Canada. 2020. 109 min
Shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, FUNNY BOY explores the awakening of sexual identity by a young boy named Arjie set against the backdrop of the civil war. As political tensions escalate to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, the boy comes of age in a society and family that refuses to embrace differences outside of societal norms. The film mirrors the oppression of the Tamil people with the marginalization Arjie suffers because of who he is and who he loves. FUNNY BOY chronicles a country torn apart by fear and abuse of power, while Arjie’s struggles to find balance and self-love despite the absence of empathy and understanding.
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Sarjun KM, Twiinkle Saaj
India. 2022. 20 min
Yashika experiences various versions of herself redoing an incident, over and over again in her head to comprehend what actually transpired. Human complexities are revealed as we see her recount different, subjective, alternative, selfserving, and contradictory versions of the same incident.
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But which one is real? It is her journey against the patriarchal society and seeking justice as well as mental peace, her way.
Turkey. 2022. 20 min
37-year-old Belma’s self-confidence gets damaged when the doctor -she went for her skin rash problem- tells her that she should get botox. Suddenly, she becomes a woman who is uncomfortable in her skin. She gets botox but things do not go as her expected.
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Spain. 2022. 13 min
After murdering her stepfather, Marina (14) decides to leave home and run away with that responsibility forever, but first she must pick up her stepsister Estrella (6) and hand her over to her mother, who also disappeared some time ago.
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Ana’s path of search (the mother) will lead the sisters to meet, confront each other and realize their loneliness in the world.
Have a Nice Day Forever
Norway. 2021. 20 min
Two witty, sweet and confused men become friends because they don’t have anything better to do. Their day oscillates between small talk, existential crisis and dubious male rites of passage, whilst wandering the woods surrounding Oslo, in search of a suitable place to camp in the middle of winter.
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Belgium. 2021. 56 min
In Brussels in the 1990s, people still dreamed of utopias and brotherhood between peoples. The school is a champion of multiculturalism, progress and equality. Four young girls from different backgrounds grow up in this context and project themselves into a happy society.
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Thirty years later, they gather around one of them, who has become a filmmaker, to try to grasp the political and social tipping points between the dream world of childhood and the turmoil of contemporary life.
Maestro A Portrait
India. 2021. 52 min
The film explores a cinematic portrait of the Maestro – Buddhadeb Dasgupta. It tries to capture the essence of the film maker by reflecting his life, spaces in Kolkata, poetry and paintings that are an integral part of his life.
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Canada. 2022. 106 min
Mona Ghuman (37) was always the outlier of the family. When her unhealthy and rebellious life comes crashing down by a serious car accident, Mona moves back into her traditional South Asian father’s house. What was meant to be a few months of rent-free sobriety turns into seven isolated years caring for her cancer-stricken father. When her father suffers a severe stroke Mona’s three successful siblings, (Rup, Sandy and Mona’s twin brother Parm) return back to the family home with a mission to fix and to help, causing Mona’s insecurities about her own unfulfilled life to deepen.
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Aruna Vasudev: Mother of Asian Cinema
India. 2021. 65 min
Aruna Vasudev, Founder of Netpac, Cinemaya & Cinefan Film festival has touched the lives of many in the world of Cinema. This documentary traces her roots from her humble origins in an undivided British India, to corridors of cinematic universe. It brings together her journey as a lm critic, cinema activist and an impresario, weaving a tapestry that connects the dots that make the large canvas that we know as Asian Cinema Renaissance. This film explores her dynamism painted through a narrative unfolding lives of critics, filmmakers, curators and programmers – who are hidden maestros that largely make the cinephilia culture and by large remain unsung in histories of Cinema.
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Turkey. 2022. 58 min
Aslı Erdoğan, worldwide known author, activist, columnist have hit silence after she fled to Germany. Incomplete Sentences is a feature documentary on Erdoğan’s literature and life story that lead to a life in exile. She left Turkey after being unlawfully detained as a result of current government’s increasing pressure on writers, journalist, academics etc. Now, in Frankfurt, she is struggling while everybody is waiting for her to write again. Aslı starts telling her story just after getting out of prison. Aslı together with the director, Adar, wondering in streets of İstanbul, talks about herself. Sometimes streets, sometimes an apartment building invokes stories and sometimes it’s her books. She reads parts from her books and explains the stories behind.
Aslı then goes to Germany to receive the Erich Maria Remarque Award and yet, she doesn’t return. That’s how her exile life in Frankfurt starts; which she likens to a semi-open prison. This situation gradually disrupts her health and keeps her away from writing. I feel like I’ve been exiled from my mother tongue, it’s very strange, like my relation to it is wounded.
The director develops a different kind of relation with Aslı; as a helping friend, taking care of Aslı’s house, watering her flowers, delivering books and notes to Frankfurt, while she witnesses Aslı’s trauma first hand. There is a lot of support for Aslı, she goes from one country to another, attending audience solidarity events, receiving awards. The documentary will follow the steps of Aslı in different places around the world and with an attempt to hear her silence.
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