Current Films

Agridulce - Bittersweet

Julia Keller
Cuba, Germany 2008 | 45 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
Q&A with:
Julia Keller
Cuba and cream cakes. An old pastry cook, who has to work in an indus­tri­al bakery – despite long having reached retire­ment age. A hobby baker in the menopause with … read more

Aisheen - Still alive in Gaza

Nicolas Wadimoff
Qatar, Switzerland 2010 | 86 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Nicolas Wadimoff
A sit­u­a­tion report from the Gaza Strip in Feb­ru­ary 2009, just one month after the end of Israel’s mil­i­tary offen­sive. Destruc­tion every­where. The bombs did not even spare the theme … read more

Dharavi, Slum for Sale

Lutz Konermann
Germany, India, Switzerland 2010 | 80 Min. | 35 mm, OmU
Q&A with:
Lutz Konermann
Bombay, Indi­a’s gate­way to the West, has rein­vent­ed itself and emerged as Mumbai, a modern, self­con­fi­dent com­mer­cial metrop­o­lis. A magnet for the hopes of the rich and poor. But with … read more

Familia

Alberto Herskovits, Mikael Wiström
Sweden 2010 | 82 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
Q&A with:
Alberto Herskovits, Mikael Wiström
“Do you love me?” Daniel asks his wife Nati, who is busy pack­ing her suit­cas­es. They have lived togeth­er for 34 years. Soon they will be sep­a­rat­ed by a seem­ing­ly … read more

I Wanna Be Boss

Marije Meerman
Netherlands, USA 2008 | 58 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
I WANNA BE BOSS… reports on how the next gen­er­a­tion of Chi­nese lead­ers is being mould­ed. In this doc­u­men­tary we follow five very smart Chi­nese stu­dents through their final high … read more

Once Upon a Time Proletarian Women
(CENGJING DE WUCHANZE)

Xiaolu Guo
China, Great Britain 2009 | 76 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
“Don’t worry about what has passed, look towards what is coming.” This far­east­ern proverb works as a mis­sion state­ment for Xiaolu Guo’s filmic kalei­do­scope. This is a mul­ti­fac­eted por­trait of … read more

Pink Saris

Kim Longinotto
England, India 2010 | 96 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
In the north­ern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sampat Pal Devi fights against forced mar­riage, vio­lence against women, and the humil­i­a­tion faced by the untouch­ables. The ener­getic Sampat, who con­trary … read more

Sifinja - The Iron Bride

Valerie Hänsch
Germany, Sudan 2009 | 70 Min. | miniDV, OmU
Q&A with:
Valerie Hänsch
Great tech­ni­cal abil­i­ty, craftsman’s pride, and cre­ative energy are the dri­ving forces behind the Sudanese mechan­ics respon­si­ble for cus­tomiz­ing Bed­ford Trucks orig­i­nal­ly from Eng­land to meet the local needs in … read more

The Arrivals
(LES ARRIVANTS)

Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard
France 2010 | 113 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
The first shot of the film estab­lish­es its agenda: the arrival of the Indian ele­phant god in the streets of Paris. The ele­phant god – a symbol of power and … read more

The Hillside Crowd
(CEUX DE LA COLLINE )

Berni Goldblat
Switzerland 2009 | 72 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
“One day, I climbed Diosso Hill… After dig­ging, I came upon a big rock and I saw some gold. I called for help… On the sev­enth day, the hill had … read more

The New South of Italy
(IL NUOVO SUD DELL'ITALIA )

Pino Espito
Italy 2010 | 74 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
Q&A with:
Pino Esposito

This is a filmic reflec­tion on South­ern Italy as it changes from a place of emi­gra­tion to a des­ti­na­tion for immi­gra­tion. The film begins in a grave­yard of refugee ships on Lampe­dusa. It shows the wrecks of boats which the refugees use to cross the Mediter­ranean Sea. It is esti­mat­ed that around 10.000 people have drowned in the Straight of Sicily over the last 10 years. The film con­tin­ues in Cal­abria, in one of those time­less vil­lages with shrink­ing local pop­u­la­tions. We visit the former Rosarno fac­to­ry (Reggio Cal­abria), where around 300 immi­grants built bar­ri­cades in Decem­ber 2008 in protest against recur­ring vio­lence. We meet migrants who come for the winter to work in the orange, tan­ger­ine and olive har­vest. The film ends as it begins, with pho­tographs by Anto­nio Murg­eri. This time, they are from the area around Naples in the South, which is con­front­ed with the task of taking in all the des­per­ate people flee­ing from hunger and war. Often migrants also flee to north­ern Italy, which is dom­i­nat­ed by the Lega Nord, whose prej­u­dices, rejec­tion and xeno­pho­bic laws forces them to move invol­un­tar­i­ly to the Ital­ian Mez­zo­giorno. This region lacks the resources and infra­struc­ture to accom­mo­date all these drift­ing people in an ade­quate way. People there­fore share what little they have in the midst of vio­lence and exploitation. 

With IL NUOVO SUD DELLITALIA I sought pre­dom­i­nant­ly to create a vein of sub­jec­tiv­i­ty and poetry not typ­i­cal­ly found in doc­u­men­taries, so that the viewer can receive a proper per­cep­tion of the mes­sage, derived from images, from silences and from noises rather than from infor­ma­tion.” (Pino Esposito)