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International Feature Film Competition 2022
A Portrait on the Search for Happiness
Director: Benjamin Rost
Country: Germany (about South Africa)
Three diamond diggers in South Africa are searching for the precious stone that will change their future forever. In their pursuit of happiness, they struggle to take their land back and a story ignored by the media unfolds.
Director: Olivier Pollet, Alexandre Berman
Country: France (about New Guinea)
Ophir tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous revolution for life, land and culture, opening up the path for the creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture and sovereignty; the film sheds light on the biggest conflict of the Pacific since WWII, revealing the visible and invisible chains of colonisation and its enduring cycles of physical and psychological warfare.
The Chinese will come
Director: Tanja Brzakovic
Country: Serbia (about Serbia and China)
Chinese President is on his official 3-day visit to Serbia. Prime Minister and Government of Serbia are celebrating this visit, representing it as “historical”- the beginning of economical rescue of Serbia, thanks to Chinese investments, guaranteed by Chinese President himself. 20-years ago numerous Chinese community in Serbia is today hardly visible, hidden from media and politics. Same as a middle class of Serbia, whom they provide in their low-cost shops, Chinese workers remain overlooked and untouched by this important visit. In these three days of the president’s visit, we witness scenes from the lives of ordinary people, isolated in foreign country and culture, which is just their passing stop until the next temporary homeland.
I am Chance
Director: Wajnberg Marc-Henri
Country: Belgium (about Congo)
I am Chance follows the microcosm of a group of street savvy girls in the surprisingly bright, pop and artistic megacity of Kinshasa. Astute, sassy and resilient, Chancelvie and her friends take on the world, fighting and nurturing, stealing and sharing, turning tricks and making art. Vibrant and exuberant, Kinshasa itself becomes a character in the film, combining its voice with that of the girls.
Director: Anush Hamzehian, Vittorio Mortarotti
Country: France (about Japan)
Naho, Genki, Mau, Mimi and Ichika live in Yonaguni, a Japanese island that looks like a rock, about a hundred kilometres from Taiwan. They are fifteen years old and in a few months, they will have to leave it. Their lives, their desires, their words could be the last traces of a disappearing world.
Iwianch, the Devil Deer
Director: José Cardoso
An enigmatic presence haunts the depths of the Amazon rainforest, where an indigenous Achuar teenager has disappeared. During the search for the young man, his family decides to consult with a Shaman, who, immersed in trance, reveals that the young man was taken by the devil, but that he has intervened by showing him the way back to his home. While waiting for his return, secrets of the rainforest and Amazonian visions of life after death are explored, vanishing the documentary filmmaker's concepts of reality.
Scattered Throughout the Inland
Director: Antonio Aleixo
When Tiago Pereira afrom "The Portuguese Music Liking Itself" invites the author and renown geographer Alvaro Domingues on a trip through the Chanfana lands, a larger than themselves or the landscape they're in question urges. Scattered Throughout the Inland portrays a present without second guessing its future neither showcasing a nostalgic past, in a documentary that wanders through the territory and its people.
Map of Latin American Dreams
Director: Martín Weber
Country: Argentina (about Latin America)
The Argentine artist Martín Weber travelled throughout Latin America from 1992 to 2008, asking people he met to write their dreams with chalk on a small blackboard: the result is a beautiful series of black and white photos, poetic but firmly rooted in reality. Years later, in making this documentary, he follows in the footsteps of those who had posed for him and confronts himself with what life has made of their dreams.
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