|Girl Against Gravity - Kids on the Silk Road|
Erdenchimeg (11) has her mind set on becoming a famous contortionist – a speciality of Mongolian acrobats. To succeed she needs to perform a difficult exercise on one hand which she can’t. The prospect of becoming the 'odd one out' on her team is all the more frightening because her dad is imprisoned, her mother is a former drunk and she was only admitted to the circus school as an act of good will. Not just her dreams, but also the dignity of her family is at stake. In the end she finds her inner strength and pulls through to become part of a prestigious show.
|Music in My Blood - Kids on the Silk Road|
Thirteen-year-old, Ravi, feels like he is flying when he jams with his brother on the rooftops in his village in India. Born into a family of wedding musicians, Ravi’s dad taught him how to play the drums and brought little Ravi along on the jobs. Playing at weddings is not only a gift, however, it’s also the bread and butter of the family. When Ravi starts pursuing his own musical ambitions he clashes with his dad, his mentor and idol. In the end he stands up for himself to go his own way and become the artist he knows he is and he finally gets the support of his dad.
|Poonam's Fortune - Kids on the Silk Road|
Poonam, 14, happily breaks the news of her imminent marriage during a break at her school in Nepal. As her friends lose themselves in stories about horrible marriages of other girls, it dawns on Poonam that she has no clue about her future husband and in-laws. All she knows is that she’ll be moving to their house and must abide by their rules. How will she secure her position in her new family? She cries during the wedding when she leaves her mother. But she falls in love with her husband and fulfils the dreams of her and her husband’s families when she delivers a baby boy nine months later.
|Life is a Beach - Kids on the Silk Road|
Javed, 11, has dropped out of 2nd grade because his teacher was beating him. He has left home because his mum beats him if he does not make money for the family. Javed now lives on the beach where he surfs and makes a living together with his friend, Shahidul, by giving people massages. He almost wins a big surf contest and afterwards comes to the conclusion with his best friend and surfing teacher that he will go back to school as long as he can surf in his spare time and maybe win the next competition so he can make a living from being the best surfer on the beach.
|My Soul Is Not For Sale|
A documentary about endless determination and finding a new path when everything comes tumbling down. 20-year-old Pekka Hyysalo wanted to become the world’s best freestyle skier, but a bad jump left him permanently disabled. The accident changed everything and he needed a direction. He found chance and opportunity, but some dreams had to be abandoned.
In a near future, support education provider Charlotte operates her business from her remote home with absolute control. Using medication and indoctrination, she adjusts individuals who have alienated themselves from organised society. But when a quiet woman dressed in western clothes arrives at the residence, Charlotte’s job and identity are both challenged.
Only 9% of the composer fees for Icelandic music go to women. This, in a country renowned for gender balance and strong female musicians such as Björk. Are women not as musical? Or has their musical history never been written down, and forgotten? A documentary mixing animation and interviews from the Icelandic music industry. There is a theory that "author unknown” actually means composed by women.
|Gaming The Real World|
Can games change the world? Cities are struggling to cope with population growth, but can video games get people, especially the young, involved in planning and fixing their own cities? Public spaces and entire cities are already being designed, planned and played through the medium of games. 'Civic gamification' is democratising architecture and urban planning. Three companies navigating the space where urban planning and gaming meet are: Minecraft Cities, Skylines and Block’hood.
|The Great Personal|
The glamourised individualism in the cultural narrative and "reality" media negates the meaning(-fulness) in the beauty of our unique personal experiences. A hand-developed 16mm experimental film born out of petty, bourgeois vanity. A post-structuralist and iconoclastic film.
A group of young boys are preparing to compete in a diving competition, but 11-year-old Ziggy discovers that something is happening to his body. The transformation makes him want to hide. Will he be able to show the world who he really is?
|The Celestial Darkroom|
All people are beautiful when they work, believed photographer Jean Hermanson. His poetic portraits of workers are part of our cultural heritage. Jean wanted to show the people and conditions of Sweden’s factories. When Hermanson died, his assistant Nils Petter Löfstedt wanted to complete his work. We leave the archives and go back to the places and people once caught on Jean’s negatives.
|Arr. for a Scene|
Two foley artists produce sound effects for one of the most famous film scenes in film history: the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 1960. Their work is documented on 35 mm film. The viewer sees only the foley artists creating the effects, such as footsteps and door closing. The film examines the way sounds are created for movies and what happens when a film is deconstructed.
The love and knowledge of horses has always been strong in Ballymun, a suburb outside of Dublin. Lorna and her family are part of this culture, which has been their saving grace. Lorna and her father take the horses out to graze on empty lots, and she dreams about becoming a farrier - someone who shoes horses. Lorna's best friend is Big Foot, the horse her father gave her when she was one. A poetic coming-of-age film, a story of survival, relationships, horses and dreams.
It is John's first day at school. His 11-year-old big brother, Mika, accompanies him. But Mika thinks it is his duty to teach John the harsh realities of the world, starting with the merciless law of the schoolyard.
|Last Men in Aleppo|
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo prepare for a siege. We follow the White Helmet volunteers as they routinely experience death and struggle in the city’s streets. They fight for sanity in a place where war has become the norm. Co-Director: Steen Johannessen
The doorbell rings. Someone is at Penelope's door. But everything is a mess.