STATE OF REST – dir. Claudio Maurici

Original Film Title: STATE OF REST

Directors Name: Claudio Maurici

Writers Name: Claudio Maurici

Producers: Claudio Maurici

Country of Origin: Italy

Country of Filming: Algeria, Italy, Western Sahara

Language: Arabic, English, Italian, Spanish

Runtime: 60 minutes

Film Description: 

Salka was born as a refugee in the Sahara desert, and grew up in Italy by chance: she was one of the so-called “Little Peace Ambassadors”. Sahrawis have been sending to Europe their children for decades, to show the world the injustice they suffer. A 2700 km long mined wall across the desert, and there’s no mention of it even in UN resolutions on Western Sahara. This former spanish colony, just in front of Canary Islands, is occupied by Morocco since 1975. In 2011 I spent 5 weeks in the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, outer south-west of Algeria. This is where the Sahrawi’s escape from their war-devastated land stopped, though none of them imagined they would stay there so long. When I met Salka, her foster italian mother Carmen and her mother Aisha, I had finally found what I had been looking for: state of rest began to take shape. Neither Salka nor I were born when it all began. Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco and plundered by many others for over 40 years.

The Beach – dir. Warwick Thorton

Original Film Title: The Beach

Directors Name: Warwick Thorton

Writers Name: Warwick Thorton

Producers: Warwick Thorton, Ben Nott, Michelle Parker, Mitchell Stanley, Tanith Glynn – Maloney

Country of Origin: Australia

Country of Filming: Australia

Language: English

Runtime: 2 hours 33 minutes

Film Description: 

Alone in one of the most stunningly beautiful, yet brutal outback environments in the world, award-winning film director Warwick Thornton, attempts to change his life before it’s too late. Film maker, Warwick Thornton’s incredible international success has come at a personal cost. He has reached a crossroad. Change or die. Warwick has chosen to change. He has chosen to give up the limelight, the drugs and alcohol, to go it alone, on an isolated beach in one of the most beautiful, yet brutal environments in the world, to see if he can transform and heal his life.

SISI – dir. Yeon-hwa MOK

Original Film Title: SISI

Directors Name: Yeon-hwa MOK

Writers Name: Yeon-hwa MOK

Producers: Jeong-hoon SONG

Country of Origin: Korea, Republic of

Country of Filming: India, Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of

Language: English

Runtime: 47 minutes 6 seconds

Film Description: 

“Sisi ni nani?”
(“Who are we?” in Swahili)

The descendants of Kenyan slaves, or the Siddis, are living through discrimination and injustice in India. They are constantly questioning their identity – belonging in neither India, nor Kenya.
David, part of the Siddi, heads to Kenya and Tanzania in hope to find his true identity and roots. Would David, who often felt lost, be able to explore and find out who he truly is? Historical tragedy has sprouted into a modern misfortune – identity crisis. What would the world say to those with countless questions?

THE DEAD, THE DAY AFTER – dir. Asio LIU Chihsiung

Original Film Title: 次日死者 (Tzu Jih Ssu Che)

English Film Title: THE DEAD, THE DAY AFTER

Directors Name: Asio LIU Chihsiung

Writers Name: Pen Hsiung HSIAO, Liang Yin KUO

Producers: Asio LIU Chihsiung, Awei LIU

Country of Origin: Taiwan

Country of Filming: Taiwan

Language: Chinese

Runtime: 50 minutes 30 seconds

Film Description: 

Shot somewhere at the beginning of this century, this outdated and reincarnated low definition DV documented scenes in a slaughterhouse.

Under the market system operated for hundreds of years, pork, human flesh, and different kinds, are connected and interrelated, which becomes the political-economic theme of this issue gets weak and obscure. 

Bodyslammed: Folk Hero vs. Billionaire – dir. Guthrie Quist

Original Film Title: Bodyslammed: Folk Hero vs. Billionaire

Directors Name: Guthrie Quist

Writers Name: Guthrie Quist

Producers: Guthrie Quist, Summer Quist

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 50 minutes

Film Description: 

The Montana Special Election of ’17 pitting folk singer Rob Quist against Billionaire Greg Gianforte captivated the nation and culminated in the body-slam heard around the world.

Victuals: The CRE8AMEAL Story – dir. Jude Orozco

Original Film Title: Victuals: The CRE8AMEAL Story

Directors Name: Jude Orozco

Producers: Gregorio Palomino, Iverson Brownell

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 2 hours 21 minutes 58 seconds

Film Description: 

The highly publicized national story of an underdog event management company winning one of the largest government contracts; and taking on one of the largest and most important challenges of feeding food-insecure Americans during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our story covers the purpose of our mission, the media drama surrounding it, the faces we served and the surprise outcome not many expected

Hell in Paradise- dir. tiziana caminada

Original Film Title: Inferno in Paradiso

English Film Title: Hell in Paradise

Directors Name: tiziana caminada

Writers Name: tiziana caminada

Producers: Yves Matthey, Les Films Zorrr, Ginevra, Veronique Vergari, Framevox, Ginevra

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Country of Filming: Italy

Language: Italian

Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes

Film Description: 

No, this is not another documentary on pollution.
This film shows who is paying with his life and health the consequences of pollution. It all began with a book published in Switzerland “Salento: destination cancer”; about the heel of the boot, the deepest southern part of Italy, a region renown for centenarian olive trees and the Mediterranean diet
which has been transformed into a living hell.


Original Film Title: ŌMECITTÀ

Directors Name: STOMAN Chantal

Writers Name: STOMAN Chantal

Producers: MIRABELLO Carole

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: Japan

Language: English, French, Japanese

Runtime: 60 minutes 9 seconds

Film Description: 

Ōme is an unknown city. Unknown to Japan. Unknown to tourists. In spite of its poetical name, Ōme “the blue plum” is a quiet small town on the outskirts of Tokyo. Far, very far from Hollywood and Cannes festival’s red carpet.

Movies are everywhere in Ōme through the countless movie posters plastered on the city walls. ŌMECITTÀ tells the story of the French artist who named Ōme the ‘Japanese Cinecitta’, inviting the viewer to an enchanted journey into the glorious past of Japan’s intriguing cinephilia.

Looking for Vaubeton- dir. Michelle Gales

Original Film Title: A la recherche de Vaubeton

English Film Title: Looking for Vaubeton

Directors Name: Michelle Gales

Writers Name: Michelle Gales

Producers: Michelle Gales, Le Chemin derrière les murs, M. J. Sullivan, Now & Then Productions, Isabelle Russo, Rivarts

Country of Origin: France

Country of Filming: France

Language: French

Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes 50 seconds

Film Description: 

In this village in Burgundy, in the 9th century, Girart de Roussillon and his wife Berthe founded the convent of Vézelay later moved up the hill known as Vézelay today.
In the 20th century, a Medieval scholar came looking for signs of the battle of Vaubeton recounted in the Song of Girart de Roussillon. Instead he found a Gallo-Roman site which later revealed even more ancient occupation.
Villagers and visitors reappropriate History and Legend. Poetry, music, artefacts and place so many paths to Memory and Imagination.

The Art of Rebellion – dir. Libby Spears

Original Film Title: The Art of Rebellion

Directors Name: Libby Spears

Producers: Libby Spears, Nishima Chudasama

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes 52 seconds

Film Description: 

We first encounter LA-based street artist, Lydia Emily, as she creates a large-scale mural of a Masai woman in a tunnel, 30-feet underground in Oakland, California. Not the typical profile of a street artist, Lydia is 40-something and single mother of two daughters, one of whom has autism. She is also afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system and disrupts the flow of information to the brain.