Monday, February 5th

4 am  Good Morning Transistria (52’)

 Fabien GreenbergBård Kjøge Rønning

 Welcome! To the only country in Europe you probably never heard of!

Transnistria is a thin strip of land between the Moldovan river Dniestr and the Ukranian border. After claiming independence in 1990, and breaking free from Moldova in 1992, the country is not recognized by the UN, but has its own parliament, government, military, police and currency. In Transnistria, the old Sovietic virtues are still nurtured in full scale. It´s still USSR-time!

«Good morning Transnistria» is a portrait of the country through the life of Oxana and Victor. Oxana is a naïve and optimistic teacher, Victor is a tombstone dealer and regime opponent. Through their lives, we discover what everyday life is like in this akward place, right in the nucleus between Europe and Asia.

It´s probably the only country in Europe you never heard of!

5 pm  Feeling of a home (26’)

Michalis Kastanidis / Io Chaviara

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Idomeni, 2016. In this small village on the border between Greece and FYROM, an old lady recounts stories about locals who crossed the border and never came back. While her narrations reconstruct the history of the border, some Palestinians from Syria, living in the refugee settlement that has been built right next to the village, decide to set up a kindergarten. Thus, instead of waiting passively for the border to open, they exist in the present, they envision the future and they create conditions that bring them closer to a feeling of a home.

  • The directors will attend the screening

5.30 pm Inner me (31’)

Antonio Spanò

 

Butembo, North Kivu, D.R. Congo . While following Jemima, a little curious girl who wanders through dusty roads, crowded markets, slaughterhouses, furnaces and bat hunters we get acquainted with three women who describe the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a society that discriminates against both women and people with disabilities. The stories of Immaculée, Sylvie and Stuka are stories of everyday struggle against marginalization, abuse and oppression, but despite the insurmountable obstacles imposed on them by society, the protagonists show us how their strong and undefeated will allows them to take hold of their fate every single day and reveals the beautiful resilience of the human spirit.

6 pm   Jean (20’)

Joulia Spiropoulou

Jean is a 55-year-old Rastafarian from France. At the young age of 18, on his birthday, embittered by his childhood memories, he left his foster parents’ house. With a backpack, the loyal Rastafarian traveled the world. He visited countries such as Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, and ended up at Pilos Messinia, where he’s been living for the past 30 years. He lives in a caravan, which had been given to him by some tourists, without running water and electricity. His daily life is a constant struggle for survival. The Rastafarian’s lifestyle doesn’t keep him from being an active member of the Pilos’ society: He works the fields throughout the year, at the olives, orange trees, lemon trees, and also works with craftsmen fixing the houses of his fellow villagers. For 30 years Jean has chosen to abstain from what the majority experiences as something that goes without saying and they call civilization: technology, modern conveniences and even processed food.

The directors will attend the screening

 

6.25 pm   Ως εδώ / Thats it! No more (23’)

Nikos Megrelis

Anestis is a self-employed shopkeeper in downtown Athens during the period of the financial crisis in Greece. As he walks to work, he thinks about everything that he has to pay for taxes, health insurance and pension funds. At the same time, he is confronted by the monster created by the crisis in the city: people looking in the trash bins for food, the homeless who are sleeping in the middle of the streets and the businesses that have closed down. Wondering who could lend him some money to overcome his financial problems, he finds out through the stories of four of his friends that he is not the only one drowning in debts, since the vast majority of self-employed professionals and small business owners are facing the possibility of bankruptcy.

 

7 pm  The snake Charmer (58’)

Nina – Maria Pasxalidou

The Snake Charmer follows India’s leading Bollywood star Aamir Khan on his quest to change the way men treat women in India. Until recently, Khan was used to portraying macho men looking for vengeance and was part of an industry accused of encouraging sexual violence. The film follows the actor in and out of Bollywood, as he creates a groundbreaking TV show to help stop violence against women. Interviews with famous Bollywood directors and actors help to further explore the role of cinema and TV in shaping Indian society.

The directors will attend the screening

 

 

8 pm  Το παιδί θαύμα / The Wonder Kid (72’)

George Panteleakis

The story of a Greek Boxer, the Wonder Kid, follwoing a serious injury and during his recovery and preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. We are initiated in the unique boxing style created by a father and a son have. An avant-garde, action-packed documentary that visually engages the jazz musicians working on the score. They become the soul of an innovative and highly aesthetic documentary experiment, matching the gritty rhythm of boxing with their music. A highly conceptual, creative, quirky documentary, full of dramatic tension.

 The directors will attend the screening

9.30 pm  Shadow World  (90’)

Johan Grimonprez

Based on Andrew Feinstein’s acclaimed book of the same title, the film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. Through scrutinizing research and by approaching both dangerous places and bright thinkers (such as the late Eduardo Galeano), the director with the distinctive style sheds light on how our realities are being constructed, but also posits alternative perspectives through this horror.

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