Agnus Dei: Lamb of God

by Alejandra Sanchez
La Femme Endormie, Imcine & Pepa Films
| 84’ - 52’ | Mexico/France | 2010 | HDV |
Agnus Dei is a courageous, candid documentary on the thorny subject of pedophilia in the Catholic Church. As an 11-year-old altar boy, Jesús, now 26, was abused by a priest. After years of silence, he decides not only to bring criminal charges against his aggressor, but to confront him in the flesh. This is the story of Jesús’s journey, a mandatory hiatus on the road to forgiveness, born of a deep-seated need to come to terms with the past. Jesús is torn between brotherly love and anger toward his sexual predator in this film full of nuances that gives a name and a face to a problem stigmatized by silence.

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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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HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY

by Therese Schechter
Trixie Films
66’ | USA | 2013
HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY is an eye-opening journey to uncover why virginity still holds such importance in our otherwise hypersexualized American society. Engages a cast of abstinence ideologues, hymen repair specialists, sex educators, porn producers and teenage girls, the film uncovers the unexplored—and damaging—impact idealized, fetishized and commoditized virginity has on young women.

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IN BED WITH THE ARAB SPRING

by Paul Moreira
Premières Lignes
| 54’ | France | 2012 | HD
The Arab revolutions swept away the old regimes and were led by young modern people, invested with a global culture, internet, huge frustration, and a need for freedom and emancipation. Women played a major role in the revolutions. Some even became icons.

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In God’s Hand (In der Hand Gottes)

by Peter Woditsch
Sophimages, Artisan Filme, Germany, Hamburg
| 67’ - 56’ | Belgium | 2014 | HD |
One day they followed their vocation. As priests, they preached love relentlessly, sacrificing body and soul. But slowly, doubts started to grow. In order to keep their faith alive, they decided to leave the church, without looking back. The story of three former priests, a Belgian, an Austrian and a German; Three intimate confessions confronted with the personal view of the film director.

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My Reincarnation

by Jennifer Fox
Zohe Film Productions, Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation, Lichtblick Film, Ventura Film, Vivo Film
| 82’ - 58’ | USA | 2010 | HD 16:9 |
MY REINCARNATIONis an epic father-son drama, spanning two decades and three generations, about spirituality, cultural survival, identity, inheritance, family, growing old, growing up, Buddhism, Dzogchen—and past and future lives.

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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?

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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 Oath

by Laura Poitras
Praxis Films
| 96’44” | USA | 2010 | HD 16:9 |
An extraordinary inside view of militant Islamism. A quietly disturbing, often complex portrait of an Al Qaeda insider and a Guantanamo Bay detainee, The Oath offers a chilling preview of emerging Middle East battleground Yemen and poignantly questions American policies over the past decade in the Middle East. The Oath tells the story of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals.

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TOUBA

by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
| Little Monster Films | 83’ | USA | 2013 | HD
Touba reveals a face of Islam essential to these divisive times. It chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of 1 million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. This observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood: one of Africa’s most elusive organizations. Pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to French colonial persecution in the late 19th century inspired a national movement: freedom of religious expression through pacifism. These are lessons the world can learn.

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Transfixed

by Alon Kol
Transfixed Films Inc
| 80’ - 52’ | Israel | 2015 | HD |
Transfixed tells the story of a very unconventional romance: transsexual Martine and straight-identifying John are “underdogs” with Asperger Syndrome, which makes communication with others extremely difficult. Despite their social limitations, both dream of getting married, but John refuses to tie the knot until Martine gets “a real vagina.’ The only problem:  no doctor in Canada will perform the surgery because Martine’s obesity makes her too great of a surgical risk. Will Martine and John find the happiness together that they deserve? Transfixed is a deeply human story about freedom, self-actualization and the quest for happiness – one that anyone who has ever longed for love and acceptance can empathize with and understand.

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