Kazakhstan. 2021. 75 min
The story of one sincere and eternal friendship; growing up of a lonely boy and a lonely foal.
Continue reading Tarlan (Yuliya Zakharova) Kazakhstan
After various ups and downs that occurred in Zakir’s family, the boy realizes that there is no one closer to him than the foal, to whom the name Tarlan is given by him. Zakir, who is not understood by his parents, is mocked by his peers, feels lonely and finds a kindred spirit and best friend in Tarlan. Zakir does not give up and believes that his new friend will someday bring him good luck.
The grown-up Zakir and Tarlan have a goal to win at their first races.
At what cost will a teenager’s dream come true?
Israel. 2020. 85 min
Asia,s motherhood has always been more of a struggle than an instinct. Having had his daughter when she was still a teenager marked her relationship with Vika from the beginning. Although they live together, both barely have contact with each other. Asia is now concentrating on her job as a nurse, while her daughter spends the day with her friends at the skate park. This routine changes drastically when Vika’s health begins to deteriorate. At that time, Asia must become the mother her daughter desperately needs. Her illness ends up becoming a unique opportunity to reflect the love that unites this small family.
Continue reading Asia (Ruthy Pribar) Israel
Spain. 2021. 13 min
Simon suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to communicate with Valeria, a deaf-mute girl who regularly visits the same lonely beach as he does.
Continue reading Noria (Elisabet Terri) Spain
Simon loves to search for lost treasures with the help of his metal detector, and is fascinated by Ferris wheels, although he has never been on one. Valeria would like to be able to get off the one that afflicts her heart.
Jasmine Kaur Roy
India. 2021. 14 min
Fear and insecurity plague the mind of 73 year old Raavi as she finds herself trapped in her own home. While she wallows in the misery of her confinement, some scraps of memories float from a distant past and find release. The past and present fuse seamlessly and suffering acquires a new meaning.
Continue reading Raavi (Jasmine Kaur Roy) India
India. 2022. 28 min
Zoya receives a disturbing call from her mother – her sister Zara has gone missing during the pandemic. Surprisingly, Zoya isn’t rattled enough. She’s hiding something, all of which leads back to the fateful night of a party. Throughout the film, Zoya interacts with her surroundings as if she’s re-calibrating to them. As the plot unravels, so does she. In this story, appearances can be very deceiving.
Continue reading Bad Egg (Mehak Jamal) India
Libya, No Escape from Hell
France. 2021. 60 min
Libya, No Escape From Hell is an eye opener on the migrants’ reality in Libya but also on the horrific machine that has been set up and the scale of those responsible for the situation that take advantage of European policies.
The detention centres in Libya where thousands of migrants await in inhuman conditions for someone – the militia, Europe, the UN – to decide what their fate should be, are at the heart of this documentary. If officially, detention centres are run by the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, in reality they are in the hands of militias that control the country and see in migrants a ready source of cash by kidnapping and torturing them.
Continue reading Libya, No Escape from Hell (Sara Creta) France
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.
Continue reading Funny Boy (Deepa Mehta) Canada. Official Section
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.
Continue reading Report (Sarjun KM, Twiinkle Saaj) India
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.
Continue reading Plastic Dream (Merve Bozcu) Turkey
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.
Continue reading Estrella (Almudena Verdés) Spain
Ana’s path of search (the mother) will lead the sisters to meet, confront each other and realize their loneliness in the world.