Rosa von Praunheim made a documentary over seven years (1972-79) about the work and goals of the queer emancipation movement in the US, especially in New York and San Francisco.
Only a very small part of the LGBTQ scene was willing to publicly stand up for rights before the 70s. However, during the years of Praunheim's documentary, a mass movement emerged that became one of the largest civil rights movements in the US.
From interviews and demonstrations, Praunheim assembles a multi-layered, but thanks to a clear structure, well observed inventory of the LGBTQ scene at that time.
How can you become a parent in France as a lesbian, gay or trans person if the laws forbid you to do so?
Using the example of her own artificially inseminated pregnancy, Emilie Jouvet presents the difficulties faced by queer people who wish to have children in France.
The merciless fighting between Christian and Druze militia in the region around Mount Lebanon ended in reprisals against civilians - in the form of massacres and displacement.
Entire villages were evacuated and destroyed. When reconciliation was officially declared in 1994, Christians were allowed to return to their villages. In the village of Aïn al-Halazoun, only one man decided to return to his village for good.
Filipe Melo; Alfie Barker; Ida-Maria Olva; Zamarin Wahdat; Xavier Seron
2022 | 78 min
The audience favorites from 10 short film festivals in two programs. Vote at the festival cinemas. To be seen at ESA 02:
O LOBO SOLITARIO by Filipe Melo, Portugal 2021, 22 min, Live Action; Vítor Lobo, the "lone wolf," goes on the air with his late-night radio talk show, but this night holds a special call.
Julia de Paz; Olga Lucovnicova; Amélie Bonnin; Katarzyna Warzecha
2022 | 78 min
The audience favorites from 10 short film festivals in two programs. Vote in the festival cinemas. To be seen at ESA 01:
HARTA by Julia de Paz, Spain 2021, 23 min, Live Action; Carmela actually wants to celebrate her twelfth birthday with friends but is forced to meet with her father.
Milan Kundera, the most famous Czech writer, is shrouded in mystery. What has earned him the status of a legendary author? What is so unique about his work?
Since he has not given an interview in 30 years, we are obliged to get to acquaint ourselves with him through his wor. His essays, and the philosophical arguments in his novels reveal a lot.
Through the story of a student who has the fantastic opportunity to interview Kundera, we learn more about the message of Kundera's work, how and why his stories still move us and force us to think not only about the protagonist, but also about ourselves!
"This film includes fascinating archival footage, and focuses on the man, his writing, his wisdom, and his philosophy of life." (Film Art).
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Antichrist) pays tribute to her mother Jane Birkin, "it girl" of the 60s and 70s, known for daring arthouse and her romance and artistic symbiosis with Serge Gainsbourg ('Je t'aime moi non plus') in her documentary directorial debut.
In this autobiographical documentary, Biene Pilavci portrays her family life, which during childhood was often marked by violence at the hands of her parents.
She deals with the question to what extent the hostility between her parents and the frequent outbreaks of violence influenced her and her four siblings. Although she had already distanced herself from her family at the age of 12, she comes to the realization in the course of her film that you can't go anywhere without taking your past with you.
In Lebanon, there are around 200,000 foreign domestic workers for every four million inhabitants, who, deprived of their basic rights, eke out an existence under constant control.
In the business, the employees are not so much service providers as goods imported by special agencies, under conditions that amount to a modern variant of the slave trade.
A haunting and gripping study of complacency in the face of monstrosity, MAKHDOUMIN turns its focus to a mirror in the kaleidoscope of social fabric, revealing an extremely complex portrait of our reality.
Jean-Gabriel Périot asks students on the outskirts of Paris to reenact iconic films from the '68 era and share their thoughts.
Although at first they are barely able to engage politically or define the idea of revolution, they gradually realise that the perspectives of the past still affect our politics today.
The documentary is based on newly discovered, powerful archival material documenting the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Africa.
CONCERNING VIOLENCE describes an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth". Fanon's landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the violence and reactions against it.
The film focuses on the emancipation of the woman, which is part of colonial liberation. As a cinematographic essay combining Fanon's text, Lauryn Hill's voice, archive material and music, the film translates the complex theoretical ideas into an emotional film experience..
Roland Klick is a film history legend. He made movies with stars like Mario Adorf and Dennis Hopper, won German film awards, then mysteriously faded away after only six films.
This is the story of a film maniac who was crushed between the opposing fronts of German cinema and his own lack of compromise.
One of the biggest taboos in society is the rehabilitation of sex offenders. This film takes the offender perspective and tells the story exclusively from their point of view.
Elliott and Teofilo, two released sex offenders in Miami, Florida are not allowed to leave their residence and must stay 750 yards away from schools, parks or other places where children regularly hang out.
These requirements make it nearly impossible to find a job or housing. The consequences are homelessness and social isolation.
"Bittner's film is worth watching for two reasons. On the one hand, he puts himself in the perspective of the "sex offenders" and thus portrays frighteningly normal people. On the other hand, he thereby proves how incredibly bigoted, hypocritical and repressive the "normal" people deal with it." (Berlin Film Festival).
PARABETON shows in chronological sequence 17 buildings by the Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979) in Italy and France.
PARABETON is the first installment in Heinz Emigholz's multi-part RISE OF MODERNITY projects, which also includes PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA and THE AIRSTRIP.