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Special Program War/Peace 2022


Director: Zoya Laktionova
Country: Ukraine

This melancholic film tells a story of a deserted Ukrainian beach that is currently mined and dangerous due to explosives under water. Images of the post-apocalyptic landscape are accompanied with a voiceover and personal memories of the locals and opinions of experts.

Territory of Empty Windows

Director: Zoya Laktionova
Country: Ukraine

World War II and the plant caused my mother's family to move to Mariupol. The war with Russia and the environmental consequences of the plant's operation play a key role in its future life.

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Director: Mariam El Marakeshy
Country: Turkey

Transit is a groundbreaking documentary bringing powerful intimate stories of young refugees who risked their lives crossing the Aeagean sea to Europe, only to get trapped on the Greek island of Lesvos, with no future and closed borders. It was supposed only to be their "transit" stop but it is where they ended.

Dakhla: Cinema and Oblivion

Director: Arturo Dueñas
Country: Spain (about Algeria)

Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. The celebration of a film festival, the FiSahara, breaks the monotony. The event ends, life (and oblivion) continues.

Train Kyiv – War

Director: Korney Gritsyuk
Country: Ukraine

"The Train: Kyiv - War" is a full-length documentary film directed by Korniy Gricyuk. The dramatic history of the Kyiv-Kostyantynivka train, with its passengers' unique fates, pain, memories, secrets, hopes, is a history of today Ukraine. Only 12.5 hours away from peaceful Kyiv is Kostyantynivka, a small industrial city in the eastern part of the country, immediately after which the front begins. This entire time people with different characters, social status, political views, and beliefs are traveling on the train side by side. They talk, debate, even quarrel, but speak to each other and go in a common direction. And what's important, they all want to get to peace. This film is the voice of ordinary people, the search for dialogue and the path to a common future, where everyone's voice will be heard.

Rajaa, that means hope

Director: Marielle Duclos
Country: France

Men who have come to France, separated from their children who stayed in their country, are living in a center for immigrant workers. A musician invites them to sing lullabies. Within the intimate setting of these workshops, they reconnect with buried emotions and memories. These lullabies resonate with their testimony on the complexity of paternity from a great distance and life between two countries. From far away, the voice of a child tells us the father's lack and the wound of separation.

Barcelona – A Welcoming City

Director: Christin Schuchardt
Country: Germany (about Spain)

Due to a one-year-and-half anthropological research with a collaborative approach, this documentary gives a deep insight into the everyday life, functioning and networking of diverse migrant communities and documents their persistent fight against the prevailing racist power relations.

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