MY NAME IS SALT

Every year Sanabhai brings his family to a seasonal saline desert in Gujarat India, where they harvest what they proclaim to be the world‘s whitest salt, using the manual techniques as generations before them. Hardship and exploitation are omnipresent in this film, but director Farida Pacha‘s exquisite camerawork exposes the beauty of the subject.

Farida Pacha, Switzerland&India, 92 min

SOCOTRA

The island of Socotra lies in the Indian Ocean between Arabia and Somalia. The first commercial flights, at the start of this century, marked for almost a couple of decades the end of Socotra's century of isolation. The current situation of civil war in Yemen has isolated again the remote island. In the film, a group of camel drivers heads to the secret interior of Socotra before the rainy season and they explain by the fire ancient stories of djinns and giant snakes.

Jordi Esteva, Yemen, 2016, 65min

HIKKIKOMORI

There are between 600 000 – 1 million Japanese youths who stay hidden away in their bedroom, sometimes cut off from all kind of social interaction for several years. These youths, named hikikomori, are renounced in Japanese society as being the ‘lost generation’. This film meets some of them in a rare center set up to help them re-socialize, and tries to understand the reasoning.

Dorothée Lorang & David Beautru, France, Japan, 2013, 53 min

THE DAY THE SUN FELL

Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience.

Aya Domenig, Switzerland, Finland - Japan, 2015, 78 min

AMA-SAN

In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, three women, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday with no aid from air tanks, not knowing what they will find. Underwater, their delicate bodies turn into those of sea hunters. The Ama-San have been diving like this in Japan for over 2000 years.

Cláudia Varejão, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, 2016, 113 min

EMPLOYMENT OFFICE

An office interior, a row of desks, people facing each other. This is where unemployed people come to meet with their advisers. What is at stake are their benefit payments. Here everyone has to abide by the same rigid bureaucratic procedures, but each person has their own life and story. This film shows what it means to not have a job today, as work becomes more and more precarious, employed and unemployed alike are less and less secure, and the welfare state is under attack and shrinking.

Anne Schiltz and Charlotte Grégoire, Belgium, 74 min

5 WAYS IN

Watch the story of five people and their journeys through the Freiburg International Contact Improvisation Festival of 2012. The documentary follows the development of the intentions and expectations of the five participants through the week, capturing moments when they were tested and satisfied.

Mike Poltorak, UK, 2014