On the glades surrounded by dark woods, Furry together with a group of friends, live in the burrows. They feed themselves only by seeds which became glowing fruit after touching the ground. However, these appear only rarely. The animals’ fear of the wood does not allow them to leave the glade and head off to look for the food somewhere else. Instead, they resignedly wait until it falls from the sky. Furry does not want only to wait. The wood awakens curiosity in him. He wants to know, what is hiding in there…
Bulder´s snowball fight with his best friend Modika was interrupted when Lex steals her attention away with some quiet playtime. Frustrated, Bulder attempts to win her back, resulting in a mischievous plan that he may well come to regret…
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see. The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, we overlap and create a bigger picture.
Solar Walk shows the journey of individuals and their creations on through time and space. Any meaning of action is only existent from the perspective of the individual, but never mandatory when looking at it from the perspective of a solar system. It’s about the melancholy of accepting chaos as beautiful and cosmic. Passion for creation is projected through the unique and playful texture of the animation craft itself.
'Story' is a reflection about modern man in the age of omnipresent technology. Looking through stories - a popular function in many social media platforms - we see people who are lonely, lost or already indifferent about reality surrounding them. Action takes place during one day and it's told by short, often (auto)ironic scenes, where virtual world sinks to reality
China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another - from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions.
A Swedish couple is on a wellness trip in the Austrian mountains, but after an argument, Aron's girlfriend leaves, and slams the door behind her. Now, Aron is looking for his girlfriend but can't find her anywhere. He dives into the bizarre world of the alpine wellness resort and drifts along until the question arises if Aron is looking for his girlfriend or really himself.
A couple visits the property of their origins where the houses of the relatives living abroad are now standing. These relatives visit once a year for five days. They are the only visitors of these houses during the year.
Anteu is born in a village where he’s the only child around. His mother ends up dying after a while and the father soon follows suit. One by one the people from the village start to disappear and Anteu, now a 17 years old boy carries on with his solitary life. One night, a dream awakes him: who would bury him?
Captured with a mobile phone, we see a group of three friends gathering at a ski lodge. Daniel is about to propose to his girlfriend and his friend films the whole thing to remember the best day of their lives.
An alternative perspective on migration depicted through a gallery of portraits of a not so quiet daily life in Kavala, a small town in Northern Greece. An ageing local community juxtaposed with a young refugee family residing in the town because of a distant war. While silently contemplating on the past and patiently waiting for the future to come, they are all living a normal, seemingly quiet life.
Thirty farmers begin an equestrian pilgrimage touring the boundaries of nearby villages and fields. Fatigue and inebriation mix with religious ecstasy - a marriage of the sacred and the profane.
In this docu-fictional work, ‘Ocean Master’ a decommissioned container vessel is anthropomorphized, and enters into a dialogue with several workers at the Gadani yards. The conversation moves between dreams and desire, places that can be called home, and the structural violence embedded in the act of dismembering a ship at Gadani. As the workers recall the homes and families they left behind, the long work days mesh indistinguishably into one another, the desperation that they carry with them like shackles rises to the forefront, and they are forced to confront the realities of their work in which they are faced with death every day. How may they survive and look towards the future?
Since Narendra Modi first took office in 2014, 47 people have been killed in cow-related hate crimes in India. 76 percent of those who died were Muslim. Asmeena mourns the death of her husband, a dairy farmer named Rakbar, who was allegedly murdered by “cow vigilantes.”
America explores the intersection of race, history, and visual storytelling through a series of 12 silent, black and white, 35mm films that will be exhibited chronologically starting from 1915 to 1926. America was inspired by the MoMA's recent discovery of the earliest surviving footage for a feature film Lime Kiln Club Field Day, made by an interracial cast and crew for a Black audience. In the first quarter of the 20th century, 100 years ago, Black people and white people made films together with Black casts and narratives of joy. The majority of these films were lost or destroyed. Each of our 12 films represents one year and some ordinarily extraordinary things that happened in the United States
In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They've been filming ever since. Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.
Jonas Mekas’ “Reminiscences” is an elegiac diary film of a trip that he took back to his birthplace of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. A film diary divided into three episodes. The first part reflects Jonas Mekas of his time as emigrant in 50th century New York, after leaving the home country of Lithuania. The second part depicts his first trip back, while the last is filmed during a stay in Vienna shortly afterwards.
Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s world famous “O” at Bellagio, Dreams of “O” captures a surreal and amphibious tableau of whimsical characters unlike any other. For this collaboration between Samsung Gear VR, Félix & Paul Studios and Cirque du Soleil, a high- speed under-water VR camera was built from scratch by the film studio, to be able to capture the complex and intricate water choreographies featured in this experience -it’s the first camera of its kind within the virtual reality medium. Brace yourself for an ethereal and fantastical visual journey that takes you up in the air with daring dives, and under water for stunning aquatic sequences.
A mysterious tree watches over a forest while humans traverse its paths, planning construction zones and searching for a lost person. As civilization slowly unravels, quiet new dynamics emerge. Floodplain is set against a man-made environmental crisis and explores our relationships to each other at the end of nature. If we can no longer be what we were, can we really become something new? Can we be a forest, or a stone; can we be a multitude of organisms; can we be nothing? Can we be something that we don’t know we can be yet?
A person wants to tell a story about someone being trapped inside a shoebox. And the very next moment he becomes a protagonist in his never-told story. Even worse, he is threatened by his average self who comes to claim his life. With Heroes of Night and Tragic, Croatian experimental theater group Ateatar proves you don’t need a 360 camera to shoot a 360 video, and paves the way for unlimited VR creativity.
Kinoscope is a VR experience immersing the spectator into a lively and colorful universe to discover the history of cinema lead by the voice of the Hollywood legend Dean Tavoularis, motion picture production designer whose work appeared in numerous box office hits such as The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Brink’s Job, One from the Heart and Bonnie and Clyde.
Overview is a 30 minutes narrative experience on the objects of the cosmos, from the planets in our Solar System to the galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Created by Orbital Views and film director Paul Mezier with a team of scientists using data from NASA and the European Space Agency, Overview is an accurate and poetic adventure for all ages. How big is our galaxy? How far are we from the Sun? What does it feel like to be inside a nebula? You can now find, from your own perception, the answers to these questions. Much more than a documentary, Overview is an immersive real-time simulation tested with astronauts. It is the journey to the stars we have all dreamed of.
Tourists from different countries come to see the dead forest, inhabited by the black birds. The forest recalls a nuclear fallout for some of the visitors, while others relate it to Hitchcock’s The Birds. We see the tourists from the cormorants’ perspective, where they look like a curious species exploring the strange landscape. Gradually, a peculiar story is revealed: there used to be an ancient pine forest, but then several cormorants landed there. Now there are thousands of the birds and they kill the pine trees by...shitting. The human observations and responses to this environment are as multi-layered and bizarre as the history of the forest itself.
"Les Rouflaquettes" is a film about the re-staging of trauma, about the journey of personal and historical memories in post dictatorial societies and the fragile balance between fiction and truth we attribute to the notion of reality.
This film reflects the condition of gay men in Kosovo. It is an experimental documentary that allows you to travel through the journey of gay men who have to hide and embrace their sexuality in secrecy while facing a strong mentality and a traditional way of thinking that erases their right to express themselves.
A short film with the stories of the survivors of the infamous “Camp of Tepelena” during the dictatorship in Albania. Narrated by the few people still alive.
During the transition years of Kosovo, Bujar decides to follow his dreams to become an actor. After a couple of years, his small world back home experiences heavy rain and darkness with a single hope, to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
An exploration of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren’s concepts of space, time and form through visits and projections filmed in her Los Angeles and New York homes by Barbara Hammer. Light projections in Deren’s intimate spaces evoke the past, providing entreé to reclaimed spaces, ones that inspired Hammer's own work. Time and space are collapsed as film locations of the 40s are re-imagined in the present. Voices from the past speaking from doorways, windows and picture frames include the then-current LA and NYC home owners, Deren's third husband, Teiji Ito, artist Carolee Schneemann, filmmaker Ross Lipmann, and others.
A collaborative 16mm film about mentoring and passing on the tradition of personal experimental filmmaking. Barbara Hammer, 70 years old, hands the camera off to Gina Carducci, a young queer filmmaker. Shooting during the last days of Coney Island’s Astroland amusement park in New York, the filmmakers find that the inevitable fact of aging echoes in the architecture of the space age themed park and in the emulsion of the film medium itself. Inspired by Shirley Clarke’s film Bridges Go Round, both filmmakers edited picture and sound separately, joining their films in the middle when they finished, making a true generational experiment.
A cross-generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to the power structures they are inherently part of. Each woman extends her reach to a subject she is outside of. Vever grew out of the abandoned film projects of Maya Deren and Barbara Hammer. Shot at the furthest point of a motorcycle trip Hammer took to Guatemala in 1975, and laced through with Deren’s reflections of failure, encounter and initiation in 1950s Haiti.
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In a remote, abandoned industrial site near a centuries-old ore mine in the Austrian Alps, a self-taught mechanic runs a business exporting used cars to his native Nigeria. As he pursues his lonely day-to-day activities with wondrous serenity, past, present and future begin to overlap, and memories of a lost friendship resurface against the backdrop of a mysterious promise of everlasting resources.
BIGGER THAN LIFE is a music film in four acts. The focus is on the fabrication of national history through architecture and urban planning. »Skopje 2014« is the name of the monumental construction plan of the Macedonian government, which wants to stage its capital as the cradle of ancient high civilization and as the origin of Europe.
Serbian-Australian writer Wongar lives a secluded life in the suburbs of Melbourne taking care of his 6 dingoes. His latest novel is about to be published but at the same time his long time companion, dingo Timmy, has fallen sick. The vets suggest to Wongar that the dog should be put to sleep but he strongly resists. He believes that he can look for help for Timmy elsewhere: he dives deep in to his own memory in attempt to summon the sprits of the Aboriginal ancestry.
We find ourselves in an extravagant garden in Ouagadougou. The French Ambassador’s wife dreamt about becoming a famous opera singer. Instead, she is now using the singing as a ventilator to survive her seemingly privileged life surrounded by workers. This film raises questions about power structures, class, intersectionality, post colonialism and feminism in a poetic, subtle and seductive way.
There's a treasure trove of information to be found in the poisonous e-waste in Ghana. It's a relatively simple matter to open up hard drives and gain access to photos and the personal details of their former owners. Equipped with a name and address, almost anybody can be found online. The film follows young mother Ama who tries to become an internet con artist but she doesn't appear to have much of a knack for it. She looks in astonishment at an American street that she has conjured up on Google and wonders if she will able to scam a man. One Dollar, on the other hand, knows how to use his fake account to drive men crazy.
At the end of the '90s the Internet comes to northern Norway, coinciding with the blossoming sexuality of young Mads (12). The introduction of pornography into his life complicates his relationship with his parents and their home becomes a minefield of uncomfortable interactions.
In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.
A homage to the action films and computer games of the 1980s.
The Keyboard Warrior seeks to use the power imbued in his 'weapon' to effect death and destruction upon his foes. In essence, the keyboard allows the keyboard warrior to manifest his true warrior nature in a safe and removed environment, from which no real-life repercussions.
In the film we get to share three very different stories on the subject of computer game addiction, told through a mix of documentary interviews and animation. In the guise of their game avatars three people tell us about their experience of gaming addiction.
A young girl's life is shown through a cell phone in three different times of her life: past, present and future. After a period of depression, her life changes and she deletes her past filmed with her cell phone.
Part one of a trilogy about passions in three European nations. This part focuses on an Albanian farmer who has to decide whether to follow his ancient code of honour, implying that he should take revenge on a neighbour who killed his son in a dispute over cattle, or whether to forgive the feud for the sake of Albanian unity against the Serbs.
Married and a father of two, he leaves his family in the countryside and goes to finish university in Prishtina alone. The war in Kosovo catches him unprepared as he cannot unite with his family again. He manages to go to Skopje and try to contact them but as months pass by he hears nothing but the ringing tone. Isolated, the only thing that keeps his mind in place is a pen and a notebook.
The concept of this documentary is to raise awareness towards toxic masculinity, which affects a lot of young men in Kosovo and most of the time leads to emotional consequences such as depression, aggression, low self-esteem, demotivation, confusion in decision making especially in career choosing.
Crucial footage of some of the rappers in Kosovo that influenced people’s lifestyles and their behavior directly related to the place they live in. Different rappers also including the very first ones who influenced a certain unity of people, and their opinions about the degradation of the real Rhythm And Poetry mentality through time. The integrity of society in the song’s lyrics and the equal mindset of the two. Brutal lyrics, weapons, drugs, sexism, materialism, religious extremism etc., are the subjects of these brain washing groups which have a lot of baggage behind themselves, to define it, a lot of people through the years.
The documentary revolves around a young guy with an isolated mindset even though he grew up and lives in healthy and non racist environment. His daily life is no different from an average Albanian boy but it's his mindset that gives him the title "Black Sheep".
Three students speak about their experiences of when their teachers were arrested, and the implications it has for their schools.
The newlyweds journey to a honeymoon, turns into a journey of unknown and exile. The story of love, loss, longing and hope.
Frozen in between love and hate, fear and bravery, joy and suffering, emotions from the past seem impossible to fade away.
Salina captures the current state of the Ulcinj salt factory and is set out to raise awareness of the importance of this oasis.
Three different people find gestures resembling their childhood in a place they have never visited before. In Valdanos.
The fisherman's routine uncover the hidden parts of this work and many of its struggles.
A rainy morning in Ulqin, Montenegro from a smoker's point of view. While he smokes his first-morning cigarette.
A road trip with two superheroes, different kind of superheroes.
Pakistani folk artists talk about their struggle to keep a fading art form alive while reminding the world what they are about to lose. The diverse cultures around Indus, with over 70 spoken languages, have deep roots going back centuries. Despite the richness of the various cultures flourishing along the mighty Indus river, their sounds have faded to the background in a world dominated by modern musical instruments. Filmmaker Jawad Sharif takes us on a journey spanning a thousand miles from the Karakoram Mountains to the southern coastline, capturing the little-known ethnic, linguistic, and musical diversity and humanism of the cultures of the Indus.
Nora (20), an immigrant single mother is exploring alternative ways to avoid deportation from Czech Republic, after her asylum is refused.
Adi, a 35 year old man is returning home from work. On his way home he notices an accident and stops to help. His phone's battery is dead so he can't call for help. He is forced to take the couple involved in the accident to the hospital in his car. Adi recognizes the accidented man as the politician mr. Mere. On their way to the hospital mr. Mere realizes the young woman has died so he flees, leaving Adi with the dead young woman in his car.
After midnight, Lena (37) scared and fleeing, meets Genti (11) in an underpass at the center of the city. After they get to know each other, they talk about the reasons of them being there. Lena claims she is waiting for her husband to pick her up, while Genti is waiting for his father. Afterwards the conversation shifts to their respective head wounds. Genti says his injury was an accident caused by his father, while Lena’s was an accident caused by her husband during their vacation in Venice.
A couple, Besnik and Linda live with Besnik's mother Xheva, who's partially immobile and needs constant assistance. One day they have to go to the ministry to testify that Xheva is alive, otherwise they lose her pension. The road there is not easy and will change their lives dramatically, in ways they never imagined.
An animated short film for children about friendship. One can‘t force a friendship, but an emergency can build a friendship.
In a search for a place to settle down, the three friends Blue, Yellow and Green find their friendship being ruined by greed and headless competition. Only when Blue and Yellow have destroyed all surrounding natural resources they discover that Green has found the true values in life on a mountaintop, in modest harmony with nature and surrounded by family and love.
A long time ago humans left the planet Earth. Alone remained Lobo. Lobo, is a cheerful robot who loves animals and plants. Lobos biggest dream is to live in a flourishing forest with his best friend Banjo, who is a curious robot dog. Together, they help to plant trees and rescue animals in need. One day they meet a stranded whale on the beach. To save the whale Lobo has to overcome his fear of water, but it’s not easy especially when a single drop of water can make him rust.
In the south of Spain, a race of colourfully painted pigeons, will reward not the one who flies the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon, and to fly the longest time at its sides.
During one of the last days of the winter two young Kosovar actors find some left over construction material next to the road. While dreaming about leaving the country without the visa hassle they decide to take the shattered parts with them. At an abandoned building they start constructing the different parts building their own one-man rocket - while stories from the past are brought up. Both boys decide that the rocket needs to be launched from the top of the highest mountains in Kosovo, the mythical Accursed mountains. After a dreadful hike to the top of the Accursed mountains, one of the boys will be launched into a new future
A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
What were you doing while I took this photo when the train passed through your house last year?
Lamis and Wilson are migrants in New York. She's a Lebanese that just arrived, and he's a Brazilian that has lived there illegally, for 10 years. An hybrid narrative constructed with a poetic approach; a travel diary that becomes a chronic and takes us into the essence of human micro-politics in times of globalization: an uncertain kingdom of desire, hope and fears.
The district of Molenbeek in Brussels has reputation in media as a center of jihadism, but for six-year-old Aatos and his friend Amine, it is a familiar home. Here, they listen to spiders, discover black holes, and fight about what is going to steer a flying carpet. Together they search for the answers to life’s big questions. But the brutality of the adult world makes itself known when terrorists detonate a bomb in the neighborhood. Aatos envies Amine’s Muslim faith and looks for his own gods, although his classmate Flo questions him; she is strongly convinced that anyone who believes in God has gone crazy. Gods of Molenbeek is a wonderful portrayal of childhood friendship, inquiry and the creation of meaning in a chaotic time.
American musicologist Chris King is a legend, the most obsessive collector of old 78 records alive, and also the only one who can use modern technology to unlock their sonic secrets & remaster them for a 21st century audience. For years, he's lived in a world of nostalgia, listening to music from a distant past. But his discovery of the music of Epirus in northern Greece changed his life.
Memory Room retraces the steps of an Irish forester sent to northern Finland in 1946 to find trees sufficient in size and number to be used as electricity poles in Ireland. At this time in Princeton University, a team of mathematicians attempting to code the first computing machine, discovered that the most efficient search of an unmapped territory is to venture outwards on random paths. Employing this logic the filmmakers attempted to use one epic landscape to locate and give meaning to the other.
A harsh winter freezes the surface of a river, close to a house where two cousins live. Immersed in the cold wind that rises that day, the rudeness of their relationship grows, reaching its limit.
Sporadic gunshots echo among the ruins of a village which, though abandoned, is an objective of great import for the Romanian government. This forces two young men to lead a hard negotiation, both for the fate of the settlement and for their own future.
Somewhere in the Eastern Europe. Young runs away from her depressing hometown. Her early enthusiasm about the hitch-hike falls when she finds herself in the city outskirts in the middle of the night. At the bridge she meets a figure balancing unsafely on the guardrail. That’s how she meets Skinny – a kind of unstable weirdo. Skinny lives in a camping van, which he uses to run his not-so-legal job errands. Together with him, she sets on a journey with no destination. As the ride continues a particular affection grows between the two of them.