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THE NEW SILK WAY

FR/RU | Looking for pre-sales, completion end of 2018 | 52’ | HD | Russian, French, English | By Edvokia Moskvina | Pronto Prod & Rühm Pluss Null

 

In this thrilling investigation of the smuggling business between Vladivostok and neighbouring China, one of the main character is an educated middle aged Russian woman who has no other way to survive than to carry all kinds of products to China every week. The multi awarded director of the documentary, a Russian woman, will depict social misery, in an adventurous and surrealistic way.

Shooting time: 15 February-15 March 2018 if financing secured. 4K shooting possible.

>>NEW<< 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 France, ARTE Germany, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Das Erste

 

The Syrian female journalist, Roshak Ahmad, shows 12 days and 12 nights of 2013 in besieged Damascus, Syria, whereas the civil war has raged since 2011. On Abu Omar's rebel fighters' side, she shoots day after day the fights against Assad's soldiers. The fighters for freedom have barricaded themselves in a house. Assad’s snipers have taken up position 150 meters accross the road. There are no civilians left, only the skeletal remains of houses. We witness a house-to-house battle. This exceptionnal documentary diary immerses us in a unique way in this war. 

RETURN to bosnia

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

 

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 | 52' | 4K | English (sub.), Italian (sub.), French | By Gianluca Loffredo & Andréa Postiglione | Grenouilles Productions | Broadcaster: France 3

 

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 20 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

 

25 years after the beginning of the civil war in Ex-Yougoslavia, the Serbian and Croatian communities living in Vukovar, a city in Croatia deeply affected by fightings, still don't reconciliate with each other. Segregation in every day 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. Eventhoug, Croatia belongs to the EU, the country remains a powder keg. 

YOLANDE OR THE SCARS OF THE SILENCE

FR | 2015 | 50’ | HD | French (sub.), English (sub.) | By Léandre-Alain Baker | Les Films du Paquebot | Broadcaster: CINAPS TV

 

Yolande Mukagasana, wife of a high-ranking Tutsi official, lost her husband and children during the Rwandan genocide in 1984. 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.

LAURENT GBAGBO, DICTATOR OR ANTICOLONIALIST?

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

 

Laurent Gbagbo’s trial in International Criminal Court for crime against humanity opens in July 2015 and could last up to three years. President of Ivory Coast from 2000 to 2011, was he an anti-colonialist liberator or a dictator? He’s sued for having stirred up hatred between his supporters & opponents, leading to the deaths of thousands of civilians & two European journalists.

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.

Be kind rewind Casablanca

FR | 2015 | 52' | HD | French, English (sub.) | By Fernando Favier | La Clairière Production | Broadcaster: France 3 Corse ViaStella

 

What's up with the artistic freedom and through it, the freedom of expression in Marroco? Michel Gondry, the renowned film director, created a "Home Movie Factory", in March 2014, in a former slaughterhouse, which became a place for artistic expressions, in Casablanca, after launching the same initiative in Johannesburg, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, just to name a few. A group of amateurs can shoot a movie for free in about 20 sets within 3 hours in order to experience the pure fun of creativity...and freedom.

TAKSIM: A CHRONICLE OF THE TREE REVOLUTION

FR | 2015 | 52’ | HD | Turkish, French, English | By Jo Beranger & Christian Pfohl | Lardux Films

 

In May 2013, the Prime Minister's illegal project of building a shopping center on the famous Taksim square in Istanbul symbolising democracy triggers off an uprising from Turkish people. This documentary makes us live it from inside. Will they succeed to save Taksim square from authoritarianism and so democracy?

THE GIRLS WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

FR/RU | Looking for pre-sales, completion end of 2018 | 52’ | HD | Russian, French, English | By Rozalie Kohoutova & Edvokia Moskvina | Pronto Prod

 

What does it mean to be a political activist in Putin’s 2014 Russia ? This doc tells the intertwined stories of three young women, who are political activists close to the LGBT community, fighting for the recognition of the rights of homosexuals and transsexuals and by extension for the freedom of expression in Russia.

NON CITIZEN LAND FROM LATVIA TO UKRAINE

FR | 2015 | 90' / 52’ | HD | French & English | By Philippe Mac Gaw | Pronto Prod

 

Russian-speaking people live in the former URSS-countries and more particularly in Latvia where 13% of the population holds no citizenship and no voting right. We get to know several characters before, during and within the Ukrainian conflict over the past months.

WHERE TO ISRAEL?

FR | 2012 | 123' | HD | French (sub.), English (sub.) | By Camille Clavel | Mélisande Films | Broadcasters: HRT, Terra Terra

 

This documentary is a journey through the roots of the conflict between Israeli and Palestinians. The director questions Israeli’s and Palestinians’ capacity to live peacefully together in one or two States, through many interviews with Jewish or Arab intellectuals (Shlomo Sand, Aharin Appelfeld, Gadi Algazi, Sahar Vardi, Meir Margalit) & several stakeholders. He testimonies of inspiring initiatives showing that harmony between both communities is possible.