TALKING ABOUT TREES
Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar, and Altayeb, filmmakers and friends for more than 45 years, idealists and intensely humane. They were reunited again after long years of distance and exile, to bring their old dream back to life: to make cinema a reality in the Sudan. They are determined to leave a trace of their passage and to inspire the love of films. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones that remain a desire, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.
Due to the Civil War in Somalia, the Shaash family lives scattered across the globe. Now the eldest, Imra (88), has to leave her Ethiopian exile. But where should she go? And where is she allowed to go? This question fuels a transnational family drama, in which the Shaash clan, from their worldwide diaspora, tries everything to find a new home for Imra.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN
The door has been closed for many weeks. A teenager has locked himself in – shutting out a helpless father, mother and sister. All they can do is stand in front of the locked door and ask, beg, implore, throw tantrums, despair, accuse, ignore and hope. All the while, the door increasingly becomes a mirror of their own lives.
On her journey to answer the question of “What is the price for a better life?”, the director explores Fort McMurray in the far North of Canada, home of the largest industrial project and the third largest oil reserve on the planet. People from all over the world come here to earn enormous salaries – at the sacrifice of the environment. Film and reality collide as the director finds herself in her own personal nightmare.
Salim Shaheen has shot 109 films. Inspired by Hollywood, but produced in Kabul, in Nothingwood. An actor, director and producer, he is the most popular and most prolific filmmaker in Afghanistan. Cinema in his veins. The film will show how Saleem Shaheen and his crew have managed to overcome all forms of resistance, the pressure of their families, survive the Soviet occupation, the civil war, the Taliban and the weight of tradition, the most powerful obstacle to their desire to make movies.The same time, the film tells the history of Afghanistan of the past 30 years and its violent and sometimes peotic presence.
SEE YOU IN CHECHNYA
1999, Georgia. As a fine-arts young student in Tbilisi, I fall in love with a french woman I met by chance. She is a war photographer and I decide to go with her on the Chechnya front. Parachuted in the middle of the fights, I bond myself with a group of reporters risking their lives to cover this brutal conflict. My life will be deeply moved by this experience.Ten years later, I take the same path, but the other way. See you in Chechnya is a deeply personal film on war and what war does to men who watch it.
The 1967 war ended with Israel’s victory; colonizing Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank. One month after the war, author Amos Oz recorded soldiers were talking about what really happened. The recordings were deleted from Israel’s history – censored by the army…until now
THE LAST GIGOLOS
A racy tango at the tea room, a promenade on deck or deep discussions on trips to exotic destinations. The Last Gigolos are greying, but nonethless suave, gentlemen. They spend their golden years on cruise ships – as dancers or entertainers for solvent, lonely and amusement-hungry women of 60 years an over. Organised by agencies and employed by shipping companies, they sail the seven seas. Their reward: the adventure of going cruising and escaping the monotony of being pensioners. A documentary about old age, love and sexuality.