FESTIVAL GUIDE

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

Feature length international and local Documentaries to stir our imagination and provide new perspectives about the world. Sessions of Q&A's with filmmakers in attendance.

Les Filles

Through a photography workshop in different schools of Iran, The Girls takes us to the intimate meeting of young Iranian school girls. They dare to share their dreams, their hopes and their fears of future.

Grain of Sand

Grain of Sand is a documentary about the music and heritage of the Bahraini pearl divers through the eyes of British Musician Jason Carter. Follow Jason has he ventures into the cultural heart of Bahrain, exploring music as a platform for intercultural dialogue. Grain of Sand is an effort to shed light on the dying music of the pearl divers and asks poignant questions about identity, culture and heritage, in a region that has experienced development at a pace previously deemed impossible. The film also endeavors to bring 'good news' from a region currently rife with conflict.

Masala Chai

A documentary film which shows the daily routine of five tea makers from different social backgrounds all over India. At the Azadpur Market in Delhi, in an upper-class teahouse in Pune, at an Indian film set near Mumbai, in the ancient streets of Kolkata and at the tea growing station Darjeeling five protagonists have one thing in common: they prepare Indians most popular drink, Masala Chai. But their daily routine differs a lot. Masala Chai gives us a deep insight into the life of five tea makers. An emotional and informative documentary film about the social conditions, contrasts and traditions of India.

Anaa

In a stricken village by earthquake, a boy with his friends searches an intact television to watch football match. This innovative documentary focuses on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in East Azerbaijan. We follow the lives of several children in the temporary camps set up to provide relief to those who lost their home in the village of Bajeh Baj. Interestingly, the children themselves take control of the sound and filming, creating a first-hand glimpse of the disorder their lives have become.

The Peace Agency

Lian Gogali and her 500 female students are a force to be reckoned with in the conflict torn area of Poso, Indonesia. They are part of a powerful and successful movement for peace and justice in an area that has been racked by inter-religious violence for over a decade. But five years ago, Lian was just a single mother living in rural Poso with a broken leg and a big dream to educate marginalized women. The Peace Agency follows her remarkable journey from her village to New York City to create The Women's School, an institution that transforms its all-female class into agents of peace and non-violent grassroots activism that has altered the course of the conflict in Poso, and possibly the future of Indonesia.

Gulabi Gang

Women of the Gulabi Gang empower themselves and fight against gender violence, caste oppression and corruption.

Kaghaz ki Kashti

The life journey of Jagjit Singh who broke through the norms and revolutionized the Ghazal scenario.

The Rebel Optiomist

"No one is safe in this city. Those who think otherwise are living in a fool's paradise", says Perween's best friend and colleague Anwar Rashid as he navigates the chaotic roads of Karachi. An architect and urban planner, Perween Rahman dedicated her life for the poor of Pakistan. She was shot dead by armed assailants on her way home in March 2013. When she joined the Karachi based Orangi Pilot Project, founded by Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan, Orangi's lanes were full of filth and choking gutters. Back in the early 80s, the people of Orangi, most of them migrants from India and Bangladesh, were taking their own steps to improve sanitation. Dr. Khan assigned Perween the task of developing a low cost sanitation model for Orangi. Perween's pioneering work in Orangi led her on a collision course with the various mafias in the city. She surveyed the water supply to Karachi and pinpointed locations from where water is being stolen from the bulk supply lines. She mapped and documented Karachi's informal settlements to provide the poor security against land grabbers. Perween had an alternate vision for the development of Karachi. "Development doesn't come from concrete. Development is not five star hotels and mega road projects. What we need is human development."

Wasted Waste

3.6 million kg of food is wasted every day. 870 million of people could be fed only with the World's wasted food and 800 million of people are starving around the world while 1/3 of the food ends up in the trash. This documentary is about individual lifestyles with conscious repercussions in the collective. Because from the Natureís point of view there is no such thing as waste. Itís the symbiotic aspect of life. The whole Nature is a unified system of interdependent variables. Each one with a cause and reaction. Freeganism is an alternative lifestyle based on the boycott to capitalism, aiming to reduce the impact in our ecosystem, rejecting any form of human or animal exploitation. This is achieved through the limited and resource-conscious consumption, as well as the rescue of waste, in a society that produces above its needs.

THE UNKOWN MOUNTAINEER

In Pakistan, it is possible to have your minor surgeries performed for as low as 50 rupees on the roadside! Being a very cheap substitute to hospitals and qualified surgeons, they're extremely popular with the poor masses. Are these the fruits of experimenting on patients or an ancient mastery of the craft that has long been forgotten?

SOME LOVER TO SOME BELOVED

Inspired by John Gielgud, veteran Pakistani actor Zia Mohyeddin ('Lawrence of Arabia', 'A Passage to India') recites readings from now fading Urdu literature every year. In 2010, he makes a deviation from his thirty-year tradition and reads solely from the work of one author - legendary revolutionary Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. As contemporary Pakistan devolves into violence and instability, Zia's readings of Faiz's poetry find new resonance and leads Zia on an introspective journey into his extraordinary past and uncertain future.

THE BLACK SHEEP

Ausman, has fought for the Libyan revolution, even been a pacifist, as he was convinced to fight for freedom and democracy. Nothing went as he thought: violence and religious extremism are spreading every day more. Today he feels as a stranger in his country. What will be his final wor(l)d?

Human Energy

The first story about Renewable Energy Source Cooperative movement in 12 countries in Europe. Among us, there are people who are fighting with big corporations in a different way. Moving in the energy business, they're trying to stop climate change and take care of local interests.

13 Kilometers

The documentary film "13 kilometers" is a film about how a blind person walks from wintering to aul. On the way, he recalls the most important episodes from his life. Gradually we are exposed to the value orientations of his soul. The road of the blind in the village reminds us of the wanderings of a man in search of a goal. The simple values of life are exposed to us ...

Music on the Run

In the refugee camp at Calais, a clear man's voice resounds. Full of melancholy, he sings: 'I'm here, but my soul is across the sea'. It is a striking description of the mood the thousands of refugees are in, many of whom have been camping out here for months. In the makeshift encampment, the hope of a better life has been replaced by fear, sorrow and apathy. What remains is music. Out of protest, solidarity or melancholia. The music gives the occupants of the camp back their dignity. Calais gets a human face.