Submissions for the 2019 Sole Luna Doc Film Festival now open


The 14th edition of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival is now open for submission. The international documentary film festival will be held in Palermo from July 1st to 7th 2019, in the suggestive setting of the monumental complex of Santa Maria dello Spasimo. The documentaries will be selected among the films from all over the world that will be submitted filling in the entry form online from November 1st 2018. Submission is free of charge and will close on March 1st 2019.

HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILM  By visiting our site you can find the rules, the entry form and all the information you need to participate in our festival. Read the rules carefully and enter your film! Click here for further information and to fill in the entry form.

Winners of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival – Treviso 2018

SOUNDRIVEMOTION AWARD Raghu Rai. An unframed portrait Regia | Director: Avani Rai Fotografia | Photography: Avani Rai Montaggio | Editing: Menno Boerema Produzione | Production: Iikka Vehkalahti India, Finlandia, Norvegia, 2017, 55′ The grammar of this film soundtrack is rigorous, poetic and sober. The stylistic choice of holding two different registers was appreciated: one to accompany the memories of the emotional relationship with the father figure, the other to describe the animus of the photographer in his creative process. The first one goes through a lively intimacy full of teachings. The second one manages to depict silence with notes and sounds. That's what you need to have in front of the world in order to become a "sensor" able to grasp its depth and beauty. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS JURY Of fathers and sons Regia | Director: Talal Derki Fotografia | Photography: Kahtan Hasson Montaggio | Editing: Anne Fabini Produzione | Production: Basis Berlin Filmproduktion Germania, Siria, Libano 2017, 98′ Of Fathers and Sons - Trailer from BASIS BERLIN on Vimeo. For the courage of the director Talal Derki to experience a difficult situation giving us the opportunity to "experience" a world away from ours, to know it beyond what the media usually show. Furthermore, the documentary is more generally a reflection on the relationship between fathers and children and on how the family and socio-cultural context can influence the kids. JURY INTERACTIONS AWARD Terraform  Regia | Director: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Fotografia | Photography: Nicolas Chin Montaggio | Editing: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Produzione | Production: New Frontier Pictures Regno Unito, Indonesia, Olanda e Singapore, 2017, 5′ The jury "Interactions" has decided to award a prize to the short film "Terraform" because it transmits a positive message on the importance of the family to face the struggle and difficulties of life. In the film, the father bears the weight of a very hard work in the sulfur mine because he doesn't want to see his wife and his daughter crying and suffering. This makes us aware that love is the most important feeling to support men. In addition, the jury appreciated the music of the film that thrilled us and made us think about the people we love. We liked the part where the father carries the weight of sulfur but he thinks he is carrying his daughter on his shoulders. This father is a positive example because he accepts the hard work and the smoke of the volcano to provide his family a good life. Watching this film we became aware that in some parts of the world work is still very dangerous and there is no security for those people. PREMIO RUBINO RUBINI Happy Today Fotografia | Photography: Giulio Tonincelli Montaggio | Editing: Emanuele Dainotti, Alessandro Capuzzi Produzione | Production: Filmo 2, Ombre Rosse Film Productions Italia e Francia, 2017, 17′ In un contesto di vita quasi ancestrale si sviluppa un progetto di grande ed evoluta responsabilità civile. Il premio va al regista per aver saputo trasmettere magistralmente e con la dovuta semplicità l’importanza della conoscenza per gli altri e per se stessi. Un vero inno alla natura madre e alla vita dell’uomo seguendo il motto “ama e donati con gioia”. PREMIO DEL PUBBLICO Regia | Director: Parsifal Reparato Fotografia | Photography: Parsifal Reparato Montaggio | Editing: Armando Duccio Ventriglia Produzione | Production: Nacne Italia, 2017, 52′ vietnamita e muong con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / Vietnamese and Muong with Italian and English subtitles   Nimble fingers sono le dita delle operaie vietnamite che lavorano nelle fabbriche dei più importanti marchi dell’elettronica mondiale. Bay, una delle migliaia di giovani operaie migranti proviene da un remoto villaggio muong sugli altopiani del Vietnam del Nord ed è giunta alla periferia di Hanoi, in un quartiere divenuto uno dei più grandi centri di produzione mondiale. La vita delle operaie si svolge secondo le regole del grande Parco Industriale di Thang Long, un mare di giovani donne scandisce la propria vita al ritmo della produzione della grande industria. Durante la festività del Tet, di ritorno al suo villaggio d’origine, Bay si ritrova con la famiglia. Dal rientro in campagna emerge uno scollamento della vita della giovane operaia dalle proprie origini, simbolo della trasformazione di una generazione che vive il passaggio dalla campagna alla società industriale. NIMBLE FINGERS - Trailer italiano from NACNE SUTTVUESS on Vimeo.

All the winners of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 2018

SOLE LUNA AWARDS / GIURIA INTERNAZIONALE Best Documentary Strike a Rock, Aliki Saragas STRIKE A ROCK is the extraordinary example of a “revolution” that can start not only from young people but from two grand-mothers. A powerful and inspiring fight for Justice with every means they have. They are persistent and they still keep trying, even if their life has been a series of disappointments. They don’t give up Strike A Rock - Official Trailer 2017 from Elafos Productions/Aliki Saragas on Vimeo.
Mention for best direction Boli Bana, Simon Coulibaly Gillard For the director’s ability of narrating in a dream like way, an inner territory that mixes human nature, animals, rituals and traditions. BOLI BANA - Trailer/Bande annonce from Grenade on Vimeo.
Mention for best photography MA'OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies, Annick Ghijzelings For the fascinating landscape and the strong contrast between the beautiful images and the fluid camera movement and the dramatic content, which is the manipulation that the local population received from the French authorities that wanted to experiment the atomic bomb in that part of the Pacific Ocean. MA'OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies - TRAILER from Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bxl on Vimeo.
Mention for best editing (ex aequo) Sea of Sorrow - Sea of hope, Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga For the ability to editing not only the images but most importantly the feelings of the characters presented in the story.   Los Ofendidos, Marcela Zamora Because it manages to use historical material in a way that brings the audience close to the events of those days. Trailer documental "Los Ofendidos" de Marcela Zamora from Kino Glaz on Vimeo.
Mention for most innovative documentary Solo for one Hand, Pavel Jurda For the variety of different cinematic elements and the original way in which the story is narrated.
Mention for best short doc Terraform, Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy For the very simple, direct yet extremely powerful way to convey the story and emotionally connect the audience to the events that are presented. Particularly striking is the choice of a very unique perspective that widens the perception and the capacity to say so much in such a small amount of time. terraform
A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES AWARD Salto, Maryam Haddadi The award for SALTO is a tribute to everyone who has had the strength and the determination to make an important and courageous complaint. – as Lucia Gotti Vetnurato motivates the award – Zahra Hosseinzadeh could have been the Pellegrini of the occidental world, but the destiny of birth has criminalized her, put her in the shadows. With this award, Sole Luna wants to build a virtual bridge of solidarity and wants to give an emphasis to the imprisonment that provokes fundamentalism of any kind.   Middle Eastern Dramatic Shorts 7:00pm Wed Mar 28 FilmFest52 At The Bethel Cinema from Thomas Carruthers on Vimeo.
SPECIAL JURY NEW ITALIANS The special Jury “New italians” for the section Short Docs of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13th edition awards: One minute, Dina Naser One minute, is set in Gaza during a military operation launched by Israel as a counter action after the launch of some rockets by Hamas. The video, with the power of images and dialogues, provokes strong emotions and is able to represent the fear of the little protagonist of the uncertain and perhaps dramatic future that awaits her, making the viewer experience it. Most of the film is shot in the dark. This darkness provokes panic and disorientation with repeated intervals of silence that are broken by the shootings. Particularly important is the contrast between the external dramatic reality and the calmness with which the mother reassures her daughter and tries to protect her from the world that could upset the child's life. This is a real practice in many situations of war and conflict in which music and play are of fundamental importance to continue living and above all to prevent children from being overwhelmed by anguish and panic. Trailer - One Minute from Dina Naser on Vimeo. Terraform, Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy Terraform, for the strength of the images which represents the terrible work in the sulfur mines and the sacrifices of parents who try to prevent their children from the same future. Unlike the other films, the emotion and the message emerge not due to the sounds and the words but everything is left to the force of the images. This make us experience the material poverty that pushes the human being to sacrifice themselves, by putting their health at risk every day by breathing sulfur and highly toxic air, in order to make the people they care for survive. The tears and sweat of the protagonists remain attached for days together with the final scene of the protagonist's family flying in the air. terraform   Menzione speciale della giuria "Nuovi Italiani" Thr european dream: Serbia, Jaime Alekos For its capacity to tell the experience of those who have left their land out of necessity, the unjustifiable violence of men in uniform who consider other men as animals, the desperation of not being able to go neither forward or backwards, blocked in a country of Eastern Europe and see the European dream, that has led them to face unspeakable suffering and deprivation, perhaps definitively shattered. THE EUROPEAN DREAM: SERBIA (Trailer) from Jaime Alekos on Vimeo.
SPECIAL JURY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS I membri della Giuria speciale, composta da studentesse e dagli studenti del Liceo Scientifico Statale Albert Einstein di Palermo e dell’Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Santoni-Gambacorti di Pisa, decretano quale miglior documentario della sezione Human Rights della XIII edizione del Sole Luna Doc Film Festival: Sea of Sorrow, Sea of Hope, Marianne Hougen Moraga, Estephan Wagner • Because it shows clearly the complex and dramatic phenomenon of today’s migration. • For the directors’ superb ability to tell and witness the story of the protagonist, emphasizing both the socio-anthropological and political aspect of a forced migration of people seeking safety for themselves and their children, as well as the intimate, existential aspect characterized by the pain and hope of the mother-child relationship. • For the wonderful script and for the effective and clear editing through which the directors managed to create a strong empathy between the film's protagonist and the audience. • For the ability to tell the phenomenon of migration in a capturing way and with different cultural perspectives, underlining the implications for those who choose to leave and for those who welcome. The film also forces the viewers to question their role as a citizen of the global world. • For the overwhelming firmness with which the struggle of Manal to save herself and her children is presented. • For the narrative power of the message which tells the audience the risks, fears, hopes, and pain associated with the migratory phenomenon through a documentary that is as brief as it is intense. The special Jury members award the special mention to: Shootball, Fèlix Colomer • For the original narrative of the entire documentary, able to engage the viewer in a real story of investigative journalism. • For the complexity of the issues addressed, presented with a strong condemnation and respect for the stories of the victims involved. • For the director's ability to become a subject in the documentary, thereby underlining the importance of participating actively and of siding morally and politically with respect to the events of one’s own community. • For the social complaint that was brought forward in the documentary in a precise and analytical way. For the ability to give voice to all the protagonists, allowing the viewer to enter the world of those who have suffered unjustifiable sexual violence, and on the other hand the contradictory and sometimes incomprehensible world of the rapists. This makes the representation complex and chaotic as it is in reality. • For the moral strength of the director and of the father which is expressed in the choice to fight in a non-violent but determined way for the rights of the victims of pedophilia. It stresses how the past, especially in its dark areas, must be faced individually and collectively without revisionism and silence.
AUDIENCE AWARD Singing with angry birds, Hyewon Jee

Les voix de l’immigration – Showcase with the Institut français Palermo

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Les voix de l'immigration

  Sole Luna Doc Film Festival and the Institut Français of Palermo strengthen their historic collaboration with a new showcase on the documentary cinema telling stories of migration, on April 17th and 18th 2018 at the Cinema De Seta. April 17th 2018, h. 21,00 Cantieri culturali alla Zisa, via Paolo Gili, 4 – Palermo Meet the author Fanny Douarche Sans image sans image Director Fanny Douarche, Franck Rosier Photography Fanny Douarche, Franck Rosier Editing Laurent Leveneur Production Wendigo Films France, 2013, 76’, french with english and italian subtitles   Trailer Whereas repressive laws against illegals are multiplying, Matenin, a malian migrant, and two fellow countrymen, Abdoulaye and Gaye, fight in the streets and also on a theatre stage trying to elaborate their own way to resist. April 17th 2018, h. 21,00 Cantieri culturali alla Zisa, via Paolo Gili, 4 – Palermo Eurovillage eurovillage Erytréen camionnette Director François Pirot Photography François Pirot Editing Yannick & Valène Leroy Production Limited Adventures sprl Belgium 2015, 72’, French, Kurdish, Tygrinia, Wolof, Czeczen, Farsi, English with English and Italian subtitles   Trailer In the midst of the Belgian forest, Eurovillage – a former holiday resort – has been converted in 2011 in a reception center for asylum seekers. Isolated in this remote place for an unspecified period of time, the residents are waiting for a stressful answer: will they be allowed to stay in Belgium or not? How do they live through this long and strange “journey”, disconnected from real life, suspended between their past and an uncertain future?

The winners of the Doc Section of the Milan Human Rights Festival 2018

For the third edition of Human Rights Festival we presented 8 documentaries selected by the president of SLDFF, Lucia Gotti Venturato and by the artistic directors Chiara Andrich and Andrea Mura, young but already successful filmmakers, graduated at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Palermo.


Invisible Frontier, by Nicolás Richat & Nico Muzi (Belgium, Argentina, 2016, 28')

MOTIVATION For the complexity of the environmental, political and social topic that includes climate change and human rights, explored through effective scientific documentation and made cinematically with a taste of informative impact without neglecting emotion.


La Terre Abandonnée by Gilles Laurent (Belgium, 2016, 73')

LA TERRE ABANDONNÉE de Gilles Laurent - Bande-Annonce ST Fr/Nl - CVB AUTEUR from CVB on Vimeo.

MOTIVATION For the way the director described the transformation of Japan, one of the most organized and technologically advanced countries, facing the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The silence, the suspense and the invisibility take the viewer into a seemingly normal dimension, which is interrupted only by a multitude of black big bags containing radioactive dirt that… will they ever find a place?

Sole Luna Art in Doc at Palermo Italian capital of culture 2018

Sole Luna Art in Doc at Palermo Italian capital of culture 2018

Showcase by Sole Luna, A bridge between cultures with the Antonio Pasqualino international puppet Museum

Art can weave the life stories of individuals, marking their path in the most unpredictable ways. Single or collective biographies of people told through their meeting with art. The showcase closes with a tribute to Jan Fabre , one of the most interesting artists on the contemporary scene.

Free entrance

March 15th, h. 18.00, MIM Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 - Palermo Caravane Touareg Caravane Touareg Arnaud Zajtman, Marlène Rabaud Belgio 2016, 57’, o.v. with italian and english subtitles Trailer In 2012, hundreds of thousand Tuareg civilians flee from the North of Mali which dives into war. Through the epic of Disco, a Tuareg singer committed to peace, and followed over a period of ten years, we discover the challenges which the Tuareg face and the causes of the war in Mali. March 29th h. 18.00, MIM Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 - Palermo gibellina Earthquake 68 – Gente di Gibellina Emanuele Svezia Italy, 2008, 98’ o.v. with english subtitles In 1968 an earthquake completely destroyed Gibellina, a small country town in Sicily. After 12 years in cramped shantytowns, a new town is assigned to the population: a dormitory village 20km from old Gibellina, built according to the canons of a type of Utopian urban planning that is totally unrelated to the local social reality. Earthquake 68 is the story of a community and its twin soul, of Utopian reconstruction and building speculation, the account of a collective identity that is severely tested first by nature, then by the state. It’s a very complex and controversial business, as extraordinary as it is universally paradigmatic April 5th h. 18.00, MIM Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 - Palermo Housam-Abdoulghani
my-love-in-palmyra-1 My love in Palmira Housam Aboulghani Syria – Russia, 2007, 19’ o.v. with italian subtitles Every day, the little Khaldun comes to the ruins of ancient Palmyra to sell some postcards to the tourists and tells his own version of the city’s history.   baaba_acoustic Baaba maal, a voice for Africa Robin Denselow Senegal, 2007, 40’, o.v. Trailer Baaba Maal is considered the voice of Africa, crafting a distinctive sound that fuses traditional African Music with pop and reggae elements. The life and music of this influential and groundbreaking musician is explored in this documentary. “A Voice for Africa” follows Baaba Maal on a journey from his home village of Podor to a wild late night concert over the border in Mauritania including performances, interviews, and journeys through Senegal’s spectacular landscape, culture and arts. April 17th time to be determined , Cinema De Seta with l’Institut français Cantieri culturali alla Zisa, via Paolo Gili, 4 - Palermo sans image Sans image Fanny Douarche, Franck Rosier France, 2013, 76’, o.v. with italian and english subtitles Trailer Whereas repressive laws against illegals are multiplying, Matenin, a malian migrant, and two fellow countrymen, Abdoulaye and Gaye, fight in the streets and also on a theatre stage trying to elaborate their own way to resist.   May 3rd, h. 18.00, MIM Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 - Palermo river of art River of Art Charlene Shih France, 2015, 59', o.v. with italian and english subtitles Trailer LIU Yu was born in the northeast of China in 1919. Today he lives in Taiwan with his daughter and they are both passionate about drawing and painting. After his wife’s death, LIU decides to undertake with his daughter a journey in space and time, through places which marked his life as a young artist. In this documentary LIU’s drawings and paintings come to life and accompany us in the journey of the artist towards his hometown, but also in the journey of his memories of a tormented past. May 17th, h. 18.00, MIM Tribute to Jan Fabre Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 - Palermo Jan FabreJan Fabre. Beyond the artist Giulio Boato France – Belgio, 2014, 52’, o.v. with italian subtitles Trailer Jan Fabre, born in 1958, lives and works in Antwerp. Many works have been published on his oeuvre as a visual artist, stage director, choreographer, set designer, performer, but never a documentary was produced on his polyvalent figure. The documentary is based on the interviews to Jan Fabre, Georges Banu (theatre critic), Vincent Baudriller (ex co-director of Festival d’Avignon), Jan Dekeyser (architect of Fabre’s theatre/atelier) and Rudolf Rach (Fabre’s editor in France). The images of 12 shows, 5 exhibitions and many drawings, models and sculptures move behind the words of the interviewees, drawing up the lines of the portrait of one of the most controversial artist of the last 3 decades. June 1st, h. 18.00, MIM Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 - Palermo among spiritualAmong Spiritual Guards Giulio Boato, Gildas le Roux 27', 2016, o.v. with italian subtitles Trailer The film traces a path through the exhibition Spiritual Guards by Jan Fabre, one of the most prolific and provocative contemporary artists of the past 30 years. The exhibition was presented in Florence in 2016: Fabre’s sculptures have been exhibited in the central square, in a fortress and in a historical palace. Supported by the words of the artist and the curators, the camera moves between the works of art integrated in the Renaissance atmosphere of the city of Dante. Some quotes of the youth diary by Fabre punctuate the film, establishing a dialogue between past and present, between art and utopia. glass and bonesGlass and Bones Giulio Boato, La Compagnie des Indes 27', 2017, o.v. with italian subtitles Trailer A dream journey to Jan Fabre's exhibition Glass and bone sculptures 1977-2017 at the 57th Venice Biennale of Art. An "angel spectator" enters a deserted abbey in the heart of Venice, where she discovers sculptures and installations made entirely of two materials: glass and bones. Through his gaze, the audience walks between death and metamorphosis, discovering the thought of one of the most influential artists of the last decades, for whom art, science and religion are intimately tied.

Sole Luna and The Instituto Cervantes of Palermo

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Film showcase "Roots and wings" by Sole Luna Doc Film Festival.

The ability to have aspirations is the hallmark of human beings, always hanging between "roots" and "wings". Daily stories of young people from different corners of the world to tell the present and build a future. Free entrance Wednesday February 21st Instituto Cervantes Palermo, h 19:00 Ex Church of Santa Eulalia dei Catalani. Via Argenteria Nuova 33 Saelkuxlejal_still2SAEL KUXLEJAL / EN BÚSQUEDA DE LA LIBERTAD* Direction: Maricela Isabel Culej Vázquez Photography: Clerecia Arcos López Editing: Maricela Isabel Culej Vázquez, Clerecia Arcos López, Madely Trujillo Production: Maricela Isabel Culej Vázquez Messico, 2013, 11’, o.v. with italian subtitles. All over Mexico, thousands of young people from indigenous or rural backgrounds have to live far from their family in order to study. Fernando Gómez Pérez is a young 19 years old who lives in San Cristóbal de La Casas, far from his parents. Lacking their support and presence, Fernando takes refuge in the world of skateboarding, searching for a family among his friends. Eventually drugs and other problems lead him to religion. Nevertheless, Fernando continues seeking a family. el comienzoSLIKEBAL / EL COMIENZO* Direction: Bernardino López Photography: Amelia Hernández, Ambrociana Pablo Editing: Bernardino López, Madely Trujillo Produzione: Cristina Vázquez Messico, 2014, 20’, Tstsil and Spanish with Italian subtitles Víctor, a 12 years old child, works through his own choice as a shoeshine boy in the central square of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, to pay for his education and support his family; he also helps by working in the field. Whilst child labor is approved of and even celebrated in rural zones – children are taught to work from a young age in the city – it is not acceptable and is disapproved of by some sectors. Víctor is in the middle of this cultural conflict: his mother, a young indigenous woman, has taught her children to become igualitarian, independent and responsible individuals. * Ambulante Más Allá (Ambulante Beyond) is a documentary production project which seeks to train new directors coming from various corners of Mexico and Central America who have limited access to the tools necessary to share their stories with the general public. Ambulante Más Allá seeks to encourage independent film production that allows marginalized communities to reclaim and strengthen their identity, defend their rights, break stereotypes, and transform negative social assumptions. Ldelibertad_webL DE LIBERTAD Direction: Javier Hernandez & Marc Guanyabens Photography: Marc Guanyabens Editing: Marc Guanyabens Production: De Los Pies A La Cabeza Spain, 2016, 11’, o.v. with english and italian subtitles. L de Libertad narrates the history of Javier Hernández, a young Aragonese boy born without arms, who wants to acquire a driving license with his toes. Sacrifice and perseverance, these are the “weapons” of our hero, who, during a hole month, fights against himself and against any social stigma to reach his goal. Wednesday February 28th Instituto Cervantes Palermo, h. 19:00 Ex Church of Santa Eulalia dei Catalani. Via Argenteria Nuova 33 yapaYARAPA A SCHOOL OF ART INTO THE RAIN FOREST OF PERU Direction: Frank Provvedi Photography: Henry Victor Rodriguez Editing: Henry Victor Rodriguez Production: Flex Prod. & La Perle Noire France/Barbados, 2009,52’ Spanish with Italian subtitles Yarapa is about a School of art called “NYI”, created in 2004 by Agustin Guzman president of the NGO Communidad Tawantinsuyu. The vision of Agustin, shaman, was to use painting, sculpture, and theatre as a therapy to help the youth of the Cocama Indians community living at the Heart of the Amazonian Forest. Indeed kids and teenagers there are facing an identity crisis. They have freedom to choose between their ancestral culture made of agriculture, fishing the spirits of the forest and the modern world represented by the exodus to the city, Lima. This project is universal and could take place in the United States, in a big city, a rich neighbourhood or a ghetto, it could occur anywhere in Europe or in Africa. But this is happening in a remote village called Puerto Miguel nearby the Yarapa river in Perù. Will Agustin’s concept have a sustainable impact? Is Art another way to educate the next generations? Shall we give greater importance to Art in the schooling to face the new challenges of globalization? Wednesday March 7th Instituto Cervantes Palermo, h. 19:00 Ex Church of Santa Eulalia dei Catalani. Via Argenteria Nuova 33 sashaSASHA Direction: Fèlix Colomer Photography: Pep Bosch Editing: Guiu Vallvé Production: ESCAC FILMS, S.L.U Spain, 2016, 54’, o.v. with english and italian subtitles. Sasha is an eight-year-old boy who lives in Ukraine with his mum and five siblings. Their everyday life is involved in misery, poverty and even further complicated by the current war in the country. Sasha leaves Ukraine in order to live during a summer with a Catalan’ family in Catalunya. What he will find out, who he will meet, how he will be affected and how he will live are questions that will arise all throughout the film.

#elgoogo project – Prisons sisters

ballar Synopsis Prison Sisters takes us through the journey of two young women who have been released from prison in Afghanistan. Sara’s uncle has planned to kill her in an attempt to save his honour in their small village. Fearing for her life Sara escapes to Sweden, but Najibeh stays behind. While Sara struggles with her newfound freedom, her former prison-mate Najibeh disappears and soon Sara hears that she was stoned to death. Sara and the filmmaker want to find out the truth, only to encounter a maze of half- truths on the streets of Afghanistan. We follow the two main characters, revealing what happened to them - each with an exceptional fate depicting the horrific reality for women in Afghanistan. Trailer Food for thought… The documentary shows us the exceptional fate and the horrific reality that women in Afghanistan face. We witness the two main characters journey that is interwined with countless obstacles. We see the transformation in Sara from her previous life whilst living in Sweden waiting for her asylum papers. This includes her going to school and sitting in a classroom with both men and women and her going to a gay parade. Through these trivial events we see the formation of her new perspective. However, as the documentary progresses, questions arise concerning Sara’s new perspective and character which are part of her internal identity that she has discovered in Sweden, where society treats both men and women equally. The audience cannot help but think whether this new found perspective and change in Sara’s attitude is only due to her environment and her Afghani- Swedish friends who tell her how to stand up for herself. This becomes clearer when her husband arrives in Sweden. We see that although Sara was living her life according to her own beliefs and values, when her husband arrives she starts to apply the gender- constricting rules that were present in her previous life in Afghanistan. We see that these rules now extend beyond a country’s borders through her husband. The times when she spoke of going to school and dressing how she liked are gone. We see that she stops going to school, instead her husband starts his education and she starts wearing her traditional dress, which she opposed before the arrival of her husband. As always, don’t forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets unite and #establishties.

#elgoogo project – Interviewing the criminologist Arije Antinori

WhatsApp Image 2017-12-20 at 19.04.20 1. From a criminologist point of view, what is your opinion/ insight on online hate speech? From a criminological perspective it is a serious problem because it can self- legitimate, motivate, inspire and trigger vulnerable people to be violent against the ‘Other’ who is considered as a ‘foreign object’ and is then rejected, attacked and at worst, killed. 2. As you may know that there is no global definition of speech. Do you think that not having a definition is problematic? If yes, in what way is it problematic? From a global perspective, in particular focusing on the Web, the lack of a global definition can weaken the mitigation strategies (goals, instruments, actions and plans). 3. Why do you think hate speech online has increasingly become a global problem? Because only a few years ago, the online hate speech was an isolated phenomenon relegated to extreme ideology of small groups. Nowadays, the development of mobile culture and the spread of fake news have transformed online hate speech into a more complex and threatening magnet for converging extremism, terrorism, populism movements, groups and individuals. 4. How do you think we can balance freedom of expression when it comes to hate speech? The concept of freedom of expression is based on the symmetric relationship between human beings. This includes a deep understanding and respect of the ‘Other’ dignity, identity and their borders. Hate speech, on the contrary, is based on the asymmetric relationship between human beings. Here an individual uses his dominant perspective whereby he does not respect the identity and borders because he wants to discriminate and oppress the ‘Other’. 5. How can we ensure that freedom of expression is not used to justify hateful speech? We must focus on the nature of the messages to always ensure the need of symmetric speech in terms of respect as a freedom key-factor. 6. Is there any solution to this problem? Any ideas on the best counter speech for this sort of problem? I suggest the use of a holistic, comprehensive and multilevel (cultural, social, collective, individual and political) approach to achieve the mitigation of hate speech, which I believe should be the long-term perspective/strategy of tackling hate speech. This strategy will dismantle the stereotypes in a glocal (global+local) dimension with its main aim to foster awareness, educate and create a culture of respect. 7. What would you say is the biggest challenge in implementing your counter speech campaign? It requires the need to be managed in a very effective way due to the (cyber-)social time factor especially in the Age of Post-Truth. 8. Do you think the use of regulations is an effective way to tackle this issue? Yes, I do. The legal framework is always relevant. Anyway, in a very pragmatic point of view, we cannot forget the huge problem of regulating the Web in respect of freedom of expression and human rights. 9. If yes, what do you think is the best way to implement policy? I think the best way is not just to focus on the current issues but to look at the evolution of hate speech scenario in the near future in terms of cybertrolling, persuasion, fake newsmaking, mainly to plan/act globally and strategically to develop, promote and foster long-term transgenerational education in every field (family, school, job, religion, sport, etc.). Prevention and mitigation are the key-words. Key words: • ‘Other’: other-than-self. Relating to the self-legitimation of a dominant-submissive relationship an asymmetric approach to people. • ‘Age of Post-Truth’: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

#elgoogo project -I sign, I live

Synposis: Jascha is a deaf art student who does not care much about the hearing world, but he can not even avoid it if he wants to fulfill his ambitions. This makes him an insecure and rebellious person. Armed with a video camera, he visits the only European retirement home for deaf people to get to know their lives. Although the world of Jascha is very different, he tries to find answers to his questions in their stories. Watch the full film here Food for thought... The documentary shines a light on the lives of the deaf community. Its interesting to see the interviews with elderly people as we get a glimpse into a broad number of themes: deaf sports, not being allowed to use sign language with fellow students, life in a boarding school for deaf pupils, relationships and marriages with other deaf people, dancing and music and communication in the family. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Let's unite and #establishties.