Everyday life in the Western hemisphere: From getting up in the morning to making our vacation plans to catching our business meetings, we keep encountering the “blue gold”, whether directly or indirectly. Water is one of our most essential resources, and yet we keep stubbornly locating the problems surrounding it in Southern or tropical areas only.
Saving Earth: Turkey’s Wildlife Corridor – dir. Abed Ahmed
Original Film Title: Saving Earth: Turkey’s Wildlife Corridor
Directors Name: Abed Ahmed
Writers Name: Abed Ahmed
Producer: Abed Ahmed
Country of Origin: Turkey
Country of Filming: Turkey
Runtime: 5 min 12 sec
We visit Turkey’s first and largest Wildlife Corridor, where over a million trees have been planted to expand the natural habitat of animals and continue the fight against climate change.
Skye Steele – Rise of Nefertiti – dir. Howard Perry
Original Film Title: Skye Steele – Rise of Nefertiti
Directors Name: Howard Perry
Writers Name: Howard Perry
Producer: Howard Perry
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Filming: United Kingdom
Runtime: 26 min
Is the theft of Ancient Egyptian artefacts the key to the darkness that is engulfing 1930s Europe? Detectives Skye Steele & Inspector Miles Davies become involved in a three thousand year old mystery.
Tolerance – dir. Nasser Aldhaheri
Original Film Title: Tolerance
Directors Name: Nasser Aldhaheri
Writers Name: Nasser Aldhaheri
Producer: Nasser Aldhaheri
Country of Origin: United Arab Emirates
Country of Filming: Around the world
Runtime: 13 min 57 sec
Short film about Tolerance.. How we can feel it with our hands.
Lucid dreams – dir. Iana Gorokhova
Original Film Title: Lucid dreams
Directors Name: Iana Gorokhova
Writers Name: Iana Gorokhova
Producer: Iana Gorokhova
Country of Origin: Germany
Country of Filming: Germany, Italy
Runtime: 8 min 12 sec
“Lucid dreams” is the first episode of a planned series “Berlin Faces”, which deals with the important players in the Berlin scene, artists, activists, athletes, without whom Berlin has no heart, soul, and face of its own as the city. Can the city have the heart at all and what is there? We are considering this in the series with the Berliners.
I make my first episode about the artist Lucy. Born in Sicily, he has been at home in Berlin for over 10 years. As a renowned techno DJ, music producer, and label owner Luca Mortellaro, he travels a lot all over the world but always likes to come back home. However, his perception of this city has changed a lot over the years and he no longer recognizes the people, the “vibe” and everything that seemed so attractive to him a few years ago in Berlin.
The Master – dir. Jinyang Zhang
Original Film Title: The Master
Directors Name: Jinyang Zhang
Writers Name: Jinyang Zhang
Producer: Huidi Sun
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Language: Chinese, English
Runtime: 10 min
A homeless female thief was hypnotized in an infinite dream loop by the greatest magician, she tries to break the loop but her bad habits (stealing) made her lost more…
Ole, Benni and the Rest of the Universe – dir. Anna Ludwig
english film title: Ole, Benni and the Rest of the Universe
original film title: Ole, Benni und der Rest des Universums
directors name: anna ludwig
writers name: anna ludwig
producer: anna ludwig
country of origin: germany
country of filming: germany
runtime: 22 min 53 sec
That his friend benni has the down syndrome, ole (11) has never disturbed so far. but now – on the threshold of childhood to youth – their friendship is changing. ole is in love for the first time and suddenly it’s no longer easy to stand by his friend …
Día A Día – dir. Jan Philip Baldus, Tobias Kraus
Original Film Title: Día A Día
Directors Name: Jan Philip Baldus, Tobias Kraus
Country of Origin: Germany
Country of Filming: Plurinational State of Bolivia
Runtime: 40 min
The low-budget documentary “Día A Día” unbiasedly depicts the daily life of struggling individuals in La Paz, Bolivia. The trust between the German NGO “Soforthilfe La Paz e.V.” and the characters enables a personal relationship to document stories that would otherwise remain hidden.
The consolation of the blue – dir. Joe Zhao
Original Film Title: The consolation of the blue
Directors Name: Joe Zhao
Writers Name: Sylvia Moerland
Producer: Joe Zhao
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Country of Filming: China, Netherlands, Taiwan
Runtime: 13 min 51 sec
A mysterious blue porcelain vase evokes the love story of the Xuande Emperor Zhu Zhanji, who fell in love with Queen Suhita of the Majapahit Empire. This mystery has been hidden for almost six hundred years.
M’Hamid Oasis Morocco – dir. Monika Koeck
Original Film Title: M’Hamid Oasis Morocco
Directors Name: Monika Koeck
Writers Name: Monika Koeck
Producer: Monika Koeck
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Filming: Morocco
Runtime: 22 min 30 sec
The film M’Hamid Oasis Morocco documents the restoration and recording work undertaken by an international team of researchers and volunteers in the most remote oasis of the Draa Valley, at the edge of the Sahara Desert.
In 2019, ArCHIAM (University of Liverpool) and the NGO Terrachidia (Spain) teamed up in conducting an “Earthen Architectural Heritage Workshop” in M’Hamid/Morocco. Involving the local community as well as architects, engineers and earthen-architecture enthusiasts from around the world, the team restored and documented the oasis’ endangered cultural heritage. In addition, the workshop provided an opportunity for local young people to get trained by master builders in earth building techniques, which otherwise would be forgotten.
The film creates awareness of the cultural significance of this place and its struggle of survival, highlighting its tourism potential. It will inform government bodies and public/private stakeholders to assist in securing funding to implement sustainable development initiatives that can reactivate the settlement through the synergy of heritage preservation/economic and infrastructural development/community participation and empowerment.
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