Tuesday, 16 September
INDIA PREMIERE THREE TIMES DIVORCED, Ibtisam Mara'ana, Israel, 75’
Khitam, a Gaza-born Palestinian woman, was married off in an arranged match to an Israeli Palestinian, followed him to Israel and bore six children. When her husband divorced her - in absentia - in the Sharia Muslim court and gained custody of the children, Khitam was left with nothing. She cannot contact her children, has no property and no citizenship. Now she is out on a dual battle – to gain citizenship and reunite with her children.
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FIPA Silver Special Prize, Biarritz, France Best Documentary, DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel Special Jury Prize, Sole e Luna Doc Festival, Italy
MINDSTORM, Eva Larsson, Sweden, 29’, INPUT
Do you think you have full control over your brain and your senses? How conscious are you of your behaviour and why you do certain things? Host Henrik Fexeus introduces examples of how easily we are manipulated by our surroundings. By adjusting the packaging of items in a shop, he makes everyone buy the same product and highlights the mechanisms that govern the choices we make. He also points out the rhetoric used by politicians to convince us of one point of view or another and the body language that says more than we can imagine.
THE LOST GENERATION, Sharmeen Obaid, UK-Syria- Jordan, 50’
In the past five years more than four million Iraqis – 20 per cent of the entire population – have been driven from their homes as a result of the war and sectarian bloodshed. The film travels to Syria and Jordan to investigate the plight of Iraqi refugees. These are the very people on whom the new, democratic Iraq was to be built – the professional middle classes – nearly half of whom now live as desperate refugees, driven out by the violence and civil breakdown.
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY, Raabiya Jayaram, 30’, PSBT (Followed by discussion with Filmmaker)
A film on children living with HIV in India. It looks at the lives of three children who talk openly about their life and how the HIV virus affects it. It also attempts to bring in the larger perspective of the status of HIV programmes in the country, through the voices of practitioners who are working with HIV positive children.
NEE YAAR – WHO ARE YOU?, R.V. Ramani, 60’,
PSBT (Followed by discussion with Filmmaker)