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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A RIVER CHANGES COURSE

by Kalyanee Mam |
Migrant Films, Documentation Center of Cambodia
| 83’ | Cambodia - USA | 2013

Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, Kalyanee Mam, spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt.

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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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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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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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COMMUNION

by Anna Zamecka
Otter Films - Wajda Studio | 72’ | Poland | 2016 | HD
When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives separately; but most of all she tries to reunite the family.

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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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HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE


by Stephen T. Maing
Mud Horse Pictures LLC
| 88’ - 58’ | USA | 2012 | HD
>HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.

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I Am Here

by Lixin Fan
Oriental Companion Media(Beijing) Co,Ltd
| 86’ | China | 2014 | HD |
Every week, millions of viewers tune in to China’s most popular singing competition, Super Boy. Tens of thousands of aspiring male singers audition every year for this prestigious talent show, but only ten make it into the months-long competition. I Am Here immerses us in the finalists’ gruelling, adrenalizing experience, even as it raises provocative questions about the social context of such a phenomenon. Fan, director of the multi-award-winning Last Train Home, this time tackles popular youth culture — the tech-savvy generation armed with smartphones and disposable income — and its palpable obsession with fame.

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I Am Kuba

by Ase Svenheim Drivenes
Sant & Usant, AMP Polska, Poland
| 58’ | Norway / Poland / Germany | 2014 | HD |
When the familybusiness goes bankrupt Kuba (12) and Mikołaj's (8) parents are forced to leave Poland to find work abroad. "I am Kuba" is a coming-of-age film about Kuba who must take care of his little brother while his parents are away. As times goes by, Kuba becomes a teenager and rejects the big responsibilty on his young shoulders. His family is forced to make a life changing decision. Kuba's story is also the story about modern Europe. It is estimated that only in Poland more than 100,000 children are left by their parents who are forced to work abroad. «I am Kuba» is an intimate film about children growing up as 'euro-orphans'.

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Israel LTD

by Mor Loushy
One Man Show, Plan B Productions
| 52' | Israel | 2009 | Video |
Israel Ltd. follows three young Jews joining the Israel Experience, a journey to the promised land, a journey by bus past contested borders, through Druze villages, over the Golan Heights, and on to Mount Herzel Cemetery and the Wailing Wall. Military guides describe the sacrifices made and heroic deeds done for the one true fatherland: the Yom Kippur War, the struggle against Hezbollah, and the cultivation of fertile trees in desert soil. These are things every Jew can be proud of, Israeli or not.

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Karla’s Arrival

by Koen Suidgeest
El Rayo Films
| 88' - 58' | Spain-Belgium-USA | 2010 | HDV 16:9 |
In Managua, Nicaragua, teenager Sujeylin Aguilar raises her newborn daughter Karla on the same streets she has been calling home for the past eight years. Based in a city park and part of a larger group of youngsters, mother and baby struggle to reach the little one’s first birthday.

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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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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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IDFA’14: Nominated for Best First Appearance

Placebo

by Abhay Kumar
Storyteller Ink., Helsinki Filmi
| 52’ - 60’ & 96’ | India | 2014 | HD |
After witnessing an act of brutal violence, a film maker starts following the lives of four students at one of the toughest med schools in the world. However, as the camera starts infiltrating this complex mindscape of ambition and restless youth, a startling new reality begins to emerge- one in which lines between life and death blur easily.

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Poisoned

by Daniel Sivan
One Man Show, One Man Show
| 50' | Israel | 2010 | |
Growing-up in Israel means going to the army -It is not a question, It is the law. Once you turn 18 you are a soldier or a deserter – It’s as simple as that. The film follows four best friends from high-school and during the entire army service. During 3 years of service, the boys are transformed into soldiers; they become commanders, serve in the Occupied Territories and are confronted with ideological and emotional conflicts that lead them to lose all faith in the army and finally grow-up. It is the story of children in Israel, maturing in an insane reality.

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Reach for the Sky

by Steven Dhoedt, Choi Wooyoung
VisualAntics, Boda Media Group
| 90’ & 52’ | Belgium/South Korea | 2015 | HD |
Every year, on the 2nd Thursday of November, the entire country of South-Korea is put to the test. That day, more than half a million senior high school students take part in the National University Exam, better known as Suneung. ‘Reach for the Sky’ tells the story of several South-Korean high school students, their families and teachers, as they prepare for the annual National Exam. The exam will not only determine where the high school seniors will attend university but ultimately also their status in the Korean hierarchical society.

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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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State of Play

by Steven Dhoedt
VisualAntics, Minch&Films
| 85’ - 55' | Belgium | 2013 | |
In Seoul, hundreds of young boys compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a professional gamer isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture.But what happens when play becomes work? For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.

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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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THE AL-MAHDI SCOUTS

by Bruno Ulmer
Ladybirds Films
| 80’ | France | 2011 | 16mm
The Al-Mahdi scouts are Shiite Muslims. An Islamic community, originally from southern Lebanon, who follows the prophet Mohamed and his descendants and whose lives are affected by the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Al-Mahdi scouts were created in the wake of Hezbollah. The film’s examination of three young scouts raises many questions for us. Are they just like other scouts ? What do they tell us of their vision Lebanon, and its reality ?

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The Road to Fame

by Hao Wu
Tripod Media LLC
| 80’ - 56' | China | 2013 | HD |
The film gives a rare, intimate look at the coming-of-age of some of China's most promising yet confused youth. It chronicles the staging of the musical 'Fame' by the graduating class of China's top drama academy, in China's first official collaboration with Broadway. It follows five students of divergent personalities and family backgrounds as they compete for roles, struggle with the expectations of teachers and parents, and prepare to graduate into China's reality of huge wealth gap and rampant corruption. Often confused by the conflicting cultural values shaping China today, the students must confront their anxieties about an uncertain future and negotiate their own paths to fame.

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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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Tongue Cutters

by Solveig Melkeraaen
Medieoperatørene as
| Norway | 2017 |
Cod season is the backdrop of the story of Ylva (9) and Tobias (10). Ylva lives in Oslo and comes to visit her grandparents – and to learn cod tongue cutting. Tobias has worked on the docks since he was six and is already skilled with the knife. Now he is to tutor Ylva. We follow their friendship and get to see how children, when given the opportunity, take on responsibility for work, life and for each other.

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We did it on a Song

by David André
Brotherfilms
| 82’ | France | 2014 | HD |
This film tells the stormy tale of a group of friends from Boulogne-sur-Mer, a French town hit by the financial crisis. A year between dreams and disillusion, imagined by teenagers from a working or middle class background, with songs that regularly add poetry, laughter, and emotion to reality.

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