Switzerland

MIEL ET CENDRES – HONIG UND ASCHE

Drei Frauen und ihr sehr persönlicher Kampf gegen eine verklemmte tunesische Männergesellschaft stehen im Zentrum dieses Films. Drei Frauen versuchen ihr Leben und ihre Beziehungen mit Männern zu meistern. Obwohl sie aus verschiedenen sozialen Schichten stammen und verschiedenen Alters sind, kreuzen sich ihre Wege und zeigen subtile Formen des Patriachats auf.

Tunesien/CH 1996
Regie: Nadia Farès
80 min, 35mm, Farbe, OmU

Millions Can Walk

Hundreds of thousands of Indian men and women – indigenous inhabitants and landless farmers – demand their right to existence by making a 400 kilometre protest march from Gwalior to Delhi. How can one fight for one’s rights without using violence? With such an important contemporary question, the film spreads far beyond the borders of India. It shows the multiple facets of this imposing protest march and focuses as well on the daily realities of these proud people.

Indien/ Schweiz 2014
Regie: Christoph Schaub, Kamal Musale
88 min, Farbe, DCP, OmdU
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Mulhapar

Pakistan is a country that most often attracts attention through its negative headlines and is mentioned in the same sentence as violence and intolerance. But the village Mulhapar, which is located in the plains of the Punjab, is shaped by diversity: rich and poor, Muslims and Christians, young and old live here together. In poetic images this film portrays a village that lives in conflict between tradition and the influence of globalization and thereby shows a different facet of Pakistan.   read more

MUSIKLIEBE

Three musicians whose life stories couldn’t differ more: two women and one man connected through far more than their passion for music. All three broke off successful careers in their home countries in order to make a new life in Switzerland. Pianist Tamriko Kordzaia from Georgia gives concerts besides teaching at a music school, composer and singer Samir Essahbi from Morocco performs regularly with his band and singer Ülkü Fazilet Bozkurt from Turkey is starting to perform publicly again. An insightful approach to passionate musicians and their new beginnings as immigrants. read more

NAMIBIA CROSSINGS

The Hambana Sound Company is a troupe made up of 12 musicians and singers, gathered from all over the world. A search for the origins of music becomes a testing experience for each individual, taking them to the edge at times. Encounters with local music groups in remote provinces trigger a range of emotions – dramatic and euphoric as well as sad.

Switzerland 2004
Regie: Peter Liechti
92 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Förderverein Special

NO MORE SMOKE SIGNALS

A lonely radio station on a small hill in South Dakota, founded by activists of the Native American resistance movement in the 1970s: KILI RADIO, “Voice of the Lakota Nation”. A forgotten place between struggle and hope, between the Native American myth and everyday life in the most indigent reservation of the US. KILI RADIO brings everything together. Instead of smoke signals KILI send signals through the vastness of the landscape in a wonderful mix of humor and melancholy.
 

USA/CH 2009
Regie: Fanny Bräuning
90 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
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OKHOTNIK (The Hunter)

In an isolated village in the Kazakhstan mountains, Erken, a boy of 12, lives with his mother, a beautiful and alluring single woman. One night, when the mother is visited by a hunter, Erken steals the latters horse and his gun to hold up a shop. Sought by the police, he is found by the hunter who gives him a choice: to go to prison or to go and live with him in the mountains. Thus begins a voyage of initiation, in the course of which the hunter tries to pass on his taste for and understanding of life. read more

OPTIMISTI

Five scenarios in which people have trouble distinguishing truth from illusions. Each segment reflects the motto of Voltaire’s Candide: “Optimism is insisting everything is good, when everything is bad.” (IMDb)

Serbia/Spain/Switzerland 2006
Regie: Goran Paskaljevic
95 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Rotterdam 06

PIZZA BETHLEHEM

Nine young women who play football for FC Bethlehem are at the center of Bruno Moll’s film. The team mirrors the ethnic composition of Bern’s neighborhood where the girls live. In an affectionate and humorous way the film observes everyday life of the young women at school, in relationships, jobs and their families, and of course women’s football is celebrated. Moll asks the women about their self-conception, their dreams and fears, religion, education and love.
 

CH 2010
Regie: Bruno Moll
90 min, HDCam, Farbe, OF mit dt./frz. UT
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RAJAS REISE

The film recounts the mysterious story of the Indian elephant Raja that journeyed through the forests of Kerala via Lisbon to Vienna in the year 1550. The reconnaissance trip made by Gandhi-activist P.V. Rajagopal on Raja’s route provokes surprising associations. The film reenacts the little elephant’s imprisonment, training and appearances at temple ceremonies – until he was ambushed as a status symbol by European rulers. It is a story of misappropriation that continues today.

Switzerland 2007
Regie: Karl Saurer
78 min, Beta SP, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Bozner Filmtage 07; In Anwesenheit von Karl Saurer; In Kooperation mit Reck Filmproduktion Zürich und Cine Tirol
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RYNA

16-year-old Ryna is the daughter of a poor Rumanian who runs a gas station in a small community on the Donau. Ryna has been brought up as a boy because her father had longed for a son. Zenide’s film is about strong family ties, about a daughter’s search for her mother, and about a despotic father slowly losing his grip, but also about poverty, social suppression and the abuse of power by those who rule under the guise of a false freedom. Ryna shows the awakening of a young girl’s soul and the pain that goes with it. Caught between traditional values and materialistic dreams, Ryna finally pays a high price in order to preserve her identity. read more

Shana: The Wolf’s Music

A film about a young girl’s coming of age. Shana is a gifted violinist and lives with her father on an Indian reservation in Canada. It has now been two years since Shana’s mother disappeared in the woods and neither she nor her father have overcome her death. While he drowns his sorrows in alcohol, Shana spends more and more time in the forest. Now she only plays her instrument in the woods, magically attracting a white wolf, her spirit animal, and Shana’s spiritual journey begins. read more

SIN QUERER

Botschaft taucht eines Tages der junge Ingenieur Mario aus der Hauptstadt Buenos Aires im patagonischen Kaff San Lorenzo auf, das mit der Außenwelt nur durch eine nichtasphaltierte Landstraße und einen mittlerweile stillgelegten Bahnhof verbunden ist. Patagonien: Eine weite ockerfarbene, wüstenähnliche Landschaft am Fuße der Anden. Unbarmherziger Wind bläst durch die Schluchten. Die Lagunen – glitzernd in der Sonne – sind alljährlich das Ziel unzähliger Flamingos, die sich auf der Suche nach dem Sommer hier niederlassen. Doch dieses Jahr kommen nicht nur die Flamingos, sondern auch Mario. Er hat den Auftrag, eine Trasse für den Überlandtransport eines Ausflugdampfers zu vermessen, die durch San Lorenzo zum entfernt liegenden Inlandsee führen soll. Für die Bewohner des Städtchens ist dies das Ereignis des Jahres. Sie bereiten Mario einen herzlichen Empfang, denn das Unternehmen verspricht einen wirtschaftlichen Boom und vor allen Dingen einen Ausweg aus der alltäglichen Eintönigkeit – Hoffnungen und Sehnsüchte werden geweckt. Das Schöne bei den Leuten in Patagonien ist, daß es eine Poesie der Hoffnung gibt. Das kann die geringste und absurdeste sein. Im Film ist es ein Schiff. „Es ist eine TEOREMA-Situation in Patagonien, die alte Geschichte vom Fremden, der in eine geschlossene Gemeinschaft kommt und sie aus ihrem täuschend stabilen Gleichgewicht bringt.” (Frankfurter Rundschau) „Seit Buñuels CET OBSCUR OBJET DU DÉSIR (1977) ist die Spanierin Angela Molina auf den Part der männernarrenden, rätselhaften Verführerin spezialisiert. In der obsessiven Beziehung Amados zu Juanita wirkt TRISTANA (1969) nach, in der bedrohlichen Atmosphäre des Ortes Buñuels mexikanischer Film EL RIO Y LA MUERTE (1954)” (FAZ) „Ein Westernmotiv und ein Motiv des Heimatfilms. Auch San Lorenzo ist so ein Ort an einer imaginären Zivilisationsgrenze. Hier ist die Weite der umgebenden Landschaft vor allem erdrückend. Und die Trockenheit, heißt es, zwingt die Bewohner des Ortes, züchtig zu sein. Aber einmal im Jahr kommen die Flamingos und mit ihnen der Regen. Und mit dem Regen der Schlamm, das Gewürm und die Unzucht.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) „Ein stiller, poetischer Film des begabten argentinischen Autor-Regisseurs Ciro Cappellari (38), dessen spröde Reize sich dem sofort erschließen, der schauen, hören und vor allem fühlen will. Fein beobachtete Menschen-Schicksale offenbaren sich, wie man eine exotische Landschaft entdeckt – zögerlich aber neugierig.” (AZ, München) Angela Molina: „Es ist keine Höflichkeitsfloskel, wenn ich sage, daß die Arbeit mit Ciro etwas Besonderes war. Ich habe schon mehrere Filme in Südamerika gedreht, aber noch nie an einem so kargen Ort., in dem die herzlichsten Menschen wohnen. Ciro war plötzlich einer von ihnen – und auch wieder nicht: Wenn er als Regisseur auch europäische Einflüsse spüren läßt, wenn er vor der Kamera Visionen real werden läßt, so verrät er nie deren Geheimnisse an eine sich anbiedernde Vordergründigkeit. Wie ein geliebtes Buch entführt der Film einen in eine andere Welt.” read more

SIRA – SONGS OF THE CRESCENT MOON

Sira is a collection of 5 million verses telling the stories of the nation of the half moon. 80-year-old Sayyed es-Dawwy is the last of the living poets of the greatest of all Arabic epics. For generations the verses have been told mouth to mouth and that is why he wants to pass them on to his grandson Ramadan. But while Sayyed wants Ramadan to learn them in the traditional way, the young man is only interested in contemporary interpretations. The film accompanies them on their concert tour through Egypt and shows the world between tradition and modernity.
 

Switzerland/Egypt 2011
Regie: Sandra Gysi, Ahmed Abdel Mohsen
77min, 35mm, Farbe, OmU
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SORELLE D’ITALIA – SISTERS OF ITALY

What does female Italy think about its president Silvio Berlusconi? The filmmakers approached 101 different women on the street in various Italian regions and asked them to offer their opinion about Silvio Berlusconi and his government policy. The given comments range from subjective expressions of sympathy to critical reflections on his political slips, unfolding a multifaceted picture of the omnipresent media figure of president Silvio Berlusconi.
 

Switzerland/Italy 2011
Regie: Lorenzo Buccella, Vito Robbiani
78min, Video, Farbe, OmeU
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SPUREN EINER MISSION – Tracks of a Missionary

TV presenter Katherina Deuber searches for traces her great grandfather has left in Ghana. More than hundred years ago he came to the African west coast to work for the Basel Mission. Furthermore, he met his wife there who accompanied him ten years after at his return to Switzerland. Are there actually any proofs for Arnold Deuber’s stay in Ghana? Are the achievements of the Basel missionaries still visible today? The journalist begins to research in conjunction with Hans-Ruedi Roth who has lived in Ghana for more than 60 years. Their search starts at “Basel Street” in Accra.
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STORYTELLERS (Sud – les diseurs d’histoires)

Africa ought to live, telling stories, Africa needs to love itself today, Africa has to resist and the best weapon is ist culture, ist identity. A film is like a lourney where meetings occur. From the land of the pharaos to the countries where ebony is hidden – storytellers.

Switzerland/Italy 1998
Regie: Mohammed Soudani
90 min, Video, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festivals: Locarno 1998, Kino Otok – Izola Cinema 05; In Anwesenheit von Mohammed Soudani

SWEEPING ADDIS

SWEEPING ADDIS ist eine Hommage an die vermummten Straßenfegerinnen von Addis Abeba, der Hauptstadt Äthopiens. Ein behutsames und vielschichtiges Por-trät vierer beeindruckender Überlebenskünstlerinnen.

Switzerland 2006
Regie: Corinne Kuenzli
50 min, Beta SP, Farbe, 50 min, OF mit dt. UT
Nominiert für ray Filmmagazin-Dokumentarfilmpreis; In Anwesenheit von Corinne Kuenzli; In Kooperation mit Reck Filmproduktion Zürich, Weltladen (Universitätsstraße 3, Innsbruck) und Renner Institut
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TAKE OFF

The exciting life of Eben Mireku from Ghana. A rags-to-riches story told in a peculiar way focussing on his dream: to reactivate the railway of Ghana. It is a movie about development and about ethical values. What could be the meaning of development and why do human beings always reach for development? In what direction should this development go? Should one be supported in this process? How? An essay about responsibility of enterprises in a difficult environment.

Switzerland 2013
Regie: Bruno Moll
93 min, DCP, OmU
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TELLING STRINGS

The film connects the history of two generations of Palestinians: Elias Jubran (born 1933), a music teacher and oud builder in Al Jaleel in Galileo, and his children who all live totally different lives in Israel, or have even left the country in search of a more open existence. What is necessary so that a culture – stuck in the threatening environment of the Israeli State – may continue to develop? A music film from Palestine. The film questions cultural identity between protest, resignation and hope. read more