All the Asian Films of the 24th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

The twenty fourth Thessaloniki Documentary Competition shall be held from Thursday 10 to Sunday 20 March, abiding by all well being and security protocols in power, in each bodily areas and on-line. Inside the framework of the twenty fourth TDF, 233 full-length and quick movie documentaries shall be screened, on the time-honored residence floor of the Competition, Olympion and Pavlos Zannas theaters, in addition to within the film theaters Frida Liappa, Tonia Marketaki, John Cassavetes and Stavros Tornes, on the Port of Thessaloniki. As well as, the viewers may have the chance to observe movies on-line by way of the Competition’s digital platform.

Let’s take a look in any respect the Asian titles of the Competition:

A Marble Travelogue, Sean Wang (The Netherlands, Hong Kong, France, Greece; 2021)

A chunk of white marble stone mined in Greece takes us on its Odyssey alongside the worldwide consumption pushed by the Chinese language home market, to analyze the position of China because the “world’s purchaser.” This movie follows marble from its homeland to the opposite aspect of the world, the place it’s processed on the market again to the West. Because the situation of world commerce continuously shifts and adjustments, we encounter these whose lives are dedicated to the commoditization of issues each historical and new.


The Satan’s Drivers, Daniel Carsenty and Mohammed Abugeth (Qatar, France, Lebanon, Germany; 2021)

The realm south of Hebron, with its huge and exquisite landscapes, is residence to an indigenous inhabitants of Bedouins. Of their midst, Israeli settlers have constructed fortified villages on the hilltops, reducing the individuals from their lands, and their water sources. Exhausted after years of battle, the Bedouins search to make a residing as development staff in Israel. However the authorities regards them as a safety menace. Each man who isn‘t married, and doesn‘t have no less than one baby, is banned from acquiring a working allow. Hamouda, a trafficker, is arrested alongside the border along with his human cargo. On the time, his spouse is six months pregnant. In jail, the guards refuse him the suitable to name her upon coming into labor. As soon as he‘s launched, he has just one purpose: to verify his new child son, and the child‘s mama, won’t ever endure materials wants once more. A gripping portrait, just like a Nineteen Seventies chase film, filmed over 5 years about males residing on the sting in one of the fragile areas of the world.

Sirens, Rita Baghdadi (USA, Lebanon; 2022)

On the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and her thrash steel bandmates, Shery, Maya, Alma, and Tatyana (broadly often known as Slave to Sirens), have massive desires however few alternatives. When the band’s look at a UK music pageant isn’t the life-changer they’d hoped for, Lilas comes residence to Lebanon getting ready to collapse. On the identical time, the sophisticated friendship between Lilas and her fellow guitarist Shery begins to fracture. With the way forward for her band, her nation, and her desires now all at stake, Lilas faces a crossroad. She should determine what sort of chief she shall be, not just for her band, but additionally as a younger lady struggling to outline herself in Lebanon, a area of the Center East as complicated as every of the Sirens themselves.


Movie Ahead

Anachronic Chronicles: Voyages Inside/Out Asia, Pan Lu & Yu Araki (Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea; 2021)

The provision of the house video digicam modified the best way frequent individuals in East Asia see themselves and the world: the thrill/discomfort in regards to the capability to regulate the making of shifting photographs for the primary time; the (self-)invites to carry out and current; the half-staged, voyeuristic and unconscious recording of the household

Movie Ahead Shorts

Cafe de Kinema, Sol Miraglia (Argentina, Japan; 2021)

Within the suburbs of Tokyo, away from the chaos and noise of town, is the Café de Kinema. As in the event that they had been in a movie show, out of time and area, individuals discover refuge in their very own silence whereas the melodies of Nino Rota get misplaced within the smoke of their cigarettes. Within the phrases of the director: “The time to smoke a cigarette is roughly ten Minutes. The place does our thoughts journey throughout that interval? I think about it does so like tobacco smoke and music, which journey suspended within the air to be misplaced… I’m not alone, some individuals have to take refuge in fantasy too from cinema, tea and cigarettes.”

Put up-Actuality

Digital Voice, Suzannah Mirghani (Sudan, Qatar; 2021)

It is a satirical evaluation of our instances. Suzi doll is an ego-warrior. The director’s on-line avatar, marching to the algorithms of social media. She is lit by short-term outrage. A trending indignation. A ardour that’s trend. The politics of the favored. Her activism is summary. Her assistance is hypothetical. We all know many women like Suzi, and plenty of instances we’re her: vacuous digital voices, echoing injustices.

Child Come Dwelling, Foundland Collective – Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander (Egypt, The Netherlands; 2016)

Within the filmmakers’ phrases: “Foundland Collective was invited to create an interpretation of My Boyfriend Got here Again from the Struggle (1996), the long-lasting web art work by Russian artist Olia Lialina. Foundland takes the narrative content material of Lialina’s unique work as a place to begin and extends the thought of an estranged dialog attributable to the complexity of battle. We created a video work comprised of a collection of on-line chats between a mom and her radicalized son, who has left the Western world to hitch a Jihadi preventing power. Their strained and clumsy dialog is captured throughout many media platforms over a number of months. Neither is certain who’s listening or who’s answering. His seduction into battle is probably going born out of social media after which sarcastically his mom has no selection however to desperately search YouTube movies to identify her son within the background.”

High Docs

Republic of Silence, Diana El Jeiroudi (Germany, France, Syria, Qatar; 2021)

Twelve years within the making, Republic of Silence bears witness to a tragedy on an epic scale, accompanied by an ever-expanding mosaic of fragile, deeply embedded moments from Diana El Jeiroudi’s life, starting with the reminiscence from the age of seven when her father provides her a digicam, proper as much as the current day. Generally the body holds a definitive model of what’s occurring on the earth across the filmmaker. After which it collapses. White letters emerge on a black display to conjure her inside world on this cinematic memoir. A proper and orderly life in Berlin competes with a life in Damascus that’s perforated by dictatorship and dismantled by wars and worldwide political corruption. El Jeiroudi takes solace in cinema, music, the serenity of desires, and the every day solidarity of a sturdy and abiding love story.

I’m So Sorry, Zhao Liang (France, Hong Kong, The Netherlands; 2021)

Α movie conceived as an essay-poem, which questions the selection of nuclear vitality, and appears like a prophecy, a warning. The digicam captures stuff you don’t need to consider. These photographs cross the faces and the our bodies of the inhabitants who insist on staying in irradiated territory.

I’m So Sorry

Darkish Purple Forest, Huaqing Jin (China; 2021)

A piece of visible awe and matter-of-fact non secular inquiry, this majestic documentary portrait particulars the annual retreat of hundreds of Tibetan nuns to small picket homes on the huge Tibetan Plateau. With extraordinary intimacy, the digicam nestles in with the ladies of the Yarchen Monastery, who, in the course of the 100 coldest days of the yr, find out about – and in some circumstances expertise – profound issues of life and demise, struggling and therapeutic, karma and consequence. A clarifying work of religion and philosophical inquiry, set towards a forbidding panorama.

Batata, Noura Kevorkian (Lebanon, Canada, Qatar; 2021)

2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Disaster. With over six million refugees, it stays the biggest human pressured migration disaster of our instances. Shot over an unparalleled ten years, Lebanese-Syrian director Noura Kevorkian’s intimate digicam follows the plight of Maria and her household of Syrian migrant staff who discover themselves unable to return again to their hometown of Raqqa Syria. Distinctive among the many quite a few refugee tales to this point, this verité documentary captures a whole decade whereas documenting not simply the age-old battle between Syria and Lebanon, however the unbending spirit of a girl who places household forward of all else.

How the Room Felt, Ketevan Kapanadze (Georgia; 2021)

A gaggle of lesbians get collectively frequently at a soccer membership canteen in a Georgian metropolis, to hang around, to social gathering, to hug one another, and to debate existential points. It’s a comfortable, secure area for these younger ladies in a society that’s not identified for embracing its LGBTQ+ group. Discrimination, exclusion, and violence are a part of the every day actuality for these sports activities fanatics and their girlfriends, whether or not on the streets or, in some circumstances, throughout the household. Once they’re collectively, they discover the love, heat, and security they should totally be themselves. The director’s digicam skims the outer partitions of this protecting bubble, making palpable the extraordinary ambiance between the ladies on this room – because the temper shifts from celebratory and elated, to intimate and torpid, to full of life with debate.

The Rhine Flows To the Mediterranean Sea, Provide Avnon (Israel; 2021)

As a son to a Holocaust survivor and as a person who selected to to migrate to Germany, the director searches after the cognitive presence of the Holocaust and its attainable affect on his notion. The subjective character of the movie derives from the robust bond between us and our story; collective and particular person trauma is taken for a given. This theme, private and emotional as it’s, holds a considerable political significance, and it takes a clearer place because the movie progresses, because the surroundings adjustments from Germany and Poland in direction of the director’s hometown Haifa, the place Jews and Arabs reside aspect by aspect.

Useless Sea Guardians, Ido Glass and Yoav Kleinman (Israel; 2021)

For example of the conflict-driven, uncoordinated administration within the area, we’re witnessing the Useless Sea drying up at an alarming charge. Calling for motion, a joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian group holds an unprecedented, first-ever, occasion. For one second, a gaggle of individuals, from throughout the borders, be part of forces to cease a disaster.

Useless Sea Guardians

Youngsters of the Mist, Ha Le Diem (Vietnam; 2021)

Within the misty mountains of North Vietnam, a Hmong lady walks the skinny line between childhood and changing into an grownup. Over a interval of three years, ladies in her minority are pressured to lose their innocence, uncover the traps of seduction, and battle for his or her independence. ​​For her debut characteristic, a younger Vietnamese filmmaker spent three years locally, documenting with a delicate method the controversial custom of “bride-kidnapping” by way of the eyes of a teen that finds herself torn between her want for schooling and a life outdoors the village and the pressures of cultural values that view younger ladies as commodities to be bought for prime dowries. A compelling and eye-opening drama.

I Am Making an attempt to Bear in mind, Pegah Ahangarani (Iran, Czech Republic; 2021)

Pegah talks about Gholam, a person who’s not like her father, mom, uncles, or aunts, though he’s at all times current at household gatherings. Gholam movies these on a regular basis scenes along with his personal digicam. On the time, Pegah can’t think about what the aim of those movies may be, however she’s completely satisfied to pose earlier than the lens of this household good friend, whom she’s actually very keen on. It’s as if Pegah, the movie’s director and chief protagonist, is studying from a kids’s e-book; as if we’re wanting over her shoulder at Gholam’s movies of the household and the previous pictures. The massive household radiates nice heat as we see them shoveling snow or simply sitting round at residence. However then comes the chapter about Gholam and the Iranian revolution, heralding a plot twist within the story that involves symbolize hundreds of Pegahs and Gholams inside and outdoors Iran.

Home of the Resilient Youngsters, Francesca Zonars (Lebanon, Italy; 2021)

Since 1948, Lebanon hosts a big group of Palestinians who escaped from their land. Even confined within the camps, members of the Palestinian group get organized and construct locations of resilience. Assomoud (Home of the Resilient Youngsters) represents an oasis of pleasure and peace throughout the scenario of distress, decay, and political impasse in Lebanon.

From “I” to “We”: Emmanouil Benakis, A Fascinating Life, Nikos Megrelis (Greece, Egypt; 2021)

A journey from the multicultural Alexandria of the nineteenth century to twentieth-century Athens, following the financial, social, and political lifetime of Emmanouil Benakis and the imprint of his donations.

Subsequent Gen

Strive More durable!, Debbie Lum (USA; 2021)

San Francisco’s Lowell Excessive, probably the greatest public colleges within the nation, attracts excessive achievers – almost 70% Asian Individuals – from throughout town right into a fiercely aggressive universe. The digicam follows seniors by way of the hallways and into lecture rooms because the stress intensifies to impress admissions officers at elite universities with their report playing cards, check scores, and general awesomeness. The scholars proudly personal their identification as nerds and inform their tales with candor and humor regardless of the stress. Will they obtain their desires? What occurs in the event that they fail?

Strive More durable!

Tattoo Your Desires, Mehdi Ganji (Iran; 2021)

In collaboration with the Spanish Soccer League (La Liga), a few expertise soccer camps are organized in some cities in Iran. La Liga veteran soccer specialists are to pick out 17 boys between 11 to 13 who can be later dispatched to the distinguished soccer camps in Spain to finish the course. Regardless of coming from completely different cultural backgrounds, all of them consider soccer equally: a launch pad that secures the way forward for their household. Dad and mom hope for his or her kids to go to Spain or different European international locations and being recruited by an expert soccer golf equipment in close to future, simply to vary the financial and social conditions of their households. The boys, however, can already think about themselves as soccer stars, though they’ve by no means been overseas and acquiring even a Visa could possibly be a supply of bother.

Water, Wind, Mud, Bread, Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari (Iran; 2021)

A poetic mid-length documentary that depicts scenes from the on a regular basis lifetime of Abolfazl, a younger boy who’s lacking each fingers. Regardless of his incapacity, Abolfazl lives a full life along with his household and good friend Setayesh, who has no start certificates, in a palm orchard close to the Afghan-Iranian border, the place overseas guests typically head for eco-tourism. Each belong to a gaggle of kids who reside stateless in Iran, which poses one other main drawback for his or her future.

Imad’s Childhood, Zahavi Sanjavi (Sweden, Kurdistan, Latvia; 2021)

After greater than two years in captivity with ISIS, Yazidi Ghazala and her two small boys are launched and return to Iraqi Kurdistan. 4-year-old Imad is explosively aggressive and his favourite pursuits are stoning rabbits and beheading canines. With persistence and respect, Zahavi Sanjavi has intently adopted Imad and his traumatized household for a number of years. With the assistance of a instructor, Imad begins to take small steps to seek out his means again to a standard childhood.



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