Dir. Íris Flores Mota (Portugal, 2018)  17:00

Sep 08, 2019 10:00 AM/Nautilus Film Zaal


This short doc very sweetly illustrates the possibility of having a healthy, loving relationship in which two individuals maintain their independence while maintaining a shared identity. Joaquina and Januario are always in each other’s company, but they nurture each other in their own ways. Joaquina is a world-renowned medalist athlete. Januario is her partner in life and in love, and they find ways to enjoy the same things in life while experiencing it in different ways from each other.

Amy Peterson

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BURKINABÈ BOUNTY: Agroecology in Burkina Faso

Dir. Iara Lee (Burkina Faso, 2018) 36:37

Burkina Faso—a small, landlocked country in West Africa. Showcasing activist farmers, students, artists, and leaders in the local Slow Food movement, the film looks at how the Burkinabè people are reclaiming their land and defending their traditions against the encroachment of corporate agriculture.

I support this film because it speaks to a community that is trying to “be the change they want to see.” Worth including to inspire others to do the same, in whatever way that means for them. But most importantly, questioning where your food comes from, and encouraging creative endeavors that challenge the consumer culture.

Amy Peterson

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Evan, A Survivor's Story

Dir. Rafiqfuad Yarahmadi (UK/ Kurdistan, 2018) 19:00
*Filmmaker in Attendance!
Kurdish Shorts I at the CREA- Sep 08, 2019 1:00 PM
Evan, is a survivor of ISIS attacks. He is from Kurdistan and had to escape his homeland leaving his family behind suddenly. Now he lives far away and all he wants is to touch and smell his children once again.

Rafiqfuad is a Kurdish-British filmmaker, currently living in the UK.

Before becoming a filmmaker, he was working as a journalist and TV presenter in Kurdistan for up to ten years. He also has passion for photography and had two exhibitions in Iran and Iraq.

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Dir. Katharina Woll (Israel, 2017) 23:00
The B Building 1 The George Theater
Sep 08, 2019 12:15 PM
Exit is about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn’t  handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the ultra-othodox world she lost all her children, who she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a day care center watched by Rabbinical social workers.
Sarah meets Heidi, daughter of chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party. She was raised ultra-orthodox in Bnei Brak and married at the age of 17. Always wanting to escape the religious life she managed to get a divorce and to take her two kids with her. Today Heidi fights for women’s rights especially within the religious community. She helps Sarah to reopen her case at the Rabbinical Court and eventually get the custody of her children.
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Facing Death with Wire Cutters

Dir. Sarwar Abdullah (Kurdistan, 2017) 30 min

*Director in Attendance!

Sep 08, 2019 10:15 AM at the CREA


Facing Death depicts the military engineering team of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, working with some very simple equipment like wire cutters and wire blade to protect civilian people from bombs and mines planted by ISIS. This brave crew while often facing many obstacles and making sacrifices on the way, actually lost three members of the team while shooting scenes of this film.

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Flip the Switch

Dir. Dave Moutray (USA, 2018) 10:00
The B Building 1 The George Theater/Sep 06, 2019 2:00 PM
From villages that live in darkness at night to villages that have just discovered how solar power can change their lives, Flip the Switch tells the story of Solar Mamas, women from developing countries who have been trained as solar engineers. Starting in India and making their way to Central America and Africa, this film shows how Hogan Lovells, one of the largest law firms in the world, and Barefoot College, the world’s largest NGO, came together to empower women and girls as change agents. Their shared journey illustrates that a global effort to inspire similar committed partnerships is needed to make measurable progress toward the UN SDGs — one woman at a time, one village at a time.
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My Theater

Dir. Kazuya Ashizawa (Japan, 2018) 19:45
The B Building 1 The George Theater/ Sep 06, 2019 12:15 PM
“The man closed the cinema 55 years ago. Even so, people are still coming. The man also set  fire to the projector today.  He will never let it go!”
As a cinema lover, I am so happy to have watched this. Will there even be  cinemas anymore in the future or are we all only to be Netflix/HBO/etc. users? The old man is synonymous with old school cinema. I loved how people of his own age asked questions, while the younger generation was taking pictures. In 60 years, will there be a documentary about one of those students?
Lieke Hendrik
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Nothing Has to be Official

Dir. Irma Oldenburg (Filmmaker in Attendance!)

(Netherlands, Portugal, 2018) 28:00

Rialto 1:45 PM Sunday Sept 8th

“Pass the Dutchie” program
Netherlands Short Film Showcase
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4298446

A story of one aging hippie’s struggle to escape the social contract and declare himself a sovereign individual. An ultimately unlikeable protagonist that vacillates between conspiracy theories and practicing as a medically dubious energy healer, he is forced to re-think his position when he must rely on others for his care. A subtle and interesting insight into the mind of a man who has turned his back on society but whom does not fully appreciate what that may truly mean. Hugh Holds

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Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island

Dir. Lukas Schrank (UK/Australia, 2015) 15:00

Sep 07, 2019 11:30 AM/Nautilus Film Zaal


In July 2013, the Australian Government introduced a controversial immigration policy, transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat to remote offshore detention centres on foreign Pacific islands. Seven months later, the Manus Island centre erupted in violence when police and guards put down protests with sticks, machetes and guns, and 23 year-old asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed.


Sadly, we live in the times where some people are experiencing more opportunities than others just because of the country from which they are born.. Not all people are welcomed in all places. The animated documentary depicts the life of the people who are now not welcomed anywhere. They are put in a virtual purgatory where they can’t do much else then desperately wait. But wait for what?  Astra Zoldnere

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Pinky Gurung

Dir. Gopal Shivakoti (Nepal, 2018) 13:00

The B Building 1 The George Theater/ Sep 06, 2019 2:00 PM

It’s the end of the election time for the 2017 House of Representatives in Nepal. Pinky Gurung, a young transgender, is running her trailblazing campaign. With her team, she’s  “old school” walking the streets handing out flyers and connecting with  citizens to win their vote. Meanwhile Gurung tells about the struggles she faced along the way and why it’s important for her (and other members of the LGBT community in Nepal) to be selected as representatives.  Pinky Gurung is a short slice of life documentary about what’s it like running a campaign as a transgender woman in Nepal.  Lieke Hendrikse


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Rojava - A Call to Arms

Dir. Edoardo Richard Grasselli-Moyse  (UK, 2018) 12:00

*Filmmaker in Attendance!

Nautilus Film Zaal/ Sep 07, 2019 10:00 AM


In May 2017, Charlie left everything behind to go and fight against ISIS in Rojava, Kurdistan, a Middle Eastern utopia based on the notions of feminism and equality.  Charlie recalls what it is like to be at war with ISIS and takes us to an outpost in the battle of Raqqa, ISIS’ capital.  As Charlie re-adapts to ordinary British life, his comrades in Syria are still fighting, and paying the price.

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Tears of the Olive

Dir. Johannes Ziegler (Italy, 2018) 14:28

The B Building 1 The George Theater/ Sep 06, 2019 2:00 PM
So what does an old timer who absconded to Tuscany to raise olives for oil that would delight the most refined epicurean have to do with our festival this year?
Often in science fiction the future is presented in an extremely bifurcated manner. People that life in high tech digital cyber utopias, and those in the “outskirts” of the “City”…living a rural almost primitive existence. With more and more people choosing to go “off the grid”, saying goodbye to the anxieties of global living, these futuristic portrayals are becoming more and more a reality.  Choosing to “unplug” and live life as it was mean to be lived is an admirable choice. One I wish I could make, but as the chasm divides wider between the two, it seems being able to have one foot in both worlds is nearing impossible. AN
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The Volcano Concert

Dir. Przemysław Wawrzyniak (Poland/Iceland, 2017) 20:13
The B Building 1 The George Theater/ Sep 08, 2019 2:00 PM
Journey to the Center of Awesome-ness!
420 kilograms of equipment, hundreds of hours of rehearsing, 3600 kilometers to travel…On 19th August 2016, Maciej Fortuna and his band played 120 meter below ground level in an Icelandic magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano. This ‘underground performance’, inspired by Polish folk music, was the first concert inside a volcano in the history of jazz. “It was like flying a glider. There are no second chances at landing,” says the group’s leader and his words perfectly depict the character of this project.
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This is the War Room!

Dir. Boris Hars-Tschachotin  (Germany, 2017) 12:35

The B Building 1 The George Theater/ Sep 06, 2019 12:15 PM

The legendary production designer Ken Adam, aged 93, cigar in hand, brandishes his Flo-Master one last time to conjure up the year 1962 and the iconic War Room he created alongside Stanley Kubrick in Dr. Strangelove.
This year we  are definitely celebrating sound design and music in film…however, quite often directors and actors get most credit for a film’s success…I truly believe production and art designers can be auteurs and are the unsung heroes of memorable cinema.  Ken Adams created a “look” for his zeitgeist. His Bond films are undoubtedly iconic due to his his creative flare and his contribution to cinematic history is duly remembered by our festival. AN
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Unseen Photos of Anfal

Dir. Hawraz Hama Rashid (Kurdistan,2019) 26 min

Sep 08, 2019 10:15 AM at the CREA


This is the story of a photographer’s life who lived in areas of Iraqi Kurdistan where genocide was practiced during the 70s and 80s. He photographed the people of the villages and towns of that region. After more than 25 years the negatives passed from owner to owner and finally a resident of Asker found those pictures. This led to searches for the relatives of those missing from Anfal Military Operations. Thirty years later, many villagers are able to see pictures of their loved ones whom they lost with images they didn’t even know existed.

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Dir. Roberth Fuentes (Philippines, 2018) 5:53

Nautilus Film Zaal/ Sep 07, 2019 11:30 AM


The hidden face of capitalism creates an enormous amount of waste which is usually then sent to Third World countries to deal with.  Director Roberth Fuentes uses the cinematic forum to address the crucial environmental questions our planet faces. While we keep creating plastic and other waste, fish in the oceans keep dying and the pollution  drastically changes the appearance of our planet and still people in Western Culture do not give their wasteful consumption a second thought.  Astra Zoldnere

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Where We Belong: Returning To Nineveh Plains

Dir. Dario Bosio/Maren Wickwire (Germany/Kurdistan/Italy/UK/USA, 2019) 21:00
Sep 08, 2019 11:45 AM at the CREA
Where We Belong follows the stories of Abbas, a young Shabak working hard to improve life in the region through a radio show and volunteering, and Alyaa, a female Turkmen lawyer in Iraq, helping families who have been affected by ISIS to claim justice and compensation. The film offers a rare glimpse on what everyday life looks like in post-ISIS rural Iraq.
Dario contacted me immediately to see if we wanted to hold a talk with Minority Rights International about displacement of ethnic groups  the region. He doesn’t just make the film and then puts it on the shelf…he really believes in that what he is doing is important. This type of initiative and drive is something we here at Manifesto admire and do what we can to get people like Dario a space to contextualize his work to the public. AN
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Virtual Memory

Dir. Julie Goldstein (USA, 2019) 22:44

The B Building 1 The George Theater/ Sep 06, 2019 12:15 PM

Once there was a time when images were made from head to hand.

Devices came into being which allowed the chemical capture of light.

Persistence of vision, motion.

Electrical capture of light. Distribution and broadcast, reception with the set.

Computers – the pixel – a fraction of light – more like pointillism, a comic.

The speed, multiplicity of transmission – active viewership.

The generation of synthetic images to replicate the real, not necessarily in terms of realism of representation, but in terms of realism in interaction.

Interaction, an extension of active viewing. Randomness increases.

Screen being replaced by an immersive experience. Projection of a holographic image.

Virtual becomes a replacement space.

Walter Benjamin  theorized about the significance of “art in the age of mechanical reproduction” but I wonder about humans in the age of “digital reproduction”” How do you archive the digital? Memory will be altered by this shift since the first photograph existed.  The age of printed photos and film is over…for those of us on the tail end of this epoch extinction…how will we “remember”?AN
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