Ariel Kuaray Ortega, Ernesto de Carvalho
A fascinating account of a mysterious story handed down in the Mbyá-Guaraní community in Brazil: once a man who lived there turned into a jaguar and then died a tragic death. The film about this story is a documentary as well as a making-of.
Chasing the Dazzling Light
Following in the footsteps of his Syrian father, the director emigrated to Europe. Both had the ambition to become filmmakers, and are now working together on this film. This results in both comic scenes and a beautiful portrait of a father at a distance.
Just an ordinary Saturday in Montreal on an outdoor basketball court, as Mustafa Uzuner’s handheld camera captures the rhythm of the game. The free and unstable shots make the viewer a part of this diverse community on a balmy summer evening.
Short fragments of video clips, newsreels, news shows, and propaganda films recall historical events—some familiar, some “forgotten.” The square format of the film reinforces the oppressive sense of humanity’s destructive urges.
An impressionistic black-and-white portrait of a Russian health spa. Bureaucratic complexities and salutary health benefits coalesce in this apparent allegory for a complex society rooted in rules, prohibitions, and the illusion of security.
When her grandmother’s health deteriorates, Jialai Wang, living in Belgium, goes back to visit her mother in Shanghai. A poignant, effectively designed narrative about a lack of motherly love passed down through the generations.
A Picture to Remember
A personal, essay-style account of the war in Ukraine, as viewed through the prism of three female generations. The Kyiv-based filmmaker uses old family films in her attempt to bridge the distance between her and her grandmother in Donetsk.
Silence of Reason
A powerful video essay on the systematic mass rape in and around Foča during the Bosnian war, combining harrowing testimonies from victims and a forensic visual investigation of the crime scenes.
Tales of Oblivion
Excavations in Lagos, Portugal, reveal human skeletons that were dumped in a 15th-century landfill site. Who were these people, and why didn’t they get a proper burial? A powerful, minimalist investigation tracking the Portuguese slave trade.
Ana Costa Ribeiro
A view of the adventurous life of a Brazilian physicist, the grandfather of filmmaker Ana Costa Ribeiro. She mixes archive material with current landscapes to create a poetic essay on science and relationships, challenging you to think beyond the literal.
The Wasp and the Orchid
In The Wasp and the Orchid, filmmaker Saber Zammouris looks at TV’s influence in rural Tunisia and tells the story of those who left their villages for France. Are they searching for the images they once saw, and do they find what they are looking for?