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The Hate Destroyer

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Irmela is a peculiar Berlin pensioner. Armed with spray paint, a scraper and cleaning products, she has been fighting tirelessly against hate symbols every day for 30 years. No anti-Semitic posters, swastikas or homophobic slogans are safe from Irmela. The 70-year-old Berliner paints over, scrapes off and erases everything related to discrimination of any kind. Not even neo-Nazi threats or conflicts with law enforcement deter her. The film on the one hand examines the German ultra-right, while on the other presenting a psychological portrait of its heroine. It sensitively reveals the painful causes of Irmela's relentless struggle with hatred. Show more

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Recruiting for Jihad

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The fanatical ideology of the so-called Islamic State has attracted the attention of many young Europeans. From the first engagement to their decision to go to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq, they are accompanied by smooth-tongued advisors. Adel Khan Farooq is a Norwegian documentary film maker of Pakistani origin who has succeeded in infiltrating the environment where recruits for the ranks of radical Islam are found. Its prominent figure is Ubaydullah Hussain, a Muslim born in Norway, who is convinced that Muslims are oppressed worldwide and therefore rejects the laws of the country in which he was born. He lets the director film his encounters with inexperienced youngsters and provides him with very open interviews. However, when Farooq together with well-known Norwegian director and cameraman Ulrik Rolfsen plans to complete the film after years of work, the police enter the picture. What started as a film about the illegal activities of European Islamists becomes a story of the struggle for journalistic independence. Show more

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The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

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The land that his family has been farming for more than a hundred years is worth more to Irish farmer Thomas Reid than any sum of money that the multinational corporations trying to buy it could offer him. He refuses to give up, even when the authorities are against him. Thomas Reid, a solitary man in his fifties, may come across as a simple man who will easily be talked into giving up his land. However, the situation is completely the opposite. Multinational giant Intel has long been trying to buy Thomas’s land in order to expand their operations, but without success. An Irish government agency supports Intel, with the argument that hundreds of new job opportunities will become available, and will make a decision regarding a forced sale. The subsequent court battle aims to answer the question as to whether it is possible to identify corporate interest as being equal to public interest. Staged scenes, recapitulating the communication between the authorities and the farmer, are interspersed with effective shots of Thomas Reid’s daily activities. Show more

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AsexuaLOVE

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They don’t care for sex and often do not even want a romantic relationship. In spite of their differences, they want to lead fulfilling lives. The protagonists of this film not only have good jobs hobbies, and friends, but, motivated by their own coming out, also the desire and courage to help other asexuals to learn to accept their own identity. Asexuals are one of many sexual minorities, and they identify as part of the queer community. As much as it may sound like a paradox, the Prague Pride event is extremely important to Czech asexuals. Although Jana loves romance literature, and has even translated many such novels into Czech, she calls herself an aromantic. Neither she nor Ondřej, the documentary’s male protagonist, feel any sexual desire. The film’s director, Eva Lammelová, uses their stories to show the lives of asexuals within a society in which sex is an inherent part of daily life. Show more

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The Deminer

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Fakir Berwari is a legend in the Iraqi city of Dohuk. His weapons are an ordinary knife, tweezers and nerves of steel. His enemies are various kinds of explosives. After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Fakir Berwari joined the army. When he saw how many people had been killed in Iraqi Kurdistan by landmines, he decided to dedicate his life to ridding the world of these deadly implements. Since then his days have resembled an action film. This documentary based on archival footage shows how with ice in his veins he cuts the wires of home-made explosives. His own life seems to come in second place; the lives of civilians come first. He is only stopped by an accident in which he loses his leg. After years of inactivity, with no way to ply his trade, a new enemy, the so-called Islamic state, emerges. The film is a fascinating story of a father of eight whose courage puts him at risk of losing everything. Show more

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Nothing is Forgive

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Not only native Europeans have been shaken by the terrorist attacks in Paris, but also those who have come to Europe to seek a safe haven. One of them is Casablanca native Zineb El Rhazoui. Zineb does not hide her critical views on Islam and religion in general. To seek freedom of expression she went to France, where she became a columnist at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The film follows a key five-year period of her life from 2011 to 2016. In 2015, Zineb had to overcome the shock of her colleagues' murder. In the coming months, she was confronted with life under constant threat and massive security measures, while also preparing for the birth of her child. Despite losing the illusion of security in the midst of Western society, Zineb remains determined to fight fanaticism. Show more

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Of Fathers and Sons

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Brothers Osama and Ayman are growing up faster than other children. Their father is a member of the Jihadist Al-Nusra Front and wants his sons to start fighting for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate as soon as possible. Director Talal Derki, who made the successful film Return to Homs, says his father taught him: “If you want to tame your nightmares, you need to capture them first.” He went back to his native Syria and, for two years, he lived in the desert in the north of the country with the family of a radical Muslim and fighter for the Al-Nusra Front. The result is a unique study of Islamic radicalization. Abu Osama has replaced his children’s textbooks with weapons and is preparing them for a holy war. While Ayman (12) would rather go to school, Osama (13) obediently follows the path of jihad. Intimate family moments intermingle with fanaticism on a daily basis. Show more

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