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Kitab (Xavi Herrero) Spain

Kitab
Xavi Herrero
Spain. 2021. 85 min

Ouadane and Chinguetti have the oldest and most valuable libraries in Mauritania and the Arab world, of incalculable heritage and cultural value. Some of its books, older than the Koran itself, may contain secrets linking Atlantis to the Richat structure near Ouadane.

Baba and Yoshef are two hustlers from Nouakchott who are commissioned to get wooden manuscripts that provide information about Atlantis to locate archaeological remains in the Richat. The librarians feel offended at the mere possibility of trying to buy their cultural heritage inherited from generation to generation and decide to write a collective manifesto to avoid these situations in the future.

At the same time, Zaida, an expert local guide in the area, hired by foreign expeditions in search of archaeological remains and a former Théodore Monod expeditionary, bring us closer to the mysterious structure of the Richat, for many, the geological remains of Atlantis.

XAVI HERRERO

Xavi Herrero literally grows up in a photo studio. Catalan filmmaker and producer residing in Ibiza since 2014, the year he abandoned his professional activity in Barcelona which was focused on TV-3 and other production companies such as El Terrat or Dorna among many others. In 2016 he created Ibizacinefest, the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Ibiza, that he continues to direct nowadays, preparing the 5th edition. At the same time, he is producing and directing 4 feature films related to the island of Ibiza. Moonface. Una mujer en la guerra was awarded at the Festival de Màlaga 2019 with a Silver Bizanga and the Audience Award. With his fifth feature film Salka en la tierra de nadie he begins a new stage focused on 2 collaborative productions in Mauritania. He has currently finished “Kitab“. His feature films have been awarded and selected in Festivals such as Festival de Málaga, Cinespaña, Docs Barcelona, Atlantida Film Fest, Vladivostok, etc … and in industry sections such as EFM Berlinale, Visions du Réel Industry, Medimed or Spanish Screenings. Since May 2022 is member of European FIlm Acadmy whit the right to vote of European FIlm Awards.

DIRECTOR,S NOTE

Kitab is my second feature film made in Mauritania after “Salka in no man’s land”, both collaborative with the Project Hummingbird from A pencil a drawing that manages the NAD orphanage in Nouabhidou. The NAD is led by Aichetou Dyallo and she herself is in charge of the pre-production of these films in this hermetic country as unknown.
The conditions of the filming, derived from those of the country, they are completely minimalist and complicated.
Each shooting and lodging in the NAD, become experiences unforgettable moments in this attempt to document Mauritania with author documentaries, in the case of “Kitab” approaching the libraries of the desert, guided by the main musicians of the Atar region and discovering the possibility that the structure of the Richat is Plato’s Atlantis.

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Funny Boy (Deepa Mehta) Canada. Official Section

Funny Boy
Deepa Mehta
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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Karma (Peike Zheng) China. NETPAC section

Karma
Peike Zheng
China. 2021. 93 min

Set in 1990s China on Yangtze River, along with a sudden accident, 2 boatmen of different generation have lost their loved ones. Facing grievance against each other and the twist and turns of their likely father-and-son relationship, they embark with the flow of unknowns.

PEIKE ZHENG

Graduated from Beijing Film Academy, Chinese young director Peike Zheng has filmed short films A Writer’s imagination and After a Car Accident. Karma is the director’s debut feature film.

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liu.qianmeng@hishow.net

Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Arthur Cahn) France

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Arthur Cahn
France. 2021. 20 min

The factory where Romain and Adémar work has caught fire, so they decide to enjoy three days of idleness together in the mild summer.

ARTHUR CAHN

Arthur Cahn studied in Hypokhâgne and Khâgne, then in Modern Literature before turning to cinema. He went to NYU for the Sound and Sight summer session, before entering the FEMIS in directing, from which he graduated in 2012 with the medium-length film Les ravissements, selected at the Cinéfondation. Following his studies, Arthur directed 2 short films, Au loin les dinosaures and Herculaneum. The 1st wins the CCAS prize at the Premiers Plans festival in Angers and the 2nd receives, among others, the press prize at the Clermont-Ferrand festival. In 2018, Le Seuil published his 1st novel, Les vacances du petit renard. For 2 years, Arthur has been co-writing feature films while developing his personal projects.

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A Dead Sea (Nahd Bashier) Israel

A Dead Sea
Nahd Bashier
Israel. 2022. 12 min

Kamel, a Palestinian man in his 50s, suffers from autism and travels with his paralyzed sister to the Dead Sea to receive medical treatment in seawater in the hope that it will help him treat psoriasis that has spread through his body. At the beach, he finds himself in an unpleasant situation. A little girl stole his rubber ball and Kamel tried to return it, the crowd gathers and he has a hard time explaining himself, especially since he does not understand Hebrew and the Jew does not understand Arabic. The masses suspect that this is a terrorist who kidnaps a girl and in the end a tragedy that seems to stem from a true story that took place in Jerusalem.

NAHD BASHIER

Present: Chairman of the Arab Culture Committee
CEO of N.B Oreem Production
CEO of Collage Association
Until 2021: CEO and Owner of Wow Surprise
2013 – 2018: Member of the High Public Committee of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts.
2006 – 2011: Artistic Director of the Kafron Theater.
2014: Member of the Fringe Theater Committee in the Ministry of Culture.

• Bachelor’s degree, B.A. specialization in acting and directing in the Department of Theater at the University of Haifa.
• Theatre Teaching at the University of Haifa.
• Group Facilitators Course for Resolving National Conflicts – (Children of Peace).
• Master’s degree. M.A studies in film culture, University of Haifa.
• Marketing and digital marketing – HackerU.
• 2021 – Master’s degree student in Law Studies – The Academic Center for Law and Business.

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Tannishtha Chatterjee, President of Jury at Imagineindia 2022

Tannishtha Chatterjee is an Indian film actress and director best known in the west for her performance in the British film Brick Lane (2007), the film adaptation of Monica Ali‘s best selling novel of the same name for which she was nominated best actress at the British Independent Film Awards. Her other notable roles have been in Academy Award-winning German director Florian Gallenberger‘s film Shadows of TimeRoad, Movie with Abhay DeolDekh Indian Circus, for which she won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) and Marathi film Doctor Rakhmabai for which she has won the Best Actress Award at RIFF (Rajasthan International Film Festival) and PIFF (Pune International Film Festival). In 2019 she directed her first feature film Roam Rome Mein.

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Mandi (Shyam Benegal)

Mandi
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.