FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9
When Pigs Come
Biljana Tutorov (2017), Serbie, 74 minutes
Dragoslava has four TV sets, three grandchildren, two best friends, and a husband with whom she fights over a remote control. She keeps her private archive of memories of all major events in recent political history of five countries in which she has lived, without ever moving from her apartment. She is a trained poll monitor, passionate about her right to be in the minority, but more and more desperate as another early election approach.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10
Andrei Dascale (2016), Roumanie, 80 minutes
As coalminers in Petrila go down into the depths of the earth for the last time, artist and ex-miner Ion Barbu is working on his mission of preserving the Romanian town’s mine as a symbol of cultural heritage. But in accordance with EU agreements on the closure of the facility, the authorities are committed to demolishing it. This would bring about an abrupt end to a history with which the mining community still feels deep affinity, but one that does not appear to interest politicians in the slightest. Barbu refuses to back down, doing all he can to keep the memories of the mine – and the identity of his hometown – alive. He covers the mine buildings in murals and organises performances, street protests, an underground theatre festival and a clandestine film. His resolve is a match for that of his opponents, and his art, which samples freely from art history, is charged with an absurdism that is well suited to the situation. Nonetheless, his actions prove to be more than just a frivolous protest; they become a channel for the collective mourning of a redundant industry.
No place for tears
Reyan Tuvi (2017), Turquie, 84 minutes
In September, 2014, the Kurdish Kobanê Canton in Syria, was violently attacked by occupying ISIS gangs. The YPG / YPJ forces showed exemplary resistance against ISIS, who had never been defeated during previous occupations. After 134 days of street fighting and the bombing of coalition planes, the city of Kobanê was liberated. During the war, some of the people of Kobanê escaped and took shelter on the Turkish side of the border, where they had to observe the fighting from afar. They waited for days, weeks and months at the border, where the sounds of war were always present, expecting to hear from their sons, daughters and relatives who were defending the city. As war-torn Kobanê was liberated on January 26, 2016, another tough struggle was awaiting the people: building a new life on top of the ruins.
“Docu-Corner” : Interview-débat avec Reyan Tuvi par des jeunes militants européens.
Mr. Gay Syria
Ayse Toprak (2017), Turquie/France/Allemagne, 84 minutes
Husein, a barber in Istanbul, lives a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest, both as an escape from the confines of their lives and as an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true? Or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11
Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux (2016) Josza Anjembe , France, 21 minutes et Kinders (2017) Arash. T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi, Autriche, 95 min
In KINDERS we accompany children and adolescents from different backgrounds throughout their difficult, confusing and funny day-to-day lives, and come to know their perspectives and stances. The central theme is the edgy musical education programme ((superar)), founded by Caritas, Wiener Konzerthaus and the Vienna Boysʼ Choir, in which the children are transformed from “invisible” outsiders into self-confident young people. Through their singing together and learning to play musical instruments, the lives of these socially disadvantaged young people also take on an extremely surprising, vibrant and creative dimension.
Lars Feldballe-Petersen (2017), Finlande, 75 minutes
Is it possible for a war criminal to find forgiveness and to reconcile with the past? How do you find your way back to what is known as a normal life when you have been convicted of one of the worst crimes of all – a crime against humanity? Esad Landzo has looked for answers for many years, but in vain. He decides to make one last attempt. The Balkan War criminal travels back to Bosnia to meet his former camp-guard friend, his victims and his family. Will he ever be forgiven? Should he?
“Docu-corner”: Interview-débat avec Beate Klarsfeld et Lars Feldballe-Petersenpar des jeunes militants européens.
City of the Sun
Rati Oneli (2017), Géorgie, 103 minutes
Up to 50 percent of the world’s manganese, a vital metal across the globe, used to be mined in Chiatura, in western Georgia. Today, it resembles an apocalyptic ghost town. CITY OF THE SUN portrays a few of the remaining inhabitants. Music teacher Zurab dismantles ramshackle concrete buildings by hand and sells the iron girders to make some money on the side. Archil still works in the mine, but his real passion is the local amateur theatre group. Despite being malnourished, two young female athletes train stoically for the next Olympic Games.