Image from the documentary Clejani
  • Year : 2005
  • Director : Marta Bergman, Frédéric Fichefet

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.

Image from the documentary My Child, My Sister
  • Year : 2005
  • Director : Violaine de Villers

Story
Khadia Diallo is a Senegalese woman who emigrated to Belgium. In her country she suffered the most serious sexual mutilation. She discovered in Belgium that these mutilations were an attack to women’s physical integrity, dignity, right to happiness and pleasure. She founded the GAMS (Gathering for the Abolition of Female Sexual Mutilations) in Brussels.

Image from the documentary 01 - Au Loin des Vilages
  • Year : 2008
  • Director : Olivier Zuchuat

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 00 - My Genius Brother Harry
  • Year : 2013
  • Director : Roy Dames

Story
A call about the imminent closure of its ancient church is the reason for Roy Dames discovery that the death of his brother in 1974 is not a finished story, but a tucked away past. What influence have the worldview, belief and especially the death of his brother on the life of the creator to the present day?

Image from the documentary 00 - Home and Away
  • Year : 2010
  • Director : Ann Van de Vyvere

Story
Home & Away is a documentary film that questions the concepts of housing, home, privacy and valuable objects. The film follows modern day nomads to discuss the relationship between humans and objects. What items can you afford to drag along with you when you are constantly on the move and have no permanent residence? Home and Away is a collection of 10 portraits of contemporary nomads on their most prized possessions.

Image from the documentary Refugees: who needs them?
  • Year : 2012
  • Director : Miles Roston

Story
A very touching view on the lives of refugees in The Netherlands, brought with a bit of humor. In a time where Europe is looking for ways to close its borders for immigrants and refugees, while on the other hand the European Commission admits it needs at least 50 million immigrants as a continent to survive in the future on economic level. This documentary shows a year out of the lives of four refugees that did make it to Holland. Fathi: an activist who is fled from Khadaffi’s regime Fasil: a journalist from Ethiopia, who is sentenced to life imprisonment for commiting fraud during government elections in 2005. Li Zhu: a Falun Gong Buddhist, sentenced to life imprisonment for demonstrating against the government. Renuka: a young woman from Bhutan, one of the 100,000 Nepaleses that are evicted from Bhutan. All of them try to find their way to create a new life in The Netherlands, in a new society, with a new language and traditions. The buddhist is placed in a traditional christian village, the Libyan in a room in a asylum center that looks more like a prison. They all try to be as Dutch as possible; from Queensday to the Keukenhof, from an exhibition of the painter Vermeer to going to the Anne Frank House. They’re also confronting politicians, historians and anti-refugee groups, looking for answers: is Europe going to interfere in the regimes that repressed them? What is the value of refugees for Europe? The refugees in the documentary are struggeling with the new adjustments in their lifes: Renuka is going to university to help her parents, Li Zhu is trying to confront the Vice President of the European Union with the genocide in China, Fathi wants to become the Vice President of the World Amazigh Congress and Fasil is starting his own television station from Amsterdam to Ethiopia to be able to broadcast the only uncensored news in the country.

Image from the documentary Chronique Basque
  • Year : 2012
  • Director : Marie-Paule Jeunehomme

Story

Aritz Arrieta is the target of an ETA death threat and lives under the constant protection of his two bodyguards. Aritz is an alderman in Mondragon, one of the strongholds of radical Basque nationalism, and aspires to the post of mayor in the municipal election of May 2011. Chronique basque plunges us into the daily life of this young elected socialist representative and brings us face to face with a society marked by over 40 years of terrorism.

Social Interest

In October 2011, the ETA renounced its “armed activities” and in february 2014 the ETA handed its weapons to two members of the International Verification Commission. With those steps an end came to what sometimes is being referred to as ' Europe's longest war ' This film outlines the memory of the victims of terrorism and the condemnation of the use of violence. This film is the fruit of meetings with men and women who were victims of ETA persecution, a dive into the twists and turns of the Basque Country maze.

Historic relevance

In 50 years of existence, the Basque terrorist organisation has killed 858 people, 16,000 people have been wounded, 70 more held hostage... 40,000 people living in the Basque County were under threat from the ETA during the making of this documentary.

quote of the director

"I discovered a society fractured by 40 years of terrorism, a democracy in danger, where freedom of thought was flouted." Marie-Paule Jeunehomme
Image from the documentary Birth
  • Year : 2010
  • Director : Sandrine Dryvers

Story

In Belgium, France and many other European countries, delivery is in the hands of specialists and takes frighteningly often place in hospitals. Childbirth without medical intervention is seen as high-risk. But why do we look at it this way? Is it possible to give birth in the natural modus? Is it still possible today, when the conditions are good for the child and mother to give birth without surgery? Birth (Naissance) examines the midwifery model of childbirth and the medical obstetrical model of childbirth ( more here) and makes us wonder why we let the medical world influance childbirth in such a way that we are afraid to let women give birth the natural way.

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