MO TE IWI: Carving for the People is an intimate journey into the life of master carver Rangi Hetet. Taken out of school at age 17 by tribal elders to serve his apprenticeship, Rangi is one of the last traditional Māori carvers alive today who learned their craft in an era that straddled the ways of the old tohunga whakairo/master carvers and the modern world. The film reveals the interconnectedness of Māori arts, family and community and celebrates Rangi’s life of carving for the people.
International Documentary - Long Form
A documentary film about the legacy of the Holocaust in the Balkans, as seen through the eyes -and conflicting memories- of three Bulgarian Jewish survivors in New York. Chaim Zemach, a cellist; Robert Bakish, an engineer; and Misha Avramoff, a social worker struggle to place their unusual experiences during World War II in Bulgaria into the more common narrative of the Shoah. They question the value of their stories and debate whether they are true Holocaust “survivors.”
Here are a very old Korean mother and her son. They have lived together for over 45 years without a husband and father. 44 years after he died, they embarked on their first journey in 2014, when they headed for an old Buddhist monastery on the Himalayas. Then they had a pilgrimage for Mustang, the Buddhist kingdom and Myanmar. Finally, in 2017, when the mother got 83 years old, they embarked on their last journey for the sacred mountain, Kailash.
Safia, a devout Muslim woman from Bhopal joins a program for training women as Qazis (judges of Sharia court) . We follow the lived experience of Safia Apa and several other women who fight against the instant triple talaq practice – a divorce in classical Islamic law.
“Her Stories” narrates the struggles, successes, and dreams of three women from Syria. The unique storytelling technique delves into the challenges Fatma, Weam, and Malake had to face and the choices they were forced to take for their family, self, and land. From motherhood to abandoning families, disability and immigration, “Her Stories” discusses how the war moulded these women into revolutionary beings who defied cultural and societal barriers after living for ten years in a warzone.
Through a group of “classic” cyclists and their common interest in the classic bicycle, we’ll discover values that are being lost in our modern society, such as the importance of friendship, ecology, valuing the old, minimalism and, other important premises to achieve a happier, simpler and more fulfilled life with what really matters. As in life, in this documentary, bicycles transport us in our discovery, in our reflection.