The competitive documentary program of the 8th Short Movie Club Film Festival “NEFILTRAVANAE KINO”. The documentary program of the festival is represented by films in which the subject matter is cinema itself, the screen and forms of media, as well as the individual, in the context of the postcolonial era and globalism. The total length of the films is 74 minutes.
Simone Rosset (Italy, 16 min)
A visual dialogue between the animals of Turin science museum and a group of musicians (the Sweet Life Society) improvising there. From the scientific observation of taxidermy and butterflies collection to imagination free composition.
WAR, CHALK, TIME / RECOVERED ABSENCES
Philippine Sellam (Spain-Argentina, 15 min)
The IMPA factory, located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was recovered by its workers in 1998. It was one of the first of a large movement that emerged as a response to the economic crisis that pushed many factories to bankruptcy and threatened the jobs of thousands of workers. Today, a handful of workers still produce aluminum trays and tubes with machines built more than fifty years ago. ‘There is history. But there are also other stories’. These words, uttered by a worker of the recovered factory IMPA sums up the contents of this short documentary film: factory and jobs were recovered, and at the same time, almost invisibly, those who before were not more than numbers slowly became people, with their idiosyncrasies, their life-stories and their sorrows. Through images and anecdotes spread out throughout a factory that seems to have remained outside of time, this short film seeks the human face and the deepest dimensions of the recovery.
Islam Satyrov (Russia, 20 min)
In the middle of boundless steppes a lonely shepherd entertains himself by running his Instagram account, where he talks about himself and people and dreams of shooting a film. One day inspired by his own motivational videos he decides to let go of his former shepherd life.
13 SQUARE METERS
Kamil Bembnista, Ayham Dalal (Germany, 15 min)
In 2015, Berlin received thousands of refugees over night. To accommodate them, new types of refugee camps called “Tempohomes” were constructed and new typologies of shelter were designed. In this short documentary, the notion of the refugee camp as space of “care and control” is explored and gives a provocative perspective on the meaning of shelters today, and how their issues are linked to everyday architecture in cities and the production of mass housing. By juxtaposing the initial design of shelters to refugees’ rearrangments of space, the documentary questions the role of architecture: how can we offer displaced populations a better conditions to dwell? Can shelters be spaces of “care” without “control”? How can architecture empower people to express their culture, background and identities in camps and beyond? Within these camps, how did refugees navigate the meanings of a “home”, and how did the camp managers responded to refugees’ appropriations?
The film “13 Square Meter” weaves a tapestry of contemporary topics that deal with the ideas of displacement, space, and architecture while opening up the discussion on the similarities and differences between refugees’ shelter design and the production of modernist mass housing in cities.
Elliot J. Spencer (Australia, 8 min)
Sentience starkly contrasts the stunning beauty of Guanxi Provence’s ancient mountains and the abrasive imposition of modernity playing out on Yangshou’s famous fourteen hundred-year-old West Street.
Sentience is a short art documentary filmed in China. It takes us to two opposed locations in a span of twenty-four hours. Guanxi’s scenic mountainous region being one, and the other Yangshou’s raucous, touristy West Street sector. The former brims with a quiet, almost hypnotic majesty that can only be appreciated during the day, while the latter roars with an overwhelming assemblage of both human, and mechanised fury, that is at its most palpable come nightfall. However, whether it’s a woman trying to capture a photo amidst the natural beauty of a surrounding massif or a lively crowd of visitors desperately vying for a prize in front of a cozy little electronics store, Sentience shows us the remarkable influence technology has on the Chinese people. Today, China dominates Asia’s tech space. Its mass production of iPhones, and first-ever virtual reality theme park, have made it a significant player in one of the continent’s most lucrative markets. The result is a populace who never travel without their devices and feel every excursion must be documented. While the ambiance of these two historic sites may significantly differ, its visitors and their obsession with the digital space now bridge the two. < Website>
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