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March 9

Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq

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This visually impressive film tells a story set in an environment of eternal snow and ice, a land of seal hunters and dog sleighs, and portrays the disappearing world of the original inhabitants of Greenland’s white plains. The Greenland ice sheet is millions of years old. Due to global warming, it is now melting at a rapid rate and will soon vanish forever. The people for whom this land of omnipresent ice was always home will disappear with it. It seems that, on 21st century Earth, there will be no place for their way of life, traditions, or culture, which have all been defined by the endless ice plains for centuries. Documentarist Yatri N. Niehaus set out with a team of two photographers to record the most recent condition of the beautiful ice massifs, and, in his lyrical film, captures the centuries-old, tried-and-tested wisdom of the indigenous inhabitants. Show more

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The Next Guardian

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A sensitive portrayal of two teenagers growing up in a Himalayan village in Bhutan depicts the generation gap between the traditional values promoted by their father and the adolescents’ own desires. As far as personal interests are concerned, siblings Gyembo and Tashi are no different from most of their peers around the world. They constantly look at their mobiles and love football. Their father watches them with slight concern because he is the guardian of a Buddhist monastery and hopes that, one day, Gyembo will take over his duties and become a monk. Gyembo, however, is not interested in religious studies, yet he tolerantly listens as his father persistently tries to convince him about the benefits of this way of life. Tashi dreams of a professional footballer career. Despite their youthful energy, both siblings know that promoting their objectives will require the patience of saints. Show more

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Moldovan MIracle

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Hans Bjørn Bakketeig changed the lives of about 10,000 people in Moldova. He examined their vision, discovered that they had poor eyesight, and prescribed them glasses. Simple? Not in a country where Hans is the only optometrist. Hans arrived in Moldova from Norway in 2001. He found that there was nobody to heal eye defects in the poorest country in Europe. Children with poor eyesight remained hidden at home. At school they were considered stupid, but they just couldn't see the board. This film follows Hans and his assistant Tatyana as they travel the countryside, where many people still cannot afford to buy glasses. But health workers have bigger plans than merely giving away glasses from the Norwegian non-profit organisation Help Moldova. They want to build the first eye clinic in Moldova. They are trying to gain support, but face bureaucracy, poverty and political chaos. In the year when the documentary was released, the government fell four times. The film also highlights the corruption that divides the country both politically and at the everyday level. Show more

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Devil's Freedom

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Organised violence penetrates Mexican society like a disease that inexorably attacks victims and offenders. The film presents a tragic picture of ruined human lives in an environment where the law means nothing. A horrific report by director Everardo González on cruelty, injustice and corruption, which massively undermines the foundations of Mexican society, provided through the testimonies of people wearing special masks with openings for their eyes and mouth – large enough to preserve their anonymity, but without concealing their individuality. Traumatic experiences are discussed by the victims or their relatives, but also by those who have kidnappings, murders and torture on their own conscience. The film does not seek to explain the violence, only to share the experiences of those who have suffered it. This uniquely stylised film was awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlinale in 2017. Show more

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Island Soldier

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The Micronesian islands in the Pacific are a rich source of recruits for the US military. However, this sensitively filmed documentary shows that the United States does not treat all of its soldiers equally. Isolation and poor economic conditions compel young Micronesians to seek fortune elsewhere. Eighty per cent of the island federation's budget depends on American financial assistance. Joining the US army, which has now administered the independent islands for 50 years, is a welcome escape and financial support for many young people. In exchange for the promise of a better life for their whole family, they risk their own lives on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan. Because they are not US citizens, they are not entitled to the same salary or other benefits. Over the course of six years, the film follows the stories of several Micronesian soldiers and their parents, who reluctantly send their sons into wars on the other side of the world. Show more

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Over the Limit

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"You are not a human being, you are an athlete." These are the words gymnast Rita Mamun hears from her ruthless head coach. An intimate portrait from behind the scenes of the sport reveals a Russian training system that crosses all limits in the pursuit of perfection. Twenty-year-old modern gymnast Rita is preparing for the Olympics in Rio, which should be the culmination of her entire career. The constant physical effort is exhausting, but much more challenging is the psychological pressure exerted by her coaches. Whatever she does is never enough. She must always meet the highest expectations. Although ready to sacrifice everything to reach her limits, she is forced to go even further. Forget about your family, ignore injuries; but mainly train, train, train, around the clock. How much humiliation must one take to win? Show more

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