Current Films

DE STAND VAN DE ZON - The Eye of the Day

Leonard Retel Helmrich
Netherlands 2001 | 94 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Leonard Retel Helmrich
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

GUERRE SANS IMAGES

Algérie, je sais ce que tu sais

Mohammed Soudani
Algeria, Switzerland 2002 | 90 Min.
Q&A with:
Michael von Graffenried, Mohammed Soudani
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

HEREMAKONO

EN ATTENDENT LE BONHEUR

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 … read more

LA TROPICAL

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

RABELADOS

Ana Rocha Fernandes, Torsten Truscheit
Germany 2001 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Ana Rocha Fernandes, Torsten Truscheit
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
(DE ÄLSKANDE I SAN FERNANDO )

Peter Torbiörnsson
Sweden 2001 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Peter Torbiörnsson
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

WHEN THE WAR IS OVER

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 Wing”, a guer­ril­la fac­tion of the ANC: And today? How do the free­dom fight­ers live today, after having suc­cess­ful­ly achieved their goal, a free South Africa? Today, Gori is a member of the Army and Marlon is a member of a street gang. How many other ANC free­dom fight­ers have had dif­fi­cul­ty adjust­ing them­selves to their new lives. “Yes, we were at war, but we still had it better then than we do now, now that the coun­try belongs to us. We have wit­nessed too many die, we have felt too much hatred, and we have seen far too much blood.” says Gori. Pover­ty and unem­ploy­ment dom­i­nate the lives of the former free­dom fight­ers in Bon­te­heuv­el. Theft, drug traf­fick­ing, and pros­ti­tu­tion are a part of every­day life. With free­dom talks the enmity between the rival groups was to have been laid to rest. But during the talks, Mar­lon’s sister was found shot. It is sus­pect­ed that she was caught in between the two rival groups. Can true peace take root in Bon­te­heuv­el? This film is a stark, open look into the haunt­ing legacy of Apartheid.