

Director info
Simon Panay is 22. He made his first fiction short film « Drôle de Guerre » at 19. The film was chosen into more than 50 official selections, won 15 awards and screened twice on television (Eurochannel, Shorts TV). In 2012, he shot his first documentary film in Africa : Tontines, une affaire de femmes (52min) and in 2014 his second documentary « Waiting for the (t)rain » (26min). This film was chosen to more than 85 Official Selections all over the world and won 17 Awards.In 2014 he received a prize of best talented young director of the year from the prestigious organization ARP. His first feature film project is produced by Gérard Krawczyk (Je Hais les Acteurs, l'été en pente douce, Taxi 2,3,4, Wasabi, Fanfan la Tulie, l'Auberge Rouge...).

Coal India

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Director: Felix Röben, Ajay Koli
  • Original Language: Hindi
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: India
  • Distributor: Felix Röben
Coal India is a cinematic essay on physical labour and its cyclical movements. It portrays people who work under pre-industrial conditions in the coalfields near Dhanbad, India. The film shows the heaviest physical labour which is increasingly invisible in our technologized 21st century.

Director info

Felix Röben studied Film & Video Communication for one semester at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat where he met Ajay Koli.

Later that year they started working together on a cinematic essay on physical work and its cyclical movements.

Integration Inch'Allah

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 59 min
  • Director: Pablo Munoz Gomez
  • Original Language: Flemish, Arabic
  • Country of production: Belgium
  • Shooting location: Belgium
  • Distributor: Wallonie Image Production (WIP) info@wip.be
    PIL, Bâtiment T, 36 rue de Mulhouse B-4020 Liège Belgium
They have just arrived in Brussels. These newly arrived immigrants from Syria, Iraq and Morocco will have to follow a mandatory integration course in Flanders, called « inburgering ». To obtain their certificate, they will have to learn the habits and customs of Flanders and Belgium. With humor and tenderness, the film follows these characters throughout their journey.

Director info
After his filmmaking studies at IAD (Belgium), Pablo Munoz Gomez met huge success with his graduation film „Welkom”. Dealing with language related problems in Belgium with surrealist humour, he won the Magritte for the best short film in 2014 (Belgian academy award). The film got selected to more than a hundred festivals over the world, namely to Clermont Ferrand, and received about thirty international prizes. In 2016, Pablo Munoz Gomez comes back with „Integration Inch'Allah”, his first professional documentary, for which he had to undergo three years of immersion. The movie follows newly arrived Arabic immigrants during their integration course in Antwerp. With humor and care, the film patiently observes these individuals' daily lives.

Natural Disorder

Trapped in his body and hit by a bus, 24-year-old Jacob Nossell is smart but doesn’t fit in the idea of a perfect existence nor is he your typical dream child. Jacob suffers from cerebral parese, which is an physical handicap he was born with. Besides having an impact on his speech center in his brain, it also affects his limbs, which are convulsively and stiff; when he talks, his words merge together and his movements are crippled. But with his intelligence intact, Jacob is the embodiment of the dilemma of defining ‘normality’ - too handicapped to be accepted and too normal to accept his destiny. Therefore Jacob decides to put together a play where he once and for all sets everything straight. He wants to confront the way in which society defines normality.

Director info

Christian Sønderby Jepsen graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2007. Christian's latest film, „Natural Disorder” (financed internationally) premiered in the main competition at the 2015 edition of IDFA.

Christian is also known for the cinema hit „The Will” (Testamentet) from 2012, which was the year’s most seen Danish documentary in cinemas nationwide.

The Will received the prestigious Bodil award for the year's Best Documentary in 2012. Together with Mira Jargil, Christian owns the production company Moving Documentary.

Electro Ocean

Romain, aka Molecule, is a composer of electronic music who has come up with a madcap plan to spend five weeks on a fishing trawler writing a new album. Fred, the skipper of the Joseph Roty II and its 59-strong crew, has to fetch the biggest possible catch from the icy waters of the Irish Sea. Romain, on the other hand, is hoping that braving some storms will unleash his creativity. These two different approaches to the ocean create an unexpected meeting of music and fishing.

Director info
Philippe Orreindy has made almost 200 films including commissions from large companies, documentary series and short TV films on cultural subjects such as Harmonics (on great classical composers) and Voyages dans une toile (about great painters). He has concentrated on drama since his short film I’ll Wait for the Next One was nominated for an Oscar and a César and won more than 35 international awards including the European Film Award (the European equivalent of an Oscar). He is about to shoot his latest short film, which has been pre-sold to France 2, and is also a scriptwriter. He still enjoys making 52’ documentaries and is convinced that the two genres are intricately linked.

Mr. Gaga

This multi-award winning documentary chronicles the life and work of modern dance choreographer Ohad Naharin, offering a glimpse into the artistic genius' creative process. Filmmaker Tomer Heymann, who has known Ohad Naharin for more than 20 years, spent eight of those making this documentary. In the process, he interviewed Naharin's friends, dancers and colleagues. He also filmed rehearsals at the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, where the sinuous Naharin has been artistic director and choreographer since 1990. Naharin himself speaks of his early kibbutz childhood, his late introduction to dance, a brief spell at Martha Graham's company, his adored wife, and his work, including the creation of his own movement language, Gaga. This richness of Naharin's life-story is further amplified by stunning dance excerpts from his explosive, hypnotic and stylish productions.

Director info
Born in Israel in 1970, Tomer Heymann has directed documentary films and series since 1997. His films have been screened and won awards at international film festivals such as Berlinale, HotDocs, IDFA, LAFF, Sheffield and have been theatrically released around the world, making him one of the Documentary Film industry's leading directors. Cinematic and TV credits include „Bridge Over the Wadi” (IDFA 2006),„Paper Dolls” (Winner of 3 awards- Berlinale 2006),„I Shot my Love” (Berlinale 2010, Award winner- Hotdocs 2010), „The Queen has no crown” (Berlinale 2011), „Who's Gonna Love Me Now” (Audience Award- Berlinale 2016) and more.

Half-life in Fukushima

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Naoto Matsumura, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto's lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity. He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity's need for a change. Directors Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi reveal both the nuclear tragedy and the post-apocalyptic city, resting and going back to its more natural state. Half-Life in Fukushima is a stunning portrait of the place, waiting. And the man, not willing to wait.

Director info

Francesca Scalisi (1982) is an Italian director and editor. Mark Olexa (1984) is a Swiss director and producer. They are based in Fribourg, Switzerland, where they run the film production company Dok Mobile. In 2015, they directed and produced short film Moriom, which received the award for the best short documentary at the Brooklyn film festival and Women Media Arts and Film, a special mention at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and at FIDBA Buenos Aires International Film Festival.

Their first feature length documentary „Half-life in Fukushima” was shot in Japan in S16mm and was screened at Vision du Réel and at Hot Docs international documentary festival.

They are also the creators and the artistic directors of the Flying Film Festival, the first festival in the world to be held entirely in the sky. The Flying Film Festival is a short-film competition in partnership with Swiss Air Lines, with the aim of promoting short-films to a wider audience.

Land Of Soul

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 69 min
  • Director: Erik Norkroos, Kullar Viimne
  • Original Language: English, Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia, USA
  • Distributor: Missing Pictures / Erik Norkroos
On one fine day in the state of Wisconsin, US, in a little forest between the fields and the Indian reservations, Jaan, who has recently emigrated to the States, discovers a small wooden church built by the the first Estonian settlers already in 1914, which is now abandoned and falling apart. To involve other locals and to support the restoration of the church, Jaan organises a unique concert of a very famous singer and a songwriter from Estonia. "For centuries the Estonians have had a secret flame in their hearts, a yearning for their own piece of land and a place to call home. In the middle of the last century this yearning took a new course - landless Estonians became emigrants looking for the land of the soul. Over the years this word became a symbol of home and peace of mind. Many of our people have moved all over the globe looking for this land of the soul. For the Estonian nation most of them have been lost forever." /From the novel "Land Of Soul"/

Director info

Erik Norkroos was born in Tallinn in 1969. He graduated as a cameraman 20 years ago and has shot already around 60 films since then - most of them documentaries. As a producer he has produced over 40 documentaries, near 10 TV series and several short films. Lately he has re-discovered himself also as director and won several prizes with his recent short films Birthday (2011/2012), One Hot Summer Day (2012) and Pearls Of The Black Sea (2014).


LAND OF SOUL / Documentary / Dir. Kullar Viimne, Erik Norkroos / 2016

ELIZABETH'S PLAYGROUND / Documentary / Dir. Maris Kerge, Erik Norkroos / 2015

HOW I SAVED AFRICA / Documentary / Dir. Kullar Viimne / 2014

BALLETMASTER/ Documentary / Dir. Ruti Murusalu / 2014

BLOOD TYPE / Documentary / Dir. Leeni Linna / 2013

BALLERINA BLUES / Documentary / Dir. Ruti Murusalu / 2012

REGILAUL - SONGS OF THE ANCIENT SEA / Documentary / Dir. Ulrike Koch / 2011

BREATH / Documentary / Dir. Kullar Viimne / 2011

A MONUMENT TO PLEASE EVERYONE / Documentary / Dir. Kristina Norman / 2011

KIHNU WOOING & KIHNU WEDDING / Documentary / Dir. Meelis Muhu / 2009

Kullar Viimne (1980 in Võru) is an Estonian film director. Between 2004 - 2011 he studied at the Baltic Film and Media School. He has furthered his education at film school FAMU in Prague (2006-2007). He has received the young film makers award in 2002 and 2004 and in 2011 Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund’s scholarship “Live and Shine”. Kullar Viimne is the member of the Estonian Filmmakers' Union, the Estonian Audio Visual Arts Union and the Estonian Union of Journalists.

Life To Come

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 76 min
  • Director: Claudio Capanna
  • Original Language: French
  • Country of production: Belgium
  • Shooting location: Belgium
  • Distributor: Wallonie Image Production (WIP) info@wip.be
    PIL, Bâtiment T, 36 rue de Mulhouse - B4020 Liège Belgium

Twins Eden and Léandro were born severely premature. Once out of the belly of their mother, Laurence, they find themselves propelled into the hostile and worrying world of the hospital, full of the sounds of machines and of doctors in white coats. As the weeks pass in the neonatal service, both mother and children fight for survival. Haemorrhages, respiratory problems… Surrounded by the medical team, Laurence lives to the rhythm of the twins, caught between the hope for improvement, fatigue, the ever-present possibility that things will go wrong, and the fear they will die. The bond between mother and children is organic, vital. Together, they fight fiercely for life.

Director info
Claudio Capanna was born in Rome in 1980. As a film graduate of  the University of Rome, he dedicated his final thesis to the German director Werner Herzog. He started working in the audiovisual sector in 1999 and has directed several documentaries and short movies that premiered at international festivals. In 2006, he moved to Paris to attend the Ateliers Varan film course. There, he started to work for Arte France and directed several documentaries about Italy. He currently lives in Brussels and works for Belgian broadcaster RTBF. EN 2005 : The Ancestor (L’Antenato) - short film 2006 : Great Noise (Gran Rumore) - short film.

Those Who Jump

In northern Morocco lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land, one of the most militarized zones in the world. On the mountain above live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the border fence. At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt to cross it, they return to the mountains, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return. Abou from Mali is one of those men. Searching for a more honest means of capturing the refugee experience, documentarians Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner handed the camera over to him and stepped away. Abou becomes the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it, portraying the struggle for human dignity and freedom. For over a year, Abou ceaselessly persists in attempting to jump the fence.

Director info
Moritz Siebert has worked on the subject of migration for the last 15 years getting inspired by the manifold stories of people on their search for a new home. Estephan Wagner has worked as documentary director for over a decade, always approaching his themes from the point of view of his protagonists. The films he directed have been both successful on the international festival circuit (playing at over 100 festivals and winning over 25 prizes). Abou Bakar is the protagonist, cameraman as well as the third director. Les Sauteurs is his first film.

Reach for the SKY

Every year, on the 2nd Thursday of November, the entire country of South-Korea is put to the test. That day, more than half a million senior high school students take part in the National University Exam, better known as Suneung. “Reach for the SKY” tells the story of several South-Korean high school students, their families and teachers, as they prepare for the annual National Exam. The exam will not only determine where the high school seniors will attend university but ultimately also their status in the Korean hierarchical society.

Director info

Steven Dhoedt (1980, Gent) is a Belgian filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. He studied film at the RITCS School of Arts in Brussels and graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts. His films have screened on numerous film festivals all over the world and have been broadcasted on TV in over 30 countries. His work often deals with contemporary issues and subcultures, such as „INSIDE THE METAVERSE” (2009), a journey through online virtual worlds or „STATE OF PLAY” (2013), an intimate portrait of several South-Korean professional video gamers. His most recent film, „REACH FOR THE SKY”, a documentary about the competitive South-Korean education system, had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival 2015 and won the award for Best Belgian Documentary at the 2016 Docville festival and the Ensor for Best Documentary at the 2016 Film Festival Ostend.

Wooyoung Choi is a freelancer director and a member of Indie PD in Korea.

He directed his first 60-minute documentary, ‘Soul performance Gut’ in 2007. In the process, he is named one of the prolific directors in television documentary. Recent highlights include the documentary series, ‘Report in Samdong Elementary School for one hundred-eighty days (EBS)’, which suggest the interactive learning and observe students’ attitude for six months. With Crossing Borders in 2010, he directed his first international documentary, ‘Here Comes Uncle Joe’

The Send-Off

Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.

Director info

Patrick Bresnan works as a visual artist (otisike.com) and filmmaker. He received his formal education working for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. TWIST) in the creation of new work for exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His video art and installations have been displayed in galleries and museums. His short documentary "The Send-Off" premiered at Sundance Film Festival, won the Texas Short Grand Jury Award at SXSW and has played at festivals around the world, including San Francisco Film Festival, LAIFF, DocumentaMadrid and Doc Aviv. Additionally, he produced "Rougarouing" (Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest) and was the researcher and camera for the feature doc "Killing Time" (IDFA, T/F). His feature documentary "One Big Misunderstanding" was awarded the top grant from the Austin Film Society in 2010 and is currently in postproduction. Patrick holds a masters degree in Sustainability from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin.

Ivete Lucas was born in Brazil and started her filmmaking career in Mexico. At age 23 she received a grant from the Mexican Film Institute to direct her first short film "Asma," which was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards and released nationally in select movie theaters. She has directed a number of award-winning short films and documentaries, including "The

Send-Off" (Sundance ’16, SXSW Texas Short Grand Jury Award Winner ‘16) and "Ex-Votos" (PBS '15). She holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. Her first feature documentary „One Big Misunderstanding”, co-directed with Patrick Bresnan, is slated to be finished in 2016.

To the last drop

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Director: Shotaro Wake
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Japan
  • Distributor: Shotaro Wake
    undliveien 10 økern/risløkka oslo 0580 Norway
Mr Okamoto is trying to cope with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. He joins a support group for empathy and companionship. By way of repaying the kindness he insists on serving tea and coffee at all of their regular meetings. Okamoto seems driven in his quest for the perfect cup. His efforts bemuse as much as comfort these fellow travellers on painful journeys. But by being useful he knows that he can find a certain relief, even things to smile about along the way. To the Last Drop is the second feature documentary from Shotaro Wake, who decided, for this project, to use a smart-phone rig to minimise the disruption of the process. With his own personal knowledge of cancer, the filmmaker is a friend to Okamoto through difficult times, attentive to his story and every small gesture of defiance in the face of the inevitable.

Director info
Shotaro Wake is a Japanese filmmaker with a history of cancer relapse. He is a Ph.D candidate in Social Anthropology with Visual Media at the University of Manchester, UK. He is interested in how cancer is experienced and communicated in Japan, in relation to two other societies, the U.S and Norway, where he had his own cancer treatments. He uses both his cancer experience and filmmaking as modes of communication, specifically exploring communication difficulty issues raised in his first film IPPO IPPO (2010).


  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Robin Petré
  • Original Language: Hungarian
  • Country of production: Hungary, Portugal, Belgium
  • Shooting location: Hungary
  • Distributor: Robin Petré
One of the largest deer farms in Europe houses 1,500 strong red deer. The animals are essentially still wild. The first deer were caught in the forest only 25 years ago, and the handling of them becomes a conflict between man and animal, in an atmosphere that transcends physical space. The relationship between man’s claim to power and the authentic elegance of the wild beast must be continuously rebalanced. With Pulse, filmmaker Robin Petré has produced an entrancingly beautiful work, giving an insight into the history and present state of this kind of animal husbandry.

Director info
Robin Petré is an independent documentary filmmaker and writer. She was born in Denmark in 1985, and with her roots in the raw and scenic lands of Scandinavia, she often finds inspiration in nature. Always an enthusiastic storyteller, she’s made her own way through drawing, writing, photography, journalism, and television production to creative documentary filmmaking. She’s greatly interested in sensory cinema and new forms of cinematic storytelling that push the borders of the conventional, at times implementing elements of haptic, analogue, and direct (non-camera) filmmaking. She holds an MA in Documentary Film Directing from Doc Nomads and has studied and worked with film and media in seven countries across four continents, including Australia, USA, Thailand, Hungary and more.

One Long Journey

Boat building has inspired anthropological discussion through filmmaking since Robert Flaherty’s film, Nanook of the North, appeared in the 1920’s. Ten years later, John Grierson was to define a documentary tradition with his seafaring epic, Drifters, which suggested an intrinsic link between navigation and the ambition and sustenance of a human spirit. More recently Lucien Taylor dispensed with narrative tropes in favour of a sensory experience of boatworld in his film, Leviathan. One Long Journey picks up this observational and participatory exploration, using ethnographic methods to reveal themes of journeying, loneliness, familial love, escape and ambition. We adopt a cinematic realism, such as that used by Shane Meadows in his This is England series, to reveal rich characters through a balance of humour and pathos. One Long Journey is at once a closely observed family drama, a subversive hero’s tale and a sensory demonstration of how experience becomes narrative.

Director info

Andy Lawrence is a filmmaker based in Manchester, England whose work often explores journeys and transformation. Andy’s main interest is in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences. He has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity in the UK and India. Andy studied social anthropology at UCL and visual anthropology at the Granada Centre before receiving his PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance from the University of Manchester. He has worked for TV in the UK, USA and the Netherlands, working on many subjects and producing festival winning films. British Born

Chinese (2015) 46m The One and The Many (2012) 56m The Lover and The Beloved (2011) 70m Born (2008) 56m


  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director: Grzegorz Szczepaniak
  • Original Language: Polish
  • Country of production: Poland
  • Shooting location: Poland
  • Distributor: Katarzyna Wilk
    Basztowa 15/8a, 31-143 Krakow
The French are outraged! Every other snail on their table comes from Poland. The snail industry is growing and Polish breeders are exporting their snails not only to France or Italy, they are also conquering China and Japan. The "snail coin" popularity convinces two friends, Andrzej and Konrad, to start their own farm that will bring them millions. They guide into the snail world secrets is Mr Grzegorz Skalmowski, a long-time expert also known as the "Snail King".

Director info
Grzegorz Szczepaniak (1984) - a debutante documentary filmmaker, he is a professional musician (guitar major, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) and film editor (Łódź Film School). His directing debut „Snails” was made as part of the DOK PRO program at Wajda School in Warsaw. The film was created under the artistic supervision of Vita Żelakeviciute, Marcel Łoziński and Jacek Blawut.


  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 52 min
  • Director: Tonci Gacina
  • Original Language: Croatian
  • Country of production: Croatia
  • Shooting location: Croatia
  • Distributor: Tibor Keser
Every summer towns and cities on the Croatian coast double their population through the influx of tourists from all over the world. Nowadays, tourism is the most important industry, and in Croatia it often seems to be the only one. Numerous events and facilities appear, at times seemingly out of nowhere, throughout the Adriatic with the aim of enriching our professed tourist offer. Tourism! traces the fragments of various stories along the Croatian coast. Some of the locals catch and farm fish, some prepare it, and some entertain the guests… The life cycle appears never to end; identities, emotions and results transcend towns and locations.

Director info
Tonći Gaćina was born in 1983 in Split. He graduated from the Split Art Academy’s Department of Film and Video in 2010 and obtained a degree in Film and TV Directing (documentary film) at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb in 2015. Filmography: „Pape” (2010), „Šta bi bilo…” (2009), „22:22 Split-Zagreb” (2008, screened at 2009 ZagrebDox), „Heritage” (2010, screened at 2011 ZagrebDox) and „Fire” (premiered at 2012 ZagrebDox).

Sacred Water

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 56 min
  • Director: Olivier Jourdain
  • Original Language: kinyarawanda, english
  • Country of production: Belgium
  • Shooting location: Rwanda
  • Distributor: Wallonie Image Production (WIP)
Guided by Vestine, an extravagant star of radio nights, the film discovers Rwandan sexuality in search of the water that gushes out the female body. Sacred Water reveals with humor and spontaneity the mystery of female bliss. With all the lightness but also seriousness the subject requires, the film takes us to a modern Africa and its founding myths, and reflects our view about sex and pleasure in the Western World. Sacred Water immerses you into contemporary Rwandan culture in the most intimate way: Sex.

Director info

Passionate about Visual Anthropology, I studied Filmmaking in London as well as Anthropology in Leuven (KUL), after receiving a Masters in Communication in Brussels, IHECS. I have been traveling to Sub-Saharan Africa for over 15 years. Those numerous travels have changed my views on this vast and diverse continent. From Mali to Madagascar, the Congo, Ivory Coast and Rwanda, I have had the opportunity to make numerous documentaries and promotional films for NGO's and local communities.

Running Waters

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 23 min
  • Director: Diego Zon
  • Original Language: Portuguese
  • Country of production: Brazil
  • Shooting location: Brazil
  • Distributor: Diego Zon
The vastness of man is a place suspended in time, bordered by sky, land, river and sea.

Director info
Brazilian filmmaker Diego Zon (1986) presented his short films „The Maestro Himself” (documentary, 2010), "The Ninth Victim" (thriller, 2011) and „Beyond the Streets” (drama, 2012) in both Brazilian festivals and across Latin America, such as Tiradentes Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Cine Ceará, International Film Festival of Uruguay and Habana Film Festival. His latest short film is the documentary „Running Waters”, which had its world premier at 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale Shorts Competition).

Siberian Floating Hospital

When the Siberian winter releases its grip, twenty doctors, mostly women, board a special ship – a floating hospital, leaving their families behind. During six month the ship crisscrosses the Siberian North, bringing medical care to the remotest rural outposts. Locals wait for this ship, and for them doctors are representatives of a big and remote country. For the doctors, it is an adventure that alters them and that many of them have become addicted to…

Director info

Tatyana Soboleva graduated from Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov (VGIK) in 2004. In the succeeding years she made author documentaries that successfully participated in International IFFs and were show on TV channels. Within the last two years she has become an expert of Russian Documentary Guild and took part in making the Doker IFF. In addition, she became a cofounder of “No-Yes” production studio currently working in the area of co-production.

Sand Men

Neculai, Aurel and Raj all left their homes in Romania for the same reason - to seek a better life for their family. Now, in Britain, with their loved ones depending on them, they survive by creating sand sculptures on London’s streets. They try to find hope in the hardships they endure, while thoughts of their children's futures keep them going.

Director info
Tal Amiran is an award winning filmmaker and editor based in London, UK. His work includes documentaries, music videos and moving image art work. The film has just been completed. Director's bio: Tal’s debut short documentary film Seven Days a Week, has been selected for over 25 film festivals internationally, winning Best Short Film at London Short Film Festival 2016, Best Documentary at PAMA, Paris, Best Documentary at Kurz Film Festival, Germany, and Winner of Shooting People’s Film of the Month. Seven Days a Week has also been acquired by the BFI National Archive. Tal graduated with a First Class Degree in Fine Art (New Media) from Chelsea College of Art in London. Filmography: Seven Days a Week, 2015, Short Documentary.

Shadows of Endurance

Shadows of Endurance portraits two centuries of American history through stratified layers of time, comparing the lives of the people currently living in Harlan County with the huge amount of oral histories collected and recorded by Italian author, Alessandro Portelli, over 30 years of field research. The film is a journey through different times, each with their ghosts and voices, as distant echo of a bygone age, re-emerging today in the places and faces explored by the camera. Through a series of encounters, the film introduces the stories of people struggling to survive in an area stripped of its identity. A sense of absence dominates the encounters with the characters who currently live in the area: a lack of work, relationships, future, and hope. Deprived of a historical perspective as well as of any possible trajectory, these characters reveal a dramatic nature – often leading a life on the fringes of the law, fighting a lonely battle for survival. On the other hand, the testimonies gathered by Mr Portelli reflect a mythical and yet concrete past, when the clash was collective and the elements were supernatural.

Director info

Diego Scarponi works at the University of Genoa, where he directs the Audiovisual Laboratory „Buster Keaton” and conducts research with a focus on the traces of the industrial presence in urban environments and its role in the construction of contemporary identity.

He produced and directed numerous documentaries and cross-media projects.

„L'età del ferro” (The Iron Age, 2013) was among the finalists at the ViaEmiliaDocFest 2013 and participated in the 16* Genova Film Festival 2013 and the 9* Mantova Film Festival 2013. With the short doc „Memoria fossile” (Fossil Memory, 2014) he was selected at the 12* TIFF, Tirana International Film Festival (November 2014), Ibiza CineFest 2016 and Las Hurdes Film Festival 2016. In 2015 he worked at „Ribelli e fuorilegge” (Rebels and Outlaws), selected for 19* geonva Film festival 2016 and at „Alfabeto Camallo – Noi eravamo tutto” (Alfabeto Camallo – We were all).

„Shadows of Endurance” has been selected at 10* NDU International Film Festival 2016 in Beirut, Roberto Gavioli 2016 in Brescia, Bucharest ShortCut Film Fest 2016.

The Battle with Satan

Pope John Paul II reintroduced ritual of exorcism into the Roman Catholic Church. In Poland, exorcisms quickly gained popularity. Father Radon, a Catholic priest attempts to research the subject. Radon follows three girls who believe they are possessed and undergo the ritual regularly. This gives us an insight to the world of exorcists as well as their ‘patients’. Radon discovers Pentecostal roosts of the ritual – ‘borrowed’ by the Catholic Church from American Protestants. He finds out that more and more of the faithful are eager to take part in a hypnotic trance during Deliverance Masses and fight the evil spirits.

Director info
Konrad Sjolajski has written and directed documentary and fiction films which have been shown in cinema and on TV stations, and at many Polish and international festivals. He is known for his satyrical view on contemporary Poland and his humorous approach to serious subjects including Polish national complexes and religiosity. He has also worked as a film tutor at Warsaw University, Silesian University, Łódź Fim School and SWPS University, and was a member of the Polish TV Programing Board (1999-2003). In 2005 he launched a new film production company ZK Studio which has produced fiction and documentary films with strong social themes, aiming at international markets.

Rolling Strong

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 75 min
  • Director: Marianela Vega
  • Original Language: Spanish
  • Country of production: Peru
  • Shooting location: Peru
  • Distributor: Quechua Films
Rolling strong tells the story of the first wheelchair rugby team in Peru, a group of men and women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who got together in December 2012 to play a new sport of which they knew little about. The film follows them for two years, showing their process of coming together as a team, the excitement of their first international tournaments and the goals, dreams and motivations that guide their daily struggle, both inside the court and in their personal lives.

Director info

Marianela Vega Oroza got her MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin. She has directed seven short films which have been screened at numerous international festivals and galleries, including the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona – where she was selected artist of the month in December 2007 – The Week of Experimental Cinema in Madrid and the gallery Women and Their Work in Austin, Texas. Her short documentary Conversations II has received eight awards at international film festivals, including the Best Short Film Award given by the Peruvian Film Commission CONACINE, Best Documentary Award at Uframe Film Festival in Portugal and Best Documentary Short at Cine Las Americas Film Festival. Clowns, her latest short film, was awarded Best Fiction Film and Best Short Film at Lima Film Festival 2009 and Best Short Film by the Peruvian Film Commission CONACINE, in 2010.

Rolling Strong is her first feature film and it received a Post Production Grant given by the Ministry of Culture in Peru in 2014. Marianela is a film professor at two Universities in Lima and also teaches film workshops at different institutions like the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Lima. She is currently developing her second feature film. All her short films can be watched at: 


On The Wild Edge

In 1980 David and Carolyn Petersen landed in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, where they sought and found a simple, independent life in tune with nature. On The Wild Edge follows Dave on his annual elk hunt with his hand-made traditional long bow. This practice, which provides him and Carolyn with meat for the year, has come to define him as a person. Age will soon prevent him from hunting, cutting wood or shoveling through the waist deep snow in winter. Can he push that day forward or will this be his last hunt?

Director info

Christopher Daley (1980) is an independent filmmaker based in Brussels. His film ‘Finding Home’ won numerous international awards. After several years of doing commissioned work, „The Good Hunt” is his first independently produced documentary.

Since 2008 he has spent time in South Africa every year: at first professionally, then as a volunteer working with young producers at Soweto TV and teaching at the Eat My Dust film workshop in Kliptown, an informal settlement near Johannesburg.

See You In Chechnya

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 69 min
  • Director: Alexander Kvatashidze
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: Georgia, Estonia, France, Germany
  • Shooting location: Georgia, Chehcnya, Italy, France, South-Africa
  • Distributor: Eero Talvistu
September 1999. For Alex, as for the rest of Georgians, war in Chechnya seemed to be far away, seen only on the screens of Russian media. In fact it was just behind the Caucasus Mountains. He'd never imagine going there, but he did. He followed her, the French photographer he had met just a few days before at the fashion show. Alex discovers the world of War Reporters and wants to become one of them, but he doesn't succeed. He keeps in connected to war through his friends, practising war reporters, and observes what war does to them for 15 years.

Director info
Alexander Kvatashidze was born in 1977, January 28 in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1996 he graduated from Art College with a qualification of sculptor. In 2001 He earned BA degree in Art and Humanities at Tbilisi State University. In 2001–2005 he worked in Rustavi 2 TV as a cameraman and video editor. In 2005–2006 Alexander studied at California State University in San Jose, on film department. In 2006–2007 Alexander worked as a producer at Monitor Studio. Since 2008 Alexander works as a director, cameraman or producer of various projects, mainly documentaries. in 2009 he hounded Lokokina Studio film production company.

The Possibility of Spirits

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 72 min
  • Director: Mattijs van de Port
  • Original Language: English, Portuguese
  • Country of production: Netherlands
  • Shooting location: Brazil
  • Distributor: Mattijs van de Port

What is it that you film when you film a spirit? Shot in Bahia (Brazil), The Possibility of Spirits is an essay film that keeps the baffling mystery of spirit possession in center stage. In a poetic assemblage of images and words, it offers an alternative for the kind of documentary that either exoticizes spirit possession in spectacular imagery, or extinguishes the wonder of the phenomenon in explanatory prose. Unelaborated and undecorated footage -- a solitary tree; faces of adepts standing under a sacred rock fall, water trickling over them; the hands of a woman folding freshly washed sheets; an offering made to the gods -- sketches the conditions deemed favourable to the arrival of spirits. Words -- of the filmmaker, as well as of his interlocutors -- are allowed to drift out of meaning. Trying to grasp the phenomenon, they become silence, or laughter, or screaming. The possession ceremonies themselves, although filmed in close up, first and foremost reveal that we don't know what it is that we are looking at. Paying tribute to the extra-ordinariness of its subject matter, this film invites viewers to allow themselves to be confused and -- in that confusion -- consider the possibility of spirits.

Director info
Mattijs van de Port is professor of anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He did research in Serbia, and since 2001 in Bahia, Brazil. He is author of a monograph on Gypsy musicians and their Serbian customers (1998) and on global encounters on the threshold of candomblé temples in Bahia (2011). His first documentary, Saborear Frutas Brasileiras, on eating Bahian fruits, was shown at the RAI Ethnographic Filmfestival in Edinburgh, and theorized, with Annemarie Mol, in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2013). The Possibility of Spirits, using footage from 6 years of filming in Bahia, was completed in 2016.

You Can't Hide From The Truth

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 29 min
  • Director: A.a.v. Amasi
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: Zimbabwe
  • Distributor: A.a.v. Amasi
Twenty years ago blind musician Daniel Gonora was the leader of Zimbabwe’s largest touring group, the Jairos Jiri band. Daniel is one of three surviving band members out of thirty-two, the rest died of Aids. To feed his poverty-stricken family, Daniel now plays music on the streets of Zimbabwe with his young and gifted son Isaac on drums. You Can’t Hide From The Truth is a musical documentary about Isaac and his father Daniel struggling to make ends meet in Zimbabwe’s harsh political and economic environment. Their relationship is put to the test when Daniel pursues past dreams that could affect Isaac’s future reality.

Director info
A.a.V Amasi, a Zimbabwean documentary filmmaker making films which tell the African stories both home and abroad. His latest short film, “We Are Here”, looks at African immigrants and how they are received in today's Europe through different characters perspectives. A.a.V. lives in England and is a graduate of the UK National Film and and Television School.

Vivian, Vivian

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 54 min
  • Director: Ingrid Kamerling
  • Original Language: Dutch
  • Country of production: Netherlands
  • Shooting location: Netherlands
  • Distributor: Rob Maas
Vivian, the sister of director Ingrid Kamerling, is no more. Ingrid Kamerling tries to get inside the head of her sister. The images touch upon reality and imagination, sub consciousness, dreams and thoughts.

Director info

Ingrid Kamerling (1981) is a Dutch documentary filmmaker. She has a degree in Audiovisual Design, direction documentary, a dual master in Journalism and Media, direction of audiovisual media, and a Bachelor and Master in psychology. In 2012 she won the Mediafonds award Kids and Docs 2012, an award for the best youth documentary of 2012 with her directing debut Sounds for Mazin (19 min.). This youth documentary was part of ‘the Best of IDFA on tour’ 2013, and was selected for more than 50 international film festivals and won several international prices. Her second film Spring Forward (30 min.) is about ‘God in the minds’ of orthodox Christian sixth grade students who are about to explore the world in their new student city. This film is selected for Festival Prix de la Jeunesse 2016.

Her documentary Vivian, Vivian (54 min.) is created with the Wildcard of the Dutch Film Fund. This film will compete in the Golden Calf competition for Best Short Documentary at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht. The PerSo Film Festival in Perugia (Italy) has selected Vivian, Vivian for the official PerSo Award Competition for Best Medium and Feature Length Documentary Film.

The Canaries

Hundreds of thousands of Finns are exposed to mold and moisture microbes every day. Many fall ill, some of them severely. People suffering from mold sickness are often marked as neurotic troublemakers or plain mad. But which one of the two is madder: those, who fell ill or the world that has caused it?

The Canaries is a documentary about people who have fallen sick as a result of exposure to poor indoor air quality caused by toxic mold microbes. Because of the illness they have had to withdraw from what once used to be their everyday life. The outside world has become a constant threat. What used to be home has turned into a prison and isolation has become a safe haven.

The documentary follows the lives of the protagonists for one year. It shows how the illness with its physical symptoms is only one part of the problem. Getting sick has devastated the protagonists' lives and social relationships. Today, people who have fallen ill due to exposure are like the canaries that in the past used to be taken down to the mines. When the bird started falling ill, people knew that the air was toxic and it was time to leave. Only today no one is taking the signs seriously.

Director info

Jari Kokko was born in 1961 in Viitasaari, Finland. He studied documentary film directing in Moscow Film School (VGIK) 1985-90. Besides his own film projects, he has worked as an editor, producer, photographer and all-around man in several different kinds of film projects. Right now he lives in Helsinki and works at his own production company, Kinokokko. 

For a few chocolates more

Over the summer holidays, Vanessa is going on a summer camp with children suffering from a weird, invisible condition called diabetes. Fifteen days to give an insight into their daily life and capture their words. She was 7 when diabetes entered her life. The age when you have everything to learn and to understand. This documentary tells this initiatory journey.

Director info
After literrary and film studies, Vanessa Gauthier works in the film and television industry as an executive and a producer. She works now in a Japanese animation society, Toei Animation. For a few chocolates more is her first documentary film.

A Room in the House

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Director: Catarina Alves Costa
  • Original Language: portuguese
  • Country of production: Portugal
  • Shooting location: Algarve, South Portugal
  • Distributor: Laranja Azul

A film around rural houses in the inner part of Algarve, South of Portugal, showing the relationship between the present and memories evoked in the houses intimacy. The past appears in all the testimonies of those with whom we spoke in a nostalgic and wistful way, as a time of harmony but also as a miserable time. Traditional architecture in the film does not refer so much to the building techniques, but rather to an intangible heritage. More than knowledge, techniques, tools, ways of doing and materials, we worked on architectures as „social imaginary”. The film focuses on the way homes were and are now experienced, and on their connections to farming, ritual and family.

Director info

Catarina Alves Costa is a Producer and Director at the Lisbon based company Laranja Azul. She has directed films since 1992, won various international prizes and published different works on documentary and ethnographic films. Some of her films are distributed by Documentary Educational Resourses, DER. She holds a PHD in Anthropology from Lisbon Nova University and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, Manchester. Teaches Visual Culture and Anthropology in Lisbon, Portugal. Collaborates with different postgraduate studies abroad: Barcelona, Spain, São Paulo University, Brazil and Mexico City. She has also been a jury member in different ethnographic film and cinema festivals.

Uncle Vassya

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 16 min
  • Director: Robert Schulzmann
  • Original Language: Russian
  • Country of production: Germany, Russia
  • Shooting location: Sankt Petersburg, Verkhnyaya Toyma, Arkhangelsk Oblast
  • Distributor: AUG&OHR Medien Berlin
    Markus Kaatsch

Leaving behind Saint Petersburg, Wasilij drives to the north of Russia to see his grandma’s house where he spent his childhood days. A bitter sweet poem about youth.

Director info

Robert Schulzmann, born 1986 in Riga is a cinematographer and documentarist living in Hamburg and Berlin. After graduating from film studies and art history at the University of Mainz and working as a camera assistant and lighting technician for several film and TV productions, he started projects as a DoP for TV-documentaries and commercials. His own documentary films are often connected to his multi-cultural heritage and telling stories about his personal environment.

Pomor women

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Anna Katorina
  • Original Language: Russian
  • Country of production: Russian Federation
  • Shooting location: Russian Federation
  • Distributor: Distributor:
    "АТК-Studio" Film Company
Pomors have inhabited the coast of the White Sea since ancient times. All of their life is inseparably associated with the sea. From the sea they have accepted gifts. To the sea they sacrificed. Pomor women - faithful companions of the fishermen. Until now they have lived in small villages on the White Sea shore. But the crafts are disappearing. The Pomor women are going. The film tells the story of the last Pomor women.

Director info
Anna Katorina was born in 1991. In 2008 she’s graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Film and Television with the specialization of TV director.

Colours of the Alphabet

Alastair Cole's feature debut is a beautiful, inspiring and bittersweet story about language and childhood in Africa. Steward, Elizabeth and M’barak are three first time school pupils in rural Zambia who struggle to make sense of an educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom. Moments of perplexed incomprehension, both comedic and tragic ensue, as the children slowly come to terms with the fact that their tongue is no longer their own. At a time when nearly 40% of the world’s population lack access to education in their own language, Colours of the Alphabet offers an intimate and moving insight into a global phenomenon from the unique perspective of three innocent children.

Director info
Alastair Cole is an Scotland based New Zealand documentary director and producer, creating documentary films dealing predominantly with subjects around language. His previous documentary films have been broadcast in 27 countries and screened at 40+ festivals around the world, including at both the 2011 and 2012 Cannes Critics Week film festivals. Colours of the Alphabet is his debut feature documentary.

Child Mother

Esther’s, Naomi’s and Hanna’s memories reveal the harsh tradition of human trafficking – the forced marriage of girls as young as five, six or ten, to considerably older men for nuptial money. These are the memories of lost childhood, of the days when their parents snatched them from their playground and forced them to become brides, when still little girls. The elderly women born in Morocco and Yemen tell their stories to their daughters and sons, who grew up in Israel. They recall the violence and fear they were subjected to, the pregnancies and becoming mothers at the age of eleven and twelve. It was an open secret but one they put aside forever, because revealing it might tear their family apart, causing commotion and creating chaos. The memories of their tragic childhood never healed – they were simply suppressed for the sake of their children, their livelihoodds, and their husbands. No more.

Director info

Yael Kipper graduated from the “Camera Obscura” Arts School, film and television department, Tel Aviv, in 1994. Her documentaries participated in festivals worldwide and won several international awards.

Ronen Zaretzky graduated from the “Camera Obscura” Arts School, film and television department, Tel Aviv, in 1994, too. He is the former head of the news editorial staff of “Haaretz” daily newspaper and chief editor of “UVDA” (Fact), Israel’s leading investigative program weekly.

The Land of Love

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director: Liivo Niglas
  • Original Language: Russian, Forest Nenets, Khanty, French
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Western Siberia, Russia
  • Distributor: F-Seitse OÜ

„The Land of Love” is a documentary film about reindeer, oil, politics and poetry. It tells a story about Yuri Vella, a Forest Nenets reindeer herder and poet who lives in the taiga of Western Siberia, and who tries to prove that one person can stand against the great power that is destroying the environment of the native people.

Vella calls the Land of Love a piece of the forest tundra where each autumn his reindeer mate. The same area is a favoured hunting ground for employees of Lukoil, a company that pumps oil in the region. For many years already Yuri has tried to chase the Lukoil people away from the Land of Love because the noise of cars and rifle shots and the ruckus caused by boozing oil workers disturbs the mating of reindeer. Yuri uses several unusual resistance methods to chase the oil workers away, including filming the intruders and writing poems on the subject.

Director info
Liivo Niglas is currently a research fellow at the department of ethnology in University of Tartu, Estonia. He runs an independent production company, Mp Doc, for anthropological documentary films. He has made films in Siberia, Africa, Central Asia and North America. Some of his works are: „The Brigade” (2000), „Yuri Vella's World” (2003), „Adventure High” (2004), „Making Rain (2007), Fish On! (2008), Itelmen Stories (2010), Journey to the Maggot Feeder (2015).

A trip through the land of the Veps: 50 years later

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Director: Indrek Jääts, Maido Selgmäe
  • Original Language: Russian, Vepsian, Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Russia, Leningrad oblast
  • Distributor: Indrek Jääts
    Muuseumi tee 2, 60532 Tartu, Estonia
This film is about the Veps living in the Leningrad Oblast in Russia, about their identity and language. Whether to remain a Veps despite the circumstances or to blend into the Russians? Whether to hold fast on one's native tongue or to switch completely to Russian? Estonian ethnologists travel in the footprints of their former colleagues through the emptied villages. Scenes of everyday life and interviews provide a view of the present-day life in the land of the Veps and the choices the Veps face today. Memory fragments and old photographs help to create a nostalgic look at a time when life still persisted.

Director info
Indrek Jääts is an ethnologist educated at University of Tartu, Estonia. He is currently working as a researcher at Estonian National Museum and his primary research interests are ethnicity, nationalism and nationalities policy in Eastern Europe. He has also made couple of documentaries linked with his field of study. Maido Selgmäe is a film-maker educated in Moscow, author and co-author of different films, currently working at Estonian National Museum as the head of video department.

Arlette. Courage is a Muscle

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 85 min
  • Director: Florian Hoffmann
  • Original Language: German, Sango
  • Country of production: Switzerland, Germany
  • Shooting location: Bangui (Central African Republic), Berlin (Germany)
  • Distributor: aug&ohr medien
    Markus Kaatsch
Fifteen-year-old Arlette leaves her home in the Central African Republic to have a medical treatment in Germany, payed by a German benefactor. The teenager knows no-one and does not speak a word of German, but embarks on the journey despite her fear. Arlette suffered severe injuries during the last war and she needs this operation. Getting free from her year-long pain changes her both physically and mentally. In the middle of the culture shock and homesickness, she finds, step by step, things to trust and admire. She takes photos with her Polaroid camera. At the rehabilitation center she goes to after the hospital, elderly Germans stare at her. Arlette becomes restless and defiant. Suddenly, she has grown up. She can’t wait to see her family, as war breaks out again in her homeland. What was planned to be a short stay in Berlin turns into a journey without a foreseeable end. Arlette is forced to take her own very grown-up decisions about her future.

Director info
Florian Hoffmann was born on January 24, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. After high school he worked in the development cooperation in West Africa. Afterwards he completed his studies in social anthropology, sociology and political science at the University of Basel. Since 2011 he has been a directing student at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb).

The Man From Samaria

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 26 min
  • Director: Maria Aua
  • Original Language: Estonian
  • Country of production: Estonia
  • Shooting location: Estonia
  • Distributor: Maria Aua

A documentary about former prisoners, as well as men crushed by life in other ways, all finding shelter in a Christian center called Samaria. In the past, the parson offering his fatherly care to the men has been to prison too, but he found his way out of a deep inner crisis through faith.

Now his wish is that the men he's working with everyday could also find their freedom.

Director info

Maria Aua (1988) lives and works in Tallinn. She has graduated Baltic Film and Media school documentary film department, and  previously studied photography in the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has participated in several photo exhibitions, but now focuses on directing documentary films. Her way of storytelling is poetic and symbolic, she is interested in individuals problems connected to social issues.


  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 51 min
  • Director: Maximilian Feldmann
  • Original Language: Romani
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: Suto Orizari, Skopje, Mazedonia
  • Distributor: AUG&OHR Medien Berlin
    Markus Kaatsch

“Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a track-suit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Nevertheless Valentina knows every detail of her family history: how her father won her mother’s heart with a bottle of juice and a pack of cigarettes, why her sister was held at gunpoint by her parents in-law, where her siblings were taken after they were caught begging. Together with her family of twelve, Valentina lives in a run down one-room shack in the Romani municipality Šutka, in Skopje, Macedonia. Observations of daily live are mixed with Valentina’s personal stories, dreams with actual facts. Yet it becomes clear that all of her storytelling is nothing but preparation for her big dream.

Director info
Maximilian Feldmann was born in Berlin in 1985. He shot his first documentary portrait in 2005 during his Voluntary Social Year in Ecuador. This was followed by several traineeships at film and TV productions. Between 2007 and 2015, he studied Documentary Filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Since graduating in 2015, he works as a director and author for both fictional and nonfictional productions. VALENTINA is his graduation project.

Nicobar, a long way...

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 60 min
  • Director: Richa Hushing (Director) & Rrivu Laha (Associate Director)
  • Original Language: Nicobarese
  • Country of production: India
  • Shooting location: Central Group of Islands in the Nicobar Archipelago (Nancowrie, Kamorta, Trinket, Chowra and Car Nicobar)
  • Distributor: Films Division,Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India fdp11@rediffmail.com
Deep down the Bay of Bengal on an ancient trade route to the far east, in the Nicobar archipelago lived the Nicobarese. Once upon a time the islands were much frequented by passing traders for sojourns. The Nicobarese used to barter coconuts with them for fancies like an old hat or a coat, silk handkerchiefs, sometimes even empty alcohol bottles. In 1956, after being annexed to the Indian state, the islands came to be protected under the Andaman and Nicobar Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation. Free passage was restricted. No one, not even Indian citizens could visit the islands and the Nicobarese got cut off as if living in a time capsule until the Tsunami of December 26th, 2004. Seven years after Tsunami, the film looks at the erstwhile self-contained universe now scattered and fragmented to eventually amalgamate in a much larger world order over which they have no control.

Director info

After graduating (2005) from Film and Television Institute of India in Direction, Richa Hushing was associated with the digital image archive at Majlis - a centre for rights discourse and multidisciplinary arts in Mumbai. She is one of the founding contributors to the Public Access Digital Media Archive (www.pad.ma). She began making short documentaries in 2008. Her films observe intangible cultures through characters resisting social norms or responding to social flux. 'Nicobar, a long way...' is her first feature length film. She is currently engaged in raising resources to create an online repository of over 120 hours of annotated footage from the Nicobar archipelago.

After graduating in Mass Communication and Film Studies (2001) from St. Xavier's Calcutta, Rrivu Laha assisted filmmaker Rakesh Sharma for his renowned film 'Final Solution'. In 2004 he joined Film and Television Institute of India to study Cinematography. Rrivu has been working as a cinematographer and a documentary filmmaker since 2007. Although trained in classical film, his heart is in the cinema verite style, shooting with small cameras giving intimate and unconventional access. His documentary films like the 'Aamchi Kasauti' and 'Dhananjay Kulkarni 'Chandragupt'  have been screened widely and have won international awards and citations.

Perm-36. Reflexion

3 former political prisoners: the worker Viktor Peskov, the literary scholar Mikhail Meylakh and the human rights activist Sergei Kovalev, each recall the story of their arrest and imprisonment in the “Perm-36” prison camp. Here in 1996 Russia’s only museum of the history of political repression was opened at the initiative of historian Victor Shmyrov. Since 2005 in late July an international civic forum “Pilorama” has been held here to enlighten society with discussions, concerts, tours and film screenings. Participants (democrats, liberals, communists or simply tourists) are housed in tents in the field opposite the museum. The former dissidents return to the camp (now a museum) to participate in the “Pilorama” Forum, a campsite reflecting, mirror-like, Russian society haunted by phantom pains after the fall of the Soviet Union. Red-brown activists zealously rail against the existence of the museum and the forum. They start to gain attention in society and the government. Dark clouds gather…

Director info

Sergei Kachkin, a Russian film director and producer, was born and grew up in the city of Perm. In 2001 he graduated from Perm Polytechnical University with a speciality in „automobile engineering”. In 2007–2008 his films were represented in the USA in the programme „Cultural Leaders, Filmmakers”. In 2009 he finished Marina Razbezhkina’s Film School in Moscow. He took part in many international seminars led by Rafi Pitts (France); Tue Steen Müller (Denmark); Iikka Vehkalahti (Finland); Alexander Sokurov, Victor Kossakovsky, Sergei Dvortsevoy (Russia) and orhers. In 2011 Sergei completed a full-length documentary film „On the Way Home”, which was consequently included in competitions in Russia and International Film Festivals, and was also bought by Russian and International television channels to be shown on air.

Statement Too

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 37 min
  • Director: Joern Utkilen
  • Original Language: English, Norwegian
  • Country of production: Norway
  • Shooting location: Norway
  • Distributor: Norwegian Film Institute
Statement Too is Joern Utkilen's explorative and self reflective portrait of Norwegian cult-musician Arvid Sletta - a man in the periphery of the world's music landscape.

Director info

Joern Utkilen (b. 1971) has graduated from both the Edinburgh College of Art and Screen Academy Scotland and has gone on to write and direct a range of comedic films that have been presented at numerous international film festivals and broadcast on several television channels including ARTE and Canal +.

Joern gained a BAFTA Scotland nomination for his controversial film Little Red Hoodie, which was part of the Cinema Extreme scheme. Joern has further developed his style with his black comedy Asylum, funded by Film4 and Creative Scotland. In 2012 he was awarded the “Underground Spirit Award” at the Palic European Film Festival.

Joern also writes and directs under the pseudonym 'Jeorge Elkin' and won the Audience Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Lab Competition for the film Wind Over Lake.

Joern has recently completed Earth Over Wind, a medium-length film financed through the Norwegian Film Institute’s 'New Paths' scheme.

LAKE OVER FIRE is Utkilen’s debut feature.


2017 Lake Over Fire (feature)

2015 Statement Too

2014 Earth Over Wind

2011 Asylum

2011 Wind Over Lake

2008 Little Red Hoodie

2007 No Coke

2007 My New Job

2005 Size 5

2004 Paper Anniversary

2003 Terrorist

2001 My Job III

2000 Paperclipmaker

2000 My Job II

2000 My Job

Roza's song

Roza's song gives an unique insight into the Norwegian Roma community. The film follows Roza and her dream of making the Norwegian Roma's first CD. The congregation and music means a lot for Roza and her community. It creates hope for the future in a time when the way of life is changing. The film depicts a collective way of living where togetherness is central, in contrast to a more individualistic Norway.

Director info
Lowri Rees works with documentary film and performing arts. She has education from documentary film direction at the Lillehammer University College, the University of Oslo and theatre. Films: “”No Mans Land” (2006), “Anthony and Josephine in Norway” (2007), “Samson travelling” (2011), “Roza's song” (2016). www.lowrirees.no

Arctic Superstar

The indigenous Samí rapper Nils Rune Utsi - aka SlinCraze - lives with his mother in Máze, a nearly abandoned town in the Arctic Highlands of Norway. His dream is to make a living from his music and maybe even become world famous. The only problem is that less than 20.000 people speak his endangered language.

Director info
Simen Braathen (1985) is a writer, director and founder of the creative agency Brunch Oslo. He’s educated at Westerdals School of Communication and has studied Social Anthropology at NTNU. Simen has won international awards for his innovative advertising work and was part of the core team launching a New York office for advertising network Leo Burnett. He has also more than 10 years experience from the Norwegian music industry as a journalist, songwriter and rapper. „ARCTIC SUPERSTAR” is his debut as a documentary filmmaker.

Ceramic Tales

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 9 min
  • Director: Martina Droandi
  • Original Language: Italian
  • Country of production: Hungary
  • Shooting location: Belgium
  • Distributor: Martina Droandi
Some objects are part of our everyday life. We don't question their utility, and we don't know where they come from. This film collects three stories behind the history of an object that is essential in some countries and completely unknown in others. Why is it so? With a closer look, an object can reveal a lot more than expected.

Director info
Martina Droandi began making films during a trip in Bolivia. It is then that she decided to bring her passion in documentary filmmaking forward and transform it into her career. After attending a course in direction in Granada (Spain) she was granted a scholarship in the Erasmus Mundus Programme Docnomads, a course taking place in three countries: Portugal, Belgium and Hungary. Previously, she obtained a BA in Social Anthropology and Music in London (UK). Indeed, her films reflect her passion for culture and society, looking for new forms to get a closer look and raise questions on society and the everyday.

Gbaya – Beekeeping and Honeyhunting

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 44 min
  • Director: Martin Gruber
  • Original Language: Gbaya
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Shooting location: Cameroon
  • Distributor: Martin Gruber
„Gbaya – Beekeeping and honeyhunting“ depicts different activities related to traditional beekeeping and honey hunting as practiced amongst the Gbaya in the area of Ngaoundere, Central Cameroon. The film first shows the highly sophisticated construction of a traditional hive by a beekeeper, who later demonstrates the harvest of honey from such a hive in a savannah habitat. The same beekeeper then demonstrates the practise of honey hunting. The film was produced in 2015 by anthropologist Martin Gruber and bee biologist Dorothea Brückner, both University of Bremen, in collaboration with Mazi Sanda and Adamou Moise of the University of Ngaoundéré.

Director info
Martin Gruber works as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen. Martin studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London and Social Anthropology at Hamburg University. He worked as a freelance filmmaker and researcher before completing a PhD on Participatory Ethnographic Filmmaking in 2013. Martin’s research interests are audio-visual research, ethnographic film, collaborative research, urban anthropology, political ecology and human-animal relationships with a focus on bees. Martin has conducted long-term ethnographic research in West Africa, Southern Africa, Bremen and Hamburg.

Ghost Ship

We embark on a cruise and travel through a tale of ships, cinema, shipwrecks, ghosts, love, and vampires.

Director info
Koldo Almandoz was born in Donostia-San Sebastián in 1973. After studying journalism and audiovisual communication, he proceeded to work on the radio, studied cinema and started shooting films. His first short movie, Razielen Itzulera was premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 1998. Since then, always working hand to hand with producer Marian Fernandez Pascal, he has written and directed many visually and narratively sugerent and challenging films. Koldo Almandoz is also a director of the culture and arts magazine the Balde, programer of the Point of View Film Festival in Pamplona and a bass player in the garage-punk band Gora Gora Kids.

I Believe In Pink

A tattoo artist in Lagos has found his niche tattooing the lips of men pink because they believe it makes them more acceptable to society.

Director info
Victoria Thomas is a UK based, BAFTA nominated and award winning filmmaker. A graduate of the National Film & Television School and Screen Academy Scotland, she holds an MFA in Film and occasionally lectures at art colleges in creative entrepreneurship.


  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 14 min
  • Director: Miroslav Stambolsky
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: United Kingdom
  • Shooting location: London
  • Distributor: Miroslav Stambolsky
    36 Louise White House, N19 3LU, London
Newborn is an ethnographic film which explores various topics within material culture. Its subject constitutes social reality within a specific subculture.
Director info
Miroslav is currently studying Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College in London.

Seven Days a Week

For the last 36 years, Paul has opened his North London paper stall at 4.40am, seven days a week, every week of the year. Now 66, and with his time selling papers nearing an end, Paul reflects on his life in the paper booth and what the future holds for the stall he inherited from his father.

Director info

Tal Amiran is a filmmaker based in London. His work includes documentaries, music videos and moving image art work.

Tal’s work has been screened at numerous festivals around the world and showcased at the Pompidou Centre Paris and Haus der Kultur Berlin amongst other venues.

The Migrant Woman

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Duration: 20 min
  • Director: Eli Jean Tahchi
  • Original Language: Arabic, English, French
  • Country of production: Canada
  • Shooting location: Canada
  • Distributor: Eli Jean Tahchi
An announcement on the social networks invited all interested Canadian women (actresses, dancers and lovers of cinema) to be present for a casting (without specifying neither age nor physical traits) for the role of a veiled woman in a short film in preparation. 11 women were interviewed and each in turn entered a proximate place with a complex subject such as the veiled female figure and the veil. The two casting sessions don't try to understand or to find answers to questions related to this subject, but will help research on the topic and in the collection of data and testimonials. Everything goes through a veil, bodies and looks. After the audition, we decided to turn the rushes into a short documentary.

Director info
Eli Jean Tahchi (1990), is a Lebanese director, screenwriter, experimental filmmaker, editor, and actor born and raised in Lebanon. Eli Jean studied Cinema in the Academie libanaise des beaux arts (ALBA) and earned a bachelor degree in film production. He moved to Montreal, Canada in 2011 to attend the University of Montreal where he earned an excellent master's degree and was placed on the dean's honor list for his movie “She is Lars” and his thesis on the sacrificial female space in the films of Lars von Trier.

These Objects, Those Memories

"These Objects, Those Memories" is a split-screen film focused on three long-term Zimbabwean female migrants, their objects and associated memories in Cape Town, South Africa. Through an exploration of the objects brought with them - objects sent back to their homeland, objects left behind and related memories - stories of joy, loss, and hopes for a return to Zimbabwe are examined.

Director info
Roger Horn lectures in Visual Anthropology at the University of Cape Town and Documentary Production and Film Studies at the SAE Institute Cape Town; drawing upon his 18 years of experience across various disciplines and media outlets for inspiration. Additionally, Roger is currently pursuing his PhD in Visual Anthropology where he continues to research and expand upon the material presented in These Objects, Those Memories.

Inside the Labyrinth

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Duration: 74 min
  • Director: Caroline D'Hondt
  • Original Language: English
  • Country of production: Belgium
  • Shooting location: USA
  • Distributor:

    Daniel De Valck


“Inside the Labyrinth” takes us on a journey into the lands of the Tohono O’odham indigenous people, located at the border between the American State of Arizona and the Mexican State of Sonora. The film follows individuals from this community, who contemplate the meaning of identity, indigenous sovereignty, immigration, borders and fear. It takes us to the heart of a migration zone, where military presence is increasing and where walls are being erected. As the film transports us there, it tells a story that echoes throughout the world, as states pursue policies of isolation and militarization to ensure their security. It is a journey to the center of the labyrinth.

Director info

Caroline D’Hondt is a Belgian filmmaker, graduated from the film school IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion). After working as an assistant director and producer in different projects, she directed short films and various documentaries and is currently developing feature film projects. She considers the cinema as a process that is intimately connected to the relationship that unites people in the world and questions the human being.

Eye-opening Value Game

  • Duration: 90 min
Eye-opening value game lead by the Estonian Refugee Council and Centre for Ethics
„Value game“ is an inclusive workshop which gives the possibility to reenact real life situations connected with migration and integration and to discuss on these topics. Value game gives an opportunity to reflect on the emotions and thoughts created by the films from the programm.

World Film Festival afterparty

World Film Festival afterparty at Erinevate Tubade Klubi

Music from all over the world!
Music by:
Andreas McKeough and Ahto Külvet (Psühhodisko and Psühhoteek)
Kersten Kõrge (One Night In Bangkok)
Martin Oja (Maailmamustrid, R2 Etnokonservid)
Maria Aua (Filmi "Samaaria mees" autor)
Kieran Hansen (Film "Üks pikk retk" produtsent)
Aivar Tõnso (Üle Heli)

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