Sarajevos Roses tells a story of a young Austrian woman travelling to the former crisis area of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Getting an idea of life during war is the aim of her journey. During her search, she comes accross memory-worlds of survivors of the war in Sarajevo. The inhabitants of the city grant an insight in what life was like during the times of war and how they managed to deal with that situation. The filmmaker is looking for parallels between life during war and her own life in peace.
After growing up as a girl and being celebrated as a women's downhill skiing champion, Erika Schinegger`s career came to an abrupt end in 1967 after a sex test. Against the wishes of her family and the national skiing association, Erik started being a man at the age of twenty.
People, monsters, sensations. The beguiling images in Ulrike Ottinger's Prater transform this mythical Viennese attraction into a cinematic experience. A captivating succession of intention and coincidence, an amusement ride through time and space. A complex film that makes us think and laugh.
The Shadow of the Prophet
In "Shadows of the Prophet" Philipp Mayrhofer and Christian Kobald investigate the past and present of the unique iconic image of the founder of the Mourides the strongest African Islamic brotherhood in black Africa. It's derived from the only surviving photograph of Ahmadou Bamba, which was taken by French colonial police in February, 1913 and present all over Senegal now. The filmmakers speak with photographers who reproduce it in mass quantities, they visit the courtroom where Ahmadou Bamba was sentenced to exile in Gabon, and they also witness the annual procession in Senegal’s second-largest city, Touba, founded by Ahmadou Bamba and the location of his grave. Shadows of the Prophet is about the power of images in a culture where worshipping them is a wholly foreign idea.
What Happiness Is
The long isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan wants to open up to the West without succumbing to materialism. Development is measured by GNH, Gross National Happiness. In this unique project, civil servants from the Ministry of Happiness travel the country during eight long months, using a questionnaire to determine the country's level of happiness. A road movie to the most distant destination of all: Happiness.