A MI LADO (BY MY SIDE)

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye
JCDE Productions
| 95’ - 55’ | USA | 2012 | HD
Some mothers put their children first. Some don’t. To survive in the trash of the Chureca, Central America’s largest dump located in Nicaragua, three young women will have to determine whether their mothers are their best allies or unexpected foes.




A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT

by Sinead O'Shea
Blinder Films Limited, Spring Films, SOS Productions
| 82’ | Ireland | 2017 | HD |
Filmed over five years, this unflinching darkly humorous documentary examines violence committed by groups opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland, long after the Troubles came to an end. The title is no exaggeration.





A Stranger’s Skin

by Christophe Hermans
FraKas Productions
| 51’ | Belgique | 2011 | |

Arnaud is a 20 year old young man. Following the death of his mother three years ago, he has dropped out of his studies and taken refuge in food to fill the void. He now weighs 177 kilos and lives with his father, with whom he quarrels constantly. Arnaud has reached the point where he has decided to undergo a stomach reduction operation....

 

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BRAVING THE WAVES

Category | Economy, Justice, Social Issues, Women
Year | 2016
Country | Iran, Norway, Lebanon
Running time | 90’ - 52’
Format | HD
Production | Mindoc Film Production, Gammaglimt AS
Director | Mina Keshavarz



This is the story of Roghieh, a 38 years old woman, with 5 children. She was born in one of the remote villages of Minab, a small city in south of Iran. Roghieh married when she was 14 years old to her ex-husband, a drug-addict who abused her constantly. One day she decided to change her life and start working on handcrafts. Because of her own bitter experience in an environment with the highest rate of violence against women in Iran, she founded “Southern Women NGO” the first one in region to support other women in their struggle for economic independence. 

Seven years ago Roghieh asked some property from the municipality to run a place for women street vendors. This place is known as the Thursday Bazaar. Since Bazaar’s property value has increased, the mayor wants to tear it down. He filed a court complain against Roghieh arguing that she has occupied municipal land illegally. In her struggle to preserve the Bazaar and hope for support, Roghieh travels to Tehran to meet with the vice president of Women Affairs. On the other side, the mayor has a powerful deal with the officers in the justice department in the city. Roghieh is preparing for the court battle. 

As a workingwoman, wife and mother, Roghieh is facing even more responsibilities and conflicts at home. Her new husband, Aghil is a farmer who supports and follows her to lots of places but sometimes he gives up. Her children think that she is not like other mothers. How does Roghieh find a balance between being a wife, a housewife and a businesswoman? Will she be successful in a male-dominated society? Will she win the court? 

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BIG TOBACCO - YOUNG TARGETS

by Paul Moreira
Premières Lignes
| 90’ - 52' | France | 2013 | HD
In the 21st century, tobacco will continue to kill 8 million people each year. And yet the dangers of smoking have been well known for many years. Tobacco companies have used every trick in the book to sell their deadly product; blatant or illegal, furtive or camouflaged advertising, corruption, ignoring or omitting scientific or medical data, mass manipulation, political influence… The tobacco industry will do what it takes to remain profitable; the very survival of the industry is at stake.



by Dominic Allan
Firewalk Films
| 86’ - 52’ | UK | 2011 | HD
Never believe you've played your last hand..

French painter Jean Marc Calvet recounts his incredible life story as a former Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his family, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and at the age of 38 overcame addictions through an extraordinary metamorphosis in which he began to paint.





by Eve Marson
Bungalow Pictures
| 83 | USA | 2016 | |

The story of Dr. William Hurwitz a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, but this power begets trouble when the same drugs lead to addiction, abuse and death..





by Phil Lawrence
Little Dog Big Bite Films Inc., Frozen Feet Films & Channel Z Films
| 78’ | USA | 2010 | BDIG 16:9 |

What happens when you stop taking antidepressants? A successful suburban dad who is tired of feeling “numb” decides to quit taking antidepressants and documents the drastic effects on his physical and psychological well-being. His wife and kids wonder what happened to man they once knew. “Numb” also reveals startling new information the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know.





Scientology. The Truth About A Lie

by Jean-Charles Deniau
Novaprod, Dissidents
| 97’ | France | 2010 | |
Honest, objective and nuanced, this documentary aims to show why individuals are consciously or unconsciously drawn into the Church of Scientology. It asks why they stay, sometimes for long periods of time and sometimes despite doubts as to the Church’s true nature, which is often revealed as devouring, indoctrinating and even totalitarian. How can one fall prey to such a system, to the point of drawing into it family, children and friends, when it appears so alienating to both body and soul?





State of Play

by Steven Dhoedt
VisualAntics, Minch&Films
| 85’ - 55' | Belgium | 2013 | |
In Seoul, hundreds of young boys compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a professional gamer isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture.But what happens when play becomes work? For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.