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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Ravo Henintsoa Andrianatoandro, Lovatiana Desire Santatra, Sitraka Hermann Ramanamokatra, Jean Chrisostome Rakotondrabe, Erick Edwin Andrianamelona, Elani Eric Rakotondrasoa, Todisoa Niaina Sylvano Randrialalaina, Sitrakaniaina Raharisoa, Adriano Raharison Nantenaina, Alpha Adrimamy Fenotoky, Lina Zacher
original title: Fonja
country: Madagascar, Germany
year: 2019
running time: 80 min.

synopsis

Ten juvenile delinquents from the largest detention institution in Madagascar have joined a four-month workshop to learn working with a film camera, editing, creating simple cinematic tricks, and telling their own stories. The camera became a tool for them to grasp the new reality, allowing them to express themselves freely despite the isolation they live in. The film presents a sincere testimony about life in a strictly hierarchical, closed community as perceived by the young film-makers who were given the opportunity not only to discover and develop their creative potential, but also make new friends.

“I want to reach out and spread the great spirit and creativity of this strong group, the emerging young filmmakers of the Antanimora prison in Madagascar, to inspire and create wonder amongst others.” L. Zacher

biography

The documentary was made by a collective of young film-makers from Madagascar under the direction of Lina Zacher. After studying industrial and gaming design, Lina Zacher founded the MIO intercultural multimedia programme together with Delphine Bishop, providing facilities for young talents. Under Lina’s guidance, children from refugee camps in the Philippines prepared an art exhibition “Batang Lumad” (2016), including a short film of the same name.

more about film

director: Ravo Henintsoa Andrianatoandro, Lovatiana Desire Santatra, Sitraka Hermann Ramanamokatra, Jean Chrisostome Rakotondrabe, Erick Edwin Andrianamelona, Elani Eric Rakotondrasoa, Todisoa Niaina Sylvano Randrialalaina, Sitrakaniaina Raharisoa, Adriano Raharison Nantenaina, Alpha Adrimamy Fenotoky, Lina Zacher
producer: Lina Zacher, Jairus Nouvel
editing: Lina Zacher

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Notes from Unknown Maladies

Liryc Dela Cruz
Philippines / 2017 / 62 min.
section: Opus Bonum
European Premiere
(T)ERROR
Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a former Black Panther member, is now working for the FBI. His task is to discover signs of terrorism in American Muslim communities. This reportage captures the dimension of paranoia that exists in the USA’s security police in the best tradition of the American investigative reporting style. The director reveals undemocratic principles underpinning the functioning of American democracy.The attempt to uncover a crime before it occurs becomes an exercise in chasing phantoms, leads to a distortion of facts, and spreads feelings of fear amongst often innocent people.DETAIL:“Do you think your present right now is in any way related to your past?” “Well, I don't have a past, I don't even wanna make bring it back up. I really don't.”

(T)ERROR

David Felix Sutcliffe, Lyric R. Cabral
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section: Opus Bonum
Central European Premiere
Profession: Documentarist
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Profession: Documentarist

Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor, Nahid Rezaei
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section: Opus Bonum
East European Premiere
There Is No Sexual Rapport
The filming of pornographic movies results in hours of digital ballast and unused footage. This condensed visual collage of unused footage discovers the non-sexual dimension of convulsive physical choreography, emptied to the utmost of the scenes we would like to see. The film captures the frighteningly uncoordinated functioning of the porn industry, which violates the erotic principles of sexual coupling. The Lacanian impossibility of relations, the inability of natural arousal and climax, the absence of mystery in porn-stereo.  

There Is No Sexual Rapport

Raphaël Siboni
France / 2011 / 79 min.
section: Opus Bonum
Czech Premiere
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differently, Molussia

Nicolas Rey
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section: Opus Bonum
Coast of Death
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Coast of Death

Lois Patiño
Spain / 2013 / 84 min.
section: Opus Bonum
Central European Premiere
Dark Matter
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Dark Matter

Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Italy / 2013 / 77 min.
section: Opus Bonum
East European Premiere
Also Known as Jihadi
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Also Known as Jihadi

Eric Baudelaire
France / 2017 / 101 min.
section: Opus Bonum
East European Premiere
Water to Tabato
In mid-summer 2011, Paulo Carneiro and set out as assistant director for a film crew working on a project on the west African coast. There he unexpectedly ended up shooting his own film, a documentary report about a sinking ship near the coast of Guinea-Bissau on which he was a passenger. The digital camera records the growing panic on the ship after it has gotten stuck in the ocean in an oppressive nighttime atmosphere. In shaky interview footage, we see passengers move from an initial apathy to nervous anxiety, and from there fluidly to a fear for their lives. The growing tension on board is reflected in the film’s ever quickening tempo.DETAIL:Call somebody to pick up us. Please take us out of there. - What’s goin’ on? - Please take us out of here. - There’s nobody there that can save us. We are all passengers.

Water to Tabato

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section: Opus Bonum
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Lost Paradise
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Lost Paradise

Reine Mitri
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section: Opus Bonum
International Premiere
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Fovea Centralis

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section: Opus Bonum
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Western, Family and Communism

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