Hidden inside overcrowded factories around the world, countless children are forced into slave labor due to rising global demands for cheap goods. With the help of a covert network of informants, Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his dedicated team carry out daring raids to rescue and rehabilitate imprisoned children. Using hidden cameras and playing the role of buyers at the factory to gain access, we watch Kailash take on one of his most challenging missions to date: finding Sonu, a young boy trafficked to Delhi for work who has been missing for eight months. Now his father dreams of Sonu coming home.
Kailash’s warmth and passion have gained international support for his philosophy that each child should be allowed to embrace their childhood. He gives them support, clothes, medical care, and an education. Equal parts harrowing and motivating, first-time filmmaker Derek Doneen pulls us into Kailash’s gripping pursuits and relentless energy to create the change he wants to see.
“The Look of Silence”, a companion piece to his Oscar-nominated film, “The Act of Killing”, has been selected for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it will have its Canadian premiere.
The film follows a young optometrist as he attempts to bring the past into focus. The family discovers how their son was murdered during the Indonesian genocide — as well as the identity of the men who murdered him.
The film documents the confrontation in the absence of any truth and reconciliation process, while the murderers remain in power. The film is more than “the other side” of the story — it is the story of the victims, as well as a rich essay on memory, time and death.
Over the past 25 years, Lauren Greenfield’s documentary photography and film projects have explored youth culture, gender, body image, and affluence.
In this fascinating meld of career retrospective and film essay, Greenfield offers a meditation on her extensive body of work, structuring it through the lens of materialism and its increasing sway on culture and society in America and throughout the world. Underscoring the ever-increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots, her portraits reveal a focus on cultivating image over substance, where subjects unable to attain actual wealth instead settle for its trappings, no matter their ability to pay for it.
“Whatever has happened to Greece?” wonders filmmaker Håvard Bustnes out loud at the start of this disturbing documentary.
In recent years, its image as a country of sunny beaches and friendly people has been overshadowed by political ideologies that are terrifyingly close to Nazism.
With many prominent members of the far-right Golden Dawn party now behind bars, a daughter, a wife and a mother continue to propagate its message—and all three of them are seasoned enough to avoid any slips of the tongue during interviews.
But while they regularly stop the interview to make sure it went as they want, Bustnes just leaves the camera running.
The resulting material, supplemented with archive footage that leaves no room for doubt about the depraved side of this political party, reveals an ever-widening gulf between clear facts and political image-making.
I would prefer breathing to not breathing’
Nobel Prize laureate – William Faulkner
90 min. |English, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic | Dutch subtitles | 2016 | Documentary | HD stereo 5.1
Egypt – Netherland – Mexico – Disney Island – U.S.A & UK
Written & directed by Coco Schrijber
In this short documentary, housing developers in China hire ordinary foreigners to pose as celebrities, boosting flagging property sales.
Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her “Chinese Dream.” Drawn by the glamor and easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help Chinese real estate developers market their new developments.
But this business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote rural ghost towns into “globalized booming cities” on the days that outside investors and political leaders visit. When the inevitable happens and the real estate bubble starts to pop, Yana is forced to sell her company and reassess everything she ever believed in. Filmed over several years,
DREAM EMPIRE CHINA is at once a gripping personal story and rare on-the-ground chronicle of one of the most critical economic issues of our time.
Thomas Nordanstad’s film about 2013 World Press Photo Award winner Paul Hansen is not just a portrait of a photo-journalist but the filmmakers’ attempt to show what the world a photo-journalist looks like.
By following and going further into the conflicts, getting to know the people in them – it aims at social documentary as well. The viewer gets to interact with the events that Hansen photographs: Ukraine, Haiti, Gaza and Palestine. Some time the film has a vérité-style “point of view” (as when war breaks out in East Ukraine), other times moments are bound in reflection and thoughts about anxiety, fear etc and what goes through Hansen´s mind.
Finally film celebrates one of the best photographers and photojournalists in the world right now, through his own lens.
Music is composed by “The Soundtrack of our lives” – hero Ebbot Lundberg and cinematography comes from “The Look Of Silence” and “Armadillo” celebrated Lars Skree.
Only a few meters from a Danish UN Camp in Dvor, Croatia, nine disabled people, both Serbs and Croats, were executed in cold blood by a group of unidentified men on August the 8th 1995.
The Danish soldiers in Camp Dannevirke were assigned by the United Nations to monitor the ceasefire between the Serbs and the Croats. They were only allowed to use weapons in self-defense. In the summer of 1995, the Croatian Army ceasefire broke and about 250,000 Serbs were forced to flee during “Operation Storm”.Once there was no longer a ceasefire to monitor, the soldiers were ordered to stay inside their camp and not interfere in the war.
It was therefore up to one Danish officer, to make the crucial decision: to give orders to shoot or follow the UN mandate and not intervene.The film follows the former company commander Kold on his journey back to Croatia, to the place where he 20 years earlier had to make the most difficult decision in his life.
Here he confronts his past and his decision, meets the commanders from the warring parties, and the relatives of the victims. He is forced to face difficult questions: Could he have stopped the massacre? Did he have a choice? Or was he, the Danish soldiers and the civilians actually let down by the United Nations?
In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her circle of friends join the street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, as the Arab Spring reaches Syria.
Knowing their country would be changed forever, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives and the events around them. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future will be tested by violence, imprisonment and death.
Obaidah leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the center of the rebellion in Homs, and to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism.
A deeply personal road movie, the film captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends.
Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use.
This is largely thanks to one resident – Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians.
Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed.
Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa.
Director Christoffer Guldbrandsen
Producer Henrik Veileborg
The Film In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the film-makers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
Putin’s Kiss« is a rare insight into the core of Russian democracy “Putin-style”.
We meet Masha, 19, who has become a spokesperson for Nashi, a political youth organisation working to support the current political system.
Their agenda, however, is also to keep the political opposition from spreading their views among the Russians. When Masha is up for election, she starts questioning her role in the Nashi movement for the first time.
Afghanistan, Kabul(CNN) Razia Jan is fighting to educate girls in rural Afghanistan, where terrorists will stop at nothing to keep them from learning.
Despite the threat of violence, Razia Jan continues to open the doors of her Zabuli Education Center.
She and her team are providing a free education to about 350 girls, many of whom would not normally have access to school.
by Simon Lereng Wilmont Chikara has been a sumo wrestler for some years now, and he is very fond of the sport, although it’s a tough at times.
He is one of the most promising sumo wrestler kids in his club, and has won tournaments already. Chikara’s father Harumitsu had a good carrier as a respectable professional sumo wrestler from the biggest and most successful sumo stable in Tokyo, so the expectations to Chikara are very high.
Premiere Cannes 2010. Prize list 49e Semaine de la Critique FEATURE FILM Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique ARMADILLO Janus Metz (Denmark)
The feature-length documentary film “Armadillo”, by Janus Metz and cinematography by Lars Skree is selected for Semaine de la Critique, the distinguished side programme, which seldom includes documentary among its repertoire.
No material in the world reflects light as powerfully as a diamond. Diamonds have always been the ultimate symbol of wealth, courage and everlasting love.
Sparkling with such an overwhelming beauty, it is often said that diamonds must contain fragments from the birth of our Universe.
A jewelled love story – The French, world famous and classic top-brand Cartier and the upcoming Danish, Buddhism inspired and New-Kids-on-the-Block brand Shamballa
This documentary is a portrait of the Swenkas, a small group of working men in post-apartheid South Africa.
Men who take great pride in putting on a flashy suit and stand out as an inspiration for others. The film tells their story and why the ‘dressing up’ is not just something external and inconstant, but an integrated part of their internal spiritual and mental life, of their past, present and future.
Dir Jeppe Rønde Danish film institute.
The case concerns a man who killed his best friend with a Samurai sword – was it an accident or was it a deliberate act when the defendant wielded the sword?
It is an emotionally charged case where much is at stake for the defendant, who has to re-experience the tragic night when his friend died, and who must also try to pull through a trial in which he faces a severe prison sentence.
Director: Eva Mulvad
We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side.
By buying so-called conflict minerals the phone companies are financing the civil war in DR Congo that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II.
The illegal mine industry is controlled by armed groups. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals that end up in our phones.
In the the remote part of Denmark, 575 woman from Thailand are living with their danish husbonds.
15 years ago, only a few of them were living there. But there where Sommai – a former bar worker from Pattaya!
Cosmofilm – DR – Danish film institute. Dir Janus Metz.
Greenland. Helheim Glacier Helheim Glacier is one of Greenland’s largest outlet glaciers.
It accelerated from 8 km (5.0 mi) per year in 2000 to 11 km (6.8 mi) per year in 2005. Like many of Greenland’s outlet glaciers it is the site of glacial earthquakes.
Alpha Film Jacob Bendtsen
Los Angeles is a Mecca for cars. The city is build around a 930 mile-long freeway system, that is used every year by more than seven million cars.
The L.A. freeway system just keeps growing and growing, and director Jacob Thuesen attempts to capture the rhythm of the expanding freeway system.
Dir Jacob Thuesen, Danish film institute.
A 1-hour documentary on the implications and effects of extreme physical abnormality.
Produced by Milton Media in co-production with TV2-Denmark and The Danish Film Institute.
Written and directed by Bente Milton
Bloody Cartoons is a documentary about how and why 12 drawings in a Danish provincial paper could whirl a small country into a confrontation with Muslims all over the world.
He asks whether respect for Islam combined with the heated response to the cartoons is now leading us towards self-censorship. How tolerant should we be, he wonders, of the intolerant. And what limits should there be, if any, to freedom of speech in a democracy.
Filmed on location in Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Qatar, France, Turkey and Denmark, talking to some of the people that played key roles during the cartoon crisis.
Producer: Alan Hayling National TV, DR1, Danish film institute, BBC worldwide
A film about a girl’s struggle to break away from a childhood with a mentally ill mother. Isabella will soon be 18, but she does not want to grow up. She feels that she has already been grown once.
That’s when she was younger and her mother was seriously ill with a mental illness. At that time Isabella step in and among other things take care of his younger brothers. Now things are more stable at home, therefore, Isabella just like to be young, unwind and have fun.
But it’s hard when she also must take driving license, fit high school and also work in the family’s new Drive-In Cinema, which requires a lot of her. It gives some conflicts with her mother, which she feels strongly attached. Isabella’ll have to secede.
But how detached happens when one’s mother is one’s closest confidants – and mentally ill at the same time? ‘Isabella – for real’ is a strong youth documentary about what it’s like to be a child of a mentally ill parent.
Portrays the Foreign Ministry and its initial vanguard of diplomats and advisers who have been sent on a mission to post-war Iraq.
The main character, career diplomat Torben Gettermann, is within a few days been diverted from its peaceful post in Athens for a true baptism of fire as Denmark’s first official representative in Baghdad.
In the middle of a war zone, and in a day completely dominated by the U.S. military, he must try to lay the groundwork for a Danish embassy. He arrives as part of an occupying power, he goes in armored cars, he is surrounded by security guards, while he must try to put a special Danish impact on the chaotic new Iraq.
Every day is a struggle for coherence and meaning in the Danish presence as absolutely small state in the international coalition.
The film follows through seven months Gettermanns stubbornness, doubt, black moments and renewed optimism along with senior officials, under pressure from the opposition and a critical press should drive action at home from the Foreign Ministry in Asian space.
Included as the tenth film in the series Corey Photos with the theme Diplomacy.
Director Anders Riss-Hansen
The power of love “shows the daily life of five lawyers in Københavns Overpræsidium, which is the body that is used if two parents can not agree on sharing the company of their child when they do not live together.
Film attempts to capture the complex field that Overpræsidiets lawyers manager: on the one hand, the interests of the næreste close in a family, namely the child, and on the other hand, the cash law.
How do you handle people who are in deep crisis because of their children and what considerations the basis for refusing access?
What do lawyers to ensure a divorced father that he can see his child to a reasonable extent, what do you do as a lawyer when intuition says something different than what the law immediately imposed in a case?
A heartbreaking sentence hanging back in the air while meeting room emptied again: If you are a family, even if you neither live or talk?
Included as the twelfth movie in the series Corey Photos with the theme Divorce and children.