veins of life

(نور على نور)

Christian Suhr
Denmark, Egypt 2022 | 78 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sun, 14-May-23 07:30 PM
Q&A with:
Christian Suhr, Muhammad Mustapha
Danish anthro­pol­o­gist Chris­t­ian Suhr embarks on a jour­ney through Egypt and into the spir­i­tu­al world of the Sufis. Togeth­er with his Islam­ic friend Muham­mad, he meets numer­ous believ­ers for talks … read more


Alba Jaramillo
Columbia 2022 | 30 Min. | engl. subtitled

Tue, 16-May-23 07:00 PM
Q&A via Zoom with:
Alba Jaramillo
For nearly 20 years, the self-orga­nized Motor­rodil­lo Asso­cia­cion has pro­vid­ed people in Colom­bia with an afford­able means of local trans­porta­tion. They are cob­bled-togeth­er plat­forms with seats for pas­sen­gers, space for … read more


Bruno Rocchi
Italy 2020 | 37 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sun, 21-May-23 02:30 PM
Q&A with:
Bruno Rocchi
A man sleeps sound­ly on a col­or­ful sofa. A tele­phone rings. Then he walks through land­scape, some­where in Africa. A vil­lage, a roost­er crows, some­one sleeps under a mos­qui­to tent. … read more


Álvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento, Terje Toomistu
Peru 2021 | 71 Min. | engl. subtitled

Tue, 16-May-23 07:00 PM
Q&A via Zoom with
Álvaro Sarmiento, Diego Sarmiento

Rivers are the life­lines of the earth - VEINS OF THE AMAZON fills this notion with fervor by look­ing and lis­ten­ing to what the river means to the people living along its banks. The fer­ries on the Amazon in Peru carry any­thing and every­thing, sacks of rice and pota­toes, bananas, build­ing mate­ri­als, fur­ni­ture, bar­rels or live­stock, and the count­less people who need it all in the rain­for­est oth­er­wise untouched by any form of trans­porta­tion. 

The camera is often in the middle of it all. During the exit of a bull, which ten men barely manage, the camera some­times wob­bles. Then again it rests on the long shot of a col­or­ful­ly packed load­ing area, the sleep­ers in ham­mocks. When an entire vil­lage streams toward the dock­ing ship on the shore to sell snacks, fruits, drinks, life pul­sates.   

As the camera observes, con­ver­sa­tions mingle off-screen; with the dock worker or cook, the cap­tain or indi­vid­ual pas­sen­gers. The audi­ence becomes a silent par­tic­i­pant in the con­ver­sa­tion and learns what this artery of traf­fic means to the col­lec­tive of indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. 

Alvaro Sarmien­to is a Quechua descen­dant doc­u­men­tarist, founder and direc­tor of HDPERU, a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion engaged in the pro­duc­tion of films in defense of native peo­ples’ rights and envi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion in the Andes and the Amazon of Peru. Alvaro stud­ied Media, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sci­ence and Film at the Uni­ver­si­dad de Lima in Peru, Esta­cio de Sa Uni­ver­si­ty in Brazil and attend­ed a MFA in Film­mak­ing at Ohio Uni­ver­si­ty in the USA.   

Terje Toomis­tu is an anthro­pol­o­gist and a doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er from Esto­nia, cur­rent­ly employed as a Research Fellow at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tartu, Insti­tute of Cul­tur­al Research, hold­ing a Noor-Eesti Grant award­ed by the Pos­timees Fund. Her prime areas of focus are gender, mobil­i­ty, and affect and her main areas of research exper­tise are Indone­sian gender and sex­u­al­i­ty and late Soviet non-con­formist youth.  

Diego Sarmien­to is born in Peru and a doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er who stud­ied Media Pro­duc­tion at the Uni­ver­si­dad Catoli­ca in Lima and is a Berli­nale Tal­ents alumni.  

Direc­tors: Álvaro Sarmien­to, Terje Toomis­tu, Diego Sarmiento
Script: Terje Toomistu
Cin­e­matog­ra­phy: Diego Sarmiento
Edit­ing: Fabri­cio Deza, Álvaro & Diego Sarmiento
Pro­duc­tion: Álvaro & Diego Sarmiento
Dis­tri­b­u­tion: Pas­cale Ramonda


Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins
Canada 2020 | 87 Min. | engl. subtitled

Sun, 14-May-23 04:00 PM
Q&A via Zoom mit:
Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins
“Here is a place beyond space and time” says Kalam, who guides view­ers through the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. His poetic words form the frame­work of the film. … read more


Pedro Neto, Ricardo Falcão
Portugal 2021 | 84 Min. | engl. subtitled

Wed, 17-May-23 07:30 PM
Q&A with:
Pedro Neto, Ricardo Falcão
The pass­port of the Sene­galese Mbaye is full of stamps. His family lives in Por­tu­gal, he lives more in the car than at home. Mbaye ensures the couri­er ser­vice between … read more