„Over the seasons we follow a logger and his horse in the depths of the Ardennes forest, and see him live his passion through the eyes of an odd young girl… “
Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!
Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, it doesn’t take long however, before a conflict evolves that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. The debut feature from documentarians Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, Honeyland is made with the widescreen sweep of an epic, yet clearly built from an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. With a surprising sense of humor, it’s a tough and tender portrait of thee delicate balance between humankind and nature, a glimpse at a fast disappearing way of life, and an unforgettable testament to one extraordinary woman’s resilience.
By observing ‘the human’ in a traditional ‘nature-documentary style’ and by showing how we get our daily food, questions are being raised about mankinds relation to nature.
SPOTLIGHT – Gorshtak live @ Tara Bridge for Fešta
The story of echo is about understanding and perception of wildlife and environmental abuse and its consequences on human race.
The people’s watch that started against the gold digging company in July 2019 at Ida Mountains, may have been one of the biggest environmental movements in Turkey.
Girls in Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran had to go far away from village and bring water from the pond just because of lack of water, but in most of these ponds there are a kind of Iranian crocodile called Gando, that attack humans. That’s why most of the children lost their legs or hands. People of this province still treat nice to the Gandos, they believe when there is a Gando so there is Water. This documentary is film telling you the story of a 9 years old girl named Hawa that Gundo had eaten her hand.
On the eve of Man’s conquest of the Moon, in the summer of 1969, 34-year-old Milutin Veljković sets off to spend the following 15 months in a two-kilometer long cave in the Southeast Serbia, in a company of a dozens of hens and ducks, and a puppy. Veljković wasn’t just interested in beating the record in cave dwelling – he aimed to penetrate into the universe of depth.
This extraordinary deed is first revealed outside – through a series of portraits of interesting characters, all connected to Veljković. Unexpectedly, we enter the underground world. The various narrated fragments from Veljković’s detailed cave diary are brought to life: from his daily routines, such as making coffee and collecting insects, to the dramatic events of pulling out his own tooth, craving for a woman, fighting with the flood and hallucinations.
From connecting with primeval ancestors in a disintegrated time and space, all the way to the outer space exploration, Speleonaut is in quest of our purpose.
A floating two-ton elephant named Edna rescues the world’s water with an unlikely ally in this absurd experimental FilmPoem. Water, water, everywhere…now it’s time to think.
Saeed and Abdullah are two rural teenagers who have decided to revive a camel farm in their area. The two borderline teenagers living near the Afghan border near the Loot Desert and the lagoon are trying to get a job and income by nature so they can prevent migration and help Baluch peace and solidarity. The film features part of the daily life of people in the village and camels, as well as the customs of Baluchi marriage. The purpose of this documentary is to show the efforts and solidarity of two peoples who strive to improve their lives by removing divergent ideologies. Perhaps this is a small example of world peace that teaches us that in order to have peace we must respect each other’s beliefs and put aside differences and help each other to improve their lives even in the harsh desert conditions.
Lisa, who lives a fully zero-wasted life on her own, meets a guy, who pays interest in her. Suddenly her eco-freaking starts to freak him out.
Ana (42), Zorka (42) and Jelena (43) meet in their hometown for the 25-year high school reunion. Each one lives in a different country of the former Yugoslavia and each one has a different, but important breast issue. Fuki, their charming and mischievous classmate has special ties with all of them. Those three days, when they evaluate their lives and face the uncertain future, turn into a life changing experience. Six months later, one day will as an epilogue show the final outcome of their roads to self-realization.
I’ve been traveling and shooting in 99 countries. For the past 7 years, I’ve seen the different sides of our world: both amazingly breathtaking and disgustingly ugly. That’s is how the idea to create this video has been born. The scientists are claiming that we have only 10 years left to change our behavior, and if we won’t the greenhouse effect will be irreversible, this sounds overwhelming and frightening. So the thoughts are coming: What will we leave behind?
Under the impacts of a changing climate, the world changes, it has already changed. In a distant and near future, both fantastic and absurd, men and wo- men survive as they can. Following a man, a slender figure between Tati and Buster Keaton, we discover through scenes of his daily life how devastating the effects of climate change are on humans and nature.
How do we barricade against excessive heat or cold?
How will it be to go to a supermarket, or a zoo filled with different animals and species?
A disturbing and hilarious ride in the future, that is already our present.
The brilliant director Andrey Tarkovsky, whose works are considered masterpieces of world cinema, left us with eight films and an ever growing interest in and desire to understand his work. The documentary recounts Tarkovsky’s life and work, letting the director tell the story himself, as he shares with us his memories, his view of art and his reflections on the destiny of the artist and the meaning of human existence. Thanks to some extremely rare audio recordings, viewers are able to immerse themselves in the mysterious world of his cinematic imagery, allowing them to comprehend and reassess the work and inner life of the great director.
The account is accompanied by never previously released recordings of poems by Arseny Tarkovsky, one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century and the director’s father, read by their author. Arseny’s poetry had always had an influence on Andrei’s movies, underlining the profound cultural and spiritual bond between father and son. The images of the film are made up of excerpts taken from the director’s works, rare contemporary photos and videos and sections shot in the places where Tarkovsky lived and made his movies, in Russia, Sweden and Italy, his adoptive home.
Fatih Mehmet Macoglu is the first mayor ever in Turkey elected from the Turkish Communist Party. He is the mayor of Ovacik, Tunceli, a small Kurdish-Alevi town in the heart of Eastern Turkey. Unknown to the rest of the world, it is an area where cultural and humanistic values, peace, love and community work are cherished, and where production and education are pursued with almost no budget. The film follows the daily life in Ovacik and Mr. Macoglu’s efforts to strengthen a sustainable economy by promoting community-based agriculture. Both the mayor’s and the residents’ remarkable efforts set an example for agricultural towns around Turkey. The honest and heartfelt example of Ovacik starts building a very important communication bridge between the East and the West of the country.
This is the story of a biology teacher who teaches his students to protect nature. He starts with a separate garbage collection and then opposes the construction of a mall in the park and tries to save it.
The script of the film was written based on a real story in Yekaterinburg. Citizens protest against the construction of the temple on the site of the park.
The little girl Minja, unlike her parents – whose interests are far from this problem, points to the negative effect of climate change in her city and country. She knows that people need to take more care on the protection of the natural environment.
A philosophical journey into the eternal questions on the nature and purpose of mankind and our communication with the world. Third film of the trilogy.
” … How many times have you managed to feel that something much greater than you surrounds and pervades you? You call it intuition, a premonition or conscience – but who is really knocking inside of you? Three days, three nights, three lives in the belly of a whale… Eyes must become accustomed to the darkness in order to learn to distinguish light. There is no other way to see clearly …”
When poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk first visits the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home in the war-zone town of Krasnohorivka, Ukraine, she is surprised by what she finds: while the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children are managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light.
Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, so it feels natural to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera’s lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.
In Southeast Asia the elephant tourism is booming. Elephant shows, elephant ridings, ethical elephant parks… everyone has their choice. But do we choose the right thing?
The topic is very fastidious, and the million-dollar business owners would do anything, in order to keep their secret. But what is this dark secret? What is behind the latest trend “no riding”? What are the ethical elephant parks, and are they really in favour with their beloved animals? How could the travelers pick their elephant activities, that is beneficial for both parties?
We wanted to discover everything first hand. So we travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to visit different elephant activities to find the answers. This expository documentary is shedding some light on the southeast Asian elephant industry. As the say, the problem, nor the solution is black or white.
A group of interned Yugoslav diplomats and their families, among them the most famous Serbian writer, Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić, are residing in a luxury hotel on the German side of Lake Constance. As one with the highest rank, Andrić is doing his best to obtain a permit that would enable the diplomats to relocate to the other side of the lake, to the neutral Switzerland. Germans refuse to grant the permit, but they give Andrić the freedom to leave, whenever and wherever he chooses to. Andrić has to decide whether to leave and save himself, or stay for the sake of a young lady he is passionately in love with, a costume designer Milica Babić, who is interned at the hotel with her husband and Andrić’s friend Nenad Jovanović.
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