Maciej J. Drygas, Poland, 2013, 73′
Editing: Rafal Listopad
Musial Producer: Maciej J. Drygas
Producer Company: Drygas Production
Music: Pawel Szymanski
Abu Haraz is a small village in the middle of the desert in North Sudan. The construction of a huge dam on the Nile has interfered with the age-old, natural rhythm of the lives of its residents. The filmmakers have spent several years with them, observing their vain attempts to turn back fate.
Michael Kleiman, USA, 2013, 83′
Editing: Michael Kleiman and Michael Pertnoy
Photography: Humberto Saco, Cesar Fajardo, Josh Miller and Julien Diaz
Producer: Michael Pertnoy, Michael Kleiman, Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey
Welcome to the digital jungle… The film considers the impact of current and future of global connectivity on all our lives. The film also considers both the benefits and complications that arise from digital connections. Interviews with leading luminaries including Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales and Nicholas Negroponte provide an insightful look at our lives.
Mano Khalil, Switzerland, 2013, 107′
Editing: Thomas Bachmann
Photography: Mano Khalil, Steff Bossert
Producer: Mano Khalil
Producer Company: Frame Film
Music: Mario Batkovic
Sound: Weli Cici, Rolf Buttikoffer
The Beekeeper tells the touching story of a beekeeper. The turmoil of the Turkish-Kurdish war took away everything that he had: his wife, his children, his country and over 500 bee colonies, his way of making a living. He was left only with his love for bees and his unshakeable faith in the individual human being, regardless of his background. After a long odyssey full of deprivation, the beekeeper again found a life for himself in Switzerland, thanks to his passion for beekeeping.
Dimitris Koutsiabasakos, Greece, 2013, 81′
Editing: Apostolis Agrogiannis
Photography: Haris Farros
Producer: Dimitris Koutsiabasakos
Producer Company: KinoLab
Music: Vangelis Fampas
Sound: Vangelis Fampas
Nikos Anastassiou, a traveling grocer, and his wife Sophia have been driving the same route since the 1980s. Once a week, all year round, setting out from the city of Trikala, they visit the abandoned villages of the southwestern Pindos Mountains, a 75-kilometer drive. In recent years, their sons, Kostas and Thymios, help them. The documentary follows their journey over the four seasons.
My Name is Salt
Farida Pacha, Switzerland, 2013, 92′
Editing: Katharina Fiedler
Photography: Lutz Konermann
Producer: Lutz Konermann, Farida Pacha
Producer Company: Leafbird Films
Music: Marcel Vaid
Sound: Sanjeev Gupta, Ramesh Birajdar, Florian Eidenbenz
Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea. Still they return, striving to make the whitest salt in the world.
Five Star Existence
Sonja Lindén, Finland, 2011, 90′
Editing: Samu Heikkilä
Photography: Peter Flinckenberg
Producer: Sonja Lindén
Producer Company: Avanton Productions
Music: Rebekka Karijord
Sound: Janne Laine
With the accelerating pace of everyday life and our increasing virtual presence as individuals, the line between the real and the virtual self has begun to blur. In this personal and cinematic journey, the director observes the links between freedom and dependence in our time.
A Few Brave People
Rüya Arzu Köksal, Turkey, 2011, 87′
Editing: Devrim Akteke
Photography: Aydın Kudu
Producer: Rüya Arzu Köksal
Producer Company: Turkishmoon Film Yapım
Music: Rüya Arzu Köksal
Sound: Rüya Arzu Köksal
‘A Few Brave People’, powerfully chronicles the extraordinary struggle of the local people of the Black Sea region to protect their rivers and their livelihood from a government that is keen to sell them to private corporations.
Chai Qian - Displaced
Mali Arun, France, 2011, 19′
Editing: Mali Arun
Photography: Mali Arun
Producer: Shanti N. Selk
Producer Company: La Ruche Productions
Chai Qian is an impressionist strolling through the urban transformations of a city in constant destruction and reconstruction.
CHAR... the No-Man's Island
Sourav Sarangi, India, 2013, 88′
Editing: Sourav Sarangi
Photography: Sourav Sarangi, Rabindranath Das, Minarul Mondal
Producer: Sourav Sarangi
Producer Company: Son et Lumiere
Sound: Dipankar Chaki, Shinichiro Ogata
Young Rubel wants to join school in India but reality forces him to smuggle rice everyday by crossing the river Ganga, the international border between India and Bangladesh. The same river eroded his home. Now he lives in CHAR, an island within the river, which starts eroding now.
Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits
İmre Azem, Turkey, 2014, 17′
Editing: Eray İlhan, Arzu Volkan
Photography: İmre Azem
Producer: Gaye Günay
Ecologic thresholds are surpassed, economic thresholds are surpassed, population thresholds are surpassed and social harmony is upset. Here is the depiction of neoliberal urbanisation: “City without Limits”. In his first feature-length documentary, İmre Azem aims for a wholesome approach to Istanbul; as much as the change itself, he questions the underlying dynamics. He takes us on a long journey in this endless city, from demolished slums to the tops of skyscrapers, from the depths of the Marmara Sea to the route of the third bridge crossing the Bosporus, from real estate investors to urban opposition. We hope that you will not be a mere spectator to change, but question it.
Nejla Demirci, Turkey, 2012, 30′
Editing: S.Korhan Güner, Mahir Güven
Producer: Nejla Demirci
Producer Company: Ney Reklam
Music: Serkan Çağrı
The story of the Ergene River. The documentary tells social, cultural and economic changes in Ergene Basin by witnesses. It reveals the destroying industry and the struggle of the community to recreate Ergene.
Liz Miller, Nupur Basu, Karen Winthers, Mary Kiio, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortie, Canada, 2014, 46′
Editing: Rebecca Lessard
Photography: Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortie, Karen Winthers, Mary Kiio
Producer: Liz Miller
Producer Company: International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Red Lizard Media
Music: Rebecca Lessard
‘Hands-on’ profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film powerfully demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies. This 48-minute collaborative documentary offers unique perspectives across cultures and generations.
The Carbon Rush
Amy Miller, Canada, 2012, 84′
Editing: Boban Chaldovich
Photography: Paul Kell
Producer: Byron A Martin, Amy Miller
Producer Company: Wide Open Exposure Productions, Byron A Martin Productions
Music: Benoit Groulx
Sound: Dan Lagace
Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil. What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?
Sandeep Rampal Balhara, Poland, India, 2014, 14′
Photography: Jonathan Young, Sunil Balhara
Producer: Marcin Malatynski
Producer Company: Polish National Film School, Lodz
Sound: Rafal Nowak
The side effects of a growing economy and extensive use of biotechnology pushed Indian farmers into the world’s greatest agrarian crisis. “CottonDreams” delves into the life of one such family and brings out a tragic tale of love, life and sacrifice under extreme living conditions in rural India.
On the Art of War
Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi, Italy, 2012, 85′
Editing: Luca Bellino
Photography: Vania Tegamelli
Producer: Giovanni Pompili, margherita di Paola
Producer Company: Kino, Indieair, Tfilm
Music: Nicolò Mulas
Sound: Paolo Benvenuti
Four workers climb a 20 meters high gantry crane inside the hangar of the INNSE, the last active factory in Milan. They threaten to throw themselves down to stop the dismantling of the machineries and the closure of the factory they work in.
Children of Sodom
York-Fabian Raabe, Germany, 2013, 15′
Editing: Helena Ekre, York-Fabian Raabe
Photography: Tobias von dem Borne
Producer: York-Fabian Raabe
Producer Company: York-Fabian Raabe Filmproduktion
Sound: Daniel Engel, Takis Christos Sariannidis
‘Children of Sodom’ shows one day in the lives of the two friends Oko and Kojo*.They are two of approximately 30.000 street children, who live around the electronic waste yard Agbogbloshi within Ghana‘s capital Accra. Most of the e-waste comes from the Western World. *Names have been altered
Honour Your Word
Martha Stiegman, Canada, 2013, 59′
Editing: Angela Baker
Photography. Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier
Producer: Martha Stiegman, Marlene Edoyen, Malcolm Guy
Producer Company: Productions MultiMonde & Rippling Current Media
Music: Stephen de Oliveira
‘Honour Your Word’ is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring Indigenous Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.
Ömer Güneş, Turkey, 2014, 17′
Editing: İshak Ayvaz
Photography: Yavuz Pullukcu
Producer: Sezai Güneş
Sound: Mustafa Güneş
The documentary touches upon the water problems that the water Bedouins, living in the swamp where Tigris and Euphrates meet in the Persian Gulf, experience and the imminent danger Hasankeyf is under.
Lara Plácido and Ângelo Lopes, Portugal, 2013, 14′
Editing: Edson Silva and Lara Plácido
Photography: Nenass Almeida e Mamadou Diop
Producer: Lara Plácido and Ângelo Lopes
Producer Company: M_EIA – Instituto Internacional de Arte, Tecnologias e Cultura
The high cost of construction, inflation in the cost of property and land, in conjunction with the growing rate of unemployment, make purchasing or renting a home difficult for most Cabe Verdeans. The construction of illegal shelters has therefore spread and is often the only option for poor families who have no housing alternatives or means. Is this illegality a crime?
Tarlabaşı and Me
Marianna Francese & Jaad Gaillet, France-Italy, 2014, 70′
Editing: Marianna Francese & Jaad Gaillet
Photography: Marianna Francese & Jaad Gaillet
Producer: Materiaubis Production
Producer Company: Materiaubis Production
Music: Deli Grup & Derman
After being in several areas of Istanbul and going through all the odd jobs since his release from prison, Mustafa moved to Tarlabaşı and became a garbage collector. It is in this cosmopolitan neighborhood, doomed to disappear that he creates a new life … “Tarlabaşı and me” takes us in the picturesque neighborhood of Tarlabaşı in the lives of its inhabitants and in a shuddered Istanbul just as Mustafa that awaits his acquittal in order to take fully into this new life.