In the heart of Athens, there is another city; a hidden city,living for more than a century under artificial neon lights.This is a documentary on the labyrinth of arcades and the people living,working and creating in them for two or three generations; a documentary about the past,presence and future of their special microcosm.
Croatian veterans from Pakrac,working with some of the medical personnel of the Pakrac hospital,saved approximately three hundred patients from certain death in a humanitarian evacuation organized on the evening of September 29th 1991.Most of them were Serbians from the psychiatry ward.The people who participated in the evacuation were presented with the Charter of Heroes of Humanity.The film is based on the book under the same title by Veljko Djordjevic
After the upheavals in the Danube, we meet the Roma, this numerous minority in Europe. Princes Among Men is an ode to the culture of the Roma ethnic group, inextricably linked to music, ideas of freedom and an uncontrollable thirst for life.
Yannis was a Pontic refugee from Crimea who came to Piraeus in 1919.Through the eyes of his great grand daughter,the film follows his life’s journey like a personal diary where historical events are intertwoven with the notes of its owner,while he himself, without realizing it,is part of the recent history of Greece and the refugee issue.
Blessings and Vows introduces the octogenarian caretaker of a Βyzantine church in southern Greece who,being true to her vow for half a century,has lit a candle daily.This act of piety contributes to her personal sense of identity as much as to the collective identity of the village by asserting the connection to that particular place,keeping alive customs of the village’s forbearers.The short documentary explores the sense of historical continuity sustained by memory,belief,imagination and narrative.
The film focuses on undocumented male Afghan migrants living in illegal housing (gecekondu) in Antalya,Turkey’s holiday paradise.The characters are aged between 15 to 25 years and are all working on recycling paper and plastics.While cleaning the city and participating in the recycling of waste,they themselves are seen as the “waste” of the paradise.They try to save money from recycling and send some to Afghanistan,where their families live.Meanwhile, they live as a family at the suburbs of the city.They gather at home,eating together and sometimes playing cricket at the weekends.
At the age of 94,Professor Uzzi Ornan continues his lifelong struggle to defend the secular and democratic image of the State of Israel.His latest effort is to secure non religious funeral rights in the state in which he lives.
Everything is born with a riddle with a very simple answer.However,for many people the answer is not so obvious.Why?
The documentary depicts the bittersweet life of two grannies living in isolation on the hills of Eastern Bosnia.Nature is the entity with which they speak,listen to and respect.Intangible cultural heritage is emphasized through chants and rituals for taming adverse weather,hail,and storm.
Amidst the hassle, common meals,boredom and confessions to strangers,people spend their time in any way they can in carriage number 20 of the Trans-Siberian Railway.Passengers’ feelings, their loneliness and desire for freedom and love, are illuminated in the form of a literary contrast.
Solovetsky Monastery was built in the 15th century.It’s a sacred place,in whose history ohliness and tragedy have merged with unity with God and the terrible challenges of a “special purpose” camp.This is a place where nowadays everyone is looking for an answer to the fundamental question “who am I?”.The main character of the film goes there to shoot his documentary,and everything starts to go wrong.
Four women in their 60s speak of their charged relationships with their late mothers.Their stories also involve relations of power in their families and with their children.
Spiros is a motorcycle acrobat of the Circle of Death (acrobatics performed inside a huge barrel) and the last one in Greece of this kind.He lives a nomadic life.His life is full of tensions and insecurities.His father was a legend of the Circle of Death,while his grandfather,uncle and brother were also well known having established a 50 year old family tradition.Will he be able to keep making a living and save this dying profession?Will he be the last in his family or will his sons continue the family tradition?This is a human portrait of an old fashioned acrobat in a rapidly changing world.
Cerro Quemado is the portrait of three women of coya genealogy,a picture of their reunion in the ancestral land where they were born.It is about the journey of Micaela Chauque and her mother in search of Micaela’s grandmother,the last inhabitant of the desert area in northern Argentina.The long and difficult journey of these two women,through hills and valleys,leads to a moving and sensitive encounter with the old woman whose persistent roots turned her into a hermit.
In 1944 Crimean Tatars suffered a long exile accompanied by famine,illness and loss.In the first years of their exile,almost half of the deported Crimean Tatars died.Those who survived were dreaming of only one thing – return to Crimea.
Davlat,a Tajik merchant and a humble father of three children,is a well-respected businessman in the Pamir area,a mountainous region southeast of Tajikistan in the borders with China.His life has been transformed since the opening of the Tajik-Chinese border and the reconstruction of the old Silk Road,a road full of surprises and new experiences for Davlat and his family.
Despite the European Union’s commitment to put an end to overfishing by 2020,the Mediterranean remains the most overfished sea on the planet,in the era of climate change.Travelling across the Mediterranean,the film captures the lives of fishermen who struggle to make ends meet and risk becoming an “endangered species” as a result of failed EU and national policies.
Pablo lives in Uruguay,in a remote area of untamed nature.He spends his time crafting liquor and recording poems on old cassettes.He is self-contained but not lonesome.Oscar and Valeria are his inseparable friends with whom he constantly jokes around.As the camera zooms in on their everyday adventures,one almost fails to notice a minor detail: all three are blind.A tender documentary that reminds us that the eyes of the soul can find the missing thread even amidst darkness.A low-key elegy to the exhilarating forces of friendship and companionship that light up our path in life.
In 1941,an Italian soldier is leaving for the Soviet front.The Fascist army is allied with the Nazi war machine.Victory seems close.The convoy moves forward,men are singing full of hope.The soldier’s mind goes back to the melancholic fairy tales his Russian mother used to tell him.Unlike his younger companions,he has already been to war,in Africa,and is fearful of it.The train crosses Europe,reaching the interminable expanses of the Ukrainian plains.Enthusiasm wanes under the first mortar shells,the cold and snow with the coming of winter.His most heartfelt desire is no longer victory,but rather a warm bed,food,and to return home.The ravaged steppe seems to be inhabited by ghosts.
In the “Kiosk”,Alexandra,a young visual artist,uses her phone to film a diary of the time she has spent helping her mother run a news kiosk on a fancy Paris square,a franchise the family has held for a century.The filmmaker is having fun playing the shopkeeper, discovering the trade and joking with customers and fellow merchants.Inside the tiny capsule,Alexandra draws and films the world as it moves on.However,the print industry is collapsing, and the little game is less funny than expected.
Marcelino Orbés,born in Jaca (Spain),was the best clown in the world from 1900 to 1914, triumphing in London and New York.He was the best and most famous in the largest entertainment industry of the time,being a clown, an acrobat and a comedian admired by Charlie Chaplin and considered the best in the world by Buster Keaton.
A journey in time through the eyes of two generations of filmmakers, at the same remote island in Greece from the ’70s until now. Yiorgos Kolozis went to Donoussa for the first time in 1972, there was no electricity or tourists then. Staying alone at Kedros beach, he acquired the name “Yiorgos of Kedros”. Yiorgos’ death in 2009 led Yiannis, his son, to continue his work, creating a story in which time is treated as a reconsideration of the present moment.
14.09.1943:The legendary Submarine “Y1-L. Katsonis” is sunk north of the island of Skiathos by the German anti-submarine boat UJ 2101.The narration is based on the book of first mate Elias Tsoukalas who escaped capture swimming for nine hours to the coast. Secret documents and crew members’ diaries are the means by which human stories woven with the submarine unfold.75 years later,with the support of the Hellenic Navy,we search for the submarine,sunk at a depth of 253m,filming the wreck for the very first time.