Human Rights Short
A TRADICIONAL FAMILIA BRASILEIRA: KATU by Rodrigo Sena
Produced in the year 2007, a photographic exhibition on indigenous roots portrayed twelve teenagers belonging to Eleutério do katu, in Brazil. Twelve years later, the photographer returns to Katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to learn about their personal trajectories and their visions of the world.
DIGGING FOR LIFE by João Queiroga
When a young Cameroonian tries to pursue his dream of a better life in post-apartheid South Africa, he instead finds himself trapped as a slave in Angola.
FROM TRASH TO TREASURE by Iara Lee
The people of Lesotho, a highland country wholly surrounded by South Africa, face a number of difficult challenges. Yet the communities based in the country also display incredible resourcefulness and creativity. In particular, a wide range of artists have developed the skill of creatively transforming the negative into the positive: designers who turn discarded trash into beautiful jewellery, clothes, carpets. Filmmakers who transform tragedy into artistic expressions of resilience and compassion. Musicians who write songs to save the environment. Cultures of Resistance Films chronicles these creatives, introducing viewers to a fascinating group of artists who use art as a medium to communicate the common desire for positive change.
THE ANDEAN SCREEN by Carmina Balaguer
A teacher from northwestern Argentina leads a mobile film crew to the most isolated school in the high-altitude valleys of Jujuy, making it a 20-hour journey on foot in adverse conditions. Their arrival engages us in high altitude educational values, portraying isolation in Andean worlds and how communities relate to the land. “La Pantalla Andina” is a poetic analogy between cinema and travel; a choral story of Silvina Velázquez, principal of the school, whose tenacity introduces a new paradigm for the women of the valleys.
LIGHT INCREDIBLY LIGHT by Antimo Campanile
The life of a lonely and melancholy old man is turned upside down by the encounter with a visually impaired child.
LETTER TO A PIG by Tal Kantor
A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig that saved his life. A young student listens to her testimony in class and sinks into a twisted dream in which she deals with issues of identity, collective traumas and the extremes of human nature.
MIDDLE EASTERN STORIES: FATHER by Reza Daghagh
A father intends to take his child away from his country at war. He tries to hide in a container and cross the border with other refugees.
MOUNTAIN CARRIER by Taha Khanjani
A simple mountain shoemaker learns that his son Farhad has been missing for two days. While trying to find his son, a member of his group is killed and they are forced to spend the night in the mountains. In the morning he will make a terrible discovery.
NOT GO GENTLE by Sasha Ihnatovich
Stories of people who cross borders in search of security and peace and find humiliation and torture instead. Nonetheless, they don’t give up.
THE TENDENCY by Mobin Pekand
The story of a homosexual girl who wants to leave the country illegally.
VIP by Mahmoud Yazdani Bahramabadi
A minnow lives in a can of tuna while its environment has been destroyed by garbage.
WE HAVE TO SURVIVE: FUKUSHIMA by Tomáš Krupa
Ten years ago, in March 2011, damaged by an earthquake and a tsunami, three reactors melted down at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Everyone within 20 kilometers of the plant was evacuated, but Naoto Matsumura chose to stay, the only person left out of 80,000. He now he still lives without any symptoms of radiation, caring for abandoned animals in the area. But the question is how to deal with a world teetering on the brink of a climate catastrophe.