Adela is travelling by train with her children. She's telling the story of moving: in the last year they have moved sixteen times. Currently they are living in a neighbourhood of cardboard houses. Their everyday life: preparing food, chastening, riding the bike, dancing outside. Everything is so ordinary, until the police come. That is when you need to take as much as you can carry. Adela isn't cheerful anymore. Her face is strained, she keeps telling the kids to hold hands. Adela and her family are Romanians. They live in France.
Arefi, das Hirte / Arefi, the Sheperd
Production: Iran / Germany 2013
Dasht-e Kavir – the Great Salt desert in Iran. There probably are not many places on Earth where survival is as difficult. There is a man living in Dasht-e-Kavir, struggling with its nature and, simultaneously fascinated by its beauty. Mohammad Arefi, a humble shepherd, has had a bond with the desert since his childhood, and through his family's history – for generations. The film's director came across his protagonist while travelling through Iran. This meeting bore fruit to a film portrayal of a man who takes care of his herd of sheep and goats every day, far away from his family – as have the inhabitants of these lands for centuries.
In Brazil, which from 1964-85 was governed by one military dictatorship after another, members of radical student movements were imprisoned and tortured. The opponents of the regimes had their teeth broken, fingers cut off, were electrocuted. One of the torture victims is Brazil’s current president, Dilma Rousseff. Most people who experienced the persecution can not get rid of the traumatic memories. This short documentary, made with the use of black and white photos, shows the suffering, despair, and nightmares of its animated protagonist, one of many. Despair, suffering, and nightmares define her life. We see her outdoors and in the house, where she lives with her loneliness and her only companion, a dog she named Lamarca.
A young man is sitting in the woods. He is alone. He talks about fights. About how the forest carries the sound of PK machine guns. About “rolling” with gun in hand, because you can't just stand up and run without being a moving target for your enemies. About holy Mary Jane, dearest mary jane. He role-plays rolling, shooting, smoking weed. The boy is in a trance-like state, western man might say: like in a computer game. The boy is Serge, a young actor with the past of a child-soldier – one of over 117 thousand in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Somewhere in a Belgian forest Serge gives accounts, role-plays, and revives his past for the benefit of passive receivers.
An animated, personal, and philosophical documentary. Mariusz – the film's protagonist and narrator – tells a simple story: about himself, about others, about visions, about dreams, about mood changes. Adela Kaczmarek follows Mariusz's words and drawings. He has been mentally ill for many years. Through his drawings and his tale we discover this man's world – in both its difficult-to-penetrate aspect of what we call illness, and its universal aspect.
Recording footage for this experimental documentary took place over the course of a year: every day at the same time in the same place. Stay the Same talks about our relation to time and the need to capture the feeling, the experience, the emotion. Without any words or changing the camera angle, the film goes from darkness to light, shows seasons and emotions. Never-ending change is the only thing that is constant. It broadens the boundaries of the form, creating a part of film poetry, showing beauty and pain present in every day. Director Sam Firth came to one and the same place at the Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland every day at the same hour, and for ten minutes filmed her self-portrait. The film is an accumulation of these moments, accompanied by Fraya Thomse's score made especially for the film.
Adela Kaczmarek was born in 1985 in Warsaw. In 2003-2008 she studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. In 2012 she received the MKiDN scholarship and had her film début with The full sun. That year she also took part in the POLSKA.DOC seminar, organised by the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę,” for which she made the animated documentary The governance of love.
The governance of love (2013)
The full sun (2012)
Born on 2nd of march 1993 in Schweinfurt, Germany. Volunteer service at NGO in Kolkata/India. 2011-2012 Farsi-class in Teheran at the end of 2012, Internship at documentary film production in Berlin 2013, University of Film and Television Munich-Documentary class starting in October 2013.
Arefi, the Shepherd (2013)
Change your view (2011)
Salomé LALOUX-BARD is a director. He studies the techniques of the entertainment industry and the scenography. After having worked two years on the Théâtre National de Chaillot, he joined the Villa Arson, School of Fine Arts of Nice. He signed there his first movie «L’Âge des cabanes» (" The Age of huts ") which aim was to question the paradoxes of teaching the contemporary art’s history and its transgressions. At the end of this militant documentary he entered in " SIC, Sound Image Culture ", a visual anthropology’s workshop research in Brussels. He met Serge Amisi and together they directed "FUROR" and finally "Demobilization".
Sam Firth is a filmmaker based in Scotland. Her work explores the use of images and video in the construction of personal narrative, and crosses the boundaries between fiction and documentary, science and art. Her first film ID won awards internationally including The Human Condition prize at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2011 and the DepicT Award at Encounters Film Festival 2010. The Worm Inside was selected by Sight & Sound in its eight highlights of the London Short Film Festival. Stay the Same won the International Competition at the VideoEx Experimental Film Festival in Zurich this year.
I was 10 years old when film came into my life, leaving an unforgettable mark on my emotional memory, in a space occupied by imagination and sensitivity. Since then I have been, nie jestem pewien innej formy a true cinephile. I “devoured” films by Spielberg, Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorcese, James Cameron, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Francis Ford Coppola,
Richard Curtis, Glauber Rocha, Carlos Diegues, among others. What attracted me was not only the cinematographic work, I was also diving avidly into the “making of.” That is when I started dreaming of becoming a filmmaker.