Shtetlers is a film about the inhabitants of small Jewish towns in the former Soviet Union. Surviving World War II, they clung to the old religion, language and craft until just recently. This world is rapidly vanishing, and the film offers the last glimpse into its unique culture and ways.
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WHEN YOU GROW UP ‘When you grow up’ is a short documentary that takes a view of people during a day of work. The silence and distance within the film creates an absurd portrait that makes you wonder what it means to be human in a work-driven society.
THE BOOK OF SABETH We encounter Elisabeth “Netzkowa” Mnatsakanjan, a writer, musician, painter, and scholar, who could not go on living in the Soviet Union and emigrated to Vienna in the 1970s. Her stories, her poems, her music and an encounter with an old friend depict a life dedicated to the arts and language
FRAM – FORWARD Two friends journey to the end of the earth, in order to dance in the polar wilderness of Svalbard. En route, they explore our ideas of the Arctic, along with the grand questions of life and art. ‘Fram’ is a unique and engaging journey to a place where few have been – […]
AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK 4 priests in 3 countries at different points of their biography – these are the protagonists of the film ” An impossible task”. In the centre: Martin, who wants to be a priest – actually. The film accompanies him for 4 years. An “intimate road movie” with a spiritual dimension.
I DREAM OF A FOREIGN WORLD “I dream with you, chase your monsters away…” Two newly formed welcome classes, with children from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon meet a German primary school class, in Berlin. Together with the theatre group ‘Drehbühne Berlin’ a play is created, about their own dreams and nightmares.
IKUINEN LIIKE Rooted with Wings explores the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer Tero Saarinen, granting a unique impression of his creative process. In a turbulent world fetishizing technology and change, Saarinen embraces a philosophy of awareness, presence in the moment and centered physicality.
Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from […]
‘How I Live’ follows the journey of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt. Moving between diagnosis and treatment, the complex issues facing the children, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties not only of cancer treatment but also the physical and geographic obstacles to accessing care and […]
The Berlin Wall is a metaphor for the concept of separation in this film. While seeing the remnants of the Berlin Wall today, surrounded by excited tourists, taking photographs, we hear the voices of several artists from different backgrounds who talk about their bitter personal experiences imposed on them due to their nationalities. These voices […]
Каменный гость The key figure of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia was Lenin. After his death in 1924 Lenin’s image was immortalized in countless numbers of monuments in the Soviet Union and in the Soviet bloc’s countries. In her video, the artist refers to depicted in stone image of the Revolution […]
We become the reflection of our dominant thoughts. Live your dreams rather than dreaming your life is the choice of these women that take their destiny into their own hands in order to transcend their existence and rise above the monotony of daily life.
THE LITTLE DEATH «The little death» is a documentary film about the female orgasm. Women from various ages, experiences and sexual preferences talk about their orgasms in all sincerity. Poetical, abstract and metaphorical images take us into the heart of their sensations. Speaking about orgasm, the protagonists talk about their desires, their sexuality. With sensibility, […]
When Tamer Alawam was killed by a grenade in 2012, he left over 300 hours of film footage of the Syrian Revolution – images, which were meant to show Syria from inside. Overwhelmed by the flood of these images and driven by feelings of grief, responsibility and powerlessness, two young filmmakers and friends of Tamer […]
THE VILLAGE AND THE WILDFIRE If everybody works together, great things can be achieved!” – 37 inhabitants of Ferraria de São João follow this principle. The small Portuguese village lies hidden amidst an enormous expanse of eucalyptus forest. Eucalyptus, although lucrative for the booming paper industry, is easily inflammable and is therefore an uncontrollable threat […]
The German theatre landscape became a world heritage in 2014 due to its extensive spread throughout the country. At the same time, in the small town Neustrelitz, Frank Mösel casts his fishing rod but takes no bait: “At the grand duke’s we had a theatre. At the Nazi’s we had a theatre. At the communist’s we also had a […]
ARE YOU THERE? Note to programmers: Are You There? is part of a paradigm shifting transmedia project called If You Are Not There, Where Are You? (IYANTWAY). Besides the documentary film, the project also includes the VR-installation In My Absence, a book, an art exhibition, live events with artists and scientists, a website with 360-film […]
More than 40 years ago, Bas Jan Ader decided to go on an adventure. In a tiny sailing boat, the Dutchman set sail across the ocean. Nine months later the boat was found adrift at sea. There was no sign of Ader. It’s a story that has always fascinated filmmaker Martijn Blekendaal, not just because […]
STEKENJOKK AND THE GUARDIANS OF THE EGGS Every year during June, police officer Mimmi and nature guard Håkan patrol Sweden’s windiest place, the valley of Stekenjokk. Eggs thieves’ ravages the area where rare bird eggs are laid during the breeding season. Thousands of eggs have been stolen over the years and sold between collectors and […]
I remember the moment quite well when Isi called me the first time. I was 14 years old and just signed up for the Hockey-club. He has taken me into his heart straight away and showed me his lovely, exciting world, which seemed to offer so much. I looked up to him. He had a […]
A high-rise roof somewhere in Berlin. From the rooftop you can see the whole city. It is summer. On the roof is a group of refugees from Syria. The depth below reminds them of the depth of the sea. Above them is only sky. On this roof, they feel like they are back on their […]
In the Wauters Farm installment of their Changing Landscapes series, Los Angeles based art collective ARTHUR KING travels to a small family farm in rural Iowa in order to gather audio and video field recordings and reuse them creatively in a large-scale, improvisational visual art and music performance within the same setting. These musical and […]
WE WAITED UNTIL NIGHTFALL We waited until nightfall revisits repurposed cinemas through haunting images and sounds that trace the practices of belonging still embodied in the theatres’ remains.
Over 80, Marika has an infant soul and a passionate existence: craving for desserts, playing with her stuffed toys and dressing up like a pretty ballerina. After 60 years of a loveless and empty life, Marika finally has Janos by her side: tango, waltz, swing, cha-cha-cha…, pastries if she wants even twice a day… Marika’s […]
FEBRUARY 27th For 42 years, around 210.000 Saharawi have been living in camps in the Algerian desert due to the occupation of the Western Sahara by Morocco. The Saharawi are waiting for a promised referendum, which should enable them to decide on their future and the usage of their homeland. “February 27th“ is a national […]
Even at 80 Brian Auger is always on tour playing the stages of the world. He travels either with his own band, THE OBLIVION EXPRESS ( Alex Ligertwood, voc/git, Travis Carlton, bass, Karma Auger, drums) or joins musicians like Italian superstar ZUCCHERO on their world tours. His answer to the question , why he still […]
THE PATRIOT At the age of 21, Vasily Vlasov became the youngest parliamentarian in the Russian Duma. Given his abundant confidence and self-assured manner, he could have been a refreshing new voice. But Vasily is the assistant and protégé of the ultra-nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Strikingly, his deeply conservative party LDPR, which is viewed by […]
PORTRAITS OF MY MOTHER This is a documentary about my mother and the moment that changed her life. Through her narration, my mother confesses to me what she remembers from the moment she was raped as a child. By painfully recalling this traumatic event, she reflects on the sexual abuse of children and the scars […]
People have told myths and stories back through time, even before we could write. However in this world explained by science and technology, could our surroundings still be imbued with storytelling and wonder? As technology advances in complexity, the mystery grows, and provokes us to create myths again in contemporary life. Filmmaker Sunjoo Lee goes […]
CHECKER TOBI AND OUR PLANET’S SECRET Checker Tobi’s greatest adventure begins on a pirate ship in the middle of the sea. That’s where he finds a message in a bottle which contains a riddle. If he’s able to solve the riddle he will reveal our planet’s greatest secret. An exciting treasure hunt that brings Tobi […]
ACTUALLY SHE IS MY LITTLE BROTHER “Actually she is my little brother” tells the journey of the young film student Lena. Because of her transsexual sister she meets three young people who are already on their way into the right body. The question of how Lena is able to support her eleven-year-old sister is omnipresent.
DOORS Henning has been working as a bouncer in St. Pauli for more than 15 years. Some people think that all bouncers are stupid and violent, but Henning went to University and writes satirical short stories. His humour and his empathy are a big help to solve conflicts without escalation. Standing at club doors he […]
THE OLDEN HERALDS At almost 90 years old, Tatá and Esperanza witness the election of the first Cuban president in more than half a century without the Castro surname. Secluded on an islet of vegetation, they watch on their television the speeches about firmness and the applause of political fervor. During the elections, a storm […]
Two men, one car and 2000 miles of dust and drinks. German DJ duo “andhim” are doing a road trip of the West Coast hunting the American dream for beer, boobs and burgers. Between their shows the two guys experience everything that America has to offer from cozy camping trips in the mighty Red Woods […]
UNEXPECTED At the beginning there are only white and black spots. The feeling of uncertainty is clearly present. The heaviness in the air brings shadows which are forming strange objects. With time they will transform into a person.
This film features five charismatic taxi drivers and their passengers from five different cities: Bangkok, Pristina, Dakar, El Paso and Berlin. For 24 hours, we follow them through their city, their daily routine, their private life, listening to their thoughts. A parallel montage of the different time zones, based on Central European Time, creates a […]
TRANSMODERNITY The experimental documentary film TRANSMODERNITY raises the question of how reality can be possible in a different way. It is a portrait of our time and its currents, created by a mosaic of twelve different changemakers and their projects across Europe. The film touches upon the need to reinvestigate our education, consumption, relation to […]
CUBAN CANVAS is a story about intense color and textured patterns, ingenious materials and bold vision at the heart of artistic expression in Havana today. A leading artist of the new generation, Roger Toledo Bueno mines the past through the masters who started their careers before him — Afro-Cuban painters Manuel Mendive and Roberto Diago, […]
THE ART TO SURVIVE. „The art to survive“ portraits four People who made art to their purpose of live. They tell story’s about about their art, their everyday life, and the difference between the life as an artist and daily requirements. If you want to be an artist, you need courage, because on the way […]
Fridi has set herself an ambitious goal: She wants to become Federal Chancellor of Germany with her own election campaign. After being divested of her daughter by the Youth Welfare office she starts to believe more and more in a conspiracy of freemasons, Scientology, the Lions club and many others. She gained prominence beyond Swabia […]
OLOWE AND I. His first “Olowe” was a fake, but by then art dealer Jean David had already fallen in love with the Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise (1875-1938). He absolutely had to have a genuine piece of art… and set off to find it. However, is it possible to distinguish between “real” and “fake” […]
WE OWN THE CRISIS. In WE OWN THE CRISIS a Greek family from Athens is fighting for their existence. Mother Georgia works for little money six days a week, father Panagiotis doesn’t find a job for month and 18 year old daughter Vasiliki is struggeling with her school graduation. Seperately it seems they won’t make […]
In a hybrid film, both documentary and fiction, five young women describe the feeling of grief when losing a parent at a young age. Anna returns to her father’s home, a year after his death. When reunited with his belongings, both his life and death seem present. When Anna loses herself in the music of […]
LO QUE MÁS AMAS. I had travelled a long way. Finally, I arrived at the hills, to you, the Magical Town. I wanted to ask what you love the most. The Finnish filmmaker Antti Seppänen arrives in the old mining town of Real del Monte in Mexico. His two simple yet difficult questions for the […]
DANS NOS VEINES. Inside the cockfighting pits in Thailand, in Philippines and the ones in Guadeloupe, Aod, Edgar and Dolores are preparing their roosters for an upcoming fight in front of a public of bettors and aficionados. For the Thais, the Filipinos and the Guadeloupeans, this sport runs through their veins meanwhile it is a […]
FOR A SMILE… The short-documentary „For a smile…” is a movie about the consequences of war traumas for children. For the documentary, the filmmakers accompanied four so called Clown Doctors of the organization Red Noses International on their trip to Kyiv. They worked there with traumatized children from the eastern parts of Ukraine. The movie […]
Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra Bromfield’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8. A schoolteacher with many creative talents, Cassandra’s mom documented the exuberance of her neighborhood’s public spaces, showcasing the lively pool, the packed playground, and the graffitied handball court. Passion to […]
DIE MISSION DER LIFELINE. Their purpose: to save refugees from drowning. For this, Axel Steier and his team from the Dresden sea-rescue NGO “Mission Lifeline” have worked tirelessly for years to collect donations. Together with two Spanish NGO’s, they finally manage to buy their own ship and set off to the Mediterranean. In his hometown […]
A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. […]
The Quiet Rebel, a documentary film by Carole Cassier, tells the extraordinary, controversial story of radical feminist Australian performance artist Casey Jenkins: her rise to internet fame – and shame. Casey Jenkins did not expect to become an internet phenomenon in 2013 when she first performed Casting off my Womb. As a meditation on fertility, […]
A former luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere, close to the Serbian Bulgarian border. Here those who are not wanted anymore in Germany find shelter after they have been deported. Bela Palanka takes the stranded and the lost. Amongst them is Emrah, a 28-year-old Rom. After committing several crimes, he was deported to his […]
THREE DAYS IN BERLIN. Set in Poland and Germany the film shows two radically different approaches to the legal situation regulating the right to abortion in Poland. On one hand a catholic initiative that promotes pro-life messages and organizes public rosaries “for the restoration of the morale of the Polish people”, on the other hand […]
While the world is ablaze, a blind director asks her theater group to help her process her broken heart. In a chaotic and iconographic role play, the group embarks on its search for love’s true nature, while the fear of the physical world’s limitations are buried deep underneath the stage floor.
THE SAFE BIRTH – WHAT ARE MIDWIFES FOR? The safe Birth is a documentary about the impact of routine medical interventions on the mother-child unit and how physiological birth can be safe, healthy and easy.
Steven’s reason to ride.
A quest for leisure and holidays takes a filmmaker from continental Africa to the beautiful Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius where he is hosted by Gilberte, his renowned celebrity painter friend. When Gilberte suddenly suffers mental breakdown, the filmmaker puts his holidays on hold and becomes a pillar of support for Gilberte as she struggles […]
An intense, intimate and beautiful journey into the mind of Alba, a 16-year-old ballet dancer at the acclaimed Corella Dance Academy in Barcelona. Her inner thoughts start to question the life she is leading, her lost adolescence, and her place in the world.
“Black China” is a documentary journey to the Eldorado of today – to China. The times of the “American Dream”, a key concept of the 20th century, are over. New powers come into play. Economic miracle China moves into the fast lane and represents a ‘Chinese Dream’. What kind of dream is it? What does […]
CHINESE DREAM is an episodic documentary, set in an African milieu in Guangzhou, China. For the first time in its history China becomes an immigration goal. At the moment more than 300.000 Africans live permanently in China. The protagonists of CHINESE DREAM are Chinese who interact with Africans on a daily basis: They come from […]
Rous is a determined 25-year-old woman from Mexico who signed up with a U.S. placement agency to work as an au pair for a year. Attracted by the agency’s focus on “cultural exchange,” she imagined growing her English skills, making American friends, and getting to share her culture with her host family. As she lives […]
MY RUSSIAN SPRING. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the parents of filmmaker Xenia Sigalova fled with her to Germany. 20 years later she returns to her homeland to explore what became of her former three best friends. Roman, Vladimir and Alexander grew up in the Soviet Union and had to find their way […]
PAJU – THE INNER DIVISION. A German-Korean filmmaker travels to the border between North and South Korea, to the town of Paju, where she encounters its residents, and their various attitudes toward the division of their country. In these meetings, an inner division also emerges – between the generations, their experiences and wishes for the […]
TELL THE WIND I’LL SOON BE THERE. “Next year we go into the water,” says Per inside the cabin of his life’s dream: a self-made sailing ship. With the “Bonavera” he wants to sail and proselytise. Bring seagrass insulation to where it is needed, to the Shetlands and through the Northwest Passage into the Bering […]
A city tour through the architecture of an Online-Shooter Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the game’s software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a pacifistic city tour. […]
سكان الأرض اليباب SOUKAAN AL-ARD AL-YABAAB People of the Wasteland is an experimental short-film in a first-person point of view depicting the clashes of Syrian fighters in the front line. In the chaos of war, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. This exclusive Go-Pro footage from inside war aims to remind us that […]
THE SUNKEN VILLAGE The stone steeple of the Alt-Graun church rises from the waters of lake Resia, in the Venosta Valley in South Tyrol. It stands as a lonely, silent witness to the horrible tragedy that befell Graun (Curon) and Reschen (Resia) in 1950, when both villages—with their unique natural and cultural landscape—were submerged by […]
ELI – A PORTRAIT “In the end your soul wants to follow your body. Your body wants to follow your soul.” Balian Buschbaum My short documentary-portrait is a thought-provoking impulse. Known TV documentaries dealing with the topic transgender, always have this voyeuristic character, though they actually try to be illuminating in a way. ELI shows […]
Beyond Pain is a documentary with fictional scenes, describing pain in some of its forms. Xenia is one of the Berlin Staatsballett dancers. Jan is a psychoanalyst and photographer. John, twenty years ago, due to his HIV infection, went into a coma and lived a Near Death Experience. The three stories cross each other throughout […]
Mia, a former trapeze artist from Florida finds herself at the head of a small circus with her husband in German-speaking Switzerland. Despite an exhausting nomadic lifestyle, Mia has faith in the circus tradition and patience while passing on this cultural heritage to her daughter Simone.
SPÅRVIDDSHINDER. A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole […]
The members of video activist group Equipe Media fight to keep their cameras. They use them to document the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights in Africa’s last colony. No journalists are allowed to enter occupied Western Sahara. The only images that find their way out of the territory are the ones Equipe Media manages […]
After a few years of war in their country, a group of young Syrian friends decide to leave the Middle East and hit the road together to come to Europe. Through every step, their music and their friendship help them hold on.
WE BUILT THIS CITY. “We built this city” tells the almost biblical story about search, finding and the flood. Living in a small country town young people of the 90s fight for a place to fulfill their dreams. Meet Austrian’s underground music scene of the 90s!
The Hacked Mind blurs the lines between art, spirituality, science and technology. It is a story that challenges and encourages the audience to go on an inner journey through image experience and consciousness movement. This experimental film is pointing out inevitable challenges we will face on our life’s journey. It is a journey into inner […]
In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. […]
WALL CALLS. A park in summer. Every day a woman comes with her children to call her husband. In the park she is well, for one or two hours. She may not be able to see her husband, but she can hear him. A wall separates the two.
Östersunds Fotbollsklubb is no ordinary soccer team. For the past four years players, technical team, administratives and directive have collaborated on a cultural initiative that has seen them performing in their own theatre piece, venturing into painting, and the publication of a book narrating their experiences as part of the club. ‘See the Man’ tracks […]
BREAK FREE – TWO PEOPLE. TWO YEARS. ONE DREAM. Ulli and Lena want to leave everything behind them for six months. Their plan: driving from Hamburg to South Africa. But they will never get there. Instead, they are taking their old Land Rover Terés and the 40-year-old roof tent, a present from Ulli’s auntie, to […]
TEARS OF THE OLIVE. Tears of the Olive takes the viewer on a magical journey into the ancient culture of olive oil production. What is the secret of olive oil and how is it won? What distinguishes the olive tree? And what significance does the olive have for human culture? On the Podere Usignolo, in […]
A snapshot of a moment in time: Adrian confronts the reality that she must leave her adopted home of Berlin, Germany and return to her native home Toronto, Canada. The director first intended the film to be an observational documentary, but almost immediately became actively engaged in the situation she was documenting. As she spoke […]
Dan Dailey lives in the middle of the Texas desert, one of the least populated, and darkest places in the U.S. Dan chose this place for a reason; in 2009 he started a retreat for juvenile parricides, or kids who have killed their parents. WANDERVOGEL begins when two documentary filmmakers arrive at Dan Dailey’s residence […]
The Alps in winter. Men and machines engage in a strange ballet to shape the mountain. The territory resists and reality collides with the imaginary.
EXODUS – Reports of four unaccompanied minor refugees. Every year ten thousands of unaccompanied minors are heading for Europe. The children are sent by their parents to get away from their war-torn homelands. In search of a better future they go on a journey into the unknown. In EXODUS Raman, Zana, Khalid and Ruholla are […]
Until recently Myanmar (also known as Burma) was shut off from the rest of the world by a military dictatorship. Ever since a democratisation process started, the country opened up, not only politically but also economically. Investors and multinational companies view Myanmar today as the “last frontier” of globalization: 53 million new customers may be […]
I am half-Tunisian and grew up in Austria. I would like to get to know Tunisia more closely in order to find out more about my identity, which always leaves me in a state of conflict between my Austrian and Tunisian families. In the course of the journey, I want to discover various perspectives and […]
NOTHING BUT SUN. A film that discovers the souls of the last four survivors of a small abandoned village in the middle of nowhere in Spain. A life outside of civilization give them personal freedom but also brings loneliness. A blues festival among the ruins should collect donations for the village’s survival.
‘Too-Tash’ is a short documentary from the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan. An old Kirghiz nomad tells a tale about past times, when people and ghosts used to live together. Adun Mergen was a famous hunter, who travelled alone and always shared his prize with those in need. Once, when sleeping in a cave, he was […]
Marvin Rees grew up as a mixed-race child in Bristol’s ghettos in the UK, which meant living with prostitution, violence and poverty around him. For a long time, Marvin has wanted to fight the injustices he experienced and so he decides to run for mayor of his city. As an amateur, he steps into the […]
THE LAST OF HIS KIND. This is the story of Paul, a broken man. A man who has lost everything. A man whose home is now like a ghost town, attracting rubberneckers every day, from all over the world. Since his birth, Paul himself has never gone farther than a few kilometres from this place, […]
MAKE IT SHORT! With almost everyone carrying their own personal telephone boxes with them these days, what’s happening to those iconic yellow objects that adorned our pavements? “Make it short!” – is the final part of a trilogy, shining the spotlight on the disappearing phone booths of the Ruhr region and giving a voice to […]
Each year around 250 children lose their lives to cancer in the U.K. alone, and many of those who survive are left with life-changing side effects from their treatment. ‘Locks’ is a short documentary about three children whose separate lives are intertwined by the effects of cancer and its treatment.
NON-SWIMMERS An empty cracked pool, old cabins where the doors are only half-hinged, chairs and waterballs are left behind. The more than 100-year-old swimming pool was once a place of recreation where now traces of the past on the bathers at that time refer. You can still hear people splashing and screaming while you see […]
MENSCHSEIN This film documents the environment of people with disabilities around the world, to understand if human rights are universal for all of us. With material collected from 23 different nations, it captures a collection of personal stories that points out fundamental questions such as who we are for each other? and what makes us […]
SARGIS – SUCH IS LIFE SARGIS – Such is Life tells the story of Sargis Martirosyan, Austria’s best weightlifter, who for years had to watch other athletes on TV win the medals he could have won. Now, in the twilight of his career, he goes all in to make his dream come true and get […]
What has Bondi done to my brother? is a documentary about two estranged brothers, Joe and Tom. Growing up, older brother Joe had no time for Tom and cared only for money and success; inevitably landing his dream finance job in Sydney. But then Joe moved to Bondi Beach, quit his job, grew his hair […]
Jululu – a musical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vast plantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalese griot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, the soul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throng […]
AMERICAN VIENNA is the story of a trip to different places with the same name. A road trip to the Viennas of the USA that offers snapshots of remote and rural areas of the East Coast and Midwest. Far from politics and crisis, the charm of the unexceptional is a constant travel companion.
JA, ANDREI IWANOWITSCH – FILM ABOUT A LIFE. Are we able to forget? The hero of the film is an ordinary person whose name is Andrei. He goes to work, he travels, he helps his neighbours, he lives an active love life. But there is something that makes him stand out. If looking closer we […]
THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW. Golzow is an eastern German village, running out of inhabitants. The mayor has an idea: Refugee families should bring new people to Golzow. That is why Fadi, Halima and their children now found shelter in the village. A film about an ambivalent integration experiment on the German countryside.
22-year-old Kei refuses to conform to the Japanese achievement-oriented society. He is homeless by choice, living on the streets and under the bridges of Kyoto. His love for nature and music keeps him afloat in his dream world. However, when he runs out of money, he is forced to face reality.
I DET FRI. On the 8th of October 2013, Geir Karijord goes missing in Romsdal Valley, Norway. This leaves his family in limbo – should they mourn their brother and son, or should they hope for his return? «I’m Free» depicts the family’s experience of Geir’s disappearance. It is an intimate documentary about loss, hope […]
A day in the life of Giovanni Granati, an Italian falconer and wild animal trainer who lives in the unspoiled countryside of Abruzzo, alongside his hawks, eagles, wolves and other incredible creatures.
FAMILY LIFE. Biggi and Alfred used to be a couple, but life’s tough if you don’t have gainful employment and so they are still living together on a run-down farm in Saxony-Anhalt. Biggi’s daughters Denise (17) and Saskia (14) are trying to make their way in life but are hindered, both by the emotional roller-coaster […]
«The Dragons» is a documentary film (built on a succession of portraits and self- portraits) about the daily life of young autist pupils in their classroom. A microphone and a camera have been given to the six kids of the classroom in a total freedom and experimentation spirit. Each in turns (with handheld cameras), the […]
Ludmylla, Victor and Ângelo are three siblings with different gender identities and sexual orientations. Born and raised in one of São Paulo’s favelas, they bring us into their world during the city’s LGBT Pride Month. Every year, São Paulo hosts one of the world’s largest Pride Parades to celebrate Brazil’s LGBT community. But homophobia and […]
ELSEWHERE. The film portrays eight men who are serving long prison sentences and attempts to show a differentiated image of the inmates. Centered on full frontal views and direct eye contact with the camera, the men talk about their lives in physical and visual isolation. Animations, conceived of by the inmates themselves, form a second […]
A Step Without Feet is a documentary about connecting and sharing each others’ cultures through universal themes like music, art, family, and friends. Within the backdrop of Berlins beautiful, winter landscape, we captured the daily lives of seven extraordinary Syrians exiled from their home country. Due to misguided stereotypes perpetuated by the media; being labelled […]
WITHOUT THIS WORLD. Argentina, 2016: in a remote desert 700 Mennonites of German origin lead 18th- century lives without electricity, music, or any of the amenities modern life affords. But is it really conceivable to reject modernity altogether? Without This World captures the portrait of a tranquil, contemplative society caught between tradition and change.
IT HAPPENED AND TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE. VOLKHARD KNIGGE AND BUCHENWALD. What kind of societal relevance does a memorial place of a former concentration camp have 72 years after the end of the war? The historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald memorial foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again […]
The film shares the stories of Bernice from Kongo, Emmanuel from Ghana, Ivan from Ukraine, Nana from Georgia and Pantea from Iran on their journeys to landscapes and cities in Westphalia, Germany. They talk about their descent, being on the move and coming home. ORTEN watches and listens very closely, offering surprising insights.
KRZYSIA’S IMAGO. KRZYSIA’S IMAGO is a film portrait of the polish performer, painter and educator Krzysztof Jung (1951-1998). The authors of the film – his godchildren – are trying to capture the phenomenon of Jung’s personality, who fascinated people in his environment, through the passion he had for everything he did. What emerges is the […]
NICHT MEHR UNSERE HEIMAT. In the beginning there are human beings. Human beings living together in harmony. Little quarrels here and there of course, but they are ordinary and they don’t result from the abyss that is opened up by the separation into groups with different origin. The documentary ‘No Longer Our Homeland’ demonstrates the […]
The film highlights the civil disobedience action “Code Rood” in the port of Amsterdam in June 2017. The blockade of Europe’s second-largest coal port draws a red line against this important infrastructure facility for fossil capitalism. The largest single source of the coal shipments is Colombia, where coal is extracted under ecologically and socially devastating […]
Qassem and Abdullah were children when their family fled Afghanistan in the 1980s, to arrive in Iran as refugees. Now after 30 years and with families of their own, Qassem is risking it all for a brighter future and waits in a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany. Abdullah remains behind in Iran to struggle on, […]
TOUCH THE SKY A Catalan who lives in Germany since 20 years and her daughter belong to the first catalan human-tower-group in Hamburg. She rediscovers her cultural identity and pass her roots on to her daughter. The events of Catalonia independence movement has been having a great effect on the human-tower-group in Hamburg.
Sacrifice, a love story, longing and a difficult life far away from home: Carmen is a poignant and heartfelt portrait of a woman who follows her heart from Venezuela to Madrid, but finds a hard reality. The man she followed is gone and her days are long, lonely and hard. She earns her living singing […]
Masala Chai: A documentary film which shows the daily routine of five tea makers from different social backgrounds all over India. At the Azadpur Market in Delhi, in an upper-class teahouse in Pune, at an Indian film set near Mumbai, in the ancient streets of Kolkata and at the tea growing station Darjeeling five have […]
CLOUD KUMO is an experimental film that recounts the devastation of Hiroshima atomic bombing when Satoko Ishii, a real atomic bomb survivor revisit the darkest days of her life. Reiko, her granddaughter who suffers from the genetic radiation poisoning draws strength from Satoko to choreograph dance performance based on her life story. Together they face […]
Dave Groh, a cab driver who dresses like Elvis, finds himself not only in a battle with the city of Seattle but also the dark side of Elvis.
HOMELAND Right-wing populism is spreading through Western Europe like wildfire. It is most popular in quiet, white neighbourhoods where people are shielded from different cultures and lifestyles. In this unscripted documentary, Sam Peeters portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.
시 읽는 시간 This documentary is about different time. One is capitalistic, the other is poetic. Five people who are living in Seoul City tell about themselves and their anxiety for the first time. Their voices and images are like reading a poem.
THE NEW CITY – THE OTHER SIDE OF DRESDEN In the last few years, Dresden (Germany) has got the reputation of a right wing extremists and conservative city, where PEGIDA demonstrates every Monday evening and refugees and foreigners feel sometimes “not welcome”. But there is another Dresden. The colourful one.
In Western culture, when we find ourselves in crisis, it’s natural to question our existence and the meaning of life. We are suffering; we want to change. Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far Eastern practices. Buddhism is one path to enlightenment. Following […]
Aysha and Michele are at the wall bars, climbing rope in hand. Kevin stands next to them, black socks against a dull blue floor, left hand in his pocket. We all start together on three. One, two, three. The camera frames the scene, directs the course of events, encourages active participation. It breaks things open, […]
Many Dominicans of Haitian descent are facing harsh times since the conservative wing is pushing for a law which would have serious consequences for them: Denationalisation and deportation to Haiti. Julio and Alejandro are born and raised in the Dominican Republic, they speak Dominican Spanish, they love the Dominican culture, they feel like Dominicans. Yet […]
RUSSIAN SALAD Between melancholia and fights, between laughter and anger, six members of former USSR share a dinner. They are trying to remember the good days of the Soviet Union, a lost universe. They used to be unified with a common education but today they are from six different countries with six different languages.
OUR SEA In Havana, Emilio watches the prima ballerina dancing. He repairs her ballet shoes but doesn’t dare talk to her. He’s too shy. At home, he takes care of his elderly mother and spends some time with his neighbour, the singer Omara Portuondo. Together they watch the sea changing colour. A storm is brewing.
ХАЙМ – HOME – HEIMAT A Russian-Jewish immigrant is searching for his Germaneness and wonders about why his family is celebrating Christmas with a stolen Christmas tree. An autobiographical soul-searching through suburban Germany.
A past childhood period that was long tucked away in denial comes back alive within the intimate and uterine space of a bathtub.
Zaman is a young afghan boy who lives and works as an hairdresser in a salon, in Calais’s migrant camp the ‘Jungle’. Like thousands of others he has fled from war. As the french government announces ‘jungle’s’ imminent destruction, Zaman does not know where to go. Reaching the U.K. seems to be his only option, […]
Reconstructing Reality is an 11-min film about how information shapes our minds and perception of reality. I investigated how different ways of storytelling contribute to our constantly changing perception of reality. The red thread is based on a personal story. It is edited with found footage, a collage of different ‘voices’ captivates the viewer to […]
Just like every morning a man unlocks the school gates. Just like every morning he starts his day with a strong tea. But today Khalid the school janitor experiences everything differently. On his walk through the empty school grounds he learns more about the student’s dreams, fears and memories than ever before. This documentary draws […]
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
In the darkness of a nightclub, hairdresser Porck and firefighter Dayana try their luck as Brega singers while plotting their course from studio to stage. Gestures are followed by melodies about love, betrayal, luxury and power in an experimental documentary about how pop music is experienced as a new form of labour in the Northeast […]
In the documentary “Por los Camiones del Sur” the stories of six musicians meander along curvy federal roads through the breathtaking scenery of southern Mexico. The protagonists do not perform in the spotlight of big stages but earn their living with guitars and accordions in the narrow aisles of beaten country buses. Dripping with sweat, […]
In rural villages in Ghana, Clara faces the challenges of teaching, as her students discover the happiness of having wheels. This playful animated documentary shows how bicycling brings joy to a new teacher and independence to her students.
Amazingly authentic, the film Open Land offers an intimate portrait of it’s protagonist, living jazz legend John Abercrombie. This wonderful encounter is as poetic and dense as his music. Open Land is a very personal portrait that gives an insight into the life and work of this outstanding artist.
Brightly colored business parks flourish at the connection points of German autobahns, to make life easier and nicer. This film screens a lightly satirical study about the change of our landscape.
The director is searching for his own rebellion. He wants to have an adventure, break out, go wild. But… how can he be a rebel if his parents were punks, heavily involved in the scene back then, creating havoc with their bands? When he and his parents go on a journey to Italy, he is […]
In Germany you need the so-called ‘Missio Canonica’ to teach Catholic Religion in any public school. This legal teaching authorization is only granted by the Catholic Church itself to those who pledge to lead a life according to the moral ethics of the church. The document can easily be taken away again for certain violations […]
FLYING REVOLUTION tells the extraordinary, inspiring, and above all, moving success story of the Berlin Breakdance Group FLYING STEPS. The desire to survive as B-Boys (Breakdancers) while supporting their own families drives the group, whose lives are characterized by a two-decade long struggle for existence.
Having come from the sea, two young sportswomen are paddling their canoe with all their strength on a vast plain. They meet some of the inhabitants, whose activities and narratives evoke a human story of its own. A committed film, like an on-sight navigation in quest of a realistic fable.
oo-nye-doo? follows several threads which are linked in varying ways: Why I didn’t get a Furby and what the NSA’s got to do with it, how fears and fetishes overlap and how the hole in us is always exactly the same size as the product we desire. Starting with one’s own wish for a Furby, […]
A farmer woman from Kenya and a shepherd boy want to run their way out of poverty. Their hope is to be able to join highly paid marathons in Europe with the help of a German athletics manager. A journey into presumed luck unexpectedly leads to the limits of human capacity. How much can hope […]
LATE BLOSSOM BLUES tells the story of a 1932-born hard-working poor black man from the Mississippi backwoods who becomes an internationally acclaimed Blues star after he releases his debut album at age 81.
Reborn Babies are lifelike dolls, that are nearly indistinguishable from real infants. Although Sabine Buncak’s sons are almost grown ups, yet she still holds on to their infancy and creates a dream reality with her own nursery and four Reborn Babies.
Taking as its starting point the photographic archives of the Thistle Foundation and Craigmillar Festival Society, rather than examining the known facts and details of the photographs held in the archives, the narrator uses them to recall her own memories of making photographs as a teenager.
TO THE DEAD is a cinematic essay made up by personal digressions that cumulatively weave a portrait of Colombia’s political and social strife. The film is narrated in the first-person by a character walking through a cemetery where fragments of his own memories and country’s history come afloat, spawning a puzzling view on his country’s […]
Yoann is a talented young boxer from Lausanne’s working-class Bourdonnette neighbourhood. With the support of his family and his coach, he travels to Copenhagen to pursue the world championship title belt.
Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants […]
Completed just a few weeks before Sciola’s recent passing, Born of Stone is an immersion inside the sights and sound of remarkable artists, and inside his belief that stones are not just the material that gives shape to the universe, but that they are alive, plastic, a fundamental way to communicate with nature
“Audition for Death” is an experimental documentary that explores the subject of death as portrayed on screen. Featuring ten Chicago-based actors, portions of their improvised performances were sculpted into an energy narrative that explores dying and grief in a world swallowed by darkness.
Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the […]
It’s quite plain to 7 year old Nori: She is a girl, because she has a girl’s heart. But her body is that of a boy … Five years ago: Each and every day mother and son argue about what appears trivial: the colours of pants and shirts suddenly matter, soon all he agrees to […]
Life as an artist is tough in Sudans buzzing capital Khartoum, esp. for women. Inside the safe boundaries of an intercultural exchange program, the participants develop concepts to overcome the archaic norms of society. A film about the power of creative expression that aims to serve as a peaceful catalyst for emancipation & social change.
Adapt or die? Following a young woman female tribe member of the only few remaining indigenous bushmen of Namibia, we get a uniquely personal and dramatic insight on her people’s story and their threatening situation of total extinction.
In the middle of the steppes of Kyrgyzstan an old foundation dating back to the Soviet era is gaining more and more importance in the nomads’ daily life.
Gay and guilty? In 1961, Heinz stroked another man’s knee. As a result, he was convicted to two years on probation and three weekends in juvenile detention, a conviction that still stands to this day. But he is gay and #NotGuilty. More than 50,000 men were convicted under Section 175 of the German Penal Code […]
The film follows five metal artists from Berlin who are creating fire-spitting dragons for the world-famous Fusion Festival. The artists are using shower hoses, weighing machine parts, metal wheels, panels, and a great variety of metal bits and pieces, all of it found in scrap yards. They talk about the fight for creative leeway, their […]
In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign. For Berlin based child and youth circus Cabuwazi it is immediately clear that something must be done. An independent […]
“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 […]
THE CHILDREN SEND THEIR REGARDS. Their names are George, Inge, Jo, Sepp, Paula, Walo, Anita, Klaus and Klaus. They were acolytes, pupils, wards and foster home children, who were sexually, emotionally and physically abused by members of the clergy. Accompanied by the camera, the victims visit the locations of the crimes from back then. Many […]
A group of young Ethiopians is gathering in a hall. Some of them instruct the others what to do by calling them by their names. Each student faces the camera for a moment. Later, other formations inside the hall are taken, which happens through performative actions: new shoes are put on, a starting line is […]
In an age of online cruising and sex apps, having sex in parks and public bathrooms seems like a thing of the past. But for Hank Major, a 70-year-old gay African-American gentleman from Philadelphia, picking up guys on the street or at old-school cruising grounds is still very much a way of life. In this […]
You should be strong, you must be hard, cause hard it is, and that’s the only way to rise above, above! A consideration of modern recreational sports.
UNCLE VASSYA. 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.
Robbe (29), Ana (18) and Konstantin (53) are about to become bodyguards. They are learning psychologic armamentarium as well as dealing with a sniper rifle in their security school. But no one knows what reality holds for them once they passed their final exam. As individually as their journey through life is, they all have […]
OVER PRESSURE. Everyone knows it, everyone has it. No pressure in the kettle means deadlock. Nevertheless it always seems to strong. Pressure is not tangible, pressure is mostly transparent. But if it is high enough it is noticeable. OVER PRESSURE (ÜBER DRUCK) cinematically searches for its manners in our everyday life. It shows truth, personality […]
Cape Town. Three men from Zimbabwe who came to South Africa in search of work and a better life, now spend their days on the side of a street, hoping for a job. An intimate look at what it is like to be a homeless refugee living on the streets of an afrophobic country and […]
In the vertiginous Bolivian highland, Cerro Rico, a mountain of long tradition and of great significance rises. Since over 400 years people there are mining for silver. The movie offers an impressive insight into the hard and dangerous daily routine of Cerro Rico’s miners. Dust, hollow hammering and the headlights generate a unique and bizarr […]
MURL is a short portrait of an artist of life from Linz. For over ten years he has been pursuing the dream of turning his passion into a profession, which has often led him into existential difficulties. To continue to pursue his goal nevertheless, he has been forced to develop strategies that secure him financially.
IN EUROPES SHADOW – AT THE BORDERS WITH ELIAS BIERDEL. In 2014 a group of film makers together with Elias Bierdel, much experienced in migration issues, took it upon themselves to tour the external borders of the EU. Elias Bierdel commentates throughout the film and meets refugees from different countries and activists. The film gives […]
The genuine disease diary leads into the soulscape of a person suffering from OCD: „Bad images should disappear suddenly!“ Since negative images mustn’t been thought. Nevertheless, they are here and constantly circling in the brain. The compulsive actions should dispel them…A vicious circle.
EVERYMAN The actor Philipp Hochmair is working on becoming the EVERYMAN. The filmic narration revolves around the mime’s quest for identity of his diverse persona. He seems to lose self-perception, becomes desperate, then rises again – needing to be nothing and nobody to become everything and everyman?
In a dry, barren landscape, a herd of cattle is grazing, accompanied by dogs, looked after by cowboys. Step by step the seemingly peaceful place starts to prove fallacious to the viewer – while the cows end their day as it begun.
YESTERDAY IT WASN’T TOO BAD, MR. SCHÜRMANN. “This is the third and most interesting part of my life“, said Mr Schürmann. He is wandering through the corridors, searching for new tasks. In former times, Mr Schürmann read, he enjoyed taking pictures and filming. His new world is rather clean and cold – the atmosphere of […]
A family portrait told through Super8 footage and old tapes from 1975-77. In it’s essence the question about belief. A boy and his dilemma to stand between the wish for freedom, struggle in adoleszenz and strong urge for Christian enlightenment from his family background. At the same time the few back on death of parents […]
WHERE THE GRASS GROWS HIGHEST Begzuren lives in the ger district of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Due to a lack of space, survival is very difficult. Still tourists from all over the world come into his modest ger to exchange life experiences. Dalai’s lives in Bayangol Sum, a two hours drive from Ulan Bator. Instead of […]
ZERO-G. Originating in the Parisian suburbs, Parkour is a “kinetic” art form that involves jumping walls and other obstacles in urban environments. It also evokes the feeling of weightlessness inherent to big cities but which is gradually disappearing. Schwerelos follows a group of Parkour “tracers” from Vienna and slam artist Fatima Moumouni, who pens a […]
WORK FOR ONE DAY “Tagelöhner Syndrom” (“Work for one day”) observes the daily routine at an official daylabourers’ office in Berlin Neukölln. Every morning at half past four, federal employment agent Schröder shows up with a jug of coffee in the window between his office and the waiting room. That is when the waiting and […]
One of Germany’s longest bridges spans the Kiel Canal near Brunsbüttel at a height of 40 metres. As one approaches the structure, the more impressive its visual and acoustic appearance becomes. For the workmen and engineers of the technical service crew, the bridge is an object to be examined. For this movie, the bridge becomes […]
The 70 year old “Djado Ivan” lives in Grivitsa, a small bulgarian town close to the romanian border. In close communion with nature and his many animals, he spends his life on his small farm and thereby maintains his very own rhythm of life. In order to portray his life, Silke Meya (Director) and Laura […]
Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed. Hand-drawn animated Documentary about a murderers time on death row and the conflicts about his guilt and destiny.
ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE. A journey from Africa to Berlin turns into an unexpected journey from childhood to adulthood. The film centers around Arlette, a 15-year old girl from the Central African Republic who suffered severe injuries during the last war. In Berlin a surgery frees her from her year-long pain. This changes her […]
Muhamad and Ahmed, two gay People, trying to live both Lives, in a society that does not accept homosexuality. Honest reactions and statements on a religious, traditional and barbaric society.
Hip hop, heroin and living on the streets – for over three years, this was the life of young rapper Chris, a.k.a. KoolKasai. A subway rapper, searching for a way back into society. Drugs, parties and jail were the stations on his journey. Diverted from the question of his own self-worth, on the search for […]
In 1970, Kosovar Albanian Ismajl »Smajl« Hoxhaj only came to Germany to buy a tape recorder. But it is only now — more than 40 years later — that he left Germany to go back to Kosovo as a pensioner. In the meantime, he has bought many tape recorders, started a family and, as a […]
ABOUT ART, MY FAMILY AND ME. I’ve made an essay film! I tried to answer the questions I have as a young adult. What does art mean to me? How is art connected to my family? And who am I in between? Using only home videos from my family, adding my improvised comment to it, […]
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE It is the story of Jan whose world has changed and with it also his perception as he has only got a vision of 5% left. Bit by bit he is developing a seeing with the whole body where all senses are used.
KEEPING BALANCE Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits nearly every day the Viennese ‘Prater’ amusement park to take some rides with the electronic ‘Tagada’ carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past.
A tap dancer performs, while elsewhere people run from the tear gas of the police. Two worlds apart ̶ if it wasn’t for an unexpected opening in the floor, right in front of the dancer… She decides to jump, and lands in the middle of the social protests in Istanbul. The dancer witnesses the people’s […]
From the scenic area of eastern Bavaria to the Czech border six young people are on their journey. In this area, where all boundaries are supposed to be open, they are surrounded by a landscape in decay. Here they reach their own limits – who will leave them behind, who will arrange with them, who […]
Two orphaned teenage brothers leave their remote mountain village behind to seek their fortune in two separate major cities. Meanwhile, their young neighbors anxiously await the return of their father, a migrant worker who left the village a year ago. This is the story of four boys from the Chinese countryside, their hopes and dreams, […]
Social systems come and go, but people remain. Since Soviet times an old Ukrainian bus has been running along the outermost EU border. At the junction of this geo-political construct this old bus appears as fragile as the past itself. Will the bus come? Or not? Passengers wait patiently at the bus stop: and they […]
“Apricot Trees” plays in Anatolia. Due to the traditional family structures only the son can come into an inheritance. Thus the wish for a son is great. For this, Ibrahim accepted a lot. Every action seemed reasonable. With this he enormously changed the life of his family.
Sun Sun Sun shows humans in their real surroundings. An attempt to preserve and condense their fleeting everyday life. Impressions of a day of an addict’s monotonous life, always with the same cycle of running, finding money, gambling and taking drugs. A restless person, who can’t access himself anymore and who is trapped in his […]
An emotional and strongly subjective movie about the question of what “happiness” is. At 19, Yasmin is in search of her own happiness and trying to understand her life, as well as the difficult relationship with her mother, a former heroin addict.
Toni is a fisherman in Lampedusa. He sees men, women and children traveling from another continent. Who are these migrants arriving by sea on an island at the entry door of Europe, leaving it as soon as they can if they didn’t die before on their paths? Through Toni’s testimony, intercut by animation that underlines […]
Over night Gadaffi´s hotel in Central Africa lost its patron. The gardener still waters the forecourt for the absent guests. The security guard leaves his uniform in the wardrobe for now. And the Tunisian manager of the hotel takes care of a ghost hotel. Together we wait for a message from the new owners.
“Spring” gives us a glimpse of the daily life of an elderly woman: Accompanied by opera music, playing on the record player, she prepares to leave her apartment. The pictures on the wall give us an insight into her younger days.
This film tells the story of Mr. X, but his identity, and his face, are never revealed in it. Mr. X is a West-African asylum seeker living in Berlin without a work permit. As his exposure might put him in danger, he is the one holding the camera instead of appearing in front of it. […]
At the end of Washington Boulevard, where Los Angeles’ streets merge into the ocean, the Venice Pier begins. The rough concrete pier braves Pacific storms and provides stillness and stablity to its visitors. Here, we meet two immigrants who take us on their journey through history.
What is it like to grow up into a world, which is on the verge of disappearing? Descending from a long line of actors in an ancient Indian theatre tradition, the ten-year-old Sreehari, searches for a stage on which to perform his art, in a world which leaves tradition behind in its quest for modernization. […]
Bintou is from Burkina Faso and loves to lead a modern lifestyle. She dreams of becoming a famous dressmaker. Suddenly her life is turned upside-down when she has to take responsibility for her own daughter again who has been living in a children’s home so far. A film about dreams, responsibilities and the search for […]
L’Chaim! is a glimpse into the unusual life of Chaim Lubelski. He had a wild past as a hippy in Germany, London and Paris, before he became a millionaire in New York and a professional chess player in St. Tropez. When his mother needs care, Chaim decides to move in with her into the elderly […]
Tami, a newcomer to the online 3D world of Second Life, approaches owners of virtual Second-Life homes in an attempt to re-discover her own lost home. Blending Second-Life and real-life footage, Tami explores the experience of home in the virtual era, and the ability to capture it on film.
The small village Future lies nestled somewhere in the middle of the Russian taiga. Forgotten by their country, its dwellers are fighting the harsh Russian winter and are defying the demise of their home. While the rest of the country is enthusiastic about the current presidential election, the prospects for Future could be a lot […]
Juergen Vollmer met The Beatles 1960 in Hamburg music club Kaiserkeller. They hung around together, Vollmer started photographing them and when they met again in Paris, The Beatles insisted to get his haircut. Narrow-minded Hamburg in the 50th and 60th made him escape to Paris. He took pictures of beatniks while having sex, moved on […]
These days, everything starts earlier… Friendships, fights, the period, first love, sex and, above all, dreams. Six girls from three different backgrounds allow us to dive into their worlds for one summer. An episodic film about the synchronicity of life and the end of childhood.
The documentary film “Casa Luz” gives an insight into the everyday life of Peruvian orphans. A life full of poverty, loss and grief – a path they did not choose – and yet they still manage to find their way. A day of supervisor Luz Ayala Gonzales starts early and often ends after midnight. Everyday, […]
You have to pick the raisins out of everything! You’re born, you live, you die. The trick is to do the best out of it. The question after the sense of life imposes itself in many situations. During the search after it, we have tried to throw a humorous and thoughtful view at the current […]
The Berlin Underground has just pulled out as a voice resounds: „Dear ladies and gentlemen, excuse me for interrupting…“ Everybody is watching the homeless woman selling a well-known street newspaper. But what does SHE actually see? An experimental documentary about Nicole Y. and a short film about hope.
‘The safest nuclear power plant worldwide‘ describes the bizzare everyday life of people living and working at the nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf, Austria. Since 1978 the plant has been ready for operation. Shortly before it was set to open, popular vote prevented the start of the plant – it was never put to use […]
The BERLIN BEGINNERS are Anna, Robert and Niko – ambitious unknown Berlin artists driven by their dream to make it in the hard knock world of pop. Their different life phases offer a personal, comical and tragic insight into life’s reality for musicians in Germany, removed from glamour and groupies.