Denmark

LES SAUTEURS

Mount Gurugu overlooks the Spanish enclave of Melilla on northern Africa’s Mediterranean coast. The European Union and Africa are separated here by a high-security border facility consisting of three fences. Refugees, mostly from the sub-Saharan region, live in the tree-covered foothills, from where they try to cross the land border between Morocco and Spain. One of them is Abou Bakar Sidibé from Mali, who in Les Sauteurs is both the protagonist and the one doing the documenting. Filmpate: Renner Institut Regie: Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner & Abu Sidibé Dänemark 2016 80min, OF­eUT

BYE BYE BLUEBIRD

After many years abroad Rannvá and Barba return to the love-hated country of their childhood like two exotic birds: the Faeroe Islands. But behind shrill facade of self-portrayal two deeply hurt people are hidden.   Denmark/Faröer-Inseln 1999 Regie: Katrin Ottarsdóttir 93 min, 35mm, Farbe, faröer-dänische OmU

The Magic Voice of Grassland

THE MAGIC VOICE OF GRASSLAND was made in Inner Mongolia (China) between 2009 and 2014. The film takes as its starting point the University of Hohhot, which is the top place to study throat singing. The film tells the story of how the ancient tradition that earlier passed from generation to generation has survived until today, and how important throat singing is for the modern Mongolian people’s culture and identity. DK 2015 Regie: Torben Glarbo 60 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English Subtitles