DOCUMENTARY FORUM (Documentary Shorts)
A collection of x 6 new and important short documentaries & social commentaries from around the world.
1) FOR YOUR SAKE Dir: Ronja Hemm / Germany.
Nepal is facing a generational change. Two daughters of a Tamang family are preparing to study abroad. Their hopes for a better life are high, but the price is immeasurable. They have to leave behind what is the Tamang people’s greatest good: their family.
2) I LOVE YOU MORE THAN MY SOUL Dir: Anna-My Novotny / Sweden.
This is a short film about refugee children which in a heartfelt and honest way shows how life just has to go on in spite of experienced traumas and shattered families.
3) CIRCUS MOVEMENTS Dir: Lukas Berger & Mário Gajo de Carvalho / Portugal, Germany, Austria & Ethiopia.
The young girls Liya and Beza, doing the hula hoop; Habtamnesh, doing the aerial hoop; and the boy Beniyam, who is only 5 years old, performing acrobatics - these are some of the kids who are great circus artists in the magnificent landscapes of Ethiopia.
4) MYSELFIE Dir: Anne Scheschonk / Germany.
At the age of 12 Maya lost all of her hair. The diagnosis: Alopecia Areata. It causes Maya’s body to reject every single hair like a foreign object. After two years, she has gotten used to her condition. But it’s summertime again - the most difficult time for Maya and her family.
5) PORTRAITS OF MY MOTHER Dir: Tavo Ruiz / Mexico, Germany & USA.
This is a documentary about the filmmaker’s mother and the moment that changed her life. Through her narration, she recalls a traumatic event from her past, and reflects on how the experience has shaped her present and will shape her future.
6) WUQIAO CIRCUS Dir: Lukas Berger / Portugal, Germany & Austria.
In Wuqiao, a small Chinese town, the inhabitants are dedicated to circus. For decades, different generations have been presenting themselves as clowns, magicians, acrobats and tamers.
Age Recommendation: 15+ (Strong Violence, Threat and Language).