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Rauf (Soner Caner, Baris Kaya) Turkey

Soner Caner, Baris Kaya
Turkey. 2016. 90 min

Rauf hopes to win over his big crush, the older Zana, with the help of the colour pink. But what does pink really look like anyways, and will he even be able to find it in his snowy little Kurdish village up in the mountains? Meanwhile, disturbing rumours sweep in from the outside world.


Barış Kaya is a filmmaker from Turkey. Kaya studied at the film and TV faculty at Anadolu University in Eskişehir. He worked in film productions and made a number of TV commercials. He collaborated on the film “The Breath (Nefes)” directed by Levent Semerci, in 2009. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with the feature drama “RAUF”. Rauf made premiere in Berlin FF – Generation competition, won 29 awards in 91 international festivals.




The Miniaturist of Junagadh (Kaushal Oza) India

The Miniaturist of Junagadh
Kaushal Oza
India. 2020. 29 min

The ravages of Partition have compelled an old artist, Husyn Naqqash, to sell his ancestral home in Western India and move with his family to Karachi, Pakistan. When Kishorilal, a stoic and stone-hearted man, who has bought the house, comes to know that Husyn is a well-known miniature painter and has an invaluable and rare miniature collection, he schemes to get hold of the collection. But all is not what it seems and there is a secret about the collection that Husyn’s family is holding back. Not only from Kishorilal… but also from Husyn.


Born and raised in Bombay, Kaushal Oza graduated in Film Direction and Screenwriting from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune) Indian’s premier film school. He has twice been awarded the National Film Award for his short films Vaishnav Jan Toh and Afterglow by the President of India. His films have won 15 International best film awards and have been screened in Clermont Ferrand, New York, London, Los Angeles, Beijing, Singapore, Goa, Colombo etc. His third short film The Miniaturist of Junagadh begins its festival journey in 2021. He is currently on the pre production of his feature film Little Thomas, whose script was mentored at NFDC Film Bazar, Goa and Cinekid, Amsterdam.


The Miniaturist of Junagadh was born out of the grief that I experienced at the loss of home. Home, in the literal sense, when my family’s century old ancestral home was to be razed to ground to give way to a housing complex. And home in the philosophical sense, as the tolerant nation I grew up in elected a religious fundamentalist as prime minister, and I, like my many liberal compatriots, was robbed of the secular heritage India’s founding fathers had bequeathed us. Soon, a citizenship law was proposed that marked religious minorities, and can one day become the basis of deporting Indians on religious grounds.

Husyn, the blind miniaturist of the film, also finds himself being forced out of his house on the eve of Indian Independence. In the aftermath of ethnic violence, it is not just his home that is being taken away from him, but also his art. The art of Indian miniature paintings is a confluence of Islamic and Hindu traditions and is a testament to the true heights the human spirit can scale, when minds, cultures, and religions, assimilate. It is through this art that Husyn speaks to his tormentors; and in his own way, breaks free of the tyranny of lines, be they borders or religious divides.

The Miniaturist of Junagadh, although rooted in India’s difficult past, speaks to the world of today – a world ravaged by religious, ethnic, xenophobic and racist violence. It is a film about a lost art, shot in my own ancestral house before it is torn down. It is at once a lament, and at once, like in Husyn’s final act of bridging cultures, a prayer of hope.




American Anomie (Shahriar Azim) USA

American Anomie
Shahriar Azim
USA. 2020. 25 min

Timir, a young south-Asian student attends a prestigious Los Angeles music academy, chasing his dream of becoming a classical composer. To scrape together money for tuition he manages a shady motel in South LA where he lives with his girlfriend, Sarah. He struggles to find meaning in his music when faced with the grinding poverty and depravity the motel residents experience each night. As he watches his dreams, his relationship, and his ambitions slip away, Timir finds himself at a crossroads.


Born and raised in Bangladesh, Shahriar Azim is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. In 2010 he moved to Moscow after receiving a scholarship in Journalism. He made his first short documentary film “We are Global Citizen” (2014), a documentary that deals with the suffering caused by war and how traditional media helps to publicize the narrative of warmongers rather than stopping them down. In 2015 Shahriar made his second short Documentary Film “Freedom 404”, depicting journalism in Bangladesh.
After graduating from PFUR (2015), he branched out into fictional storytelling instead of working as a journalist and moved to Los Angeles. Since 2016 Azim continuously making various kinds of short films such as Osmosis (2016), Black beans (2017), Widh (2019).
“Widh” was screened in multiple film festivals and won the audience choice Award at Ojai short film festival (2020).




A Fish Tale (Emmanuelle Mayer) Israel

A Fish Tale
Emmanuelle Mayer
Israel. 2019. 52 min

Johnny believes in the future of Africa. He lives in Israel, but dreams of returning home with modern fish farming techniques. His wife, Thérèse, sees little hope back home. She is determined to create the best possible future for their children, whatever the price may be. When their visas expire, tensions between the two arise, leading to an inevitable clash. Emmanuelle Mayer’s directorial debut is a moving documentary portrait, pieced out of ten years of intimate footage.

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Can Neither Stay Here…(Girish Kasaravalli) India. Official Section

Can Neither Stay Here, Nor Journey Beyond
Girish Kasaravalli
India. 2020. 124 min

Set in the India of the 60’s, the film tells the story of the challenges facedby a young boy and a young widow who dream of getting out of their oppressive and suffocating lives. These characters are mirror image of one another while one dreams of moving to the city, the other is dreaming of a better life. Young Naga lives in a country side which is idyllic and serene but on a personal level he is subjected to all kinds of humiliation because of his cast and economic status. Young widow, though belongs to an upper cast, is deprived of all the good things in life because of the tradional practices and rituals. They both are dreaming of a respectable life in another society. Will their search yield result? The contrast and the contradictions in their dreams form the crux of the story.


Girish Kasaravalli has made 15 feature films in a carrier spanning 4 decades. All his films have won awards at national film festivals and international film festivals. 2003 Rotterdam had him director in focus. Retrospective of his films were held in some other festivals.


GHATASHRADDHA (The Ritual 1978)
DWEEPA (The Island 2002)
HASINA (2006)





Radical Love
William Kirkley
USA. 2020. 20 min

Radical Love explores the subversive political activism and deep connection of Michael and Eleanora Kennedy, a husband-and-wife legal team who represented a who’s who of the 1960s’ politically subversive class.


WILLIAM A. KIRKLEY is a Los Angeles native who at a young age developed a deep interest in filmmaking, graphic design, and photography. His formative years were spent making documentaries and music videos in Los Angeles and New York.

Kirkley enjoys all facets of filmmaking, including shooting, editing, and incorporating design elements in post-production. Finding the humanity in the story and weaving it together with unique camera work, art direction and direction lends itself to artful and heartwarming stories. His commercial and digital work for clients like Amazon, PetCo, Heineken, Reebok, SOS Children’s Villages, and Chevrolet, has a documentary style and a focus on real people.




Mandi (Shyam Benegal)

Shyam Benegal
India. 1983. 160 min
Cast : Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah

This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story ‘Aanandi’ by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want for its prime locality. They rally up against the brothel and its inhabitants in the name of morality, and soon everyone in the area jumps on the bandwagon. The politicians offer to put up an alternative residence for the prostitutes, only this place is miles away, isolated from the city. The madam of the house has no choice but to comply, but by the end things take a (logical) turn for the better. After all, men will be men.

In her words (Annie Zaidi)

In her words
Annie Zaidi
India.  2015.  42 min.

The Film traces the historical and social journeys of Indian women’s lives as revealed through the literature they created in every era. The story of how women lived, and their march towards freedom and self-definition was not officially documented. However, through the verses of nuns, bhakti devotee rebels, folk songs, verses written by courtesans, amateur anthropologists, the memoirs of activists, and modern literature, we witness the oppressions and aspirations of Indian womanhood over two millenia. The film traces these changes through the translators, publishers, historians, and contemporary writers and readers who are pushing towards a more gender equal society.