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Nine Forgotten Songs

Documentary Parable of the Komi-Permyaks, a small ethnic group living in the Northern Urals. Story based on the ancient curse. This is the curse of the ancient ancestors as punishment for forgetting. As if under the power of the curse the small peoples disappear from the face of the earth, no ancient culture and history. This process is irreversible ....

Dragan Wende – West Berlin

A bordello doorman in West-Berlin wants the Wall and his past back. The Yugoslav immigrant Dragan Wende used to be the street king of West-Berlin's 1970s hedonistic disco scene. Along with his friends, he roamed the nightclubs on both sides of the Wall - his pockets full of Western money. But when the Wall fell, everything changed. Dragan has not set foot in East Berlin for the past 20 years and has no intention to do so. A crazy piece of world history told from the kitchen of a washed-up bordello doorman. A moving piece of family history, told in the historical dimension of the Cold War. A microcosm of underdogs and their survival strategies unfolds in a still-divided city.

Disco & Atomic War

Disco and Atomic War tells the story of a strange kind of information war in which a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. And loses. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children's worldviews in those days - in ways that now seem slightly odd. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. Disco and Atomic War offers its own version of recent history, mixing spy games into a human tragicomedy.

Gyumri

On 7 December 1988, thousands of people died in the Armenian city of Gyumri under an earthquake. More than one third of them were children. Bereaved parents responded by giving newly born babies names after their deceased brothers or sisters, which in many cases led to problems with identification, and many still believe that the soul of their departed brother or sister lives with or within them, as shown in a documentary about the life after the disaster, shot during three years.

Photographer

The Photographer is Evgeny Kashirin (1949-2007). From the age of 19, Kashirin captured his time and place, the central Russian province of Riazan, through the lens of his black and white camera. Our film tells (t)his story through the words of his students and acquaintances, his photographs, and footage of the photographer's own projected film compilations accompanied by his haunting blank verse. Together they take the form of a triptych: a dying rural life, a train, and the story of a man who traded his wife for a marble statue of Judith.

Disco Transit

Glass Cage

Many murders happen in front of three people's eyes: the killer, the victim, and a third person who is an eyewitness. The eyewitness is able to come to the victim’s aid in only a very small number of these cases. We can call the eyewitness ‘the third man’. In 1941, about 184,000 Jews lived in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. During the German occupation (from March of 1944), the Hungarian fascist Arrow Cross Party came to power and carried out violent attacks against the Jews. They were shot and thrown into the Danube River. Tens of thousands of Jews died on death marches from Budapest to Austria. The Arrow Cross then searched for Jews across the city and murdered them. The ending of the Second World War Budapest was the only large city in Europe where a substantial number of Jews avoided extermination. In all, about 100,000 Jews survived in Budapest. Two points of view are the prime focus: first, DAVID GUR, a member of the Hungarian Zionist Movement, and second, CHARLES LUTZ, the Swiss diplomat. David Gur’s motivation was to save human lives even if this had to be done illegally. In the story of David Gur we come to know the greatest and most skillful document forger in Europe. Lutz wanted the same outcomes, but achieved in legal ways.†The Lutz story can take us inside the secret life of diplomats, and the labyrinth in which were built up the moral and the political elements in this critical situation. A Swiss diplomat, Charles Lutz, in collaboration with the Hungarian Zionist Movement, established a place to save lives. This place was the Glass House, an glass factory in Budapest, no. 29 Vadász street, where worked the rescuers. Their aim were same, but the tools were contrary. Although the final result was successful, but wasn’t the end of this story. After WW2 Lutz’s homeland punished him for breaking the rule of diplomatic neutrality, because he used his diplomatic powers to aid Jewish people, against the aims of the Nazis. And the Hungarian Zionist Movement also suffered when world Jewish organizations called them to account because they had not risen up in the same way as had their fellow sufferers in Poland. The Glass House turned into cage. Is it the cage of the deficiency of the honorable mention. Because of this is talking the film about GLASS CAGE STORY.

Children of Our Parents

Tom Feierabend is a California-based filmmaker who spent his youth surfing in the Pacific Ocean. He is also the grandson of politician Ladislav Feierabend whose memoirs published in the 1990s belonged among bestselling titles. Ladislav Feierabend was in the protectorate and exile governments; after 1948, he managed to flee the country and settled down in the United States. He was among the major proponents of non-socialist agriculture; in mid-1930s Czechoslovakia was a country with the highest number of farm collectives in the world. When he was little, Tom heard a lot about the idyllic life in pre-war Czechoslovakia. The ending sounds almost like a fairy tale; in the early 1990s, the filmmaker started a family in his grandfather's house in Prague and then decided to make a film about his roots that would blend big and small history. However, the film will definitely not be a fairy tale as Tom's insistence in interviewing his relatives rubs against their desire to keep the image of their famous ancestor unblemished. The perspective of an American intellectual on Czechoslovak history promises to offer unique and original insights. Fifteen years of research and shooting in police and history archives, interviews with emigrants as well as those who stayed behind, will offer a broad reflection of our relationship to recent history. Besides the Feierabend family, Meda Mládková, Milan Uhde and Pavel Žáček will be among those to appear in the film.

Crying Sun: The Impact of War in the Mountains of Chechnya

Chechnya has been deeply scarred by years of fighting between separatists and Russian federal forces. In the Chechen Mountains the conflict has forced families from their homes and is gradually destroying the unique culture of these communities. Thousands of people across Chechnya have disappeared, been imprisoned or tortured. "Crying Sun" is the story of Zumsoy, a village torn apart by war. It gives a voice to the people who are struggling to preserve their identity amidst such violence and suffering. The film calls on local and federal authorities to investigate human rights abuses and help villagers return to their ancestral homes and rebuild their lives.

Booth of Fortune

The Booth of Fortune captures the last few days of an old lottery booth located on the track of a future subway line. It has to be demolished, along with the close ties of its regular customers.

 

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