Sole Luna Doc Film Festival – Treviso 10 – 16.09.2018

The Festival in Treviso takes place from 10 to 16 September at the Church of San Gregorio Magno and at the headquarters of the Association TRA, Treviso, Research, Art, at Ca' dei Ricchi,. The films in competition were divided into sections: Human Rights, The Journey and Shorts Docs. Two out of competition sections specially designed for Treviso Festival: Veneto Doc, a showcase dedicated to Venetian authors and Cinema in the cellar, a showcase focused on wine that takes place in the cellars of the territory. Meetings with the authors, presentations and insights, organ concerts and a workshop on the role of music in cinema enrich the week of the festival. Dowload the programme    

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

Opening Sole Luna Doc Film Festival | 2 july Palermo

Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edizione / edition 2 luglio /July 2018 Santa Maria dello Spasimo Palermo Ingresso gratuito/free entrance

SANTA MARIA DELLO SPASIMO 19.00 inaugurazione / opening with Banda alle Ciance Drinks offered by Assovini, food offered by NaturaSì Opening mostre / exhibitions Il sacro degli altri. Culti e pratiche rituali dei migranti in Sicilia fotografie di / photos by Attilio Russo, Giuseppe Muccio inaugurazione / opening Crossfade spazio sonoro Davide Cairo, Francesco Novara inaugurazione / opening Spotlight on Martina Melilli. The Fourth Day of School 2015, 5′ 03′′ Italian-African Rhyzome.A Choreography for Camera 2017, 4′ 13′′ L(h)ost 2018, 2′ 30′′   SPASIMO / NAVATA — 20.00 saluti istituzionali / institutional greetings — 21.00 concorso / competition In the name of, Erlynee Kardany Norvegia, 2017, 54′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles Regista in sala| Meet the author In a time when belief no longer has a true face and outrage and war threatens to take centerstage, this documentary searches for the secret of peace and compromise. This is a stirring story of one cross-cultural family in conflict over religion. Over the course of 5 years, the filmmaker turns the camera on herself and her nearest to shed light on the challenges of living with Islam as a modern day woman. In the Name of... trailer (PREVIOUS TITLE IS : Love & Sacrifice) from Novemberfilm on Vimeo.   — 22.30 concorso / competition Untitled, Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi Germania e Austria, 2017, 107′, v.o. con voce narrante in italiano / o.v. with Italian voice over After the sudden death of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, his longstanding collaborator and editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the footage Glawogger shot over the course of 4 months and 19 days in the Balkans, Italy, North and West Africa. A journey out into the world with open eyes and open mind - observing, listening, experiencing. Serendipity is the concept and the only rule to apply - in editing and creating the film just as it was in shooting. Narrated by Nada Malanima. SPASIMO / GIARDINO — 21.00 concorso / competition Sea of sorrow – Sea of hope, Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga Danimarca, 2018, 29′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles Manal lives in Syria with her three children. A run-in with ISIS leading to death threats forces Manal to flee the country. She leaves her children behind, thinking they will be able to reunite, once she has reached Europe. However, after 10 long months in Denmark, she learns that she cannot apply for family reunification for another three years. Manal decides to save her children. Raghu Rai. An unframed portrait, Avani Rai Finlandia, India e Norvegia, 2017, 55′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles An unframed portrait of Magnum photographer Raghu Rai and his 50 year long journey capturing the stories of India. Raghu Rai’s stories told through the eyes of his own rebel daughter. Together they embark on a journey to Kashmir, the most militarized land on earth. — 22.30 concorso / competition Before my feet touch the ground, Daphni Leef Israele, 2017, 78′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles July 2011, a young Israeli video editor named Daphni Leef decides to protest against rent prices by pitching a tent in the city center. Within a few days, a whole boulevard is full of tents because a modest protest against housing policy grew into a national protest movement for social justice. Daphni at first is combative and exuding an attractive idealism, she gradually becomes exhausted. As director, Daphni looks back on this turbulent period when she was transformed from a naive young woman into a celebrated and controversial national icon.

Press conference Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edition

Press conference Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edition IMG_6171 The press conference for the 13th edition of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival was held on Tuesday July 21th in Palermo at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia to present the program of the Festival,  which will be held in Santa Maria dello SPasimo in Palermo. The conference was attended by all the major media, together with those who follow the local Palermo scene. The program of the Festival was presented by its president, Lucia Venturato, scientific director Gabriella D'Agostino and artistic directors Chiara Andrich and Andrea Mura. They presented the programme with 28 documentaries in competition between short films and feature films, divided into the Human Rights, The Journey and Short docs sections. The topics of the films chosen are those that have always characterized Sole Luna Doc Film Festival, an intercultural journey that stimulates the knowledge of near and distant realities. Concerning the Out of competition, they have chosen numerous feature and short films on issues related to human rights and the environment, presented in collaboration with other festivals such as the Festival international du film insulaire de Groix and the Animaphix International Animation Festival, as well as with associations and foreign cultural institutes in Palermo, with the aim of "networking" and "establish ties". IMG_6205 Since the happy contingency of the choice of Palermo as Italian Capital of Culture 2018, this year the Sole Luna goes beyond documentary cinema and include other forms of art with the Arts in festival, which includes a series of events and hosts international artists. Sole Luna Doc Film Festival this year, with its multifaceted programming, wants to be more and more a place of discovery and meeting in a frontier space open to the world where cinema can become a compass to orient oneself in the complicated present.   Here the programme qui.

Treviso – Partnership with Endorfine Rosa Shocking

ENDORFINE_1Sole Luna - un ponte tra le culture is partner of the showcase Endorfine Rosa Shocking May-October 2018, Treviso SHOCKING PINK ENDORPHINES Films about women in sport Focus created and curated by Laura Aimone An intriguing trip around the world through very diverse sports. Undisputed travel companions: women. From Pakistan to Mexico, from Israel to Mongolia, from Ethiopia to Iraq, crossing Palestine, Iran and Europe, the focus will present short and long features films chosen among the best films about sports that travelled the Festival world in the past years. The main genre is documentary, but there are also a series of fiction and animation films. No matter what the latitude, sports offer women a way to escape from the ordinary life, be it a war situation or a boring existence without any purpose. But they can also be a way to question patriarchal societies, pushing both the personal limits and the boundaries of what is acceptable. Sports may be a passport to a better life or simply a thrill to add more adrenaline to one’s life. Even the most individualistic activity implies some sort of interaction with people around and achieving results always comes at a price. Sports can become a way of living or be turned into art. A kaleidoscope of film genres and ways of living sports, as diverse as the shades of women. PROGRAMME 09.05 FREE KICK — Bernabè Rico (Spagna 2012, 13’) SPEED SISTERS — Amber Fares (Palestina 2015, 80’) 06.06 OPERATION MOFFAT — Jen Randall, Claire Carter (UK 2015, 20’) SALAAM DUNK — David Fine (US/Iraq 2011, 80’) 20.06 Ospite della serata e curatela Sole Luna Film Festival AQUA SALSA — Elia Romanelli (Italia 2015, 26’) ELIZABETH’S PLAYGROUND — Maris Kerge, Erik Norkroos (Estonia 2015, 30’) 12.09 Serata ospiti del Sole Luna Film Festival LUCHADORA — River Finlay (Messico 2014, 12’) GIRL UNBOUND — Erin Heidenreich (US/Pakistan 2016, 80’) 19.09 Film con sottotitoli per non udenti BEACH FLAGS — Sarah Saidan (Francia/Iran 2014, 14’) WHITE BLESSING — Sengedorj Janchivdorj (Mongolia 2016, 100’) 03.10 AFTERGLOW — Tommaso Di Paola, Jack Webber (UK 2016, 6’) TOWN OF RUNNERS — Jerry Rothwell (Etiopia/UK 2012, 80’) I film avranno inizio alle ore 20.30 Tutti i film saranno sottotitolati in italiano. INFO Offerta responsabile,Soci T RA ingresso gratuito. TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte Ca’ dei Ricchi. Via Barberia 25, Treviso Orari: mar – sab 10:00 – 13:00 e 15:30 – 19:30; dom 15:30 – 19:30 +39.0422.419990 / +39.339.6443542 [email protected] Foto poster by Vivienne Rickman-Poole  

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.

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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.