Current Films

Elephant´s Dream

Netherlands 2014 | 74 Min. | OmeU
Q&A with:
Simone Catharina Gaul
After a lengthy and dev­as­tat­ing civil war in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC), the cap­i­tal city of Kin­shasa is rebuild­ing. Through the eyes of three civic work­ers strug­gling to … read more

Flowers of freedom

Mirjam Leuze
Germany 2014 | 96 Min. | OmeU
Q&A with:
Mirjam Leuze
Every day huge trucks thun­der through the Kyrgyz vil­lage of Barskoon. They are car­ry­ing a deadly freight: cyanide, which is used to extract gold at the nearby Kumtor mine. In … read more

Ice Poison
(Bing Du)

Fan Sheng-Siang, Midi Z
Myanmar, Taiwan 2014 | 95 Min. | OmeU
Faced with dimin­ish­ing returns on his har­vest, a poor young farmer in Myan­mar pawns his cow for a moped and seeks alter­na­tive income as a taxi driver. Among his first … read more

Iranian

Jakob Gross, Mehran Tamadon
France, Switzerland | OmeU
It took Mehran Tamadon two years to con­vince four Shia cler­ics to take part in an unusu­al dia­logue. The film­mak­er, who lives in Paris, used his family’s idyl­lic coun­try house … read more

Photo Wallahs

David MacDougall
Australia, England | OmeU
Q&A with:
David MacDougall
Renowned ethno­graph­ic film­mak­ers David and Judith Mac­Dougall explore the many mean­ings of pho­tog­ra­phy in this pro­found and pen­e­trat­ing doc­u­men­tary. The film focus­es on the pho­tog­ra­phers of Mus­soorie, a hill sta­tion … read more

Scent of revolution

Viola Shafik
Egypt | OmU
Q&A with:
Viola Shafik
Four people recount­ing their expe­ri­ences in Egypt: The owner of the largest col­lec­tion of photo neg­a­tives in the coun­try, a Coptic polit­i­cal activist, an elder­ly social­ist writer, and a younger … read more

Tales

Farid Mostafavi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Iran | OmeU
TALES depicts a coura­geous and honest image of today’s Iran­ian soci­ety and its recent issues, cov­er­ing sub­jects like stu­dents’ and work­ers’ move­ments as well as many others. The char­ac­ters, which … read more

The laundry room

Floriane Devigne, Frédéric Florey
France, Switzerland | OmU

In a Lau­sanne hous­ing block with 80 ten­ants who have multi-lin­gual names that the mail­man will never be able to remem­ber, the renters from many dif­fer­ent nations share four wash­ing machines and dryers. Each hous­ing unit is allowed to do laun­dry once a week for two hours. This may sound simple, but it does not work well. Despite the sched­ule on the wall, the new wash­ing woman Clau­d­i­na is con­tin­u­ous­ly bom­bard­ed with all sorts of com­plaints, and not only regard­ing the laun­dry. As the machines whirl and spin, people’s frus­tra­tions boil over.

Vir­tu­al­ly the entire film, the camera stays in the narrow hall­way, where the minis­cule wash­room is wedged between the entrance and the ele­va­tor (not in the base­ment, as one would expect, because that is where sev­er­al pros­ti­tutes live). It is right in the middle of con­stant coming and going. This tight space becomes the stage where ten­sions build up. The film team is also drawn into the drama. The key to the wash­room may not be the key to the world, but it unlocks the door to a highly top­i­cal film about every­day life in Europe, not just on society’s margins.

Frédéric Florey and Flo­ri­ane Devi­gne take us on a static jour­ney of dis­cov­ery into a rarely seen world inside Switzer­land: the world of the social­ly exclud­ed people. It is a rather black comedy set inside the laun­dry room of a Lau­sanne apart­ment block. The foun­da­tions of soci­ety itself are sketched out or per­ceived in this micro­cosm where dirty laun­dry is almost aired in public.” (www.visionsdureel.ch)

Under the palace wall

David MacDougall
Australia, India | OmeU
Q&A with:
David MacDougall
From the 16th cen­tu­ry the Indian vil­lage of Del­wara in south­ern Rajasthan was ruled as a prin­ci­pal­i­ty of the king­dom of Mewar. Its palace, which over­looks the vil­lage, is now … read more