Gujiga (Sunjha Kim) S.Korea, Germany

GUJIGA- Ode to the Turtle
Sunjha Kim
S.Korea/ Germany. 2019. 19 min

A film by Sunjha Kim with Rikisaburo Sato (Cinematography) and Minhee Park (Music), based on a shamanic song “GUJIGA”, myths, symbols and glimpses into the natural phenomena of turtles are interwoven throughout this film, revealing violent human interventions into the life of this reptile. This film is an ode to the turtle and a reminder of the connection between animals and humans.

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The Unseen River (Pham Ngoc Lan) Vietnam

The Unseen River
Pham Ngoc Lan
Vietnam. 2020. 23 min

The film explores the magic, beauty and intensity of the Mekong River by following several humans and one animal as they all traverse its banks. A young couple visit a pair of monks in a futuristic temple; two former lovers reunite by chance years after their affair; and a spunky black-and-white dog deftly navigates the river landscape tying them all together. Magic and melodrama mix and meld mellifluously along the Mekong.


Phạm Ngọc Lân (1986, Vietnam) is a film director with a background in urban planning and architecture, based between Hanoi and North Carolina. Lân’s debut short film The Story of Ones (2011) has been screened in numerous film festivals and art museums, including Visions du Réel (Swizterland), CPH-DOX (Denmark), New Cinema and Contemporary Art – Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin) and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. His first two short fiction films, Another City (2016) and Blessed Land (2019) both premiered at the Berlinale Shorts Competition. Lan is currently developing his first feature film Cu Li Never Cries.


The Unseen River, 2020
Blessed Land, 2019
Another City, 2016
The Story of Ones, 2011


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Topanga (Aycil Yeltan) Turkey

Aycil Yeltan
Turkey.  2019.  15 min

Hearing impaired, homeless Gala escapes from a man who continuously abuses her.
While her life becomes a routine in an abandoned old truck on a mountain road, she has no clue how the abusive man finds out where her hiding place is.
One night, after a brutal attack, she finds the strength to stand up one last time and starts walking. She has no clue where this survival walk will end up and change her life!

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Return (Selman Deniz) Turkey

Selman Deniz
Turkey.  2019.  18 min

Eyüp crosses the mount Ararat and starts to look for his aunt in the Yerevan by following a mad man’s words. His aunt also expects someone to come from behind this mount for years. Eyup can not be sure about the one who he found behind the blue door, whether his aunt or not. Because they can’t understand each others.


He was born in 1989 in Mardin. He got primary and secondary education in Mardin. In 2013 he graduated from Faculty of Education at Ahi Evran University. He joined various Cinema Workshops and took part in short films. He worked at film festivals in Mardin and Silopi. His second short film script “The Return” won production support from Turkey-Armenia Cinema Platform. Currently he is working in film sector. Living Spain.


Mamoste/ 2014/ short/ Directed
Veger(Return)/ 2019/ short/ Directed-Scenario


The main character Eyüp has grown up knowing the story of his grandfather who has survived the genocide and adopted by a Kurdish family. This minority cannot maintain their identity and they are assimilated into Kurdish in period of one century. As the time passes by, the stories of genocide are replaced by violence stories of ’90s. A family that has been driven away from their land, witnesses the torture and suppression in a different land and under a different identity. Eyüp who is doing sheepherding at the foothills of Ararat, likens the mountain to a lover. The more İbrahim tells him about his aunts affection, the more Eyüp perceives the mountain as sanctuary which can save him from all the evils that he is experiencing. When İbrahim gets killed during the curfew, Eyüp decides to pass the mountain as a sign of his devotion to Ibrahim’s memory.
With this film I will be able to touch the stories about the Armenian massacre that I have heard during my entire childhood and which has become a part of my personality. For me, this film is a reflection of all of those stories.
In the film, in accordance with lyricism of the story, the photography will be at the forefront. While the camera shuttles between Kurdistan and Armenia, it will focus on the love of these two lovers.
As there is no time and space in the story, the camera movements will stay away from exaggeration and will move calmly.



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I Never Left You Alone (Mireia Noguera) Spain

I Never Left You Alone
Mireia Noguera
Spain. 2019. 17 min

Claudia, a teenager who has always felt a strange rejection for her mother, accompanies her to clean an old family house where they used to spend the summer. Once there, Claudia encounters the ghosts of her past and is forced to confront the truth from which she has been escaping all her life.

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Sagar Desai, winner of Best Music at Imagineindia 2020 for Kadakh

Sagar Desai is a prolific international musician based in Mumbai, India. He has composed music for 18 Indian, French and American films. A self-taught musician, Sagar grew up jamming with his cousins in the suburbs of Chicago. After earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, he began his career at a design firm to further his interest in the visual arts. Two years later, he moved to Chennai, to help a friend produce an album which never got made. Sagar was led to musician Sandeep Chowta while working on ad films. After two years in Chennai, he moved to Mumbai, to work in the Hindi Film Industry. In Mumbai, Sagar worked with artists such as Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Sivamani and Adesh Shrivastav. He also formed a band with friend and rapper Blaaze, called Zambezi Funk, before striking out on his own as the Music Director for the critically acclaimed film Mixed-Doubles. Since then, Sagar has composed tracks and background music for 17 films. Most recently, Sagar has composed the background score to The Japanese Wife by Aparna Sen, A Death In The Gunj by Sen Sharma and Kadakh by Rajat Kapoor. Two time winner for Best Music at Imagineindia International Film Festival Madrid.

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