...WHEN YOU LOOK AWAY

Where are the limits of consciousness and are we connected in ways we never knew? Phie Ambo asks these big questions in a filmic experiment with surprising answers. Could a new way of understanding our human consciousness come from an entirely unexpected place?


A HEARTBEAT AWAY

A Heartbeat Away” is a riveting human drama, swinging on the pendulum between science and faith, hope and despair, life and death. In its center, human doctors who have been thrust to the position of gods in the midst of Africa.


ARMED WITH FAITH

At the Afghan-Pakistani border of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where landmines and suicide bombings are frightfully commonplace, Award winning filmmakers Asad Faruqi and Geeta Gandbhir show that that real war is still fought at home.


BRAVING THE WAVES

BRAVING THE WAVES

In Southern Iran, Roghieh, a 38 years old woman, with 5 children, is trying to secure jobs through a Bazaar she established with about 1000 women sellers but she has a serious obstacle: The Mayor, who wants to make a shopping center instead of a Bazaar.


BURNING OUT

Burning Out

Burning Out is literally a drama about life and death. For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit in one of the biggest hospitals in Paris. Constantly under severe stress, understaffed and subject to severe budget cuts, employees fight each other for resources. Meanwhile the management imposes ever more stringent efficiency and profitability targets.


CHINA'S VAN GOGHS

Over the past twenty years Zhao Xiaoyong and his family have produced over 90,000 copies of Vincent van Gogh's paintings .An intimate portrait of a peasant-turned oil painter transitioning from making copies of iconic Western paintings to creating his own authentic works of art.


CAMERAPERSON

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.


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COMMUNION

A teenage girl prepares her autistic brother for the holy sacrament of church confirmation, while juggling taking care of her father and house that is falling apart. She dreams of picture perfect family with her mom coming back home for good, but instead she learns her first lesson of mature life - sometimes the hardest thing to do, is to let go of your own dreams.


DR. FEELGOOD

Dr. William Hurwitz was a preeminent doctor sentenced to 25 years in prison for overprescribing painkillers. His story provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, a primary goal of any physician, but this power begets trouble when the same drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and death. 


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HOW TO MEET A MERMAID

HOW TO MEET A MERMAID

"How remarkably little we know about anyone." Director Coco Schrijber seeks an explanation for the disappearance of her brother Lex, demonstrating how the willpower required to die can at times rival the sheer force of the will to live. Although the sea refuses to disclose all of its secrets to Coco, its message is clear enough: "Now get out, and live!""


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LA CHANA

LA CHANA

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.


LET THERE BE LIGHT

LET THERE BE LIGHT

In the south of France, scientists from 37 countries are building the most complex machine ever attempted: an artificial sun. If they get it right, it will illuminate the way to produce clean, cheap, abundant energy for millions of years. If they fail, it will be one of the biggest scientific failures of all time


NO PLACE FOR TEARS

NO PLACE FOR TEARS

One km opposite each other, two neighboring settlements have developed family ties over the centuries They are inevitably affected by this war. As ISIS gangs arrive to Kobane, the people escape to the Turkish side. They take shelter in Maheser or at the refugee camps nearby. After Kobane is liberated from the ISIS gangs, the journey continues to the city devastated by war where there is a possibility for hope of return and revival.


QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION

QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION

Come, join us on a wild, excessive ride with some queer rebels, through the 1980s and 1990s – alongside handmade magazines, teenage angst, raunchy rock shows and experimental porn. Before internet fact-checking, when punk was a way of life, and Kurt Cobain was spray painting “God Is Gay”


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STRANGER IN PARADISE

STRANGER IN PARADISE

Being unwanted is a reality that the thousands of refugees flowing into Europe have to face. Three different scenarios of welcoming are presented to three groups of refugees: a dismissive, an empathetic and the actual European migration policy. Is it human to categorize someone else’s life ?


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THE GOOD POSTMAN

THE GOOD POSTMAN

Ivan, the local postman, has a vision. He decides to run for mayor and turn the dying village alive by welcoming refugees. His opponents want to close their eyes, close down the border and reintroduce communism. As the campaign goes on, Ivan soon learns that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.


THE GROWN UPS

THE GROWN UPS

A group of friends with Down syndrome have attended the same school for over 40 years, they’re aging and they have not been allowed to live adulthood on their own. They keep hoping for an independent life that inevitably eludes them, since no grown-up really wants them to achieve it. Now that they desires clash with their premature aging process, we see them as kids who only wanted to grow up and suddenly grew old.


THE POETESS

THE POETESS

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 UNFORGIVEN

THE UNFORGIVEN

In 1992 Esad was 19 years old Muslim boy when he radicalized and became a part of the Civil War of the former Yugoslavia. He became a guard in the prison camp of Celibici in Bosnia where they kept Serbs imprisoned. Esad became an executioner and he tortured and killed prisoners.b He was arrested in 1996, judged by the International Criminal Court ,and convicted to 15 years of prison. He needs to seek forgiveness among those he betrayed, those he hurt the most and for himself, because without forgiveness Esad will never be able to find his way back to life.


TO STAY ALIVE - A METHOD

TO STAY ALIVE - A METHOD

Iggy Pop presents us a method to stay alive as a willful individual in an underground world. The manifesto TO STAY ALIVE - a method by Michel Houelbecq, and Iggy Pop's personal experience as a starting rock artist, are the starting points. Did Michel and Iggy help eachother to stay alive ?


TOKYO IDOLS

TOKYO IDOLS

Girl bands and pop music permeate Japanese life. Tokyo Idols gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. Meet Ri Ri: a bona fide Tokyo Idol who takes us on her journey toward fame. Now meet her “brothers”: a group of adult male superfans who devote their lives to following her—in the virtual world and in real life.


TONGUE CUTTERS

When the Atlantic cod heads for the Northern Norwegian coast to spawn, the children in the fishing village Myre sharpen their knives and get ready for work. Cod tongue cutting is a tradition spanning generations back, and kids as young as five take part in the process of producing this delicacy. With an almost frightening pace, their knives slice and cut, and a highlight of the season is the World Championship of cod tongue cutting.


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ULTRA

ULTRA

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.


WAITING FOR GIRAFFES

WAITING FOR GIRAFFES

Dr. Sami is the veterinarian of Qalqilya Zoo (Palestine), the only zoo in the world in occupied territory. He loves his animals and to improve their situation he needs to collaborate with the Israeli’s and he is seeking international recognition. So that one day he can replace the giraffes that were lost in the last intifada.


WOMEN OF THE
VENEZUELAN CHAOS

 

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

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU

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 two women, mother and daughter, bound together by a difficult, complicated feeling and their meeting with an experience therapist using basic tools such as words and empathy.