Houston, We Have A Problem! by Ziga Virc (Slovenia, US)
Incredible story of the Yugoslavian space program or actually about truth and lies, what we believe in and the relation of former Yogoslavia with US. Premier at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. The Oscar candidate of Slovenia 2017.
For Love Of A Man by Rinku Kalsy (India)
In South India, in Tamil Nadu a film star Rajinikanth is a God to hundreds of thousands of his fans. The film got it´s premier at Venice Film Festival 2015.
Cecile by Pankaj Johar (India, Norway)
One day a middle class, young couple faces the reality of their country: how child trafficking was killing the daughter of their own maid. An unique film, that has travelled around the world and India. Premier at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, IDFA 2015.
Olympic Pride, American Prejudices by Deborah Riley Draper (US)
Everybody knows who is Jesse Owens. But what happen to other black athletes who came in the US team to Olympic Games of Hitler´s Berlin? Premier at LA Film Festival 2016.
Noma by Pablo Pinedo (South Africa)
A documentary following the tradition of Italian neorealism follows the fight of shack dwellers against the brutal eviction. Premier at Durban Films Festival 2016.
Hospital by Kesang Tseten (Nepal)
High on the mountains of Nepal a hospital is receiving patients, who have been carried for hours or even days before they reach the doctors. Cinema verité-film grows to tell especially about the position of women in Nepal. Completed in autumn 2016.
Lampedusa In Winter by Jakob Brossmann (Germany)
Very first documentary on Lampadusa, it´s inhabitants and their reactions and actions when refugees have arrived to the island. Premier at Lucarno Film Festival 2016.
Zen And Bones by Takayuki Nakamura (Japan)
Kaleidoscopic portrait of an unconventional 93-year-old Japanese-American Zen monk, his dramatic history and turbulent family life. Premier at Pusan Film Festival 2015.
A Girl Who Saved My Life by Hogir Hirori (Sweden)
Because of a girl, a man does not board a flight with a fatal ending. This is not the story of a Hollywood rom com, but an incredibly incisive refugee portrait by the Kurdish-Swedish filmmaker Hogir Hirori. Premier at Gothenburg Films Festival 2016.
Free by Tomislav Zaja (Croatia)
An intimate documentary on people with intellectual disabilities released from institutions to live normal life among other people in Croatia. Premiere at One World Romania Human Rights Film Festival 2016.
Exodus- Where I Come From Is Disappearing by Hank Levine (Brazil, Germany)
In six different countries shot documentary film on refugees, their lives and thoughts.
The Beast Is Still Alive by Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva (Bulgaria)
In a fictional dialogue with her dead grandfather, a young woman takes a critical look at communist ideology. Premier at Warsaw Film Festival 2016.
Becoming Who I Was by Chang-Young Moon (South Korea)
Shot during five years the film follows and young Rinpoche, who is living in Ladakh and waiting the monks to come from Kham, China to take him to the monastery of his previous life. Completed in 2017. Grand Prix in Berlinare Generation.
My World Is Upside Down by Petra Seliskar (Slovenia)
The singers and musicians from different countries perform the songs of Frane Milčinski, how was actor, comedian, musician, “Chaplin of the former Yogoslavia”. Awarded at MakeDox, See and LIFE festivals.
A State of Exception by Jason O´Hara (Canada)
Five years the filmmaker followed what is happening to the indigenous people and inhabitants of favelas in Rio De Janeiro when World Cup and Olympic Games were changing the city. Premier at HotDocs 2017.
An Insignificant Man by Khusboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla (India)
The film follows the birth of the newest political party in India, AAP, that got a landslide victory in Delhi and grows to an universal story how people are tired of the old elite of politics. Premier at Toronto Film Festival 2016.
Machines by Rahul Jain (India)
A cinematic essay on machines and workers in pre-modern, huge textile factory in Gujarat, India. Premier at International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, IDFA, 2016. Winner of the best cinemaphotography at Sundance 2017.
Skulls Of My People by Vincent Moloi (South Africa)
A documentary film on the struggle of a smallest tribe in Namibia fighting for the return of the skulls of their people taken by the Germans for racial science profiling after the genocide of 1904. Premier at IDFA 2016.
Trembling Mountain by Kesang Tseten (Nepal)
A natural calamity of an order unseen this century in Nepal brought destruction of highland villages of mud-and-stone dwellings of Langtang, one of the most scenic trekking spots in the Himalaya.Premier at IDFA 2016.
Nowhere To Hide by Zaradasht Ahmed (Norway,Iraq)
A disturbing war experience by an Iraqi father and male nurse who is forced to flee when his home city is occupied by ISIS. Winner of the main competition at IDFA 2016. Winner at Prague One World Festival 2017.
City of Sun by Rati Oneli (Georgia, US)
In his documentary debut, director Rati Oneli provides fascinating insights into a living environment in a ghost mining town Chiatura in western Georgia. It´s bleak industrial ruins appear at once colossal and like a film set. In a city where the sun never shines, it’s only the inhabitants that generate warmth. Premier at Berlinare Forum 2017. Winner at Sarajevo Films Festival.
Silas by Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar ( Liberia,Kenya)
Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman profile the life of Liberian activist Silas Siakor, a tireless crusader against illegal logging and a symbol of resistance for a new generation. Premier at Toronto Films Festival 2017
Devoti Tutti by Bernandette wegenstein
The brutally martyred Saint Agatha from Sicily has been confined to her chamber in the Cathedral of Catania for nearly 1800 years. Once a year the people of Catania parade her bust around town during a 3-day long procession. The Festa is entirely in the hands of the men: the Church, the City of Catania, and the mafia men, led by the “Capovara” Claudio who runs the entire parade. On the development stage.
The Redeemed by Morten Vest (Denmark)
The story of Danish Christian missionaries in countries like Nigeria is not just about the past – on the contrary. A fascinating, historical film in two parallel tracks. CPH:DOX 2018.
Iron Women by Giovanna Giovanini & Rodrigo Boecker (Brazil)
How much is a woman capable of letting go when she can lose everything in the blink of an eye? Susana Schnarndorf is a Brazilian professional swimmer and mother of three, who was diagnosed in 2005 with Multiple System Atrophy. In 2013, beyond any given life expectancy, Susana decides to start a one-thousand-day journey to achieve a dream – a medal in the 2016 Para-Olympic Games.
Rush Hour by Luciana Kaplan (Mexico)
Transportation is a burning topic of everyday life nowadays. Rush Hour follows three stories, three cities and three characters in different contexts but similar realities that survive long journeys and time of life lost. Morelia International Film Festival 2017 – The Best Mexican Feature-Length Documentary – World Premiere.
Rangoon – the story of the Bogyoke Aung San movie by Frode Skog (Myanmar, Norway)
Norwegian Director Frode Skog returns to his childhood home of Rangoon, Burma to make a film he’s waited 25 years to finish.
To Be Continued by Ivar Seleciks (Latvia)
A master film maker from Latvia follows children, when they start their first schoolyear. The film grows during the year to reflect the different lifestyles and values in the Latvian society today. Premier in cinemas 2018.
Boys Who Like Girls by Inka Achté (India, UK, Finland)
At times like an absurd comedy, at times a heart-breaking drama, Boys Who Like Girls follows the challenges of three men, interconnected through the organization, MAVA (Men Against Violence And Abuse) in Mumbai, India.
The Cleaners by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck (Germany)
A look at the shadowy underworld of the Internet where questionable content is removed. Premier at Sundance 2018.
Oslo Diaries by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan (Israel)
1992. Israeli-Palestinian relations are at all time low. In an attempt to stop the bloodshed, a small group of Israelis & Palestinians meet in Oslo – secretly and against the law. Premier at Sundance 2018.
Turning 18 by HO Chao-ti (Taiwan)
The film follows two indigenous girls In Taiwanese/Chinese society for more than three years. Both of them make during that time decisions and choices for the rest of their lives.
On The Other Side Of Everything By: Mila Turajlic (Serbia)
For Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlic, a locked door in her mother’s apartment in Belgrade provides the gateway to both her remarkable family history and her country’s tumultuous political inheritance. Winner at IDFA 2017, feature-length competition.
The Deminer by Hogir Hiriori and Shinwar Kamal (Sweden)
What difference can a pair of clippers make? In deminer Fakhir’s hands: thousands and thousands of human lives. A portrait of a Kurdish colonel, who disarmed thousands of roadside bombs and mines armed only with his courage and a pair of wire cutters. Special mention at IDFA 2017, feature-length competition.
Laila at the Bridge by Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei (Canada, Afganistan)
Laila Haidari survived child marriage and her own traumatic past to battle one of the deadliest problems in Afghanistan: heroin addiction. As the “mother of the addicts,” she must prevail over a crisis of addiction and a corrupt government in a country on the verge of collapse.Premier at CPH:DOX 2018,Winner of Fact Award.
The Paint Is Broken by Hercli Bundi (Switzerland)
The film examines the relationship between art and provocation in a world where almost everything is possible and permissible. In dialogue with the aspiring artist Christian Eisenberger who works with waste, animal corpses and swastikas, the director tries to reveal what secret transforms some objects into art, while others are detested and despised.
Love and Sacrifice by Alba Sotorra (Spain)
On the frontline of the Syrian war, 30 years old commander Aryan leads her commando of women as they fight ISIS. For her, war is the only path to emancipation from a deeply patriarchal society.Premier at Hot Docs 2018, main competition.
Chris The Swiss by Anja Kofmel (Switzerland)
Croatia, 7th of January 1992: In the middle of the war a young journalists’ body is being found dressed with an uniform of the international mercenary group. 19 years later, his cousin Anja Kofmel detects his story.
Exit by Karen Winther (Norway)
Director Karen Winther puts on a personal journey through her past and up to present time, in search for answers to what has caused a handful of violent extremists to choose violence and hatred. Throughout her journey, Karen meets unpleasant truths linked to her own extremist past. Premier 2018 Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.
When the War Comes by Jan Gebert (The Czech Republic)
The plot of the film is set in Slovakia, where a paramilitary group, with the government’s silent approval, recruits hundreds of teenagers. Their goal is simple: to create a totalitarian community based on isolation and life in fear. Premier at Berlinare Panorama 2018.
Cinema Morrocco by Ricardo Calil (Brazil)
In a huge building occupied by homeless people in is an abandoned cinema Morocco. In 1954 it was the center of a Film Festival with US stars and great films of Ingmar Bergman or Federico Fellini. Today the refugees in the building select their favorite scenes of the old films and make their own representations of them. Winner of The Next Masters serie at Leibzig Documentary Flms Festival 2018.
Reconstructing Utøya by Carl Javer (Sweden)
A feature documentary where four survivors from the Utøya terrorist attack in 2011 reconstruct their memories in a black box studio together with twelve young participants in order to share and remember their experiences.
I Had A Dream by Claudia Tosi (Italy)
Manuela and Daniela dream to change their country, Italy, but have to meet the harsh reality. From the feminist fights against Berlusconi to the last elections of 2018, the film explores the last ten years of Italy through the political action and the everyday life of the two compelling women.Winner of Golden Dove and FIBRESCI at Leibzig Films Festival 2018.
The Privacy Of Wounds by Dalia Kury (Norway)
How do you tell completely authentic stories from Syria? Would former prisoners be able to reveal their deepest feelings to an interviewer? The Jordanian filmmaker Dalia Kury came up with a solution. For The Privacy of Wounds, she reconstructed a prison cell in a Norwegian cellar, in which three Syrian immigrants agree to be locked up. With unmanned cameras constantly filming them, they spend three days without daylight on thin mattresses, talking about their time in different Syrian prisons. They tell the most appalling stories: of the deaths of fellow prisoners, torture techniques, and a growing sense of being abandoned. Premier at IDFA 2018, The Mid-lenght competition.