A SECRET GENOCIDE, Alexandre Dereims, France, 52’
For 60 years, in the midst of the hostile South Burman jungle, the Karen people have fought a desperate war for survival. They are an ethnic minority in a country which does not tolerate difference; they also live amidst valuable ruby mines and teak forests.
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Red Cross Grand Prix, Monte Carlo Special Jury Prize, FIGRA Official Selection, FIPA Prost America Prize, SIFF, Seattle
A LESSON OF BELORUSIAN, Miroslaw Dembiński Belorus, 53’
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Belorus became an independent country. However, in 1995, Lukashenka comes to power. Democracy and freedom come to an end. Also the Lyceum is labelled a banned institution. The Presidential elections, for which Lukashenka changed the Constitution in order to be elected for a third term, become the culminating point of the film. Despite the fear of repression, thousands of people enter the streets. In the main square of Minsk, the Lyceum pupils join forces to build a tent city, which is then brutally pacified by militia. Hundreds of people end up in prison. However, the Lyceum pupils do not give up, they deeply believe that one day Belorus will be a free country.
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for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany Best Film, MovieSquad DOC U! IDFA, Amsterdam Jury Mention, Media Festival, Poland Václav Havel Special Award, International Human
TO CATCH THE WIND, Vasudha Joshi, 30’, PSBT (Followed by discussion with Filmmaker)
As a musician points out, ‘People have always travelled, and so has music’. It is not strange therefore to encounter the notes of American blues music across the folk traditions of India, be it Phulbani, Jharkhand, Assam or Kerala. This film seeks to explore these connections and hints at the deep-rooted links between musical traditions which have thrived on opposite ends of the globe. The argument is developed solely through music, relying only sparsely on the words of practising musicians who have felt the impact of these overlaps and continue to be dazzled by them.
BISHAR BLUES, Amitabh Chakraborty, India, 80’
Bengali Fakirs are Islamic people who live in Bengal. In their practice of Islam they have extended its scope over the complex multiplicities of their own land. The Fakirs believe that to know oneself is to know God. There is no higher entity than Man – they search for Allah in
Man. Through the practice of this indigenous form of Marfat, they keep Islam open-ended. Marfat is passed
Islam, called on in the oral a journey to