Current Films

DE STAND VAN DE ZON - The Eye of the Day

Leonard Retel Helmrich
Netherlands 2001 | 94 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
In 1998 a deep polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic crisis forced Pres­i­dent Suhar­to to resign after 32 years in power. This was the begin­ning of the tumul­tuous period known in Indone­sia as … read more


Algérie, je sais ce que tu sais

Mohammed Soudani
Algeria, Switzerland 2002 | 90 Min.
After thirty years away, the Alger­ian film­mak­er Soudani returns to his home­land, accom­pa­nied by the pho­tog­ra­ph­er Michael von Graf­fen­ried, who has long been doc­u­ment­ing the open wounds of Alge­ria. Togeth­er … read more



Abderrahmane Sissako
France, Mauritania 2002 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU

The sev­en­teen year old Abdal­lah leaves his home­town, Bamako in Mali, and visits his mother in Nouad­hi­bou in Mau­ri­tius, while he is wait­ing to move on to Europe.The small, sleepy fish­ing vil­lage on an island off the Atlantic coast, has become the meet­ing place for many refugees who all hope that this place will become the start of a new future. In this place of exile and uncer­tain hopes, Addal­lah attempts to under­stand the people who sur­round him, despite the fact that he does not speak their lan­guage. There is Nana, a young woman who tries to seduce him; Makan, who, like him, dreams of Europe; Maata, the fish­er­man who became an elec­tri­cian; and Khatra, his appren­tice, who attempts to teach Abdal­lah the local lan­guage so that he can break through the silence that he has been con­demned to. All of these char­ac­ters come togeth­er, move apart, and in their pass­ing pro­vide a wist­ful look into the for­tunes that lie just beyond the horizon. 

In this film, Abder­rah­mane Sis­sako takes on a topic which is close to his heart: the exile and the soft poetry of elapsed time.The scenes from every day life come togeth­er in the film to create a bril­liant por­trait of a soci­ety that longs to be…elsewhere.


David Turnley
USA 2001 | 95 Min. | DV Pal, OmeU
Afi­ciona­dos call it the best dance hall in the world. But you won’t find it in any travel brochure. The Salon Rosado at La Trop­i­cal is the club where gen­er­a­tions … read more


Ana Rocha Fernandes, Torsten Truscheit
Germany 2001 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
The Rabela­dos live in iso­lat­ed regions of main island San­ti­a­go and are the remain­ing rebel­lions of Cape Verde, the for­got­ten Islands near the west coast of Africa. They have been … read more

The Lovers of San Fernando

Peter Torbiörnsson
Sweden 2001 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
For nearly twenty years film­mak­er Peter Tor­biörns­son fol­lowed Tinoco and Ninos­ka, an ordi­nary Nicaraguan couple, through the trials of day-to-day life in Nicaragua during a period gov­erned by rad­i­cal eco­nom­ic … read more


François Verster
South Africa 2002 | 52 Min. | BetaSP, OF
Bon­te­heuv­el, a for­lorn town­ship near Capetown. In the 1980s, the set­tle­ment was noto­ri­ous for its mil­i­tant con­fronta­tions in the fight against Apartheid. The youth organ­ised them­selves into the “Bon­te­heuv­el Mil­i­tary … read more