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March 8

Illusion

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This graduate film by Kateřina Turečková from FAMU, made in the form of a video game, points out the burning issues in today’s Hungary, all linked by 1 name: Viktor Orbán. Viktor Orbán has been Hungary’s PM for 8 years. He amended the constitution and could thus change the electoral system, and he has taken over the judiciary and the media. Orbán, who spoke against Communism in the late 1980s, has reinstated an authoritarian regime in Hungary. In this docu-game the player/viewer moves through several levels, each addressing one of the wide range of the consequences of this situation, like insufficient healthcare, freedom of art, and even the closure of the Central European University in Hungary, despite the fact that Orbán himself was able to study thanks to a scholarship from Georg Soros, the school’s founder. But life is not a game one can switch off. It is a reality where information is the main weapon. Show more

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Minding the Gap

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This Oscar-nominated film starts out as a tribute to the relaxed life in a skate community but goes on to reveal the roots of the vicious circle of domestic violence. Rockford, Illinois, never recovered from a crisis: unemployment is high and crime rates even higher. For Zack, Bing and Keire, growing up in dysfunctional families, skateboarding is their only escape from an unsettled reality. Originally, DOP and debuting director Bing Liu, who filmed his friends during their childhood, intended to make an experimental skate film, but his project gradually grew into something much bigger. Created over 12 years, the film captures with extraordinary naturalness, how seemingly carefree youth is penetrated by adult responsibilities, rules, unspoken secrets and wrongs. Is it possible to grow into adulthood in this environment, avoid the mistakes of one’s parents and still remain true to oneself? Show more

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Laila At The Bridge

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Afghanistan has a booming opium trade and it is very easy to fall victim to heroin addiction. Laila, an uncompromising woman and restaurateur doesn’t intend to accept this. One dose of heroin in Kabul costs the same as a loaf of bread. The risk of addiction is everywhere and recovering from it is extremely difficult. Laila and her brother, an addict for 30 years, help hundreds of people find a way to a new, drug-free life. During their endeavors, they face not only a lack of confidence in their treatment method, but mainly a system in which the drug mafia is interlinked with government structures. Laila represents the only hope for hundreds of people in an otherwise hopeless cycle of drugs, in which every saved life is a miracle. How will she come to terms with this difficult task, which eats up all her income and is hugely emotionally draining? Show more

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Vote for Kibera

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The documentary, set in one of the largest African slums, shows that even behind walls made of corrugated sheet metal and clay there are people striving to change their world for the better. Don is a photographer who lives in the Kenyan slum of Kibera and tries to capture the better aspects of his home in his photos. The film is based on his narration, in which he presents a varied mix of people who have the desire and the will to face an unfriendly destiny and an inhospitable environment. For example, HIV-infected teacher Bent who has set up a nursery for children from HIV-positive families, or former boxer Tanker, who teaches children self-defence in his boxing school. The film by Czech director Martin Páva brings to light the unique atmosphere of this poverty-stricken district, even when it is troubled by the dramatic events associated with the presidential election. Show more

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Silicone Soul

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A look at people who live with silicone partners, friends or children – lives on the edge of reality and fantasy. Love takes many forms. Where does the border lie and what gives others the right to judge who you have chosen to love? This documentary offers a look into the seemingly bizarre lives of several US households containing members made of silicone. Gradually, however, it turns out that by observing these unusual bonds, the film has something essential to say about love, loneliness, secrecy and the (in)tolerance of the surrounding world. Commenting on John and his silicone wife, Jackie, one of the onlookers in the park says: "They are different, they are odd, but that does not always mean they are bad." This silicone romance will surprise those who say they have seen everything. Show more

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