Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
10:00 AM -
The Greatest Battle Lies Within - 10min
Director - Connor Price, Producer - Gerard Wilkie (Australia)
Prior to his migration to Australia, Congolese playwright Future D. Fidel witnessed the deaths of both his parents and narrowly avoided being massacred alongside other villagers by rebel soldiers. His debut play and novel, Prize Fighter, draws on several of his experiences while using a boxing ring as a metaphor for his character Isa’s struggles with violence. The play has become a hit around Australia and for the La Boite Theatre Company. By detailing his story, Future is able to provide an example of how works of art and entertainment can be powerful tools of self-expression.
10:15 AM -
The Rememberer - 60min
Director - Ariel Guntern, Producer - Fernando Carranza (United States; Argentina, Egypt, Israel, Spain, United Kingdom)
THE REMEMBERER, tells the story of Matías De Stefano, an Indigo child who was born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina in 1987. From the moment of his birth he has the ability to remember everything he has done before birth and can understand, in a simple way , how the Universe works. His memories take him to travel the world and share what he knows with thousands of people. His trips help him discover his purpose in life and fulfill a mission that he could not complete thousands of years ago. Matias is taking us on a journey through his memories to show us humanity’s lost story.
11:20 AM -
Zulu Return - 90min
Director - Gugulethu (South Africa, United Kingdom, United States)
In this Internet era, what happens to an iconic DJ when, at the height of his celebrity, he is made to fall from grace? What does he do when he is accused of a gross violation but can never face his accuser before a court of law to defend himself?
1:00 PM -
The 600: The Soldiers' Story - 117min
Directors - Richard Hall/Laurent Basset (United States; Rwanda)
The little know story of the guerrilla battalion trapped in Kigali at the start of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, and the rescues they made of thousands of civilians.
3:05 PM -
The Giverny Document (single channel) - 40min
Director - Ja'Tovia Gary (France, United States)
Filmed on location in Harlem, USA and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is an experimental, multi-textured cinematic poem that meditates on the safety and bodily autonomy of Black women. Filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary unleashes an arsenal of techniques and materials including direct animation on archival 16mm film, woman on the street interviews, and montage editing techniques to explore the creative virtuosity of Black femme performance while interrogating the histories of those bodies and lives as spaces of forced labor and commodified production.
3:50 PM -
Ayiti: The Awakening - 26min
Director - Sage Love (Haiti, United States)
A young man is driven to find his Ancestral roots and the trouble history of Ayiti after discovering no real relief efforts was made in the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.
4:20 PM -
Un pays plus beau qu’avant - 66min
Director - Hannes Verhoustraete (Belgium)
UN PAYS PLUS BEAU QU’AVANT is a documentary film about a Congolese businessman in Brussels, whose wanderings reveal the political and humanitarian urgency that animates the diaspora faced with the situation in Congo today and colonial history.
5:30 PM -
Partir ? - 79min
Director - Mary-Noël NIBA (Cameroon, France)
Back home after several years in exile, Stéphane, Léo, Boye Gaye and Cheikh break their silence to speak for the first time about their journey through the West. They discuss the reasons for their return, as well as their incomprehension regarding the many Africans who still attempt to migrate to Europe at the risk of their life. Their testimony resounds with the story of Guy Roméo, a young Cameroonian who risked everything to attempt to meet up with his idol in France, the rap artist Mac Tyer.
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020
3:00 PM -
Teghadez Agadez - 52min
Director - Morgane Wirtz (Belgium; Niger)
In Agadez, a city of Niger on the outskirts of the Sahara, migrants on the road to Europe cross paths with others who fled Libya or have been expelled from Algeria. We spent several days with them as well as with a smuggler. They told us about their hopes, their dreams, their difficulties. Sometimes they play, they cook or they dance: they are human beings.
3:55 PM -
A Second Family - 7min
Director - Ramon Sanchez Orense (Congo, the Democratic Republic of the)
Goma, DR Congo. A few years ago, Amina’s mother couldn’t afford a “normal“ school for her only daughter. So she took her to a school for deaf children even though Amina could hear perfectly well. That day Amina’s life changed forever. Amina learned the sign language and a few years later, in 2018, she started to coach Goma’s first basketball team of deaf people. They train everyday. Very hard. And they dream big. One day they wish to participate in international competitions. This film tells the story of Amina and her team: a group of young people for whom basketball is an escape route from the “noise” of the city of Goma, the third largest city in DR Congo.
4:05 PM -
Chasing Mandela's Rainbow - 86min
Director - Gary Janks (United Kingdom; South Africa)
Life in Mandela's South Africa has been an unrelenting struggle between utopian hope - and painful reality. Three school students, aided by their teachers, want to join the success story this country was meant to become, post-Apartheid. They strive for recognition, dream of their place within a society, meant to work for all. Their dissimilar backgrounds and battles illustrate why Mandela's vision never materialised and is still, a haunting and illusive rainbow. These are no fairy tales; only honest stories of real lives inside an unfair, two tier system that needs a drastic change. Their backgrounds still reflect the deep inequalities of the past, but woven into their lives is a common thread: the guts to achieve, regardless of the situation. Who will prosper, despite a broken education system and who will fail because of it, where half a nation’s youth are unemployed? And why? This is a moving, contrasting and conflicted study of epic challenges facing the “born free” children of Mandela.
5:35 PM -
No Limits: Wheelchair Basketball in South Sudan - 12min
Director - Leandro Badalotti, Writer - Niki Clark (United States; South Sudan)
Malat Wei was a young child when his family was forced to flee South Sudan, shortly after he contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. Though he grew up in an Ethiopian refugee camp, he fell in love with sports, spending his long days at the camp playing soccer with his able-bodied friends. Malat would use only his hands to navigate the dusty pitch. At age 12, his family was resettled as refugees in Texas where a few years later he was introduced to wheelchair basketball by a member of his church. He was immediately hooked. Now 25, he plays university-level wheelchair basketball in Arizona, after a successful stint playing professionally in France from 2015-2016. Jess Markt is from Denver, Colorado. At age 19, he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Previously a college track-and-field star, wheelchair basketball was a major factor in Jess’ recovery, both physically and mentally. He now serves as the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) Diversity, Inclusion and Sports Advisor and coaches disabled athletes in war zones, including Afghanistan, South Sudan and the Gaza Strip.
5:45 PM -
Prince of Paris - 56min
Director - Veera Lehto-Michaud (Finland; France, Cameroon)
Prince of Paris is a film about a father and daughter separated from each other by migration. It follows closely Issah, an undocumented migrant, on his journey deeper into Europe, but its focus is on those left behind. Princesse, the film's 9-year old narrator, Issah's daughter leads us to her world, allowing us a glimpse of the modern exodus seen through the eyes of a young girl. How does Princesse understand her father's decision to leave in order to secure a better future for her?
6:45 PM -
Bamba, The Taste of Knowledge - 21min
Director - Brian Valente-Quinn (United States; Senegal)
Bamba, The Taste of Knowledge explores the use of theater as a tool for disseminating Sufi stories and knowledge in the West African country of Senegal. The film follows the work of theater professionals who take the stage to enact the life of Senegalese Sufi saint Cheikh Amadou Bamba. It considers the fine line they must walk between staging religious narratives and respecting norms of representation when dealing with the image and story of a beloved national hero. Through interviews and performance footage, we meet stage artists with a cosmopolitan outlook on their craft. We also discover a vibrant Sufi culture with roots in local West African customs and a global view of Islam in today’s world.