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Second annual Documentary Lab selects 10 filmmakers

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. Starting this week and continuing through the end of April, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program in Los Angeles, with the main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All ...

Life in the shore of Death

Director: Razibul Hossain & the Students of Media Studies and Journalism.
Bangladesh has been branded as a disaster prone country around the world. Natural disaster like tornado, cyclone, and flood were the main topic to discuss for Bangladesh. Reminding this scenario, a group of university students along with their teacher starts exploring the coastal belt area of Bangladesh with the concept "Disaster" by their film. They went to experience the most disaster prone communities of Bangladesh - "Mirzagonj" where 90% community people were affected by the Cyclone Aila and "Pathorghata" 100% people affected by the Cyclone Sidr. While on their journey, they meet resilience people who are not only survived nature's fury but also surmounted it. This interaction between students and the community people creates a dialog that motivates them to tales of awe, vulnerability, loss, agony, strength, faith, inspiration and unity.

Less than Sun God

Director: Razibul Hossain.
Young photographer Khaleed Saikat once decided to go for a journey into the unknown. He took his laptop, camera, and some money with him. But no destination remains unknown at its end. Khaleed landed a small village market where he met the ‘Orao’ Youngman Arun Khalko and his constant companion Shukra. Shukra is an owner of a tea-stall up on the landing. Khaleed doesn’t get the acquaintance of Arun on the short meeting even. While talking with them they reached to the entrance of the village where the road was divided into two directions. Arun and Shukra left him there with there confusing identity. To find a place for the night to stay he walked to a village with bewildered expression. Suddenly there appears Arun and Shukra with laughter; unexpectedly they propose him to be a guest of The Missionary Church Guest House. Khaleed heals a breath of relieve. By the evening Arun gets intimate with Khaleed. Arun is a Christian Orao, by religion, at present he is in the charge of the Church on absence of Father. Time passes and after a while Khaleed comes to know by a drunken Youngman’s shouts that a girl named Arati is involved with Arun’s activities which the young fellow dislikes because he loves Arati. Khaleed, suspecting the Youngman senseless approaches to him but Arun stops him. In the middle of the night the drumming beats of ‘Madol’ (a traditional drum of Orao tribe) was heard by Khaleed along with the sounds of singing and dancing. Khaleed takes his camera and come out to join the festival of ‘Fagua’. The headman Budu Master warmly welcomed him but didn’t allow him to take photographs. There Khaleed met Arati and talked with Budu Master. Khaleed couldn’t find the dumb boy of the tribe to whom he kept his cell phone. Khaleed enjoyed the ‘Fagua’ festival. Arun also came there but didn’t join. Khaleed came to know that Arun has no right to join the festival, from the conversation between Arati and Budhla, while returning back. Next morning Khaleed found the real identity of Arun. He is a disowned son of Budu Master. The reason after disowning is Arun’s adoption of Christianity. He also came to know that Arun was a student of Christian missionary school, for the last three years he is staying in this village after receiving a higher education from abroad. Arun had lot of planning concerning to his community. Arati is mainly a teacher of Arun’s school. Last two years they have been working together on Arun’s plan to develop their community. But Arati is little confused from the last few days that whether she’s got any existence or existing personality in Arun’s mind or not. And she discovered –no there is nothing like that. Their relation is based on the dreams of Arun which is concerned to this Orao village. Arun starts to run a cold debate with Budhla in Arati’s home. Budhla want to marry Arati, her mother gives an approval to this proposal to maintain the society. Mean while at the school Arati and Arun’s debate comes to an extreme level. Arati abruptly says that working with Arun has become nearly impossible for her by denying the constitution of ‘Orao’ community. She says that she has found an obsession about Arun behind her working. It’s only because she respects the dreams of Arun and that’s why she will try this to the end. But Arun is not an apprehensive personality. In the afternoon, while Khaleed roaming on the walkways of the village with Arati, she portrays the dreams of Arun. In his plan the agricultural farm, hospital, educational institutions are nearly ready; it was just a matter of time then. But Arati speaks the other sense. When Khaleed was taking her photo she said that she has lost her face. Her face is just like Arun’s as it is same for every ‘Orao’. But these two faces never act the same. On that night Arati came to Arun’s room. She asks Arun “Do you mean yourself as an ‘Orao’ ? ” Arun couldn’t reply any satisfactory answer. At the dawn Arati came to Khaleed. She said that she has discovered her ‘Orao’ face. She asked him to take true image on his camera. Khaleed responded positively. But returning back to his room Khaleed found Arun was sitting there. Arun told him to turn an end of this journey into the unknown. Almost unwontedly Khaleed had to return. On the way back that dumb boy returned the cell phone to Khaleed. Returning back to Dhaka Khaleed miraculously discovered that there were some photographs of ‘Fagua’ festival and ‘Orao’ community in his cell phone which probably the dumb boy shoots. Khaleed made his first exhibition along with the dump boy’s photo. Now what will do Khaleed with those photos ? Will he go to that Village again ? What happen to Arun and Aroti ? Khaleed couldn’t find answer, so he decided to return the village and see the end line.

The Sand Clock

Director: Razibul Hossain.
An old man, Zoology Professor Kuhel Ahmed, faces death. The things happening in his life is quite normal for anyone. But, how is it to himself? What happens to his inner self, in his consciousness, in his thoughts at that moment in life when the living people are wistful about their long life and the dead are only memory to him? He is a loner in the middle of a bridge; helpless in his tension. All barriers of control break loose; things fall apart for him. Professor Ahmed is not a psychologically challenged person. He is absent-minded, reticent as a character. However, thoughts are not always limited to expression only. Thoughts are restless, always on the move. Professor Ahmed looks back into the satisfactions of his life’s achievements as well as the real pictures for all his shortcomings. He is nostalgic as the certainty of end of life awaits him. Professor Ahmed is single as he defies leaving behind a generation. He knows all the patterns of human diversity like his palms. Life, to him, is nothing but carrier of a mathematical progression. This belief popped into him through the practices of science. He knows beyond this belief human race is going through this progression as they try to mask the superstition of heredity and surroundings. Therefore, he argues at the close of his life. Life’s meaning as well as absurdity equally fights within him. Such inner conflict is apparently unseen, unreal. But in man’s own world it is evident and real. This feature film tries to explore that real image of the human race crossing the limits of individuals. Memory and present; everything becomes contemporary. Insights into life is framed in every millisecond.

International Human Rights Film Festival in Yaoundé.KILLED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES: R.I.P.

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  The first edition of the Yaoundé International Human Rights Film Festival suspended by the Cameroonian authorities   Yesterday, 12 April 2011, the Yaoundé prefecture issued a suspension of a public event auHtorisation, thereby calling off this first edition of the International Human Rights Film Festival in Yaoundé. Yesterday at the French Cultural Centre, the opening ceremony of the Festival was cancelled at 6 pm in the presence of its audience, guests and journalists. The...

Industry event during the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Fest in Prague

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  Documentary Campus Industry Session 11-13th March Prague, Czech Republic   "One World, Many Ways" - New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries   Documentary Campus is honoured to present a three-day industry event during the acclaimed One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague (8-17 March 2011). Thought-provoking panels and case studies for industry professionals will be run parallel to workshops on low budg...

List of Films at FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival

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LIST OF FILMSFLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival will screen eight amazing human rights documentaries from around the world:RedlightDir: Guy Jacobson / Adi Ezroni2009, 72 min / United States / English, Khmer / English SubtitlesSong For AmineDir : Alberto Bougleux2009, 53 min. / Spain, France, Italy / Arabic, French / English SubtitlesSuddenly, Last WinterDir: Gustav Hofer / Luca Ragazzi2008, 78 min. / Italy / Italian / English SubtitlesThe 10 Conditions Of LoveDir: Jeff Daniels2009, 53 min / ...

Invitation to FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival

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 We would like to invite you to attend a very thought-provoking and humanitarian film festival that urge us to reflect, react, revolutionalize and act as a ‘flashpoint’ to usher in change:FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival  http://flashpointfilmfestival.blogspot.com |  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flashpoint-FilmFestival/164642156902506 This film festival will screen eight extraordinary films from around the world that deal with human rights issues like Human Trafficking & ...

FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival

FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival brings together eight extraordinary films from around the world that deal with human rights issues at macro as well as micro level; from global concerns to indigenous issues. These films urge us to reflect, react, revolutionalize and act as a ‘flashpoint’ to usher in change.

Left By The Ship

Director: Alberto Vendemmiati, Emma Rossi Landi.
Left By the Ship is a cinema-veritè documentary which explores the psychological and social consequences of a military presence. Robert, Jr, Charlene and Margarita are Amerasians: the sons and daughters of Filipina sex workers and American servicemen stationed at the Subic Bay Naval Base, once the largest US Naval Base outside mainland USA. When the Base closed in 1992, thousands of Amerasian children were left behind. Unlike Amerasian children from other countries, Filipino Amerasians were never recognized by the US government. Over the course of two years, we followed the lives of our four Amerasians, as they struggle with discrimination, family problems and identity related issues, trying to overcome a past they are in no way responsible for.

International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris

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2011 International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris

 

Call for entries


Submission deadline : 10 August 2010
The 8th edition of the festival will take place from March 9-16th 2011.

Mission and objective.


The Human Rights International Film Festival of Paris strive to promote and showcase some of the best documentary films made each year on human rights issues internationally. Each screening is followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
More information at
www.festival-droitsdelhomme.org


How to apply ?


Interested filmmakers may fill in the next application form :

 http://www.festival-droitsdelhomme.org/paris/


All submissions will be reviewed carefully. We will contact you if we are interested in receiving a DVD copy of your film. Any unsolicited film will not be considered for the festival. The festival does not charge any fees for submissions. If your film is considered for the festival, be advised we do not return  DVDs. The festival does not send out rejection letters. We will contact those filmmakers whose films are accepted to participate in the festival.


Limitations

 

  • We only select documentary films (except for shorts).

  • Only films running at least 45 mn may apply in the feature lenght documentary categories.

  • Only films running no more than 15 mn may apply in the short documentary category.

  • Films need to be produced after Jan 1st 2009.

  • Screeners may be sent with English subtitles but please note that selected films will have to be provided with French subtitles in order to be definitively selected for the festival.


Upcoming deadline


Submissions for the 2011 edition of the festival will run until August 10 2010.


Thank you in advance for your time and interest in our festival!

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

A Place Without People

Director: Andreas Apostolidis.
A film about how the local population of Tanzania has been evicted to make way for the creation of the world’s most famous nature reserves. Set in the famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, the film explores how the parks came to be and how western perceptions about nature radically altered both the East African landscape and society. The film focuses on the people who "shouldn't be there", not only because their voices are rarely heard but also because they are still being antagonised and excluded, while the tourist industry is rapidly depleting the area's natural resources.

So many films, so many after-parties, so little time!

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The last week went by in a New York minute: ran between the NY Human Rights Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film Festival and the NY Women in Film and Television Feature Film Financing conference. Good to know I must have looked like a New Yorker too, as everyone kept asking me for directions & commenting on how much they liked my clothes and loved my shoes. A drumming troupe on the subway who made my heels move even offered me a job as a samba dancer too. Enjoyed the NY sub...

Countryside 35x45

Director: Evgeny Solomin.
Throughout the country old Soviet passports are being exchanged for the new Russian ones. A provincial photographer is traveling from one Siberian village to another taking 35x45 mm passport photos of the villagers. Thanks to a large number of clients and profound observation of countryside life the films turns into poetic story about world-view of people living in remote areas at the cross-roads of two cultures, of Soviet and modern Russian ones.

This Time We Can't Say We Didn't Know

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Director: Slaven Zimbrek.
This Time We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know combines the archived footage and still images of the Holocaust, Rwanda and Darfur genocide with testimonies of the Holocaust survivors to establish a parallel between the ongoing crisis in Darfur and the Holocaust. However, as the film’s title points out, ignorance cannot be used as an excuse for not helping out because “this time we can’t say we didn’t know”.

No Place for You at This Workplace

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Director: Slaven Zimbrek.
No Place for You at This Workplace deals with social prejudice against certain vulnerable groups and the discrimination against them in the workplace, seen through the personal stories of the protagonists. The documentary is divided into five thematic sections, each presenting experiences of one of the groups at risk: persons with physical disabilities and sensory impairments, persons with mental health difficulties, Roma, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with same-sex orientations. The viewers are introduced into each topic through opinions of accidental passers-by in the center of Zagreb.

International Human Rights Film Festival Of Paris

The International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris is France`s leading showcase for documentary films dedicated to the promotion of human rights and social justice.

Jeden Svet Belgrade Human Rights Film Festival

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JEDAN SVET promotes an awareness of human rights and democracy by screening films of related issues to mass audiences. Film is powerful media to draw attention to all global issues, which otherwise have a tendency to be unpopular or too abstract.

New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

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Created to support New Orleans’ social justice community, the festival welcomes fiction and documentaries, shorts or features, on many formats, from anywhere in the world. Films must deal with human rights or social justice.

A new online platform for social issue filmmakers

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NomadsLand.com, the online platform for social issue filmmakers, today announced its release of enhanced social networking and distribution tools to assist filmmakers in making films about pressing global issues.NomadsLand (www.nomadsland.com) has been described as "YouTube and MySpace for progressive directors and producers." Designed by filmmakers for filmmakers, NomadsLand is the home for a growing worldwide collective of creative directors, video producers, production companies and...

New online platform for social issue filmmakers

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NomadsLand.com, the online platform for social issue filmmakers, today announced its release of enhanced social networking and distribution tools to assist filmmakers in making films about pressing global issues.NomadsLand (www.nomadsland.com) has been described as "YouTube and MySpace for progressive directors and producers." Designed by filmmakers for filmmakers, NomadsLand is the home for a growing worldwide collective of creative directors, video producers, production companies and distribut...

International Human Rights Film Festival Awards

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The 4th International Human Rights Film Festival ended last night with the awards ceremony. Thest1st 1st Prize in the Creative Documentary section was awarded to Peter Raymont’s film Shake Hands with the Devil (Canada 2004), which follows the footsteps of general Roméo Dallaire, head of the UN peace mission during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. His vain attempts to alert the international community went unheard. In 2003, he released his memoirs in a book of the same title. This is the story in...

International Human Rights Film Festival

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The 4th International Human Rights Film Festival ended last night with the awards ceremony. Thest1st 1st Prize in the Creative Documentary section was awarded to Peter Raymont’s film Shake Hands with the Devil (Canada 2004), which follows the footsteps of general Roméo Dallaire, head of the UN peace mission during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. His vain attempts to alert the international community went unheard. In 2003, he released his memoirs in a book of the same title. This is the story i...
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