Sotiris is a police interrogator. He has an obsession: he needs to be fair. He judges the suspects after his personal morale and against the law. With the intention to save another innocent soul, he accidentally kills a security guard. Dora, a lonely cleaning lady who leads a breathless life trying to make ends meet, is the only witness to the crime. Although Sotiris and Dora like each other, love, honesty and justice are anything but easy to combine.


Greece 2012
Regie: Filippos Tsitos
107 min, 35mm, OmeU
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The organisation Ekta Parishad supports the poor Indian population of the Adivasi in their struggle for land and water. Tightening the villages’ communities ist the first step towards reaching their goals through non-violent resistance. The organisation’s charismatic founder P.V. Rajagopal and his coworkers hold a seminary for young villagers to help them build solidarity within their communities.


Switzerland/India 2012
Regie: Karl Saurer
65 min, DCP, OmU


A father, an unemployed academic, who hardly suits to be a hero, is meant to take his 8-year-old son from the injust regime in Argentina into freedom, in order to guarantee a better life for him. AMIGOMÍO is a road movie. In two ways. The story of escape and a journey through inner landscapes. The present and the past connect, political commitment meets poetic realism. AMIGOMÍO is a film of pictures. Pictures that approach you like a punch in the face, pictures that overwhelm and free you at the same time. read more


A woman falls from the sky and falls asleep, a man also falls from the sky and looks around, puzzled. The first picture of the boy tells us that he has been here before, and now peacefully looks at a bug and kills it. The story about three people takes place in the embrace of the nature, water, earth, forest, sky. ARCHEO is a film of genuine relationships, of form and photography, without commentaries, words, social, psychological and historical contexts.


Slovenia 2011
Regie: Jan Cvitkovič
80 min, 35mm, ohne Dialog
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Kamen meets Avé, a 17-year-old runaway girl, outside of Sofia. He is hitchhiking to Ruse, and she accompanies him without being asked to. This road movie starts into Northern Bulgaria and goes into the present of a country that has not quite managed to keep up with the rest of the world. And two young lost souls are on the road through this present and slowly discover their feelings. A strong portrait and a film about the young age that allows one to reinvent life.

Bulgaria 2011
Regie: Konstantin Bojanov
86 min, 35mm, OmU
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Bab el-Oued is a turbulent, historic district of Algiers. Here the young Boualem works in a bakery. One afternoon he wants to get some rest at his home, he is startled by the voice of the cantor. Put in a sudden anger, Boualem dismantles the speaker with fierce determination and throws it into the sea. BAB-EL OUED CITY is the moving chronicle of a youth generation whose future is obscured by the economic crisis and growing intolerance: a universal image of an entire generation of today.

Algeria 1994
Regie: Merzak Allouache
93 min, 35mm, OmU read more


BAYIRI – LA PATRIE shows the life of people who once had to leave Burkina Faso and tried to start a new life in Côte d’Ivoire. When civil war starts in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002, the Burkinese have to flee again. They are brought to the refugee camp Operation Bayiri in Burkina Faso, where particularly the women have to endure hunger, violence and arbitrariness by rebels and policemen. Biba, a strong young woman also has to stay in Bayiri. Despite her unwanted pregnancy due to rape commited by a rebel boss she tries her best to provide for her friends and herself. Zodo, a tug, helps her as good as he can. read more


Roland „Mundungaze“ Pickl, an Austrian musician and producer who lives in Mozambique has founded „Positivo Mocambique“ together with rapper Helio D. Vanimal. The project uses music as media to draw attention to the disease AIDS. In dialogues, everday life scenes and trips through the country, the two musicians tell about the huge problems of Mocambique: There are still aftermaths of war, many people are poor, hungry and unemployed – and a lot of them suffer from HIV/AIDS. But BOM DIA INHAMBANE also tells about the beauty of the country and the positive influence of music on the people. read more


Summer in the city: Rome is deserted, the cinemas are closed. Nanni Moretti roams around the city on his Vespa. Shortly afterwards he drives to Lipari to the sea. Moretti wants to work there but traffic and mass tourism stop his efforts. So he carries on. Finally when he reaches Alicudi at the edge of Italy he manages to write his new movie. Nanni Morettis melancholic late summer game of deception between fact and fiction brought him the Award as Best Director in Cannes in 1994.


Italien 1993
Regie: Nanni Moretti
101 min, 35mm, OmU
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Konrad Zuse und die Erfindung des Computers Judith Holzer & Rosa Eidelpes, 2010, 20 min

St. Martin Clemens Purner, 2012, 14 min

Hotel Room Bernd Oppl, 2011, 6 min

Die Welt sehen – Der Fotokünstler Paul Albert Leitner Tristan Zahornicky, 2012, 33 min


366 Tage Johannes Schiehsl, 2011, 12 min

Berlin Recycler Nikki Schuster, 2012, 6 min

Unser Lied Catalina Molina, 2012, 29 min

White Light/White Heat Rainer Kohlberger und Wilm Thoben, 2011, 7 min read more

DESEMBARCOS – Es gibt kein Vergessen

Tens of thousands of people were captured, tortured and murdered in Argentina between 1976 and 1982. How to deal with these facts? What effect can a film have against the horror of the past? Is it enough to document crime and to commemorate the victims, or can a film contribute to the rehabilitation of the past in other ways? DESEMBARCOS, which is the result of a workshop with film students, tries to answer these questions and documents the development of a culture of remembrance.

Germany/Argentina 1989
Regie: Jeanine Meerapfel, Alcides Chiesa
74 min, DCP, OmU
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The integration debate in Germany in 1985: Melek, a 38-year-old Turkish woman, is fed up. After fourteen years she leaves Berlin and returns back home. Even though she does not fulfill any of the expected clichés of “the Turks” that there were back then, she has never really felt accepted in Germany. Jeanine Meerapfel portraits a strong woman and analyses stereotypical ideas and racist attributions. Definitely a document of the time. But more up to date than ever.

Germany 1985
Regie: Jeanine Meerapfel
88 min, DCP, dt. OF
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A career woman with Yugoslavian roots and a sophisticated musician, whose father was stationed in the Balkans during World War II, meet in Yugoslavia. She feels like a stranger and feels damned to be homeless, and he finds it hard to deal with his father’s Nazi past. They pretend to be in love in front of their parents and go on a journey through Montenegro: a touching love story. DIE VERLIEBTEN shows damaged identities and broken existences, but on top of all it opens a look at a landscape of aspiration that very soon got torn to catastrophe by fanaticism and profiteering. read more


It is the summer of 1976 in a valley of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. Manuela, educated according to the communist and atheistic ideals of her beloved father, believes her parents to be on a revolutionary mission in Colombia, while she and her five-year-old brother Camilo have to spend the summer at their grandparents’ farmhouse. Of course, in a catholic-conservative household a nine-year-old’s Marxist world outlook will cause trouble. The grandmother, alarmed by the harmful influence Manuela has on the rest of the family’s kids, threatens to send her back to her parents unless she accepts to be baptized… read more


ESSAHA is an Algerian musical comedy, in which a group of juveniles defend “the Square“, a place where they live, against a company which plans to build a shopping mall right there. None of them has got a job or a chance for it. Violence, drugs and illegal migration are everywhere, and the threat of an acquisition of their living space by the concerns is huge. To write a humoristic musical about all that seems inappropriate. However the ironic songs in different music genres create an atmosphere of hope which makes everything a little brighter. read more


In Guatemala, civil war is officially over since 1996. Nevertheless people still desperately long for peace. Violence which was brought to Guatemala by 36 years of war is still everywhere. Each day it claims more victims. Virtually everyone could be a murderer. However not only the suffering from post-war trauma leads to unending conflicts. Global fights about cheap ressouces also add to more violence. In his documentary, Fritz Ofner searches for the roots of destruction and shows how people in Guatemala cope with the danger in their everyday life. read more


RAT FEVER is a popular expression, typically heard in the city of Recife located in the Northeast region of Brazil for someone who is out of control – an angry person. And it is with this very expression that Zizo, a non-conformist poet with anarchistic attitudes, names his small tabloid that he publishes at his own cost. One day all convictions of Zizo seem to crumble when faced with the innocent Eneida. This is the beginning of the poet’s transformation, and she becomes the antenna that will guide, from that moment, the desires of the poet. read more

Forbidden Voices

The film tells the story of three female bloggers from Cuba, Iran and China who risk their lives every day. Yoani Sánchez, Farnaz Seifi and Zeng Jinyan do not get intimidated by their countries‘ dictatorial regimes. These young women represent a cross-linked generation of modern resistance fighters who threaten the federal information monopoles of their countries through their blogs, with facebook, youtube and twitter. The Swiss filmmaker Barbara Miller accompanies these modern rebels and shows how they denounce the falsities in their homelands, build political pressure and cause worldwide response by doing so. read more


The history of the Aeolian Islands is a history of arriving and leaving, it is a history of escape and retreat. For some the islands which are UNESCO world heritage are like jail, for others they are mystical places of desire. Film makers were fascinated by them since the beginning of the age of cinema. Giovanna Taviani tells the story of the islands as film history. She tells of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman, of Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti, of Nanni Morett, Massimo Troisi and the Taviani Brothers. In short: she bows to the Italian cinema and its favorite coast. read more


The late night car ride into the morning of the city goes in the wrong direction. Only after a while one realizes that everyone is going backwards, into the darkness of reality. This baffling metaphor starts off a trip to Cambodia’s unknown film history. Between 1960 and 1975 almost 400 films were made in Phnom Penh, only 30 of them being left over. The Khmer Rouge burnt and rotted them, just like they did with numerous studios and cinemas. Director Davy Chou, grandson of one of the most prominent producers of the ‘golden age’, reconstructs the cinematographic heritage of his country. read more


After 30 years abroad, Algerian-Swiss filmmaker Mohammed Soudani returns to his homeland to find it scarred by years of civil war. Accompanied by Swiss photographer Michael von Graffenried, who has documented the Algerian civil war since 1991, Soudani seeks out the photographer’s subjects to discover the human fate behind the photo. Many individuals did not even know they were being photographed at the time, and for some this is the first time they discuss harrowing memories.


CH/FR 2002
Regie: Mohammed Soudani
90 min, DCP, OmeU
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Cemal Miran, a student, joins the Kurdish Democratic Movement in Turkey. After the military coup in 1980, he is arrested and brutally tortured. He fights against the persecution in prison with a 40-day hunger strike, falling into a coma as a result. Upon awakening from the coma, Cemal finds that he is handicapped.

Switzerland 2003
Regie: Yusuf Yesilöz
52 min, Video (16:9), Farbe, türk.-dt.-kurd. OF mit dt. UT


Salina in the 1950s. A postman drag himself up the mountain with his last strength. He has the mail for Pablo Neruda, who is waiting for the end of his exile and for the Nobel Prize on the Mediterranean island. In Neruda the postman finds a friend who opens his eyes to the nature, love and poetry. The poet also sensitizes his new friend to politics, the fight for a good cause. IL POSTINO can be compared to the odes of Neruda: At first glance, it is a love letter to life in all its facets, at second glance, a quiet question about the things that really matter. read more


„If Hitler had not existed, I would have become a German-Jewish child, more German than Jewish, born in a small southern German village. But I was born in Argentina, my native language is Spanish. In 1960 I moved to Germany.“ This is Jeanine Meerapfel‘s baseline, from which she begins her search for the roots of her own Jewish identity, a search that will confront her with German reality that she keeps finding. So she tracks down the question of what it means today to live as a Jew in Germany by presenting subjective and objective realities. read more