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United Kingdom2016 • 01:00 • Documentary • Special Screenings
12 months ago, the production team gave cameraphones to people attempting to reach Europe to escape war, poverty, or persecution. They were able to film where regular film crews could not go: on inflatable dinghies crossing from Turkey to Greece, the backs of lorries entering the Eurotunnel, on trucks driven by human-smugglers across the Sahara. The result is a terrifyingly intimate yet uniquely epic portrait of the biggest movement of people that Europe has seen since World War Two. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 will be screened at Fipa.
United States2017 • Smart Fipa • Competition
A cross platform episodic documentary series about Flint, Michigan, seeks to document a specific moment within this resilient American city in an intimate, character driven way. While it is not aiming to solve Flint’s issues, it will change our understanding of them. The series cover the water crisis, the Flint police department, history of Flint, and the city’s youth using a variety of media - film, photographs, data, VR. It will launch in spring 2017 as an interactive web documentary.
Sweden, Germany, Switzerland2016 • 01:27 • Performing Arts • Competition
The great musical revolution of today takes place in Africa. In Fonko we meet some of the most outspoken, creative and interesting artists of today that redefines the image of Africa, traveling from Dakar in the west through Accra, Lagos and Luanda to Johannesburg in the south. Throughout the movie we also hear the voice of Fela Kuti, one of the continent's greatest musical icons and political activists. Fela speaks through early recorded interviews.
United States2016 • 01:00 • Performing Arts • Competition
An exploration of how American Rock & Roll music spread like an uncontrollable virus across the Iron Curtain in the last half of the 20th century. The film follows this story, and its key players, as radio pumped Rock & Roll into Eastern Europe and the USSR, while inspiring thousands of underground rock bands and millions of supporters who embraced it as the “sound of freedom”. They sparked a revolution that openly defied the communist governments, while contributing to their collapse.
Germany2016 • 01:29 • Performing Arts • Competition
Zubin Mehta, one of the most charismatic musicians, Chief conductor for life of both the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, is a true world citizen. Bettina Ehrhardt's film follows the Maestro to some of the emblematic places of his life: Israel, Bombay, Berlin, Florence, Munich. A vivid and intimate portrait of an artist beloved by audiences and musicians alike for the warmth he radiates both in his music-making and in his life.
Canada, Germany2016 • 01:26 • Documentary • Special Screenings
Women are members of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), which is also a guerrilla organisation. As well as defending Kurdish territory in Iraq and Syria, they are fighting Daesh (the armed group known as Islamic State), while embodying a revolutionary ideal centred around women’s emancipation. The film shows us the thoughts and aspirations of these hardened fighters, including Rojen and Sozdar, while inviting us to share in their private lives.
France2016 • 00:50 • Series • Competition
Vincent Ogier, a 20-year-old Parisian geology student, arrives in Guyana for an internship in a gold mining company. Driven by an acute taste for danger and a boundless penchant for cheek, the young engineer makes the acquaintance of Antoine Serra, the “Godfather of Gold”. Vincent believes he has found a legendary gold vein: a mine that was abandoned 120 years ago—and Serra has the necessary skills to exploit it. In a few short weeks, Vincent goes from intern to adventurer. Episodes 1 and 2 will be screened at Fipa.
Canada2016 • Smart Fipa • Competition
2040: Halcyon, the global leader in the virtual reality industry, wants to market neurological implants that will let the user manipulate their senses… But the project is sent reeling by the sudden murder of the corporation’s CEO. The investigation is headed by Jules Dover, a detective in the Virtual Reality Crimes Unit, and her partner Asha. Halcyon immerses you in the future through 10 short episodes and 5 episodes in virtual reality.
Slovenia, Germany, Croatia2016 • 01:24 • Documentary • Special Screenings
The Cold War, the space race, and NASA’s moon landing are landmark events that defined an era. But they are also fodder for conspiracy theories. In Houston, We Have a Problem! filmmaker Ziga Virc adds new material to the discussion on both fronts. This intriguing docu-fiction explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s clandestine space programme in the early 1960s.
Germany, United States2016 • 01:38 • Performing Arts • Competition
Disillusioned producer and composer Ralf Kemper becomes obsessed with the idea of bringing attention to forgotten jazz legend Jimmy Scott. By the time they meet, Scott is 85 years old and in a very poor state of health. Together with many of Scott’s old friends, like Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci, and James Moody, Kemper pursues his dream. He spares no expense and reaches the limits of what can be done to capture Jimmy’s unique voice in a race against time.