Updated: Jan 20
List of films in Dox Diorama - International Competition for Documentary Films at Diorama International Film Festival 2020
Afghanistan: Imprisoned And Free directed by Vahur Liabia (28 Mins / English / Estonia / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
The Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan in 1979.1.5 million Afghans lost their lives in the war. 417 Soviet soldiers were imprisoned or remained missing in action. The majority of them were killed. The lives of some soldiers were spared under the condition that they converted to Islam. No one knows exactly how many former Soviet soldiers there are still alive in Afghanistan. Bahretdin Hakimov is a former Soviet soldier, former mujahid, and former Talib. His disappearance is dated September 7, 1980. He was missing for over thirty years, he was presumed dead by until 2013. After long years spent fighting, he was allowed to take a job as a guide at the Jihad Museum in Herat.
Behind The Paradise directed by Alain Chaviano Aldonza (30 Mins / Spanish / Ecuador / 2018 / Dox Diorama)
During the last centuries, our technical and technological development has transformed the environment as never seen before. Looking for comfort we have covered the ground with asphalt, disconnecting ourselves from an essential part of our nature, the earth. However, there are still places where you can get that connection with our life, culture, and history.
Checker Tobi And Our Planet's Secret directed by Martin Tischner (86 Mins / German / Spain / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
Checker Tobi’s greatest adventure begins on a pirate ship. That’s where he finds a message in a bottle which contains a riddle. If he’s able to solve the riddle he will reveal our planet’s greatest secret. An exciting treasure hunt that brings Tobi across the globe is about to begin!
Coffin Decollete by Nancy Kamal (5.75 Mins /Egypt / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
The minor girl noticed wedding preparations in her home. She was shocked because she did not expect to be the bride. The film highlights the suffering of an impoverished middle-class Egyptian girl in one of the villages. She deprived her right to complete her education and innocent childhood. A victim of marriage is forced to marry before the legal age of marriage is complete. Before her physical development is complete, The film is expressive without dialogue, with the aim of focusing on the internal feelings of the heroine. Her relationship with the party responsible for her harm from her face is always cruel.
Coral Woman directed by Priya Thuvassery (52 Mins / English, Tamil / India / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
This will be a filmmaker's journey with Uma, a certified scuba diver, exploring the underwater world & the threat to coral reefs of the Gulf of Mannar, India. Born in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu 53 years old Uma, a homemaker, has been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental issue through her paintings. It is, in fact, these corals that inspired Uma to learn how to swim, dive & paint in her 50s.
Deep Roots directed by Luc Godonou Dossou (15 Mins / English, French / Switzerland / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
Inside the cockfighting pits in Thailand, in the Philippines and the ones in Guadeloupe, Aod, Edgar and Dolores are preparing their roosters for an upcoming fight in front of a public of bettors and aficionados.
Doing It Sideways directed by Anne Vingbong Hørlyck (18 Mins / Danish / Denmark / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
This documentary is an adrenaline rush about the youngest Danish pro-drifter Mikkel Kraus Holler's first round of Nordic Drift Series. The movie tells about a dedicated driver as well as the special bond between father and son in the garage.
Family Portrait directed by Natalia Sergheev, Yulia Mikhailova (14 Mins / Russian / Moldova / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
One family’s fight to find hope in one of the poorest countries in Eastern Europe.
Freedom directed by Chris Suqiasyan (17 Mins / Armenian / Armenia / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
This portrait-documentary film tells of a young man Ashot who is a painter. Art and theatre are his inspirations to understand what freedom is. Art & theatre gives him wings to feel freedom.
I See In The Dark directed by Lana Bregar (16 Mins / Slovenia / Slovenian /2019 / Dox Diorama)
The short documentary shows three individuals, who have lost their sight. Their intimate narrative takes the viewer on a journey to their world and feelings about the loss of vision.
In Search Of Women directed by Mojtaba Kuhkan (82 Mins / Persian / Iran / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
Mojtaba is an unemployed and non-social student. Mojtaba tries to find women in his father's car, but he does not know about the relationship with the women and is frustrated by the woman until he makes the crucial decision to make friends with the women and finally the strange story is revealed.
Kiruna- A Brand New World directed by Greta Stocklassa (87 Mins / Arabic, Swedish / Czech Republic / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
If we could build a new society from scratch, what would it look like? The polar city Kiruna has seized this opportunity. Located way above the polar circle, the Swedish mining town Kiruna was built on a great iron ore deposit and created a significant income for the Swedish government. However, due to the mining, the city has started to collapse and in order to save the industry, the city council together with the mining company LKAB has decided to move the town and its citizens 3 kilometers to the east. In this way, the town has turned a potential disaster into a great opportunity. The new Kiruna will be an even more progressive, even better society for the future. But is it even possible to plan an ideal world? On the backdrop of a moving city, the citizens of the New Kiruna are fighting their own battles. We are following the teacher Timo, a local activist against the moving, the teenage Sami girl Maja who is discovering her family roots and cultural heritage as well as Abdalrahman, a teenage boy from Yemen, who came to the town as a refugee and slowly realizes that it takes more than just a paper to become a Swede. The seemingly very different characters are facing the same questions and as the city is looking for its place. They are starting their personal search for identity, values and a greater future. The film “Kiruna - a brand new world” is a portrait of a utopian and dystopian town as well as a hard-hitting reflection of today’s society.
Lat directed by Arjun Rajput (10 Mins / English, Hindi / India / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
In an extremely film-obsessed country like India, there are many people who aspire to become actors. Thanks to cheap internet, apps like Tik Tok provide an equal ground for anyone to get in and become famous. If you are active on the internet, chances are you've seen a Tik Tok. You may not have installed the app, you may not have searched for it, you may not even know what the hell a Tik Tok is and yet some way or the other it must have surfaced on your screen. These videos are everywhere. The app claims to have hundreds of millions of monthly active users. This film is an attempt to find out what makes this app so addictive, how these aspirants plan to pursue acting through this app and what is the outlook of professional theater actors about such platforms.
Linggih Aksara by Ni Luh Putu Indra Dewi Anjani (25 Mins / Indonesian / Indonesia / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
Balinese people, when they hear the word "liak", surely the first thing that comes to mind is the practice of black magic. People who learn the knowledge of liak also labeled as bad people in society. it deviates from the fact that actually, the knowledge of liak is one of the ancestral legacies that uses characters in the body as mysticism science. the knowledge can be used for many things such as self-guard, communicating with nature, and getting closer to the Gods. Then we also had the knowledge called "aji wegig". The knowledge of aji wegig is an applied science and the application tends to be bad like hurting people, making people wretched and so on. Even though the basic knowledge of aji wegig that is used is almost the same as knowledge of liak, but of course the two things are different. The bad thing is the society considers liak and aji wegig as the same. It makes liak having a bad image. This misunderstanding will be straightened out with various sources regarding the real explanation of the knowledge of liak, so the audience has a new perspective and does not continue to blame the knowledge of liak.
Of Sand And Gold directed by Raghed Charabaty (86 Mins / Arabic / Lebanon / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
A mother and her children live in a small house in Mount Lebanon. One day, a terrifying sandstorm called the Khamseen arrives and destroys the house and all of its inhabitants, children and visitors alike.
'Of Sand & Gold' weaves together a timeless myth in parallel with real interviews with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today, alongside displaced Lebanese families.
One Way directed by Med Firas Chamem (21 Mins / Arabic/ Tunisia / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
After losing his brother in Syria in 2014, 'Asille' found himself involved in terrorism cases with friends of the neighborhood, After several years his personality has changed and his behavior but his past still follows.
Paw Prints directed by Nebula Karkada (11 Mins / English / UAE / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
This documentary revolves around the life of strays in the United Arab Emirates and what very few of the general public does to help them survive. This documentary’s focus is on Michelle Francis who began a Non-Profit Organisation named Animals and Us in 2006 (licensed on 1st September 2017) with the goal to reduce pain and fear inflicted on animals by providing a loving home. Michelle Francis and her family are just like any other struggling ex-pat here in the UAE who started running a shelter home with their own money and not many donations from other organizations/people. She is a teacher in Gems Modern Academy Dubai and this documentary hopes to give the viewers an insight into her life and what made her begin this difficult but beautiful journey. This documentary also shows the horrible conditions a few of these stray animals had faced and how Michelle and many ordinary people do to fight for their survival. The goal of this documentary is to open the eyes of many who choose to ignore the lives of these little ones who are equally as important as us Humans.
Portraits Of My Mother directed by Tavo Ruiz (11 Mins / Spanish / Mexico / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
This is a documentary about my mother and the moment that changed her life. Through her narration, my mother confesses to me what she remembers from the moment she was raped as a child. By painfully recalling this traumatic event, she reflects on the sexual abuse of children and the scars that these events leave in a person's life.
Shaman directed by Otwin Biernat (13 Mins / English / Austria /2019 / Dox Diorama)
This short documentary tells about a castle in the Irish countryside where members of the Irish Psychedelic Society found together to live in harmony with "gifts" that nature offers like plant medicine in search of their inner truth.
Sharpnel directed by Mohmmad Krunz (16 Mins / Slovenia / Slovenian /2019 / Dox Diorama)
Youseef is from Gaza, he is 19 years old, he works as a photographer in Gaza, he was filming peaceful events on borders he was shot in his feet and then he moved to hospital in Gaza, the doctors cannot help him there to save his left foot, then the doctors decided to cut off his left foot, after trying with Israel's soldiers to move him to hospital in west bank to let him take a better therapy to save his right foot by the doctors in the west bank, and then they accepted 0 and confirm to go to west bank, Youseef went to west bank and he was trying to adapt there, and hope to achieve his goals to be a photographer.
The Metro Symphony directed by Audy Zandri & Antoine Fountaine (11 Mins /English/ Hungary / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
The Metro Symphony focuses on the visualization of a piece of music and audiovisual treatment that aims to illustrate what people actually see when they say they can see music. As a film, it follows a simple two-part formula. The first part is a conventional a-day-in-the-life documentary short that follows a glitch-hop musician who wanders around the city of Budapest to collect as many sound samples as he possibly could from different places, materials, people, events, culminating to the sound of heavy machinery that make up the city's public transport.
While the second part of the film is the resulting composition, arranged by the electronic musician from these sound samples; a song he aptly called Metro Symphony. Accompanying this beautiful piece of industrial glitch-hop flavored composition is a symmetrical arrangement of visuals, comprising different aspects of the city, its vibe, the workflow of people, their daily routine, as well as the very mechanical marvels of engineering that support their livelihood; the underground metro system of Budapest.
The Outside In directed by Hansa Thapliyal (26 Mins / English / India / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
What is an art in our lives? This film seeks its answer to this question. Two dollmakers work in very different ways, with the human form. They choose to work with very simple, sometimes discarded materials. The work gently prices open resistances we have, to empathize with those facing harsh realities around us. The work playfully loosens up knots of shame and fear. It lets in a more wholesome look at life and suggests a hopefulness and a desire for a more integrated, empathetic world.
Francoise Bosteels has worked as a nurse. Milan Khanolkar trained as an artist. What is it about making and sharing dolls that have meant so much to each? What new paths have the dolls made and cleared? What ambiguities have they been able to express? The film seeks to collaborate with the dollmakers and the dolls, listening to them, playing and animating with them, making with the materials of the dollmakers worlds. Participating in loosening the boundaries between what lies outside of us and in.
The Power Of Passport directed by Simona Carlino (37 Mins / Spanish / Italy / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
Maria, Petrona, Isabel, and Sabina with her husband lives in the Mayan-Ixil region of western Guatemala, a land torn by thirty-six-year-long-civil war and now depredated by big corporations. Their dream is to find decent work in the United States. Forced to migrate on the routes managed by coyotes because they are too poor, according to the United States' requirements, to obtain a regular Visa, the protagonists blend their voices with the tenacity to denounce the violence suffered by smugglers, narcotraffickers and national police during their journey across Mexico. A tale of Central American migration, woven after the Dia de Los Muertos, which is a choral and symbolic embrace finally welcomes the characters and tries to heal their wounds.
The Sounds Of Life by Ori Di Vincenzo (6 Mins / Israel / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
A grandson tries to immortalize his grandparents by recording the sounds of their daily habits in the space of their home. A contemplation about connection, family, and loss.
The Weight Of Gold directed by Vyesitzek, Milos Zmijewski & Oscar Diaz (30 Mins / Latin, Spanish / Germany / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
A documentary about Colombian miners who search for gold in remote mountain villages in the Andes.
Ticket To The Moon directed by Veronika Janatkova (68 Mins / Czech, English / Czech Republic / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
At the frenzy of the Space Race, almost 100.000 people on both sides of the Iron Curtain signed up to fly to the Moon at the PanAm‘s First Moon Flights Club. The world was split into two realities of the East and the West, but there was just one Moon, for everybody. Following the filmmaker ́s grandfather, one of the fellow club members, TICKET TO THE MOON asks what did the mere thought and imagination of a trip to the Moon mean to these potential space travelers – on both sides of the Iron Curtain? What were they imagining to find? And how is this relevant for us now?
Today, 50 years after the Moon landing, we are still dreaming about space, setting off for various missions - moon, mars and further on. Are the “Moon” generation’s dreams and aspirations are the same as ours?
Tickets, Please! directed by Astrid Serafini (45 Mins / English, French / France / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
A London trip to meet Daniel Jeanrenaud, a musician who dedicated his whole life to rock'n'roll, with the flamboyant and abrasions that it implies.
Uzrock directed by Arslan Veliev (64 Mins / Russian / Uzbekistan / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
This film is about the formation of rock music in Uzbekistan, from Soviet times till nowadays. It is about rock groups playing different rock music styles of (metal, punks,etc.) And also about all the major rock concerts took place on the territory of Uzbekistan.
Voice Of Siang directed by Joor Baruah (56 Mins / Armenian / India / Assamese / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
The Far East in the Himalayan border of India and China lives the indigenous Adi people. The Adi culture is unique with mythological chants and animistic rituals around nature. With memories of the 1962 Indo-China war still fresh, China reasserts its territorial claim of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the Adis. The elegant Siang that originates in Tibet and flows down through the Adi villages- is the new battleground for power. Alongside its blue waters amidst green mountains and pristine valleys, drifts voices- unheard, unwritten and unsung. A series of encounters with the Adis, near the old town of Pasighat, this tale portrays their inspiring resilience and hope.
Where Men And Eagles Live Together directed by Ines Cristovao von Bonhorst (132 Mins / Kazakh / Portugal, Mongolia / 2019 / Dox Diorama)
“Where Men and Eagles Live Together” is an observational and intimate portrait of a semi-nomadic Kazakh family, one of the last generations of eagles hunters in Mongolia. The Altai mountains are one of the most remote places in the world, these are the lands where some of the last eagle hunter families still live. With the construction of highways and the rise of tourism in the area, this nomadic family might be one of the last genuine families to maintain the ancient tradition of eagle hunting. Our main character Borkut is an experienced hunter. A golden eagle is his companion, through the years they formed a strong relationship and the eagle became a member of the family. His knowledge has been handed down by his father, passing from generation to generation and now as a father, Borkut has to pass this tradition to his sons. The movie follows a poetic story-telling, shifting from daily life scenes to dream sequences, observing the family relationships as a tribute to one of the last genuine eagle hunters family.
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