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March 11

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

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Australia’s Christmas Island – at the start of the 21st century the site of migrant detention centers, heavily criticized for their inhumanity and poor conditions. According to myth, agitated “hungry ghosts” roam Christmas Island. It is as if this film is made from their perspective. Like Ahasver, the camera roves around the island quietly observing, sometimes quite eerily. But this is only one way to reveal the island’s current troubled soul, which the film best does through the family life and work of one woman employed at a counselling center for traumatized refugees. Daily, she hears stories of suffering, degradation, and frustration from people who left their countries in desperation, only to end up behind a fence, trapped on an island where, like the “hungry ghosts”, they futilely wait for salvation. Show more

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I'm New Here

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Over the past decade a good many Congolese and other Africans have set out for China following dreams of riches and a better life, but only a very few of them have found the promised land in the Middle Empire. Fely, the film’s protagonist, first arrived in China from Kinshasa in 2009. He learned the language, made money, and helped to establish one of the first African communities in Tian Xiu. He settled here and, thanks to his contacts, negotiates business deals with local enterprises for arriving African businessmen. Even Fely’s life is not easy in this country, burdened by prejudices against foreigners and constantly changing immigration laws, and things are even harder for newcomers. Things don’t always go smoothly in China, and many have no choice other than to return home empty-handed. Show more

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Inventing Tomorrow

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One of the hopes for remedying drastic environmental damage is technological innovation. In particular, young peoples' projects are gaining ever greater international attention and support. Gifted teenagers believe that through science they can find solutions to serious environmental problems that directly threaten their own health and lives. Sáhithí monitors extreme water pollution in his native Bangalore; Jared deals with the contamination of Hawaiian soil by arsenic. Students from Indonesia are developing a filtering system, and classmates from Mexico work on a photocatalytic dye to clean the air of pollutants. Their projects are ambitious and their reward is a chance to present their work at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Can the young scientists succeed at the world's largest high-school science fair? 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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Cartel Land

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A riveting look behind the scenes of the battle with drug cartels, who continue to have an enormous impact on life in Mexico as well as beyond its borders in the USA. Matt Heineman tracks the stories of two individuals – Mexican doctor José Mireles and American war veteran Tim Foley – each fighting on their own side of the border. Mireles forms an armed civilian militia that ejects the cartels from several towns but he gradually loses control of the situation. Foley’s paramilitary unit tries to find traditional smuggling routes but the mafia knows how to find new ones. The film received the prize for best American documentary at Sundance as well as an Oscar nomination. The documentary plays out almost like a feature film. Show more

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