2014-2015 Program

Blue ID

Burcu Melekoglu and Vuslat Karan / Turkey



A transgender man struggles with self-realization and acceptance in traditional society of Turkey. Constrained by identification cards color-coded for gender, will he finally be considered for a Blue ID?


Brothers of Silence

Taylan Mintas / Turkey

Toso and Çao, are two successful and popular brothers, married to strong women, father to healthy children and grandchildren and live a fairly ‘ordinarily’ life despite the fact that they are both deaf. 'Brothers of Silence' will follow these two ‘extra-ordinary’ men as they work and struggle to live and survive like all ‘normal’ men in rural Turkey. 

 


Behind Closed Doors

Yakout Elhababi / Morocco

In a small Moroccan village, high in the Rif Mountains a family and their neighbors survive by planting marijuana. Under the pressure of the ambiguous illegality, they try to find a way for their future life.  


Six Weddings One Wish

Mohammed Abu Sidu /  Palestine

Through the weddings of his siblings, parents and his own, the director moves between Dubai the West bank and Gaza, exploring his family's story, trying to understand how far are they've grown apart, and how much long will they wait to share their celebrations together. 


 


State of War

Idan Glikzelig / Israel

Through an all year plan of exercises, drill and educational program the citizen of the state of Israel are required to participate in preparing for the next war. An observational absurd and tragic look at the daily routine of everyday life under shadow of future wars to come.  


Hard Change

Badran Badran, Yoad Earon / Israel

Two young Palestinian brothers, Yichia (14-years-old) and Hamam (8-years-old), living in Tul Karem are forced to grow-up too fast, to give up going to school and children’s play and instead work as street beggars in Wadi Arah Israel to support their family. Hamam, the youngest, tries to avoid the hard work and play while his elder brother Yichia, dreams of a better future.


 





Nihad Sabri / Palestine





It is a film about searching for self: The conflict of Palestinian woman between her professional career as a 800 meters runner heading for Olympics Rio 2016 and her dreams of being a future wife and mother with her fiancé. 


A Thousand Girls Like Me

Sahra Mani / Afghanistan

Khatera, a brave, 26-year-old Afghan woman, who, against her family’s and many Afghanis wishes forces her father to stand trial for systematically and brutally raping her for more than 13 years. Khatera, along with her solicitor tenaciously, work to confirm that her father will not elude justice. 


Stronger than a Bullet

Maryam Ebrahami / Iran

Acclaimed photographer, Saeid Sadeghi asserts that he sent thousands of young Iranian men to their graves. One boy, Fereydoon Maleki, was my best friend in childhood. Today, 20 years later, Saeid and I embark on a journey to discover how his photographs propelled a generation to their deaths.


We Could be Heroes 

Hind Bensari / Morocco

In the deprived neighborhoods of Safi, Morocco’s most important industrial port, Azzedine, a Seated Shots World Record holder and his trainee Youssef, a mentally disabled want-to-be athlete, dedicate themselves to sport with the goal to make it to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. They hope that their participation will change the way they are perceived at home.


Fragments from Heaven

Adnane Baraka / Morocco

'Fragments from Heaven' tells the story of a Moroccan nomad, scientist and a businessman's search for valuable meteorite. Each, for different personal reasons, desperately hunts for the valuable pieces of debris in hope that in finding it their life can be changed forever.



Braving the Waves 

Mina Keshavarz / Iran

This is the story of Roghieh, a woman in Southern Iran who is trying to secure jobs for women in her community through a Bazaar she established and runs, where over 800 women work, but a local politician, the mayor, threatens her. He wants to destroy the bazar and build a big shopping mall.