Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her friends are caught up in the euphoria of the 2011 Arab Spring. Camera in hand, these artists and activists take to the streets to protest. They talk about art and relationships as much as politics. But as they film themselves over the next several years, their hopes for a better future are tested by violence, imprisonment, and death.
2016, Syria, Denmark, Germany, 100 min
Directors: Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
Producers: Ronnie Fridthjof, David B. Sorensen
A MERE BREATH explores the profound contradictory nature of family love. Both a journey of initiation and a theological parable, the film follows 7 years in the life of Sicrea family in Romania, capturing, in painterly tableaux of sheer poetry, the trials and tribulations of Dobrin, his wife Lia and their 3 children. Dobrin is waiting for a miracle to happen, to enable his youngest daughter to get up from her wheelchair and walk. As we see his children becoming adults, we witness how his close connection to God deeply impacts the family relationships.
2016, Romania, 67 min
Director: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Producer: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Russian citizen and Soviet-born Ukrainian native Vitaly Mansky crisscrosses Ukraine to explore Ukrainian society after the Maidan revolution as mirrored within his own large Ukrainian family. They live scattered all across the country: in Lviv, Odessa, the separatist area in Donbass, and Sevastopol on Crimea. The film is looking for reasons of the conflict after which citizens of a single country found themselves on a different sides of barricades including director's own family. The main narrative takes place in the here and now, starting with the turning point of ex-president Victor Yanukovych's flight to Russia. But below the main narrative there is a strong historical undercurrent, because the lives of protagonists of the film are marked by history on every step they take. This undercurrent will carry information about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict's deep roots in centuries of close ties between the two countries.
Dr. Sami is the veterinarian at Qalqilya Zoo, which is in the west of the West Bank, close to the border with Israel. It’s not easy to work in the only zoo in the world in occupied territory. The giraffes died during the last intifada, and replacing them is proving to be a real challenge. Animals that are “surplus to requirements” are sometimes available from foreign zoos, but never a giraffe. Everything in Palestine is related to politics, even something as innocent as a zoo. The zoo’s collaboration with the nearest Israeli zoo gives a good impression of the cross-border relations. We follow Dr. Sami’s quest for international recognition and watch as he makes friendly overtures to his Israeli counterparts. On a work visit to the zoo in Jerusalem, the zoo’s staff realize how far they are from even reaching the minimum standards. This rude awakening triggers Dr. Sami to push for the necessary improvements.
2016, The Netherlands, 84 min
Director: Marco de Stefanis
Producers: Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts
After living for 20 years in Berlin, Olga Delane returns to her family in Siberia. Members of her familiy and the village community comment on her modern, single life in the city, and tell her about their own none-too-happy marriages. Their relationships are traditional and practical: the man is the head of the household, the woman takes care of the housekeeping – and in fact, everything else. And what about love? "Love, marriage, it’s only a custom," an elderly woman says. “If your husband hits you, take a frying pan and hit him right back,” she advises. “If you give in once, he will always beat you.” In the end, children and family are what life is about, the interviewees all agree. At times amusing and moving, the elegantly filmed scenes paint a picture of a hard farming life with little room for romance. But when all the unhappily married uncles and aunts are dancing cheerfully together at a village celebration, Olga is left alone on the sidelines.
2016, Germany, 79 min
Director: Olga Delane
Producer: Frank Müller, Doppelplusultra
In the 1960s and 1970s, Antonia Santiago Amador, alias “La Chana,” was a hugely popular flamenco dancer – until she suddenly vanished from the public eye, at the height of her career. The frail and elderly dancer now reveals the reason her career came to such an abrupt end. Meanwhile, she prepares to give a performance together with friends and family. This intimate portrait is an ode to the elderly gypsy artist, for whom swirling skirts might be a thing of the past, but whose passion burns as strongly as ever.
2016, Spain / Iceland / USA, 82 min
Director: Lucija Stojevic
Producer: Lucija Stojevic
In the Romanian village of Lunguletu, 1000 farmers on their tractors sit on 100.000 tons of cabbage in the local market, waiting for customers. At the end of the day they either sell for nothing or destroy their crops. Intrigued of getting 1 ton of cabbage for just EUR 20 townie Serban decides to spend one year in the village and work the land, to see why these people got into a deadlock and if there is any way out. The Mayor and some villagers have ideas and possible solutions. But can they overcome the farmers mistrusting each other, their fear of a “collective farm” and the powerful urge to compete? A satire of current realities in agriculture Europe narrated by the director himself, the film will tell from the inside and in a self-ironical tone the story of a village that got stuck in between past and present.
2016, Romania, 60 min
Director: Șerban Georgescu
Producer: Alex Iordănescu
Anoosh and Arash are at the centre of Tehran's underground techno scene. They get off on what they do, and their passion for making music and spinning records is palpable. But dodging police, lying to government officials and having to peddle their recordings on the black market takes its toll. They decide to organize a final secret rave in the desert when Anoosh is arrested. In a country where the routine "eat, sleep, rave, repeat" is a punishable political act, the duo realize how dire their situation is. They despair about what the future holds for them in Iran, when (as if the universe were listening) they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world, inviting them to Switzerland. Suddenly on the verge of achieving their DJ dreams, the young men must figure out if music, artistic expression and freedom are worth sacrificing family, friends, culture and country.
2016, Switzerland, 84 min
Director: Susanne Regina Meures
Producer: Christian Frei
A group of friends with Down Syndrome have attended the same school for over 40 years, and they don’t want to continue complying with school obligations. Most of their parents are dead, and none of them thought their kids would outlive them. They always believed that when their parents died, they would be able to do those things they weren´t allowed to do before, like living on their own, having sex, getting married and having a real job. But things are not changing for them, and they have to deal with the frustration of living as if they were still ten-years-olds.
2016, Chile, Netherlands, France, 81 min
Director: Maite Alberdi
Producer: Maite Alberdi, Denis Vaslin
The cold war, the space race, and NASA's moon landing are iconic events that defined an era. They are also fodder for conspiracy theories. In Houston, We Have a Problem! filmmaker Ziga Virc explores the myth of a secret multi-billion-dollar deal involving America's purchase of Yugoslavia's space program in the early 1960s. This masterfully crafted feature-length docu-fiction is an intriguing blend of reality and fiction that recreates recent history through the prism of conspiracy theories. It invites the audience to make up its own mind about what is invented and what is real. In between the blurred lines of reality and fiction, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek asks the billion-dollar question: 'What is truth?' Using a wealth of archive footage, the film brings together all the strands of the myth through an eyewitness account from Ivan, a senior space engineer in the controversial Yugoslav space program. After WW2, Yugoslav intelligence reveals the existence of long-lost space.
2016, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Czech Republic, Qatar, 88 min
Director: Ziga Virc
Producers: Boštjan Virc, Siniša Juričić, Ingmar Trost
Yana is a 24-year old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her “Chinese Dream.” Drawn by the easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help real estate developers market their new developments. This business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote ghost towns into “globalized cities” on the days that outside investors visit. When the inevitable happens and the real estate bubble starts to pop, Yana is forced to sell her company and reassess everything she ever believed in. Filmed over several years, DREAM EMPIRE is at once a gripping personal story and rare on the ground chronicle of one of the most critical economic issues of our time.
2016, Denmark, 74 min
Director: David Borenstein
Producer: Jesper Jackr
Transnistria is a thin strip of land between the Moldovan river Dniestr and the Ukranian border. Since 1992 Transnistria has claimed and defended its independency, keeping all relevant artifacts of autonomous statehood: parliament, government, military, police and currency. In this compelling documentary we meet Oxana, a naïve and obedient school teacher, and Victor, tombstone dealer and regime opponent - as we, for the first time on film - live and explore the nervous system of this communistic rebel republic. A documentary about the only country in Europe you probably never heard of!
2016, Norway, Republic of Moldova, 52 min
Directors: Fabien Greenberg, Bård Kjøge Rønning
Producer: Antipode Films
In a country famous for its success in international beauty pageants, three young women are fighting to participate in their nation's most celebrated cultural institution. A character-driven documentary that takes the viewer through the inner workings of Venezuela's renowned beauty factory, revealing the risks and rewards associated with this multi-billion dollar industry.
2016, USA / Venezuela, 85 min
Directors: Edward Ellis, Aaron Woolf and Flor Salcedo
Production: Mosaic Films Inc., Tres Musas
Facebook, Amazon and Google provide us with around the clock access to the convinient digital world! Surveillance cameras on the streets take care of our security. But who actually collects our fingerprints, iris scans, online shopping preferences, and social media posting? Don´t we care about our privacy anymore? In his unique charming and curious way filmmaker Werner Boote travels around the world (USA, UK, China, HongKong, Austria, Cuba) to explore the “brave new world” of total control.
2016, Austria, 93 min
Director: Werner Boote
Producers: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser
In 2010 Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop. This film depicts their love of dance, each other and about friendship put to the test. About desires, yearning and finding the right path in life.
2015, Sweden, 94 min
Director: Tora Mkandawire Martens
Producer: Neo Publishing AB
Exorcism is still a fact of contemporary life. Every year, more and more people claim that their illnesses are caused by demonic possession. Father Cataldo is a veteran, one of the most sought-after exorcists in Sicily. Every Tuesday, many believers follow his mass of liberation, searching for a cure for some adversity for which there does not seem to be a label or a remedy. The Catholic Church reacts to this crisis by nominating priests as exorcists in increasing numbers and by organizing training courses for them. In order to respond to the rising number of requests for deliverance from evil, all French dioceses have installed at least one exorcist. In Spain, the archdiocese of Madrid is desperately trying to fill seven additional positions. In Rome and Milan alone, the number of exorcists has grown from six to 12, and the Church has set up an emergency call center. In the US, the number of exorcists has increased tenfold over the last few years.
2016, Italy, France, 90 min
Director: Federica di Giacomo
Producer: MIR Cinematografica, RAI Cinema
CCCP-Hockey is a hockeytale about sacrifice and ruthless demands ending up in a revolt against the Soviet-system. A revolt that dissolved and scattered the world's most famous hockey lineup; Fetisov, Kasatonov, Krutov, Larionov and Makarov. In the 1980s everyone knew their names by heart. "The Super Five" were undefeatable and were the Soviet state's last propaganda machine, under the leadership of its coach, the despotic hockey fanatic, Viktor Tichonov. For two years, filmmaker Bengt Löfgren and veteran Russia correspondent Malcolm Dixelius interviewed all the players about life then and now. CCCP-Hockey presents numerous surprising sequences and never-before-shown archival material from the team's glory days.
Four couples struggle on the edge of mother Europe. In countries troubled by economic and social crises they stumble through life with charme, sex and plenty of passion. A movie about the poli-
tics of love.
In Sevilla JUAN, 21, and CARO, 23, experience the wonder of a young love. However, Juan is without a plan for the life that lies ahead of him
and she desperately needs one. SIOBHAN, aged 28, and TERRY, 23, live in Dublin. When they first met they have fallen for love and heroin like other young habitants of this cold weathered town. But now sober for some time, on their way to lead a common life, their passion seems to disappear.
In Tallinn, close to the northeastern border of Europe, VERONIKA, a 29 year old go-go dancer, and her partner HARRI, 31, find themselves caught up in the toil of a patchwork family. Her oldest son proves to be a challenge for Veronikas confidence in Harri. She wants him to accept Artur as his own. Meanwhile in Thessaloniki, Greece, PENNY, 23, is about to leave her longtime lover NICO, 31, to go to work in Italy. But how do you leave someone who loves you too much?
Those four couples, geographically separated, love each other in a period of upheaval. The physical and emotional sphere becomes the only refuge in the fight for a future. An episodic and in-
terweaved parable for a continent and the women within.
Sevilla, Tallinn, Dublin, Thessaloniki. Europe, she loves.
2016, Switzerland, Germany, 100 min
Director: Jan Gassman
Producers: Lisa Blatter, Jan Gassman
January, 2013. A secretive transfer deal transported two Muslim players into the heart of Israel and the Jewish oriented Beitar Jerusalem F.C., leading to the most racist campaign in Israeli sport. One season and one football team in crisis, as power, money and politics fuel a club spiralling out of control.
2016, Israel, 87 min
Director: Maya Zinshtein
Producer: Maya Zinshtein, Geoff Arbourne
In a taxi conversation in Tbilisi. Europe, immigration and the comparison between today’s capitalism and the Soviet dictatorship are some of the subjects taken up. The differences in the political discourse between Sweden and Georgia are made clear and the mood is lightened by the classic compliment.
In Taxi Tbilisi I explore the spontaneous documentary. What happens to the words spoken when documented and screened? Join the taxi trip to Tbilisi airport.
The film is shot on an iPhone 5s.
Director: Johanna Bernhardson
Production company: subjektobjekt
Year of release: 2016
Lenght: 8 minutes
Country of production: Sweden
The gaze as the very de nition of othering – and tourists as the very de nition of Orientalization. But tourists that travel to Roma villages and Roma that market gypsy romanticism? What do both sides hope to get out of it? Can a more profound encounter even take place at all under these circumstances, with this clear assignment of roles?
26th of September, 16:00, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
Dennis Stormer a crescut în Kiel, Germania și a lucrat în principal în diferite grupuri de teatru înainte de a lucra în film. În 2009 Stormer s-a mutat la Frankfurt pentru a lucra la Institutul German de Film și la Festivalul de Film GoEast. În 2010 s-a mutat la Berlin, unde lucrează ca regizor independent și scriitor pentru revista de film Negative. În 2012 a început studiile în regia de film de ficțiune la Academia de Film Ludwigsburg. De asemenea, Stormer a studiat regia și artele vizuale la Universitatea Columbia din New York, începând din 2014.
Dennis Stormer grew up in Kiel, Germany, and worked mainly in different theatre groups before moving into film. Stormer went to Frankfurt in 2009, in order to work for the German Film Institute and goEast Film Festival. In 2010 he moved to Berlin, working as a freelancing director and writer for the film magazine Negative. He studied fiction direction at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg starting in 2012. Stormer also studied directing and visual arts at Columbia University in New York starting in 2014.
2017, Romania, Germany, 30 min
Director: Dennis Stormer
Producer: Dennis Stormer
Film workshop for high school students
[Vira Association, ViraFilms]
In February of this year, under the aegis of MOLDOX and sponsored by the Soros Foundation Moldoca, CONTACT Center Cahul started a documentary film studio for middle and high school students called "My First Documentary"(,,Primul Meu Film Documentar PMFD"). Under the guidance of our colleagues and friends from VIRA Films Association (Romania), 20 students participated in a two-week intensive training period, during which they learned the basic principles of a visual narrative structure, introductory shooting concepts, sound recording and installation. Thus, what began as a basic introduction about the in's and out's of documentary filmmaking for Cahul's youth gradually turned into a productive workshop that resulted in 8 documentary short films. By addressing various topics - from culture to the healthcare situation - they portray the local society of Cahul, as seen through the eyes of students studying here. And because movies belong on a big screen and the life cycle of a film starts with a festival, at this festival, the films made by the youth in Cahul during #PMFD will be projected before each screening at the Big Hall of the Palatul de Cultura.
My First Documentary Film [PMFD] workshop, addressed to high school students, uses documentary film as the main method of stimulating creativity and civic involvement. PMFD workshops consist of practical and theoretical sessions; fieldwork and teamwork, where participants learn how to use a camera and to understand better their community. Vira Association and ViraFilms team started the PMFD workshop in Birlad (RO) in 2012. Until now (September, 2017), 13 editions were successfully organized in several cities: Bucharest, Blaj, Caracal, Cahul (Republic of Moldova), Sibiu and Tulcea. The documentary short films made during PMFD workshops can be also watched online at www.atelieredefilmdocumentar.ro
[02’ 48”] Mrs Maria
A film by Igor Odagiu
Mrs Maria likes what she is doing. She is 63 years old and has 2 daughters. She was born in Moldova, Vulcanesti Rayon. She sees her work more like pleasure than an obligation. At school where works everything is much easier when her pupils meet her with smiles.
24th of September, 20:00, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
S.C. Semion Bondarenco [06’ 59”]
A film by Alexandru Mihai, Mihaela Creangă, Mihaela Milea, Valeriu Caranfil
Whether sport activities are practiced to improve health or as a solution against extra weight, the personal motivation of those who cross the border of the Cahul Sports Club are diverse. Schoolchildren, passionate students or adults who want to relax after their jobs through sport - they all build a lifestyle here.
25th of September, 16:30, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
I like the theatre [06’ 32”]
A film by Aliona Odagiu, Cristian Gaidau, Igor Odagiu, Doina Raru
The habitants of Cahul like theater, but not all of them have time for it. Besides that, the actors of “National Theatre B. P. Haşdeu” continue to play on the stage: over three decades of activity more than 100 pieces have been mounted. While waiting for a new building where they could practice their job, the actors do their duty by playing with passion on the stage under conditions that others would have left long time ago.
26th of September, 14:30, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
[04’ 53”] Thirsty for longing
A film by Sergiu Marian, Luminița Marineac și Mariana Mălai
The study of English language has become a priority for many pupils from Cahul. Their motivations are diverse but the direct results of their studies of this language can be seen by their parents at the school events. Even if the study of English offers them a future success in their careers, the longing for their parents who are thousands kilometers away has not been translated yet.
27th of September, 14:30, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
A film by Andriana Grosu, Ana Carnici, Elena Mălai, Estera Zaporojan
Marisha chose to come to Cahul from Philadelphia, through a volunteer program that gives her the opportunity to teach English to the high-school students from this small town. At first glance, Marisha seems a person coming to the host-country from a very different world. While understanding the local community and training herself to improve her skills, she actually is getting to know herself better.
24th of September, 14:30, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
[04’ 58”] It didn’t work out
A film by Marcela Covaș
Marcela was dreaming since her childhood to join the Art School from Chisinau. After she hardly convinced her parents to let her study there, she was refused and forced to continue her studies at a local high school from Cahul, where she was born. “It didn’t work out” is a short documentary that tells the story of Marcela and how she tries to involve painting in her everyday life.
24th of September, 16:30, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
[08’ 55”] You are my salvation
A film by Iulia Tătaru, Tudorița Bzovîi, Elena Bzovîi, Vlada Sănduleac
The Cahul Hospital Rescue Team saves lives day by day. The ambulance driver must always be ready to drive the team of doctors wherever are people in need for their help. The ambulance mechanic ensures that the cars are in perfect working conditions. The time the doctors reach the patients depends on that. Emergency interventions require a vigorous and stressful work pace. But they all work as a team, the Rescue Team.
25th of September, 16:30, Big Hall, Palatul de Cultura
Over a hundred roles in the theater and over 50 roles in native and foreign have stemmed from the passion in a single heart, the heart of the actor MIHAI VOLONTIR. In this documentary, we experience his rises and falls, discover the formula behind his talent and see the love and passion of this great ACTOR who, for decades, fascinated the world, becoming the most beloved of Moldovan actors.
2015, Republic of Moldova, 53 min
Directors: Mircea Chistrugă, Vlad Druck
Producers: S.A. Moldcinema, Ada Mateevici
Fragments of a Life is a video combining intimate family conversations between Olga Stefan and her grandmother, Sorana Ursu (now 91), with footage, photographs, and other images from the past and present, creating an assemblage of memories and impressions that both support and reject historical events. Through the personal account of Sorana Ursu, whose father was killed during the 1941 Iasi pogrom, along with those of other members of the family now in Israel and the United States, biographical fragments are pieced together in a desperate attempt to establish a coherent narrative of life, while acknowledging the incomplete image of reality they present, the malleability of memory, and the tragedy of forgetting that is an inherent part of survival. The story follows Sorana Ursu’s life in the wartime years, her evolution into a communist and ultimately her disillusionment, while exploring issues of identity, migration, displacement, and belonging.
2016, Romania, 48 min
Director: Olga Stefan
Producer: Olga Stefan
Majsan and Helle is over 80 years old when they finally are allowed to get married in church. Before the priest, they promise to love and cherish each other ”in sickness and in health”. But shortly after the wedding, Helle falls seriously ill after a stroke. Since Majsan herself has her physical disabilities, Helle is forced to move to a retirement home. Helle hates it there, and Majsan misses her so she does all she can for them to be together.
2017, Sweden, 16 min
Director: Paula Gustafsson
Producer: Plåster produktion