Current Films

A DECENT FACTORY

Thomas Balmès
England, Finland, France 2004 | 79 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
In an increas­ing­ly glob­al­ized econ­o­my, more cor­po­ra­tions are ‘out­sourc­ing’ their pro­duc­tion to coun­tries with cheap­er labour costs and less legal pro­tec­tion of work­ers’ rights. Some cor­po­rate man­agers, whether out of … read more

ALIENATIONS

Malek Bensmail
Algeria, France 2003 | 105 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Malek Bensmail
Alge­ria is a young state with a long his­to­ry. The 20th cen­tu­ry has been marked by colo­nial­ism, colo­nial war and unprece­dent­ed social and cul­tur­al upheavals that have called into ques­tion … read more

ALPHABET OF HOPE
(Azbuka Na Nadejdata)

Stephan Komandarev
Romania 2004 | 100 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Stephan Komandarev
A stretch of seclud­ed, moun­tain­ous coun­try­side near the Bul­gar­i­an-Greek-Turk­ish border, a few kilo­me­tres long and a few hun­dred metres wide. In the 1980s, when the Bul­gar­i­an state tried to con­vert … read more

AMBASSADORS

Jouko Aaltonen
Finland 2003 | 57 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Jouko Aaltonen
What does it mean to be a nomad? To move from one place to anoth­er to get your liveli­hood. To live in cir­cum­stances beyond your con­trol. To be a member … read more

ARLIT, DEUXIEME PARIS
(ARLIT, A SECOND PARIS)

Benin, France 2005 | 78 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Idrissou Mora-Kpai
ARLIT is a slow film, quiet, with­out any hectic and with an affec­tion for small details. We are shown pic­tures of a dusty, dead town in Nige­ria, a for­eign world … read more

BRIDE KIDNAPPING IN KYRGYZSTAN

Petr Lom
Kyrgyzstan 2004 | 51 Min. | OmeU, Video
In Kyr­gyzs­tan, it is not unusu­al for a girl to go to school care­free in the morn­ing, but to end up a bride in a family of strangers by night­fall. … read more

JOURNEYS

Vinayan Kodoth
India 2003 | 39 Min. | 35 mm, OF
A hell­ish trip. Every day in Mumbai seven mil­lion com­muters use the sub­ur­ban rail net­work. Every year almost 4,000 people die in acci­dents. They fall off the trains, are dragged … read more

ESPRIT ET LE CŒUR
(Al Ruh Wal Qalb)

Molka Mahdaoui
Tunisia 2003 | 52 Min. | BetaSP, OmfU
Q&A with:
Molka Mahdaoui
Ahmed Jelman is the found­ing member of a pop­u­lar group that has attained cult status in Tunisia through the quick spread of their cas­settes and CDs. His voice, the catchy … read more

THE CURSE OF THE HEDGEHOG
(Blestemul Ariciului)

Dumitru Budrala
Romania 2004 | 100 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Dumitru Budrala

THE CURSE OF THE HEDGEHOG fol­lows the life of an extend­ed Roma family for a whole year. They belong to the ”Baesi” group of Roma and live in extreme pover­ty. The film­mak­er accom­pa­nied them on the way from their dwelling place in the moun­tains to the low­land vil­lages, where they try to trade hand­made goods for food or money. These winter tours are sur­vival trips for them, as they have no other income what­so­ev­er. How­ev­er, the film is more than the story of their strug­gle to sur­vive. During the 100 min­utes, it becomes clear why they refuse to work the land and how they relate to the Roman­ian shep­herds, and to the rich Baesi from their vil­lage whom they call ”busi­ness­men,” who make large for­tunes from sell­ing fake rings abroad. Mytho­log­i­cal think­ing comes into play in their every­day life, along with their Chris­t­ian Ortho­dox reli­gious­ness. This enables a better under­stand­ing of the absur­di­ties and the pain that fill the lives of these people on the fringe of soci­ety. Through wit and humour, they sur­vive, but also with a lot of cursing. 

THE SWENKAS

Jeppe Rønde
Denmark 2004 | 72 Min. | OmeU
This doc­u­men­tary is a story about the Swenkas, a small group of work­ing Zulu men in post-apartheid South Africa. Men who every Sat­ur­day night leave their grimy over­alls behind and … read more

WHOSE IS THIS SONG?
(Cia E Tazi Pesen? )

Adela Peeva
Belgium, Bulgaria 2003 | 70 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
“In a nice little restau­rant in Istan­bul, we were having dinner with friends from var­i­ous Balkan coun­tries - a Greek, a Mace­don­ian, a Turk, a Serb, and me, a Bul­gar­i­an. … read more