2010 Program

Men of Faith

Fadi Hindash /Jordan

An intimate portrait of the men living inside an Islamic school in Karachi. Behind the walls of Jamia Binoria madrassa, it is a calm world of religious rituals and men in similar white robes. 5,000 students live here. Some have travelled thousands of miles from China, Africa, Europe, America and the Middle East. According to the management of the Jamia Binoria, these international students are afraid to face persecution when they return to their home countries after having attended a madrassa. Hindash's documentary shows a world of piety inhabited by men juggling their devotion to God and their concern about their image in the bigger world outside. We observe this world through the eyes of a Muslim filmmaker who travels to Pakistan to reconcile his religious upbringing with his modern beliefs.

Hindash has secured two important grants, the Dutch Film Fund and IKON, Dutch broadcaster. He has also signed with two producers: Bonanza Films (Amsterdam) and Kloos & Co (Berlin). 


Trapped by Law

Sami Mustafa / Kosovo

An odyssey, coming of age and family separation story of two brothers filmed in course of five years since the law of “forced reintegration” have been signed between Kosovo and Germany and other EU states.

Kefaet and Selami, two young brothers and rap artists grew up in the hip-hop culture in Essen/Germany. Kefaet was born in Kosovo and taken by his parents to Germany at the age of four. He was married and has two children. Selami was born in Essen and has never been to Kosovo at all. During a dramatic night in March 2010, they are deported to Kosovo, a complete unknown country to them. Separated from their family and friends they try to cope with their situation and do everything in their power to return to Germany. But administration and asylum laws are standing in their way. 


Unsettled

Nicolas Sauret / France

Hopes and fights of Maryam and Mohammad, two young Iraqi refugees resettled in France, facing the trauma of exile and struggle of integration. Cross-portraits.

 

Unsettled tells the itinerary taken by uprooted students rebuilding courageously their life over.

 


Those Who Said No

Nima Sarvestani / Iran & Sweden

‘Those Who Said No’ is a story about the search for justice and closure after what is known as “The Bloody Decade” in Iran.

The film examines the fallout of a fatwah issued by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1988, which ordered the execution of all political prisoners. The perpetrators of the massacre have never been prosecuted.

In 2013, a group of courageous Iranians worked to bring these crimes to light. The film follows the course of the Iran Tribunal in The Hague Court of Justice, interspersing these moments with personal narratives about survival, resilience, and the quest for justice. By weaving together these two tales, 'Those Who Said No' makes a powerful statement about the act of bearing witness.


     

The Invisible Men

Yariv Mozer / Israel

The Invisible Men tells the untold story of persecuted gay Palestinians who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Their stories are told through the film's heroes: Louie, 32 years old, a gay Palestinian who has been hiding in Tel Aviv for the past 8 years; Abdu, 24 years old, who was exposed as gay in Ramallah and then accused of espionage and tortured by Palestinian security forces; Faris, 23 years old, who escaped to Tel Aviv from the West Bank after his family tried to kill him. Their only chance for survival is to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine and leave their homelands forever behind. 

 
   

The Frontiers of Europe

Helge Renner / Germany

The Frontiers of Europe is a film about Frontex and its role for the European border security. The film will cover both the work of the Warsaw headquater as well as the Frontex missions at the outer borders of the European Union. 

 

 


Strike Hard

Oliver Sertic / Croatia 

Croatian Queer activists decided to fight against homophobia on the football fields. But they went further. They decided to make first Croatian Gay football club and play local championship, all in the year with World Championship madness is happening. Film is following three players/activists, their trainings, matches but also private life. We also discover the conflicts within the sports teams themselves and debate the sports „coming out‟ which is still completely unknown over here. 

 

 

 


Baglar

Berke Bas, Melis Birder / Turkey

 

An underdog basketball team from hard scrabble Diyarbakir in Southeastern Turkey goes beyond winning games in their mission to rise above prejudice, poverty and political turmoil created by the decades long conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish rebels who are fighting for local autonomy and cultural rights.

Melis Birder and Berke Bas (both Media Studies graduates from the New School for Social Research, New York) are co-founders of inHouse Projects production company and authors of a number of award-winning documentaries.



 

 


Justice for Sale

Ilse and Femke Van Velzen / The Netherlands

Justice for Sale follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The documentary not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price? 


  


In The Dark

Goran Stankovic / Serbia

The narrative of 'In the Dark' is centered around a father and son in a traditional mining family as Davor, the son, refuses to follow the family tradition and tries to find a way to leave his job and hometown.

The film draws inspiration from Emir Kusturica’s “Underground” (1995), and its use of the underground as allegory for the state of life in the Balkans. 'In the Dark' takes that metaphor and juxtaposes it with the reality of life above ground in order to examine how Serbia appears today.


      


How much is Morality?

Dmytro Tiazhlov / Ukraine

How Much is Morality? explores the confrontation between the art & media worlds and the Ukrainian government's moral censorship board. We follow a courageous human rights lawyer's crusade to defend and uphold free speech in contemporary Ukraine. 


     


Hijacked! 

Ada-Maria Ichim Romania / UK

The story of the world’s first commercial airline hijacking set during the height of the Stalinist Communist regime which brutally ruled Romania for over 40 years. 


    

Grounded at Shore

Ahmed Harb / Palestine

Grounded At Shore tells the story of Gazan fishermen who defy all odds of nature and man-made obstacles to obtain a simple right to which all humans are entitled: food. 


     


FACELESS / Без лица

Nikita Sutyrin / Russia

Russia survives the neo-nazism revelry. The characters of the film are anti-fascist, who resist to neo-nazism on the streets. They defend universal positive values and are approved by some Russian artists, journalists, intellectuals... But why do antifascists hide their faces, use weapon and are opposed to police? 


     


ÇİÇEK

BİLGE ELİF TURHAN / Turkey

They are living a happy and calm life in Şırnak until the Turkish Army comes and asks them to be rangers against the Kurdish guerillas on the mountains. When they do not accept this offer, their villages are burned and they are forced to migrate. They take refuge in Adana as most of the people before them did. They are faced with the pressure coming from the security powers of the government who ask them to leave since the land that they are on belongs to the government. They do not have anywhere to go back.

    


A Voluntary Exile

Karima Zoubir / Morocco

In fisherman’s village, lost in the middle of the desert Miloud, a voluntary exile, lives as an atypical fisherman in the midst of the fishermen’s community. Chased out by the poverty and overfishing, the fishermen decided to move here, in order to flee the inequitable competition operated by the foreign vessels in all the Moroccan fishing zones. But the problem they fled from has followed them here, as the European and other fishing vessels have acquired the right to go fishing right up to the Saharan waters. Miloud and his community have to fight for their survival.