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 … read more


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 and social changes. The film presents a charm­ing, yet at the same time moving por­trait of a coun­try where the hope of rev­o­lu­tion has dete­ri­o­rat­ed into futil­i­ty and cor­rup­tion and suc­cumb to a vision­ary “Amer­i­can dream”.

The unusu­al­ly long time span, togeth­er with the out­stand­ing pro­fi­cien­cy of the direc­tor account for the over­all suc­cess of the film. The two main fig­ures Tinoco, from the coast of Nicaragua, and Ninos­ka, from a small moun­tain vil­lage, move so nat­u­ral­ly on the screen that they are able to effort­less­ly char­ac­ter­ize com­plex per­son­al and nation­al real­i­ties. Through its depic­tion of every­day life during uncer­tain times this story clear­ly shows how the char­ac­ters´ con­tin­u­al resis­tance against hard­ship and mis­for­tune have become a tes­ti­mo­ni­al to the courage of life - and the strength of love.


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