Locked up in the Anatomical Institute in Oslo, two skeletons are all that is left of Mons Somby and Aslak Hetta, two Sámi men who were hanged for murder in 1854. The descendants and relatives of Mons Somby and Askak Hetta want them back so that they can give them a decent burial. The question is: are they simple criminals or national heroes?
“ My grandmother never spoke about what she saw in Hebron during the massacre of 1929 when she was 16 years old. She was so traumatized that until her dying day, she could never speak about it expect for once. The day after the massacre she wrote about what she had seen. Only after my eldest daughter was born did my father decided to let me read what grandmother had written. At the top of the wrinkled page appear the words: ‘ What I saw in Hebron’. Once I started, I was unable to stop reading.
Ernie and Stewart MORROW are both well into their seventies. Since their childhood, they have been living on a farm in a quiet and peaceful part of Northern Ireland, not far from Belfast. It looks as if the 20th century has passed this place by, but the brothers are proud of their coal-fired stove and gas lamps and want nothing to do with electricity. They live in a way their ancestors – of one hundred or even two hundred years ago- would recognize as familiar. Both men are bachelors and are very fond of their freedom.
The Paiwan Aboriginal people live in the mountains of southern Taiwan. Flutes of various designs are used as part of courting rituals, and also for the expression of sorrow and longing for people dead or far away. Sounds of Love and Sorrow lets the eerie sounds of the Paiwan flutes, including the nose flute, which legends say imitates the call of the deadly hundred-pacer snake, mix in with the recollections of tribal elders and traditional tales to present a rich background of Paiwan life.
Pavel KOGAN and Ludmila STANUKINAS, documentary filmmakers and peofessors ar St. Petersburg’s world-famous film academy, were the teachers of director Viktor KOSSAKOVSKY. When Pavel fell ill in 1992, Ludmila took him to Israel to live out his days. Five years later, KOSSAKOVSKY visited them in Jerusalem with a film crew. Sensuous, real-time shots of Ludmila combing her long white hair dazzlingly reveal a beauty that defies grief and old age. Laylya cares for Pavel, Kossakovsky records their love story.
In a godforsaken village, a dozen old men and women live through the sunset of their lives. Each one of them, just like Sisyphus struggles on with a piece of lifetime yearning. On Christmas Eve they share with us their worries, their joy and fears, which reveal not only their desolation, but also the everlasting will of every human being to make sense of his fate.
Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow, New York: seductive yet repellent monsters. The contradiction insinuates itself into the daily lives of those who populate these megacities. The film’s twelve chapters tells the tales of 12 fringe characters. Day in, day out they all set about their struggle for survival with ingenuity, intelligence and dignity. And they all share a single fantasy: the dream of a better life. Megacities is a film about work, poverty, violence, love and sex. A film about the beauty of people.
In 1962, Nelson ＭANDELA traveled incognito across South Africa organizing armed rebellion against the apartheid regime. His cover was that he was the chauffeur to a well-dressed and elegant white man in a gleaming Austin Westminister, that man was Cecil WILLIAMS: a leading Johannesburg theatre director, a committed freedom-fighter, a gay.
Mamazốnia - The Last Forest features the hell that the Amazon has been turned into as a result of irresponsible government by the inhabitants comprising of several groups of “cabados”, half-breed Indians and whites who have settled there. Throughout their journey, Celso and his co-director frames a whole inventory of the doom left to the Indians, rivers and the rain frosts.
In October 1998 John van der KEUKAN heard from his radiologist that he only had a few years to live. Prostate cancer cells had taken hold his body. Together with his wife Nosh van der LELY, they decide to spend the rest of their precious time together looking and listening. At Christmas they set off for Bhutan. Later in the film, John van der KEUKAN finds a new medicine in the United States that drastically increase his chance of survival. Living against all odds turns The Lone Holiday into a vital film, in an ode to life on earth.