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Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan [FL 1]
In Kyrgyzstan, it is not unusual for a girl to go to school in the morning without a care in the world, but to end up a bride in a family of strangers by nightfall. In Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, men abduct a bride if they are not rich enough to pay a dowry. The kidnapping is often discussed beforehand in the potential groom's family: who has a car available, what the girl should be able to do, and where she will live. After the abduction, the new in-laws inform the girl’s parents, who often accept the “proposal.” Kidnapping a bride is common practice. “We have all been abducted,” a women tell a freshly kidnapped girl who reluctantly stands in a corner. Director Petr Lom films the brides, the grooms and the in-laws, and tells the story from this remote country in five chapters.
Lom, Petr, Canada, 2004, Kyrgyz/Subtitles: English, 51 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Hitler, Stalin, and I / Hitler, Stalin a ja [FL 3]
The life story of a Jewish woman, Heda Margoliova, who together with her husband is sent into the Lodz ghetto and then deported to Auschwitz. After the war her husband becomes a communist, only to find himself at the centre of a trial and sentenced to death. His wife is branded as the wife of ‘a traitor to the people’.
Třeštíková, Helena, Czech Republic, 2001, Czech/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

To Live is Better than to Die / Hao Si Bu Ru Lai Huo Zhe [FL 4]
In the 1990s, around 100,000 subsistence farmers in central China were offered a rare opportunity to earn some extra income. Through a state-organized program, they could sell their blood for money. However, due to the poor conditions of the state hospital, over half of those giving blood were infected with the HIV virus. In the beginning of 2001, director Chen Weijun went to the village of Wenlou, which had come to the world‘s attention because of the number of its infected citizens. In a cinéma vérité style he captures the tragic fate of a family with three small children, in which only the eldest sister was able to escape the deadly disease.
Weijun, Chen, China, 2003, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Wheel of Time / Rad der Zeit [FL 5]
Documentary on the pilgrimage to the holy Tibetan mountain of Kailas. In 2002, half a million pilgrims gathered in Bodh Gaya, India to promote universal peace and harmony on the occasion of one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist rituals, Kalachakra. An impassioned philosophical discussion under the tree where Buddha achieved enlightenment, preparation of food for the never-ending crowds of believers, an interview with the Dalai Lama, and the first footage of these secret Buddhist ceremonies are all part of Werner Herzog‘s film, offering spiritual insight into contemporary Tibetan Buddhism.
Herzog, Werner, Germany, 2003, German/Subtitles: English, 81 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Hamsa, I am / Hamsa, já jsem [FL 6]
An intimate dialogue with several strong personalities, through which the director succeeds in creating a vivid picture of life in a community of blind conservatory students. The film is surprising for its humorous and non-sentimental rendering of people that most of us approach with shyness.
Janek, Miroslav, Czech Republic, 1998, Czech/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

L. A. Story of Biggie and Tupac [FL 8]
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 2002, English, 108 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Parade (Our story) / La Parade – Notre Histoire [FL 9]
In July 2001, in Sion, a Catholic stronghold and capital of the ruggedly mountainous Swiss canton of Valais, a group of six women and a man, led by Marianne Bruchez, dared to organise the first gay parade ever held in this small provincial town. The community officials refused to issue the required permit for the parade, local protesters published a slanderous full-page article in the local newspaper. Marianne Bruchez, a young thirty-year-old woman with no previous experience as a gay activist, suddenly found herself making front-page news in Swiss newspapers, and being forced to accept high-profile media visibility of the worst sort.
Baier, Lionel, Switzerland, 2001, French/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Taste of Koumiz / Le Gout du Koumiz [FL 10]
The story of a man who long ago left his birthplace at the foot of the Black Mountains, lured away by the magic of big city life. Now he nostalgically remembers his childhood spent in the raw beauty of the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and searches for signs of the traditional nomadic life of his forefathers. Scenes from the peaceful life of days long gone by, living in tents and in close communion with nature, are contrasted with the anonymous, busy outskirts of the town, full of wandering dogs and run-down houses.
Christiaens, Xavier, Belgium, 2003, Russian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Battle for Life / Bitva o život [FL 11]
Using a mixture of documentary material they shot themselves, historical material and half-scripted scenes, the filmmakers show a year in the life of the village of Bystré, in the Orlické mountains, a former textile region experiencing significant economic and demographic change. The film combines "conventional" documentary footage with discussions on drink and democracy, and a record of social events and festivities in which the villagers greet the millennium, view the eclipse, and re-enact scenes from Czech history.
Janek, Miroslav ; Janeček, Vít ; Vávra, Roman, Czech Republic, 2000, Czech/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

No. 17 / Haharug Ha-17 [FL 13]
Seventeen people died in a bomb explosion in a bus traveling from Tel Aviv in June 2002. Police were unable to identify one of the victims, and as a result the body was buried in an anonymous grave separated from the Jewish part of the cemetery, on the assumption that it was a foreign worker. Israeli director David Ofek decided, with the help of his crew, to reconstruct the entire course of the tragic event and ascertain the true identity of the unknown victim. During six months of filming, which is reminiscent of a detective investigation, the filmmakers set out for clues of the mysterious victim number 17. From a girl who got off the bus a stop earlier, they are able to get a description of the victim. After publicizing the information in the newspapers, they are eventually able to discover that the victim was a Jewish settler, whose family came from Morocco. The makers of this documentary are able to form a mosaic of the intimate, personal views of those in Israeli society who live in the shadow of a Palestinian suicide attack.
Ofek, David, Israel, 2003, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Adisa or a Thousand Years Story / Adisa O La Storia Dei Mille Anni [FL 15]
A voyage among men, women, and children of the Romany people in Bosnia Hercegovina, documenting the reality and the present life in a country still wounded by the consequences of the war.
D'orzi, Massimo D., Italy, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

66 Seasons / 66 sezon [FL 18]
A documentary where, in the words of the filmmakers, “history comes to bathe.” Through several stories that unfold between the years 1936 and 2002, the film brings together 66 seasons at a popular swimming pool, and through this offers a unique look at 66 years of central and eastern European history. From watching World War II fighter planes, through the changing fashion styles, to the moment two lovers met, the pool has always been the social hub. With the help of old footage and some unusual recreations, the visitors join director and Kosice native Péter Kerekes in recounting their memories of the sixty-six seasons of the pool.
Kerekes, Péter, Slovakia, 2003, Slovak, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Surplus / Surplus [FL 20]
A visually colorful, compilation-style documentary that offers a critical view of consumer society. The authors use footage collected over three years from eight countries to create a playful but serious look at globalization and its impact on the developing world. Police marching in formation against demonstrators during anti-globalization protests in Genoa in 2001, a passionate speech by Silvio Berlusconi, and arguments from opponents of the World Bank and IMF are synchronized to modern dance music. Next to these gripping images, the filmmakers give space to the ideas of radical anti-globalization guru John Zerzan and shots of Indian workers, who on average consume thirty times less than the average person in the United States. In a series of revealing juxtapositions, we see the empty shelves and rationing system in Cuba, we listen to the fanatical boss of Microsoft, Steven A. Ballmer, and we are asked whether modern technology is really setting us free. The film uses the same techniques as television advertisements, such as the manipulative collage of sounds and pictures that focus on repeating certain motifs, to drive its message home.
Gandini, Erik, Sweden, 2003, Spanish, English/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Surplus / Surplus [FL 20]
A visually colorful, compilation-style documentary that offers a critical view of consumer society. The authors use footage collected over three years from eight countries to create a playful but serious look at globalization and its impact on the developing world. Police marching in formation against demonstrators during anti-globalization protests in Genoa in 2001, a passionate speech by Silvio Berlusconi, and arguments from opponents of the World Bank and IMF are synchronized to modern dance music. Next to these gripping images, the filmmakers give space to the ideas of radical anti-globalization guru John Zerzan and shots of Indian workers, who on average consume thirty times less than the average person in the United States. In a series of revealing juxtapositions, we see the empty shelves and rationing system in Cuba, we listen to the fanatical boss of Microsoft, Steven A. Ballmer, and we are asked whether modern technology is really setting us free. The film uses the same techniques as television advertisements, such as the manipulative collage of sounds and pictures that focus on repeating certain motifs, to drive its message home.
Gandini, Erik, Sweden, 2003, Spanish, English/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

You Are the Only One Who Knows / Vain sä tiedät [FL 22]
A story of 15-year-old Pia's search for sexual identity. The documentary is built around the letters of Pia and her pen pal girlfriend Päivi. Pia begins to fear exposing her feelings because of Päivi's strong religious faith, Päivi finds it hard to accept the new situation. Still they do not want to give up the friendship. Three years later, the girls spend a day together going through the old letters, in which intense feelings unfold. Finally they come to terms with the fact that the most important thing is to be honest to yourself.
Linko, Jenni, Finland, 2003, Finnish/Subtitles: English, 24 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sleeping Rough / Abgehakt [FL 24]
Homeless people on the streets of Hamburg. The film depicts homelessness as a complex phenomenon, showing people with various reasons for being homeless, and elaborates on their sophisticated social networks.
Gruber, Martin ; Becker, Jochen, Germany, 2002, German/Subtitles: English, 42 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Postcard from Auschwitz [FL 25]
On the 19th of January, 1942, in Nazi occupied Poland, Mieczysław (Mietek) Bednarski, an officer in the Polish resistance, was arrested in Warsaw. He would spend the next nine months in Nazi custody, six of them in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. In this historical documentary, based on excerpts of the diary Bednarski wrote after being released, a wartime story is told, and the phenomenon of correspondence from Auschwitz is evoked.
Bednarski, Eric, Canada, 2003, English, 16 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Justice in the Time of War [FL 26]
The Turra family lost their exquisite son in Colombia. Giacomo was a poet, an anthropologist, a sensitive and by all accounts loveable boy. But Giacomo was arrested by the police, and died in their custody. The Turras refused to accept the official explanation, according to which, their son had been in possession of cocaine, and acted violently under the influence. For years they tried get justice for Giacomo but failed. Out of the Turras' story, Fabrizio Lazzaretti has fashioned a parable for our times. It seems that you cannot even secure the minute amount of dignity for your dead son. People will lie to you, and otherwise treat you with contempt. Around this revelation the film weaves a depressing tapestry of contemporary Colombia. It appears to be a place so violent that individual actions no longer mean very much. An impassioned, terrifying film.
Lazzaretti, Fabrizio, Italy, 2003, Italian, Spanish/Subtitles: English, Polish, 77 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Communist Charity [FL 27]
In this investigative documentary, Chinese activist Harry Wu tries to prove the shocking connection between the execution of prisoners and organ transplants. Raw footage of public executions are set against the testimonies of doctors and others involved, in which we learn among other things that during one heart transplant operation a prisoner was brought to the hospital garage, 100 meters from the operating room, where he was shot in the head.
Wu, Harry, United States, 1998, English, Chinese/Voice-over: English, 25 min, documentary film, VHS

Communist Charity [FL 27]
In this investigative documentary, Chinese activist Harry Wu tries to prove the shocking connection between the execution of prisoners and organ transplants. Raw footage of public executions are set against the testimonies of doctors and others involved, in which we learn among other things that during one heart transplant operation a prisoner was brought to the hospital garage, 100 meters from the operating room, where he was shot in the head.
Wu, Harry, United States, 1998, English, Chinese/Voice-over: English, 25 min, documentary film, VHS

When I Grow Up, I'll Be Kangaroo / Kad porastem biću kengur [FL 29]
Another of Radivoje Andric’s urban comedies, although less successful than Munje. The film consists of three parallel and interconnected stories happening to a group of friends, all of them in their mid 20s, one summer day in the Belgrade suburb Vozdovac. The first story follows Braca, the guy from the neighborhood with no money, on his date with a famous model. Although she belongs to a different world from his, Braca has fallen in love and wants to take her back home. The second story is situated in the betting cafe, where Somi and Duje together with other regulars anxiously watch the football game between Manchester and Eastwich. Since their old school friend Kangaroo is the Eastwich goalkeeper they have bet on Eastwich winning. The last story happens on the roof of an apartment building in Vozdovac where Avaks and Hibrid spend their days doing nothing and drinking beer, that is until they see a UFO. In the end, the whole group gathers on the same roof, where they recover from their unsuccessful adventures: Braca quarrelled with his date and went home alone, Somi and Duje sold their winning betting ticket before the end of the match, and Avaks and Hibrid failed to record their unusual vision and did not become famous when the TV crew came to take their testimonies.
Andrić, Radivoje, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Professional / Profesionalac [FL 30]
Until recently a University professor, a bohemian writer, a member of Belgrade's intellectual circles and a passionate opponent of the Milosevic regime, Teja is now the manager of a big publishing house. One day, during a strike, a strange visitor comes uninvited to his office, carrying a big suitcase. The man turns out to be an ex-secret security agent who dedicated the last ten years of his life entirely to Teja as he continuously spied and wrote reports on him. His suitcase is full of Teja’s belongings, some of them very precious, ranging from these reports and Teja’s collected speeches to the favorite toys of Teja’s son. The rest of the film follows the long conversation between the two men, coming from different and even opposing backgrounds. Full of sudden surprises and intimate details, interrupted by numerous flashbacks, the conversation reveals how interconnected the lives of these two men were, during this long decade of Milosevic’s regime.
Kovačević, Dušan, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Fuse - aka Fire! / Gori Vatra [FL 31]
Two years after the end of the war, the small Bosnian town of Tesanj is slowly rebuilding itself. The war has left serious scars on the life of the people and the city. The social cohesion is fragile and below the peaceful surface, there is another reality of national hatred and division along ethnic lines accompanied by flourishing crime and prostitution. The announcement that the American president Bill Clinton might pay a visit and become an honorary citizen of Tesanj changes everything. The whole town goes completely crazy as, all of a sudden, in just seven days, under the surveillance of international observers and members of peace keeping missions, Tesanj and its citizens must whip together an image of democracy.
Žalica, Pjer, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 2003, Bosnian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

No Man's Land / No Man's Land (aka Ničija Zemlja) [FL 32]
The film is situated in Bosnia in 1993 during the recent war. It tells the story of three wounded soldiers, two Bosnians and one Serb, who after various skirmishes confront each other in a trench in no man's land. Things get even more complicated as one of the wounded Bosnian soldiers can't move and is forced to lie as a bouncing mine, laid by another Serb soldier, is beneath him. The two wounded soldiers, Bosnian Cuki and Serb Nino wait for dark in order to retreat, trading insults; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other and sometimes both. Still they manage to find some common ground, decide to cooperate and wave white flags forcing their lines to call the UN to negotiate and find some way out of the crises. The story unfolds as, first, the UN high command tries very hard not to help, but then a French sergeant shows courage and moves in and an English reporter shows up looking for an exclusive TV story. In a bloody finale, both the hypocrisy of international military observers and the tragedy of war come to the surface.
Tanovic, Danis, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 2001, Bosnian/Subtitles: English, Slovenian, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Wounds / Rane [FL 33]
Based on a true story and constructed as a series of flashbacks, the film follows Pinki and his childhood friend Švabo as they come of age in Belgrade in the first half of the 1990s. After apprenticeship under a small-time gangster and war criminal, the teenagers start their own booming criminal career when U.N. sanctions create a black-market for just about everything. Soon, they take over their mentor’s business as well as his girlfriend and their extreme behavior and first killing win them a guest spot on a celebrity-gangster TV talk-show “The Street Pulse” which glamorizes criminals. With their brains more and more fried by coke and fame, the boys kill anyone who gets in their way or simply on their nerves. They become increasingly callous and violent, eventually turning on each other. In the film’s dramatic climax Pinki and Švabo end up shooting each other and lying barely alive in the same rubble-strewn lot where they used to hurl stones at one another when they were kids.
Dragojević, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 99 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Hornet / Stršljen [FL 34]
Combining a crime plot with a tragic love story, the film is set against the background of the recent Albanian-Serbian conflict in Kosovo. Shot before the Kosovo war, the film follows young Belgrade student Andrijana, in love with a mysterious Italian with whom she luxuriously travels across Europe. After she realizes that he is actually a Kosovo Albanian she starts to worry, and with constant changes of their place of residence, she gradually realizes that her boyfriend is involved in some shady business. The family drama evolves further as it soon becomes clear that he is a hit man for the Albanian drug mafia, while his brother is a detective with Serbian police who are trying to stop the drug route across Kosovo. Torn between Albanian mafia, family ties and chased by the Serbian police, he tries unsuccessfully to save his love and his life. Interestingly, but not unexpectedly in a bloody finale he also kills his own brother, otherwise virtually the only positive Albanian character of the whole movie.
Stojanovic, Gorcin, Yugoslavia, 1998, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 107 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The March of the Living / Marsz zywych [FL 35]
One day a catholic priest, a Jew whose parents died in a Nazi concentration camp and who was brought up by a Polish family, answered a phone call from Martin Bormann, the son of the Martin Bormann who was a close associate of Hitler. The phone talk moved the priest. Some days later he received Borman's autobiography. After considerable effort and a correspondence which provoked strong emotions on both sides, it was possible to persuade the son of the oppressor and the son of the victims of Holocaust to meet to discuss the memories of the past.
Linkowski, Grzegorz, Poland, 2003, Polish/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, Beta SP

Jung (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin / Jung (Guerra) Nella Yerra Dei Musaheddin [FL 36]
’Jung’ means war in the language of the Dari, who consider war to be the very essence of life. This narrative documentary follows the quest of a surgeon who wants to establish an emergency hospital for civilian war victims in Afghanistan and is accompanied by an old correspondent who has reported there ever since the Soviet invasion. A deeply human story set against the backdrop of an endless war that has been forgotten by everyone except its victims.
Vendemmiati, Alberto ; Lazzaretti, Fabrizio, Italy, 2000, Dari/Subtitles: English, 114 min, documentary film, Beta SP

Forgive Me, Sergei / Прости меня, Сергей [FL 37]
Caroline, a young American, is interested in the life story of a russian mariner Sergei, who escaped from the Soviet Union to the US, where he asked for political asylum and became a religious activist, publishing numerous accounts of terrifying life 'behind the iron curtain' until he died a strange death in a hotel room in the US. Inspired by such a fascinating story, Caroline travels to Russia to find places and acquaintances of Sergey and to learn more about the life of believers in the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia. To her great surprise, she learns that many of Sergey's stories were invented and that the truth about him and his life is not easy to unravel.
Wojciehowski, Damian, Russia, 2004, Russian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, VHS

Boris the First / Борис Първи [FL 41]
Prince Boris the First ruled Bulgaria in the late 9th century: the film is a hagiographic account of his life. In his youth, he suffered military defeats, but succeeded in keeping the territorial integrity of the country by seeking peace with the Slavic neighbors. During his reign, Bulgaria breaks with paganism and joins the Christian community, albeit paying a heavy death toll. When one of his sons wants to return to paganism, Boris condemns and blinds him. Having unified and Christianized the country, as well as having secured a Cyrillic alphabet for the nation, Boris retires to a monastery and is later included in the pantheon of Bulgarian saints.
Sharaliev, Borislav, Bulgaria, 1984, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 148 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Pretty Village, Pretty Flame / Lepa sela, lepo gore [FL 42]
Allegedly based upon a true story and set during the Bosnian war in 1992, with the time swinging back and forth all the way to the early 1980s, the film focuses on the long-term friendship between Muslim Halil and Serb Milan. In the interlude set in a Belgrade hospital, gravely injured Milan remembers his youth and friendship with Halil. While growing up, the two often hung out near the abandoned tunnel which they never dared to enter since they believed that vicious boy-eating creatures lived there. 12 years later, the Bosnian war starts and the friends find themselves on opposing sides. Along with his small unit, Milan is trapped in that very tunnel, while Halil is a soldier in the Muslim army carrying out the siege. With nothing to do but wait for inevitable death, the trapped soldiers amuse themselves by staging allegorical circus acts. Milan eventually survives the battle, but lies seriously wounded in the hospital where his nostalgic memories of youth are transformed into a determined pledge to fulfill his duty.
Dragojević, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1996, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Every Day God Kisses Us on the Mouth / In fiecare zi Dumnezeu ne saruta pe gura [FL 46]
Dumitru is a killer twice over: he is a butcher and an murderer. Dumitru is just out of prison, for the first time since the fall of communism. On his way home he kills twice, once because of a card game and second because he finds his wife pregnant by his own brother. This triggers a whole series of murders. By the end of it all, Dumitru decides to kill himself but finds out that God has other plans for him.
Dragin, Sinisa, Romania, 2001, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 100 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 1 [FL 52]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, France, 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 149 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 1 [FL 52]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, France, 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 149 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 2 [FL 53]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, France, 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 125 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 2 [FL 53]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, France, 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 125 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 3 [FL 54]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, France, 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 149 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 3 [FL 54]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, France, 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 149 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 4 [FL 55]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, (n/a), 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 143 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shoah, Part 4 [FL 55]
"Shoah" is Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary meditation on the Holocaust. Assembled from footage shot by the filmmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, it investigates the genocide at the level of experience: the geographical layout of the camps and the ghettos; the daily routines of imprisonment; the inexorable trauma of humiliation, punishment, extermination; and the fascinating insights of those who experienced these events first hand. Without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, "Shoah" renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people." Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past is revealed.
Lanzmann, Claude, (n/a), 1985, English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 143 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Nuremberg Trial [FL 56]
At the end of World War II in Nuremberg, Germany, twenty-one former officials in the Nazi regime were tried before the International Military Tribunal, composed of judges from the United States, England, France, and the Soviet Union. The defendants, ranging from SS policy makers to high-level hatchetmen, stood accused of crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and war crimes. From 1945 to 1946, testimony and evidence presented at this first of twelve Nuremberg Trials revealed the scope of Nazi atrocities.
Dorfman, Anne, United States, 1995, English, 47 min, documentary film, VHS

Between a Star and a Crescent - Bricha / Mezi Hvězdou a Půlměsícem - Otec uprchlíků [FL 74]
"Bricha" is the Hebrew name given to the Jewish underground movement which after WWII attempted to move as many of the displaced Jews as possible to Palestine. Czechoslovakia was involved with this Zionist movement, even when the country was already under Soviet rule.
Bok, Petr ; Smok, Martin, Czech Republic, 1998, /Voice-over: English, 53 min, documentary film, VHS

Between a Star and a Crescent - Trials / Mezi Hvězdou a Půlměsícem - Otec uprchlíků [FL 74]
The post-war tragedy of Jewish Communists is also mostly forgotten today. These people rejected their family traditions because they believed, naively, that the Bolshevik New World Order would eradicate anti-Semitism and racist hatred forever.
Bok, Petr ; Smok, Martin, Czech Republic, 1998, /Voice-over: English, 53 min, documentary film, VHS

Between a Star and a Crescent - Father of the Refugees / Mezi Hvězdou a Půlměsícem - Otec uprchlíků [FL 74]
In the summer of 1967 the body of Charles Jordan, a man who wanted to change the very core of the conflict in the Middle East, was fished out of the Vltava river in Prague. His death remains a mystery to this day. The filmmakers discovered new details about the case, while the Czech detectives are still unsuccessfully investigating it.
Bok, Petr ; Smok, Martin, Czech Republic, 2004, /Voice-over: English, 52 min, documentary film, VHS

Hitler's Hitparade [FL 75]
Twenty-five songs popular in the Third Reich compose the musical constituent part of the film that puts in a line, side by side, the fragments of period film hits, dancing creations from musicals, amateur films, animated films, instructional films, advertisements, propagandistic materials and documentaries made in Germany between the years 1933-45. The syrupy songs open the Aryan aesthetics up ready to remind in a new composition the role of entertainment in the history of Nazi Germany. This film clarifies the dark epoch of the popular music history, the way how it was abused for the fascist objections. The shots refer to the forms of joy and pandering luck, they show the certain attractiveness of the film as well as of the architecture, home design, technique and power of modern weapons. Yet the shots of the impacts of the dictatorship disturb the beauty, making the visual and the musical dimensions of the film drift apart.
Axer, Oliver ; Benze, Susanne, Germany, 2003, German/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, VHS

Iag Bari: Brass on Fire [FL 79]
The story begins with a scene of a young boy pulling a horn from a lake. Coming from a tiny village in Romania, the gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia has taken the world by storm and gained an international following. A musical documentary rich in poetic imagery that depicts the travels of a group said to be the world’s fastest-playing gypsy brass band. Featuring delightful footage of their performance in Tokyo.
Marschalleck, Ralf, Germany, 2002, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, documentary film, VHS

The Day I Will Never Forget [FL 80]
As many as 100 - 140 million women worldwide have been subjected to female circumcision, a practice that dates back to ancient Egypt and which can be found in many traditional cultures today. It is estimated that as many as two million young girls undergo this painful and life threatening operation every year. Set in Kenya, the film explores the tradition of female circumcision in both Kenyan society and among the large group of Somali émigrés. Even though the practice is officially outlawed, cultural acceptance in these societies depends heavily on the fact of female circumcision, and the practice shows no signs of declining. Men support it as a way of guaranteeing fidelity, but it is women, mothers who were circumcised themselves, who are often the most outspoken supporters of the practice. Increasingly, young girls seek to defy their parents and avoid this painful and debilitating ritual.
Longinotto, Kim, England, 2002, Swahili (macrolanguage)/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Film Unfinished / Shtikat Haarchion [FL 81]
A cinematic quest for the truth behind one of the most mysterious Nazi propaganda films, shot inside the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942. A rough draft of a silent film juxtaposes meticulously staged scenes of Jews enjoying a life of luxury in the ghetto with chilling images that required no staging at all. Ironically, after the war, filmmakers and museums used bits and pieces from the film as objective, general illustrations of the narratives collected from survivors and written documents. Few people were aware of the cynical manner in which these images were created and invaluable witness they bear. The film interweaves diary entries written by ghetto inhabitants during the filming, the testimonies of living survivors, and the transcript of the interrogation of a German cameraman, testifying about his role in the making of the film. By juxtaposing the filmed scenes with their behind-the-scenes' layered reality, A Film Unfinished challenges the authenticity of archival images and the way the past is perceived.
Hersonski, Yael, Israel, 2010, English, German, Polish, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Film Unfinished / Shtikat Haarchion [FL 81]
A cinematic quest for the truth behind one of the most mysterious Nazi propaganda films, shot inside the Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942. A rough draft of a silent film juxtaposes meticulously staged scenes of Jews enjoying a life of luxury in the ghetto with chilling images that required no staging at all. Ironically, after the war, filmmakers and museums used bits and pieces from the film as objective, general illustrations of the narratives collected from survivors and written documents. Few people were aware of the cynical manner in which these images were created and invaluable witness they bear. The film interweaves diary entries written by ghetto inhabitants during the filming, the testimonies of living survivors, and the transcript of the interrogation of a German cameraman, testifying about his role in the making of the film. By juxtaposing the filmed scenes with their behind-the-scenes' layered reality, A Film Unfinished challenges the authenticity of archival images and the way the past is perceived.
Hersonski, Yael, Israel, 2010, English, German, Polish, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Kalahari Family [FL 85]
Encapsulating 50 years of Namibian history and edited from 2 million feet of 16mm film, A Kalahari Family represents a lifetime of documentation, research, and personal contact with the Ju/'hoansi of Nyae Nyae by filmmaker John Marshall. Through the voices of Oma Tsamkxao and his extended family, viewers learn the extraordinary story of the Ju/'hoansi, beginning with their experiences as independent, self-sufficient hunter-gatherers, continuing through the wrenching changes of dispossession and militarization, and culminating with their attempts to establish viable farming settlements. Part 1: A FAR COUNTRY (90 Min.) In 1951, the Marshall family set out to document the life of the Bushmen of the Kalahari. After a week of hard travel in desert-adapted vehicles, they met Toma Tsamkxao and his Ju/'hoan band in Nyae Nyae. In their own words, Toma's extended family describes how they survive by gathering bush foods and hunting game. Part 2: END OF THE ROAD (60 Min.) John Marshall is reunited with Toma's family in 1978. Like a majority of Ju/'hoansi, they have settled at Tjum!kui, an administrative post run by the South African government. They came looking for water, jobs and an easier life, but found poverty, malnutrition and violence. Desperate for a more stable existence, the family heads back to their traditional water hole, /Aotcha, with shovels, cattle, and plans to start farming. Part 3: REAL WATER (60 Min.) Ju/’hoan farming communities multiply during the 1980s only to face a new threat. The Department of Nature Conservation wants to create a game reserve on Ju/’hoan territory. People will be forbidden to raise livestock or crops. Instead, Ju/’hoansi will be encouraged to act like "Bushmen" and hunt for the amusement of tourists. Urgent grass roots organizing ensues as the people seek to control their traditional lands. Part 4: STANDING TALL (60 Min.) After twelve decades of colonial rule, South West Africa is about to become the independent nation of Namibia and people are looking forward to democratic rule. Members of the newly formed, Ju/’hoan Farmers' Co-op travel throughout white ranching districts and black ethnic homelands to find long-lost relatives. Following Namibia’s first national elections, United Nations troops help relocate these families to traditional Ju/’hoan territory. Part 5: DEATH BY MYTH (90 Min.) Namibian independence attracts vast amounts of international aid, but development programs no longer benefit Ju/’hoan farms. We witness the power of the Bushman myth, belief that Ju/’hoansi live uniquely in harmony with nature and are born to hunt.
Marshall, John, United States, 2002, /Voice-over: English, 360 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Knife in the Water / Nóz w wodzie [FL 86]
A couple driving along a deserted road to a lake nearly hit a young man, who almost gets run over as he flags down the car. The driver is a self-absorbed husband, the woman is his pretty and bored wife. They take the young man along and the husband, out of the sheer patronizing will, invites him to come sailing on their boat. During the boat trip there is clash of personalities. The husband is a self-made man and is delighted to show off in front of the boy. As an argument unfolds, he knocks the boy overboard. The couple think he has drowned and the husband swims ashore for help. Meanwhile the boy, who has hidden behind the boat, comes aboard to seduce the wife.
Polański, Roman, Poland, 1962, Polish/Subtitles: English, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Loves of a Blonde / Lásky jedné plavovlásky [FL 87]
A working-class young woman (Andula) in a hick Czech town sleeps with one of the members of a band from Prague. "You are a Mondrian, not a Picasso," he tells her. When she doesn't hear from him again, she packs up and arrives on his doorstep in the big city, throwing his household (he lives with his parents) into chaos.
Forman, Miloš, Czechoslovakia, 1965, Czech/Subtitles: English, 79 min, fiction film, VHS

The Competition / Konkurs [FL 88]
This two-part comedy consists of "Why Do We Have All These Brass Bands?" and "The Audition." In the former, two brass bands practice to compete in an honorary ceremony. The two units are made up mainly of elderly musicians, but each has a youthful member as well. When the two young musicians forego practice to attend a motorcycle race, they are kicked out of their respective bands. The two musicians simply join up with the rival units to compete in the upcoming competition at the ceremony. In "The Audition," two young teenage girls vie for a part in a musical play. When the winner is stricken with stage fright, the second girl is slated to perform, amidst concerns about her supreme overconfidence.
Forman, Miloš, Czechoslovakia, 1963, Czech/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, VHS

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors / Тени забытых предков [FL 89]
The film is set among the Hutsul people of the Western Ukraine, an isolated ethnic group who live in the upper reaches of the mountain range. Their lives unfold within a harsh environment and an ornate cultural system little changed since the 18th century. The film opens with the deaths of Ivanko's brother, Olexa, crushed by a tree, and father, Pyotr Pavlichuk, killed outside the church by his rich neighbor Guteniuk. During the funeral procession for his father, Ivanko meets Guteniuk's daughter, Marichka, and the stage is set for the star-crossed lovers. Structured episodically, the film returns to Ivanko and Marichka as they fall in love and grow towards adulthood. Finally of an age to marry, Ivanko finds himself unable to do so, having been reduced to poverty by his father's death. Forced to work as a hired hand, he must leave his village and his beloved Marichka. Tragedy ensues and the remainder of the film concerns Ivanko's private and subtle dissolution as a result of this tragedy.
Paradzhanov, Sergei, Soviet Union, 1964, Ukrainian/Subtitles: English, 99 min, fiction film, VHS

The Inner Circle / Ближний круг [FL 90]
The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's point of view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin that he witnesses firsthand.
Mikhalkov-Konchalovskii, Andrei, Italy, 1992, English, 137 min, fiction film, VHS

Freeze, Die, Come to Life / Замри, умри, воскресни! [FL 91]
Stuck in a mining town near Vladivostok in 1947 among Soviet exiles and Japanese POWs (Japanese prisoners remained in Siberia for years after the war had ended), the kids have to come up with something to keep them busy. Two boys, Valerka and Galla, play some peculiar, very dangerous games of their own amid the man-made wasteland of Suchan.
Kanevskii, Vitalii, Soviet Union, 1989, Russian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, VHS

Contract / Kontrakt [FL 93]
The Contract is set during an "arranged" wedding ceremony. The bride and groom barely know each other, but this matters not at all to their tradition-bound families. At the last minute, the bride balks. Only slightly nonplussed, the groom's father, a status-seeking doctor, decides to go ahead with the expensive reception anyway.
Zanussi, Krzysztof, Poland, 1980, Polish/Subtitles: English, 100 min, fiction film, VHS

Diamonds of the Night / Démanty noci [FL 94]
Tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a group of old, armed home-guard members. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and deals with man's struggle to preserve human dignity.
Němec, Jan, Czechoslovakia, 1964, Czech/Subtitles: English, 63 min, fiction film, VHS

Dream Brigade / Álombrigád [FL 95]
Story of a "worker's brigade" attempting to produce a play by a Soviet writer on the Hungarian stage. Their conversations about censorship and brutal law enforcement may have had something to do with the difficulty the film had being released.
Jeles, András, Hungary, 1985, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 107 min, fiction film, VHS

Professor Baltazar / Profesor Baltazar [FL 96]
Selection of cartoons made by Zagreb film's Studio for Animated Film. Besides the “Professor Baltazar” series, the selection includes many international prize-winning pieces like ""Surrogate" (Dusan Vukotic), "Don Quixote " (Vlado Kristl), "Fly" (Aleksandar Marks and Vladimir Jutrisa), "The Wall" (Ante Zaninovic), "Number Five" (Pavao Stalter and Zlatko Grgic), "The Lonely" (Vatroslav Mimica) etc.
Bourek, Zlatko, Yugoslavia, 1976, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 159 min, animation, VHS

Lost Illusions / Elveszett illúziók [FL 98]
László Sárdi, a young person from the countryside comes to Budapest at the end of the 1960s. He arrives with his lover, and older woman, planning to start a new life, but she eventually leaves him to pursue her own career. Literary ambitions keep László in the city, he rents a flat and works for a newspaper, learning his first lessons in cynicism and hypocrisy.
Gazdag, Gyula, Hungary, 1982, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 102 min, fiction film, VHS

Is It Easy To Be Young? / Легко ли быть молодым? [FL 99]
This documentary interviews Soviet youths from 16 to 20 years of age and captures their disillusioned and cynical attitudes. They reject the ideology of their parents and country, seeking only to have a good time and/or make money. Veterans who fought in the Afghanistan conflict are seen suffering from the same maladies as U.S. soldiers after their experiences in Vietnam. Teens embrace everything from punk-rock music and drugs to the Hare Krishna religion in their search for purpose and identity.
Podnieks, Yuris, Soviet Union, 1987, Latvian/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ashes and Diamonds / Popiol i diament [FL 100]
Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to obey his orders.
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1958, Polish/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, VHS

Hands Up / Rece do góry [FL 101]
Andrzej Leszcyzc is one of several doctors attending a medical school reunion in a sealed-up railway carriage. Between drinks, the disenchanted medicos ruminate over the effect that communism (particularly the Stalinist brand) has had on their profession.
Skolimowski, Jerzy, Poland, 1981, Polish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, VHS

Camouflage / Ziemia obiecana [FL 102]
A group of students at a university summer science camp are drawn into an incredible quagmire of conflicts, ranging from the relatively simple conflict between an engaging and forthright young teacher and his manipulative older colleague, to a contest pitting political correctness against free scientific inquiry.
Zanussi, Krzysztof, Poland, 1977, Polish/Subtitles: English, 106 min, fiction film, VHS

Land of Promise / Ziemia obiecana [FL 102]
A tale of the ruthless rise of early industrialists at the turn of the century. It takes place in Lodz, the heart of the textile industry at the time. Three school friends, a pole of a noble background, an assimilated Jew and a German decide to build a textile factory. They exploit the wife of a Jewish merchant who is in love with the Pole. The affair is uncovered and their factory is burned down. They persevere but soon labor unrest begins.
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1974, Polish/Subtitles: English, 178 min, fiction film, VHS

Hero of the Year / Bohater roku [FL 103]
Ludwik Danielak, an out-of-work television personality, tries to make a come-back with a new program. The show will star Zbignew Tataj, who is scheduled to meet the public with a national promotional tour. The star becomes disillusioned when he is forced to read a prepared speech to the fans and is not allowed to deviate from the text.
Falk, Feliks, Poland, 1987, Polish/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, VHS

All Quiet on the Western Front [FL 104]
TV movie based on one of the most respected anti-war novels ever written, by Erich Maria Remarque.
Mann, Delbert, United States, 1979, English, 90 min, fiction film, VHS

Father / Apa [FL 105]
After his father is killed in World War II, a young Hungarian boy named Tako concocts a fantasy image of the parent he never really knew. Convincing himself of his father's unstinting bravery, the boy grows into a man who hopes to emulate his father’s heroism.
Szabó, István, Hungary, 1966, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, VHS

Autumn Marathon / Осенний марафон [FL 106]
Comedy with Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin, an absent-minded English translator, divided between his wife and a mistress. Buzykin's faulty memory and his inability to plan his time properly lead to no end of trouble in that triangle.
Daneliya, Georgi, Soviet Union, 1979, Russian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, VHS

Closely Watched Trains / Ostre sledované vlaky [FL 107]
Comedy-drama about a young man employed in a tiny station during World War II. Milos Hrma, a bumbling dispatcher's apprentice at a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, he embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Milos becomes involved in a plot to blow up a German ammunition train, but when the plan backfires, he is forced to commit the ultimate act of courage.
Menzel, Jiří, Czechoslovakia, 1966, Czech/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

He Who Sings Thinks No Harm / Tko pjeva zlo ne misli [FL 108]
The story is seen through the eyes of 6 year old Perica Safranek. On a family picnic Perica's mother starts flirting with Mr Fulir, a Zagreb dandy. The father at first doesn't notice it; he wants to marry off the aunt. After a couple of invitations to their Zagreb home, the father becomes aware that Fulir is making passes at his wife…
Krešimir, Golik, Yugoslavia, 1970, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 94 min, fiction film, VHS

The Mother of Kings / Matka Królów [FL 109]
Made in 1982, shelved for five years. The story opens with Lucja Krol's husband falling under a tram. She gives birth to her fourth son on the floor of their new apartment. Neighbor Wiktor, a communist intellectual, befriends the poverty-stricken family but is soon arrested and sent to jail. During the war Lucja narrowly escapes a Nazi roundup at the black market. Her sons hold ardent Communist meetings in their apartment, with her blessing. Lucja works hard, but without complaining. After the war, Klemens is inexplicably arrested, accused by the new regime of being a collaborator. Wiktor, now a high-ranking party member, trying to defend him, but himself falls into disgrace. Klemens is tortured to "confess" and dies in jail, a Communist to the end. Lucja is never told about his fate.
Zaorski, Janusz, Poland, 1983, Polish/Subtitles: English, 127 min, fiction film, VHS

Suspended / W zawieszeniu [FL 110]
Anna, a nurse, meets her wartime lover Marcel in 1951. Learning that he has been sentenced to death for his role in the Home Army, she hides him in her cellar for five years. She becomes pregnant with his child and has the baby out of wedlock. Despite the hardships and gossip she holds out much better than he. In 1956 when the political climate changes, he resurfaces and is arrested, but then acquitted by the court.
Krzystek, Waldemar, Poland, 1987, Polish/Subtitles: English, 93 min, fiction film, VHS

The Great Generation / A nagy generáció [FL 111]
This award-winning film is a commentary on the nature of the older and younger generations in Hungary during the mid-'80s. Réb (György Cserhalmi) stole his friend Makai's (Károly Eperjes) passport in 1968 and took off for the U.S. Seventeen years later, he comes back to Hungary with a teen-age daughter in tow and starts in with his usual underhanded, sly schemes for making money. Makai is at first happy to see him, but that soon fades. Réb's ex-wife Mari (Mari Kiss) feels the same. Meanwhile, Makai's son is called up for the army, and that leads Makai to make a poor decision about how to help him avoid military service. In contrast to Réb, Makai, and the younger set, the elders who experienced all the horrors of war seem like paragons of both wisdom and stability.
András, Ferenc, Hungary, 1985, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 109 min, fiction film, VHS

Time Stands Still / Megáll az idő [FL 112]
The film examines troubled adolescents of the early 1960's Budsapest with humor and passion. Denes and Gabor, the sons of a freedom fighter who has fled to America, share a love for the enchanting Magda who switches endlessly between them as the brothers follow two very separate paths. The film paints a poignant picture of youth in search of romance, rebellion, and escape in the post 1956 Hungary.
Gothár, Péter, Hungary, 1981, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Top Dog / Wodzirej [FL 113]
The stakes are very, very small for Danielak (Jerzy Stuhr), but a "careerist" doesn't measure these things. He wants an upcoming job as the dance leader and master of ceremonies for the opening ceremonies at a new provincial hotel's nightclub, and he will do anything to get it, including betraying his best friend.
Falk, Feliks, Poland, 1978, Polish/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, VHS

Color of Pomegranates / Саят Нова [FL 116]
Biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, which concentrates more on the poet's life as revealed through his poetry than on a conventional narration of important events in Sayat Nova's career. We see the poet grow up, fall in love, enter a monastery and die, but these incidents are depicted in the context of what are presumably images from Sayat Nova's poems, poems that are seen and rarely heard.
Paradzhanov, Sergei, Soviet Union, 1968, Armenian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, fiction film, VHS

Interrogation / Przesluchanie [FL 117]
Cabaret entertainer Krystyna Jadna has a habit of flirting with high-ranking military officers. As a result, she is imprisoned and subject to a vicious interrogation by the secret police, who are convinced that Jadna's brief affair with an army major has fomented an anti-government movement. We are shown the lengths to which Jadna's questioners will go to extract their notion of the truth and the lengths to which the woman will go to cling on to her remaining shreds of dignity. Filmed in 1982, The Interrogation was almost immediately banned in Poland. It was not released abroad until 1990.
Bugajski, Richard, Poland, 1982, Polish/Subtitles: English, 118 min, fiction film, VHS

Sweet Movie [FL 118]
The winner of the Miss World Virginity contest escapes from a sexless marriage to an oil tycoon, has a wild affair with a famous rock star and settles in a radical commune. Meanwhile, a boat travels the canals of Amsterdam with a cargo of sugar, a demented crew, a revolutionary zealot captain and her lover, a refugee from the Battleship Potemkin. Makavejev's bizarre and pointedly satirical vision is totally uncompromising and filled with shocking images.
Makavejev, Dusan, Canada, 1974, English, 99 min, fiction film, VHS

Man of Marble / Czlowiek z marmuru [FL 119]
In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was created, and what became of him. She gets hold of outtakes and censored footage and interviews the man's friends, ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. A portrait of Birkut emerges: he believed in the workers' revolution, in building housing for all, and his very virtues were his undoing. Her hard-driving style and the content of the film unnerve her supervisor, who kills the project with the excuse that she's over budget. Is there any way she can push the film to completion?
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1974, Polish/Subtitles: English, 160 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Shop on Main Street / Obchod na korze [FL 120]
Slovakia during WW II. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer to let him take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little haberdasher’s shop. She is old and confused and thinks that he is looking for employment and hires him. The odd couple begin to like each other. But some time later the authorities decide that the Jews must leave the city. What should Tono do with the old lady?
Kadár, Ján ; Klos, Elmar, Czechoslovakia, 1965, Czech/Subtitles: English, 128 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Man Is Not a Bird / Covek nije tica [FL 121]
One of Makavejev's first films, the title Man is Not a Bird refers to a hypnotist who makes people act like birds. It seems to be a veiled reference to the authorities; one line actually mentions the "authorities", but that's as specific as it was allowed to be at the time. The film depicts a man who cheats on his wife, but is still considered a heroic worker for propaganda purposes. Another man, an engineer who comes to town, finds himself attracted to the daughter of his landlord.
Makavejev, Dusan, Yugoslavia, 1965, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 81 min, fiction film, VHS

Kung-Fu [FL 123]
A well-regarded engineer in a big enterprise is hounded by trumped up attacks on his integrity when he delves too deeply into the way bonuses are handled by the management. He gets into an argument with the guard, is arrested and subsequently fired. An old friend, a journalist, tries to sort things out but the victim's stubbornness and past problems with his wife lead to losses on both sides.
Kijowski, Janusz, Poland, 1980, Polish/Subtitles: English, 112 min, fiction film, VHS

Salt of the Earth [FL 124]
Made at the height of the McCarthy era, depicting the events of a strike in New Mexico, "Salt of the Earth" was a joint effort by Hollywood professionals and the striking workers themselves. The film was immediately blacklisted by studios and distributors.
Biberman, Herbert J., United States, 1954, English, 94 min, fiction film, VHS

And Your Love Too / Und Deine Liebe auch [FL 130]
Berlin 1961: a love triangle develops as the Berlin Wall is being constructed. Eva, a young East German girl, must decide between two very different brothers - Klaus, who believes in making quick cash as a taxi driver in West Berlin, and the quiet, shy electrician Ulli, who stands firm behind the socialist ideology of the GDR. On August 13, 1961 Ulli stands guard at the border between East and West and, gun in hand, forbids his brother to cross into the West. When Klaus is later arrested for trying to flee, Eva makes her decision. With a small team Frank Vogel filmed on the streets of Berlin and observed the everyday life of the people with precision and humor.
Vogel, Frank, Germany, 1962, German/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, VHS

Little Vilma: The Last Diary / Kisvilma: Az utolsó napló [FL 131]
Noted director Márta Mészáros finishes up her acclaimed semi-autobiographical "diary" series which started with her 1982 "Diary for My Children". After her idealist father gets swept away by Soviet propaganda about a socialist Eden, young Vilma gets packed off to Kirgizstan along with her family. Instead of finding paradise, however, they discover only totalitarian oppression and political murder. One by one, her family is killed on trumped-up charges as part of Stalin's purges. Later, Vilma is taken into a Young Soviet school, given the more revolutionary name Nina Alexeyevna, and eventually allowed to return to her native Hungary.
Mészáros, Márta, Hungary, 2000, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 107 min, fiction film, VHS

Bolse vita [FL 133]
Set in Central Europe following the fall of Communism in 1989, this German-Hungarian ensemble piece centers on the reactions and attempts to get by in a brand new environment. Yura and Vadim are Russian musicians trying to get to Belgrade for a performance. Impoverished Sergei is trying to get there too. He sells knives to earn the money he needs. British Maggie and American Susan have drifted to Hungary in search of excitement. All five characters accidentally collide in the Bolse Vita bar in Budapest. While Sergei continues selling his cutlery in the open-air market, Yura and Maggie begin an affair as do Susan and Vadim. Much of the story chronicles the short-lived euphoria that followed the demise of oppression, but unfortunately, the people's happiness abruptly ended when the realities of life set in. So it goes for the characters as they all begin drifting towards their disparate destinies.
Fekete, Ibolya, Hungary, 1996, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 101 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Bear 007 / Medved 007 [FL 134]
Political satire. A woodsman is requested by the local authorities to organize a bear hunt for a political VIP visiting the hunting ground. The only problem is that bears have already been extinct in the area for many years. Therefore the only solution is to set up a hoax with a circus bear. The film was banned by the producer TV Belgrade.
Gvardiol, Zelimir, Yugoslavia, 1986, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, fiction film, VHS

GDR Underground Films / Gegenbilder [FL 157]
Experimental low-budget films from East Germany including Lutz Dammbeck, "Hommage a la Sarraz" (Leipzig, 1981, 13 min); Gino Hahnemann, "September September" (Ost-Berlin, 1986, 7 min); Cornelia Schleime, "Unter weissen Tuechern" (Ost-Berlin, 1983, 9 min); Cornelia Klauss, "Samuel" (Ost-Berlin, 1984, 3 min), Volker Lewandowsky "Report" (Dresden, 1987, 6 min); Thomas Frydetzki, "Engelchen" (Leipzig, 1985, 8 min); Claus Löser, "Nekrolog" (Karl-Marx-Stadt, 1985, 6 min); Tohm di Roes, "7 X 7 Tatsachen aus dem hiesigen Leben des Dichters Tohm di Roes" (Ost-Berlin, 1983, 17 min); Thomas Werner, "Guten Tag, Berlin!" (Ost-Berlin, 1987, 12 min); Ramona Köppel-Welsch, "Konrad! Sprach die Frau Mama…(Ost-Berlin, 1989, 9 min).
Germany, 1989, German/Subtitles: English, 93 min, fiction film, VHS

American Torso / Amerikai anzix [FL 164]
The film is ostensibly a monument to the emigrant Hungarian freedom fighters of 1848 who later took active part in the American Civil War. By focusing on the personal lives of emigrant soldiers Bódy examines the available existential alternatives in the aftermath of the defeat of revolutionary ideals.
Bódy, Gábor, Hungary, 1975, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Earth / Земля [FL 175]
The years of collectivization in Ukraine. Activist Vasil starts a collective farm in his village and organizes the local youth to join it. He also brings a tractor to the village which is to become the beginning of the new life. The kulaks, fearing for their possessions, kill Vasil, but his ideas and undertakings take root.
Dovzhenko, Alexander, Soviet Union, 1930, (silent)/Subtitles: English, Russian, 71 min, fiction film, VHS

Bezhin Meadow / Бежин луг [FL 175]
Reconstructed version of the film, which was banned and destroyed by Soviet censors. The script was based on the incident of Pavlik Morozov, who denounced his father as a kulak and was killed by him. The reconstruction took place in 1971 from surviving single shots of various scenes, which were preserved by the film editor. The reconstruction includes both 1st and 2nd versions of the film, organized in this version into a single narrative. The reconstruction was made by Sergei Yutkevich and Naum Kleiman.
Eisenstein, Sergei, Soviet Union, 1937, (silent)/Subtitles: English, 32 min, fiction film, VHS

The Commissar / Комиссар [FL 203]
The film is based on an early story by V. Grossman. During the civil war in Russia, the Red Army takes a small southern town. Between the two battles commissar Vavilova gives birth and stays with the Jewish family of a craftsman, who himself has many children. Together with them she experiences the hardships of the Civil War. When the Red Army returns, she leaves her child with the Jewish family, and joins her comrades in arms. Soviet censorship strongly criticized the film; it was shelved, while the director was prosecuted. The film was finally screened 20 years later, during an International Film Festival in Moscow in 1987, and went into distribution in 1988.
Askol'dov, Alexander, Soviet Union, 1967, Russian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, fiction film, VHS

The March of Time : The Cold War 1946-1951, Part 1: Changing Attitudes 1946-1948 [FL 243]
Originally produced as a newsreel by Time Magazine, The March of Time was seen monthly for sixteen years in more than 50,000 theatres around the world. Content: 1. Atomic Power -- Exciting historic footage of the creation of the atomic bomb, on film for the first time. Included are interviews and anecdotes from such legendary figures as Albert Einstein, Dr. Conant and Dr. Bush. 2. The Russia Nobody Knows. -- Exclusive, uncensored motion pictures from behind the Iron Curtain! March of Time's cameraman has photographed the Russian people in their daily lives, just as he found them. Here is the chance to see them as they really are -- at work, at worship and at play. 3. The Cold War: Act I -- France -- See how the French people are dealing with post-war life. The Communists are ousted by Premier Robert Schumann, and we see a sample of the frugal way of city life through the eyes of the DuBois family. Their farming relatives fare slightly better; but if the middle-of-the-road policy is to work, the Marshall Plan must be implemented. 4. The Cold War: Act II. -- Crisis in Italy. A hard-hitting, realistic film vividly showing the vital importance of the U.s. Government's European Recovery Plan. This film gives us the shocking truth about the number of Communists in Italy, plus reasons for their success and strength. 5. The Cold War: Act III. -- Battle for Greece. A country torn by conflicting powers. March of Time takes a look at the U.S. and British efforts to bring aid to this ravaged country, through the American Mission for Aid to Greece, and their help in the reconstruction of agriculture, foreign trade and home industries.
United States, 1995, English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The March of Time: The Cold War 1946-1951, Part 2: Hostility Grows 1948-1949 [FL 244]
Originally produced as a newsreel by Time Magazine, The March of Time was seen monthly for sixteen years in more than 50,000 theatres around the world. 1. Battle for Germany -- A must for updating oneself on the developments in Germany. There is no war guilt shown by the activities in the daily life of a typical family. Democratic ways come hard to this Teutonic race, and we see the communists sabotage the U.S. program by inciting labor unrest, as well as the "Airlift Crisis." 2. America's New Air Power -- The race for superior technology is on! Already the planes that won the war are obsolete. In this fascinating film we see the swing to jet propulsion, the incredible size of these planes and a new breed of specially trained "jet" pilots. 3. Answer to Stalin -- Did we defeat the Nazis just to trade them for the communists? Concern for Russian tactics in world politics is growing. Communist success in creating strife in Middle Europe is highlighted, plus the current tension in France and Germany. The film climaxes with a view of the Economic Cooperation Administration under Paul Hoffman. 4. Asia's New Voice -- The dramatic, inspiring birth of a nation--India! A country of extremes, it has fabulously wealthy princes and dirt-poor "Untouchables." With its own mysterious caste system and its terror stricken migrations, India is a Twentieth Century phenomenon. An impartial view of the weakness and strengths of this new, potentially great, nation is the focus of this study. 5. Report on the Atom -- What exactly is Atomic Power, and how is it going to affect us? These are the issues dealt with in this relevant study. The production of radioactive materials and the disposal of the dangerous waste combine with a look at the use of these materials in industry, agricultural and medical research.
United States, 1995, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The March of Time: The Cold War 1946-1951, Part 3: Peace or War, 1949-1950 [FL 245]
Originally produced as a newsreel by Time Magazine, The March of Time was seen monthly for sixteen years in more than 50,000 theatres around the world. 1. Sweden Looks Ahead. -- Unique among northern European countries, Sweden has been neutral for 135 years. But in uneasy contemporary times the policy of nonpartisanship is difficult to maintain. March of Time captures modern Sweden's carefully constructed society, including fair labor unions, well-run cooperatives and excellent social security. 2. MacArthur's Japan -- Return of the conquering hero! The U.S. occupation, lead by General MacArthur, introduces democratic reforms into the social, political and educational realms of post-war Japan. The U.S. hopes to thereby stem Communism in this defeated Asian country, and teach them to rule themselves. 3. A Chance to Live -- What happened to all the war orphans? In this heartwarming story, we see the history of the Italian Boys' Republic at Santa Marinella. It was established by a kindly priest, but is now run democratically by the boys themselves. The camera follows a boy from his initial distrust of the kindness there to his eventual integration into the community. 4. As Russia Sees It -- Imagine the world situation from the Russian viewpoint. That is what this film does, and, then shows us why they chose Korea for their offensive. It goes on to portray the U.S. meeting of the challenge: reactivating planes, tanks and ships to check the aggression of Stalin and his Communist satellites. 5. The Gathering Storm -- How prepared is America for all-out war? This pictorial analysis gives us a vivid look at just how ready we are for direct attack. Also shown is how much better prepared we are now than we were prior to World War II. This could well be the most dramatic dilemma facing us today -- a communist attack on America!
United States, 1995, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The March of Time: The Cold War 1946-1951, Part 4: Time Marches on 1950-1951 [FL 246]
Originally produced as a newsreel by Time Magazine, The March of Time was seen monthly for sixteen years in more than 50,000 theatres around the world. Contents: 1. Tito: new ally -- Yugoslavia today lives up to its reputation as a homeland for fighting men. Out of her 16 million people she boasts 30 army divisions - divisions hopefully on the side of democracy should Russia decide to invade and overtake Europe. 2. Strategy for victory -- What the world needs now is mutual defense! Using UN retreats in Korea and debates over American foreign policy, this film shows what is being done through the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to build a European army strong enough to discourage Russian aggression. 3. Flight plan for freedom -- This is the story of the Strategic Air Command, under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Curtis LeMay. The purpose of this highly trained group of daring men is to carry swift, devastating retaliation to any power attacking the free world. 4. Moroccan outpost -- For the second time in nine years, engineers race to build air bases in Morocco. But there are many problems to be faced in this uneasy Moslem land, by both the US and France. 5. Crisis in Iran -- Here we see how fierce nationalism can upset the balance of world power. Iran is the hottest spot in the world today. We are shown the economic and political conditions that are responsible for the present crisis, and the people who manipulate these conditions. 6. Formosa: island of promise -- In this key area of the Orient, we see Chiang Kai-Shek as the head of both the military and the nationalist government. Working with progressive K.C. Wu, governor of Formosa, they jointly conduct the affairs of state.
United States, 1995, English, 105 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Face of Russia, Part 1: The Face on the Firewood [FL 247]
The Face of Russia is a personal interpretation of Russia’s cultural history by one of America’s pre-eminent Russian scholars, James H. Billington. Part 1: The painting of icons, or holy pictures, was the first art that Russia made her own. By 988, the Eastern tradition of icon painting had been nearly destroyed by a series of Byzantine emperors, the original iconoclasts. But the newly converted Russians revived the art, combined it with powerful symbols of indigenous folk culture, and made it an inspiring expression of Christian faith. In this first episode, viewers see how the purely religious tradition of the icon soared toward abstraction in Russia, influencing the birth of modern art in the early 1900s, and then helped legitimize secular political power in the Soviet era. Audiences witness the rededication of a monastery that had been used as a military barracks. They also see an Old Believers baptism and experience the isolated serenity of Ferapontovo in the North, with its ethereal frescoes by Dionysius and the melodious bells that symbolized both power and faith. Viewers then visit the Monastery of the Caves in Kiev and go inside the beautiful Cathedral of the Assumption in the Moscow Kremlin at the time of the attempted Communist putsch of August 1991.
Grigor, Murray, United States, 1998, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Face of Russia, Part 2: The Facade of Power [FL 248]
The Face of Russia is a personal interpretation of Russia’s cultural history by one of America’s pre-eminent Russian scholars, James H. Billington. Part 2: This program traces the growth of Russian architecture from the Eastern-inspired onion domes and tent roofs of the early wooden churches to the sprawling palaces and vertical spires of secular St. Petersburg. Viewers visit baroque palaces such as Peterhof, with fountains and classical statuary that echo the elegant parks of Italy and France; Rastrelli’s famed Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, and his Summer Palace at nearby Tsarskoe Selo. The program also explores the novel, especially the extraordinary achievement of writer Nikolai Gogol, who saw St. Petersburg as a heartless city—a city for parades rather than for people. The program takes an in-depth look at Gogol’s work of literary genius, Dead Souls, an inspiration to the radicals of the nineteenth century, dissidents of the Soviet period, and filmmakers and theater producers today.
Grigor, Murray, United States, 1998, English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Face of Russia, Part 3: Facing the Future [FL 249]
The Face of Russia is a personal interpretation of Russia’s cultural history by one of America’s pre-eminent Russian scholars, James H. Billington. Part 3: Old Russia considered instrumental music to be the work of the devil; and no musical instruments were permitted in Russian Orthodox churches. The imperial court played Italian-style music; but only in the late nineteenth century, coinciding with the rise of the Russian revolutionary movement, did Russian music suddenly explode through the efforts of talented, unconventional composers. In this episode, viewers meet Musorgsky, the genius of this group, who dramatized in his operatic masterpiece, Boris Godunov, the conflict between Russia’s rulers and its people, its reverence for tradition and its passion for revolution. The program then introduces Sergei Eisenstein, the film director and brilliant innovator, who united all forms of Russian art into the new icon of film. His revolutionary cinema of the early Soviet period retold history with such power that the images became more real than the events—challenging today’s filmmakers to use the cinema to continue reshaping the face of Russia. Finally, the program examines how Russia’s traditional and new art forms are influencing the country’s current political process and its emerging democracy.
Grigor, Murray, United States, 1998, English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 1: Comrades 1917-1945 [FL 250]
This TV documentary series tells how in the twentieth century two superpowers and their allies clashed, and prepared for a conflict that could have ended the human race. Each of the 24 programs features one major topic and may be viewed on its own. The series begins in 1945, with a flashback to the Bolshevik Revolution, and advances to 1991. Part 1: Once allies against Hitler, the Soviet Union and the United States confront each other at the end of World War II. Looming over the postwar landscape is the awesome, mushroom-shaped cloud of the atomic bomb.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 2: Iron Curtain 1945-1947 [FL 250]
In the months following their victory in World War II, the alliance between the Soviet Union and the West quickly proves to be little more than a marriage of convenience. Suspicion clouds relations -- while a curtain descends over Europe.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 3: Marshall Plan 1947-1952 [FL 250]
With hunger and discontent plaguing postwar Europe, the U.S. proposes an aid program to rebuild the ruined continent. But the Marshall Plan also solidifies the deep ideological differences between East and West.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 4: Berlin 1948-1949 [FL 251]
Three years after the end of World War II, the Nazis' former capital, Berlin, would once again find itself the target of an allied air fleet. This time, the air armada was working to save, rather than destroy, the city.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 5: Korea 1949-1953 [FL 251]
It was one of the few times the Cold War went hot. The conflict on the Korean peninsula claimed millions of lives, and set the stage for the way both sides would view each other for years to come.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 6: Reds 1947-1953 [FL 251]
As the Cold War intensifes, so do fears in the Soviet Union and the United States of outside influences -- prompting massive campaigns to purge the "enemy within."
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold War on CNN, Part 7: After Stalin 1953-1956 [FL 252]
In 1953, the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin creates a power vacuum in the Kremlin's leadership. It also unleashes a wave of unrest in Eastern Europe, as some Soviet satellites test the limits of Moscow's tolerance.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 8: Sputnik 1949-1961 [FL 252]
The Soviet atomic bomb gives birth to a new arms race -- which turns into a space race. But any promising technological advances are overshadowed by the threat of long-range nuclear destruction.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 9: The Wall 1958-1963 [FL 252]
For years, West Berlin was an escape route for East Germans seeking to flee communism. But growing Cold War tensions forced the Soviet bloc to erect a deadly blockade across the city -- a Wall that divided Berlin for nearly three decades.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 10: Cuba 1959-1962 [FL 253]
In the 1960s the United States claimed its place as the world's leading defender against communism. But by the end of the decade, the nation was convulsed by dissent, riot, assassination and an increasingly unpopular war.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 140 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 11: Vietnam 1954-1968 [FL 253]
It was a conflict that devastated one nation and divided another. Vietnam brought a new dimension to the Cold War -- and forced the United States to rethink its goals in the superpower rivalry.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 12: Mad 1960-1972 [FL 253]
With Cold War tensions heightening at the start of the 1960s, the superpowers are drawn into an escalating arms race. The world's safety depends on a nuclear paradox known as "mutual assured destruction."
United Kingdom, 1998, English, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 13: Make Love Not War: The Sixties [FL 254]
In the 1960s the United States claimed its place as the world's leading defender against communism. But by the end of the decade, the nation was convulsed by dissent, riot, assassination and an increasingly unpopular war.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 14: Red Spring: The Sixties [FL 254]
In the 1960s, as dissent and protest swept through the West, nations of the Warsaw Pact were experimenting with reforms. But hopes for change were crushed by palace coups and, in the case of Czechoslovakia, outright invasion.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 15: China 1949-1972 [FL 254]
The emergence of the People's Republic of China signals a new and dangerous phase in the Cold War. But a split between Moscow and Beijing opens the door for a change in U.S.-Chinese relations.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 16: Dйtente 1969-1975 [FL 255]
By the end of the 1960s, the United States and Soviet Union faced a choice: slow down their Cold War competition -- a process that would be called détente -- or continue an arms race that could end in all-out war.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 17: Good Guys, Bad Guys 1967-1978 [FL 255]
The Cold War takes on a new dimension as the Soviet Union, the United States and their allies become involved in wars between rivals in Africa and the Middle East.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 18: Backyard 1954-1990 [FL 255]
Central America, the Caribbean and South America become the battleground for a test of wills between the United States and the U.S.S.R. -- as the Cold War comes to America's "backyard."
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 19: Freeze 1977-1981 [FL 256]
In 1976, Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev promised to reduce East-West tensions. But within four years those promises turned to anger and mistrust. The Cold War was far from over.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 20: Soldiers of God 1975-1988 [FL 256]
For centuries, nations had tried to conquer Afghanistan. None succeeded. But the Cold War -- and an Afghan civil war -- would bring a terrible toll of death and destruction to the people of this traditionally Islamic land.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 21: Spies 1945-1990 [FL 256]
The Cold War was fought on two fronts. In public, it was a series of confrontations and crises. But the East and West also battled in the shadows, as intelligence agents risked their lives to steal secrets.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 22: Star Wars 1980-1988 [FL 257]
In 1981, Ronald Reagan -- a strident Cold Warrior -- enters the White House on a platform of "making America strong again." Convinced the United States is lagging in the arms race, Reagan increases defense spending and proposes a "Star Wars" anti-missile system -- alarming leaders in Moscow.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 23: The Wall Comes Down [FL 257]
For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall symbolized the Iron Curtain that separated East from West. But by 1989, the Wall was starting to crumble -- and by the end of the year it would collapse.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Cold War on CNN, Part 24: Conclusion 1989-1991 [FL 257]
It is the twilight of the Soviet empire. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Kremlin loses its iron-fisted grip on Eastern Europe. As events spiral out of control, Mikhail Gorbachev finds his authority challenged from within -- both by communist hard-liners, and by a popular reformer named Boris Yeltsin.
United Kingdom, 1998, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

The Battle of Russia, Part 1 [FL 258]
The fifth in the "Why We Fight" series of seven army information films, "Battle for Russia" gives the brief history of Russia and the wars fought on her homeland. Then it moves to WWII and the invasion by Nazi forces, using newsreels of the actual fighting. The Nazis are victorious at Moscow and Leningrad but, like Napoleon's troops, are utterly defeated at the battle of Stalingrad.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1946, English, 96 min, documentary film, VHS

Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens [FL 260]
Banned for more than 30 years, this propaganda masterpiece generated perhaps the greatest moral and legal controversy in motion-picture history. The subject of the film is the 1934 Nazi Party Congress held in Nuremberg, and mass rallies involving thousands.
Riefenstahl, Leni, Germany, 1934, German/Subtitles: English, 115 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

Day of Freedom - Our Armed Forces / Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht [FL 261]
The 7th Nazi Party Congress with glorious marching of German troops during the colorful ceremonies in Nuremberg on German Armed Forces Day 1935.
Riefenstahl, Leni, Germany, 1935, German/Subtitles: English, 31 min, propaganda film, VHS

Olympia – part 1: Festival of Nations / Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker [FL 262]
Based on the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games and dedicated to the honor and glory of the youth of the World, it is considered the greatest sports documentary of all time. Olympia is told in two parts, "The Festival of Nations" and "The Festival of Beauty". Using fresh cinematic techniques and a dramatic musical score, Riefenstahl captured the athletic competition, the energy of the crowd and the political intensity of the times.
Riefenstahl, Leni, Germany, 1938, German/Subtitles: English, 111 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Olympia – part 2: Festival of Beauty / Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit [FL 263]
The second part of Leni Riefenstahl's famous documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. The film captures the grace of athletes during field hockey, soccer, bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon, which was won by American Glenn Morris. It ends with the triumphant conclusion of the games.
Riefenstahl, Leni, Germany, 1938, German/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

Hitler's Constructions / Die Bauten von Adolf Hitler [FL 264]
This propaganda film shows the varieties of National Socialist constructions: youth hostels and party schools, bridge projects and the Autobahn, ministries and party buildings, as well as the famous monumental works, such as the Zeppelinfeld at Nuremberg.
Germany, 1938, German/Subtitles: English, 17 min, propaganda film, VHS

Hitler's Birthday Parade [FL 265]
This complete Nazi propaganda newsreel shows Berlin - adorned with flags and floral displays by its citizens and monolithic statuary designed by Albert Speer - preparing for the holiday: the 50th birthday of Adolf Hitler. Part of the festival is the greatest military demonstration in the history of the Third Reich.
Germany, 1939, German/Subtitles: English, 21 min, newsreels, VHS

Festive Nuremberg / Festlisches Nürnberg [FL 266]
The film features highlights from the Party rallies at Nuremberg in 1936 and 1937. Throughout its spectacular sequences--night rallies, torchlit marches, massed throngs and fireworks--the film argues its case for an ever-growing bond between party and nation.
Riefenstahl, Leni, Germany, 1937, German/Subtitles: English, 21 min, propaganda film, VHS

A Time to Live [FL 267]
Colorful documentary of the Ninth Annual Communist Youth Festival held in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1968. It is an anti-American film attacking the Vietnam War and stressing solidarity, world peace and freedom.
Soviet Union, 1968, English, 55 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

Red Nightmare [FL 268]
US anticommunist propaganda film, produced for the Department of Defence by Warner Brothers, dealing with the nightmare of a small-town American who finds his community taken over by communists.
Waggner, George, United States, 1962, English, 25 min, propaganda film, VHS

Face to Face with Communism [FL 269]
This propaganda film, produced by the US Government, portrays the mock seizure of an American town by communists. Scenes show the tactics of communists arresting and sentencing citizens, and the actions of an Air Force sergeant in resisting the communist takeover.
United States, 1951, English, 26 min, propaganda film, VHS

Your Job in Germany [FL 270]
This film was produced for American occupation troops to discourage fraternization with their former enemies. It is one of the most bitter and angry anti-German films of the war.
United States, 1945, English, 15 min, propaganda film, VHS

Our Job in Japan [FL 270]
"Our Job in Japan" was probably never seen by either military or civilian audiences. By the time it was ready for release in March 1946, peace with Japan was a reality.
United States, 1945, English, 17 min, propaganda film, VHS

Only about Woman [FL 271]
Film about the different occupations open to women in the USSR.
Gerstein, Juri, Soviet Union, 1971, Russian/Voice-over: English, 45 min, propaganda film, VHS

Inside Russia [FL 272]
A complete survey of the Soviet Union prior to WW II, this rare film was completed only weeks before the German invasion of the USSR.
Stuart, Charles A., United States, 1941, English, 75 min, propaganda film, VHS

Red Files, Part 1: Secret Victories of the KGB [FL 275]
An episode from the "Red files" series on cold war espionage and the theft of American A-bomb secrets by the KGB.
Cran, William, United States, 1999, English, 55 min, documentary film, VHS

Red Files, Part 2: Secret Soviet Moon Mission [FL 276]
An episode from the "Red files" series on the space race between the USA and the USSR. Also about Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, chief Soviet designer of guided missiles, rockets and spacecraft.
Barker, Greg, United States, 1999, English, 55 min, documentary film, VHS

Red Files, Part 3: Soviet Propaganda Machine [FL 277]
An episode from the "Red files" series on the propaganda war between the Soviet Union and the USA after World War II.
Dobson, Elizabeth, United States, 1999, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Red Files, Part 4: Soviet Sport Wars [FL 278]
An episode from the "Red files" series on the relationship between propaganda and sports in the Soviet Union.
Barker, Greg, United States, 1999, English, 55 min, documentary film, VHS

Among Blind Fools / Mezi zaslepenymi blazny [FL 279]
Documentary about the fate of Slovak Jews during the Holocaust. Also about rabbi Michael Weissmandl, spiritual leader of the "Working Group", who rescued thousands of Slovak Jews.
Bok, Petr, Slovakia, 1999, English/Voice-over: English, 165 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Among Blind Fools / Mezi zaslepenymi blazny [FL 279]
Documentary about the fate of Slovak Jews during the Holocaust. Also about rabbi Michael Weissmandl, spiritual leader of the "Working Group", who rescued thousands of Slovak Jews.
Bok, Petr, Slovakia, 1999, English/Voice-over: English, 165 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Death of Yugoslavia, Part 1 [FL 280]
Film on the disintegration of Yugoslavia, 1987-1994.
MacQueen, Angus, United Kingdom, 1995, English, 49 min, documentary film, VHS

The Death of Yugoslavia, Part 2 [FL 281]
Film on the disintegration of Yugoslavia, 1987-1994.
MacQueen, Angus, United Kingdom, 1995, English, 48 min, documentary film, VHS

Serbian Epics [FL 282]
Documentary profile of Radovan Karadžić, the Bosnian Serb leader, and examination of the forces that drive Serbian nationalism.
Pawlikowski, Paul, United Kingdom, 1993, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Saviour of Kosovo [FL 283]
"The National" news program on the conflict in Kosovo.
Durham, Nancy, Canada, 1998, English, 16 min, documentary film, VHS

Return to Kosovo [FL 283]
"The National" news program on the conflict in Kosovo.
Durham, Nancy, Canada, 1999, English, 15 min, documentary film, VHS

Truth About Rajmonda: A KLA Soldier Lies for the Cause, The [FL 283]
"The National" news program on the conflict in Kosovo.
Durham, Nancy, Canada, 1999, English, 32 min, documentary film, VHS

The Anatomy of Pain / Anatomija bola [FL 284]
Film about the NATO bombing of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation's headquarters in Belgrade on April 23, 1999, when according to official reports 19 were killed.
Baljak, Janko, Yugoslavia, 2000, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 32 min, documentary film, VHS

Noel Field: The Fictitious Spy [FL 286]
Cold War story of an American accused by the Soviets of spying for the USA, and by the Americans of being a Communist agent.
Schweizer, Werner, Switzerland, 1996, German/Voice-over: English, 106 min, documentary film, VHS

Regular Funerals: Back and Forth / Rendszeres temetések: oda-vissza [FL 287]
Video essay on the symbolics and political meaning of public funerals in the USSR and Hungary.
Sólyom, András, Hungary, 1992, Hungarian/Voice-over: English, 41 min, documentary film, VHS

The Last Bolshevik [FL 288]
The 20th century history of the Soviet cinema and the Soviet Union itself in the form of six video "letters" sent "posthumously" to the Soviet filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin (1900-1989).
Marker, Chris, France, 1993, Russian/Subtitles: English, 118 min, documentary film, VHS

Stolen Years [FL 289]
Stalin era labor camps through the stories of the victims.
Young, Bruce, United States, 1999, English, 57 min, documentary film, VHS

The Anna Akhmatova File / Дело Анны Ахматовой [FL 294]
A moving portrait of the extraordinary Soviet poet, Anna Akhmatova. Although her work was banned and went unpublished for 17 years, her poem "Requiem" became the underground anthem for the millions who suffered under Stalin. This unique film, which uses Akhmatova's diaries for text, also includes portraits of Akhmatova's friends and contemporaries--Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Mikhail Sostchenko.
Aranovich, Semyon, Soviet Union, 1989, Russian/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, VHS

I Was Stalin’s Bodyguard / Я служил в охране Сталина [FL 295]
Director Semyon Aranovitch brilliantly blends rarely seen newsreel and documentary footage of Stalin’s three-decade regime. The centerpiece is a long, fascinating interview with the last surviving personal bodyguard of the Soviet dictator. Also included are home movies of Stalin, his family and his inner circle. I Was Stalin's Bodyguard is neither blatantly pro- nor anti-Stalin; it offers the facts, then allows the viewer to make up his or her own mind.
Aranovich, Semyon, Soviet Union, 1990, Russian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Coal Miners / Gornicy 88 [FL 296]
Documentary film about a strike in a coal mine in Poland, organized and supported by Solidarity members.
Piekutowski, Andrej, Poland, 1988, Polish/Subtitles: English, 118 min, documentary film, VHS

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky / Regi Andrej Tarkovskij [FL 297]
This documentary on Andrei Tarkovsky was made by the co-editor of his last movie "The Sacrifice". Michal Leszcylowski interviews Tarkovsky, considered the most important and influential Soviet director of the post-World War II era. Interviews with his widow in addition to television interviews with the legendary director give an insight into the vision and inspirations for his films.
Leszczylowski, Michal, Sweden, 1988, Russian/Subtitles: English, 102 min, documentary film, VHS

Oratorio for Prague [FL 298]
Filmmaker Jan Nemec and his crew risked their lives to create this historic documentary account of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. The award-winning work is the only filmed record of the invasion. Oratorio for Prague begins as a study of the liberalization of Czechoslovakia and then continues when the Russian forces moved in. The gripping footage was broadcast by television, providing the first report of the event. In addition to the news footage, the film features never-before-viewed scenes taken prior to the invasion that crushed Prague's anti-Communist movement.
Němec, Jan, Czechoslovakia, 1968, Czech/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz / Ensayo de un Crimen [FL 300]
Due to a childhood experience with the death of the family maid (under erotic circumstances,) Archibaldo grows up with psychopathic killer tendencies toward women. He is constantly thwarted in his efforts to carry out any muderrs. The film not only pokes wicked fun at the decadent bourgeoisie and the Latin male, but also at the director's own obsessions - foot fetishism and surrealism. The film's oddball humor links it with Bunuel's later classic "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."
Buñuel, Luis, Mexico, 1955, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Red Butterflies Where Two Springs Merge [FL 301]
A lyrical portrait of the 64-year old Janyl Alibekova, who lives in the border mountain village of Achy-Kaindy. Janyl continues the age-old tradition of making felt carpets into which she creatively incorporates national motifs. She never relied on anyone, least of all on the government and modern industrial technologies. As history would have it, after the break-up of the Soviet Union and in a period of general economic decline Janyl became famous in Europe, a star of the magazine Elle, and the director of her own workshop. Yet she didn't change her lifestyle or her independent anti-patriarchal views. This film is part of the Gender Montage: Paradigms in Post Soviet Space film series made by The Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute - Russia and the Gender Policy Institute.
Sydykova, Gaukhar ; Ruzieva, Diliya, Kyrgyzstan, 2002, Kyrgyz/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, VHS

Wishing for Seven Sons and One Daughter [FL 302]
The traditional Azerbaijani wedding wish serves as the title to this film and appears to be just a flowery ritual formula. Yet the colorful ethnographic scenes reveal a tragedy that has lasted since time immemorial. In this patriarchal society, girls are unwanted and "useless". In the past, new-born girls were often simply killed; yet, since the development of ultrasound, women have been compelled to seek abortions. Such an attitude towards women occasionally results in terrible family tragedies, one of which shook Azerbaijan a few years ago. This film is part of the Gender Montage: Paradigms in Post Soviet Space film series made by The Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute - Russia and the Gender Policy Institute.
Dzhabbarov, Ali-Isa, Azerbaijan, 2002, /Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, VHS

Live Containers / Живые контейнеры [FL 304]
This report from a women's prison tells about a recent but already widespread calamity . Economic hardship and political chaos have led many Tajik women to become, out of sheer necessity, "live containers", smuggling heroin inside themselves. These women, who led ordinary lives yesterday, could not possibly be called criminals. The government recognizes this and occasionally amnesties those women who were caught with relatively "small" (by Tajik standards) amount of drugs. Yet, despite their sincere repentance and their joy at being liberated, there is no guarantee that life will not make them go down this terrible path again. This film is part of the Gender Montage: Paradigms in Post Soviet Space film series made by The Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute - Russia and the Gender Policy Institute.
Sharipov, Orzu, Tajikistan, 2002, Russian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, VHS

Power: Feminine Gender / Власть - женского рода [FL 306]
The authors of this film, which resembles a TV collage, assert that maternity is the natural form of social organization in Ukraine, as women traditionally play a major role in villages, local government, and business. Unfortunately, the political history of the second half of the nineties - especially, election campaigns - leads us to a sad conclusion: "female" political projects are used by the ruling class to fake a semblance of European-style democracy and only serve to banish women to the periphery of political life. This film is part of the Gender Montage: Paradigms in Post Soviet Space film series made by The Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute - Russia and the Gender Policy Institute.
Rudik, Nina, Ukraine, 2003, Ukrainian/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, VHS

Ravens / Crni gavrani [FL 309]
The story of Dušan Vuković, a father who decided to refuse the medal awarded to his dead son. Aleksandar Vuković was killed during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the Milošević regime decorated him for bravery. The father decided to return the medal for they consider their son’s death pointless. His grandfather, on the other hand, hails him as a hero and is proud of the grandson who died defending his country. Opposing views on heroism in a war-torn country.
Gvardiol, Zelimir, Yugoslavia, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Fractions - part 1, 2 / Törésvonalak, I-II [FL 311]
The film shows the transition period in Hungary during the early 90s. It starts with the mass redundancies in the Videoton factory in Székesfehérvár in 1989 and through the next several years follows the ups and downs of several of the sacked workers, their struggle to find new jobs and make a living during the economic crisis. Some of them are more successful than others.
Schiffer, Pál, Hungary, 1998, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 107 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pretty Dyana [FL 313]
An intimate look at Roma refugees in a Belgrade suburb who make a living by transforming Citroën's classic 2cv and Dyane cars into Mad Max-like recycling vehicles, which they use to collect cardboard, bottles and scrap metal These modern horses are much more efficient than the cart-pushing competition, but even more important -- they also mean freedom, hope and style for their crafty owners. Even the car batteries are used as power generators in order to get some light, watch TV and recharge cell-phones! Almost an alchemist's dream come true! But the police don't always find these strange vehicles funny…
Mitić, Boris, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 44 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

That Was GDR, part 1: I Was a Citizen of the GDR / Das war die DDR, Teil 1: Ich war Bürger der DDR [FL 314]
This television documentary series offers the most comprehensive visual account of the 40-year history of a separate East Germany. The series covers all the important cultural, economic and political developments, from the founding of the GDR to the popular upheavals that finally brought the Berlin Wall down. Part 1: In this simple phrase, "I was a citizen of the GDR," lie countless individual life stories. Former citizens of the German Democratic Republic tell of their personal feelings, experiences and attitudes toward the GDR as well as both material difficulties and the dominance of the State. They reflect on important, painful and contradictory historical events such as the uprising on the 17th of June 1953, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and the suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968. They also convey the sense of the hopes pinned on Mikhail Gorbachev's Perestroika. A historical collage in the form of stories told by East Germans both prominent and unknown.
Nickel, Gitta ; Schwarze, Wolfgang, Germany, 1993, German/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

That Was GDR, part 2: From Zone to State, From Economic Plan to Economic Collapse / Das war die DDR, Teil 2: Vom Plan zur Pleite [FL 315]
This television documentary series offers the most comprehensive visual account of the 40-year history of a separate East Germany. The series covers all the important cultural, economic and political developments, from the founding of the GDR to the popular upheavals that finally brought the Berlin Wall down. Former GDR citizens share their personal feelings, experiences and attitudes toward the government of the East and the material difficulties and dominance of the state. Part 2: This documentary considers the events leading up to the construction of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961 - the final division between the two German states. From Economic Plan to Economic Collapse follows the development of the GDR's planned economy from its beginnings to its failure. Having risen from the ruins, Germany was a trophy in the struggle between the new powers after two world wars. Here the focus is not only on major political events but also on the spirit of the times as reflected in images from film, photographs, posters, caricatures, pop-songs and speeches.
Nickel, Gitta ; Schwarze, Wolfgang, Germany, 1993, German/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

Red Chinese Battleplan [FL 318]
China 1900-1960. When this documentary was made in 1960 American anticommunism was strong. During the Korean War Chinese communist soldiers had fought and killed 50,000 Americans. This documentary does an excellent job of depicting the horrors of Chinese communism and its insidious dissemination by secret agents. It is a leading contender for the title of the most anti-communist film ever made about the Red Menace!
United States, 1960, English, 28 min, documentary film, VHS

The Eternal Jew / Der Ewige Jude [FL 319]
One of the most notorious of the Nazi propaganda films. Produced under the close supervision of Joseph Goebbels, it depicts the Jews of Poland as a less-than-human species, living like rats and endangering racial "purity" while also controlling world commerce. Offensive in every regard, the film's hateful lies may seem obvious to day, but this movie remains a terrifying record of how widely they became accepted.
Hippler, Fritz, Germany, 1940, German/Voice-over: English, 62 min, propaganda film, VHS

Night over China / Ночь над Китаем [FL 320]
This Soviet anti-China propaganda films is an extraordinary document from one of the Cold War's bitterest conflicts - between the Soviet Union and Communist China - this film spares no quarter in its indictment of Maoist evils and misrule, portraying the Maoists as the enemies of the Chinese people. Includes many remarkable sequences, drawn from Chinese, Polish, and Western as well as Soviet sources, illustrating the grandeur and folly of China's fallen Revolution. Notable scenes depict the early upheavals of rural land reform, the backyard steel furnace campaign of the Great Leap Forward; and the Cultural Revolution (including Mao's celebrated swim in the Yangtze River, surrounded by swimming phalanxes of banner-waving Red Guards).
Medvedkin, Alexander, Soviet Union, 1971, English, 59 min, documentary film, VHS

The Soviet Paradise / Das Sowjet Paradies [FL 321]
The German Army cameraman on the eastern front not only witnessed World War II's greatest land battles, but was also a first-hand observer of life in Russia after 20 years of Soviet rule. His films of conditions inside Stalin's state were skillfully arranged by Hitler's propagandists to present a bleak picture of the Soviet paradise. Its citizenry are represented as starving children, youthful gangs, cowed laborers and wretched peasants barely existing on dilapidated collective farms or in overcrowded city slums, or even homeless on the barren steppes. A deserted university and desecrated crypts of an abandoned church form dismal monuments to knowledge and faith forsaken. Although scarcely impartial, this Nazi film offers us a unique picture of the Russian interior, compiled by the only cameramen ever unrestrained by Soviet censors.
Albat, Friedrich, Germany, 1941, German/Subtitles: English, 14 min, propaganda film, VHS

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today [FL 322]
Produced from authentic motion picture material by the Documentary Film Unit, Information Services devision, office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.). This engrossing film depicts the Nuremberg trial of Third Reich leaders and recounts the crimes they were accused of. It was one of the first films about the trial, for it was originally made by the US Government in 1946 to be shown to Germans in Germany, and then appeared in this English-language version in 1949 on American television. Film footage and documents reveal the Nazi leaders' grab for power, German military invasions, and the horrors of German crimes against humanity and war crimes. The film makes extensive use of footage from "The Nazi Plan" and "Nazi Concentration Camps", evidentiary films that were presented at the Nuremberg trial.
Schulberg, Stuart, United States, 1946, English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mussolini Visits Hitler [FL 323]
When Benito Mussolini visited Adolf Hitler in September 1937, a million people jammed Berlin's Olympic Stadium and adjoining Mayfield to hear speeches and witness a spectacular military exercise. This original Nazi propaganda film also features scenes of Mussolini meeting with Nazi leaders in Munich, watching the German Army's field maneuvers, visiting Göring and reviewing military parades.
Germany, 1937, German/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The March to the Fuehrer / Der Marsch zum Führer [FL 324]
Marching boots were heard on German roads years before the Second World War, as each summer thousands of Hitler Youth traveled on foot from their home towns to Nuremberg to participate in the annual Nazi Party Congress. This Third Reich propaganda film tells of these columns as they march through the mountains, forests, fields and towns of Hitler's realm. Their pilgrimage climaxes by the colorful ceremonies of the Nuremberg Congress as they parade before their Führer and are addressed by Nazi youth leader Shirach, Rudolf Hess, and Hitler himself. Behind the splendid pageantry of this film and the remarkable discipline of its participants is revealed, as vividly as in any cinematic record in existence, the skill of the Nazi leaders in preparing Germany's youth, both physically and psychologically, for war.
Germany, 1940, German/Subtitles: English, 50 min, propaganda film, VHS

Interrogation of Enemy Airman [FL 326]
A classified USAF training film, based on actual cases, that re-creates psychological techniques used to extract information from captured prisoners, including interrogations in German, Italian and Japanese.
United States, 1943, English, 30 min, documentary film, VHS

The Reckoning [FL 328]
In 1996 the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague opened the hearings on Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić in the absence of the two accused. In spite of the many UN troops still stationed in Bosnia, to date neither Karadžić nor Mladić have been arrested and brought to trial for the war crimes they have committed. The film traces the story of the man whose name became synonymous with misguided Serb nationalism and who knew only too well how to incite the Serbs against the Muslim population. Included in the films are interviews with Karadžić's mother, his wife and old friends, which reveal various aspects of his contradictory character.
Sim, Kevin, United Kingdom, 1998, English, 95 min, documentary film, VHS

Hitler - A Film from Germany - part 1, 2 / Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland [FL 329]
This seven-hour long epic completes the "German Trilogy" of Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, which began with his meditation on the life of Ludwig II of Bavaria and continued with a biography of popular writer Karl May. In this film, he explores the factors in the German psyche which sought for and then deified a man like Hitler. Using absolutely no archival footage from the Nazi era, this highly symbolic and poetic film explores German culture and history. At times, Hitler is depicted as a toga-clad spirit, quoting Richard Wagner, and at times he appears in other guises — all of them critical to understanding his role in the German mind, and hence to understanding the phenomena which caused the German people to support him. The film uses transcripts from radio broadcasts made during the Nazi era to underscore the importance of radio in unifying the nation at that time. Hitler: Ein Film aus Deutschland was made to run in four segments on German, British and French television. The segments were titled "The Grail," "A German Dream," "The End of the Winter's Tale," and "We Children of Hell."
Syberberg, Hans-Jürgen, Germany, 1977, English, 210 min, fiction film, VHS

Hitler - A Film from Germany - part 3, 4 / Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland [FL 330]
This seven-hour long epic completes the "German Trilogy" of Hans-Jurgen Syberberg, which began with his meditation on the life of Ludwig II of Bavaria and continued with a biography of popular writer Karl May. In this film, he explores the factors in the German psyche which sought for and then deified a man like Hitler. Using absolutely no archival footage from the Nazi era, this highly symbolic and poetic film explores German culture and history. At times, Hitler is depicted as a toga-clad spirit, quoting Richard Wagner, and at times he appears in other guises — all of them critical to understanding his role in the German mind, and hence to understanding the phenomena which caused the German people to support him. The film uses transcripts from radio broadcasts made during the Nazi era to underscore the importance of radio in unifying the nation at that time. Hitler: Ein Film aus Deutschland was made to run in four segments on German, British and French television. The segments were titled "The Grail," "A German Dream," "The End of the Winter's Tale," and "We Children of Hell."
Syberberg, Hans-Jürgen, Germany, 1977, English, 210 min, fiction film, VHS

Mao, the Real Man / Az igazi Mao [FL 331]
This satirical Hungarian pseudo-documentary speculates upon the true identity of Chairman Mao. The fun begins as Jonathan W. Highstone, an art history professor at Michigan University, lectures upon Mao's early life. According to Highstone, Mao's older brother moved to Chicago in 1906 where he immediately began a life of crime. He soon adopted the nickname Wasp and became involved in mob wars. In 1935, as Mao was embroiled in the Long March in China, Wasp suddenly disappeared. Using amazing film clips, Professor Highstone compares the pre-march Mao to the post-march Mao two years later. The latter Mao appears remarkably robust and healthy after the ordeal. On the basis of the photographs, Highstone concludes that the man in the photographs after the Long March is not Mao at all, but his older brother. The real Mao died en route. Therefore, the man who became China's leader was, in fact, a petty gangster. This explains how the Red Chinese got hold of military equipment (the Italian Mafia arranged it).
Siklósi, Szilveszter, Hungary, 1995, English/Voice-over: Hungarian, 55 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Danube Exodus / Dunai exodus [FL 332]
This travelogue documents the Jewish exodus from Slovakia just before the beginning of World War II. In two boats, a group of nine hundred Slovak, Austrian Jews tried to reach the Black Sea on the Danube towards Palestine. The director used the amateur films of Nandor Andrasovits, the captain of one of the boats. We follow the passengers as they prayed, slept and even got married on the boat. (For all Péter Forgács documentaries see fonds HU OSA 320).
Forgács, Péter, Hungary, 1998, English/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Danube Exodus / Dunai exodus [FL 332]
This travelogue documents the Jewish exodus from Slovakia just before the beginning of World War II. In two boats, a group of nine hundred Slovak, Austrian Jews tried to reach the Black Sea on the Danube towards Palestine. The director used the amateur films of Nandor Andrasovits, the captain of one of the boats. We follow the passengers as they prayed, slept and even got married on the boat. (For all Péter Forgács documentaries see fonds HU OSA 320).
Forgács, Péter, Hungary, 1998, English/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Budapest Retro: Pictures from the 60's and 70's / Budapest retró: Életképek a 60-as, 70-es évekből [FL 333]
Archival footage of everyday life across two decades of recent Hungarian history.
Papp, Gábor Zsigmond, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Budapest Retro 2: Pictures from the 60's and 70's / Budapest retró 2: Életképek a 60-as, 70-es évekből [FL 334]
The film which contains only archival footage shows how people lived in Budapest for twenty years, in the 60s and the 70s. They reflect the imprint of the Kádár era in clothing, hairstyle and behavior. Cinema ads, commercials, short films as well as the shops and the streets, illustrate how people living in Budapest ate, dressed, and had fun. The film also induces a slight nostalgia while presenting famous relics such as the scooter Panni, the Modex coat, the Varia furniture or the simple black Twist sweater.
Papp, Gábor Zsigmond, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Promise and Unrest [FL 339]
Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi Barredo left the Philippines for work in Malaysia to support her parents and extended family before arriving in Ireland in 2000. Filmed over a five-year period "Promise and Unrest" is an intimate portrayal of a migrant woman performing caregiving and long-distance motherhood, while assuming the responsibility of sole provider for her family back in the Philippines. Dublin may be a long way from Noemi’s hometown of Babatngon, yet she retains a sharp eye on the welfare of her family, attentive to a range of small businesses she has financed, paying for the education of her daughter and son, medication for her terminally ill father and her sister’s nursing degree. The film captures the everyday intricacies of Noemi and Gracelle’s relationship, their reunion in Ireland and the beginnings of a domestic life together in the same country for the first time.
Grossman, Alan ; O’Brien, Áine, Ireland, 2010, Tagalog/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Thieves World / Блатной мир [FL 355]
A special prison for convicts with life sentences is located in the middle of the Russian taiga in a former monastery. The documentary is about the mental reality inside the prison. The three main characters have different ways of surviving. What they have in common is the fact that none of them will ever leave their prison island.
Hiltunen, Jouni, Finland, 2001, Russian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Devils Don't Dream! [FL 362]
A film about Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, elected President of Guatemala, overthrown and chased out of the country four years later by a CIA-orchestrated coup.
Hoessli, Andreas, Switzerland, 1995, German/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Man with a Movie Camera / Человек с киноаппаратом [FL 368]
Vertov’s 1929 film records the progression of one full day synthesizing footage shot in Moscow, Riga, and Kiev. The film begins with titles that declare it “an experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events without the aid of intertitles, without the aid of a scenario, without the aid of theater.” It is often described as an urban documentary yet the subject of the film is also the film itself –from the role of the cameraman to that of the editor to its projection in a theatre and the response of the audience. It is a film within a film made with a range of inventive effects –dissolves, split screen, slow motion, freeze frame–all of which are now embedded in digital editing software.
Vertov, Dziga, Soviet Union, 1929, Russian/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

North Korea, a Day in the Life / Noord Korea, Een Dag Uit Het Leven [FL 369]
A glimpse of a society that remains closed to outsiders. In this narration-less documentary the family of Hong Sun Hui, a female worker in a textile factory, takes us through an ordinary day in the capital of North Korea. The film shows the country as it wants to be seen by outsiders. And yet it reveals much more than that - the very spaces and situations unveil the working of a totalitarian machine where both official institutions and family histories are penetrated by adoration for the leader and mistrust of outsiders. The people are subjected to an endless stream of propaganda. Unmoved, they perform their duties. At nursery school, Hong's daughter learns that 'flowers need the sun and she needs the love of the Great Leader Kim Jong Il to grow'. The system of indoctrination, control and self-criticism seems both frightening and ridiculous. Although unexpected, escape may not be impossible: English lessons for Hong's brother seem to bring a spark of hope. But 'Internet' is still only a word: it means International Network! The tension between the surface and the depths is powerfully exemplified through attentive observation. There is a silence that can speak.
Fleury, Pieter, Netherlands, 2004, Korean/Subtitles: English, 48 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Bond / Naata [FL 369]
Mumbai is the city of contrasts: extreme richness and extreme poverty. It is a city of film stars and large slums. Two friends - Hindu Bhau Korde and Muslim Waqar Khan - live and work in a multi-ethnic neighbourhood of Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia. The making of a poster and an amateur film, initiated by the two friends, becomes an important step to unify the community and bring about ethnic amity. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians are played by children, each of them representing 'the other' religion. This work is part of other grass-roots programs for inter-religious amity. Yet Waqar and Bhau's work raises several uncomfortable questions for the filmmakers, so-called modern, middle-class, secular, urban beings. The meta-story of the film reflects on their own position of (im)partial observers/outsiders. By using abstract and anonymous everyday objects, standing in for detachment and reflection, the process of filmmaking itself becomes a subject of analysis.
Monteiro, Anjali ; Jayasankar, K. P., India, 2003, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Suburban Train / Электричка [FL 370]
Everyday situations and conversations between passengers on suburban trains around Moscow, recorded over a period of more than six months, provide an insight into contemporary Russian society, where modernity merges with traditional practices to form an open-ended story. All generations, lifestyles, and occupations are represented on suburban trains, a microcosm so close to - and yet so different from - life in the capital. The suburban train is at once an improvised market, a place to share a life story, to discuss politics, and to make friends. The camera, attentive and discreet, becomes a thoughtful passenger on this journey.
Yusupova, Mayram, Russia, 2003, Russian/Subtitles: English, 39 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Wait! / Жди! [FL 370]
7-year-old Masha is separated from her alcoholic parents and put in an orphanage. But not even the safe environment, the abundance of toys, and the kind personnel can replace the home that she still longs for and the parents she still loves. This deeply emotional film follows the first year of Masha and her sister until they find their new homes. An insight into the psychology of a child, this film is a lesson in love, patience, and responsibility.
Bosenko, Sergei, Russia, 2004, Russian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Klondike-a / Клондайка [FL 370]
The Russian Klondike brings great losses instead of great gains. The population of Alapaevsk, a town in the Urals, lives off a large dumping area, collecting and selling radioactive waste. For many this 'lively and warm' slum becomes a second home, and for some - a place to lose their lives. The story of a 12 year-old boy sounds like an absurdist comedy until we learn of the tragic cost.
Popov, Vladimir, Russia, 2002, Russian/Subtitles: English, 24 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Inheritors of Paradise / Наследники рая [FL 371]
An anthropological portrayal of the everyday life of a Roma community in a village on the Volga river, close to Kazan in Tatarstan, in the Russian Federation. Working days are succeeded by holidays and then by working days again: this attentive visual ‘diary’ refrains as much from reiterating traditional stereotypes as it does from imposing strong narratives on the flow of life. Strong ties bind the old and the young together in a single community.
Razbezhkina, Marina, Russia, 1997, Russian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Real Woman / Настоящая женщина [FL 371]
In a northern village in Russia lives a young woman who used to be a man. Rural life imposes strict social roles on the villagers, so what happens to people who do not comply with these expectations? Her father, once head of a collective farm, punished his son for wearing his mother's dress and shoes, and when her father died she felt a sense of relief. In school her classmates laughed at her, trying to understand if she was a boy or a girl. Local doctors could not help. One day she came across an article about sex-change operations and went for it. She was overjoyed to become a woman and thought all her difficulties were over, but the operation did not solve the problems of social adaptation. The decision to become a woman, which came so naturally to the protagonist, leads to isolation and mistrust from men and women alike. She longs for a harmonious family life, but will she be able to overcome the hostility of the environment?
Zhuravleva, Natalia, Russia, 2002, Russian/Subtitles: English, 18 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Garden / Gan [FL 373]
The Garden is a desolate section of Tel Aviv where young gay prostitutes and drug addicts gather. It's a territory for the dispossessed and for pickups, drug deals, and clashes with the law. The film follows a year in the life of two young men who have made the Garden their home: Nino, a 17-year-old Palestinian, in and out of jail and reformatories; and Dudu, an Arab-Israeli destroying himself through drug addiction. The filmmakers, ever mindful of the trust they have earned, create a powerfully honest film, affording Nino and Dudu the respect and dignity that are all too often denied them in their daily lives. Against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the unease and ridicule still directed toward homosexuals, the two friends depend on each other for security and love. A poignant film that does not try to numb the pain or reduce the loneliness, Garden is ultimately about longing and belonging, and the elusive meaning of home.
Shatz, Ruthie ; Barash, Adi, Israel, 2003, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Eternally Aliens / For Alltid Fremmed [FL 373]
Portraits of young people in Norway and France who live between two cultures. The Western culture of their homeland and their parents' Islamic cultural heritage both affect their lives. As a result, they feel homeless. In their homeland these young people are considered foreigners, but when visiting their roots they long for home. They feel eternally alien. The movie talks about life on the border-line between two cultures. What is it like to be an alien in one's own country? How does it feel to experience racism at the hands of one's fellow countrymen? And most important of all, how can one cope in spite of all the hatred that must be faced?
Al-Zouki, Hisham, Norway, 2003, Norwegian, French, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

On the Seven Seas / Auf Allen Meeren [FL 374]
The film traces the story of one of the mightiest Soviet warships and its crew after the break-up of the Soviet Union. The aircraft carrier 'Kiev,' once the pride of the Soviet navy, was decommissioned in 1994, and then set out on its last voyage, to become a tourist attraction in China. The director followed the 'Kiev' for more than five years, focusing on the changes in the lives of those who served aboard her since 1972. 'Kiev' has long since existed only in memory: a ghost ship, which sails on through the dreams of her former crew. Piecing together interviews with sailors, archive footage of the Kiev in action, and episodes from her final journey, down around Norway and Africa to her eventual resting-place, the film presents a multifaceted portrait of uneasy adaptations to the new realities.
Holzhausen, Johannes, Austria, 2001, Russian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Fit for the Streets / Utcaképes [FL 375]
The filmmakers follow one hundred homeless adults and children as they wander the streets of Budapest. What makes the authors' attitude remarkable is their ability to get close to controversial social phenomena: they search for general human values in the behavior and mentality of their chosen characters. All this depends not only on creating situations which seem to be spontaneous, but also on the filmmakers' empathetic, human approach. The film's circular structure - returning to events of certain families' life - reflects the hopeless stages which characterize this temporary way of life full of traps and specious solutions.
Elbert, Márta, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Power Trip [FL 376]
In an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity cut-offs and blackouts. AES Corp., the massive American "global power company," has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the ex-communist populace to understand that, in this new world, customers pay for their electricity. Meanwhile the Georgians, from pensioners to the Energy Minister himself, devise ever-more ingenious ways to get it free - including elaborately-rigged nests of hazardous wiring, blackmail, and bribery. Determined to restore order, the power company's employees fight back - going so far as to shut down an airline's power supply just before a plane lands.
Devlin, Paul, United States, 2003, English, Georgian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Power Trip [FL 376]
In an environment of pervasive corruption, assassination, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity cut-offs and blackouts. AES Corp., the massive American "global power company," has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the ex-communist populace to understand that, in this new world, customers pay for their electricity. Meanwhile the Georgians, from pensioners to the Energy Minister himself, devise ever-more ingenious ways to get it free - including elaborately-rigged nests of hazardous wiring, blackmail, and bribery. Determined to restore order, the power company's employees fight back - going so far as to shut down an airline's power supply just before a plane lands.
Devlin, Paul, United States, 2003, English, Georgian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Life to Live / Życie Przed Tobą [FL 376]
Can we see the world of the blind? This film is a perceptive portrayal of blind children, for whom touch, sound, smell, and taste comprise a plentiful universe. Playing, dreaming, talking about their future, the children who cannot see with their eyes learn to sharpen their senses. They face many challenges in a world that is hostile to people who are not like us, the viewers. Using images to tell the stories of hearing, smelling, touching, the film shows how the perception-gap can be bridged with love and care.
Adamek, Maciej, Poland, 2003, Polish/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Daughter from Yan'an / Enan no musume [FL 377]
A Chinese woman's search for her real parents, members of the Red Guard who abandoned her shortly after she was born. Haixia has spent her entire life in Yan'an and she longs to know why she was abandoned. Through her single-minded quest for her parents, the viewer is offered an intimate glimpse of events which occurred in China in the mid-1960's, Mao inaugurated his Cultural Revolution, including the slogan "Young people will learn the roots of the revolution from peasant farmers." Haixia's parents were among sixteen million students to whom this slogan applied. The indisputable existence of the daughter of Yan'an forces the forsaken children of the revolution to confront the bitterness of the past - a period in which the smiling masses, resolutely looking forward to a splendid future, concealed the unbearable private suffering of so many individuals. An exceptionally personal view of the legacy of Cultural Revolution in China.
Ikeya, Kaoru, Japan, 2001, Japanese, Chinese/Subtitles: English, 120 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Last Peasants, Journeys [FL 378]
The Damian Family, once powerful under the communists, are now the poorest family in the village. Ion and Maria are desperate to leave to join his brother in Ireland or their sister-in-law in Paris. But life in Paris and Dublin is hardly a dream for the brother and sister in law. Their marriage is drifting apart as they both struggle to do much more than work and make money.
Macqueen, Angus, United Kingdom, 2003, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Last Peasants, Temptation [FL 378]
The Oprisc family have dominated the village for generations, through World Wars, occupation and communism. But ten years of "capitalism and democracy" is threatening everything they stand for. They own the water-driven threshing machine and take 10% of the villages corn. But their children do not want to take over the farm. The film tells the story of the collapse of a crumbling world, undermined by the dream of a little known and barely understood world outside.
Macqueen, Angus, United Kingdom, 2003, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Last Peasants, A Good Wife [FL 379]
The episode follows the fortunes of two families - one which decided to stay in the village, the other which split, the wife going to Paris while the husband was left behind. "A Good Wife" is about change and how the immigrants to the West are returning and transforming their homes.
Macqueen, Angus, United Kingdom, 2003, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Ladies / Zananeh [FL 380]
The ladies' room in the center of Tehran becomes a meeting point for prostitutes, drug addicts and runaways, women who reject conventional roles but seek mental comfort. The old woman who runs the place is a support figure for many younger women who are in need of advice, consolation, or just someone to share a joke with. Many intimacies are exchanged, many sad and tragic stories confessed. Nonetheless, the tone of the film is a playful one. The women smoke, gossip about their husbands, drink tea together and sing songs. The rest room becomes a shelter where the women can enjoy a little freedom. Everybody finds sympathetic listeners in this unusual place, a washroom, where they are unveiled, both physically and mentally.
Afzali, Mahnaz, Iran, 2003, Persian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer [FL 381]
This moving and tragic story of Aileen Wuornos, America's first woman serial killer, is a powerful indictment against capital punishment and the execution of the mentally insane. In 1992, acclaimed UK filmmaker Nick Broomfield made "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of A Serial Killer," which revealed how Aileen's mother, her lawyer, and the Florida state police tried to sell her sensationalized story to the highest bidder. Amidst the frenzy of greed, Aileen emerges as the most sincere person in the film. Twelve years later, Broomfield was summoned to Aileen's final appeal before execution, and his earlier film was shown as evidence that she had not been given a fair trial. However, during the appeal, Aileen suddenly confesses that she committed the murders in cold blood and is ready to die (she later confides to Broomfield that she said this because she could no longer endure life on death row). Broomfield decides to probe deeper into Aileen's troubled life and reveals how her childhood of extreme abuse and neglect led her to become a runaway and teenage prostitute with severe drug problems. Broomfield's powerful film reveals the flaws in the US criminal justice system and the stark inhumanity of capital punishment, particularly of the mentally ill. Aileen Wuornos was executed by the state of Florida on October 9, 2002.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 2003, English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan [FL 383]
In March 2001, the ruling Taliban destroyed the tallest stone statues in the world, the 'Buddhas of Bamiyan'. This film, shot over the course of a year, focuses on one of the refugees who now live among the ruins: an 8-year-old boy called Mir. Through Summer, Winter and Spring we follow Mir's life - the scrapes, the fun and the naughtiness - against the magnificent backdrop of Bamiyan and its ruined statues. His playground is the rubble and tunnels of the destroyed Buddhas, the shelled and burnt-out town bazaar, the orchard of the local militia. Through his eyes we see the destruction of the town, the ever-present militarization and the wary welcome given to the Americans. As Mir grows, the adults around him reveal what life has been like over the past two decades, when hundreds of thousands of children like Mir have been killed. Meanwhile, Mir hasn't got a clue about history but he knows how to have fun.
Grabsky, Phil, United Kingdom, 2003, Dari/Subtitles: English, 96 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Disowned / Kitagadottak [FL 385]
The story of an extended (mostly Roma) family living in Northern Hungary, near the Slovak border. The starting-point of the family story is an old photo which suggests that they might have been of aristocratic origin. Following the different branches of the family tree, searching for ancestors together with the characters, the filmmakers interview family members leading different ways of life, as the family includes miners, musicians and farmers. This social and cultural 'in-betweenness' determines their life: where do they belong, with whom they can identify, what family stories will they pass on to the next generations?
Kőszegi, Edit ; Szuhay, Péter, Hungary, 2000, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beauty of the Fatherland / Isamaa Ilu [FL 386]
The film focuses on two protagonists whose views seem at first to embody opposing values and viewpoints: ex-Miss Estonia Tiina Jantson runs beauty contests, while Anne Eenpalu promotes traditional family values as leader of the Girl Scout troupe known as Home Daughters. Each has her own history: Tiina was a supermodel in the Soviet Union, Anne is a granddaughter of Kaarel Eenpalu, one of the presidents of the pre-war Republic of Estonia. Yet the main characters have more in common than might first appear. They are brought together by their very conservative notion about the role of women in society. Both claim to help the talents of young girls unfold, both project their own ideas and desires on them.
Kilmi, Jaak ; Maimik, Andres, Estonia, 2001, Estonian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

This Is the Track / To Ta Trať [FL 387]
Memories of Roma men who were interned in labor camps in Slovakia during WWII. Of approximately 1,350 Roma who were forced to build a strategic railroad in eastern Slovakia, only seven are alive today. The film not only collects their testimonies but also shows rare footage from 1942, when Slovak president Josef Tiso visited the construction site. The film compares the wartime experience of the Roma with the reality they face today. Neither the landscape, nor the buildings, nor the railroad have changed in 60 years. And what about the people?
Korec, Pavol, Slovakia, 2002, Slovak/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Schizophrenia / Schizofrenia [FL 388]
You can lock people up in prison, or send them to the Gulag. Their body can be tortured. But what about their mind and soul, which somehow cannot be convinced that life in the Soviet Union is the epitome of happiness? You don't like the system? You are crazy! You have a serious disorder called 'sluggish schizophrenia'. Luckily it can be cured by means of the methods developed by the most distinguished Soviet psychiatrists. It is enough to lock you up in the psychiatric hospital and treat intensively for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years. You will suffer, you will feel how the soul separates from the body, forsake all hope and faith, beg for death but finally recover. The film shows the people who came to the hospital for political reasons. Their shocking narratives are juxtaposed with statements by doctors who were fully committed to the treatment of 'sluggish schizophrenia' and who are still absolutely convinced that such a disease exists.
Zelakeviciute, Vita, Poland, 2001, Russian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Parno Grast: Holidays and Weekdays / Parno Graszt:Ünnepek és Hétköznapok [FL 389]
The documentary introduces "Parno Grast," playing authentic gypsy music from the village of Paszab. The band is really one big family in the literal sense of the word, with members ranging from 15 to 70. The band has been touring the world for years, receiving much publicity and success through their concerts. In their homeland, Hungary's Szabolcs county, they still have to face unemployment and ethnic prejudice which are hard to escape. We follow them through their everyday lives, and see them at Easter and at the Mayday feast, experiencing their joys and sorrows. May 1, 2004 was the date of Hungary's accession to the European Union. Sándor Silló's film records, with an unmistakable touch of irony, how the inhabitants of the small village celebrate this important event. Will their living conditions change once Hungary belongs to the EU?
Silló, Sándor, Hungary, 2004, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Don't Worry, It Will Probably Pass / Du Ska Nog Se Att Det Gar Över [FL 390]
Even in such a liberal environment as Sweden, coming out in public about one's sexual orientation is not an easy step. Especially when a person comes from a small town, where any noticeable difference is taboo for the local people. The director of the film, who lived through the same situation, in an effort to achieve complete sincerity, decided to give small digital cameras to the girls and let them document themselves. The result is a colorful story enriched by varied music, where changing moods correspond to the maturing process of the main protagonists.
Neant-Falk, Cecilia, Sweden, 2003, Swedish/Subtitles: English, 74 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Kingdom of Silence / Csendország [FL 391]
The young deaf-mute boy who lives in a small village in Gyimes (Transylvania) receives a camera from his parents. What does the experience of "light-writing" mean to a hearing-impaired child? What traces does the rediscovery of the usual material and natural environment, capturing experiences, leave on the development of Alfi's personality? What perspectives does this new form of communication open for a disabled boy? Róbert Lakatos's attitude is empathic and sensitive enough to help us to find answers to these questions, using his film as a mirror. Although the filmmaker never actually appears in the film, the friendship between him and his protagonist gives the basic tone of the film.
Lakatos, Róbert, Hungary, 2001, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 37 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Wild East - Portrait of an Urban Nomad / The Wild East - Portrat Af En Storbynomade [FL 392]
The streets of Ulan Bator, the coldest capital in the world, are thronged by young men buying cheap and selling dear. Zhenya and Sasha are two of them. They face particularly bleak times when the temperature drops to 45 degrees below zero. Zhenya tries to rustle up enough to keep the wolf from his tiny family’s door, while he dreams of a better life in a society undergoing a complete transformation after the collapse of communism. Armed with their phones, Zhenya and Sasha take us on their familiar route through Ulan Bator, visiting friends, the temple and the market. Ulan Bator is a kaleidoscopic snapshot where the concrete housing blocks which the Russians built are now surrounded by cities of tents, and the car parks are packed with everything from the hottest new Japanese cars to clapped-out Russian wrecks with cracked windscreens operating as taxis.
Haslund-Christensen, Michael, Denmark, 2002, Russian, English, Mongolian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Wild East - Portrait of an Urban Nomad / The Wild East - Portrat Af En Storbynomade [FL 392]
The streets of Ulan Bator, the coldest capital in the world, are thronged by young men buying cheap and selling dear. Zhenya and Sasha are two of them. They face particularly bleak times when the temperature drops to 45 degrees below zero. Zhenya tries to rustle up enough to keep the wolf from his tiny family’s door, while he dreams of a better life in a society undergoing a complete transformation after the collapse of communism. Armed with their phones, Zhenya and Sasha take us on their familiar route through Ulan Bator, visiting friends, the temple and the market. Ulan Bator is a kaleidoscopic snapshot where the concrete housing blocks which the Russians built are now surrounded by cities of tents, and the car parks are packed with everything from the hottest new Japanese cars to clapped-out Russian wrecks with cracked windscreens operating as taxis.
Haslund-Christensen, Michael, Denmark, 2002, Russian, English, Mongolian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Born Dead: Children on the Edge of Survival / Néma Bölcsők: Gyermekek a túlélés szélén [FL 393]
Every 5 seconds a child dies because of poverty. About 25,000 children die every from hunger, malnutrition, AIDS, malaria, lack of access to public health care, lack of access to safe water, overpopulation and armed conflict. This film looks at child mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Uganda where poverty, hunger and malnutrition are ever present. Locals talk about the problems they face, the solutions they see and the help they need.
Al Ghaoui, Hesna ; Werner, Hoffmann ; Frida, Balázs, Hungary, 2009, English/Subtitles: English, Hungarian, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Born Dead: Children on the Edge of Survival / Néma Bölcsők: Gyermekek a túlélés szélén [FL 393]
Every 5 seconds a child dies because of poverty. About 25,000 children die every from hunger, malnutrition, AIDS, malaria, lack of access to public health care, lack of access to safe water, overpopulation and armed conflict. This film looks at child mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Uganda where poverty, hunger and malnutrition are ever present. Locals talk about the problems they face, the solutions they see and the help they need.
Al Ghaoui, Hesna ; Werner, Hoffmann ; Frida, Balázs, Hungary, 2009, English/Subtitles: English, Hungarian, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

True Romance / Tiszta románc [FL 394]
A day in the life of a couple living on the streets as junkies. Balázs was born in Beijing, grew up in Moscow and came to Budapest during the transition. His girlfriend has been living with Balázs for the past two years, following him through everything.
Surányi, Judit, Hungary, 2002, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gateway of the Gypsies [FL 395]
Two American filmmakers follow the wanderings of a nomadic ethnic group in Northern India, in Rajasthan, in the Thar Desert. A series of short interviews, with minimal narration, carries the viewer through the life of communities which travel from village to village as their living space is narrowed down as a consequence of advancing modernity. The film presents the traditional activities of different tribes: the snakecharmers, storytellers, musicians, metalworkers, salt traders and dancers.
Ozan, Pepe ; Tchaicovsky, Melitta, United States, 2004, English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Infidels / Koffar [FL 396]
The Godars are nomadic Gypsies who migrated from India to Iran. Nobody knows exactly when, but it is said that in the fifth century, in order to entertain his subjects, King Bahram Djour ordered two thousand Indian musicians to be dispatched to Iran. Among them were dancers, performers, musicians and prostitutes. This tribe speaks Chuleh, which is a combination of Sanskrit, Mazandarani, and Farsi. Their original Animist religion was based on the belief that natural objects and phenomena possess lives and souls. During the Islamic Revolution, they were forced to convert to Islam, but they are still outcasts and considered infidels. The film portrays the four ways which the Godars make their living: dancing, acting, hunting and music.
Kiarostami, Bahman, Iran, 2003, Persian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Life of an Agent / Az ügynök élete [FL 397]
Hundreds of propaganda and instructional films as well as short and full-length features were produced by the Film Studio of the Ministry of Interior between 1958 and 1988. The films sought to teach the secret police about the best ways to protect the socialist state. Topics included the clandestine house-search, the operative shadowing of select targets, the installation of tapping devices, and the organization of agents and denouncers. The plain and straightforward narration of the films is slightly out of step with their serious patriotic aims, and modern viewers will be astonished by the amount of money, time and energy devoted to a form of ideological education which was both complex and expensive. This selection neatly illustrates how the coercive organization of Kádár's dictatorship worked, and what major motives lay behind it.
Papp, Gábor Zsigmond, Hungary, 2004, Hungarian, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Free Europe / Szabad Európa [FL 414]
Television documentary about 'Crusade for Freedom' and 'Radio Free Europe', 'Radio Liberty'. Contemporary American and Eastern European archival footage is used. Images of revolutions in Berlin (1953), Budapest (1956) and Prague (1968) are used. Former RFE/RL directors, editors, journalists and political advisors are interviewed. The interviewees are: Ralph Walter, Paul Henze, James McCargar, Cord Meyer, William Griffith, István Deák and Ross Johnson.
Kardos, Csaba ; Ledniczky, Márton, Hungary, 1999, English/Voice-over: Hungarian, 49 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Nazi Concentration Camps (aka The Death Camps) [FL 415]
This is an official film record of Nazi death camps as photographed by Allied forces advancing into Germany. Although by then the fires in the Third Reich's crematoria had been reduced to smoldering ash, the remaining evidence was so unspeakably horrible that were it not for this film the mind would refuse it. We are made witness to the half-dead prisoners, victims of "medical" experiments, gas chambers, and open mass graves of the camps whose very names have become synonymous with human suffering and degregation. Every frame of the Nazi Concentration Camps is irrefutable testimony to a lesson the world must never be permitted to forget.
United States, 1945, English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

T'an Bakhtale!: "Good Fortune!" [Roma in Russia] / T'an Bakhtale [FL 425]
Alaina Lemon's documentary on Roma in post-Soviet Russia focuses on those Roma affiliated with the Roma theatre in Moscow. The film looks at perceptions (both positive and negative) of Roma in Soviet/Russian popular discourse, interviewing both Romani artists, actors and public figures and ordinary Russians in Moscow and across the country.
Lemon, Alaina, United States, 1994, Russian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Jihad for Love [FL 430]
A documentary filmed over five-and-a-half years, in 12 countries and in nine languages. “A Jihad for Love” by gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma chronicles his journey as he travels the world to various Muslim communities to interview subjects who identify themselves as gay and lesbian.
Sharma, Parvez, United States, 2007, Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Punjabi/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Jihad for Love [FL 430]
A documentary filmed over five-and-a-half years, in 12 countries and in nine languages. “A Jihad for Love” by gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma chronicles his journey as he travels the world to various Muslim communities to interview subjects who identify themselves as gay and lesbian.
Sharma, Parvez, United States, 2007, Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Punjabi/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Suspino: A Cry for Roma [FL 435]
The film focuses on the discrimination against Roma minority mainly in Romania and Italy. Among the addressed cases is a Romanian mayor's attempt to move local Roma into an abandoned chicken farm, encircled with barbed wire and patrolled by guards with dogs. A Roma family gathers in a Transylvanian graveyard to mourn the death of 3 brothers murdered in an earlier pogrom that also saw the destruction of 21 of their houses. In a squalid trailer camp ten kilometers from Vatican City, a young Roma couple that fled persecution in Romania is trying to build a new life. Instead they end up begging to feed their children. Their nightmare worsens when the mayor of Rome decides to bulldoze the camp to the ground. Activists of Roma rights give interviews on the problems of human rights violation against Roma and roots of the discrimination.
Kovanic, Gillian Darling, Canada, 2003, English, 1 min, documentary film, VHS

The Gypsies from Svinia [FL 435]
A few hundred metres from the "white" part of Svinia, an eastern Slovak village, there is a "black ghetto". Half of the village's 12,000 population, the "blacks" or Roma, live there on a drained swamp in crumbling concrete blocks and huts made of sticks and mud. They drink dirty water and go to the bathroom in bushes. Naked children eat from bowls on the floor; flies cling to the faces of sleeping babies. Teenage girls nurse infants while smoking cigarettes. The film centres on Canadian anthropologist David Scheffel, who started a project in 1993 to help the Roma in Svinia become more self-sufficient by building their own houses. It argues that Slovakia's transition from communism to democracy has pushed Roma there to the margins of society. Mostly unemployed and living off welfare, they often steal from the homes and harvests of their white neighbours, causing a cycle of increasing tension in the community.
Paskievich, John, Canada, 1998, English, English/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, VHS

The Gypsies from Svinia [FL 435]
A few hundred metres from the "white" part of Svinia, an eastern Slovak village, there is a "black ghetto". Half of the village's 12,000 population, the "blacks" or Roma, live there on a drained swamp in crumbling concrete blocks and huts made of sticks and mud. They drink dirty water and go to the bathroom in bushes. Naked children eat from bowls on the floor; flies cling to the faces of sleeping babies. Teenage girls nurse infants while smoking cigarettes. The film centres on Canadian anthropologist David Scheffel, who started a project in 1993 to help the Roma in Svinia become more self-sufficient by building their own houses. It argues that Slovakia's transition from communism to democracy has pushed Roma there to the margins of society. Mostly unemployed and living off welfare, they often steal from the homes and harvests of their white neighbours, causing a cycle of increasing tension in the community.
Paskievich, John, Canada, 1998, English, English/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, VHS

The Gypsies from Svinia [FL 435]
A few hundred metres from the "white" part of Svinia, an eastern Slovak village, there is a "black ghetto". Half of the village's 12,000 population, the "blacks" or Roma, live there on a drained swamp in crumbling concrete blocks and huts made of sticks and mud. They drink dirty water and go to the bathroom in bushes. Naked children eat from bowls on the floor; flies cling to the faces of sleeping babies. Teenage girls nurse infants while smoking cigarettes. The film centres on Canadian anthropologist David Scheffel, who started a project in 1993 to help the Roma in Svinia become more self-sufficient by building their own houses. It argues that Slovakia's transition from communism to democracy has pushed Roma there to the margins of society. Mostly unemployed and living off welfare, they often steal from the homes and harvests of their white neighbours, causing a cycle of increasing tension in the community.
Paskievich, John, Canada, 1998, English, English/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, VHS

Mistery Occupation / Оккупация. Мистерии [FL 437]
Military drama set in 1942 in Byelorussia. Three intertwined stories about people who made mistakes which could not be repaired. A young peasant Adam, who wants nothing but household happiness, is forced to decide on lives of the others. A mute woman loses her child and tries to save a wounded Nazi instead. A young boy wants to find his father and instead scathes his mother.
Kudinenko, Andrei, Belarus, 2003, Belarusian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hungarian Wanderer / Magyar Vándor [FL 445]
The seven leaders of the Hungarian tribes lose their people and search for them through the course of history.
Herendi, Gábor, Hungary, 2004, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The American Civil Liberties Union: A History [FL 447]
For 80 years, one legal organization has supported the rights of the individual against the majority and the government, igniting rage in conservatives and liberals alike, That organization is the ACLU. The film, with commentary from Oliver North, Dave Barry, and Nobly Ivies, traces the tumultuous history of that organization from its inception by founder Roger Baldwin, through dozens of legal challenges over the past century, including the Scopes trial, the 1930s labor strikes, Japanese internment, the HUAC hearings and blacklisting, the Vietnam war crimes trials, the American Nazi Party's bid to march in Skokie, Illinois, and others.
Hott, Lawrence ; Garey, Diane, United States, 1997, English, 57 min, fiction film, VHS

Deserter / Дезертир [FL 448]
A young soldier drafted to serve in Chechnia deserts from the army. He shares his army experiences in front of the camera, still living in illegality and hoping for a pardon.
Bosenko, Sergei, Russia, 2001, Russian/Subtitles: English, 31 min, documentary film, VHS

Chechen Gambit / Чеченский гамбит [FL 450]
Reflexions on the first round of war in Chechnia. Contains extracts from interviews with soldiers and civilan population, bringing out the economic interests behind the war. The film also contains the images of destroyed towns in Chechnia and scenes of life of the soldiers drafted to serve in the army there.
Bosenko, Sergei, Russia, 2001, Russian/Subtitles: English, 39 min, documentary film, VHS

Balkan Expres 2 / Balkan Ekspres 2 [FL 456]
A sequel to the 1983 original continues following a group of musicians gathered in a band called “Balkan Express”, in fact a quintet of small-time crooks. After, by chance, they became helpers of Yugoslav partisans at the beginning of the Second World War, they now have to lie low for a while. The majority of the band escapes to another part of the country to the bordello “Marlene Salon,” with the Gestapo on their trail. Instead of peace and rest, they get involved in new complications as a series of agents try to recruit them for some kind of espionage. After a series of situations, all the original band members are finally together again and they plan a great closing scam. Their plan typically goes wrong, but in the finishing bloody showdown they manage to escape, under fire from the Gestapo, and fly off in a plane. The only problem is that their pilot actually does not know how to fly a plane.
Đorđević, Aleksandar ; Antonijević, Predrag, Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 108 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

How I Was Systematically Destroyed by an Idiot / Kako sam sistematski uništen od idiota [FL 458]
The death of Che Guevara shocked Babi Papuška, a homeless idealist from the social margins of Belgrade who still believes in a better world. After he gets disappointed in his “ideal love” Rita and in the authorities who deny him the status of disabled worker, he throws himself in front of the car, but only breaks a leg. Time spent in hospital intensifies his paranoia about having cancer and in an attempt to “save his life” he leaves for a local health resort where he spreads Marxist propaganda, until the lack of money and acceptance make him return to Belgrade. He meets Rita again and they leave for Babi’s home village where he tries to finish his life-long autobiographical work, which has the same title as the film. After an unsuccessful attempt to claim his father’s inheritance he escapes to Belgrade, getting there just in time for the 1968 student protest. Seeing in it “the revolution” he was always waiting for, Babi wants to join in, but turns out to be too radical for the student leaders. When the police arrive to arrest him, Babi commits suicide with his farewell lines ready.
Šijan, Slobodan, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Petria’s Wreath / Petrijin Vijenac [FL 469]
The film takes place in a small mining town in Serbia and focuses on an illiterate village woman, Petrija, whose life story is interconnected with the fates of the three men she loved. With the help of the photographs she collected through the years she remembers her youth, starting with her first husband, a well-off farmer whom she married just before the Second World War. After the death of their second child he sent her away believing that she brought bad luck. With the end of the war, Petrija started a new life, working in the local inn, whose owner, good-hearted Ljubiša, took care of her. Petrija felt respect for him rather than passionate love and it was a regular customer miner Misa, who won Petrija’s heart. They led a simple and harmonious life for several years until Misa had an accident in the mine which left him lame. He started drinking heavily and eventually ended up in the hospital and died. The mine and the local train station were soon closed, but Petrija keeps her hope and faith in life, occasionally talking to Misa’s ghost and calmly waiting for her time to “go.”
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1980, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 99 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Harms Case / Slučaj Harms [FL 471]
The film is based on the life and writing of Russian avant-garde poet of the 1920s Danilo Ivanovič Harms who has become a cult figure in Yugoslavia. Harms wrote about strange and absurd cases, only to became a “case” himself when he was persecuted by the Soviet authorities. The film describes a possible, but bizarre scenario of his last days in 1942. After the authorities have questioned him about his fictional literal characters and their whereabouts he is finally released. As he enters his flat he realizes that events he has been dreaming and writing about have suddenly become real. Namely, an angel looking for a beam, one of the “cases” he described, comes to him asking for help. Harms spends some time with him and his friends Irina and Zablocki wandering through a town full of surreal events and pictures. When one night he dreams about being executed by a firing squad, he is frightened that the dream will also come true. (He is not wrong.)
Pešić, Slobodan D., Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 93 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Strange Country / Neka čudna zemlja [FL 472]
In this poetic art film with surreal scenery and no real time lines, a father, who died far away, asked that his son bury him in his native “Southern land.” He described this land as one of brave and honest people and with a tragic but heroic history. After twenty years of wandering the world, he finally arrives in an archaic country where his father’s language is spoken, but everything else seems absurd and unbelievable and quite different from his father’s story. He can only see greedy politicians with ludicrous laws and scared and inert peasants. Only a few individuals bear any resemblance to his father’s tales, amongst them a crazy pilot who claims he can fly his primitive plane by the strength of his faith. The son finally decides that this cannot be his father’s land and flies off in the pilot’s plane, landing in what is apparently the same country, maybe more modern and a few centuries later.
Marinković, Dragan, Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Last Oasis / Posljednja oaza [FL 473]
A pristine valley along the Danube River in the former Yugoslavia is the site of this wildlife documentary. As the wide variety of animals go through their daily existence - hunting for food and procreating - the narrator tells the cyclical story of life and death in the natural world.
Lalović, Petar, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 86 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zika’s Dynasty – part 1 / Žikina dinastija 1 [FL 474]
Zika’s Dynasty follows the new adventures of characters already familiar from the “Foolish years” film series of popular Yugoslav folksy blockbuster comedies of the 1980s. Deeply influenced by the popular soap opera “Dynasty” and its homosexual character Steven Carrington, two grandfathers, Milan and Žika, begin to worry that their grandson Miša, the pillar of the “dynasty”, will develop similar undesirable (homo)sexual behavior. The grandfathers are particularly troubled by Miša’s constant violin practice and lack of apparent interest in women. They firmly decide to keep an eye on any possible signs of his “going astray” and desperately try to set him up with a number of girls. The movie became an even bigger blockbuster than its predecessors, initiating a series of its own.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zika’s Dynasty – part 2 / Druga Žikina dinastija aka Žikina dinastija 2 [FL 475]
The second sequel to “Zika’s dynasty” continues where the first part stopped. The major difference now is that the generational misunderstanding acquires different flavour as Žika’s and Milan’s grandson Miša finally discovers all the delights of sex. All of a sudden, he finds himself surrounded by women, from secretaries having their coffee breaks in his company to idle neighbouring housewives unsatisfied with their domestic sex life. To prove himself “a real man,” Miša needs an empty apartment and at first his granddad Žika generously lets him borrow his. But this novel activity utterly occupies Miša’s attention and he forgets about both his violin and his girlfriend. Fearing for his spiritual health, especially since they already had had one sexual maniac in the family, the two granddads try to cure him of his new “addiction.” Zika’s Dynasty, Part Two again managed to become a blockbuster, relying heavily on a mixture of cheap jokes and plentiful nudity, thus serving as a prime example of late communist Yugoslav mass culture.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1986, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zika’s Dynasty – part 3 / Žikina dinastija 3 aka Sulude godine [FL 476]
The final sequel of “Zika’s dynasty” shifts its focus from Misha’s sexual education to the adventures of his two grandfathers Milan and Žika, already familiar from the first two sequels. After a car accident, the grandfathers are injured and admitted to hospital. The hospital is already crammed and in disorder, with additional chaos being caused by the fact that it is under compulsory management. Using the disarray to their advantage and in order to avoid the responsibility for the accident, Milan and Žika decide that it would be the best to act as if they were insane. When it turns out that the hospital manager is actually a fake doctor, in reality a madman, total chaos starts. The third part of this folksy Yugoslav blockbuster comedy series of the late 1980s is again characterized by the same typical cheap humour, though this time accompanied with less nudity.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 83 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

National Class Category Up to 750 ccm / Nacionalna klasa do 750 cmm3 [FL 479]
Directed by one of the members of the so-called Prague school of Yugoslav film directors, this urban drama with lots of sad humor is situated in Belgrade of the late 1970s. The main character Floyd, a race driver in the “national class,” lives with his parents in a Belgrade suburb. Driving in this lowest and least respected category does not satisfy Floyd’s ambitions anymore, but in order to advance to a higher class, he must win an important race. The problem is that he has just received his draft papers, and in order to postpone his service he tries for the nth time to enrol at the university, this time at the Film Academy. He also claims that he is not fit for service and persuades a guy suffering from bad kidneys, to take medical examinations instead of him. Floyd’s other problem is his “official” girlfriend, who is pregnant and expects him to marry her, while he would rather flirt with idle female students. Eventually, all of Floyd’s plans fail and he looses both the final race and his freedom.
Marković, Goran, Yugoslavia, 1979, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Black Cat, White Cat / Crna mačka, beli mačor [FL 483]
The film evolves around three generations of Gypsy men living along the banks of Danube, as they try to resolve their complex affairs. 80-year-olds, garbage dump gipsy “Godfather” Grga Pitić and cement dealer Zarije Destanov, have been friends for years. Zarije’s naïve son Matko comes to Grga asking for a loan for his robbery project. Unfortunately he is double-crossed by his partner, gangster Dadan, who now expects Matko’s son, Zare, to marry his miniature sister. However, Zare is in love with blonde Gipsy waitress Ida, and Dadan’s sister is also unhappy with the arrangement. Then Zarije’s sudden death seems to offer a way out for Zare, since no gypsy would have a wedding and a funeral on the same day. But Dadan delays the announcement by hiding Zarije, packed in ice, in the attic and the wedding gets underway. While guests celebrate, Dadan’s miniature sister flees her own wedding and on the run meets Grga Pitić’s son Grga Veliki and they fall in love with each other. Finally free, Zare embarks with Ida in a boat and sails down the Danube
Kusturica, Emir, Yugoslavia, 1998, /Subtitles: English, 124 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Labyrinth / Lavirint [FL 484]
This thriller, set in Old Downtown Belgrade during the 1990s, focuses around adventurer and gambler Pop, nicknamed after his late father who was a priest. After twenty years of life abroad he decides to break with his past and return to his home town, where he is warmly welcomed by his brother, the famous architect and his old friend Laki. Pop is tormented by the guilt over the death of his young mate whom he did not help when he could have and soon becomes an object of romantic struggle between a mysterious mother and her daughter. All of a sudden he finds himself in the midst of a mystery evolving around the ancient Arian sect that shook the foundations of Christianity during the III century AD. The sect used to have a stronghold near Belgrade, but apparently its secrets still haunt the town as the sect left indelible marks on the destinies of past and present generations. The action leads Pop to the unknown dungeons of Kalemegdan Fortress where, with the help of his brother, he finds out about the daughter he never thought he had.
Lekić, Miroslav, Yugoslavia, 2002, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Sky Hook / Nebeska udica [FL 485]
The film takes place during the NATO bombing of Belgrade in May 1999. The story focuses on a group of young people living in the same building in the Belgrade suburb. They are trying to continue to live as normally as possible with the bombing influencing many aspects of their lives – from family matters, love troubles to existential issues. One day Kaja, divorced ex-professional basketball player, comes up with the idea of re-building a local basketball court ruined by the NATO bombs. At first the suggestion is perceived as foolish, but soon all of the youngsters and even some elders including parents, seemingly uninterested viewers, local cigarette smuggler and a nearby hostile street gang are attracted by the idea. The new joint effort has a particularly positive impact on Kaja’s son, temporarily mute because of the explosions, who stays at Kaja’s place as his ex wife is busy getting the visa for the two of them to flee to Italy. The basketball courtyard is successfully reconstructed, only to be demolished again in the tragic end.
Samardžić, Ljubiša, Yugoslavia, 1999, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Bare Ground / Ledina [FL 486]
The film is set in the early autumn of 1995 in the outskirts of Belgrade where a family of musicians just moves in. Dragan, a cellist and a teacher in a music school is Serbian and his wife, a flute player is Croatian. The whole family finds it hard to adapt to the new environment. Nine-year-old son Petar can not make friends with other children, who tease him because he comes from a mixed marriage. The wife is frequently provoked by ethnically related comments and in fact, most of this noisy neighborhood, full of refugees from all over former Yugoslavia, is hostile to the newcomers, especially the crazy chairman of the building Ostoja and a trio of bitter idle middle aged women. In the atmosphere of constant distrust and rampant racism, any situation can inflame brutal responses. A tragic finale is set when Ostoja decides to cultivate a yard in front of the building. Driven to insanity by the local delinquents who constantly ruin his efforts, he loads his gun ready to kill the first intruder. Unfortunately, the victim happens to be little Peter and the marriage finally breaks up.
Samardžić, Ljubiša, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Natasha / Nataša [FL 487]
The main character of the film is seventeen year old Belgrade girl Nataša whose father, an honest police inspector, was assassinated under mysterious circumstances. A year later, at the time when Milošević’s system is approaching its end, Nataša begins her childish revenge on the mafia. Determined to find out the truth, she starts sending threatening text messages to random phone numbers that she finds in her father’s notebook. Her victims include local criminals as well as high ranking state officials deeply involved with the mafia. Meanwhile she falls in love with married book salesman Marko. Although his wife is in the middle of getting the necessary documents for the two of them to leave the country, Marko delays the process since he has fallen deeply in love with the teenage girl. Eccentric Nataša fails to notice that her foolish game has grown out of proportion and turned into a deadly adventure as the mafia does not let her get away easily, while Marko’s marriage eventually falls apart.
Samardžić, Ljubiša, Yugoslavia, 2001, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Zona Zamfirova – aka Zamfir's Zona / Zona Zamfirova [FL 488]
The film is based on a novel by Serbian realist writer Stevan Sremac and depicts the atmosphere of the southern Serbian town Niš in the 19th century, in freshly liberated Serbia, not long after the end of Turkish rule. In the centre of the film there is a love story between two young people, whose love is not possible because of many differences. Coming from the richest family in the town, Zona, daughter of local chorbadzija, cannot marry ambitious goldsmith Mane, who has to make cunning plans in order to cross these social barriers and ensuing family disputes and reach happiness. The story is an adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet tale, except for its light and amusing tone and the happy end as the couple eventually get together. The dialect used throughout the film, characterized by old phrases and expressions from Turkish and Macedonian, cannot easily be understood even in the modern environment. Still Zona Zamfirova became the most popular contemporary movie in Serbia.
Šotra, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 2002, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

It Isn’t Easy to Get Along with Men / Nije lako s muškarcima [FL 491]
The movie evolves around the life of a divorced mother and her three teenaged daughters. The mother has a hard time in balancing the roles of working woman and good parent, while keeping a good relationship with her ex-husband. The introduction finds her delighted as for the first time in years she plans to go alone on a summer holidays to the sea, since her daughters have other plans. But their plans change and she ends up leaving for the seaside together with all of her daughters. The vacation does not get much better as they are forced to stay in the auto-camp, and the news arrives that her ex-husband is getting married again. When it seems that her vacation has hit rock bottom, she meets a handsome divorced doctor and they fall in love. Not accustomed to having a man beside her, she finds it hard to break the news to her daughters, especially as the oldest one has also fallen in love with the same person. New problems emerge with the arrival of a rich American who hits on her, but eventually, everything ends happily and the mother marries her doctor.
Vukobratović, Mihailo, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Throat Full of Strawberries (aka Caught In The Throat, Strawberries in the Throat) / Jagode u grlu [FL 492]
Director Srđan Karanović, a member of the so-called Prague school, returned once again to the characters he created for his legendary TV series and brought their lives up-to-date in this sequel which happens 15 years after the end of the final episode. Although fully understood only in the context of the whole series, a film functions equally well as a separate full-feature unit. The film begins with a sentimental meeting of the old friends who gather on a boat-restaurant where Bane Bumbar, his wife Biljka, and friends Goca, Uške and Boca celebrate the arrival of their friend Miki from abroad. Immediately, they start to remember their youth from the sixties, as well as recapitulating their past lives and boasting of new achievements, each trying to outdo the others. A peaceful reunion soon develops into a night of fierce discussions and the film quickly acquires the dark and depressiing tones of the last episodes of the series since it is obvious that most of their lives did not go the way they planned.
Karanović, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 84 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Underground – aka Once Upon a Time There Was a Country / Undergound aka Podzemlje aka Bila jednom jedna zemlja [FL 493]
Based on Dušan Kovačević’s story, the film focuses on two crooked communist activists –manipulative charmer Marko and his best friend, foolishly impulsive Crni. After the German invasion of Yugoslavia, the two friends jointly undertake some acts of resistance as well as some profitable business. They also share a passion for Natalija, an actress under the protection of a Nazi officer whom Crni quickly kills. In order to keep Natalija only for himself, Marko arranges a cunning scheme. Under pretence of protection, he keeps Crni and other memebers of the resistance locked into the basement of his house where they produce weapons. After the war is over, Marko, now a war hero and Tito’s associate, continues to give them fictitious reports of German victories in order to go on making a profit from the arms production. During an underground wedding, Crni and his son find their way up and although it is 1961, their belief in Nazi rule is reaffirmed as they find themselves on the set of a movie about the German occupation. In an allegorical if dubious final part, all of the main characters find themselves in Slavonia during the 1991 war in Yugoslavia.
Kusturica, Emir, Yugoslavia, 1995, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 163 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The War Game [FL 498]
Originally made for British television, this semi-documentary directed by Peter Watkins was never aired on television because it was considered too shocking and horribly realistic; instead after a delay it was released theatrically and won the Academy Award as best feature documentary of 1966. This film shows what could happen in Great Britain if it were under nuclear attack and the after-effects its survivors would suffer in a post-nuclear-war world.
Watkins, Peter, United Kingdom, 1965, English, 47 min, documentary film, VHS

The Private Film Collection of Eva Braun [FL 499]
Germany, 1936--1943. Home footage of life at Hitler's mountain refuge--the Berghof. Spectacular Alpine panoramas highlight scenes of Nazi leaders, foreign diplomats and local visitors, and Eva Braun herself. Views of Hitler in war and peacetime, chatting with children, conferring with subordinates, relaxing after victories and recovering after Stalingrad. A unique picture of the Führer's private life.
Germany, English/Voice-over: English, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

The Private Film Collection of Eva Braun [FL 499]
Germany, 1936--1943. Home footage of life at Hitler's mountain refuge--the Berghof. Spectacular Alpine panoramas highlight scenes of Nazi leaders, foreign diplomats and local visitors, and Eva Braun herself. Views of Hitler in war and peacetime, chatting with children, conferring with subordinates, relaxing after victories and recovering after Stalingrad. A unique picture of the Führer's private life.
Germany, English/Voice-over: English, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

Chernobyl Heart [FL 502]
On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history occurred when a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, releasing 90 times the radioactivity of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sixteen years later, award-winning filmmaker Maryann De Leo took her camera to ground zero, following the devastating trail radiation leaves behind in hospitals, orphanages, mental asylums and evacuated villages. Following Adi Roche, founder of Ireland's Chernobyl Children's Project, CHERNOBYL HEART opens in the exclusion zone, the most radioactive environment on earth. From there, Roche travels to Belarus, home to many of the children she seeks to aid. The film reveals those hardest hit by radiation, including thyroid cancer patients and children suffering from unfathomable congenital birth and heart defects. Despite the fact that 99% of Belarus is contaminated with radioactive material, many people refuse to leave their homes behind. Asked why he would not move, the father of a radiation victim replies, "To leave the motherland where you were born and raised, where your soul is connected to the earth - I would not want to. To move to a new place is difficult, especially in terms of a job in Belarus and abroad."
Leo, Maryann de, United States, 2004, Russian/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Belovs / Беловы [FL 514]
In a Russian village lives twice widowed Anna Fedorovna Belova with her alcoholic brother Michail Fedorovich who philosophies about social and political matters, regularly gets drunk, and time to time threatens to kill his sister. Two other brothers visit them. They drink a great deal of tea, steam in a Russian bath and discuss whether there exists "a measure to measure ordeals." With this simple scenario, the director captures the everyday life of a rural family at once repetitive and shaken by the ongoing changes in the society.
Kossakovskii, Viktor, Russia, 1993, Russian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Last Yugoslavian Football Team / Het laatste Joegoslavische elftal [FL 515]
Born in the same country, they became world youth champions in Chile in 1989; the 'Chileans' played together until 1990. Then war broke out and Yugoslavia started to fall apart. First the Croatian players left, then the trainer Ivica Osim resigned because the Serbians bombed his home town of Sarajevo. Under pressure of the international community, the team was banned from the European championships in Sweden. In March 1999 they were to share the same soccer pitch for the first time in a direct clash during the preliminary rounds of the Euro 2000 Championship. But this very tense qualification match between Yugoslavia and Croatia was again postponed because of war, this time in Kosovo. In August 1999 the game was played in Belgrade. Two months later the return game was played in Zagreb (Croatia). Players who knew each other intimately, grew up together and were world champions together, were now divided by contradictory interests as a result of the war. The war forced each of them to choose a new fatherland, a new nationality, a new national anthem and a new national football team. This film is his story about a country falling apart, told by its former heroes - the 'Chileans'.
Janic, Vuk, Netherlands, 2000, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Curse of the Hedgehog / Blestemul ariciului [FL 516]
The film follows the life of an extended Roma family for a whole year. They belong to the “Baesi” group of Roma and live in extreme poverty. The filmmaker accompanied them on the way from their dwelling place in the mountains to the lowland villages, where they try to trade handmade goods for food or money. These winter tours are survival trips for them, as they have no other income whatsoever. However, the film is more than the story of their struggle to survive. During the 100 minutes, it becomes clear why they refuse to work the land and how they relate to the Romanian shepherds, and to the rich Baesi from their village whom they call “businessmen,” who make large fortunes from selling fake rings abroad. Mythological thinking comes into play in their everyday life, along with their Christian Orthodox religiousness. This enables a better understanding of the absurdities and the pain that fill the lives of these people on the fringe of society. Through wit and humour, they survive, but also with a lot of cursing.
Budrala, Dumitru, Romania, 2004, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jacob the Liar / Jacob der Lügner [FL 522]
Jacob Heim is stopped by the police in the Jewish ghetto for being out after curfew. As his penalty, he must report to the Commander. On the police station radio, he overhears that the Red Army is advancing. New hope for himself and his fellow sufferers! He secretly passes on the news to the others, pretending that he has his own well-hidden radio. Jacob becomes a hero in spite of himself and the faith of all those in the ghetto hangs on his invented news reports.
Beyer, Frank, East Germany, 1974, German/Subtitles: English, 96 min, fiction film, VHS

Stalingrad – aka Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? / Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben! [FL 523]
Stalingrad, winter of 1942-43. The Wehrmacht soldiers and officers are preparing for the attack of the Soviet troops. A young Nazi lieutenant, the protagonist of the film, helps Russian girl Katia to find work in the occupied city. Further on, Nazi soldiers are presented having a peaceful dinner in a rural-looking hut together with a woman with 6 kids. Later on the advance begins and the German troops are encircled by the Russian army. The troops are split into the firm believers in Hitler's military wisdom and those who want to end the war. The lieutenant realizes the senseless war and loses his hope of final victory. Most of his unit perishes in the battle, he himself gets across the frontline wearing a Russian military hat and helped by the same Katia, whom he accidentaly meets serving food to the soldiers. Along with staged scenes the film contains original war footage and German newsreel clips that depict the last days of World War II's most important battle.
Wisbar, Frank, Germany, 1958, German/Subtitles: English, 60 min, fiction film, VHS

Letter to the Dead [FL 527]
In a small village of Papua New Guinea three exceptional men rival with each other in the field of rituals and artistic creation in order to win over their neighbours. They send a last letter to their dead who have abandoned them and who may have emigrated to a rich country from which the film-makers come. The film presents the world view of the people living in their communities that is constructed out of bits and pieces of information at hand, conditioned by local traditions, Christian missionaries’ teachings and millenary (year 2000) fears. The film is about the encounter between tradition and modernity. The film is a successful combination of ethnographic research, deep understanding of intricate religious problems and cinematographic skills.
Iteanu, Andre ; Kapon, Eytan, France, 2002, English, 62 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Growing Up / Chengzhang [FL 528]
A short film in which elementary, middle and high school students from Beijing, China share their dreams and hopes for the future.
Youjie, Li, China, 2007, Chinese/Subtitles: English, 11 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ararat / Ararat [FL 530]
A film within a film, this is a contemporary story of the making of a historical epic about the Armenian holocaust between 1915 and 1918. The story line follows how making the film transforms the life of an 18-year-old man hired as a driver on the production. Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.
Egoyan, Atom, Canada, 2002, English, 115 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Living Rights: Roy [FL 532]
Ten-year-old Roy lives in a small Peruvian village. Instead of going to school he often goes to the local mine, where under extraordinarily difficult and dangerous conditions he attempts to extract enough gold to help lift his family out of poverty.
Tellegen, Duco, Netherlands, 2004, English, 37 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Neon Light Tales / Неонови приказки [FL 533]
The touching story of the homeless people: young gypsy prostitutes, jobless people without a shelter, and old hobos, living at the Central Railway Station in Sofia. Some are happy when they have a crust of bread or a penny tossed by a stranger, others are enraged by the humiliation they endure each and every day. The film is shot in black and white and the piercing neon light of the public building at night renders the dire circumstances of its inhabitants.
Traikova, Eldora, Bulgaria, 1992, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 24 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Life in a Ghetto / Живот в гето [FL 533]
A film about life as it is lived in the area of Stoliponovo, Plovdiv, in Bulgaria where Bulgarians live in close proximity to Roma, which has created an atmosphere of tension and resentment between them. Differences seem to be cultural, but a closer look reveals more complex layers of the conflict.
Vladimirov, Assen ; Traikova, Eldora, Bulgaria, 1997, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 39 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Night and Fog / Nuit et brouillard [FL 534]
Hailed as one of the world's greatest documentaries, "Night and Fog" is the definitive film on Nazi concentration camps and a devastating record of man's inhumanity to man. Like a master conductor, director Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad) weaves contemporary images of the abandoned camp at Auschwitz with newsreel footage of the atrocities that occurred there. Juxtaposing color and black-and-white film, "Night and Fog" brings the horror of the Holocaust to the present. An elegy on memory and immeasurable sorrow, this tightly structured half-hour film foreshadows Resnais' remarkable feature films. Upon its release, Francois Truffaut called it the greatest film ever made.
Resnais, Alain, France, 1955, French/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, VHS

Green Card / Зелена карта [FL 535]
In two Muslim villages in the southern part of Bulgaria the only livelihood of people is growing tobacco. They live on credit for most of the year and pay back their debt when the stacks of dried tobacco leaves are sold. Most of the villagers dream for “the luck to be picked up by computer” – to win the green card that would provide a visa and employment in the United States. Sixty families have already been chosen by the computer which the remaining villagers believe “must be from” their village. Old grannies sit knitting by their video players and indulge home videos displaying their children and grandchildren in America reading English, eating in excess and throwing away the leftovers. An old lady tells her experience at the Atlantic shore “babysitting” her grandchildren and admires a shopping mall “as big as our village”. A pharmacist who applied for a green card and was lucky to win, but could not decide on leaving her good profession and status and leap into the unknown shows her issued visa with a sentiment of regret for missing her chance to see life in America and the Statue of Liberty. The former shop keeper who returns with his wife to visit relatives laments his children who would never come back to the village.
Traikova, Eldora, Bulgaria, 2001, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Born with the Century / Родени с века [FL 536]
The film follows the life histories of dozen Bulgarian men and women from various backgrounds and life occupations, born in 1900. Starting with stories from their childhood, deeply imprinted in their consciousness, their lives unfold through their young years of education and emigration for some, their love and marriage, work in factories and in the fields. The film reveals curious details that bring the flavour of town and countryside life at the turn of the century. The memories of the personal past involves the backdrop of majour historical events – the Balkan wars and the WWI figuring prominently in everyones’ memories, the emigration tides to Argentina, Nazi parades in Berlin and the segregation of Jews, the encolvement of youth in the communist movement, the “fascist” actions in Bulgaria through the experience of a seasoned young lady communist and the far more detached account of a non-believer, the coming of Soviet troops, collectivization and the mass killings by the communists. The combination of the narration of personal events, photos from family albums and the well selected archival footage, displays the convergence of personal and historical time, as well as the different meaning that grand events have in people’s lives.
Traikova, Eldora, Bulgaria, 2000, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Georgi and the Butterflies / Георги и пеперудите [FL 537]
The fine line between brilliance and lunacy is extremely thin. This is what Georgi Borissov Lulchev, superintendent of a Bulgarian psychiatric institution, knows more than anyone else. With a fair dose of ingenuity and perseverance, he indefatigably looks for ways to make his institution, situated on the grounds of a former monastery, profitable. The ill-fated ideas sprouting from Georgi's mind are recreated with a keen eye to cinematographic beauty and accompanied by cheerful music. From the development of the property into a pheasant shooting ground for tourists and a snail, fur, ostrich and silkworm farm, to the invention of soy bread for diabetics, time and again Georgi embarks on the next prospectless project with renewed optimism. Neither his wife nor the cook understand why he is doomed to failure every time. Meanwhile, the patients and staff of the institution live together as one big harmonious family under the rotting roof of the old cloister, for there is no money to start using the new accommodation that was finished three years ago. But perhaps one day Georgi will win the lottery, which he plays with his patients' Social Security numbers.
Paounov, Andrey, Bulgaria, 2004, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dancing Bear Park / Парк За Танцуващи Мечки [FL 538]
Bulgaria is the last country in Europe where not long ago, dancing bears could be spotted in the streets, led on chains by bear-keeping gypsies. With the financial help from the Brigitte Bardot foundation, the world's largest and most sophisticated Dancing Bear Park was built near the small mountain town of Belitsa, and the surviving animals were resettled there. The film tells the story of the bears and of the people – the former bear-keepers who have been left without their livelihood, and the local impoverished population, who say with envy: "In Belitsa bears live better than people!" The goal-oriented NGO leader buys off the bears from their keepers for what they consider small money. He is happy with his state-of-art bear park explaining the initial skepticism of locals. Yet the ex-owners are not only shedding tears of separation, but have serious insecurities about the future income.
Traikova, Eldora, Bulgaria, 2004, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

We Are Not Angels / Mi nismo anđeli [FL 541]
This teenage comedy, virtually the only representative of the genre in Yugoslav cinema, centers around 26-year-old literature student Nikola, an incurable bachelor and hard drinking Belgrade playboy with irresistible charm. The trouble begins when keen high-school graduate Marina accidentally ends up as one of his ”one night stands” and gets pregnant. Though Nikola does not even remember her and declines the very thought of becoming a father, Marina falls deeply in love with him. Seeing that she is determined to have his baby, her best friend plans a series of crazy adventures aimed at persuading Nikola to fall in love with Marina. An additional twist to the movie is brought in by two bizarre side-characters, Devil and Angel who bet about the possible ending of this love venture and constantly reappear throughout the movie, commenting passionately on events. After a series of unsuccessful attempts, Nikola slowly begins to change and eventually agrees to marry Buba, only to suddenly flee to a deserted island. There, without alcohol and girls, he recognises all of his mistakes and after a final test ends with a newborn baby in his hands.
Dragojević, Srđan, Yugoslavia, 1992, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Fine Dead Girls - aka Nice Dead Girls / Fine mrtve djevojke [FL 543]
Situated in contemporary Zagreb, the film centers on a young lesbian couple, Iva and Mare. They rent a shady flat next to the railway station, but soon realize that this seemingly quiet neighborhood is full of dark secrets and prejudices. Among their new neighbors are a sleazy gynecologist, a prostitute and a war veteran who regularly beats his wife. Still the worst of all seems to be their landlady Olga who constantly observes the new tenants, and when she realizes that two girls are lesbians, immediately gives them notice. Hearing this, Olga’s aggressive son Daniel, whom she pathologically adores, rapes Iva. In an emerging clash, in which literally the whole neighborhood is involved Danijel falls under a train and Marija is killed under suspicious circumstances. Up to this point, we learn about this story retrospectively, through the testimony of Iva, who is by now married and has a son who has just been kidnapped. She is telling her story to the police inspector assigned to the case, how Marija’s murder remained unsolved, and when Iva became pregnant with her new husband, Olga was convinced that the baby was her grandson and the illusion drove her into kidnapping. Eventually, the boy is rescued, while Iva’s secret remains safe from her husband.
Matanić, Dalibor, Croatia, 2002, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 77 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Lucky Kid / Sretno dijete [FL 545]
In this documentary, Igor Mirković, originally a news reporter, portrays the emergence of the independent, vibrant new wave punk-rock musical scene in Zagreb, ex-Yugoslavia, emerging at the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s. Most of the documentary consists of his interviews with Zagreb rock singers and other important actors on the scene as well as with some of their Belgrade counterparts. With plenty of original musical and archival images from the period, the film makes no claim to objectivity, but is rather a monument to the generation that grew up in the belief that rock’n’roll is larger than life. The story is narrated from the perspective of an outsider since the author was just a teenager when the scene exploded and is concerned with illustrating the life-long influence of rock-music on his way of life. Through Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Belgrade, Budapest, Paris, Utrecht and New York, the author thus finds himself in pursuit of the heroes of his youth. Mirković also implicitly tried to interconnect his rock story with the fall of socialism: he provides a historical background by bringing in important political moments of the period such as the death of Tito or the evolving economic crisis.
Mirković, Igor, (n/a), 2003, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 97 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Promising Boy / Dečko koji obećava [FL 548]
The beginning of the movie finds Slobodan Milošević, a promising medical student from a respectable family background, being seduced by an open-minded Swiss girl. When he confesses the affair to his long-term girlfriend Maša, she hits him on the head with a paddle and his behavior is radically changed. He leaves home, has a serious quarrel with his parents, quits the university and engages in a series of sexual encounters with unknown women, including Maša’s mother. All of a sudden Slobodan's life evolves in the world without any social or moral obligations. Soon, he makes new friends in the Belgrade rock scene and forms a successful band, once again, with a promising, though different future in front of him. In the meanwhile, Maša, offended by his behavior, believes that another blow in the head would put things back under control again. This does indeed happen when Slobodan is injured in a bike crash: once he wakes up in hospital, he indeed starts acting “normal” again. He even plans a wedding with Maša only to find out, in the middle of the ceremony, that Pit, his friend from the band, has died and in his final agony he beats his head against the mirror.
Radivojević, Miloš Miša, Yugoslavia, 1981, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Maternal Halfbrothers / Braća po materi [FL 553]
Two maternal half-brothers, a Croat and a Serb, have been separated since birth. Years later, Veselin murders a schoolmate and ends up in prison, where he receives a letter from his older Croat half-brother Braco, now a political emigrant living in Austria. A correspondence starts and Veselin learns about his brother’s past. Braco was born in 1930s in an ethnically mixed family. With the beginning of WWII, his Croat father was recruited by the Ustasha but soon killed by partisans. After the hardships of war, Braco’s Serbian mother married a village partisan and Veselin was born, but Braco was still regarded as a “son of the Ustasha”. While he was in the army, his girlfriend's family arranged for her to marry a much older man, and when she ran away to Braco, his superior officers informed her family and sent Braco to a distant garrison. Disillusioned, Braco escaped across the border and joined the Ustasha movement. Through the letters and tapes that the brothers send to each other, their relationship evolves from initial mistrust to a mutual understanding and almost a bond. Though aware that the police have listened to his tapes, Braco joins his employer on a journey to Yugoslavia, knowing that he will be arrested at the border. The two brothers finally meet in prison.
Šotra, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 1988, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Better than Escape / Bolje od bekstva [FL 554]
In this love melodrama, Stamena, an American woman of Yugoslav origin, comes for the first time to Belgrade wishing to learn the language. She meets young Belgrade actor Aleksa, falls in love with him and gets married. At first they live happily and she fully adapts to the new environment. However, unsatisfied with the stereotypical roles that he usually plays and troubled by the constant lack of money, Aleksa gradually turns to drink. Still, they manage to endure this difficult period when their son is born. Aleksa quits drinking and starts acting in a popular TV comedy series which brings him both money and new ethical dilemmas. Though the premiere of his ambitious politically engaged play turns out to be a huge success, it is immediately taken off the repertoire. Aleksa now starts to drink even more heavily and has serious fights with his wife. When he eventually causes a car crash with fatal consequences and ends up in jail Stamena returns with her son to America. The final scene finds them both in her American home – in what is to be their last encounter. Now talking in English, he can only see how her life completely changed and that his son does not even recognize him, let alone speak his language.
Lekić, Miroslav, Yugoslavia, 1993, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 100 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? / Sjećaš li se Dolly Bell? [FL 557]
This film debut by world-famous director Emir Kusturica is a coming-of-age drama, set in 1960s Sarajevo and revolving around a 16-year old boy Dino. To the chagrin of his strict, hard-drinking communist father, Dino is more into hypnosis and self-help mantras than Marxism and spends his time in the local culture center. When petty criminal Braco introduces him to a girl named Dolly Bell he agrees to hide her in his attic until Braco returns, unaware that she will be working as a prostitute. Soon, Dino enlightens Dolly about hypnosis and gets some kissing lessons in return. Then, suddenly, Dino's father falls ill and leaves for hospital. In the meantime, local party officials decide to form a band as a way of fighting teenage delinquency. Tormented by his father’s illness and his guilty conscience over Dolly, Dino cannot concentrate on the music and goes to find Dolly who is receiving her customers in a hotel. They renew their emotional bond, which results in Dino’s sexual initiation. Suffering from lung cancer, Dino’s father changes his behavior toward his children, even dropping his objections to Dino’s philosophical ideas. When he dies, Dino finally accepts the role of a lead singer and guitar player at the official dance in culture center while his family, after a lengthy wait, move into a newly built skyscraper.
Kusturica, Emir, Yugoslavia, 1981, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Byzantine Blue / Vizantijsko plavo [FL 561]
This enigmatic artsy movie is a not very successful attempt at a screen adaptation of several different short stories by Serbian writer Milorad Pavić, internationally acclaimed author of “The Dictionary of the Khazars.” In its basics, it is a genuine if strange love story between two completely different people. She is in her twenties, a funny, playful and beautiful girl who makes hasty decisions and is a bit cynical about men. She also studies mathematics and is skilful with her computer where she stores her intimate thoughts, though this “emotional relationship” only shows her loneliness. Following a trail of blue dust the girl meets an unusual man and soon a bizarre intellectual and carnal romance develops between the two. He is older then her and always had to work hard and thus accepts that sometimes things slip from his hands, although he has talent, intelligence and hidden energy. Recently, he broke with his past and now searches obsessively for the fourth, secret element of the “Byzantine blue”, that special nuance of blue used by medieval Byzantine icon painters. It turns out at the end that he was searching for the formula of eternity.
Marinković, Dragan, Yugoslavia, 1993, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Igman March / Igmanski marš [FL 563]
This epic war saga is based on real events and portrays one of the most celebrated heroic enterprises of the Yugoslav partisans during WWII. During the bitterly cold winter of 1942, the First Partisan Proletarian Brigade is surrounded by strong enemy forces on the Romanija Mountain in Bosnia. Faced with no other option, partisan headquarters decide to make a dangerous move – they will march through the night across Mount Igman near Sarajevo, until they reach the town of Foča which is under their control. Desperately trying to reach liberated territory, Yugoslav partisans of all nationalities engage in the legendary “Igman March” defying horrific weather conditions, chilling winds and temperatures of -40º. Their successful arrival in Foča, however, does not bring an end to the torments of 40 frozen fighters as they now must win the battle against frostbite, gangrene and fever. The long final part of the movie focuses on the recovery of those injured partisans, at least as painful as a real combat. In a series of genuine horror scenes occurring in Foča war hospital partisans are shown enduring superhuman pains during the amputation of frozen body parts without anesthesia or proper equipment.
Šotra, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Below the Line / Ispod crte [FL 565]
This family drama set in contemporary, post-1990 Zagreb centers around youngster Toni, whose neighbor and ex-girlfriend Zrinka announces she is leaving with her mother for Italy in search of work. He finally realizes that he loves her and wants to leave with her. But there is yet another reason for his decision – Toni desperately wants to get away from his difficult family situation. His whole family is terrorized by his father, a traumatized war veteran with a serious case of PTSP. After nervous Toni unintentionally provokes the latest family incident, his mother ends up in hospital after a beating from his father, who is taken into custody. At that point, Toni’s grandfather and grandmother, who never accepted their son’s wife and blame her for all of his troubles, decide to kidnap Toni’s little sister Klara. Backed with political connections, they wish to take care of her and provide her with a proper moral upbringing. So Toni finds himself torn between his loved one, who is already packing her bags for Italy, and his family which he cannot leave in this hard times. The final sentimental scene finds them all in the yard in front of the hospital where the father, having escaped from prison, threatens to blow up everyone with the hand grenade.
Krelja, Petar, Croatia, 2003, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Fever of Love - aka Love Fever / Groznica ljubavi [FL 566]
The film revolves around two youngsters, Vesna and Bane; they are passionately in love, but when she goes abroad for the summer holidays, he cheats on her. On her return Vesna finds out about Bane’s infidelity, and though he deeply regrets it, breaks up with him. New problems arise when she realizes that she is pregnant. She cannot have an abortion and wants to keep her baby, but her mother has more ambitious plans for her. She forces Vesna to hide her pregnancy from everyone, including Bane, and through a lawyer arranges an illegal adoption by a German couple. Confused Vesna sees no alternative but to agree to this immoral plan. Still, when Bane finally finds about his ex-girlfriend's pregnancy and the wheeling and dealing that have taken place, he kidnaps the newborn baby. Realizing her mistake, Vesna forgives Bane for his infidelity and joins him and their friends in a joint endeavor to keep the baby. The lawyer, however, reports the kidnapping to the police and Bane gets arrested, while the baby is returned to the German couple. It seems that there is no way out of the situation, but a happy end is assured as Vesna’s father finally decides to protect his daughter and helped by their devoted friends, the young couple manages to get their son back.
Radovanović, Vlastimir, Yugoslavia, 1984, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Sixth Gear / Šesta brzina [FL 567]
This light comedy, set in Yugoslavia of the late 1970s, revolves around various episodes in the life of middle-aged car mechanic Života. Easygoing and never in a hurry, Života runs his workshop in the in a very different way to his rival across the street, a swift businessman always busy servicing cars, but nothing more. Života is the opposite: in the setting of his workshop and the adjoining yard, his customers bring along their different life troubles as well. On and on, Života gets openheartedly involved in relationships with his lively customers, from a car hypochondriac utterly convinced that there is something wrong with his perfect new car to a pensioner who tries to turn his old car into suitable living quarters and thus make up for the lack of space in his small apartment. Regardless of what they are, Života tries to help them solve their private problems and in the process gets himself into some comical and sad adventures. Inevitably, times change and eventually, not without bitterness, he tries to change himself, intending to become more like his colleague across the street. But people need him the way he is and miss his closeness and warmth, and soon Života is his old self again.
Šotra, Zdravko, Yugoslavia, 1981, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Balkan Express / Balkan Ekspres [FL 568]
This madcap comedy, set in the last days before the German invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, follows the adventures of a group of petty-thieves, wandering around disguised as the music ensemble called “Balkan Express.” They find plenty of opportunities to practice their trade amidst the confusion which erupts everywhere as people flee the invading Nazis. However, when the Nazis actually move in, things take a turn for the worse and the group's only concern now is to stay alive under the first horrors of the war. Through chance and necessity, these people from the dregs of society grow out of their meaningless destinies and become unlikely war heroes . The film was a great success thanks to its unprecedented comic treatment of the mythic partisan struggle during WWII, and was soon followed by a sequel focusing on the same group of characters.
Baletić, Branko, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Moth / Moljac [FL 570]
Dedicated to a famous Serbian theater actor and to his popular role, this film is a genuine example of Yugoslav mainstream comedy, filled with populist humor. The film tells the comic story of an actor who becomes over-involved in his role. Miodrag Andrić is a divorced national theatre star who tours the country playing a character named “Moth”. The play is popular, but the trouble is that everybody takes him for his theatrical character. Burdened by this popularity and numerous entertainment duties, and further troubled by his teenage son who wants to cash in on his father’s popularity, he starts losing his way, and in the process gets into a series of comic situations. Gradually he too gets so engrossed in his role that he starts believing that he is actually becoming a character from his act, the “Moth”, so he seeks professional help. Unfortunately, the doctor turns out to be even worse psychopath than Miodrag himself. In order to escape from his theater role, he quits acting and starts doing various different jobs, only to realize that he does not know to do anything except tell jokes.
Milošević, Milivoje Mića, Yugoslavia, 1984, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hello, Officer / Ćao, inspektore [FL 571]
Set in a small provincial town where nothing exciting ever happens and the two local police officers, Boki and Pajko, are constantly bored and devote their time to mutual childish pranks. The unexpected commotion begins when a dangerous international gang arrives with the intention of blowing up a hotel full of unsuspecting tourists. Boki is arrested by National Security as a prime suspect, on account of his remarkable resemblance to the main gang boss (played by the same actor as Boki). Soon National Security realizes that they could use this unusual coincidence to their advantage and recruit Boki as an undercover agent. All of a sudden his life changes completely as he is entrusted with a dangerous mission – he has to prevent the atrocity and eliminate the whole gang. This represents a major challenge for experienced Boki and, after a series of comic situations, he successfully accomplishes the task. The adventures of Boki and Pajko encouraged two more celluloid follow-ups. The film is also interesting for its basic homophobic storyline, since lots of cheap “jokes” revolve around the homosexuality of the main villains, which in itself is stereotypically portrayed.
Čalić, Zoran, Yugoslavia, 1985, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hallo Taxi / Halo taksi aka Halo taxi [FL 572]
Set in Belgrade of the early 1980s this film, a mixture between a thriller and a gangster movie, begins in a suburban taxi station where the usual routine is changed when one day a new driver comes to work – a beautiful young woman. At first hesitant towards her, full of prejudices and suspicious off her professional qualities, her experienced male colleagues eventually accept her as their equal and tell her their life stories. One of her older colleagues, an ex-boxer called Suger, suspects that his wife is cheating on him and when he catches her in the act, he deals with her lover, Bizmark. After the incident his wif who turns out to be drug addict used by Bizmark, leaves him and he gets badly beaten up. Suger decides to take justice into his own hand. At the same time, the police also get interested in Bizmark who has a fleet of girls around him, all of them drug addicts with a habit of disappearing mysteriously. In a spectacular showdown leading to the happy end, everyone gets involved; from a massive line of taxi drivers led by their beautiful colleague, to the local police and Interpol.
Radovanović, Vlastimir, Yugoslavia, 1983, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Robbery Of The Third Reich / Pljačka Trećeg Rajha [FL 575]
Shot after 1990, this comedy is supposedly based on true events that took place at the very beginning of WWII in Yugoslavia. The film’s unlikely heroes are not Yugoslav partisans, however, but two charming, stylish crooks. Glavonja – older and wiser of the duo, and Kalauz who is younger and quite naïve, but makes up for it by his courage, are inseparable friends and masters of their trade. Witty and proud of their “employment”, they are constantly in and out of the prison, with each departure and arrival passionately mourned and celebrated by their faithful wives, who literally adore them. With the beginning of the war, the two realize that the Germans have been stashing enormous amounts of stolen gold, money and artworks in Berlin. Confident in their skills they head for Berlin with the intention of robbing the famous “Hermes Bank,” where the stolen treasure is kept. After series of comical adventures, they successfully fulfill their mission and thus accomplish their “noble” revenge against the German invaders.
Šotra, Zdravko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The March to Drina – aka March to River Drina / Marš na Drinu [FL 577]
Unlike most of the war movies made under the Yugoslav communist regime, this film does not actually deal with either WWII or the communist revolution, but rather chronicles and celebrates the historic battle of Drina and Cer during the early stages of the First World War, when a small and outnumbered Serbian army defeated the invading Austro-Hungarian forces. The story revolves around the officers and men of a small Serbian artillery division, from before the actual campaign begins up to its victorious conclusion. Through their strenuous journey to Mount Cer, the film reveals in close detail several individual soldiers and their characters with the personal doubts, worries and joys which they bring into battle, with various consequences. At the end of an exhausting non-stop march, they finally arrive at Mount Cer and enter the battle in the decisive moment. After some initial mistakes and losses they eventually manage to repel the Austrian troops which invaded the country, but not before several of the main characters have met heroic deaths.
Mitrović, Živorad Žika, Yugoslavia, 1964, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 102 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Is It Clear, My Friend? / Jel' jasno, prijatelju? [FL 579]
This prison action movie is colloquially referred to as the first film of Croatia’s Serbian minority on account of its director and the first post-1991 appearance of one-time house actor Rade Šerbedžija in a Croatian film. Set in the 1980s and supposedly based on a true story, the film unsuccessfully tries to use life behind prison bars as a sort of metaphor for the overall abuses of the Yugoslav communist regime. The film’s central character is quiet accountant Martin who is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to twelve years in a high-security, communist style prison in Stara Gradiška. All kinds of criminals live in this institution – from plain murderers and rapists to political prisoners and psychopaths. In spite of restrictions, inmates gamble, try to evade their duties and plan to escape. Martin soon discovers that the guards are as much a threat to his safety as the other inmates as he witnesses brutal violence, torture, sexual assault, and cold-blooded murder on a daily basis. Similar events cause a prison riot and Martin is involved as one of its leaders. A special agent is called from Belgrade to solve the problem. Seemingly friendly at first, he eventually betrays the rebellious prisoners and order is reestablished with many of the prisoners killed.
Aćimović, Dejan, Croatia, 2000, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

In the Name of God / Ram Ke Nam [FL 595]
This film follows the campaign by the militant movement Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) to destroy a 16th century mosque in the city of Ayodhya. Supporters of the VHP claim that the mosque stands right on the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram, and that in order to build it the temple to Ram was destroyed several centuries ago. In retaliation they now demand the destruction of the Muslim sanctuary and the building of a new temple to honor the god Ram. The conflict escalated into open violence, in which thousands of people lost their lives. The film is a powerful testimony about how far religious intolerance can lead.
Patwardhan, Anand, India, 1991, English, Hindi, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Second Hand Books / Antykwariat [FL 596]
A second-hand bookstore is most often associated with a peaceful visit, and the quiet time-travel among the dusty old books. This one in Warsaw, however, is entirely different. People come here not only for the books, which must be dug out with difficulty from the piles covering this small space. Customers are mainly regulars, treating the bookstore as a place to meet, chat and share their troubles. The owner, Krzysztof, watches over everything. Like a doctor, he seems to know what's ailing whom, and what his customers need.
Cuske, Maciej, Poland, 2005, Polish/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tigerwomen Grow Wings / Den Tigerfrauen wachsen Flügel [FL 597]
A portrait of three women from different generations. Opera singer Hsieh Yueh Hsia experienced the Japanese occupation and the takeover of Taiwan by the National Chinese forces; she believes in traditional values and a strict hierarchy within the family. The next generation have seen a shift away from traditional female roles in Taiwanese society towards the idea of the modern woman, struggling for independence and equality. Writer Li Ang experienced the military dictatorship’s repressive value system; she also saw, as a young adult, the country’s transition to democracy. Young film director Chen Yin-jung, however, is a firm believer in modernity and globalization. This film is not only about the individual biographies of three women; it also aims to depict Taiwanese society during the heady days of transition from one political system to another.
Treut, Monika, Germany, 2004, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Unmik Titanic / Unmik Titanic [FL 598]
New Year’s Eve, December 2003. Pristina, Kosovo: one of the most heavily guarded places on earth. After four years of Serbo–Albanian conflicts and 77 days of NATO bombing, UN administrators have taken over. But what kind of life do ordinary people lead there now? The film focuses on Serbian families living in an abandoned building. Of the 40,000 Serbs who lived in Pristina before the conflict, only 100 remain. Some of them took over a building from the Yu Programme, hoping for a better future. They expected to have to stay in this downtown residential area only for a while, but it has been their ghetto for five years. In spite of everything, nobody wants to miss the New Year celebrations. What is this special evening like for the families? The children are 'locked up' in the building, too scared to go outside. They play soccer between apartments and watch videos while adults chat over drinks and listen to Serbian turbo-folk music. With dynamic handheld camera-work and almost no artificial lighting, the director captures the depressing atmosphere and the hopelessness of people whose lives are ruled by others.
Mitić, Boris, Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Specialist / Un spécialiste, portrait d'un criminel moderne [FL 600]
A German worker in the upper echelons of the Nazi party, Adolf Eichmann was in charge of the expulsion of Jews, Slovenians, and Gypsies from the Reich between 1938 and 1941, and then of their deportation from Europe to the death camps. In 1960, he was captured by the Israeli secret service in Argentina. His subsequent trial in Jerusalem was one of the first public events recorded on video. Filmmakers Rony Brauman and Eyal Sivan have assembled excerpts of this footage to create a tightly edited and compelling documentary about a bureaucrat who has fulfilled his duties during a time of war. Eichmann steadfastly insists that his part in the Holocaust was neither active or evil: he was only following orders. Based on Hannah Arendt's famous account of the trial, "The Specialist: Portrait of a Modern Criminal" offers profound insight into how the Holocaust was facilitated by bureaucracy and a subservient mindset that allowed people like Eichmann to claim ignorance and shuffle responsibility for atrocious crimes around like so many carbon-copy forms.
Sivan, Eyal, Israel, 1999, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 128 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

We All Are Made of Coal / Wszyscy Jesteśmy z Węgla [FL 601]
An unemployed miner in Wałbrzych, Lower Silezia, turned to filmmaking for survival. But apart from recording baptisms, first communions, proms, and weddings, he has started to capture the world of poverty around him. Many of his unemployed friends continue quarrying illegally on the closed mines to provide for their families. "Everyone here is dying, but some are still fighting," says amateur filmmaker Roman Janiszek. It is these poverty-stricken people that he records with his camera. This is not a film, however, about human poverty, but about human passion. A deeply personal and apprehensive portrait of a young generation trapped by changing economic realities.
Wiszniewski, Tomasz, Poland, 2004, Polish/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lora – Testimonies / Lora – svjedočanstva [FL 602]
A film about the prison located in the 'Lora' military harbor area in Split where over 1000 prisoners from Split, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia and Bosnia Herzegovina were held from 1992 until 1996. The testimonies recorded in this film confirm the system of brutal torture and also the death or 'disappearance' of some 70 prisoners. Former Croatian military police officers claim they can no longer remember the events in question, despite the detailed accounts previously given to pre-trial investigators. Likewise, former inmates of the prison have declined to answer court summonses or have changed their testimony on the stand.
Puhovski, Nenad, Croatia, 2004, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Venecijus's Life and Death of Cezar / Venecijaus Gyvenimas ir Cezario mirtis [FL 603]
Venecius is a Lithuanian peasant farmer just shy of fifty. From the time that his wife and children left him, he has lived on a remote farm, completely isolated from society. One day he bought a pig and named it Cezar. While he feeds and prepares it for slaughter, Cezar becomes more and more Venecius's companion and a witness to his loneliness. However, when the fattened pig reaches a weight of 80 kg, its fate is sealed. The film is a delicate balance between a melancholic documentary and humorous farce.
Lapisnkaite, Janina, Lithuania, 2002, Lithuanian/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Your Crusade for Freedom [FL 604]
This short filmreel originally accompanied the famous radio Free Europe fundraising/awareness campaign "The Crusade for Freedom" (1950). It tells the story of the Radio and the NCFE efforts to expand the network of broadacsting stations in Europe in order to fight communist propaganda and, in the words of Dwight Eisenhower to ‘tell the truth.’" The film shows the by now classical images of the Balloon Warfare -baloons captioned "SVOBODA" carried boxes containing leaflets that listed the wavelengths of major free world stations transmitting to Czechoslovakia. The Crusade for Freedom took as its symbol a bell resembling the American liberty bell. The bell traveled to West Berlin, where it was permanently installed on United Nations Day, October 24, 1950. More than 400,000 Berliners—100,000 of them having risked crossing the border from East Berlin—filled City Hall Square to witness the dedication ceremonies. Although the Crusade for Freedom never raised enough money to fund more than a small part of the RFE budget, its ubiquitous advertising, along with parades, public forums, and slogans such as "Fight the Big Lie with the Big Truth" and "Help Truth Fight Communism," served to mobilize American support for the Cold War. (excerpts only)
United States, English, 6 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

Red Nightmare [FL 604]
The famous anti-Communist propaganda film, commisioned for the Department of Defense, was a standard curriculum in civics, history, etc. throughout the sixties. Today it is sometimes shown as "The Commies are Coming!" in classes about the anti-Communist excesses of the period. It's also become something of a cult comedy classic. "Red Nightmare" opens on a seemingly all-American town complete with American cars, soda fountains and freedoms but surrounded by barbed wire barricades and Russian soldiers. Jack Webb tells us "it may be assumed that such a town does exist, shrouded in secrecy and protected by utmost security, deep behind the Iron Curtain." According to Webb, it is used to train Russian students in "espionage as a science" and "propaganda as an art" in order to destroy American freedoms. Webb then launches into our main story, that of a typical complacent American, Jerry Donovan, who, the narrator tells us, "tends to take his freedoms much for granted." After being shown an idyllic picture of a typical American family complete with younger kids, the movie takes an eerie turn. The next day Jerry awakes to a Red Nightmare, his community overun by communists. He can't make a phone call without a permit, his wife & children are automatons, Bill is a Communist soldier who transports Linda to a farm collective in order to free her "from the lingering bourgeois influence of family life."Jerry is ultimately tried and convicted of crimes against the state for complaining of lack of warrants, his children being sent to a state school to make up for his failure to indoctrinate them, etc..Jerry awakens from his Red Nightmare with new dedication to the defense of liberty. And as an added bonus, his daughter defers her decision to mary until her fianceBill completes his hitch in the service.
Waggner, George, United States, 1962, English, 29 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Battle of Russia [FL 605]
The fifth film in Capra's Why We Fight series, nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary, celebrates the spirit of the long-suffering Soviet people as they heroically repulse the Nazi invasion threatening their homeland. Tracing their history of war with Germany to the 13th century, it depicts the bitter struggles for Moscow, Kiev, Leningrad, and Stalingrad, and the effects of their winters on would-be conquerors from Napoleon to Hitler.
Capra, Frank ; Litvak, Anatole, United States, 1943, English, 83 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Battle of China [FL 606]
This part of the acclaimed Frank Capra series "Why We Fight!" series focuses on one of the forgotten theaters of the WWII, the war between between Japan and China, following the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. A classic example of war-time American propaganda, "Battle of China" is not immune to severe distortions and exeggerations, and some would argue, clearly racist connotations, typical of the so-called "Infotmational Films" produced by the US War departement to boost the morales of the domestic public and convey the message of the Allies' military and moral superiority. The film goes out of its way to celebrate Chinese resistance and military strength (arguably, in a somewhat exeggerated manner), while demonizing the Japanese aggression fthrough the closeups of atrocities committed against Chinese civilians. Japan's invasion of China is described as "Phase Two" of a four-part plan to conquer the world, ending with "Phase Four", an attack "Eastward to crush the United States". For all its ideological bias and obvious propagandistic agenda, the film is best seen together with other films from the Capra's series, such as the "Battle of Russia," or "War Comes to America." Bracketing the unfortunate distortions conditioned by the film's ideological message, "Battle of China" is a good source of military footage, including scenes of massacresc carried out by the Japanese army (e.g. the infamous Rape of Nanking that took the lives of 40 000 Chinese civilians, etc.)
Capra, Frank, United States, 1944, English, 64 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: War Comes to America [FL 607]
The film's director Frank Capra served as a major in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was commissioned by Army Chief of Staff General G. Marshall to make a series of films that would explain the government's policy to the troops hastily being assembled, trained, and sent overseas. The "Why We Fight" series is the supreme example of propaganda put out by the U.S. government during World War II. "War Comes to America" is the 7th and final film in the series. It sums up the historical and ideological information that was presented in greater detail during the other six films, reguritating a lot of material from "Prelude to War." It also delivers a powerful ideological statement about the mission and meaning of American democracy addressed both to domestic and international publics. It traces the shift in public opinion from isolationism towards supporting the Allies against the Axis forces brought about by Pearl Harbor. The film opens with children pledging allegiance to the flag, visits Lexington and Valley Forge, surveys the militant and idealistic history of the United States before embarking on a catalogue listings of states and nationalities contributing to the war effort. After this extended self-admiring prologue, the film recaps the major events of the War, starting with the 1931 invasion of Manchuria by the Japanese until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and America's entry into the war. Characteristically, the last three films of the Capra's series concentrate a lot more on the virtues of their Allied armies than on the atrocities of the Axis foes. Arguably, the events of the WWII are used as a backdrop against which the virtues of American society can be effectively celebrated - e.g. racial tolerance (the Japanese are conventiently unmentioned), freedom, solidarity, etc.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1945, English, 66 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer [FL 608]
The third film in the Office of War Information sponsored and Frank Capra directed `Why We Fight' series, "Divide and Conquer" is more propaganda than a documentary. The films in the series were commissioned by United States Army Chief of Staff George Marshall to explain to the draftees why they were fighting and what principles they were fighting for, but were also released almost simultaneously to the general public in 1943. As an opening title card explains, `This film will deal with the period when the Nazi blitzkrieg reached its highest point and Nazi treachery reached its lowest point.' The film begins in the spring of 1940 with scenes of German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler giving speeches stating their friendly attitude toward the neutral countries of Denmark and Norway shortly before invading, overrunning, and occupying both nations. After comparing Hitler to the `gangster Dillinger,' "Divide and Conquer" turns it attention to the German plan to attack Holland, Belgium, and France. The French, secure behind the Maginot Line (a series of impregnable fortifications protecting France's border with Germany), and embracing a policy of defense, are caught unprepared when the Germans attack in force through the supposedly impassable Ardennes Forest. Germany's attack was launched on May 10, 1940, and to the surprise and amazement of the world France was overrun within weeks, signing an armistice with Germany on June 22. Meanwhile, the English army narrowly averted complete annihilation as its troops (along with a number of French and Belgium troops) are hastily and heroically evacuated from the French port of Dunkirk. Using a great deal of army and captured enemy film, animated maps and an unidentified US army officer explaining in detail the cause of France's defeat, "Divide and Conquer" portrays the Germans as practically invincible.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1944, English, 57 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain [FL 609]
The film is the fourth addition to the Office of War Information sponsored and Frank Capra directed `Why We Fight' series. More propaganda than documentary, it was commissioned by United States Army Chief of Staff George Marshall to be screened both to the draftees and the general public as early as 1943. The time frame for this film is June through December 1940. We see Germans entering what can only be described as a stunned Paris, while a Darth Vader-like Adolf Hitler strides through the northern port city of Calais, looking hungrily through a pair of binoculars at what, we assume, is the southern coast of England. As the title indicates, "The Battle of Britan" is devoted to Germany's prolonged air assault of Britain following her swift defeat of France. It begins by sketching was the filmmakers believed was the phased plan for the conquest of Britain - defeat the Royal Air Force, then destroy coastal defenses and land paratrooper shock troops, finally ferry land troops and tanks over the by then secure English Channel. "The Battle" is an examination of the triumph of the RAF against daunting odds and a celebration of the indomitable spirit of the English people. The fourth of the seven `Why We Fight' movies is also the first to end without an Allied defeat or an Axis victory. Like all the `Why We Fight' movies, "The Battle of Britain" will likely look familiar even to those who've never seen them. The exact same footage of London in flames and scrambling RAF pilots has been used in countless subsequent documentaries of England's finest hour.Capra's technique - a rapid paced montage of newsreel footage punctuated by a dramatic voice-over narration - became the preferred way to present the subject. L
Capra, Frank, United States, 1945, English, 54 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Nazi Strike [FL 610]
The second part of the acclaimed Frank Capra series "Why We Fight", "The Nazis Strike " (released in 1943), covers the rise of the Nazis to power as Hitler establishes his dictatorship over Germany and then has his armies march on Austria and Czechoslovakia before invading Poland and officially beginning the war. It emphasizes the failed attempts at appeasement meant to deter Hitler from his dreams of conquest. Capra documents how Hitler combined political maneuvers with military preparedness to position Germany for war. The section on the "Blitzkrieg" ("lighting war") attack on Poland is a detailed record of the fall of that nation before the German juggernaut. The subsequent film of the series, "Divide and Conquer," follows the German war machine as it continued to march across Europe. Like the entire series, "Nazy Strike" combine documentary facet with an explicit propagandistic overtone. Although they clearly do not provide a sophisticated, detailed and detached analysis of history, the "Why We Fight" series is a good place to look for the authentic film footage of the time, some of it quite rare, as well as for an excellent example of government-sponsored war propaganda.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1943, English, 43 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Know Your Enemy [FL 611]
Originally made in 1945 as part of the acclaimed Frank Capra series "Why we Fight!", "Know Your Enemy - Japan" was desgined to fully inform the American soldier of the characteristics of his foe, the Japanese soldier. The movie opens with a characteristic statement that aptly captures its propagandistic spirit. The director explains that the focus of the fillm are not Americans of Japanese descent, or those Japanese fighting in Europe on the side of the Allies, "who however close they resemble our enemies in appearance have proved their right to American citizenship on the battelfields", but the "Japs of Japan to whom the words liberty and freedom are still without meaning." Extensively using Japanese feature films, newsreels and filmfootage, Capra presents a sweeping history of the Japanese people and their culture, from Shintoism, to social structure, to emperial family and martial arts. In an explicit juxtaposition with the enlightened and progressive American audience, the Japanese come across as backward, militarist, and infinitely remote from the "liberal and democratic values." "Know Your Enemy" is perhaps, one of the most blatantly propagandistic film of the Capra series, its documentary value obfuscated by the political agenda it puts forward; yet it is definitely an interesting example of the genre.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1945, English, 64 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Prelude to War [FL 612]
"Prelude to War" is the first film in Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series that was commissioned by the United States Government to explain first to the soldiers, then to the general public, America's involvement in World War II. They aren't documentaries in the general sense of the word, and they don't pretend a detached view of America or its Axis enemies, but rather a calssical example of war-time propaganda film. "Prelude To War" is the most wide-ranging movie in the series. It stretches back from Moses and the Ten Commandments to `we hold these truths to be self evident' to the Lincoln Memorial to establish America as one of the `lighthouses of liberty' of the Free World. Capra contrasts this with the Slave World of Germany, Italy, and Japan, where men `threw away their human dignity,' destroyed the temples of worship, indoctrinated the youth in the habits of militarism, and forsook free thought for blind obedience to their charismatic leaders. A lot of screen time is devoted to contrasting the regimented life in the Axis states to the free life in the rest of the world. Capra deserves full credit for this strong to overpowering approach, with a nod to series' editor award-winner William Hornbeck, Japan's Tanaka Plan, it's `blueprint for world domination' is looked at in some detail, and Japan's invasion of Manchuria and China in the early '30s, phase one of the Tanaka Plan, is shown. The film ends with Italy's attack on Ethiopia in 1935.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1942, English, 53 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Why We Fight: Tunisian Victory [FL 613]
In this installment of the acclaimed Frank Capra series "Why We Fight!," the director undertakes a detailed examination of the execution and planning of the Operation Acrobat, an Allied operation that paved the way for the subsequent defeat of Germany in North Africa. The series were commisionedby Army Chief of Staff General Marshall and were initially meant to explain the policy of the U.S. government to freshly recruited soldiers ready to be dispacthed to the battlefields of Europe, North Africa or the Far East. Eventually the "Why We Fight" series was shown to the public in theaters and prints were distributed to American allies in England and the Soviet Union as well. Although designed as a typical documentary film like other parts of the series, "Tunisian Victory" is an intersting example of war-time American propaganda and a good source of newsreels and film footage of the period.
Capra, Frank, United States, 1944, English, 75 min, newsreels, DVD-ROM

Beshkempir / Бешкемпир [FL 614]
A Kyrgyz/French co-production, the film "Beshkempir" restores the traditional Kyrgyz way of life in such a full value and such a precision as to create an impression of a documentary. Director Aktan Abdukalykov believes that the aesthetics of the film that is built upon the combination of several observation-episodes recalls of the aesthetics of the traditional Kyrgyz patch-work quilt - kurak, or tekemet, where each patch of fabric is a memory of concrete person. Not accidentally then, the film opens with a splash of color - a close-up of a beautiful tekemet, which introduces the film's theme and structure. The film starts with the picture of five women - besh kempir - holding a ceremony of socialization for an infant: an orphan baby adopted by a childless family. In order to protect the boy from the evil eye they give him the name - Beshkempir. Once a teenager, the boy learns that he was adopted and starts to look at his parents differently. The only person with whom he prefers not to analyze the matter of relations is his grandmother who dearly loves him. However, there comes a moment of growing up when the issue of origins stops bothering him.
Abdykalykov, Aktan, Kyrgyzstan, 1998, Kyrgyz/Subtitles: English, 78 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Orator / Voiz [FL 615]
In a playful and slightly ironical way, the film conveys the history of the establishement of Soviet power in Uzbekistan. Irony notwithstanding, the plot is based on the cruel stories about the so-called "Hudjum" movement that persecuted Uzbek women who staunchly refused to renounce the wearing of traditional veils. The director fashions his story as a kind of Oriental fairytale about a poor arbakesh who happened to have three wives, and shortly thereafter, acquired a fourth one. In order to protect his wives from the new power, he, being a talented public orator, becomes a staff agitator - "the voice" of the Soviet authorities. But the cruel epoch crushes him all the same and ruins the lives of his wives.
Razykov, Yusup, Uzbekistan, 1998, Uzbek, Uzbek/Dubbing: Russian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Where Truth Lies [FL 616]
This film is about one of the many cases to come before the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 22-year-old student leader Siphiwo Mtimkulu, and his friend Topsy Madaka, were shot and burned in 1982 by the feared Security Police under the former apartheid government. Gideon Nieuwoudt - nicknamed "Notorious Nieuwoudt" - was a colonel in the Security Police. He and his colleagues are responsible for the torture, poisoning, and death of numerous black activists, including Steve Biko. In 1995 a group of top Security Police officers got a court order to block Mtimkulu's family from giving evidence before the TRC, threatening to undermine the whole process. 48 hours before the deadline expired, the officers finally applied for amnesty. Filmmaker Mark Kaplan documented the case for three years, during which time Nieuwoudt met with the Mtimkulu family seeking their forgiveness with unexpected and dramatic consequences.
Kaplan, Mark, South Africa, 1998, English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Aksuat / Аксуат [FL 617]
"Aksuat" - the name of the village, where the director of the film was born and lived. The modern accessories of life, such as mobile phones, cars, and satellite dishes notwithstanding, the lifestyle here remains essentially traditional, with the decision of the "elder" - local mob leader - controlling any action that is taken in the community. The story line evolves around the relationship of two brothers: Kanat and Aman. Kanat is a quintessential "new Kazakh", flat broke and disenchanted, who comes back to the village with his pregnant Russian wife. The elder brother Aman has lived in the village all his life, built a house, settled down but never married. "Aksuat" marks the breaking point in the development of Kazakh cinema in the era following the collapse of the USSR and the attainment of independence. The fates of the two brothers are the metaphors of the possible nation-building. The ones who leave lose their roots and moral values embedded in the traditional background. Those who stay in the countryside live a hard life in a corrupt, unjust society. But for all the hardships, the protagonists remain on their mothers' land. Thus, Aman's is the punch line of the film: "This is my house, my matches." The premier of the film in Kazakhstan went unnoticed. Later it received a Special Jury prize at IFF "Eurasia - 98"; prize of the Jury at the "Festival of Three Continents" in Nantes - 99, etc.
Aprymov, Serik, Kazakhstan, 1997, Russian, Russian, Kazakh/Subtitles: English, 78 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Little Angel, Make Me Happy / Ангелочек, сделай радость [FL 618]
This Turkmen-Russian co-production tells a story of a German boy, who was exiled with his family from the Volga region to Turkmenistan at the beginning of World War II. Having avoided by a lucky chance another impending deportation, this time to Siberia, the boy is left alone in the abandoned village, doomed to a hungry death…The film was awarded the Grand Prix as a feature film for children at the "Berlinale - 93,", the Liv Ullmann prize in Chicago - 94, "Golden Butterfly" award in Isfahan - 94, "Silver Elephant" award in Udaipur - 93, the Grand Prix at "Kinotavr" in Sochi - 94, along with numerous other prizes.
Saparov, Usman, Turkmenistan, 1993, German, Russian, German, Turkmen/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

You Are Not an Orphan / Ты не сирота [FL 619]
The film is the touching story of an Uzbek family who gave shelter to 14 children evacuated to Uzbekistan during World War II while the family's own son was drafted to the front. Children of different nationalities and ages learn to live together in one house - a veritable metaphor for the multi-national country itself. The Makamov family shelters a Russian, an Uzbek, a Jew and Lithuanian a Tatar, a Kazakh, etc. Every child gets into the family by accident but eventually stays on by the decision and the good will of the foster parents who realize that their house is a safe haven for the kids during the complicated times, certainly preferable to the orphange. The film combines staple patriotic and internationalist ideas of the time with the affirmation of the national mentality of the Uzbek people. The film's director, Shukhrat Abbasov, received the "Hamza," a State award of Uzbek SSR. The film was also awarded best screenplay prize at the first All-Union film festival in Leningrad, 1964.
Abbasov, Shukhrat, Uzbekistan, 1963, Russian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

White Mountains / Белые Горы [FL 620]
The film tells of the tragic events in the aftermath of the Kyrgyz popular revolt of 1916. "White Mountains" was the first film to express the spirit of the nation, its wisdom, strength and perseverance during hard times. The image of the Blind Mother (actress Baken Kydykeeva) who takes up the burden of all the hardships that befall her is a metaphor for the miserable Motherland - a noble blind woman, who lost her sight mourning her dead husband and son. Only one daughter remains with her - Uldzhan - and to make her happy, the Blind Mother agrees to her journey to the city with the young man Mukash. Mukash's devotion overcomes all the trials and tribulations that haunt the two young people. The film was awarded the First Prize at the1965 Almaty Film Festival of Central Asian Republics. The distribution title of the film was "Hard Passage". It was selected by Kyrgyz cinematographers and film critics for the collection of the Central Asian Cinema compiled by OSI, Budapest and the Center of Central Asian Cinematography in 2006 in order to save the first work of the national cinematography, renowned for its outstanding artistic qualities.
Ubukeyev, Melis, Kyrgyzstan, 1964, Russian/Subtitles: English, 63 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Daughter in Law / Невестка [FL 621]
The film is based on a true story witnessed by the director of the film. At the very railway junction where he spent his childhood there lived two people - an old shepherd and his daughter in law. The shepherd's son died at the front. The young wife, however, never accepted his death and kept waiting for her husband's return. The film "Daughter in Law" portrays the usual lifestyle of Turkmen shepherds with much insight and sympathy for the deeper meaning of traditional values. The wealth of detail and the laconic, iconographic, imagery prompted certain critics to call this film an "encyclopedia of Turkmen life." The cast of the movie is also noteworthy, especially the performance of the young actress Maya-Guizel Aymedova, who later became one of the best-known actresses of Turkmenistan. The film received the USSR State prize and was awarded numerous prizes at international film festivals, including Locarno, Tbilisi, Sorrento, Venice, etc.
Narliev, Hodzhakuli, Turkmenistan, 1972, Russian, Russian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hasan-Arbakesh / Хасан-Арбакеш [FL 622]
At first glance, youmight think that the film is going to tell a trivial story about an arbakesh named Hasan, who has a cart and a horse and dreams only of earning enough to be able to marry his beloved. As in a traditional fairy tale Hasan is young and handsome, strong and determined and very much in love. The fairy-tale plot, however, is set against the very real historical background, which soon starts to interfere brutally with the romantic thrust of the story. The film was shot during the so-called "Thaw" of the 1960s and contains a metaphorical protest against the establishement of Soviet regime in Tajikistan. Its main theme ia the clash between the traditional Tajik culture, and the new "invading" Soviet one. Unlike most of the "revolutionary" films that were shot in the Soviet Asian republics and focused on the bloody fights between the "reactionary" forces of traditional societies and the "righteous" Soviet "liberators," "Hasan-Arbakesh" shows the process of peaceful sovietization, that nevertheless, ruthlessly reroutes the fates of the characters. Hasan's cart is replaced by a truck, personal work becomes collectivized, the veil is jettisoned and a liberated woman, like Hasan's beloved Saodat, joins the Komsomol and is sent to teach in a romote kishlak. By the end of the film, the ever-joyous,singing and dancing Hasan is only a shadow of his former self, lost in a totally new strange world, full of "kolkhoz peasants", "proletarians" , pioneers with bugles and drums, and endless columns of cars, "busy building Stalin's communism."
Kimyagarov, Boris, Tajikistan, 1965, Russian, Russian/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Kosh Ba Kosh / Кош Ба Кош [FL 623]
The film tells a romantic love story set against the background of Tajik Civil War (1992-1996.) Curfews and bursts of tracer bullets piercing the night hardly seem compatible with a love story. In this strange and dangerous time the men of the city are all into gambling. Everybody gambles with everybody. The situation reaches absurd proportions when the main protagonist wins a young woman from her father. Not knowing what to do, the man decides to take the girl into his shlelter - a cable-car station in the mountains. The war seems far away, but soon it reaches even the apparently peaceful refuge as well. The film conveys the atmosphere of war-torn Dushanbe, the spirit of its citizens strengthened by the hardships and absurdities of the strange war. The film was awarded the "Silver Lion" at the International Film Festival in Venice in 1993, the Grand Prix in Saint Petersbourg - 94, and altogether has been screened at over 30 international film festivals.
Khudoinazarov, Bakhtiyar, Tajikistan, 1993, Russian/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Land of the Fathers / Земля Отцов [FL 624]
"The Land of the Fathers" is one of the outstanding Kazakh films of the Soviet epoch. Since it was shot during the "Thaw," the director was able to portray truly national characters and their resistance to the Soviet ideology. The leading characters - an old man and his grandchild - travel by train through Kazakhstan to Russia in order to search for the remains of the kid's father (the old man's son) who perished during Wolrd War II and to carry the remains back to Kazakhstan for burial. The mission fails because the soldier was buried in a common grave. During the trip the old man and his grandson Bayan come across different people and various mundane situations, which help the boy see the special place of national values in the big world around him. The film starts off with a close-up of a tombstone with an epitaph in Arabic. This frame, as well as other references to Muslim prayers and customs in the movie, were indeed a bold decision on the part of the director, considering the period during which the movie was shot and the possible repercussions. These episodes, however, alongside with other traditional attributes of the Kazakh world - steppe, river, sound of the dombra, etc. encapsulate the ethical codes that are central to the concept of the film. The action that takes places on the road builds on yet another strong code - the nomadic lifestyle of the Kazakhs. The encounters are not mere elements of the plot, but help reaffirm the deeper meaning of the traditional Kazakh wolrldview and values against those of other, "Western", "modern" cultures. Despite official acknowledgment and a number of domestic and international prizes garnered by it, the film is undeservedly forgotten, although it is truly one of the outstanding works of Soviet Asian cinematography.
Aimanov, Shaken, Kazakhstan, 1966, Russian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Lakshmi and Me [FL 629]
This personal film turns the camera on the director's maid Lakshmi. She works nearly 10 hours a day, seven days a week for a number of Mumbai families, earning in a month what her employers would spend on a good meal. Dress, family relations anchored in tradition, her relations to education, doctors, male and female family roles – in almost everything Lakshmi is different from the families who can afford to employ her. The director eloquently illustrates this point in a number of scenes, such as when the protagonist chooses to eat sitting on the ground at her employer's luxury flat. As well as its Indian elements, the film focuses on questions linked to the justice of work and equality between different social classes. Lakshmi works though she is pregnant, weighs only 44 kilograms and has to deal with serious health problems. The director gradually turns away from the flats of Lakshmi's employers and turns the camera on the subject's own living conditions.
Jain, Nishtha, India, 2007, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ways / Córesz [FL 635]
"In Hungary I am a Jew, in Israel I am a Hungarian." Young Jewish people in their twenties and thirties, interviewed both in Hungary and Israel, talk about identity and the ever-present ambiguities of searching for one's roots.
Groó, Diana, Hungary, 2001, Hungarian, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

This Prison Where I Live [FL 636]
An intimate portrait of two comedians: Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, one of Burma’s greatest living comedian, relentlessly victimised and imprisoned by the Burmese military junta, and Michael Mittermeier, one of Germany’s leading stand up comedians. Two men joined by comedy and separated by repression.
Bloomstein, Rex, United Kingdom, 2010, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea [FL 639]
In the last few decades the Aral Sea has lost over 80% of its surface area. This is due in large part to the mismanagement of irrigation in the Amudariya and Syrdariya rivers basin, and the growing cotton industry in the first half of the twentieth century. The disappearing sea leaves behind a polluted desert, destroying the lives of the local inhabitants, traditional fishermen of Aral. The Uzbek village of Moynak, once located in the shores of the Aral Sea, today is little more than a wasteland with a few grassy shallows containing the last remaining fish. A majority of the local population has already been forced to move to neighboring kazakhstan, as fishing had always been the primary and very nearly the only source of livelihood in Moynak. This Uzbek -Italian co-production is an intimate portrayal of the three generations of the family trying to make a living in the desolute area. "I cannot imagine the grandfather's stories of an immense sea, which was sailed on by great shipsm are based on the truth," says little Janibek Anuarov, who with his father tries day after day to catch at least a few fish for dinner in the frozen shallows. The laconic style of shooting utilizes long shots, which, combined with the disturbing music of A.R. Mutti, reflects the belak situation of the locals, Even thoughthe level of water in the Aral sea has slightly increased in the last few years, according to estimates it will most certainly disappear by the year 2010.
Ismailova, Saddat ; Casas, Carlos, Uzbekistan, 2004, Uzbek/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Closed District [FL 646]
"During the filming of the lives of the people living here, I felt surrounded by the constant thought of death," says Belgian director Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd, who in 1996 set off to southern Sudan. For more than thirty years this area has been tormented by war between Arab Muslims from the North and Black Christians from the South, the war that claimed the lives of at least 2 million people. Seven years after the beginning of filming the author decided to edit his material and add his own commentary. With the passage of time and the benefit of a hindsights he is able to to reflect on individual images. In the remote village of Mankien, Vandeweerd has faithfully captured the daily lives of the villagers, from the traditional religious rituals to the absurdly horrific martial training of the local paramilitary units. With the use of balck-and-white footage, the film's powerful composition serves to underscore the ever-present dust and dryness of this extremely unhospitable countryside where villagers are forced to struggle for the survival. During this period they are oblivious to the fact that within a few years their village will be complitely decimated by the government military.
Vandeweerd, Pierre-Yves, France, 2004, French/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Our Folk / Sami Swoi [FL 647]
Two quarreling peasant families, homeless war refugees from the eastern part of Poland, are settled by chance on two neighboring farms. Before the war Karguł’s cow had got into Pawłak’s meadow. As a result, two barns were burned down, blood was spilled, and Jaśko Pawłak, the eldest son, had to emigrate to the United States. Now he comes back, as John, and finds the two families living in peace and harmony. They try to convince John that things have changed. It was the turbulent love between the peasants’ children, Witi and Jadźka, that eventually brought the feuding families together. One of the most popular and acclaimed Polish comedies, partially based upon the screenwriter's family story. Initially shot in black-and-white, the color version was made in 2000 by a private TV station.
Chęciński, Sylwester, Poland, 1964, Polish/Subtitles: English, 80 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Immortal / El Immortal [FL 649]
In 1979 in Nicaragua there occurred the uprising of the Sandinistas, who overthrew the long running dictatorship of the Somozas. The government of the United States at that time was afraid that there would emerge a "second Cuba" in the region and began to organize and finance the anti-revolutionary movement of the Contras. The following civil war, in which over 50,000 people died, affected the lives of almost every Nicaraguan family. The members of the Rivera family's lives were forever changed in 1983, when their village was raided by the Contra units, who burned their house, abducted the twelve year-old José Antonio and his older sister Reina, and drafted them both into the army. Through the story of one family the film reveals how deeply war can affect the lives of ordinary people.
Moncada-Rodriguez, Mercedes, Spain, 2005, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 77 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

About Dogs and People / O psoch a l'ud'och [FL 652]
In 1988 when Miso Suchy immigrated to America, he did not know a word of English. The film "About Dogs and People" reflects his experiences with "the mute," and is filmed almost without words. Dogs are mute animals, yet according to the director they can tell a lot about the society in which they live. This metaphorical film shows the accuracy of the saying that dogs are a reflection of the people who owe them.
Suchy, Miso, Slovakia, 1993, English, 44 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Concrete Revolution [FL 653]
"We are not just good at destroying the old world, but also at building the new one," announced Mao Tse-tung many years ago, and even he could not have forseen the extent to which China is fullfilling his words at the beginning of the 21st century. Most notably Peking, in connection with the organizing of the 2008 Olympic Games, has become one giant construction site. This symbol of the "New China" is built by hand by approximately one million laborers travelling for work mainly from the poorer villages in the countryside. A number of them have not yet received their wages after several months, while their families wait desperately for the money. All of this is part of the transformation of Peking into a modern metropolis with a Western character. Young Chinese writer and documentary filmmaker Xiaolu Gao has succeeded in creating a visually rich an imaginative film essay that conveys the character of contemporary Chinese society, whose polished appearances have been created at the expense of the suffering of the ordinary people. The film is interlaced with playfully generalized passages of the turning points in Chinese history, ironic and bitterly humorous commentary of the other side of the "Chinese miracle." A high-quality soundtrack mix by Matt Scott is also worthy of notice.
Guo, Xiaolu, China, 2004, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Southern Comfort [FL 654]
A documentary about a female-to-male transsexual who is dying of ovarian cancer. Robert was born female and Lola was born male. Transgendered, they fall in love. Set in the backwoods of Georgia, “Southern Comfort” tells the real-life story of Robert Eads, a warm and gregarious cowboy who as a woman married and raised two sons, then transitioned to living as a man. Fifteen years later the director follows Robert during the extraordinary last year of his life as he copes with ovarian cancer (after 20 doctors have refused him medical treatment) and falls headlong into a passionate romance with Lola, a transgendered male-to-female. A film highlighting the fight for basic human rights, and the desire to enjoy the simple pleasures of domestic life taken for granted by most of us. A film showing that love is a many-gendered feeling and that society is still reluctant to accept the multi-faceted side of it.
Davis, Kate, United States, 2001, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Orphans of Nkandla [FL 655]
Through intimate verité footage shot in South Africa during 2003 and 2005, "Orphans of Nkandla" chronicles a tale of heartbreaking pathos and breathtaking beauty, as we witness human tragedy unfurl against a backdrop of vast landscapes and rustic poverty in rural Zululand. Where the tarmac ends, so does the running water and electricity; nutritious food is a luxury; and medical choices are made on cost and availability rather than necessity.The girls and boys we meet live in the rural village of Nklanda, situated north of the South African city of Durban. These children share a common burden: one or both of their parents have died of AIDS, and they must now care for siblings and, in some cases, an infected parent. The film includes numerous scenes in which sisters and brothers are forced to forsake simple childhood pleasures in order to survive. Despite its grim subject matter, "Orphans of Nkandla" provides a measure of hope, primarily through the person of Sister Hedwig, a nun who works at the local hospital. Travelling tirelessly around the countryside in her truck, Sister Hegwick helps the orphans cope with their loss and grief, at the same time trying to relocate them in relatives' homes while getting the government to provide them with grants that will pay for their education. As we see, Sister Hedwick's efforts are sometimes rewarded, although the specter of AIDS is constantly clouding each of the children's future horizons.
Woods, Brian ; Shipley, Deborah, United Kingdom, 2003, English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

But the Hour Is Near / Bet stunda nak [FL 656]
The film applies methods commonly used with actors to real people and the world at large. The main characters Erik and Daniel are out on the streets of Riga preaching the Gospel and their understanding of the modern Christian lifestyle. Although friends, they assume radically different idealist and materialist views. The film is a grotesque and simultaneously real story about people who are trying to reconcile fanatical faith with worldly desires in the face of the demands of life in the rat race. “But the Hour is Near” (2004) focuses on contemporary human confusion, phobias and the search for God. The film sparked a lively public debate; fast becoming the most talked about Latvian documentary film of the year. It was awarded the prize of best Latvian documentary at the National film festival ‘Lielais Kristaps’.
Poskus, Juris, Latvia, 2003, Latvian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Women's Happiness or Men's Dignity / Женское Счастье или Мужское Достоинство [FL 657]
This film portrays two women in Armenia. One protagonist is a divorcee who, forced to give up her career as an artist during her marriage, finds freedom, happiness, and creative expression in her new life; she struggles, however with social stigma and being labeled as a social outcast. The other is a widow who, nostalgic for her late husband, believes that women's happiness lies in the patriarchal male-headed household where women are homemakers. Despite their conflicting opinions, both find strength in themselves and their work, as they raise their families as single mothers.
Verdiyan, Karine ; Shek, Nika, Armenia, 2006, Russian, Armenian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Elechek / Элечек [FL 657]
Sairash was an exemplary wife for twenty years. After her wedding, she put her former life 'on hold' and began to create a new one with her husband, building a house with the modest means available and finding joy in every new success on the road to their future together. When the new home was finally completed, her husband brought a new, younger, wife into the household, deciding to form a family with both the women, and their children. Sairash rebelled, however. She couldn't stand the new order and after a while she left home. In rebelling against the accepted order, did she become a bad wife, or an example and model for all oppressed women? Weaving together scenes from Sairash's daily routine with frank interviews – both with Sairash herself and those close to her – the filmmaker creates a picture of her transformed life. She thus portrays the inner workings of a woman who has found a new meaning in life, but whose happiness will never be complete without a husband and her children. The documentary is also a commentary on the current post–war situation in Kyrgyzstan where the number of women exceeds that of men, thus leading to frequent cases of polygamy. Sairash, rebelling against the strong, but unfair, order, still wears the elechek – the traditional high headdress worn by elderly married women in Kyrgyzstan. The filmmaker sensitively contrasts her rebellion with the conservative majority view that families should stay together, no matter what the cost.
Rakhmadieva, Nailya, Kyrgyzstan, 2006, Kyrgyz/Dubbing: Russian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Return / Возврашение [FL 657]
Liya's past is troublesome - her mother was killed by her father, and she herself was beaten by him many times. She spends her adult life attempting to cope with her memories. To cut the vicious circle of violence in the village of her childhood, where domestic violence is considered "normal," Liya returns to her former home to awaken the villagers and establish new relationships among them.
Glonti, Levan, Georgia, 2006, Georgian/Dubbing: Russian/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

New Penelope / Пенелопаи мо [FL 657]
Economic depression and political chaos force Tajik men to become migrant laborers, working in unsafe conditions and with inconsistent pay. Tajik women attempt to keep their families alive, and m in some cases, enter polygamous marriages to feed themselves and their families. Often, these women relate to Penelope, the wife of the mythical hero odysseus, who waits many years for her husband to return. The men working abroad and the women left behind face the same fate: hard work and human rights abuses. This film allows the viewer to experience the hardships of migrant labor through the eyes of both women and men.
Dzalaev, Georgii, Tajikistan, 2006, /Dubbing: Russian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Girls to Mothers / De Niña a Madre [FL 659]
An average of 400 children are born in Nicaragua every day, 100 of them to adolescent mothers. This documentary narrates the lives of three adolescents, aged 14 to 16, who had not planned to be mothers at such an early age. Florence Jaugey follows the lives of these young mothers for several months – during the last months of their pregnancies, and afterwards, when everything has irreversibly changed. We learn about their families, their stories of love, their doubts, their hopes and the tough reality they went through in their pregnancy and the prospect of having to raise their children. Jaugey builds up a very intimate relationship with her protagonists, detecting their moods and showing how their outward coolness is only a facade behind which they conceal their intricate fears. Along with exposing the alarmingly increasing numbers of adolescent mothers in Nicaragua, the film also raises fundamental questions about women’s identity and the meaning of maternity.
Jaugey, Florence, Nicaragua, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pornography / Pornografia [FL 660]
“I set "Pornography" in wartime Poland in order to show that it is not only national-catholic stories about Poland that can be told” – wrote Witold Gombrowicz. Indeed, the setting of this “erotic quartet” is accidental. Two middle aged men, a writer and a “man of the theatre”, leave occupied Warsaw for a friend’s provincial manor. Soon they start playing a mysterious and highly ambiguous game. They want to ignite the “chemistry of love” between their host’s beautiful daughter and a young farmhand – both adolescent, charming yet ignorant of their mutual attraction. The only obstacle is the daughter’s fiancée – a man from her social class, but naïve, vain and boring. The execution of a deserting officer in the Polish Home Army offers the two artists the chance to unite the young lovers in murder. A highly sensual and very well acted film, with an unexpected twist added by Jan Jakub Kolski in his adaptation of Gombrowicz’s novel.
Kolski, Jan Jakub, Poland, 2003, Polish/Subtitles: English, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Decent Factory [FL 661]
Director Thomas Balmes follows Nokia, the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phones, in his quest to tackle the problem of sustainable enterprise. Is it possible to make a profit and conduct business ethically at the same time? When the film begins, the originally Finnish company Nokia has just hired hanna Kaskinen as an "ethnical and environmental specialist," to propagate the concept of sustainable enterprise within the company. Apparently, Nokia managers are still quite unfamiliar with the phenomenon. Director Balmes follows Kaskinen and her English advisor to China, where they visit and inspect a number of Nokia suppliers. The filmmakers's direct cinema style mercilessly records the discomfort among the British managers, who walk the tightrope between profit and law. The executives' initial frankness changes when they find out that the film is not solely intended for internal use. By this time, though, we are already haunted by images of factory girls on as assemby line, putting together adapters day in and day out for less than the required minimum wage.
Balmes, Thomas, Finland, 2004, Finnish, Macedonian/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Who Will Sing a Lullaby… / Хто заспиває колискову… [FL 662]
Masha's father and Katya's grandfather are on paternity leave. They are among the few, the very few (46 to be exact), men from Kiev who dared to use their right to take parental leave. Challenging their traditional role as breadwinners, overcoming social stigma, and encouraging their wives to realize themselves outside of the home, Masha's father and Katya's grandfather do not think of themselves as heroes or dependants. Instead, they are pleased that - with their own courage and support from family members and friends - personal choice can prevail for them and their wives over traditional gender roles.
Rudul, Nina, Ukraine, 2006, Ukrainian, Russian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

There Are Women in Russian Villages… / Есть женщины в русских селеньях… [FL 662]
In this film, two women, a mother and her daughter, demonstrate that poverty in Russia is increasingly a women's phemenon. Luba and Alesaya live in a typical Russian village: the population consists of male drunkards, with few or no exceptions, and exhausted women. Luba and Alesya are milkmaids at a state farm - a profession that is underpaid and perceived as too strenous for most people. But Luba and Alesya, who are raising children and fleeing domestic violence, have little choice. While many in their circumstances would seek help from their government, they have no one to rely on in their small, isolated village except themselves.
Kostomarov, Pavel ; Kattin, Anton, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kristina and Christ / Kristina Krustuje [FL 662]
in Lithuania, women occupy a lower position than men in the Lutheran Church hierarchy. Kristina, a graduate of Oxford University, is not ordained to become a priest because she is a woman. As an asistant pastor, she could act as a lay person only. Committed to theology and educating others, she has focused on encouraging women and girls in her community to seek equal rights of men and women in the Church and the society at large. The film helps to challenge the belief that the traditions of the Church are outside national andiscrimination labor laws. After the national premiere of this film, the Bishop and the Consistory of the Evangelical Church in Lithuania banned Kristina from teaching in the church and its institutions, accusing her of violating church teachings, and dismissed her from the position of assistant pastor.
Kurklietyte, Inesa, Lithuania, 2006, Lithuanian/Subtitles: English, 22 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Nevertheless / Sin Embargo [FL 663]
A look at Cuba and its residents through the objects they use to replace what is not available on the market. Do-it-yourself goods are made with extreme ingenuity and imagination out of anything that comes to hand. Meet the guy who refurbishes toilets; the choreographer who, in the face of electricity shortages, creates a silent ballet; and other artisans who invent, adapt and try to make a living. This documentary is a testament to the spirit of individual initiative and creativity of the island’s residents, which have survived years of oppressive regime and extreme material shortages. Interviews with Cubans testify to an amazing will to persevere and even burst forth with optimism.
Grey, Judith ; Cheng, Katherine ; Orner, Eva, Cuba, 2003, English/Subtitles: English, 43 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Nevertheless / Sin Embargo [FL 663]
A look at Cuba and its residents through the objects they use to replace what is not available on the market. Do-it-yourself goods are made with extreme ingenuity and imagination out of anything that comes to hand. Meet the guy who refurbishes toilets; the choreographer who, in the face of electricity shortages, creates a silent ballet; and other artisans who invent, adapt and try to make a living. This documentary is a testament to the spirit of individual initiative and creativity of the island’s residents, which have survived years of oppressive regime and extreme material shortages. Interviews with Cubans testify to an amazing will to persevere and even burst forth with optimism.
Grey, Judith ; Cheng, Katherine ; Orner, Eva, Cuba, 2003, English/Subtitles: English, 43 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jose Manuel, the Mule and the TV / Jose Manuel, la Mula y el Televisor [FL 664]
After lightening struck the televison antenna and hits the carrier signal, Jose Manuel decided to take matters in his own hands and carry on with the program by himself. He takes his mule and his television set to different local peoplefrom the Sierra Maestra (Cuba) and interviews them about their lives and the problems in the community. Neither he nor his interviewees seem to be disturbed by the setting of the interviews, as they speak to each other through the empty frame of an ex-television. This film takes a gentle look at how one mna uses his creativity and humor to produce social change in a small village in Cuba.
Cornevin, Elsa, Cuba, 2003, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 14 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Death in Gaza [FL 665]
In the spring of 2003 director James Miller and reporter Saira Shah traveled to the Middle East to record the way in which ordinary children grow up under extraordinary conditions. The main characters in their film are Ahmed, Mohammed, and Najla, three friends living in the city of Rafah on the edge of the dangerous Gaza Strip, Ahmed and Mohammed spend their free time playing soldiers or throwing stones at the Israeli tanks or bulldozers. Their deeply-engrained hatred towards Israel, created by the conditions in which they grew up and fostered by a well-developed system of brainwashing, suggests that they are well on their way to becoming suicide bombers. During the making of the documentary, however, a shocking event occurs. Director and cameraman James Miller, father of two small children, is himself killed by an IDF soldier. Miller becomes another victim of the conflict whose destructive impact on the lives of Palestinian children he was trying faithfully to record.
Miller, James, United Kingdom, 2004, English, Arabic, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Death in Gaza [FL 665]
In the spring of 2003 director James Miller and reporter Saira Shah traveled to the Middle East to record the way in which ordinary children grow up under extraordinary conditions. The main characters in their film are Ahmed, Mohammed, and Najla, three friends living in the city of Rafah on the edge of the dangerous Gaza Strip, Ahmed and Mohammed spend their free time playing soldiers or throwing stones at the Israeli tanks or bulldozers. Their deeply-engrained hatred towards Israel, created by the conditions in which they grew up and fostered by a well-developed system of brainwashing, suggests that they are well on their way to becoming suicide bombers. During the making of the documentary, however, a shocking event occurs. Director and cameraman James Miller, father of two small children, is himself killed by an IDF soldier. Miller becomes another victim of the conflict whose destructive impact on the lives of Palestinian children he was trying faithfully to record.
Miller, James, United Kingdom, 2004, English, Arabic, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pripyat / Припять [FL 666]
A portrait of the people who still live and work in the area contaminated by the explosion at the Chernobyl niclear plant in 1986. Stories of those who stayed and those who have moved back. What is it like to live with the invisible and incomprehensible danger of radioactivity? How do they deal with the after-effects of an accident, which is claimed to be "statistically imporbable''? Four protagonists tell their stories a provide a different glimse of everyday life in "their" zone.
Geyrhalter, Nikolaus, Austria, 1999, Russian, Russian, Ukrainian/Subtitles: English, 100 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sentenced to Marriage / Mekudeshet [FL 667]
Three yong married women trapped in religious courts in their attempts to get a divorce, which can only be granted with their husbands' consent. Dependant on their husbands' whim, they do not know when release will finally come. A married woman is forbidden to have a relationship with another man even if her husband has lons since gone to live with another woman. Denied other relationships, the women are condemned to profound psychological and physical suffering. In Israel, a democratic country of the 21st century, their pain and anguish is embedded in the law. Being young and anonymous, their voices are silenced. For two years the film follows the Kafkaesque struggle of Tamara, Michelle and rachel - three young women doing all that is humanly possible to obtain a divorce, with the help of a group of female orthodox rabbinical advocates.
Zuria, Anat, Israel, 2004, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Skin Hunters / Łowcy skór [FL 669]
A film based on one of the biggest and most shocking corruption scandals in post-socialist Poland. In 2001 paramedics of a Łódź emergency ambulance service were accused of killing their own patients. They were tempted to do so, because they had started to function as agents for funeral parlors, receiving money for information on deaths (i.e. “skins”) and forcing families to use a particular funeral parlor. In a number of instances they started “producing the skins”, i.e. not helping patients in critical states, or even giving them lethal drugs. This “skin trade” was uncovered by local journalists, and Marek, the main character in this quasi-documentary, is a journalist who discovers the shocking truth behinds a death of his colleague Piotr. Piotr had an riding accident, but then died unexpectedly on the way to the hospital. Marek cannot believe it was possible and soon learns that Piotr was working on a article about a shocking corruption scandal involving the emergency ambulance service, and his death was indeed not accidental.
Lipka, Rafał M., Poland, 2003, Polish/Subtitles: English, 89 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

There and Back / Tam iz powrotem [FL 670]
The story of the Polish “robbery of the century”. Lodz, 1965: a well-respected doctor with an anti-communist record wants to leave the country for England where his wife and daughter are. He meets an old acquaintance from the days of the anti-communist struggle who needs a partner in a robbery. It is the only way to get enough money to buy a passport and start a new life in the West, and he promises that the attack on a bank vehicle transporting money can be done without spilling blood. Trumped up charges brought by a secret police agent who wants to destroy the doctor’s career make it easier for him to decide. The robbery is successful, but one of the drivers gets shot. He is taken to the hospital for an operation. The surgeon is the very person who took part in the robbery. He has to decide whether the only witness should survive. This is the first feature film made by a director of a popular criminal television series.
Wójcik, Wojciech, Poland, 2002, Polish/Subtitles: English, 102 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Man of Iron / Człowiek z zełaza [FL 673]
The most acclaimed and influential Polish film made during the Solidarity movement. The son of a famous Stakhanovite portrayed in the earlier "Man of Marble" works in the Gdańsk shipyard. He is particularly outspoken and the Party sends Winkiel – a weak alcoholic TV hack – to Gdańsk to collect materials that could discredit him. Posing as a friend, Winkiel interviews people who know Tomczyk, including his detained wife, Agnieszka. Their narrations become flashbacks using actual news footage of 1968 and 1970 protests and of the later birth of free unions and Solidarity. Some of the scenes were shot with the participation of Lech Wałęsa – the strike leader. Winkiel soon learns that he is on the wrong side, that power relations are likely to change and that there will be little room for him in the new order. Enthusiastically received in the West, Wajda’s film played an important part in the anti-communist resistance. Recently it has been pointed out that the film is propagandist in its black-and-white depiction of the August 1980 strikes.
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1981, Polish/Subtitles: English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, 146 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Kiler / Kiler [FL 678]
A spoof gangster film which was a huge commercial success in Poland. By sheer accident one morning a calm taxi driver called Jurek Kiler is arrested by the police and put in prison as a professional assassin nicknamed Kiler. Previously shy, lost and often grotesque, now Jurek is treated with awe not only by his fellow inmates, but also by the police and the prison guards as well as by women. Yet, he quickly decides to disregard this “fame” as he set free by local mafia king who wants his services. Together with a young journalist, he decides to fight the mafia and find the assassin. After numerous chases, twists and turns of action, he helps the police to arrest the real Kiler and can finally become himself. But for many people he is still a famous gangster.
Machulski, Juliusz, Poland, 1997, Polish/Subtitles: English, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Landscape After the Battle / Krajobraz po bitwie [FL 680]
The screenplay is based on concentration camp novels by Tadeusz Borowski’. The film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food, change clothes, bury the tormentors they find alive. Then they are herded into other camps as the Allies try to find a way to control the situation. A young poet who cannot quite find himself in this new situation, meets a headstrong young Jewish girl who wants him to run off with her, to the West. He cannot cope with her growing demands for affection, while still harboring hatred for the Germans and disdain for his fellow men who quickly revert to petty enmities. When the girl is accidentally killed by an American guard, he cries for the first time and then decides to return home with the books he has picked up. This film initiated a series of adaptations of classical Polish literature made in the 1970s where the director pays more heed to the psychology of the characters than to the political and historical context.
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1970, Polish/Subtitles: English, Russian, German, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish, 101 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Debt / Dlug [FL 682]
A gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug. Two friends begin a business venture of importing Italian scooters into Poland. With no collateral, they turn to a Russian acquaintance that offers money and support in the beginning and then inexplicably turns violent and vicious. Tension mounts as the two friends begin to understand what must be done. Based on a true story, "The Debt" is a terrifying tale of ordinary men pushed to their limit. Stars Robert Gonera, Jacek Borcuch, Andrzej Chyra.
Krauze, Krzysztof, Poland, 1999, Polish/Subtitles: English, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Owners of Nothing / Dueños De Nada [FL 683]
Five-year-old Fatima has very poor eyesight: without glasses she is virtually blind. Most of her life takes place in a haze; it is only at school that she sees well, for there, in a locked drawer, lie her greatest treasure: blue spectacles with thick lenses. At the end of every school day, she has to put them back in the drawer. Fatima lives in El Vacie, a slum on the outskirts of Seville, Spain. Her parents are extremely poor; they have practically nothing, not even a proper roof over their heads and they cannot afford glasses for their daughter. In their shanty, which the first downpour will easily wash away, rats and other vermin have free play. There is no running water. In his film about the shockingly shabby El Vacie – one of the oldest slums of Europe – the young filmmaker Sebastián Talavera makes use of hip editing techniques and striking photography. Owners of Nothing is a poetic portrait of the slum and its people, devoting equal attention to daily misery and the zest of the children, who dream of a better life "anywhere, as long as it’s not in El Vacie".
Serrano, Sebastián Talavera, Spain, 2003, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Golden Hut: A Year with Emilke Karácsony in the Hidegség of Gyimes / Aranykalyiba [FL 684]
Thirteen-year-old Emilke, who is similar to Ábel (the protagonist of a famous novel about a young boy living in the mountains of Transylvania – transl.), lives in his mountain hut in a place called Hidegség in Gyimes, Transylvania. From early spring to the first snowfall he grazes cows, makes cheese from the milk, and only sees his parents when one or the other goes up to the mountain pasture and takes the cheese home. These meetings are rare and short. The only companions for the boy are the cows and the dogs, since he has to climb one or two hills just to get to the closest neighbour. The hours, days, weeks, spring, summer, and autumn melt into each other in this solitude…
Zsigmond, Dezső, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Goebbels Experiment / Das Goebbels-Experiment [FL 685]
The name Goebbels stands for unbridled, cynical and - at least partially - successful propaganda. It's a convenient label, regularly used to brand politicians as evil rabble-rousers and polemicists. But Joseph Goebbels' life was more enigmatic and unsettling than his current classification as propaganda genius or 'inveterate liar of the Third Reich' would suggest, and here we see how Goebbels constantly stage-managed his life and reinvented himself, from his beginnings as a 'National Socialist' to his suicide with his wife and children. Unusually, for a documentary, it abstains from the use of commentary - the diary that Goebbels kept from 1924 to 1945 is the only 'voice' in the film. In particular, the film succeeds in conveying the gestures and facial expressions of this manic-depressive man, creating the picture of a modern media manager who devoted his workaholic personality to the whole spectrum of communication - only to fail so completely in political and moral terms.
Hachmeister, Lutz, Germany, 2004, German, English/Subtitles: English, 107 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Goebbels Experiment / Das Goebbels-Experiment [FL 685]
The name Goebbels stands for unbridled, cynical and - at least partially - successful propaganda. It's a convenient label, regularly used to brand politicians as evil rabble-rousers and polemicists. But Joseph Goebbels' life was more enigmatic and unsettling than his current classification as propaganda genius or 'inveterate liar of the Third Reich' would suggest, and here we see how Goebbels constantly stage-managed his life and reinvented himself, from his beginnings as a 'National Socialist' to his suicide with his wife and children. Unusually, for a documentary, it abstains from the use of commentary - the diary that Goebbels kept from 1924 to 1945 is the only 'voice' in the film. In particular, the film succeeds in conveying the gestures and facial expressions of this manic-depressive man, creating the picture of a modern media manager who devoted his workaholic personality to the whole spectrum of communication - only to fail so completely in political and moral terms.
Hachmeister, Lutz, Germany, 2004, German, English/Subtitles: English, 107 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Two or Three Things I Know About Him / 2 oder 3 Dinge, die ich von ihm weiss [FL 686]
The family of a Nazi war criminal, sixty years after the end of the War. Hanns Elard Ludin found fame as a young officer under the Weimar Republic, after conspiring on Hitler's behalf in the German army. When Hitler came to power Ludin' s career took off; by the time he was twenty-eight, he had an army of no less than 300,000 storm troopers under his command. In 1941 he became Hitler's emissary to the Nazi's vassal state, Slovakia, and looked after the interests of the Third Reich there - including the implementation of the Final Solution. After the war, the Americans handed Ludin over to the Czechoslovakian authorities; he was sentenced to death and hanged. Ludin's youngest son, director Malte Ludin, presents a 'documentary debate' with the three generations of his large family, now scattered all over the world. Although the truth about the father's role in the war has long been on record, his widow, children and children's children argue about their family history, struggling to reconcile private memories with public knowledge.
Ludin, Malte, Germany, 2004, German/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Eye of Vichy / L'Oeil de Vichy [FL 687]
"The Eye of Vichy" is a carefully chosen compilation of long forgotten film footage and newsreels produced by the Nazis and French colloborators during World War II. From the small town of Vichy in central France, Field Marshall Petain's puppet government worked with their Nazi overlords in creating pro-Nazi propaganda. Seeking to turn the tide of public emotion against both the Allied Forces and the Jews, they skillfully produced a strange alternative hsitory of the war years that is shocking and grimly fascinating. French New wave founder Claude Chabrol creates a masterful look at Nazis and media manipulation that is engrossing as any of his thrillers.
Charbol, Claude, France, 1993, English, French/Subtitles: English, 110 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Eye of Vichy / L'Oeil de Vichy [FL 687]
"The Eye of Vichy" is a carefully chosen compilation of long forgotten film footage and newsreels produced by the Nazis and French colloborators during World War II. From the small town of Vichy in central France, Field Marshall Petain's puppet government worked with their Nazi overlords in creating pro-Nazi propaganda. Seeking to turn the tide of public emotion against both the Allied Forces and the Jews, they skillfully produced a strange alternative hsitory of the war years that is shocking and grimly fascinating. French New wave founder Claude Chabrol creates a masterful look at Nazis and media manipulation that is engrossing as any of his thrillers.
Charbol, Claude, France, 1993, English, French/Subtitles: English, 110 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

When the War Is Over [FL 688]
The film deals with the after-effects of the South African struggle against Apartheid, as experienced by survivors from the Bonteheuwel Military Wing (BMW), a militant teenage self-defense unit from the mid-1980s and a guerrilla branch of the ANC. Focusing on two ex-activists, Gori and Marlon, this documentary reveals the scars left among what has become the country’s lost generation. Gori has become an army captain, Marlon a gang member. Both are having trouble finding a path in life: the battle against Apartheid is over, but what now? The documentary is dedicated to seven BMW comrades who were casualties during this time and to the mothers who supported these teenagers during the anti-apartheid struggle. In his straightforward style, director Francois Verster presents an apt, and sometimes frightening, depiction of life in Bonteheuwel.
Verster, François, South Africa, 2002, Afrikaans/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Angola: Saudades From the One Who Loves You / Angola, saudades de quem te ama [FL 689]
An insider’s portrait of an unknown, oil- and diamond-rich, war-damaged country. This journey across Luanda, the Angolan capital, introduces both the past and the present of the country, and its hunger for a new future after 27 years of the civil war. The memories of Portuguese colonial rule, the scars of the clashing interests of cold war superpowers, the years of foreign military occupation, and the long, long civil war, intensified by the conflicting interests in natural resources – all of these traces fuse in the dense life of the cosmopolitan metropolis. The journey takes us into the lives of characters from diverse backgrounds: a fish seller, street boys, a school teacher, an old peasant, two fashion models, and a rap musician whose songs denounce corruption and will get you into trouble if you try singing them in public. The film is a collaboration between Namibian director Richard Pakleppa, and Angolan musician and performer Paulo Flores. The letters are written by Paulo Flores, Richard Pakleppa, and Albano Cardoso.
Pakleppa, Richard, (n/a), 2005, English, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 64 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Angola: Saudades From the One Who Loves You / Angola, saudades de quem te ama [FL 689]
An insider’s portrait of an unknown, oil- and diamond-rich, war-damaged country. This journey across Luanda, the Angolan capital, introduces both the past and the present of the country, and its hunger for a new future after 27 years of the civil war. The memories of Portuguese colonial rule, the scars of the clashing interests of cold war superpowers, the years of foreign military occupation, and the long, long civil war, intensified by the conflicting interests in natural resources – all of these traces fuse in the dense life of the cosmopolitan metropolis. The journey takes us into the lives of characters from diverse backgrounds: a fish seller, street boys, a school teacher, an old peasant, two fashion models, and a rap musician whose songs denounce corruption and will get you into trouble if you try singing them in public. The film is a collaboration between Namibian director Richard Pakleppa, and Angolan musician and performer Paulo Flores. The letters are written by Paulo Flores, Richard Pakleppa, and Albano Cardoso.
Pakleppa, Richard, (n/a), 2005, English, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 64 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tiny Katerina / Маленькая Катерина [FL 690]
Northwestern Siberia, Russia. The camera attentively observes how a small Khanty girl, Katerina learns about the outer world from the age of two to four. Collecting wood, feeding the dogs, talking to deer – all the ‘adult’ activities are performed with intense concentration and surprising autonomy. Katerina becomes skilled at recognizing the voices of people and animals. Gradually she approaches the unknown and the unknown comes closer. Yet the traditional coexistence with nature is about to be shaken when an oilrig appears not far from Katerina’s nomad camp.
Golovnev, Ivan, Russia, 2004, Russian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Liberace of Bagdad [FL 691]
Sean McAllister went to Iraq to film Saddam Hussein's trial. He came back with something quite different. He met Samir Peter, once the pianist of the Baghdad Symphony Orchestra, who has spent the past year entertaining journalists and security guards in a hotel bar. Holed up in a heavily fortified Baghdad hotel, the pianist and the film-maker try to survive the 'peace' of post-war Iraq. In his heyday, Samir described himself as the 'Liberace of Baghdad' but today he sleeps in a bricked up hotel room, too afraid to cross town to his seven-bedroomed mansion. He has a visa for America, where he could find fame and fortune in what he calls his 'one last adventure in life'. Will Samir sacrifice his American dream for the sake of his family in lawless Iraq?
McAllister, Sean, United Kingdom, 2004, Arabic, English/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Liberace of Bagdad [FL 691]
Sean McAllister went to Iraq to film Saddam Hussein's trial. He came back with something quite different. He met Samir Peter, once the pianist of the Baghdad Symphony Orchestra, who has spent the past year entertaining journalists and security guards in a hotel bar. Holed up in a heavily fortified Baghdad hotel, the pianist and the film-maker try to survive the 'peace' of post-war Iraq. In his heyday, Samir described himself as the 'Liberace of Baghdad' but today he sleeps in a bricked up hotel room, too afraid to cross town to his seven-bedroomed mansion. He has a visa for America, where he could find fame and fortune in what he calls his 'one last adventure in life'. Will Samir sacrifice his American dream for the sake of his family in lawless Iraq?
McAllister, Sean, United Kingdom, 2004, Arabic, English/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. [FL 692]
“Mr. Death” is a cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and Holocaust denier, Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. Son of a prison guard, Leuchter found himself in the execution game when, as an electrical engineer, he offered his services to help fix the electric chair used in North Carolina. After his success in North Carolina, other states contacted him to help with their execution devices, and Leuchter helped devise lethal-injection devices, gas chambers, and gallows as well. On the basis of his qualifications, in 1988 Leuchter was commissioned by German-Canadian publisher Ernst Zundel to conduct the first thorough forensic examination of the alleged Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. Leuchter testified that the alleged facilities were not — and could not have been — used for mass extermination. What he viewed as his definitive achievement, his paper The Leuchter Report, ultimately led to his fall, as states wouldn't work with him, Jewish groups targeted him, and neo-Nazis sought him.
Morris, Errol, United Kingdom, 1999, English, 109 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Masha Mom [FL 695]
Filmed in Russia over seven-years, this documentary follows Masha, a Russian American Jewish lesbian, in her quest for motherhood. After Masha’s open-minded grandmother urges them to give it a try, Masha and her girlfriend Kate set out to find a donor. After numerous disappointments and growing tension, the relationship breaks down, but Masha continues to follow her dream. She explores a variety of options, navigating the Russian social and legal landscape. Paradoxically, the legal system is not an obstacle in Russia, where an unmarried woman with a child has more rights than the biological father, who is rarely given custody. This one woman’s plan to create a family incorporates multiple approaches and an impressive amount of support from the people in her life. It is courageous attempt to make different roles compatible: to be a woman, to be a lesbian, to be a mother.
Bukojemski, Michał, Poland, 2003, English, Russian, 34 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Minders [FL 697]
This film was made by Sean Mcallister during the last Iraqi crisis (the one defused by the UN's Kofi Annan in person). With air strikes averted, Mcallister decided to carry on filming, making a double portrait of his two Ministry of Information minders, Kifah and Alla. The likeable and decent Kifah, a former English teacher enjoying a rare spell of paid work, is a football mad Anglophile: 'I can't forget Bobby Moore,' he sighs. Alla, Head of Protocol, is a suave ladies' man and pop fan (very taken with Chumbawumba). Mcallister carries on filming Kifah after he is dropped as a minder and in doing so creates an illuminating and touching picture of the man and of everyday life in Iraq.
McAllister, Sean, United Kingdom, 1998, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Great Communist Bank Robbery / Marele jaf comunist [FL 698]
In 1959 Romanian State Bank was allegedly robbed by a mysterious band of gangsters, who got away with millions of lei intended for the salaries of hard-working citizens. The police, helped by the secret agents, 'discovered' that the robbery had been carried out by a group of high-ranking communists, all holding important posts in government and all, as it happened, Jews. A show-trial followed, and the accused were forced to appear in a filmed 'reconstruction' of the robbery in exchange for promises of reduced sentences. The very same film was then used to provide vital 'evidence' for the prosecution. All but one of the defendants were sentenced to death, and the film was later used at closed party screenings for training purposes. Over forty years later, director Alexandru Solomon reconstructs the reconstruction, incorporating interviews with former prisoners, the cameraman of the infamous film, neighbors and secret police agents. Their accounts show that the propaganda film covered up more than it revealed.
Solomon, Alexandru, Romania, 2004, Romanian, English/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Great Communist Bank Robbery / Marele jaf comunist [FL 698]
In 1959 Romanian State Bank was allegedly robbed by a mysterious band of gangsters, who got away with millions of lei intended for the salaries of hard-working citizens. The police, helped by the secret agents, 'discovered' that the robbery had been carried out by a group of high-ranking communists, all holding important posts in government and all, as it happened, Jews. A show-trial followed, and the accused were forced to appear in a filmed 'reconstruction' of the robbery in exchange for promises of reduced sentences. The very same film was then used to provide vital 'evidence' for the prosecution. All but one of the defendants were sentenced to death, and the film was later used at closed party screenings for training purposes. Over forty years later, director Alexandru Solomon reconstructs the reconstruction, incorporating interviews with former prisoners, the cameraman of the infamous film, neighbors and secret police agents. Their accounts show that the propaganda film covered up more than it revealed.
Solomon, Alexandru, Romania, 2004, Romanian, English/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Storm [FL 699]
Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, but Hannah refuses to give in. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. However, she and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks.
Schmid, Hans-Christian, Germany, 2009, English, German, Bosnian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Storm [FL 699]
Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, but Hannah refuses to give in. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. However, she and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks.
Schmid, Hans-Christian, Germany, 2009, English, German, Bosnian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Rock Star and the Mullahs [FL 700]
The lead singer of Pakistan's biggest rock group travels to Peshawar, where the local government has banned all music, and asks, "Why can't spirituality be expressed in pop song?" That's an issue that "The Rock Star & the Mullahs", a 50 minute documentary commissioned by the BBC sets out to explore. It follows Salman Ahmed, the charismatic lead singer of one of South Asia's biggest rock band 'Junoon' and a devout Muslim, who's concerned about his own country Pakistan's growing Islamic fundamentalism which condemns music as obscene. In this thought provoking film, Ahmad travels to Peshawar, where the local government, voted in on a wave of anti-Americanism, has banned all music. Ahmad confronts and challenges the Mullahs in Peshawar, he meets local musicians to see how they have been affected, he visits young men in madrassas (religious schools) to see what they think about music and finally he shows how the majority of people in Pakistan follow their religion. This is a film about Pakistan grappling with who it wants to be in the 21st centurym while some fear in the West that it may turn into another Taliban state. It is a contemporary film in style with a touch of politics and a mixture of sounds.
Hamid, Ruhi, United Kingdom, 2003, English, Persian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Rock Star and the Mullahs [FL 700]
The lead singer of Pakistan's biggest rock group travels to Peshawar, where the local government has banned all music, and asks, "Why can't spirituality be expressed in pop song?" That's an issue that "The Rock Star & the Mullahs", a 50 minute documentary commissioned by the BBC sets out to explore. It follows Salman Ahmed, the charismatic lead singer of one of South Asia's biggest rock band 'Junoon' and a devout Muslim, who's concerned about his own country Pakistan's growing Islamic fundamentalism which condemns music as obscene. In this thought provoking film, Ahmad travels to Peshawar, where the local government, voted in on a wave of anti-Americanism, has banned all music. Ahmad confronts and challenges the Mullahs in Peshawar, he meets local musicians to see how they have been affected, he visits young men in madrassas (religious schools) to see what they think about music and finally he shows how the majority of people in Pakistan follow their religion. This is a film about Pakistan grappling with who it wants to be in the 21st centurym while some fear in the West that it may turn into another Taliban state. It is a contemporary film in style with a touch of politics and a mixture of sounds.
Hamid, Ruhi, United Kingdom, 2003, English, Persian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Calling the Ghosts / Prozivanje Duhove [FL 701]
The first-person account of two women caught in a war where rape was as much an everyday weapon as bullets or bombs. Jadranka Cigelj and Nusreta Sivac, childhood friends and lawyers, enjoyed the lives of "ordinary modern women" in Bosnia-Herzegovina until one day former neighbors became tormentors. Taken to the notorious Serb concentration camp of Omarska, the two women, like other Muslim and Croat women interned there, were systematically tortured and humiliated by their Serb captors. Once released, the pair turned personal struggles for survival into a larger fight for justice-aiding other women similarly brutalized and successfully lobbying to have rape included in the international lexicon of war crimes by the UN Tribunal at the Hague. Chronicling the two women's experience and their remarkable transformation, „Calling the Ghosts” is an indispensable resource for deepening understanding of human rights abuses and combating violence against women in the global arena.
Jacobson, Mandy ; Jelincic, Karmen, United States, 1996, English, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 63 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Calling the Ghosts / Prozivanje Duhove [FL 701]
The first-person account of two women caught in a war where rape was as much an everyday weapon as bullets or bombs. Jadranka Cigelj and Nusreta Sivac, childhood friends and lawyers, enjoyed the lives of "ordinary modern women" in Bosnia-Herzegovina until one day former neighbors became tormentors. Taken to the notorious Serb concentration camp of Omarska, the two women, like other Muslim and Croat women interned there, were systematically tortured and humiliated by their Serb captors. Once released, the pair turned personal struggles for survival into a larger fight for justice-aiding other women similarly brutalized and successfully lobbying to have rape included in the international lexicon of war crimes by the UN Tribunal at the Hague. Chronicling the two women's experience and their remarkable transformation, „Calling the Ghosts” is an indispensable resource for deepening understanding of human rights abuses and combating violence against women in the global arena.
Jacobson, Mandy ; Jelincic, Karmen, United States, 1996, English, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 63 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

At the Epicentre [FL 702]
Ruhi Hamid’s film tells the story of a village flattened by last year’s Tsunami. 7000 people and the domed Mosque were the only survivors in Lampuuk and amid constant earthquakes, safety and emotional hazards, Ruhi Hamid tells the story of those who escaped with their lives. "Capturing the stories of my characters was often upsetting, but my motivation was to tell their incredible stories of courage, resilience and hope in rebuilding their lives and observe the complexities of the politics around the disaster," said Ruhi about her film."Everyone is taking care of each other here… and we are becoming a solid community," says Anita, one of the 100 villagers who returned to Lampuuk six weeks after the tragedy to begin the reconstruction. Anita is convinced that the tsunami is a punishment. "it is a warning from Allah," she says, "because we have neglected our faith."
Hamid, Ruhi, United Kingdom, 2005, English/Dubbing: English, 49 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

At the Epicentre [FL 702]
Ruhi Hamid’s film tells the story of a village flattened by last year’s Tsunami. 7000 people and the domed Mosque were the only survivors in Lampuuk and amid constant earthquakes, safety and emotional hazards, Ruhi Hamid tells the story of those who escaped with their lives. "Capturing the stories of my characters was often upsetting, but my motivation was to tell their incredible stories of courage, resilience and hope in rebuilding their lives and observe the complexities of the politics around the disaster," said Ruhi about her film."Everyone is taking care of each other here… and we are becoming a solid community," says Anita, one of the 100 villagers who returned to Lampuuk six weeks after the tragedy to begin the reconstruction. Anita is convinced that the tsunami is a punishment. "it is a warning from Allah," she says, "because we have neglected our faith."
Hamid, Ruhi, United Kingdom, 2005, English/Dubbing: English, 49 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children Kosovo 2000 / Деца-Fëmijët (Kosovo 2000) [FL 704]
Kosovo in the spring of 2000. Winter is over but in a meteorological sense only. Ruins and pain. The marks of devastation in the sunny landscape. Wounds that never heal, the hesitating, vague gestures of a new beginning. Paradoxes. In black and white, with the broken images of memory imprints in color. Two words: деца and fëmijët, they mean children in Serb and Albanian. These expressions have no place in the irrational dicitionary of war. It is these children, though, who are the most defenceless victims of this war governed by mad hatred. Their suffering has become an indelible chapter of the chronicle at the end of the century, the dawn of the new millennium. Besarta, Violeta, Edmond and Valdrin, Miljana and Jelena are Albanian and Serb children, the film tells their story in black and white with colour Super8 images shot by the children themselves.
Moldoványi, Ferenc, Hungary, 2001, Albanian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, French, Hungarian, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Route 181: Fragments of a Jounrney to Palestine - Israel (part I) [FL 705]
Capturing the fragments of a land shattered by politics, history, and colonialism, "Route 181", clocks in at about four and a half hours. The film's length is epic-worthy, but it allows the filmmakers to present oral history from a wide variety of people who live along the 1947 partition line, while at the same time allow for minutes-long footage of the monotonous grey concrete wall that quietly runs along one of the region's main roads. By portraying both the divide of the physical landscape and that of the humans that inhabit it, viewers receive a fuller understanding of this conflicted part of the world. Viewers meet Israelis and Palestinians of a wide variety of backgrounds and politics. Disillusioned Israeli Jews of Moroccan descent wish they had never emigrated to Israel in the first place, while adolescent Palestinian citizens of Israel, because they are educated with an Israeli curriculum, squabble over whether they are Palestinian or Israeli. Thus the film introduces to its audience, through extended interviews with various Israelis and Palestinians, the nuanced complexity of those people who live along the green line.
Sivan, Eyal ; Khleifi, Michel, Belgium, 2004, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Route 181: Fragments of a Journey to Palestine-Israel (part II) [FL 706]
Capturing the fragments of a land shattered by politics, history, and colonialism, "Route 181", clocks in at about four and a half hours. The film's length is epic-worthy, but it allows the filmmakers to present oral history from a wide variety of people who live along the 1947 partition line, while at the same time allow for minutes-long footage of the monotonous grey concrete wall that quietly runs along one of the region's main roads. By portraying both the divide of the physical landscape and that of the humans that inhabit it, viewers receive a fuller understanding of this conflicted part of the world. Viewers meet Israelis and Palestinians of a wide variety of backgrounds and politics. Disillusioned Israeli Jews of Moroccan descent wish they had never emigrated to Israel in the first place, while adolescent Palestinian citizens of Israel, because they are educated with an Israeli curriculum, squabble over whether they are Palestinian or Israeli. Thus the film introduces to its audience, through extended interviews with various Israelis and Palestinians, the nuanced complexity of those people who live along the green line.
Sivan, Eyal ; Khleifi, Michel, Belgium, 2004, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 102 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Miner's Tale [FL 707]
Joachim is a migrant labourer who is torn between his responsibilities for his junior wife in South Africa and his senior wife and family in Mozambique. When visiting his home village after a long absence, he is also torn between his understanding of the responsibilities of his HIV status and what traditional society expects of him as a man. He has to make a choice: he cannot please and protect everybody at the same time. The elders are adamant that Joaquim must do his traditional duty and give his wife more children. What will he choose?
Hofmeyr, Nicolaas ; Mondlane, Gabriel, South Africa, 2001, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Them and Me [FL 710]
The film seeks to invert the classical approach of enthogrpahic films and to show how the native tribe sees the anthropologits that is observing it. The frustrations of the ethnologistsand the speculations revolving around him are the theme of the film. This is not a documentary about an exotic society, but about the exoticism of the anthropologist's gaze, and, perhaps, also about the art of exchanging gazes.
Breton, Stéphane, France, 2001, English, 63 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Turning Points of History: Ceausescu's Kids [FL 711]
For a generation Romanian women were forced to have babies they didn't want. Nicolae Ceausescu imposed a ban on abortion and birth control and forced every woman of child bearing age to have at least four children. Control over reproduction was strictly enforced. The infant and maternal death rate was high. Thousands babies were born with AIDS. In cases when children were born with mental or physical disabilities, their parents were explicitly encouraged to leave them in the special orphanages. In certain cases, when parental agreement was not easily obtainable, parents were made to believe that their infant was dead while in reality the new-born was transferred to the special "child-care" institution. Plagued by horrifying living conditions and wide-spread abuse, these orphanages were often situated in remote areas of the country, keeping the "embarrassing" sight of disabled children away from public view. The film crew shot much of the footage in such institutions and the result is a shockingly graphic sequence of skeleton-like emaciated and neglected children. Ceausescu's lasting legacy is a generation of unwanted children.
Alton, Mary Ann, (n/a), 1989, English, Romanian, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Radio La Califata [FL 712]
Why the patients of the Clinic for mental diseases in Buenos Aires re-elected Carlos Mehnem for a president without liking him? A documentary on the 2003 presidential elections in Argentine. IN April 2003 Radio La Colifata has organized mock "presidential elections" in a mental clinic in Buenos Airesfor just a day before the official ones. Radio La Colifata, which in Buenos Aires slang means Crazy Radio - was the first radio show in the world to broadcast live from a mental hospital. The founder of the radio, psychologist Alfredo Olivera, had started to use a simple small dictaphone as a speech therapy. More than mere therapy, the show has proven popular with an estimated 12 million listeners. Away from the media limelight, the hospital says the show has had great therapeutic results. Saturday afternoon in Buenos Aires: tucked away behind the towering, prison-like Jose Borda psychiatric hospital, a large group of people is gathering. The Radio La Colifata team are now organizing their own presidential elections. The film provides an idiosyncratic look at the origins of democracy from inside a mental hospital where the patients do not have civil rights to vote. It is a documentary on the meaning of choice, free will and civil rights albeit cast in a grotesque and almost absurd light.
Monti, Valentina, Italy, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, Italian, 33 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Not by Bread Alone / Не хлебом единым [FL 713]
The year 1947, the aftermath of the war. Life in a small industrial town revolves around the steelworks. The protagonists meet in high school - Dmitrii Lopatkin is teaching physics, Nadezhda is an English teacher, married to the director of the steelworks, general Drozdov. Lopatkin dreams of designing a particular kind of tubes-making machine that promises to revolutionize the steel industry. The two fall in love and Nadezhda leaves her husband for Dmitri, fascinated by his project and taken in by his enthusiasm and devotion to his work. Drozdov seeks revenge by creating impedements for Lopatkin's invention.
Govorukhin, Stanislav, Russia, 2004, Russian/Subtitles: English, 112 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Sardine Girls / Les Filles de la Sardine [FL 715]
A daily work-grind of female workers at the "sardine processing factory" in Douarnenez, the monotonous routine, gloved hands elbow deep in cold water, cutting sardines. Interviewed by the film director, Marie Hélia, the women share their life stories, their dreams and hopes.
Hélia, Marie, France, 2001, French/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Squint Your Eyes / Zmruź Oczy [FL 717]
An acclaimed feature debut. A spirited ten-year-old girl runs away from her proudly affluent parents and finds grudging refuge with the slightly slovenly caretaker of a closed down former collective farm. She prefers solitude and peace among fields and grasses to her nouveau riche family home, and the company of ‘losers’ like this ex-teacher. He ‘has no car, no money, no woman and does nothing useful’ but he has the peace of soul and internal freedom that the girl’s busy parents lack. They come searching for her and try to convince the ex-teacher, using various means, to turn the girl in. He makes them realize that she does not need a new doll, or a computer, but rather love and attention, and that taking her back by force will not solve anything. It’s enough to sit down, calm down and “squint your eyes” to see this.
Jakimowski, Andrzej, Poland, 2002, Polish/Subtitles: English, 86 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Turkmenistan [FL 718]
"I am in Turkmenistan, one of the worst dictatorships in the world. All the footage that you will see was smuggled out of the country after I was deported." "Turkmenistan" conveys the director's experiences in a country reigned by intimidation and fear. All of the people interviewed for the film refused to have their names mentioned or their faces shown explaining that the repercussions of openly expressing dissent could be severe. Turkeminstan's leader of 20 years, Saparmurat Turkmenbashi, has been consistently cutting off Turkmen society from the rest of the world, destroying political opposition, free media, etc. His internal policies has also been highly controversial. Turkmenistan refuses to recognize university degrees earned outside the country, which has resulted in massive loss of jobs and discouraged Turkemen nationals currently studying abroad from ever returning home. Although the country's capital, Ashkhabad is currently a massive construction site replete with sumptuous palaces and monuments (for example,a collosal gold statue made of the president that turns after the sun and similar extravagancies), the country is plagued by endemic poverty. Symptomatic of the dire economic situation and of the dictatorial essence of the Niyazov's regime is his recent edict abolishing the pensions for senior citizens, which has placed thousands on the verge of death by starvation.
United States, 2001, English, 11 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Living Proof: The Right to Live in a Community / Svjedočanstva: Pravo na život u zajednici [FL 719]
"Living Proof" provides a voice for members of society who are all too often ignored. Stigma and discrimination are perpetuated by a social welfare system that keeps people with intellectual disabilities from realizing their fundamental right to live independently. By describing the experiences and presenting opinions of people with intellectual disabilities, this film demonstrates the importance of achieving change in the social welfare system and in society as a whole. "Everyone should leave the institutions and be in apartments the way I am. …they would be better off, like me. They would have their own lives," said Ivka Krzelj, one of the people interviewed in Living Proof. In Croatia, however, one in three people with moderate or severe intellectual disabilities lives in a long stay institution, isolated from society. The film was shot by members of the Association for Promoting Inclusion (API) in Zagreb, which since 1997, has provided community-based programs as alternatives to institutionalization, empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their rights and participate as equal citizens in society. "Living Proof" premiered in Croatia on December 8th, 2005 at the opening of a conference on the right to live in the community organized by API.
Croatia, 2005, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion [FL 720]
The film is an account of the half-century-long occupation of Tibet by China. Shot with footage gathered over ten years, the film includes accounts from Robert Ford, one of the few people to have lived in Pre-Chinese Tibet, interviews with Western scholars, and personal testimony from some of the monks and nuns that survived the Chinese crackdown on Tibetan religion and culture. While the film does gloss over the Chinese government's rationale for the occupation, stating that Tibet, far from being a utopian society, had been a feudalistic society plagued by poverty, it is clear from the start that this is a film meant to inspire outrage. The description and images of the 1987 Lhasa demonstrations, described by two American tourists who witnessed the protests and brutal crackdown that ensued, are particularly wrenching. Perhaps most memorable is the sentiment echoed throughout the film by the monks and nuns at the forefront of the Tibetan freedom movement and voiced by Gendun Rinchen, a former political prisoner: "The worst thing for a Tibetan under the Chinese rule is that one cannot say that I am a Tibetan, as simple as this."
Peosay, Tom, (n/a), 2002, English/Subtitles: Polish, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Lion's Trail [FL 721]
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is one of the most recognizable pop songs in the world. But how many people realize that this American hit tune was actually written by Solomon Linda, a Zulu musician who never earned a cent in royalties and died in poverty? A LION'S TRAIL traces the music back to its original source, telling the story of how the Zulu song "Mbube" was transcribed by American folk singer Pete Seeger into "Wimoweh," finally gaining international recognition as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Verster began work on this film in 1999, when a South African TV show asked him to make a film about how “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” originated as an African song "Mbube"—a fact that came as a surprise to him. Once Verster began researching the original composition, he quickly became fascinated with the story behind the music. A friend gave him an audiocassette from Pete Seeger’s nephew that contained 21 versions of the same song. Verster was amazed at how these variations could all be traced back to Linda’s original four-chord tune. While exploring the moral and legal issues around the song, A LION'S TRAIL is also a vibrant and joyous celebration of the heritage of African music. Versions of the song are performed by musicians across the globe, including the Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda's daughters, Pete Seeger and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who lead the Church of God in Africa in the South African town of Clermont. By combining stunning visuals with powerful musical performances, A LION’S TRAIL not only opens up the debate surrounding the origins of “Mbube” itself, but also reveals the controversies regarding copyright and ownership in the global music industry.
Verster, François, South Africa, 2002, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Perpetuum Mobile [FL 723]
The film consists of several short novels that portray everyday life of the imhabitants of one of the small Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. Assembled together and interlain by the selection of miniature poems (e.g. the Haiku poems of Basho and Issa, a Zen poem of Ryokon and the verse written by the film director, S. Byamba) the stories weave a poetic and throught-provoking narrative of time, hope and the brevity of human existence in the face of eternity.
Byamba, S., Mongolia, 2002, Mongolian/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

War of the Worlds - Next Century / W ojna Światów - Następne Stulecie [FL 725]
Based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, but with a twist: Earth is no longer a peaceful and pleasant place. The story opens on December 18, 1999, just a few days before the dawn of the new century. A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program gets taken over: he is given the script telling the crowds how to welcome the invaders. Then chaos breaks out: the Martians and the police mistreat the populace; violence spreads. Idem's own wife is kidnapped and it seems somebody is trying compromise him as a reporter. Idem decides to fight back: he illegally broadcasts a message during the rock concert, but nobody believes him any more. In the end he is the victim of the televised bogus trial. The film was shot between the rise of Solidarity and the imposition of Martial Law as part of Szulkin’s “space trilogy” and was not screened in Poland until 1983.
Szulkin, Piotr, Poland, 1981, Polish/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Teddy Bear / Miś [FL 726]
One of the most acclaimed Polish “cult” comedies, depicting the absurdities of everyday life in the late 70’s. The main character is the manager of a sports club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances. One day he is detained at the border just as his team is off to a tournament - somebody has torn a few pages out of his passport. It occurs to him that his ex-wife might have done so to get her hands on their joint account in a London bank. Therefore, he has to get to London as soon as possible in order to transfer the money to a different bank. The solution is a movie, made by his friend. The script calls for a double role, and the search for Teddy Bear's doppelganger is advertised. The double has to apply for the passport, and this is arranged through a girlfriend who agrees to play the dope's new fiancée. At the engagement party they slip him a mickey, and Teddy Bear runs off to the airport with the false passport. On the plane, however, he meets his ex-wife. See Sylwester Chęciński "Controlled Conversations" for the follow-up on the story of Miś.
Bareja, Stanisław, Poland, 1981, Polish/Subtitles: English, 63 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Man's Thing / Męska sprawa [FL 727]
A short feature film shot in black-and-white, in documentary fashion. It depicts three days in the life of thirteen-year-old Bartek, living in Łódź, Poland, who desperately tries to hide the fact that his father beats him. Lonely, and with no support from his intimidated household drudge of a mother, the boy finds his only friend in an old stray dog from the kennels. He is a gifted soccer player and during preparations for a school football cup, Bartek’s secret is revealed. His coach, previously strict and hostile, now decides to intercede for him. Despite the good intentions of the coach, Bartek’s grim experiences have made him completely untrusting. Awards and nominations: nominated for Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action, 2002 and for Best Short Film at European Film Awards 2001; awards: Silver Dragon at Cracow Film Festival 2002, Best Short Film at Dresden Film Festival 2002, European Short Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2001, Best Short Film at Shorts International Film Festival 2001,etc.
Fabicki, Stawomir, Poland, 2001, Polish/Subtitles: English, 26 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Jungle Book of Regulations / Nie ma róźy bez ognia [FL 730]
A comedy dealing with Polish housing problems and the absurdities of regulations. Wanda and Jan Wiliakiewicz live in a tiny room in an office building. Jan deliberately stays at work to avoid going back home. One day they get a chance to move to a comfortable double-room apartment. They seize this opportunity, but soon Wanda’s ex-husband Jerzy moves in too. They are divorced, but he is still officially registered in Wanda’s apartment, and thus claims the right to one of the rooms. Jan decides to bring Lusia – Jerzy’s fiancée – to Warsaw, hoping she will help get rid of the unwanted tenant. She comes, but along with her new fiancée, and soon her father arrives with some furniture too. Jan’s nerves cannot take this any longer, and he ends up in hospital. Eventually, they move back to the original building, but now to a four-room apartment, from which the offices have been evicted. But Jerzy comes along too, claiming his right to the fifth room…
Bareja, Stanisław, Poland, 1974, Polish/Subtitles: English, Polish, 91 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Nikifor / Mój Nikifor [FL 732]
A film based on the true story of Nikifor Krynicki, one of the most outstanding “naïve” painters. It depicts the last eight years of his life. Nikifor lived in tremendous poverty, suffered from tuberculosis, and had no relatives. He inherited a severe speech defect from his mother, which made him unable to produce understandable speech, was partially deaf, and considered by most to be mentally ill, but he was so involved in his work that he cared little about poverty and isolation. One day professional painters and party officials discover his talent. He is given the opportunity to live in better conditions in a family in Włosińscy. Initially they do not seem to be very happy about it, especially the head of the family, who is a painter himself, considered by Nikifor to be a bad one... The main character is played by a woman – acclaimed Polish theatre actress Krystyna Feldman. Screen writer Joanna Kos said in an interview that the film should be viewed as a study on humanity, and likened the story to that of the prophet Elijah.
Krauze, Krzysztof, Poland, 2004, Polish/Subtitles: English, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Happy New Year / Szczęśliewego Nowego Jorku [FL 733]
A film adaptation of Edward Redliński’s drama. Six Poles, dreaming of quick careers and fast money face the ruthless reality of poverty after they arrive in New York. They live in isolation, ignorant of American norms and of the English language. Each of them has a different story to tell. Some of them send video tapes to their families back in Poland showing off their alleged successes. Others try to make money illegally. The drama takes place during the three Sundays before Christmas. On Christmas eve, the characters’ lives will be changed, though. An ironical commentary on the “American dream”, watched by nearly half a million Poles.
Zaorski, Janusz, Poland, 1995, Polish/Subtitles: English, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Academy of Mr. Kleks / Akademia Pana Kleksa [FL 736]
An adaptation of a novel by Jan Brzechwa. 10-year Jaś Niezgódka begins his studies at a strange boarding school located in an old palace. The pedagogue, Mr. Blot, is not merely a teacher, but also an alchemist and a dream-interpreter. He lives on colorful confetti-like “freckles” that are provided for him on a weekly basis by Filip the Barber. When he runs out of “freckles”, he shrinks. Meanwhile, Jaś embarks upon several adventures and discovers the secret of Filip the Barber. The latter desires to ruin Mr. Blot and his Academy. Eventually he succeeds by sending robot named Adolf into the school. Partially animated and with numerous songs, this children’s film was widely acclaimed and seen by over 14 million spectators in movie theatres. It is filled with allusions, mainly to “Star Wars” and “The Muppets”.
Gradowski, Krzysztof, Poland, 1984, Polish/Subtitles: English, 158 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania / Pan Tadeusz [FL 743]
An adaptation of what is said to be the most important Polish historical epic, composed by the romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz. It deals with Polish hopes of regaining independence ignited by Napoleon Bonaparte. The character named in the title is a young nobleman who falls in love with a young girl from a rival local family. The key figure in Wajda’s adaptation, however, is Jacek Soplica – Tadeusz’s uncle, a murderer, a penitent and an exile, who comes back to Soplicowo under cover in order to prepare an insurrection against the Russians. A blend of family quarrels and politics in effect triggers the uprising, but it fails and the insurgents have to flee. Wajda’s adaptation was extremely popular and widely acclaimed, thanks to his decision not to take the patriotic and moral high ground, but rather to tell the story in a lighter way.
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1999, Polish/Subtitles: English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, 150 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Hi, Tereska / Czesc, Tereska [FL 744]
Bitter coming-of-age story of a 15-year-old girl, learning to be a dressmaker, who lives with her parents in a typical urban area of blocks of flats in Warsaw. Her family is typical too - her father drinks, while her mother finds consolation in religion. The TV set is constantly switched on. Tereska dreams of being a fashion designer, and as she is good at drawing, her dream may come true one day. However, she cannot expect love and support from her parents. Tereska tries to find acceptance outside her family. She makes friends with Renata, who teaches her to smoke cigarettes, drink wine, steal and kiss boys. Her other new friends are even less acceptable. She spends some time with a crippled porter, a lonely alcoholic, who under cover of friendship expects sexual services from her. Her dreams of a great love are ruined in a tragic finale. The film is black-and-white, shot like a documentary and features non-professional actors. Awards: Golden Lion at Polish Film Festival, Special Prize of the Jury at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2001, Best European Film at Denver International Film Festival 2001, Golden Lily at Wiesbaden go East 2002, Best Young Actor in an International Film for Aleksandra Gietner, Young Artist Awards 2002.
Gliński, Robert, Poland, 2001, Polish/Subtitles: English, German, 86 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Ga-Ga Glory to the Heroes / Ga, Ga Chwała Bohaterom [FL 746]
With « Ga, Ga », Szulkin ironically criticizes the society of the spectacle and predicts the success of the TV-reality phenomenon. In the 21st century, people are so happy that nobody wants to do the dangerous job of astronaut. There’s one solution to the problem: prisoners. Ejected from penitentiary space ships, they are sent to unexplored planets with a mission to colonize.
Szolkin, Piotr, Poland, 1984, Polish/Subtitles: English, 81 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Snowdrop Festivities / Slavnosti sněženek [FL 747]
Acclaimed Czech director Jiří Menzel has pulled off another successful collaboration with writer Bohumil Hrabal in this light, sometimes saucy farce about two warring hunting factions in a small village and how they end up in a rousing, comic showdown. The village community is made up of a broad spectrum of eccentrics, from the farmer who escorts his goats to pasture in an old Pontiac car, to the sign painters who put up their handiwork slogans in the most unlikely places; there is humor enough for everyone. Then one day three hunters from one faction chase after a boar they found in the woods, and the wounded animal runs into a schoolhouse for refuge. Since the schoolhouse is in neutral territory, it becomes the scene for a reckoning between the two hunting factions. The upshot is a wild time in the local pub -- with some unexpected consequences
Menzel, Jiří, Czech Republic, 1983, Czech/Subtitles: English, 83 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Wedding / Wesele [FL 748]
A story about passion and money, or rather about the passion for money. Wojnar – one of the richest citizens of a small town – is giving a wedding party for his daughter Kasia. Soon we realize, though, that the groom agreed to marry Kasia only because Wojnar promised to buy him a car. Kasia was already pregnant but by somebody else – who attends the wedding disguised as somebody recording it on video. We also realize that Wojnar needs the wedding in order to convince his own father to transfer a valuable piece of land to him. But the grandfather does not want to do so, and disappears. The local mafia, who were promised the land, move in on Wojnar, and so do others who want to drain him of all his money. By the morning, Wojnar is ruined, his wife has left him and his daughter has eloped with her first love.
Smarzowski, Wojciech, Poland, 2004, Polish/Subtitles: English, 100 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Edi [FL 749]
The film tells a story of two scrap pickers in a Polish town of Łodz- the title hero Edi and his friend Jureczek. Edi spends his idle hours poring over books found in the trash. He lives quietly, avoiding "the brothers," booze-running thugs who rule their neighborhood. The brothers are maniacally protective of their sister, Princess. They hire Edi to tutor her, and Edi becomes embroiled in her affair with a gypsy, evincing a gentleness and self-knowledge that belies his lowly social station. Through this entangelment Edi is wrongly accused of having raped the girl. He severely punished for that but accepts his fate taking care of the girl's child.
Trzaskalski, Piotr, Poland, 2002, Polish/Subtitles: English, 98 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

O-BI, O-BA, The End of Civilization / O-BI, O-BA Koniec Cywilizacji [FL 750]
Set in an underground dungeon inhabited by huddled, ragged human beings, after the nuclear holocaust. Eight hundred survivors wait for a "space-Ark” to arrive and rescue them while their habitat falls apart. Soon it turns out that the Ark was a myth devised by those in power. Still, the people live the Ark myth, decide to use guidelines from the Bible to build one themselves and start distributing seats in the rescue shuttle. Meanwhile, the concrete vault of the bunker threatens to collapse, and an engineer called Soft has to strengthen its structure. He wants to build the Ark nevertheless, but finds out that very little was left of the Bible after the war. He tries to escape using a secret airplane, but soon realizes that it has been rebuilt to resemble a fake Ark. The dome collapses, and the crowd starts running towards the light that is to bring the Ark. A grim portrait of post-apocalyptic paranoia, written under and inspired by Martial Law in Poland.
Szulkin, Piotr, Poland, 1984, Polish/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Beyond the Sea: A History of the Mariel Boatlift / Más allá del mar: una historia del exodo de Mariel Más allá del mar [FL 751]
It began with a bus crashing through the gates of an embassy in Havana and unraveled into one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of human migrations. In a few short weeks, nearly 130,000 Cubans left their homeland in an unrelenting stream of vessels bound for America. More than two decades later, the personal stories surrounding the infamous Mariel Boatlift continue to resonate with an energy that can only be described as surreal, powerful. Weaving together these riveting stories along with rare, historical images, and footage from present-day Cuba, this film recreates this "explosion of 1980," a crisis that shook the very foundations of Cuban as well as American society.
Perez-Rey, Lisandro, Cuba, 2003, Spanish, English/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beyond the Sea: A History of the Mariel Boatlift / Más allá del mar: una historia del exodo de Mariel Más allá del mar [FL 751]
It began with a bus crashing through the gates of an embassy in Havana and unraveled into one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of human migrations. In a few short weeks, nearly 130,000 Cubans left their homeland in an unrelenting stream of vessels bound for America. More than two decades later, the personal stories surrounding the infamous Mariel Boatlift continue to resonate with an energy that can only be described as surreal, powerful. Weaving together these riveting stories along with rare, historical images, and footage from present-day Cuba, this film recreates this "explosion of 1980," a crisis that shook the very foundations of Cuban as well as American society.
Perez-Rey, Lisandro, Cuba, 2003, Spanish, English/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Üxüf Xipai: The Plunder / Üxüf Xipai: El Despojo [FL 752]
This multi-award winning film examines the multiple dimensions of the resistance of the indigenous Mapuche people in Chile over the last 120 years. First exploring the proud history and traditions of the community (both rural and urban), the film then looks at ongoing conflicts with the Chilean government and various companies who look to exploit their land.
Totoro, Dauno, (n/a), 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Final Solution, Part I: Pride and Genocide [FL 753]
"Final Solution" is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Moslems in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscient of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s. Part 1 of the ""Final Solution" deals with the carnage and its immediate aftermath. It examines the patterns of pre-planned genocidal violence (by right-wing Hindutva cadres), which many claim was state-supported, if not state-sponsored. The film reconstructs through eyewitness accounts the attack on Gulbarg and Patiya (Ahmedabad) and acts of barbaric violence against Moslem women at Eral and Delol/Kalol (Panchmahals) even as Chief Minister Modi traverses the state on his Gaurav Yatra. The film was banned in India by the Censor Board for several months before a massive public protest, including protest letters and illlegal pirating resulted in the lifting of the ban in October 2004.
Sharma, Rakesh, India, 2003, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Final Solution, Part II: Hate Mandate [FL 754]
Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscient of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s. Part 2 "The Hate Mandate" documents the poll campaign during the Assembly elections in Gujarat in late 2002. It records in detail the exploitation of the Godhra incident by the right-wing propaganda machinery for electoral gains. The film studies and documents the situation months after the elections to find shocking faultlines – voluntary ghettoisation, segregation in schools, formal calls for economic boycott of Muslims and continuing acts of violence.
Sharma, Rakesh, India, 2003, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Blue Angel / Der blaue Engel [FL 763]
"The Blue Angel" deals with the humiliation and breakdown an inhibited, overbearing, sexually-repressed instructor at a boys' prep school. Professor Immanuel Rath discovers some of his students passing round seductive photographs of a sexy cabaret singer. His best pupil confesses that Lola Lola sings and dances at the "Blue Angel," a variety club near the docks. Rath visits the club that night to put a stop to this indecency, but is entranced by his first glimpse of Dietrich straddling a chair crooning "Falling in Love Again" in top hat, stockings, and bare thighs. Rath's self-righteousness cannot survive the seductive voice of the siren. Three of Rath's pupils are watching from the dark, though they duck out of sight of their teacher. Rath decides to corner Lola for "misleading" his pupils while she is in the dressing room preparing for her next appearance. They spend the night together; for the first time in his life, he arrives late for school the next morning to find his class in an uproar. When the principal shows up to investigate the goings-on, Rath leaves his job and marries Lola. The mismatched couple enjoy themselves until they have spent every cent of Rath's bank account. Consumed by desire and tormented by his rigid propriety, Rath's morality degenerates. Lola finally forces him to return to his home town and appear as a clown there. The performance ends scandalously. Lola leaves him for another man. A broken old man unable to bear the humiliation any longer, Rath returns to his old classroom and falls dead on the floor.
Von Sternberg, Josef, Germany, 1930, English/Subtitles: Hungarian, 87 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Simon of the Desert / Simón del desierto [FL 767]
Modeling himself after the 4th century stoic St. Simon Stylites, a man stands on a pillar in the Mexican desert for six years, six weeks, and six days as an example to the peasants below, resisting temptations that Satan throws at him. A master of cinematic surrealism, Luis Buñuel was able to create this award-winning film despite the constraints of a tight budget and an abbreviated shooting schedule.
Buñuel, Luis, Mexico, 1965, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 45 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Pandora's Box / Die Büchse der Pandora [FL 769]
Originally released in 1928, G. W. Pabst's erotic adaptation of Frank Wedekind's "Lulu" plays was mutilated by censors and reviled by critics of the era. Today's restoration of "Pandora's Box" reveals a masterpiece of the silent era, a momentous meeting of director and star. For the role of Lulu, a destroyer of men who is ultimately destroyed by Jack the Ripper, the German director rejected a young Marlene Dietrich in favor of American actress Louise Brooks, the epitome of the modern woman of the 1920s. Together they produced a startling sex tragedy and an unorthodox femme fatale who is the true victim - of her own carnality and German upper-class morality/ Gazing through the camera, Brooks projects the animal beauty of a a woman who sees the world as her sexual playground, unconscious of the havoc she wrecks on the lives of her lovers. Pabst grips the viewer with an almost violent tension, a passion for reliasm, and an uncompromising treatment of sexual themes.
Pabst, Georg Wilhelm, Germany, 1928, (silent)/Intertitles: English, 110 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Taurus Constellation / В созвездии быка [FL 776]
November 1942. The battle for Stalingrad is at its height. 100 kilometers north of the city in the tiny village of Shishka that sits on top of a hill in the middle of the vast steppe life continues uninterrupted. The war, however, has reached into this pastoral idyll through the distant echo of the canonade, the roar of airplane engines and of explosions. At the center of the plot set in Shishka is the eternal triangle. Two boys, Vania and Igor, are competing for the heart of the local beauty Kalia. Naturally, Kalia fancies the handsome and well-read Igor who came from the city over the local Vania. Vania is jealous and confides his sorrows to his closest friends - the bulls that he looks after as a herder.
Todorovsky, Pyotr, Russia, 2003, Russian/Subtitles: English, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Tree of Desire – aka The Wishing Tree / Natvris khe [FL 777]
Poetry, vivid imagery and allegory mark the nearly two-dozen episodes of this epic tale about human life and its troubles, set in the Georgian village of Kachetien near the turn of the century. One continuing thread concerns a young woman, in love with one man, who is married off to another by the village elders. When she is caught meeting her true love, she is paraded through the village for public abuse and ridicule, during which globs of mud are hurled at her. Many vividly drawn and eccentric village characters are portrayed, from simpletons to fortune-tellers, and their dreams reveal what each would consider to be happiness in this life. The well-regarded director of this film, Tengiz Abuladze, was known for his visually sophisticated and symbolically rich works. "The Wishing Tree" is the second film in a Georgian trilogy by Abuladze: the first, released in 1969, was "Encounter", about the primitivist artist Nikos Piosmani the last, released in 1987, is known as "Repentance." Together with "Plead" and "Repentance", "The Wishing Tree" constitutes a trilogy and is best viewed in sequence.
Abuladze, Tengiz, Soviet Union, 1976, Georgian/Dubbing: English, Russian, 101 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

My Enemy's Enemy [FL 781]
Klaus Barbie was a war criminal. His hands were stained with the blood of thousands of people during the period when he was Gestapo leader in Lyon. He entered the history books largely thanks to his arrest and torture of the French Resistance leader Jean Moulin. After World War II came to an end he was not convicted but instead, with the help of the American secret services, started a new life. He was saved by his knowledge and expertise, which proved useful in an atmosphere of growing fear of world communism. This excellent documentary by the director Kevin Macdonald captures the life of Klaus Barbie, Nazi torturer, American spy, master of cruelty and life–long Nazi, from his time in the Gestapo through the years he spent in Latin America to his death. The film's makers have interspersed archive footage from more than four decades with the personal testimony of people whose lives were changed forever by meeting Barbie. The picture does more than just judge the chilling figure of Barbie – it touches with agonising eloquence the consciences of several western states, victors over Nazism, by revealing the principles which many of them accepted after the war.
Macdonald, Kevin, France, 2007, French, English, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My Enemy's Enemy [FL 781]
Klaus Barbie was a war criminal. His hands were stained with the blood of thousands of people during the period when he was Gestapo leader in Lyon. He entered the history books largely thanks to his arrest and torture of the French Resistance leader Jean Moulin. After World War II came to an end he was not convicted but instead, with the help of the American secret services, started a new life. He was saved by his knowledge and expertise, which proved useful in an atmosphere of growing fear of world communism. This excellent documentary by the director Kevin Macdonald captures the life of Klaus Barbie, Nazi torturer, American spy, master of cruelty and life–long Nazi, from his time in the Gestapo through the years he spent in Latin America to his death. The film's makers have interspersed archive footage from more than four decades with the personal testimony of people whose lives were changed forever by meeting Barbie. The picture does more than just judge the chilling figure of Barbie – it touches with agonising eloquence the consciences of several western states, victors over Nazism, by revealing the principles which many of them accepted after the war.
Macdonald, Kevin, France, 2007, French, English, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

German Invasion of Poland, 1930: The First Blitzkrieg [FL 782]
The first blitzkrieg, Hitler's invasion of Poland, is vividly portrayed by original Nazi films. Panzers and infantry-men advance as the Luftwaffe bombs enemy targets, including Warsaw. German troops meet their advancing Soviet allies near Lemberg. Hitler is shown with his generals, among regular soldiers and reviewing a victory parade of the German Eighth Army in Warsaw.
Germany, 1939, German/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dr. Todt, Mission and Achievement / Dr. Todt: Berufung und Werk [FL 784]
At the time of his death in 1942, Dr. Fritz Todt was among the most powerful men of the Third Reich. By training a civil engineer, Todt first caught Hitler's attention in 1932 by emphasizing the importance of road building for national economic recovery. Upon taking power, Hitler made Todt responsible for what would become Germany's great Autobahn project. Every aspect of Autobahn construction--its design, aesthetic (to harmonize with the German landscape), and model role in National Socialist labor relations--was stamped with Todt's personality. As was his other great achievement, the building of the massive network of bunkers and fortifications known as the West Wall--described here as the first battle in the war against France. With the outbreak of war, Todt's organization provided German troops an exemplary corps of engineers, filling out Germany's expanding imperium with new roads, bridges, aircraft fields, and fortifications. All of this is lavishly documented in this film, which supplies extensive and often rare footage of Todt's life and work, concluding with remarkable footage from his state funeral inside the Chancellory in Berlin.
Germany, 1943, German/Subtitles: English, 37 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Fall of Berlin / Падение Берлина [FL 785]
Over 40 Belorussian and 1st Ukrainian Army cameramen contributed footage of this remarkable documentary of the fall of Berlin, including captured German footage.
Raizman, Yuli, Soviet Union, 1945, Russian/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lubyanka: Genius of the Intelligence Service / Лубянка: Гений разведки [FL 787]
Another film in the documentary TV series "Lubyanka" is dedicated to little-known aspects of the career of one of the most successful Soviet intelligence agents, Nikolay Ivanovich Kuznetzov. Long before the beginning of the World War II, Kuznetzov, then an NKVD agent living under a different name, was already receiving invaluable information from the German embassy in Moscow. From this source, Stalin was personally informed about the Nazi plans to launch an offensive against the Soviet Union. During the first few months of the War against the USSR, Kuznetzov undertook special training as a saboteur and was sent far beyond the front line on a mission to assassinate a high-ranking official in the Nazi "Ukraina" Reichkommisariat.
Russia, 2002, Russian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, television program, DVD-ROM

Everything for Sale / Wszystko na spozedaź [FL 788]
Inspired by the tragic death of the great Polish actor Zbigniew Cybulski, this Andrzej Wajda film focuses on the behind-the-scenes lives of a director and his actors when they are disrupted by the mysterious murder of their leading man. It is, in director Wajda’s words, "a story about the people who make films – the directors and the actors." Film fiction mixes with reality as some of the actors play themselves. Everything For Sale can also be viewed as a glimpse into the way in which Wajda deals with his past and with his friendship with Cybuski.
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1968, Polish/Subtitles: English, Russian, German, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Brunet Will Call / Brunet wieczorowa pora [FL 789]
A satirical comedy and a parody of English crime stories. Michał - a modest editor, has got rid of his wife and kids for the weekend and is trying to relax in his house on the outskirts of Warsaw. His quiet evening is only disturbed by the chance prediction made by a Gypsy woman, that the same evening he will murder a mysterious "brunet". At first he does not take this seriously, but when all the predictions made by the woman start coming true – he finds a lost watch, lottery numbers she gave were drawn. Michał leaves the house, hoping to escape his grim destiny, but soon a body is found there. All the evidence points to Michał as the murderer. Together with a friend, Michał sets up a trap for the real murderer. Soon it turns out who the Gypsy woman really was…
Bareja, Stanisław, Poland, 1976, Polish/Subtitles: English, Polish, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Wife for an Australian / Żona dla Australijczyka [FL 790]
A very popular comedy from the 1960s, both widely acclaimed and criticized for being an “animated brochure” of communist Poland. Robert – an Australian farmer of Polish decent – is looking for a Polish wife. She needs to be thrifty and pretty. He arrives in Gdańsk and a family friend agrees to help him in the quest. Robert is short of time, though, and would like to have a wider choice. While watching the “Mazowsze” folk dance group perform, Robert falls in love with one of the dancers. The friend assures him that she can be married. He overhears another dancer's conversation and concludes that kidnapping would be the best way to win the girl’s heart. Wrongly assuming that the girl dreams about romantic abductions, he imprisons her in an luxury apartment and tries to convince her of his passion. After the misunderstanding is cleared up, Robert gives up and releases the girl. He is resigned, but she seems to start feeling for him. They meet again on a cruise, and live happily ever after.
Bareja, Stanisław, Poland, 1964, Polish/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Magnate / Magnat [FL 791]
A precise yet artful reconstruction of the family history of the von Pless dynasty of Upper Silesia, between 1900 ad 1935. In 1900 Prince Hans von Teuss entertains Emperor Wilhelm II with a bison hunt at his palatial residence. Many years later, he finds out that his wife was the emperor's lover and divorces her. In the '20s, during the Silesian uprisings, the Prince's son Konrad falls in love with a foreman's son and they leave together for Warsaw. In 1932, the Prince, now married to younger Marisca de Bodege, becomes paralyzed and confined to wheelchair. Only the youngest of the three sons still lives at the estate. Informed about their father’s approaching death, the other two return. Their very different careers illustrate the contingencies and the choices made in interwar Silesia: the oldest, diabolical Franzel, runs coal mines in Westphalia, takes over the ruined family estate and, unknown to his father, becomes associated with Hitler’s supporters. The homosexual Konrad chooses Catholicism and Polishness. The youngest, Bolko. is more interested in playing pool and flirting with his father’s second wife than with business or politics. Yet soon he learns that he cannot stand aloof from his brother’s alliances and decisions and has to pay a high prize.
Bajob, Filip, Poland, 1986, Polish/Subtitles: English, French, Polish, 171 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Touch / Dotkniecie Reki [FL 792]
Every night, a young student of musicology with psychotherapeutic talents dreams of the same mysterious tune. He thinks it could be the theme of a bigger piece. He does not work on it himself, but wants Henri Kesdi – a silenced classical composer and a survivor of the Holocaust – to write it. Kesdi, living in Denmark, is coaxed out of retirement by the inspired musicologist. Previously hateful and lonely, Kesdi regains his vigor, especially as the young musicologist thinks Kesdi has to awake his sexuality in order to write the “piece of his lifetime”. Kesdi gets a new musical secretary to help him. His loyal wife reluctantly accepts her as his young lover. Critics applauded this “return of the great Zanussi of the early 1970s” and pointed out the references to the story of Faust.
Zanussi, Krzysztof, Poland, 1992, Polish/Subtitles: English, Polish, 96 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Murderers Are Among Us / Die Moerder sind unter uns [FL 793]
Ranked by critics as one of Germany’s most important films, "The Murderers Are Among Us" offers a wrenching look at history and humanity. The first feature film produced in Germany after World War II, it is set in Berlin just after the surrender, and the city is still being battered by air raids. The characters move through the half-destroyed husks of old buildings, and even simple acts like serving a meal at a table take on new meaning as the people try to put their lives back together. Susanne Wallner is a concentration camp survivor, eager to taste life again after her living death. She returns to Belin from the concentration camp to discover that someone else had moved into her apartment. Dr. Hans Mertens who had taken up residence in Susanne's place, is a former German officer, unable to live with the guilt of what he and his former comrades have done. The two must quite literally learn to live side by side as they come to terms with the past and start to look toward the future. The film is beautifully and sensitively made, and possesses a shining optimism that is surprising for its time.
Staudte, Wolfgang, Germany, 1948, German/Subtitles: English, 80 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Naked Among Wolves / Nackt unter Wölfen [FL 794]
As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prosoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovred. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child, from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him---moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors.
Beyer, Frank, Germany, 1963, German/Subtitles: English, 118 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of Reich [FL 795]
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Nuremberg Physicians the film studies the step-by-step process that led the German medical professiona down an unethical road to genocide. It graphically documents the racial theories and eugenics principles that set the stage for the doctors' participation in sterilization and euthanasia, the selections at the death camps, as well as gruesome medical experimentations involving camp inmates.
Michalczyk, John, United States, 1997, English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cross and the Star, The: Jews Christians and the Holocaust [FL 795]
"The Cross and the Star" finds disturbing echoes of antisemitism in the otherwise profound and lyrical Gospel of St. John, the sermons of st. Augustine, the writings of Martin Luther and in the voices of the Crusaders and the Spanish Inquisitors, all of which may have helped sow the ideological seeds that developed into Nazism's racist ideology against the Jews.
Michalczyk, John, United States, 1992, English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Photostory / Fotonovela [FL 796]
A painter who fails to attain the success she desires, a husband tired of being her shadow, a pupil who admires her feverishly, and an art dealer who gives her a hard time. All converge in this film, which mixes elements of photo stories, comics, music videos, and fiction.
Fresco, Ana ; Cugliandolo, Daniela, Argentina, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 10 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

La Chivichana [FL 796]
Here comes the 'chivichana', a new and unique invention for quick and comfy travel! It's a challenge to traditional mules and horses, it's fast and cheap – it's the pride and joy of the inventive local Cuban villagers. La chivichana will get you down to the city in no time, it'll serve as an ambulance, if that's what you need – it even helps the farmers to get their goods to market. La chivichana – the first choice of the brave and experimental villagers in Cuba. A kind and ironic view of how creativity can help make a virtue of necessity.
Ramírez, Waldo, Cuba, 2000, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 13 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Journey to Mars / Viaje a Marte [FL 796]
Antonio is a boy who wants to travel to Mars and, fortunately, his grandfather knows the way.
Zaramella, Juan Pablo, Argentina, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 16 min, animation, DVD-ROM

Based on a True Story / Baseado em estórias reais [FL 796]
In 1972, during Brazil's dictatorship, a young man is arrested while attempting a bank robbery. A journalist who witnesses the event writes an article for her newspaper. In a parallel story, a woman bakes a cake from a recipe.
Moraes, Gustavo, Brazil, 2002, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 15 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Passenger / El pasajero [FL 796]
A passenger hires a taxi for the day.
Meyer, Matías, Mexico, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 14 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Bulb and the Flower / A lampada e a flor [FL 796] Ferreira, Pablo, Brazil, 2003, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 17 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Parade / Defilada [FL 797]
Already a classic, this film by experienced documentary filmmaker Andrzej Fidyk, which has received several prestigious awards, shows us the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1988. One of the goals of this enormous celebration was to overshadow the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, which were held at the same time. Instead of using his own dialogue to accompany the footage of the masses of people paying tribute to their leader, the director uses quotations from North Korean newspapers and books. The chillingly fascinating choreography of the mass procession is conducted with absolute perfection and is strongly reminiscent of similar celebrations from Nazi Germany and shows how the manifestations of these totalitarian regimes resemble one another. The author of the film also visits a number of places touched by the feet of the "God-like" Kim Il Sung or his son Kim Jong Il, which immediately became national memorials. Footage of pre-school children who are able to repeat by heart exact information about the birthdays of members of Kim Il Sung's family shows the enormous extent to which brainwashing takes places among the local citizens, who are convinced of the prosperity of their country thanks to its absolute isolation.
Fidyk, Andrzej, Poland, 1989, English, 1 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Hiroshima, Mon Amour [FL 798]
A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork.
Resnais, Alain, France, 1959, French, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 86 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Pianist [FL 801]
The story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, miraculously eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout World War II by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. "The Pianist" steadfastly maintains its protagonist's singular point of view, allowing Polański to create an intimate odyssey on an epic wartime scale, drawing a direct parallel between Szpilman's tenacious, primitive existence and the wholesale destruction of the city he refuses to abandon.
Polański, Roman, France, 2003, English, Russian, German, 150 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Package-Tour / Társasutazás [FL 802]
This documentary follows a group of former prisoners as they travel to Auschwitz. The visit to the camp brings back their memories of the war and detention, the destinies of those who perished and those who survived. The scenes of the journey are intercut with an interview with a woman who stayed at home, suffering from a recurrent illness contracted in the camp. She speaks in tranquil recollection about the death queues where matters of life and death were decided with horrifying arbitrariness.
Gazdag, Gyula, Hungary, 1984, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Dreaming of Space / Космос как предчувствие [FL 804]
The film is set in 1957 in a small port town on the edge of the Soviet empire. The bright beaming eyes of Konyok and Lara - a simple-hearted restaurant cook and his waitress girlfriend - follow the movement of the first sputnik with delight. The film’s main protagonist is a “simple Soviet man.” His alter-ego, friend-enemy, the mysterious Gherman with a strange name and even stranger behavior appears out of nowhere and is prepares to escape from the Soviet Union. He practices sports, swims in icy water, learns a single English phrase about political asylum, and finally seduces Konjok’s girlfriend in order to gain access to foreign ships.
Uchitel, Alexei, Russia, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 86 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Legend of the Suram Fortress / Ambavi Suramis tsikhitsa [FL 805]
Almost 15 years after shooting his greatest masterpiece "Colors of pomegranates", after suffering accusations, spending years in prisons and concentrations camps, Parajanov finally returns with "The Legend of Suram Fortress". His first two movies were shot in Ukraine and Armenia respectively, this one was a work of GruziaFilm. The action takes place in medieval Georgia. The last wall around the Suram fortress constantly collapses no matter what the builders try... A spurned woman denied be the man she loves makes a prophecy and advises the prince who abandoned her to bury his son in the walls of Suram Fortress to protect it during a siege. According to the prophecy the only way to complete the wall around the fortress is to immure the hero into the wall.
Paradzhanov, Sergei, Soviet Union, 1984, Georgian/Dubbing: Russian/Subtitles: English, Russian, German, French, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Mandarin, Hebrew, Japanese, Swedish, 82 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Strictly Propaganda: The Other Side of the Wall / Kinder Kader Kommandeure [FL 806]
The history of the German Democratic republic is reflected in East german Newsreels and Propaganda films - this not very enticing persepctive turns out ot be a breathtaking journey of discovery. A fast-motion compendium of forty years of the GDR.
Kissel, Wolfgang , Wesnigk, Cay C., Germany, 1992, German, English/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Strictly Propaganda: The Other Side of the Wall / Kinder Kader Kommandeure [FL 806]
The history of the German Democratic republic is reflected in East german Newsreels and Propaganda films - this not very enticing persepctive turns out ot be a breathtaking journey of discovery. A fast-motion compendium of forty years of the GDR.
Kissel, Wolfgang , Wesnigk, Cay C., Germany, 1992, German, English/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Muharem, Music, the Eyes of Life / Muharem, muzika oči života [FL 807]
This low budget film followed the life-story of a blind Romany banjo player as he related his long career singing and playing on trains while somehow hiding his bigamy in a desperate effort to ensure he had an heir.
Mirkovič, Željko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Years in a Hand / В руце летa [FL 808]
The Southern part of the Ural Mountains, 2004. The town of Miass used to be known as one of the gold mining and steel work centers of the Southern Ural. Old believers started to settle in this region as early as the eighteenth century. They brought with them and have kept ever since their ancient religious and cultural traditions. The anti-clerical campaign unleashed by the Soviet regime from the 1920s made the monks painfuly aware of the fragility of their cultural legacy, prompting many to popularize their knowledge among the lay audiences. For instance, the films shows a local parioshioner at the Church of Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God demonstrating specific techniques of writing musical scripts employed for recording psalms and religios chants, one of which she performes. She was taught to read the notes by a nun called Minadora. Minadora also shares her knowledge of the ancient art of "Вруцелето" - calculating the dates of Orthodox feasts on the joints and fingers of a palm.
Aleksandrov, Evgeny, Russia, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Uchuk / Учук [FL 811]
Every spring after the sowing-time the Chuvash inhabitants of the village of Ultimorovka, in the Bakalinski area of Bashkortostan hold an ancient pagan feast of offerings. Lambs are slaughtered and a special meal is prepared for the crowd of the villagers assembled in the field. People eat the chopped lamb meat and pray to the Supreme God named Tura and to seven other deities of the upper world, asking for good harvest and the well-being of the community.
Danilko, Elena, Russia, 2005, Russian, English/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Uchuk / Учук [FL 811]
Every spring after the sowing-time the Chuvash inhabitants of the village of Ultimorovka, in the Bakalinski area of Bashkortostan hold an ancient pagan feast of offerings. Lambs are slaughtered and a special meal is prepared for the crowd of the villagers assembled in the field. People eat the chopped lamb meat and pray to the Supreme God named Tura and to seven other deities of the upper world, asking for good harvest and the well-being of the community.
Danilko, Elena, Russia, 2005, Russian, English/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Last Days [FL 813]
The 1998 Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary, "The Last Days" chronicles the experiences of five Hungarians who fell victim to Adolf Hitler's final genocidal push at the end of World War II. From the villages of Carpathia to the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, the Nazis ravaged Hungary and filled the Auschwitz death camp beyond capacity. In "The Last Days," survivors journey back to their hometowns and to the places where they faced the Holocaust. Their eyewitness testimony and rare archival footage reveals the harrowing journey that meant death for millions and survival for a precious few.
Moll, James, United States, 1998, English, German, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

The Last Days [FL 813]
The 1998 Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary, "The Last Days" chronicles the experiences of five Hungarians who fell victim to Adolf Hitler's final genocidal push at the end of World War II. From the villages of Carpathia to the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, the Nazis ravaged Hungary and filled the Auschwitz death camp beyond capacity. In "The Last Days," survivors journey back to their hometowns and to the places where they faced the Holocaust. Their eyewitness testimony and rare archival footage reveals the harrowing journey that meant death for millions and survival for a precious few.
Moll, James, United States, 1998, English, German, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

Kovno Ghetto: A Buried History [FL 815]
Before World War II 35, 000 Jews lived in Kovno (now Kaunas, Lithuania.) In a story familiar throughout Europe, few escaped the Holocaust. But despite their great suffering, the courageous inmates of the Kovno ghetto risked their lives to record their fate in thousands of photographs and documents. Incredibly many of these articles surivived the war, stashed away in hiding places, buried underneath the rubble, etc. They are the most complete record of any Jewish community's experience during the Holocaust. "Kovno ghetto" pieces together the story of the Jews of Kovno from the first stirrings of war to the annihilation of the ghetto just days before the city's liberation. And for the first time, 19 survivors of Kovno - including photographer Zvi Kadushin, whose images are at the heart of Kovno's moving legacy - tell their harrowing stories of survival and loss. Narrated and co-written by renoved historian Sir Martin Gilbert, the film is a gripping record of people who risked it all to document the most horrifying experience of their lives.
Krosney, Herbert, United States, 1997, English, Hebrew/Dubbing: English, 89 min, documentary film, VHS

Kovno Ghetto: A Buried History [FL 815]
Before World War II 35, 000 Jews lived in Kovno (now Kaunas, Lithuania.) In a story familiar throughout Europe, few escaped the Holocaust. But despite their great suffering, the courageous inmates of the Kovno ghetto risked their lives to record their fate in thousands of photographs and documents. Incredibly many of these articles surivived the war, stashed away in hiding places, buried underneath the rubble, etc. They are the most complete record of any Jewish community's experience during the Holocaust. "Kovno ghetto" pieces together the story of the Jews of Kovno from the first stirrings of war to the annihilation of the ghetto just days before the city's liberation. And for the first time, 19 survivors of Kovno - including photographer Zvi Kadushin, whose images are at the heart of Kovno's moving legacy - tell their harrowing stories of survival and loss. Narrated and co-written by renoved historian Sir Martin Gilbert, the film is a gripping record of people who risked it all to document the most horrifying experience of their lives.
Krosney, Herbert, United States, 1997, English, Hebrew/Dubbing: English, 89 min, documentary film, VHS

The Beauty Exchange / Ženy pro měny [FL 819]
"The Beauty Exchange" looks at how the media (in particular, commercials and the so-called glossy women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan or Harper's Bazaar) make contemporary Czech women conscious of their appearance, and the ways in which they shape today's stereotypes of feminine beauty. It focuses on four women: a trendy 20-something who buys all the latest beauty products; an overweight woman who will try anything to lose the extra kilos; a 15-year-old who enters a competition to be a model and eventually succeeds; a mother who undergoes plastic surgery. The latter, Eva, says she can work on other parts of her body, but once her breasts sag there's nothing she can do about it. Except have plastic surgery, which she hopes will mean a complete turn-around in her life and self-esteem. Well, things do not quite work out the way she hoped: the operation requires further surgical treatment and Eva still cannot wear her favorite clothes which are now too tight at the top. The operation is shown at length and in detail, which some viewers may find difficult to watch.
Hníková, Erika, Czech Republic, 2003, Czech/Subtitles: English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Salo, or 120 days of Sodom / Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma [FL 821]
A loose adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò is perhaps one of the most disturbing and disgusting film ever made. The director was assassinated within a month of its release, allegedly because of the controversial nature of his oeuvre. It is also one of the most important of his works, offering a blistering critique of fascism and idealism that suggests moral redemption may be nothing but a myth. Set in the Nazi-controlled, northern Italian state of Salo in 1944, four dignitaries round up eighteen perfect specimens of youth and take them together with guards, servants and studs to a palace near Marzabotto. In addition, there are four middle-aged women, three of whom tell arousing stories whilst the fourth accompanies them on the piano. Two of the company die shortly, and the rest are subject to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture. The story is largely taken up with their recounting the stories of Dante and De Sade: the Circle of Manias, the Circle of S*** and the Circle of Blood. Following this, the youths are executed whilst each libertine takes his turn as voyeur.
Pasolini, Pier Paolo, Italy, 1975, Italian/Dubbing: Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Funeral / Temetés [FL 2827]
"Funeral" is an experimental film, a video-collage pieced together mostly from archival footage of the burial ceremonies of Lenin and Stalin. It does not only commemorates the Soviet funereal cult, but invokes the system on its own. The images are built on the acoustic poetry of Ákos Szilágyi and the "ritual music" of István Márta, performed by Amadinda.
Sólyom, András, Hungary, 1992, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 7 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Together On The Road / Skupaj na poti [FL 2875]
Following initial video training, organized by DZMP Krsko a group of young Roma from Slovenia decided to use video as a media to portray their own culture. During the project the young Roma turned into filmmakers and have met and worked together with each other. The DVD is a collection of 11 short films that show the life of Roma in different parts of Europe - through the eyes of Roma filmmakers.
Slovenia, 2010, Slovenian/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

On Her Way / Na svoji poti [FL 2876]
Martina is 17 years-old. She is ambitious and successful. She goes to high school and imagines for her future an independent woman’s life “without being married too early”. Her wish: to become a filmmaker. Nothing weird for a teenager. But Martina is an example of a woman’s determination. She is Roma and wants to make things evolve in her community and outside of it; she wants to change it. Her project: to shoot a movie about her culture. Her plan: to go to Serbia, France and Hungary to meet and explore Roma traditions. Her main actors: the discrete but mainstays of the Roma society, the women.
Horreau, Cécile, Slovenia, 2010, Slovenian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A War Film Without War Images [FL 2877]
Through extensive use of archival footage found on the ineternet and recorded off-air from television the documentary film analyzes the growing Georgian nationalism.
Dumbadza, Soso, Germany, 2011, Georgian, German/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Expression Under Repression [FL 2878]
Video recording of some speeches at a Freedom of Speech conference held in Amsterdam, 7 June 2006. Themes include: censorship, privacy, free press.
Netherlands, 2006, English, 13 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Eighth Day Theater / Teater Åttonde Dagen [FL 2880]
A film follows the Polish theatre company “Eighth Day Theater” in the period before, during and after the upheavals in Eastern Europe. In the 1980´s the company performed underground in selected monasteries and churches. Soon a few members succeeded in leaving Poland and started touring Western Europe joined by the rest of the company a few years later. As the censorship in Poland eased up, the “Eighth Day Theatre” returned to Poland to witness a rapid transition.
Helander, Joanna ; Persson, Bo, Sweden, 1992, Polish/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Plastic People of the Universe [FL 2881]
The film traces different stages in the history of the Czech rock band "The Plastic People of the Universe" and spans over more than 30 years of Czech history. Formed in 1968, following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the band was inspired by American music banned by the Communist dictators including The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and The Doors. The film tells their story via unique archival footage, photographs, performances, press coverage and interviews with the musicians and their friends, including Václav Havel and Lou Reed.
Chytilová, Jana, Czech Republic, 2002, Czech/Subtitles: English, 74 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Reenactment / Reconstruirea [FL 2882]
Ripu and Vuica are two young students who celebrate their promotions one night by drinking one glass too many. Drunk, they attack the bar owner, break a window and fight each other. A few days later, they are led back to the scene of the crime by a police officer, a judge, a teacher and a film crew. The judge has decided that instead of going to jail, they will have to work as actors in a state sponsored documentary against alcoholism. They must faithfully reconstruct the events of that day, from the assault on the bartender to the final fight. That which did not happen in real life ends tragically in the fictionalized version.
Pintilie, Lucian, Romania, 1968, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 106 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Dissident Muse [FL 2884]
An overview of critical theatre in Eastern and Central Europe during socialism.
Pejovic, Katarina, Netherlands, 1995, English, 11 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dead Class / Umarla Klasa [FL 2886]
Andrzej Wajda documents the "hair-raising spectacle" of Tadeusz Kantor's most famous work “Dead Class”, which won an Obie Award for its 1979 performance at La Mama. Here, in the crucible of Krakow's Krzysztofory Gallery, where the work premiered, Kantor incites and conducts the psychosis at the core of personal and collective memory – memory shaped in this case by the traumas of two World Wars, the Holocaust, and the eradication of the Jewish part of Polish culture – and he pushes his avant-garde poetic into its final phase, the "Theatre of Death."
Wajda, Andrzej, Poland, 1976, Polish/Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Claiming Space / Behauptung des Raums – Wege unabhängiger Ausstellungskultur in der DDR [FL 2887]
Leipzig was an important center for alternative culture in the GDR. From 1985 till 1989 the gallery “Eigen+Art” in Leipzig-Connewitz was the center of independent exhibits and productions. The film reconstructs the history of this gallery and looks at the roots of independent art in the GDR.
Loeser, Claus ; Motz, Jakobine, Germany, 2010, German/Subtitles: English, 100 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Arts & Culture [FL 2888]
A documentary about the work of Hivos and partner organizations that actively engage with creating and promoting arts and culture in developing countries.
Netherlands, 2008, English, Spanish, 14 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Stranger Festival [FL 2890]
StrangerFestival is Europe's biggest story-sharing event for young video makers and fans of video. The DVV presents some of the results of the festival and offers inspiration, material and methods for schools, cultural organizations and NGOs using video in youth work.
Netherlands, 2009, English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Rain It Poured [FL 2891]
A teenage woman, Begaim, lives in a small village in Kyrgizstan, close to Lake Issyk-Kul. She got married recently, but her husband left shortly after the wedding and works as an illegal migrant worker in Russia. Begain is heavily pregnant, lives as a servant with her grandmother-in-law in the village and expects calls from his husband. She is being mocked by fellow women about her husband never turning back, because he allegedly found an other woman in Russia.
Bakanova, Aygul, Kyrgyzstan, 2010, Kyrgyz/Subtitles: English, 24 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Paradiso Amsterdam [FL 2892]
The best one minute films of the year 2005, from all around the world. The films are in many languages but all of them have English subtitles.
Netherlands, 2005, English, 61 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Art without Borders [FL 2893]
The film is a documentation of an exhibition of contemporary art from four countries in the Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Turkey held at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Art in Yerevan. The organizers, inspire of their efforts failed to secure Azerbaijan's participation in the exhibit.
Armenia, 2006, English, 41 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Young Cinema 10+ [FL 2894]
Collection of short films developed in the project of "Film Directors' Courses" of the Cinema Development Fund and the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. Film titles include: Everything is OK by Akjol Bekbolotov; Anonymous by Emil Atageldiev; Game Without Rules by Chingiz Narynov; Toptash by Nargiza Mamatkulova; The Run by Marat Ergeshov; The Moonboy by Aibek Daiyrbekov.
Kyrgyzstan, 2007, Kyrgyz/Subtitles: English, Russian, 90 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Short Guide to Integration [FL 2896]
The short documentary portrays Bedrija and David, young Roma from Skopje who participate in a music project that helps them integrate into the society in Macedonia.
Demir, Mahir, Macedonia, 2007, Macedonian/Subtitles: English, 33 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Stanger Festival [FL 2897]
A promotional video for the 2008 edition of the festival and 5 shorts from students age 12 to 15. Films could be used for young media students.
Netherlands, 2008, English, 12 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

ICT & Media - People Unlimited [FL 2898]
A documentary about the work of Hivos and partner organizations that actively engage with information and communication technology and media. The documentary illustrates the activities involved in the development and outreach programmes.
Netherlands, 2009, English/Subtitles: Spanish, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Basque Chronicle / Chronique Basque [FL 2899]
The film introduces us to the daily life of Aritz Arrieta, councilor in Mondragon, Spain, a stronghold of radical Basque nationalism. With death threats from ETA, the young mayor candidate lives under the protection of two bodyguards, confronted with a society marked by 40 years of terrorism.
Jeunehomme, Marie-Paule, Belgium, 2012, Basque, Spanish/Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War [FL 2900]
A documentary on the ecological consequences of warfare in Bosnia, Sudan and Iraq.
Day, Alice ; Day, Lincoln, United States, 2008, English, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Captain and His Pirate [FL 2901]
This documentary tells the story of the capture of the German ship Hansa Stavanger by Somali pirates. The film focuses on the complex relationship arising between culprit and victim under a life-threatening hostage situation and tells the story of the friendship between Captain Kotiuk and the pirate Ahado in a drama lasting over four months.
Wolff, Andy, Germany, 2012, English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Deported [FL 2902]
The film follows individuals repatriated from the US and Canada to their home countries for a period of three years.
Magloire, Rachele ; Regnault, Chantal, France, 2013, English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beatocello's Umbrella / L'ombrello di Beatocello [FL 2903]
A film following the story of Doctor Beat Richner and his Cambodian children's hospitals. This documentary reveals a Swiss artist who realized his visions by becoming a builder of hospitals in the land of the Khmer.
Gachot, Georges, Switzerland, 2012, English, Khmer, Central/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beatocello's Umbrella / L'ombrello di Beatocello [FL 2903]
A film following the story of Doctor Beat Richner and his Cambodian children's hospitals. This documentary reveals a Swiss artist who realized his visions by becoming a builder of hospitals in the land of the Khmer.
Gachot, Georges, Switzerland, 2012, English, Khmer, Central/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Forced Confessions [FL 2904]
This documentary discusses the false confession Maziar Bahari was forced to make on Iranian television in 2009 after he was charged with espionage and then tortured. The film explores the Iranian regime’s extraction and use of false confessions since 1979.
Bahari, Maziar, United Kingdom, 2012, English, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Forced Confessions [FL 2904]
This documentary discusses the false confession Maziar Bahari was forced to make on Iranian television in 2009 after he was charged with espionage and then tortured. The film explores the Iranian regime’s extraction and use of false confessions since 1979.
Bahari, Maziar, United Kingdom, 2012, English, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lovebirds: Rebel Lovers in India [FL 2905]
In India, lovebirds are young lovers that risk their life to stay together by escaping their families and persecution from India’s ancient tradition of prohibiting marriage outside one’s caste or religion. Different stories of Lovebirds on the run interweave in a poor shelter in New Delhi. There to help them is Mr. Sachdev who leads the Love Commandos, a group of Indian activists supporting their rebel choices.
Bigoli, Gianpaolo, Italy, 2012, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In Utero Srebrenica [FL 2907]
This documentary presents the stories of some of the Muslim mothers affected by the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Carrieri, Giuseppe, Italy, 2012, Bosnian, English/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In Utero Srebrenica [FL 2907]
This documentary presents the stories of some of the Muslim mothers affected by the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Carrieri, Giuseppe, Italy, 2012, Bosnian, English/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Apash, Outsiders / Apash, Los de Fuera [FL 2908]
Jivaro communities in the Peruvian Amazon tell of the destruction of the forest by Western extractive industry to a retired Spanish businessman looking for ancient family links within the community.
Peña, Cora, Spain, 2011, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Between Earth and Sky [FL 2910]
This documentary explores a Native American family’s struggle against cancer and cultural extinction as money becomes increasingly valued.
Stanisheva, Maria, United States, 2012, English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Hay Days [FL 2911]
Tells the story of Anthony and Petra Ingram who sold their house in the UK and bought a farm in a mountain village in Harghita County, Romania. Six years later they discuss their decision to live on the farm and issues of infertility and children.
Veraart, Ralph, Norway, 2013, English, 31 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lion Souls [FL 2912]
Lion Souls follows the journey of two men in Zimbabwe, one an Italian surgeon named Carlo Spagnolli and the other his 25 year old patient who was forced into a wheelchair after a beating by soldiers.
Gerosa, Manu ; Muñoz, Salva, Italy, 2012, Spanish, English, Italian, Shona/Subtitles: English, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lion Souls [FL 2912]
Lion Souls follows the journey of two men in Zimbabwe, one an Italian surgeon named Carlo Spagnolli and the other his 25 year old patient who was forced into a wheelchair after a beating by soldiers.
Gerosa, Manu ; Muñoz, Salva, Italy, 2012, Spanish, English, Italian, Shona/Subtitles: English, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Man of Nature and Me / Omul Naturii și Eu [FL 2913]
Shot in the forest and hills surrounding a small Transylvanian village in Romania, the film portrays Gabi, a fisherman and forager. Sharing his thoughts on nature and Romania, the film also explores the relationship between filmmaker and subject.
Veraart, Orsolya, Norway, 2013, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 36 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Voice of the Valley [FL 2914]
Voice of the Valley tells the story of two women from the impoverished, religious and tribal agricultural hub of Jordan, the Jordan Valley. With no formal training and despite the government's refusal to issue them a license, Asma and Munira produce and broadcast a socio-political radio program from Amman. Despite numerous threats and backlash from their community, the women expose social, political and environmental issues of the Jordan Valley; issues which have never been addressed by governmental officials in Amman
Jarman, Leila, United States, 2013, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bahar [FL 2915]
The film follows the family of a young Turkish woman named Bahar following her murder
Goeijers, Carin, Netherlands, 2013, Dutch, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I am a Homeschooler / Az Sam Domashen Uchenik [FL 2916]
The film introduces us to several families in Bulgaria who refuse to accept societal norm and attempt to construct a new family, cultural and even social model. The practice of home-schooling, relatively well known around the world, is an obscure subject in Bulgaria, yet these families choose not to enroll their children in school. The film introduces the broader societal and public institutions to this practice.
Dimitrova, Ralitza, Bulgaria, 2013, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Even a Bird Needs a Nest / Meme un Oiseau a Beson de Son Nid [FL 2917]
A documentary regarding forced evictions in Cambodia, Every Bird Needs a Nest reveals the Cambodian government’s concession of residential land to commercial companies while a group of women, led by Tep Vanny, protest being forced out of their homes even under threats and intimidation.
Chansou, Christine ; Trintignant, Vincent, France, 2012, Khmer, Central/Subtitles: English, 71 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Third Wave / Moj-e Sevom [FL 2918]
This documentary follows a young HIV positive man living in the suburbs of Tehran, Iran. The film deals with the issue of taboo in Iranian society.
Tourang, Yasseman, Sweden, 2013, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Water, Wind and Fire / Ab, Bad, Atash [FL 2919]
This film follows the female family providers of a small desert town in southeast Iran.
Tourang, Yasseman, Sweden, 2011, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution [FL 2920]
A short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria.
VanDyke, Matthew ; Kelze, Nour, United States, 2013, English, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Europe Trap [FL 2921]
“Europe Trap” is a close-up of Zakereh; a 55-year-old mother trying to reunite with her son, who is trapped in Greece.
Gris, Anna Giralt, Spain, 2012, Persian, English, Catalan/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Europe Trap [FL 2921]
“Europe Trap” is a close-up of Zakereh; a 55-year-old mother trying to reunite with her son, who is trapped in Greece.
Gris, Anna Giralt, Spain, 2012, Persian, English, Catalan/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Art/Violence [FL 2922]
Young Palestinian actresses deal with the military occupation and gender oppression on stage and in life. Following the lead of their director and peace activist, Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was murdered in 2011, they use their imagination to create an artistic rebellion
Taleb, Batoul ; Khaled, Miriam Abu ; Aloni, Udi, Israel, 2013, Arabic, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Where the Streets Have No Name [FL 2923]
Follows one man’s journey to alleviate homelessness in Cairns, Australia and tells the stories of children living on the street.
Mirchandani, Vijaykumar, United States, 2010, English, 75 min, DVD-ROM

Small Small Thing [FL 2924]
This documentary shares the story of seven year old Liberian rape victim Olivia Zinnah, who died of her injuries despite five years of medical treatments and the intervention of the Liberian government.
Vale, Jessica, United States, 2013, English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Expecting / Kinderen van de Rekening [FL 2925]
Jawid escaped from Afghanistan and Dashurije left Kosovo hoping for a better life. They met each other in the refugee-center in Brussels and are now expecting a child together. Through hunger strikes and demonstrations, they manage to obtain a temporary permit to stay in Belgium. However new problems with their permit arise, making the future of their unborn child uncertain.
Wuytack, Fabio, Belgium, 2010, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Real Man's Film / Muški Film [FL 2926]
Concentration of arms has reached a critical level and even the smallest incident would destroy the peace
Slijepcevic, Nebojsa, Croatia, 2012, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 12 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Wheelchair Users [FL 2927]
Despite the prosperity and modernity of Hong Kong, wheelchair users still find it inconvenient to live there. This documentary explores the challenges that wheelchair users face in Hong Kong.
Chiu, Wing Wa, China, 2011, Chinese/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Once They Were Neighbours [FL 839]
"I do not like to talk about it. These are bad memories…" "They were born here, they never thought they would ever leave…" "it was a topsy-turvy world… Ordinary people could do nothing. …" "We were quite close friends but still, they never told me anything about what had happened to them over there. I did not ask, they did not say…" Ghetto, brick factory, train station, mass graves - the neighbors of the Jewish inhabitants of the small Hungarian town of Kőszeg take us along the streets of their town, into the houses and shops, passing by the shut down synagogue that all bear witness to the fates of its former owners. What did the Hungarians of Kőszeg do while their neighbors were rounded up for deportation, forced labor at the local brick factory and eventual death? How and what do they remember and say today about that time? What did the bystanders see and what do they believe they saw happening in their community during the last days of WWII? And why do they feel compelled to dispel allusions to their complicity?
Gellér-Varga, Zsuzsanna, Hungary, 2005, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Years of Rust / Godine Hrđe [FL 840]
A story about workers at the Uljanik shipyard in Pula whose difficult and dangerous job is to apply anti-corrosion protection to ship metal. The combination of dust, rust, poisonous gases, inhumane conditions and long hours without rest breaks has slowly turned these workers into apathetic working machines. Unscrupulous exploitation, under the guise of "privatisation", has stripped them of the last traces of dignity and pride.
Korovljev, Andrej, Croatia, 2000, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, VHS

Golden Ice Cream / Zlatni sladoled [FL 841]
Funny and enegetic film about Albanians who live in Istrian town of Porec. The movie deals with two groups of people: Muslims, who are the ice cream, and Christians, who are in the gold business. During the summer the street where they live is packed with tourists coming from different places, but in that melting-pot of different nationalities and cultures both communities preserve their own specific, time-enduring way of live.
Koci, Fatmir, Croatia, 1999, Albanian/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, VHS

The Bridge / Most [FL 842]
A bridge, as a metaphor, symbolizes a relation between people who belong to different civilization, religions and worlds. Mostar, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina is famous for its bridges. One can find there a unique mix of Ottoman (Muslim) and Austrian (Christian) cultural influences. It is a place where east meets west. "The Bridge" is a documentary about two young Mostarians whose lives were affected by the war, which culminated in destruction of the Old Bridge. Today, Sanja and Sulejman are trying to live normally in the divided town of Mostar. Coming from opposite sides, they meet in alternative workshop called “The Young Bridge."
Zrnic, Maja, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 33 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Storm over Krajina / Oluja Nad Krajinom [FL 843]
The documentary tells the story of the civilian casualties from the villages of Grubori, Varivode, Gosici and Plavno during the course of operation "Storm". The "Storm" was a military offensive of the Crotian part of the Yugoslav secession wars that had as result the "liberation" of all Serbian occupied Crotian territories. The documentary adds to the previous unilaterally glorious accounts of this operation a tragic note, showing the mass killings performed by the Crotian forces in the villages their were entering. This documentary created an uproar in the Cortian public opinion, as it brought up on the public agenda the issue of the war-crimes performed by Crotian citizens by means of both getting officials and intellectuals involved in discussing such thorny topic, and by pooling the "silent majority" about the necessity of holding accountable the guilty parties..
Knezevic, Bozo, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Strange People's Super Power / Super snaga cudnih ljudi [FL 844]
The film tells the story of a group of boys that live in a children's home and are often prone to delinquent behaviour. However, they will get a chance to make a movie - completely theirs from inception to the realisation. The image how bad guys from the outer space are sent to destroy the planet Earth. There is going to be only one way through which the odd characters will be able to stop them....
Vorkapic, Vlatka, Croatia, 2002, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 46 min, documentary film, VHS

The Postman / Hrvatska verzija [FL 845]
The film tells the story of Vincenco, the postman of a small town in Croatia,who justifies his seniority in the job through the meaning he acquries by delivering letters to people. His life and happiness became through the years inextricably linked to his job and its fulfillment.
Cernic, Cejen, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, VHS

The Abandoned Town / Napusteni grad [FL 846]
A film about the life of the Italian minority in Croatia (and former Yugoslavia) told through the story of Piemonte (Zavrsje), an almost completely abandoned and ruined town in Istria. Gigi was among the rare ones who stayed in the town when Tito's Yugoslavia demanded that the Italian minority choose between the two homelands. Today, some 50 years later he's still the only "citizen" of the abandoned town.
Piekorz, Magdalena, Croatia, 2002, Italian/Subtitles: English, 18 min, documentary film, VHS

Neighbours / Susjedi [FL 847]
The story is about two men and two different decisions taken, in order to live a separated life from the rest of the world. Vlado bought a deserted part of the land by the sea, and Zeljko is the lighthouse keeper. That’s how they become the closest neighbours.Thsi is a film about two men trapped in an unfair and wasteful world where profit rules everything. One has chosen to work on a remote lighthouse island in the Mediterranean and the other has resorted to the beach in order to cultivate vegetables and meditate. Could we call their way of living a silent protest against the values of today, or is it maybe escapism?
Reuter, Annika Sylvin, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, VHS

Peshawar Rubab [FL 848]
The master musicians of the rubab from Afghanistan, once respected artists of their community, suddenly found themselves unwelcomed in their country, and had to flee to the neighbouring Pakistan, fearful for their lives. Having arrived in Peshawar, they founded an artist colony, where different schools of musicians gather regularly to practice their craft. This si the third episode of "Silent Voices", a documentary series about India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tibet.
Ridicki, Daniel, Croatia, 2001, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, VHS

Poetry & Revolution – The Student Strike 1971 / Poezija i revolucija - studentski strajk 1971 [FL 849]
This documentary is a an historical chronicle. While a student at the Zagreb Academy, the director, Brako Ivanka, and his colleague Zoran Tadi filmed the riots and resistance at Zagreb University to Tito's repressive government tactics. When the strike was violently crushed, the footage was confiscated and believed lost -- until a portion of it turned up recently in the archives of the state police. Thirty years later, Branko Ivanka was given the chance to edit the material into an uneven, though impressive 60-minute documentary
Ivanda, Branko, Croatia, 2000, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

Happy Oblivion / Sretna Nigdina [FL 850]
A story about revitalization of the beautiful Medieval Istrian town of Groznjan which was deserted and abandoned after WW II. Surrounded by hills and woods, many artists have recognized the place as home. The film was shot as part of the Documentary Workshop / Imaginary Academy in Groznjan, Croatia.
Zrnic, Maja, Croatia, 2000, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, VHS

Drinking Water and Freedom III / Pitka voda I sloboda III [FL 851]
Drinking Water and Freedom III is a documentary film whose story spans twenty-seven years, telling of the destiny of two stone memorial tablets and a brass water faucet, representing the everlasting change in the political reality of the area. Nevertheless, is the change for real?
Grlić, Rajko, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, VHS

Good Luck! / Sretno! [FL 852]
In 1998, the last coal mine in Croatia , "Tupljak" near Labin was closed down. 300 miners working there lost their jobs. At the same time, members of the art group "Labin Art Express" are "taking over" the mine. The film will contrast the life of the miners with the conceptualization of the coalmine's environment, "the Underground City", by the Lubin Artist Express.
Matanić, Dalibor ; Rukavina, Tomislav ; Tomic, Stanislav, Croatia, 1998, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, VHS

A Story from Pula / Una storia Polesana [FL 853]
Una Storia Polesana" is a kind of ode dedicated to the simple way of life of "ordinary people". It is also an "homage" to a town that is sinking deeper and deeper into post-communist depression. It tells the stories of the "mahala' - a poor, multicultural community close to the famous Roman Arena tourist landmark in the Croatian coastal town of Pula. The film tells the story of those people who will gradually be forgotten by everybody in the process of nowadays socio-economic development.
Korovljev, Andrej, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, VHS

Think Pink / Terra RoZa [FL 854]
Many people have "pink dreams" but only two of them tried to paint their reality in pink. Tito and Brankica are taking us into a world full of pink paintings, dresses, furniture and walls that separate them from the "un-pink" world. But, despite this "cover-up", one has to wonder: is their life pink perfect...or maybe not? The film was shot as part of the Documentary Workshop / Imaginary Academy in Groznjan, Croatia.
Tardozzi, Aldo, Croatia, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, VHS

More Than a Game / Vise od igre [FL 855]
The football World Cup (France, 1998) from Zagreb perspectives.
Fiket, Tomislav, Croatia, 1998, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 5 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

BBB – Bad Blue Boys [FL 856]
A documentary featuring the Bad Blue Boys, football fans from Zagreb who became the symbol of popular political opposition during Tudjman's regime in Croatia. Claiming that "Dinamo" was a name imposed by the communist system, Tudjman renamed the football team "Croatia". The football supporters' struggle to bring back the old name "Dinamo" was opposed by all means. It is a movie about sports becoming a medium for protest.
Podgorelec, Sasa, Croatia, 1998, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Down with the Masks / Dolje s maskama [FL 857]
A simple but vivid documentary about an initiative on February 20th 1998 to hold a union strike on the main square of Zagreb. The aim of the film was to depict reactions of common people, avoiding the typical style of the TV documentaries at the time, which were mainly focused upon the conflict between demonstrators and police.
Petricic, Mladen, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, VHS

The Boy Who Rushed / Decko kojem se zurilo [FL 858]
An intimate story about a filmmaker searching for her brother gone missing in 1991 during the recent war in Croatia. The director’s brother, along with many other young soldiers, mysteriously disappeared in Vukovar. While searching for him, the director filmed the events and people she encountered. The film begins with a rather moving confession by the filmmaker about her psychological state, and about her family and native country, which were drawn into the nightmare of the war. In a quite humorous manner, she speaks about the history of Croatia in the previous century and refers to missing soldiers who represented every generation in her family. In a way, it is a "sequel" to her grandmother's story: her husband was killed in World War II, but all her life she's been waiting for him.
Cakic-Veselic, Biljana, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, VHS

Obranici Unplugged [FL 859]
The documentary is a story about fame without glory. Alen Vitasovic lives in the small village of Orbanici in the Croatian region of Istria. He would have an ordinary life if he had not been the most popular singer in Croatia three years ago. His huge overnight success changed Alen's life dramtically - no longer was he able to live the ordinary life of a village boy. His dreams came true, but not in the way he had imagined them.
Mirković, Igor, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 48 min, documentary film, VHS

Ottavio [FL 860]
A simple and warm film about Ottavio, a stringed instrument maker from an Istrian village. This is a story about him, his dog, his friends and his way of life which is slowly but surely fading into oblivion.
Groó, Diana ; Kékesi, Attila, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, VHS

The Black Have Endured, and I? / Crnci su izdrzali, a ja? [FL 861]
The film is shot during Christmas time in 2000. It focuses on a group of friends and their interactions, while in the meantime also catched glimpses of the filmakers hometown and its people.
Juric, Zvonimir, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, VHS

BAG [FL 863]
A documentary about Karlobag, a small coastal town with very few people, a lot of trucks and heavy winds. It presents a community decresing in numbers with the passing of every year, thus being dominated more by the traces of the past than by its members' present existence. The emptied landscape is now taken over by trucks and gas stations as the town is on the road to Split. These signs of the intruding present create a striking contrast with the sad poetry of this fading place.
Matanić, Dalibor ; Rukavina, Tomislav ; Tomic, Stanislav, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, VHS

Circa Oasis / Circa Oaza [FL 864]
A film about a house in the Croatian coastal town of Rovinj that is inhabited by people coming from five different nationalities ­ all with different histories and political opinions. Using cinema verité Bozic reveals the conflicts that arise and how people from such vastly different backgrounds can learn to coexist and live the same roof.
Bozic, Tatjana, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Life in Fresh Air / Život na Svježem Zraku [FL 865]
A film about the village of Djulovac in Western Slavonia, Croatia. The place is very small, but it has many political fractions. The main issue is how to win the votes of the new inhabitants: Croats from Kosovo who moved into houses formerly inhabited by Serbs who had left at the beginning of the war. At the same time, the politicians are also eager to obtain the votes of the returning Serbs who are now reclaiming their houses. Quite humorous, with some very strong cinéma vérité sequences, the film investigates the spirit of the villagers at a time when human values like honesty and dignity are about to lose their meaning. Will the wounds inflicted during the war be deepened or is there a chance to create solidarity in peacetime? The film does not try to provide any answers; it merely poses questions that are crucial to the whole of former Yugoslavia. Silvestar Kolbas's camera wonderfully captures the hidden but significant moments of hesitation, dilemma and human malice dominating the village.
Volarić, Danko, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, VHS

The Zagreb Fair / Pavilion 22 [FL 866]
The film is about fully unknown and dark side of the happenings that took place within the Zagreb Fair compound in the autumn of 1991, the year in which the war broke out. First established as a mobilisation center of police reserve forces, it soon became a transit camp and persecution center. By interviewing some of the involved actors and also using archival footage, the director attempts to shed some light over the events related to Pavilion 22 and their signification in the context of the recent history of Croatia.
Puhovski, Nenad, Croatia, 2002, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, VHS

Dreams from the Railway Station / Snovi na peronu djetinjstva [FL 867]
A film about the life of the children who live, sleep and “work” at Zagreb's main railway station. It tells the story of their every day life and of their dreams, which will probably never come true.
Mirosnicenko, Silvio, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 32 min, documentary film, VHS

Of Cows and People / O kravama i ljudima [FL 868]
This film is the story of Milan and Silvana, who live in Medulin, a small coastal town in Croatia. Milan breeds cows on a nearby island, as many in his family have done before him, but his attachment and love for his heard gets him in trouble with Silvana. His wife aims at a better life, one that would start with a roofed house and one that would require more attention from her husband. The life of this couple is following its own rules and time, quite detached from the pacy present Croatia.
Matijevic, Zrinka ; Slijepcevic, Nebojsa, Croatia, Croatian, English, 20 min, documentary film, VHS

Juric: Fortress 1999 / Juric: tvrdja 1999 [FL 869]
A personal view of the famous fortress in the Croatian town of Osijek, as seen by its director Zvonimir Juric. Past (both distant and recent) and present are juxtapositioned in a very delicate, factumentary fashion. The direct identifies several storie from the arhibes of the Fortress and then he finds their equivalent in present day happenings, thus suggesting the unchanging time of the prerennial fortress.
Juric, Zvonimir, Croatia, 1999, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, VHS

No Substitute for Victory - Hosted by John Wayne [FL 870]
Who better than John Wayne to host this documentary look at "America's fight against Communist aggression" in Vietnam? Along with a history of Red atrocities from the Russian Revolution to Southeast Asia, Wayne talks with such notables as Martha Raye, newsman Lowell Thomas and Green Beret-turned-pop star Sgt. Barry Sadler. In the end Wayne a puts the blame for the war's dragging on squarely on the shoulders of a "hostile press." The documentary aimed to shift the opinion of the public to favor support of the U. S. war against North Vietnam and the Viet Cong during a time when America's cultural atmosphere was strongly antagonistic towards this country's involvement. The documentary also contains archival footage related to both the Vietnam conflict and the history of the establishment of Communist regimes; however, their discursive framing is misleadingly created.
Slatzer, Robert F., United States, 1970, English, 70 min, documentary film, VHS

Nanook of the North [FL 872]
This is a documentary about an Eskimo community which took 2 years for completion and it was shot on the Eastern shore of Hudson Bay. Flaherty's goal was complete authenticity, despite the fact that most of the scenes were enacted by Nanook and his companions. Though the film has no conventional plot, it tells a cogerent story throught its extraordinary images. However, the films owes its approach to its time: it hints at the old cliché about the noble savage being pushed towards a civilization that will destroy him. But it does so with a rare feeling for a timeless landscape and for a way of life that had remained unchaged for centuries.
Flaherty, Robert J., United States, 1922, English, 55 min, documentary film, VHS

The General Line / Старое и новое Staroye i novoye (Generalnaya liniya ) Staroye i novoye a.k.a. Generalnaya liniya [FL 873]
The project for this movie was first initiated in 1927, when Sergei Eisenstein created The General Line (Generalnaia linia) to celebrate the campaign for collectivization in the Soviet Union. Hoping to reach a wide audience, the director forsook his usual practice of emphasizing groups by concentrating on a single rural heroine. Eisenstein briefly abandoned this project to film October, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Revolution. By the time he was able to return to General Line, the Soviet Union was going through the first weaves of Stalinist purges. The intial version of the movie was accussed of having a Trotkist approach. As a result, the film was hastily re-edited and sent out in 1929 under a new title, The Old and the New (Staroe i novoe). In later years, archivists restored The General Line to an approximation of Eisenstein's original concept.
Eisenstein, Sergei ; Aleksandrov, Grigori, Soviet Union, 1929, (silent)/Subtitles: English, 121 min, fiction film, VHS

No Greater Love / Она защищает родину [FL 874]
This is the story of Vera Maretskaya who joins the Soviet war effort during the Second World War in order to take revenge on the Nazi forces who destoryed everything she cared for. She witnesses her husband being killed in combat, her toddler run over by a German tank, and her village is commandeered by Nazi forces. She organizes the surviving locals into a guerilla band; she locates the Nazis responsible for the atrocity and kills them in as brutal a manner as possible. The violence the killing scenes was so intense that Americans never saw a complete print of the film. The critics who gave positive reviews to the movie in US at the time of its release were some of the first targets of the Red Scare in 1950s.
Ermler, Fridrikh, Soviet Union, 1943, Russian/Dubbing: English, 74 min, fiction film, VHS

Jew Süss / Jud Süß [FL 875]
In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Suess Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by showering the corrupt duke with treasure and promises of even greater riches. As the Jew's schemes grow more elaborate and his actions more brazen, the dukedom nearly erupts into civil war. Persuaded by the Jew, the Duke all but scuttles the constitution and alienates the assembly by lifting the local ban on Jews in Stuttgart. In a final outrage, the Jew rapes a wholesome German girl and tortures her father and fiancee. When the Duke succumbs to a sudden heart attack, the assembly of Elders try the Jew and sentence him to death for having "carnal knowledge of a Christian woman."
Mendes, Lothar, Germany, 1934, German/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, VHS

A Tale of Two Villages / Povestea a doua sate [FL 876]
This is the story of the existence under communism of two villages: Nucsoara and Scornicesti. They are opposite examples of the results of collectivization policy of the regime. The former was one of the sites of the fiercest resistence to communism and its idea of rural modernization. The latter was the native village of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and became the flagship of his policies of systematization. Dissimilarities between these villages are expressive of the cleavages in Romanian society during post-communism. Despite different memories and remembrances of communism and its traumas, both villages are suffering from similar aftermath of the failed communist project of social engineering of the rural part of Romania. At the same time, the documentary is attempting to also link the the new challenges of the post-1989 period with the practices and legacies of communism. The documentary is based upon Alina-Mungiu Pippidi's book "A Tale of Two Villages".
Pippidi, Alina-Mungiu, Romania, 2002, English/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, VHS

A Tale of Two Villages / Povestea a doua sate [FL 876]
This is the story of the existence under communism of two villages: Nucsoara and Scornicesti. They are opposite examples of the results of collectivization policy of the regime. The former was one of the sites of the fiercest resistence to communism and its idea of rural modernization. The latter was the native village of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and became the flagship of his policies of systematization. Dissimilarities between these villages are expressive of the cleavages in Romanian society during post-communism. Despite different memories and remembrances of communism and its traumas, both villages are suffering from similar aftermath of the failed communist project of social engineering of the rural part of Romania. At the same time, the documentary is attempting to also link the the new challenges of the post-1989 period with the practices and legacies of communism. The documentary is based upon Alina-Mungiu Pippidi's book "A Tale of Two Villages".
Pippidi, Alina-Mungiu, Romania, 2002, English/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, VHS

Germany, Awake! [FL 878]
A documentary on the World War II German motion picture and its use as a propaganda tool during the times of Goebbels. Clips from more than 20 films made between 1933 and 1945 are included. First released in Germany as a motion picture in 1968. Among the numerous works excerpted are: Bismark, Venus on Trial, Victory in the West, Jud Suss, I Accuse!, The Rothchilds, and The Great King.
Leiser, Erwin, Germany, 1968, German/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

Tereza [FL 879]
This movie is about a lady detective, Svorcova, who is assigned to a particularly puzzling homicide case. The deeper she digs, the more it seems that no one really wants the murder solved. She eventually deduces that the killing has something to do with an "untouchable" Communist flunky. Director Blumenfeld dances adroitly around the political issues in Tereza, but they're there to anyone who can read.
Blumenfeld, Pavel, Czechoslovakia, 1961, Czech/Subtitles: English, 91 min, fiction film, VHS

The Dybbuk / Ha Dybbuk [FL 880]
Boundaries separating the natural from the supernatural dissolve as ill-fated pledges, unfulfilled passions and untimely deaths ensnare two families in a tragic labyrinth of spiritual possession. Inspired by S. Ansky's ethnographic research of Jews living in the Polish-Russian countryside just before the first World War, The Dybbuk reflects Ansky's deep perception of the shtetl's religious and cultural mores, as well as his insightful appreciation of its hidden spiritual resources. The film's exquisite musical and dance interludes evoke the cultural richness of both pre-WWI shtetl communities and Polish Jewry on the eve of WWII. This movie is, in a loose sense, a ghost story with a familiar theme: malevolent fate works through human passions, destroying our protagonists, who do not realize until too late what lies ahead. A young man and young woman, promised in marriage before they are even born, fall in love with one another on their own volition. The girl's father, seeking out a wealthier son-in-law, tries to wriggle out of the deal. In desperation, the boy kills himself--whereupon his soul is transferred to the girl during the wedding ceremony. It is up to the Wonder Rabbi (A. Morewski) to sort things out.
Waszynski, Michal, Poland, 1937, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 125 min, fiction film, VHS

History Undercover: Last Mass Execution [FL 882]
In August, 1945, seven German prisoners of war were hanged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The prisoners did not commit a crime against the United States--they murdered one of their own, German U-boat crewmember, Werner Drechsler. He cooperated with U.S. Naval Intelligence for the interrogation of other German POWs. His fellow POWs demanded retribution for his betrayal to themselves and Germany. When transferred to Fort Leavenworth after his cooperation, authorities put Drechsler into the general population with his former comrades, his former comrades recognized him and passed judgement. They murdered Drechsler on his first night in Fort Leavenworth.
Constantine, Craig, United States, 1997, English, 50 min, documentary film, VHS

Winter War / Talvisota [FL 883]
Based on a novel by Antii Tuuri, Talvisota is a dramatized commemoration the 1939 Russo-Finnish war. Threatened with total annexation, Finland courageously faced down the Soviet forces, despite being outnumbered 50 to 1. The tiny country loses the vital Karelian Isthmus, but Finland remains an independent nation, never falling into the Communist sphere as the Soviets had intended. This long (3 hours plus) but never draggy film personalizes the war by concentrating on the exploits of one beleaguered resistance fighter (Taneli Makela). This is the first film made about this epic struggle; recounting the war from the soldiers' point of view, letting us experience the brutality of daily life in the trenches.
Parikka, Pekka, Finland, 1989, Finnish/Subtitles: English, 125 min, fiction film, VHS

Border Street - aka That Others May Live / Ulica Graniczna [FL 886]
In sweeping, multistoried fashion, the film recreates the last days of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. Director Aleksander Ford concentrates on the repercussions that war, prejudice, resistance and oppression have upon the children-specifically the young Jewish ghetto dwellers on one side, and the Hitler Youth on the other. The film was banned in Poland as it depicted Jews, rather than communists, as the heroes of anti-German struggle. Just before beginning to make this film Ford was demoted from the directorship of Film Polski. Before leaving the country, he did not present the script to the new industry management. Even though Border Street obtained permission for distribution, opponents accused the film director of neglecting socialist ideology. Similar objections to Ford’s new production appeared during the Congress of Filmmakers in Wisla in 1949, where the high-ranking political leaders instituted “socialist realism” as the leading filmmaking style. There Ford was accused of offending Polish national feelings.
Ford, Aleksander, Poland, 1949, Polish/Subtitles: English, 110 min, fiction film, VHS

New Pastures / Mezi nami zjlodeji [FL 887]
A comedy about three prisoners recently released from jail and their experiences returning home to their small village. Not yet convinced that the honest path is the best, our three heroes return home attempting to start over. After a period of adjustment, they manage to begin a new life in spite of themselves. This comedy was a huge hit at the time in Czechoslovakia. In between the lines it also makes a slight criticism against the communist regime.
Cech, Vladimir, Czechoslovakia, 1963, Czech/Subtitles: English, 92 min, fiction film, VHS

We Are from Kronstadt / Мы из Кронштадта [FL 891]
The Soviet official version of the Kronstadt mutiny. The main protagonist is a Red seamen who helped to defend the road to Petrograd against the White Guards commanded by General Yudenitch. He belongs to the fleet stationed at Kronstadt at the Baltic Sea base. At first he is fanned to flame by the word and example of the veteran commissar who has come to the naval base to recruit his Petrograd defense corps. It is not until after his comrades are driven by the White soldiers to the top of a cliff and forced to jump into the sea, with their hands tied behind their backs and rocks strapped to their chests, that the sailor awakens to his party responsibility. At the end of the film, as he leads the Kronstadt marines to force 'the Whites' off the same cliff he, glaring defiantly, growls "And who else wants Petrograd?"
Dzigan, Efim, Soviet Union, 1936, Russian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, VHS

Hitler in Havana [FL 892]
"Hitler in Havana" is a classic Cold War call-to-arms portrays Castro’s Cuba as a clear and present danger to the United States. Drawing ominous parallels between Castro and Hitler, the film shows Cuba as a place of concentration camps and firing squads, hell-bent on foreign expansion and communist subversion. Produced by the anti-communist organization INCA (Informational Council of the Americas), distributed to southern television markets in the mid-1960s, "Hitler in Havana" spotlights the growing threat of communism throughout the Americas, warning that "World War III may be fought in New Orleans and New York, not Normandy and Naples." But this is more than an alarmist period piece: the film offers rare and unique footage from the early days of Castro’s regime, smuggled into the United States by anti-Castro refugees, including scenes from the Bay of Pigs invasion and its aftermath.
United States, 1966, English, 54 min, propaganda film, VHS

Oswald: a self-portrait [FL 892]
Before gaining notoriety as John Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald had already become a lightning rod for controversy in his native New Orleans. This short stresses Oswald’s professed belief in Marxism, his brief stay in the Soviet Union, and his return to New Orleans as spokesman for the pro-Castro "Fair Play for Cuba Committee." Prominently featured here, as Oswald’s chief nemesis, is New Orleans’ noted anti-communist crusader Ed Butler (of the Information Council of the Americas), who confronted Oswald on New Orleans radio only three months before the Kennedy assassination. Butler recreates his part of this debate for the camera; the audio track is the actual radio program itself, in which Oswald explains his political views and Marxist convictions. A fascinating time capsule from a turbulent time, Oswald: Self Portrait poses questions about Oswald that remain unanswered.
United States, 1965, English, 24 min, propaganda film, VHS

Summons for the Queen / Zatykac na kralovnu [FL 893]
After receiving an anonymous tip, Czech police summon for questioning, a carefree young woman who is living beyond her means. But before she can be questioned, she is found brutally raped and murdered. At first the police believe the killing to be linked to a recent sex murder, but in the course of the investigation a black-market network is uncovered and ultimately the true reason for her elimination.
Klein, Dusan, Czechoslovakia, 1973, Czech/Subtitles: English, 95 min, fiction film, VHS

Land Without Bread – aka Unpromised Land / Hurdes, Las aka Tierra sin pan [FL 894]
The region of Las Hurdes, not far from Salamanca, is largely cut off from the rest of the world. To reach Las Hurdes, it is necessary to travel through the town of La Alberca, which itself has some unusual sights and customs. The Hurdanos themselves live in several dozen villages in the nearby mountains, near a valley that contains the ruins of a convent. Bunuel's vision is so strong that the film becomes unsettling, turning the real into the surreal. While it was Buñuel's sole documentary, Las Hurdes is thematically consistent with his other films; its fascination with insects, unblinking look at human cruelty, subtle but clear disgust with the Catholic Church, and moments of jet-black humor mark it as the work of Spain's greatest surrealist filmmaker. Las Hurdes was also embraced as an attack on Franco's regime; a British leftist group screened it in the United Kingdom as "The film that answers Franco." This film was banned from being shown in Spain by the Spanish government from 1933-1936.
Buñuel, Luis, Spain, 1933, French/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, VHS

Housing Problems [FL 894]
Housing Problems is both a propaganda piece and a document of optimism. With its iconic image of new flats rising behind an old row of slum terraces in Stepney, it shows what has been done to improve living conditions by the most 'enlightened' local authorities and planners, and provides an exhortation to others to follow suit. Rather than merely asserting the necessity of new housing, it uses the voices and stories of working class men and women to demonstrate the slums' dreadful conditions, and the benefit of the new estates. Its method - ordinary people talking straight to the camera about their lives - was an innovation in documentary, though to a modern viewer the rehearsed words sound stilted.
Elton, Arthur ; Anstey, Edgar, England, 1935, English, 15 min, documentary film, VHS

Television Under the Swastika - Unseen Footage from the Third Reich / Das Fernsehen unter dem Hakenkreuz [FL 895]
This excellent documentary shows clips from 1935-1944. Clips include interview programs with Labor Minister Robert Ley, footage of the 1936 Olympics, light entertainment programs (vaudeville, etc.), plays, exercise shows, propaganda documentaries, cooking shows, and coverage of the 1938 Nuremberg rally. There's also a documentary of how amputee vets are being rehabilitated with artificial legs. It also interviews some of the German TV pioneers who explain how some of the early technology worked. In its stated mission - to imprint the image of the Führer onto every German heart - Nazi television proved a major disappointment. But its surviving footage - 285 rolls have been found so far offers an intriguing new window onto Hitler's Germany.
Kloft, Michael, Germany, 1999, German/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, VHS

The End of St. Petersburg / Конец Санкт-Петербурга [FL 896]
In a film designed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Pudovkin again portrays the dawning of political awareness. The film stars Ivan Chuvelyov as a young peasant working a moribund farm. When his wife dies in childbirth in 1914, the young man heads for St. Petersburg, hoping to get help from his cousin (Aleksandr Chistykov), a factory worker. He's stunned by the pace of the city and awed by the mountainous buildings. His cousin is too preoccupied with the strike he's leading to be of any help to the lad, and the man's wife (Vera Baranovskaya) suggests he should return whence he came. The farmer unwittingly joins a group of strike breakers and naively tells the factory manager that the strikers he's curious about have been meeting at his cousin's house. Deaf to his attempts at atonement, his cousin's wife angrily tosses him into the street. Seeking revenge against the factory manager, the young man rolls through his office like a malefic tsunami before the police take him away. His education has begun.
Pudovkin, Vsevolod ; Doller, Mikhail, Soviet Union, 1927, (silent)/Subtitles: English/Intertitles: Russian, 106 min, fiction film, VHS

The Wannsee Conference / Wannseekonferenz [FL 897]
A real time recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which leading SS and Nazi Party officals gathered to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Led by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, the Wannsee Conference was the starting point for the Jewish Holcaust which led to the mass murder of six million people. Director Heinz Schirk and writer Paul Mommertz use actual notes from the meeting, along with letters written by Hermann Goering and Adolf Eichmann and testimony by Eichmann at his 1961 trial in Israel to recreate the shocking events of this meeting.
Schirk, Heinz, Germany, 1984, German/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, VHS

A Normal Life A Normal Life / Norma [FL 899]
This documentary follows the fortunes of dynamic group of friends from Kosovo's capital city, Pristina. Theirs is a story of being born into the chaos of ethnic conflict, coming of age in war, and emerging as the bright young stars of an unexpectedly free society. As the dust settles on a bloody decade, "A normal life" describes members of Kosovo's vita generation ad their search tro resolve a single dilemma: for children of conflict, what happens after the war? From the devastating experiences that define their childhood to the decisions that now drive them apart, "A normal life" is an intesely personal account of growing up and moving beyond trauma.
Berkeley, Hugo ; Vasarhelyi, Elizabeth Chai, United States, 2003, English, 65 min, documentary film, VHS

Troubled Waters [FL 901]
In 1979 Australia expanded its territorial borders by 200 nautical miles to take advantage of the rich oil and gas deposits in the Timor Sea. For Centuries before, fishermen from the island of Roti in Indonesia were fishing for their livelihood in these same waters. Today they are regularly arrested for trespassing a border they cannot see, and are sent to gail for increasingly longer periods with no recourse to legal representation. They return home in debts many cannot foresee escaping from in their own lifetime. "Troubled Waters" investigates both the human and financial costs of Australia's current border protection policies and the story of a people evicted from their seas.
Balint, Ruth, Australia, 2001, English, 54 min, documentary film, VHS

Forever Yesterday - Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University [FL 902]
This documentary is based upon Holocaust survivor testimonies. The rationale behind it was that the "living portraiture" of television would add a compassionate and sensitive dimension to the historical record. his undertaking led to the formation of a grass roots organization, the Holocaust Survivors Film Project, Inc. It brought together survivors, under the leadership of William Rosenberg; academic consultants led by Yale Professor Geoffrey Hartman; and other community members committed to this urgent task. Their efforts resulted in an initial collection of almost 200 videotaped testimonies; "Forever Yesterday" and "About the Holocaust," a specially prepared documentary for secondary schools. In 1981, all the original tapes were formally deposited at Yale University. The following year, with the aid of a start-up grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Video Archive was established as part of the University's Sterling Memorial Library, an internationally recognized research center. In 1987, Alan M. Fortunoff made a major gift to the endowment fund of the Archive.
Laub, Dori ; Vlock, Laurel, United States, 1981, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Behind the Fence [FL 905]
In June 2002 Israel began construction of a 115-kilometre-long security fence along or near the "green line" separating the West Bank from Israel proper. Dubbed by its critics "The Berlin Wall of the Middle East" and the "Wall of Apartheid" it is being built at the cost of $1 million per kilometre. The aim, the Israeli government has stated, is to prevent Palestinian "terrorists" from infiltrating into Israel. For many Palestinians however it is nothing more than a sinister ploy to grab more of their land and further reinforce the occupation through the "ghettoisation" of their communities. At the same time many Israelis and Palestinians wonder if it could turn out to be the borderline for a future Palestinian state.
Gilmore, Inigo, United Kingdom, 2003, English, 45 min, documentary film, VHS

Straddling the Fence [FL 907]
Friedman visited the West Bank and spoke to Israelis and Palestinians about the Israeli West Bank barrier in order to explore the ramifications of this policy in Israel to separate the Palestinians on the West Bank from the Jewish settlements and towns nearby. While many Israelis see the wall as a necessary security measure, Palestinians see it as a unilateral land grab and physical barrier to their civil rights. Mr. Friedman also provides the historical and political context of the ongoing battle over the West Bank territory, and examines whether the wall is the first step in resolving the conflict and ending the violence that plagues the region. In the end the documentary tragically illustrates that, even as the wall goes up, the violence continues.
Friedman, Thomas L., United States, 2003, English, Arabic, Hebrew, 50 min, documentary film, VHS

Oh, Bloody Life!... / Te Rongyos Elet!... [FL 908]
This is a satire of Hungary in the 1950s. Lucy Sziráky is a talented successful actress. Unfortunately the communist secret police find out that she married once a count and deport her to a farming village for re-education as an enemy of the people. The other deported aristocrats do not receive her with joy and it takes a while for Lucy to have herself accepted by the community. Additionally, she also gets involved with a string of lovers, everyone from a police chief to a former baron -- apparently rehabilitation is not always what it seems.
Bacsó, Péter, Hungary, 1983, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 108 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

War in Yugoslavia 1991-1992 / Rat u Jugoslavia [FL 910]
Pro-Serbian movie that is attempting to unilaterally put the blame of the war years of 1991 and 1992 entirely on the shoulders of the Croatian leadership. Tudjman's regime is equaled to the Ustase fascist state, while the movement for Croatia's independence is solely seen as a step toward mass murder and genocide of the Serbs. The atrocities and crimes of the 1991-1992 period are discussed within the framework of the quarrel about Jasenovac, the concentration champ used both by Ustasa and partisans during the World War II. Generally speaking, this is a very bias and unilateral account of both second world war history and of early 1990s events, trying to whitewash the role of Serbia and of Serbs in Croatia in the conflict.
Serbia and Montenegro, 1992, Serbo-Croatian/Voice-over: English, 40 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

The Cage [FL 911]
The documentary which reflects the real life stories of Palestinian civilians who have lost their land, their ability to move freely and their access to resources as a result of the construction of what the director call the "Colonial Wall" being built by Israel within the Palestinian territories. The historical narrative behind this documentary should be taken with a grain of salt, as it is highly biased despite its matter of fact presentation.
Nazzal, Omar, (n/a), 2006, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, VHS

Fear and Despair [FL 912]
Short documentary about the wall built by the Israeli army in the Occupied territories. Various individuals and personalities, of different national, religious and occupational affiliation discuss the material and symbolic consequences of this wall for the people living in Palestinian territories and for the Israelis and their state as well.
Dwyer, Michael, United States, 2004, English, 10 min, documentary film, VHS

Mardikor / Maрдикор [FL 914]
This film tells the story of Tadjik youth who seek employment in Moscow because of rampant unemployment in their own country. Several characters are followed from the time when they decide to try leave for Russia, through their many day-long train trip, to their lives in Moscow. It is a story of hardship and loneliness, about people forced to uproot themselves and live away from their families and friends. Some ultimately will strive to find a new home in Moscow, thus remaining forever away from their native lands.
Ysupova, Mairam, Russia, 2001, /Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, VHS

Nothing with No One / Nada Con Nadie [FL 916]
In the midst of the mountains of Cuba an old man and his son live isolated from the outside world, they haven't seen another human being in almost five years until the camera arrives. The son is shy and not fond of the strangers who have invaded his environment, the father is startled at seeing his image in the camera. Surrounded by the tranquility of nature, they are accustomed to the silence of being alone. Images of the father and son are juxtaposed with the serenity of their environment which creates a beautiful reflection of time and silence. This is a peaceful and meditative film allows you to sit back and imagine life at a slower pace without the chaos.
Pimentel, Marcos, Cuba, 2003, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 14 min, documentary film, VHS

Jose Manuel, the Mule and the TV / Jose Manuel, la Mula yel televisor [FL 916]
After lightening struck the television antenna and interrupted the signal Jose Manuel decided to take matters into his own hands and continue with the program. He takes with him his mule and television set to different local people from the Sierra Maestro and interviews them about their life and the problems in the community. This film is a very comedic look at how one man uses his creativity and humor to produce social change in a small village in Cuba.
Cornevin, Elsa, Cuba, 2003, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 14 min, documentary film, VHS

26.04.86 A Spring in the Memory / 26.04.86: Una primavera en la memoria [FL 916]
A story about the medical facility on the island of Tarara where Ukrainian children, victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, come to undergo treatment for various rare diseases. The Cuban and Ukrainian governments signed a special agreement prescribing this connection so vital for curing the children depicted by the film. The films tells the story of Celia, mother of one the children under treatment, who has already settled in Cuba, finding a new home, being one of the first parents to bring their children to the island. The documentary also includes archival footage from the site of the Chernobyl disaster.
Dos Santos Pereira, Ariane, Cuba, 2004, /Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, VHS

The State of Weightlessness / Stan Niewazkosci [FL 917]
Previously classified archival footage chronicling the Soviet space program: questions about life in space that official reports did not address. In the same year that we saw the first Russian-U.S. space mission go into orbit, symbolically marking the end of the Cold War's final frontier, filmmaker Drygas takes us behind the scenes of the Soviet/Russian space program. Combining interviews with Russian cosmonauts with never before seen archival footage of the early Soviet space program, "The State of Weightlessness" explores our place in the universe. Cosmonauts ranging from Herman Titov, who in 1961 became the second man in space, to Valeri Polakov, who spent 241 days in orbit in 1988, reveal facts that were previously suppressed about the life of astronauts before, during, and after missions. These men also divulge the equally carefully hidden dark side of the space program: the enormous fear of death as they left and returned to Earth, and the rigorous medical and psychological experiments that left many maimed for life.
Drygas, Maciej, Poland, 1994, Russian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Voice of Hope / Glos nadziei [FL 917]
The Polish section of Radio Free Europe began broadcasting from Munich in 1952, recognizing the fact that free access to information is instrumental in preserving human rights. Deemed hostile by the regime, the station had avid listeners all over Poland. Every day, Poles tuned in, keen on staving off state propaganda, and determined to carry on their private wars with the totalitarian system in order to feel free.
Drygas, Maciej, Poland, 2002, Polish/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Helen K Edited Testimony - Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies [FL 918]
In the framework of an oral history interview a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, Majdanek and Auschwitz relates her wartime experiences and describes her postwar reunion with her husband, whom she had married in the ghetto at the age of 16. She emphasizes her determination to survive as an act of defiance against Hitler, a decision she reached when her younger brother died in her arms in the cattle car en route to Majdanek. The theme of resistance, both passive and active, recurs throughout her testimony. Mrs. K. concludes on a pessimistic note, wondering whether "it was worth it" in view of the continuing suffering and inhumanity in the world.
Laub, Dori ; Vlock, Laurel, United States, 1984, English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Sentence – The Accusation / Prisadata - Obvineniento [FL 919]
A look at the individuals who ran Bulgaria's communist prison system, none of whom has been tried and convicted for crimes against the people.
Petkova, Anna, Bulgaria, 1999, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pavement Aristocrats - The Bergies of Capetown [FL 920]
Through a series of interviews with an historian and social workers, the film traces the bergie community back to their Khoisan roots, outlines colonial dispossession, and exposes the modern-day alcohol dependency deliberately set up by the tot system used on the Cape’s wine farms. The film also gives a chanceto these dispossed people to tell their own story. It does so by zooming in on the daily life of two couples, highlighting their inimitable wit in the face of despair, their weakness, and in the end, the dignity of choice that allows them to survive.
Verster, François, South Africa, 1998, /Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, VHS

And Along Came a Spider [FL 921]
This is a grimly fascinating documentary about Iranian serial killer Saeed Hanaei, who murdered 16 women whom he believed to be prostitutes. Filmmaker Maziar Bahari gives Hanaei a lot of screen time to describe and explain what he did, and it's hard to imagine a human being appearing more monstrous than Hanaei does here, as he proudly defends his abominable actions as holy. One feels tremendous empathy for the young daughters of one victim, now orphans, as they describe how they'd like to see Hanaei punished for his crimes. Bahari is fairly direct and economical in his approach. While the film gives more time to Hanaei and his supporters (including his wife and teenage son) than it does to more reasoned voices like the victims' relatives and the judge who heard Hanaei's case, there's a strong feminist bent to the film, underscored by Bahari's choice of a female narrator, and his interviews with an outspoken woman reporter, whom he also uses to interview the killer. Then, of course, there are the interviews with the two young daughters of one victim, who express themselves with surprising eloquence. The film's underlying critique of the harsh patriarchy of Iran reaches its apex in these segments, as the children's obvious love for their murdered mother reemphasizes all of the victims' humanity. Through these interviews, the film achieves a transcendentally poignant power.
Bahari, Maziar, Iran, 2002, Persian/Subtitles: English, 118 min, documentary film, VHS

Sotsgorod: Cities For Utopia [FL 922]
In the late 1920s and early 30s, well-known Western European architects were invited to create the workers' paradises. SOTSGOROD tells their stories in the architects' own words. Some of the last survivors are interviewed: Jan Rutgers (of the Autonomous International Colony Kuzbass), Magarete Schutte-Lihotzky (of the Ernst May group, famous for the "Frankfurter Kuche" or super efficient kitchen), and Phillipp Tolziner ("Bauhaus Brigade"). Those who have passed away speak through their letters, articles and lectures, including Hannes Meyer, Hans Schmidt and Ernst May. Some believed they were making an essential contribution to the workers' struggle; others were seizing an unheard of opportunity to apply their design philosophies and spatial theories to entire cities. In 1937 the Westerners were presented with a choice: become citizens or leave the Soviet Union. For the first time, this film reveals the fate of the architects who stayed, as well as those who left and kept silent for six decades. The film also visits four of the cities that were built: Magnitogorsk, Orsk, Novokuznetsk and Kemerov. The success of these Sotsgorods ("Socialist Cities") is examined by following a resident in each city as he goes to work, shops, eats dinner. Nothing spectacular, but by looking at the quality of day-to-day lives, the film trys to measure the success of the once robust ideals of the architects.
Abrahams, Anna, Germany, 1995, Russian/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

All Lives Have Dignity. The World of Zhou Zhou [FL 923]
A fil about Zhou Zhou who is suffering from mental disability. He is the son of a percutionist the Wuhan Filarmonica and his life is centered around music and operatic performances, as he spend most of the time as an "assistent" to the various performances of the Wuhan Filarmonica. The documentary shows the almost permanent harmony of Zhou Zhou's life, which brings him into normality rather than isolation. This is a story o acceptance and adaptation, but it does not convince the viewer about the corectedness of the approach presented. Zhou Zhou's life and environment are lauded, but at times they seem to take on the guise rather of a well-tuned circus show than of an integration in society of a disabled person.
Zhang, Yiqing, China, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, VHS

The Cross Inscribed in the Star of David / Wpisany w gwiazde Davida [FL 924]
A compelling portrait of a man in search of his identity. On his 35th birthday, Father Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel, learned that he was a Jew saved from the Ghetto of Swieciany as an infant by a Christian woman. Now he must reconcile his Jewish roots with his life as an ordained Priest.
Linkowski, Grzegorz, Poland, 1997, Polish/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, VHS

Democracy Isn't Built on Demonstrators' Bodies [FL 927]
Documentary movie made by a group of Israeli left-wing activists. Its starting point is a demonstration of its members against the security wall in the occupied territories. It consisted of an attempt to breach it, but ran into the harsh response of the Israeli Army and one of the demonstrators was shot. The authors of the film use the response of the media and of the politicians to the footage of their friend's shooting as a motif to discuss the importance of a left-wing alliance in Israel against the political establishment and against the army that would provide enough civil opposition in order to stop and reverse the building of the wall. The main message is that the security wall just encourages more and more lack of transparency and increases violence rather than bringing democracy and security.
Masi, David, Israel, 2004, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 33 min, documentary film, VHS

Women Resist the Occupation [FL 928]
This film begins with a presentation of the political goals and program of the Coalition of Women for Peace. It represents the opinion of both Isreali and Palestinian women, supported by many other women's association interested and involved in the same political struggle. The narrative of the movie is made up of the description of the activities pursued by this organization in order to make a strong political stand against what it considers to be an Israeli occupation against Palestinian territories.
Levin, Claudia ; Even, Rona, Israel, 2004, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, VHS

Taayush in Abu Dis, Southern Hebron Mountain and Salfit [FL 929]
Taayush is a political organization protesting the right-wing policies of Israeli government representatives, while at the same time attempting to provide a coherent and powerful civic response to violent measures adopted in the Occupied territories. The present film is focused upon the negative consequences of the building of the security wall while also documenting the inevitable and un-called for harsh response of the security forces.
Even, Rona, Israel, 2004, /Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, VHS

Women Crossing Borders: A comme-il-faux Exercise [FL 930]
A group of students from the Visual Communications Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, organize a fashion parade within the premises of the security wall. Uris Dagan goal was to make a cynical statement on the wall, without being over-dramatic, to capture the contrast between the clothes, the wall and the fashion smile, especially as comme-il-faux is a very exclusive and expensive shop. Uris Dagan Uri was sent to prison for refusing to serve in the territories and spent 24 days among walls.
Dagan, Uri ; Smoler, Marayan, Israel, 2004, /Subtitles: English, 3 min, documentary film, VHS

The Nazi Bomb [FL 931]
A fascinating look at the German A-bomb project, centering on the work of the Nobel Laureate physicist Werner Heisenberg. Did he deliberately mislead the Nazi leadership about the difficulties involved in building a bomb, or did he simply lose the race to more competent and committed scientists at Los Alamos? Documents and rare photos take us inside the top-secret Nazi program, while historians and scientists examine the many questionable decisions they made and question the reasons for them. The Germans had the money, the equipment, the natural resources and the scientists needed to develop the "ultimate weapon," yet they never completed the task. Why?
Lindsay, Jim, United States, 1998, English, 50 min, documentary film, VHS

The Apaches / Apaci [FL 933]
A propaganda documentary about the Serbian community living in the Sirinic valley in Kosovo. The director attempts to depict the tense and dangerous life-situation in which the people of this area live. However, the film is full of nationalistic innuendoes and is mocking the SFOR.
Nikolic, Miroslav, Serbia and Montenegro, 2002, English/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, VHS

The Apaches / Apaci [FL 933]
A propaganda documentary about the Serbian community living in the Sirinic valley in Kosovo. The director attempts to depict the tense and dangerous life-situation in which the people of this area live. However, the film is full of nationalistic innuendoes and is mocking the SFOR.
Nikolic, Miroslav, Serbia and Montenegro, 2002, English/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, VHS

Free Space [FL 934]
During the last war in Croatia, many people were forced to leave their homes. This organised and politically premeditated action, called ‘human displacement’, took place especially in the Western part of Croatia, the territory known as Krajina. People from the Serbian minority were forced to go to Serbia or the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia, and became refugees. At the same time, Croats whose houses had been destroyed by Serbs in other parts of the country started to inhabit the empty homes in Krajina. But can you really be happy in somebody else’s house? Are the people who got houses from the government the lucky ones, or also unfortunate? In a rather experimental documentary, the director focuses on one house that is harassed by a plague of snakes. Using hardly any words, he tries to create the atmosphere of a ‘cursed’ house.
Cucic, Damir, Croatia, 2001, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, VHS

Returning Home: Revival of a Bosnian Village [FL 935]
Filmed between 1999 and 2001, Returning Home documents the return of the internally displaced Muslims or Bosniaks to their homes seven years after being expelled from an ethnically mixed (Bosniak-Croat) village in central Bosnia. The film is a sequel to We Are All Neighbours, produced in 1993 by Granada Television in co-operation with Tone Bringa. The earlier film chronicles the breakdown in personal relationships between Muslims and Croats, and eventually the expulsion of the Muslim population, and the destruction of their homes by Croat (HVO) forces as war overtook the village of Dolina. Returning Home shows how the dream of getting back to their village was a constant in the refugees' lives. Following some of the same families featured in the 1993 film, this film highlights the significant contribution of the United Nations (OHR), the European Union and other foreign donors in making possible the returns. Above all, however, the film talks of the determination and will of the displaced villagers to rebuild their pre-war lives. Surprisingly the film also shows Bosniak refugees finding common understanding with the Croat refugees who had taken over their homes, based on shared experiences of being displaced.
Bringa, Tone ; Ljoizos, Peter, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 2001, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 48 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Minister Backtracks / En Minister krydser sit spor [FL 936]
While the war in Bosnia is over, the aftermath still resonates among its victims. This documentary follows the odyssey of one Danish woman from the comforts of the Danish ministry in Copenhagen to the heart of Bosnia to investigate a hideous war crime. In her position as the Danish Minister of the Interior, Birte Weiss was compelled to deny entry to many who were fleeing atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. Yet, she could not forget the heart wrenching accounts of the refugees seeking asylum. She resolved to step down as Minister to conduct an investigation into a particular massacre that had been described to her. She journeys to Bosnia and presides over the grim ordeal of exhumation of a mass grave. Relentlessly she pursues the Serb responsible for giving the orders to shoot over 200 people. To her amazement, he turns out to be the mild mannered former principal of the local school. This man had ordered the execution of his former students, yet he was not the embodiment of evil she expected.
Holmstrup, Ulrik, Denmark, 2000, English, 59 min, documentary film, VHS

Pomak Portraits: Women of Breznitsa / Die Frauen von Bresnitza [FL 937]
The first film of a series of two portrays life( the second documentary is called "Old Ibrahim's World") in the Pomak village of Breznitsa (South Bulgaria) focussing on female labour, processes of re-islamization after the downfall for communism and growing western influences. Taking the example of the muslim mother Zeyneb with her family and that of young western-oriented Fidanka these antagonistic processes in contemporary Pomak society are described.Zeyneb is a traditional middle-aged woman involved in the education and marriage of her three daughters. The dowry symbolizes the enduring link between the generations. Zeyneb feels very much at ease in her family setting and in her community. In contrast, Fidanka, the second protagonist is oriented towards modernity. Freed from tradional constraints by her past participation in the socialist youth movement, she is searchin for a more open and better life. She realizes the hopelessness of her postion as a liberated woman in a traditional cultural environment. Escaping to the West becomes her life goal. This, however, proves to be an impossible task. Wheat is she going to do? Is there an alternative for Fidanka?
Balikci, Asen, Germany, 1997, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 43 min, documentary film, VHS

BBC Horizon - Inside Chernobyl's Sarcophagus [FL 939]
Updating the original award winning programme, this HORIZON Special looks at what has changed at Chernobyl 10 years after the world's worst nuclear accident. With the concrete sarcophagus still crumbling the future of the power station remains uncertain. This video traces three of the original scientists from the investigation team who talk openly about their findings, what has since happened and what remains to be done. At the same time, the documentary deals with the consequences upon these people's life of their heroic activity and research in the immediate proximity of the sarcophagus.
Briffa, Edward, United Kingdom, 1996, Russian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, VHS

The Idle Ones / Joutilaat [FL 940]
In the far northeastern corner of Finland, close to the Russian border, there is not much work for young people. As a result, they either have to move to larger cities to find work or stay and wait for an opportunity to present itself. The three idle young men portrayed in this film - Lötkö, Hapa and Bodi - are representative of the new, disoriented generation of the Finnish north. They hang around drinking beer and looking for a good time but this is not all they want. They would like to get a job, but they have no work experience, so they have very little chance of finding employment. On the threshold of adulthood, the boys are still struggling to gain their independence.
Helke, Susanna ; Suutari, Virpi, Finland, 2001, Finnish/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Virtuosi from Nowhere / Virtuosi de nulle part [FL 941]
A group of gypies- musicians , who play on wedding-parties, had been chosen to participate in a very prestigeous concert in Brussels, together with virtuosi from all over the world. This gives one a good reasons to explore the past and see who are these musicians, where are they coming from, what are the roots of their unique music. By revealing various sides of this difficult profession - the daily troubles, the flames of the feast, and the midnight passions - one might unveil the mystery and the philosophy of an ancient musical tradition.
Rousseva, Zlatina, France, 2005, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Narrow Is the Gate [FL 944]
This is the story of an old nun from Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Convent in Kosovo, who goes on to share with the viewers her life experience in a regon dominated by ethnic conflict. Her narratives integrate a present problem, the conflict between Serbs and Albanians, into the more general development of Kosovo during the 20th century, from the point of view of an "eye-witness". The character offers a direct contact with the hardships of the Serbs in Kosovo, but she's also a perfect human sample of the ethnic prejudice and discriminatory thinking that lies at the root of the tensions in Kosovo.
Uibo, Kersti, Estonia, 2002, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, VHS

August: A Moment Before the Eruption [FL 945]
Partly a documentary, partly a fictional film that portrays a month in the life of filmmaker Avi Mograbi and his wife. The film documents the month of August 2000 - a tense and seething period just before the Al Aqsa intifada. It takes the viewer from a group of Jewish settlers marching through the streets of Tel Aviv dressed as Arabs to a peace demonstration in front of the Ministry of Defense. From a young Palestinian refugee throwing stones across the Israeli-Lebanese border to a crowd of angry soccer fans. Through the lens of Avi Mograbi's camera, the month of August becomes an apt metaphor for all that is brutal and hateful in Israel. The filmmaker always sees himself in between: «My film is a report of what I have seen and the interpretation that I give. (…) If we absolutely want to find a message in it, it would be something along the following lines: «Israel these days is not the best place to live.» But people do not need my film to ascertain this. I just want to say that it behoves the two peoples residing in Palestine/Israel to find a way to live together.» Avi Mograbi
Mograbi, Avi, Israel, 2002, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, VHS

Detour Calcutta / Détour par Calcutta [FL 946]
One day, the director meets a friend of the mayor of Calcutta who asks him: "You're a film maker, aren't you? Why don't you make a film about our mayor?!" That is how the film was born. Originally planned as a simple portrait of Calcutta's mayor, it gradually becomes - through various difficulties met on location (bureaucracy, the director's preconceived ideas, heat) - an essay on tinkering about, and chaos, and a reflection on the documentary genre. In this shooting diary, the director speaks in first person voiceover, without trying to hide what's off camera. On the contrary: that's where he points his lens, looking for a good subject, because his main character - the mayor - disappears after the first third of the shoot. We are taken through an Indian sub-continent metropolis of 17 million inhabitants, led by astonishing chances which the director - a little Swiss - reorganizes in his own style, so that his beautiful escape becomes ours too.
Rossier, François, Switzerland, 2004, /Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, VHS

A Cry from the Grave [FL 947]
This detailed account of the massacre of an estimated 8000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995, in Srebrenica, relies on eye witness testimonies and on shocking telltale footage. Combining the testimony of witnesses, interviews with senior investigative and judiciary figures, and previously unseen footage shot by the Serbs and Dutch peacekeeping soldiers, the director tells the story of a brutal 72 hours in the life and death of several thousands of Muslim refugees under the protection of the United Nations’ safe areas. Extracts of the film were shown at the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) in the Hague as well, at the trial of Bosnian Serb commander, General Radislav Krstić, who, alongside indicted war criminal, General Ratko Mladić, was implicated in the genocide.
Woodhead, Leslie, United Kingdom, 1999, English, Bosnian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Cry from the Grave [FL 947]
This detailed account of the massacre of an estimated 8000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995, in Srebrenica, relies on eye witness testimonies and on shocking telltale footage. Combining the testimony of witnesses, interviews with senior investigative and judiciary figures, and previously unseen footage shot by the Serbs and Dutch peacekeeping soldiers, the director tells the story of a brutal 72 hours in the life and death of several thousands of Muslim refugees under the protection of the United Nations’ safe areas. Extracts of the film were shown at the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) in the Hague as well, at the trial of Bosnian Serb commander, General Radislav Krstić, who, alongside indicted war criminal, General Ratko Mladić, was implicated in the genocide.
Woodhead, Leslie, United Kingdom, 1999, English, Bosnian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Contaminated Life / La vie contaminee [FL 948]
Bielorussia, a former Soviet republic, was the most affected in the region by the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The film gives us an account of a country devasted by this event, despite the passing of almost two decades since the disaster. The local population bears witness to the dire consequences of both the accident and of the neglect by both domestic and international authorities.
Desrame, David ; Maestrali, Dominique, France, 2001, Belarusian/Voice-over: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Angel on the Right / Farishtay Kitfi Rost [FL 949]
Upon spending a decade in Moscow's jails, tough-nut Hamro returns to his small poverty-stricken community in the former soviet republic of Tajikistan. Hamro is selfish and cruel; nothing is sacred to him, and he would sacrifice anything to satisfy his desires. Having upped and left with a huge amount of debt hanging over his head, the local Mafia is threatening his life in order to receive the money he owes to them. This anti-hero embarks on disingenuous schemes like plotting to sell his supposedly dying mother's house in order to pay his creditors and the fallen angel puts his mothers unselfish love to the test. With the help of his young son and a pretty nurse Savri, Hamro tries to gain acceptance back into the community. It takes the traditional wisdom of his discarded elder to put him on the path towards the straight and narrow, and his mother's invention brings about a life-enhancing miracle. In this dark comedy, writer-director Jamshed Usmonov cast the population of Asht as its own persuasive self and his own mother and brother as the fractured yet formidable domestic couple
Usmonov, Djamshed, Tajikistan, 2002, Tajik/Subtitles: English, 88 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Your Unknown Brother / Dein unbekannter Bruder [FL 950]
Returning from a Nazi camp for political prisoners in 1935, anti-fascist Arnold Clausen is ambivalent about reestablishing contact with his resistance group, afraid he is being watched. On afternoons and evenings, he goes to work as a film presenter in the Orion Cinema. Occasionally, he sees Renate, whom he loves. She comes from an upstanding bourgeois family, but shares his political sympathies. The stifling isolation of his predicament finally forces him to seek friendship in his superior, Walter. He would like to be able to trust someone, but his mistrust grows ever greater. On top of the mounting external threat to their group, someone within their own ranks betrays them. There are arrests made of several group members, and Arnold suspects that Walter is, in fact, the traitor; a suspicion that later leads to Arnold's downfall. Isolation, fear, the need for friendship, and betrayal are the themes of this film, making it a rare psychological take on the theme of antifascism. This milestone film both sustains and breaks with the antifascist traditions of East German cinema.
Weiß, Ulrich, East Germany, 1981, German/Subtitles: English, 105 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Friends in High Places [FL 951]
The film takes the viewer on a journey examining the extremes that define Burmese spirit mediums and their way of life. Whether contending with a deceitful daughter-in-law, forecasting financial prospects for a tea shop, or freeing a husband from government detainment, the film reveals the central role of “nats” and “spirit mediums” in alleviating the day to day burdens of modern life in Burma.
Merrison, Lindsey, Germany, 2001, English/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Friends in High Places [FL 951]
The film takes the viewer on a journey examining the extremes that define Burmese spirit mediums and their way of life. Whether contending with a deceitful daughter-in-law, forecasting financial prospects for a tea shop, or freeing a husband from government detainment, the film reveals the central role of “nats” and “spirit mediums” in alleviating the day to day burdens of modern life in Burma.
Merrison, Lindsey, Germany, 2001, English/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Defeat of Nazi Troops Near Moscow – aka Moscow Strikes Back / Разгром немецких войск под Москвой [FL 954]
The film is based on documentaries showing Moscow and the Moscow region and people digging defense trenches, defense factories' selfless work, severe fighting, and the liberation of towns and villages near the capital. It is a story about the heroism people demonstrated defending the capital, but it also portrays the scale of destruction and loss. A total of two million troops, 2.700 tanks, and 2.000 aircraft were engaged in the mortal combat near Moscow in late 1941. The battle of Moscow was Hitler's first defeat. By pushing Nazi troops back by 150 to 400 kilometers, the Red Army staved off the threat on the Soviet capital and it also drastically changed the situation on the front.
Varlamov, Leonid ; Kopalin, Ilya, Soviet Union, 1942, Russian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Berlin / Берлин [FL 954]
The film is interspersed with German newsreel shots narrating the Nazis' plan of global hegemony. The documentary describes the final major battle of the war with Nazi Germany, with its outcome, the German army's unconditional surrender. This film alongside other Soviet ones were shown in Cannes immediately after the end of the war. Film from the private archives of Nazi advisor Goebbels is used to bridge the history line between Mussolini, Hitler, and the emerging fascist movement in the 1960s among both East and West Germans.
Yuli Raizman and Yelizaveta Svilova, Soviet Union, 1945, Russian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ordinary Fascism / Обыкновенный фашизм [FL 954]
Romm's "Ordinary Fascism" pulls out all the stops in its selection of documentary material to draw the viewer not only into absolute horror about fascism and nazism in the 1920s-1940s Europe, but also to a firmest of convictions that nothing of the sort should be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world. the film was released in 1965, in the Soviet Union's heyday at the height of the great societal and intellectual "thaw" that followed the Stalin's death and the denunciation of Stalin's totalitarianism by Nikita Khruschev. Never explicitly mentioning any of them explicitly, the film targets tyranny and despotism no matter what form they may take; the release of such a film would have been impossible under Stalin.
Romm, Mikhail ; Kulish, Savva, Soviet Union, 1965, Russian/Subtitles: English, 138 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Lisboners / Lisboetas [FL 955]
Lisboetas focuses on a new wave of immigrants from Brazil, Eastern Europe and Africa currently changing the face of a capital that used to be a point of departure and is now seen by many foreigners as a land of opportunity. But who are these new Lisboetas, then? Thirty-one year-old Tréfaut traces a portrait of them, opening a cinematic window onto these people's family lives, work, religious rituals and civil rights. Building a bridge between cinema and contemporary art, Tréfaut had already developed a 30-minute video installation called "Novos Lisboetas", shown in the Parc La Villette (Paris) in 2003, which can currently be seen in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon).
Trefaut, Sergio, Portugal, 2004, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lift [FL 956]
The movie documents the everyday traffic of a high-rise elevator off London's Commercial Street. The director positions himself in the lift with his camera and films the people who come in. In this way, we can find out about bits and pieces of these people's lives and dreams.
Isaacs, Marc, Netherlands, 2002, English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Settlers [FL 956]
The documentary "True Stories: Settlers" was filmed in the city over the course of one year when tensions were creeping up to boiling point. The release of Palestinian prisoners, the Israeli government granting land to the Palestinians and the ongoing settlement of Jews in Arab Muslim areas formed the backdrop to director Sean McAllister's riveting exploration of the settlement issue through the eyes of a Palestinian, Ali, and an ultra-Orthodox Jew, Dov. 'The Middle East is usually dealt with in an academic way on TV,' explains McAllister. 'I wanted to focus in on common, human things that audiences here can relate to.' The two subjects presented themselves to McAllister almost entirely by chance. While Ali, a self-styled terrorist-turned-tour-guide is showing him round, the larger-than-life showman Dov popped up to insinuate himself into the filming process, just at the precise moment when McAllister was looking to counterbalance Ali's views. Ali and Dov are both fascinating characters in their own ways - the contrast between their lives and entrenched political opinions makes for a gripping dynamic.
McAllister, Sean, United Kingdom, 2000, English, 63 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Mother's House [FL 957]
Three generations of the Moses family - Miche, her mother Valencia and Valencia's mother Amy - live together in a small house in Cape Town's Bonteheuwel community, an Apartheid-produced ghetto pierced by domestic violence and gangsterism. A richly detailed and deeply emotional portrait of the Moses women is created with their alternate affection and animosity toward one another, their reactions to the pervasive violence surrounding them, and their endeavors to find their own unique places and selves within that community and their tight-knit family unit. The film shows the women at home and in the streets around their home, and men are almost entirely absent in both places-only boys of Miche's age appear at all. Each woman's story is indicative of her time of life: teenage Miche's coming-of-age, her mother's pregnancy and her grandmother's reflections on errors of the past.
Verster, François, South Africa, 2006, Afrikaans/Subtitles: English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

From Home to Home / Evden Eve [FL 961]
Hungarians born outside of Hungary are the largest immigrant group in Hungary. Back in the 80s, as a “more developed and more democratic” country, Hungary was a dreamland for many Hungarians living elsewhere in the Eastern Bloc. The film presents stories of four Hungarians who resettled to the “motherland” in 1980-1991 in search of a better life. Different customs and different patterns of socializing made it diffiult for those immigrants to blend in and to become Hungarians in Hungary.
Almási, Tamás, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, documentary film, VHS

Saddam's Killing Fields [FL 962]
Historian and presenter Michael Wood pieces together evidence of the systematic destruction by the Iraqi government of the Shia Marsh Arabs. The film depicts the manner in which the Shia and the Kurds in northern Iraq were encouraged by the West to rise up against Saddam's regime at the end of the Gulf War. In retaliation, more than 300,000 Shia are believed to have been killed, risking the ruin of an entire culture. The documentary has three parts: first, lement for the South; second, massacre in the marshes; and third, crimes agaist humanity.
Jeans, Christopher, United Kingdom, 1995, English, 52 min, documentary film, VHS

In Search of Happiness / В поисках щастя [FL 963]
This documentary comes out of a confrontation between past dreams and present-day realities for Soviet Jews inhabiting a Jewish Republic that Stalin set up in 1934, with the capital at Birobidzhan, Siberia. It brings to life scenes of the first settlers' original enthusiasm and hard work, relating how the community grew into an autonomous social and cultural unit, though it was shaped by traditional ideas as well. The settler's presence is felt even today in the largely depopulated enclave - most of their decendants emigrated to Israel. Old resident and survivor Boris Rak is an erudite and discerning guide to the singular world of one of the first Jewish kolkhozes. His kids live in Israel, yet despite his advanced age, he, his wife and his remaining fellow citizens preserve the well-established rhythm of the local community. Drawing on his own experiences, he comments on the past and present of the country in which he lives, as well as on the pressing problem of anti-Semitism.
Gutman, Alexander, Russia, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, VHS

An Ambiguous Feeling [FL 964]
The film tells the stories of several gay men and gives an overview of the trial in 1964 in Sofia, which ended with jail sentences for 32 people, among them actors and singers. The contemporary development of the social attitudes as well as the attitude of the church add a supplementary facet of the overall complex approach pursued by the film on the topic of homosexuality in Bulgaria in the 90s.
Dundakov, Ilko, Bulgaria, 1997, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Symphony Written by Movement - The Tradition of Mass Gymnastics in Czechoslovakia / Symfonie psane pohybem [FL 966]
The documentary tells the history of the developemnt of gymanstics in the Czech and Slovak lands, from Miroslava Tyrse up to the heroes of the commnist present. It is made up of three episodes (1862-1938; 1947-1965, 1975-1985), in accordance with the development of the gymanstics phenomenon in the country. The interesting element of the documentary lies in the fact that mass gymanstics are described as a fundamental expression of national identity, but their outmost perfection was achieved only under the communist regime, which in itslef generates a source of legitimacy, thus bringing the movie closer to being propaganda material. Many of the slogans of the communist period are reproduced with the pretext of telling the history of gymnastics, which often times it also overlaps with that of socialism in Czechoslovakia. However, the narrators still criticizes the so-called "dogmatism and formalism of the 1950s and 1960s'" - reflective of the different stage of state socialism at the time of the making of the documentary.
Krejcik, Rudolf, Czechoslovakia, 1987, English/Voice-over: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

Symphony Written by Movement - The Tradition of Mass Gymnastics in Czechoslovakia / Symfonie psane pohybem [FL 966]
The documentary tells the history of the developemnt of gymanstics in the Czech and Slovak lands, from Miroslava Tyrse up to the heroes of the commnist present. It is made up of three episodes (1862-1938; 1947-1965, 1975-1985), in accordance with the development of the gymanstics phenomenon in the country. The interesting element of the documentary lies in the fact that mass gymanstics are described as a fundamental expression of national identity, but their outmost perfection was achieved only under the communist regime, which in itslef generates a source of legitimacy, thus bringing the movie closer to being propaganda material. Many of the slogans of the communist period are reproduced with the pretext of telling the history of gymnastics, which often times it also overlaps with that of socialism in Czechoslovakia. However, the narrators still criticizes the so-called "dogmatism and formalism of the 1950s and 1960s'" - reflective of the different stage of state socialism at the time of the making of the documentary.
Krejcik, Rudolf, Czechoslovakia, 1987, English/Voice-over: English, 90 min, documentary film, VHS

The Annotation / Et Cetera… [FL 967]
The movie depicts the wars that have marked successive generations of Russians. The inevitability of conflict is slowly grasped as images compiled from a century of wars anonymously cycle before us as certainly as each generation matures. It is a poetical interpretation of war as the unavoidable fate of human beings. The movie is made up of a montage of archival footage from the first world war up to the present conflict in Chechnya.
Osipov, Andrei, Russia, 2001, Russian/Subtitles: English, 24 min, documentary film, VHS

The Atomic Café [FL 970]
As a history film, Atomic Café takes us to experience three levels of time. The first is the internal time, the Cold War, communism versus the free world, when propaganda about the atomic bomb was made to persuade the people that only nuclear weapons would protect them from the "Evil Empire". The period of the'Nuclear Free' movement comes next. And thirdly, the present time, when the world is changed but has to face the same irony that still is just as relevant today, the fear of weapons of mass destruction. "The Atomic Cafe" is an example of Eisenstein's notion of montage on the macro level. this film achieves it rhetorical potency simply by editing together old film and documentaries from the 1940's and 1950's. By putting a cartoon of Tommy the Turtle teaching school children to "Duck and cover" next to film of actual atomic bomb tests, "The Atomic Cafe" renders the Cold War both ludicrous and chilling at the same time. It is all about editing raw material and splicing segments of military training films, civil defense films, archive footage, interviews, newsreel material, and fifties music. Without narration and by using a few choice songs to accompany some of the clips, this documentary finds a surprising strong voice against the insanity of nuclear destruction. Generally speaking, Atomic Café gives us an historical perspective for reconsidering the effect of the issues of war, nuclear warfare and weapons of mass destruction.
Rafferty, Kevin ; Rafferty, Pierce ; Loader, Jayne, United States, 1982, English, 88 min, documentary film, VHS

A Father, A Son, A Holy Ghost / Otac, sin, sveti duh [FL 972]
A three-part documentary, "Father, A Son, A Holy Ghost" is a social and anthropological examination of the aftermath of the war in former Yugoslavia. Three children, three stories of war and the traumas it leaves behind. Part one is the story of a twenty-year-old boy, a deserter of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina who finds himself taking on the care of his half sisters and half brother after his stepmother is killed by the common father. Part two is the story of a sixteen year old whose life has been traumatized by both the divorce of his parents and the ensuing war. Part three is the story of an unborn child deprived of health as a war breaks out just before his birth, a war that claims the life of his father and forces his mother to give birth in a ditch.
Gvardiol, Zelimir, Germany, 1998, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 19 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Center / Die Mitte [FL 973]
The stated goal of Polish director Stanistaw Mucha is to ascertain the precise middle point of an ever expanding Europe. Though we do indeed get to see our share of maps and markers, produced by many a concerned EU citizen, Mr. Mucha is not interested in geography so much as a kind of anthropology. His intriguing premise is but an excuse to allow he and his film crew to film a real-life human comedy, gallivanting about Germany and everything East, visiting villages with plaques, countrysides with monuments, and townspeople with legends to sell, all proclaiming that the center lies HERE! The joy to be found here lies in its unique status as a road movie without a narrative trajectory, without an ending or completion. It is a celebration of the myriad faces the camera collects and their hopes, illusions, and good-humored resolve in the face of their sometimes tenuous everyday existence. That this journey takes the film crew as far East as Ukraine should speak volumes of not only the uncertain legacy left by the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but the even more uncertain one beginning in the era of the European Union.
Mucha, Stanislaw, Germany, 2004, German, Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian, Slovak/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kenedi Goes Back Home / Kenedi se vraca kuci [FL 973]
The documentary follows the lives of several Roma, two in particular, who have been deported from Germany to Belgrade, and inserted into economic and social situations totally alien to their previous experience. There is no narrative or music, and the director lets the characters deliver whatever messages the film conveys through their conversations and facial expressions. The two main characters both have very sympathetic stories. The first to be introduced has lost much in being deported, but has managed to buy a car and uses it to earn his livelihood. The second is a young man who has been separated from his parents, and is searching for them in the Roma community around Belgrade, with Kenedi's help. He has spent his entire life in Germany, is obviously bright and well educated, but can't communicate effectively in the local languages. What will happen to this young man, who obviously has a lot of potential?
Žilnik, Želimir, Serbia and Montenegro, 2003, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Communist Charity [FL 973]
In this investigative documentary, Chinese activist Harry Wu tries to prove the shocking connection between the execution of prisoners and organ transplants. Raw footage of public executions are set against the testimonies of doctors and others involved, in which we learn among other things that during one heart transplant operation a prisoner was brought to the hospital garage, 100 meters from the operating room, where he was shot in the head.
Wu, Harry, United States, 1998, English, Chinese/Voice-over: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Communist Charity [FL 973]
In this investigative documentary, Chinese activist Harry Wu tries to prove the shocking connection between the execution of prisoners and organ transplants. Raw footage of public executions are set against the testimonies of doctors and others involved, in which we learn among other things that during one heart transplant operation a prisoner was brought to the hospital garage, 100 meters from the operating room, where he was shot in the head.
Wu, Harry, United States, 1998, English, Chinese/Voice-over: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Auschwitz. A Documentary Film on German Crimes at Oswiecim [FL 984]
This Soviet Army film of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp was awarded the Red Banner in 1945. It contains dramatic footage of the survivors and some of the atrocities perpetrated in this most notorious of camps, including captured German film of medical experiments performed on prisoners. Photography by cameramen of the First Ukrainian Front: N. Bykov, K. Kutub-Zade, A. Pavlov, A. Vorontzov.
Bykov, N. ; Kutub-Zade, K. ; Pavlov, A., Soviet Union, 1945, English, 21 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Little Doll / Arusak [FL 992]
The documentary represents the author’s observations on the way of life experienced by contemporary Tajik girls and women. In times that are hard for themselves, for their families and for society, they find the strength to affirm their human dignity, to reflect on life, the lot of women and love. And there is not a grain of falsity in their stories, recollections and confessions.
Atoeva, Robiya, Tajikistan, 2002, /Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, VHS

The False Word / Das Falsche Wort [FL 1007]
This documentary explores the round-up and extermination of Europe's Roma and the propaganda associated with it. It includes rarely seen archival footage of Nazi "scientists" carefully measuring the features of Roma children and conducting other experiments. This moving documentary attempts to shed light upon the plight of the Roma during WW2.
Spitta, Melanie ; Seybold, Katrin, Germany, 1987, German/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Between Two Fires [FL 1012]
This is a documentary that exposes American involvement in what the director calls "one of World War II’s best-kept secrets." The film shows how Russian anti-Communists were held on American soil until the U.S. agreed to forcibly repatriate them, placating Stalin, but violating the Geneva Convention treaty on the treatment of prisoners of war. The downside of this film is that it doesn't analyze the actions and nature of the Osttroppen. It looks only at the relationship with the Nazis, overlooking their often involvement into anti-Jewish and ethnic atrocities.
Smith, Douglas, United States, 2002, English, 50 min, documentary film, VHS

The Ritchie Boys [FL 1013]
"The Ritchie Boys" is the untold story of a group of young men who fled Nazi Germany and returned to Europe as soldiers in US-uniforms. They knew the psychology and the language of the enemy better than anybody else. In Camp Ritchie, Maryland, they were trained in intelligence and psychological warfare. Not always courageous, but determined, bright, and inventive they fought their own kind of war. They saved lives. They were victors, not victims.
Bauer, Christian, Germany, 2004, English, German, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Andrei Rublev / Андрей Рублев [FL 1015]
Based on the life of a 15th century icon painter, Andrei Rublev is comprised of seven episodes following Rublev through the political and social upheavals of medieval Russia. The film was commissioned by the government in order to celebrate Rublev's anniversary. Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovskii wrote the scenario, which was originally titled “The Passion according to Andrei” and Tarskovskii used the fact that it did not record much about the painter's life by making a biographical film projected with his own philosophical and theological vision of an artist. Rublev in the film is not portrayed as a saint at the peak of his art, but as an incredibly human monk, who takes a route of sufferings wandering at the bottom of life to reach the truth of art. When the original version (205 min) was presented in 1966, the audience applauded, but as the government's committee demanded a number of cuts which director refused and thus the film was banned until 1971. The director had to wait for seven years for his next film. DVD contains extras including an interview with Tarkovsky and film commentaries.
Tarkovsky, Andrei, Soviet Union, 1966, Russian/Subtitles: English, 205 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Valley of the Bees / Údolí včel [FL 1016]
In this mesmerizing historical drama, Frantisek Vláčil, the godfather of the 1960’s Czech New Wave, epitomizes his commitment to what he called "pure film." At twelve Ondrej, the son of the lord of Vlkov is sent to study with the Brotherhood of Teutonic Knights where he befriends a fellow member of the Order, Armin, who leads him on his path to God. After coming across a fellow Brother, Rotgier, who is on the run, Ondrej begins to questions his beliefs and flees the Order to return to his childhood home where he finds his father dead, his land barren and his people with no hope. Ondrej finds solace and strength in his fathers widow but as he brings joy and prosperity back to his holding and finds a new meaning to his life Armin finds and confronts him. The Valley of the Bees is heart-wrenching story of a man conflicted by his desire for happiness and his belief in God.
Vláčil, Frantisek, Czech Republic, 1967, Czech/Subtitles: English, 97 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Children of Leningradsky / Dzieci z Leningradzkiego [FL 1017]
An intimate and heartbreaking chronicle of a few days in the life of a group of homeless children aged from 8 to 14, living in Leningradsky Railway Station. They spend their days begging, playing, sniffing glue, drinking vodka, and missing their mothers. They’ve been beaten, abandoned, used, and discarded by drug-addicted or alcoholic parents, abusive passerbys and inhuman policemen. Many will never live to see their 15th birthdays. The camera descends into the children’s murky underground dwellings or slyly captures a policeman viciously pouring glue over a young boy’s head. The scenes in this raw, verité documentary combine footage of the children and of the Moscow authorities, who prefer to ignore or suppress the problem. This remarkably honest, compelling journey into the hidden world of Moscow’s homeless children was nominated for an Academy Award in Best Documentary Short Subject in 2004.
Polak, Hanna ; Celinski, Andrzej, Poland, 2004, Russian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

68 - Utopia of Reality / Sessantotto - L'utopia della realta [FL 1018]
Sessantotto. L'utopia della realtà based upon the script by journalist Adalberto Baldoni, is an attempt to supply answers to the questions raised by the 1968 phenomenon in Italy within a transnational perspective. The documentary starts with a presentation of the Beat Generation (Ginsberg, Kerouac) and ends with the portrayal of the protest movement based in Rome. The central thesis of the film is that the escalation of violence in the 70s and 80s resulted from the “strategia degli opposti estremi”, an instumentalised polarisation of the anti-authoritarian conflict of ‘68.
Orgnani, Ferdinando Vicentini, Italy, 2006, English, Italian/Voice-over: Hungarian, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Coca - The Dove from Chechnya / Coca - Die Taube aus Tschetschenien [FL 1019]
Her parents called Zainap Gashaeva “Coca” – the Dove. Born in exile in Kazakhstan, she raised four children and became a businesswoman. Since 1994, Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events in Chechnya: discrimination, abduction, torture, murder. Zainap is a founder of Echoes of War, a group of Chechen women who document the atrocities that the Russian government has committed in Chechnya while declaring war on terror. The videos, hundreds of them, are hidden by the women, buried under floorboards, stashed in the backs of closets and in hollowed out walls, and smuggled out of the country by Gashaeva and others in nondescript shopping bags as often as they can get them out. In addition to the mountains of dusty tapes, Gashaeva and her partners have built a database of information linking and cross-referencing facts about Chechens who have disappeared at the hands of the state police – a painstaking record which they hope will someday be used as a reckoning, and perhaps as a link to find out what happened to the missing. With Chechnya closed to the international media, Zainap Gashaeva is now bringing these tapes to the United Nations and other international organisations to serve as evidence so that the guilty will be punished.
Bergkraut, Eric, Switzerland, 2005, Russian, English, German/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Coca - The Dove from Chechnya / Coca - Die Taube aus Tschetschenien [FL 1019]
Her parents called Zainap Gashaeva “Coca” – the Dove. Born in exile in Kazakhstan, she raised four children and became a businesswoman. Since 1994, Zainap has been documenting what have become daily events in Chechnya: discrimination, abduction, torture, murder. Zainap is a founder of Echoes of War, a group of Chechen women who document the atrocities that the Russian government has committed in Chechnya while declaring war on terror. The videos, hundreds of them, are hidden by the women, buried under floorboards, stashed in the backs of closets and in hollowed out walls, and smuggled out of the country by Gashaeva and others in nondescript shopping bags as often as they can get them out. In addition to the mountains of dusty tapes, Gashaeva and her partners have built a database of information linking and cross-referencing facts about Chechens who have disappeared at the hands of the state police – a painstaking record which they hope will someday be used as a reckoning, and perhaps as a link to find out what happened to the missing. With Chechnya closed to the international media, Zainap Gashaeva is now bringing these tapes to the United Nations and other international organisations to serve as evidence so that the guilty will be punished.
Bergkraut, Eric, Switzerland, 2005, Russian, English, German/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

White Terror [FL 1020]
Over the past five years, new ideologists of radical far-right extremism have emerged all over Europe, North America and Russia. They do not necessarily shave their heads; they have created corporations, distribution companies, music clubs, magazines, publishing houses, internet sites and they have replaced the old symbols with new ones. With globalization taking a firmer hold and with clear demarcation lines blurring, the hate-mongers are rekindling the fires of the past, blowing on their glowing ashes. In this era of new technologies, the United States and Sweden have been deeply shocked to find their youth roused to racist violence, which has since contaminated the whole of the Western world as well as Russia and its neighbouring countries. For young Neo-nazis the past is virtual history where real cannot be distinguished from fake; their version of the future looks bleak and threatening. Daniel Schweizer investigates the forces that hide behind the «White Power» and the «New Racists» slogans.
Schweizer, Daniel, Switzerland, 2005, English, Russian, German, French, Swedish/Subtitles: English, French, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

White Terror [FL 1020]
Over the past five years, new ideologists of radical far-right extremism have emerged all over Europe, North America and Russia. They do not necessarily shave their heads; they have created corporations, distribution companies, music clubs, magazines, publishing houses, internet sites and they have replaced the old symbols with new ones. With globalization taking a firmer hold and with clear demarcation lines blurring, the hate-mongers are rekindling the fires of the past, blowing on their glowing ashes. In this era of new technologies, the United States and Sweden have been deeply shocked to find their youth roused to racist violence, which has since contaminated the whole of the Western world as well as Russia and its neighbouring countries. For young Neo-nazis the past is virtual history where real cannot be distinguished from fake; their version of the future looks bleak and threatening. Daniel Schweizer investigates the forces that hide behind the «White Power» and the «New Racists» slogans.
Schweizer, Daniel, Switzerland, 2005, English, Russian, German, French, Swedish/Subtitles: English, French, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Before Flying Back to Earth / Pries parskrendant I Zeme [FL 1021]
After his daughter survived eight months of treatment for leukaemia, the Lithuanian filmmaker Arunas Matelis did not turn his back on the hospital. He filmed the kids in the leukaemia ward in Vilnius during their day-to-day routine, without becoming sentimental. For the parents, their worst nightmare has come true, but what do the children themselves think? A life among medicine and tubes does not prevent them from just carrying on. Their adaptability is incredible. One of the mothers says her son has not grown dejected in hospital, because he has gotten used to it and does not know any better. The children practise karate or dream of getting hamburgers and Coke instead of the same old cabbage soup. The future is often brought up, as if it were not finite: they hope they will not turn blond when their hair grows back, or they want to become a doctor, "but not in the leukaemia ward." Before Flying Back to the Earth is interlaced with black-and-white pictures showing the children in the middle of a smile, yawn or gesture, momentarily freezing time in this thorough documentary that does not deal with death, but with life.
Matelis, Arunas, Lithuania, 2005, Lithuanian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I Never Want To Be Famous / Ik wil nooit beroemd worden [FL 1022]
"I don't ever want to be famous", Tobias mumbles. Tobias is a seriously disabled man and a great Bach enthusiast. Before he went into cardiac arrest and was left handicapped, he was a successful cellist. Now he is in a wheelchair suffering from spastic paralysis and unable to understand very much. By means of archival footage of concerts, photographs and memories of his relatives and a good friend, a picture emerges of the former Tobias, Tobias the cellist. This image is interwoven with images of Tobias today and his life in an institution for the mentally disabled. The contrast between these two worlds illustrates the tough issues Tobias's relatives must grapple with. How much of Tobias is still there? Would he have wanted to live like this? Would it be better if the heart failure had been fatal, or can Tobias still enjoy life? Candidly and sincerely, his relatives and friends discuss the dilemmas that confront them. Tobias himself is hardly, if at all, aware of the questions surrounding him. He enjoys Bach, cries when people leave and says he wants to live to be a thousand years old.
Stalenhoef, Mercedes, Netherlands, 2005, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Face of the Revolution In Search of a Girl from Budapest / A forradalom arca. Egy pesti lány nyomában [FL 1024]
A young man and a girl on Muzeum boulevard in Budapest, shoulder to shoulder, looking directly into the camera. The above image appeared on the inner front page of the 30 October 1956 issue of Paris Match. 45 years after the photo was taken, historian Eszter Balázs and journalist Phil Casoar set up a journey to trace the young couple and find out who they were, whether they survived the revolution, and if yes, where they live. The film follows them in their quest. Since there was more information available about the girl, she is the one whose path the filmmakers trace. It turns out that the Paris Match image of the revolutionary girl is not simply a record of a moment in her life, but actually the publication of the photo in the Western press influenced her entire life. She had to flee Hungary partly because of that photo. On the other hand, that photo made her one of the best-known immigrants. She tried to become identical with the image of that photograph, therefore in the eyes of her acquaintances she remained the Hero of the Revolution. In the film, witnesses of her life, as well as the photographer tell their stories.
Kékesi, Attila, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian, English, French, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

One Day in People's Poland / Jeden dzieñ w PRL [FL 1026]
September 27, 1962. An ordinary day in Poland. 1600 babies are born, 600 people die and the weather is neither good nor bad. And yet, something of note happens everywhere in the country. The police arrest a suspect, the neighbor buys some salt and a man is openly reprimanded for wearing a beret. Creating a complex collage of footage from Polish archives and sound bites of radio recordings along with read-out documents ranging from police reports to citizens' complaints to the authorities, the director presents a nuanced image of everyday life in communist Poland. Now and then, sound and image seem to fit perfectly, and sometimes a striking combination of the two produces a new reality. A police officer reports his experiences of the day; a wife reads a letter to her husband in prison, begging for any sign of life; peasants don gas masks for an atomic alert exercise. Are these fragments 'authentic' historical documents? How much should one believe the tranquil images of life? When does the ordinary become historical? The fragments, following each other in a seemingly arbitrary order, lend the film a rhythm that ripples on, falters and fluctuates again. Just like life itself.
Drygas, Maciej, Poland, 2005, Polish/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Repatriation / Songhwan [FL 1027]
In the spring of 1992, the South Korean film director became acquainted with two elderly North Korean men after their release from prison. Sent to South Korea as spies, they were arrested and spent over thirty years in prison, serving out their sentences without renouncing their communist beliefs. By the end of the 1990s, relations between North and South Korea had improved somewhat, and even the most hardened unconverted cases were released. The director's friendship with the released inmates allowed him to film them for more than a decade. Starting with questions on the dehumanizing conversion process, the filming evolved into a record of the diverse reactions towards the ex-spies now living in South Korean society. In 2000, sixty-three former ‘unconverted’ prisoners were finally repatriated to the North. When the filmmaker tried to follow them to Pyongyang he was refused an entrance visa and his communication with this group virtually stopped. This self-questioning reflection on the possibility of understanding the experiences and standpoints of others leaves the viewer with a disturbing question to ponder: can hope for peace and coexistence overcome ideological differences?
Dong-Won, Kim, South Korea, 2003, Korean/Subtitles: English, 149 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

King of Velichovky / Král Velichovek [FL 1028]
The dramatic story of the Seissers, a Sudeten-German family of prosperous land-owners from Velichovky, a little spa town in Bohemia. Drawing on a large family film archive and the recollections of relatives and contemporaries, the director performs at once the function of family chronicler and “time archeologist”, reconstructing their life in the 1930-40s, as everyday routine and festivities become more and more intertwined with 'big history'. Karl's oldest daughter Lili gets married to a Czech doctor in 1934 and the family travels to Germany for the occasion, filming the changing face of Berlin. Ria is dating a low-class clerk of German origin, who gradually starts taking advantage of his ethnic background. Edith, the youngest and most stubborn and rational, falls for a Nazi colonel much older then herself. The birth of their son coincides with his promotion to general in the German army. Adding to the private recordings a soundtrack which is at times meditative or anxious, the director makes us ponder on the complex fusion of personal choices and responsibilities. The flow of time, neither completely lost nor fully recaptured, is nurtured by exceptional intimacy, reachable only with very close people. In 1992, the director Jan Šikl founded an Archive of Private Film History. King of Velichovky is part of the on-going project called Private Century.
Šikl, Jan, Czech Republic, 2005, Czech/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Vukovar - Final Cut / Vukovar - poslednji rez [FL 1029]
A painstaking investigation into the history of the 1991 Vukovar tragedy. Why was it that Vukovar, a rich Slavonian town famous as a "miniature Yugoslavia", Tito's exemplary town of unity, was the one location to suffer total apocalypse, one comparable to the sacrifice and siege of Stalingrad, and by the extent of destruction, and scenes shown around the world, reminiscent of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Why was a city which had neither strategic importance nor a strong military presence in the conflict between the Yugoslav National Army and the Croatian military, so systematically destroyed while the Serbian (Milosevic) and Croatian (Tudjman) leaders walked around Tito’s estate, discussing plans for a new division of Yugoslavia? With the help of the survivors and available archives, a Serbian director and Croatian journalist put together the pieces of this impossible mosaic. This film is neither a Serbian documentary nor a Croatian one. It is the first Serbian-Croatian co-production about this painful topic, whose wounds have yet to heal, even after a lapse of fifteen years.
Baljak, Janko, Serbia and Montenegro, 2006, Serbian, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Three Rooms of Melancholia / Melancholian 3 huonetta [FL 1030]
This poetic and very sophisticated documentary is divided into three chapters, in three Rooms. In each of them, the atmosphere is determined by one predominant emotion. With very few words but with lots of eloquent cinematic means, the film speaks about basic emotional and mental states. In the first Room, we follow young boys, obedient cadets at a military school in St. Petersburg. These children of thirteen or fourteen are not here by choice: most of them come from dysfunctional families. Just by observing their morning rituals, the school's rigid discipline and their way of interacting, one gets a notion of their enormous solitude. One of the boys shifts the story to the second Room – Breathing – where we witness the doomed lives of the people of Grozny. The last Room – Remembering – crosses the Chechen border into the neighbouring province of Ingushetia, where people fight out their own tragedy. With a keen eye for detail, especially human faces, and with precise timing, the director successfully creates remarkable, emotionally loaded scenes. By combining vocals from the Orthodox Church with folk and classical music, together with pure sounds from nature, the film becomes uplifting and multilayered.
Honkasalo, Pirjo, Finland, 2004, English, Finnish/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Three Rooms of Melancholia / Melancholian 3 huonetta [FL 1030]
This poetic and very sophisticated documentary is divided into three chapters, in three Rooms. In each of them, the atmosphere is determined by one predominant emotion. With very few words but with lots of eloquent cinematic means, the film speaks about basic emotional and mental states. In the first Room, we follow young boys, obedient cadets at a military school in St. Petersburg. These children of thirteen or fourteen are not here by choice: most of them come from dysfunctional families. Just by observing their morning rituals, the school's rigid discipline and their way of interacting, one gets a notion of their enormous solitude. One of the boys shifts the story to the second Room – Breathing – where we witness the doomed lives of the people of Grozny. The last Room – Remembering – crosses the Chechen border into the neighbouring province of Ingushetia, where people fight out their own tragedy. With a keen eye for detail, especially human faces, and with precise timing, the director successfully creates remarkable, emotionally loaded scenes. By combining vocals from the Orthodox Church with folk and classical music, together with pure sounds from nature, the film becomes uplifting and multilayered.
Honkasalo, Pirjo, Finland, 2004, English, Finnish/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Stork Story / Gólyamese [FL 1032]
Open adoption means that the biological mother does not want or cannot bring up her unborn child, whom she entrusts into the care of adopting parents whom she herself knows and accepts. This film is about the sometimes shocking and dramatic process of open adoption. The waiting, the nerve-racking and joyful minutes, hours and weeks of preparation, the tribulations of the adopting family. And of course the struggle the mother goes through whether she should give up altogether, and whether she is capable of giving up what is the most sacred for every parent: their own child. The participants of open adoption are not enemies. They are simply mothers who make a decision in order to protect the child.
Dobray, György, Hungary, 2005, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Punam [FL 1033]
9 year-old Punam Tamang lives in the city of Bhaktapur, Nepal. Punam's mother died when she was only five. She was left with her father, her two–year–old brother Krishna and her newborn sister Rabina. The Tamang children see little of their father because he works from sunrise to sunset in a rice factory, in order to earn enough money for their school fees - $1.50 USD per month for a student. At home Punam assumes the roles of head of the family, caregiver and homemaker. Among Punam's friends, her family is still a lucky minority: in Nepal, 60% of children cannot afford to go to school at all. Many of her playmates had to abandon their studies and games to work in a stone quarry or brick–making factory to help their families get by. The film captures the hard work of the children, as well as Punam's dreams and hopes. She dreams of becoming a teacher and helping other children to study. Currently, one out of three children in Nepal is a child laborer.
Stanković, Nataša ; Muntean, Lucian, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Nepali/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Holidays / Каникулы [FL 1034]
The Mansi children at the boarding school in the small town of Ivdel' - the northernmost town in Sverdlovsk region, 535 kilometers from Ekaterinburg - are waiting impatiently for the winter break. They are eager to return to their native village, where there are no televisions or computer games. It takes a whole day to cover a hundred and fifty kilometers in a weather-beaten lorry, through forests and snow-covered plains. Yet nothing is better than home, where you can go sledging, jump off the roof into the snow, or play cards with grandmother in the bleak light of the kerosene lamp all evening long. Witnessing the everyday life of Treskol'e villagers, this meditative and attentive film carries the viewers across both time and space. The laconic routine is interrupted by accidents which punctuate the predictable passage of time: a child burns himself, a car falls through the ice, somebody gets lost in the woods. The self-appointed shaman advises the locals to leave the village – too few families cannot make a living any longer. The holidays are a short break from town life for the children – will any of them decide to return for good?
Razbezhkina, Marina, Russia, 2005, /Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Swenkas [FL 1036]
The Swenkas are Zulu men who are entertainingly profiled in this inventive and beautifully understated documentary. Every Saturday night, a group of laborers from Johannesburg transform themselves into the best-dressed men in South Africa. They take great pride in putting on flashy suits and stand out as an inspiration for others, leaving their grimy overalls behind and wearing their best Carducci or Pierre Cardin creations to impress the weekly selected judge with sultry steps and graceful arm gestures. They are a close-knit set of men who consider respect, tidiness and virtue of paramount importance. The film follows an elder known as 'Mr Dangerous' who takes a young man, Sabelo, under his wing. Sabelo's father, once a leading Swenka, has recently died and the emotional support he receives demonstrates a phenomenon which runs much deeper than an unusual fashion show. Their tale is told by an elderly Zulu man, who builds his fictitious story around real characters.
Rønde, Jeppe, South Africa, 2004, Zulu/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pipeline Next Door / Un dragon dans les eaux pures du Caucase [FL 1038]
The oil pipeline that is being laid between the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas is of great geopolitical interest. It will be 1,110 miles long, 155 of which will run through Georgia, along Sakiré, a poor village with muddy roads and houses with flaking paint is. Without interviews or voiceover, as an unnoticed bystander, director Nino Kirtadze films the villagers who, especially in the street, vehemently discuss this unexpected clash with world politics: the health risks, the governmental corruption, who actually owns the land, the possibility of an attack by Bin Laden and especially the level of financial compensation from BP, the oil company responsible for the pipeline. The filmmakers contrast the quiet valley and its village with noisy images of the construction of the advancing pipeline. Emotions rise higher and higher: the elected village leader storms out of a chaotic meeting, where the resistance is led by the self-confident and self-appointed Leila. An equally chaotic court case against BP is lost, but the oil company is getting nervous too: the filmmakers travel by car with the general manager of BP in Georgia and attend talks about the villagers' objections. In the end, the general manager decides to pay a personal visit to the village.
Kirtadze, Nino, France, 2005, Georgian, English, Georgian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pipeline Next Door / Un dragon dans les eaux pures du Caucase [FL 1038]
The oil pipeline that is being laid between the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas is of great geopolitical interest. It will be 1,110 miles long, 155 of which will run through Georgia, along Sakiré, a poor village with muddy roads and houses with flaking paint is. Without interviews or voiceover, as an unnoticed bystander, director Nino Kirtadze films the villagers who, especially in the street, vehemently discuss this unexpected clash with world politics: the health risks, the governmental corruption, who actually owns the land, the possibility of an attack by Bin Laden and especially the level of financial compensation from BP, the oil company responsible for the pipeline. The filmmakers contrast the quiet valley and its village with noisy images of the construction of the advancing pipeline. Emotions rise higher and higher: the elected village leader storms out of a chaotic meeting, where the resistance is led by the self-confident and self-appointed Leila. An equally chaotic court case against BP is lost, but the oil company is getting nervous too: the filmmakers travel by car with the general manager of BP in Georgia and attend talks about the villagers' objections. In the end, the general manager decides to pay a personal visit to the village.
Kirtadze, Nino, France, 2005, Georgian, English, Georgian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Moszny [FL 1040]
Construction of the Lakeside housing development in Cluj – Napoca (Romania) began in the 1980s. Most of the private homes were demolished. The Moszny family was evicted against their will. József Moszny did not move into the apartment building that was offered to him in exchange to his house, instead, he withdrew with his cows, dogs and cats to his plot of land in between the two lakes. He has been reported several times because the cows wandered around the housing estate and the tennis courts in Cluj. Being the story of a silent, personal revolution, the film follows the life of Mr. Moszny during one year.
Lakatos, Róbert, Hungary, 2005, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Source / Zdroij [FL 1041]
Baku in Azerbaijan, with some of the richest deposits of oil in the world, is becoming a focus for foreign investors eager to take advantage of the country’s natural resources. Source traces the 'Great Oil Road' from European highways to this surreal and sinister landscape, where cows graze on polluted land and children play in toxic gunge. With three quarters of the population living under the poverty line, the country’s post-Soviet government is promising that oil will turn Azerbaijan into a prosperous and flourishing ‘New Kuwait’. But between big oil companies like British Petroleum and the corrupt government lining their pockets, what does this mean for the ordinary people of Azerbaijan? Is this “liquid gold” more of a curse or a blessing for the country?
Mareček, Martin, Czech Republic, 2005, Russian, English/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Source / Zdroij [FL 1041]
Baku in Azerbaijan, with some of the richest deposits of oil in the world, is becoming a focus for foreign investors eager to take advantage of the country’s natural resources. Source traces the 'Great Oil Road' from European highways to this surreal and sinister landscape, where cows graze on polluted land and children play in toxic gunge. With three quarters of the population living under the poverty line, the country’s post-Soviet government is promising that oil will turn Azerbaijan into a prosperous and flourishing ‘New Kuwait’. But between big oil companies like British Petroleum and the corrupt government lining their pockets, what does this mean for the ordinary people of Azerbaijan? Is this “liquid gold” more of a curse or a blessing for the country?
Mareček, Martin, Czech Republic, 2005, Russian, English/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Shutka Book of Records / Knjiga Rekorda Shutke [FL 1042]
The Roma inhabitants of the Macedonian town of Shutka are poor, but their lives and their customs are exquisite. Each of the residents believes that he or she is the champion of a different discipline – protecting the community from evil spirits, singing, training fighting geese, fashion design, party planning and, of course, sexual technique. There's the man with the most money, the woman with the strongest opinions, the guy with the best suits, the greatest lovers, the most powerful music producer, the best bed maker for circumcisions, the best trainer of ganders and the best trainer of pigeons, to name but a few. The town boasts many competitions, including the annual Turkish music cassette contest. In this little-seen land, vampires are exorcised with fire and pure willpower and popular songs are composed in ten minutes by the world’ s most prolific songwriter. Severdzan Bajram, an actor known from Emir Kusturica’s Black Cat, White Cat, is our guide on this entertaining tour through the town.
Manić, Aleksandar, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Serbian, English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dreaming By Numbers / Die Träume Neapels [FL 1043]
Naples has many neighborhoods with small betting shops. The daily customers don’t pick numbers at random: some play the numbers which correspond to the dates of birth or death of relatives, others play the numbers of their dreams. Dreams are translated into numbers with the help of the Italian numbers book Grimas and by the knowledgeable owners of century-old lottery offices. A "reasoned bet" happens, for example, when someone has had a dream about his father stepping into a bucket of water. The lottery vendor takes the book out: father is 81, foot is 53, water is 39 and bucket is 4, so these are the numbers to bet on. When a regular customer's brother gets murdered, people even use this incident to stake their bets. The obsession with numbers sometimes reaches hilarious proportions ("which numbers can be derived from a dream about a cockroach with a limp?"), but behind the gambling, there are often tragic stories. A historian sees parallels with Pythagoras' theory of numbers, which is kept alive in Italian popular culture.
Bucchetti, Anna, Netherlands, 2005, Italian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Checkpoint / Makhsomim [FL 1044]
The West Bank and Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military authority since 1967. Over three million Palestinians live in a nation under Israeli occupation. When they want to move from one village or city to another, to visit relatives or doctors, or to go to work, they have to pass through Israeli checkpoints. After years of terrorist attacks, dozens of these heavily guarded checkpoints have been set up. From 2001 to 2003, director Yoav Shamir has filmed and created an incredibly honest and moving verité record of various occurrences at these checkpoints. This experiential film conveys a saddening series of encounters between the humiliated Palestinians and the heavily armed, often very young soldiers, who sometimes feel uneasy in their commanding roles. But these men are often self-assured, too, apparently taking pleasure in intimidating the Palestinians, having them wait for hours in the burning sun or pouring rain. The tension is palpable when a large group of Palestinian people ignores the order to return and collectively pass the roadblocks. The general impression is one of an endless situation, in which people on both sides are forced into positions that leave little room for human dignity.
Shamir, Yoav, Israel, 2003, Hebrew, English, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Checkpoint / Makhsomim [FL 1044]
The West Bank and Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military authority since 1967. Over three million Palestinians live in a nation under Israeli occupation. When they want to move from one village or city to another, to visit relatives or doctors, or to go to work, they have to pass through Israeli checkpoints. After years of terrorist attacks, dozens of these heavily guarded checkpoints have been set up. From 2001 to 2003, director Yoav Shamir has filmed and created an incredibly honest and moving verité record of various occurrences at these checkpoints. This experiential film conveys a saddening series of encounters between the humiliated Palestinians and the heavily armed, often very young soldiers, who sometimes feel uneasy in their commanding roles. But these men are often self-assured, too, apparently taking pleasure in intimidating the Palestinians, having them wait for hours in the burning sun or pouring rain. The tension is palpable when a large group of Palestinian people ignores the order to return and collectively pass the roadblocks. The general impression is one of an endless situation, in which people on both sides are forced into positions that leave little room for human dignity.
Shamir, Yoav, Israel, 2003, Hebrew, English, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Border-line Case / Határeset [FL 1045]
In August 1989, having lived in Weimar in the German Democratic Republic, Kurt-Werner Schulz and Gundula Schafitel and their 6-year-old son were crossing Hungary on their way to the Western world. As so many of their East German fellow compatriots, they were planning to cross the border illegally. However, they had no hope of succeeding if all three of them stayed together. The story is told in the manner of a criminal investigation, spiced with some humour.
Szalay, Péter, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian, German/Subtitles: English, 32 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Here We Are / My Zdes [FL 1046]
After World War II, the Krnáč family moved from Central Slovakia to Sub-Carpathian Ukraine. After the territory came under Soviet rule, the family was forced to settle in Balgarka, a village in the Kazakhstan steppe, where they spent over forty years. After the break-up of the USSR, the family decided to leave Kazakhstan. In 2000, they sell the family house and set out on a journey to Slovakia, a country they know only from their parents´ stories. Their first attempts to find jobs and accommodation in Bratislava are not very successful. Looking for a place to settle they cross the country from east to west, but find only half-abandoned villages, closed factories and high unemployment. After a long quest, they settle down in the countryside. The parents start working on a local farm and the children enter high school. This new beginning is hard for all of them: the older family members feel uprooted and keep thinking of their lives back in Kazakhstan, the younger ones struggle to study and be accepted as equals. Filmed over a period of four years, the film is a warm personal portrait of multi-generational search for roots and for the future.
Vojtek, Jaroslav, Slovakia, 2005, Russian, Slovak/Subtitles: English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Terminus / Végállomások [FL 1048]
Bosnia 2005. Ten years have passed since the Dayton Peace Agreement, which brought the war to an end, but more than a million Bosnians are still waiting to return to their former homes.Among them are the last ethnic Bosnian refugees in Hungary, who in 1992 were freed from the institute for the mentally ill in Jakes, which was located right on the front line of the war. ”Since then my life has collapsed like a house of cards”, says Pandur, the self-appointed leader of a group of 28 people from Jakes. ”Since I came here my life has become hell. Really. Not just for me but for everybody. We are locked in all day and are only let out for breakfast and dinner.” For the inhabitants of this refugee camp for the mentally handicapped in Debrecen life passes in bleak monotony. The inactivity and monotony of the days kills their lust for life and these people, who are abandoned to their fate, are slowly giving up hope that they will ever return home.
Németh, Gábor Péter, Hungary, 2005, Hungarian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Angelmakers [FL 1049]
A small village in the Hungarian countryside appears to have a dubious past: in 1929, a series of arsenic murders was exposed here, and 51 women were arrested on suspicion of poisoning their husbands and relatives. The arsenic they used had apparently been taken from flypaper. In total, there were 140 cases of murder, for which many women went to prison. Besides a reconstruction of the killings, this film is a portrait of the present inhabitants of Nagyrév, who all remember something different about the murders. They also muse about the current exodus from the village, are worried about a melon theft and complain that life in the village is boring: there is no cinema or aerobics club. The desolation and isolation of the village is captured quietly and carefully: a stooped man shuffles past, a house stands empty on the edge of the village. The director filmed at the kitchen table, on the ferry and on a bench in front of a house, where an elderly couple recalls how they got married within two months of meeting one another: "He needed someone to mend the fishing nets."
Bussink, Astrid, Netherlands, 2005, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Prostitution Behind the Veil / Prostitution bag sløret [FL 1050]
Nahid Persson returns to Iran after living for 17 years in emigration in Sweden. Coming back as a documentary filmmaker, she originally intends to make a film about an elderly man, Habib, who sells prophecies on the streets. But when she visits his run-down house, she is shocked and intrigued to discover that he shares it with Minna and Fariba, two heroin addicts who prostitute themselves to make a living and support their little children while both of their husbands are in prison. The women are neighbours, good friends and support each other. The film sympathetically explores their everyday life and the way prostitution functions in a country where adultery is persecuted, sometimes resulting in capital punishment. For men, there is a 'legal' way to buy sex and still comply with Muslim law: they marry the women in what is called 'Sighe', a temporary marriage legal in Shia Islam. 'Sighe' can last from two hours up to 99 years. In the film both Minna and Fariba undergo 'Sighe' with customers and Fariba gets married Sighe-style to Habib for 6 months. The film follows the women for more than a year, providing a personal and intimate look into the two tragic lives behind the veils.
Persson, Nahid, Sweden, 2005, Swedish/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Person De Leo N. / La Persona De Leo N. [FL 1051]
Since 1982, Italian transsexuals have been able to have a sex change operation that is subsidised according to Section 164 of the law. Those eligible are also assisted in changing their sexual identity on paper. The condition is that they subject themselves to a complicated, lengthy and psychologically gruelling procedure. As a twelve-year-old boy, Nicola de Leo already knew she wanted to become a woman. Today, the now forty-year-old transsexual lives in Venice and has changed her name to Nicole. She has undergone hormone treatment and grown breasts, but she still lives inside the body of a middle-aged man, including a penis, a beard and a substantial Adam's apple. This is why Nicole is applying for a sex change through official channels. "I never thought it would be so hard. I thought making the decision was enough", she says. For five tense years, Nicole fights her emotional and physical struggle in the presence of director Alberto Vendemmiati's camera. Working as an actress, a seller of carnival masks and a prostitute, she finances her cosmetic treatment and looks forward to the subsidised sex change operation. Meanwhile, she turns for support to her elderly mother, who has a hard time accepting that her son will soon be a daughter.
Vendemmiati, Alberto, Italy, 2005, Italian/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

God Is with Us, Men That Is / Bóg jest z nami, mężczyznami [FL 1052]
Shot in a village in Northern Albania, the film tells the story of a woman who decides to become a man of her own free will. Bedri is the masculine form of the name Bedrie. Before her whole family, she solemnly pledges to become a man. This peculiar “rite of passage” exists in the mountains of Albania. The entire local community fully accepts and respects Bedri as they would a man. Her brothers will never blush from now on, as she is not going to bring shame upon them. As a man she must have no interaction with women, never have children and remain a virgin till the end of her days. Yet her advice in arranging marriages is valued by the community. Those who do not know her take her for a man anyway since Bedri shaves and dresses like one. Bedri smokes, drinks, plays domino with men and football with village boys. He declares that he is happy with his own self.
Sosiński, Jan, Poland, 2005, Albanian/Subtitles: English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shinjuku Boys [FL 1053]
The boys in the title are actually onnabes, or cross-dressing Japanese girls, who work as hosts at the New Marilyn club in Tokyo. They are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify as lesbians. As the film follows them at home and on the job, all three talk frankly to the camera about their gender-bending lives, revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these illuminating interviews are fabulous sequences shot inside the club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with real men. This is a remarkable documentary about the complexity of female sexuality.
Longinotto, Kim ; Williams, Jano, United Kingdom, 1995, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Divorce Iranian Style [FL 1054]
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women’s lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16 year old trying to divorce her 38 year old husband; and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody of her daughters, this deadpan chronicle showcases the strength, ingenuity, and guile with which they confront biased laws, a Kafkaesque administrative system, and their husbands’ and families’ rage, to win their divorces. Longinotto and her Iranian co-director Ziba Mir-Hosseini spend several weeks following the complainants in and outside of court as they go to great lengths to convince the patient judge to free them. Dispelling images of Iran as a country of war, hostages, and “fatwas”, and Iranian women as passive victims of a terrible system, this film is a subtle, fascinating look at women’s lives in Iran.
Longinotto, Kim ; Mir-Hosseini, Ziba, United Kingdom, 1998, Persian/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sisters In Law [FL 1056]
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change the world. This fascinating and often hilarious film follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often difficult cases of abuse, despite pressure from their family and community to remain silent. Six-year-old Manka is covered in scars and has run away from an abusive aunt, Amina is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal beatings by her husband, the preteen Sonita has daringly accused her neighbor of rape. The documentary follows the “sisters in law” as they nourish grass-roots feminism in a Cameroon village. Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 90 festivals around the world, it is Kim Longinotto's latest documentary.
Longinotto, Kim ; Ayisi, Florence, United Kingdom, 2005, English/Subtitles: English, 106 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sisters In Law [FL 1056]
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change the world. This fascinating and often hilarious film follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often difficult cases of abuse, despite pressure from their family and community to remain silent. Six-year-old Manka is covered in scars and has run away from an abusive aunt, Amina is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal beatings by her husband, the preteen Sonita has daringly accused her neighbor of rape. The documentary follows the “sisters in law” as they nourish grass-roots feminism in a Cameroon village. Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 90 festivals around the world, it is Kim Longinotto's latest documentary.
Longinotto, Kim ; Ayisi, Florence, United Kingdom, 2005, English/Subtitles: English, 106 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Taking Sides / Szembesítés [FL 1057]
The film is based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwängler, Germany’s leading conductor and head of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the Second World War. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 1930s, Furtwangler's reputation rivaled that of Toscanini's. In his civilian guise, Major Steve Arnold of the US Army is an insurance salesman. Following the fall of the Third Reich he is given the task of establishing links between Furtwängler and key figures in the Nazi regime, including Hitler himself. Major Arnold’s commanding officer wants ‘proof’ that the conductor collaborated with the Nazis. With the help of his assistants - Emmi Straube (the daughter of a senior Nazi general who was executed for plotting Hitler’s assassination) and Lieutenant David Wills (a German Jew who was sent to the US by his parents at the start of the war, who returns as a member of the US army), Arnold questions members of the orchestra and Furtwängler himself, hoping to find evidence of Furtwängler’s close relationship with Hitler.
Szabó, István, (n/a), 2001, English/Subtitles: Hungarian, 108 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Shape of the Moon / Stand van de Maan [FL 1058]
Shape of the Moon is the middle part of the cinéma vérité trilogy by Retel Helmrich about modern Indonesia. Rumidjah, a 62-year-old widow, lives in Jakarta with her son Bakti and her granddaughter Tari. Since the fall of dictator Suharto seven years earlier, she has witnessed the country passing through a tumultuous period of socio-political chaos. Islam, the largest religion of Indonesia, is becoming increasingly fundamentalist in tone, which affects the everyday lives of all Indonesians, no matter what religion they profess. Rumidjah, who is a Christian, has had more than enough of the capital's chaos. When her son Bakti converts to Islam in order to marry a Muslim girl, she seriously considers leaving the hectic city forever and moving to the safety of the countryside where she grew up. The only thing that still ties Rumidjah to the city is the responsibility she feels for Tari: she knows that there's no future for an eleven-year-old girl in the countryside. A close and sensitive portrait of the everyday life of three generations sharing their worries about the present and their hopes for a better future.
Helmrich, Leonard Retel, Netherlands, 2004, Indonesian/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, VHS

Magnitogorsk: Forging the New Man / Magnitogorsk, de jeugd van de hoogovens [FL 1059]
In the early thirties, the bare steppes of the Urals were transformed at breakneck speed into a blast-furnace complex and a city was erected out of nothing. Magnitogorsk was a model project to demonstrate the energy with which the first five-year plan of the communist state-controlled economy was put into operation. In 1932, Joris Ivens was invited to make a film about the building of the Soviet Union. He chose Magnitogorsk as an example of how the new world and the new man were to be forged, and the resulting film, Song of the heroes, encapsulates the prevailing ideology of the period. Joris Ivens lauded the enthusiasm with which the blast-furnace project was brought to fruition. Pieter Jan Smit's documentary sets out to find those who built and resided in the city of steel and to talk to them about their ideals yesterday and today. Magnitogorsk shows us what became of the heroes of Ivens' film.
Smit, Pieter Jan, Netherlands, 1996, Russian, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Cold Coke in the Days of the Cold War / Една студена кока-кола през Студената война [FL 1060]
This is a story of how Coca-Cola has entered Bulgaria during the time of Communist regime in the mid-1960s. Till 1965 the communist propaganda described Coca- Cole as an alcoholic drink of the American soldiers. Bulgaria happened to be the very first socialist country where Coca-Cola has succeeded to break the ideological rules by having a trade contract and opening bottling factories. The contract was possible due to initiative of Mr. Toncho Michajlov, who has made the first contact with the Coca-Cola Company in 1965 with Mr. Alexander Makinsky. This is a story of a battle - the battle between the propaganda type of economy and the free market economy, a battle between the ideological communist society and the enterpreneur spirit. A story about the unknown sides of the communist history and the times of the Cold War.
Atanassova, Evgenia ; Nedeva, Irina ; Petrov, Damian, Bulgaria, 2005, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Portrait of a Man in Power / Portrait d'un Homme de Pouvoir [FL 1061]
The trial of Todor Zhivkov provided an occasion to go back in time and rethink an entire era. The issues that concerned me in this film were fear and manipulation, what the mechanisms were that turned this man into a nondescript and mute automaton, and how deeply those mechanisms penetrated into his subconscious. The film crosses the paths of informants and victims, uncovering a perfectly honed system of rumors, denunciations, fear and surveillance by the security services. On the other side is Todor Zhivkov himself. His role is re-examined, with a look behind his mask as a "man of the people," which over the years gradually revealed a very good manipulator, who controlled the whole system personally and who, thanks to his skillfully perfected ability as a "puppet-master," managed to stay in power for 35 whole years.
Rousseva, Zlatina, Belgium, 1991, English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Cure / Kuracja [FL 1067]
The imposing building of baroque grandeur is a temporary resting-place: a spa named Ciechocinek – very well known all across Poland. The guests stay here for a few days or weeks, far from their everyday life, their relatives and friends: here they are supposed to recuperate and heal, far from everything that made them sick. Here there’s no time-clock – life has a different rhythm defined by sleeping, eating, healing. The camera follows the summer-guests through the foyers of the spa, through the parks; watches them sitting on the benches – observed observers. Extremely long takes and the absence of a musical score or comment fit well with the quiet of the place. But even when it sometimes seems that nothing is happening, life has not stopped – on the contrary, it demands its due. The process of healing can also be seen during activities: people flirt, dance and celebrate – and, yes, also drink and quarrel. This is how this life – seemingly removed from normality – nevertheless mirrors what happens beyond the green lawns and avenues.
Cuske, Maciej, Poland, 2004, Polish/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children Kosovo 2000 / Деца-Fëmijët (Kosovo 2000) [FL 1069]
In the spring of 2000, Albanian children in Kosovska Mitrovica confess to the camera the deepest pain they have experienced in their short lives: being forced to witness their parents being brutally humiliated, tortured or killed. In some cases, children had to bury a parent themselves. The black-and-white photography, often shot with a hand-held and deliberately shaky camera, reveals the Apocalyptic reality of Kosovo: its devastated villages and half-destroyed houses, where some of the children are forced to live, seem to come straight from a futuristic horror movie. Now and then, color Super 8 images, filmed by the children themselves, since they are the only ones that can see their world as it really is, alternate with shots of the destroyed areas.
Moldoványi, Ferenc, Hungary, 2001, Albanian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, French, Hungarian, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crossing the Line / Hvor går grænsen … - Dilemmaer for mennesker [FL 1070]
The documentary investigates the extent of personal morality and how it stands up in extreme circumstances. With examples from the UK, Germany, former Yugoslavia and Iraq, Petersen invites us to question where the 'line' between good and evil should be drawn. In Iraq, an American lieutenant colonel puts a gun to a prisoner's head, forcing him to reveal his assassination plans. The officer saves his men but is later tried by a military court. In the UK, former home secretary Jack Straw is confronted with numerous examples of violence and abuse in British prisons. But improving conditions for prisoners doesn't bring in votes. In The Hague, the Human Rights Court finds a former Bosnian soldier guilty. Esad Landzo talks from prison about how he turned from a young man, dreaming of an artist's life, into an unquestioning torturer. In Frankfurt, a German police officer physically threatens a kidnapper to save a small child in a case that divides the nation.
Petersen, Lars Feldballe, Denmark, 2006, Danish, English, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crossing the Line / Hvor går grænsen … - Dilemmaer for mennesker [FL 1070]
The documentary investigates the extent of personal morality and how it stands up in extreme circumstances. With examples from the UK, Germany, former Yugoslavia and Iraq, Petersen invites us to question where the 'line' between good and evil should be drawn. In Iraq, an American lieutenant colonel puts a gun to a prisoner's head, forcing him to reveal his assassination plans. The officer saves his men but is later tried by a military court. In the UK, former home secretary Jack Straw is confronted with numerous examples of violence and abuse in British prisons. But improving conditions for prisoners doesn't bring in votes. In The Hague, the Human Rights Court finds a former Bosnian soldier guilty. Esad Landzo talks from prison about how he turned from a young man, dreaming of an artist's life, into an unquestioning torturer. In Frankfurt, a German police officer physically threatens a kidnapper to save a small child in a case that divides the nation.
Petersen, Lars Feldballe, Denmark, 2006, Danish, English, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Smiling in a War Zone - And the Art of Flying to Kabul [FL 1071]
One day, artist and pilot Simone reads in her morning paper the story of a 16 year old Afghan girl who dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. By the time Simone finishes her coffee, she is determined to fly the 6000 km to Kabul, find young Farial and make her dream come true. She buys the only plane she can afford: a 40-year old 'Donald Duck' Piper-Colt made out of canvas. After challenging every military authority she comes across, weeks of travelling, 50 hours in the air, 33 landings, and in the end, flying illegally into Afghanistan at nerve wrecking heights, Simone finally reaches Kabul and finds Farial.
Bejmar, Magnus ; Kaern, Simone Aaberg, Denmark, 2005, Danish, English/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Smiling in a War Zone - And the Art of Flying to Kabul [FL 1071]
One day, artist and pilot Simone reads in her morning paper the story of a 16 year old Afghan girl who dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. By the time Simone finishes her coffee, she is determined to fly the 6000 km to Kabul, find young Farial and make her dream come true. She buys the only plane she can afford: a 40-year old 'Donald Duck' Piper-Colt made out of canvas. After challenging every military authority she comes across, weeks of travelling, 50 hours in the air, 33 landings, and in the end, flying illegally into Afghanistan at nerve wrecking heights, Simone finally reaches Kabul and finds Farial.
Bejmar, Magnus ; Kaern, Simone Aaberg, Denmark, 2005, Danish, English/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In the Soldier's Footsteps / I soldatens fodspor [FL 1072]
Steven, a former child soldier in Uganda and a refugee in Denmark, receives news that his missing son is not dead, but now himself a child-soldier. Steven determines to free his son, but things go terribly wrong, and suddenly Ugandan government representatives arrive in Copenhagen to stop this film. They claim that Steven is a terrorist and that Uganda is a free country without child soldiery. Soon the film crew finds itself entangled in a political game that involves the chief of Ugandan intelligence, ministers and generals, a game in which the truth is very hard to get at.
Zeruneith, Mette, Denmark, 2005, Danish, English/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In the Soldier's Footsteps / I soldatens fodspor [FL 1072]
Steven, a former child soldier in Uganda and a refugee in Denmark, receives news that his missing son is not dead, but now himself a child-soldier. Steven determines to free his son, but things go terribly wrong, and suddenly Ugandan government representatives arrive in Copenhagen to stop this film. They claim that Steven is a terrorist and that Uganda is a free country without child soldiery. Soon the film crew finds itself entangled in a political game that involves the chief of Ugandan intelligence, ministers and generals, a game in which the truth is very hard to get at.
Zeruneith, Mette, Denmark, 2005, Danish, English/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Anatomy of Evil / Ondskabens anatomi [FL 1073]
What makes genocide possible? Serbian paramilitaries who took part in massacres in Kosovo during the late nineties, describe their experiences and try to explain what made them do such horrendous acts. They seem to have felt that their security was threatened, and that it was a matter of killing or being killed. Director Ove Nyholm draws a parallell to the second world war and the German massacres of jews. Warning: This film includes disturbingly explicit scenes.
Nyholm, Ove, Denmark, 2005, Albanian, English, Danish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Anatomy of Evil / Ondskabens anatomi [FL 1073]
What makes genocide possible? Serbian paramilitaries who took part in massacres in Kosovo during the late nineties, describe their experiences and try to explain what made them do such horrendous acts. They seem to have felt that their security was threatened, and that it was a matter of killing or being killed. Director Ove Nyholm draws a parallell to the second world war and the German massacres of jews. Warning: This film includes disturbingly explicit scenes.
Nyholm, Ove, Denmark, 2005, Albanian, English, Danish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Max by Chance / Rejsen på ophavet [FL 1074]
This is the story of Max, the director's own story, playfully animated within the realms of documentary. Max's story traces back several generations to sailers, industrialists and Summer of Love hippies - everyone depicted with whole-hearted love and equal amounts of irony. But there is something more at stake here, something larger than the biographical filmic note of a single man. The film embraces with vulnerable playfulness life's many coincidences and grapples with questions such as genetics, destiny and family patterns.
Kestner, Max, Denmark, 2004, English, 29 min, documentary film, VHS

Maximum Penalty / Den højeste straf [FL 1075]
In 1937 the Danish communist Arne Munch-Pedersen disappeared in the Soviet Union. He was never heard from again. Sixty-two years later, another prominent Danish communist goes back to the secret archives in Moscow in search of the truth. A disheartening story of Stalin's paranoia and the price some people had to pay.
Gislason, Tómas, Denmark, 2000, Danish, Russian/Subtitles: English, 89 min, documentary film, VHS

My Grandad's Murderer / Min morfars morder - En film om tilgivelse [FL 1076]
Film director Søren Fauli wants to meet and forgive his grandfather's murderer, the last living SS-officer from the occupying forces in Denmark during the Second World War. That scares Søren's mother, who grew up in the shadow of the tragedy of losing a father. "My Grandad's Murderer" is a film about forgiveness and a son's attempt to help his mother reconcile herself with the past.
Fauli, Søren, Denmark, 2004, Danish, German/Subtitles: English, 61 min, documentary film, VHS

The German Secret / Den tyske hemmelighed [FL 1077]
Kirsten Blohm leaves Denmark traveling to the place of her birth – to the place where the American prison in post-war Germany was. As captured by her husband, director Lars Johansson, the story of Kirsten Blohm’s family background turns out to be more fantastic than fiction, involving captivity and flight, secrecy and lies. Blohm, born in 1946, was raised by her grandparents. She did know her mother, the beautiful but cold Signe Gondrup, but Signe never wanted to disclose anything about her life, let alone about her daughter's father. Following her elusive mother's footsteps, Blohm’s journey takes her to the Czech Republic and Germany where she uncovers a series of dramatic events as well as embarrasing skeletons in the closet.
Johansson, Lars, Denmark, 2004, Danish, English, German/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, VHS

The German Secret / Den tyske hemmelighed [FL 1077]
Kirsten Blohm leaves Denmark traveling to the place of her birth – to the place where the American prison in post-war Germany was. As captured by her husband, director Lars Johansson, the story of Kirsten Blohm’s family background turns out to be more fantastic than fiction, involving captivity and flight, secrecy and lies. Blohm, born in 1946, was raised by her grandparents. She did know her mother, the beautiful but cold Signe Gondrup, but Signe never wanted to disclose anything about her life, let alone about her daughter's father. Following her elusive mother's footsteps, Blohm’s journey takes her to the Czech Republic and Germany where she uncovers a series of dramatic events as well as embarrasing skeletons in the closet.
Johansson, Lars, Denmark, 2004, Danish, English, German/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, VHS

Blue Collar White Christmas / Nede på jorden [FL 1078]
December 2001. The workers at the lifeboat factory Viking are preparing for the coming Christmas holiday when news arrives that Viking is to open a new factory in Thailand. Redundancy looms. Throughout the Christmas month we follow the four main characters - Diana, Lotte, Kragelund and Tobiesen. While notification of who is to be laid off draws closer, the air becomes thick with rumours and predictions. Life continues nevertheless. "Blue Collar White Christmas" is a series of humorous everyday chronicles dealing with the fear and necessity of change.
Kestner, Max, Denmark, 2004, Danish/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, VHS

What I Want My Words to Do to You [FL 1084]
An unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. As the film progresses, the writing becomes a process of discovery and self-reflection. The inmates face painful truths about the choices that irrevocably changed the course of their lives. The filmmakers use the exercises and the highly charged discussions to reveal how the women grapple with their own guilt. The film culminates in an emotionally charged prison performance of the women's writing by acclaimed actors Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei.
Gavin, Madeleine ; Katz, Judith ; Sunshine, Gary, United States, 2003, English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Born Dead [FL 1085]
When juvenile delinquents are locked up in prison for years, they lose touch with the outside world and run the risk of getting used to being isolated from the outside world. An experimental program offered young men a possibility to do social work and thus empowered some to face challenging jobs. The filmmaker presents a portrait of a recidivist prisoner who starts working in a social care home for seriously handicapped children. Robert spent eight years in a penal institution. We observe the 24-year-old protagonist for several months turning from a bored prisoner to an experienced social worker. Yet for others the program created a chance to escape. The two runaways make the prison authorities question the meaning of the program.
Blawut, Jacek, Poland, 2004, Polish/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Grissinopoli - Bread-Stickville / Grissinopoli — El pais de los grisines [FL 1098]
Grissinopoli, a debt-laden grissini manufacturer, falls into bankruptcy and is abandoned by its owners. Against the backdrop of growing unemployment and economic insecurity, the plant’s 16 Argentine workers decide to resist by trying their hand at self-management. This utopian solution, born of desperation, is hard to actually put into practice. Almost immediately, the workers face internal dissension, potential expropriation, a lack of funds and management experience, and the risks of political and union co-optation. At the same time, they experience moments of solidarity, as they struggle with lawyers and lawmakers to pass an expropriation law that would allow them to maintain their plant. Following the tradition of direct cinema, this activist film provides an example of a growing social movement, that has already succeeded in saving more than 10,000 jobs in Argentina.
Doria, Dario, Argentina, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Flying Bicycles: Cycling Along the German German Border [FL 1099]
A road documentary in which members of AK Grenzsprenger study camp take a bike tour along the German-German border to revisit the borderline that once split the country in half.
König, Constanze, Germany, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Under the Wheel / Daráló [FL 1101]
The story Dénes Pusoma, an innocent Roma man from the village of Ivan who was found quilty in a murder case, without any direct evidence, and was sentenced to prison. It can only be hoped that this mistake of the Hungarian judicial system, which was to cost a human life, was caused by an unfortunate series of events rather than by the inner logic of the system.
Komenczi, Norbert, Hungary, 2004, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 51 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Innocence Unprotected / Nevinost bez zastite [FL 1102]
In 1942 a professional strong man named Dragoljub Aleksic directed and starred in a trite little melodrama titled Innocence Unprotected--the first Serbian talkie. Over 20 years later, Dusan Makavejev retrieved the film from the Archives, tinted many of the sequences by hand, and interviewed Aleksic and his co-workers in present day Yugoslavia 1968. The resulting cinematic collage is a funny and daring (in both content and form) mix of a wide variety of film footage--including documentary, narrative, agitprop, and various other bits and pieces of found footage. Serbian with English subtitles.
Makavejev, Dusan, Yugoslavia, 1968, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Mein Bruder. We'll Meet Again / Mein Bruder [FL 1107]
Thomas Heise, noted documentary filmmaker from the former GDR, takes a trip to France to visit his brother Andreas. His brother lives there in a rather unusual situation. Andreas is a chef. He left the city and his favourite bar in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. He has been living in France for the past year, in the mountains, in the attic of Micha and Yvonne's guesthouse. Andreas thought he had come here to die: three heart attacks, an operation, and nothing left to live for. But things have turned out differently. Andreas has fallen in love with Vanina, wife of the blacksmith and mother of three sons. Micha finances the little guesthouse with his work in cardiac wards in Switzerland and Germany. He is a cardio-technician; as Yvonne used to be. She is now taking time for the children. Andreas works for Micha and Yvonne. He cooks for them and for the few summer guests. It is October and the filmmaker's visit is short but he wants to talk to his big brother about Micha, his friend. The man who spied on them for the Stasi.
Heise, Thomas, Germany, 2005, German/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Out of Bounds / Hors les murs [FL 1108]
Founded in the Philippines in 1904 by the American colonial administration , Iwahig is a penal farm almost completely self-sufficient and self-managed by its inmates serving long sentences who have become farmers, fishermen, watchmen…. After being tested for several months, they can move freely within the 38,000 hectares of jungle, mountains and wild prison coastline and bring their families to live with them. No fences separate them from the neighbouring villages where they are used to going for a walk. Their hierarchical organization, based on promotion by merit and seniority, allows for minimum intervention by the penitentiary staff. Alejandro, chief of the inmates, plunges us into this universe through the portraits of a few fellow prisoners. Toting who goes fishing on the open sea without a guard tells us about his past. Denelyn and Jenelyn, two adolescents whose father is serving a life sentence and are trying to help the family survive. Rodrigo, a young inmate beaten by a prison employee. A prison system unique to this world, Iwahig opens up new horizons.
Leborgne, Alexandre ; Barougier, Pierre, France, 2005, Tagalog, English/Subtitles: English, Polish, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Out of Bounds / Hors les murs [FL 1108]
Founded in the Philippines in 1904 by the American colonial administration , Iwahig is a penal farm almost completely self-sufficient and self-managed by its inmates serving long sentences who have become farmers, fishermen, watchmen…. After being tested for several months, they can move freely within the 38,000 hectares of jungle, mountains and wild prison coastline and bring their families to live with them. No fences separate them from the neighbouring villages where they are used to going for a walk. Their hierarchical organization, based on promotion by merit and seniority, allows for minimum intervention by the penitentiary staff. Alejandro, chief of the inmates, plunges us into this universe through the portraits of a few fellow prisoners. Toting who goes fishing on the open sea without a guard tells us about his past. Denelyn and Jenelyn, two adolescents whose father is serving a life sentence and are trying to help the family survive. Rodrigo, a young inmate beaten by a prison employee. A prison system unique to this world, Iwahig opens up new horizons.
Leborgne, Alexandre ; Barougier, Pierre, France, 2005, Tagalog, English/Subtitles: English, Polish, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Alexander Askoldov. Destiny of Commisar / Александр Аскольдов. Судьба комиссара [FL 1109]
Movie director Alexander Askoldov made only one famous movie, The Commissar. The film was too unsettlling for Soviet censorship and was therefore banned for twenty years while the director was prosecuted by the Soviet authorities and erased from the face of Russian culture.
Balayan, Valery, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, Polish, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

President Mir Qanbar / Raeis Jomhur Mir Qanbar [FL 1110]
A 75 year old man with a megaphone pedals into town flying a red flag with a quote from the Qur’an: ‘a big victory supported by God is imminent.’ Mir Qanbar, a retired civil servant from remote Azerbaijan in Iran, is running for President of the Islamic Republic. It’s not his first campaign: he’s run five times for Congress and in three previous attempts to capture the Presidency he’s been disqualified each time. His organisation consists solely of his disabled friend Seifollah, who distributes leaflets from a mule-drawn cart and who has been promised the role of Minister for Health in a Qanbar regime. It’s more Don Quixote than Screaming Lord Sutch since Qanbar is still confident that he has a real chance. Now, will the documentary crew help him secure a meeting with President Khatami and prevent the authorities from rejecting his candidacy yet again?
Shirvani, Mohamad, Iran, 2005, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: English, Polish, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

37 Uses for a Dead Sheep [FL 1111]
The Pamir Kirghiz are a tribe of some 2,000 people from the Pamir region of Central Asia. For the last 27 years they have lived in exile in Eastern Turkey. In 2005 an Anglo-Turkish film crew arrives in their village to work with the tribe to tell their story. In a series of scenes divided into "chapters", we see revealing interviews with the Kirghiz, see exciting and entertaining reconstructions shot on film in a variety of different cinematic styles, and comic scenes of the interaction between the film crew and the community. During this process, we learn how the Pamir Kirghiz' antipathy to Communism drove them from Soviet Russia, then later from Maoist China, and finally from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to their current exile. And as the past is explored in interview and reconstruction, we see how the Pamir Kirghiz live today in modern Turkey. The film is part historical document, part ethnographical description of a unique people, part portrait of the conflict between individual and globalised culture, and part comedy about the process of film-making.
Brytania, Wielka, United Kingdom, 2006, Turkish/Subtitles: English, Polish, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

On the Road / On the Road [FL 1112]
Mrs. Zhang Xingfen lost her husband in an industrial accident. During her quest in search of justice from the central authorities in Beijing, she lost everything beginning with the evidence in her case, as well as her children, who were taken taken from her and placed in an orphanage, and her freedom, when she was locked up in a psychiatric institution. Her story illustrates that of many Chinese people appealing to higher authorities who travel to Beijing to assert their rights. In an insightful and shocking film, Liu Wei gives the floor to simple people, whose dramatic recollections portray a completely different side of China than the one we know from the media and tourist experiences.
Wei, Liu, China, 2006, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, Polish, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Secret of my Success [FL 1113]
Lu Guo Hua is the corrupt but charming birth control officer in Fanshen, a rural community of northeast China. A village woman suspected of illegally being pregnant for the third time has disappeared. This causes consternation within the village council: she must have an abortion, for if the village exceeds its birth quota it will be severely sanctioned by the Communist Party. Mr. Lu’s own job is at stake. Local elections are coming up, and Mr. Lu has long dreamed of running for office. For six months in 2001, Jinchuan Duan filmed the local election campaign and the plotting, prevarications, and clever political manoeuvres that accompany it. The result is a humorous, insightful lesson into China’s attempts to adopt democratic norms and the impact of China’s one-child policy. Awarded a Silver Wolf in Amsterdam in 2002, The Secret of My Success is the first episode of the triptych Interesting Times, which probes a modern Chinese population.
Duan, Jinchuan, China, 2002, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Life & Debt [FL 1114]
A feature-length documentary which addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica. Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica Kincaid, the film focuses on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact.
Black, Stephanie, United States, 2001, English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Devil's Miner [FL 1115]
The Devil's Miner follows two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, who live in poverty with their mother in the mountains of Bolivia. They work long shifts in the Cerro Rico silver mines, braving deadly conditions to earn enough money to attend school.Through the children's eyes, we encounter the sixteenth century mine, where devout Catholics must sever their ties with God each time they enter the shafts, because of the ancient belief that the devil, as represented in the hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines the fate of all who work there.Raised without a father, the boys assume many adult responsibilities and must work to afford the clothing and supplies vital to their education. Basilio believes only the mountain devil's generosity will allow them to earn enough money to continue the new school year. Without an education, the brothers have no chance to escape their destiny in the silver mines.
Ladkani, Richard ; Davidson, Kief, United States, 2005, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

12:08 East Of Bucharest / A fost sau n-a fost? [FL 1116]
Corneliu Porumboiu’s satirical film depicts the program of the déclassé director of regional television of a small town in Moldova, who wants to find out whether or not a revolution took place in the town on December 22, 1989 prior to 12:08. (12:08 was the moment when the Ceauşescu couple fled by helicopter and is therefore a key to deciding whether there was a real revolution or whether people only took to the streets after the regime fell.) The three anti-heroes – pensioner Piscoci, drunken and heavily indebted history teacher Mãnescu and Jderescu, who runs the local television studio – try to find out what it is that makes a revolution.
Porumboiu, Corneliu, Romania, 2006, Romanian/Subtitles: English, Hungarian, 86 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

China Blue [FL 1118]
China Blue is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don't want us to see: how the clothes we buy are actually made. Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society.
Peled, Micha X., United States, 2005, Chinese, Mandarin, English/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

China Blue [FL 1118]
China Blue is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don't want us to see: how the clothes we buy are actually made. Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society.
Peled, Micha X., United States, 2005, Chinese, Mandarin, English/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Secret Genocide / Un génocide à huis clos [FL 1119]
To bring this alarming documentary to life, the director traveled to parts of Burma and Thailand where few Westerners are allowed. His efforts represent a brave attempt to call attention to the plight of the Karen people, an ethnic minority group that has been fighting for self-determination for decades.
Dereims, Alexandre, France, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Favela Rising [FL 1120]
Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson’s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever.
Mochary, Matt ; Zimbalist, Jeff, Brazil, 2005, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Politics of the Heart [FL 1121]
Politics of the Heart is a moving portrait of lesbian and gay families who re-shaped the cultural and political landscape of Québec by fighting for recognition of their relationships, families and homoparental rights. In December 1977, Québec became the first Canadian province to extend human rights protection to gays and lesbians under its charter of human rights. The documentary traces the gradual politicization of local gay and lesbian communities and organizations over the next 15 years, and highlights their hard-won legal and political battles. The film pays particular attention to The Civil Union Bill (Bill 84), which passed unanimously in the Québec National Assembly in June 2002. The bill extends full rights to gay and lesbian parents and their children, giving Québec the most progressive laws in the world for homoparental families. Politics of the Heart is a penetrating look into the history of queer struggle and the individuals and organizations that sought to win recognition and rights for lesbian and gay families.
Nicol, Nancy, Canada, 2005, French/Subtitles: English, 67 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Stand Together [FL 1122]
A history of the campaign for human rights protections following the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada in 1969.
Nicol, Nancy, Canada, 2002, English/Subtitles: English, 114 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Stand Together [FL 1122]
A history of the campaign for human rights protections following the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada in 1969.
Nicol, Nancy, Canada, 2002, English/Subtitles: English, 114 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The End of Second Class [FL 1123]
The End of Second Class is a powerful documentary that traces the debate on same sex marriage in Canada up to the passage of equal marriage legislation on July 20, 2005. The story is told from the perspective of three couples from B.C., Ontario and Quebec and lawyers and activists who sought to uphold the Charter rights of lesbians and gay men. The End of Second Class vividly paints the context in which gays and lesbians fought to overcome a history of discrimination and second class status and sought to persuade both the courts and the Parliament of Canada to affirm their right to marry.
Nicol, Nancy, Canada, 2006, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Big Sellout [FL 1124]
Has the practice of privatization become similar to warfare, dehumanizing us and reducing us to mere statistics? Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and former chief economist at the World Bank, certainly thinks so, as does Bongani, a self-described "electro-rebel" in Soweto, South Africa, who illegally restores electricity to the homes of people too poor to pay the incessant bills of the newly privatized provider. Simon, a train driver who has worn the uniform of countless firms since his beloved British Rail was privatized, recounts the steady decline in service and maintenance and the sharp increase in accidents that have followed. In the Philippines, where the privatization of health care has led to an exodus of nurses and doctors, Minda struggles to afford the kidney dialysis treatments needed to keep her son alive. Meanwhile, martial law is declared in Cochabamba, Bolivia as protesters fight the privatization of water. A compelling portrayal of a complex subject, The Big Sellout offers an empathetic and sobering study of the human impact of global economics.
Opitz, Florian, Germany, 2006, English, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 94 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Big Sellout [FL 1124]
Has the practice of privatization become similar to warfare, dehumanizing us and reducing us to mere statistics? Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and former chief economist at the World Bank, certainly thinks so, as does Bongani, a self-described "electro-rebel" in Soweto, South Africa, who illegally restores electricity to the homes of people too poor to pay the incessant bills of the newly privatized provider. Simon, a train driver who has worn the uniform of countless firms since his beloved British Rail was privatized, recounts the steady decline in service and maintenance and the sharp increase in accidents that have followed. In the Philippines, where the privatization of health care has led to an exodus of nurses and doctors, Minda struggles to afford the kidney dialysis treatments needed to keep her son alive. Meanwhile, martial law is declared in Cochabamba, Bolivia as protesters fight the privatization of water. A compelling portrayal of a complex subject, The Big Sellout offers an empathetic and sobering study of the human impact of global economics.
Opitz, Florian, Germany, 2006, English, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 94 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Standard Operating Procedure [FL 1125]
“Standard Operating Procedure” delves into the infamous photos that captured the incidents, embarassing the U.S. government, leading to the trial of numerous low-level American soldiers and forcing the subsequent apology by U.S. President Bush. Through interviews with many of the convicted U.S. soliders, including Megan Ambuhl, Javal Davis, Lynndie England, and Jeremy Sivitz, Morris captures first-person accounts detailing and explaining the pictures, not ot mention a damning interview by General Janis Karpinski, all pointing to the fact the actions resulted from the policies of military higher-ups.
Morris, Errol, United States, 2006, English/Subtitles: French, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Mandarin, Korean, 116 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

With Much Love and Kisses / Крепко целую и люблю [FL 1126]
Northern Russia. The Solovetskii Islands in the White Sea. An ancient monastery, turned into a concentration camp. Here, in the 1930s, famous philosophers, scholars, engineers and writers spent the last days of their lives. At the end of October and beginning of November 1937 more than one thousand prisoners were taken from the Solovetskii islands to the mainland and executed. But their letters to their loved ones were miraculously preserved. Seventy years later, the victims' children and grandchildren come to the Solovetskii Islands to commemorate their fathers and grandfathers.
Cherkassova, Anastasia, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Bittner Case / Ich Bin Doch Keine Morderin [FL 1127]
"The Youth Welfare Office should've realised themselves that we needed help, and not asked us if we needed help. They should have been aware of it. (...) They should have acted on their own. Then things would have gone differently." When asked about his responsibility in his son's death, Falk Bittner remains silent, but when the role of the Youth Welfare Office comes up, he suddenly explodes. The Bittner Case analyses a family tragedy in the East-German city of Cottbus. Just before Christmas 2001, six-year-old Dennis, one of the 10 Bittner children, died of continued abuse, neglect and malnutrition. His mother Angelika hid his corpse in the freezer, where it was discovered in June 2004. Family, friends and neighbours all believed that Dennis had been staying in a Berlin children's hospital. Falk contends that he never doubted his wife's explanation, and that he was shocked when he became aware of his son's fate.The film consists of a series of probing interviews with the Bittners, alternated with excerpts from court proceedings and medical reports. While they wait for a verdict in the case, the Bittners reveal this baffling story bit by bit. Overcome with emotions, Angelika is the one who explains what happened. Falk just sits there and shakes his head.
Woj, Caterina, Germany, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Forever / Forever [FL 1128]
The Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is one of the most famous ones in the world, not only because of the beautiful gravestones and the lovely street plan of this necropolis, but also because of its occupants. Famous artists like Georges Mélies, Oscar Wilde, Amedeo Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Maria Callas, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand and Jim Morrison are united in eternity here. The numerous visitors seek solace and reconciliation with mortality at the graveyard. Forever shows how the dead live on, like ghosts in the imagination of the living. Ultimately, a cemetery is above all a product of the human mind. "If we showed the graveyard in its true nature, it would be unbearable," someone says. "Someone left a pen, so he can keep on writing in the hereafter," an old woman observes as she cleans Marcel Proust's grave. A devotee of À la recherche du temps perdu states, "If your life is fulfilled by Balzac's novels, Musset's poems and Chopin's music, you will never be alone." The film also pays attention to forgotten talents who never made it to their prime. And to the more anonymous deceased, only cherished in their next of kin's memory.
Honigmann, Heddy, Netherlands, 2006, Dutch/Subtitles: English, French, 95 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Taimagura Grandma / Tamagura Baachan [FL 1129]
For 15 years, director Sumikawa followed Masayo Mukaida, living with her husband outside the remote village of Taimagura, on the slopes of Mount Hayachine. Their life is demanding but rewarding. Since 1954 they have tilled the soil, following the seasons, listening to nature’s messages: blooming magnolias mean a good harvest, a cuckoo’s song heralds winter’s snows. She calls herself ‘Grandma Taimagura’ and, though her nearest neighbours are 10 km away, they call her Grandma too. Since they got electricity, her husband Kumezou enjoys watching parliamentary debates and sumo wrestling, while Masayo prefers the radio, which won’t distract her from her work. But when Kumezou dies, Masayo finds the hard work begins to seem pointless. Beautifully shot and skilfully edited, Sumikawa’s film celebrates a stillness threatened by modern life, but still quintessentially Japanese.
Sumikawa, Yoshihiko, Japan, 2005, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 110 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Nomadak Tx / Nomadak Tx [FL 1130]
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once famously remarked, “Music is the universal language of mankind,” and perhaps nowhere is this sentiment felt more strongly than in this jubilant film about two musicians who journey to some of the most remote regions of the world, using the traditional Basque musical instrument, the txalaparta, as a medium for cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The txalaparta is a traditional Basque instrument (similar to a xylophone) that was originally a communication device between Basque tribes. In this spirit of communication, Igor Otxoa and Harkaitz Martínez have a dream to turn the txalaparta into a meetingplace—not only for people, but for different cultures as well. This wish leads them to make a trip in search of the world’s last remaining nomadic tribes. From the north of India to the Mongolian Steppes, from the Sahara desert to Lapland, the film captures an extraordinarily fluent and dynamic conversation across borders and languages, articulated through music. Through encounters with other musicians—a Mongol musician and a Hindu taxi driver, a Sami singer and an aging Saharan lady—the txalaparta becomes more than a musical instrument; it is a tool for communication in which everyone expresses their desires. Stunning photography and superb music fill nearly every frame of the film, culminating in an amazing performance piece involving the music of all tribes in unison with the txalaparta. With little dialogue, the film speaks volumes on the significance of music in our lives, and its power to connect people all over the world.
Fuente, Raúl de la, Spain, 2006, Spanish/Subtitles: English, French, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

On Green Pastures / On Green Pastures [FL 1131]
For two hundred years, Azerbaijan Mountains have been inhabited by “mоlоkans”, exiled from Russia in Catherine Second’s time. Old Believers live apart, namely in communities: their patriarchal way of life remains almost invariable during these two hundred years. “Mоlоkans” are devout and hardworking people retaining the tradition of “pre-Petrine” Russia, but coexist scanty in cultural inlay of Azerbaijan. The movie is about their amazing community.
Safat, Ilgar, Azerbaijan, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Divine Nubia / Un Dia Na Vida de Uma Estrela [FL 1132]
A day in the life of Divine Nubia, a transexual in Rio aspiring to be a rich and famous star.
Mastro, Ricky, Brazil, 2006, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Traces [FL 1133]
One persons' quest to re-establish a family connection broken by the Holocaust and the Iron Curtain.
Pasanen, Mauri, Belgium, 2006, English, 32 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

There's No "G" In Box / Das G Muss Weg [FL 1134]
More than 4 million illiterate German speakers are living in Germany, the home of poets and philosophers. What is life like for illiterate people? Which hurdles and problems do they have to master in their daily lives? How can it happen that people can't read and write despite attending compulsory school? The documentary, "There's no G in Box," observes three illiterate people for a year. They plucked up the courage to face the camera and to start a literacy course for adults. We learn about their problems, sorrows, hopes, and dreams.
Gunther-Greene, Renate, Germany, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Borderline: The People V. Eunice Baker / Borderline: The People V. Eunice Baker [FL 1135]
Six years ago, Eunice Baker, a borderline retarded woman, was left babysitting a three year old girl. A wire in the house short-circuited leading to the temperature in the child’s room soaring. The girl died of heat exhaustion. But despite clear evidence the death was accidental, Eunice was arrested for pre-mediated murder. This personal and compelling film follows her trial. It’s a case that raises fundamental questions about the treatment of mentally handicapped people in the US legal system.
Grunberg, Slawomir, United States, 2005, English, 77 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mitumba, the Secind Hand Road / Mitumba, the Second Hand Road [FL 1136]
Story of a t-shirt and how it travelled from the North to the South of the world. It's the onside-out story of a piece of clothing forst and second life and everything that happens in between.
Brunetti, Raffaele, Italy, 2005, English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Beach Tree Dance / La Danse De L'Hetre [FL 1137]
In one of the most magnificent stately homes of France, the park of Chamarande, a choreographer, Armelle Devigon, fell in love with two majestic trees: a copper-beech tree and a plane tree. She leads three dancers during four seasons in a choreographic quest which bring into close contact the human body and the plant forms. In sinuous sequences where the female body winds against the tree roots, where the male dancers whirl and turn in the air, we appreciate a beauty and a physical energy which are rare in the contemporary world. The film follows the cycle of the seasons as the dancers move from training to performance, understanding more deeply the nature of contemporary dance and art, as well as the natural world. The director followed the choreographer during a year, from the artistic research with her dancers to the performance. We invite the audience to discover the magic of creative moments and to contemplate how this work arises season after season in harmony with nature.
Blum, Marie-Agnes, France, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

One Voice One Vote / Se Suis Une Voix [FL 1138]
Martine and Arnaud are two French citizens. Arnaud is 28 years old. Nartine is 66 years old. They have never met. We interviewed them with a desire to make an animated documentary on themes as wide as citizenship, politics, and political commitment. Martine and Arnaud spoke to us about their past, about their daily life and their social commitment. Our first intentions were transformed into one: to try to create a bridge between these two citizens through our intervention. And so, we took an intitiative: Martine listens to Arnaud's words and Arnaud listens to Martine's/ As we go back and forth -- between Martine and us, between us and Arnaud -- a dialogue by proxy is born, a dialogue appeared through us, questioning their possible encounter.
Rousset, Cecile ; Paturle, Jeanne, France, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 14 min, animation, DVD-ROM

David the Tolhildan / David der Tolhildan [FL 1139]
This film is a portrait of David Rouiller, a young Swiss man who joined the Kurdish freedom movement six years ago. Rouiller, the son of a university Professor and a former President of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, gave up a comfortable and safe existance in Switzerland, and the amenities of a Western lifestyle, to commit his life and strength to the ideals of the Kurdish freedom fight. Is he an adventurer, a dreamer, an idealist, a hero? Is his commitment visionary or illusionary? The film, "David the Tolhildan" encourages viewers to confront their own outlook on oppression, respect, human dignity, freedom, and violence. It also provides an impressive, realistic and up-to-date view of the current situation of the Kurdish freedom movement.
Khalil, Mano, Switzerland, 2006, German, French, Kurdish/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Penumbra / Penumbra [FL 1140]
Film maker Gwynne McElveen first wrote to her American pen friend in 1993. Over a thousand letters later she still had not met or even seen a picture of ‘Jim’. In this intriguing documentary she travels to meet her mysterious friend and piece together his disturbing life story. The viewer is told little at first other than the fact that he is a man of some intelligence and a brilliant comic book artist. His superhero creation, Captain Penumbra, whose name means the point where light and shadows meet, hints at the demons that exist within Jim’s mind. From her native County Meath to Idaho and on to Arizona, the film follows McElveen’s journey as she meets Jim’s family and visits locations from his childhood. En route she asks complete strangers to read extracts from Jim’s letters and to imagine the sort of man who could write such witty and literate prose. The further McElveen travels across America the more nervous she becomes as the date for her first encounter with Jim draws ever closer. Eventually, she arrives at the walls of a state penitentiary and the truth is revealed. This excellent documentary works as both a travelogue and a detective story. It is a fascinating story of how two disparate people can form a strong bond that cannot be broken by distance or circumstance.
McElveen, Gwynne, England, 2006, English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Not With My Daughter! Female Genital Circumcision in Europe / Mit meiner Tochter nicht! Frauen-Beschneidung in Europa [FL 1141]
Migration brought Female Genital Circumcision from Africa to Europe. But more and more black women decide: "Don't touch my daughter!" Three women from Germany, England, and France speak about their circumcision day, about problems with urinating, pain during menstruation, and their fear of sexual intercourse and giving birth. A French doctor redeveloped a technique to reconstruct the clitoris.
Thurn, Valentin, Germany, 2007, German/Voice-over: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

On a Tightrope / On a Tightrope [FL 1142]
In an orphanage in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, children study tightrope walking. The children are Uyghurs, the largest Muslim minority in China. Fearing the Uyghurs' separatist movement, China rules with an iron fist in Xinjiang. Youngsters are forbidden from professing their religion, and the regime jumps at every opportunity to glorify the unity of China. Walking the tightrope is an age-old Uyghur tradition, and their feats are spectacular. The children look up to their coach, but his intentions are dubious. After nine months of intense training, most children are told they have failed and will not be able to continue the course. Petr Lom follows four children in the orphanage in their struggle to build a better life for themselves. They talk about the frustration of having to practise so hard, only to find out that it was all for nothing. But they also discuss their life in the orphanage and the required loyalty to Communism, and their dreams for the future come up on a regular basis. Though not all of them really want a career in tightrope walking, they still feel that they have failed. Then, an elderly retired tightrope walker shows up and becomes their new coach. Lovingly and patiently, he teaches the children to walk the tightrope, this time with success.
Lom, Petr, Norway, 2007, Chinese, Mandarin, Uyghur/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kill the Messenger / Une Femme A Abattre [FL 1143]
Out of love for her newly-adopted country, Sibel Edmonds agreed to join the FBI as a translator in the wake of 9/11. But her world gets turned upside-down when Subel reports wrongdoings to her supervisors: one of her colleagues from the Translation Unit is secretly working for the same Turkish officials who are "targetted" by the top-secret FBI investigations that Sibel is working on. As a "reward" for her whistle-blowing, Sibel is fired from the FBI. Today, she is fighting for the very ideals that American democracy relies on, and is facing some of the most wreckless and powerful officials in the U.S. government. Sibel has granted a film crew full and exclusive access to document her story, and her struggle, as we zero in on her secret.
Verboud, Mathieu ; Viallet, Jean-Robert, France, 2006, English, French/Voice-over: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kill the Messenger / Une Femme A Abattre [FL 1143]
Out of love for her newly-adopted country, Sibel Edmonds agreed to join the FBI as a translator in the wake of 9/11. But her world gets turned upside-down when Subel reports wrongdoings to her supervisors: one of her colleagues from the Translation Unit is secretly working for the same Turkish officials who are "targetted" by the top-secret FBI investigations that Sibel is working on. As a "reward" for her whistle-blowing, Sibel is fired from the FBI. Today, she is fighting for the very ideals that American democracy relies on, and is facing some of the most wreckless and powerful officials in the U.S. government. Sibel has granted a film crew full and exclusive access to document her story, and her struggle, as we zero in on her secret.
Verboud, Mathieu ; Viallet, Jean-Robert, France, 2006, English, French/Voice-over: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Twin Trek [FL 1144]
Identical twin brothers from Canada, who are Bengali/Norwegian, learn surprising lessons about identity and Norwegian history when they voyage to a family reunion in search of their Nordic roots.
Chua, June, Canada, 2007, English, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Growing Up / Hua Jong Wei Die [FL 1145]
Acrobatics are one of the first performance arts that comes to mind when we think of China. Little children are coming from all over China to Hei Long Jiang Acrobatic Troupe with hope of becoming professional acrobats one day. Their main reason for coming to this place despite its strict discipline and hardships is to provide their family with economic support. However, few can achieve their goals. We see their hardhsips through one girl who can no longer afford lessons and a boy who is hospitalized because of an injured leg during training and who ponders whether the troupe can gaurantee his future. By listening to each child's story, "Growing Up" portrays these children's hopes, their responsibilities to their family, their apprehnsions, and the hidden part of China's acrobatic industry.
Dongdong, Wang ; Yu, Chang, China, 2005, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Say No to Autism [FL 1146]
Autism is a lifelong disease that happens in early childhood with no definite causes. Having no sense about one's surroundings and refusing to develop normal realtionships with others are typical symptoms of the disease. In 2002, Heilongjiang's first autistic treatment center was established in the kindergarten attahced to Harbin Women's Federation. A group of autistics are receiving a special treatment here: intervention training, the only method to treat autism in the world. Children here are passively receiving the tortuous treatment.
Dongdong, Wang ; Yu, Chang, China, 2006, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Outlaw / For a Da Lei [FL 1147]
Teresa and Helena are a lesbian couple who challenged the law by trying to get married. But the publicity brought them even more difficulties and discrimination. These two mothers - and their two daughters - are an outlaw family. For them housing, school, and work can become major problems.
Areal, Leonor, (n/a), 2006, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Inside Me / Ich erzahl dir von mir [FL 1148]
People with mental disabilities do not have a voice in public. In this film, they and their relatives are given that voice.
Hinterberger, Petra, China, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cartola - The Samba Legend / Cartola [FL 1149]
Cartola—The Samba Legend, about one of the most important composers of Brazilian music, is a history of samba and its relation to capoeira (a Brazilian martial art/dance), the Olympia bar scene in Rio de Janeiro, the favelas, and the formation of the famous Samba Schools. Using recreated scenes; reminiscences of musicians and people who knew Cartola; early footage of Cartola playing, performing, and composing; and fabulous found footage of early carnivals and parades, the film fashions a love letter to the city of Rio and a powerful reflection on the construction of national memory and identity.
Ferreira, Lirio ; Lacerda, Hilton, Brazil, 2006, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Learning by Camping [FL 1150]
Tax consultant Wagner, the head of a family leads his wife and seven children through endless summer pilgrimages by camper. This German vacation idyll chronicles the history of a family, a country, and a medium – Super 8 filmmaking.
Hochkeppel, Nicola, Germany, 2004, German/Subtitles: English, 62 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My Dreams Never Lie / Ado d'ailleurs [FL 1151]
Yassin is Afghan. He is seventeen, maybe eighteen. Wihtout a family, he traveled alone on the difficult path which took him all the way to France. From the moment he set foot in Paris, Yassin's one dream was to obtain papers regularizing his refugee status. In the mean time, he has had no choice but to carry on with normal life. And so, every morning, like every French child, Yassin goes to school.
Cros, Didier, France, 2006, French, Persian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Color of Olives / El color de los olivos [FL 1152]
The Amer family lives surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall, where their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locked gates, and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. This unique and intimate documentary shares their private world, allowing a glimpse of the constant struggles and the small, endearing details that sustain them. A reflection on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war.
Rivas, Carolina, Mexico, 2006, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 97 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Until When You Die [FL 1153]
"Until when you die" is about a woman who left Vietnam in 1979 with her family in a fishing boat. It is a story about where we belong and how we manage to adapt to change under extreme circumstances. The film travels to Vietnam and visits the village where the woman had grown up - where she is treated as a ghost who has returned from the dead. "Until when you die" juxtaposes memories with a journey across four countries so as to ensure that history is not simply relegated to the past.
Aitken, Mark, England, 2006, English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Mseyas: The Life of an Orphan's Family [FL 1154]
AIDS kills more than two million people every year in Africa. As a result of this epidemic, there are more than 11 million orphans. This is the story of the Mseyas, orphans from Iringa, in Tanzania. Alberina, Maria, Amos and Orsolina live on their own and face a life of struggle without resources.
Vizoso, Gustavo, Spain, 2007, Swahili (macrolanguage)/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Radicalized [FL 1155]
An animated short about a 57 year old woman who, after 33 years of working as a teacher, is "burnt out" by a life of modern stress.
Swantesson, Klara, Sweden, 2006, Swedish/Subtitles: English, 7 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Immigration: An Example from Vietnam [FL 1157]
Introduces a Vietnamese family and then examines America's role in the Vietnam War.
Frost, Charles, United States, 2006, English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Neturei Karta: Jews Against Zionism [FL 1158]
Ultra Orthodox Jewish rabbi explains his organization's anti-Israeli stance.
Campbell, Wendy, United States, 2004, English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jaba [FL 1159]
Zoli returns to his small home village of Jaba in Hungary, in one of Europe's poorest regions. As settled Romas, Zoli's family survive by hiring themsleves out as day-labourers. For Zoli, there is no work and no prospects.
Bolm, Andreas, Germany, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 37 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Our America / Nuestra America [FL 1160]
Returns to Nicaragua twenty-five years after a revolution which nobody believed was possible. In 1979, the Latin American country had just freed itself from a 45-year dictatorship and was attempting the impossible, encountering the bitter hostility of big-brother to the north, the USA. Nicaragua hoped to triumph over poverty and discrimination, within a system of political plurality and a mixed economic system, while remaining independent of world political blocs. Kristina Konrad, who lived and worked in Nicaragua during the 1980s returns to a neo-liberal country, battered by war and corruption and sketches a narrative of memories and observations of the current state of affairs. "Our America" looks at the lives of women who took up arms during the revolution and in the fight against the US-funded Contras and how they now struggle to survive today. What remains from the dream for independence and justice?
Konrad, Kristina, Germany, 2005, Spanish, German/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Statement 710399 [FL 1161]
The story of a father trying to find out what happened to his son who slipped out of his hands and dissapeared during the Srebrenica genocide as well as a story of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country permanently scarred by war crimes and their legacy.
Hodzic, Refik, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 2006, Bosnian/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crude Impact [FL 1162]
An exploration of the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. This documentary exposes our deep-rooted dependency on the availability of fossil fuel energy and examines the future implications of peak oil — the point in time when the amount of petroleum worldwide begins a steady, inexorable decline. Journeying from the West African delta to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, from Washington to Shanghai, from early Man to the unknown future, CRUDE IMPACT chronicles the collision of our insatiable appetite for oil with the rights and livelihoods of indigenous cultures, other species and the planet itself.
Wood, James Jandak, United States, 2006, English, 98 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Australian Atomic Confessions [FL 1163]
Australian servicemen and nomadic aboriginals reveal the devastating effects of British atomic weapons testing carried out in Australia in the 1950s. For the first time, members of the Royal Australian Army, Navy, and Air force describe former top secret aspects of those tests.With the use of rare archival film and photographs, as well as eyewitness accounts, Australian Atomic Confessions chronicles the hidden history of these tests and also exposes previously unknown government cover-ups. Sydney’s new nuclear reactor continues to pose a threat to the environment and civilians, and the problem of removing and disposing of the old nuclear reactor remains an unanswered question posed by politicians and leading environmentalists. Prominent aboriginal elders also warn that an imminent catastrophe may occur in Central Australia as a result of two uranium mines. Achilling expose of nuclear testing and its damaging legacy, one that continues to this day.
Aigner, Kathy ; Young, Greg, Australia, 2005, English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Raging Grannies Anti Occupation Club [FL 1164]
The film accompanies 76 year old Hava and her friend Jossefa all across Israel as they partake in protest-manifestations, lawsuits, demonstrations, and everything in between. As "Ragging Grannies" these women make revolutionary texts and music, protest in front of checkpoints, and drive to occupied areas to meet formerly imprisones Palestinians. A film not merely on Israeli occupation policy but above all on those who once made it real and today fight against it with all their means.
Klinke, Iwajca, Germany, 2006, English, German, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Raging Grannies Anti Occupation Club [FL 1164]
The film accompanies 76 year old Hava and her friend Jossefa all across Israel as they partake in protest-manifestations, lawsuits, demonstrations, and everything in between. As "Ragging Grannies" these women make revolutionary texts and music, protest in front of checkpoints, and drive to occupied areas to meet formerly imprisones Palestinians. A film not merely on Israeli occupation policy but above all on those who once made it real and today fight against it with all their means.
Klinke, Iwajca, Germany, 2006, English, German, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Save the World [FL 1165]
Richard is a marketing adviser who decides a new purpose to his life: save the world. He tells his girlfriend, family and colleagues at work, but none of them take him seriously. Once he has said it to everybody, Richard carries on with his plan and takes some deadly pills in his attempt to save the world… save the world from people like him, from dreamers who can’t live in a world like this. When he is about to swallow the deadly pills, Richard is ready to see what people say you see right before you die: a sequence of snapshots of your life. But, instead of that, he sees something very different…
Casals-Roma, David, United Kingdom, 2007, English, 11 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Memories Denied [FL 1166]
This historical-psychological documentary film tells the story of the experiences of the director´s mother and her twin sister in a totalitarian society under Stalinism, Soviet occupation and terror, when repressing memories was the only method of self-defense. The film is an analysis of memory which goes through violent personal memories of the Second World War sixty years after Stalin’s concentration camps and Soviet terror. In the documentary, the director depicts her mother’s past and, at the same time, that of all Estonia. Although it is still hard to talk about the unresolved past which crosses generation lines, this journey must be completed in order for the community to heal from the wounds of history.
Paju, Imbi, Finland, 2005, Estonian/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Eye of the Needle / Nalsogat [FL 1167]
A close look at the Swedish and European migrational policy and the living situation for refugees in Europe coming from all troubled areas of the world. The film captures the daily life of four people all marked by the order of New Europe - a man hiding assylum seekers from the authorities, an official at the Swedish Migration Board, a young Bosnian woman living underground, and a Macedonian man waiting for his assylum application to come through.
Söderqvist, Jonas, Sweden, 2005, Swedish, English, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Eye of the Needle / Nalsogat [FL 1167]
A close look at the Swedish and European migrational policy and the living situation for refugees in Europe coming from all troubled areas of the world. The film captures the daily life of four people all marked by the order of New Europe - a man hiding assylum seekers from the authorities, an official at the Swedish Migration Board, a young Bosnian woman living underground, and a Macedonian man waiting for his assylum application to come through.
Söderqvist, Jonas, Sweden, 2005, Swedish, English, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Human Heart Explodes / Human Heart Explodes [FL 1168]
After years of trying to help his fellow Roma (Gypsy) people, Safet Tairov has finally convinced a group of Germans to donate humanitarian goods and build a kindergarten. But many obstacles block Safet's progress in his small Eastern European village: the mayor won't speak to him; the non-Roma citizens are hurt that foreigners are only helping minorities; Safet's organization has little community support and no resources; dealing with Westerners is culturally challenging. Ultimately, the challenges prove victorious.
Helder, Mira, United States, English, Macedonian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Human Heart Explodes / Human Heart Explodes [FL 1168]
After years of trying to help his fellow Roma (Gypsy) people, Safet Tairov has finally convinced a group of Germans to donate humanitarian goods and build a kindergarten. But many obstacles block Safet's progress in his small Eastern European village: the mayor won't speak to him; the non-Roma citizens are hurt that foreigners are only helping minorities; Safet's organization has little community support and no resources; dealing with Westerners is culturally challenging. Ultimately, the challenges prove victorious.
Helder, Mira, United States, English, Macedonian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Son, Get Back Home / Vordis, Veradartcir Tun [FL 1169]
The film is about the dramatic predicament of Dr. Valentina Safrazbekian. During the 1930's reprisals she lost her father and became the daughter of "the people's enemy," however she succeeded in obtaining education, rose to her feet, defended her candidate thesis, and taught at a college; during the crisis and cold of the 1990s she defended her doctoral thesis. However, her son went abroad to earn money. Her health was underminned and her only desire to see her son before her death never materialized.
Ohanyan, Mariam, Armenia, 2007, Armenian/Subtitles: English, 12 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Welcome Mr. Postman / Mi Casa es tu Casa [FL 1170]
Four postmen and their families from four continents visit each other in this thought-provoking documentary, which focuses on hopes and dreams, sorrows and laughter in daily life, in countries as dissimilar as Mexico, Japan, Zimbabwe and Denmark. Through conversations and shared experiences, the postmen and their families address many of the main issues of the human condition and show us that differences in skin color, salary, religion and status do not necessarily have to divide people.
Bondy, Madeleine, Mexico, 2004, English, Danish, Spanish, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Welcome Mr. Postman / Mi Casa es tu Casa [FL 1170]
Four postmen and their families from four continents visit each other in this thought-provoking documentary, which focuses on hopes and dreams, sorrows and laughter in daily life, in countries as dissimilar as Mexico, Japan, Zimbabwe and Denmark. Through conversations and shared experiences, the postmen and their families address many of the main issues of the human condition and show us that differences in skin color, salary, religion and status do not necessarily have to divide people.
Bondy, Madeleine, Mexico, 2004, English, Danish, Spanish, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lesson from Bam / Mashghe Bam [FL 1171]
Made 40 days after the 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran killed over 68,000 people and destroyed the city’s ancient mud-brick citadel, Lesson from Bam honors the Great Citadel – a heritage that is gone, but a memory that should be kept. Director Alireza Ghanie films the children of the Old Citadel School who now attend class in the open air since most of the community’s buildings have been destroyed. The children have written compositions about their experience of the earthquake, and one by one, they read their compositions to the rest of the class…
Ghanie, Alireza, Austria, 2005, Persian/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People who Lived During the Holocaust [FL 1172]
"I'm Still Here" presents the diaries of young people who experienced first-hand the terror of daily life during the Holocaust. Through a montage of rare archival footage, personal photos, and text from the diaries themselves, the film tells the story of a group of brave, young writers who refused to quietly disapear.
Lazin, Lauren, United States, 2007, English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Sunday in Pripyat / Un Dimanche A Pripiat [FL 1173]
Somewhere in Europe there is a forbidden zone. Lying in the heart of this zone is Pripyat, at one time a model city inhabited by some 50,000 people. On April 26, 1986, an invisible enemy forced the residents of Pripyat and surrounding villages to evacuate the area in order to escape. Constructed in the early 1970s, Pripyat is now a ghost town. The land it was constructed upon has reverted back to its natural state, but traces of its former occupants are still visible years after.
Huk, Blandine ; Cousseau, Frederic, France, 2006, Ukrainian, Russian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Moby Prince History / L'Ustica Del Mari [FL 1174]
140 victims, zero guilty. Fifteen years ago, a few miles from the Livorno’s seaport, the ferry-boat Moby Prince crashed against an oil tanker, named Agip Abruzzo: “human error”said the technicians and the experts. This film examines what happened fifteen years after the event.
Moschin, Claudio, Italy, 2006, Italian/Subtitles: English, 8 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ludmila / Ludmila [FL 1175]
Both humorously and heartbreakingly, Ludmilla tells her often tragic life's story, a story of war, refuge and the unexpected deaths of every single family member other than the director's mother. Her grandson, the director, sets out to the places of her past.
Todorovic, Dennis, Germany, 2006, Czech, German/Subtitles: English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pirinop, My First Contact / Pirinop, Meu Primeiro Contato [FL 1176]
Resettled in Upper Xingu, the Ikpeng people find themselves dreaming of a return to their ancestral lands as they remember the arrival of the iron bird over their village. For once in a very rare while, contact is viewed from the Aboriginal standpoint.
Correa, Mari ; Ikpeng, Karane, Brazil, 2007, /Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Iron Eaters / Eisenfresser [FL 1177]
The annual famine in Northern Bangladesh forces farmers Kholil and Gadu along with several of their relatives to leave their homeland. They are going to work as seasonal labourers in the shipbreaking yards in the south. In the yards that line the beaches of Chittagong, they will dismantle the garbage of the Western world: oil tankers and vast container ships. Director Shaheen Dill-Riaz is witness to a system of exploitation that very few workers can escape from: the seasonal workers from the north don't only do the most dangerous work in the yards, they are also forced into debt and trapped in the south.
Dill-Riaz, Shaheen, Germany, 2007, Bengali/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Flowers Don't Grow Here [FL 1178]
Much of Eastern Europe has been devastated by the rapid transition from communism to capitalism. Fifteen years since independence from the former USSR, Ukraine ­ Europe’s second largest country ­ is struggling to regain economic and social stability. “Flowers Don’t Grow Here” ­ filmed undercover over four months and told through the eyes of a gang of Kiev’s street kids - offers an intimate and uncompromising portrayal of young people paying the ultimate price for political reform. Young mothers, united siblings, close friends and sworn enemies form a troubling underworld of society, governed by their own rules, and haunted by prostitution, substance abuse, crime, violence and murder.
Pinson, Shira, United Kingdom, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Cheated / Prevareni [FL 1179]
In 1993 a family swapped a house in Zagreb for a house in Bosnia through verbal agreement. The house however was not what they had expected and returned to Zagreb in 1977 with the help of teh UNHCR. With their help the family took the case to legal grounds in hope of justice.
Mirosnicenko, Silvio, Croatia, 2006, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Travelling on the Path of Fear / Na putu Straba [FL 1180]
Travelling On The Path Of Fear' is a story about railway accident which has completely changed the life of an older man and his five children, because they lost the wife and mother in the accident.
Mirosnicenko, Silvio, Croatia, 2006, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My Name is Jagdish Bhatt / Meine Name ist Jagdish Bhatt [FL 1181]
Jagdish Bhatt is a new Delhi slum dweller who, with brains, charm, and wit, repeatedly manages to overcome the narrow limits of his slum to work in Europe so he can feed his family of ten. He is a wanderer between worlds, a representative of the "globalization from below," where borders between the first and third worlds have become more porous and more rigid. Jagdish takes us through Kathputli Colony (Puppet Colony), where he lives. More than 3000 families live there, most of them artists: acrobats, snake conjurers, musicians, monkey trainers, magicians. In 2007 this unique colony will be torn down for the construction of a metro station -- a life-threatening situation for Jagdish. We meet a man who straddles extremes: while his puppetry is admired by a culturally aware public in Europe, in India he is just a face in a crowd. And while he is exposed to the seduction of money and sex in Europe, in India he wages a bitter struggle to survive.
Heinzel, Gunter, Germany, 2006, German, German, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Brothers by Blood / Ahim ba'dam [FL 1182]
Two brothers to the Adaki household, Ehud and Zamir, both in their early 70's, live on two separate sides of the world; one in Israel and the other in the United States.They were both born and raised in Israel and survived by their parents, Mazal Melamed, a Jerusalem-born teacher, and Yehiel Adaki, a prominent Yemenite cantor who was recognized for his radio broadcasts on "Kol Yerushalayim" (Jerusalem Voice radio) in the 1940's. Rivalry had existed between the two brothers since early childhood. As a result in later years, the two brothers found themselves in a conflict which instigated after their father's death; the issue over inheritance, which till this day hasn't been resolved.
Nivram, Manara, Israel, 2005, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Veredas / Las Veredas [FL 1183]
A girl re-discovering tradition and her "Dream" in the small village of Las Veredas.
Gil, Lucina, Spain, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Happy Man / El Hombre Feliz [FL 1184]
The sound of a 24 hour news station broadcast reporting its usual program of international crises and economic downturns provides an insightful foil to Lucina Gil's The Happy Man, a tongue in cheek biography on a self-described "happy man" whose credentials are put to a test by a team of skeptical international researchers. As in Libra, the slice-of-life approach suits the film's structure well, reflecting the film's ideals of enduring love and uncomplicated living.
Gil, Lucina, Spain, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 14 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Chap XV:12 / Cap XV:12 [FL 1185]
John 15:12 "This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you." This is a documentary about a woman, who happens to be a prostitute, opening her heart. She never charges a dime for it. Despite all the different worlds co-existing in society, the social barriers and the economical boundaries, there are some characteristics in the human condition that brings us together: our emotional needs. All humans organized their communities in families structured by the intensity and closeness of feeling, resemblance of ideals, cultural identity or by dependence. Undressed of our professional duties and hierarchical status, behind the human circus where people exhibit the most bizarre aspects of personality and sometimes are forced to be someone there are not, we are all part of a family and we all have a preferred color. Undress we are only heart. What?s your preferred color?
Pinheiro, Fernando, Brazil, 2006, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 13 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Arcana / Arcana [FL 1186]
Arcana is an investigative project focusing on the old prison of Valpraiso, which closed down in April 1999. The project consists of a film, a book, and a website and its objective is to capture the way of life within the prison during its last working year.The film attempts to convey the experience of connecting directly to the day-to-day life inside the prison. It contemplates the various different ways of life that exist within the prison, not through a simply objective observation of what is visible, but through the more subjective means of seeing and feeling the prison from its interior.
Vicente, Cristobal, (n/a), 2006, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Life on Their Shoulders [FL 1187]
In the surrounding mountains of the Black Sea coast, some traditions such as the "yayla" have remained unchanged for centuries: villagers of those mountains go high in the highlands during summer to milk cows and make some butter and cheese for winter. This film tells the story of the women from these villagtes who carry on their shoulders the weight of a life of seasonal migration, in a constant battle against a hostile natural environment
Ustaoglu, Yesim, France, 2004, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Woman's Word / Palabra de mujer [FL 1188]
Janata Bennuna is Morroccan, Hanan Al Shaykh Lebanese, and Nawal Saadawi Egyptian. The three of them write in their mother tongue, the Arabic language, and are all committed intellectuals who show through their books the complexity of the social reality in the Arabian world. The three of them belong to a generation marked by pan-Arabism and studied against their families' will, and although they finally gained their support, they were living in times of change. They use literature as a weapon and denounce situations which they reject.
Ponzoda, Silvia Garcia, Spain, 2004, English, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Woman's Word / Palabra de mujer [FL 1188]
Janata Bennuna is Morroccan, Hanan Al Shaykh Lebanese, and Nawal Saadawi Egyptian. The three of them write in their mother tongue, the Arabic language, and are all committed intellectuals who show through their books the complexity of the social reality in the Arabian world. The three of them belong to a generation marked by pan-Arabism and studied against their families' will, and although they finally gained their support, they were living in times of change. They use literature as a weapon and denounce situations which they reject.
Ponzoda, Silvia Garcia, Spain, 2004, English, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Life Goes On [FL 1189]
Animated short on one man's take of love and losses.
Hardy, Trevor, United Kingdom, English, 6 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Romani Bakht [FL 1190]
Montreuil, spring and summer 2005. Romany families are evicted from a squat where they had lived for several years. Among them is Sorina’s family. With her husband and their two children, Sorina tries to survive in the streets.
Mijoin-Nemirovsky, Bielka, France, 2005, Romany/Subtitles: English, 32 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Morning Ceremony / Maraseme Sobhgahi [FL 1191]
A portrait of young female students who are forced to follow strict dress code and participate in "the morning ceremony" in an elementary school in Teheran.
Afarideh, Hadi, Iran, 2007, Persian/Subtitles: English, 10 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In A Closed Room / Dar Otaghe Basteh [FL 1192]
An English squash player is scheduled to play a friendly game with the Iranian Male National Team. The players from the Women's Team also want to experience playing him but are forbidden from doing so due to religious beliefs.
Alaie, Ali ; Majdnia, Roya, Iran, 2006, Persian/Subtitles: English, 12 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I Love You as You Are / Gosto De Ti Como Es [FL 1193]
Every year in Lisbon, at the beginning of summer, Saint Anthony's Day is celebrated. In the oldest districts, street festivals and popular community marches are orgnaized. On Saint Anthony's night, each district presents its march in a competition parade along the city's main avenue. This film follows one family from the BICA neighborhood during the preparation and rehearsals for the parade through the point of view of its various members. The expectation grows: will Bica neighborhood win this year's march?
Firmino, Silvia, Portugal, 2005, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Saba [FL 1194]
A couple of centennials, tehir bodies, their house, their waiting.
Menezes, Thereza ; Graziosi, Gregorio, Brazil, 2006, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Love, Communism, Revolution & Rivonia - Bram Fischer's Story [FL 1195]
Bram Fischer's journey from being at the heart of Afrikaner aristocracy to leading the South African Communist Party in the struggle against apartheid. Fischer led the defense at the Rivonia Treason Trial, arguably saving Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders from execution. When all of Fischer's comrades were jailed or exiled, he took a defiant solitary stand, speaking out against the Afrikaner Establishment and the apartheid government. Pursued by the state's security police agents, for a while Fischer lived in disguise as apartheid's most wanted man. Finally, he was captured and sentenced to life imprisonmnet in 1966.
Farr, Sharon, Portugal, 2007, English, 81 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet [FL 1196]
A creative project made by teenagers overcoming huge obstacles and ignorance within their lives. A compilation of 11 short films written, shot and edited by teenagers who weave documentary filmmaking, animation and archival footage to tell personla stories about what they most fear and how they build security to overcome those fears.
Haeberle, Austin, United States, 2005, English, Ukrainian, Spanish, Korean/Subtitles: English, 66 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet [FL 1196]
A creative project made by teenagers overcoming huge obstacles and ignorance within their lives. A compilation of 11 short films written, shot and edited by teenagers who weave documentary filmmaking, animation and archival footage to tell personla stories about what they most fear and how they build security to overcome those fears.
Haeberle, Austin, United States, 2005, English, Ukrainian, Spanish, Korean/Subtitles: English, 66 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Three Comrades / Drie Kameraden [FL 1197]
Story of three friends and exploration of the historical fall of the Soviet Union and Chechnya's devastating struggle for independence. As rebellious teens living in the Chechen capitol of Grozny, Islam, Ramzan, and Ruslan would listen to Western rock music as a protest against the Soviet regime as they held endless conversations about movies, girls, and the future. When war broke out in 1994, the lives of all three friends would be forever shattered. By allowing the audience the opportunity to witness these events through the eyes of Islam, presenting the remarkable wartime footage captured by television cameraman Ramzan, and conducting candid interviews with the friends and family of all three, director Novikova relates a compelling tale of friendship and tragedy that proves even the innocent cannot escape the destructive grip of war.
Novikova, Masha, Netherlands, 2006, Russian, Chechen/Subtitles: English, 99 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Amor Sanjuan [FL 1198]
At the beginning of the twentieth century Palmira emigrated with her family to Argentina. In 1934 they were deported by the military dictatorship from the Gral. Uriburu to Spain on the eve of its civil war. "Amor Sanjuan" is her testimony recorded onto 82 years of audio tapes collected by her grandson, sociologist Luis Misis.
Misis, Luis, Spain, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 37 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crossroads - Ukraine and the Triumph of Democracy [FL 1199]
Through the eyes of six Ukrainians, this film examines the history and current events of Ukraine as a context for exploring the even deeper question of democracy and what it means to be - or become - an autonomous, free ,and self-governing people. It is an intricately woven story for those who wish to understand and experience its complexity as Ukraianians do on a daily basis.
Tremblay, Paul, United States, 2007, English, Uzbek/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crossroads - Ukraine and the Triumph of Democracy [FL 1199]
Through the eyes of six Ukrainians, this film examines the history and current events of Ukraine as a context for exploring the even deeper question of democracy and what it means to be - or become - an autonomous, free ,and self-governing people. It is an intricately woven story for those who wish to understand and experience its complexity as Ukraianians do on a daily basis.
Tremblay, Paul, United States, 2007, English, Uzbek/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Inspirations [FL 1200]
The film focuses on the enlightened wisdom of the Ottoman Sufi Sheikh Bedreddin (1359-1416). He was born into the pluralistic environment of the Balkans. A prominent jurist of his time Bedreddin of Simavna defended multicultural co-existence in equality and justice. He was also a dissident daring to criticise the orthodoxies, challenging the existing hierarchies and depicting a spectacular case of dissent in the rich multicultural texture of Blakans and Anatolia.
Arca, Nurdan, Turkey, 2006, English, Bulgarian, Turkish, Greek, Modern (1453-)/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Inspirations [FL 1200]
The film focuses on the enlightened wisdom of the Ottoman Sufi Sheikh Bedreddin (1359-1416). He was born into the pluralistic environment of the Balkans. A prominent jurist of his time Bedreddin of Simavna defended multicultural co-existence in equality and justice. He was also a dissident daring to criticise the orthodoxies, challenging the existing hierarchies and depicting a spectacular case of dissent in the rich multicultural texture of Blakans and Anatolia.
Arca, Nurdan, Turkey, 2006, English, Bulgarian, Turkish, Greek, Modern (1453-)/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sweeping Addis / Die Strassenfegerinnen von Addis Abeba [FL 1201]
Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia with four million inhabitants, on a rainy day. A glance out the window of a moving car zooms in on shrouded female figures. With circumspection and respect, filmmaker Corinne Kuenzli wins the confidence of these female street-sweepers, and they allow her to film them. Their job is to beautify and modernize the city. Just recently the number of jobs cleaning the streets was doubled - to 1000. It is a sought-after job. The street sweepers have no bank accounts. Their security comes from their religion and the mutual support they give each other. The women join forces, save money together and help one another. In the privacy of their own homes, they remove their coverings, tell their life stories, speak about their worries and misery but also of their happiness and wishes for the future. A multifaceted portrait of four remarkable Ethiopian women, coping with life in a land marked by uncertainty and political tension.
Kuenzli, Corinne, Switzerland, 2007, German, Amharic/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Please, Vote for Me [FL 1202]
What does democracy look like in the world’s largest Communist country? Think small, very small. This documentary features a third grade class in Wahun province and the intense politicking that marks the contest for the post of Class Monitor. It is also a classic election drama, albeit with 7-year-olds. The three candidates, two boys and a girl, are selected by the teachers, but they conduct real campaigns and are chosen in a free election. Ironically, their goal is to become the student charged with maintaining order and reporting rule violations to the teachers. What starts out as an innocent game soon turns into a treacherous struggle worthy of grown-up politics. The main advisers to the candidates are their parents, who perhaps take the youngsters' nomination more seriously than the children themselves. Dirty tricks abound: bribing fellow students by promising them a certain job, dishing the dirt on opponents, using flattery and threats, and, last but not least, handing out pre-election gifts. The film provides a private view of a microcosm of contemporary Chinese culture. Please Vote for Me was made as part of the "Why Democracy?" documentary project using film to start a global debate about democracy, with productions by independent award-winning filmmakers from around the world, including China, India, Japan, Liberia, USA, Bolivia, Denmark, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and Russia.
Chen, Weijun, China, 2006, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jonestown [FL 1203]
The documentary reveals the true, tragic story behind enigmatic preacher Jim Jones and his promise of a world of economic and racial equality that ultimately led to the largest mass murder-suicide in history. On November 18, 1978, more than 900 people, among them 200 children, died in the utopian community they had tried to create in the jungles of Guyana in South America. Many of those who died were from the Bay Area as Jones held sway over a huge congregation in San Francisco from 1972 to 1977. Nelson interviews former members of Peoples Temple, including many whose family members perished in Jonestown. Initially, they felt they were part of an idealistic interracial community that could change the world. But they also reveal the fear, paranoia and beatings that were part of the traumatic experience. Jones became their father, friend, savior and god. The film includes remarkable archival footage of Jones discussing his childhood in Indiana and preaching in San Francisco, where he wielded considerable political clout due to his ability to get hundreds of his followers to appear at local political events. Jonestown gives a powerful insight to the life of a community built on a dream of paradise founded on ideals and desperation.
Nelson, Stanley, United States, 2006, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jesus Camp [FL 1204]
A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of the religious movement. The directors follow Levi (12), Rachael (9) and Tory (10) to Pastor Becky Fischer’s “Kids on Fire” summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where children as young as 6 years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in “God’s army.” The film features these children at camp as they hone their “prophetic gifts” and are schooled in how to “take back America for Christ.” The voice of dissent arrives in the form of radio host Mike Papantonio, a Christian who disagrees with the politicization of American Christianity. In a confrontation between him and Fischer, she confirms that she is indeed suspicious of democratic society, because "in a democracy we have to give everyone equal say, and eventually that is going to destroy us."
Ewing, Heidi ; Grady, Rachel, United States, 2006, English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In the Pit / En el Hoyo [FL 1205]
Mexican legend tells that for every bridge that is built the devil will ask for one soul, so that the bridge never falls. This film tells the story of the workers involved in the construction of a second deck to Mexico City’s inner Periferico freeway. This second deck is about to transform the city, its landscape, and the lives of its inhabitants. It is the story of the people whose hands and sweat go into the making of this mammoth work of concrete, steel and asphalt. The workers' daily lives, their hopes, their dreams and the dignity that helps them survive. Contrasts, emotions and small moments that culminate in the loss of a soul. A soul that will remain as a memory of the workers who built the second deck.
Rulfo, Juan Carlos, Mexico, 2006, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

9 Star Hotel / Malon 9 Kohavim [FL 1206]
In Israel's occupied territories, thousands of Palestinians work illegally as construction laborers. After an arduous and dangerous journey, loaded with blankets and bags, they cross the hills to the places where they can find employment. At night they sleep on the hillcrests in improvised huts and coffin-like sleeping cubicles, a stark contrast to the luxury apartment complexes they build by day. But they have made homes for themselves, complete with cozy pillows and even electricity from batteries they have scraped together. The filmmakers follow Ahmed and Muhammad, one a merry collector of found objects, the other a philosophical critic of the Palestinian character. Together, they share food, belongings and stories, and live under the constant threat of arrest - police, soldiers and the secret service are all tirelessly on the alert for illegal workers. With raw, handheld images, this disconcerting yet touching film documents friendship, nostalgia and the uncompromising will to survive.
Haar, Ido, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Young, Nazi and Proud [FL 1209]
David Modell spent several months alongside Mark Collett, member of the British National Party and dedicated candidate for the position of chairman of the party's youth branch. This university student speaks of his sympathies for Nazi Germany and declares that he would prefer to live in the 1930s in Hitler's Reich than in many contemporary cities of the democratic United Kingdom. Although he does not hide his affiliation to extremist ideologies, he voices them more openly only when he believes the camera is not recording. As Mark gradually wins political support and public attention, a shocking example of political and media machination unfolds. First and foremost, however, the film paints a chilling portrait of a man who demonstrates that dangerous ideas have not lost their ability to impress. The camera follows Mark to the core of his contradictory self.
Modell, David, United Kingdom, 2002, English, 49 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Losers and Winners [FL 1210]
German efficiency and Chinese industriousness jostle each other on globalization's economic ladder in this revealing look at the efforts of 400 Chinese workers, supervised by 30 German foremen, to dismantle a virtually brand new but economically incompetitive coke plant in Dortmund so that it can be rebuilt in China. While the German foremen lament the loss of jobs and fret over what they regard as unsafe working practices, the Chinese workers struggle to support their families back home and wonder why the Germans always down tools for the day just when the real work is beginning. An insightful exploration of the cultural dynamics between two countries.
Frank, Ulrike ; Loeken, Michael, Germany, 2006, German, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 96 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

How It's Done / Jak to sie robi [FL 1211]
Piotr Tymochowicz, media advisor to some of Poland's top politicians, claims that anybody can be molded into a charismatic leader. He set out to prove that he can transform anyone into a successful politician. Hundreds of people answered his call; only a dozen started training and only one survived. The film crew had a unique opportunity to follow the mechanisms of the birth and evolution of the most despised aspects of the Polish political class. Polish master Marcel Łoziński followed Tymochowicz and this project for three years, and this beautifully shot and edited work paints a compelling portrait of cynical demagogy and populism in action. Made in Poland, the film carries the universal message that demagogy and populism are not merely a Polish specialty.
Łoziński, Marcel, Poland, 2006, Polish/Subtitles: English, Czech, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Exile Family Movie / Einmal Mekka und Zurück [FL 1212]
The bittersweet story of a family torn apart by politics, scattered across continents, divided by cultures, and their attempt to come together for their first true family reunion in decades. 20 years ago the Persian filmmaker Arash emigrated from Iran to Austria with his father, mother and little sister. Many other extended family members ended up in the West, while others stayed behind. Despite the distance between them, the family ties remained strong. Arash's film charts his risky journey to Mecca to take part in the family get-together. He and other exiled family members had to pretend to be Muslim pilgrims in order to avoid suspicion by the authorities. This is both a personal and a universal story of family love, of what unites and divides us.
Riahi, Arash T., Austria, 2006, Persian, English, German/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Exile Family Movie / Einmal Mekka und Zurück [FL 1212]
The bittersweet story of a family torn apart by politics, scattered across continents, divided by cultures, and their attempt to come together for their first true family reunion in decades. 20 years ago the Persian filmmaker Arash emigrated from Iran to Austria with his father, mother and little sister. Many other extended family members ended up in the West, while others stayed behind. Despite the distance between them, the family ties remained strong. Arash's film charts his risky journey to Mecca to take part in the family get-together. He and other exiled family members had to pretend to be Muslim pilgrims in order to avoid suspicion by the authorities. This is both a personal and a universal story of family love, of what unites and divides us.
Riahi, Arash T., Austria, 2006, Persian, English, German/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Souvenirs / Souvenirim [FL 1213]
After completing his film studies, 36-year-old Israeli filmmaker Shahar Cohen was unemployed for quite some time, so his 82-year-old father suggested that he make a film about his experiences in World War II. Shahar reluctantly agreed to attend a meeting of veterans of the Jewish Brigade, where old men describe their training in Libya, their battles in the Italian countryside and their post-war stay in the Netherlands. Only when Cohen heard them bragging about the "souvenirs" they left with their Dutch sweethearts - in the form of babies - did he become motivated to make a film on the subject. Father and son retrace history by car, from Israel to Italy and the Netherlands. The result is an entertaining - and touching - road movie interspersed with archive footage. While the younger Cohen's initial interest was to search for potential half-brothers and sisters, the journey eventually provides him with much more, as he gets to know the hero of his childhood and the fault-finder from more recent years a little better.
Cohen, Shahar ; Efrat, Halil, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, English, Danish/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Souvenirs / Souvenirim [FL 1213]
After completing his film studies, 36-year-old Israeli filmmaker Shahar Cohen was unemployed for quite some time, so his 82-year-old father suggested that he make a film about his experiences in World War II. Shahar reluctantly agreed to attend a meeting of veterans of the Jewish Brigade, where old men describe their training in Libya, their battles in the Italian countryside and their post-war stay in the Netherlands. Only when Cohen heard them bragging about the "souvenirs" they left with their Dutch sweethearts - in the form of babies - did he become motivated to make a film on the subject. Father and son retrace history by car, from Israel to Italy and the Netherlands. The result is an entertaining - and touching - road movie interspersed with archive footage. While the younger Cohen's initial interest was to search for potential half-brothers and sisters, the journey eventually provides him with much more, as he gets to know the hero of his childhood and the fault-finder from more recent years a little better.
Cohen, Shahar ; Efrat, Halil, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, English, Danish/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children of the Prophet / Kinder des Propheten [FL 1214]
The film follows four protagonists in Tehran during the Shiite mourning rituals of Ashura, commemorating the death of Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. All over Tehran and other Iranian cities people relive Imam Hossein’s story with passion plays and processions carrying the Alam, heavy, ornate metal structures up to 20 meters wide. The director looks at the Moharram from the perspective of average citizens of Tehran. For non-orthodox youngsters, the ritual is mainly an opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex. A middle-aged woman and her female friends put their energy into the preparation of an enormous feast. Young religious men come closer to each other during this major event, which ends with the Day of Ashura, known for its traditional flagellation ritual. A rare, intimate insight into Shiite beliefs as well as life in contemporary Iranian society caught between tradition and modernity.
Mortezai, Sudabeh, Austria, 2006, Persian/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bridge Over the Wadi / Gesher Al Ha'wadi [FL 1215]
In 2004, Arab and Israeli parents embarked on a joint initiative to establish a bilingual elementary school in Kara, a village in Israel's Wadi Valley. Fierce debates preceded the opening of the school. Although the initiative was idealistic and noble, the reality was that parents still had some major hurdles to overcome. In addition, they were forced to defend their decision in the face of opponents and skeptics. The school, which is called Bridge over the Wadi, has places for 50 Jewish and 50 Arab students, but is located in the Arab part of the valley. The filmmakers observe how students, faculty and parents struggle to coexist peacefully during the first exciting year. Teachers spend a great deal of time teaching mutual respect, and they arrange field trips to the mosque and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Some parents feel reciprocal integration is going too far when students are asked to participate in each other's religious festivities. An Arab teacher has more and more difficulty in meeting the demands of parents. Yet by the end of the year, it appears that they have succeeded in laying the foundations, however shaky and unpredictable they may be. In 2005, twice as many students signed up to attend the school.
Heymann, Barak ; Heymann, Tomer, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, English/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bridge Over the Wadi / Gesher Al Ha'wadi [FL 1215]
In 2004, Arab and Israeli parents embarked on a joint initiative to establish a bilingual elementary school in Kara, a village in Israel's Wadi Valley. Fierce debates preceded the opening of the school. Although the initiative was idealistic and noble, the reality was that parents still had some major hurdles to overcome. In addition, they were forced to defend their decision in the face of opponents and skeptics. The school, which is called Bridge over the Wadi, has places for 50 Jewish and 50 Arab students, but is located in the Arab part of the valley. The filmmakers observe how students, faculty and parents struggle to coexist peacefully during the first exciting year. Teachers spend a great deal of time teaching mutual respect, and they arrange field trips to the mosque and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Some parents feel reciprocal integration is going too far when students are asked to participate in each other's religious festivities. An Arab teacher has more and more difficulty in meeting the demands of parents. Yet by the end of the year, it appears that they have succeeded in laying the foundations, however shaky and unpredictable they may be. In 2005, twice as many students signed up to attend the school.
Heymann, Barak ; Heymann, Tomer, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, English/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cemetery Club / Mo'adon beit ha'kvarot [FL 1216]
Poignant, intimate, at times hilarious, this documentary chronicles a social club of elderly, opinionated Polish-born Jerusalemites who meet every Sabbath to eat and discuss matters simple and sublime at the Mount Herzl National Cemetery, burial place of Israel’s leaders. Bossy 80-year-old Lena, a lawyer and judge, and her 85-year-old sister-in-law, mild-mannered Minia, a laborer, have known each other since their girlhood in Lodz. Both Holocaust survivors, they share a history and numerous family secrets, but hold different values. Bound together by fate, they have an intense, often quarrelsome relationship. They are also, respectively, the great-aunt and grandmother of filmmaker Tali Shemesh. More than 20 years ago, Lena was among the founders of “The Academy of Mount Herzl, ”a group whose goal is to “dissipate loneliness in the Golden Years, draw people together and offer mutual aid.” The group’s charter states that meetings will take place even if the number of members diminishes. Sadly, during the five years that Shemesh followed the group, a number of them did die, and eventually ill health forced those who remained to move the meetings to a protected housing project in Jerusalem.
Shemesh, Tali, Israel, 2006, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Damned / Prokleti [FL 1217]
Filmed in Congo, the documentary investigates a custom which connects evil and witchcraft by labeling unwanted children as possessed by the devil. Exorcisms are performed on such children and if they fail, the children are banished from the community and become homeless. Hundreds of them live on the streets of today's Kinshasa, with no way to survive except by begging or petty theft. The journey into the dark heart of the black continent leads through various characters who manage to make a profitable business out of this hellish medieval drama. The viewer becomes witness not only to bizarre stories from the lives of children, but also to an incredible array of characters. Portraits of shamans and modern-day exorcists gradually reveal the mechanisms of a system that feeds on poverty and desperation. Damnation turns out to be profitable scam for everyone - except the children.
Orozovič, Petr, Czech Republic, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Castells [FL 1218]
Castells are human towers, traditionally built as part of large competitive events in various Catalan communities. These human pyramids are made up of hundreds of people and reach a height of up to ten meters. In fierce competitions the different groups measure their prowess in narrow market-places and demonstrate how perfectly their small communities are holding together. This poetic film follows the fortunes of the Colla Joves team, from the small town of Valls near Tarragona. Driven by their rivalry with the other group from the town, they struggle for victory in the final derby. But their high hopes seem to be endangered by a terrified five-year-old, the tip of the pyramid.
Wetzel, Gereon, Germany, 2006, Catalan, Catalan/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

20000 phantoms / Nijuman no borei - 20000 fantômes [FL 1220]
This short film displays a series of black and white and coloured photos of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition.
Périot, Jean-Gabriel, France, 2007, English, 10 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gay? [FL 1220]
The filmmaker argues that being gay is more than just a matter of having good taste and fabulous friends.
Périot, Jean-Gabriel, France, 2000, French/Subtitles: English, 1 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Entre chiens et loups - Between Dogs and Wolves [FL 1220]
A short film about a young man who is looking for a job.
Périot, Jean-Gabriel, France, 2008, French/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Go to Louisa / Idz do Luizy [FL 1221]
Although Apartheid has officially been history for more than ten years, power relations in South Africa have not really changed. In order to explore the surviving post-colonial hierarchy today, Pacek focused on a rubber production plant and three men involved in its operation, each of whom vehemently promotes his own interests. Stach, originally from Poland, is the factory owner; Gert is a white South African and the company's manager; Andreas is an impoverished worker from the Zulu tribe. As the story unfolds, the factory becomes a symbol of South African society in general. While the workers endeavor to improve their standing, their employers strive to maximize profits. A poignant story of the struggle for rights and humane treatment in the workplace.
Pacek, Grzegorz, Poland, 2005, English, Polish, Zulu/Subtitles: English, 42 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Go to Louisa / Idz do Luizy [FL 1221]
Although Apartheid has officially been history for more than ten years, power relations in South Africa have not really changed. In order to explore the surviving post-colonial hierarchy today, Pacek focused on a rubber production plant and three men involved in its operation, each of whom vehemently promotes his own interests. Stach, originally from Poland, is the factory owner; Gert is a white South African and the company's manager; Andreas is an impoverished worker from the Zulu tribe. As the story unfolds, the factory becomes a symbol of South African society in general. While the workers endeavor to improve their standing, their employers strive to maximize profits. A poignant story of the struggle for rights and humane treatment in the workplace.
Pacek, Grzegorz, Poland, 2005, English, Polish, Zulu/Subtitles: English, 42 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My Country, My Country [FL 1222]
Doctor Riyadh is a father of six and a Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills day after day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the personal journey of Dr. Riyadh is the landscape of the US military occupation, with Australian private security contractors, American journalists and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections. The film presents the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the United States’ occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.
Potras, Laura, United States, 2006, English, Arabic, Kurdish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My Country, My Country [FL 1222]
Doctor Riyadh is a father of six and a Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills day after day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the personal journey of Dr. Riyadh is the landscape of the US military occupation, with Australian private security contractors, American journalists and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections. The film presents the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the United States’ occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.
Potras, Laura, United States, 2006, English, Arabic, Kurdish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Escape into Love / Menekülés a szerelembe [FL 1223]
“I met Eta at the river Bódva, close to the forest. It was her laughter that made me notice her. She was wearing a red jumper sliding barefoot in the snow. “I’m not cold – she said – my heart makes me warm.” Eta was 14 when she married Boldi, the master basket-weaver of the entire region. They lived poorly in Szendrőlád, but in love, peace and harmony. Eta bore him 7 children, one daughter, and 6 sons. The eldest had their own families already. Boldi and Eta even had a handful of grandchildren. Only Iván and Roki, the two youngest, still at school, still lived with them. One day I got a call from Eta. She asked me to visit and make a film of Boldi, so that she would have a record to remember him by forever. We went there and we filmed what she wanted, and the way she wanted it. Then she was left all alone. She tried to come to terms with her situation. She acted like a strong man – and she had to, since she still had two adolescent children. She did everything she could to earn money. By picking and selling mushrooms, harvesting potatoes, she managed to send Roki to secondary school in Tokaj, so that he would become a chef. And she called us to visit again, to witness that she had achieved. A couple of years later she introduced a man from Romania, Zsolti. Her eyes were shining. She was in love, and didn’t care about the borders – neither that between countries, nor those within the family. She wanted to live.” Edit Kőszegi
Kőszegi, Edit, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Carla's List / La liste de Carla [FL 1224]
Filmmaker Marcel Schüpbach was given unprecedented access behind the scenes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. In an atmosphere of high tension, prosecutor Carla Del Ponte and her team relentlessly pursue Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić, notorious perpetrators of crimes against humanity. Both Serbia and Croatia — as well as the international community —pledge total cooperation in helping to locate the suspects, but this does not seem to produce any concrete results. And time is running out: in September 2007, Del Ponte’s appointment as prosecutor ends. Moving between The Hague, New York, Zagreb, and Washington, Carla’s List vividly brings to life Del Ponte’s dogged race against the clock in pursuit of justice.
Schüpbach, Marcel, Switzerland, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 101 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Yaptik-Hasse / Яптик-Хасэ [FL 1225]
A group of nomadic Nenets live in the Siberian tundra at "The End of the World", as the territory is known in the local dialect, traveling around the region with their reindeer herd. Yaptik-Hasse is one of the younger members of the extended Yaptik family. He is also their good spirit and therefore privileged to ride on a sacred sledge. Edgar Bartenev's film is a poetic contemplation of the rhythms of a life governed by the pulse of nature. The film offers an intimate portrait of a family as well as an insight into a nomadic culture.
Bartenev, Edgar, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Monastery - Mr. Vig and the Nun [FL 1226]
Fifty years ago Jorgen Lauersen Vig bought Hesbjerg Castle, situated in the Danish countryside, with the purpose of turning it into a monastery. Now, many years later, he is about to realize his old dream. After a visit to Russia and negotiations with the Russian patriarchate, a delegation of nuns headed by Sister Amvrosija come to Denmark in order to decide whether Vig's castle is fit to serve as a monastery. The following summer Sister Amvrosija and some Russian workers return; the nuns and the Russian workers move into the castle, and slowly they both take over some of the daily work and introduce new routines. Vig's life changes: he has never had any women around before, and now he has to share his home with the strong-willed Amvrosija and the other nuns. They have plans and wills of their own, and Vig is forced to realize that the road to fulfilling his dream is different than what he imagined.
Grønkjær, Pernille Rose, Denmark, 2006, Danish/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Between the Lines: India's Third Gender / Between the Lines: Indiens drittes Geschlecht [FL 1227]
The film follows Delhi-based photographer Anita Khemka as she sets out to explore the hidden hijra subculture of Bombay. Since she was a child, Khemka has been fascinated by the ornate femininity and captivating spiritual powers of the outcast hijras - biological men who dress as women but reject identification with either gender. Following three hijras, Asha, Rambha and Laxmi, Khemka enters the vibrant yet struggling hijra communities, openly discussing intimate details of their lives such as their matriarchal surrogate families, castration ceremonies, thoughts about sexuality and relationships and the challenges of overcoming economic dependence on begging and prostitution. Uniquely engaging because of Khemka's ability to initiate personal dialogue about femininity, sexuality and persistent cultural stereotypes about gender, this artful film provides fascinating insights into a social group that is a growing leader in the fight for gender and sexuality rights in India.
Wartmann, Thomas, Germany, 2006, English, German, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 95 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Between the Lines: India's Third Gender / Between the Lines: Indiens drittes Geschlecht [FL 1227]
The film follows Delhi-based photographer Anita Khemka as she sets out to explore the hidden hijra subculture of Bombay. Since she was a child, Khemka has been fascinated by the ornate femininity and captivating spiritual powers of the outcast hijras - biological men who dress as women but reject identification with either gender. Following three hijras, Asha, Rambha and Laxmi, Khemka enters the vibrant yet struggling hijra communities, openly discussing intimate details of their lives such as their matriarchal surrogate families, castration ceremonies, thoughts about sexuality and relationships and the challenges of overcoming economic dependence on begging and prostitution. Uniquely engaging because of Khemka's ability to initiate personal dialogue about femininity, sexuality and persistent cultural stereotypes about gender, this artful film provides fascinating insights into a social group that is a growing leader in the fight for gender and sexuality rights in India.
Wartmann, Thomas, Germany, 2006, English, German, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 95 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Memory of Max, Claire, Ida and Company [FL 1228]
Lost, Max Trachter walks Baycrest’s corridors until he finds Claire Mandel, his sweetheart. She invites him to sit with her and her friend Ida Orliffe. Then, together with her family, Max and Ida celebrate Claire’s 89th birthday. The hard part comes when the family leaves – so hard, that for Claire, even the cake becomes meaningless. But Claire and Max love singing and Claire happily blows kisses to the camera. Ida is the odd woman out. Everyone here is looking for love and attention. An actuality drama of eight seniors living at Baycrest’s long-term care facility in Toronto. These individuals – in varying stages of cognitive decline – share their humor, anger and fear about losing their memory. A stirring, complex and emotional look at the human condition from veteran filmmaker Allan King.
King, Allan, Canada, 2005, English, 112 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Consultation / La Consultation [FL 1229]
The daily routines of a general practitioner, in stark contrast with the highly specialized world of today’s medical practices. Doctor Luc Perino is a hero in his own unspectacular way. He receives people at all stages of life: from newborn babies to the dying, and everyone else who knocks at his door with their complaints: a young man of North-African descent who feels nervous and can't get a job; a young Asian woman with an unwanted pregnancy; a woman with anxiety attacks and an uncommunicative unemployed husband; an older woman whose main problem seems to be that she does not feel at home among the other elderly people in her service flat, and a host of other patients. There are as many people as there are pathologies, as many stories as there are pains, as many situations as there are issues. Doctor Perino does what he can, but during many a conversation you sense a certain despair, which is confirmed by a number of direct comments to the camera after consultations. What can a doctor do in a world with high work pressure, unemployment, bad marriages and fragile old people? Doctor Luc Perino may not be perfect, but he is the best guide we can wish for in the territory of humanity in medicine.
Crécy, Hélène de, France, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 91 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Big Family / Da Jia Ting [FL 1230]
Zhue Zhe’s is one of the top families in the village. He is a pitiless patriarch who rules his family strictly. In the 1980s he made a fortune from a brick factory but since he invested in agriculture he has fallen deeply in dept. Zhue Zhe expects his children and their spouses, who all live under the same roof, to renounce any personal ambitions and help him in his time of need. However, the difficult economic conditions, Zhue Zhe’s bad temper and the younger generations’ desire for independence lead to an inevitable clash. Bitterness, suspicion and sorrow predominate, marriages crumble, but the family has to stay together, come what may. Ultimately, Zhe has to bow his head for the first time in front of everyone. The family tragedy that unfolds with all candor before the camera touches on bigger themes like the transformation of traditional lifestyles and family patterns, women's rights, and conflicting generational expectations in today’s rural China.
Lingping, Huang ; Shengwei, Zhu, China, 2005, Chinese, Yue/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cabal in Kabul / Cabale A Kaboul [FL 1231]
Isaac Levy and Zebulon Simantov are the two last Jews in Kabul. They hate each other with a vengeance and haven't spoken to each other in ten years. The elderly Isaac lives on the ground floor and makes a living by selling amulets to his Muslim neighbors. Middle-aged Zebulon lives on the top floor and haggles with the same Afghans over his illegally produced wine. There is no love lost between them; the two Jews systematically abuse and insult each other at every turn. Isaac is happy to divulge the fact that Zebulon collaborated with the Taliban and bribed them with favors. Zebulon, for his part, claims that Isaac converted to Islam; why else would he be called “Mollah Isaac?” Friends with both men, the director acts as double agent, bouncing between the two rivals, collaborating, refusing to judge yet emphatically exposing the smallest Jewish community on earth.
Alexe, Dan, Belgium, 2006, Hebrew, Farsi, Eastern/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Merchants of Miracles / Marchands de Miracles [FL 1232]
In a country torn apart by war, poverty and disease, it seems that everyone is on the lookout for a miracle. Luckily, in the Democratic Republic of Congo miracles are part of everyday life thanks to a few charismatic pastors who preach the word of the Lord and work wonders in their "churches of awakening." Reminiscent of the mega-churches in the Unites States, these gigantic congregations boast a mix of Christian values and traditional African beliefs and at the center of each devoted group of followers there stands a "prophet" who claims to be able to cure AIDS, provide material wealth and resurrect the dead. Gilles Remiche travels to Kinshasa where prophets and pastors can be found roaming the streets, holding court in auditoriums and on TV programs, to speak to the men behind this spiritual movement as well as the people who have chosen to follow the self-proclaims healers. Hovering between cynicism, megalomania and surrealism, these prophets feed off the desperation of followers whose generous donations feed their lavish lifestyles.
Remiche, Gilles, Belgium, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Koriam's Law and the Dead Who Govern [FL 1233]
The film sets out to explore the workings and the influence of the Kivung, a powerful religious and political movement in Papua New Guinea. The Pomio Kivung Movement was founded in 1964 by Koriam, a local leader. In the face of official condemnation, its political and religious philosophy sought to uncover that path to a perfect existence, which the colonizing whites seemed to have found and selfishly monopolized. Kivung leaders scrutinized the revelations of missionaries for hidden truths and codes. They examined, too, forms of colonial governance – especially money and bureaucracy – for clues to the source of their power. Koriam’s central question was how to find a way back from the original ancestral fault that put his people in a state of subjugation. He incorporated and localized parts of Christianity whilst seeking an ever closer embrace with the beloved dead. Australian anthropologist Andrew Lattas and philosopher-informant Peter Avarea of Matong village, Pomio, Papua New Guinea guide us through the intricacies of the resulting religious practices.
Kildea, Gary ; Simon, Andrea, Australia, 2005, English, Tok Pisin, 110 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Juvenile Liaison [FL 1234]
Banned for 22 years after pressure from the Lancashire Police, this often shocking documentary follows a 1968 police youth initiative in Blackburn, Lancashire. Juvenile liaison officers were appointed to the police force with the purpose of serving as a link between families, schools, and young offenders. While the intention of the program was to prevent children from becoming juvenile delinquents, policing methods were often brutal and mentally abusive; the fact that their charges were children was simply not taken into account. The bulky, hulking figure of Sgt Ray berates a tiny Indian girl for stealing eight and a half pence and some pencils; the special needs child George is dragged from his bed to explain his violent behavior. PW Brooks is little better with the psychological abuse she metes out to her charges, using any leverage from family members to break the children. The film stirred up considerable controversy thanks to its depiction of the harsh treatment inflicted on children brought in for minor offences.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1975, English, 91 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tattooed Tears [FL 1235]
A disturbing and moving look at life in a Youth Authority Prison in Chino, California. Broomfield and Churchill's “sequel” to Juvenile Liaison raises structural and institutional problems of the US penal system. The workings of a purportedly liberal penal institution are condemned through an intensely dramatic concentration on four of its victims, aged 17-21, ostensibly there for rehabilitation, but actually undergoing repetitive and vindictive punishment. In the process, the film presents the spectre of individual sufferings; one inmate who dramatizes his resistance specifically for the camera receives humiliating treatment which the filmmakers duly observe but cannot forestall. A raw depiction of a dehumanizing penal system that crushes the hopes and dreams of at-risk teenagers.
Broomfield, Nick ; Churchill, Joan, United Kingdom, 1978, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife [FL 1236]
A poignant image of Apartheid in South Africa through the portrait of Eugène Terre'Blanche, founder of the far-right organization AWB. Throughout the film, Broomfield attempts to set up an interview with the control-obsessed Terre'Blanche, who stubbornly undoes all of the plans in order to prove his power. For the majority of the film, during which Broomfield is unable to obtain an interview with the Leader himself, his attention is drawn to the driver and his wife (JP and Anita Meyer) who are happy to share their views on racial inequality and anticipated revolution. Acutely aware of the all-too-seductive nature of Fascism and the media's historical complicity in that seduction, Broomfield has produced an anti-Triumph of the Will, deliberately lampooning a movement whose power rests as much in grave self-importance as it does in violent intimidation.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1990, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer [FL 1237]
Aileen Wuornos, allegedly the first woman serial killer, was convicted of killing seven of her clients. Nick Broomfield tries to arrange an interview with her, first through her friendly but inept lawyer Steve Glazer and then through her “adoptive” mother, born-again Christian Eileen. As the negotiations over fees begin, the film becomes an exploration of the way a “serial killer” is constructed and sold as an image, starkly illustrated by the police officers who worked on the case, and who Broomfield discovers have sold their story to Hollywood producers. When he eventually meets Aileen he encounters a severely disturbed woman, and finds himself questioning her treatment at the hands of the media and the state.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1992, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

His Big White Self [FL 1238]
When Broomfield completed The Leader, His Driver and The Driver's Wife in 1991, he received death threats warning him never to return to South Africa. Yet 14 years later he went back to make the follow-up documentary His Big White Self, revisiting the extreme right-wing AWB and the people involved. He meets up with JP, Eugène Terre'Blanche’s former driver, and Anita, JP's former wife. JP feels betrayed by the leaders who promised him a revolution that never came, while Anita has resigned herself to a lonely existence with her grandchildren and her cats, seeming to accept the new South Africa. Terre'Blanche, on the other hand, has been up to all sorts of mischief, including a prison sentence for the attempted murder of his watchman and the hint of even shadier crimes that have never been fully exposed. Broomfield plucks up courage and tries once more to interview the man, who now writes poetry and claims to be leading a quiet life.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 2006, English, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Giant Buddhas [FL 1239]
In February 2001, the Taliban issued an edict that all non-Islamic statues should be destroyed. In March of the same year, two huge statues of Buddha were blown up in the remote area of Bamiyantal in Afghanistan. This dramatic event surrounding the ancient stone colossi – unique proof of an advanced culture that bloomed until the 13th century along the Silk Road – is the starting point for a cinematic essay on fanaticism, terror and tolerance, ignorance and identity. On another path, in another period, Frei follows the footsteps of Xuanzang, the seventh-century Chinese monk famed for his sixteen-year spiritual quest along the Silk Road to India. Bamiyan was one of his stops. In Canada, Afghan writer and journalist Nelofer Pazira reflects on an old photograph of her father posing before the giant Buddhas. In Leshan, China, the director witnesses a kitschy attempt to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddha as a tourist attraction; while in Zurich high-tech reconstructions are created using "photogrammetry." A thought-provoking journey along the lines that both divide and unite people and cultures.
Frei, Christian, Switzerland, 2005, English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Mandarin, Dari/Subtitles: English, 95 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Giant Buddhas [FL 1239]
In February 2001, the Taliban issued an edict that all non-Islamic statues should be destroyed. In March of the same year, two huge statues of Buddha were blown up in the remote area of Bamiyantal in Afghanistan. This dramatic event surrounding the ancient stone colossi – unique proof of an advanced culture that bloomed until the 13th century along the Silk Road – is the starting point for a cinematic essay on fanaticism, terror and tolerance, ignorance and identity. On another path, in another period, Frei follows the footsteps of Xuanzang, the seventh-century Chinese monk famed for his sixteen-year spiritual quest along the Silk Road to India. Bamiyan was one of his stops. In Canada, Afghan writer and journalist Nelofer Pazira reflects on an old photograph of her father posing before the giant Buddhas. In Leshan, China, the director witnesses a kitschy attempt to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddha as a tourist attraction; while in Zurich high-tech reconstructions are created using "photogrammetry." A thought-provoking journey along the lines that both divide and unite people and cultures.
Frei, Christian, Switzerland, 2005, English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Mandarin, Dari/Subtitles: English, 95 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Red Years: Were We Terrorists? / De rode jaren - waren wij terroristen? [FL 1241]
Former members of the Dutch radical Red Youth organization look back on their activities, violent attacks and victims in the 1970s. Thirty years on, the memories of their “red years,” which were determined by revolutionary ardor and sincere indignation over injustice, but also by adventure and recklessness, are still emotionally charged. They were prepared to fight, place bombs and use weapons. Some of them still consider the armed struggle “a technical matter.” Others, on the contrary, feel uncomfortable about the violence and the resulting victims. In the shadow of the German Rote Armee Fraktion, they carried out bomb attacks against the Vietnam War and capitalist society. When a group of them went to Yemen to take part in a Palestinian guerrilla training camp, the point of no return seemed to have been reached. Were they fit to be terrorists? And will they ever lose the stigma?
Boer, Leo de, Netherlands, 2005, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Chance / Az esély [FL 1242]
”I had a bit of a cold, and all of a sudden I fell off the bed, paralyzed. I'd had a stroke... When I recovered months later, I was fired from my job”, says forty-year-old Kata, the most cheerful member of the group. The others – also participants in the reintegration project run by the Pécs-based company UWYTA – face cancer, post-cancer recovery, mental problems or simply ”socialization disadvantages”. After the change of the political regime in Hungary hundreds of workplaces were closed down, and many people working in heavy industry or mining were made redundant. They haven’t been able to find a new job since. Our documentary focuses on a European Union-financed project launched in autumn 2006 under the name ‘Social Change = Chance’. It follows those who joined, their hopes, the program’s daily activities, its difficult and more successful moments. But in the end the project itself is threatened...
Trencsényi, Klára, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Rocking the Nation / Dübörög a nemzeti rock [FL 1243]
A concert tour with ”Romantic Violence”, the cult band of ”national rock”, and its fans from December 2005 till the fall of 2006. Folk musicians and skinheads, football fans and college students speak of their radical nationalistic views. They started out as a high school band in the 90’s, but today they are one of the top representatives of “national rock”. They claim they are patriots; their role models are the freedom fighters of ’56. They tour former Hungarian territories annexed by Romania and Serbia, play in clubs and at the Hungarian Sziget Festival. They travel tirelessly, for their music is their mission, “to strengthen national identity”, “to shake people up”, “to make people think” at home and abroad. Their concerts are much more than a party for the fans: they have created a community, and a way of life. They sing folk-rock numbers, legends and revisionist songs along with the Ferencvaros football team anthem. Their slogans are rocking: freedom, anti-Communism, Trianon, the Jews, Hungary, to arms!
Kriza, Bori, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

What Lies Ahead / Előttem az élet [FL 1244]
“As soon as you enter this special school, we are in a different world full of miracles. We learn that the disabled protagonists of this film live their everyday lives in the most natural way. Confronted with their openness, joy and understanding, we realize that we are the ones who build boundaries around ourselves and create stereotypes. For them the term “otherness”, and prejudice against people who are different, simply do not exist. They struggle tirelessly every single day to achieve something that people without disabilities take for granted: to make a move, a step. And when they overcome their difficulties these young people give a new meaning to perseverance and positive thinking.” Diána Groó
Groó, Diana, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gipsy Side [FL 1245]
Mario, Luigi and Mr. Joker keep interrupting each other in the heat of the discussion in this shabby, shady yard in the 8th district, the Harlem of Budapest. They are rapping, gesturing, dancing while the girls and the kids look on. Beatbox or freestyle: you name it, they can do it. They record themselves, edit, then record again – it’s all home-made, the PC is right there in the corner of the room. In the afternoon they make sure the recordings are copyrighted. At the hairdresser’s the Nigerian brother gives them the authentic hip-hop look. He is the authority on the coolest rap accessories, advisor on East-side and West-side styles, and he is the source for Biggie and Tupac outfits. Ponczók Gypsy Béla, the Radio C DJ, offers them a chance to perform on his show and in the rapper contest at the Roma Parliament. This film gives us an insight into what the members of Weszély-s Elemek (Dangerous Elements) and Rap-port want out of life, what they fear, why they sing, and how they live in the 8th district.
Gát, Balázs, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Juvenile Liaison 1 [FL 1246]
Banned for 22 years after pressure from the Lancashire Police, this often shocking documentary follows a 1968 police youth initiative in Blackburn, Lancashire. Juvenile liaison officers were appointed to the police force with the purpose of serving as a link between families, schools, and young offenders. While the intention of the program was to prevent children from becoming juvenile delinquents, policing methods were often brutal and mentally abusive; the fact that their charges were children was simply not taken into account. The bulky, hulking figure of Sgt Ray berates a tiny Indian girl for stealing eight and a half pence and some pencils; the special needs child George is dragged from his bed to explain his violent behavior. PW Brooks is little better with the psychological abuse she metes out to her charges, using any leverage from family members to break the children. The film stirred up considerable controversy thanks to its depiction of the harsh treatment inflicted on children brought in for minor offences.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1975, English, 97 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Juvenile Liaison 2 [FL 1246]
Sequel to the 1975 film, in which children as young as seven were interrogated brutally by the police. Fifteen years later, the filmmakers Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill return to Lancashire to trace the children and families they documented in "Juvenile Liaison" (1975), an expose of the Lancashire Police Juvenile Liaison Department.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1990, English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Who Cares [FL 1246]
Examines the problems of slum demolition and removal of people to new housing blocks, letting the inhabitants speak for themselves. It comments on the need for playschools and community centres, but makes the plea that future planning should take into consideration the feelings and life-style of the people concerned.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1970, English, 18 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Proud to Be British [FL 1246]
Examines the way of life of the southern area of Britain known variously as the 'Home counties' and the 'stock-broker belt'. Suggests that the inhabitants of the region cling to a way of life reminiscent of the time when Britain was at the 'peak of the achievement' during the colonial era. Shows that nationalistic sentiments are passed on and reiterated by the younger generation.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1973, English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tattooed Tears [FL 1246]
A disturbing and moving look at life in a Youth Authority Prison in Chino, California. Broomfield and Churchill's “sequel” to Juvenile Liaison raises structural and institutional problems of the US penal system. The workings of a purportedly liberal penal institution are condemned through an intensely dramatic concentration on four of its victims, aged 17-21, ostensibly there for rehabilitation, but actually undergoing repetitive and vindictive punishment. In the process, the film presents the spectre of individual sufferings; one inmate who dramatizes his resistance specifically for the camera receives humiliating treatment which the filmmakers duly observe but cannot forestall. A raw depiction of a dehumanizing penal system that crushes the hopes and dreams of at-risk teenagers.
Broomfield, Nick ; Churchill, Joan, United Kingdom, 1978, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Behind the Rent Strike [FL 1246]
A film documenting the various political and social aspects of the fourteen month long rent strike undertaken by tenants on the Tower Hill Estate in Kirkby, on the outskirts of Liverpool, which commenced in 1972 in protest against increases in council house rents resulting from the Housing Finance Act. It gives a picture of social conditions in the area as well as the organisation of the strike.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1974, English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Driving Me Crazy [FL 1246]
Both uproariously funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield's behind teh scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonius unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity conspire to ruin the best efforts of all involved in teh New York rehearsals for an extravagant, glitzy production.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1988, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Monster in a Box [FL 1246]
Not unlike Jonathan Demme's "Swimming to Cambodia", Broomfield's unique film presents his interpretation of the inimitable Spalding Gray's impressionistic, riotous and insightful one man show detailing an artist's devastating struggle with writer's block and teh surreal, hilariously monstruous turn of events it precipitates.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1991, English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Chicken Ranch [FL 1247]
Documentary which looks at the luxury legalised brothel in Nevada called the Chicken Ranch, 70 miles from Las Vegas and the lives of the prostitutes who work there.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1983, English, 74 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Fetishes [FL 1247]
For two weeks, Nick Broomfield and a documentary crew visit Pandora's Box, an up-scale house of bondage on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, where clients pay $175 an hour to be subservient to mistresses. Mistresses talk about their craft; a few clients, usually masked, are interviewed as well. Then, the camera watches sessions organized around fetishes: rubber, wrestling, corporal punishment, masochism, and infantilism. Mistress Raven, the owner of Pandora's Box, explains that pain need not be part of the subservient experience: it is, at its root, a transfer of power. After their session has ended, clients talk about how drained, relaxed, relieved, and at peace they are.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1996, English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Heidi Fleiss Hollywood Madam [FL 1247]
In her heyday Heidi Fleiss was at the center of a highly successful prostitute ring. The most interesting part of her business was the fact that her clientele reportedly comprised various Hollywood stars. Who can forget her legendary black book? Labeled "Madam to the Stars," this fascinating documentary exposes her world. Includes interviews with Heidi and retired L.A. police detective Daryl Gates.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1995, English, 107 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Soldier Girls [FL 1247]
Documentary looking at the lives of female army recruits in boot camp at Fort Gordon, following the experiences of three privates.
Broomfield, Nick, United States, 1981, English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Leader, the Driver, and the Driver's Wife [FL 1247]
A poignant image of Apartheid in South Africa through the portrait of Eugène Terre'Blanche, founder of the far-right organization AWB. Throughout the film, Broomfield attempts to set up an interview with the control-obsessed Terre'Blanche, who stubbornly undoes all of the plans in order to prove his power. For the majority of the film, during which Broomfield is unable to obtain an interview with the Leader himself, his attention is drawn to the driver and his wife (JP and Anita Meyer) who are happy to share their views on racial inequality and anticipated revolution. Acutely aware of the all-too-seductive nature of Fascism and the media's historical complicity in that seduction, Broomfield has produced an anti-Triumph of the Will, deliberately lampooning a movement whose power rests as much in grave self-importance as it does in violent intimidation.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1991, English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tracking Down Maggie [FL 1247]
Filmmaker, Nick Bloomfield, investigates ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following her ignominious fall from public office. Broomfield, being rigorously denied access to his subject, exposes sides to Thatcher that more hands-on portraits have eluded in the past.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1994, English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Sorrow and the Pity / Le Chagrin et la Pitié [FL 1248]
From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and resistance fighters from Clermont-Ferrand. They comment on the nature, details and reasons for the collaboration, from anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fear of Bolsheviks, to simple caution. Part one, "The Collapse," includes an extended interview with Pierre Mendès-France, jailed for anti-Vichy action and later France's Prime Minister. At the heart of part two, "The Choice," is an interview with Christian de la Mazière, one of 7,000 French youth to fight on the eastern front wearing German uniforms.
Ophüls, Marcel, (n/a), 1971, French, German/Subtitles: English, 260 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Arna's Children [FL 1249]
Documentary about a Jewish woman who set up a theater center for Palestinian children in a West Bank refugee camp, and some of her pupils who later became suicide bombers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
Khamis, Juliano Mer ; Danniel, Danniel, (n/a), 2003, English, Arabic, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Arna's Children [FL 1249]
Documentary about a Jewish woman who set up a theater center for Palestinian children in a West Bank refugee camp, and some of her pupils who later became suicide bombers in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
Khamis, Juliano Mer ; Danniel, Danniel, (n/a), 2003, English, Arabic, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib [FL 1250]
Wielding startlingly candid interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib provides an inside look at the abuses that occurred at the Iraqi prison in the fall of 2003. Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy explores how, given the right circumstances, typical boys and girls next door can commit atrocious acts of violence.
Kennedy, Rory, United States, 2006, English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

6 Yards to Democracy [FL 1253]
6 Yards to Democracy revisits a gruesome incident that took place during an election rally in north India. Thousands of women from poor localities of Lucknow city, lured by the promise of free saris, had been waiting for hours in the harsh sun for the cheap six-yard cloths. A stampede occurred: 22 died and hundreds were injured. This seemingly stray happening uncovers the sordid side of Indian democracy, and connects in significant ways with the daily humiliations forced upon these women and their families. As boomtown dynamics keep pushing them further into the margins, we observe the women's struggles to keep their homes, hopes and dignity intact while petitioning an apathetic state for their dues.
Jain, Nishtha ; Nevatia, Smriti, India, 2006, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 55 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In Case of Emergency / Für den ernstfall [FL 1254]
1989 the Cold War ended. With the fall of the iron curtain the threat of a nuclear conflict disappeared. Military strategies and doctrines get revised, outdated shelters are deconstructed. World peace seems to be closer than ever. But the goverment of Germany still adhears to a policy of protection against nuclear or biological weapons in case of emergency. These shelters are not only dusty leftovers from another time, they are kept in repair and operative. New early warning systems are developed. „In case of emergency“, the state of Germany stores oat, wheat, rice, peas, beans, condensed milk and milk powder. In case of emergency the state of Germany builds up stocks of gasoline, diesel and crude oil. In case of emergency there are still autobahnen, bridges and points of strategic interests which are prepared for detonation or blocking by barricades. With the fall of the iron curtain and the end of the cold war, the secret files of war and strategy were opened. „In case of emergency“ tries to understand and picture this madness. How prepared have we been and how prepared are we now in case of emergency.
Karger, Knut, Germany, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, 43 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

This Is My Sister [FL 1256]
The true story of Jane and her son Alvin, both of whom are HIV positive. When Alvin gets sick, his mother dedicates herself entirely to taking care of him and thus loses her job and all her hope. Luckily she gets support from her sister Martha, a contagiously upbeat woman who hopes to open a beauty salon. The main characters in this African story are the people who actually experienced it: Jane, Martha and Alvin Kinyanjui.
Piperno, Giovanni Giovanni Piperno, Italy, 2006, English, 62 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Call of God / O chamado de Deus [FL 1257]
Six young people with vocations for the religious service reveal how they decided to dedicate their lives to the church. The film is a portrayal of the Brazilian Catholic Church at this turn of the century, in the lives of these six young people. The Catholic Renewal Movement, led by Father Marcelo Rossi (interviewed by the filmmaker), has sharply divided church opinions.
Joffily, Jose, Brazil, 2000, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Palestine Blues [FL 1258]
"Palestine Blues follows the repercussions of the Israeli Security Wall and Settlement expansion in the engulfed/annexed Palestinian farming communities of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Instead of focusing on the Wall as an object, Palestine Blues examines the grassroots resistance movement that has sprung up against it. Palestine Blues is not a 'traditional' political reportage but rather an interminable road trip across hard and liquid borders, across a terrain that is being erased as it is being traversed." - N. Sinnokrot
Sinnokrot, Nida, United States, 2005, Arabic, English/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Palestine Blues [FL 1258]
"Palestine Blues follows the repercussions of the Israeli Security Wall and Settlement expansion in the engulfed/annexed Palestinian farming communities of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Instead of focusing on the Wall as an object, Palestine Blues examines the grassroots resistance movement that has sprung up against it. Palestine Blues is not a 'traditional' political reportage but rather an interminable road trip across hard and liquid borders, across a terrain that is being erased as it is being traversed." - N. Sinnokrot
Sinnokrot, Nida, United States, 2005, Arabic, English/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Trench Town: The Forgotten Land [FL 1259]
Trench Town, Kingston 12, Jamaica is the most famous ghetto in the world. Immortalised in the music of Bob Marley, it is now one of the most dangerous and violent places on the planet. Today Trench Town is crumbling; with a population of around 25,000 there can be up to ten murders a week. A virtual civil war has broken out as heavily armed rival gangs are fighting for control of the area. This film examines how the ordinary citizens survive in such extreme circumstances, talking to a complete cross section of the community in this moving testimony to the courage of the people in their daily battle for survival.
Ewart, James, Sweden, 2006, English/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Trench Town: The Forgotten Land [FL 1259]
Trench Town, Kingston 12, Jamaica is the most famous ghetto in the world. Immortalised in the music of Bob Marley, it is now one of the most dangerous and violent places on the planet. Today Trench Town is crumbling; with a population of around 25,000 there can be up to ten murders a week. A virtual civil war has broken out as heavily armed rival gangs are fighting for control of the area. This film examines how the ordinary citizens survive in such extreme circumstances, talking to a complete cross section of the community in this moving testimony to the courage of the people in their daily battle for survival.
Ewart, James, Sweden, 2006, English/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Little Story that Crosses an Ocean / Historia chiquita que cruza un océano [FL 1260]
Story of a young couple who left Uruguay in 1972 as the threat of a military dictatorship loomed. A graduate trip around the world during which they decided to stay a while in Barcelona. And never returned home.
Bergeret, Sesi, Spain, 2004, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Photo Souvenir [FL 1261]
n the 60s and 70s, Philippe Koudjina, who was born in Benin and now lives in Niamey, Niger, was a much loved and popular photographer. Today, the almost blind man sits daily in his wheel chair next to the main street and greets the people passing by, whom he photographed during the euphoric times of independence. His black and white photos show people dancing the Twist to rock and roll music and enthusiastically embracing themselves. These documents of his time have artistic value nowadays. While similar photographs of other African photographers gain high prices in art metropolises like New York and Paris (for example: Malick Sidibé, Golden Lion, Venice Biennale, 2007), Koudjina’s work remains unknown. “Photo Souvenir” questions the exclusiveness of the international market. It asks: Which aspects of Koudjina´s photography are relevant in order to give his work recognition in the western world? Away from Koudjina's daily life, we follow two French art connoisseurs who try to offer his photographs to the French galerie: agnes b.
Cohen, Paul ; Van Haalen, Martijn, Netherlands, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Secrets of the Struggle / Secretos de Lucha [FL 1262]
The journey of a young Basque woman, Maiana, who travels to Uruguay in search of what really happened to her family during the darkest years of the dictatorship. From the Basque Country to South America, she retraces the steps of her father and his brothers and sisters and explores their individual struggles, whether in legal political actions or clandestine activities as part of an urban guerrilla organization. Through various confessions, she tries to understand their silence, which has left so many wounds. Eyewitnesses to History, whose role were not merely as observers, but hush... “It’s a secret. Until now... I, their daughter and niece, only knew a few bits and pieces, and it’s their whole story I want to piece together. I am determined to get them to speak up, to let the words come.”
Bidegain, Maiana, France, 2007, French/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Like a Butterfly / Jak motyl [FL 1263]
Przemek, a quadriplegic since birth, was unable to control the movements of his arms and legs and was also unable to speak. Until he was six he believed that he was the same as everyone else and that his mother understood the screeches which he considered to be his speech. The boy grew and matured, but everybody considered him stupid. To make matters worse, when he was eight years old, his mother – afflicted with a serious back problem – put him in a clinic. Przemek stayed there for another eight years, presumed to be a "vegetable". Gradually Przemek realized that nobody had any idea that mentally he was completely healthy. He tried to make contact by batting his eyelids, but it was no use. Finally, a miracle happened. Accidentally, a therapist discovered Przemek’s signaling and the boy’s life took a new turn. At the age of sixteen he began to learn Bliss, a system of pictorial symbols which enabled him to communicate with those around him for the first time. Although Przemek cannot speak, he now writes poems and songs and "shows how beautiful it is to live, despite or because of his handicap."
Pieta, Ewa, Poland, 2004, Polish/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, VHS

Children of the Golden Horse [FL 1265]
Ten-year old Jattae is a so-called "Hilltriber", one of over 100,000 members of ethnic minorities currently settled in the mountains of North Thailand. Under Thai law these nomadic peoples do not have citizenship, and are prevented from farming using their traditional methods. Consequently most, like Jattae, live in poverty, with many turning to drugs and prostitution. An invitation to join a Buddhist Temple offers Jattae a chance to escape such a fate
Pelz, Claudia, Italy, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Rwanda. Through Us, Humanity... / Rwanda. A travers nous, l'humanite... [FL 1267]
Filmed in Rwanda in April 2004, during performances of the show Rwanda 94, in the context of the 10th commemoration of the genocide of the Tutsis and the massacre of Hutu moderates. How can theatre question reality when faced with the primary actors of the story told on stage? The intense, cathartic, active answer of the Rwandan audience brings to the fore the current concerns of the survivors. What is life like for them 10 years after the genocide? Echoing the issues in the play, "Rwanda. Through us humanity..." allows the survivors of the genocide to speak out, in their current reality, during this special period of mourning. The memory of the genocide is sought out, is established through the traumatic awakenings, the evocations, the disinterment and dignified burial of victims, the fears and worries with regard to the threats that still weigh upon them today. They express their profound resentment of us for having abandoned them, and of the international community for their silent complicity during the genocide, but also of the exclusion, discriminations and violence to which they are still submitted.
Collard, Marie-France, Belgium, 2006, French/Subtitles: English, 105 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tijn... Tino [FL 1269]
Ellemers follows Tijn van Dijk, the adopted photographer as he returns to his home country of Indonesia after finishing university, reverts to his birth surname and gets married and fathers a child there.
Ellemers, Carina, Netherlands, 2007, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Wind Again, Soundless / Baaz Baad Bi Tarane [FL 1270]
There was a lake in southeastern of Iran named Hamoun. This lake on which the life of the locals depended dried in 1997. From then on, the 120-day winds of Sistan Province blew the sands of the lake bottom to the village. There was so much sand spreading through the alleys and houses that life in the village soon became unbearable.
Ghadami, Amin, Iran, 2007, Persian/Subtitles: English, 13 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Severina’s Story / Uma História Severina [FL 1271]
Severina had her destiny changed by a Supreme Court decision. Four months pregnant with an anencephalic fetus, she was in the hospital at the very moment the Supreme Court cancelled the authorization to interrupt the pregnancy. It was October 20, 2004. Severina, a farmer from the small city of Chã Grande – Brazil, wife of Rosivaldo and mother of Walmir, spent three months going from courts to hospitals and back to courts, trying to find someone who would help her to stop all that suffering. The documentary put her tragic story on the screen, telling about the long “day after” that the judges of the Supreme Court never witnessed.
Diniz, Debora ; Brum, Eliane, Brazil, 2005, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

And Behold, There Came a Great Wind [FL 1272]
Benny and Rachel Yafet—bereaved parents from the agricultural community of Nezer Hazzani, and Rabbi Raffi Peretz—Lieutenant Colonel in reserves and head of the pre-military training academy in Atzmona. They are three strong and rooted characters who lived in Gush Katif until last August. The film follows their lives over the course of 8 months, until that same fateful day in which they were asked to leave their homes and their life`s work, entirely against their will and their beliefs. Benny and Rachel lived in Nezer Hazzani for 28 years and were among the first settlers in Gush Katif. In 2000 they lost their fourth son, Itamar. Above all, the Disengagement Plan threatened the family`s livelihood. In the words of their son Gilad: "What kind of future awaits my father at age 56 without no source of income?" Peretz, on the other hand, knew that he could restart his academy, but nothing could mitigate his ideological crisis. As an educator, the Rabbi needed to make decisions not only concerning himself and his family, but for nearly 200 students on the most dramatic moment in their lives. What values are of importance at such a time? Is violence a legitimate form of resistance? Should one accept compensation? When to pack? And how should one relate to the State of Israel and to the IDF? These are the questions faced by each one of the protagonists in this film.
Alexandrony, Ziv, Israel, 2006, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Yoel, Israel and the Pashkavils [FL 1273]
Israel Kletzkin owns a printing press and has written and printed hundreds and thousands of pashkavils. Yoel Krause has been collecting them for 20 years and has over 20,000 in his possession. Yoel is the most authentic representative of the Neturei Karta, the radical anti-Zionist stream in ultra- orthodoxy. He has no Israeli ID card, no social security and no contact with the State. He is 34 years old and lives in a one-room apartment. He has 9 children, and he and his wife Rachel plan on having 22. Yoel doesn’t eat “Zionist” food. Rachel bakes bread and he has his own cow in order not to purchase milk from the Israeli dairies. For him, the Zionists are the source of all evil. Our camera managed to penetrate, for the first time, the private and intimate moments and to really get to know them. Israelis different, so different that he even put in a bid and became the official pashkavil paster of the city of Jerusalem. Israel is charismatic, talented, a joker and savvy businessman who insists upon leading his life as he wills, having his picture taken. He has become an obvious target for the radicals who conduct a war with him on-camera. Both men are believers who will not compromise their respective ways of life.
Chaplin, Lina, Israel, 2006, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Qana [FL 1274]
Qana tells the story of the massacre of the civilians of Qana, a Lebanese village, who took refuge in a UN base in 1996.
Abbasian, Mohammadreza, Iran, 2006, Persian/Subtitles: English, 33 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Because a Man is Human / Weil der Mensch ein Mensch ist [FL 1276]
Summer holidays in a self-run youth camp. The children democratically vote in their own parliament which gives them the possibility of determining the power structure of the camp. Eleven-year-old Nils gets elected as a representative but soon others get interested in his power and position. When the children overthrow Nils, his political career comes to a sudden end which marks the beginning of his social decline as well.
Finsterwalder, Frauke ; Hilpert, Stephan, Germany, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Housekeeper / Gundelikci [FL 1277]
Do we really know about the housekeepers who clean and tidy other people's homes all the time? What is it like to clean someone else's dirt? Is it their own choice or are they forced by circumstances? Where do these women come from? What are their worries, conflicts, consumption habits and expectations of life? By earning their own money, do they gain some kind of independence in a patriarchal society? The answers will enlighten our attitude towards them, and change our perceptions and prejudices.
Celebi, Emel, Turkey, 2006, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children Who Never Existed / Ninos que nunca existieron [FL 1280]
Somewhere in the world where blood is mixed with soil and childhood bears the name of a soldier.
Valero, David, Spain, 2007, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cartoneros [FL 1281]
Cartoneros is a documentary committed to expose the way in which thousands of unemployed workers come daily into the city of Buenos Aires in order to sort and classify the garbage that neighbors leave behind every evening on their doorsteps. The movie, which took two years to film, shows the process of sorting and selling the trash collected by cartoneros that work independently as well as by those who have created coops in order to protect themselves from abusive middle management. The documentary follows the trash through the whole process: from the neighborhood’s sidewalk all the way to the paper mill. Among the many stages of garbage the film also offers a reflection on the relation between garbage and art.
Livon-Grosman, Ernesto, Argentina, 2006, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Side Walk [FL 1283]
This touching film interweaves seven parallel stories of children on their way to and from school into one journey. We witness the most intimate moments - between parent and teacher; danger and curiosity - where a child’s sense of independence is developed. It is a meditation on child consciousness, a rite of passage that goes in a blink of an eye to dissolve into adulthood. Side Walk is about the playful, the stressful, the violent, the magical and the mostly thrilling daily journey of childhood.
Dror, Duki, Israel, 2007, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

City Killer / Grad Na Nisanu [FL 1285]
Gripping and alarming film, based on amateur footage of Vukovar. In an apocalyptic urban landscape, a sniper looks for prey. The battered walls of the city prove that violence is an everyday occurrence here. In his rush to leave town, the cameraman forgets to switch off his camera. Much to our relief, the disappearing city is replaced with a rural no man's land. The images are turned upside down. It's plain to see: all values are reversed here.
Cucic, Damir, Croatia, 2007, Croatian/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Croatia E(n)d-en on Earth [FL 1286]
In 2004 in Croatia, Law on Asylum came into force. In the next two years, 300 people asked for the asylum status in Croatia. No one has got it yet. The film follows the activities of Centre for Peace Studies in the campaign revealing why government institutions are still not willing to begin the integration of people with potential asylum status into the society.
Sertić, Oliver, Croatia, 2006, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 36 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Colegiales, People's Assembly / Colegiales, asamblea popular [FL 1287]
On December 19, 2001 in Buenos Aires, after President Fernando De La Rúa declared a state of siege, people took over the streets marching to Plaza de Mayo. During those agitated days, neighbors from Colegiales' as well as other areas of the city, began holding meetings on the streets. Aníbal, an unemployed mechanic, hosted an assembly in his home to resist eviction but after a few weeks of living together, the relationships among the assembly members became strained.
Laskier, Gustavo, Argentina, 2006, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 64 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Safe Houses [FL 1289]
Where do those women shelter who have no safety in their own houses?
Haghpanah, Maryam, Iran, 2006, Persian/Subtitles: English, 39 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

One in the Family [FL 1290]
Old believers in Russia have a specific role as the most spiritually rich and at the same time tragic personifications of the nation's historical pathway. The fate of every old believer family is an example of suffering and tenacity. Lyubov M. Deikova, a very modest and gifted person tells the story of her family.
Aleksandrov, Evgeny, Russia, Russian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Maleng, Thai Insect Hunter [FL 1292]
The monsoon region of Isan is among the poorest areas of Thailand. The village Ban Sarng is located in the northeast, near the border with Laos, where local chef Pi Li makes specialties of insects. In the family manufacture, he also makes cosmetic preparations and medicines from insects.
Pelz, Claudia, Italy, 2006, Thai/Subtitles: English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Final Solution [FL 1293]
Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 genocide of Moslems in Gujarat. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscient of the Nazi Germany of early/mid-1930s. Final Solution is anti-hate/ violence as “those who forget history are condemned to relive it”. Part 1: Pride and Genocide deals with the carnage and its immediate aftermath. It examines the patterns of pre-planned genocidal violence (by right-wing Hindutva cadres), which many claim was state-supported, if not state-sponsored. The film reconstructs through eyewitness accounts the attack on Gulbarg and Patiya (Ahmedabad) and acts of barbaric violence against Moslem women at Eral and Delol/Kalol (Panchmahals) even as Chief Minister Modi traverses the state on his Gaurav Yatra. Part 2 : The Hate Mandate documents the poll campaign during the Assembly elections in Gujarat in late 2002. It records in detail the exploitation of the Godhra incident by the right-wing propaganda machinery for electoral gains. The film studies and documents the situation months after the elections to find shocking faultlines – voluntary ghettoisation, segregation in schools, formal calls for economic boycott of Moslems and continuing acts of violence.
Sharma, Rakesh, India, 2004, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 149 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Cycles of the Mental Machine [FL 1294]
This 57 minute-documentary film aims at telling about the social and musical destiny of Detroit, from Blues, to Gospel, to Rhythm and Blues, to Jazz, to techno. Within the maze of this city, which bares the marks of its different periods of peak, decline and rebirth... with "The Electrifying Mojo's" itinerary, the passer, the brilliant unifier of all styles, the creator of techno philosophy and Mad Mike the legendary creator of the first independent label Underground resistance, and the brilliant DJ and producer Carl Craig.
Caux, Jacqueline, United States, 2006, English/Subtitles: French, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Our Land: Yaipota Ñande Igüi / Yaipota Ñande Igüi - Queremos nuestra tierra [FL 1295]
In the Northern Province of Argentina, descendants of the original people of the land, the Guarani, have for years suffered displacement and repression at the hands of the sugar refinery San Martín del Tabacal. In 1996 the Multinational Seaboard Corporation purchased the refinery and fired 6000 employees thrusting many into extreme poverty. The mass eviction that ensued provoked over 150 families of workers and peasants to organise to recuperate their lands. Animated sequences of a fight between a tiger and bull, depict the Guarani People battle the multinational corporation in the ultimate struggle to gain back control of their ancestral lands.
Riposati, Lorena, Argentina, 2006, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 77 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Commune of Bliss / Kommune der Seligen [FL 1296]
Far away from the big cities and major roads -in the vast expanse of the Northern Prairies- a withdrawn people are practising their headstrong way of life and beliefs. Few outsiders have ever had a chance to get to know more about their communal life-style. The German rooted Hutterites are direct descendants of radical Anabaptists from the days of the Reformation in Europe. After hundreds of years of fierce persecution, having moved about from country to country, they have now chosen to live apart from the modern world. Until today, they have been able to preserve their spiritual heritage and strict way-of-life by rejecting modern media. They still speak an odd Alpine dialect and wear their traditional medieval clothes: the men in trousers with suspenders and the women in old-fashioned kerchiefs. Ιt took 6 difficult years of preparation before the film-makers could gain the trust of the community and were finally permitted to "take the picture." For the Hutterites, film and photography are part of worldly sins like fostering vanity and "the lust of eyes."
Stanjek, Klaus, Canada, 2004, German/Subtitles: English, 96 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children in Exile: Recollections of Childhood in the Soviet Gulag [FL 1297]
In Children in Exile survivors of Soviet deportation to Siberia describe their experiences as the youngest victims of the massive crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Soviet system. It is a documentary about the youngest victims of the repressions carried out by the Soviet Union during the Second World War, the children and teenagers deported to Soviet Siberia and Kazakhstan. These abuses, part of a larger campaign of ethnic cleansing, have never been confronted. No one was put on trial, and no reparations have ever been paid. Americans need to know about these crimes against humanity because their shadow lingers over current events. Joseph Stalin infamously said that one death is a tragedy, but a million deaths are a statistic. The Soviet Secret Police deported millions, and somehow the world remains indifferent. Children in Exile hopes to challenge this indifference by filling in the human face to this terrible statistic and monumental tragedy.
Swider, Chris, United States, 2007, Russian/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Here To Stay [FL 1298]
In this documentary, the filmmakers follow Filipino gay nurse, Fidel Taguinod, over a two year period as he lives out his multiple roles of nurse, migrant activist and bakla (gay) performer in Dublin. Fidel leads the viewer through a series of migrant-led events, as well as through his working & personal life, in which gay politics are playfully mixed with migrant & multi-cultural issues.
Grossman, Alan ; O’Brien, Áine, Ireland, 2006, English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

But We Are Strong [FL 1300]
The film tells the stories of five young women who survived Sierra Leone’s civil war. This documentary series highlights these young women’s strength and their resilience to the horror and atrocities that took place in their home.
Wishart, Sarah ; Lee, Jeni, Australia, 2006, /Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Riding Solo to the Top of the World [FL 1301]
Riding Solo is a film about filmmaker Gaurav Jani's solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world, the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, bordering China. The film is even more extraordinary for the fact that Jani was a one-man crew who loaded his 200 kg bike with over 100 kgs of equipment/supplies and set off on a journey to one of the world's most difficult terrains.
Jani, Gaurav, India, 2006, English, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 94 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Riding Solo to the Top of the World [FL 1301]
Riding Solo is a film about filmmaker Gaurav Jani's solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world, the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, bordering China. The film is even more extraordinary for the fact that Jani was a one-man crew who loaded his 200 kg bike with over 100 kgs of equipment/supplies and set off on a journey to one of the world's most difficult terrains.
Jani, Gaurav, India, 2006, English, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 94 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dead Presumed Missing? [FL 1302]
About two thousand people dissapeared in Cyprus between 1963 and 1974. One third are Turks, and the remaining are Greek Cypriots. The issue of the missing persons in Cyprus has remained obscure to this day. The film investigates the destiny of the missing persons in both sides. Were they killed? When and under what circumstances? Where are their remains buried? Stories of the families of the missing persons are corroborated with statements of the officials. To this day, the fate and whereabouts of the missing persons on both sides has remained an official secret. By following the desperate attempts of two Greek Cypriot women to discover what happened to their loved ones, the film explores the significance of mortuary rituals, and the political lives of the dead bodies of both the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots.
Piault, Colette ; Cassia, Paul Sant, France, 2003, , Greek, Modern (1453-)/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tahar the Student / Tahar L’étudiant [FL 1304]
Tahar is one of the sixty thousand students of Montpellier. Far from clichés, Tahar gives us to see the precariousness of a scholarship holder and the solitude reigning on university campuses. He shows us how difficult it is to find a job and the necessity to beg some food to overwhelmed associations. The film is indeed about it, about a young French today, stemming from the immigration, as usually said. About a student in search of a "tomorrow, which belongs only to him".
Mennegun, Cyril, France, 2005, French/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Unseen Cinema: Picturing a Metropolis, New York City Unveiled [FL 1311]
Early American avant-garde cinema from 1894-1941. The DVD depicts dynamic images of New York City and scenes of New Yorkers among the skyscrapers, streets, and night life of America's greatest city during a half century of progress, while at the same time showing changes in film style and the history of cinema experiments. Avant-garde moments pop up in the most unlikely of places including turn-of-the-twentieth-century actualities, commercial and radical newsreels, and Busby Berkeley's "Lullaby of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935. Included are spectacular prints of Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand's Manhatta (1921), Robert Flaherty's Twenty-four-Dollar Island (c. 1926), Robert Florey's Skyscraper Symphony (1929), Jay Leyda's A Bronx Morning (1931), and Rudy Burckhardt's Pursuit of Happiness (1940). 26 FILMS: The Blizzard (1899)—creators unknown Lower Broadway (1902)—Robert K. Bonine Beginning of a Skyscraper (1902)—Robert K. Bonine Panorama from Times Building, New York (1905)—Wallace McCutcheon Skyscrapers of NYC from North River (1903)—J.B. Smith Panorama from Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1903)—G.W. "Billy" Bitzer Building Up and Demolishing the Star Theatre (1902)—Frederick Armitage Coney Island at Night (1905)—Edwin S. Porter Interior New York Subway 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)—G.W. "Billy" Bitzer Seeing New York by Yacht (1902)—Frederick Armitage & A.E. Weed 2 Looney Lens: Split Skyscrapers (1924) and Tenth Avenue, NYC (1924)—Al Brick 4 Scenes from Ford Educational Weekly (1916-24)—creators unknown Manhatta (1921)—Charles Sheeler & Paul Strand Twentyfour-Dollar Island (c. 1926)—Robert Flaherty Skyscraper Symphony (1929)—Robert Florey Manhattan Medley (1931)—Bonney Powell A Bronx Morning (1931)—Jay Leyda Footnote to Fact (1933)—Lewis Jacobs Seeing the World (1937)—Rudy Burckhardt Pursuit of Hapiness (1940)—Rudy Burckhardt Gold Diggers of 1935 — "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935)—Busby Berkeley (excerpt) Autumn Fire (1930-33)—Herman Weinberg
Shepard, David, United States, English, 152 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Unseen Cinema: Light Rhythms, Music and Abstraction [FL 1312]
Early American avant-garde cinema from 1894-1941. The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated by the abstract qualities of light. The American authors of avant-garde classics Le Retour á la raison (1923), Ballet mécanique (1923-24), Anémic cinéma (1926), and Une Nuit sur le Mont Chauve (1934), are finally acknowledged for their seminal artistic achievements made in Europe. Pioneer abstract films by Ralph Steiner, Mary Ellen Bute, Douglass Crockwell, Dwinnell Grant, and George Morris are compared and contrasted with Hollywood montages created by Ernst Lubitsch, Slavko Vorkapich, and Busby Berkeley. For the first time on video, composer George Antheil's original 1924 score accompanies Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy's film Ballet mécanique, a truly avant-garde cacophony of image and sound.
Shepard, David, United States, English, 168 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Salesman [FL 1315]
A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses—then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.
Maysles, David ; Maysles, Albert ; Zwerin, Charlotte, United States, 1968, English, 91 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Cinematic Works [FL 1319]
In Eija-Liisa Ahtila's films and videos, ordinary suffering inhabits the bodies of her female subjects and takes over, spilling into such neurotic activities as crawling on a freeway overpass, lying face up in a puddle of mud, acting like a dog or blocking up all the windows and doors of a house so as to keep out distractions. This volume on the cinematic works of Ahtila aims not only to introduce the spectator to her narrative-driven psychological films but also to consider the working process of an artist and filmmaker. Published here for the first time is a complete set of Ahtila's original film manuscripts plus a two-hour DVD with all of her film work to the present, presenting an all-too-rare opportunity to view the work of a time-based artist outside the exhibition space. Included are Me/We, Okay, Gray, If 6 was 9, Today, Consolation Service and Love is a Treasure.
Ahtila, Eija-Liisa, Finland, Finnish/Subtitles: English, 102 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Salt of the Earth [FL 1322]
Directed in 1953 by the infamous "Hollywood Ten," Herbert J. Biberman, Salt of the Earth was a collaborative effort by some of the most notable and talented blacklisted filmmakers, including Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and A Place in the Sun), Will Geer (In Cold Blood) and Paul Jarrico (Tom, Dick and Harry).Despite severe pressure from the U.S. government and such powerful figures as RKO studio chief Howard Hughes, this award-winning team created one of the most compelling family dramas and heart-rending romances of the 1950s.A powerful and emotionally-charged film, it is based on the 1950s strike by zinc miners in New Mexico.Salt of the Earth explores the complex issues of labor relations, minority rights and the struggle of women to achieve equality and dignity in their daily lives.
Biberman, Herbert J., United States, 1954, English, 94 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Free Cinema: The Definitive Film Collection [FL 1325]
The British Film Institute has compiled the definitive collection of films from the 1950s' Free Cinema movement. Free Cinema not only re-invented British documentary making, but this highly influential period in the country's cinema history was the precursor for the better known British New Wave of social-realist films in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Lindsay Anderson, Lorenza Mazzetti, Denis Horne, Alain Tanner, Claude Goretta, Robert Vas etc; UK 1952-63'
United Kingdom, English, 475 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Chris Welsby [FL 1329]
Chris Welsby is a landscape artist and pioneer of the moving-image installation in Britain, whose subtle meditations are exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Featured on the DVD are works from different stages in his career, uniquely tracing his development as an artist, from his early critical responses to British structural filmmaking and Minimalism of the 1970s to his mature, contemplative landscape works of the 1980s and 1990s. The films are: Stream Line, Park Film,Windmill lll, Seven Days, Wind Vane, Sky Light, Drift, and River Yar (made with William Raban).
Welsby, Chris, United Kingdom, English, 161 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s. Disk 1 [FL 1330]
In the latter half of the 20th Century, Raymond Rohauer was one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema. Programming diverse films at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, and making the films in his personal archive available for commercial distribution, he helped preserve and promote avant-garde cinema. This two-DVD collection assembles some of the most influential and eclectic short films in the Rohauer Collection, including works by Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Watson & Webber, Fernand Léger, Joris Ivens, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Epstein, and Orson Welles. Contents: Disc 1 * Le Retour à la raison (Man Ray, France, 1923, 2 min.) * Emak-Bakia (Man Ray, France, 1926, 16 min.) * L'Étoile de mer (Man Ray, France, 1928, 15.5 min.) * Les Mystères du château du Dé (Man Ray, France, 1929, 20 min.) * The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (Slavko Vorkapich, Robert Florey, U.S., 1928, 13 min.) * Ménilmontant (Dimitri Kirsanoff, France, 1926, 37 min.) * Brumes d'automne (Dimitri Kirsanoff, France, 1928, 12 min.) * Lot in Sodom (James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber, U.S., 1933, 27 min.) * Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, Germany, 1921, 3 min.) * Vormittagsspuk (Ghosts Before Breakfast) (Hans Richter, Germany, 1928, 9 min.) * Anémic cinéma (Marcel Duchamp, France, 1926, 6.5 min.) * Ballet mécanique (Fernand Léger, France, 1924, 11 min.) * Symphonie diagonale (Viking Eggeling, France, 1924, 7 min.) * Le Vampire (Jean Painlevé, France, 1939, 8.5 min.) * The Hearts of Age (Orson Welles, William Vance, U.S., 1934, 8 min.)
Vorkapich, Slavko ; Florey, Robert ; Epstein, Jean ; Ray, Man ; Kirsanoff, Dimitri, (n/a), /Subtitles: English, 194 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s. Disk 2 [FL 1331]
This two-DVD collection assembles some of the most influential and eclectic short films in the Rohauer Collection, including works by Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Watson & Webber, Fernand Léger, Joris Ivens, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Epstein, and Orson Welles. Disc 2 Überfall, (Ernö Metzner, Germany, 1928, 22 min.) La glace a trois faces, (Jean Epstein, France, 1927, 33 min.) Le Tempestaire, (Jean Epstein, France, 1947, 22.5 min.) Romance sentimentale, Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori V. Alexandrov, France, 1930, 20 min.) Autumn Fire, (Herman G. Weinberg, U.S., 1931, 15 min.) Manhatta, (Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler, U.S., 1921, 10 min.) La Coquille et le clergyman, (Germaine Dulac, France, 1926, 31.5 min.) Regen (Rain), (Joris Ivens, the Netherlands, 1929, 14 min.) H2O, (Ralph Steiner, U.S., 1929, 12 min.) Even -- As You and I, (Roger Barlow, Harry Hay, LeRoy Robbins, U.S., 1937, 12 min.)
Epstein, Jean ; Metzner, Erno ; Eisenstein, Sergei ; Ivens, Joris ; Weinberg, Herman ; Strand, Paul ; Dulac, Germaine ; Steiner, Ralph ; Barlow, Roger ; Hay, Harry ; Robbins, LeRoy, (n/a), /Subtitles: English, 193 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Maya Deren Experimental Films [FL 1332]
The collected shorts of Maya Deren the "Mother of the trance film" who worked completely outside the commercial film industry and made her own inner experience the center of her films. From the early 1940’s until her death in 1961, Maya Deren evoked and exemplified the American avant-garde movement virtually by herself. Her first film, "Meshes of the Afternoon", set the tone for the decade and linked the movement to the older European avant-garde films of Cocteau and Buñuel.
Deren, Maya, United States, English, 76 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Plow That Broke the Plains [FL 1333]
Landmark Depression-era American documentary film from Pare Lorentz, The Plow That Broke The Plains was made to promote Roosevelt's New Deal as a way of repairing previous devastation to the land and its people in the Great Plains The film is accompanied by Virgil Thomson's original scores.
Lorentz, Pare, United States, 1935, English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media [FL 1334]
Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist. In a dynamic collage of new and original footage, biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, the film highlights Chomsky’s probing analysis of mass media. A mammoth two-part project, Manufacturing Consent is nonetheless light on its feet, favoring a style that encourages viewers to question its own workings, as Chomsky himself encourages his listeners to extricate themselves from the “web of deceit” by undertaking a course of “intellectual self-defense.” Appearing in the film are major journalists and critics, including Bill Moyers, William F. Buckley, Jr., Tom Wolfe, Peter Jennings, Jeff Greenfield, philosopher Michel Foucault, White House reporter Sarah McClendon, New York Times editorial writer Karl E. Meyer and revisionist author Robert Faurisson.
Achbar, Mark ; Wintonick, Peter, Canada, 1993, English, 167 min, documentary film, VHS

Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers 2 [FL 1338]
Second volume of pre-1910 films with piano accompaniment by Neil Brand and commentary by Barry Salt. Features "Hepworth Manufacturing Co": How it feels to be Run Over (1900), Explosion of a Motor car (1900), Rescued by Rover (1905), The other Side of the Hedge (1905), That Fatal Sneeze (1907). “Cricks and Martin”: A Visit to Peek Freans Biscuit Works (1906). “Kineto Production”: A day in the Life of a Coalminer (1910). “Pathe Freres”: Par le trou de serrure (1901), Histoires dun Crime (1901), Ali Baba et les quarantes voleurs (1905), Reve et realite (1901), La Revoliution en Russie (1905), Aladin ou la lampe merveilleuse (1906), Le Chevel emballe (1907), The Physician of the Castle (1908), Magic Bricks (1908). “Edison Manufacturing Co”: Dewars - its a Scotch (1898), The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903), The Great Train Robbery (1903), The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906).
(n/a), English, 95 min, fiction film, VHS

The Lost / Boran [FL 1339]
In the mid-1990s, for several years there were regular protests by the so-called “Saturday mothers” in Istanbul making charges for the state organized disappearance of their sons; political, mainly Kurdish, rebels. This is an unconventional film, moving between staging and documentation.
Karabey, Huseyin, Turkey, 1999, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Yes I Am! [FL 1340]
The director Sven Halfar portrays three musicans Adé, D-Flame and Mamadee who are trying to develop an Afro-German identity while integrating into German society.
Halfar, Sven, Germany, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, 104 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Talking Faith [FL 1342]
Talking FaithTalking Faith opens a window into the lives of Sarah and Azam. Two friends living the post 9/11 realities where Islam gets associated with militarism and Christian minorities face a backlash by the extremists. Their faiths are different, one is Muslim and the other Christian, but what they share is huge! Music, friendship and a human bond of commonalities. They exist under the shadow of divisions but live the hope of interfaith harmony and give dialogue a human face shared by all religions.
Qayyum, Naveen, Pakistan, 2006, Urdu/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Belly Dancer / Rakasa [FL 1343]
Rakasa is a documentary about the lives of three Palestinian women who dance for joy, expression and sometimes money. Certain images come to mind when an American says, “I’m a dancer.” However, the dancing found in Rakasa (Arabic for “bellydancer”) comes from an irrepressible urge to rebel, to be free, and to be wholly and utterly a woman in a culture that would have one deny that Goddess-given gift. This form of dancing also crosses religious barriers, bringing Israeli Jews and Arabs together to dance. For this, rakasa—and the women whose lives are shared within—should be celebrated.
Rubin, Iris, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Man Called Brian [FL 1344]
The film introduces 55 year-old Briton called Brian Haw who has staged a 24-hour sit-in opposite the Houses of Parliament in London for over five years in protest against the invasion of US and British military forces of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shoolizadeh, Mahmoud, United Kingdom, 2005, Persian, English, 39 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In a Distant Border Village [FL 1345]
Up until the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict, the inhabitants of the villages depicted in the documentaries enjoyed normal relations with interpersonal, interfamilial and economic ties. Those ties were abruptly and tragically broken by the war. Former friends and associates were drawn into the hostilities, often unaware of the hurt that their bullets and bombes caused to their neighbors on the other side of the border. 12 years into the ceasefire, the inhabitants of both villages pause to reflect on the friendship and enmmity, war and peace, and the possibility of a clean state leading to coexistence.
Shirinyan, Ara, Azerbaijan, 2006, , Armenian/Subtitles: English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bushamn's Secret [FL 1346]
When South African filmmaker Rehad Desai travels to the Kalahari to investigate global interest in ancient Bushmen knowledge, he meets Jan van der Westhuizen, a fascinating Khomani San traditional healer. Jan’s struggle to live close to nature is hampered by centuries of colonial exploitation of the San Bushmen and of their land. Unable to survive as they once did hunting and gathering, the Khomani now live in a state of poverty that threatens to see the last of this community forever. One plant could make all the difference. Hoodia, a cactus used by Bushmen for centuries to suppress appetite, has caught the attention of a giant pharmaceutical company as a weight-loss option for westerners. It now stands to decide the fate of the Khomani San. Bushman’s Secret features breathtaking footage of the Kalahari landscape, and exposes us to a world where modernity collides with ancient ways, at a time when each has, strangely, come to rely on the other.
Desai, Rehad, South Africa, 2006, Afrikaans, English/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bushamn's Secret [FL 1346]
When South African filmmaker Rehad Desai travels to the Kalahari to investigate global interest in ancient Bushmen knowledge, he meets Jan van der Westhuizen, a fascinating Khomani San traditional healer. Jan’s struggle to live close to nature is hampered by centuries of colonial exploitation of the San Bushmen and of their land. Unable to survive as they once did hunting and gathering, the Khomani now live in a state of poverty that threatens to see the last of this community forever. One plant could make all the difference. Hoodia, a cactus used by Bushmen for centuries to suppress appetite, has caught the attention of a giant pharmaceutical company as a weight-loss option for westerners. It now stands to decide the fate of the Khomani San. Bushman’s Secret features breathtaking footage of the Kalahari landscape, and exposes us to a world where modernity collides with ancient ways, at a time when each has, strangely, come to rely on the other.
Desai, Rehad, South Africa, 2006, Afrikaans, English/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Homeless [FL 1347]
Who is a homeless? What is homelessness? Today in all societies the problem of homelessness can be observed. In modern countries like Britain, homeless people can be seen in big cities such as London. Despite the British government’s efforts to tackle this problem, there are about 500,000 homeless people in this country. This documentary film is emphasizing on the homelessness as an odd element in modern society, from one side, and to the homeless person himself, who represents the sufferings of mankind of our time, from another side.
Shoolizadeh, Mahmoud, United Kingdom, 2006, English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Falling into Ashes [FL 1348]
In a remote Iranian village a small girl of about 11 is withdrawn from doll making classes by her parents to be married to a middle aged man.
Shoolizadeh, Mahmoud, United Kingdom, 2006, Persian/Subtitles: English, 9 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Province of Lost Film / Область потерянного кино [FL 1349]
“Cinema Paradiso Soviet style,” The Province of Lost Film is about the magic and nostalgia of watching film collectively: in a movie house; a workers’ club; or at night, on an improvised screen hung in the village square. Employees of the former distribution and exhibition network, projectionists, and viewers from central Russia reflect upon the unique and already bygone experience of the Soviet experiment of ”cinefication,” which sought to bring the screen to every corner of the Soviet Union. Thus, the film captures one of the lost opportunities of the socialist dream. From the collective-farm classic of the Stalin era Cossacks of the Kuban to the hugely popular Indian film of 1955 The Vagabond, or the 1961 Soviet technicolor extravaganza, The Amphibious Man, and archival footage of the process of cinefication itself, the film reminds us of the immortal power of cinema and its place in the mind and heart of the individual.
Gershtein, A. ; Lahusen, T. ; McDonald, T. ; Nikitin, A., Russia, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gulag 113 [FL 1350]
An 89 year old Estonian-Canadian returns to his former home to retrace a terrifying journey to hell that began in 1941. Traveling from Estonia to the northern Russian town of Kotlas where his Gulag labor camp was located, the film follow Eduard as he remembers how he escaped death and reconciles with dark memories. It’s a classic story of one man overcoming insurmountable hardships. The documentary also features rare historical footage and beautifully captured images from locations in Canada, Estonia and Russia.
Kolga, Marcus, Canada, 2005, Estonian, English/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gulag 113 [FL 1350]
An 89 year old Estonian-Canadian returns to his former home to retrace a terrifying journey to hell that began in 1941. Traveling from Estonia to the northern Russian town of Kotlas where his Gulag labor camp was located, the film follow Eduard as he remembers how he escaped death and reconciles with dark memories. It’s a classic story of one man overcoming insurmountable hardships. The documentary also features rare historical footage and beautifully captured images from locations in Canada, Estonia and Russia.
Kolga, Marcus, Canada, 2005, Estonian, English/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sex Slaves [FL 1352]
Sex Slaves is a gripping documentary expose inside the global sex trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc. The film takes viewers into the shadowy, multi-billion dollar world of sex trafficking. Part cinema verité, part investigation, Sex Slaves puts a human face on this most inhuman of contemporary issues. From the villages of Moldova and Ukraine, to underground brothels and discotheques in Turkey where many women are trafficked and forced into prostitution, we witness first-hand the brutal world of modern sex slavery.
Bienstock, Ric Esther, Canada, 2005, English, Russian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sex Slaves [FL 1352]
Sex Slaves is a gripping documentary expose inside the global sex trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc. The film takes viewers into the shadowy, multi-billion dollar world of sex trafficking. Part cinema verité, part investigation, Sex Slaves puts a human face on this most inhuman of contemporary issues. From the villages of Moldova and Ukraine, to underground brothels and discotheques in Turkey where many women are trafficked and forced into prostitution, we witness first-hand the brutal world of modern sex slavery.
Bienstock, Ric Esther, Canada, 2005, English, Russian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Art of Documentary Filmmaking: Myanmar 2005 [FL 1353]
At the end of 2005, Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison brought together eight tutors well-versed in documentary from Europe and Australia with twelve young Burmese men and women for a three-week workshop entitled "The Art of Documentary Filmmaking." The venue was a quiet hotel in Myanmar's capital, Yangon. The Burmese participants had little or no prior knowledge of filming stories from real life. A task that would have been daunting in any country posed a particular challenge in autocratic Myanmar, where documenting reality is a risky undertaking for those on both sides of the camera. All the more remarkable then, that, 21 days later, the participants on this residential course had learned how to handle the equipment, grappled with the artistic and ethical aspects of the genre, and researched, wrote, and filmed four short documentary portraits inspired by the subject of "Women in Myanmar." The greatest achievement of the event could well have been the impetus and direction it gave to these budding filmmakers, all of whom are already developing new projects. The DVD features the four final films made by the participants. It also includes the participants' first film exercise and a video diary chronicling the workshop itself. Together, these works provide a vibrant record of a surprisingly rewarding encounter.
Merrison, Lindsey, Germany, 2005, Burmese, English, German/Subtitles: English, 120 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Art of Documentary Filmmaking: Myanmar 2005 [FL 1353]
At the end of 2005, Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison brought together eight tutors well-versed in documentary from Europe and Australia with twelve young Burmese men and women for a three-week workshop entitled "The Art of Documentary Filmmaking." The venue was a quiet hotel in Myanmar's capital, Yangon. The Burmese participants had little or no prior knowledge of filming stories from real life. A task that would have been daunting in any country posed a particular challenge in autocratic Myanmar, where documenting reality is a risky undertaking for those on both sides of the camera. All the more remarkable then, that, 21 days later, the participants on this residential course had learned how to handle the equipment, grappled with the artistic and ethical aspects of the genre, and researched, wrote, and filmed four short documentary portraits inspired by the subject of "Women in Myanmar." The greatest achievement of the event could well have been the impetus and direction it gave to these budding filmmakers, all of whom are already developing new projects. The DVD features the four final films made by the participants. It also includes the participants' first film exercise and a video diary chronicling the workshop itself. Together, these works provide a vibrant record of a surprisingly rewarding encounter.
Merrison, Lindsey, Germany, 2005, Burmese, English, German/Subtitles: English, 120 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Art of Documentary Editing: Myanmar 2006 [FL 1354]
After the success of the pioneering Art of Documentary Filmmaking workshop held in Yangon, Myanmar in 2005, Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison and four experienced documentary editors from Europe and Australia returned in 2006 to mount The Art of Documentary Editing. Some of the young Burmese men and women on this residential course had previous experience of editing but several had never touched an edit suite in their lives. For one month, course participants and tutors worked side by side to shape eight short documentaries from material filmed by the participants prior to the workshop - often under difficult circumstances. Learning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their rushes, participants battled to create storylines and find the right rhythm for their films. Nerve-wracking screenings of works-in-progress before the whole group provided crucial feedback and helped these budding filmmakers to think about the form and content of all the films. This DVD features all eight films produced during the Art of Documentary Editing workshop. It also contains a short film about the workshop itself, including comments from participants and tutors. Not only do these works reflect an intriguing range of subjects and approaches - from observational to experimental - they also reveal their creators' gradual appreciation of the subtleties of the documentary genre, as well as their growing confidence as filmmakers.
Merrison, Lindsey, Germany, 2006, Burmese, English, German/Subtitles: English, 120 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Art of Documentary Editing: Myanmar 2006 [FL 1354]
After the success of the pioneering Art of Documentary Filmmaking workshop held in Yangon, Myanmar in 2005, Anglo-Burmese filmmaker Lindsey Merrison and four experienced documentary editors from Europe and Australia returned in 2006 to mount The Art of Documentary Editing. Some of the young Burmese men and women on this residential course had previous experience of editing but several had never touched an edit suite in their lives. For one month, course participants and tutors worked side by side to shape eight short documentaries from material filmed by the participants prior to the workshop - often under difficult circumstances. Learning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their rushes, participants battled to create storylines and find the right rhythm for their films. Nerve-wracking screenings of works-in-progress before the whole group provided crucial feedback and helped these budding filmmakers to think about the form and content of all the films. This DVD features all eight films produced during the Art of Documentary Editing workshop. It also contains a short film about the workshop itself, including comments from participants and tutors. Not only do these works reflect an intriguing range of subjects and approaches - from observational to experimental - they also reveal their creators' gradual appreciation of the subtleties of the documentary genre, as well as their growing confidence as filmmakers.
Merrison, Lindsey, Germany, 2006, Burmese, English, German/Subtitles: English, 120 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Iranian/ American [FL 1355]
An Iranian and an Iranian-American young man talk about identiy in Iran and in the US; about heritage and homeland; about immigration and integration, about religion and tradition, dance and filmmaking.
Karimi, Mahmoud ; Zarrabi, Ali John, Iran, 2007, Persian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Komsomolsk mon amour [FL 1356]
A film about the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East, its history and present-day struggles, seen through the eyes of young people, old Communists, former labor-camp prisoners, and the local avant-garde theater KnAM, performing a slow reading of Dostoevskys Notebooks. A film about a love affair with a city, its struggle with the past, and its hope for the future.
Lahusen, Thomas ; McDonald, Tracy ; Gershtei, Alexander, Canada, 2007, English, Russian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Komsomolsk mon amour [FL 1356]
A film about the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East, its history and present-day struggles, seen through the eyes of young people, old Communists, former labor-camp prisoners, and the local avant-garde theater KnAM, performing a slow reading of Dostoevskys Notebooks. A film about a love affair with a city, its struggle with the past, and its hope for the future.
Lahusen, Thomas ; McDonald, Tracy ; Gershtei, Alexander, Canada, 2007, English, Russian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Miners [FL 1357]
Adventurous pioneers transform Peru's harsh northern desert into a fertile valley of mango and lime orchards. But all they've worked for is threatened when gold is discovered under their land. Fear, violence and murder rock their once quiet community. In the midst of chaos, a martyr's vision unites the farmers and leads them down a revolutionary path of non-violent resistance. These brave men and women take on corrupt politicians and the global mining industry in an epic tale of ordinary people rising to heroic deeds in times of great crisis.
Damian, Ernesto Cabellos ; Boyd, Stephanie, Peru, 2007, Spanish, English/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Miners [FL 1357]
Adventurous pioneers transform Peru's harsh northern desert into a fertile valley of mango and lime orchards. But all they've worked for is threatened when gold is discovered under their land. Fear, violence and murder rock their once quiet community. In the midst of chaos, a martyr's vision unites the farmers and leads them down a revolutionary path of non-violent resistance. These brave men and women take on corrupt politicians and the global mining industry in an epic tale of ordinary people rising to heroic deeds in times of great crisis.
Damian, Ernesto Cabellos ; Boyd, Stephanie, Peru, 2007, Spanish, English/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Total Denial: Doe vs. UNOCAL [FL 1359]
Winner of the Vaclav Havel Special Award for Human Rights 2006, this inspiring documentary examines the construction of the UNOCA L / TOTAL oil pipeline in Burma – now called Myanmar and controlled by a military dictatorship – where two powerful western corporations made business deals with a junta infamous for human rights abuses, and where slave labour is all too common. In the lawsuit Doe vs. UNOCAL, 15 plaintiffs who have never been out of the Burmese jungle will fight their corporate abusers head-on in an unprecedented legal battle, profoundly affecting the actions of corporations worldwide.
Kaneva, Milena, (n/a), 2006, English, French/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Total Denial: Doe vs. UNOCAL [FL 1359]
Winner of the Vaclav Havel Special Award for Human Rights 2006, this inspiring documentary examines the construction of the UNOCA L / TOTAL oil pipeline in Burma – now called Myanmar and controlled by a military dictatorship – where two powerful western corporations made business deals with a junta infamous for human rights abuses, and where slave labour is all too common. In the lawsuit Doe vs. UNOCAL, 15 plaintiffs who have never been out of the Burmese jungle will fight their corporate abusers head-on in an unprecedented legal battle, profoundly affecting the actions of corporations worldwide.
Kaneva, Milena, (n/a), 2006, English, French/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Maharaja of Jodhpur [FL 1360]
The story of a boy who would be king. The Maharajah of Jodhpur is an exclusive documentation of the life of one of India's most distinguished royals -His Highness The Maharajah Gaj Singh II of Marwar Jodhpur. The film folllows his life from his coronation, at age 4, to his eventual quest to reinvent his role in the Democratic Republic of India.
Malhotra, Anu, India, 2004, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Galapagos in Canchalagueras / Galapagos en Canchalagueras [FL 1361]
This film tells the memories, conflicts and wishes of an unknown village: San Cristobal, the Capital of the Galapagos. It is a story of human adaption to a context when that context is valued and protected internationally.
Almeida, Rosa Perez, Spain, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Nuclear Tango: Why a Hero Fell from Grace [FL 1362]
A documentary that investigates and puts together why Dr. A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistani nuclear weapons program was made to take the rap and accept responsibility for having orchestrated the Pakistan–North Korea nuclear relationship. The film establishes the critical role that Pakistan has played in nursing North Korea to establish itself as a potent nuclear power with a delivery capability. This assistance was guided by the Chinese Government, through the identified efforts of General Xiong Guangkai, Deputy Chief of the Peoples Liberation Army, who in CIA parlance, was the case officer for this exchange between the Pakistani’s and the North Koreans.
Malhotra, Iqbal, India, 2006, English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Devil's Wind [FL 1363]
India was the romantic literary muse of the famous 19th century English writer Rudyard Kipling. Out of this romance came his most famous book 'Kim' whose central is an English boy, disguised as an Indian, who spies for his British masters against Russian designs to conquer India. This was a tale of imperialism, knowledge and power that gave universal recognition to the term Great Game and also endowed the British Raj's intelligence service and its mapmakers with an adventurous mystique, in their shadowy game of domination with the Russian empire in 19th century Central Asia. This was the playing field of the Great Game; a vast swathe of land that stretched from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet in the East to Ashkabad, the capital of what was then Russian Turkistan in the West. This distance of several thousand kilometers, following ancient caravan trails, encompassed the great mountain ranges of the Pamirs and the Himalayas, great rivers like the Indus and the Oxus, the world's highest passes, grassy and sandy steppes and salt marshes, great lakes, remote cities and fierce and indestructible people. In this film, Iqbal Malhotra follows in the footsteps of Kipling's Great Gamers' and tries to juxtapose the lessons of the past with the reality of the present. The result is an unusual travelogue about Central Asia set in the backdrop of history and politics. The film captures unusual images of this region that are interconnected to one another and transcends the boundaries of time.
Malhotra, Iqbal, India, 2007, English, 46 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Sufi and the Scientist [FL 1364]
The film is the collective story of Sufi healer Sayyid Arif Hussain , the medieval Sufi Sheikh Haji Ali and Dr. Thornton Streeter, a scientist working in the realm of human consciousness. The Sufi and the Scientist blends the spiritual mysticism of the orient with the scientific temperament of the occident and unravels the role of consciousness in explaining the mysteries of physics and spirituality.
Malhotra, Iqbal, India, 2007, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Cradle of Terror [FL 1365]
The documentary examines Pakistan's role in promoting and sustaining the forces of terror under the grab of Jihad and also looks at the role that the Pakistani state played in Nuclear Proliferation under the auspices of Dr. A.Q. Khan.
Malhotra, Iqbal, India, 2006, English, 45 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Bridge at the End of the World [FL 1367]
Once upon a time youth had dreams and ideals for a better future, and in Turkey in order to practice their ideals they built a bridge over the Zap River in a Kurdish city called Hakkari as a creative symbol of rebellion to protest against the big investments made in the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul.
Kabadayi, Bahriye, Turkey, Turkish, Kurdish/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pavlov's Dogs / Pavlovin Koirat [FL 1368]
Pavlov's Dogs, Finnish documentarian Arto Halonen's beautifully crafted study of Russian showman/psychologist Sergei Knyazev, fascinates on multiple levels. In addition to the novelty value of the offbeat entertainments Knyazev engineers, such as cockroach races and "begging contests" for the rich, his manipulations reveal much about post-communist Russia.
Halonen, Arto, Finland, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Red Carpet [FL 1370]
Axel Brauns is a well-known, highly-regarded novelist and film director in his native country of Germany. He is also autistic, so by nature he has great difficulty understanding people’s emotions, facial expressions, and social customs. The Red Carpet (Der Teppich Roche) is a full-length documentary by Eric and Andrea Asch about Braun’s creative process, his autism, his opinions, and his life.
Asch, Andrea ; Asch, Eric, Germany, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Health Matters [FL 1371]
The film takes a panoramic look at health care in India through the everyday experiences of patients in both public and private hospitals, covering a range of rural and urban locations.
Jhingan, Shikha, India, 2006, Hindi, English/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Health Matters [FL 1371]
The film takes a panoramic look at health care in India through the everyday experiences of patients in both public and private hospitals, covering a range of rural and urban locations.
Jhingan, Shikha, India, 2006, Hindi, English/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Other Russian / Другие русские [FL 1372]
The Other Russians depicts the- often forced- departure of ethnic Russians from those Republics of the former Soviet Union in which they formed a minority.This film sets out to represent the history of the non-Russian Russians in their accounts of this time- despite the continued silence of the Russian government and the governments of the independent former Soviet Central Asian states from which they were driven into exile.
Yusupova, Mayram, Russia, 2006, Russian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Rule of the Fists / Faustrecht [FL 1373]
A long-term documentary about two violent teenagers. The two directors observed Tim and Gibran between their 16th and 18th birthday. Tim is an introverted teen who is subject to uncontrolled fists of violence. The film shows his “odyssey” through institutions and foster homes, “looking for a quiet little spot” (quote Tim). Gibran is an extroverted charmer who uses violence to get what he wants. “I will hit anybody looking to be hit – no matter if man or woman” (quote Gibran). He spends time in a detention centre where he is strongly confronted with his violent behaviour. The film casts a glance behind the statistics of violence, looking at young offenders that are victims of their own.
Weber, Bernard ; Mueller, Robi, Switzerland, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, German, French, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kenedi, Lost and Found / Gde je bio Kenedi 2 godine? [FL 1374]
Two years after completing «Kenedi Goes Back Home» film director Žilnik finds the main protagonist Kenedi Hasani in Vienna and follows him on his journey from western Europe back to Serbia.
Žilnik, Želimir, Serbia and Montenegro, 2005, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Spanish Summer / El verano espanol [FL 1376]
The film follows Katia during her summer holiday at a host family in Spain.
Rubio, Victor Gonzalez, Spain, 2005, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 6 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

La Boillat Will Live! / La Boillat vivra! [FL 1378]
At the beginning of 2006, employees at the Swissmetal Boillat factory in Reconvilier (Bernese Jura) occupied the plant for 37 days. They were all united – executives and employees alike – and supported by the entire populace. The management of the Swissmetal Group, the owners of the factory, planned to relocate production elsewhere. This intensive and remarkable resistance raises many questions: for example, what is the purpose of the UNIA trade union; what role and how much power do the democratic Helvetian institutions have?
Künzi, Daniel, Switzerland, 2007, French/Subtitles: English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tom Boys / Garcons Manques [FL 1379]
Imane is a 15 year old girl who lives with her family in the housing establishment "Les Bosquets" in the suburb "Montfermeil", at the edge of Paris - the place where the riots started in October 2005. The footbal ground is a central place for the citizens of "Les Bosquets". Imane plays soccer and has the reputation to be a "garcon manque" - a tomboy. She would like to become a police woman to show that Arabs are not merely troublemakers. But when the riots break out again, she comes to terms with her real identity.
Gordanshekan, Susan, Germany, 2007, French/Subtitles: English, 34 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pollen Nation [FL 1380]
Every year, hundreds of professional beekeepers forklift their wooden hives onto 18-wheel semis, strap down the loads, and head out on the highway.Across the country - from the Imperial Valley in California to the Florida panhandle and the hills of Maine – farmers rely on honeybees to pollinate crops worth $15 billion every year. But parasites, pesticides, and modern agricultural practices are making it harder and harder for beekeepers to keep their bees alive, and the crisis could affect what shows up on all of our dinner tables.
Agnew, Singeli ; Fisher, Joshua, United States, 2007, English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Vorga: Path of Two Banks / Vorga: Cesta mezl brehy [FL 1381]
A film about a dream, tundra and a nomadic nation of European Nenets. Vorga is the Nenets' sacred trail, which the herdsmen have used for centuries to move their herds across tundra, all the waz to the Barents Sea shore. Contemporary Nenets are different…they live in villages, they do not want to be nomads anymore. They traditional nomadic culture has almost merged with the Russian culture, a nomadic Nenet is disappearing… The oil refineries quickly take up the vast areas of tundra, parts of the sacred trail are damaged by trucks. Yet there still exists the original nomadic life at the end of Vorga deep in tundra! Silence and Peace. Rustle of the sea and noice of the wind. Slow time flow and limitless freedom! But only until the helicopter comes…
Brickovsky, Zdenek N., Czech Republic, 2006, Russian, Czech/Subtitles: English, 69 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Sleeping Island / La isla durmiente [FL 1383]
llusion, hopes, and faith are weapons that we create to survive in the face of adversity.Religion, superstition and art are spaces where we can develop the concepts created by our imagination to fight suffering.The Cuban citizen is a dreamer, and this film attempts to make a trip towards a real Cuba, as real as its dreams.
Martín de los Santos, David, Spain, 2005, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Golden Cage [FL 1384]
140 years ago, a few hundred Circassians arrived in Israel and settled in two villages in the Galilee. Today the community counts over 4,000 people. The effort to preserve the legacy that they brought with them from Caucasus, in addition to observing a Moslem way of life, lead to daily conflict with the open western way of life. The Circassians, for whom honor and shame are central components in how they relate to the world, quietly bare their immense disappointment from the way they’ve been received into Israeli society. Today, despite the fact that they serve in the army, they are still not accepted as equals. The film follows their attempt to preserve their rigid social codes with regard to tradition among the younger members of the community, and the way they cope with the constant conflict – to go back to Caucasus or stay in Israel.
Caledron, Chana, Israel, 2005, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Asia: The Next Generation [FL 1385]
The documentary about the impact China, and its Asian partners will have over the next 15 years. This film profiles China's past, present and future with a focus on understanding China's culture and its interaction with Asian neighbors. Hosted by 10 year old Dylan MacRiner, this documentary is targeted towards parents who have a concern about the tremendous economic and environmental impact the China-Asia rise will have on their children's future, and on the planet.
MacRiner, Rob, China, 2007, English, 32 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mined America / América Minada [FL 1386]
The issue of the landmines and its victims throughout the whole continent is disclosed, with impacting pictures and testimonies, by the launching of the video-documentary América Minada / Mined America, by the documenters Vinicius Souza and Maria Eugênia Sá. The 27-minute documentary co-produced by TV Brasil Canal Integración, the international channel of the Brazilian state, provides a deeper analysis of the theme in Colombia and Peru by means of interviews with specialists and anti-mine activists, in addition to heartbreaking testimonies by the victims of those explosive devices, which were prohibited 10 years ago but are still broadly utilized.
Souza, Vinicius ; Sa, Maria Eugenia, Brazil, 2007, Portuguese, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Vlado Kristl - I Am a Human Experiment / Vlado Kristl- Ich bin ein Mensch-Versuch [FL 1388]
The film follows artist Vlado Kristl's life between 2002-2004. He was a filmmaker and artist from Zagreb, Croatia, best known for his celebrated animations and short films.
Maier, Joana Pauline ; Nechleba, Markus, Germany, 2006, German/Subtitles: English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Equal Access: Integrated Education for Romani Children in Bulgaria [FL 1390]
Throughout Central and Eastern Europe, racially-based segregation denies thousands of Romani children equal academic opportunity as they attend substandard schools in Romani ghettos. In the year 2000, Romani activists from the Bulgarian town of Vidin spearheaded the first initiative for educational desegregation in Europe. Equal Access tells the story of two seventh graders who met and became friends only when Romani children joined their peers in mainstream schools. The video calls on authorities to fully endorse nation-wide policies in support of educational integration of Romani children.
Bulgaria, 2006, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 16 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Message From Behind the Wall [FL 1391]
In February 2005 Agricola de Cologne visited several places where the Israeli government erected the segregation wall. The part of the wall filmed in Message from behind a Wall is situated in opposite of the AIDA refugee camp and was at the time a temporary playground for children.
Cologne, Wilfried Agricola de, Israel, 2005, Arabic, English, 10 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mimoune [FL 1392]
Illegal immigration is not only a problem to the host society; for immigrants the social uprooting comes with the family division. This documentary was born of the desire to put together, even if it was only through a camera, a family that since long ago wishes to be reunited.
Ballester, Gonzalo, Spain, Arabic/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Confrontations in Cuba / Confrontaciones en Cuba [FL 1393]
Confrontations in Cuba is a film in which all the scenes have been shoot in one take without cuts. Hurricane Wilma approaches and the baseball season is close at hand. Despite the tension life goes on in its daily rhythm for Cubans: dominos are played, the band searches for a common tune at rehearsals. The different scenes and atmospheres of the film make up a whole where in the middle of tension and happiness blossoms the Cuban identity in all its richness.
Halonen, Arto, Finland, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 18 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Perspective [FL 1394]
Seven short films, each showing a different perspective of being an asylum seeker in Glasgow
United Kingdom, 2005, English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Wagon / A vagon [FL 1396]
The film discusses one of the most horrible aspects of the Holocaust: the delivery of the deported people to the lagers, the days spent in the wagons. The Wagon gives voice to those who have experienced this inhumane form of transportation.
Zelki, János, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Pedaling to Freedom [FL 1398]
An unusual story which shows how a humble object like bicycle can also change lives dramatically. The film revisits a unique initiative 15 years later in Pudukkottai, one of India's poorest districts where mobility of women was seen as an important tool for empowerment and promoting literacy. In one of the poorest parts of the world 230,000 people learnt to read and write. Over 100,000 women learnt to cycle. It happened in one year and cost Rs. 65 (less than one and a half dollars) per person!
Jodha, Vijay S., India, 2007, English, 28 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Are There Still Any Sheperds? / Anda ha pastores? [FL 1399]
An Isolated and forgotten valley in the Portuguese mountains hides the last shepherds of Serra da Estrela Mountain Range. There is no electricity, no water public utilities, and no asphalted roads around here. Nowadays, the eldests are dying and the youngests show no interest in the demanding job of being a shepherd. Herminio, 27 years old, is the youngest shepherd living in this valley. For how long will he maintain this occupation? After all, do the shepherds still exist?
Pelicano, Jorge, Portugal, 2006, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

African Spelling Book [FL 1400]
A series of short films written, narrated and filmed by a group of boys and girls living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Each story refletcts their point of view on life in Kenya, and gives the viewer a unique chance to explore their world
Loy, Angelo, Italy, 2005, English, 61 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gypsies / Cygany [FL 1401]
A cinéma-vérité-style documentary that follows a traveling gypsy caravan across rural Poland. The black anf white antropological film attempts to portray the lifes of the Gypsies by taking the position of the neutral observant.
Slesicki, Wladyslaw, Poland, 1961, Polish/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

What Magdalena Said [FL 1403]
'I want to become a public prosecutor to clean my town of all the brown-skinned inhabitants''- the words of Magdalena Babicka, runner-up at the 1993 Miss Czech-Slovak contest. The film goes to Magdalena's town to explore the world which made Magdalena, juxtaposing the experience of Czech Rom, in danger of losing their homes and citizenship. Film about the persecution of Gypsies in the post-Communist Czech Republic.
Stewart, Michael, England, 1993, Czech/Subtitles: English, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Good Luck! / Barhtalo – Jó szerencsét! [FL 1405]
A mixture of fiction and nonfiction, this film follows two Gypsy men, Lali and Lóri on their business trip from Romania to Austria and back home.
Lakatos, Róbert, Austria, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The 8th Bullet [FL 1406]
Experimental short documentary film.
Paganini, Marcelo, France, 2005, English, 15 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Blood of My Brother [FL 1407]
After years of hard work, Ra’ad, an Iraqi photographer, managed to open his own shop. On the night of the opening, while volunteering to guard the ancient mosque in Kadhimiya, Ra’ad was shot and killed by an American patrol. Longing for revenge, Ra’ad’s brother Ibrahim vows revenge and dreams of joining the Shia uprising against the American occupation. As the only man left in the family however, Ibrahim must assume his position and become the breadwinner, thus continue his brother’s business and provide for his mother and two sisters. Personal tragedies and growing Shia insurgency in Iraq.
Berends, Andrew, United States, 2005, English, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Blood of My Brother [FL 1407]
After years of hard work, Ra’ad, an Iraqi photographer, managed to open his own shop. On the night of the opening, while volunteering to guard the ancient mosque in Kadhimiya, Ra’ad was shot and killed by an American patrol. Longing for revenge, Ra’ad’s brother Ibrahim vows revenge and dreams of joining the Shia uprising against the American occupation. As the only man left in the family however, Ibrahim must assume his position and become the breadwinner, thus continue his brother’s business and provide for his mother and two sisters. Personal tragedies and growing Shia insurgency in Iraq.
Berends, Andrew, United States, 2005, English, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Drugdje [FL 1409]
There are over a billion of them in their motherland. There are ten thousand of them in Serbia and several hundreds in Zagreb. Can they become somebody more than numbers and strangers identified by the red lanterns here, in the small Croatian town located somewhere between East and West? It is difficult to give a straightforward answer to this question now. The Chinese started to come to this place in 2002. Some of them stayed, set up home and stayed here for good but new ones continually appear who simply come and go. It is easier for the Croatians to accept the former ones; some accept the latter, some do not. The Chinese seem to be glad. They give their children Croatian names and set up businesses. They are most happy because they do not need to work all the time here. They have free Sundays, they work shorter on Saturdays and they can take a month or two of holidays and spend this time in China.
Zupan, Natalija, Croatia, 2005, Croatian, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Of Black America: Heritage of Slavery [FL 1410]
Writings by slaves recreate the atmosphere of life in bondage. This was the sixth of seven programs in the series produced by CBS News. Reporting is George Foster.
United States, 1968, English, 58 min, documentary film, VHS

Behind the Wall: "Perfectly Normal Lives in the GDR?" [FL 1414]
This documentary film, based on in-depth research by UCL students and staff, is the first to explore the complexity of ordinary lives in the relatively stable middle period of the GDR’s history, between the building of the Wall in 1961 and the economic decline and political unrest of the 1980s. Using extensive oral history interviews, archival sources and film footage, it portrays a more complex picture of life in the GDR, allowing East Germans to tell their own stories and inviting viewers to an informed debate on key questions of contemporary German history and identity.
Fulbrook, Mary, United Kingdom, 2007, English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Love Affair: Or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator / Ljubavni Slucaj ili Tragedija Sluzbenice P.T.T. [FL 1416]
A key work of Eastern European cinema, Love Affair is a radical investigation of the relationship between sex and politics. The story of a young switchboard operator who falls in love with a sanitary worker until she allows herself to be seduced by a younger, more glamorous man. Told through a daring blend of flashbacks and flashforwards and a mix of documentary and fiction.
Makavejev, Dusan, Yugoslavia, 1967, Serbo-Croatian/Subtitles: English, 73 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Lodz Ghetto [FL 1420]
This documentary concerns the 200,000 Czech and Polish Jews of Lodz ghetto who were enslaved by the Nazis during World War II. Forced into labor camps, only 800 had survived by the time the camp was liberated by the Allied forces. Historical documents, archival films, interviews, and the reading of diaries of the prisoners were used to assemble this chilling story of the horrors of war. Over 1,000 still photos actually taken by ghetto residents who risked their lives were also used.
Adelson, Alan, United States, 1988, English, 118 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Somewhere in Berlin / Irgendwo in Berlin [FL 1421]
The inhabitants of shattered post-war Berlin are portrayed with psychological precision by veteran director Gerhard Lamprecht, who also directed Emil and the Detectives
Lamprecht, Gerhard, Germany, 1946, German/Subtitles: English, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism / W.R. - Misterije organizma [FL 1423]
dense film that cuts up footage of a primary plot of two young Yugoslavian girls, one a politico and the other a sexpot, and an affair with a visiting Russian skater. Mixing metaphors of Russia's relationship with Yugoslavia, intercut with footage and interviews with Wilhelm Reich and Al Goldstein of Screw magazine. The film applies Reich's theories of Orgone energy and analogies of Stalinism as a form of Freudian sexual repression.
Makavejev, Dusan, Yugoslavia, 1971, English, Serbo-Croatian, 85 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Pre-War German Featurettes [FL 1424]
Four Reich-produced documentaries from the mid-'30s are featured. ''Yesterday and Today'', ''Three Years of Adolf Hitler'' and ''Honor of Work'' compare National Socialism to the Weimar Republic, while ''Becoming an Army'' depicts the Rhineland campaign of the National Socialist Party.
Steinhof, Johannes, Germany, 1937, German/Subtitles: English, 60 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

I Can Already Do That / Ich kann das schon [FL 1426]
In order to understand someone else, we have to enter into dialogue with them. Children suffering from Down's syndrome have difficulties in learning to speak. So how can their parents relate to them and enter into dialogue? The film follows three children suffering from Down's syndrome from spring 2001 to autumn 2002, documenting a phase of their learning process and the joy they have in life.
Breitel, Heide, Germany, 2005, German/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

MS International Friendship / MS Vlkerfreundschaft [FL 1427]
The documentary voyages along the Baltic coast to the Soviet Union on the GDR maiden cruise ship the "MS Völkerfreundschaft" (MS International Friendship). The filmmaker confronts the promises of distant destinations and the reality of limitations within the GDR. Leagues away from the currebt wave of "Ostalgia", she uses personal stories and recollections to present a different kind of case.
Knorr, Ulrike, Germany, 2005, German/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Peter's Dream [FL 1428]
Peter’s dream is the story of an extraordinary educational project which took place in Nairobi in 2005, the African Spelling Book: 56 boys and girls from the shantytowns wrote and filmed 21 short films for the National Geographic Channel. One of them was Peter Kamau, a thirteen-year-old street kid. "Dream", the title of the story he wrote, expresses his greatest wish: to go back to school after two years spent in the street. A wish that is not easy to make come true in Nairobi.
Cerasuolo, Enrico, Italy, 2006, English, Swahili (macrolanguage), 54 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Waiting… [FL 1430]
Mothers, wives in India's Kashmir region are looking and waiting for their men who had disappeard following raids of the police forces.
Gupta, Atul ; Ara, Shabnam, India, 2005, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 39 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gen(i)us Diabolis / Gen(i)us Diabolis: Ördögtérgye [FL 1431]
A film in the style of a folk ballad about a Transylvanian peasant's curious dream and the cunning postman.
Lakatos, Róbert, Hungary, 2003, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 19 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Scuppered [FL 1432]
Scuppered is based on the Russian fisherman stranded at Lyttelton in 1998.
Wright, Alan, United Kingdom, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dissident: Oswaldo Paya and the Varela Project [FL 1433]
The 20-minute documentary portrays a grassroots pro-democracy movement -- the Varela Project -- struggling to peacefully advance human and political rights in Cuba. Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, leader of the movement, shares his uncensored story of this civic campaign, which calls for a referendum on open elections, freedom of speech, freedom for political prisoners and free enterprise.
Ewing, Heidi, United States, 2003, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Voices in Transit [FL 1434]
Timothy, Baddy and Osman are African asylum seekers in Switzerland. This film brings these three people out of anonimity and attempt by talking and listening to their stories to decipher their old-new idenities in a country that is not truly keen on welcoming aliens.
Salzer, Hanna ; Hofmanner, Philip, Switzerland, 2006, English, German, French/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Voices in Transit [FL 1434]
Timothy, Baddy and Osman are African asylum seekers in Switzerland. This film brings these three people out of anonimity and attempt by talking and listening to their stories to decipher their old-new idenities in a country that is not truly keen on welcoming aliens.
Salzer, Hanna ; Hofmanner, Philip, Switzerland, 2006, English, German, French/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bridging Minds / Die Brücke der Verständigung [FL 1435]
recounts the difficulties in the making of Helmut Käutner’s Die Letzte Brücke (The Last Bridge) (1954), an Austrian-Yugoslav-West German coproduction under the aegis of Columbia Pictures that received a special award at Cannes together with an honorable mention to actress Maria Schell for her remarkable performance. The insightful interviews alone with many professionals associated with that milestone production – save for the late Helmut Käutner (1908-1980) and Maria Schell (1926-2005) – make Knezevic’s Bridging Minds must viewing by the committed cineaste.
Knezevic, Srdan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 105 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ordinary Lives [FL 1436]
A documentary set in a slum in Mumbai, with the lives of a family of ten living in a 180 square feet shack at its center. The documentary attempts to highlight the social, cultural, infrastructure and political issues that affect the lives of ordinary people in Mumbai and their juxtaposition with the efforts to make Mumbai a modern city.
Agarwal, Sheetal S., India, 2005, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Nogada [FL 1437]
Nogada is slang for day laborers working in construction site. This film depicts the lives of daily construction workers in South Korea. Although they are in many ways the backbone of the South Korean economy they are often marginalized. NoGaDas work 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week, under dangerous working conditions for low wages without any benefits. As a result of the 1997 IMF economic crisis, many construction workers began to live in the streets, while others had their wages cut by 40% and work hours dramatically reduced. Under the backdrop of this, construction workers and their supporters began to organize and demand for jobs.
Kim, Mi-re, South Korea, 2005, Korean/Subtitles: English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Osada Bystrany [FL 1438]
Bystrany is a village of 2500 people in East Slovakia. 1700 of them are Roma. They have lived there since 14th century. The majority live together in a settlement called Osada. Most of the Roma live on social support which was dramatically cut by 50% in 2004.
Bader, Marc ; Kuncikova, Petra, (n/a), 2006, Slovak, Romany/Subtitles: English, 32 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Sheilas: 28 Years On [FL 1439]
The film features the stories of five prominent New Zealand second wave feminists who first appeared on our television screens in 1977, in the controversial feminist documentary series Women. In Sheilas: 28 Years On contemporary interviews with the women about their lives and their political beliefs are juxtaposed with archival footage from the original series and from the 1960s to the 1980s. This provides a visual background to what motivated the women to become politically active and documents the changes that have occurred as a result of their activism, both in their own lives and in New Zealand society. Students will gain insight into the causes and consequences of second wave feminist activism in New Zealand through viewing the film.
Goldson, Annie ; Hutchesson, Dawn, New Zealand, 2004, English, 71 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Garlic and Watermelons [FL 1440]
Summer 2003. With the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics just over a year away, forty Gypsy families are forced to abandon their settlement next to the main Olympic stadium, so that the land can be used for a parking lot.The film follows Prokopis Nikolaou,a produce vendor who lived his entire life in this settlement, as he struggles to find a new home for himself and his family.The local mayor agreed to pay the Roma rent subsidies in exchange for vacating the land, but the money proves elusive and the families are forced to move from place to place due to evictions and sub-standard living conditions. Feeling angry and fooled, Prokopis becomes an unofficial spokesman for the forty families, fighting for both their dignity and the money they were promised. He meets with human rights activists, takes his battle with the mayor to the courts, and shares his story with the international media that descend on Athens in the weeks leading up to the Olympic Games.
Kickey, Cameron ; Feeny, Lauren, United States, 2005, Greek, Modern (1453-)/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Youngsters / Мальчишки [FL 1442]
A film about the first Chechen campaign between 1994 -1995 from the perspective of a soldier. The documentary attempts to shed light upon how the soldiers were involved in these events, what they were fighting for, and who they were dying for during the war.
Gabrilyan, Alexander, Russia, 2005, Russian/Subtitles: English, 10 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Drink to Forget / Bere per dimenticare [FL 1443]
Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and other dictators appear on the labels of wine bottles sold in Italy. “Drink to Forget" attempts to unravel the complex emotional, ethical and legal issues raised by the selling and buying of these images through interviews with various actors including the producers and buyers, legal experts, politicians, partisans and members of Italy's Jewish community.
Calabresi, Michele ; Heeren, Patrick ; Molino, C., Italy, 2006, Italian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Tornallom [FL 1444]
A Tornallom is a documentary about the struggle to defend de irrigated area used for cultivation known as La Huerta de Valencia. It shows us images and testimonies of the events that occurred between September 2002 and March 2003, when more than 200 residents of La Punta (in the Huerta area) were evicted from their houses. The villages were demolished and the fields bulldozed to make room for the ZAL (logistics activities zone) of the Port of Valencia, which is planned to take up around 600,000 square meters, most of the area of La Huerta. “A Tornallom", is what the agricultural workers of La Huerta call the way they swap work amongst themselves. For heavy agricultural tasks workers usually help each other, pooling their efforts to do the work on one person’s field and going on to another the next day until all the work is done. That's working ‘a tornallom’: work in exchange for work.
Peris, Enric, Spain, 2005, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 48 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beekeeping after War [FL 1446]
A documentary about the former Yugoslavia, as told by the beekeepers of the land. The war-scarred lands of the former Yugoslavia are home to a great history of Beekeepers. These men and women are woven into the culture and narrative of the bitter past of this beautiful and scarred terrain. Their stories are that of the Balkans. They have seen some of the bitterest fighting in World War 2. They have lived forcibly united under Communism and they have suffered under the NATO sanctions and bombing. All the while, they have produced outstanding honey. Beekeepers from across the land tell us their stories, patiently, passionately. Sister Nektarina, an orthodox nun talks of how bees have always been part of monastery life. The Ba_i_ Brothers bemoan the quality of honey now that they can no longer move their hives freely from pasture to pasture. 22 year-old Marko wishes that the authorities would see the good that beekeepers do and help them build the economy.
Leach, Tomas, Italy, 2006, Serbian/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Grandparents / Grosseltern [FL 1447]
The director returns to her grandparents. What begins as an observation of their daily lives develops into a story of devotion and dependence, change and immutability, and the solitude and sharing of two people who grow old together. The documentary shows the daily struggles, as well as the strength and determination of two elderly persons and their survival strategies. It is an intimate glimpse that brings to light existential questions – questions which viewers are inspired to ask themselves.
Scherg, Nicole, (n/a), 2004, German/Subtitles: English, German, Italian, 35 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Rosa's Story / Historia de Rosa [FL 1448]
In 2003, Nicaraguan 9-year-old Rosa was snatched and raped by a stranger. Five weeks later they found out the girl was pregnant. Her parents wanted her to get an abortion. The case mobilized international organizations that gave support to the parents’ wish, but it also came to the attention of the government and the church, which were against the abortion. The case shocked Nicaragua and aroused an international debate about abortion.
Jaugey, Florence, Nicaragua, 2005, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 33 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Rear-View of Lives [FL 1449]
The filmmakers travel from New York City through Virginia, the Carolinas, Gerorgia, Alabama, Louisiana, texas, new Mexico, Arizona , and California- San Fransico to find out about "background" America. How the people they encounter think about The USA, its role in the worls, and the dierction it is going to.
Germa, Elizabeth ; Shubinski, Esther, United States, 2005, English/Subtitles: French, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Daddy and Lili Marlene / Taticek a Lili Marlen [FL 1450]
The life of each of us is unique and unrepeatable. The cycle “ Private Century ” tells authentic stories based on private family film archives. The “Private Century ” shows the history as a set of intimate human stories. Their intensity can affect also others because the essential events take place in every single one of our lives. “Daddy and Lili Marlene” is a lose sequel to “the King of Velichovky” part of the series. The story is narrated from the point of view of little Eva who recollects her memories of Velichovky and her parents: daddy and Lili. Life was captured on private archive films in 30’s and 40’s of the last century.
Šikl, Jan, Czech Republic, 2005, Czech/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Adopting a New Homeland [FL 1451]
The film tells the story of a population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1922. Makry (Fethiye - Kayaköy) in Turkey turns out to be Nea Makry (New Makry) in Greece, a new homeland. By this film, people in Nea Makry started to question their feelings towards the Turkish people. They started to share their feelings of the past, present and future. They are the people from the 1st to 3rd generation of population exchange who suffered the sorrow of immigration, force to leave their homeland and move to a new country, and who grew up with the sorrowful stories of their predecessors. The transformation of prejudices into friendship of the people of two cultures that stay apart because of the history they did not create and could not change.
Riza, Enis, Turkey, 2006, Greek, Modern (1453-), Turkish/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Don't Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees from Burma [FL 1452]
The film chronicles the life of 70-year-old freedom fighter Major Mary On and her people's struggle for self-determination. Major Mary's charismatic storytelling is accompanied by rare, clandestine footage smuggled out of the refugee camps along the border between Burma and Thailand. The film reveals the Karen refugees' spirit and determination to survive as political and historical forces conspire against them.
Gumnit, Ruth, United States, 2004, English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Saddam Hussein: The Trial [FL 1453]
Saddam Hussein: The Trial presents an exceptional inquiry, carried out over one year, with judges, lawyers, victims, investigators, legal experts and senior officials involved in the preparation of Saddam Hussein's trial. For 18 months, the director conducts an global investigation across Iraq, Jordan, France, the United States and Spain and asks: How was the Iraqi Special Tribunal created? Who really controls this trial? What role will Saddam, who holds a degree in Law, play during the trial? What charges will be held and validated against Saddam Hussein, and with what evidence?
Krief, Jean-Pierre, Iraq, 2005, French, English, Persian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Saddam Hussein: The Trial [FL 1453]
Saddam Hussein: The Trial presents an exceptional inquiry, carried out over one year, with judges, lawyers, victims, investigators, legal experts and senior officials involved in the preparation of Saddam Hussein's trial. For 18 months, the director conducts an global investigation across Iraq, Jordan, France, the United States and Spain and asks: How was the Iraqi Special Tribunal created? Who really controls this trial? What role will Saddam, who holds a degree in Law, play during the trial? What charges will be held and validated against Saddam Hussein, and with what evidence?
Krief, Jean-Pierre, Iraq, 2005, French, English, Persian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Return [FL 1454]
Liya’s past is troublesome—her mother was killed by her father, and she herself was beaten by him many times—and she spends her adult life attempting to cope with her memories. To cut the vicious circle of violence in the village of her childhood, where domestic violence is considered “normal”, Liya returns to her former home to awaken the villagers and establish new relationships among them.
Glonti, Levan, Georgia, 2006, Georgian/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Abortion, Right or Wrong? [FL 1455]
Every year, throughout the world, fifty million women have abortions and about thirty five thousand of these abortions are being performed in the Netherlands. Abortion is being legalized in the Netherlands thirty years ago and abortions have since then been carried out safely and in safe surroundings. The right to have an abortion in the Netherlands now seems so fundamental that it is difficult to imagine that it is still not a fundamental right in many countries in the world. This film shows the course of an average day at the oldest abortion clinic in the Netherlands. A seventeen year old girl tells her story and women that used to demonstrate at the clinic against abortion now come to the clinic with their own pregnant daughters. Has this acquired freedom changed personal and social attitudes? Is a woman’s decision to have an abortion any less painful now than it used to be?
Jesus, Sherman de, Netherlands, 2005, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton [FL 1456]
Cotton production in the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan represents one of the most exploitative enterprises in the world...despite these well known abuses Western corporations and particularly European companies, continue to trade with the regime, buying cotton in exchange for vast amounts of foreign capital.
United Kingdom, 2005, English, 7 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Libertas [FL 1457]
Libertas is a luxurious hotel built in the 70's in Dubrovnik. It was almost completely demolished during the war in the Balkans, then rebuilt by Turkish investors. To this day Libertas remains the symbol of freedom. Past, present and future. Images of the former Yugoslavia, the beauty of the Adriatic coast; images of war and peace.
Gergely, Dorka, Hungary, 2006, Croatian, English/Subtitles: English, 34 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Libertas [FL 1457]
Libertas is a luxurious hotel built in the 70's in Dubrovnik. It was almost completely demolished during the war in the Balkans, then rebuilt by Turkish investors. To this day Libertas remains the symbol of freedom. Past, present and future. Images of the former Yugoslavia, the beauty of the Adriatic coast; images of war and peace.
Gergely, Dorka, Hungary, 2006, Croatian, English/Subtitles: English, 34 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Apocalypse Unlimited / Apokalipsa bez granic [FL 1458]
On December 26, 2006 a giant tsunami hit the Aceh province in northern Sumatra. One tragedy helped uncover another: a barbarous civil war that has been going on for 30 years, forgotten by the world. Film about the freedom fighters in Aceh, Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement.
Matysek, Krystian, Poland, 2006, English, Indonesian, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Black Against White / Preto contra branco [FL 1459]
In one of the southern suburbs of São Paulo, on the border between the favelas and the better neighbourhoods, is a soccer field where blacks and whites meet once a year to play against each other. A white and a black friend initiated the event thirty years ago, with fraternisation as their goal. The rest of the year, the match is food for stories, legends and jokes. The film looks at this community that it trying the get rid of the racial phantoms with more or less success.
Morales, Wagner, Brazil, 2004, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Spanish Earth / Terre d'Espagne Spanish Earth [FL 1460]
The production company Contemporary Historians was set up to raise money for a documentary filmed on the spot. With John Ferno and initially with John Dos Passos, who, when he left the crew, was replaced by Ernest Hemingway, Joris Ivens went to Fuenteduena, near Madrid, to film on the front of the republican armies. It has become one of the major films on the Spanish Civil War and one of the most important films in Ivens's carreer. Like in many other films Ivens finds a balance between the daily life of people and their struggle to survive. The strong photography, mainly by John Ferno, combined with the powerful editing by Helen van Dongen and the commentary of Ernest Hemingway make the film a masterpiece of documentary film making. In a first version the commentary was spoken by Orson Welles, but his voice was considered 'too beautiful' to be combined with the film, so it was decided that Hemingway did himself the commentary.
Ivens, Joris, United States, 1937, Spanish, English, German/Subtitles: Hungarian, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Frontlines: Laos [FL 1461]
Ruhi Hamid chose Chong-Cha Lee to be her guide on a journey to the jungle and to be the intermediary during a meeting with the Hmong people, a community that has been hiding away from its persecutors, as well as the eyes of the entire world, for twenty years. It is also a community that needs to be discovered, so that it can be saved from famine and the consequences of untreated diseases. The secret village has been around since the end of the Vietnam War. At the end of the sixties, some of the inhabitants of Laos helped a secret American unit during the conflict. After the Pathet Lao's victory, the US army left and its helpers became enemies of the state. For them, the war has not yet ended even after all this time, and continues every day. The filmmaker goes on a twenty-four hour journey to show how the activities of a democratic regime espousing a policy of helping others can have paradoxical consequences.
Hamid, Ruhi, United Kingdom, 2005, English, 29 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Lowlands / Tiefland [FL 1462]
Tiefland (Lowlands) is a movie that Leni Riefenstahl scripted, produced, directed, acted in, and edited. It is based on the opera Tiefland (music by Eugen d'Albert) and the original play Terra Baixa by Àngel Guimerà. Tiefland was the last full feature film of Riefenstahl as director and main actress. She started to develop the script in 1934, and shot the movie between 1940-44. The film, however, was not completed by the end of WWII and eventually was finalized and released on February 11, 1954. Set in early 20th century Germany and Spain, a melodrama about a dancer who becomes the romantic bone of contention between a humble shepherd and an imperious marquis. A gypsy dancer played by Leni Reifenstahl herself.
Riefenstahl, Leni, Germany, 1954, German/Subtitles: English, 99 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Love Is… / Lyubovta e... [FL 1463]
A love story shaped by the sense of humor of the protagonists, yet predestined to develop dramatically.
Tonev, Ivan, Bulgaria, 2005, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The State of Israel vs. Tali Fahima [FL 1464]
In the midst of the bloody war between Israel and the Palestinians, Tali Fahima, a young Israeli woman from the development town of Kiryat Gat, reads an interview in the newspaper with one of the most wanted Palestinians in the West Bank – Zakaria Zbeidi. Something about Zbeidi captures her imagination and she obtains his phone number. The conversation between the two goes into the night and changes her life forever. Following a number of visits to Jenin, Fahima made declares she will serve as a human shield for Zbeidi against IDF forces. Shortly after, she is arrested by the Israeli Secret Service. Tali is defined a terrorist, and the state of Israel begins an aggressive battle against her. The film documents Tali Fahima’s legal struggle to prove her innocence, the complex relationship between her and Zbeidi, the difficulties faced by her mother and sister, the social isolation that was forced upon her and the media uproar surrounding her trial, which would become one of the most fascinating trials in the history of the State of Israel.
Hakim, Tal, Israel, 2006, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Reacting Against Racism [FL 1466]
An instructive documentary showing the diverse range of experiences in Switzerland made possible through the "Projects against racism and for human rights" fund. It serves as an incentive and useful tool in designing projects aimed at tackling racism.
Voss, Anne ; Hermann, David, Switzerland, 2003, German/Voice-over: English, French, Italian, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A World on Display [FL 1467]
In the spring and summer of 1904, the world was focused on St. Louis, Missouri, site of a world’s fair commemorating the Louisiana Purchase Centennial. The St. Louis World’s Fair, largest and grandest of all international expositions, displayed America’s economic and artistic resources, the latest technological developments, and models for urban planning. The Fair’s organizers also brought more than 2000 indigenous peoples to St. Louis to live in “authentic” villages, reflecting both the social Darwinism of the age and America’s new role as an overseas power. The film uses reminiscences of elderly Missourians who went to the Fair, interviews with historians, archival motion pictures, and many never-before-published photographs to locate the St. Louis Fair in the social, political and cultural context of American society at the beginning of the 20th century.
Breitbart, Eric, United States, 2005, English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Ghosts [FL 1468]
On February 5th 2004 twenty three Chinese people drowned in Morecambe Bay. Their families in China are still paying off their debts. When a young girl, Ai Qin, pays $25,000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China, she becomes another one of 3 million migrant workers that have become the bedrock of British economy. Forced to live with eleven other Chinese people in a two bedroom house, they work in factories preparing food for British supermarkets. Risking their lives for pennies these unprotected workers end up cockling in Morcombe Bay at night. With an extraordinary debut performance from Ai Qin Lin in a film whose principal characters are played by Chinese former illegal immigrants, Ghosts offers a unique insight into a secret world that surrounds us.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 2006, Chinese, Mandarin, English, 96 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Other Side of Istanbul / Das andere Istanbul [FL 1469]
The documentary offers never-before-seen insight into the diversity of the gay experience in Turkey and the difficulties of homosexual self-discovery in a predominately homophobic society where “other” sexual orientations are hidden,repressed, or met with hostility. The film explores how the members of Turkey’s LGBT community defend their rights more confidently as the accessibility of information via new media expands, as they adopt more Western lifestyles and attitudes, and as the debate over Turkish admission to the European Union grows fiercer. Just as it is for us, the world grows smaller each and every day for the Turkish men encountered in this film, but unfortunately, unlike for many of us, each of these men must live in a land where some fear change and will stop at nothing to keep things the way they are.
Kilic, Döndü, Germany, 2008, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children of Congo: From War to Witches [FL 1470]
Over five million people have died during the past decade as a result of the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Few people are aware of the unimaginable scale of human suffering, death, and destruction that has occurred in this vast country deep in the heart of Africa. In the aftermath of this brutal war, children have endured the brunt of the suffering. This 67 minute film documents the plight of thousands of street children living in Kinshasa and confirms the wide-spread accusations of child witchcraft, torture and child prostitution. The film also examines the efforts to reintegrate demobilized child soldiers, displaced refugees, and orphaned children following the eruption of the massive Nyiragongo volcano, near the city of Goma in Eastern Congo. These heroic efforts are finally bringing some measure of hope and stability to the lives of the Congolese people.
Balluff, Dan, United States, 2008, English, English, 67 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children of Congo: From War to Witches [FL 1470]
Over five million people have died during the past decade as a result of the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Few people are aware of the unimaginable scale of human suffering, death, and destruction that has occurred in this vast country deep in the heart of Africa. In the aftermath of this brutal war, children have endured the brunt of the suffering. This 67 minute film documents the plight of thousands of street children living in Kinshasa and confirms the wide-spread accusations of child witchcraft, torture and child prostitution. The film also examines the efforts to reintegrate demobilized child soldiers, displaced refugees, and orphaned children following the eruption of the massive Nyiragongo volcano, near the city of Goma in Eastern Congo. These heroic efforts are finally bringing some measure of hope and stability to the lives of the Congolese people.
Balluff, Dan, United States, 2008, English, English, 67 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Chimera of Heroes / La quimera de los heroes [FL 1473]
Portrait of a white rugby coach in Argentina's remote Formosa jungle, as he tries to build up a team composed of Toba tribesmen. The film follows his efforts to train them into a nationally recognised sporting team.
Rosenfeld, Daniel, Argentina, 2003, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Connecting with Moldova / Möten i Moldavien [FL 1474]
For six years Hagar Lövgren worked in Moldova on a Swedish aid project. She was training home care staff working with the elderly and the disabled. During this time she became close friends with several people in Moldova. In the film we meet some of them. Their stories and experiences are also part the story of Moldova. These life stories mixed with the reflections of the director from a journey throughout Moldova paint a varied, personal picture of Moldova and its people. A country situated in Europe but as embarrassingly unknown in Europe as in the rest of the World.
Skoog, Kurt, Sweden, 2005, Russian, Romanian, Swedish/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition [FL 1476]
In his stunning documentary, Australian photographer, filmmaker, and adventurer Frank Hurley captures the astonishing true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated two-year Antarctic expedition aboard the ship, the Endurance. In July 1914, Shackleton and his 28-man crew (including Hurley) sailed from England for Antarctica, hoping to be the first explorers to cross the continent. However, 80 miles from land, the Endurance became locked in impenetrable pack ice. For the next nine months, the crew desperately tried to cut "leads," and batter through to open water. Hurley's glorious images show the ghostly Endurance landlocked in unremitting white ice, as far as the eye can see. In August of 1915, the crew and their 70 sleigh dogs were forced to abandon the Endurance as the pressure of the ice began crushing the ship. The crew was able to row to Elephant Island, where 22 remained, while Shackleton and five others attempted the desperate 800-mile voyage to inhabited South Georgia Island. Miraculously, all of the men survived the two-year ordeal, and Hurley was able to save 150 of his 400 glass plate negatives and all of his film reels to provide this dazzling documentation of the Endurance's harrowing experience.
Hurley, Frank, United Kingdom, 1919, (silent)/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Damnation / Kárhozat [FL 1479]
While at the time of its making, before the fall of the Berlin wall, the film was widely understood as the representation of the last days of communism, however there is more to it than that: it is about the hopelessness of human existence, and not only in an evil society. In the unspecified mining town in Hungary it has been raining for days, stray dogs fight among the dilapidated buildings. There are no birds on the dull grey sky and the buckets of the mine run squeaking disagreeably. The protagonists Karrer, Sebestyén and his wife are pathetically vegetating void beings. One day Karrer is hired by the bar owner to do a smuggling trip but he lets the job to Sebestyén, the husband of the singer Karrer longs for.
Tarr, Béla, Hungary, 1987, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, 116 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Werckmeister Harmonies / Werckmeister harmóniák [FL 1480]
The story takes place in a small town in the Hungarian Great Plain in an extremely cold winter. Several hundreds of people are gathering on the main square around a circus tent to see the stuffed body of a whale. This attraction disturbs the town’s life – far from peaceful anyway. Tensions escalate to an unbearable level with the appearance of the Prince, triggering off murderous impulses. Horrible events reach a similarly horrible end.
Tarr, Béla, Hungary, 2000, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, 145 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Family Nest / Családi tűzfészek [FL 1481]
A documentary-fiction about a working class couple. Irén with her little daughter Krisztike moves in with four people of her husband’s family in a single room flat in one of the outer districts of Budapest while the husband is doing his military service. In the incredible small space every minor problem turns into a murderous quarrel. The father-in-law arouses his son’s jealousy, undermining his marriage. Irén and her daughter move in a shabby sub-standard flat as squatters, hoping that they would not be evicted. She is sure that living on their own would solve all problems.
Tarr, Béla, Hungary, 1977, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch, 108 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Cantata / Oldás és kötés [FL 1485]
Amburs, a young doctor undergoes a spiritual crisis when he returns to his rural home. After facing a complicated heart surgery in which he manages to save his patient, proving thus both his skills and his courage, Amburs is reevaluating his own life. He realizes he is undergoing a crisis and has no more life goals. He then decides to go relax in his native village and spend time with his charismatic father. While home, he realizes he had become gradually estranged from his own class and background.
Jancsó, Miklós, Hungary, 1963, Hungarian, English, French, 107 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Enemies of Happiness [FL 1487]
The Constitutional Assembly of Afghanistan in 2003. A woman, Malalai Joya criticizing the Afghan rule, including the oppression of women, is thrown out of the Assembly. Threatened, she has to leave her family and house, too buts she continues her political fight in spite of the assassination attempts. In 2005 she runs as a candidate for Parliament - the first time women are allowed to - and wins a seat as the youngest member of the Parliament. She also engaged in protecting women's rights.
Mulvad, Eva, Afghanistan, Arabic, English/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Enemies of Happiness [FL 1487]
The Constitutional Assembly of Afghanistan in 2003. A woman, Malalai Joya criticizing the Afghan rule, including the oppression of women, is thrown out of the Assembly. Threatened, she has to leave her family and house, too buts she continues her political fight in spite of the assassination attempts. In 2005 she runs as a candidate for Parliament - the first time women are allowed to - and wins a seat as the youngest member of the Parliament. She also engaged in protecting women's rights.
Mulvad, Eva, Afghanistan, Arabic, English/Subtitles: English, 59 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Blood Relation [FL 1488]
In the early 1940s, 14-year-old Pnina disappeared nearby her house in what is now Israel. Years later, she started sending letters to her family. It turned out that she had married an Arab and had children with him, but it is never completely clear if she ran away or was kidnapped. Director Noa Ben-Hagai found her great-aunt Pnina's letters and asked her uncle, a retired colonel in Israeli intelligence, to find the unknown family in the Palestinian Territories. "Blood Relation" chronicles the various meetings between members of this Jewish-Arab family over the course of three years in both Israel and Nablus. Needless to say that these reunions do not go smoothly: the Arabs ask their family for help to get work permits, and the Israelis feel used. Conversations with family members from both sides illustrate how difficult it can be to bring people from such different and conflicting backgrounds together.
Ben Hagai, Noa, Israel, 2009, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Confidence / Bizalom [FL 1489]
During World War II in Budapest, a woman, Kata is told that her husband has gone into hiding, and that she must assume a new identity as wife of János Bíró, with whom she has to pretend to be husband and wife, and rent a room from a family whose son is off at war. Their relationship evolves from mistrust into love and then into trust, which in the film's scheme is the most unattainable thing of all.
Szabó, István, Hungary, 1979, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 115 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Mephisto [FL 1490]
A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the popularity of his character supersedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons.
Szabó, István, Hungary, 1981, German/Subtitles: English, 154 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Cséplő Gyuri [FL 1493]
This situational documentary tells the saga of an intelligent, ambitious young Gypsy man who, without almost any schooling, goes from his isolated village to the capital, Budapest to find work. He studies and works but finds himself constantly discriminated against due to his ethnicity. Finally, he decides to return home but realizes that the time away has changed him considerably and his old life has become a stranger to him.
Schiffer, Pál, Hungary, 1978, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Herbarium / Гербарий [FL 1494]
How does beauty age? Has charisma got a use by date? Herbarium portrays a brief but significant period in the lives of old people living in an elderly home. A mature women’s beauty contest turns a mundane day upside down and tests delicate social structures. In this pageant, the judges are not satisfied with external beauty alone, but the contestants also have to captivate their audience – some do it by speech, others by singing and dancing. A rare and unusual documentary that flows like a Slavic folk song – beautiful and melancholic while laughing spiritedly in the face of grief.
Meshchaninova, Natalia, Russia, 2007, Russian/Subtitles: English, 75 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Close Up / Nema-ye Nazdik [FL 1495]
Hossain Sabzian a film lover and huge fan of popular Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, meets Mrs. Ahankhah, also a fan of one of Makhmalbaf’s films. Posing as Makhmalbaf, Sabzian visits the Ahankhah family several times over the next couple of weeks. He flatters them by saying he wants to use their house for his next film and their sons as his actors. He even obtains a substantial amount of money from them, ostensibly to prepare for the film. Mr. Ahankhah has his suspicions and finds proof that Sabzian is indeed an impostor, who is then arrested by the police. The film, however, does not progress chronologically, and the scenes are re-enactments. The rest of the film is documentary about the trial. By becoming the leading actor in the filmed trial, his obsession with films becomes a reality. The film also gives a unique glimpse of the Iranian legal system.
Kiarostami, Abbas, Iran, 1990, Persian/Subtitles: English, 93 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Testimonies of Suffering [FL 1499]
30 minutes selected from the television series with the same title about the tortured and jailed victims of the communist past in Romania.
Hossu-Longin, Lucia, Romania, 2006, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

WFDY - World Federation of Democratic Youth / DIVSZ - Demokratikus Ifjúsági Világszövetség [FL 1500]
The history of WFDY, established on 10th November 1945 to unite the youth all over the world to fight against fascism, suppression and for peace.
United Kingdom, English/Subtitles: Hungarian, 30 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Archive of Memory [FL 1504]
The Archive of Memory is a visual essay of a filmmaker's response to the work of German art historian Aby Warburg. It is not a traditional film biography— Warburg himself only appears once, in a photograph, at the very end—but an attempt to translate some of Warburg's ideas from print to film. There are two interviews—philosopher Raymond Klibansky, who worked with Warburg in the 1920s, and British art historian Margaret Iversen who has written about him. The major part of the film combines excerpts from Warburg's lecture on his visit to the Pueblo and Hopi Indians with archival and contemporary film footage, photographs, and engravings.
Breitbart, Eric, United States, 2003, English, 25 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

I am the Cosmos [FL 1504]
Portait of Aribert Munzner, professor and member of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a passionate painter of microcosmos and macrocosmos.
Breitbart, Eric, United States, English, 19 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Louis Stettner [FL 1504]
Portrait of Louis Stettner, an American photographer who focuses on streetscapes, portraits and architectural images of New York and Paris.
Breitbart, Eric, United States, 2005, English, 16 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

John Matthews Interview [FL 1505]
In an interview John Matthews talks about Radio Free Europe, Free Europe Press and IREX.
United States, 1998, English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Prize of the Pole [FL 1506]
In 1897 the polar explorer Robert Peary invited six Greenlanders, including Minik, a six year old boy, and his father, to the Museum of Natural History in New York. As strange research objects, Inuits were an attractive exhibition at a the museum, but Minik was the only one of the six to survive the American climate, and his father's body was preserved in the name of science. One hundred years later Peary's great grandchild attempts to rediscover the connections between himself, his great grandfather and Minik. Staffan Julén's fascinating film, 'The Prize of the Pole', tells the stories of both men: Peary's double life with families in both Greenland and America and Minik's unsuccessful return to the life of a hunter in Greenland.
Julén, Staffan, Denmark, 2006, English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Agitators / Agitátorok [FL 1507]
A unique perspective of the paradoxical story of the Hungarian Soviet republic of 1919. The historical background -as formulated by impassioned diputes within the "intellectual group" of the party, philosophical monologues and film archives - serves more as an excuse to search for a general model of revolution which can be applied to later 20th century examples of revolution (1956 and 1968).
Magyar, Dezső, Hungary, 1969, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 69 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

A Fiery Autumn in the Cold War - Hungary in 1956 / Forró ősz a hidegháborúban - Magyarország 1956-ban [FL 1508]
This documentary made by the 1956 Institute (http://www.rev.hu/rev/), presents the history of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in a global political context. It examines the processes leading to the status quo in the post-war era, the characteristics of the Cold War and the antecedents of the revolution both in Eastern-Central Europe and in Hungary. The film depicts foreign reactions as well as the political considerations and conduct of the Great Powers. Recently rediscovered contemporary news footages from American, French, German and Russian archives further enrich the visual content of this documentary.
Kóthy, Judit ; Topits, Judit, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, German, French, Romanian, Italian, Slovak, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

As God Hath Foreordained…Film of Olga / Ahogy az Isten elrendelte...Olga filmje [FL 1509]
Explore a world rarely seen by outsiders as documentary filmmaker Sándor Mohi turns his camera on the citizens of the rural Gypsy community of Kászonújfalva, Transylvania. A culture whose system of communication and familial relationships have baffled outsiders for centuries, this film attempts to demystify it by focusing on a series of interviews with a young girl named Olga.
Mohi, Sándor, Hungary, 2000, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 68 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mahatma - A Great Soul of the 20th Century [FL 1510]
A portrait of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha - resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience which led India to independence and inspired civil rights movements around the world. Rich with archival footage, this excellent film follows Gandhi's journey from childhood and shows the aspirations, ambitions, sacrifices, doubts, patience and extraordinary endurance of a great man.
Jhaver, Vithalbhai, India, 2006, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Does Gandhi Matter? [FL 1511]
Produced by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, this film searches for the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in today's Indian society and not only. A series of interviews with prominent public figures, students, passers by and tourists, the documentary shows interesting views on how Gandhi's heritage lives on in the 21st century.
Raghuvanshi, Manoj, India, 2008, Hindi/Subtitles: English, 31 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Vukovar 1991 [FL 1512]
The documentary depicts the battle of Vukovar through the eyes of the fighters on the front lines. It evokes the defense of Borovo Naselje, part of Vukovar that includes the famous Trpinjska road. The film is rich with archive footage and offers insight into the daily routine and resourcefulness of average citizens in times of war.
Galić, Dominik, Croatia, 2007, Croatian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Thin [FL 1513]
Eating disorders affect five million people in the U.S., and more than 10% of those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa will die from the disease. Seeking to put a human face on these sobering statistics, acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield went inside a Florida treatment center to tell the stories of four women who are literally dying to be thin. The devastating HBO documentary THIN reveals what she found there - and explores the issues underlying their illness.
Greenfield, Lauren, United States, 2006, English, 102 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Citizen Havel / Obcan Havel [FL 1514]
Subtitled Scenes from the Presidential Kitchen, the film takes us behind the scenes of the political and private dramas of Václav Havel's years as president. It captures the former dissident in a great variety of situations: both in political negotiations and in moments when he is not usually before the media, for instance cursing the stitching on a shirt. Among the truly unique events captured on film is Bill Clinton's State visit to the Czech Republic in January 1994, including the private part of the visit in the Reduta jazz club in Prague. Other events are the death of Havel's wife Olga and her funeral in January 1996, the celebration of his 60th birthday in the Archa Theatre, Prague, in October 1996, the forming of the new governments after the elections of 1996, 1998, and 2002, and the preparations for, and course of, the historic 2002 NATO Summit in Prague. We see Havel among friends and colleagues, with world and Czech politicians, even with the Rolling Stones. In the course of 13 years the crew has filmed 45 hours of images and recorded 90 hours of sound material. A truly unique look into events in a country’s transition to democracy.
Koutecký, Pavel ; Janek, Miroslav, Czech Republic, 2008, Czech/Subtitles: English, 120 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crime and Punishment / Ziu Yu Fa [FL 1515]
An insightful portrait of everyday life of a Chinese border police station. Reinforced units fight crime, though the results are often confused and grotesque despite the diligence of the inexperienced young officers. A mentally ill man calls them out over a "corpse" he has found in his bed which turns out to be a crumpled duvet. Another man suspected of robbery cannot be made to answer questions, even using violence, because he is most likely dumb. The long and penetrating shots of director Zhao Liang gradually uncover human stories from a China that is both regimented and rapacious. This witty picture, whose comedy often has a chilly edge, provides us with an insight into how the social structure is influenced by omnipresent police repression.
Liang, Zhao, China, 2007, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 122 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mechanical Love [FL 1516]
The ability to love and be loved is one of the basic definitions of humans. Nevertheless, as modern technology increasingly encroaches upon people's everyday lives, this idea might need to be redefined, i.e. how does artificial intelligence fit into this concept? Director Phie Ambo follows the story of Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University who creates a Geminoid – a remote–controlled duplicate of himself – and prepares to introduce him to his wife and daughter. Another Japanese scientist creates an artificial baby seal called Paro, who keeps lonely and mentally handicapped people company and demonstrably increases their brain activity as a result. The animal–robot responds to the voice of its owners and can even "remember" its name with the aid of sensors. Naturally, these innovations necessarily give rise to some ethical questions: Is it right to allow someone to live under the illusion that they are "loved" by a machine, which does not have the same feelings for them? And then there is the old question about robotics itself: If machines can replace us, are we therefore not totally redundant?
Ambo, Phie, Denmark, 2007, , English, German, Danish, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mechanical Love [FL 1516]
The ability to love and be loved is one of the basic definitions of humans. Nevertheless, as modern technology increasingly encroaches upon people's everyday lives, this idea might need to be redefined, i.e. how does artificial intelligence fit into this concept? Director Phie Ambo follows the story of Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University who creates a Geminoid – a remote–controlled duplicate of himself – and prepares to introduce him to his wife and daughter. Another Japanese scientist creates an artificial baby seal called Paro, who keeps lonely and mentally handicapped people company and demonstrably increases their brain activity as a result. The animal–robot responds to the voice of its owners and can even "remember" its name with the aid of sensors. Naturally, these innovations necessarily give rise to some ethical questions: Is it right to allow someone to live under the illusion that they are "loved" by a machine, which does not have the same feelings for them? And then there is the old question about robotics itself: If machines can replace us, are we therefore not totally redundant?
Ambo, Phie, Denmark, 2007, , English, German, Danish, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

All White in Barking [FL 1517]
The inhabitants of the London suburb of Barking are having trouble accepting the influx of ten thousand immigrants from around the world. Long–time local residents Susan and Jeff don't even greet their Nigerian neighbours, because they are "not like them". Dave has become a British National Party activist fighting for a white Barking, even though both of his daughters are in relationships with just the kind of people he rants against. By contrast, Jewish Holocaust survivor and boutique owner Monty has an unusual relationship with Betty, a black nurse. Using unexpected humour, All White in Barking allows the long–term residents and their new, culturally different neighbours to air their views. Director Marc Isaacs refrains from being judgmental, but instead attempts to understand the logic of a fast–transforming community and the sometimes grotesque overcoming of the psychological barriers between cultures. The residents' words inadvertently reveal a xenophobic outlook rooted in ignorance and a sense of being threatened.
Isaacs, Marc, United Kingdom, 2007, English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

For God, Tsar and Fatherland [FL 1518]
Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian and successful businessman. Morozov is a typical exponent of the powerful in contemporary Russia, having political connections, money, and influence. He runs a rehabilitation center in Durakovo - the “Village of Fools” - 100 km southwest of Moscow. People come here from all over Russia to “find themselves.” When they join the community, the new residents abandon all their former rights and agree to obey their leader’s strict rules, hoping to enrich their spiritual lives. Three moral pillars serve as the guiding principles at Durakovo: God, tsar, and fatherland. “What we have here is a society that respects the vertical of power, this is what our country needs most of all,” says Morozov quoting his idol Vladimir Putin. Purposefully restrained, yet cunningly subversive, the film provides a chilling glimpse of the Russian nationalist ideology on the rise.
Kirtadze, Nino, Russia, 2007, Russian/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

End of the Rainbow [FL 1520]
A multinational mining company negotiates with the Guinean government before beginning to mine gold in the West African country, paying the original inhabitants compensation. As soon as the mine goes into operation the multinational provides work to poor local villagers. However, inevitable misunderstandings and conflict gradually arise between the community and the white gold–miners, with the investors calling on the army to quell the trouble. This tribal society, which has for years been dependent on small finds of gold, has barely any understanding of the rules of a globalized economy, let alone the opportunity it creates for carpetbagging. The villagers keep searching illicitly for the precious metal, ending up in jail if they are caught. When the mining company leaves with its gold bars what remains is a stripped landscape and greater poverty than before. The film is not concerned with political or ideological rhetoric; it is more a meditation on how traditional societies are finding it ever harder to resist developed modern civilization.
Nugent, Robert, Australia, 2007, French, English/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

End of the Rainbow [FL 1520]
A multinational mining company negotiates with the Guinean government before beginning to mine gold in the West African country, paying the original inhabitants compensation. As soon as the mine goes into operation the multinational provides work to poor local villagers. However, inevitable misunderstandings and conflict gradually arise between the community and the white gold–miners, with the investors calling on the army to quell the trouble. This tribal society, which has for years been dependent on small finds of gold, has barely any understanding of the rules of a globalized economy, let alone the opportunity it creates for carpetbagging. The villagers keep searching illicitly for the precious metal, ending up in jail if they are caught. When the mining company leaves with its gold bars what remains is a stripped landscape and greater poverty than before. The film is not concerned with political or ideological rhetoric; it is more a meditation on how traditional societies are finding it ever harder to resist developed modern civilization.
Nugent, Robert, Australia, 2007, French, English/Subtitles: English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kalinovski Square / Ploshcha [FL 1521]
In March 2006, presidential elections were held in Belarus. Despite the hopes of the opposition and many outside the country, Alexander Lukashenko was reelected for a third consecutive term in manipulated elections; the official result gave him over 85 percent of the vote. The well-known Belarusian director Yuri Khashchevatsky was an observer of the elections and the events surrounding them. He filmed pre–election meetings, the proclamations of candidates, anti–Lukashenko demonstrations and interviews with opponents of the regime who were arrested. In Kalinovski Square Khashchevatski manages, as in the earlier An Ordinary President (1996), to transform the dark and despotic goings on of present–day Belarus into exquisite political satire. With irony and humor, he points to what the country suffers from most of all – the dictator Lukashenko's self–centered understanding of the world and the totalitarian method of rule which springs from it. The film lifts the lid on an elaborate state apparatus which does not allow the slightest sign of democratisation, and a "free" election which turns into farce.
Khashchevatski, Yuri, Estonia, 2007, Russian, Belarusian/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Anna, 7 Years on the Frontline [FL 1522]
This film is about Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist who won international recognition for reporting work on the conflict in Chechnya in which she sought to expose human rights abuses. She spent seven years on the frontline, often in extremely dangerous situations. Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow on October 7, 2006. This film is about a woman who felt very lonely, but could never stop doing what she did. To understand Anna's personality, her work and duties, as much as her fears and feeling of loneliness, we meet her friends and colleagues who stood by her during hard times. Galina Musaliyeva shared a room with Anna in the editorial office of Novaya Gazeta for the last seven years. Lidia Yusupova is a lawyer from Grozny searching for the lost people in Chechnya. Svetlana Gannushkina, Chairman of the Committee "Civil Assistance" and a Board Member of Memorial Human Rights Center, has also worked with Anna helping fugitives and emigrants from the former Soviet Union republics. Vyacheslav Izmailov, another colleague of Anna from Novaya Gazeta, started his own investigations, trying to find out who killed Anna.
Novikova, Masha, Netherlands, 2008, Russian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cold Waves / Razboi pe calea undelor [FL 1523]
An earthquake, three mysterious deaths, and a bomb attack. The puzzling story of the Romanian section of Radio Free Europe. An original look at the Cold War through the story of the Romanian section of Radio Free Europe. While socialist propaganda had less and less to do with reality, in thousands of houses across Romania, like in other Eastern European countries, millions of people listened to Radio Free Europe in secret. On the other side of the Wall, in Munich or Paris, the Radio personnel listened too. They were hunting any information coming out of the country, meeting immigrants or tourists, receiving secret messages and scanning the Romanian press for hidden hints. But soon they found themselves to be hunted in a more violent way. In Bucharest, a special unit called the “Ether group” was set up in the Romanian secret police in 1980. While the Romanian population was lead by fear, the Romanian leaders were themselves afraid of Radio Free Europe. So they decided to silence the Radio for which Ceausescu employed Carlos the Jackal. An eccentric alliance was thus forged, between a national-communist dictator and international terrorists. They placed bombs at RFE’s Munich headquarters, editors were attacked in Germany and France, and three of the directors died after being X-rayed. The film not only digs up unknown facts from the past, it also addresses the issue of propaganda in today's society.
Solomon, Alexandru, Romania, 2007, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 108 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

To See if I'm Smiling / Lir´ot im ani mechajechet [FL 1527]
Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. To See If I’m Smiling takes a look at the actions and behavior of women soldiers in the Israeli army stationed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The women who have tried to bury the past for years, finally speak openly about their experiences. Deeply personal interviews are dramatically interwoven with both archival footage and details of the women’s daily lives. One woman recounts how she posed for a photo with a Palestinian corpse. She searches for that picture, saying, “I wanted to see if I’m smiling.” At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this powerful film explores the ways that gender, ethics, and moral responsibility intersect during war.
Yarom, Tamar, Israel, 2007, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Brides of Allah / Sahida [FL 1528]
A poignant chronicle of the lives of women serving time in prison for involvement in terrorist attacks in Israel. Filmed over the course of two years, the film strives to uncover the motivations behind the actions of these women. We share their daily prison lives, giving birth, meeting families, attending classes, and gossiping about clothes. One woman coyly describes wanting to blow up a hospital which treated her for severe burns following a kitchen accident, even though the Israeli doctors were kind. Another cuddles her son and says she wanted to destroy an Israeli kindergarten. Yet another, a mother of five, is serving three life terms for transporting male suicide bomber, who is told killed pregnant women but shows no signs of retraction. We hear of religious ideology, but also of discrimination and despair in the world these women come from. A journey into the world where the greatest cruelty lurks beneath the most striking beauty, where a lullaby whispered lovingly in a baby's ear echoes with the sting of hatred, and where compassion and cold blooded disdain live together behind the same penetrating eyes. A moving film full of contradictions.
Assouline, Natalie, Israel, 2008, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 76 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Views of a Retired Night Porter [FL 1529]
Kieslowski's porter retired. Andreas Horvath went to see what happened to the man whose favorite pastime was checking up on others. In Krzysztof Kieslowski's poignant 1977 documentary short, Night Porter’s Point of View, the protagonist, a typical exponent of the communist system, reveals his sometimes hilarious, sometimes shocking attitudes. Driven by paranoia, misanthropy and a profound distrust in the human race, the night porter's favourite pastime is keeping an eye on others, even when he is off duty. These were the people, once feared in Communist Poland, on whom the regime depended. In 2005 Austrian filmmaker Andreas Horvath finds the now retired night porter alive and relatively well in a Warsaw suburb. He lives on the minimum pension in a characterless one-room apartment, the most memorable feature of which is a glaring poster depicting a Hawaiian idyll. His views have not changed much in 30 years – but Poland has, and so, without the support of a corrupt regime, the former night porter's tirades seem strangely out of place. This film is the swan song of a long gone era and one of its unswerving representatives.
Horvath, Andreas, Austria, 2006, Polish/Subtitles: English, 38 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Missing Lives: Disappearances and Impunity in the North Caucasus [FL 1530]
Missing Lives addresses the lack of accountability for the enforced disappearances of more than 3,000 people in the Russian North Caucasus. 'Counter-terrorism operations' conducted by Russian military and security forces in Chechnya since 1999 have resulted in the enforced disappearances of over 3,000 people. Due to the lack of adequate investigation and prosecution of these abuses, the problem has spread to the neighboring republics in the North Caucasus. Missing Lives addresses the culture of impunity surrounding these abductions and the damage done in the lives of people whose loved ones are missing. The video provides insight into the struggle of relatives trying to break through the system of lawlessness to seek information and redress for the crimes against their loved ones.
Mukusheva, Zaroma, United States, 2008, Chechen, Russian/Subtitles: English, 14 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Infinite Border / La frontera infinita [FL 1531]
A penetrating humanistic portrait of a contemporary exodus, The Infinite Border profiles a handful of the hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants who enter Mexico clandestinely each year en route to the promised land of the United States. Some are incarcerated and some are sent back, only to return undeterred. Some bear the brutal evidence of the dangers of riding the rails northward in the form of severed limbs. Meanwhile, construction of the fence almost 10 meters high and over a 1000 kilometers long that will separate the United States from Mexico continues unabated. An evocative story of determination and hope through the lives and dreams of those who travel in search of a better life.
Sepúlveda, Juan Manuel, Mexico, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Involuntary / Lo retsoni [FL 1532]
Alin and Shani are two young Israeli women. Inside them lives a monster that threatens to burst out at any moment. It is called Tourette Syndrome -- an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder which causes involuntary physical and vocal tics --, and the two have it in its most severe and extreme form. Alin (30) lives on the edge: wild and rebellious, she loves to drink and have a good time. Shani (18) is sweet and intelligent but suffers from social isolation. The worlds of the two are entirely different: Alin comes from the slums of Haifa while Shani is a "good girl" from the Ariel suburb. Director Boaz Rosenberg followed the two young women over three crucial years, during which they grew up, experienced emotional turmoils and dealt with their problematic relationships with their homes and society. Especially prominent is their close yet complicated relationships with their mothers. A fresh and intimate look at survival in a world where one feels "abnormal" and different.
Rosenberg, Boaz Alexander, Israel, 2007, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Campaign! The Kawasaki Candidate / Senkyo [FL 1533]
In the fall of 2005, 40-year-old, self-employed Kazuhiko “Yama-san” Yamauchi’s peaceful, humdrum life was turned upside-down when Liberal Democratic Party selects him at the last minute as its official candidate for a place on the Kawasaki city council. With zero experience in politics and without the support of voters, Yamauchi has one week to prepare for an election critical to the future of the party and his own life. He visits social events, meetings with pensioners, bus stations and stops, shaking hands with all he meets. Can a candidate without either political experience or charisma win in elections? The film presents a humorous view of political strategy, values and tradition in contemporary Japanese society.
Soda, Kazuhiro, Japan, 2007, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World [FL 1534]
With an official plaque to prove it, The West Lake Restaurant in Changsha, China holds the title of the world's largest restaurant. With a staff of nearly 1000 - including 300 chefs - and 5000 seats, West Lake is a combination mini-theme park and eatery, featuring live entertainment and landscaped pools and pavilions. Overseeing the enterprise is its savvy and energetic owner, Qin Linzi, who uses military efficiency and martial songs to motivate her employees. "Solidarity equals strength, strength is iron, strength is steel," they sing listlessly, while Mrs Qin enthusiastically leads from the front, zealously promulgating her own version of Chinese socialism. Her customers are newly wealthy Chinese busy throwing big budget banquets - a wedding, a parent’s seventieth birthday and a baby’s one month welcome party. Outside the walls of the restaurant we also meet the lower classes who make all of this wealth possible. The girls from poor families with little choice but to work cheap, especially if, as one of the protagonists casually mentions, her father was jailed because she was a second child. The contradictions of this world are plentiful yet glibly accepted by all involved. A fascinating microcosm of contemporary China.
Chen, Weijun, Netherlands, 2008, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories / Problemat s komarite i drugi istorii [FL 1535]
Belene, a small Bulgarian town and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and the joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies a past that no one wants to remember: an island holding terrifying secrets. Stories of shocking and horrible crimes loom over the city just like the dark clouds of mosquitoes descending on its citizens. The tales of characters whose lives intersect in a sinister past, nuclear future and the stinging mosquitoes flying through time, sealing their fate together.
Paounov, Andrey, Bulgaria, 2007, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 100 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Blind Loves / Slepe lásky [FL 1537]
To find one’s true calling and happiness in this world is hard enough for those of us who can see. How much more difficult is it for the blind? Blind Loves is a sensitive and powerful reflection on the most intimate feelings and emotions of blind people. Peter, a music teacher at a school for the blind, and his wife, Iveta, live in a tiny apartment, but simultaneously occupy a vast and amazing imaginary world. Miro and the partially sighted Monika are in love, but their relationship is complicated by her parents' objections to Miro's Romany ethnicity. Elena and Laco are expecting a baby – and their fears, hopes and dreams for their unborn child are magnified by the fact that they are both blind. Then there is fourteen-year-old Zuzana who, like any teenager, spends hours in online chat rooms and longs to fall in love. She is about to start high school, where she will be the only blind student, and worries that she will have trouble fitting in with the other teens. Each of these individual's stories offers a uniquely tender and humorous perspective on the world.
Lehotský, Juraj, Slovakia, 2008, Slovak/Subtitles: English, 77 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Road to Mecca – The Journey Of Muhammad Asad / Der Weg nach Mekka – Die Reise des Muhammad Assad [FL 1538]
In the early 1920s Leopold Weiss, a Viennese Jew, travelled to the Middle East. The desert fascinated him, and Islam became his new spiritual home. He left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. He became one of the most important Muslims of the 20th century, first as an advisor at the royal court of Saudi Arabia, and later translating the Koran into English. Asad was also a co-founder of Pakistan and its ambassador to the UN. The director follows his fading footsteps, leading from the Arabian desert to Ground Zero. He finds a man who was not looking for adventures but rather wanted to act as a mediator between East and West. A Road To Mecca takes this opportunity to deal with a heated debate on the nature of Islam and its role in today’s world.
Misch, Georg, Austria, 2008, English, German, Ukrainian, Arabic, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Road to Mecca – The Journey Of Muhammad Asad / Der Weg nach Mekka – Die Reise des Muhammad Assad [FL 1538]
In the early 1920s Leopold Weiss, a Viennese Jew, travelled to the Middle East. The desert fascinated him, and Islam became his new spiritual home. He left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. He became one of the most important Muslims of the 20th century, first as an advisor at the royal court of Saudi Arabia, and later translating the Koran into English. Asad was also a co-founder of Pakistan and its ambassador to the UN. The director follows his fading footsteps, leading from the Arabian desert to Ground Zero. He finds a man who was not looking for adventures but rather wanted to act as a mediator between East and West. A Road To Mecca takes this opportunity to deal with a heated debate on the nature of Islam and its role in today’s world.
Misch, Georg, Austria, 2008, English, German, Ukrainian, Arabic, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 92 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Westerbork Girl [FL 1539]
In Westerbork, Hannelore Cahn was the star of the camp variety theatre. Singing and dancing seemed to protect her from deportation to Auschwitz. Her beauty and her girlish charm turned heads, including that of the Viennese Jewish camp policeman Hans Eisinger. Hannelore found his Austrian accent charming, but her great love was the Jewish actor Rob de Vries, whom she had met during the early days of the war. In 1943, Rob de Vries freed Hannelore spectacularly from Westerbork. A week after her escape she returned voluntarily to the camp, to Hans Eisinger, who later became her husband. Now 83 years old, Hannelore tells her story of survival and love, forgetting and remembering, and ponders the decision that still haunts her today.
Oord, Steffie van den, Netherlands, 2007, English, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 48 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Westerbork Girl [FL 1539]
In Westerbork, Hannelore Cahn was the star of the camp variety theatre. Singing and dancing seemed to protect her from deportation to Auschwitz. Her beauty and her girlish charm turned heads, including that of the Viennese Jewish camp policeman Hans Eisinger. Hannelore found his Austrian accent charming, but her great love was the Jewish actor Rob de Vries, whom she had met during the early days of the war. In 1943, Rob de Vries freed Hannelore spectacularly from Westerbork. A week after her escape she returned voluntarily to the camp, to Hans Eisinger, who later became her husband. Now 83 years old, Hannelore tells her story of survival and love, forgetting and remembering, and ponders the decision that still haunts her today.
Oord, Steffie van den, Netherlands, 2007, English, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 48 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Homeless F.C. [FL 1540]
Twice a week in Hong Kong, an unlikely group of men gather to play football. They call themselves the Dawn Team, for all of the players have lived through dark times. Beyond a love for the beautiful game, the one thing that unites these people is the fact that they all know what it is like to be homeless. The Dawn Team is training to take part in the Homeless World Cup in Cape Town. Only eight players can go, and secretly, everyone wants to be chosen. The journey to South Africa is a chance to see the world outside Hong Kong, to meet other homeless people, and to re-assess their own lives. Homeless FC follows the Dawn Team through one tumultuous year. It is a year in which a glimmer of hope touches the men’s lives, fights erupt, new relationships take root, and a few dreams appear to come true. Shocking, intimate and immediate, this film enters the world of people who have fallen through the cracks.
Leong, James ; Lee, Lynn, Hong Kong, 2007, Chinese, Yue/Subtitles: English, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Alone in Four Walls / Allein in vier Wänden [FL 1541]
Alexandra Westmeier explores the lives of juvenile felons aged 10 to 14. In Russia, lawbreakers can be tried and convicted as adults at the age of fifteen; younger offenders are given reduced sentences and sent to juvenile detention facilities. Some of the inmates we meet are serving time for theft, some for murder. “They’re animals, not children” – cries out the mother of a murdered teenager. But are they? The director provides glimpses of their home lives, and we begin to realize that, for these children, a correctional facility is sometimes an easier place to be. They are children who never had a childhood and who often take pride in permanent reminders of their criminal pasts: This tattoo means ‘alone among friends’, this one is ‘alone in four walls’ and this star is ‘I’ll never fall on my knees in front of a cop’, says one. Filmmaker Alexandra Westmeier spends enough time with them to see the scared boys beyond the appearance of ‘hard men’. As the merciless statistic shows, over 90% of them will get behind bars again.
Westmeier, Alexandra, Germany, 2007, Russian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Day to Remember / Wangque de Yitian [FL 1543]
It is 4 June 2005. The cineaste Liu Wei picks up his camera and sets off for Tiananmen Square and the University of Beijing with a question in his head: what day is it? As he poses this question to the various students and people that he encounters on his way, he receives countless evasive replies and the refusal of majority to recall the student protests 16 years earlier. Many affirm that they not know anything about those events and move swiftly onwards while others only stare at the camera. A Day to Remember reflects the great unease surrounding the date of 4 June and how the uprising of that period still remains taboo subject in the People’s Republic of China. Nevertheless, this film by Liu breaks with that silence and explores an entire nation’s feelings of denial.
Wei, Liu, China, 2005, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 13 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children. As Time Flies / Kinder. Wie die Zeit vergeht [FL 1544]
Children. As Time Flies is the third film in Thomas Heise’s “Jammed”- Trilogy about families from Halle-Neustadt, Germany. Now the director focuses on one family: Jeanette and her two sons Paul and Tommy, her parents and her youngest brother Tino. Everybody seems to have gone their own way: Jeanette has a daughter, a lasting relationship and a job as a bus driver, as she always wanted. Paul excels in school and football, unlike his brother Tommy, who fights his way through life and struggles to stay in school at all. He has severed all contact with his mother. Jeanette’s parents have moved to the countryside and rarely communicate with their daughter. With them lives Tino, who identifies himself as a Nazi but can’t talk to his father about it. Today’s footage is intercut with material from 1999 and creates a picture of speechlessness and stagnation. A social close-up of an ordinary family. Life as it flows.
Heise, Thomas, Germany, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Drifter [FL 1545]
The ordinary life of three young homeless people who live by Berlin’s Bahnhof Zoo station. Aileen (16), Angel (23) and Daniel (25) escaped from the remnants of their families and the confines of their small towns to the anonymity of the metropolis. They work as prostitutes to support their drug addiction. At night, they find shelter in halfway houses, in the homes of acquaintances or with regular clients. They have hopes and dreams and a vague plan for their lives, but one which remains a construction site, much like their world: a universe of transitions, unstable in-betweens, the highways, the back ways, the stores, niches, and places of transit. Sebastian Heidinger followed these young people for a period of nine months. The camera soberly and persistently records their unbearable reality – from shooting up heroin in the station toilets, and looking for a place to sleep, to their contacts with “customers” and emergency doctors. A film about a hopeless present and a future that is not much brighter.
Heidinger, Sebastian, Germany, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mother / La mère [FL 1546]
A lyrical and compelling portrait of Liuba, a single, working-class mother of nine in rural Russia. In Russian, Liubov means "love", and while she often curses at her children, her affection is obvious. To have many children is the only one of Lyuba’s dreams that came true. With the support of her eldest daughter she raises them in a remote village. The youngest have to be looked after first and right afterwards hard work is waiting in the cowshed – carrying heavy sacks, feeding, clearing out the shed. Later she goes back to the children, to check their multiplication tables, to wash and feed them. Men are non-existent or drunk, they too need to be looked after. An endless cycle that cannot even be broken with her own sons. Liubov is always on the move, whether she is running away from her violent husband or to her eldest son in jail, or visiting her daughter in the maternity ward, yet still able to cry with joy when the tenth child is born.
Cattin, Antoine ; Kostomarov, Pavel, Switzerland, 2007, Russian/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Don’t Get Me Wrong / Nu te supara, dar… [FL 1547]
"How do you stop the rain?" one of the patients in a psychiatric hospital in Romania repeatedly asks his discussion partner. The latter explains that he is in close touch with God and that he is a supernatural being. But his inquiring friend is not easily convinced. Both men suffer from schizophrenia and spend their days in the clinic endlessly repeating the same discussions. Other patients keep themselves busy by compulsively moving pebbles, staring at liquid projections on the wall, or patiently caring for fellow patients. Without comment, the camera registers everything, pausing at the details: water dripping from the shower head in the bare white-tiled bathroom, a drainpipe attached to the outer wall, the reflection of the air in the puddles in the concrete courtyard. Days go by filled with routine and endless conversations about life, death, God, and the weather forecast. What is divine and what is not? Who brings and who stops the rain? What is normal and what is not? In a contemplative and refined way the film follows the daily life of a community that shows profound humaneness in an inhuman setting.
Pintilie, Adina, Romania, 2007, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Stone Silence / Kamienna cisza [FL 1548]
In April 2005, a young woman called Amina, suspected of adultery, was killed in the village of Spingul, northern Afghanistan. With the help of witnesses and family, Stone Silence attempts to reconstruct the story of Amina’s life and death, starting with her ‘arranged marriage’ to Muhammad, who left to find work in Iran right after the wedding. Amina died, but no one admitted guilt. Her parents, the village elders, the mullahs, the investigating police and the judge, who held an office at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission – all have their own versions of the story. Even the mother of the fugitive Karim, who was said to have had an affair with Amina, hesitates over what to say and what not, unaware of the fact that the camera is still running. An attempt to get an insight into the hierarchy of Afghan values.
Kopczynski, Krzysztof, Poland, 2007, Dari/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Thin Blue Line [FL 1549]
The Thin Blue Line is the true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder, the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams, who was sentenced to death. The film was the result of a 30-month investigation by Errol Morris. With its use of expressionistic reenactments, interview material and music, this documentary pioneered a new kind of non-fiction filmmaking.
Morris, Errol, United States, 1988, English, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

From a Night Porter’s Point of View / Z punktu widzenia nocnego portiera [FL 1550]
With considerable economy and grace, Kieslowski's early short elucidates the workings of the Communist system by airing the views of a misanthrope whose favorite pastime is checking up on other people. This factory porter, a fanatical supporter of strict discipline, tries to oversee everybody and everything in the belief that rules are more important than people. “When a man doesn't obey the rules,” he says, “he's a goner... Children have to conform to the rules too, and adults who live on this earth, for whom this beautiful world has been created. I reckon you've got to have capital punishment ... Just hang him [the culprit]. Publicly. Dozens, hundreds of people would see it.” From a Night Porter’s Point of View is a deep and fascinating portrait of a blind supporter of state power, who does as much as he can with the little authority he has.
Kieślowski, Krzysztof, Poland, 1977, Polish/Subtitles: English, 17 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Resolution / A határozat [FL 1551]
1971: a PC District Secretary decides to remove the chair of an agricultural cooperative. After a county-level deliberation the Party bureaucrats confront the co-op leadership. At the coop’s general meeting, despite a peculiar balloting procedure, the farmers vote against removal. Stung, the Party tries to enforce a second ballot – to no avail. In the postscript the honchos offer their postmortem. The coda is cut short by the Party Secretary: “that’s it”. The following year the chair was recalled by assembly of the co-op. One of the “Best 100 Documentaries of all time” by the International Documentary Association.
Gyula, Gazdag ; Judit, Ember, Hungary, 1972, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 105 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Selection / A válogatás [FL 1551]
The KISZ group (Communist Youth Organization) of a factory in Hungary announces a competition call to recruit an in-house music band which would entertain as well as guide its young members. The initially simple procedure however gets more and more intricate as the ideological requirements amass. The camera follows the project from the beginning to the end as the initial enthusiasm drowns into rules, regulations and ideological restrictions.
Gyula, Gazdag, Hungary, 1970, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Primary [FL 1552]
"A new kind of reporting, a new form of history," Robert Drew promised John F. Kennedy. He was proposing that a revolutionary, small camera operated by cameraman Rickard Leacock and sync-sound recorder operated by himself, live with Kennedy day and night for nearly a week during the climax of his 1960 Wisconsin presidential primary run against Hubert Humphrey. Unlike the directed, narrated documentaries of the day, Drew's freewheeling photography moved with its subjects and brought audiences straight into the action. It captured Kennedy's rock-star-like presence and Jackie's quiet radiance. It granted audiences unprecedented access into the world of a young politician and his glamorous wife as they campaigned across the Wisconsin landscape and navigated their way through throngs of ardent supporters. The resulting film, Primary, turned out to be a cinematic experience unique in the history of film, the first in the development of American cinéma vérité. Extras include commentary by director and photographer, filmmaker statement, filmmaker biography, etc.
Drew, Robert, United States, 1960, English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Morning Sun [FL 1553]
Morning Sun is not a comprehensive or chronological history of the Chinese Cultural Revolution; nor is it a study of elite politics or student factionalism. It is rather a history of experiences and emotions as reflected upon by those who were at the core of the events. The director includes footage of victims and perpetrators of the period when Communist youth, inspired and encouraged by Mao Zedong, rebelled against their parents and teachers, and workers rebelled against their bosses. It is also a film about the language and style of the period— its films and plays, music and ideas, rhetoric and ideologies, frustrations and fantasies, as well as the realities and ardor, that a new revolution entailed.
Hinton, Carma ; Barmé, Heremie R. ; Gordon, Richard, United States, 2003, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 117 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Though I am Gone [FL 1554]
Bian Zhongyun is believed to have been the first of the teachers murdered by their own students during the "Red August" of 1966 as the Cultural Revolution began in mainland China. The film depicts the event and shows how Bian’s relatives, students and colleagues experienced the terror. “After her death, Wang Jingyao took photos of his beloved wife with his own camera. The images of those tragic days have been preserved to this day. To those who lived through the devastation, this represents a unique example of memory. These photos serve as both witness and testimony. I thus ponder the power of a camera, the struggle to cover things up and the victory of one man's memory." (Hu Jie)
Hu, Jie, China, 2006, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In the Name of the Emperor [FL 1555]
In 1937, 300,000 people were killed and 20,000 women were raped and then killed when Japanese troops invaded Nanjing (aka Nanking). In the name of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, the desperate soldiers, enraged by intense Chinese resistance, stormed the then capitol of China and over a six week period systematically raped, tortured, and killed many of the inhabitants of that city. Horrifyingly graphic footage, shot by an American missionary during the massacre at Nanjing, is combined with diaries and interviews with survivors as well as soldiers; the latter speak openly about their part in the killing, torture and rape. In the Name of the Emperor raises fundamental philosophical, psychological and ethical questions about the horrors of war.
Choy, Christine ; Tong, Nancy, United States, 1995, English, Italian, Chinese, Mandarin, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

In the Name of the Emperor [FL 1555]
In 1937, 300,000 people were killed and 20,000 women were raped and then killed when Japanese troops invaded Nanjing (aka Nanking). In the name of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, the desperate soldiers, enraged by intense Chinese resistance, stormed the then capitol of China and over a six week period systematically raped, tortured, and killed many of the inhabitants of that city. Horrifyingly graphic footage, shot by an American missionary during the massacre at Nanjing, is combined with diaries and interviews with survivors as well as soldiers; the latter speak openly about their part in the killing, torture and rape. In the Name of the Emperor raises fundamental philosophical, psychological and ethical questions about the horrors of war.
Choy, Christine ; Tong, Nancy, United States, 1995, English, Italian, Chinese, Mandarin, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Red Art [FL 1556]
Under Mao's leadership, art was made to serve the "workers, peasants, soldiers, and the cause of socialism." Enormous amounts of artwork, including billboard-size paintings and mass-produced posters, were created to promote the Party's ideology. Two of China's most active independent documentary filmmakers talk to artists, including Liu Chunhua (who created the famous painting-turned-poster “Mao Goes to Anyuan”) about their work and participation in the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and trace how folk art was transformed by the political campaigns. Other interview subjects include former Red Guards, academics, and collectors of Cultural Revolution relics and memorabilia, who discuss the significance of these works then and now.
Hu, Jie ; Xiaoming, Ai, China, 2007, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tiananmen: The Gate of Heavenly Peace [FL 1557]
The Gate of Heavenly Peace is a documentary about the protests at Tiananmen in 1989, and the resulting Beijing Massacre of June 4. The film explores the history of the demonstrations and comments on the deep structure of political habits and attitudes that have informed public life in China over the past century. The filmmakers present a wide range of Chinese perspectives on a defining moment in China's modern history. Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon spent six years investigating the story of the 1989 protests, working together with international scholars and participants in the events. Many other key characters appear in archival and home video footage. A detailed review of the student protest movement, reflecting the drama, tension, humor, absurdity, heroism, and tragedy of the six weeks from April to June in 1989.
Hinton, Carma ; Gordon, Richard, United Kingdom, 1995, English, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 150 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tiananmen: The Gate of Heavenly Peace [FL 1557]
The Gate of Heavenly Peace is a documentary about the protests at Tiananmen in 1989, and the resulting Beijing Massacre of June 4. The film explores the history of the demonstrations and comments on the deep structure of political habits and attitudes that have informed public life in China over the past century. The filmmakers present a wide range of Chinese perspectives on a defining moment in China's modern history. Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon spent six years investigating the story of the 1989 protests, working together with international scholars and participants in the events. Many other key characters appear in archival and home video footage. A detailed review of the student protest movement, reflecting the drama, tension, humor, absurdity, heroism, and tragedy of the six weeks from April to June in 1989.
Hinton, Carma ; Gordon, Richard, United Kingdom, 1995, English, Chinese, Mandarin/Subtitles: English, 150 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Prayer / Imádság [FL 1559]
Old age is hard. Old age is easy. Old age is dignified. Old age is humiliating. Old age is squalid and unnatural. Old age is clean and natural. Old age is gnarled fingers and swollen legs. Old age is work and struggle until death. Old age has to be accepted. Director and cameraman Sándor Mohi’s painful yet elevating 30-minute documentary about the last five years of an elderly farmer couple.
Mohi, Sándor, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 27 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Last Bus Stop / Hosszú utazás [FL 1560]
A village in Eastern Europe where for more than a century nationality has changed in a season-like cadenza: first it belonged to the Hapsburg Empire, then to Czechoslovakia, then to the Soviet Union. At the end of World War II, the Russians established a border that divided the village of Szelmenc between two separate countries. Families on one side live in Slovakia, which is now a member of European Union. On the other side, their relatives have to endure the unstable political and economic conditions in Ukraine. While the EU is setting up Schengen borders, people living on the Ukrainian side have become even more isolated with the plans to open a new border crossing. A tragicomic story of geopolitical absurdities and those who suffer from them.
Böszörményi, Zsuzsa ; Salminen, Kai, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Voice-over: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

A Village Romance / Falusi románc [FL 1561]
A dead-end village, one time home of a lesbian community that decided to leave the city. By today little of the community remains. One of them, Mari, lives in poverty but in a very expensive house. She falls in love with M., the poor Roma woman and mother of three next door, who lives miserably with her drunken, abusive husband. Although heterosexual, M. returns Mari’s love, fueling the contempt of the village, which already hates her badly enough for being a Roma. “I have never been loved for who I am” she says. Now she waits for her husband to leave her, so that she and her children can move in with her lover.
Kriszta, Bódis, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Sinking Village / A süllyedő falu [FL 1562]
The Hungarian village of Medgyesbodzás is slowly sinking, and the inhabitants are baffled. The village receives very little help from the national authorities, so they turn to the European Union. The middle-aged József does his best to learn English, so when they file a request for EU assistance, he can submit a short film in which he and the other villagers tell their story. But in the meantime, young people are moving away from the village and a solution seems farther away than ever. Moreover, the reason why the village is sinking is not clear either. Medgyesbodzás thus becomes a symbol of the Hungarian rural areas in this humorous and provocative short.
Szirmai, Márton, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 23 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Twins / Ikrek [FL 1563]
Sándor and Lajos live in a quiet Transylvanian village by their own rules, close to nature. Lajos likes to draw lying in the hay while his brother Sándor writes love poems and they both yearn for the woman who is missing from their lives. After a hard day’s work they always find the time to read, write a poem or sketch a drawing. They can recite Hungarian classic poems by heart. They don’t long for wealth or a different life, but use each moment to enjoy what they have. They are free men. One day they are invited to a class reunion and their quiet routine goes upside-down. A film about the ordinary joys of ordinary people.
Bálint, Arthur, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Imaginary Revolution / Képzelt forradalom [FL 1564]
The film looks at the events that reshaped the “relationship” between the Romanian security forces and the Hungarians living in Transylvania. The fact that from the 50’s onwards the Transylvanian Hungarians became a potential threat in the eyes of the Romanian secret services can be traced back to an attempted revolution supported both by Romanians and Hungarians in the country. Aladár Szoboszlay, a parson from Arad, founded a Christian labor party, promoted an Austro-Hungarian-Romanian state alliance, and set the exact date of a Romanian revolution for August 28, 1956. This film is a tribute to his revolution that never happened.
Zágoni, Balázs, Hungary, 2005, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 40 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Fidesz Jew, the Mother with No Sense of Nation and Mediation / A fideszes zsidó, a nemzeti érzés nélküli anya és a mediáció [FL 1566]
The film is a pioneering effort to disclose the underlying mechanisms of the political conflict that has divided Hungary since the change of regime in 1989. It is the story of a broken friendship and a family that has completely fallen apart under the strain of differing political convictions. Two Jewish friends were separated when one of them became a right-wing party (Fidesz) representative. A right-wing Jew! Zsuzsa separated from her husband in 2002, after they had stopped talking to each other, and even her child ignored her. “There isn’t a drop of patriotism in you: you’re unfit to be a mother!”. Barely twenty years after the political changes raised such great expectations, all seems muddled. Feud, hatred and isolation. Is there a way out?
Hajdú, Eszter, Hungary, 2008, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Journey Home / Hazatérés [FL 1567]
The journey of two American women to bury their father's ashes in Hungary turns into a quest to find out exactly what he did as a freedom fighter during the revolution of 1956 in Hungary.
Pigniczky, Réka, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Full of Grease / Malaccal teljes [FL 1568]
This film tells the story of how the Ormánság Quick Guys from a little village called Vajszó won second place at an international competition for butchers. Lajos Balogh, an enthusiastic local, decides that the village should take part in the competition and raise the fame of local meat products. He recruits a team, finds sponsors, orders uniforms. While the men prepare, the pigs run their course of life from birth to sausage. A true story with a happy ending, and those of us who are natives of the urban jungle have a rare chance to see a few pig killings.
Kovács, Kristóf, Hungary, 2008, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Marcela [FL 1570]
Marcela married Jiří in 1980. She could not foresee that she would have problems with her flat and her mother-in-law, that she would give birth to a daughter and that, two years later, she would divorce. Unravelling before our eyes is the authentic story of an ordinary woman in an inadequate social environment and a less than satisfactory relationship. A big shock awaits her in November 2005 when her 25-year-old daughter Ivanka tragically dies. Documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková was at her side even at the most difficult times of her life.
Třeštíková, Helena, Czech Republic, 2006, Czech/Subtitles: English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Septembers / Septiembres [FL 1571]
Each September singing contests are held in Spanish prisons. All the participants carefully select a song which they dedicate to their loved ones – wives, girlfriends, friends or children – before performing. Those who triumph in the first round represent their jail in the final of the song festival. Carles Bosch's film is a story about love, desire and hope behind village walls. He follows the stories of selected participants during one whole year between festivals. From one September to the next he records how four men and four women deal with separation from their nearest and dearest. Norma, a two–time singing contest winner, is serving a sentence for drug smuggling. She has not seen her daughter for three years; on the telephone she lies that she is too busy to come home for Christmas. Others featured in the film, such as Estefania and Cristian, have found in prison what they failed to find on the outside. She is a former thief addicted to cocaine; he is an Ecuadorian convicted of attempted murder. Their story proves that even in the inhospitable surroundings of a prison cell a person can find love and happiness.
Bosch, Carles, Spain, 2007, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Beyond the Call [FL 1572]
In an Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged men – former soldiers and modern-day knights – travel the world delivering life-saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors; in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth, the front lines of war.
Belic, Adrian, United States, 2006, English, 82 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bloody Cartoons [FL 1573]
When in September 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands–Posten published a series of caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, it sparked unprecedented protests around the Muslim world. The demonstrations were so intense and so well organised that it led to questions as to whether they were really a spontaneous expression of Muslim anger. Danish investigative journalist and documentary maker Karsten Kjaer attempted to find out who could have had an interest in the protests spreading so far and an escalation of hatred towards the West. He conducted dozens of interviews in an attempt to untangle the web of events which followed the publishing of the cartoons; he spoke to religious leaders responsible for instigating violence, demonstrators who had set embassies on fire, journalists and newspaper publishers. Kjaer visited Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Qatar, often posing the question of where the border of free speech, one of the pillars of democracy, lies.
Kjaer, Karsten, Denmark, 2007, English, Danish/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bloody Cartoons [FL 1573]
When in September 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands–Posten published a series of caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, it sparked unprecedented protests around the Muslim world. The demonstrations were so intense and so well organised that it led to questions as to whether they were really a spontaneous expression of Muslim anger. Danish investigative journalist and documentary maker Karsten Kjaer attempted to find out who could have had an interest in the protests spreading so far and an escalation of hatred towards the West. He conducted dozens of interviews in an attempt to untangle the web of events which followed the publishing of the cartoons; he spoke to religious leaders responsible for instigating violence, demonstrators who had set embassies on fire, journalists and newspaper publishers. Kjaer visited Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Qatar, often posing the question of where the border of free speech, one of the pillars of democracy, lies.
Kjaer, Karsten, Denmark, 2007, English, Danish/Subtitles: English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Taxi to the Dark Side [FL 1574]
In his native village, the Afghan taxi driver Dilawar enjoyed a reputation as a kind and honourable man. This made it all the more surprising when he was arrested one day and imprisoned without trial. After spending five days in a cell, Dilawar died. Just a week beforehand another detainee died in the same jail. Post–mortems revealed that the death of both men had occurred as a result of injuries caused by American soldiers. During the "War on Terror" more than one hundred prisoners have died in American custody. Taxi to the Dark Side shows that Dilawar's brutal death was closely connected with decisions made by some of the most senior figures in the Bush administration. This film by award–winning director Alex Gibney documents how former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the White House legal team were able to convince the American Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Thanks to a detailed reconstruction of Dilawar's case, Taxi to the Dark Side offers a comprehensive analysis of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in US facilities, and the role played in this process by key figures in the American government. Taxi to the Dark Side won the Oscar for best documentary feature.
Gibney, Alex, United States, 2007, English, 53 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Egypt: We Are Watching You [FL 1575]
In 2005 George W. Bush described Egypt as a country which could serve as an example to the Middle East as a democratic state. President Hosni Mubarak, meanwhile, declared the first "free" presidential elections in Egypt in spring of that year. He neglected to mention that opposition candidates had been barred in advance. However, three Egyptian women refused to accept the arrogance of the government and set up a movement called Shayfeen.com – We Are Watching You. Insisting that genuine democracy could only be based on the free will of the people, they began working to increase their fellow citizens' understanding of the fundamentals of democracy. This film records the successes and failures of the movement in the first year of it existence. We see the founders speaking with ordinary people on the street, at demonstrations and remand centres, enjoying small victories and suffering betrayal and frustration. In a country where state propaganda presents an Islamic fundamentalist movement as the only alternative, Egypt: We Are Watching You shows the inner courage of all three women and their belief in democracy, freedom and justice.
Menjou, Leila ; El Katsha, Sherief, Egypt, 2007, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Her Name Is Sabine / Elle s'appelle Sabine [FL 1576]
A sensitive documentary about Sabine, an autistic woman of 38. This film is the directorial debut of her sister, the well known French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. Over the course of 25 years Bonnaire has recorded the everyday life of her sister. That footage forms a moving portrait revealing her sister's talent, which has been repressed due to an incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Sabine's condition deteriorates when she stops spending time with her siblings, who have moved away. As the disease progresses she becomes increasingly aggressive, eventually beginning to attack her mother. From the age of 28 to 33 she is locked up in a psychiatric institution, a move which led to tragic and irreparable results. Today she lives in a family–style therapeutic home where clients with different forms of handicap receive personal care. This intimate picture draws attention to the lack of specialised institutions and shows the harm that can be caused by unsuitable treatment.
Bonnaire, Sandrine, France, 2007, French/Subtitles: English, 81 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Gates of Heaven [FL 1577]
"Gates of Heaven" is the story of two California pet cemeteries transformed into an eccentric portrait of the American dream. Errol Morris began this, his first non-fiction feature, in 1978 after reading a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle: "450 Dead Pets To Go To Napa." "Gates of Heaven" follows the stories behind two pet cemeteries -- one that fails (set up by innocent Floyd McClure at the intersection of two superhighways) and the Harbert family, who apply the latest marketing concepts to the pet cemetery profession.
Morris, Errol, United States, 1978, English, 83 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Vernon, Florida [FL 1577]
"Vernon, Florida" is an odd-ball survey of the inhabitants of a remote swamp-town in the Florida panhandle. Henry Shipes, Albert Bitterling, Roscoe Collins and others discuss turkey-hunting, gator-grunting and the meaning of life. This second effort by Errol Morris, originally titled "Nub City," was about the inhabitants of a small Florida town who lop off their limbs for insurance money ("They literally became a fraction of themselves to become whole financially," Morris commented.) but had to be retooled when his subjects threatened to murder him. Forced to come up with a new concept Morris created "Vernon, Florida" (1981) about the eccentric residents of a Southern swamp town.
Morris, Errol, United States, 1982, English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Thin Blue Line [FL 1577]
The Thin Blue Line is the true story of the arrest and conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976. Billed as the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder, the film is credited with overturning the conviction of Randall Dale Adams, who was sentenced to death. The film was the result of a 30-month investigation by Errol Morris. With its use of expressionistic reenactments, interview material and music, this documentary pioneered a new kind of non-fiction filmmaking.
Morris, Errol, United States, 1988, English, 103 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Puujee [FL 1578]
On a long trek photographing individuals of many countries, photographer Yoshiharu Sekino happens upon a family in Mongolia. They immediately capture his imagination and become subjects in a photo essay he publishes, but he also forms an ongoing friendship with them. The film depicts their initial encounter and the events of the next five years as Sekino goes away and comes back repeatedly, witnessing changes with each return. At the center of this moving group portrait is the captivating figure of Puujee, a young girl who becomes the film’s pivotal character, and whose destiny seems tied to the hundreds of thousands of agrarian Mongolians who have moved to cities to escape deprivation and the deleterious effects of the new market economy. Already adept at herding animals on horseback, six-year-old Puujee defies Sekino and his omnipresent camera, even though her family members welcome him. Gradually allowing Sekino into her trust, she shares her dream of becoming a teacher. When she finally gets her chance to enter school, the gulf between Puujee and her family yawns ever wider, evident in her rebelliousness and alienation.
Yamada, Kazuya, Japan, 2007, Mongolian, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 110 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Kassim the Dream [FL 1579]
This is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma - born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. When the rebels took over the government, Kassim became an army soldier who was forced to commit many horrific atrocities, making him both a victim and perpetrator. He soon discovered the army's boxing team and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Africa and arrived in the United States. Homeless and culture shocked, he quickly rose through the boxing ranks and became Junior Middleweight Champion of the World. Kassim, now age 27, seems to have obtained the American Dream with his jovial nature, fame and hip hop lifestyle. As Kassim trains for his next world title fight against Jermain Taylor in Little Rock Arkansas, keeping his demons out of the ring becomes increasingly difficult. His desires to reunite with family in Uganda intensify when Kassim's only hope for a safe return is a military pardon from the president and government responsible for his abduction.
Davidson, Kief, United States, 2008, English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bomb Harvest [FL 1580]
Laos: the most bombed country, per capita, on the planet. Australian bomb disposal specialist Laith Stevens has to train a new young “big bomb” team to deal with bombs left from the US “Secret War”, but meanwhile, the local children are out hunting for bomb scrap metal. This timely story vividly depicts the consequences of war and the incredible bravery of those trying to clear up the mess.
Mordaunt, Kim, Australia, English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shadow of the Holy Book / Pyhän kirjan varjo [FL 1581]
When and how is it possible to make hundreds of millions of dollars by the translation and publication of a book which nobody wants to read? Perhaps only in the case of Ruhnama, a book which features the absurd propaganda of the late dictator of Turkmenistan Saparmurad Niyazov Turkmenbashi. Arto Halonen adopts an inimitable investigative approach in this effort to untangle the ties between global corporations and million–dollar contracts in Turkmenistan. Key to this search is Ruhnama, Turkmenbashi's "holy" book. The Finnish director portrays the absurd form of dictatorship in Niyazov's Turkmenistan, and how it contrasts with the reality of the world of tough multinational business, which uses all possible means to win favour with the government and the president. The film shows in detail the sophisticated defence mechanisms of a society which, through erudite press spokespersons and a PR department, presents a strictly positive media image, while at the same time creating a barrier to intrusive questions about unpleasant subjects.
Halonen, Arto, Finland, 2007, Czech, English, Russian, French, Turkmen, Finnish, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shadow of the Holy Book / Pyhän kirjan varjo [FL 1581]
When and how is it possible to make hundreds of millions of dollars by the translation and publication of a book which nobody wants to read? Perhaps only in the case of Ruhnama, a book which features the absurd propaganda of the late dictator of Turkmenistan Saparmurad Niyazov Turkmenbashi. Arto Halonen adopts an inimitable investigative approach in this effort to untangle the ties between global corporations and million–dollar contracts in Turkmenistan. Key to this search is Ruhnama, Turkmenbashi's "holy" book. The Finnish director portrays the absurd form of dictatorship in Niyazov's Turkmenistan, and how it contrasts with the reality of the world of tough multinational business, which uses all possible means to win favour with the government and the president. The film shows in detail the sophisticated defence mechanisms of a society which, through erudite press spokespersons and a PR department, presents a strictly positive media image, while at the same time creating a barrier to intrusive questions about unpleasant subjects.
Halonen, Arto, Finland, 2007, Czech, English, Russian, French, Turkmen, Finnish, Turkish/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Yasukuni [FL 1582]
Founded in 1869, Tokyo's Yasukuni ("peaceful country") is a Shinto monument in which 2.5 million Japanese war dead are enshrined, including some designated Class A war criminals. This makes it a target of protest by Taiwanese, Koreans and Chinese who see Yasukuni as an enabler -- a reassuring testament to Japanese hegemony and the occasional atrocity committed in the name of the emperor.
Ying, Li, Japan, 2008, Japanese/Subtitles: English, 123 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jerusalem Is Proud to Present / Jerušalajim gea lehacig [FL 1583]
In the summer of 2006, Jerusalem was supposed to host the World Pride festival for the first time in its history and this was meant to culminate in a gay pride parade. The festival, however, met with enormous resistance from representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious communities. Above all, ultra–orthodox Jews did not hesitate to use all means at their disposal to prevent the planned event, including intimidation and threats of physical violence. Their intransigent resistance erupted on the streets of Jerusalem with a wave of violence in the days leading up to the scheduled march. This documentary film shows the determination and bravery of the parade's organisers from the Open House association. For them, in an escalating atmosphere of homophobia and in the face of threats and violence, holding the march became something a lot more fundamental than just freely expressing their opinion. Director Nitzan Gilady gives us a unique view of preparations for a festival celebrating tolerance in conservative society, which is deeply intolerant and won't permit any discussion on the subject of minorities with a different sexual orientation.
Gilady, Nitzan, Israel, 2007, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Jerusalem Is Proud to Present / Jerušalajim gea lehacig [FL 1583]
In the summer of 2006, Jerusalem was supposed to host the World Pride festival for the first time in its history and this was meant to culminate in a gay pride parade. The festival, however, met with enormous resistance from representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious communities. Above all, ultra–orthodox Jews did not hesitate to use all means at their disposal to prevent the planned event, including intimidation and threats of physical violence. Their intransigent resistance erupted on the streets of Jerusalem with a wave of violence in the days leading up to the scheduled march. This documentary film shows the determination and bravery of the parade's organisers from the Open House association. For them, in an escalating atmosphere of homophobia and in the face of threats and violence, holding the march became something a lot more fundamental than just freely expressing their opinion. Director Nitzan Gilady gives us a unique view of preparations for a festival celebrating tolerance in conservative society, which is deeply intolerant and won't permit any discussion on the subject of minorities with a different sexual orientation.
Gilady, Nitzan, Israel, 2007, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish/Subtitles: English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

My Father Gulag / Moj otec Gulag [FL 1584]
None of his names is his real one. He never met his father, he doesn`t know whether he is a child of love or violence. He doesn`t even know his homeland. This documentary is a story of Jan Antal who was born 57 years ago in a Russian gulag to a wrongfully deported Slovak mother. This is the first time he has traveled to where he was born and spent the first three years of his life. He reached the end of the world with one question: "Did you know my father?"
Palonder, František, Slovakia, 2008, Slovak/Subtitles: English, 63 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go [FL 1585]
The Mulberry Bush School in Oxford is an institutional educational facility for mentally and emotionally disturbed children of school age. In an environment created to resemble a home, some 40 such kids are looked after by over 100 members of staff. The film's title points to the school's approach: the aim is to help traumatised children to control their aggression and express their feelings free of stress and psychological impediments. Therapists try to inculcate an understanding of the rules of society, as well as giving their charges the confidence to return to their lives and to school. Over several months, the renowned filmmaker Kim Longinotto follows the painful and difficult daily struggle for the future of the school's young patients. It is a striking film which makes use of nimble camera–work and an electrifying story–telling style, free of interventions and questions from the director. An authentic portrayal of the fragility of psychologically disturbed childhood, it brings to mind the legendary direct–cinema film Warrendale (1966). The One World Festival has in the past presented several pictures by Longinotto, including Divorce Iranian Style.
Longinotto, Kim, United Kingdom, 2007, English, 101 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Elder Blossom / Holunderblüte [FL 1586]
This film takes us to the village of Gastellovo in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave bordered by Poland and Lithuania. This territory was formerly part of north–eastern Prussia. After the Second World War, Stalin deported the German population and the area was settled by people from all over the Soviet Union. Director Volker Koepp tells the stories of children from the third generation of these new residents. The camera unobtrusively follows them while they work and play. It lets them talk about themselves, show their drawings and read their favourite passages from books. In an agricultural region where churches have become dilapidated and are used as granaries, the boundaries between human dwellings and the wildness of nature have become blurred in this visually impressive documentary. What makes an even stronger impression is the difference between the children's world and the world of adults, who often succumb to alcohol in this godforsaken place. What future awaits these boys and girls, who have their dreams and who have already got it into their heads that they are never going to drink? Will they have the strength to change things? Or will they follow the example of their forebears?
Koepp, Volker, Germany, 2007, German/Subtitles: English, 89 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Halima's Cellphone [FL 1587]
The story of Halima, a peasant woman living in a reamote area of Bangladesh, who benefitted from a micro-credit program initiated by the local authorities, and bought hersefl a cellphone. How does one, however, make use of a cell phone if no one around has any?
Prud'homme, Olga, France, 2007, English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Corridor #8 [FL 1588]
In 1997, the European Union commissioned Corridor #8, an extraordinarily ambitious rail and road system intended to join Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania—neighboring countries that, logically, should already have been connected. The effort would create a pathway between the Black and Adriatic seas, put an end to the wariness between the nations and lift the economic hopes of working-class residents along its route. Or so it was hoped. Ten years and millions of euros later, progress is scarcely visible. An incomplete tunnel in the Bulgarian town of Gyueshevo is used to grow mushrooms and store cheese, rather than connect two villages as had been intended. Threats of blood feuds along the Albanian roadside expose growing cultural unrest. And, despite the hyperbole, proclamations of progress and continued promises made by visiting delegates, train travel between Bulgaria and Macedonia is impossible despite their capital cities, Sofia and Skopje, being just 100 miles apart. In this remarkable debut feature, Bulgarian filmmaker Boris Despodov journeys along the haphazard Corridor #8 to expose the ironies and absurdities of the massive infrastructural project and to reveal three countries whose people remain deeply suspect of each other—and even more so of the European Union.
Despodov, Boris, Bulgaria, 2008, Albanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian/Subtitles: English, 74 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dinka Diaries [FL 1589]
Dinka Diaries tells the story of some of America's most recent arrivals: Sudanese refugees who would have never dreamt a few years ago that they'd be living in America. Over the course of ten months, the film follows the lives of three Sudanese refugees who resettle in the Philadelphia area and adjust to the new American culture and way of life. Dinka Diaries represents an important attempt to empower refugees by giving them the opportunity to represent themselves and their experiences through film.
Mebrahtu, Filmon, United States, 2005, English, 56 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shadows of Fate: A Refugee Childhood [FL 1590]
The girls are 11 and 12 years old. They are friends. Having escaped the massacres in their homeland together with the other surviving members of their families, they have reached the safety of Bredjing refugee camp in the south-east of the neighbouring country of Chad. "Thanks be to Allah – we had everything!" says Jasmin’s mother when she speaks of the good times in their native land before the war broke out. We witness with our own eyes what is left for her and the other families. What happened to them in between we learn from the stories they tell. The shadows of the past are their constant companions; the uncertainty of the future hovers over their daily lives as they wait in the camp. The film approaches the two girls tactfully and with sensitivity. It shows their daily lives, which in spite of the poverty and hardship rise above what has happened and what they have experienced with bright moments and dignity, with games and songs and school lessons and the strength of their Muslim faith. And yet the tragedy is ever-present, lurking just beneath the surface.
Gluth, Susan, Germany, 2006, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Fate of the Lhapa [FL 1591]
Fate of the Lhapa is a feature-length documentary about the last three Tibetan shamans (lhapas) living in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. With no other descendants to carry on their healing practices and a younger generation attending schools, acculturating, and modernizing, these "sucking doctors" are practicing an endangered tradition. Each lhapa requested that their story be filmed so that an historical record would be created. Their fear was that the next heir might not appear until after the old men's deaths. Subsequently, with no lhapa alive to mentor the children, the documentary would be used to transmit the knowledge to the next generation. These tales of nomadic childhoods, shamanic callings and apprenticeships, cosmologies of disease and treatments, and of their flight from Tibet during the Chinese occupation in the late 1950s will be juxtaposed with images of present-day life in the camp, current healing practices and shared concerns of the future and the fate of their tradition. This is a touching portrayal of life in exile in a refugee camp in Nepal.
Sifers, Sarah, United States, 2007, Tibetan/Subtitles: English, 63 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Alpha Diaries [FL 1592]
After 3 years of mandatory military service, a young Israeli man returns to civilian life. However his military service is not over. Once a year he is called back to serve 30 days of active military duty in the Army Reserve. He leaves his normal life behind, his family and his daily job. He slips into his olive green fatigues and picks up his M-16. "The Alpha Diaries" was shot over a five-year period in the life of director and reserve soldier, Yaniv Berman. Each year for 30 days, when Alpha Company got together, the camera came along to tell the unique story of the Israeli Army Reserves.
Berman, Yaniv, Israel, 2007, Hebrew, Arabic/Subtitles: English, 65 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Fetishes [FL 1593]
Filmed at Pandora's Box, the luxurious S&M parlour in New York, the film reveals a full range of fetishes; from rubber and infantilism, to asphyxiation and mummification. Several festishes take on a bizarre sociopolitical twist: Jewish clients into Nazi fantasies, black clients into plantation slave scenarios, a white policeman submitting to a black master. As one client remarks: "Fetishes are the eroticization of the worst thing you can ever imagine happening to you." Clients pay upwards of $10,000 a night to submit to a mistress who creates highly elaborate role-playing scenarios designed to meet her client's specific fetishistic needs. Doctors and nurses, naked wrestling to bullwhipping, are played out in diverse theme rooms, including the customary medieval torture chamber with racks, cages and guillotines.
Broomfield, Nick, United Kingdom, 1996, English, 84 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dinner with the President [FL 1594]
Dictator, democrat, defender or dummy - what do Pakistanis really think of President Musharraf? From the middle classes to the mullahs and Musharraf himself, this insightful and timely documentary from acclaimed film-maker Sabiha Sumar explores issues of political power and human rights in Pakistan, considered geopolitically to be one of the most important, and troubled, countries in the world.
Sumar, Sabiha ; Sathananthan, Sachithanandam, Pakistan, 2007, Urdu/Subtitles: English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Private Investigation [FL 1595]
July 1988, Sofia, Bulgaria. The body of a young Iraqi woman was found in her room in the Student Town. Suham Raadi had emigrated due to political reasons and studied journalism in Bulgaria. The murderer has never been identified. Was Suham a victim of a greater sinister play? Sofia was the centre of the Iraqi secret services in the 1980s and the Soviet Block was supporting Saddam Hussein as “the Castro of the Middle East”. We follow the traces of the crime both in today's Bulgaria and Iraq.With the participation of researchers of the cooperation, political and economical during the socialism before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and of agents and objects of agents, as well as some characters of the documentary.
Donchev, Antoniy, Bulgaria, 2007, Bulgarian/Subtitles: English, 58 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers / Le papier ne peut pas envelopper la braise [FL 1596]
This award-winning documentary trails the lives of young Cambodian women who are forced into prostitution and presents their painful tales against a backdrop of an already-scarred nation. Cambodia has become almost synonymous with genocide but what most people miss out are the intransigent social problems that have arisen in relatively modern times, albeit as a result of the national tragedy. Cambodian director Rithy Panh brings us off the sunny paths of Cambodia and into the darker alleys of the Khmer society, presenting a warm and heartfelt piece on the various women who turn to prostitution to survive. This documentary received the Prix Arte at the European Film Academy Documentary 2007 awards.
Panh, Rithy, France, 2006, Khmer, Central/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Unwinking Gaze [FL 1597]
The Unwinking Gaze is an intimate and captivating portrait of the Dalai Lama's lifelong work for Tibet. Filmed over three years with extraordinary access to the Tibetan leader, Dugdale reveals the Dalai Lama's daily struggle as he tries to lead his people to a peaceful resolution with China. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the Dalai Lama, and special interviews with George W. Bush and Alanis Morrisette, The Unwinking Gaze is an intriguing insight into one of the most inspirational political and spiritual leaders of our time.
Dugdale, Joshua, United Kingdom, 2006, English, 79 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Illiterate [FL 1598]
Anneke, a young woman, worries about her low level of literacy that limits her ability to function normally in every way: at work, in relationships and coping with household expenditure. Bravely and brimming with emotion she tackles the task of escaping from this straitjacket. She takes evening classes to learn to read and write better. An irreversible sense of pride and liberation takes over and she can embark on a new future.
Westendorp, Chris, Netherlands, 2007, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 47 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Creche / De Kresj [FL 1599]
Documentary about the anti-authoritarian Amsterdam crèche Prins Constantijn, founded in 1969 to bring children up to be critical individuals. The director, one of these children, goes in search of ex-crèche-mates.
Meerman, Marije, Netherlands, 1995, Dutch/Subtitles: English, 57 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Donkey in Lahore [FL 1600]
Donkey in Lahore tells the real life tale of Brian, an Australian Goth whose skills as a puppeteer takes him on a journey that transcends borders, religion and love. While visiting Lahore in Pakistan to perform at a puppet festival, Brian meets Amber, 17. Ten years Brian's junior, Amber doesn't seem a likely match for this tear-away Goth. She's a devout Muslim and still lives at home with her tight-knit family. Yet in a whirlwind two-week romance during which the pair are never alone together, they fall in love. Over the next two years, Brian and Amber continue their relationship by correspondence. Brian converts to Islam in order to be accepted by Amber's family and so that he can marry her. Brian's struggle to marry Amber is fraught as he battles the Australian immigration system, costly trips between the two countries, his own religious conversion, lifestyle changes and last but not least the stern disapproval of Amber's parents! What unfolds is a real life Romeo and Juliet tale that spans the globe, a captivating story of love that borders on obsessive. From Brisbane to Lahore, from Christianity to Islam, can these star-cross'd lovers live happily ever after?
Rahber, Faramarz K., Australia, 2008, English, Arabic, Urdu/Subtitles: English, 117 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Donkey in Lahore [FL 1600]
Donkey in Lahore tells the real life tale of Brian, an Australian Goth whose skills as a puppeteer takes him on a journey that transcends borders, religion and love. While visiting Lahore in Pakistan to perform at a puppet festival, Brian meets Amber, 17. Ten years Brian's junior, Amber doesn't seem a likely match for this tear-away Goth. She's a devout Muslim and still lives at home with her tight-knit family. Yet in a whirlwind two-week romance during which the pair are never alone together, they fall in love. Over the next two years, Brian and Amber continue their relationship by correspondence. Brian converts to Islam in order to be accepted by Amber's family and so that he can marry her. Brian's struggle to marry Amber is fraught as he battles the Australian immigration system, costly trips between the two countries, his own religious conversion, lifestyle changes and last but not least the stern disapproval of Amber's parents! What unfolds is a real life Romeo and Juliet tale that spans the globe, a captivating story of love that borders on obsessive. From Brisbane to Lahore, from Christianity to Islam, can these star-cross'd lovers live happily ever after?
Rahber, Faramarz K., Australia, 2008, English, Arabic, Urdu/Subtitles: English, 117 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Shock Waves [FL 1601]
Despite the signed peace accords of 2003, millions continue to die in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo, home to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. But there is a ray of hope. Radio, once a means for spreading propaganda and hatred, is now being used as a tool for justice and truth. For six years internationally funded independent Radio Okapi has been broadcasting from the frontlines and giving the Congolese people a voice. Under the constant threat of violence and death for their critiques of those in power, more than 100 journalists from Radio Okapi expose injustice and corruption wherever they find it. Its existence has become a lifeline for the people, offering hope of a future with unity and peace.
Mignault, Pierre ; Magny, Hélène, Canada, 2007, English, 52 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Tapologo [FL 1603]
In a squatter settlement in South Africa called Freedom Park, a group of HIV-infected former sex-workers, created a network called Tapologo. They learn to be Home Based Carers for their community, transforming degradation into solidarity and squalor into hope along with retired nurses, social workers and religious leaders. Catholic bishop Kevin Dowling participates in Tapologo, and raises doubts on the official doctrine of the Catholic Church regarding AIDS and sexuality in the African context.
Gutierrez Dewar, Gabriela ; Gutierrez Dewar, Sally, Spain, 2008, English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Two Captains-2 / Два капитана-2 [FL 1605]
This peculiar film sheds light on a number of facts and events that determined the course of history in the 20th century. Among them are the metaphysical role of white Moroccan dwarfs in World War I; Doctor Farkos’ experiments in provoking orgasm in inanimate matter; the fate of cocaine deliveries for Bolshevist officials in 1918; a series of natural cataclysms following the appearance of the second Sun in the sky…
Debizhev, Sergey, Russia, 1992, Russian/Subtitles: English, 70 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

To Russia With Love: The Great Radio War [FL 1606]
The film tells the story of the Cold War from the perspective of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. A radio station for the countries behind the Iron Curtain. Conceived as a propaganda instrument and financed by the CIA, RFE over the years changed its face and provided people under Soviet rule with information and news not available to them in any other form.Today the radio station is seen as one of the most successful enterprises of the CIA, and some claim that the peaceful end of the cold war is largely due to RFE/RL's broadcasts.
Bauer, Christian, Germany, 2008, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Most Unwelcome / Zárt karokkal. Filmszociográfia 1997-2002 [FL 1607]
Being a Gypsy in Hungary is not much fun. Neither is it in Tiszavasvári where things have changed. This small town has been working hard since its 1997 separation. What did they achieve by the fall of 2002? How far can you get in 5 years in Hungary? And where do you go on? How do you head towards Europe?
Kóthy, Judit, Hungary, 2002, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 104 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Hear It or Not: A Portrait of Jakab Orsós / Aki hallja, aki nem hallja. Orsós Jakab portré [FL 1608]
Jakab Orsós's knowledge is archaic - it is the knowledge of a wise storyteller. His knowledge is beyond human. When he goes to a school and talks to Gipsy children, he always emphasizes the importance of equality and human dignity. (Nádas Péter)
Kóthy, Judit ; Topits, Judit, Hungary, 2002, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 73 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Oil, Oil, Oil! – part 1-4 / Olaj, olaj, olaj! (1-4 rész) [FL 1609]
Chapters from the history of the Hungarian crude oil and natural gas industry. Who are the people that make history? Is it the politicians, the heads of state, the generals, the businessmen? It can seem as if history revolved solely around them. Not even the historian of the 20th century paid much attention to the connections between engineering, economic processes and political events. The heroes of this series are geologists, oil miners, engineers and laborers. While engaged in their daily work they hardly considered the fact that they might be not only getting on with their lives but also making history. The first four parts of the series recall the story form the birth of this industry in Hungary up to 1996.
Kóthy, Judit, Hungary, 2001, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 221 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Oil, Oil, Oil! – part 5-8 / Olaj, olaj, olaj! (5-8 rész) [FL 1610]
Chapters from the history of the Hungarian crude oil and natural gas industry. Who are the people that make history? Is it the politicians, the heads of state, the generals, the businessmen? It can seem as if history revolved solely around them. Not even the historian of the 20th century paid much attention to the connections between engineering, economic processes and political events. The heroes of this series are geologists, oil miners, engineers and laborers. While engaged in their daily work they hardly considered the fact that they might be not only getting on with their lives but also making history. The second half of the series tells the story from 1957 to the mid-1980s.
Kóthy, Judit, Hungary, 2007, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 135 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cowboys - part 1, 2 / Kovbojok 1, 2 [FL 1611]
The documentary shows that in 1985 Hungary was already experiencing the demise of the independent farmer because of large cooperatives. A problem endemic throughout the world by the late '90s is seen illustrated here in one group of six people. They acquire some cattle from a large state cooperative because the cooperative does not have the personnel to manage the cattle. Once the transfer has been effected, the six discover that they are given nothing else to take care of their new business: no fodder, no grazing land, and insufficient stables.
Schiffer, Pál, Hungary, 1986, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 160 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cowboys - part 3 / Kovbojok 3 [FL 1612]
The documentary shows that in 1985 Hungary was already experiencing the demise of the independent farmer because of large cooperatives. A problem endemic throughout the world by the late '90s is seen illustrated here in one group of six people. They acquire some cattle from a large state cooperative because the cooperative does not have the personnel to manage the cattle. Once the transfer has been effected, the six discover that they are given nothing else to take care of their new business: no fodder, no grazing land, and insufficient stables.
Schiffer, Pál, Hungary, 1986, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 67 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Magyar Stories / A Dunánál [FL 1613]
A documentary about the impact of Communism in Hungary, specifically on the people in Dunapataj who discuss the political and social events in the light of their own everyday experiences.
Magyar, Bálint ; Schiffer, Pál, Hungary, 1987, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 125 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Afghan Star [FL 1614]
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, the first music talent show, Afghan Star, was organized in Afghanistan. Over 2,000 people were auditioned and even three women have come forward to try their luck. Millions watched and voted for their favorite singers. In Afghanistan today, however, music is controversial. Considered sacrilegious by the Mujahideen and banned by the Taliban, music has come to symbolize freedom for the youth of the country. The film follows two men and two women during the three-month process from the regional auditions to the final in Kabul as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. The competition takes a disquieting turn when a young woman dances on stage, risking not only her own safety but also the future of the show.
Marking, Havana, United Kingdom, 2008, English, Dari, Pashto/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Afghan Star [FL 1614]
After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, the first music talent show, Afghan Star, was organized in Afghanistan. Over 2,000 people were auditioned and even three women have come forward to try their luck. Millions watched and voted for their favorite singers. In Afghanistan today, however, music is controversial. Considered sacrilegious by the Mujahideen and banned by the Taliban, music has come to symbolize freedom for the youth of the country. The film follows two men and two women during the three-month process from the regional auditions to the final in Kabul as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. The competition takes a disquieting turn when a young woman dances on stage, risking not only her own safety but also the future of the show.
Marking, Havana, United Kingdom, 2008, English, Dari, Pashto/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Atonement / Engesztelő [FL 1615]
A film investigating the kidnapping and murder of engineer Lajos Hargitay and translator Rudolf Hadady on 12th December 1956, by Communist vigilantes. The wife and two daughters together with the director set out to find out what really happened to the two men who disappeared more than 30 years before.
Schiffer, Pál, Hungary, 1989, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 72 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Dog's Night Song / Kutya éji dala [FL 1616]
A disconcerting portrait of a Hungarian town thrown into disarray by the arrival of a new parish priest, the film is a web of fragmented and often intersecting narratives: the audience follows a wheelchair-bound veteran of the 1956 uprising unable to commit suicide; an astronomer who moonlights in a punk band; the abused wife of an explosives officer who runs away to join the band; and their son, who films his world with a German tourist's Super 8 camera. A pioneering work of European cinema.
Bódy, Gábor, Hungary, 1983, English/Subtitles: English, 160 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Dog's Night Song / Kutya éji dala [FL 1616]
A disconcerting portrait of a Hungarian town thrown into disarray by the arrival of a new parish priest, the film is a web of fragmented and often intersecting narratives: the audience follows a wheelchair-bound veteran of the 1956 uprising unable to commit suicide; an astronomer who moonlights in a punk band; the abused wife of an explosives officer who runs away to join the band; and their son, who films his world with a German tourist's Super 8 camera. A pioneering work of European cinema.
Bódy, Gábor, Hungary, 1983, English/Subtitles: English, 160 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

The Witness / A tanú [FL 1618]
Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó’s film has since then achieved unparalleled cult status. The Witness takes place during the height of the Rákosi Era in Hungary and follows the life of an ordinary dike keeper, József Pelikán, who is caught illegally slaughtering his pig, Dezsõ. Instead of doing hard time for his "heinous" crime, Pelikán is elevated into an important position, generally reserved for the communist elite. Of course, Pelikán is utterly clueless about his newfound luck, not to mention his new job. Even his new benefactor, the mysterious Comrade Virág, is reluctant to reveal the real reason behind Pelikán’s preferential treatment. Thus, begins Pelikán’s hilarious adventure deep within the communist society. One failure after another the incompetent Pelikán is elevated higher and higher on the communist echelon, all the while remaining completely clueless about his promotions. Until one day, when he gets called for to return the "favour" by falsely testifying against his long-time friend in a mock-up show trial.
Bacsó, Péter, Hungary, 1969, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 103 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Satantango / Sátántangó [FL 1619]
Bela Tarr's seven-hour, black-and-white epic based on the novel by Laszlo Karsznahorkai took two years to film. The complex story follows a group of people living in a dilapidated village in post-communist Hungary. Tarr examines their standstill lives through a series of episodes told from each person's point-of-view.
Tarr, Béla, Hungary, 1994, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, German, French, 422 min, fiction film, DVD-ROM

Into the Field [FL 1620]
The film examines the everyday secular lives of nuns residing in the Romanian Orthodox monastery of Varatec. The majority of the 450 members of this monastery live as small groups in private houses, much like regular villagers, rather than inside the walls of the communal abbey. Throughout the year, they integrate their duties at home with their religious responsibilities to their community and to the church.
Grossman, Alyssa, United Kingdom, 2005, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 28 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

War Kids [FL 1621]
The film is a first-hand account of the war that has torn apart Bosnia, told through the eyes of Muslim and Serbian teenagers in and around Sarajevo. The film captures stories of young survivors of the war - and their perspectives on snipers, ethnic cleansing, dating, politics, music, Americans, and the outlook for the fragile former Yugoslavia.
Waller, Todd W., United States, 1999, English, 26 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Hand of Stalin: Leningrad [FL 1622]
The film looks at the effects on Leningrad of "the Great Terror" which swept the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, when spies and "enemies of the state" were seen everywhere. Through the stories of five survivors from Leningrad and some of the informers and Secret Police, the darkness and paranoia of the time are revealed and the spiraling effect demands on informers.
Walker, John, United Kingdom, 1990, Russian/Subtitles: English, 60 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

PC Games: We Won't Let Imperialism To Play With Our Future / PC játékok: Nem hagyjuk, hogy az imperializmus játsszon a jövőnkkel! [FL 1623]
Propaganda video produced by the Hungarian Communist Youth Organization. "US spends tremendous amount of money on war games in order to win over children and the youth for its devastating war actions. The young are getting involved in bloodshed and mass killings and are convinced about the rightfulness of these practices through these PC games. We don’t let it happen! The short film aims at shedding light on the manipulative actions of the USA." The video is a compilation of news footage, images of animation of PC games, music and propaganda text inserts.
Hungary, English, 16 min, propaganda film, DVD-ROM

Bloodplot / Midőn a vér… [FL 1625]
A film looks back at the notorious 1882 "blood libel" trials at Tiszaeszlar, Hungary, and examines the blood libel accusations after the Holocaust.
Kőszegi, Edit ; Simó, Sándor ; Surányi, András, Hungary, 1994, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 78 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

The Last Speech of János Kádár / Kádár János utolsó beszéde [FL 1637]
A documentary about the last public speech of Janos Kadar, the Soviet installed president of Hungary. Kadar’s last utterance comprised the entire tragedy of this truly epoch-making character: a monarch, whose destiny was completed and whose life ironically ended on the very day the executed Prime Minister Imre Nagy was rehabilitated by the courts.
Sólyom, András, Hungary, 2006, Hungarian/Subtitles: English, 50 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Licensed to Kill [FL 1656]
A journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Attacked in 1977 by gay bashers on the streets of San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong confronts murderers of gay men face-to-face in his film. The documentary is an uncompromising investigation into the roots of anti-gay violence through the eyes of murderers. It examines the social, political and cultural environments of these men and questions whether society had given them a "license to kill" homosexuals.
Dong, Arthur, United States, 1997, English, 80 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Mother / Anya [FL 1657]
Portrait of Alice Gimes, Lucy, the filmmaker's mother. Raised in a comfortable assimilated Jewish home in southern Hungary, Lucy escaped being deported to Auschwitz and later committed herself to the communist movement. It was there she met Miklos Gimes, a journalist who grew disenchanted with the communist government. After the Soviets invaded Hungary in 1956, Miklos sent his wife and six-year-old son abroad. While in Vienna, Alice learned that her husband had been executed; eventually, she and her son settled in Switzerland. After the fall of communism, Miklos Gimes was to be given an official burial as a national hero - Lucy however hesitated to become the "official widow." This is the point of departure for the director who undergoes the painful exploration of his parents' personal relationship while creating an insightful meditation on the legacy of their politics for his own life.
Gimes, Miklós, Hungary, 2002, Hungarian, German/Subtitles: English, 96 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Children Are Our World [FL 1660]
Documentary film about Step By Step, an Open Society Institute funded educational program founded on modern pedagogical and development theories. Based on the principles of democracy, respecting differences, the right of each child to receive quality education this program emphasized the active involvement of families and the community in the education processes.
Downey, Tom, United States, 2003, English, 20 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Journey of Change / Cesta Změny [FL 1661]
Documentary about Roma education; integrated and segregated schools in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
United States, 2001, Czech/Subtitles: English, 21 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Step By Step [FL 1662]
Documentary film about the activities of Step By Step, an Open Society Institute funded educational program founded on modern pedagogical and development theories.
United States, 2003, English, 87 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Addicted to Plastic [FL 1684]
When it was launched, plastic was a miracle, the undisputed material of the future. Wood, stone and cloth were all finite, so a new, cheap and easy-to-handle material was needed to manufacture goods. More than a century later, it would be impossible to imagine our society without plastic. The miraculous material isn't only the raw material for goods and packaging, but also for art. On a trip that spanned three years and five continents, Ian Connacher investigated the impact of so much plastic. After all, the material has a major drawback, as it isn't biodegradable and doesn't get recycled in most countries. This means that the majority of the plastic made in the past century is still stored somewhere on earth. Connacher reveals that traces of the material are even to be found in the stomachs of marine animals, which means that plastic ends up in the food chain. We also learn that plastic might not be as harmless as people originally thought. But there is hope, as a number of companies are putting a completely biodegradable plastic on the market. Nevertheless, the traditional plastic industry is powerful and won't give up its position without a fight.
Connacher, Ian, Canada, 2008, English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Bagatelle / Bagatela [FL 1685]
Bogotá, Colombia, has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Director Jorge Caballero focuses on one day at a court in the city; cases are heard and sentences handed down for minor offenses. While in many cases the root of the problem is essentially social, the solution in Colombia has centered around the criminalization of these forms of conduct. Most scenes feature interviews with defense attorneys and defendants, revealing both the alleged crime and the protagonist’s standard of living. Colombian criminal law is extremely rigorous: selling bootleg CDs, stealing a cell phone or simply sleeping on the street can mean years in prison. High sentences are, however, reduced or overturned if the defendant pleads guilty. As a result crime clear-up rates in Bogotá are very high. Defense lawyers hear similar stories every day: their clients include people on low incomes, who are often unemployed, homeless, drug addicts or supporting large families. If they escape prison today, how long will it be before they are back in court? A portrait of justice and a portrait of society through petty crimes that take place non-stop on the streets of Bogotá – a city used to living with both violence and inequality.
Caballero, Jorge, Colombia, 2008, Spanish/Subtitles: English, 74 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Because We Were Born / Puisque nous sommes nés [FL 1686]
Brazil, Nordeste, the state of Pernambouc. A petrol station in the middle of an arid landscape provides Cocada (14) and Nego (13) with dreams and distractions. They meet there every day to make a little money, to support themselves and their families. Cocada dreams of becoming a truck driver, yet for now he washes windscreens, grazes pigs at a waste dump, makes bricks, and sleeps in a truck cab each night. His father was murdered, and he has found a substitute in Mineiro, a driver who takes the time to talk with him and helps him when the temptation of easy but illegally earned money becomes too strong. Nego lives from hand to mouth in a favela with his mother and nine brothers and sisters, helping them eke out a living; he dreams of having a house of his own. Besides begging from long-distance buses, he does temporary work as an errand boy and this doesn't leave him much time for school. With his friend Cocada, they watch the endless movement of trucks and travelers. Everything speaks to them about this big country which they don’t know. Mature beyond their years, thanks to the many adversities they have suffered, the two boys wonder what lies ahead.
Duret, Jean-Pierre ; Santana, Andréa, France, 2008, Portuguese/Subtitles: English, 90 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Below Sea Level [FL 1687]
About 300 kilometers southeast of Los Angeles and 6 meters below sea level, a commune of outcasts lives in the middle of the desert. They are not a hippie colony, just a group of people who have turned their backs on society and want to be left alone. On this bare, arid plain, we see a mobile home here and there, a car or an impromptu house. The people who live here answer to imaginative names like Bulletproof, Insane Wayne and Bus Kenny. They kill time by messing around, doing odd jobs, talking and living. For some of them, this desolate place with no electricity or running water is a temporary address, while for others it's a permanent vacation. A Vietnam veteran who now goes by the name of Cindy opened a hair salon here. Lili is a new arrival who lost custody of her only son and now does acupuncture. Mike Bright grieves over his dead daughter and fills his days writing songs. Everyone has his or her own reason for being here, and especially a reason not to be somewhere else.
Rosi, Gianfranco, Italy, 2008, English, 110 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country [FL 1688]
The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) consists of a group of about 30 Burmese reporters who secretly film the abuses taking place in their country. The footage is then smuggled across the border and broadcast via satellite from the headquarters in Oslo. These are the images that could be seen across the globe when a revolution was about to erupt in the late summer of 2007. Led by Buddhist monks, more than 100,000 people took to the streets to march peacefully against the military dictatorship that has held the country in an iron grip for 40 years. Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country was compiled almost exclusively from footage shot by DVB reporters. One of them supplies the voice-over. From his hiding place in Thailand, he uses the telephone or Internet to stay in touch with colleagues who report on the uprising: shaky hand-held images of emergency deliberations by protesters, of the crowd being dispersed, of monks and civilians getting knocked down. Their cameras hidden in bags or clenched under their armpits, the DVB reporters risk their lives to take the viewer right into the heat of the turmoil.
Østergaard, Anders, Denmark, 2008, Burmese/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Z32 [FL 1689]
The tone of Z32 is deceptively playful, but documentary veteran Avi Mograbi broaches some serious issues. A young soldier, once a member of an elite unit of the Israeli army, was involved in a retaliatory action that killed Palestinian policemen. The man regrets what happened and wonders if he can be forgiven. In this "musical-documentary-tragedy," as Mograbi calls Z32, he alternates interviews with the soldier and his girlfriend with scenes in which Mograbi uses song to comment on his own film. “Do I give the floor to a killer?,” he wonders, accompanied by a small orchestra in his living room. Mograbi's wife doesn't like it one bit. Mograbi experiments with different ways to make the soldier and his girlfriend unrecognizable, perhaps to illustrate that he, too, is looking for answers. "Do you think I'm a murderer?" the man asks his girlfriend. She doesn't know. The anonymity Mograbi eventually gives them by means of a computer-animated mask moves the question about guilt and absolution beyond this individual case: after all, couldn't anybody be behind that mask?
Mograbi, Avi, Israel, 2008, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 81 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Carmen Meets Borat [FL 1690]
17-year-old Carmen lives in a Roma village in Romania, where the men spend their days tying one on and exchanging coarse words in her father's bar. In the evenings, she watches a Spanish soap opera and dreams of a better life in Spain, where the men are romantic and decent. Her plan to emigrate falls to pieces when an American film crew descends on her village to shoot Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The villagers don't understand a single word of English and laugh in good faith for the camera. This footage is later presented in Borat as the supposedly Kazakh home village of the protagonist, with local inhabitants featuring as primitive caricatures. Carmen's grandfather poses for the camera with a welding apparatus and is presented as an abortion expert. A woman Borat embraces is introduced as his sister and one of the best whores in Kazakhstan. When the film is released, the world press throws itself on the village and jealousy and suspicion triumph. The chaos is made complete when an American lawyer holds out the prospect of a $30 million insurance claim to the villagers. Enchanted by the financial prospects, the villagers – among them Carmen’s father - set out on a world odyssey in search of the offender. Meanwhile, Carmen’s life is taking an unexpected turn.
Stalenhoef, Mercedes, Netherlands, 2008, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 85 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Constantin and Elena / Constantin si Elena [FL 1691]
In a Romanian village, an elderly couple has been happily married for almost 55 years. Constantin and Elena know that life must end, but are happy with everything that they've had. They fill their days with chores in and around the house, going to church and welcoming visitors, not to mention a catnap every now and then. Everything that these two old lovebirds do, they do slowly: from helping each other get dressed and climb ladders to weaving Elena's beautiful tapestries. Often they sing old Romanian songs at the top of their voices, or Constantin's old battle songs from his army days. Constantin and Elena aren't afraid of death, and discuss it in a practical way. They're proud of what they're leaving behind and happy with their love. But they do think it's unfortunate that they have so little time left together. As Constantin puts it, "With one eye I cry, with the other, I laugh."
Dascalescu, Andrei, Romania, 2008, Romanian/Subtitles: English, 100 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Cooking History [FL 1692]
Military cooks are never mentioned in history books and yet they helped to influence the course of history. Péter Kerekes collected their stories from all over Europe to take us behind the scenes of dates, facts, declarations of war, battles, and peace agreements. The recollections of those who witnessed the European wars of the 20th century provide subjective perspectives on historical events that diverge from conventional history. In separate episodes addressing WWII, the Franco-Algerian war, the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the war in Chechnya, and the Balkan bloodbaths, Kerekes lets his subjects hold forth in monologues, prompted by his off-camera questions. Through their subjective recollections, food preparation becomes a metaphor for battle strategy. Cooking History opens up a dimension of history one won’t find in textbooks or archives. The directness of the anecdotes and destinies of the people in this film conveys a sense of hope, longing, and survival strategies in the midst of destruction and despair.
Kerekes, Péter, Austria, 2009, Hungarian, Russian, German, French, Slovak, Hebrew/Subtitles: English, 88 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Crude [FL 1693]
Can 30,000 plaintiffs from five Indigenous Ecuadoran tribes expect justice from Chevron, one of the world’s largest oil producers? Who is responsible for the unconscionable dumping of 18 billion gallons of toxic oil waste in the Ecuadoran Amazon, poisoning the most biodiverse place on the planet? In a sophisticated take on the classic David and Goliath story, Berlinger took three years to craft a cinema vérité portrait centering on the charismatic lawyers in the U.S. and Ecuador who have doggedly pursued the case against all of the forces a corporation can bring into courts of law. The film makes a genuine effort to show the case from all sides: from the scientists and lawyers employed by Chevron, to Ecuadoran judges, to celebrity activists and humanitarian organizers, to the role of the media, to the dramatic intervention of Rafael Correa himself, the first Ecuadoran president to sympathize with the Indigenous point of view. In a tale that spans the globe, Crude looks beyond compassion for the disenfranchised and the corruption of those in power to ask how justice itself is being defined in the twenty-first century.
Berlinger, Joe, United States, 2009, English, 104 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Forgotten Transports to Latvia [FL 1695]
In 1942, hundreds of Czech Jews are deported to Riga in Latvia. In an eerily empty, dilapidated, fenced-off and snowed-in part of town, they find pots on stoves, clothes on the floor, as if everyone left in a hurry. Then stones wrapped in paper are thrown over the wire by young men held in a cordoned-off section of the ghetto. The notes say: “You will all be killed, like our families. We are the last survivors.” Yet life continues. Some people are sent to the Salaspils camp, where only ruthless selfishness offers a slim chance of survival, but others cling together, steadfastly keeping “normality” amid atrocities. Children go to school past bodies hanging from the gallows. Boys play football on the ghetto square/execution ground. Teenagers fall in love at clandestine parties, almost literally “dancing on graves”… Edited from 270 hours of interviews shot in 20 countries over 10 years, the film dispels our notions of a “Holocaust documentary”. Employing no commentary or contemporary footage, only a minimalist montage of interviews and never-seen materials drawn from a vast array of sources, the narrow, personal points of view combine to paint a life-affirming picture of survival through luck, wisdom, ingenuity and sheer will, as well as form a depiction of the Holocaust “as we don’t know it”.
Pribyl, Lukas, Czech Republic, 2008, Czech/Subtitles: English, 86 min, documentary film, DVD-ROM

Forgotten Transports to Belarus [FL 1696]
It is the second of the four 90-minute-long films by Lukáš Přibyl, which are a mosaic of memories of the Jews from Bohemia and Moravia who were deported into the concentration camps and ghettoes in Latvia, Belarus, Estonia and eastern Poland. Those were places, which, unlike the infamous Auschwitz, Treblinka, Dachau or Terezín, are not widely discussed, but which witnessed equally cruel destinies of hundreds of thousands of people.
Pribyl, Lukas, Czech Republic, 2008, Belarusian/Subtitles: Englis