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March 9

Grit

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Dian was 6 when she heard a rumbling as a tsunami of mud hurtled towards her village. 7 years later, thousands still futilely seek reparation from a powerful mining company. 16 villages disappeared from the face of the earth and 60,000 people had to move, their homes remaining forever buried under mud. This catastrophe in East Java occurred in 2006 when a gas mining company disturbed a hot mud deposit, which erupted to the surface, subsequently destroying everything in its path. However, the company’s owner is one of the richest and most influential people in Indonesia. Additionally, when he enters politics, it seems that the justified claims of the affected have no chance. This visually impressive film tracks the persistent but seemingly hopeless long-term battle of the villagers over several years. Show more

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Gods of Molenbeek

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This is a lyrical film about the friendship of 3 children in the multicultural and multifaith Molenbeek quarter of Brussels, but which, after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in 2016, gained a reputation as a hotbed of Islamic terrorism. Six-year-old Finnish-Chilean Aatos asks his best friend, whose family is from Morocco, “Amine, do you know what a Muslim is?” “That´s someone who doesn’t eat pork,” explains Amine. The days of 3 inseparable friends, 2 boys and a girl, who are neighbors in the Molenbeek quarter of Brussels, are filled with childish imagination and carefree games. There are demonstrations against terrorism in the streets and Europe is in shock, but the children’s minds are occupied by nothing less than thinking about God and gods. Does God exist? And which one is the best? Show more

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In Touch

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When 1/3 of the inhabitants of one Polish village move to Iceland, the community needs to find a long-distance communication method. The filmmakers present an unusual way of how film can reduce distance. The core of Paweł Ziemilski’s experimental film lies in showing how the Polish families and friends of those who have left handle the footage of ordinary scenes from everyday life in Iceland shared by their loved ones. Recordings and live Skype transmissions are projected in life size on the walls of houses, trees, containers and even people themselves. A divided family can dine together or pose for a group photo. It’s even possible to simulate a hug even though there is nothing more tangible than the projector light. A feeling of closeness is evoked and loved ones are finally “in touch”. Show more

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Krátce a výstižně I

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The Fight - 30 min - director: Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw People with disabilities are viewed as second-class citizens in Bolivia. A peaceful protest by a group of wheelchair users turns into a battle when police use tear gas and water cannons against them. After two months of fruitless protests to obtain an increase in state benefits for people with disabilities, a few dozen wheelchair users decided to make the long trip to the capital with the aim of organizing a demonstration in front of government headquarters. It took many weeks to reach La Paz, where they encountered tough opposition by riot police. This film takes a close-up look at the indomitable will of defenseless people who are prepared to risk their lives in this David vs. Goliath battle, in which human dignity, respect and freedom are all at stake. Marielle and Monica - 25 min - director: Fabio Erdos When Brazilian activist Marielle Franco is murdered, her life partner, Monica Benicio, takes over her orphaned endeavor to keep Marielle’s battle alive. The still unsolved murder of the iconic human rights, feminist, and LGBT icon Marielle Franco shakes Brazil, but there’s no time to mourn. As the election approaches, new populists appear. Monica Benicio must come to terms with her partner’s death, yet cannot give up the battle. Perseverance is one way she chooses to honor Marielle’s memory. The film presents a clear portrait of the situation of local activists and their country, but the unhealed wound of personal tragedy remains in the forefront, making the film more than just a dramatic news story. Show more

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The Good Death

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Janette has an incurable disease, She know she can’t conquer death but she would like to be in control of how and when she dies. Now she is preparing for assisted suicide in Switzerland. She watched her mother die from then-undiagnosed muscular dystrophy. Now Janette’s own 72-year-old body is weakening as the disease rapidly progresses. Unlike her mother, she has decided to leave the world with dignity, but the UK does not offer the option of a “good death” and to be euthanized she has to travel to Switzerland. With inner peace Janette organizes her departure while her loved ones go through an emotional storm – particularly her son, who also has MD. The relationship drama escalates as death comes closer. For his narrative, director Tomáš Krupa used stylized elements of fiction film that enhance the film’s authenticity. Show more

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Theatre of War

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The Falklands War lasted only 74 days but it left a mark on thousands of lives. Now 6 veterans from both sides have met in order to come to terms with the horrors of war that have never stopped haunting them. 6 middle-aged men enter a room in a dilapidated house. Although they do not know each other, their paths once crossed: 36 years ago they faced each other as soldiers in the Falklands War. In this unorthodox documentary by Argentinian director Lola Arias they now meet not as unfriendly soldiers but as person to person, and by replaying painful wartime moments with the help of contemporary props, recordings and magazines they relive the past, reopen old wounds and confront long-buried trauma. Is it possible for the former enemies to now, after such a long time, find a consensus, understanding and compassion, and to pass on their memories and experiences to future generations? Show more

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Love, Scott

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Scott became a crime victim because of his sexual orientation. That night changed his life and gave rise to the “Don’t Be Afraid” movement which battles homophobia. Muted light falls on the face of a gifted music student from Toronto, Canada, who one evening was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Exactly 1 year later, Scott, wheelchair-bound as a result of spinal cord damage, returns to the place where he was stabbed. This sensitively shot film reconstructs the entire event and uses it to explore society’s still-conservative stance towards the LGBT minority. The way things develop, interviews with Scott’s family, and archive material form a collage that leads Scott from his childhood to the final scene, when he receives a letter from his attacker. “Forgiveness is a journey, a process, a choice that he is faced with every day.” Show more

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It's All Good

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Venezuela, formerly a prosperous South American country, has been in a deep crisis for several years. The collapse of the economy has led, among other things, to the collapse of the healthcare system. Making sure that you and your loved ones have the necessary medication or receive urgent treatment for a serious illness is hopelessly impossible in Venezuela. "I don't have a choice, I am being forced to close it," Rosalía calmly explains to her husband before finally closing her pharmacy, which has simply run out of medicine. Most doctors, like millions of other people, have left the country. The young doctor Efraím is one of the few who have stayed, even though he doesn't even make enough money to buy food. Rebeca suffers from acute leukaemia and, like Mildred, vitally needs treatment. The crisis in Venezuela is drastically worsening and growing into a humanitarian disaster. Show more

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Voices of the Sea

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An ageing fisherman, Pita, lives with his young wife, Mariela, in a poor seaside Cuban village. His love for home and reconciliation with his own destiny comes up against Mariela's desire to provide a better future for her children. Pita and Mariela are gradually being abandoned by friends and family members who prefer to risk a dangerous escape from an island on which there is still no freedom. Getting to the other side of the sea is not that easy. Anyone can be caught by a patrol and returned to Cuba, anyone can drown. For Mariela, such a step into the unknown is worth trying, and she wants to free her children from the prospect of a poor life of fishing. But Pita is reluctant to leave. Their conflicting ideas subtly disrupt their tranquil life and gradually build not only an intimate portrait of this couple, but also a universal picture of one of the greatest dilemmas faced by Cubans today. Show more

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