#Female Pleasure

by Barbara Miller
Mons Veneris Films GmbH, Das Kollektiv für audiovisuelle Werke GmbH, INDI FILM GmbH
| 97' | Switzerland, Germany | 2018 | DCP |
#FEMALE PLEASURE embarks on a journey to discover the remaining obstacles that stand in the way of female sexuality in the 21st century.


100UP


100UP

by Heddy Honigmann
Dutch Mountain Film, Savage Film, Tenk.tv
| 92’&52’ | The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway | 2020 | 2K |
A doctor from Lima still works in the hospital, in New York a sexologist still sees clients, while elsewhere in the city a student attends lectures at the university. On the other side of the world, a spry Norwegian helps with lambing and a distinguished Dutchman is working fanatically on an online platform for human rights. What do they have in common? They’ve all passed their 100th birthday.





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.





A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT

by Sinead O'Shea
Blinder Films Limited, Spring Films, SOS Productions
| 82’ | Ireland | 2017 | HD |
Filmed over five years, this unflinching darkly humorous documentary examines violence committed by groups opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland, long after the Troubles came to an end. The title is no exaggeration.





Before the Last Curtain Falls

by Thomas Wallner
Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion Köln GmbH & Co.KG , Savage Film
| 86’&52’ | Germany/Belgium | 2014 | HD |
The film dives deeply into the exceptional and heart-warmingstories of a group of transsexuals and drag queens in their sixties and seventies, who summon up their bravery to take the stage once again – perhaps for the last time.





Belly of the Beast

by Erika Cohn
Belly of the Beast LLC
| 81' | USA | 2020 | HD |
The pastoral farmlands surrounding the Central California Women’s Facility, the world’s largest women’s prison, help conceal the reproductive and human rights violations transpiring inside its walls. A powerful exposé of human rights abuses of women en the criminal justice system.


BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS


Between Revolutions

by Vlad Petri
Activ Docs, Restart (Oliver Sertic)
| 68' | Romania, Croatia | 2023 | |
Two women separated by political revolutions find connection through letters, defying distance and turmoil.





BITTERSWEET JOKE

by Yeonah Paik
Production Gongbang
| South Korea | 79' & 52' | 2012 | HD |
In Korea, the term “unwed mother” is associated with irresponsibility and infidelity. Despite social prejudice and financial hardship, nowadays more Korean women are choosing to raise their children in fatherless homes rather than aborting their babies or giving them up for adoption.





BUTTERFLY

by Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
Indyca snc
| 80’ & 52’ | Italy | 2018 | |
Intimately filmed over 3 years, this coming of age story delicately portrays Italian teenager Irma’s rise to fame, and the crushing defeat that changes her life and sense of self.


Calendar Girls


Calendar Girls

by Maria Loohufvud, Love Martinsen
Pink Dolphin AB
| 83’&58’ | Sweden | 2022 | 4K |
They are the magical reindeers at parties and churches, pink fluffy unicorns at air force reunions, and zombies at retirement homes. They are the Calendar Girls – Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60. Being a Calendar Girl requires commitment and passion but it gives something priceless back – 30 soul sisters who always have your back. Being a Calendar Girl means dancing out the door leaving your problems at home. But it also means that you will change, and that your relationships will be tested. Calendar Girls is an intimate and life-affirming coming-of-mature-age film filled to the brim with playfulness and dance. The film shakes up the outdated image of “the old lady” and is a call for everyone to dance their heart out while you can.


Children of the mist


Children of the Mist

by Diem Ha Le
Varan Vietnam Co., Ltd
| 90’ | Vietnam | 2021 | HD |
Di is a 12-year-old girl living in a village lost in the mist of Northwest Vietnamese mountains. She belongs to the Hmong ethnic minority where women get married very young, enduring the controversial tradition of ‘bride-kidnapping’. When Di enters puberty, her personality changes drastically. The carefree little girl has turns into an impetuous, hypersensitive teenager constantly arguing with her mother who is trying to keep her away from reckless relationships that she is not mature enough to handle. On the Lunar New Year’s Eve, when Di’s parents come back home after celebrating, the house is silent: Di has disappeared.


Descent


Descent

by Nays Baghai
Running Cloud Productions
| 67’ & 52’ | Australia | 2020 | 4K |


Dutch ice freediver Kiki Bosch swims in the world’s coldest waters without a wetsuit as therapy for a trauma she experienced, and to inspire others.




Fly so Far

by Celina Escher
Pramfilm AB, Sugar Rush Productions, Chimbolo Films
| 88' | Sweden | 2020 | 2K & 4K |
‘Fly So Far’ follows Teodora Vásquez, the spokesperson of the women accused of aggravated homicide and imprisoned in El Salvador for having had a miscarriage. Teodora’s case has become a symbol of the extremism in the criminalization of abortion and the cruelty against women within the Salvadoran system. But also, of empowerment, resilience and solidarity.


Gentle Warriors


Gentle Warriors

by Marija Stonyté
Moonmakers
| 52’ & 70’ | Lithuania | 2020 | 4K |
Last year Lithuanian President announced the country to be under threat of Russian attack and, for the first time since the Soviet times, decided to reintroduce conscription in the country. “Gentle warriors” follows a journey of five girls who chose voluntary military service. They live and train in an isolated military facility among 600 men for nine months.

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GERI'S WISH


Geri’s Wish

by Tonislav Hristov
Making Movies Oy, Soul Fool
| 81’ | Finland, Bulgaria | 2024 | |
Geri, 18, is a Bulgarian girl living in an orphanage in the city of Vratza. She’s a senior at a local high school. She’s dreaming of entering university. The final exams are approaching, and this has even bigger meaning for her than to many others, because after the graduation she is obliged to move out from the orphanage.

GRAND ME


Grand Me

by Atiye Zare Arandi
Associate Directors, Atam Film
| 80’- 52’ | Belgium, Iran, Qatar | 2024 | 2K |
The young Iranian Melina lives with her grandparents because neither of her divorced parents is willing to take her in. Turning nine, Melina is legally coming of age and considers opening her custody case in court.


HAWAR


Hawar, Our Banished Children

by Pascale Bourgaux
IOTA Production, Louise Productions
| 73’ - 58’ | Belgium, Switzerland | 2023 | |
In 2014, the Islamic State took control of Northern Iraq. On the way to Mosul, the jihadist troops crossed the Sinjar, home to the Yazidi community. They separated families, killing the men and kidnapping the women and girls, with the intention of “offering” them to jihad fighters on the slave market.





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.





I AM A WOMAN NOW

by Monique Busman
| De Familie | 86’ - 52' | The Netherlands | 2011 | HD
Starting in 1956, people who wanted to have a sex change operation could go to gynecologist Georges Burou in Casablanca - without having to undergo any psychological assessment. Filmmaker Michiel van Erp asks some of these pioneers, all old women now, if the choice that they made back then has changed their lives as they had hoped. How did the outside world react to this first generation of transsexuals?


IMMORTALS


Immortals

by Maja Tschumi
Filmgerberei GmbH, Rola Productions
| 94’ | Switzerland, Iraq | 2024 | 2K |
IMMORTALS is an insight into the hopes and broken dreams of a new generation that has known nothing but war since the US-led occupation.





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.


Ininnawa

ININNAWA:AN ISLAND CALLING

by Arfan Sabran
Two Islands Digital (PT Dua Pulau Digital)
| 73’- 52’ | Indonesia | 2022 | 2K |
"Ininnawa: An Island Calling" explores the difficulties the world’s largest archipelago faces in providing health care. An out of sight, out of mind approach has failed her people. It is a story of obligation and sacrifice, told through a family dedicating their lives to this pursuit in the remote islands of the Flores Sea.





European Film Awards Shortlist

La Chana

by Lucija Stojevic
Noon Films S.L., Bless Bless Productions
| 82’ & 55’ | Spain | 2016 | HD |
An intimate portrait of Gypsy flamenco dancer La Chana as she returns to the stage after a 23-year break and uncovers the secret why she disappeared at the peak of her career.


LIFE OF IVANNA


Life of Ivanna

by Renato Borrayo Serrano
Ethnofund Film Company LLC, Ten Thousand Images AS, Illume OY Company
| 77’ | Russia, Norway, Finland, Estonia | 2021 | Full HD |
Ivanna is a young Nenets woman and mother of five children who lives in the Russian Arctic. She decides to take her life in her own hands, emancipating from an abusive relationship and abandoning the traditional nomadic way of life in the tundra.





Manufacturing Romance

by Chai Hongfang, Fan Jian
Cloud Thinker
| 93’ - 52’ | China | 2015 | HD |
Manufacturing Romance tells the love and marriage stories about two couples of young Chinese migrant workers, gives an intimate look at the emotional and marital dilemma faced by them. By tracking them through all the efforts they have made to get out of the dilemma, the film shows how different the new generation of migrant workers are from their parents in understanding the concept of marriage. When the global trend of urbanization forces them to choose between loves they have been pursuing and parents who live in their hometown and wait for them going back to take care of, what should they do?


MY STOLEN PLANET


My Stolen Planet

by Farahnaz Sharifi
JYOTI Film GmbH, Pak Film, Farzad Pak
| 82’ | Iran, Germany | 2024 | |
Farah, an Iranian woman is forced to migrate to her private planet to be free. She buys other people's memories in form of super 8mm films and records and archives her own, to create an alternative history of Iran.





My Thai Bride

by David Tucker
Showreal Films Pty Ltd
| 55’ | Australia | 2011 | |
In Wales, Ted doesn't exist. This 46-year-old single man feels lonely in a society where only young people count. In Thailand he marries Tip. His new wife starts running the finances before long he leaves penniless.





Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing

by Jocelyn Ford
Stories that Matter LTD
| 52’&76’ | China / USA | 2014 | HD & HDV |
A Tibetan farmer is torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village near the epicenter of Tibetan self-immolations, this epic family story puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet.





Only the Devil Lives Without Hope

by Magnus Gertten
Auto Images AB, Upnorth Film
| 95’&58’ | Sweden, Norway | 2020 | |
Her Muslim brother is imprisoned on false charges of terrorism, but in an unforeseen twist, Dilya's fight for his freedom takes on an entirely new and greater significance.


Overseas


Overseas

by Sung-a Yoon
IOTA Production, Films de l’Oeil Sauvage, Clin d’Oeil Film
| 90’ | Belgium/France | 2019 | HD |

Within the threshold of fiction, Overseas bring to light the question of domestic slavery in our globalized world, while emphasizing those women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the obstacles that awaits them in the near future.

RAISE THE BAR


Raise the Bar

by Gudjon Ragnarsson
Sagafilm, Pystymetsä
| 70’ | Iceland, Finland | 2020 | 2K |
High anxiety and a low self-esteem is a known and growing problem for young girls today. We get an insight into the mind of the girls and their path towards their teenage years. This is a story about growing up, were we explore the ideas the girls have about themselves and what is changing in their lives as they train basketball in a way we have hardly seen before. We look at them both as individuals, as girls in sports and as team players. The basketball is the red thread through the story, but adding the layers of the individual girls into the film to understand how they are taking the tools they are handed and using that in their everyday life. It therefore also deals with child participation in matters that are important to them.





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.





- ONE WORLD 2016 - AUDIENCE AWARD
- SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY GRAND JURY PRIZE
- SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD
- IDFA AUDIENCE AWARD
- IDFA 2015 DOC U AWARD FOR THE YOUTH JURY'S FAVOURITE FILM


Sonita

by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion, Intermezzo Films Switzerland + Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Iran
| 91’ - 52’ | Germany, Switzerland, Iran | 2015 | HD |
Sonita's family moved to Iran when she was eight, fleeing the war in Afghanistan. Whithout a legal ID, Sonita couldn't go to school, an NGO taught her how to read and write. Listening to hip hop even though she didn't understand his lyrics, Sonita realized she could tell her own story— and started writing songs of her own. In Iran, it is illegal for a woman to sing without special permission from the government. But with the help of a few rebellious producers, she started recording.





SWEET DREAMS

2014: 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide

by Lisa Fruchtman & Rob Fruchtman
| Liro Films | 89’ - 52’ | USA | 2012 | HD Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. Sweet Dreams interweaves intimate, sometimes heart-wrenching stories, with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.





The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

by Iryna Tsilyk
Albatros Communicos Film Production, Moonmakers
| 73' | Ukraine | 2020 | |
Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.

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The Magic Life of V

by Tonislav Hristov
Making Movies Oy, Kirstine Barfod Film, Soul Food Ltd
| 82’ | Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria | 2019 | HD |
While trying to become more independent and to help her mentally disabled brother through live-role-playing, a young woman haunted by her childhood traumas learns how to face her own past.





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.





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.





The Pawn

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye
TIPI'MAGES Productions
| 78’ - 52’ | Switzerland | 2015 | HD |
Karin Gramajo’s life drastically changed when her teenage cousin Kelly was brutally kidnapped and murdered.  Despite death threats, the single mother then decided to study to become a lawyer to make sure her cousin’s death wouldn’t remain unpunished, thus also helping other victims fight for justice.  Astrid Elias was kidnapped and raped at the age of 14.  She fled to the U.S. where she is facing deportation. LA PRENDA is a feature length documentary film about two women fighting to end the climate of impunity in Guatemala, one of the world’s most violent countries.





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.





The Price of Sex

by Mimi Chakarova
Violeu Productions
| 73’-52' | USA | 2011 | HDCam Widescre |
Mimi Chakarova has spent seven years investigating and documenting the sex trafficking of women from Eastern Europe. "If I had stayed in the country where I was born (Bulgaria), I probably would have been one of them," Chakarova said in an interview discussing her motivations for pursuing the dangerous, sad and enraging project. "These girls risk everything because they want a better life."





IDFA’14: Nominated for Best Mid-Length documentary

The Storm Makers

by Guillaume Suon
Tipasa Production, Bophana Production (Rithy Panh)
| 66’ - 62’ | France / Cambodge | 2014 | HD |
At the age of 16, Aya, a young Cambodian peasant, was sold into slavery by a “Storm Maker” - a human trafficker – who promised her a job as a maid in Malaysia. Now back in village, she is just as poor as when she left. Dishonoured and traumatised, what is left of her humanity? The unveiling of Aya’s fate, intertwined with the testimonies of human traffickers, offers an unsettling view of contemporary Cambodian society. By revealing the cruel exploitation of the rural population, the film raises an unsettling question: what is the price of a young peasant‘s life in Cambodia?





The Woodmans

by C Scott Willis
C Scott Films LCC
| 82’ - 60' | USA | 2010 | HD |
The Woodmans are a family of well-known artists bonded in their belief of art-making as the highest form of expression, but for their daughter Francesca -- one of the late 20th century’s most recognized and influential photographer -- fame came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. The Woodmans traces the story of a family broken and then healed by their art.





Tokyo Idols

by Kyoko Miyake
Brakeless Limited, EyeSteelFilm
| 88' & 52' | UK/Canada | 2017 | HD |
Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality, and the growing disconnect between men and women in hyper-modern societies.





Twilight of a Life

by Sylvain Biegeleisen
Zen Production Ltd, Take Five
| 70’ - 52’ | Belgium / Israel | 2015 | HD |
How a son and a mother aged 94 deals with aging in an optimistic way full of humor, sensitivity and hope. When the doctor announced me that my mother, aged 94 had just a few weeks to live, I left my home and came back to Belgium to say her goodbye. But my mother decided that the time to pass away has not yet come. We shared together weeks and months of uncertainty and mystery. I found myself filming hours of incredible conversations, humoristic situations, poetic moments. "Au Crepuscule d'une Vie" is an Ode to Life !


Why I am not


Who I Am Not

by Tünde Skovran
Double 4 Studios, Filmoption International
| 105’ & 52’ & 13x10’ | Romania, Canada | 2023 | |
Who I Am Not gives voice to the long ignored and mostly silent two percent of the world's population:the intersex community. And it is an intimate lookat the struggle of living in a male-female world, when you are born in-between. A personal exploration of truth, faith, and belonging.




Women of The Venezuelan Chaos 

by Margarita Cadenas
MC2, Les Films d’Ici
| 83’ - 57’ | France | 2017 | HD |
Five Venezuelan women, from different backgrounds and generations, draw a portrait of their collapsing country that faces possibly its worst social, economic, power and political crisis in its 200-year-history.





You Have No Idea How Much I Love You

by Pawel Lozinski
Lozinski Production ltd., TVP SA, Mazovia Film Fund
| 80’ | Poland | 2016 | HD |
What does the word «love» really mean? During our lives, we often create bonds and ties with our close ones, which with time seem to us impossible to untangle. The film tells the story of the tragedy of two women, mother and daughter, bound together by a difficult, complicated feeling. For the protagonists, the crucial event is a meeting with a third person, a stranger who becomes a close one, an experienced therapist. His basic tools are words and empathy.