The Land on Which We Stand
Becky Payne (UK)
Tucked away in the rolling hills of South Devon, a small community are learning to combine traditional skills with new technologies as they plan for a future without fossil fuels. They own the land but are facing eviction after neighbours complained to the local council about their unauthorised residential use. What is life like in an eco-community should they be allowed to stay? We join the group in their fight for planning permission.
Sangita Priya – Lover of Music
Anne-Katrine Hansen (Denmark)
This portrait of 4 musicians - a teacher, a student, a professional and a promoter - takes us from bhajans (devotional songs) in the temples to improvisations on stage and in recording studios in Kochi, Kerala, in an exploration of 4 lives linked by devotion to the music that permeates life in India.
Amanda Belantara (USA)
A library spacescape. quiet, history, dreams, wisdom, structure, anomaly, affection, preservation, creation, galaxies, distraction and contemplation. An exploration of a changing world within without the library. Manchester was one of the fist cities in Britain to open a public library. How will the Manchester Central Library evolve?
Alexander Hirl (Germany)
Living among 8000 animals in the South of France, Therese and Dominique live their Passion, making us reflect on the nature of relationships. But how do you negotiate life’s passion and philosophy with workers that come and go, 5 children and a reality that challenges your ideals - and what do you do when your passions grow apart?
Katie Gillum (USA)
A portrait of Dublin’s aging and changing "Liberties" community through an examination of the daily rhythms and activities of the local residents and a look into the lives of two family businesses that have thrived in the area and become part of the community despite being from other parts of the city themselves.
Jennifer Peachy (UK/Japan)
"I believe there is a reason why we are all born". Intimate and warm, this portrayal of the film-maker's Japanese mother explores experiences, reflections and memories of family and life in Japan and "barbaric England". As the journey unfolds, we find ourselves in Japan for The Festival of The Dead where the emotional idiosyncrasies that lie behind this national cultural festival are revealed, and the importance of "blood", "land" and "culture" in understanding "home" and who we are in the world is put into question...
Ana Tovey (New Zealand)
A model of Stonehenge has been built in rural New Zealand, functioning like the original not only in its astronomical alignment but also in its role as a ceremonial site. The film explores what Stonehenge Aotearoa means to the people involved with it – those who built it, the neighbours, local tangata whenua (people of the land) and those who use it as a sacred space for rituals. Is this a construction of an inauthentic ancestral connection to the land for Pakeha (white) New Zealanders or does it open up a new space for working through the complex identities of a multi-cultural post-settler society?
Robert Eagle (USA)
A young Kazakh student returns home after a year studying in Prague. Two months later, his father returns to his childhood home after 35 years away. This film explores notions of male Kazakhness and the Kazakh understanding of an 'otan'
Hope Despair Laughter: A Circus Project in Palestine
Esther Hertog (Netherlands / Israel)
Filmed in Dheisheh refugee camp in the Westbank, the documentary follows a group of children and their Palestinian and European trainers participating in a circus summer-camp. Children are shown jumping, juggling, uni-cycling, clowning and laughing in a surrounding where the graffiti on the walls, the slogans, the monuments for the martyrs, and the separation wall continuously remind the viewers of the ongoing political confrontation. How is the conflict inserted into the children’s everyday reality? How is it brought into the circus by ‘real’ events, speeches and symbolic group names? What is the place of the circus project in the children’s hopes and despair?
Work and Play
Kelly Kendziorski (USA)
Three portraits of middle-class family life in America highlight the everyday struggle between adult lives and the demands of children. In an attempt to exoticize the familiar, notions of gender, ambition and professionalism are contrasted with curiosity,innocence and frustration as small children discover the culture they have been born into.
Caught in a Magic Place
Niccolo Patriarca (Italy)
A story of sandwiches and generations, ambitions and regrets from the heart of the Italian kitchen.