As a group of refugees tries to enter Europe illegally by boat, a storm suddenly appears and all hell breaks loose when an old man falls overboard. His perception shifts into a dark, hallucinatory place. Driven by a mysterious power and desperately in search of his loved ones, his soul passes by the everyday reality of many castaway refugees at the border of the alleged paradise, Europe.
A dialogue is born in a prison between Spoon, an African American poet imprisoned for life, and me. After eight years of conversation, Spoon’s words console me, while my ear is a channel for him to the outside world. The film takes as a starting point the desire to measure the power of language, both his poetry and his activist prose, and to share notions of time.
Silva, an old drifter, arrives at a small and isolated Portuguese village where he meets the young Ana. They develop a relation in between friendship and initiation. Fascinated by this wondrous man, Ana progressively falls into his universe. But strange fits weaken Silva, bringing him to the hospital, where a dozen women start inhabiting him. Will they save him?
Maidan Nezalezhnosti is Kiev’s central square. It gave its name to the massive anti-government rallies that took place in the winter of 2013-2014 and eventually toppled the regime in Ukraine. However, the joy of freedom was quickly overshadowed by the aftermath: the Russian annexation of Crimea, the bloodshed in the East, the lurking warfare led by PUTIN, and the clashes in Odessa.
Elephant’s Dream provides a poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three institutions: a rail station, the central post office, and the only existing fire station in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, DR Congo. At times surreal, at times hopeful, this film reveals a truly surprising perspective on lives lived beyond chaos.
The hopes and disillusions of four Lusophone immigrants collide in a chimeric land of plenty called Luxembourg: Fernando, a middle-aged man, arrives in a new country to escape the financial crisis in Portugal, while the ex-con Carlos battles with chronic unemployment. Young Jonathan struggles to find his place in life, whereas Isabel has fled a violent past and tries to start over.
Drought takes us through the arid landscape of the Brazilian Sertão. The camera accompanies a water truck through several villages while it supplies the local population with water. The result is a documentary road movie full of powerful images, revealing aspects of the ‘drought industry’ and an extremely pressing issue: water scarcity.
Nelida is an Andean woman able to communicate with nature’s spirits. She feels she is the daughter of the lakes that provide water to her village. But just beneath her lakes, a deposit valued at billions of dollars was discovered, and mining it means drying out the lakes. Nelida then uses all her powers to prevent the mining corporation from destroying the lakes.
This film explores the condition of the Niger Delta region, where oil companies exploit the wells by closing our eyes to the poverty of the surrounding population, often polluting land and sea. Local youth Richard takes diesel from the pipeline and sells it by the road to pay for college. To him, the oil belongs to his village, not the multinational oil companies who abuse their resources.
Accommodated in the ‘House of the Press’ since Algeria's Bloody Decade of the 1990s, the journalists of the famous daily newspaper El Watan await the completion of their new offices, a symbol of their independence. The filmmaker’s camera is set in their newsroom as they follow the events of this new Algerian spring, when President BOUTEFIKA has set his sights on a fourth term.
After months of selection process, TIDF shortlisted fifteen documentaries from the 1,210 submissions received from 117 countries and regions. With their variety of subjects and styles, these nominated works provide unique aesthetics, inviting the audience to go beyond the boundary of physical space and limitation of thinking to explore the scope of this world.