Winning the coveted prize is the ultimate goal, but Francis, the current champion has other objectives. We hear the dreams and aspirations of some of Scotland's most dangerous prisoners as they turn their lives around through cutting the hair of fellow inmates on a daily basis. We discover how hairdressing is helping many of Scotland's prisoners come to terms with their crimes and preparing them for life on the outside.
WORK tells the story of two coke addicts. During the last decade it has started its triumphal march through Western performance society. Documentary author shows both the seductive and the fatal aspects of the drug. This milieu survey boldly blurs the boundaries between documentary and animation film: 14,000 frames become elaborate hand-crafted illustrations in order to make the protagonists unrecognizable.
Hanna was adopted by an Israeli couple, in a time that was a dark age for Romania and many children were taken out of the country without any legal papers. She has been living for the past years in Israeli boarding schools. Now, nearing 18, after fierce argument with her adopting parents, she is determined to discover the truth about her real roots and is embarking on a significant journey to find her mother in Romania.
What would it be like, to enter into the life of a complete stranger? People evolved from two chance encounters in the streets of London. Originally begun as a documentary project, the film soon developed its own distinct dynamic where the confines between fact and fiction became blurred. Questions arise. Questions about the relationship between filmed and filmmaker and about real and imagined realities.
Five Young men met in the late 1960s when they were working at one of the most important state-owned factories of Franco’s dictatorship: the Pegaso automotive plant. United by their ideals, they organized divisions of the CCOO workers’ union and the PSUC Catalan communist party, then clandestine. They risked their lives and against Franco. Only the strong bonds of friendship enabled them to overcome the obstacles and make the Pegaso factory a pioneer in attaining workers’ rights at the end of the 1970’s.
Today the rescue worker Martin goes to work just as he has often done during the last 6 years. But this is not a normal day for him. It is his last day at Kolga-Jaani Command Unit. Martin will lose his job due to a national cost-savings programme when his Command Unit in a remote Estonian settlement is closed down for good.
GRANDMA brings together grandfather, grandmother, and grandson in a playful magic-realist documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one. It documents with great intimacy the larger-than-life character of Teta Kaabour, her telling of the trials of her violinist husband and his Beirut, as well as her imaginings of what awaits her beyond death. Meanwhile, the deceased violinist circles them with his seven violin improvisations that serve as the impetus of the film and its soundtrack.
A birthday celebration brings together an ordinary four member family five years after their last gathering. They start questioning what made them turn away from each other. Through the ritual of family meals, the film unveils how important it is to feel accepted by our loved ones.
October 2010, the historical building of Fiat Grandi Motori in Turin is going to be dismantled. Two Rumanian homeless – modern beckettian heroes and the quiet veteran of the abandoned factory Gica called the “managing director” live in a limbo of alternating moments of desperation, repressed violence and deep humanity. The abandoned factory becomes the stage of their personal “tragicomedy” whose last act will stretch over the final phase of demolition.
Citadel captures, through a technique of apparent explosive disorder, the disturbing and mysterious place of the male prison in La Paz, Bolivia. The film attempts to expose life inside the detention facility which does not adhere to the traditional icons of prison as some inmates’ wives and children live alongside the prisoners. Despite physical marginalization and the punitive prejudice, this unique coexistence alongside the tenement architecture constructs an unexpected community.