MONDAYS IN DRESDEN

 


MONDAYS IN DRESDEN

 

Sabine Michel, (orig. 83 min.) 52 min. (Prod: Solo:Film, DE)

 

Ever german enough ?

Sabine Ban, a single young mother, is prepared for an armed conflict with Russia or a civil war in her country : 94 Ans of food, 60 packages of canned sausage, a stock of toilet paper stacked to the ceiling and several plastic boxes of instant coffee. As other “Patrioic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident” (Pegida) she has been weekly demonstrating in Dresden since October 2014, banding to carry her protest « against the government in the streets.

 

  

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NORTH SEAS CEMETERY


NORTH SEAS CEMETERY

 

Jacques Lhoeuille, 52 min. (Prod: Real Production (FR)

 

"When world wars are less history than our seas life could be"

About three billions tons of chemical and conventionnal warfare lay in the bottom of the North and Baltic sea. These silent witnesses of both World Wars have become a true threat for the environment. Confined in unstable metal barrels the poisons started spreading in the sea. Only sixteen percents of these deadly substances’s leak would be enough to erradicate any living sea form for centuries, not mentionning shorelines and territorial pollutions within a large spectrum on the continent. How and why were these weapons dumped in the sea and is this massive propagation of highly toxic products evitable ? The Director takes us to the North seas and dives to witness, to bring testimony and defend the cause of our seas’s survival, along with those investigating or participating to solving this disaster. The film also points at the secrecy of local, national and european authorities on the matter, advocating for transparency and actual solutions.

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TURNING TIDE

 

TURNING TIDE

 

Loic Jourdain, (orig. 106 min.) 52 min. (Prod: Lugh Films, IR)

 

A current affair modern tale of David and Goliath

Filmed over eight years, John O’Brien, a small fisherman from the island of Inis B. Finne, embarked on a European campaign through the meanders of the Common Fisheries Policy reform in Brussels to try and regain his ancestors’ right to fish the seas around Donegal. A modern and cinéma-vérité tale of David and Goliath, and a testimony on EU industry policies threatening traditional lifestyles and cultures.

 

 

 

 

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COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

 

COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

Pietro Jona, Stefano Cravero, 74/52 min. (Prod : Graffiti Doc, IT)


Making the American dream grande again ... 

Cotacachi, Ecuador: In this village nestled between two volcanoes, hundreds of elderly North Americans have settled to spend their retirement years, in a desperate attempt to go on living in the American way - a once familiar world that has faded away. Amidst Skype calls to their distant families and the meticulous care they provide to stray dogs, each lives secluded in his own bubble; even if some, more lucid than the others, see in their situation a modern-day parallel with that of the refugees of 'Casablanca'.

 

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BUTTERFLY CITY

 

BUTTERFLY CITY

 

Olga Cernovaite, 90/52 min. (Prod : Planet Korda, IE ; Agent Double, BE)


EU soil, russian soul ...

The city of Visaginas, Lithuania, shaped like the wings of a butterfly, was created from nothing in the 1970s in order to service a powerful Soviet nuclear power station, intended to be a window of Soviet progress to the West. After USSR disintegration, however, EU membership required Lithuania to close the plant, the city’s only industry. What future for the 25,000 Russian-speaking townspeople, brought up in a country that no longer exists, citizens of a country that doesn’t want them, dependent on the plant dismantling wrok, condemned to loose their jobs.

Not taking sides on particular grievances, the film raises a universal question: is there a way for communities within the same democratic country to maintain their identity, respect that of others, and live together without fear or suspicion. But the Ukraine recent events soon brings serious doubts …

 

 

 

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HACKING JUSTICE The defense of Julian Assange

 

HACKING JUSTICE

Clara Lopez, Juan Pancorbo, 90/52 min.  (Prod : Mediapro, SP; InselFilm, DE)

When you're more than a journalist, you need more than a lawyer ...  

Baltasar Garzon, 58, is an analogue man, barely speaks english, is bad with computers. But he plays a major global role within the digital world. He took upon coordinating the international legal teams preparing the upcoming defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Garzon is one of the world’s leading authorities upholding the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, defending in this case freedom of press but also fundamental human rights. With a unique access, the film witnesses the struggle for the control of information, the growing influence of intelligence services, the lack of transparency, the role of the mass media and the difficult balance of individual rights and state security.

  

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SECRET OF THE DAWN

 

SECRET OF THE DAWN

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 55 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)

Love hurts when they cut you, when you marry, when you give birth.


 

Excision is an ancient custom that survives to this day. An excruciating operation on the female body, which is mainly encountered in African countries. Little girls that are being kept captive by tradition and superstition are being submitted to the cruel custom in a defenseless manner, experiencing awful consequences throughout their life. Both the government and activist organizations in Mali are struggling against the practice these past few years. Will they be able to beat a deeply rooted tradition?

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THE PROMISE

THE PROMISE

 

Zeljko Mirkovic, 75/56 min. (Prod: Optimistic Film (SB), SEETV (BE)

 

"From local to global.. and back again.."

A French family unexpectedly arrives in a remote, abandoned village of Serbia to grow grapes and produce wine. They believe they have discovered a promised land, one of the top five wine regions in Europe, as it proved to be back in the past. But they met only old people, with old habits and distrust. Back in France, they faced another challenge -- how to convince wine connoisseurs that a "grand" wine can originate from an unknown troubled region? The Promise – a tale of passion and hope, and a revealing story of migration and globalization.

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