74 m2

by Paola Castillo & Tiziana Panizza
Errante Producciones - Colectivo La Tribu - ITVS
| 67’ - 52’ | Chile - USA | 2012 | HD

Iselsa and Kathy, along with 150 other marginalized families from Valparaiso, Chile, are chosen to participate in a social experiment that moves them into a middle-class neighborhood. But their new neighbors consider them delinquents who would endanger the neighborhood. Filmed over four years, 74 m2 explores what happens when two worlds collide, and looks at the struggles of attaining one’s dreams.

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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 MI LADO (BY MY SIDE)

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye
JCDE Productions
| 95’ - 55’ | USA | 2012 | HD
Some mothers put their children first. Some don’t. To survive in the trash of the Chureca, Central America’s largest dump located in Nicaragua, three young women will have to determine whether their mothers are their best allies or unexpected foes.

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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.

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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.

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BLUSH OF FRUIT

by Jakeb Anhvu
| 82’ - 52’ | Australia | 2012 | HD
In a modest three-story home located in the beachside town of Nha Trang in central Vietnam, reside four young expectant mothers. These runaways are given shelter, but in return, they must care for the centre’s 18 orphaned children. The home’s owner, Tong Phuoc Phuc, has been praised by the country’s Prime Minister for his work as an anti-abortionist and a saviour to ‘fallen’ women and their unwanted children. But there is a darker side to the home’s media-savvy front. Referred to as a ‘business’ by the mothers and their local community, donations continue to pour in, despite evidence of child abuse and profiteering

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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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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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Die Before Blossom

by Ariani Djalal
Tanamera, Goethe-Institut Jakarta
| 89’ | Indonesia | 2014 | HDV |
An observational documentary about the end of childhood, describing how young Muslim girls grow up in Indonesia’s Middle class of today. The film portrays two families during a decisive period of their daughters’ school careeers in Yogyakarta. In the mean time, the public education system in Indonesia is changing under the politics parties.

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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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Lost Down Memory Lane

by Klara Van Es
Associate Directors
| 87’ - 52’ | Belgium | 2010 | HD |
This is the first documentary about living with Alzheimer’s, as seen through the eyes of the people who suffer from it. The characters live together in an apartment called Iduna, under constant supervision and care. Iduna is a somewhat unusual department of The Bijster, a nursing home for people with dementia in Belgium. The eight residents of Iduna are in – scientifically considered – the first phase of the disease: flurries of lucidity, forgetfulness and falling into oblivion alternate constantly.

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Love Always, Carolyn. A Film about Kerouac, Cassady and Me

by Malin Korkeasalo, Maria Ramström
WG Film
| 70’ | Sweden | 2011 | 16:9 |
Carolyn Cassady, the wife and lover of two famous Beat icons, Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, is fighting a losing battle for truth. Mythmakers and the media have hijacked the story of her life and the memory of the men she loved. Love Always, Carolyn is an intimate yet universal story of a woman’s search for personal recognition and price of a life in the public eye.

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Love Marriage in Kabul

by Amin Palangi
Bower Bird Films Pty Ltd
| 84” - 52’ | Australia | 2015 | HD |
Love Marriage in Kabul follows the extraordinary quest of Afghan-Australian woman, Mahboba Rawi, as she passionately negotiates and challenges old traditions to make a love marriage happen between an orphan boy she has supported for years and the girl next door.

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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?

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Mothers

by Huijing XU
CNEX Foundation Limited, EVO Productions
| 68’ | China | 2013 | HDV |
In the northern Chinese village Ma, almost all of its women of child-bearing age are either sterilised or made to wear a birth control ring after having their first child. The one-child policy put into place over 30 years ago has meant a series of legal repercussions, including penalties for extra children and what can only be described as "birth control policing". Filmmaker Xu Huijing returns to his village to tailgate the government officials whose current job is playing cat-and-mouse with a woman who refuses to go through the sterilisation surgery. As Rong Rong is forced into hiding, we get a glimpse of the bureaucracy and statistics that strip away women's rights to bear children. Absurd and touching at the same time, the film sheds light on a rural China forgotten by the larger world while revealing the real and lasting impact of state-enforced family planning.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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- 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.

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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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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.

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Tchindas

by Pablo Garcia Pérez de Lara, Marc Serena
Doble Banda
| 94’ & 52’ | Spain | 2015 | HD |
A tiny island works together to make something beautiful out of nothing: a Carnival. There we meet Tchinda, one of their most beloved women, especially after coming out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the way local people call queer Cape Verdeans.

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IDFA’14: The Alliance of Women Film Journalists' EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary

Tea Time

by Maite Alberdi
Micromundo Producciones
| 70’ - 52’ | Chile / USA | 2014 | HDV |
Five elderly women religiously gather for tea, once a month, for the past 60 years. In these meetings, the friends argue and reconcile, evoke their common past, and try hard to show they are still current. Their personal stories and present events force them to question their education and beliefs. Despite all of them having attended the same religious school, they lived through a period of radical historic changes that few of them can comprehend and adapt. Afternoons, days, months and even years pass, and it seems that nothing in their lives changes, until the absence of one of them makes them go through a period of evident transformation.

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THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

By Marie Loisier
Marie Loisier
| 72' | USA | 2011 |
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been a key figure of the underground music scene for over 30 years. A cult artist in prepunk and post-punk groups Throbbing Gristle (1975 to 1981) and Psychic TV (1981 to present), he is considered to be the father of industrial music and a pioneer of acid house and techno. Not content with breaking new ground in music, Genesis has also used his position at the limits of society to challenge the very fundamentals of biology.

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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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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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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.

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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."

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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 !

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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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With or Without You

by Hyuckjee Park
Hiharbor Production, filmquadrat.dok
| 92’ | South Korea | 2014 | HD |
Maggi and Chunhee lived for 45 years under one roof as wives of one man. Now they are old and approaching the end of their extraordinary intertwined lives. Recently, Maggi started to teach Chunhee how to take care of herself, even though Maggi has looked after Chunhee just like a baby totally dependent on her for 44 years. But, now, Maggi changed. Maggi, 88 years old woman, is in big worries. She gets older and weaker day by day. "What’s gonna happen to Chunhee if I die?"

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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.

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