5 BROKEN CAMERAS

by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Guy DVD Films, Burnat Films Palestine, Alegría Productions
| 2011 | color / black and white | video | 90’ & 52’ |

Palestinian farm laborer Emad has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village's resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Using the first camera, he recorded how the bulldozers came to rip the olive trees out of the ground in 2005. Here, a wall was built directly through his fellow villagers' land to separate the advancing Jewish settlements from the Palestinians.

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A Diary of Healing

by Marie Mandy
The Factory, Fontana (Belgique)
| 91' | Belgium | France | 2010 | HDCAM |
The director learns she has breast cancer. Her life is turned upside down. Her journey through the medical world, part of an artistic and personal quest, achieves unprecedented intimacy with the disease.

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A STRANGER'S SKIN

by Christophe Hermans
Frakas Productions
51’ | Belgium | 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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A Syrian Love Story

by Sean McAllister

| 80’ | UK | 2015 | |
Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

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Burma Soldier

by Nic Dunlop, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
leBrocquy Fraser Productions
| 70’ - 54’ | Ireland, Burma, Thailand, USA | 2010 | HDCam |
“Only when there is discipline will there be progress” reads the billboard on the side of a Burmese road. Indeed, “discipline” by the standards of the ruling Burmese army means keeping civilians living in terror, and violently crushing any sign of dissent. Myo Mint knows this first hand – he entered the army as a teenager, attracted by the promise of security and power. But his harrowing stint came to an equally harrowing end when an arm and leg were blown away whilst clearing mines. Discharged and disillusioned, he began to try to educate himself – illicitly through banned books – on just why Burma was at war with itself. He soon became an outspoken activist, campaigning against the very regime he used to represent – a dangerous undertaking which soon led to brutal repercussions. Using smuggled footage, Burma Soldier tells us Mint’s story, in so doing shedding light on the ever present fear that drives both civilians and soldiers in this tragic land.

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* Nominated for Best Feature Documentary by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) for the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Cameraperson

by Kirsten Johnson
Big Mouth Productions
| 102’ | USA | 2016 | |
Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

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Despite the Gods

by Penny Vozniak
House of Gary
| 85’ - 52’ | Australia | 2012 | HD |
Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her directorial debut in 1993 with Boxing Helena. Lynch returns to the director’s chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew’s sanity. JShe braves the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood movie making, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and self-realization.

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Fortunate Son

by Tony Asimakopoulos
EyeSteelFilm
| 77’ | Canada | 2011 | HD up-resolution |
Over a decade ago, the filmmaker fell into a deep hole of drug use and nearly destroyed himself. Emerging clean but fragile, he remained isolated from his family for years. Recently he discovered the extent to which he shattered his parents' lives.

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Lone Twin

by Anna Van der Wee
Wild Heart Productions
| 71' - 57' | Belgium/Canada | | HD 16:9 |
Twins fascinate us. Romulus and Remus. Castor and Pollux. We cannot get enough of them. But what happens when one of them dies? Based on the filmmakers’ personal story, Lone Twin takes us on a journey to four continents, meeting twins between 18 and 80, deep into their intriguing world.

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Numb

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.

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Scarlet Road. A Sex Worker's Journey

by Pat Fiske, Catherine Scott, Catherine Scott
Paradigm Pictures
| 70’ - 54’ | Australia | 2011 | HDCAM |
Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele - people with disability.

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Still Loved

by Debbie Howard
Big Buddha Films, Studio of the North
| 77’ - 52' | UK | 2015 | |
When their dreams are shattered by the loss of a tiny life, families find a way to transform their heartbreak into hope.

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The Vanishing Spring Light

by Xun Yu
EyeSteelFilm
| 112’ | China/Canada | 2011 | |
A grandmother has a pleasant chat sitting in an alley as she often does, but she suffers a stroke and loses what little freedom she had. Facing the death of grandmother, the children’s conflict is frankly revealed.

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This is my picture when I was dead

by Mahmoud al Massad
KeyDocs, iSee Film
| 81’ - 52’ | The Netherlands | 2010 | HDcan 16:9 |
Athens, 1983. The world press reports 4-year old Palestinian Bashir is killed in the assassination of his father, Mamoun Meraish, a top PLO lieutenant. But what if death was not the end of his journey? In finding out what his life would have been like, it turns out that like his father, he would be political. But instead of expressing himself with weapons, he uses what he loved doing as a child: drawing. He would have become the finest political cartoonist in Jordan.

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Thy Father’s Chair

by Alex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi
GraffitiDoc, No Permits Produktions (USA)
| 74’ - 52’ | Italy | 2015 | HD |
Abraham and Shraga are Orthodox Jewish twins who live a secluded existence in their inherited Brooklyn home. Since the death of their parents, they have stopped throwing away anything, hosting stray cats and accumulating all sorts of stuff. Now, their upstairs tenant threatens to stop paying them rent unless the twins proceed to a radical cleaning. Abraham and Shraga have no choice but to open their doors to a professional company. A traumatic invasion of privacy ensues, forcing them to confront their memories in order to try to find a new beginning…

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Until Cancer Do Us Part

by Jan-Olof Svarvar
Pampas Production
| 86’ - 52' | Finland | 2016 | HD |
A man in his prime learns that he suffers from the most aggressive form of brain cancer, also known as "the terminator". The mortality rate is 100%. The doctors gave him a year to live. He has a large family and his youngest daughter was only 4 years old. This documentary closely follow him, his wife and the children, trough the hard road filled with despair and love - from diagnosis to death. But most of all this is a story about the power of love.

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WEEK 23

by Ohad Milstein
60’ | Israel | 2016 | HD
Week 23 follows Rahel through a high-risk identical twin pregnancy. Six months into the pregnancy, one of the twin dies. Rahel has to decide whether to give this living baby a chance or follow the doctor’s recommendations

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