Short films: Block VI. Give Us Our Voice Back

dir. Sarra Abed (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); Paulo Patrício (“Your name is”); Petr Lom (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); Moïse Togo (“$75 000”); Eliane Esther Bots (“In Flow of Words”) / 2020 – “To nigdy nie jest czas kobiet” (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); 2021 – “Na imię jej…” (“Your Name Is”); “List do san zaw htwaya” (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); “$75 000” (“$75 000”); “Potok słów” (“In Flow of Words”) / Canada (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); Portugal, Belgium (“Your Name Is”); Netherlands (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”; “In Flow of Words”); France, Mali (“$75 000”) / 104min.
In many parts of the world human rights are constantly being violated. Therefore, by showing an unmanipulated picture of the world, independent documentary filmmakers play such an important role. This block showcases the results of their relentless pursuit of truth.

“Ain’t No Time For Women”
dir. Sarra Abed / 2020 / Canada / 19min.
Cinematography: Catherine Lefebvre
producer: Isabelle Grignon-Francke / Club Vidéo
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – HOT DOCS Toronto

Will the time for women finally come in Tunisia?
Tunis, November 2019. A group of women is gathered at Saïda’s, the hairdresser, on the eve of the presidential election.
The salon is transformed into a town square, mirroring the internal turmoil of the country. In this female sanctuary, we get an intimate look at the country’s teenage democracy.

 

“Your name is”
dir. Paulo Patrício / 2021 / Portugal, Belgium / 24min.
Cinematography: Paulo Patrício
producer: Vanessa Ventura, Nuno Amorim, Thierry Zamparutti, Serge Kestemont / ANIMAIS AVPL, AMBIANCES ASBL, LUNA BLUE FILM
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao

A story about a gradually spiral of violence and a growing sense of impunity.
The look at the murder case of Gisberta Salce Jr, a transsexual, HIV-positive, homeless drug addict who was brutally tortured and raped for several days straight by a group of 14 teenagers in Porto, Portugal, in 2006.
Centered around topics like memory, social status, violence, discrimination and gender identity, “Your Name Is” explores the disturbing account of two of the convicted teenagers, now young men, and the memories of Gisberta’s transexual friends, confronting different perspectives and dimensions of the human condition.

 

“Letter To San Zaw Htway”
dir. Petr Lom / 2021 / Netherlands / 25min.
Cinematography: Bo Thet Htun, Petr Lom
producer: Corinne van Egeraat / ZIN Documentaire B.V.
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – IDFA Amsterdam

Anonymous writers in this film seek inspiration from San Zaw Htway’s all too brief life to come to terms with the cruelty of this military regime
The brutal military coup of February 1st of 2021 destroyed ten years of fragile democratic transition in Myanmar and led to the death and imprisonment of thousands. Anonymous writers in this film seek inspiration from San Zaw Htway’s all too brief life to come to terms with the cruelty of this military regime. For he overcame 13 years of prison with wisdom, resilience and grace.

 

“$75 000”
dir. Moïse Togo / 2020 / France, Mali / 14min.
Cinematography: Félix Moy
producer: Natalia Trebik / Le Fresnoy
selected festivals and awards: 2022 – Sundance FF

The ridiculous belief in the supernatural abilities of the organs and skin of people who have no pigment in their body
Albinism, which is a genetic and hereditary abnormality, affects not only pigmentation, but also and above all the physical and moral conditions of people affected by it.
In some African communities, albinism continues to be extremely misinterpreted; a phenomenon based on false beliefs. These beliefs endanger the lives of people with albinism who are victims of discrimination, mutilation and ritual crimes.

 

“In Flow of  Words”
dir. Eliane Esther Bots / 2021 / Netherlands / 22min.
Cinematography: Daniel Donato
producer: Manon Bovenkerk / near/by film
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – Locarno IFF, 2021 – European Film Awards: best short film nominee

Interpreters of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia should be both present and absent. This film places them center stage.
“In Flow of Words” follows the narratives of three interpreters of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. They were born and raised there and survived the war in the 90’s.
Today they find themselves in the surreal position of having their own memories and emotions confronted with narratives from opposite sides of the conflict: those of the people accused of war crimes, and those of the victims with whom they can identify as countrymen. In the interpretation process, the interpreters have to be simultaneously present and absent: to be visibly neutral yet as invisible as possible, to get close to those involved yet keep their distance, to speak out yet stay silent. They have to deal with the contrast between their inner turmoil and what they are allowed to show on the outside. This film places their voices and experiences center stage.

duration:
104 min
country / year of production:
Canada (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); Portugal, Belgium (“Your Name Is”); Netherlands (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”; “In Flow of Words”); France, Mali (“$75 000”) / 2020 – “To nigdy nie jest czas kobiet” (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); 2021 – “Na imię jej…” (“Your Name Is”); “List do san zaw htwaya” (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); “$75 000” (“$75 000”); “Potok słów” (“In Flow of Words”)
director:
Sarra Abed (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); Paulo Patrício (“Your name is”); Petr Lom (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); Moïse Togo (“$75 000”); Eliane Esther Bots (“In Flow of Words”)
cinematography:
Catherine Lefebvre (“Ain’t No Time For Women”); Paulo Patrício (“Your name is”); Bo Thet Htun, Petr Lom (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); Félix Moy (“$75 000”); Daniel Donato (“In Flow of Words”)
producer:
Isabelle Grignon-Francke / Club Vidéo (“Ain’t No Time For Women”) Vanessa Ventura, Nuno Amorim, Thierry Zamparutti, Serge Kestemont / ANIMAIS AVPL, AMBIANCES ASBL, LUNA BLUE FILM (“Your name is”); Corinne van Egeraat / ZIN Documentaire B.V. (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); Natalia Trebik / Le Fresnoy (“$75 000”); Manon Bovenkerk / near/by film (“In Flow of Words”)
selected festivals and awards:
2021 – HOT DOCS Toronto (“Ain’t No Time For Women”) 2021 – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (“Your name is”); 2021 – IDFA Amsterdam (“Letter To San Zaw Htway”); 2022 – Sundance FF (“$75 000”); 2021 – Locarno IFF, 2021 – European Film Awards: best short film nominee (“In Flow of Words”)
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