Films that develop the theme of Human Unity


AVFF2015_ADaughtersDreamA Daughter’s Dream
2014, India Fiction, 125 min
A Daughter’s Dream is a story of a 7-year-old girl, “Chingri”, who comes from a backward class, poor family living on the banks of river Ganga. She has a mother with asthma, a father with cannabis addiction and an elder brother, Budhua. Chingri is always lost in her own world, a world of water. Water means life, motivation and inspiration for her and she is blessed with a unique talent for swimming. Busy in her thoughts, she often ends up spoiling any work she does at home or even outside. The village considers her to be a misfit and good for nothing.

Being a girl child adds to the disadvantage for her as girls are deprived and considered useless in this male dominated society. Chingri always dreams of doing something for her family to recover from the burden of poverty and live a happy life, but being innocent and naïve she does not find a solution. One day she comes across a Behrupiya (a dying Indian art form, where the artist changes his character every day to earn a living and teach the values and morals of life) named Baba who, within no time, recognizes the talent in her and thus starts a beautiful relationship in which he starts guiding her to achieve her goals. Chingri also makes friends with God in a unique and interesting way, which is not understood by anyone including Baba and hopes that one day her wishes would come true.

One day she gets an opportunity to participate in the state swimming championship, but hell breaks loose as the village head warns her against participating in the competition. Despite much resistance both at home and outside, Chingri does not lose hope and with the help of Baba as her swimming coach and her brother she continues her preparation. Baba himself does not know swimming, but he teaches her the art of winning. Finally the day of the state swimming competition arrives and Chingri finds herself trapped in the sports politics and loses the competition. Chingri breaks down and is made fun of by the village folk that had gone with her. Baba reassures her that winning or losing one game does not make anyone a winner or loser. Finally Baba’s words come true when she wins the real game of life. While coming back in the boat, the boat starts sinking in the river and Chingri jumps in the river and saves everyone’s life, emerging not as a champion but as a real winner in life.

Director: Manto Pashupatinath
Script: Manto Pashupatinath, Jayshree Bhargava
Producer: Avi Keswani, Girish Keswani
Editor: Swapan Ray
Camera: Vishal Singh Rathore
Sound: B N Sharma

screening time: Saturday, 3rd Oct, 20.30, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_AboutNduguA Proposito De Ndugu
(About Ndugu)

2013, Spain Fiction, 16 min
Ndugu receives a letter from his new foster father in America, Mr Schmidt (played by Jack Nicholson in “about Schmidt”), who just lost his wife. Ndugu will search for a new wife for him.

Director, Script, Producer, Editor, Camera: David Muñoz
Sound: Beltran Rengifo
Cast: Dabiel Itumo
Contact: Burgos 21, Pozuelo De Alarcón, 28223 Madrid,Spain
Phone: 0034-677416560
Website: http://www.davidmunoz.es

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 18.06, Cinema Paradiso




AVFF2015_Ainu-Pathways-to-memoryAinu. Caminos A La Memoria
(Ainu. Pathways To Memory)

2014, Japan, Spain, Documentary, 82 min
Ainu. Pathways To Memory is a discovery documentary of the Ainu people in Japan. On a trip through the recovery of their identity, which takes us from Japan to Europe, we will find a people erased from history books and scarred by discrimination which pushed them close to their final extinction; people whose origins and language are still a mystery. The tangible journey takes us from Kanto and Hokkaido, in Japan, to European museums where a great part of the Ainu heritage is kept. The intangible journey takes us throughout testimonies of Ainu, Japanese and European people dealing with the situation of the Ainu people from different points of view.

The tour along the pathways to memory reveals an uncertain destiny. The growing interest in preservation of Ainu culture clashes with a reality of marginalization, which has reduced it to a mere museum piece. The repeated sentence “I am Ainu” expresses their willingness to overcome their lost marginal circumstances and recover their pride. However, the awakening of the Ainu people faces the mercantilist logic of a globalized world. Unavoidably, doubt creeps in what does being Ainu mean today?

Director, Script, Camera: Marcos Centeno Martín
Producer, Editor, Sound: Almudena Garcia Navarro
Postproduction: Ana Caravallo
Contact: Calle Sierra Llerena 20; 2º C 28038 Madrid,,Spain
Phone: 0034-675989076
Website: http://ainumemoryfilm.com/

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 9.30, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_TheRhythmOfTimeAu Rythme Du Temps
(Rhythm of Time)

2014, Algeria,Documentary, 20 min
An incursion into the world of emerging Algerian music. On camera, succeed artists and bands with various influences, which are at the heart of this new wave, from Algiers to Oran.

Director, Producer: Elias Djemil
Script: Elias Djemil, Guillaume Fournier
Editor: Adrien Danielou
Camera: Yannick Nolin
Sound: Michael Pineault
Contact: 690, Christophe-Colomb Ouest, Quebec City, Quebec G1N 2K4 Canada

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 21.32, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_BeyondReasonBeyond Reason
2012, USA,Documentary, 92 min
The spirit of modern science has always been a quest to understand the unknown. However, the modern scientific method can only take us so far as it is based only on our 5 senses. Our intellects are limited by our perceptions and our perceptions are limited by our senses. If we want to understand the ultimate truth, we need to move beyond reason. Beyond Reason is non-commercial, non-profit & educational and all proceeds go towards continued production of highly profound and thought-provoking documentary films.

Director, Script, Producer, Editor, Camera, Sound: Frank Huguenard
Cast: Kenny Felder, Gary Felder, Swami Tyagananda
Contact: 180 Mountainside Lane, Boone, North Carolina 28607, United States Of America
Phone: 001-6267657492
Website: http://www.beyondmefilm.com

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 17.04, SAIIER



AVFF2015_Beyond-the-picket-lineBeyond The Picket Line
2012, South Africa, Fiction, 81 min
Set in 1984 in South Africa, during apartheid, this is a story about a young white woman, Joan, who finds out that her father and her boyfriend torture and kill political activists. When Joan’s nanny hides an injured guerrilla, Molefe, in the servant’s quarters, Joan follows her conscience and helps take care of Molefe. When Joan’s boyfriend, Boetie, discovers Molefe and kidnaps him – it is up to Joan to save Molefe.

Director, Script, Producer: K. Lentsoe Serote
Editor: Vuyani Sondlo
Camera: Rangwetsana Maphike
Sound: Tinus Smit
Cast: Briony Howitz, Litha Booi, Jason Glanville, Charmaine Kwayema
Music: Themba Mkhize
Vfx: Tunde Ogundipe
Contact: 43 Garfield Road, Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape 7708, South Africa

screening time: Friday, 2nd October, 20.33, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_BlackIceBlack Ice
2014, The Netherlands, Documentary, 53 min
When the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, sets sail to protest the first-ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian Special Forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute. Their imprisonment, which saw worldwide media cast the Arctic 30 in the same mould as political prisoners like Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, lasted months. However, their resolve to try and stop oil drilling in the arctic was never broken.

Director, Producer, Editor: Maarten Van Rouveroy Van Nieuwaal
Script: Maarten Van Rouveroy Van Nieuwaal, Elaine Hill, Tom Lowe
Camera: Maarten Van Rouveroy Van Nieuwaal, Kieron Bryan, Stephen Nugent, Igor Kim
Sound: Tom Bijnen
Contact: Ottho Heldringstraat 5, Amsterdam, North Holland 1058 NB, Netherlands
Phone: 0031-646197322
Website: http://www.blackicemovie.net/

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 20.19, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_BuyBuyStPauliBuy Buy St. Pauli
2014, Germany,Documentary, 87 min
“What’s gone is gone! And will never come back!” Andreas says vigorously. He has been living in the post-war modernist “Esso-Houses” since 1988. With the “Esso-Häuser action group”, he is fighting against the demolition of his home, planned by one of the biggest players on Germany’s real estate market. For two years the film team accompanied him and many of his neighbours and fellow campaigners; in the houses, in the flats, at demonstrations and brush mobs, at meetings with architects in Paris, at press conferences and political discussions.

The “Esso-Houses” are gaining fame far beyond Hamburg – they have become a symbol for gentrification and the resistance against it. Finally, in 2014 the houses are gone. Knocked down. Also gone are the petrol station they were named after, the music clubs, the motel and the tenants – in short: many places and people that shaped the face of St. Pauli. But the achievement of the action group remains; the tenants now know how to exercise their rights. So this is not the end of the story: the people of St. Pauli insist on having say in the development of the site.

Director, Script: Irene Bude, Olaf Sobczak, Steffen Jörg
Producer: Steffen Jörg
Editor: Anke Wiesenthal
Camera: Irene Bude, Olaf Sobczak
Sound: Irene Bude, Olaf Sobczak, Timo Selengia
Music: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly; Goldene Zitronen; Ted Gaier; Chicks On Speed, Schwabingrad Ballett
Animation: Georg Krefeld, Maik Seehafer, Tanja Van De Loo
Contact: Pinnasberg 27, Hamburg 20359, Germany
Phone: 0049-1773005711
Website: http://www.buybuy-stpauli.de/

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 10.56, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_BehindTheMirrorCe Que Nous Avons Peut-Être Perdu
(Behind The Mirror)

2014, France, Documentary, 52 min
A group of twenty-four, 10-year-old pupils from a school in Nubra (Ladakh) (J&K) came to visit their pen pals in France for 2 months (with the help of a school exchange set up by the French association: Tisser la Paix). We follow 4 among them, from their village in Nubra, to their 5 different families in the south east of France: in the mountains (Alps), at the sea-side (Mediterranean sea), in the countryside, and in a big city. Without any shyness and with an amazing cleverness, children share with the camera their first feelings and thoughts about France; that what European people have may be lost… and what is behind the mirror.

Anne Riquier will introduce the film

Director: Christiane Mordelet, Stanzin Dorjai
Script: Christiane Mordelet
Producer: Robin Chiuzzi
Editor: Quentin Berthinier
Camera: Stanzin Dorjai
Contact: 42 Rue Malesherbes, Lyon, 69005, France

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 17.44, SAIIER



AVFF2015_EveryDayIsASmallLifeChaque Jour Est Une Petite Vie
(Everyday Is A Small Life)

2014, France, Fiction, 28 min
Living in a modest caravan amongst the tower blocks of a council estate on the Mediterranean coast, 80-year-old Rachel dreams of returning to her native Algeria. Her son, Simon, doesn’t want to know anything about it. Stella, her granddaughter describes them as “a really awful family”. Fortunately they are surrounded by the good humour of Yazid, alias Gino, and the entire neighbourhood.

Director: Albane Fioretti, Lou-Brice Leonard
Script: Albane Fioretti
Producer: La Ville et Les Champs
Editor: Lou-Brice Léonard, Camille Hubert
Camera: Forest Finbow
Sound: Ludovic Ellias, Hugo Rossi
Casting: Kader Bouallaga, Albane Fioretti, Thérèse Roussel, Frank Ferrari
Phone: 0033-617235510
watch trailer: https://vimeo.com/86902284

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 12.06, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_ChildrenOfConflictChildren of Conflict
2014, India,Fiction, 14 min
Children Of Conflict is based on a true story, which reflects the ground reality of the children residing in or around the different conflict regions of the globe. This film shows how a child gets involved in the conflict willingly or unwillingly and how it affects their future. Children of Conflict is dedicated to the late Mr. Sameer Gaffar who died accidentally in a mortar shell blast which occurred when Sameer and his cousin were exploring a pile of rubble. Not knowing what it was, they started playing with the morter shell when it exploded. May his soul rest in peace…

Director, Producer: Majid Imtiyaz
Script, Editor: Yasser
Camera: Arvind
Sound: Imran
Cast: Majid Imtiyaz, Yasser Jeelani, Mohammad Lateef, Wasim Sikander, Omer Mohi-Ud-Din, Malik Sameed, Imran Lateef Pathan, Subhash K Maskara, Arvind Keshri, Haneefa Begum, Soleah Salman, Ulfat, Mohammad Iqbal, Arfaat Mushtaq
Contact: Hari House, 205, Goma Lane, Versova, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061-India
Phone: +91-9796814555

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 17.45, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_daleki-susretiDaleki Susreti
(Far Encounters)

2013, Croatia, Documentary, 37 min
Vanja’s first visit to Moldova took an unexpected turn and became a long struggle to help the sick and the old on the margins of the Moldovan society. This struggle resulted in a modern nursing home built in Străşeni. Today, several years after she returned to Croatia, Vanja is preparing for her big return and reunion with people to whom she has become so deeply attached. In these short encounters Vanja and her collocutors unveil their inner worlds, their drives, differences and the tender feelings they have for one another. This is a film about the universal nature of human connections regardless of age and culture; it’s a film about the benefits of empathy, respect and care.

Director, Script: Vilim Zlender
Producer: Dijana Mladenovic
Editor: Nina Velnic
Camera: Marko Stanic
Sound: Ivan Zelic
Contact: Nova Ves 18, Zagreb, Croatia 10000
Phone: 00385-912051300
Website: http://kinematograf.hr

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 11.50, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_DiversamenteDiversamente – Un’ Esistenza Outsider
(Differently – An Outsider Existing)

2012, Italy, Documentary, 52 min
Diversamente is a documentary about the courage to choose in life. Cristiano, Martha and Antonio are the protagonists of courageous stories of life change in the name of love, passion and freedom. Christian is a climber who left all to follow his dreams. Martha is a dancer and decided to live in nature. Antonio is a modern faith warrior. Joined among their voices is the wiser comment of the Italian singer, Franco Battiato. Each of them has a different mind, away from social conventions.

Director: Lorenzo Marinelli
Script, Producer: Marco Gentile, Massimiliano Marcucci
Editor: Paolo Barone
Camera: Vincenzo Pascolo
Sound: Sound Ciak
Cast: Franco Battiato, Padre Antonio Maione, Cristiano Bacci, Martha Rubino, Rosetta Speranza

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 10.58, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_TheShelterEl Albergue
(The Shelter)

2014, México, Documentary, 84 min
Across from the railroad tracks, priest Alejandro Solalinde founds and builds a shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, to provide refuge and spiritual relief to Central American migrants. Solalinde’s struggle is interwoven with the changing lives of women and men who, motivated by their faith and need for dignified work, wait for their moment to defy danger and continue their journey to the north.

Director, Script, Camera: Alejandra Islas
Producer: Eli Bartolo
Editor: Alejandro Quesnel, Alejandra Islas
Sound: Jaime Oso Pavón, Cola De Tigre Estudio
Contact: Av. Insurgentes Sur No. 674, Colonia Del Valle, Delegación Benito Juárez, México, D.F. 03100,México
Phone: 0052-5554485339
Websites: www.imcine.gob.mx, sic.conaculta.gob.mx

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 19.30, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_ThePowerOfMusicBeyondMozartEl Poder De La Musica. Más Allá De Mozart
(The Power of Music. Beyond Mozart)

2015, Spain, Documentary, 33 min
In less than one hour, we’ll go through a journey full of discoveries, from the pure perception of music to the blurring of its boundaries leading to a new and unexpected universe. We’ll witness how Mozart’s music has a communicative power which goes through the mind’s barriers, even in disabled people, and we’ll feel that it is the key to open other dimensions we wouldn’t dare to dream of.

Director, Producer: Joan Montón
Script: Valentín Fernández-Tubau
Editor: Juan Tormo
Camera: Juan Tormo, Josep Toledo
Sound: Jorge Pérez
Cast: Enrique Salvador (Clarinetist), Micaela Iftode (Violin I), Joan Montón (Violin Ii And Narrator), Salomón Torres (Viola), Yolanda Bueso (Cellist), José Ángel González (Tenor),
Andrés Ramos (Conductor), José Tomás (W.A.Mozart), Eva Narejos (Dancer), José María Fern
Contact: Carrer d’Ángel Gumerá, 1, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: 0034-690819337
Website: http://www.conmotocambra.com

screening time: Monday 5th October, 22.06, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_EverydayRebellionEveryday Rebellion
2014, Austria, Documentary, 110 min
What does the occupy movement have in common with the Spanish Indignados or the Arab Spring? Is there a connection between the Iranian democracy movement and the Syrian struggle? And what is the link between the Ukrainian topless activists of Femen and the anti-government protests in Egypt? The reasons for the various uprisings in these countries may be diverse, but the creative, nonviolent tactics they use are strongly connected. Everyday Rebellion is a documentary and a cross-media project celebrating the power and the richness of creative nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide.

Director, Script: The Riahi Brothers
Producer: Arash T. Riahi
Editor: Nela Märki, David Arno Schwaiger
Camera: Mario Minichmayr, Arash & Arman T. Riahi, Dominik Spritzendorfer
Sound: Atanas Tcholakov, Abe Dolinger, Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, William Franck
Contact: Schlesische Str. 29/30, Berlin 10997, Germany
Phone: 0049-30473729
Website: www.riseandshine-berlin.de
watch trailer: https://vimeo.com/59188605

screening time: Tuesday 6th October, 20.03, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_FromDarknessToLightFrom Darkness to Light in Africa
2013, India, Documentary, 12 min
Semi-literate and illiterate mothers and grandmothers from remote villages of Africa come to India for 6 months to become solar engineers. During this period they will learn how to fabricate, install and repair equipment to solar electrify their villages once they return to Africa.

Director, Producer, Sound: Bata Bhurji
Script: Bunker Roy
Editor: Bata Bhurji, Francois Buisson
Camera: Ram Lal, Mohan Lal, Kailash, Francois Buisson, Bata Bhurji
Contact: SWRC Tilonia (Barefoot College) Via Madanganj, Kishangarh, Tilonia,Dist. Ajmer, Rajasthan 305816-India
Phone: 8290363959
Website: http://www.barefootcollege.org
watch online: https://vimeo.com/134431320

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 16.40, SAIIER



AVFF2015_SafeSpaceGeschützter Raum
(Safe Space)

2013, Germany, Fiction, 13 min
Patrick and Sara live a love story but they are also fighting together for refugee rights in Berlin. When harmless advance turns into a sexual assault, the group is forced to rethink their aims and the private story grows to an unwanted public dimension.

Director: Zora Rux
Script: Zora Rux, Christian Brecht
Producer: Fred Burle
Editor: Nina Caspers
Camera: Agnes Pakozdi
Sound: Tobias Rüther
Art Director: Sophie Luebben
Music: Dietrich Brüggemann
Casting: Maelle Giovanetti; Gorges Ocloo; Thelma Buabeng, Franziska Wulf; Viola Neumann
Sound Editing: Sebastian Morsch
Post Production: Tobias Weber
Contact: Zingster Strasse 1, Berlin, Germany
Phone: 0049-1609966241
Website: www.dffb.de
watch trailer: https://vimeo.com/99324187

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 10.35, Cinema Paradiso




2014, India, Documentary, 28 min
Aptly named Kathputli, the slum area of Shadipur depot in New Delhi is home to a myriad of third-generation performing artists – puppeteers, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers, monkey and bear handlers, jugglers, folk singers and magicians, to say the least.

Director, Producer, Editor, Sound: Ajay Kannaujiya
Script: Ajay Kannaujiya, Shalini Kumari
Camera: Jaymin Modi, Ajay Kannaujiya
3rd Camera Production Man: Ravi Jarpula
Local Research, Transport: Tapan Kumar
Cast: Arun Bhatt, Maya Pawar, Lakhan Pawar, Pooran Bhatt, Dilip Bhatt, Bhagwaan Das
Contact: National Institute Of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380007-India
Phone: 9913638870

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 11.18, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_GirlRisingGirl Rising
2011, International, Documentary, 105 min
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

Director: Richard E Robbins
Script: Marie Arana, Edwidge Danticat, Mona El-Tahawy, Aminatta Forna, Zari Kargar, Maaza Mengiste, Sooni Taraporevala, Manjushree Thapa, Loung Ung, Richard E Robbins
Producer: Tom Yellin, Holly Gordon, Martha Adams
Editor: Gillian Mccarthy
Camera: Islam Abdelsamie (Egypt), Adam Beckman (Nepal), David Morrison (Cambodia), Gina Nemirofsky (Sierra Leone), Michael Ozier (Afghanistan), Felipe Perez-Burchard (Peru), Kiran Reddy (India), Richard E. Robbins (Sierra Leone), Nicole Whitaker (Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti)
Sound: Katy Wood, Mitch Osias, Polly Mckinnon, Christopher S. Aud, Suhail Kafity
Cast, Voice Talent: Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Liam Neeson, Chloë Moretz, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington
Contact: 606, N Larchmont Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90004, United States Of America
Phone: 001-8083922879
Website: http://girlrising.com/

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 19.30, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_GrafstractGrafstract: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance
2014, USA, Documentary, 20 min
By enlisting the help of some of the world’s top street artists, J. “Sinxero” Beltran has made it his mission to legally beautify the Bronx; the birthplace of graffiti. Born and raised in the south Bronx, Sinxero, who was told by his 8th grade teacher that he wasn’t “good enough” to become an artist, is founder & creative director of Tag, public arts project. The organization’s mission is to enhance “the visual landscape of urban communities with art”. The film features veteran Bronx artists James “Sexer” Rodriguez, Luis “Zimad” Lamboy, the street art duo of Chris Stain and Billy Mode, who originally hail from Baltimore, and legendary NYC graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos.

Director, Script, Editor, Camera, Sound: Dan Perez
Producer: Dan Perez, J. Beltran
Contact: 5645, Coral Ridge Drive, 172, Coral Springs, FL 33076, United States Of America
Phone: 001-9546293483
Website: http://southfloridafilmmaker.com/

screening time: Wedneday, 7th October, 11.46, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_HimselfHeCooksHimself He Cooks
2013, Belgium Documentary, 66 min
In the Golden Temple in Amritsar, hundreds of volunteers prepare 100,000 free meals every day. The spontaneous choreography of many philanthropists’ hands reveals the essence and atmosphere of this fascinating place.

Director, Camera: Berteau, Witjes
Script, Producer: Berteau Valérie
Editor: Arazi
Sound: Schuremans
Cast: Eygenraam
Contact: Rue Colonel Chaltin 88, 1180, Brussels, Belgium
Phone: 0032-495436865
Website: http://www.polymorfilms.be

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 21.35, Cinema Paradiso



2013, UK, Kurdistan Fiction, 15 min
Living in a war zone, 10 year old Sami is forced to take decisions beyond his understanding; decisions that could deprive him of his childhood and change his life forever.

Director, Script: Kae Bahar
Producer: Mark Blaney, Jackie Sheppard, Kae Bahar
Editor: Simon Pearce
Camera: Phil Wood
Sound: Brain Grey
Art Director: Husin Zarin
Music: Alasdair Cooper
Casting: Nick Court, Bawar Landon Bangen, Ali Beritan Yildiztan
Sound Editing: Jessica Urban
Post Production: Jason R Moffat, Cory Christman
Contact: 2, Glebelands, Rushhill, Bath BA2 2QT, UK
Phone: 0044- 7932610370
Website: www.footprintfilms.co.uk
watch trailer: https://vimeo.com/97832771

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 11.03, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_karma-kitchenKarma Kitchen
2013, USA, Documentary, 3 min
What is the value of something that doesn’t have a price? That is the fundamental question raised every week at Karma Kitchen, a volunteer-run restaurant in Berkeley, California, USA. Based on an experiment in generosity, guests are presented with a bill totaling $0 at the end of each meal. Founder and volunteer Nipun Mehta explains how the opportunity to pay-it-forward for the next person opens our innate compassion and builds true community.

Director, Script, Producer, Sound: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Editor: Adam Loften
Camera: Elias Koch
Contact: P.O. Box 1164, Inverness, CA 94937, United States Of America
Phone: 001-4154579447
Website: www.globalonenessproject.org

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 21.28, Cinema Paradiso



2013, South Africa, Animation, 86 min
Life is not all black and white for Khumba, a young zebra born with only half his stripes. When his superstitious herd blames him for the sudden drought affecting the land, Khumba teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes. On his daring quest across the great Karoo Desert, Khumba meets a host of quirky characters and comes face-to-face with a tyrannical leopard in an epic battle to earn his stripes.

Director, Script: Anthony Silverston
Producer: Stuart Forrest, Mike Buckland, James Middleton, Anthony Silverston, Jean-Michel Koenig
Editor: Luke Mackay
Sound: Bruce Retief
Contact: Nila, Techno Park Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala 695581, India
Phone: 0471-3042500
Website: www.toonzanimationindia.com

screening time: Saturday, 4th October, 9.30, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_KingaliShaolinTempleKigali Shaolin Temple
2014, France, Documentary, 52 min
The Kigali Shaolin Temple, a kung-fu club in Rwanda, was started up in 1998 by a group of teenage orphans from the genocide led by kung-fu master, Manzi Ndizeye Bosco. Today, they find fulfillment in passing on their skills and teaching young Rwandans the values of sharing, tolerance and mutual respect. The visual beauty of kung-fu permeates the storyline as it highlights the resilience of a generation in a new born country: Rwanda, 20 years after. The founders have gone their separate ways but the bond remains.

Director, Producer: Magali Chirouze
Script: Claire Mollard, Magali Chirouze
Editor: FrançOis Pit
Camera: Jean-Luc Cohen
Sound: Nshimiyimana Jean Bosco, Stéphane Barsalou
Cast: Manzi Ndizeye Bosco, Mafumba Djuma, Bunani Djuma, Nzeyimana Edigar, Maude Charland-Lallier, Rwagasore Marcel, Ngendahimana Isaac, Nyabagabo Elias, Kayitare Claire, Ingabire Peace, Kubwimana Hakimu, Niringiyimana Ahmed, Dusabe Eric, Rukundo Désiré
Original Music: Matthieu Saglio
Co-Production: Les Ateliers Du Réel
Distributors: Vosges TéLéVision / Lyon Capitale Tv
Contact: 14 Chemin De La Cambuse, Lussas, Ardèche 07170, France
Phone: 0033-475945710
Website: http://www.adalios.com/fr

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 21.53, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_LOdysseePolaireL’Odyssee Polaire
(Arctic Odyssey)

2012, France, Documentary, 52 min
Six youngsters, who never had the chance to travel, are facing a challenge: fighting weather conditions, tiredness and pain during a trek in Lapland with Nordic skis, tents and pulkas. They will need to communicate and help each other to get through this journey. An enriching human adventure! Arctic Odyssey is an adventure in wild and desert landscapes. It’s a human adventure, far from everything, but close to each other. It is the will to discover a new world, cold & white, quiet & empty… but full of emotions and lessons about life. It’s growing up and joining hands.

Director, Script: Aurélien Cormier, Julien Riquier
Producer: Brice Picard
Editor, Camera: Aurélien Cormier
Sound: Julien Riquier
Music: Alexis Maingaud
Vfx; Jerome Pequin
Contact: 117 Rue De Charenton, Paris 75012, France
Phone: 0033-107467836
Website: http://www.signalflow.fr

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 16.52, SAIIER



AVFF2015_TheInvisibleREevolutionsL’Urgence de Ralentir
The Invisible (R)evolutions

2013, France, Documentary, 85 min
Individual and collective initiatives are arising around the world to face and cope with the continual acceleration of our lifestyles. These alternatives are the last shields against ecological, economic and social disasters, and they are also contributing to build a new world.

The film will be presented by the director and he will lead a discussion following the screening.

Director, Camera, Sound: Philippe Borrel
Script: Philippe Borrel, Based on an original idea by Noël Mamère
Producer: Fabienne Servan Schreiber And Estelle Mauriac
Editor: Marion Chataing
Contact: Cinétévé, 4, Quai Des Célestins, Paris 75004, France
Phone: 0033-148043000
Website: http://cineteve.com/documentaire/l-urgence-de-ralentir/

screening time: Friday, 2nd October, 19.30, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_LaLagrimaDeLaLibelulaLa Lagrima De La Libelula
(The Tear Of The Dragonfly)

2013, Spain, Documentary, 18 min
The Tear Of The Dragonfly talks about a journey from 8,000 metres high in the Himalayas down to the shores of the southern tip of India. As a visual poem centered on the human being, his surroundings and the different ways of surviving, the film goes through human history on Earth.

Director, Script, Producer, Editor, Camera, Sound: Daniel Requena Lambert
Colour Postproduction: Lola Forteza Del Rey
Contact: Calle de Narváez 22, 28009 Madrid, Spain
Phone: 0034-653325659
Website: http://lalagrimadelalibelula.tumblr.com/

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 10.56, Cinema Paradiso



2014, France, Japan, Animation, 3 min
La is a shy little blue boy. He is always singing alone on the line. One day he meets a little girl, Mi, crying and discovers friendship. He finds out that singing together with friends becomes melody.

Director, Script, Camera: Christophe Defaye, Olivier Defaye
Producer: Christophe Defaye
Editor: Yusuke Watanabe
Sound: Pierre Yves Drapeau
Animation: Yves Dalbiez, Yoshihide Sakida
Contact: 2-31-3 Houei Building 4F, Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, 150-0001 Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 0081-357863966

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 21.10, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_LeSemeurLe Semeur
(The Sower)

2013, Canada, Documentary, 78 min
In Quebec’s Kamouraska Valley, Patrice Fortier is putting down roots at his seed company, La Société des Plantes. Like a copyist in the middle ages, he is meticulously preserving rare and forgotten cultivars with the goal of breeding the “heirlooms of the future”. As Patrice gardens, he daydreams and transforms his harvests into art projects. The seasons come and go, his patience and care express his passion and knowledge, and his seed bank grows. His tiny storehouses of life will eventually sprout in thousands of vegetable gardens around the world. At the centre of this paean to plant biodiversity and agricultural heritage is a unique, genetically motivated seed producer. Watch: the impossible is underway.

Director, Script, Producer: Julie Perron
Editor: Michel Giroux, Alexandre Leblanc
Camera: Geoffroy Beauchemin, Sami Mermer
Sound: Guillaume Lévesque
Cast: Patrice Fortier, Rollande Labrie, Laurianne Morissette, Olivier Légaré, Monique Dupont
Sound Designing: Francine Poirier, Claude Beaugrand
Original Soundtrack: Olivier Légaré, Patrice Fortier
Contact: 2205, Rue Parthenais, #108, Montreal, QC H2K 3T3, Canada
Phone: 001-5143962651
Website: http://lesfilmsdelautre.com/

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 9.30, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_LesEnfantsDeDemainLes Enfants De Demain
(Children of Tomorrow)

2015, Documentary, 89 min
Les Enfants De Demain tells the story of the community “Le Hameau des Buis”, an eco-village located south of the Ardèche, in France. It is created around a school and a farm, where Sophie Rabhi, daughter of the agro-ecologist Pierre Rabhi, has been teaching for over ten years.

Following the lives of children from school, we can see the daily life of workers and residents of the hamlet, composed by retirees and also by young families with children. We can see the aspects of the common life of the people, their meetings during the month, where they meet to discuss the solutions to everyday problems to improve life, but also issues that affect the future. We will see the documentation of bioclimatic houses, from start to finish. Continuing on the subject of construction, we will document the work of volunteers throughout the duration of the shoot, to show the realization of what will be the future bakery of the hamlet. Following the work of volunteers, we will discover other volunteers involved with other aspects of life in the village, such as cheese, with Marco, the person who set up the cheese production. Another aspect that contributes to some of the self-production is the market gardening and greenhouse. Matthew is one of the leaders; he created the garden with the help of volunteers and residents of the hamlet. Cheese and land products are also sold in the small market that is taking place every Friday afternoon. With the different aspects that characterize the daily life of this community, I document the concrete reality of what appears to be a real project, and always in continuous evolution.

Director, Script, Producer, Editor, Camera: Fabrizio Inserillo
Sound: Veivecura
Contact: Via Mattei N 34, 90149 Palermo, Italy
Phone: 0039-3932815641
watch online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjHOmi9_faI

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 21.14, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_LesHommesDeboutLes Hommes Debout
(Upright Men)

2012, France, Documentary, 6 min
In memory and for the dignity of the victims of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. In Rwanda from 7th April – 4th July 1994: 1,000,000 women, men and children fell victims to a genocide targeting the extermination of the Tutsi population. The international community, the leading world powers and the United Nations passively stood by during these 100 days. Twenty years after the genocide, Upright Men is an art project designed by the visual artist Bruce Clarke, aiming to give presence to the victims, restoring their individuality and reaffirming their status in the human community. He proposes to represent in mural form, men, women, and children, larger than life, on genocide massacre sites and the facades of places of memory in Rwanda and throughout the world.

To film a ‘work of art in the making’ is a difficult exercise for one who wishes to convey the complex human dimensions of the creative act, especially when this process is combined with a collective approach, as is the case here. Not being personally familiar with the challenges of artistic creation nor particularly trained in art form critique, my ambition was limited to the sphere of the work of art’s symbolic representations. Colours, words, body expressions, body language, both in the painting itself and among the artists at work, were mainly sought for their political dimensions. Although in no way does this perspective prohibit an artistic appreciation of this work of art, it does focus on its symbolic links. This results, for example, in a production where the colour red will obviously point towards the rivers of blood that swept through Rwanda during the genocide of the Tutsi, but also, a creative act where the hands of the artists holding the brushes vigorously belie the handling of machetes.

Director, Script: Patrick Watkins
Producer: Patrick Séraudie
Editor: Philippe Guillabert
Camera: Pierre Vergnaud
Sound: Pierre Vergnaud, Serge Don Marino
Contact: 4, Avenue De La Paix, Eymoutiers, Auvergne 87120, France
Phone: 0033-14168471900
Website: http://www.pyramideproduction-films.com

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 10.29, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_LifeIsWaitingLife is Waiting: Referendum And Resistance in Western Sahara
2014, Western Sahara, USA, Documentary, 59 min
Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, the Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony. While an un-brokered ceasefire put an end to armed hostilities in the territory in 1991, the Sahrawi people have continued to live under the Moroccan armed forces’ oppressive occupation. What peace exists in the area is fragile at best. Tens of thousands of Sahrawis have fled to neighbouring Algeria, where over 125,000 refugees still live in camps that were intended to be temporary. In spite of these difficulties, a new movement, with youth at its centre, is rising to challenge human rights abuses and to demand the long-promised referendum on freedom. Today’s generation of young activists is deploying creative nonviolent resistance for the cause of self-determination. In doing so, they have persevered against a torrent of conflicting forces. While risking torture and disappearance at the hands of Moroccan authorities, they are also pushing back against those who have lost patience with the international community and are ready to launch another guerrilla war.
This new film from director Lara Lee will examine these tensions as it chronicles the everyday violence of life under occupation, giving voice to the aspirations of a desert people for whom colonialism has never ended.

Director, Producer: Iara Lee
Editor: Martin Eller
Camera: Yeray Martin Perdomo, Eduardo Souto Fraguas
Sound: Jordi Oriola Folch
Contact: 65 Broadway, Suite 807, New York, Ny 10006, United States Of America
Phone: 001-2123796430
Website: http://www.culturesofresistancefilms.com

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 9.30, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_SandMotherMadre Arena
(Sand Mother)

2012, Spain, Animation, 14 min
Daisy wants to be a mother but she has doubts. However, life opens a way and in her womb a baby grows and looks at her as no one else has before. One day, the baby is born and she greets him singing. Sand. Earth. Life and all the women of the world.

Director, Producer, Camera: Didi Rodan
Script: Didi Rodan, Nidia Moros, Maria Paz, Ruiz Gil
Editor: Eduardo Fernández Ortiz
Sound: Elías José García Sánchez, David Badía Rambra
Music: Jezabel Martínez, Maye Azcuy
Website: www.inoutdistribution.com

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 21.13, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_MamaHawaMama Hawa
2014, Somalia, Documentary, 25 min
Against the odds, a woman is paving the way for a new future in war-ravaged Somalia. Hawa Aden Mohamed, a former refugee and women’s rights activist, puts her own life on the line to better the lives of internally displaced women and girls in a society that has rarely put the rights of women first. Mama Hawa, as she’s called in Galkayo, was selected as the 2012 recipient of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award for her selfless work.

Director: UNHCR/NRC
Script: UNHCR/Dev.Tv
Producer: Valérie Gauriat (Euronews Journalist With Dev.Tv)
Editor: Salvatore Dardano
Camera: Job Björgvinsson, Walter Kigali, Bruno Lapierre
Contact: 43 Route Des Acacias, Geneva 1227, Switzerland
Phone: 0041-788008076
watch online: http://dev.tv/index.php/productions/documentary/mama_hawa_1x26_english

screening time: Friday, 2nd October, 22.08, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_MariesDictionaryMarie’s Dictionary
2012, USA, Documentary, 10 min
This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

Director, Script, Producer: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Editor: Adam Loften
Camera: Vanessa Carr, Adam Loften
Sound: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Contact: P.O. Box 1164, Inverness, CA 94937, United States Of America
Phone: 001-4154579447
Website: http://www.goprojectfilms.com

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 21.26, Outdoor venue



AVFF2015_MoraviaLaRutaDeLaEsperanzaMoravie, La Rute De La Esperanza
(Moravia, The Hope’s Route)

2012, Spain, Documentary, 36 min
Moravia, The Hope’s Route is aimed to raise awareness about the close relationship between environmental protection and people development, by reflecting the reality of human settlements in developing countries. The documentary covers the social, economic, political and environmental dimension of settlements, taking Morro de Moravia as a reference example of urban transformation.

Director, Script, Producer: Matias Boero Lutz
Editor: Benja Mindez
Camera: Matias Boero Lutz
Sound: Gerard Alba
Contact: Calle Capitán Arenas 13-15, 08034, Barcelona, Spain
Phone: 0034-667812129
watch online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SfFq9O41DI

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 16.55, Cinema Paradiso



2013, Spain, Fiction, 15 min
José is an outdated man with an outdated business. His store, a technical support which made him feel alive in the past, is about to close. On one of his last working days José is visited by a mysterious customer.

Director, Producer: Nacho Solana
Script: Marcos Díez
Editor: Álvaro De La Hoz
Camera: Ignacio Aguilar
Sound: Luis Fanjul
Cast: Álex Angulo (José), Babou Cham (Customer)
Contact: Calle de Campizo 20A, 39012 Santander Cantabria, Spain
Phone: 0034-669627628

screening time: Wednesday, 7th October, 10.48, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_OMonCorpsÔ Mon Corps!
(Oh My Body!)

2012, France, Qatar, Documentary, 70 min
Choreographer Abou Lagraa and Nawal Aït Benalla Lagraa conceived this first training of contemporary dance in Algeria as a bridge between Mediterranean cultures. Ten dancers were selected to give birth to Lagraa’s choreography NYA. Oh My Body! depicts the structuring of this group of dancers, mostly composed of self-taught hip-hop street performers, till the evening of the world premiere at the National Theatre of Algiers.

Director, Script, Producer, Camera, Sound: Laurent Aït Benalla
Editor: Laurent Aït Benalla, Florence Jacquet
Contact: 42 Rue Adam De Craponne, Montpellier 34000, France
Phone: 0033-411756295
Website: http://www.slab-net.com

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 21.27, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_path-of-freedomPath of Freedom
2014, USA, Documentary, 10 min
In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island, USA, men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation. Path of freedom follows former inmate, Fleet Maul, as he visits prison to share his strategies for surviving on the inside. The film offers a rare glimpse into the inner lives of men reaching for forgiveness, inner peace and freedom behind bars.

Director, Script, Producer, Sound: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Editor: Adam Loften
Camera: Elias Koch
Contact: P.O. Box 1164, Inverness, CA 94937, United States Of America
Phone: 001-4154579447
Website: www.globalonenessproject.org

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 21.15, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_purgatoryPurgatorio, Viaje Al Corazon De La Frontera
(Purgatory, Journey Into The Heart of The Border)

2013, México, USA, Documentary, 82 min
A deeply human portrait of the chaotic reality of the USA-Mexico border. Full of stunning images and crafted like a classic city symphony where the sum of the pieces add up to a larger whole, this film brings together a universe of small stories to create a compelling and visceral cinematic experience that takes audiences into the very soul of life on the border.

After the screening, the director will be available on Skype to speak with the audience.

Director, Script: Rodrigo Reyes
Producer: Rodrigo Reyes, Inti Cordera
Editor: Manuel Tsingaris
Camera: Justin Chin
Sound: José Inerzia
Contact: Insurgentes Sur, 674, Mexico City , Del Valle, Benito Juárez 03100, Mexico
Phone: 0052-5554485339
Websites: http://sic.conaculta.gob.mx; www.imcine.gob.mx

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 17.02, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_quince-anosQuince Años

2014, México, Fiction, 7 min
The day she is celebrating her fifteenth birthday, life reminds Vianney that it isn´t easy to be different.

Director, Script: Liliana Torres
Producer: Imcine
Editor: Aina Calleja, Ana Laura Calderón
Camera: María J. Secco
Sound: Antonino Isordia, Alfredo Loaeza, Alejandro De Icaza
Cast: Vianney Marlen Trejo, Elvira Richards, Vanessa Navari, Antonio Zagaceta, Jimena Mar Nava, Yermain Fernández, Ricardo Bautista, Andrés Maceda, Erick Ortiz
Music: Leopoldo Domínguez
Art Direction: Xenia Besora
Contact: Av. Insurgentes Sur No. 674, Colonia Del Valle. Delegación Benito Juárez, Mexico, D.F. México, City 03100, Mexico
Phone: 0052-5554485339
Website: http://sic.conaculta.gob.mx; www.imcine.gob.mx

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 16.22, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_SacredVoicesSacred Voices
2015, UK, Documentary, 12 min
Sacred Voices is a short film which brings together the custodians of eight sacred natural sites from Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda. They share the origins, meaning and purposes of these sacred sites, as well as the developments and policies which threaten them.

Director, Script, Producer, Editor, Camera, Sound: Jess Phillimore
Contact: 6 Heathgate Place, London NW3 2NU, United Kingdom
Phone: 0044-2074280055
Website: http://www.gaiafoundation.org/
watch online: https://vimeo.com/49006743

screening time: Monday 5th October, 21.30, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_SatyagrahaTruthForceSatyagraha Truth Force
2009, Singapore, USA, Documentary, 82 min
Satyagraha Truth Force is a feature documentary that tells the story of a group of humble Indian saints who believe that the sanctity of the holy river, the Ganges, is being destroyed by corruption and a powerful mining lobby. They have been threatened, beaten, jailed and bribed. Two have died. Both were murdered, or so it is believed. Satyagraha – Truth Force follows the Satyagraha or hunger strike of Swami Shivanand as he fights with his life to protect the river and attempts to find justice for his disciple whom he believes was poisoned.

Director, Script, Producer: Lisa Sabina Harney
Editor: Heather Weaver
Camera: Lisa Sabina Harney, Ravi Bhatt
Sound: Bryce Montgonery
Contact: PO Box 70, 512450 Hwy 395, Ravendale, California 96123, United States Of America
Phone: 001-5104736933

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 19.47, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_SeedsOfFreedomSeeds of Freedom
2014, UK, Documentary, 31 min
The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt.

It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.

It’s time to change the story. This film looks at how seed has changed in our farming and in our culture from a sacred element and the giver of life, to a powerful commodity, used to monopolise global food production.

Director, Script, Producer, Editor: Jess Phillimore
Camera: Jess Phillimore, Jason Taylor, Damian Prestidge
Sound: Jay Harris
Narrated By: Jeremy Irons
Graphic Designer: Camila Cardeñosa
Contact: 6 Heathgate Place, London NW3 2NU, United Kingdom
Phone: 0044-2074280055
Website: http://www.gaiafoundation.org/
watch online: https://vimeo.com/43879272

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 17.18, SAIIER



AVFF2015_StillerLoeweStiller Löwe
(Touch of Silence)

2012, Germany, Fiction, 6 min
Severin is in the throws of a club scene: pulsating base, radiant heat and tentative flirtations with a gorgeous blonde. Deaf from birth, his sign language is often misunderstood. Later that evening whether or not he is can be clearly understood becomes a matter of life and death…

Director: Sven Philipp Pohl
Script: Julia Neuhaus
Creative Producer: Alexandra Staib
Editor: Frank Schumacher
Camera: Stefan Bühl
Sound: Claudia König
Cast: Eyk Kauly, Sonja Gerhardt, Simon Zigah, Brian Dominic Sommer, Juraj Jordan
Contact: Finkenau, Finkenau 35, Hamburg 22081, Germany
Phone: 0049-4041346861

screening time: Saturday, 3rd October, 10.52, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_RevolutionaryOptimistsThe Revolutionary Optimists
2012, USA, India, Documentary, 85 min
Children are saving lives in the slums of Kolkata. Amlan Ganguly doesn’t rescue slum children; he empowers them to become change agents, battling poverty and transforming their neighborhoods with dramatic results. Filmed over the course of several years, The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and three of the children he works with on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they fight for the better future he encourages them to imagine is deservedly theirs.

Kajal, a twelve-year-old girl, is one of 9 million Indian children who live and work inside a brickfield. When Amlan creates the first school inside the brickfield, Kajal has a chance to have an education, and find her voice. But when her mother falls ill, she and Amlan must balance her desire to learn and make change with her need to work in order to survive.

Priyanka is the sixteen-year-old leader of a dance troupe founded by Amlan to keep girls in school and dissuade them from early marriage. A serious dancer, she is also paid a tiny stipend by Amlan to teach dance to other children in her neighborhood. Now her parents are pressuring her to marry against her wishes, and she sees only one way out – to marry her young boyfriend. But if she elopes, she will be controlled by her in-laws, and risks losing her position in the dance group, her employment, and her chance at an education. Salim is an eleven-year-old boy who is fighting to make change in one of Kolkata’s worst slums, but his family faces many hardships—including having to leave their home at 4:30 every morning to steal water from a neighboring slum, as there is no water in their colony. By mapping their un-mapped community and collecting data about the problems that they face, Salim and his fellow child activists hope to convince the government to give them a water tap. Can these child activists bring about desperately needed change in their own community?

Hotheaded, theatrical, but astonishingly dedicated and sincere, Amlan left a successful law career to try to make meaningful change where the law and other NGO’s had failed. A dancer, choreographer, and costume designer, he brings creative expression to subjects that can otherwise be difficult for film audiences to approach. The Revolutionary Optimists will leverage this artistry, to reveal to the audience both the desperate, flawed world he is trying to change, and the vibrant, colorful world that his optimism generates.

As the centerpiece of a multi-platform advocacy campaign, this film will leverage Ganguly’s story to bring attention to the urgent need to solve the treatable health problems in the developing world, and how education and child empowerment are a crucial key to reaching that goal. Through our online tool, map your world, we hope to give these youth a powerful technological tool to advance their dreams of change for the neighborhood and inspire other kids around the world to make their worlds a better place.

Director, Script, Producer: Nicole Newnham, Maren Grainger-Monsen
Editor: Andrew Gersh, Mary Lampson
Camera: Ranu Ghosh, Ranjan Palit, Jon Shenk
Sound: Sheikh Abdul Rajjak
Cast: Salim Shekh, Sikha Patra
Contact: 4433 Pleasant Valley Court N, Oakland, CA 94611, United States Of, America
Phone: 001-4155157633
Website: http://www.revolutionaryoptimists.org

screening time: Sunday, 4th October, 11.14, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_TokenOfLoveToken of Love
2014, India, Other, 3 min
A guy came for help. What the other guy did will make you think twice.
Watch this short film till the end and see how one can make a difference.

Director, Producer, Editor, Camera, Sound: Priyam Chanda
Script: Tanay Bhattacharjee, Soumya Auddy, Priyam Chanda
Cast: Tanmoy Bhattacharjee (House Owner), Sayan Debnath (Servant)
Buddhadeb Mukherjee (Donation Collector)
Contact: W 303, Hinduja Park Apartments, Thubarahalli, Near Hypercity Market, Bangalore, Karnataka 560066-India
Phone: 9538136932
Website: http://crosscubes.weebly.com/
watch online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=myIZP-Lbze8

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 21.18, Outdoor Venue



AVFF2015_UnderTheSameSunUnder The Same Sun
2005, Israel, Palestine, Fiction, 76 min
The film is set in the near future. It is the highly dramatic story of two businessmen,
Shaul Cohen, an Israeli, and Nizar Ahmad, a Palestinian. They set out to make money and wind up making peace. They must deal with strong opposition to cooperating and overcome hostility from the people around them. They work together to set up a solar energy company. An Israeli journalist writes an article describing their venture. Subsequently, Nizar is the subject of fierce attacks on Facebook and from his own family for promoting “normalization” with Israelis. Fearing for his life, he cuts off contact with Shaul. Determined to continue, Shaul decides that he should go to Ramallah to see Nizar, even though Israeli Jews are legally forbidden to travel to Palestinian areas. Shaul shows up at Nizar’s house. Nizar is moved. They reconcile. But they recognize that their business will have little chance of success without peace. They mount an appeal on Facebook that brings popular support to both their venture and to the peace negotiations, which have been in the background during the film. Their Facebook campaign strikes a chord with millions of Israelis and Palestinians, and they register a huge number of “likes”. Popular support for peace surges in both societies, and the politicians finally sign a treaty.

The film’s producer is Amir Harel, an Israeli who produced the Academy Award nominated “Paradise Now”, and the director is Sameh Zoabi, a Palestinian who directed “Man Without a Cell Phone”.

Director: Sameh Zoabi
Script: Yossi Aviram
Producer: Amir Harel, John Marks, Suheir Rasul, Sharon Rosen
Editor: Eyas Salman
Camera: Benjamen Chiram
Sound: Avi Mizrahi
Cast: Ali Suliman (Nizar), Yossi Marshak (Shaul), Lucy Aharish (Abir), Dirar Suleiman (Walid), And Levana Finkelstein (Shaul’s Mother)
Contact: 1601 Connecticut Ave. Nw, Suite 200, Washington DC 20009, United States Of America
Phone: 001-2022654300
Website: https://www.sfcg.org

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 20.08, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_WalkRightInPosterWalk Right In
2015, USA, Documentary, 58 min
Walk Right In tells the story of 150 students from poor backgrounds who assembled on the Yale Divinity school campus in 1968, while American cities and campuses were rife with protest, racial rioting, and civil disorder. It chronicles their experiences before, during, and after that eventful summer, and where they are today. Not your ordinary student body, it was an eclectic and electric bunch, gathering to create a new and very different kind of school, including having an authentic conversation on race. They searched for that which eluded the nation, the shared values that ground people and bind them together.

Director, Script, Producer: Larry Paros
Editor: Eric Morgret
Camera: Mike Manor
Sound: Eric Goetz
Contact: 11230, Champagne Point Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, United States Of America
Phone: 001-4258214968
Website: http://www.walkrightinthemovie.com/

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 9.30, Cinema Paradiso



2012, Spain, Fiction, 28 min
An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the Internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what’s happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.

Director, Editor: Javier Fesser
Script: Javier Fesser, Guillermo Fesser, Luis Manso
Producer: Luis Manso
Camera: Álex Catalán
Sound: Daniel Peña
Cast: Alidel Cavanillas, Anni Pitágoras, Gisela Terán Vázquez
Contact: Calle Castrillo De Aza 13, 4ºA, Esc. Centro, 28031 Madrid, Spain
Phone: 0034-680864623
Website: http://www.peliculaspendelton.com

screening time: Tuesday, 6th October, 10.28, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_WhereTheHeartIsWhere The Heart Is
2014, India, Documentary, 50 min
Indian filmmaker, Rohan Sabharwal, has embarked on a fascinating journey to document the last days of the microscopic Jewish community in Kerala, India. There are only 9 surviving members living in ‘Jew Town’ and 37 in the rest of Kerala.

Director, Editor, Camera: Rohan Sabharwal
Script, Producer: Rohan Sabharwal, Irshad Daftari
Sound: Devang Rachch
Contact: 501 Valhalla, Rebello Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050-India
Phone: 9930040775
watch online: http://youtu.be/mpcITiiWPkI

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 11.48, Cinema Paradiso



AVFF2015_WirWeigernUnsFeindeZuSeinWir Weigern Uns Feinde Zu Sein
(We Refuse To Be Enemies)

2014, Germany, Documentary, 75 min
Forty people from different countries like: Israel, USA, Germany, Greece, England and Switzerland went on a pilgrimage through Israel and the West Bank. In meditation they witnessed their own inner war, which reflected in the outer world – the daily war of Israel/Palestine. Is it possible to heal the inner war? And if so? Does it have an effect on the war outside?

Director, Editor, Camera: Angelika Reicherter
Script: Leila Dregger
Producer: Bernd Reiss
Sound: Steve Tourguse
Contact: Mirabeauweg 2, Tuebingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg D-72072, Germany
Phone: 0049-70716393340
Website: http://www.reissmedia.de/

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 17.15, SAIIER



AVFF2015_Women_for_JusticeWomen for Justice – A Story About The Power of Solidarity
2013, Germany, Documentary, 53 min

Forced marriages, domestic violence, over 100,000 wives killed by fire in so called “household accidents“ every year – in India, violence against women is omnipresent and nearly all women, independent of class, caste and religion are affected. Because police and justice hardly give any protection or aid, women in India have organised to fight against this violence and injustice. They founded the “women for justice” and the “Nari Adalat” women´s courts. Every week they gather on the roof terrace of the local government or on a dusty place under a tree and dispense justice themselves. With quick-wittedness and creativity they put beating husbands and quarrelsome mother-in-laws in their place. And – if necessary – they go in as a “heavy squad” to help a poor widow, who was thrown out of the house with her little daughter after the death of her husband, to regain her belongings.

Director, Script: Daniel Burkholz, Sybille Fezer
Producer, Camera: Daniel Burkholz
Editor, Sound: Jan-Malte Enning
Contact: Alsenstr. 20A, 44789 Bochum, Germany
Phone: 0049-1788899676
Website: www.roadside-dokumentarfilm.de

screening time: Monday, 5th October, 10.48, Cinema Paradiso