- China In Ethiopia (Paul Zhou, 30 min)
- Congo Calling (Stephan Hilpert, 90 min)
- Flox (Hady Mahmoud, 45 min)
- Her Family (Elizabeta Koneska, 49 min)
- Keeping Track (Hugo Chávez Carvajal, 15 min)
- Moving Towards Visibility (Laura Molsbergen, 32 min)
- Talamanca (Davide Marino, 22 min)
- Talking Dreams (Bruno Rocchi, 37 min)
- The Body Won’t Close. (Mattijs Van de Port, 74 min)
- The Daring Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze (Nina Ross, 27 min)
- The Days After (Jérémie Grojnowski, 72 min)
- The Fantastic (Maija Blåfield, 30 min)
- The Life We Know (Cláudia Ribeiro, 82 min)
- To Save a Language (Liivo Niglas, 74 min)
- Tobacco Memories (Manca Filak, 31 min)
- Trabolsi (Ina Schebler, 55 min)
- Zagros (Ariane Lorrain & Shahab Mihandoust, 58 min)
I was touched the most by The Daring Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze, a sensitive film about a woman with muscular dystrophy, who in a way frees herself through her art. She regretted some choices she had made earlier in life because she didn’t think she would live past 20. Now she’s 65. I think I will always remember these moments.
My favourite was probably Flox, which put me right in the middle of the chaos of a minibus station in Cairo.
China in Ethiopia was interesting and gave me a detailed view, from a Chinese perspective, of a larger development in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. Tobacco Memories and Zagros also captured larger systems by showing us otherwise unseen parts of the production and manufacturing of tobacco and carpets in Bulgaria and Iran respectively. Likewise, The Days After was ostensibly about alternative farming in France, but captured so much more in terms of suspicion of what diverges from the normal.
To Save a Language surprised in becoming a portrait of a passionate linguist. And I loved the mixture of art and anthropology in The Fantastic – fantastic visuals!
All in all an interesting and inspiring mix of films. I think my film fit well in that it “brought us some variety” (as the organiser said) and showed how one can research a sensitive topic.
The organisers were kind to send us the Q&A’s for our personal use, so here is mine: