Ain’t No Time for Women
Y’a pas d’heure pour les femmes
Canada/2020/19:00/Arabic,French


A group of women is gathered at Saïda’s, the hairdresser, on the eve of the presidential election. The salon is transformed into a town square, mirroring the internal turmoil of the country. In this female sanctuary, we get an intimate look at the county’s teenage democracy.

Director Sarra El Abed
Sarra El Abed finished her degree in film direction at UQAM in 2018, where she was awarded the best fiction prize for her graduation project. Flirting between fiction and documentary filmmaking, she likes to breathe whimsy into the ordinary and comedy into dramatic situation.

 

Asak
Iran/2019/40:00/Persian

A 80 years old blind man from the south, has the gifted power to narrate dreams. From the heart of the mountains he chooses the rocks by touching and by tasting them, with simple tools and a hand saw without any special advanced tools he makes traditional pots for the villagers and in this way makes a living .

Director Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari
Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari has an MA in TV production from University of IRIB (Film Directing).  He started his career as director, writer & producer since 2004 and has made more than 65 documentaries and TV programs.

 

 

Blue Frontier
Plava granica
Serbia,Slovenia/2020/20:00/Serbian

The man from the border has spent his entire life searching for the biggest fish that the blue Danube hides. Every sunrise sees the old fisherman attempt to lure the river giant in an ancient fishing way by clapping on the river surface with a hand-carved piece of wood. Two rivals – one on the surface of the water and the other concealed within the depths of the mighty river are waiting to finally meet.

Director Ivan Milosavljevic
Ivan Milosavljević is a Serbian filmmaker. He graduated from film editing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. His student film “The Inheritor” has been screened at 15 festivals and won 4 awards. He worked as an editor, assistant editor, and VFX artist for several feature films and documentaries.

 

 

Célio’s Circle
Brazil/2020/10:00/English, Portuguese, Spanish

Célio lives at a large metropolis’ margin. His body works like an antenna that captures all the turbulence happening in the world. Célio is also the world.

Director Diego Lisboa
Diego Lisboa is the director of the short film “Olho de Boi”, awarded during the International Panorama Coisa de Cinema, and the feature films “O MeteoroAtleticano” and “Contra o Vento”, with Ronaldinho Gaúcho. He is currently finishing his newest feature, “Alan”, about rapper Alan do Rap.

 

 

Dissipatio
Italy/2020/40:00/Italian

Everyday life is the usual hell in that house. A terrible pandemic upsets the world. Quarantine becomes mandatory for everyone. The ghost of the impalpable virus enters that house. And daily life is the same old hell. A merciless self-portrait full of lies.

Director Filippo Ticozzi
Filippo Ticozzi is a filmmaker whose movies have been screened in many festivals like Visions du Réel, Torino Film Festival, etc. He won several prizes including Jury Special Award-Torino Film Festival and Best Mid Length Documentary-Cinéma Verité Iran.

 

Extracts
Extratos

Brazil/2019/8:00/Portuguese


Extracts is a short film with images from 1970 to 1972 in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, London, Marrakech, Rabat and the Sahara Desert region. The images were filmed by Helena Ignez and Rogério Sganzerla in exile, in the “leaden years” of the military dictatorship. The film is also about hope. Something affable is possible even when there are indications of the contrary.

Director Sinai Sganzerla
Sinai Sganzerla has been working in film production for over 15 years. Her first production Luz NasTrevas (Light in Darkness – The Return of Red Light Bandit) was the only feature film Latin America in competition at the 63rd Locarno Festival and also was screened in other important festivals.
 

Fatherland
Zahlvaterschaft
Germany/2021/22:00/German


Gerson Liebl, grandson of a German colonial official from Togo, has been fighting to obtain German citizenship for the last 30 years. As a last resort, he decides to go on hunger strike. The images of his unswerving perseverance in front of Berlin’s Red Town Hall are accompanied by statements, testimonies, legal texts, political positions and excuses – then and now.

Director Moritz Siebert
Moritz Siebert studied documentary filmmaking at the National Film and Television School in the UK. Films like Zahlvaterschaft, Les Sauteurs, Those Who Jump, etc are his works.

 

 

Karipuaña
Colombia/2020/18:00/Spanish

A couple living around the Ahuyama channel reflects on Barranquilla and how the lack of care and sense of belonging on the part of the citizens who live there is reflected in the state of the channel and its waters. These waters, full of trash and buried secrets, have negative consequences for the city and therefore, for its own people.

Director Catherine Tcherassi
Catherine Tcherassi has served as a director and producer on documentary and artistic film projects. Her film was selected as the Best National Short Film by National Association of Colombian Film Festival at prestigious Ficci 56.

 

 

Mutts

Cananda, Morocco/2019/18:11/Arabic

The animals’ brown, beige, white and black coats blend into the ochre earth and sunbaked walls. After the calm of rest hour, a deafening cacophony breaks out at feeding time, as the dogs bark excitedly. In a stray-dog refuge in Agadir, Morocco, more than 750 animals find help and protection while awaiting adoption. Each day is the same as the last, the only excitement provided by mealtime. Empathetic and alert to subtleties of light and texture, Halima Ouardiri observes the rhythm of the animals’ lives, their suspended existence paralleling the far more tragic waiting endured by millions of human beings in search of a new home.

Director Halima Ouardiri
Halima Ouardiri is a Swiss-Moroccan writer and director who graduated from Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Canada. Her first short-film Mokhtar was acclaimed in a hundred international festivals such as Toronto, Berlin.

 

 

The Announcement
L’Annonce
France/2021/8:00/Russian

In December 2020, in full lockdown, he decided to call his mother in Russia to talk about that day, almost 5 years ago, when he came to tell her that he was ill.

Director Denis Liakhov
Denis Liakhov is graduated in Chemistry from the Saint Petersburg State University. Nowadays he studies Documentary Filmmaking at the Université Paris.

 

 

The Doll
Arousak
Iran/2021/33:00/Persian

After consulting with his relatives a 35-year-old father consents to the marriage of his 14-year-old daughter. As individuals with differing perspectives his family grapples with the decision.

Director Elahe Esmaili
Elahe Esmaili is a MA student at NFTS; and a BA alumna from Tehran University of Art. She is also a member of Iran’s National Elites Foundation.

 

 

The Edge of Home
United Kingdom/2020/12:00/Arabic


Having fled from Syria, Wafa is trying to settle her family into their new life in North London. She has not seen her eldest son, Yasser. In the lead up to Ramadan, each of the family members share their unique perspectives on their new circumstances as they learn to adjust to their statuses as ‘refugees’ in the UK.

Director Celine Cotran
Celine Cortan is an award-winning British-Lebanese writer and director, with a focus on female-driven children’s and young adult stories in Film and TV. She is currently developing Layla in Dreamland, a coming-of-age skateboarding drama exploring UK migrant culture.

 

 

The Peepul Tree
Switzerland/2020/25:00/No Dialogue

Travelling alone through Northern India, Sonia Feldmeier witnesses the spectacular felling of a tree: An ancient, holy Peepul Tree is being cut down by seven lumbermen using handsaws and axes. Over the course of several days, she films their undertaking.

Director Sonja Feldmeier
Sonja Feldmeier has studied Art & Design at the university of Lucerne and painting at school of art and design in Basel, Switzerland. She works with painting, airbrush, photography, video and audio and develops objects and complex multimedia installations.

 

 

The Silent Shore
France/2021/36:00/French

Pierre Dubois, a famous fantasy author, lives in Cartignies, a village in northern France with his wife, Aline. For a few days, the elderly couple opens their door, intimacy, and let the fantastic seep in through their story. They talk about how the power of writing, imagination and a deep connection with life made them go through the loss of their teenage daughter, Melanie, who committed suicide after a heartbreak.

Director Nathalie Giraud, Timothee Corteggiani
After going to film school and some experience as technician, Nathalie Giraud started writing and directing, alone or with Timothée Corteggiani. “Lassie and the sea”, a short film shot in Super 16mm and which was screened during the Youth Award in Cannes Film Festival 2007. Timothée  Corteggiani wrote and directed two award-winning short films The Girl with the Red Balloons“ and “The Other Night Factory”.

 

The Hissing of Summer Sands
Portugal/2019/15:00/Portuguese

“The whistle man” was a typical character of the Portuguese sea-side during the Fascist Portugal. His story has so many versions that he has become a myth.

Director Catarina Mourao
Catarina Mourao is the founder of Apordoc, Portuguese Documentary Association and started teaching Film and Documentary in 2000. His films include Ana and Maurizio, Sands, The Wolf’s Lair, Through Shadows and Mother and Daughter.