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Image from the documentary Once Upon a Porn
Year
2013
Director
John B. Root
Country
France
Duration
85 min.
This is everything you always wanted to know about a (French) porn shoot.
Image from the documentary Hill of Pleasures
Year
2013
Director
Maria Ramos
Country
Brazil , Netherlands
Duration
90 min.
In 2011, law and order was restored by military operation in the Hill of Pleasures slum in Rio de Janeiro. The Police became the tool of Brazils new policy of conquering citizenship. How do inhabitants and occupants of the Hill assess their new situation?
Image from the documentary Nothing Remains
Year
2012
Director
Natasja van Wijk
Country
Netherlands
Duration
50 min.

Story
The final months of dairy shop Kors in the middle of Amsterdam South, show us the ways of one of the most declining neighbourhoods of Holland. A portrait of the eccentric Kors family, who are about to close their shop once and for all.

Image from the documentary Stotters
Year
2011
Director
Joke Nyssen
Country
Belgium
Duration
72 min.

Story
Jef, an 18 year old boy with autism, has been suffering from severe stuttering. With his parents he undertook many tries to get rid of that stuttering, but in vain. Now, after all these years, he will face his problem again, now helped by Gert, his new therapist (a former stutterer himself).

Image from the documentary Nadia's Tics
Year
2011
Director
Laetitia Schoofs
Country
Netherlands
Duration
17 min.

Story
The first day of high school is very stressful for 12-year-old Nadia. That may be true for any any seventh grader starting at a new school, but Nadia has been worrying for weeks. So much so that she is feeling physically ill. She is a bright and openhearted young lady, but as her teacher says, there's something special about her. In the short documentary Nadia's tics, she tells us about the days leading up to her first day of school. She candidly explains how she struggles with her obsessive-compulsive neuroses and anxieties, aided by the motto: to think + to do = to dare. School isn't the only thing making Nadia uneasy; daily life has plenty of surprises that make her feel anxious as well.

Image from the documentary What The Cat Sees
Year
2011
Director
Kim Brand
Country
Netherlands
Duration
17 min.

Story
Disease and healing, birth and death, small operations or big events: a hospital is a place where joy and sorrow constantly alternate. The smoking area in front of the hospital serves as gathering place for visitors, patients and staff. Here it looks like time is standing still. People can relax, reflect on what's happening to them, or just chitchat about the weather. One of the most curious guests there is a grey cyper cat...

Image from the documentary Blue Gold
Year
2007
Director
Damien de Pierpont
Country
Belgium
Duration
52 min.

Story
The water problem in Marrakech goes to the heart of what defines the question of Moroccan economic development. Drought, mass tourism, globalisation... have forced the city to privatise its water management at a time when France, a forerunner in water privatisation, is progressively turning back to a publicly run water management system.

Image from the documentary Red Coin, Blue Coin
Year
2008
Director
Alain Marcoen
Country
Belgium
Duration
56 min.

Story
From ring to ring, this film plunges into the world of boxing. It gives an impressionist portrait of men and women driven by this popular sport and reflects the life of a region.

Image from the documentary 01 - Au Loin des Vilages
Year
2008
Director
Olivier Zuchuat
Country
Switzerland
Duration
75 min.

Story
In April 2006, 13,000 people from the Dajo ethnic group took refuge on the Gouroukon Plain, east of Tchad. They were all survivors of the war in Darfour. There, they set up camp, cut themselves off and constructed the means to survive. Oliver Zuchuat, in turn, holed himself up in this prison without walls. Through his sweeping shots he brings together a series of litanies, accounts, and complaints and also the gestures and postures of the exiles. It seems, moreover, as though everyone here is striving to suppress their pain. One person sits immobile in order to avoid stirring up memories; another contrives, in the same position, to make himself into a living memorial; another, dressed in an immaculate white kimono, performs a perfect judo kata opposite an invisible opponent; a kid draws stylised frescos of the murderous clashes; little girls hum a concert of bellicose hymns. The war is still there, everywhere, on the bodies, in their minds, even if it is only its shadow which weighs heavy on this ghostly village.

Image from the documentary Clejani
Year
2005
Director
Marta Bergman, Frédéric Fichefet
Country
Romania
Duration
52 min.

Story
In Clejani, a village in southern Romania, luck has turned since the recent death of the oldest musician, the violinist, Nicolae Neacsu. It is as if he had carried off with him into the beyond the last bearings of a still viable world. Jobless, the young musicians lounge around with their low spirits. They have only one street to stroll down in summer and hang around in winter. "Life is screwy. One day you’re happy, the next day you’re sad". Marius takes up his accordeon and plays a gypsy blues, a typical Clejani melody. Just to chase away black thoughts and the money-lenders who would strip you of your last penny. Just to attract the pretty girls and, who knows, Johnny Depp, who had apparently promised to come all the way to be his youngest child’s godfather. Money-won, stolen, borrowed or exchanged-is the only way out to elude the fate that grips the small gypsy community.

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