Buzkashi

by Najeeb Mirza
Buzkashi Productions Inc, EyeSteelFilms
| 81’ - 52' | Canada | 2012 | HD |
In Tajikistan’s majestic Pamir mountains, horse riders battle in a centuries-old sport that pits individual riders against one another. Azam, a successful shepherd and Buzkashi champion, is experiencing drastic change. From the chaotic, brutal action of the game to the serenity of the quiet hillsides, we follow a man shaped by tradition, now forced to face the modern world that surrounds him.

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China Heavyweight

by Yung Chang
EyeSteelFilm
| 89' | Canada, China | 2012 | HD |
Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country’s ever-changing economic landscape—this time through the lens of sports. In China Heavyweight, Chang follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. A select few boys (and girls) are sent to national training centers, with the hope of discovering China’s next Olympic heroes. But will these potential boxing champions leave it all behind to be the next Mike Tyson? Their rigorous training, teenage trials and family tribulations are expertly intertwined with Coach Qi’s own desire to get back in the ring for one more shot at victory. Cinematically rich and intimately observed, China Heavyweight is all at once thrilling sports drama, astute social commentary and a beautifully crafted portrait of an athlete.

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Coach Zoran and His African Tigers

by Sam Benstead
Century Films
| 75’&60’ | UK | 2013 | HD |
South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011, after almost 50 years of civil war. This film follows veteran Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic as he sets about building the first national football team in this new country, one of the most undeveloped in the world. When South Sudan loses the oil money that makes up a staggering 98% of government revenue, financial meltdown beckons. Under intense pressure, the football team compete in their first ever major international tournament, overcoming malaria, death and poverty. Amidst the chaos a fascinating portrait emerges of the birth of a nation.

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Go Grandriders

by Tien-hao HUA
CNEX Foundation Limited
| 75' | Taiwan | 2013 | HD |
In Go Grandriders, a group of 17 senior citizens, many of them learn how to ride a motorcycle for the first time, embark on what may be the most daring adventures of their lives: a 13-day-entirely-on-motorcycle tour around the island of Taiwan. Among these 17 Grandriders, two have had cancer, four need hearing aids, five suffer from high blood pressure, eight have coronary disease, and every one of them has symptoms of joint degeneration. However, at the youthful age of 80 plus, they dare to ride on scooters and feel the land they have lived all their lives.

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Light Fly, Fly High

by Beathe Hofseth, Susann Ostigaard
Fri Film AS, Made in Copenhagen
| 58’ & 80’ | Norway | 2013 | HD |
“Light fly, fly high” tells the personal and inspirational story about Thulasi, a young girl in contemporary India who refuses to accept her position at the very bottom of the social ladder.

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No Look Pass

by Melissa Johnson
High Hip Productions
| 87’ | USA | 2011 | HD |
Harvard student Emily Tay wants to be a professional basketball player. But there's more: she also happens to be a lesbian. But her Burmese parents, who fled to the United States would rather see her as a devoted housewife.

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Team Gaza

by Frederick Mansell, Laurens Samsom
Dimdocs
| 84’&55' | The Netherlands | 2016 | HD |
Team Gaza records the lives of four young people daring to dream in Gaza. Stuck between walls these four Gazans try to build their lives. One wants to marry his niece, a second tries to rebuild his bombarded house, a third tries to flee the strip and the last turns to weapons.Together they unite in a football team, the only place where they can forget about everything. Outside of the football pitch, they pray and they fight for a better future, despite the hardships in war-torn Gaza.

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The Optimists

by Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
Skofteland Film AS, Mantaray Film
| 90’ & 52’ & 3x39' | Norway | 2013 | HD |
The volleyball ladies THE OPTIMISTS (66-98) haven’t played a proper match in 30 years. Until now. Fearing age? Queen of the team Goro (98) might change your ideas. Many of us fear age. Youth is our modern world's ideal. These ballplaying ladies might change our ideas, and possibly make us realize that those who do get to experience old age are actually the lucky ones.

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Ultra

by Balazs Simonyi
Speak Easy Project
| 81’&52’ | Hungary, Greece | 2017 | HD |
A unique insight into the pasts, hearts and minds of four everyday athletes embraced by the running director. Their dream and burden is to finish an extreme running race to test their limits, heal their souls and release their demons.

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