GOLDEN DAWN GIRLS
Håvard Bustnes, Greece, 2017, 94min
In recent years, Greece's image as a country of sunny beaches and friendly people has been overshadowed by political ideologies that are terrifyingly close to Nazism. With many prominent members of the far-right Golden Dawn party now behind bars, a daughter, a wife and a mother continue to propagate its message—and all three of them are seasoned enough to avoid any slips of the tongue during interviews.
Dan Girmus, USA, 2016, 73min
An observational film about life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The film follows two families on Pine Ridge as they go about their daily activities over the course of one summer. They attend rodeos, shoot clay pigeons and participate in pow wows. Family members get married, have children and celebrate the 4th of July. All the while, the difficult realities of modern reservation life threaten to encroach upon them.
THE POSSIBILITY OF SPIRITS
Mattijs van de Port, Netherlands, 2016, 71min
Shot in Bahia (Brazil), The Possibility of Spirits is an essay film that keeps the baffling mystery of spirit possession center stage. In a poetic assemblage of images and words, it offers an alternative for the kind of documentary that either exoticizes spirit possession in spectacular imagery, or extinguishes the wonder of the phenomenon in explanatory prose.
Alessandro D’Emilia, Nika Saravanja, Ecuador, 2017, 67min
Follow the eco-acoustic composer David Monacchi on his quest to record pure continuous 24-hour 3D soundscapes in the area with the world’s highest biodiversity in Ecuador’s remote primary forests. A unique listening experience of fragments of the disappearing sonic heritage of millions of years of evolution.
BALLAD FOR SYRIA
Eda Elif Tibet and Maisa Alhafez, Turkey, 2017, 47min
This self-reflective musical documentary mirrors the life of Maisa Alhafez, a musician and Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. The film is about her longing to her loved ones as she tries to make a place for herself in the world of the displaced. Her family still in Syria, Maisa’s true love (fiancé) is in the Netherlands. Maisa works hard for her vision to transform the borders by building a multicultural community “The oriental Istanbul Mosaic Choir”.
Dodo Hunziker, Switzerland, 2015, 84min
For more than 60 years Tibetans have been fighting Chinese oppression. But their non-violent struggle appears to be in vain. Now, as a new form of peaceful protest, Tibetans are setting themselves on fire. Loten Namling - an exiled Tibetan and musician living in Switzerland - is deeply disturbed by such self-destructive action. So he sets off to India, on a one-man mission to meet top politicians, experts and young radicals.