Shipwrecked America

by Alexandra Kandy Longuet
Crescendo Media Films, Eklektik Productions
| 52’ | France, Belgium | 2016 | HD |
On the 29th of August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, the most violent storm in the history of the United States, ravages the city of New Orleans. The city’s entire population is displaced and the Crescent City is to be rebuilt completely. The disaster provides an opportunity for the city’s renaissance on a fairer basis: The film uncovers how New Orleans becomes the US laboratory and reveals the divisions of a whole country.

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European Film Awards Shortlist

Stranger in Paradise

by Guido Hendrikx
Zeppers Film &TV
| 72’ | The Netherlands | 2016 | HD |
Being unwanted is a reality that the thousands of refugees flowing into Europe have to face. Three different scenarios of welcoming are presented to three groups of refugees: a dismissive, an empathetic and the actual European migration policy. Is it human to categorize someone else’s life?

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European Film Awards Shortlist

The Good Postman

by Tonislav Hristov
Making Movies Oy
| 80' | Finland | 2016 | HD |
A small Bulgarian village just by the Turkish border has found itself in the middle of a European crisis, as at nights asylum seekers sneak passing the border. The forgotten village has become the most important secret loophole of Europe.
Ivan, the local postman, has a vision. He decides to run for mayor and turn the dying village alive by welcoming refugees . His opponents want to close their eyes, close down the border and reintroduce communism. As the campaign goes on, Ivan soon learns that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.

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The Man who mends Women

by Thierry Michel
Les Films de la Passerelle, Ryva production Eric van Zuylen
| 115’ - 52’ | Belgium | 2015 | HD |
Winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His endless struggle to put an end to these atrocities and denounce the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators is not welcome. But he is no longer alone in his struggle. The women to whom he has restored physical integrity and dignity, stand beside him, true activists for peace, hungry for justice.

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The Poetess

by Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
Brockhaus/Wolff Films GbR
| 88’ & 52’ | Germany, Saudi Arabia | 2017 | HD |
Hissa Hilal, a 43-year-old housewife from Saudi Arabia, tests her boundaries in the daily struggle for change. Veiled in a burqa, she gains international fame at Abu Dhabi’s prestigious contest “Million’s Poet” with her poems critical of terrorism and the ideologies of fanatic islamists.

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The Road to Fame

by Hao Wu
Tripod Media LLC
| 80’ - 56' | China | 2013 | HD |
The film gives a rare, intimate look at the coming-of-age of some of China's most promising yet confused youth. It chronicles the staging of the musical 'Fame' by the graduating class of China's top drama academy, in China's first official collaboration with Broadway. It follows five students of divergent personalities and family backgrounds as they compete for roles, struggle with the expectations of teachers and parents, and prepare to graduate into China's reality of huge wealth gap and rampant corruption. Often confused by the conflicting cultural values shaping China today, the students must confront their anxieties about an uncertain future and negotiate their own paths to fame.

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The Sun Behind the Clouds. Tibet's Struggle for Freedom

by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
White Crane Productions
| 79' - 52' | India | 2009 | HD |
Fifty years have passed since the takeover of Tibet by China. Chinese troops invaded Tibet in 1950 soon after the Communists took power under Mao Xedong. Tibet’s small army was quickly overrun. The representatives of Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, the Dalai Lama, were coerced into signing an agreement, which accepted Tibet to be a part of China. Then, on 10th March, 1959, the citizens of Lhasa rose up against the occupation forces. The uprising was brutally crushed. The Dalai Lama escaped to India followed by nearly 100,000 Tibetans. Tibet has been under the control of China ever since and the Dalai Lama has never returned to his homeland.

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