Sandlines, the Story of History

Francis Alÿs, Iraq, 2019, 61’ 
Children from a mountain village near Mosul re-enact a century of Iraqi history from the secret Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916 to the Islamic State’s influence of terror in 2016. Using the simplest costumes and props, they evoke the story of history, revisiting their past to better understand their present. […]

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Hamada 

Eloy Domínguez Serén, Sweden, Norway, Germany, 2018, 88’ 
The Sahrawi people have been forced to live in refugee camps in the middle of a stony desert ever since they were expelled from Western Sahara forty years ago. A group of friends are separated from the homeland they know only from their parents’ stories by a minefield and the second largest military wall in the world. Their vigorous will to live keeps clashing with the constricting physical and political limitations of reality.  […]

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The Fever / A Febre  

Maya Da-Rin, Brasil, France, Germany, 2019, 98’ 
“Brazil is already in some kind of post-apocalyptic state,” said the director when commenting on her film. In it, she portrays indigenous Amazonians as torn between their source of income – the city – and their source of strength: the rainforest. […]

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Space Dogs 

Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter, Austria, Germany, 2019, 91’ 

From the perspective of stray dogs (and other animals) living in Moscow, the film offers striking insight into their lives today and throughout the history of space conquest, laying bare people’s deeply anthropocentric perception of animals, and of human progress, entertainment, and everyday life. […]

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