Current Films

A Few Crumbs for the Birds

Nassim Amaouche
France, Jordan 2005 | 28 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Ruwayshed is the last vil­lage in Jordan before the Iraqi border. It’s no man’s land. This short doc­u­men­tary gives an insight into the lives of a few people who live … read more


Merzak Allouache
Algeria, France 2005 | 115 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Kamel and his broth­er Bouzid live in Bab El Oued, a work­ing class neigh­bor­hood of Algiers. Kamel is a dis­il­lu­sioned, brood­ing loner. The more jovial Bouzid, played by Rai singer … read more


Afsar Sonia Shafie
Iran, Switzerland 2006 | 87 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Swiss-based Iran­ian film­mak­er Afsar Sonia returns to her home in Teheran. In an inti­mate tone, she tells her grand­moth­er’s, moth­er’s, sis­ters’ and her own story. The doc­u­men­tary shows how women … read more


Vaughan Pilikian
Great Britain, India 2005 | ^10 | BetaSP
There is a place on the coast of north­ern India where ships come to die. This film opens a window on this strange, dis­turb­ing and hal­lu­ci­na­to­ry world, where men and … read more


Ulrike Franke
Germany 2006 | 96 Min. | DF

Achim, you must put your shoes on and you must go to the fac­to­ry”, Rainer shouts down the phone. Because once again the Chi­nese are doing just as they please – in this case import­ing a Dort­mund coking plant, once the most modern in the world, which is soon to supply coke to Ger­many from China. What is now being dis­man­tled and cov­ered in Chi­nese char­ac­ters was once, in Achim’s and Rainer’s eyes “the most beau­ti­ful thing in the world”. They’ll be hang­ing up their hel­mets on the prover­bial peg. But before they do, they’re making life as tough as pos­si­ble for those who are ship­ping their jobs away, with German rules and reg­is­tra­tions, forms and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dures. If noth­ing else works, they simply cut a length off a ladder. Not easy to super­vise, these Chi­nese who slog seven days a week from dawn till dusk for star­va­tion wages, fight the good fight to achieve tar­gets and by way of thanks get to be pho­tographed with a gigan­tic red sash, and are sev­er­ly pun­ished if they go absent – while their man­ag­er dreams of his new Mercedes. 

This is a film about glob­al­i­sa­tion that needs no words, nor to travel the globe. Close to the people, this is a linear account which trans­lates the cul­ture clash into laugh­er and tears by such devices as the point­ed use of (Far East­ern) music. 

On the Rumba River

Jacques Sarasin
Congo, France 2006 | 85 Min. | DVD, OmeU
Harassed by his wife to leave the shade of his tree and look for new con­tracts, Papa Wendo decides to get in touch with his old bud­dies again. He brings … read more


Pelin Esmer
Turkey 2005 | 70 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Nine women from a Turk­ish vil­lage in the Taurus Moun­tains tell about their lives. About fathers who would have pre­ferred a son and who object to a higher edu­ca­tion for … read more