9 Days in Raqqa
9 jours a Raqqa
France/2020/88:00/Arabic, English, French, Kurdish


Leila Mustafa, 30, civil engineer is the young mayor of Raqqa, the former self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State in Syria. Plunged in a man’s world, her mission is to rebuild her city in ruins after the war as well as enable reconciliation and establish democracy. A French writer crosses Iraq and Syria to meet her. In this still-dangerous city, she has 9 days to live with Leila and discover her story.

Director Xavier De Lauzanne
Xavier De Lauzanne directed his first documentary film “Retour sur la RC4” in 2000. In 2002, he co-directs, for France 5, the documentary version of his film “Pour un sourire d’enfant” in Phnom Penh. From 2002 to 2005, he makes several film reports and documentaries for television, in France and abroad.

 

Between Dog and Wolf
Entre perro y lobo
Cuba,Colombia/2020/75:00/Spanish

Immersed in the depths of the Cuban jungle, three ex-combatants of the Angolan War are reluctant to abandon the spiritual revolutionary who united them as comrades for more than thirty years. Always on guard, they train every day dressed in their old uniforms on a never-ending mission: a war game in which they are valid, strong and, above all, spiritually young. Are they the last samurai of the Cuban Revolution?
Director Irene Gutierrez Torres
Irene Gutierrez Torres has directed Border Diaries, Hotel Nueva Isla, Connected Walls and Exile Diaries . Her films have been screened in more than fifty international film festivals and art venues.
Blind Ambition
Australia/2021/96:00/ English, Shona, French


An unlikely team of Zimbabwean refugees turned sommeliers shake up the international wine establishment when they compete in the World Wine Tasting Championships. The film is an inspiring underdog story for the ages.

Director Warwick Ross, Rob Coe
Warwick Ross is an Australian film producer, director and writer best known for the AACTA Award-winning feature documentary Red Obsession and the comedy classic, Young Einstein. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Australian Writer’s Guild Award

 

Brotherhood
Czech Republic/2021/97/Czech

Jabir, Usama and Useir, are three young Bosnian brothers, who grew up in the shadow of their father, a strict Islamist preacher. When he gets sentenced to two years in prison, for terrorism, the three brothers are suddenly left alone. They can explore the newly acquired freedom on the difficult journey to becoming men.

Director Francesco Montagner

Francesco Montagner is a director, producer and cinematographer who directed, shot and produced ANIMA RESISTENZA, his debut feature documentary on the life and work of the renowned Italian animator Simone Massi. The film has been presented at the 71. Venice Film Festival and awarded with the Venice Classics Award for the Best Documentary on Cinema.

 

Captains of Za’atari
Egypt/2021/73:00/Arabic, English, Spanish

Two best friends Mahmoud and Fawzi, living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, have an undying dream of becoming professional soccer players while facing the difficult reality of their lives. When a world-renowned sports academy visits, both have a chance to make this dream come true.

Director Ali El Arabi

Ali El Arabi is an Egyptian director and producer. He got his start making short documentaries at Dream TV (Egypt). He went on to produce documentaries for ZDF, Stern TV Germany, and National Geographic in the MENA region.

 

Conversations with Siro
Conversations avec Siro
Lebanon, France/2021/52:00/Arabic, French

August 4, 2020, an apocalyptic explosion at the port of Beirut: 200 casualties, 6500 wounded, entire neighborhoods of the city left in ruin.  A tragedy, once again. Siro is an Armenian artist born in Lebanon and through him the mourning, loneliness; exile but also about joyful moments stolen to History in a dying Lebanon is explained.

Director Dima El-Horr
Dima El-Horr is a Lebanese director who holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from Université Paris-Est and a MFA in filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her feature documentary Zeinab ‘Al Moto was broadcasted on France 3 Television and was shown in various festivals.

 

Dark Red Forest
China/2021/85:00/Tibetan


A work of visual awe and matter-of-fact spiritual inquiry, a majestic documentary portrait that details the annual retreat of thousands of Tibetan nuns to small wooden houses on the vast Tibetan Plateau. With extraordinary intimacy, the camera nestles in with the women of the Yarchen Monastery, who, during the 100 coldest days of the year, learn about—and in some cases experience—profound matters of life and death, suffering and healing, karma and consequence.

Director Huaqing Jin
Huaqing JIN has directed films like Living with Shame, Blossom with Tears, Lament of Yumen, The Endless Road, etc, received 55 awards in international film festivals such as 33th Tehran International Short Film Festival Best Documentary &7th Green Film Festival in Seoul Best Film.

 

Dear Future Children
United Kingdom/2021/89:00/Cantonese, English, Luganda, Spanish

With global protests on the rise, a film about the new generation at the heart of this seismic political shift. We will watch as Rayen protests for social justice in Chile, Pepper fights for democracy in Hong Kong and Hilda battles the devastating consequences of climate change in Uganda.

Director Franz Böhm
Franz Böhm is a filmmaker originally from Stuttgart, Germany. At 16, after working his way up to first Assistant Director, he made his first solo film “Harmonie der Anderen”. Franz’ next project found him living with youth experiencing homelessness, the resulting documentary, “Christmas Wishes”, was selected as the opening film for the German Youth Film Awards.

 

Faya Dayi
United States/2021/120:00/Amharic


A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today. A tapestry of intimate stories offers a window into the dreams of youth under a repressive regime.

Director Jessica Beshir
Jessica Beshir is a Mexican-Ethiopian writer, director, producer and cinematographer based in Brooklyn. Her directorial debut ‘Hairat’ was premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (Criterion).

 

Fish Eye
Cheshm Maahi
Iran/2020/70:00/Iranian

A socially critical and visually poetical essay reflecting on the everyday life onboard the “Parsian Shila”, an Iranian fishing vessel with a majorly African crew, while they are on a merciless hunt for fish on an industrial scale.

Director Amin Behroozzadeh
Amin Behroozzadeh never studied at university but he is a self-taught and experienced artist. He is also a musician, photographer and filmmaker. Amin is interested to work on films with human interest approach and with a cinematic language using images, sound and music as the main language of the film.

 

Gevar’s Land
Ard Gevar
France, Qatar/2020/78:00/Arabic, French


Recently settled with his partner and son in a Reims suburb, Gevar, who has arrived from Syria, has decided to invest in the rental of a small patch of land to grow vegetables. Filmmaker Qutaiba Barhamji films them over four seasons as they settle on this new ground that often rebels against the couple’s hopes.

Director Qutaiba Barhamji

Qutaiba Barhamji worked as an editor on some thirty documentary and fiction films, including Still Recording by Saeed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub, Fawzi Saleh’s Poisonous Roses and L’Homme qui penche by Olivier Dury and Marie-Violaine Brincard.

 

Kombinat
Switzerland/2020/75:00/Russian

Magnitogorsk, an industrial town in the heart of Russia, lives in the backdrop of its gigantic Kombinat’s rusty smokestacks. Lena teaches salsa, one of the many activities organized by the Kombinat. Sasha, a steel worker, finds in dancing an escape from the daily pressures of the steel plant. His brother, Guenia, and his wife have decided to leave the town and its permanent pollution, the cause of their daughter’s mental handicap.

Director Gabriel Tejedor

Gabriel Tejedor works as a director and journalist. He directed La Trace in 2014, about the inhabitants of the Kolyma region,and then Mayskaya str. The latter received a special mention at Visions du réel festival and was screened in IDFA and many other festivals.

 

Marx Can Wait
Marx Puo Aspettare
Italy/2021/96:00/Italian


A personal documentary centred on the suicide of the director’s twin brother, Camillo Bellocchio, in 1968. The film portrays a family tragedy that the director has never really recovered from, both a source of guilt and inspiration.

Director Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio is the President of the Cineteca di Bologna since 2014. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival.

 

Night Nursery
Garderie Nocturne

France, Faso/2021/67:00/Dioula


Every evening in a popular area of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Mrs Coda welcomes the children of prostitutes at her home. The young women then stroll through the “Black”, a lively alley in the city center, until daybreak when they come to pick up their babies.

Direction Moumouni Sanou

Moumouni Sanou is part of the new generation of Burkina Faso’s documentary film makers. He has been working as a DOP on several sets since 6 years. He has edited and directed short documentaries like Ngonifo Sekouba l’esprit des chasseurs.

 

Prism
Belgium/2021/78:00/French, English


A film in which the differences in their skin color serves as a starting point to explore their experiences with the limitations of the medium. Photographic media are technologically and ideologically biased, favoring Caucasian skin. Such white-centricity means that the photographic media assume privilege and construct whiteness. PRISM problematizes the objectivity of the camera and its inequality of power to tackle other inequalities in society based on skin color.

Directors Elenore Yameogo, An Van Dienderen, Rosin Mbakm

Eléonore Yameogo is an African director known for her films Ouaga Jazzy, Ouaga HH and La main tendue. An van. Dienderen is a lecturer at the KASK, School of Arts Ghent. Visitors of the Night, Site, The Ephemerist, Cherry Blossoms are some of her films. Rosine Mbakam is the founder of founded Tândor Productions in 2014 with Geoffroy Cernaix.

 

Straight To VHS
Directamente para Video
Uruguay/2021/76:00/Spanish


“Act of Violence in a Young Journalist” is a Uruguayan film shot and released on VHS in 1989. Turned into a cult work of Uruguayan cinema, it lives under a mantle of mystery and exotic theories about its creator, Manuel Lamas, of whom nothing is known. The director sets out to unveil the mystery that exists about Lamas and his work, delving into the cult of fanatics, dark myths and lost VHS cassettes. In this way, he remains wrapped in a spiral that dissolves the limits of reality and fiction.

Director Emilio Silva Torres

Emilio Silva studied cinematographic language at the Dodecá School in 2005 and in 2010 he studied Audiovisual Production at the BIOS Institute. Parallel to his audiovisual training, he studied in the area of non-formal education and working with children and adolescents in the recreational area.

 

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
Sweden/2021/93:00/Italian, Japanese, Swedish


In 1970, filmmaker Luchino Visconti travelled throughout Europe looking for the perfect boy to personify absolute beauty in his adaptation for the screen of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. In Stockholm, he discovered Björn Andrésen, a shy 15-year-old teenager whom he brought to international fame. Fifty years after the premiere of Death in Venice, Björn takes us on a remarkable journey made of personal memories, cinema history, stardust and tragic events in what could be Bjorn’s last attempt for him to finally get his life back on track.

Directors Kristina Lindstrom, Kristian Petri
Kristina Lindström is a filmmaker, journalist, and author. She has directed highly acclaimed documentaries including Astrid Lindgren, Palme which was awarded with two Guldbagge Awards, Wonderboy , The Era – Punk in three parts and Silence.

 

The Song of the Butterflies
El canto de las mariposas
Peru/2020/65:00/Spanish, Munuka


Rember Yahuarcani, an indigenous artist from an almost extinguished nation returns to his grandmother’s land looking for inspiration and discovers why the stories of his ancestors cannot be forgotten.

Director Nuria Frigola Torrent
Nuria Frigola Torrent is as a filmmaker, producer and actress. She worked for six years at Amnesty International. She produced the feature documentary “Daughter of the Lake” and directed the auto fiction short film “Cebiche & pa amb tomata”.