A World Not Ours . Punto de Vista Festival- audience award (about the life in a Palestinian refugees camp in Lebanon)
Link to the interview with the director
Oscar Awards 2013
5 Broken Cameras (6`)
Directed by Paletinian Emad Burnat and the Israeli Guy Davidi
An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.” — (C) Kino Lorber
Two South African music lovers embark on a mission to uncover the fate of an obscure, 1970s-era U.S. rocker whose debut album became a surprise hit in their home country, and uncover a shocking secret along the way. Sixto Diaz Rodriguez had the kind of musical career that every aspiring rock star fears — lauded by critics but ignored by the public, he released two albums before unceremoniously disappearing from the spotlight. But while sales of Rodriguez’s debut CD Cold Fact fell flat in the U.S., overseas in Australia and South Africa, the fans couldn’t get enough. In apartheid-torn South Africa in particular, Cold Fact became something of an anti-establishment classic, eventually going platinum. Later, rumors began to swirl that Rodriguez had suffered a horrible death. When Rodriguez’s second album Coming From Reality makes it’s belated debut in South Africa, a pair of devoted fans take it upon themselves to uncover the facts surrounding the mysterious musician, and get the surprise of a lifetime while attempting to track the profits from his record sales.
The Invisible War
As an introduction to The Story of the Weeping Camel, see this short film about Mongolia from the train:
The Story of the weeping Camel(eng subtitles)
OSCARS To the best animated short films
Adam and Dog
Head Over Heels
“Serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers.” – Variety
With millions of kids every year suffering schoolyard persecution at the hands of their peers, bullying is the most prevalent form of violence young people experience. From teasing to cyberbullying to the persecution of GLBTI teens, bullying transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic boundaries.
Sundance award-winning director Lee Hirsch’s powerful, controversial documentary Bully captures the human face of this torment. Profiling five victims, the film is a confronting – and for many, all-too familiar – picture of a bullied child’s life. Hirsch, himself a former victim, aims to show this behaviour is not just ‘kids being kids’ but real abuse with real consequences.
Visually impressive and deeply compelling, Bully captures the silent terror of victims’ daily lives and demands that the issue is no longer dismissed as simply a part of growing up. Awarded a Special Jury Mention at Silverdocs Film Festival 2011, Bully deserves to be seen as widely as possible.
From Film Melbourne
GOYA AWARDS 2013
A Story for the Modlins (Sergio Oksman) Best non-fiction documentary
After appearing in the film Rosemary’s Baby, by Roman Polanski,
Elmer Modlin ran away with his wife Margaret and his son Nelson to a distant land.
They shut themselves inside a dark apartment, where Margaret devoted herself to painting the coming Apocalypse, using Nelson and Elmer as models.
Thirty years later, hundreds of the family’s intimate photographs and documents appeared on the sidewalk like a jigsaw puzzle, waiting for someone to come along and piece together “a story for the Modlins”.
After appearing in the film Rosemary’s Baby, by Roman Polanski, Elmer Modlin ran away with his family to a distant land, where they shut themselves inside a dark apartment for thirty years.
Director:Sergio Oksman (Brasil, 1970) studied Journalism in Sao Paulo and Film in New York. He is a film teacher in Madrid, and runs the production company Dok Films since 2000.
Lost by Alberto Dorado (3´)