This film is an evocative and shocking story of one man, Samuel Houston, who had been a political prisoner during the military dictatorship in Chile. The protagonist’s account of the events will leave no-one indifferent; it reveals a terrifying and cruel world of a bloody regime that shows no mercy to divergent individuals. The work is universal and constitutes a clear warning against dictatorships and totalitarianism of any kind. Oliver Hardcastle made his film in an intriguing animated style.
Paulina Skibińska’s film is an interesting mixture of documentary film and experimental elements. The director creates a unique depiction of a search that is taking place in-between two worlds – an ice desert and an underwater world. The entire story is told from various perspectives: from the view of the rescue team, of the diver who enters the ice-covered reality, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore. The rare juxtaposition of images establish the pace and extraordinary atmosphere of the film. The picture has been produced as part of the „Pierwszy Dokument” program and has been screened at many international and Polish festivals (Camden, Saint Petersburg, Sundance Film Festival, Wrocław, Poznań).
In this country you are obliged to prove your sexual orientation in order to avoid military service. If one is feminine enough for the decision-makers, one can be certified as having a mental disorder that makes you unfit for the military (the word “rotten” in Turkish is used to describe these people). This short documentary film, a poignant satire aimed against a conservative society, received the award for best Balkan film at DocuTiFF in Tirana (2016). The director proposes a very interesting and somewhat snide look at a society that stigmatises homosexuals.
“The Burden of Proof” is a mid-length documentary film that depicts the complicated European procedure of obtaining refugee status by immigrants. Nations that acknowledge the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have the moral obligation to provide asylum to all who suffer oppression. Unfortunately, practice is much less optimistic. Numerous countries come up with complex procedures that make it difficult to accept foreigners, who are often treated as intruders.
The film talks about the experiences tackling the issues associated with paranormal phonomena. In this picture, the creators have used audio reportages about refugees staying in the European Union. In an unconventional way the film connects elements of the ever-so-fashionable found footage style (in a way that exhibits a hint of parody) and of mystery film. Fans of “The Twilight Zone” or “The X-Files” will not be disappointed. References to supernatural phenomena and popular productions do not lack ironic perspective.
The bullet holes of war are omnipresent. Especially now, when Germany is becoming a magnet thst attracts war refugees, these scars should be reminded of. Mute stones suddenly start screaming and bursting into the modern, peaceful reality of Berlin. It transpires that the echoes of the Second World War can still be heard in the streets of the German capital. In a very evocative way, using digital effects, the film shows how history influences present times.