Nitzan Ofir, Israel ,2014,60′
Two girls meet on-line. Samar (12), whose mother is an Israeli Arab and father is a Palestinian from the West Bank, lives in Lod, a mixed city of Jews and Arabs riddled with poverty and crime. Linor (11) was born in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza strip , and lives in Tlamim, a religious Jewish village . Lod and Tlamim are only 67 kilometers apart, but a national, cultural, and ideological chasm separates them. The educational-technological project that starts with innocent online correspondence, and continues with face-to-face meetings, adds a new – exciting, stressful, and surprising – element to the girls’ lives, and engages them and their families in a deep, complex experience.
Children of God
Ahmed Yassin, Iraq, 2013, 10′
A young Iraqi amputee and soccer fanatic throws hos support behind the local girl’s team during a battle-of-the-sexes- matchup.
Diary of a journey
Piotr Stasik, Poland, 2013, 54′
Tadeusz Rolke, an aged master of Polish photography, has more than just a typical teacher-student relationship with 15-year-old Michał. Together, they travel across Poland to take portrait photographs of the residents of small towns and villages while the dark room placed in their camper enables them to develop pictures on the spot and give them to the models whom they accidentally met. For the boy, this is an excellent opportunity to find out about the arcana of traditional photography. For both – an opportunity to experience a beautiful friendship.
Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider, USA, 2014,55′
Thirteen-year-old Mica takes to heart his Rabbi’s dictate to help “heal the world,” and launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba—a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans have few resources, love baseball, and gave his Jewish grandpa refuge during the Holocaust. His filmmaker parents know a curveball is coming…
I am a Homeschooler
Ralitza Dimitrova, Bulgaria, 2013, 50′
The film introduces to several families in Bulgaria who do not accept the society’s norms and attempt to construct a new family, cultural and social model. They refuse to enroll their children in school. The homeschooling, relatively well known around the world, is a subject obscure in Bulgaria. The film examines people’s right of free choice and spiritual independence and our attitudes towards individuals that refuse to adopt the norms in our society.
Journey with some return
Bernd Sahling, Germany, 2013, 26′
Emma, Ronje und Benjamin live in the village of Gjesvær on the arctic island of Magerøya. Their parents work in the family fishing business. The winters are long and harsh, with heavy snow storms until well into May. There are no cinemas or discos at the North Cape. What is life like for 14-years-olds in such a place.
No man’s land
Michael Graversen, UK-Denmark, 2013, 29′
Having left family and parents behind, teenagers from Afghanistan, Iran and Ethiopia find themselves caught in limbo at a Danish Asylum Centre. Their everyday life is filled with waiting and uncertainty, whilst staff prepare for one of the toughest days on the job.
Once Upon a Tree
Marleen van der Werf, The Netherlands, 2013, 15′
Sitting in her favourite oak tree, 11-year old Filine encounters little wonders in the natural world around her. She sees the beauty and dramas of the life in and around a tree most people are not aware of. Then, as trees fall down in the forest, Filine starts to fear that one day she will lose the speical oak tree. The rebellious girl makes a plan to stop the tree chopping in the forest. But what if nothing changes anymore?
Margareta Kosmol, Armenia-Germany, 2014, 8′
Not long ago I’ve learned that I have a sister in Armenia. This Film is dedicated to her, because it’s nice to have brothers and sisters, no matter where they are born and raised.
Oscar Ruiz Navia,Colombia, 2013, 20′
The protagonists met the director in a casting process he performed at their high school. Right there, they told him, each one by his own side, the story of their love relationship break up. The director proposes them to build a reunion for both fiction and their life.
Anabel Rodriguez Rios, South Africa-UK-Venezuela, 2013, 11′
Luis David (13) has seven brothers and sisters. They live in Congo Mirador, a small village built on stilts in Lake Maracaibo, the largest oil field of Latin America. They are struggling to survive. The only link between the oil and them are the barrels the children use for transportation and games.
The Governance of Love
Adela Kaczmarek, Poland, 2013, 13′
It is an animated documentary about imagination. The protagonist lives in several realities at the same time. Real people and events intertwine with those created by his imagination. He looks for a place for himself in this world and does it in his own unique way. He spins a tale while dreaming about the rule of love in Poland. Despite its naivety, his world ignites thought about the existential notions of good and evil. The author uses animation to show the inner life of the mentally ill patient and for the visual value of the film uses images created spontaneously by the protagonist.
Vassily Kovalevsky, Russia, 2013, 26′
At the all times humanity needed a storyteller. But it’s the time of the Internet and television – and all mixed up. But there are some people who still loyal to the tales, and do a good things. And this story about one of them – Leonid Kondakov – the puppeteer.
The water and the wall
Alice Fargier, France, 2014, 24′
Bradley lives with foster family. In August 2011, he sees “Le gamin au velo” by the Dardenne brothers, in which the character of Cyril appears. Just like Bradley, Cyril was abandoned by his father and lives with foster family. Distressed, Bradly leaves the theater, after which a video exchange between Bradley and Luc Dardenne takes place.
The World of Adrien
Katerine Giguère, Canada, 2013, 11′
Adrien is a precocious young boy with impressive artistic talent and creativity. Over the course of several years, we watch the delightful child explore his colorful world as Adrien considers what he may want to do with his life when he grows up.
Mona Friis Bertheussen, Norway, 2013, 58′
In 2003, two babies were found in a cardboard box in a Chinese village and adopted into two different corners of the world.
One of them to a little village in Norway, surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords. The other one to a big city in the USA. The adoptive parents had no idea that there was a twin sister. Their sisterhood was meant to be kept a secret. However, destiny had other plans…
White black boy
Camilla Magid, Denmark, 2012, 57′
In Tanzania, body parts and blood of Albinos are used by witch doctors and sold for huge amounts of money. To protect albino children, the government sends them far away from their families to boarding schools. Shida (9) is the new kid in class. His confidence grows slowly when he finds a new friend. Still, nightmares haunt him at night. Will he make it to class 4, finally?
Maria Scoula, Greece, 2014, 8′
A year after the greek government shut down the State Tv channel ERT, Aggeliki, 11 years old, watching the case closely, reminds us of Eliti’s verse “I implore you; please do not do not forget my country”