A RIVER CHANGES COURSE

by Kalyanee Mam |
Migrant Films, Documentation Center of Cambodia
| 83’ | Cambodia - USA | 2013

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, Kalyanee Mam, spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt.

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All that Glitters

by Tomas Kudrna
Armada Films
| 90' - 57' | Czech Republic | Kyrgyzstan | 2010 | HDV 16:9 |
Situated at the crossroads of global interests, Kyrgyzstan reflects the political rivalry between Russian and American influence, reveals the religious rivalry between Christianity and Islam, and lies between the economic predominance of China and Russia. All That Glitters examines how strange capitalism and democracy can be when introduced to a former Soviet country, where people who were never given autonomy are suddenly expected to make their own financial and political decisions.

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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.

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Braving the Waves

by Mina Keshavarz
Mindoc Film Production, Gammaglimt AS
| 90’ - 52’ | Iran, Norway, Lebanon | 2016 | HD |
The story of fighting woman’s life in traditional society who makes other women in her city powerfull with creating job for them. Roghieh, 38 years old married woman with 5 children With her poor literacy and the sabotage governmental people has been able to stablish ”Southern Women NGO” in Minab (Small City in South of Iran). She is trying to make a Thursday Bazar bigger with about 1000 women sellers but she has a serious obstacle: The Mayor, who wants to make a shopping center instead of a Bazar.

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Dharavi, Slum for sale

by Rob Appleby, Lutz Konermann
Hugofilm, Tradewind Pictures GmbH, Germany
| 59’- 79’/35mm | Switzerland | 2010 | HD 16:9 |
Dharavi, India's biggest slum is to be knocked down and its profitable real estate to be turned into billions of Dollars. The film follows the struggle of the underprivileged to defend their homes and livelihoods against mounting globalisation.

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Dreamland

by Thorfinnur Gudnason, Andri Snaer Magnason
Ground Control Productions
| 89’ - 56’ | Iceland | 2009 | 35mm |
How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy? Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over nature and small communities. It’s the dark side of green energy.

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Dust. The great Asbestros Trial

by Niccolo Bruna, Andrea Prandstraller
GraffitiDoc, Iota Production - Isabelle Truc (Bruxelles), Amka Films - Tiziana Soudani (Lugano)
| 84’- 52’ | Italy | 2011 | HD CAM |
The great asbestos trial recounts the first degree criminal trial of Turin, which should decide of the responsibilities of the biggest leaders in the social aftermath of the company's activities, related to both his own employees and the community.

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Elephant’s Dream

by Kristof Bilsen
Associate Directors, Man’s Films, Roast Beef Productions & Limerick Films
| 72’ - 52’ | Belgium | 2014 | HD |
ELEPHANT’S DREAM is a portrait of three state-owned institutions and their workers in DR Congo. The interwoven stories of a female post-office clerk in the dilapidated Central Post Office, two colleagues at the railway station and the group of firemen in the only fire station give an insight into their daily lives and survival in the third largest city of Africa, Kinshasa. Their world is so different from ours, yet at the same time so familiar and universal. Together we question how this society copes with the current states and how it could see a revival.

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Health Factory

by Haavard Bustness
Faction Film
| 58’ | Norway | 2010 | |
Health care institutions mimic industry production to become more efficient. The goal is to get more health for the money spent, based on the presumption that private corporations are more efficient and less wasteful than public institutions. Do we have to be in a competitive state in order to work efficiently, or does professional pride really exist? Are we about to lose our humanity in our struggle to increase productivity?

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HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE


by Stephen T. Maing
Mud Horse Pictures LLC
| 88’ - 58’ | USA | 2012 | HD
>HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.

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In God We Trust

by Derek Anderson, Victor Kubicek
BMES LLC
| 82’ | USA | 2013 | HD |
Eleanor Squillari went to work every day believing she was working for a great company, a great man. For twenty-five years she sat 15 feet from Bernard L. Madoff as his personal secretary. She never imagined that he was perpetrating the largest financial crime in history. On December 11th, 2008, her life as she knew it was destroyed…until she decided to do something about it. She became obsessed with unearthing the truth. Through this film we experience this journey with Eleanor, as she examines how she unwittingly participated in the massive Ponzi scheme, which operated right under her nose. Years of Eleanor's files and personal memories begin to unwind the crimes as she aids the FBI investigation, and struggles to determine which of her formerly trusted co-workers were involved. As she probes deeper into the deceit, Eleanor finds that Bernie's Ponzi scheme was only the beginning, a small fraction of the criminal activity that took place everyday for decades, right under her nose.

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IRON CROWS

by Bong-Nam Park
Frontline News Service
| South Korea | 90' - 59' | 2009 | HD |
PHP is the best conditioned ship breaking site in Chittagong, a home to the world renowned ship breaking industry. However, the workers risk their lives while wrestling with thousands tons of iron pieces at the yards full of asbestos and toxic gases. There is always a chance for explosion while burning the waste oils trapped in stacks of iron. The workers could easily get crushed and killed while cutting or moving iron plates.

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Kapitalism - Our Secret Recipe

by Alexandru Solomon
HiFilm Productions, Neon Rouge / Seppia
| 55' - 80' | Romania | France | Belgium | 2009 | HDCAM 16:9 |
Imagine Ceausescu came back 20 years after he was overthrown and executed in Romania. The idea might seem absurd or bizarre - and it is. But so is the post-communist reality the former communist dictator would encounter. The people who built capitalism in Romania are his nearest and dearest and they are actually the ones who are doing business with Western Europe today...

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Last Supper for Malthus

by Klaus Pas
Turbulence Films Sàrl
| 52’ | Switzerland | 2009 | 16/9 |
A leading and up-to-date reference work on the food crisis, “Last Supper For Malthus” is unique it its presentation of long-term feasible solutions, and can be seen as more than a movie, but a tool in solving what has been deemed by many as the ‘Permanent Food Crisis.

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LAST TRAIN HOME

by Lixin Fan
EyeSteelfilm
| Canada | 87’ - 52’ | 35mm | 2009 | HD |

Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is the most important holiday in the lunar calendar. It remains the last stronghold of Chinese traditions that are withering rapidly with the invasion of new values. Each year, hundreds of millions of migrant workers return to their homes from the city to the rural countryside, throwing the transportation system into utter chaos. For many migrants, the cheapest and fastest route home is by train. People camp at railway station for tickets, climb through windows, stand for days and nights, wear diapers to avoid using the lavatory, and struggle to stay in sanity to survive the ride. They are determined to return home at any cost for the solemn purpose of getting back to see their families.

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My Beautiful Dacia

by Stefan Constantinescu, Julio Soto
The Thinklab Media, Hi Film (Romania)
| 75’ - 52’ | Romania | 2009 | HD to 35mm |
An extravagant and humoristic odyssey from Communism to Capitalism, seen from the perspective of one of Romania’s most charismatic symbols, the Dacia automobile. The film follows several Romanians - from rich to poor, from old to young - whose lives are interconnected by this humble car, thus showing the present transformation of Romanian society from past to present. Can this car be the answer to Romania’s social changes?

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Pennies

by Badran Badran
Yoad Earon Films
| 52’ - 72’ | Israel | 2015 | HD |
Two young Palestinian brothers, Yichia (14-years-old) and Hamam (8-years-old), living in Tul Karem are forced to grow-up too fast, to give up going to school and children’s play and instead work as street beggars in Wadi Arah Israel to support their family. Hamam, the youngest, tries to avoid the hard work and play while his elder brother Yichia, dreams of a better future.

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POWERLESS

by Fahad Mustafa & Deepti Kakkar Globalistan Films
| India | 80' - 52' | India | 2013 | HD
Shariq, a 22-year-old electrician living in Kanpur, is renowned for his prowess in stealing electricity. In the face of day-long power-cuts, he runs illegal connections from one neighborhood to another so that homes, factories and business are not left in the dark. Meanwhile, the city administration is renewing its efforts to clamp down on power-theft, which costs them millions of rupees in losses each year.

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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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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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