>>new<< SEEING MUSIC

CA | Completion 2021 | 10x30’ | French (sub.), English (sub.) | Production du milieu & Pimiento Médias Inc. | Broadcaster: AMI TV

 

Blind or visually impaired world class musicians (any music genre), men and women from all over the world, share with us the challenges they had to overcome to become professionals, their vision of music, and what their current success represents for them and their community. In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Mali, Egypt, France, England, Japan, and South Korea, these outstanding artists who refused to give up their dream, prove that music is the universal and inclusive language by excellence.

>>new<< DREAM ON

DE | 2020 | 52’ | HD | German, English (sub.) | by Valentin Thurn | SCHNITTSTELLE GmbH & ThurnFilm GmbH – GbR, EIKON Media | Broadcaster: RBB

 

Transforming trashes into islands, making living space accessible for everyone through mobile wood tiny houses, developing self-determining schooling at home and low Carbon footprint freight transport through balloons are not dreams anymore! Despite obstacles, inspiring protagonists show us that anyone can tackle social and environmental issues and make our world a better place.

>> NEW << FASHIONING THE FUTURE

BE | 2019 | HD | 72’ | French, English (sub.) | By Erwan Augoyard & Sophie Kovess-Brun | Matching Socks Ventures | Broadcaster: RTBF

 

© Matching Socks Ventures

In La Cambre (Brussels, Belgium), one of the most prestigious fashion school in the world, the students have a last year to achieve their professional dream of becoming a fashion designer.  We follow four of them developing their collection until the ultimate fashion show gathering the most exclusive international brands professionals. Will it be the starting point of their professional career? A documentary about up-and-coming stylists, overflowed with ideas, overwhelmed by doubts but determined to hold on to their dreams.

>> NEW << no time for quiet

AU | 2020 | 52’/56' | HD | English | By Samantha Dinning & Hylton Shaw | Film Camp Pty | Broadcaster: ABC

 

What’s better than pop-rock music to empower teenagers, help them finding their voice, accepting who they are and the others? Five teenagers, two of them facing mental troubles, take part in the GIRLS ROCK! MELBOURNE summer camp, empowering girls through music. During one week, they form a band, learn an instrument or singing and write a song. Will they overcome their fears and perform it on stage? 

>> NEW << OPERA ClasseS 

BE | 2020 | 54' | HD | French (sub.), Dutch (sub.), English (sub.) | By Joël Franka | ADNStudio - Alizé Production - RTBF - Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie | Broadcaster: RTBF

 

La Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium) welcomes during six month 258 kids from different social backgrounds to appropriate the opera’s world.  Guided by professionals, they give life to an original creation. How this fruitful exchanges will revolutionize the kids’ relation to learning and perception of current social issues, and help opera modernizing itself? 
 
Sindbad, A Journey Through Living Flames: opera written and composed by Howard Moody

chasing mandela's rainbow

UK | 2019 | 30' for children/52’/86' | HD | English (sub.) | By Gary Janks | Contemporary Films Productions Ltd. | Broadcasters: UR, DW.

 

30th anniversary of the end of Apartheid in 2021 (1991).

 

Director's interview Podcast: https://www.attheflicks.co.uk/098-chasing-mandelas-rainbow/ 

 

In Mandela's quest for equal opportunity for all citizens, whether white or black, education was the central pillar. Yet South Africa still has one of the worst schooling systems in the world. Three black students, one girl and two boys, from different backgrounds, battle to pass exams. Mahlatse and Andile experience visceral poverty, dysfunctional families, mixed ability teaching and gambling distractions. Even though Phendulani comes from a wealthy, happy family and the best state school, he is also pressured as the rugby captain who must have an unbeaten season. Which child will succeed, despite a broken education system and who will fail because of it?

Moving Libraries - Where books Mean The World

DE | 2019 | 5x26' | 4K | English (sub.), German (sub. or voice-over), French to be bought to ARTE Sales | By Michael Bernstein & Anja Schürenberg | Bernsteinfilm | Broadcasters: ARTE, BR

 

Original mobile libraries are run by unusual operators by roller bee, garbage truck, in bags, by bike or ship in order to find their readers, whether they are children in the slums of Bhopal in India, homeless people in Portland, USA or simply those for whom the next book is simply too far away. We get to know the motives of these mobile librarians as they take us into the colorful everyday world of readers in India, Italy, the Caribbean, Columbia and Portland, USA.

the red heritage

DE | 2019 | 4x26' | 4K | English (sub.), German, French to be bought to ARTE sales | By Claudia Kuhland, Susanna Schürmann, Cordula Echterhoff | DreamTeam Medienproduktion | Broadcasters: ARTE, MDR

 

By presenting the relationship of current artists with the art of the communist era in Germany, Russia, Lithuania and Bulgaria (one episode per country) this series questions the ambivalence regarding this past which is often taboo, but omnipresent. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former Eastern Bloc countries have undergone a profound transformation, driven by the need to cut off from a painful past.

East Of Our MemorIES

FR | 2019 | 52’ | HD | French, German, English (sub.) | By Marion Verlé & Jeanne Nouchi | Wendigo Films & Ambiances asbl | Broadcasters: Mirabelle TV, Vosges TV, Public Sénat

 

Mario, Heidi, Franck, Hans and Martina have different ages and backgrounds but they share the nostalgia they feel for the GDR. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin's Wall, this feeling still affects their daily lives. How can we explain the regret of a totalitarian regime?

12 Days and 12 Nights in Damascus

SY/DE/FR | 2017 | 52’ | HD | German, English (sub.), French (to be bought to ARTE) | By Roshak Ahmad | DOKfilm | Partner: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts | Broadcasters: ARTE, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Das Erste

 

Every day, the war in the streets of Damascus, Syria's capital, is raging between the rebels and Assad’s soldiers. The government is preparing their last assaults to crush the rebels. Dive right into the reality of daily street battles with this unique film, and see how each side is carefully planning their next move.

ciaO babylon

CH | 2017 | 52' | HD | English (sub.), German (sub.) | By Kurt Reinhard, Christoph Schreiber | Soap Factory GmbH | Broadcaster: SRF, RTR

 

By the end of the century half of the 6,500 languages spoken today will have vanished; and with every language dies a unique way of perceiving the world. CIAO BABYLON calls attention to this dramatic development. Dan Kaufman, a linguist living in New York is committed to preserve endangered languages, while Giancarlo Malchiodi goes from Brooklyn to Grisons, Switzerland to rediscover his mother tongue -Romanish- a language that may die out within a few decades. 

RETURN to bosnia

AU | 2016 | 54’ | 4K | English (sub.) | By Wes Greene | Nalu Productions | Broadcaster: TVP

 

25 years after fleeing the civil war in Bosnia (1992-1995), Damir Mitric returns to uncover this trauma. He meets with family, friends, and those working to rebuild a nation borne of ethnic and religious divisions. From Sarajevo, his childhood home where Serbians established a siege to a former concentration camp and to mass graves unveiling the ethnic cleansing of Bosnians by Serbians, Mitric confronts the incomprehensible: How could your neighbours turn into killers? How can you rebuild lives and communities devastated by violence?

NO SMOKING IN SARAJEVO

FR | 2016 | 75'/52' | 4K | English (sub.), Italian (sub.), French | By Gianluca Loffredo & Andréa Postiglione | Grenouilles Productions | Broadcasters: France 3, TVP

 

The three leaders of the cult Yugoslavian rock band No Smoking were connected by friendship and music. When ethnic conflicts emerged between Serbians, Croatians and Bosnians, ripping apart an entire country, they  split up and founded their own bands, two of them keeping the name of No Smoking. Kusturica will join the Serbian one, contributing to make it internationally famous. Their story reflects the one of Yugoslavia. Will they meet up after 25 years? 

VUKOVAR(s)

FR | 2015 | 52' | HD | English (sub.), French (sub.), Croatian | By Grégoire Osoha & Timothée Demeillers | Quilombo Films | Broadcaster: TV Tours Val de Loire, France 3, TVP.

 

30 Years Anniversary in 2021 of war in Croatia.

 

25 years after the civil war in Ex-Yougoslavia, the Serbian and Croatian communities living in Vukovar, a city in Croatia deeply affected by fighting, still don't reconciliate with each other. Segregation in everyday life is still very much alive: children don't play in the same sand box & go to separate classrooms while men don't drink in the same bar and intra-ethnic love is not tolerated by families. Even though, Croatia belongs to the EU, the country remains a powder keg. 

Beyond the barS

BE/FR | 2016 | 57' | HD | French, English (sub. ) | By Daphné Baiwir | Sebastien Cruz

 

Let’s enter into the daily life of a prison from the employees' perspective! Thanks to this immersive documentary and vibrant testimonies, we understand why the Belgian characters purely love their job.

LAURENT GBAGBO, DICTATOR OR ANTICOLONIALIST?

CI | 2015 | 2x52' | HD | French & English | By Saïd Mbombo Penda | Sentinelles Productions | Broadcaster: Al Jazeera

 

Laurent Gbagbo’s trial in International Criminal Court for crime against humanity opened in January 2016. Acquitted in 2021, he is back in Ivory Coast. President of Ivory Coast from 2000 to 2011, he was sued for having stirred up hatred between his supporters & opponents, leading to the deaths of thousands of civilians & two European journalists. Was he an anti-colonialist liberator or a dictator?  

YOLANDE OR THE SCARS OF THE SILENCE

FR | 2015 | 50’ | HD | French (sub.), English (sub.) | By Léandre-Alain Baker | Mikaté Productions | Broadcaster: CINAPS TV

 

Yolande Mukagasana, wife of a high-ranking Tutsi official, lost her husband and children during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. She makes us relive the first morning of horror and the atrocities that follow. This courageous woman can't stop there: after 1 6 years spent in Belgium in exile, she comes back to her country and makes the people talk about their traumas to rebuild a society still deeply affected by the genocide.

DISTRICT ZERO

ES | 2015 | 52' / 67’ | HD | Spanish (sub.), English (sub.), Italian (sub.), French (sub.), German (sub.) | By Pablo Tosco, Jorge Fernandez, Pablo Iraburu | Arena Comunicacion Audiovisual

 

A Syrian refugee lives in the second biggest camp in the world,  Zaatari, in Jordan, counting not less than 60,000 refugees. From his mobile shop, he prints his customers' personal photos, making us get into their stories and life.

IN EXTREMIS

FR | 2015 | 62’ | HD | French | By Colette Ouanounou

 

Eleven pupils, who dropped out of high school (in Vitry-sur-Seine, Parisian region) and four retired people get involved in the writing and the acting of a theater play related to immigration and origins. This re-socialising project is animated by two professionals. Will this alternative educational project succeed to reintegrate in the society both groups, living their own way
apart?