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JACKSON


28.06.2017, 18:30
Reż./Dir.: Maisie Crow
2016,USA, 94 min

Abortion remains legal in the United States but anti-abortion efforts have succeeded in making it virtually inaccessible in some places and in the Deep South, often unthinkable. At one time Mississippi had fourteen abortion clinics. Now only one remains. Since the passage of  ”Roe v. Wade” more than four decades ago, the self-labeled “pro-life” movement has won significant cultural, political and legal battles.
Now, the stigma of abortion is prolific in Mississippi and women in poverty and women of color are particularly vulnerable. ”Jackson” is wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South and explores the nuanced nature of abortion in America’s Bible Belt.

MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE


29.06.2017, 18:30
Reż./Dir.: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack  2016, USA, 114 min

Icon Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Dr. Angelou’s was a prolific life; as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

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AS I OPEN MY EYES


30.06.2017, 21:00
Reż./Dir.: Leyla Bouzid
2015, Francja, 102 min

Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn’t think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well.

ALL THIS PANIC


1.07.2017, 18:30
Reż./Dir: Jenny Gage
2016, USA, 79 min

ALL THIS PANIC is a feature length documentary that takes an intimate look at the interior lives of a group of teenage girls as they come of age in Brooklyn. A potent mix of vivid portraiture and vérité, we follow the girls as they navigate the ephemeral and fleeting transition between childhood and adulthood. Shot over a three-year period in a lush and cinematic style, ALL THIS PANIC is a meditation on the mysterious, often painful, yet ultimately exhilarating period of a teen’s life. ALL THIS PANIC centers on the complex transition that all young women experience in their formative teenage years, focusing on the trauma of moving from the relative protection of childhood into a more independent, less-structured future that’s theirs to embrace as more mature versions of their teen selves.

TO STAY ALIVE - A METHOD


28.06.2017, 20:30 Reż./Dir.: Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen 2016, Holandia, 70 min

Iggy Pop presents us a method to stay alive as a willful individual in an unpersonal world. The manifesto TO STAY ALIVE – a method by Michel Houellebecq, and Iggy Pop’s personal experiences as a starting rock artist, are the starting points. Did Michel and Iggy help each other to stay alive?

UNTITLED


28.06.2017, 22:00
Reż./Dir.: Monika Willi, Michael Glawogger  2016, Austria, 103 min

”I want to give a view of the world that can only emerge by not pursuing any particular theme, by refraining from passing judgment, proceeding without aim. Drifting with no direction except one’s own curiosity and intuition” (Michael Glawogger). More than two years after the sudden death of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, film editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the film footage produced during 4 months and 19 days of shooting in the Balkans, Italy, Northwest and West Africa.

THE SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY


29.06.2017, 20:30
Reż./Dir.: Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel
2016, 94 min

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured  since the dawn of humankind. „SEED: The Untold Story” follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In  the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds,  farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS


29.06.2017, 22:10; 1.07.2017, 1:00
Reż./Dir.: Michał Marczak
2016, Polska, Wielka Brytania, 100 min

Emotional portrait of today’s twentysomethings, which manifest a restless generation born after 1989. Award for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 16th International Film Festival T-Mobile New Horizons, the new film by Michał Marczak - author of the loud „Fuck for Forest” - likened by critics to the work of Sofia Coppola and iconic works of Andrzej Wajda’s „Innocent Sorcerers”. Chris ends of five years relationship with the first girl and carried into the apartment best friend, Michael. Both they throw himself into the nightlife, from small „domówki” by club events and outdoor festivals. They do not care about anything, not ceasing in the pursuit of finding your place in life.

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO


29.06.2017, 0:00
Reż./Dir.: Feras Fayyad
2017, Denmark, 104 min

After 5 years of War in Syria the remaining 350.000 citizens of Aleppo are preparing themselves for a siege.
Through the volunteers from The White Helmets we experience daily life, death and struggle in the streets of Aleppo. They fight for sanity where war has become the norm.

MACHINES


30.06.2017, 22:50
Reż./Dir: Reż./Dir.: Rahul Jain
2016, Indie, Niemcy, Finlandia, 72 min
A visually compelling look behind the doors of a textile factory in India, exploring the meaning of modern day labor, exploitation and the human cost of mass production in our globalized world.
Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorienting structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship; a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.  In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from.  Since the 1960s the area of Sachin in western India has undergone unprecedented, unregulated industrialization, exemplified in its numerous textile factories. MACHINES portrays one of these factories, provoking cause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries.
 

SAFARI


1.07.2017, 20:10
Reż./Dir: Ulrich Seidl
2016, Austria, 91 min

Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on holiday. German and Austrian hunting tourists drive through the bush, lie in wait, stalk their prey.
They shoot, sob with excitement and pose before the animals they have bagged. A vacation movie about killing, a movie about human nature.

GIMME DANGER


28.06.2017, 0:20
Reż./Dir.: Jim Jarmusch
2016, USA, 108 min

Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s.  Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed.  Jim Jarmusch’s new film GIMME DANGER chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time.  GIMME DANGER presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy. 

ELEKTRO_SONDA


28.06.2017, 2:20; 1.07.2017, 22:00
Reż./Dir.: Tomasz Knittel
2016, Polska, 41 min

ELEKTRO_SONDA is an innovative music film that features the biggest names in Polish electronica. It transports the audience into the imagination of a young boy who uses VR glasses to discover the trance-like world of electronic music, suspended between the past, the present, and the future. Over the course of his virtual journey, the protagonist encounters all the bands (KAMP!, BOKKA, Rysy, Zamilska, Komendarek, JAAA!, Polpo Motel, Golczewski). Aside from the musicians, the film also features Polish artists from the realms of theatre and contemporary dance – Dominika Knapik, Sebastian Pawlak, Paweł Sakowicz, Robert Wasiewicz. The whole project was inspired by “Sonda” – the cult TV educational program broadcast in the 1980s. The film transcends traditional genre boundaries. It is an impressionist, cinematic showcase of the contemporary Polish music scene. It is also a sort of philosophical tale about today’s pressing issues, such as the omnipresence of technology, or visions of the future in which mankind no longer takes center stage.

DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE


29.06.2017, 1:50
Reż./Dir.: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
2016, USA, Dania, 90 min

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. DAVID LYNCH THE ART LIFE infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. We become witnesses to the fears, misunderstandings and struggles that Lynch overcomes and along the way, meet the various people that have helped to mold him. It becomes evident early on in Lynch’s life that he views the world differently, absorbing its shadows and weaving a dream like tapestry for audiences worldwide to become tangled in. This film is dedicated to Lynch’s youngest daughter and serves as a private memoir from father to daughter. By pulling back the curtains on the icon we hope to uncover the individual, David Lynch.

EAT THAT QUESTION. FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS


30.06.2017, 0:10
Reż./Dir.: Thorsten Schütte
2016, Francja, Niemcy, 93 min

It’s an intimate encounter with the iconoclastic composer and musician. Rare archival footage reveals a provocative 20th century musical genius whose worldview reverberates into the present day and beyond.
Born in 1940, FRANK ZAPPA—self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker —first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at fourteen. He only began to write lyrics in his early twenties. Nevertheless, upon the ‘66 release of his debut album, FREAK OUT! (with THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION), he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music. A subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage, the movie is an energetic celebration of this outspoken maestro. Zappa died far too early, in 1993, of cancer. Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, Eat That Question—Frank Zappa in His Own Words seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.

It fills me great joy that the film was an official selection for Sundance 2016 and has begun its international journey. On December 21, 2015, Zappa would have celebrated his 75th birthday. I find it promising that he still can be heard.”—Thorsten Schütte

MALI BLUES


30.06.2017, 1:50
Reż./Dir.: Lutz Gregor
2016, Niemcy, 90 min

CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY

IDFA 2016 | Trailer | Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary from idfa on Vimeo.


1.07.2017, 23:00
Reż./Dir.:John Scheinfeld
2016, USA, 99 min

*Features readings by Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington.

CHASING TRANE brings John Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being, inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.
The movie is  a  thought-provoking,  uplifting,  powerful  and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.  This  rich,  textured  and  compelling  portrait  of
a  remarkable  artist  reveals  the  critical  events,  passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons  and  darkness,  of  persistence  and  redemption.  But, above  all  else, it  is the  incredible  journey  of  a spiritual  warrior  who  found  himself,  found  God,and  in  the  process,  created  an  extraordinary  body  of  work that  transcends  all  barriers  of  race,  religion,  age  and  geography.  It  is  a  film  for  anyone  who  appreciates  the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

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