The Lost Art of Seasoning

India, 2021, 58 min
Location: India
A Film by: Abo Arangham

With only three traditional saltmakers still alive, a small tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, a Northeastern state of India, is persuaded by the young generation to set out for a mission to revive a long forgotten process. How can you rebuild or recreate something from the past when you do not have any physical model, structure or remains to guide you? This was one of the first questions guiding the filmmakers and their collaboration with the last three living practitioners and their fainted memory from three decades ago.

Trailer of Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S9oaUlNh8k

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Screening: 26.05.2022 09:00

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Talamanca

United Kingdom, 2020, 23 min
Location: Costa Rica
A Film by: Davide Marino

There is a sound echoing across the forest of Talamanca. It triggers the extraordinary in the ordinary universe of Justo, BriBri farmer, father and adventurer. It is the blow of the here and now, the quintessence of what is alive that expands a story made by imaginative materialities enshrined amidst Earth’s liveliness and indigenous worldly epic. A film on the BriBri present in Talamanca, on its restless awakening and its companion wonders.

Trailer of Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVZR9sU1pJc / https://vimeo.com/480444377

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Screening: 26.05.2022 10:00

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One Gram of Gold

Germany, 2021, 16 min
Location: Tanzania
A Film by: Anna Frohn Pedersen

This film is about gold - a global commodity shaping local livelihoods and landscapes across the world. It is about the people who risk their lives in the narrow underground mines and their struggles for a better future. It is a participatory project that aims to move beyond an ethnocentric gaze on mining, giving voice to local perspectives and portraying the everyday as it is lived in Nyarugusu, a mining village in the northern part of Tanzania. Raphael Msya and Robert Mwenda, two miners from Nyarugusu, guide us through the gold mining landscape and interview fellow miners. The stories they collect highlight the ambiguity of the sector.

Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/706070106

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Screening: 26.05.2022 11:00

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toprak ve su - Earth and Water

Germany, 2020, 36,5 min
Location: Turkey
A Film by: Sabrina Scherzer, Kathrin Schulz, Silja Pohland

The historical market gardens (Bostans) have been part of Istanbul for centuries. They provide fresh vegetables and support a better climate in the city. “toprak ve su - Earth and Water” follows various species existing in and shaping one Bostan.

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Screening: 26.05.2022 11:20

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Going Alone

Germany, 2021, 28 min
Location: Germany
A Film by: Raphael Schanz

A cemetery in the center of Berlin. An undertaker who would have liked to become an entertainer but is now the last companion to all of those buried by the state authorities. A chapel in which a black urn is placed and Beethoven plays in an endless loop. The undertaker sits there and waits. Sometimes people come to pay their last respects – or bring the new delivery for the next week. Rest in peace. “Going Alone” represents the filmmaker’s attempt to stimulate conversation about death by focusing on Mr. Simon, who carries out Berlin's regulatory funerals, and his way of dealing with the lonely deceased and their (often absent) mourners.
Website: https://www.panther-reh.de/alleingang
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/654611693

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Screening: 26.05.2022 12:00

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Threshold People

USA, 2021, min
Location: Spain
A Film by: Jenna Keiper

Experience a day on the Camino de Santiago in this immersive web documentary that invites you to explore how walking the Camino helps pilgrims heal and change. Interviews and ambient footage weave together past and future, before and after, as four pilgrims describe their experiences both ‘in the present’ on the trail and four years later in the midst of a global pandemic future. Audience members are invited to ‘walk’ through the material, which combines film, audio, embodied practice, poetry, and social science. While choosing their own pathways and pacing, they get to explore the ways we humans use embodied rituals to transform.
Website: http://www.thresholdpeople.com/#Homepage

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Screening: 26.05.2022 13:00

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Living Water

Switzerland, 2020, 77 min
Location: Czech Republic, Jordan
A Film by: Pavel Borecký

Ever since Jordanian nomads settled in the spectacular landscape of Wadi Rum, they have grown dependent on a complex water infrastructure. The source is right below their feet, yet they struggle to meet basic needs. In the meantime, deep water extraction feeds private large-scale farms, animates visionary development and secures growing urban populations. Bedouins, farmers and city dwellers – they all expect to have a fair share, but digging for “blue gold” unleashes an environmental timebomb. “Living Water” tells the story of power, exploitation and changing ecological circumstances in one of the most water-poor countries of the world.
Website: http://livingwaterfilm.com/
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/528431160

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Screening: 26.05.2022 14:00

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Zenerù

Italy, 2021, 30 min
Location: Italy
A Film by: Andrea Grasselli

At the end of winter, the resistant shepherd Flaminio prepares materially and spiritually for the arrival of spring through daily rituals, using the tools he built himself: he moves and sows the ground, shears the sheep and makes a woolen suit for the new season. His sensitivity, strongly rooted in nature, allows him to perceive when it is time to call upon the community to start the ritual of Scasada dol Zenerù to chase winter away with cowbells and bonfires. The poetic relationship between the ancient ritual and the life of the hermit shepherd makes us reflect on the border between domestic and wild, between known and unknown.
Website: http://omvideo.weebly.com/zeneru.html
Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/Rbp1RcyOZrg

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Screening: 26.05.2022 15:20

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Umbras

Italy, 2021, 16 min
Location: Italy
A Film by: Fabian Volti

It is a non-coincidence, an entering and exiting in time, between archival footage and fleeting encounters of a father and a son, guardians of a time still repeating itself, in an agro-pastoral Sardinia that in the voice of a poet questions the roots of experience. “Umbras” was born from a combination of film materials of different times and the desire to raise important questions about the changes in society in Sardinia. Its narrative essence lies in the lack of an exact spatial and temporal reference, as if to make eternal, and durable, the ancient agro-pastoral practices and rituals that have not known modernity.
Website: https://rodafilm.org/portfolio-item/umbras/
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/619204850

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Screening: 26.05.2022 15:50

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Dea

Hong Kong, 2020, 72 min
Location: Hong Kong, Indonesia
A Film by: Alberto Gerosa

The film shows the coming of age of Dea Panendra who leaves rural Indonesia and her singing dreams behind in order to support her family and younger sister’s education by working as a domestic worker in Hong Kong. After being abused and fired by her employer, Dea meets the traveler Bruno Zanin by chance and they develop an unlikely friendship. The film script is based on real events and is the result of a nine-month acting workshop with a group of women migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong and Macau who have been victims of domestic violence.

Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/En5R6xZmCws

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Screening: 26.05.2022 16:45

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Sweet and Salty

Colombia, 2021, 17 min
Location: Colombia
A Film by: Jorge Panchoaga

In “Dulce y Salada”, we are told of the creation of the world from Nueva Venecia, a town adapted to life on water like no other. The story immerses us in the imaginary of a water world governed by geological and human time. Through oral tradition, the documentary navigates between the harsh reality of subsistence and the dense darkness of an ecological context that gives no respite and relentlessly seeks to remind us of our limited time of existence.
Website: https://dulceysalada.com/

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Screening: 26.05.2022 18:00

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A Day's Work

Germany, 2021, 13 min
Location: Myanmar/Burma
A Film by: Max Kerkhoff

As both, short documentary and film installation, “A Day’s Work” offers a glimpse into the harsh realities of manual labor at a moment of relative peace and progress in a remote region of eastern Burma/Myanmar. In a landscape already scarred by colonialism, logging, land seizure from indigenous peoples, civil war and neglect, the construction of a road looks like a further violation of nature. Yet until recently, the work done on this road –which cuts through areas that repeatedly suffered under the cruelty of the military – embodied progress.
Website: http://maxkerkhoff.de/wp/portfolio/work-on-progress
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/460526562

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Screening: 26.05.2022 18:20

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The Andean Screen

Spain, 2021, 48,5 min
Location: Argentina
A Film by: Carmina Balaguer

A Northwestern Argentinian teacher leads a mobile cinema crew to the most isolated school in the Jujuy high-altitude valleys, undergoing a 20-hour journey on foot in adverse conditions. Upon arrival, we are drawn into the values of education in high altitude settings and the reality of isolated worlds, where Andean communities are home to a worldview tied to the land. “The Andean Screen” is a poetic analogy between cinema and travel; a choral story spun by Silvina Velázquez, principal of the school, whose tenacity introduces a new paradigm for the women of the valleys.

Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/640315747

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Screening: 26.05.2022 20:00

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Talking Dreams

Italy, 2020, 35 min
Location: Italy, Senegal, Switzerland
A Film by: Bruno Rocchi

In a village in West Africa, where dreams play a key role, the hosts of a local radio station interpret the oniric images of their listeners. The language of dreams is spoken here.

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Screening: 26.05.2022 20:50

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I'm the Boss

India, 2021, 29 min
Location: India
A Film by: Ethiraj Dattatreyan

“I'm the Boss” is a short film that documents groups of young men who pass their time making TikTok and Reels videos in Delhi, the capital city of India. Moving between an observational realist mode and the hyper-performed TikTok videos of the young men, the film offers a reading of gender performance in Delhi's TikTok hotspots – places in Delhi that have become visible and desirable as a result of on-location shoots by influencers.

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Screening: 26.05.2022 21:25

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The Fourfold

Canada, 2020, 7,25 min
Location: Canada, Germany
A Film by: Alisi Telengut

Based on the ancient shamanic rituals and animistic beliefs in Mongolia and Siberia, this film explores indigenous worldviews and wisdom. With hand-crafted imagery, it becomes a testament of reclaiming animism for planetary health and non-human materialities. By re-considering the idea of animism and its beliefs and practices, the film attempts to offer an opportunity to include indigenous knowledge and experience in order to have a truly universal outlook and (re-)write more inclusive histories. Inspired by the animations of the South African artist William Kentridge, it was animated by hand with the under-camera technique and workflow.
Website: http://alisitelengut.com/The-Fourfold-2020
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/436588510

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Screening: 26.05.2022 22:30

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Voices of Karamushi

Japan, 2020, 91 min
Location: Japan
A Film by: Daisuke Bundo

There are people in Showa Village, Fukushima Prefecture, who have been taking up centuries-old traditions. These people grow karamushi, a perennial nettle, extract fibers from it to make yarn, and weave karamushi textiles. Karamushi fibers of premium quality are shipped to Niigata Prefecture for the production of Echigo-jofu and Ojiya-chijimi, well-known high-quality textiles. Why and how have the traditional activities been preserved? In what way and for what reason will they be maintained in the future? “Voices of Karamushi” showcases some of the behaviors and feelings of those engaging in the production of karamushi textiles.
Website: https://karamushinokoe.info/ (japanisch)

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Screening: 26.05.2022 22:40

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