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A female role model

A new year, new opportunities. 17 years ago, Charlotte Horton left the UK for Italy, where she’s devoted her time to restoring Potentino castle. We meet to discuss the ecological attitude to life, local traditions, democracy and micro-politics.

The age of consequences

A new hard-hitting documentary draws parallels between the climate crisis and worldwide social unrest.

The energy revolution
[Power To Change]

TRUE DEFINITION OF A REVOLUTION: It is imperative to rouse people to take control of the issue themselves – if we want Earth to survive, says Carl-A. Fechner.

Alarming but hopeful future of the planet Earth
[Before The Flood]

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Are insects the new meat?
[Bugs]

The insects we once regarded with disgust are now being touted as the solution to the world’s food shortages. Can insects really save the world?

Why submit ourselves?
[The subjection]

Why submit ourselves?  Stefan Jarl asks in the documentary The Subjection. Why do we accept a life surrounded by danger – unnecessary hazards, which exist because someone profits from them?

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The difficult compromise
[Covered Up]

Covered Up is an emotional trip marking one woman’s struggle between personal choice and ultra-orthodox Jewish tradition.

Fear of the stranger
[The German]

Noga Nezer turns a personal experience into a thought-provoking film about fear and stereotypes.

The female Kurdish fighters
[Commander Arian]

Film director Alba Sotorra spends five months at the Kurdish frontline in Syria following the life and struggle of the female Kurdish fighters belonging to the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ).

Impressions from Piazza Vittorio
[Piazza Vittorio]

Abel Ferrara‘s latest film is a kaleidoscope of impressions that narrates the life of immigrants in Italy and their shared experience of desperation and an uncertain future in Europe.

From a child’s perspective
[The Breadwinner/Tehran Taboo]

ANIMATED MOVIES: Girls dressed as boys in Kabul and Tehran’s underworld of sex, drugs and rave music are portrayed through the eyes of children in the animated movies The Breadwinner and Tehran Taboo.

The ‘high times’ of the Brezhnev years
[Soviet Hippies]

Vivid memories of home-made psychedelic drugs and Soviet revolutionary times are brought to life in Toomitsu’s Soviet Hippies.

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Festivals

Fresh perspectives from Oberhausen
[Beyond Cinema]

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen offers an oasis of innovative, experimental and artistic film.

Women’s expression: Two shorts from the Berlinale

The thought provoking realities of Jayisha Patel’s shortfilm Circle, stands in stark contrast to the realities of the cotton-picking corner of Alabama – portrayed in Maris Curran's short While I Yet Live.

Raising women’s voices

Turkey's women's festival may be a drop in the ocean of the poisoned patriarchy that pollutes the world, but its part of a current that is growing in power, pace and spread.

On the edges of Sundance 2018

There’s more that goes on at the Sundance festival beyond traditionally formatted film - this year VR was the biggest buzzword.

Focus Serbia: Fractions of history and the global area

Serbian cinema takes a leap onto the world stage with the programme presented at the international film festival Visions du Réel’s Focus Serbia.
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OSLO: Thor Halvorssen has long been deemed a suspicious liberalist. We interviewed him about dictatorships, his native Venezuela, anarchism and meritocracy – so that you can judge for yourself.
To be a director: Raoul Peck’s films I Am Not Your Negro and The Young Karl Marx were both neigh on impossible to catch a glimpse of at the Berlinale.

The Sirens

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As I watched Crispin Gurholt’s film The Sirens for the first time, it struck me how fast the role play of political theatre may change.
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The screening of Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt was followed by a panel debate.

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