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Broommaker

Vladoaia Stan, aged 80, is the last broommaker in Dobra village, Romania. Despite his age he works hard to earn some money, doing what he has done his whole life - making domestic brooms.

Gypsy Dreams

A Hungarian Gypsy family comes to the conclusion that they can no longer survive in their native country. Racial discrimination and unemployment are the major factors in their decision to uproot themselves and migrate to England. Their chosen destination is Bolton, where there is already a sizable Hungarian Gypsy population.The documentary follows the Lazi family's struggle to establish themselves in England for nearly two years. An initially promising start has taken a tough turn in the harsh winter of 2009, as recession began to bite hard and British factories closed their doors to foreign workers. Nevertheless, the Lazis hang on in hope, expecting their fourth child.

Bug Trainer

The Bug Trainer is an international co-production documentary film about Ladislas Starewitch (1882 - 1965), a pioneer of puppet animation and a contemporary of cinematography, one of the most mystique and controversial creators of 20th century. He was named as a true Wizard and an Alchemist of animation, whose wizardry was born in Lithuania in the beginning of 20th century. He got his fame in Russia and flourished in his full power in France. Unique methods of animation, never disclosed to the others, - who was he? Lithuania, Poland, Russia, France - all claim him as "Ours". It seems that he was a cosmopolitan, whose creative works overpass geographical boarders and are ahead of the time. This film is an effort to "decode" Starewitch by using the means of his own artistic thinking, utilizing all the contemporary means of pictorial expression and tiding together the biographical facts, archives and factual information told by experts: cinema historians, critics, animators told through the animated love story of puppets.

Cash & Marry

Marko and Atanas are two dudes whose lives would be sweet as strudel but for an annoying little problem with their papers. They need a European passport and they are prepared to do almost anything to get one, including buying a wife. With nothing but their brass necks and 7,000 euros, they set out to find the woman of their dreams — one who will walk them down aisle and then hang around long enough for the divorce. An odyssey through Vienna's immigrant netherworld, this real-life Green Card is an hilarious and touching insight into what it takes to jump the barriers of Fortress Europe.

Constantin and Elena

A bittersweet love story. Where "sweet" is the love (after 55 years of marriage), "bitter" is the lack of time left for the "sweet" (the old age), and "story" is the everyday life. A film about the ancestral, pure way of living and loving. A cinematic, observational, sometimes voyeuristic look at a way of life and a life itself, both, almost extinct.

Dacia Express

In the compartments of the «Dacia Express», the railroad service between Bucharest and Vienna, people of many different origins mingle. Their stories, issues and prejudices pave the way between East and West.

Fourth Wave

There were four highest waves of emigration in the history of Ukraine. The last one was in the 90s and it took the most people with it … An individual with its personal drama stands behind every statistical figure. Our picture tells about just one of these emigrants: Volodymyr Zubytsky - a composer, conductor, bayan-player - the Musician. His works raised sensations in the 80s in the world music.

Ow!

Beating, kicking, torture by pain, torture by hunger, mental torture. Guns, knives or fists. The perpetrators are close family members: husbands, partners, lovers... According to available statistics, almost one out of three women has experienced some form of domestic violence. According to available statistics... But there are many women who can never be recorded by any statistics. Because they keep quiet. All of the suffering takes place behind the closed door. Inside their own home. And they feel ashamed of it. To open the door. To open their mouth. To break the silence. To tell the truth straight out. There are only few who dared to take this step...

11 Coins

A short documentary about a man who has worked abroad and returns to his birthplace after 40 years. He visits the places and people from his childhood. His most important mission is to bury eleven coins in the land of his forefathers.

Between Heaven and Earth

Salina and Albert are fairly normal teenagers living in Berlin. But what makes them different is their dreams. How can you dream of the future if you don´t even know what tomorrow will bring? Seven years ago the family S. escaped from the war in their country of Chechnia to come to Germany. Seven years of uncertainty, seven years hoping to be accepted as political refugees and receive permission to stay. Over two years, this film follows the life of the family and shows what it means to fill your days with nothing but waiting, as they struggle to not loose hope between metropolitain life and muslim religion, between great dreams and tough reality.

 

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