Yannis was a Pontic refuge from Crimea who came in Piraeus in 1919. Through the eyes of his great-granddaughter, the film follows his life journey like a personal diary where the historical events are intertwined in the notes of its owner, while he himself, without realizing it, is part of the recent history of Greece and the refugee issue.
The film focuses on undocumented male Afghan migrants, who are living in illegal housing (gecekondu) in the holiday paradise of Turkey, Antalya. The characters are aged between 15 to 25 and they all are working on recycling of paper and plastics. While cleaning the city and participating in the recycling of waste, they themselves are seen as the “wastes” 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 Cosmic and Democratic image of the State of Israel. His latest effort is to secure civilian rights in the state in which he lives.
Everything is born with a riddle. A riddle with a very simple answer, but for many people the answer is not so obvious. Why ?
The documentary depicts the bittersweet life of two grannies living isolated 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 the adverse weather, hail, and storm. Poetic tone of the frames relies on references from genre scenes of realism paintings.
Amidst the hassle, the common meals, the boredom and the confessions with strangers, people spend their time in any way they can in wagon number 20 of the Trans-Siberian train. In the form of a literary contrast, the feelings of the passengers are illuminated: their loneliness and their desire for freedom and love.
Solovetsky Monastery was built in 15th century. It’s a sacral place, in its history Holiness and tragedy was merged, unity with God and the terrible challenges of the special purpose camp. This is a place where today everyone is looking for an answer to the main 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 about their charged relationships with their late mothers. Their stories also involve the power relations in the family 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 who is doing it. He lives a nomadic life, going from fairground to fairground, together with his family, his caravan and a few acrobats who often abandon him. A life full of tensions and insecurities in a country in crisis. His father was a legend of the Circle of Death but also his grandfather, his uncle and his brother were well known names. 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 one or will his sons continue the family tradition? 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 them being reunited 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 has suffered a long road in exile. It was accompanied by famine, illness and loss. In the first years of exile, almost half of deported Crimean Tatars died. But those, who survived, dreamed of only one thing – to return to Crimea
Davlat is a Tajik merchandiser and a humble father of three children. 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. Traveling across the Mediterranean, the film captures the lives of fishermen who struggle to make ends meet and are at risk of becoming an “endangered species” due to bankrupt 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 the heart of Athens, there is another city. A hidden city. Α city living for almost a century and more, under the artificial light. This is a doc about the labyrinth of the arcades and the people living, working and creating in there, for two and three generations. A doc about their past, their presence, their future
In “The Kiosk”, Alexandra, a young visual artist, uses her phone to film a diary of the time she 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 amused to play shopkeeper, discovering the trade and joking with customers and fellow merchants. Inside the tiny capsule, Alexandra draws and films the world as it turns. But the print industry is collapsing, and the little game is less fun 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. He was a clown, acrobat and comedian admired by Charles Chaplin and considered the best in the world by Buster Keato
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” sank north of the island of Skiathos by the German submarine chaser UJ 2101.The narration through the book of XO Elias Tsoukalas who escapes capture and swims for 9 hours to the coast, secret documents and crew members’ diaries are unfolding the human stories that are woven around the submarine.75 years later, with the support of the Hellenic Navy, we search for the submarine, sunk at 253m depth and film the wreck for the very first time
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.