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Agron Domi Festival Director

The festival is like each living creature that is born from love, that is grown up in love. As every creature that has its own stutters until reaches to sing alone on the stage. As every child that hardly stain his name until reaches to write his story. As every pupil that learns more from his own mistakes than from the pedant teachers. As every rebel that breaks the rules set to create new ones. As every painter that distinguish more easily nuances than contrasts. As every guy that doesn’t fear the danger to be noticed from his lover. As every man that protects with bigotry his own choices

and with them he wants to reproduce continously. After dozen years of First Film Festival in Albania, after wide international connosence of 107 countries from all over the world, after a great number of applied films last year as 5,400 of them, naturally without strain and pain we decided to be reproduced and to create new forms of vivid festivals; new races not so formal as TIFF, but based in the filmic categories that we have promoted from the beginning. As every enamoured that can’t stop gazing her photo, it wasn’t enough for us one week per year to propose our difficult choices from a big number of qualitative proposals that only for reasons of space and projection we couldn’t offer to the public audience. Dedication to derivative editions of TIFF, based in classic categories of film, was a strong temptation that today I’m very happy that is done. Documentary choice, as first focused category, compared with fiction, animation or experimental film, was not casual in a country as ours, where its own true stories are more shocking, more emotional than those fiction created. Stories that were written better from the foreigners than ourselves. True stories that we must be used to tell them ourselves as we have known to write so beautifully during years and years. DocuTIFF’s birth is a new story in audio-visual life and I hope to be as it is now, fresh and original like the stories that will be presented to you during these 5 days. It will be for the first time the possibility of screening and competition in the category of middle length. The appreciation of jury of chosen films from region is a new concept as geographical one, not political as have been before. The Festival as any living creature being motivated by curiosity and discovery of various other different beings that lakes in the world and this discovery will share with you amicably. Wishing welcome to the first edition of the Festival, I wish to DocuTIFF successfully long life!


STAFF st 1 edition of DocuTIFF 2015

Mirënjohje / Acknowledgment

Adnan Beci, Aida Baro, Aksel Golemi, Alban Nimani, Albes Fusha, Alma Sinanaj, Arben Papadhopulli, Arben Skenderi, Arbër Zaimi, Arian Leka, Ariana Skrami, Adriana Frisenna, Armela Xhafa, Armand Habazaj, Armand Sallabanda, Besfort Kryeziu, Bevis Fusha, Blerta Hocia, Blerta Kambo, Dhurata Thanasi, Dimitar Nikolov, Dragan Misev, Durim Neziri, Edmond Topi, Elektra Venaki, Elira Kokona, Eni Hasanaj, Fidel Ylli, Florion Goga, Genci Kojdheli, Helton Shkurti, Herida Duro, Knidi Bashari, Ledia Mirakaj, Linda Karcanaj, Luan Rama, Majlinda Tafa, Maddalena Pessina, Martin Leka, Massimo Gaiani, Milena Selimi, Mirela Halili, Nevila Jones, Olta Bello, Petra Behlke-Campos, Petrit Malaj, Rafaela Rica, Rajmonda Zajmi, Renis Tershana, Rubin Beqo, Shpresim Bajraktari, Sonila Demi, Stefan Çapaliku, Tsach Saar, Vasian Pushani, Zhani Terpini

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Martichka Bozhilova producer, AGITPROP Director, Balkan Documentary Center She co-produced with Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, USA, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania. Her documentaries have been selected and awarded at Cannes, Berlin, IDFA, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Pusan and many others, and broadcast all over the world.

Roland Sejko Don Askarian The most important Armenian-born director since Sergei Paradjanov, Don Askarian has created a body of films that explore the history and spirit of his native land. He does so in a modern idiom, inflected with surrealist overtones and powerful imagery-often described as magical realist--that embrace the extremes of beauty and brutality. Born in 1949 in Nagorno Karabakh, in the former Soviet Union, Askarian traveled to Moscow to study history and art and worked as an assistant film director and film critic before being imprisoned in 1975. Emigrating to West Berlin in 1978, Askarian began to create his meditations on Armenia from his home in exile, beginning with an adaptation of Chekov’s The Bear, in 1984. Since that time, he has directed a range of works, from documentaries to biographical essays to fiction features, that have been honored at festival screenings worldwide.

He has a degree in the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana after that he leave Albania and he was situated in Rome. From 1996 he works at the Istituto Luce Cinecittà where today runs as editorial director of valorisation of cinematographic archives. In 2008 he debuted with the feature-length documentary “ Shqipëria vendi përballë “ produced by Istituto Luce and the History Channel. 2013 has performed as screenwriter and documentary filmmaker “ Anija - la nave “. First presented at the Turin Film Festival and then distributed in Italian cinemas, “Anija” has participated in dozens of festivals and has won the David di Donatello, the highest price the Italian cinema, as best documentary of the year. In 2014 he realized more than 20 video instalation as artistic curator and director of the exhibition “Luce: immaginario l’italiano” open for several months in the Vittorianos Monumental Complex in Rome. Among his latest works is the short film “L’entrate in guerra” according to a story of Italo Calvino, episode of the collective film “Novanta 9x10” presented in premiere at the Festival Cinema 71 Venice in 2014, as well as documentary feature “Pritja” which will appear in 2015.

Gianluca De Serio

Eroll Bilibani Eroll Bilibani is a photographer and communications manager - currently the Executive Director International Documentary and Short Film Festival “DokuFest” which aims at Promotion of Art and Culture through Documentary Film and Education and is dedicated to development and promotion of Kosovo’s young filmmakers and artists through its programs. Eroll is currently actively involved in developing programs that use cinema and storytelling as platforms for social change, through creative educational packages designed to inspire young people. He is also involved in the promotion of documentary cinema in rural villages of Kosovo through DokuFest’s travelling cinema “Cinema at Your Door”. The previous work experience includes communications for development, donor relations and public information; product Development, branding and corporate image development.

De Serio Twins, born in Turin. Both are graduated: Massimiliano has a degree in DAMS (History of Art) while Gianluca in Communicaion studies (specialising in Cinema). Gianluca followed a workshop with the iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Since 1999 both together directed many shortfilm and documentaries whic take part in international filmfestivals (Rotterdam, Turin, Annency, Santa Berbara, Koln and many others). All the film of the De Serio’s brothers, have a narrative approach between the documentary and fiction, always with a kind regard to the human problematics. The shortfilm Maria Jesus won the Nastro d’Argento as best italian shortfilm in 2004. Among the awards: Don Quixote Award and Youth Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival; Prix du Jury Meilleure Mise en Scene at the International Festival of Marrakech; Best Film Journées du Cinéma Italien, Nice; Grand Prix Annecy Italian Film; Award “Spaceship” Italian Cinema. European Academy Awards nomination for the short film, the Silver Ribbon for Best Short Film, the Silver Ribbon for Best Screenplay for short film (2005), the Silver Ribbon for Best Production of the short film, two nominations to David Donatello for the short film, nominated for a Golden Globe (for the short and the feature film). Best Short at Edinburgh International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Internationales Trickfilm-Festival in Stuttgart, Huesca, Vendome, best short film in Italian for three consecutive years at the Turin Film Festival. Seven Acts of Mercy has been nominated for the Silver Ribbon for best debut film, for Best Sound and Best Actor.

Milos Djukelic Studied Film and Television directing at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Since 1998 he has been working as director, producer, copywriter and art director. He took part and won prizes on numerous international festivals with his commercials and short films: Magdalena, Leo Burnett 7+, Karlovy Vary, MTV music award, etc. He has directed over 600 commercials and music videos and most of them are showing in more than 25 countries. He is a founder of “Red Production” which is well known commercial and film production house throughout Europe. He founded festival of short films made with mobile phones and alternative filmmaking devices called “Nova Svetlost”. He also founded “Art director’s club” in Belgrade, “SAPA - Serbian Association of Producers in Advertising”. He is a member of a managing board of “Serbian Film Commission” and “Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival”. Recently, Miloš Djukelic is executive producer of the American film “Ironclad 2 – Battle for Blood” directed by Jonathan English as a sequel of the movie “Ironclad” made in 2011.

Ina Lisi September 2010– October 2010; Movie “Amnesty” by Bujar Alimani; Seccond Assistant Director/ August 2011 – December 2011; Featured Movie “Agon” by Robert Budina; Seccond Assistant Director/ August 2012 – Present; Kube Studios; Production Studio/ Casting Director, Executive Produser,Art Director/ Video Installation “Sue Proprie Mani “ by A.PAci and R.Sejko; Ex.Producer, Casting Director, Decorator;

Saimir Kumbaro Edmond Topi CEO of MMS “NOSITI”, Tirana, Albania, Executive Director of Multi Media Studio “Nositi” , A private production studio that produces films and TV shows / From 2011- present Co-founder, Co-owner, and Administrator SCREEN AD Co-founder, co-owner and administrator of a leading Management and LED Walls operation serving major events and elections/ From 2006- present CEOLocal Network RrTL , Founder and Executive Director of local media television network RrTL/ From 2001- present Founder/ CEO of Albanian Institute of Management and Monitoring Audiovisual Media/ From 2006-2007 Lector/Facilitator , The Academy of Film and Multimedia “Marubi”/ From 2001-2006 Producer/ Journalist, Producer and active media journalist in different shows and author/ director/producer of a series of documentary films. Producer/ Director and Co-producer for series of documentary and fiction movies for the film studio „Shqipëria e re“

Saimir Kumbaro has a degree at the Academy of Arts for drama. He starts working as as/director in 1970 at Kinostudio. He starts directing documentaries and various chronicles. In 1975 he directed with Rikard Ljarja the movie “Rrugicat qe kerkonin diell” which won together with Rikard the best director of the Festival of 1975. He continues in 1977 together with Rikard the movie “Ilegalet”. In 1978, realizes the movie “Concert in 1936”. He continues his career with the movie “Gezhoja e vjeter”. He takes part in the Balkan Festival 1980 in Ljubljana where takes a special mention with the movie “Koncert ne 1936”. He continues with the movie “ Rrethimi i vogel” where he takes the first prize in the Festival of Tirana. In 1993 he was honored by the jury of the festival with the award as the best director for the film “Vdekja e kalit”. This movie was selected as one of the twelve best films in the competition in Montpelie France.

Marin Mema Marin Mema born in Tirana in 22/03/1981 from 2002 to present is a journalist at the television Top Channel ; 2002 to present: journalist at the journal «

Ben Andoni Ben Andoni, born in 1966 in Tirana, studied Geography and worked firstly at the Hydrometeorological Institute. Since 1996 his main profession has been as a journalist. He wrote for the newspaper “Koha Jone”; was Cultural Editor of the newspapers “Gazeta Shqiptare” and “Korrieri”; Chief Editor of the weekly magazine “ABC” and Deputy Chief Editor of the magazine “MAPO”. He is currently Editor in Chief for Weekly Culture Supplement “Milosao”. He was also correspondent of the Belgrade news agency BETA and of other foreign agencies and newspapers. Ben Andoni translates from Serbian, Croatian and English. His publications include Albanian translations of the works from some very wellknown Serbian, Bosnian authors. In the last years, he translated the novel “Pnin” of Vladimir Nabukov and collections of poetries by Cezlav Milosz. In the last years, he has been also part of some National Juries concerning Culture and Media.

Shqip »1996-1997 : journalist at the journal « Populli »1996-1998: journalist at the journal « Sporti shqiptar ». He directed the serial of programmes “Shqiperia tjeter” which is broadcast every Monday at Top Channel and every Tuesday at Top News. Author of more than 250 reportages on social issues, human rights and political developments in Albania since the time of communism to the transition years. Author of dozens of documentaries with historical and current situation, which are include countries such as the USA, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, etc. Awards: 2005 The first prize for best investigative report on the issue of suicide in children; 2012 The best Reporter 2011 2012 / Chosen by an independent Academy of the audience; 2012 One of the 10 personalities of 2012 / Chosen by the magazine “Klan”; 2013 Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP cultural diversity; 2013 One of the 10 personalities of 2013 / The result of the survey of public / Top Channel; 2014 The best Journalist of the Year.

Stanela Kostallari Stanela Kostallari has 12 years experience as a culture journalist and since January 2015, covers the sector in the Information Department at Agon Channel television. Kostallari, worked for 9 years at Vision Plus TV at the Information Department. She has also been active in print media for magazines “Trendy”, “Annabel”, “Grazia” and “Living” that was presented with various interviews and articles on art and culture figures in the country. Stanela Kostallari has conducted studies of Journalism at the University of Tirana. She has a Masters in International Affairs from the University of Tirana and has accomplished a specialization 1 month in the UK and Germany by international news agency “Reuters”.


MASTERCLASS | Black Box | University of Arts From acclaimed Armenian director Don Askarian


“Askarian has a style and a message that cannot be ignored. If you see his films, you will not forget them, and you will never mistake them for a work by someone else.” Mirror-Spectator On-Line By DAPHNE ABEEL 01. 23. 2002

“Don Askarian is a visual genius and for me, the embodiment and heir to another great armenian artist, Sergei Paradjanov. Avetik is the one of the most, if not the moving experiences of my Armenian life. If any of you ever have a chance to see this great work, drop what you are doing and see it. The only way I can describe it is that is like a fountain that springs from the unconcious armenian mind. However you will not have problems recognizing certain elements of the film that deal with the Genocide, life in the diaspora, and current conflicts, all in a surreal diorama. Absolutely Amazing.” Joachim von Mengershausen, WDR



The film is dedicated to the Armenian monk and genius composer Komitas, and the 2 million victims on his people in Turkey in 1915. The final 20 years of Komitas life were spent in various mental hospitals. The destiny of Komitas? This is the magic beauty of Armenian culture and the abhorrent brutality of Armenian history. A cultural and artistic world that was slaughtered with a curved knife. A humanity that doggedly advances towards an apocalyptic catastrophe, that does not recognize its own original purpose, eradicates its own memory, its final roots.

“Dali, Tarkovski, Bunuel, Deren ... Add the name of Armenian director Don Askarian to the ranks of this dream team. His latest film “Avetik” is very much in tradition of the cinema of dreams. A gorgeous and mesmerizing film, “Avetik” both thrills the eye and boggles the mind. It takes you on a journey of the mind that leads to heaven or hell - a succulent garden full of bare-breasted goddesses or a frozen step of devastation and death”. “Askarian is capable of producing images that are unlike anything ever seen before, yet hit you with a primal immediacy”. Giovanni Fazio, “The Japan Times” 25 March, 1995



Guided by pain, l extend my hand and it thrusts against them. The souls of 2 million murdered circle over your and my head, over Ararat... Tobacco, from which the “Camel” cigarette has been made, that l am just lighting, reflecting on written phrases, grow out of the cracked skull of my grandfather, who perished in Erzurum. On October 10,1984, l sat in the kitchen of our apartment in Berlin, opposite me, on the electrical fuse box, stood the angel and looked at me through the leaves of a philodendron plant, l raised my head and it was no longer there. Then they both appeared. more... Prizes: Interfilm-Jury-Price - Max-Ophuls-Price Fest.’89; 6 GoldMedals - Film Festival Venice ‘88; Prizewinner at Riga Film Festival ‘90.

1988 | Germany | 35 mm | 96 ‘ | color and B&W

“Hovering between the realms of poetry and history, this stunningly photographed, elegiac work-hot mostly in long takes-mixes cryptic metaphor and fantastic symbolism to tell the story of Avetik, an Armenian filmmaker exiled in Berlin. Director Askarian employs dreamlike images-a crumbling, ancient stone chapel gradually reduced to nothing by the rumbling vibrations of passing military vehicles; a ghostly cemetery of carved tombstones in which a woman takes a starving sheep in her arm and breastfeeds it back to life-to reflect the history of his homeland and shades of his own exile in Germany. In sensuous, lyric tableaux, Askarian explores German racism, the 1915 Armenian genocide, the disastrous earthquake of 1989, tranquil childhood memories, and images inspired by erotic medieval poetry”.

Prizes: “Special Prize of Int. Film Fest.” in Mannheim’92; “Main Prize for best director” Fugueira da Foz’93.

1992 | Germany - Armenia | 35 mm | 84’ | color

1998 | Germany - Armenia | 16 mm | 60’ | color

2007 | Germany | HDV | 76’ | color & B&W


ARARAT 14 Views


It’s no matter for it - who walks on it - the Turk, the Armenian, the Kurd or a camel, and about state boarder it doesn’t think at all. The relations to it have mineralogists, well, volcanologists, but the speech is not about: gang of robbers kills numismatists under the canopy of sacred mountain Ararat and Phil, their victim, casually survives. If the film is there, it is not because it has been defined by the audience, not by the producer/director, not by ratings, not in Cannes or in LA, no, it is realised through the film itself, in the context of the film, by every film, every film that has already been made and by every film that’s going to be made in the future, because there is a constant dialogue going on between all films, including those as yet unmade. To recognize this deep secret reality and law of film, and to obey, yes, even to serve them - that is what I call Ontological Film Making.

Year 1989. Rotterdam Film Festival. Farewell at hotel “Hilton”. And he speaks: «Help to shoot “Confession”». In reply: «The child of two fathers, will be born bastard». Actually I wanted to say: «This lustful, voracious, scruffy lady, whose name is cinema, needs to be fucked as to... And only loners - they were less than fingers on one hand - only those who work in deep, infinite loneliness...». Afterwards, he was dying long in Armenia - asking all the time to visit him, and I was shooting “Avetik” all the time. At last, I came. He pretended he was already dead. Then I pulled out of my pocket a cloth bought in Goa from gipsy woman (all winds of the Indian ocean unable to overcome the strong smell of her genitals), and unfold it. There was a lion watching TV, there was an elephant twisting pedals... he opened his eyes a little to look at the woman’s ring, who had come with me - the diamonds and sapphire were original. Amazed Sergey even half rose - and the bitch-death left us alone for a couple of hours... Then he died and there was semi-official filthy - crowd of jackals were fighting for percents from his glory... I’ve told myself: «After, after when a corpse will divide and carry away... ». And here the film is ready. I know, it is close to your heart, and sorry, that I’ll show it to others ...


Dancing With Maria

Happily Ever After

Ivan Gergolet

Tatjana Bozic

Synopsis: Dancing with MARIA tells the story and the work of Maria Fux trough the relationships she develops with her students. The film is focused on the following question: is it possible to change limits in opportunities? To answer it we follow Maria’s work in the studio and we tell how dance changes her students’ life. Script: Ivan Gergolet Photography: Ivan Gergolet, David Rubio Editing: Natalie Cristiani Sound: Havir Gergolet, Francesco Morosino Music: Luca Ciut; Producer: Igor Princic

Synopsis: In a last desperate attempt to save the relationship with the man of her life, filmmaker Tatjana Božić dives into her past and makes a kaleidoscopic journey past her ex-men in order to find out what is wrong with her. Happily Ever After is a merciless, emotional and at the same time humorous and self ironic portrait of the filmmaker’s love life and a portrait of love relationships in the era of ‘global confusion’. Script: Alexander Goekjian, Tatjana Bozic Photography: Ton Peters Editing: Boudewijn Koole, Tatjana Bozic, Rogier Kappers Producer: Boudewijn Koole, Iris Lammerstma, Nenad Puhovski Music: Alex Simu Awards Sarajevo, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Special Jury prize; Let’s CEE Film Festival, Special Jury prize; Netherlands Film Festival, Gouden Kalf - best edited Dutch film of 2014 and a nomination Gouden Kalf - best long documentary; Liburnia Film Festival, Best directing and Best editing

2014 | Argentina| HD | 75’ | B&W

2014 | Netherlands | Digital | 83’ | Colour

2014 | Estonia | HD | 78’ | Color

2014 | France | HD | 82’ | Colour

How I Saved Africa

Inside the News

Kullar Viimne

Jeuland Yves

Synopsis: Siisi is an active and attractive young woman who’d have enough energy to send Estonia’s first spaceship to Mars. But instead, the urge to make the world a better place sends Siisi far away to Uganda, where she plans to open a café with the help of donators to offer work to the local young handicapped people. The start of the project is dashing but as the times goes by the more Siisi’s idealism confronts the local working culture, sexual prejudice and economic inevitability because in a country that is one of the biggest coffee bean exporters only 0.6 percent of people drink coffee. In addition to the growing financing problems, the lack of clients and the staff with no sense of duty, also Siisi’s personal life becomes endangered. But the video reports sent to the sponsors must be full of optimism because Africa needs saving once we started saving them... Script: Ivan Gergolet

Synopsis: While newspapers have to face the important challenges caused by the raise of blogs, tweets and other internet revolutions, this films offers an insider look at the work of the journalists from the political department of the French newspaper “The world” during the French presidential campaign of 2012. Following the journalists within their offices or on the field the film allows us to witness the great debates happening behind the walls of this famous daily which will soon celebrates its 70th anniversary. Script: Yves Jeuland Photography: Yves Jeuland Editing: Lizi Gelber Animation: Olivier Marquezy Sound: Eric Slabiak Music: Yves Jeuland Producer: Yves Jeuland

The Fortune You Seek Is in Another Cookie

This Is My Land Tamara Erde

Johannes Gierlinger

Synopsis: The Fortune You Seek Is In Another Cookie a dizzying journey around the world in search for happiness as a poetic and political practice. The imaginary scene of a carousel and an intangible picture send the filmmaker on his journey. He finds himself at the protests in and around Gezi Park, Istanbul, in front of the gates of the Cinecitta in Rome and the streets of Santiago de Chile. Whether in the Atacama desert or a trailer park in California, he attempts to find a description of the universal longing. The collision of image, text and sound finds its counterpart in the seemingly contrary locations and scenes. The Devil’s Dance meets the indulgence of astronomical precision and death at the foot of an ocean. The film is stargazing and a quest for meaning. It is indignation towards conventional cinema. The voice of one versus the rapid fire of our times. It is a montage of a multi-year excursion that describes the subjective view of the world according to the filmmaker.

Synopsis: How do the Palestinian and Israeli (Arab and Jewish) education systems teach the history of their nations? The film follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers over one academic year. Through observing their exchanges and confrontations with students, debates with the ministries curriculum and its restrictions, the viewers obtain an intimate glimpse into the profound and long lasting effect that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict transmits onto the next generation. Producer: Tatiana Bouchain, Julien Loron Awards Hamptons Int. film festival, Special prize for visionary


Script: Johannes Gierlinger Photography: Johannes Gierlinger & Jan Zischka Sound: Peter Kutin Music: Peter Kutin & Dirac Producer: Johannes Gierlinger

2014 | Austria | 16mm | 82’ | Colour

2014 | France | Digital | 93’ | Color

Special Screening

HOMAGE TO PASOLINI on the 40th Anniversary of his murder

“We lost, first and foremost, a poet, and the world it does not have poets wholesale ...they are born not more than three or four within a century. [...] Therefore, the poet should be holy.” These are the words of the famous Italian writer Alberto Moravia pronounce them when he is in front of the coffin of his friend compatriot Pier Paolo Pasolini, extraordinary intellectual and versatile, killed at the height of his artistic maturity. This year, we, a handful of his work lovingly, commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Pier Paolo’s, an event as tragic as it is announced by the victims of that horrible murder. Event which encourages us to make this invaluable Italian a place of honor in DokuTIFF-in of this year, with its piece of art “Notes on an African Orestiada”. A documentary that touches the extremity of the reportage without giving up the social and political strengths that approaches the work of Pasolini. A documentary that will open a full series of commemorations in which all the work of this unusual Italian - filmography, prose, poetry, essays - will accompany us throughout this year. A modest effort, but we felt, on our main anxiety of Pasolini, “death is not a lack of communication, but a lack of understanding” to somehow be able to fade away. Curator: Agron Domi Festival Programmer Edon Qesari University lecturer at University of Tirana In Pannel: Arian Leka writer, University lecturer at University of Arts Aida Baro Editor and Translator Arbër Zaimi Researcher, Political Activist

1970 | Italy | 65’| Colour

Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana Pier Paolo Pasolini

Synopsis: The director presents takes and scenes filmed on location in Africa for a film-that-never-was, a black Oresteia. Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini Script: Pier Paolo Pasolini Music by: Gato Barbieri Cinematography by: Giorgio Pelloni Film Editing by: Cleofe Conversi Sound Department: Federico Savina Actors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gato Barbieri, Donald F. Moye,

Marcello Melis, Yvonne Murray, Archie Savage Produced by: Gian Vittorio Baldi


Artic Odyssey


Aurélien Cormier & Julien Riquier

Yiorgos Panteleakis

Synopsis: Six youngsters, who had never the chance to travel are facing a challenge: Fighting weather conditions, tiredness and pain during a trek in Lapland with Nordic skis, tents and pulkas. They will need to communicate and help each others to get through this journey ! Editing: Aurélien Cormier Sound: Julien Riquier Music: Alexis Maingaud Producer: Brice Picard Awards: Rotterdam, Bafici, Montevideo, Basel, Sofia, Edin-

burgh, Munich, Moscow, Marseille, Karlovy Vary, New Horizzons Wroclaw.

Synopsis: The Doc is following the steps of and old time «Boxer» and now head Trainer of «Aristotelio Boxing Club», Yiorgos Ioannidis. Ioannides won every Championship that he participated in his career until he retired. He was National champion for nine consecutive years in Greek Amateur Boxing (Olympic style), won «Golden Gloves» tournaments, 4 «Acropolis Cup» tournaments and participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympic games. A father of four married to mathematician Anna Margaritis, who is also a two times Greek National Champion. A Gymnastics Academy Graduate and a painter, has turned trainer and has his own Club, «Aristotelio Boxing Club» since he retired from competing in 1994. In this club whatever “Amateur Greek Boxing” stands for, is reflected and cultivated. In the film another side of what is considered to be a “Brutal and Bloody Sport “ is documented.... Script: Yiorgos Panteleakis Leading actors: Ioanides Yiorgos, Mighty Mike Arnaoutis, Felix Savon Producer: IGC (Independent Greek Cinema) Awards 8th Docfest Chalkida Film Festival 2014, Best Direc-

tor Award; 16th Thessaloniki International Doc Film Festival 2014, Finalist At Greek Academy Film Awards Doc Award 2014

2014 | France | Digital | 52’ | Colour

2014 | Greece | HD | 55’ | Colour

2013 | Austria | Digital | 30’ | Colour

2014 | Canada | HD | 60’ |Colour

Europe Endless

I’ve Seen the Unicorn

Gunther Blauensteiner

Vincent Toi

Synopsis: “Europe Endless” is a documentary about the everyday tragedy of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea to get to mainland Europe. Sound: Valentin Langer Producer: Penelope Reindl Awards: Rotterdam, Bafici, Montevideo, Basel, Sofia, Edin-

burgh, Munich, Moscow, Marseille, Karlovy Vary, New Horizzons Wroclaw.

Synopsis: I’ve Seen The Unicorn is an ensemble feature documentary that looks at life around the Maiden Cup horse race, the biggest event on the tiny island of Mauritius. The film examines post-colonialism through various characters involved in this tradition, among them, a young fisherman who dreams of becoming a jockey. Editing: Vincent Toi Producer: Vincent Toi

Life is Waiting:

Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

Iara Lee K2 and the Invisible Footmen, The Suffering Grasses, Cultures of Resistance, Modulations, Synthetic Pleasures


Editing: Music: Producer:

Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony. This film chronicles the everyday violence experienced by Sahrawis living under Moroccan occupation and voices the aspirations of a desert people for whom the era of colonialism never ended.

Martin Eller Mariem Hassan, Mahdyar Aghajani Iara Lee, Salah Abdelahe

2015 | Western Sahara | Digital | 58’52’’ | Colour

New Years Eve on the Island of Bisevo

Davor Borić

Synopsis: Offshore island Bisevo is not so far away as it seems. It is in the heart of Komizans and Bišovjora living in Komiža, on the feast of St. Salvestra, Dec. 31, together with a number of visitors on Biševo to celebrate Mass, blessed the house, burned wood and a leaky old things and kolendavanje saw the old year. This documentary takes you on an island which is, according to one of its few inhabitants, always alive, and summer and winter, and takes in all the changes, keeping their tradition. Script: Ljiljana Šišmanović, Davor Borič Photography: Branko Cahun, Anton Štor Editing: Anita Jovanov Sound: Hrvoje Hostić

2014 | Croatia | BetalIMX | 30’57’’ | Colour

2015 | India | HD | 49 | Colour

Voices Under the Mango Tree Mayurica Biswas

Synopsis: Two teenage cousins are found hanging from a mango tree in rural northern India. The parents allege the girls were raped and murdered. But soon a web of lies turns an open and shut case into a classic mystery with horrifying twists. Undercover As Script:Â Joshua Whitehead, Mayurica Biswas Photography: Gurinder Singh Editing: Sankalp Meshram, Monisha Baldawa Sound: Devender Singh Music: Audio Network Producer: Mayurica Biswas, Joshua Whitehead, Swastika Mehta

About ACTive

Designed as a collaborative, creative and experiential educational program, the regional Creative Documentary Film School ACTive immerses young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia in the creative documentary film universe‌ ACTive is organized by creative documentary film passionate and devoted organizations and film-makers from the Balkans and Europe, considerably contributing to the landscape of new media and documentary film in the region – Studiorum (Skopje), Pravo Ljudski Film Festival (Sarajevo), DokuFest (Prizren) and MakeDox (Skopje).


2013 | 9’

Directors: Aleksandra Aleksovska, Andi Thaqi, Jovanche Nedelkovski

Synopsis: Why does society always tend to marginalize those who do things unconventionally? Why does it put aside everything that is ugly and rejoice in everything that is beautiful? What is ugly? Debris takes us into the small microcosm of one brave woman called Dada. A cosmos so small that breaks our society’s rules and conventionality into pieces and encompasses in a comical way the values that might inspire a new interpretation and revision of our everyday lives. Original language: Albanian Cinematographer: Aleksandra Aleksovska, Andi Thaqi, Jovanche Nedelkovski Editor: Aleksandra Aleksovska, Andi Thaqi, Jovanche Nedelkovski Sound: Aleksandra Aleksovska, Andi Thaqi, Jovanche Nedelkovski Tutor: Pamela Cohn Producers: Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi

The Invisibles

2013 | 07’05’’

Directors: Ishak Jalimam, Monika Šimunac, Nita Zeqiri, Petar Antevski

Synopsis: Engaged and happily in love, these two girls bravely tell the story of their mutual life as a lesbian couple in Kosovo. Original language: English Cinematographer: Ishak Jalimam, Monika Šimunac, Nita Zeqiri, Petar Antevski Editor: Ishak Jalimam, Monika Šimunac, Nita Zeqiri, Petar Antevski Sound: Ishak Jalimam, Monika Šimunac, Nita Zeqiri, Petar Antevski Tutor: Vladimir Tomić Producers: Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi

Small Talk

2013 | 9’27’’

Directors: Darko Aleksovski, Sanja Rašević, Venesa Musović

Synopsis: Small Talk is a short film, inspired primarily by the Prizren City Hostel, where the authors stayed for 10 days while attending the Creative Doc School ACTive. The hostel was a meeting point for a great number of people, coming from different corners of the world, exchanging experiences in an informal way, with a great deal of sincerity and helpfulness. The different ways of communicationinspired the authors to try and observe the human relations in the hostel. By documenting the unpretentious conversations, Small Talk capturesalmost a struggle for basic human interaction in an age where all communication is mediated by technology. Original language: English Cinematographer: Darko Aleksovski, Sanja Rašević, Venesa Musović Editor: Darko Aleksovski, Sanja Rašević, Venesa Musović Sound: Darko Aleksovski, Sanja Rašević, Venesa Musović Tutor: Emilio Guerra Delgado Producers: Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi

Spring in Summer

2013 | 8’24’’

Directors: Edin Alija, Mila Radonjikj, Vanja Ristić

Synopsis: This short documentary film captures the moments when we use the water fountain. It is a poetic and allegorical story about people, differences, connections, similarities. We all stop by the water fountain, even just for a moment, no matter where we come from or where we go. This is a story about all of us - young, old, happy or sad, angry or delighted, or just being thirsty. This is a story about the little moments of magic that happen there, at the fountain. Original language: No Dialogue Cinematographer: Edin Alija, Mila Radonjikj, Vanja Ristić Editor: Edin Alija, Mila Radonjikj, Vanja Ristić Sound: Edin Alija, Mila Radonjikj, Vanja Ristić Tutor: Srđan Keča Producers: KumjanaNovakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi


2013 | 7’13’’

Directors: Lejla Mušanović, Norika Šefa, Relja Pekić

Synopsis: The young butcher Ergjan tells the interesting story that one old house in the center of Prizren hides. Ergjan is a young boy growing up in a traditional Albanian family. Even more revealing than his words is his attitude towards the isolation he lives in and the house itself.Showing them through the same objects, this story is about the past and and the future as seen from within. Original language: Albanian Cinematographer: Lejla Mušanović, Norika Šefa, Relja Pekić Editor: Lejla Mušanović, Norika Šefa, Relja Pekić Sound: Lejla Mušanović, Norika Šefa, Relja Pekić Tutor: Guillermo Carreras-Candi Producers: Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi


1-2-3 Viva l’Algérie

Adana Kebap

Yannick Nolin

Özgür Barut

Synopsis: A cafe in Oran, men pile to watch Algeria’s qualification match for the 2014 Mondial. Script: Yannick Nolin Photography: Yannick Nolin, Elias DJemil, Raouf Benia Editing: Yannick Nolin Sound: Michael Pineault Producer: Yannick Nolin, El Djazaïr mon amour,

Synopsis: This is the first movie about kebap. We invastigate to kebap culture from past to present. We found 3rd generation chef of kebaps invertor (Sedat Usta). it is a short story about kebaps history and culture. Script: Özgür Barut Leading actors: Özgür Barut Producer: Özgür Barut

KINOMADA, Images & Words

2014 | Canada | Digital | 13’38’’ | Color

2014 |Turkey | Digital | 16’27’’| Color

2014 | Serbia | HD | 6’27’’| Color

2013 | USA | Digital | 12’32’’| Color

Aladdin and The Magic Bin

Art Cart:

Zikica Jovanovic

Synopsis: More than 20 years,every morning Aladdin is cleaning his city. With the help of his broom and a bin which are magical he cleans the garbage and does not feel tired. The film aims to rise awareness about the environment. Script: Zikica Jovanovic Photography: Vojkan Arandjelovic Music: Ivica Trailovic , Dragan Babic Producer: Vladan Milutinovic

Saving the Legacy Larry Tung

Synopsis: ART CART is an intergenerational arts legacy project that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate students to undertake the preparation and documentation of their creative work, offering both groups an educational experience that will help shape the future of our cultural legacy. Producer: Joan Jeffri

Black Sheep

Calling Ukraine

Christian Cerami

Jean Counet

Synopsis: Black Sheep follows two brothers from the North of England and their adolescent curiosity for the EDL - a right-wing street protest movement against radical Islam in Britain. This observational documentary portrays the working class youth culture in the North and the impact that the EDL has on these impressionable young men. Watch Sam and Jack decide for themselves whether this organisation, that some call racist and xenophobic, is a cause worth fighting for. Producer: Alex Sedgley

2014 | USA | Dv-Cam | 15’40’’ | Color

Synopsis: Through a Skype call the daily life, dreams and fears of a family in Eastern-Ukraine is revealed while the bombs are falling in the background. A grandmother in Latvia phones with her sister and child who live in the war zone of EasternUkraine, months without often having water and electricity. We see the traces of the war on the face of the grandmother who, like the viewer is powerless. Script: Jean Counet Producer: Natalija Gnezdova

2015 | Netherlands | HD Digital | 12’21’’ | Color

2013 | Venezuela & Bolivia | Digital HD | 2’07’’| Color

2014 | UK | Digital | 8’39’ | Color

Canis Familiaris


Dennys Rodríguez

Jack Rawlins

Synopsis: Rondón, a homeless man in a wheelchair, lives happily in the streets of Caracas with his family; Josker and Ñoño.

Synopsis: A short documentay film. A reflection on the experience of highly qualified immigrants living and working in menial jobs in Exeter, United Kingdom.

Script: Dennys Rodríguez Editing: Dennys Rodríguez, Alexandra Bas Sound: Miguel Segovia Music: Javier Figuera Leading actors: Juan Carlos Rondón, Josker. Ñoño Producer: Dennys Rodríguez Awards Festival de Cortometrajes ‘Clemente de la Cerda’

2014, Caracas Filminuto 2014/ Caracas, Venezuela, Premio Autonomia Universitaria.

Photography: Jack Rawlins Sound: Jack Rawlins Producer: Jack Rawlins


Half - Half

Dan Perez

Eva Matarranz & Florence Guenaut

The Bronx Street Art Renaissance

Synopsis: By enlisting the help of some of the world’s top street artists, J. “SinXero” Beltran has made it his mission to legally beautify the Bronx, the birthplace of graffiti, through his TAG Public Arts Project (The Art of Grafstract). Script: Dan Perez Photography: Dan Perez Editing: Dan Perez Producer: Dan Perez, J. “SinXero” Beltrann

2014 | USA | Digital HD | 17’21’’ | Color

Synopsis: One working day. Macedonian, Bosnian and Albanian workers are building the new Slovenian railway. Script: Florence Guenaut, Eva Matarranz Photography: Eva Matarranz Editing: Florence Guenaut, Eva Matarranz Sound: Florence Guenaut Producer: Tom Gomizey

2014 | Slovenia | HD | 8’34’ | Color

2015 | Netherlands | HD | 10’28’’ | Color

2014 | Israel | HD | 15’51’’ | Colour

Here & There


Jascha Blume

Tomer Werechson

Synopsis: Through the eyes of seventeen-year-old girls from two sides of the world, they show their daily lives: The twins from slum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the girl from a farming family in a village in Groningen, Netherlands. They are all profoundly deaf. Their lives are totally different, yet the same. The film shows how close they are to each other, wherever they are. Deaf community around the world is one big global community, a virtual deaf country without borders. The video contains visual sounds only, the sign language. Script: Jascha Blume Photography: Bart Koolen Editing: Jascha Blume Producer: RESPO Travels/ Jascha Blume

Synopsis: The perspectives of a documentarian who spends one day with his grandfather who is contending with Alzheimer’s- as the past and present get blurred through his grandfather’s life story. Script: Tomer Werechson Photography: Matan Balalty Editing: Dekel Nitzan Sound: Shahaf Wagshall Music: Shahaf Wagshall Producer: Tomer Werechson Awards: Seamedu Film Festival, Best Non Fiction Film/ Hibulb

Film Festival, 3rd Best Short Documentary Film.

I Smoke Whatever’s Left Zorko Sirotić

Synopsis: The protagonist of this film is an ex journalist and editor of a cultural magazine turned petty tobacco smuggler. The film is offering a concise portrait of its protagonist’s new interest, along with his thoughts on life, tobacco and similarities between petty criminals and modern culture workers. Script: Zorko Sirotić Photography: Zorko Sirotić Editing: Zorko Sirotić

Moon Jar:

The art of imperfection Sojo Yang

Synopsis: Embraced the Modernist principles of simplicity, truth to materials, form following function and the idea that less is more. The Moon Jar finally reveals its appearance after 18 century, by a hand of ceramist Yang Gu and tells us a great lesson to our life. Script: Jason Verney Leading actors: Gu Yang Producer: Sujin Woo

Sound: Zorko Sirotić Music: Greek Byzantine Choir Producer: Zorko Sirotić

2015 | Croatia | HD | 10’ | Color

2015 | Republic of Korea | Digital | 15’16’’ | Color

2014 | Slovenia | 15’42’’| Color

2013 | Syria & Turkey | Digital | 14’29’’| Color

Never Flew Before

Not Anymore:

Kate Drobysh

A story of revolution Matthew Van Dyke

Photography: Saša Ignatovič, Kate Drobysh Sound: Uroš Hlastan Leading actors: Ana, Matic, Kenneth, Dino

Synopsis: A short film about the conflict in Syria as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war. Winner of over 80 awards and screened in more than 200 film festivals around the world. Script: Matthew Van Dyk Leading actors: Nour Kelze, Omar Hattab (Mowya) Producer: Matthew Van Dyke, Nour Kelze Adwards: Audience Favorite Documentary Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest; Short Film Award at the One World Media Awards; Silver Lens Award (inaugural award to honor courage in filmmaking) at the Arpa International Film Festival; Best Documentary Short Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival; First Place Non-Fiction Award at USA Film Festival; Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at Florida Film Festival; Audience Choice Award at PovertyCure International Short Film Festival; People’s Choice Award at the Castellaneta Film Fest; ...

On The Edge

Pepín Bello:

The Man Who Never Did Anything

Roy Zafrani

Synopsis: Alona always went in the direction to abyss. Always on the edge, almost falling down, almost becoming crazy, almost dying. When all of her attempts to belong anywhere fail, Alona starts going down, to the darkest side of life. A story of hope and redemption. Photography: Orel Agassi, Hen Sotto, Roy Zafrani Editing: Roy Zafrani Music: Nami Melumad Producer: Michael Boricki

Alvaro Merino

Synopsis: At the end of 2005, I was lucky enough to get to know Jose “Pepin” Bello, the last living voice of the Generation of ‘27. Intimate friend of Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel and Federico García Lorca among others, “Pepin” modestly, had influenced both the work and lives of tens of renowned artists. Excited by his lucidity, enormous humanity and vast memory (since he was 101 years old), I wanted to make a statement of these encounters with an improvised audiovisual recording, urgently, enlisting a small group of friends and professionals from this field. The results could not have been better. Even so, by misfortunes of life, these images could never see the light… Until now. Script:

Alvaro Merino, Jose Bello, Manuel Martin

Photography: Miguel Angel Mora Editing: Manuel Martin Mendez Sound: Luis Alfonso Corral Music: NarcisoCilveti Leading actors: Pepín Bello, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca Producer: HenarÁlvarez ,Rebeca H. Alonso

2013 | Canada | 13’| Color

2015 | Spain | Digital | 30’ | B&W - Color

2013 | South Africa | HD | 6’ | Color

2014 | Spain | HD | 19’28’’| Color

Poop on Poverty

Silent Screams

Vijay S. Jodha

Gerson J. Peña

Synopsis: Set on the edge of the Thar desert and in the middle of world’s biggest camel fair, this film looks at the underbelly of one of the most visited and photographed tourist destinations in the world. The film highlight a challenge faced by 2.5 billion people on our planet everyday – access to cooking fuel. It is also a tribute to human ingenuity and sound environmental practice – turning animal waste into energy that reduces dependency on biomass and conserves natural resources. Script: Vijay S. Jodha Leading actors: Indra Bhatt, Karma Bhatt Producer: Steps International Awards: Audience Favorite Documentary Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest; Short Film Award at the One World Media Awards; Silver Lens Award (inaugural award to honor courage in filmmaking) at the Arpa International Film Festival; Best Documentary Short Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival; First Place Non-Fiction Award at USA Film Festival;...

Synopsis: Gritos del Silencio (Silent Screams), investigates the issue of gender violence also known as “Feminicidio”. In El Salvador. Centered around the story of Lazaro Moran, a man seeking refugee status in Canada after his wife is brutally murdered by their godson and his friend. Both gang members. Lazaro, and his daughter America, share their story as the film investigates the root causes of this issue. From a woman’s role in the Salvadoran society to the lack of support from the different levels of government. Producer: Gerson J. Peña

Stallion Grotto

Surf Addict

Jani Peltonen

Carlos Melim

Synopsis: Stallion Grotto is a lo-fi slacker film about a father and a son. It’s about genes, patterns of behavior and display devices. The film is shot by a five year old boy who wants to make game videos to Youtube like his idol Jolle. Both the father and the son has bad nerves. There is also dogs with weak nerve structures. Script: Jani Peltonen Photography: Nestori Peltonen

Synopsis: For the first time, one SURF ADDICT* tries a very special tow out... Directed by: Carlos Melim Written by: Mnica Diniz Produced by: CreArt Edited by: Carlos Melim Cast: Nuno Vitorino, Duarte Grilo

Editing: Jani Peltonen Sound: Antto Onkila Music: Ville Lahde Producer: Jani Peltonen

2015 | Finland | Digital | 5’59’’ | B&W

2014 | Portugal | Digital | 2’43’’ | Color

2014 | USA | Digital | 8’42’’| Color

2014 | Canada | DSLR | 7’41’’ | Color

The Boats of Jamaica Bay

The Dollhouse

Gary Bencheghib

Chad Galloway & Heather Benning

Synopsis: Jamaica Bay, the jewel crown of New York City’s ecological resources has been devastated by super-storm Sandy, almost 2 years ago. The film documents a group of local residents on a mission to rescue the 600 boats that are rotting in its basins. Photography: Danny Ray Producer: Gary Bencheghib Awards: Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, Best Na-

ture Film/ Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Best Documentary

Synopsis: The Dollhouse documents the decommissioning of Heather Benning’s artwork, ‘The Dollhouse’. For nearly a decade, The Dollhouse stood in a frozen field just off of highway #2 in the Canadian Prairies. A match was lit and in a few breaths it’s walls and everything they contained were lost forever. Producer: Chad Galloway & Heather Benning

The Last Knife Sharpener

The Seashell

Ricardo Guerreiro

Paolo Santagostino

Synopsis: Knife sharpeners existed in great numbers, in a time when the hope for the return of a lost king wasn’t needed. Today only one exists, so I’ve made it my goal to find him. Photography: Ricardo Dias Editing: Oliver Ferguson Sound: Adil Hussain Producer: Cheuk Ki Lai

Synopsis: We are on the edge of Finisterrae, regarded in ancient times as the “Last Stop”, beyond it there was nothing but the big expanse of the ocean. From this place the ancient pilgrims threw their dirty clothes down into the ocean so they could leave everything before turning back. Amin Lazar, a polish pilgrim, is trying to understand where the way ends and what he has to do: stop and go back home or Keep walking, maybe forever...

Paolo Santagostino Leading actors: Amin Lazar, GiovanniCalella Producer: Paolo Santagostino Script:

2014 | UK | Digital | 13’30’’ | Color

2013 | Spain | DVCPRO HD | 12’12’’ | Color

2014 | USA | 7’ | Colour

2014 | USA | Digital | 10’ | B&W


Vanitas-Real and Natural

Opal Dockery

Tuo Wang

Synopsis: A fascinating film about a woman’s right to be topless in public, bringing in the larger debates concerning women’s rights and gender equality, and directed by 67-year-old firsttime filmmaker Opal Dockery.A story about Dockery’s fight against what she perceives as discrimination against women in a very particular and contentious way. Dockery collaborates with her film producer son Jack Truman to share her thoughts about not being able to go topless in public, in conjunction with the annual Women’s Equality Day topless protest in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. An eye-opening film from the team behind the cult mockumentary hit Phone Sex Grandma. Script: Opal Dockery Leading actors: Opal Dockery Producer: Jack Truman

Synopsis: Wang Tuo transformed two European fictions in the 19th century—EffiBriest (a realist novel by Theodore Fontane, 1894-95) and ThérèseRaquin (a naturalist novel by Émile Zola, 1867)—and placed them into a contemporary social context. By constructing all-encompassing environments where fiction and reality interweave, he attempts to examine the unreliable relationship between cultural archive and the contemporary human status. Dramatic and often humorous as well as absurd aspects of the concept of society are exposed during the process. Script: Tuo Wang Leading actors: William Corbett, Laura Marris and Mike Hickey

Very Long Play Vinyl Vladimir Morozov

Synopsis: The man is not aware what full silence means. When earthly sounds calm down, our mind grasps faint voices, coming from nowhere As well as now, there is a mess of squeaks, catches of tunes and fragments of the spokesman’s text above the Russian cities. Script: Vladimir Morozov Photography: Vladimir Morozov Editing: Vladimir Morozov Sound: Vladimir Morozov Producer: Igor Klyuchnikov

2015 | Russia | Dvcam | 10’14’’ | Color

Special Program is a special program dedicated to the foreign filmmakers who have produced their films in Albania or in Albanian speaking territory.

2015 | HD | 11’11’’

2015 | Kosovo - Germany | 29’ | Color

Flowers from Albania


Víctor Muñoz

Vincent Moon

Synopsis: “...there will never be enough flowers, there will never be enough graves.” Camera: Víctor M. Muñoz Editing: Víctor M. Muñoz Producer: Víctor M. Muñoz Co-Production: Daniel Fenaux, Moisés Tuñón

Synopsis: Together with Vincent Moon, an independent filmmaker from Paris, who is known for his music videos for indie rock bands as well as some notable mainstream artists like Tom Jones, REM or Arcade Fire, we traveled with the help of the scholarship from the Music Board Berlin to my country Kosovo to find and record nearly forgotten old folk songs. We were interested in a particular type of folk songs - that of women farmers.These songs have been and are usually presented only with a tambourine or even acapella. A lot of women never had the opportunity to go to school and learn how to read and write, and for these women, these songs were the only way to express themselves. Producer: Fatime Kosumi

Monumenti Eva Hausberger

Synopsis: An archaic bronze foundry in Tirana, Albania. 60 year old bronze founder Ladi Metani used to cast opulent monuments on behalf of the regime during the communist dictatorship. They could not withstand the change that came in the early 90s when they were pulled down and melted. Something new arose and Ladi found his own way of selfexpression after silent decades of oppression. A tribute to a man who strives for a pure form of life and inner freedom apart from political ideologies. And the portrait of a country in transition. Script: Eva Hausberger Photography: Eva Hausberger Editing: Gerhard Daurer Animation: Raphael Drechsel Sound: Andi Pils Music: Peter Kutin

2014 | Austria | Digital | 71’ | Colour



A Political Care

Bike Living in Tirana

Ermela Teli

Emin Haric

Synopsis: The force of prejudices and racism threatens civiliza-

Synopsis: I ride on 2 wheels everyday. There are also other peo-

tion, as the goal of discrimination means to fight against the other, rather to meet the others. A documentary about Romani people.

ple that do this. In the city of 3 million cars, it is very difficult to find the way. I know that 4 is more than 2, but the bike burns calories, cares for the environment and is faster than any car in traffic. Others and me will tell the story how we make it through.

2014 | Albania | Digital | 18’40’’ | Color

2014 | Albania | HDV | 10’32’’ | Color

2014 | Kosova | HD | 30’ | Color

2013 | Austria | Digital | 30’ | Color

There Is Light Inside


Rea Surroi & Dardan Selimaj

Ilir Kaso

Synopsis: Petrit Halilaj shares his own story. He comes from Runikë, a village in the region of Drenica (Kosovo), being one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who were forcibly deported to camps in Albania and Macedonia. A child, he revealed his rare capacity to draw simultaneously with both hands, a gift noted by an Italian psychologist working for the Italian humanitarian mission in the camp of Kukës. The psychologist and his family decided to ‘adopt’ Petrit, taking him to Bozzolo (Italy) and support his education at the Art Academy in Milan. After graduation, Halilaj moved to Berlin, where he made a bold presentation in the world of arts, when exhibiting a courageous art installation in the Berlin Biennial in 2009. The focus of the documentary ‘There is a light inside’ was the building process of Petrit’s art installation at the Venice Art Biennial 2013 - Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo.

Synopsis: “Them” – The other like “us”, like “you”. Others see us as “them”. Like it or not, “we” are “them”, children of those who left their homeland for us, in the name of hope, “hoping for a better life” they said. We came here, we didn’t leave. We were either born or came to be placed here. We were named as strangers, whereas we saw ourselves as natives coming home late! Kamza is where we came. Slowly we discovered that the place of arrival was a symbol of evil. It was not the land, nor the air or the sky that had given this attribute. No, this attribute was given by the new habitant. There are people among “them” who think Kamza deserves this. Why, instead of being a place of freedom, Kamza was filled with walls! Walls on the sides, over and on earth and sky! But “they” overcome themselves and the culture of complaint. Because the complaint is the main wall. Therefore this barrier has to be overcome first. Someone says that all walls cannot be overcome at the same time. But “they” believe in overcoming them, because those “walls” that look strong, are nothing more than scarcely human acts. And as such, walls have an attribute. They are destroyed, torn, collapsed. “They” believe that the best way for their collapse is done internally, through speech and action!

Lives Arian Mustafa

The Children of My Father Besfort Imami

Synopsis: A youth, Rrahim, 15 years old, is the “star” of LIVES.

Synopsis: The documentary film “The children of my father” is

He is from Kosovo’s Ashkali community, a disadvantaged and often discriminated against minority. Rrahim hears in school about life expectancy and realizes that this is different for different people. Rrahim wants to understand why he, his friends, his family will live shorter lives than their neighbors – for the stark reality is that Ashkalis along with Roma and Egyptians in Kosovo live on average at least 10 years shorter lives than the majority community. This becomes Rrahim’s exploration – his effort to understand why. We will follow him as he meets different people to question them, to increase his understanding. We see Rrahim in his family, with his grandfather, school friends, talking with families who have lost a loved one recently, exploring dates on cemetery headstones, talking with kids. We also meet doctors and other health professionals, as well as the Minister of Health of Kosovo. Gradually, Rrahim learns some of the reasons that may account for this health and human rights catastrophe facing the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.

a story about the life of Sureya Imami. But who was Sureya Imami? First of all he was my father and I was rather his son, as he always called. I always knew him to be the first Albanian music teacher in Macedonia. But what I didn’t know was his influence over his former students, the events of his life, the problems he faced during his time as a teacher, educator and youth leader.

2014 | Kosova | HD | 30’ | Color

2015 | Macedonia | HD | 20’ | Color

2014 | Kosova | HD | 15’ | Color

2015 | Albania | HD | 24’07’’ | Color

The Legendary Dog

74 km

Alban Muja

Kreshnik Saraci

‘The legendary dog’ talks about a fragment from the life of Ulay, a famous conceptual artist. In fact the film is about a journey that he and his partner -renowned artist Marina Abramovic conduct in Kosovo in 1977. Their journey is crowned with a performance which takes place inside the ironclad borders between then the-Yugoslavia (Kosovo) and Albania’s socialist dictatorship, with movements between the two states being impossible, that is movement of the same people – of the Albanian living in two states. But the visit he and his partner make dose not end with only performance from Ulay - dubbed Quakovich explores Albania- they also get new family member , Alba. The unique dog-breed of Kosovo, the Sharri dog (know as Illyrian shepherd) – which at the time used to be considered national asses- spends 14 years with the famous conceptual art couple, and the includes five years in their famous van, which has now been turned into a work of art. Ulay, Marina Abramovic and Alba live perfectly well together, but at some point in time, life parts them in opposite directions.

It’s a documentary on pollution and extreme conditions in Albania, which call upon to reflect all together the way how we can find a solution. Besides the government that must undertake initiatives, average people are also responsible to not throw the trash in the river and solve the problem, because despite the pollution of the river, the waste affects also the livestock and food.”


The Wild Pearl Of Europe Adrian Guri

Synopsis: The Vjosa River is only one river on the Balkan Penin-

sula threatened by hydroelectric developments. 570 medium and large scale dams are projected between Slovenia and Albania. “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” is a campaign, aiming to save the Balkan Rivers -- which are among the best preserved rivers in all of Europe -- from destruction.

2014 | Kosova | HD | 15’ | Colour

Photography project part of DocuTIFF days

THE BEST CAMERA IS THE ONE THAT'S curated by Elton Koritari


It is our pleasure to invite you at “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” organized by EJAlbum, DokuTIFF and sponsored by UET, project part of DokuTIFF days. Adnan Beci, Armand Habazaj, Armand Sallabanda, Bevis Fusha, Blerta Kambo, Florion Goga and Olta Bello will make a speach regarding their aproach on photography taken with non professional camera on May 11th at TEN Multifunctional Center and expose their works at the same venue from 9 – 13 of May.

Regional Competition

2014 | Serbia | HD | 6’27’’| Color

2014 | Greece | HD | 55’ | Color

Zikica Jovanovic Title:


Aladdin and The Magic Bin

Yiorgos Panteleakis Title:

2014 | Slovenia | HD | 8’34’ | Color

2013 | Austria | Digital | 30’ | Colour

Half - Half

Gunther Blauensteiner

Eva Matarranz & Florence Guenaut


Arian Mustafa Lives

Europe endless

2014 | Croatia | BetalIMX | 29’57’’| Colour

2014 | Kosova | HD | 30’ | Color



Davor Borić Title:

New Years Eve on the island of Bisevo

2014 | Austria | 16mm | 82’ | Colour

2014 | Kosova | HD/ 30’ | Color

Rea Surroi & Dardan Selimaj Title:


Johannes Gierlinger Title:

There is light inside

2015 | Croatia | HD | 10’ | Color

2014 | Kosova | HD | 15’ | Colour

Zorko Sirotić

Alban Muja

I smoke whatever’s left


2015 | Macedonia | HD | 20’ | Color

The children of my father

The legendary dog

2014 | Slovenia | 15’42’’| Color

Besfort Imami Title:

The fortune you seek is in another cookie

Never Flew Before Title:

Kate Drobysh

New Trophy of DocuTIFF in process of finishing





Awards will be presented in the following categories:


















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TICKETS / ACCREDITATION The entry costs will be 100 lek for morning screenings (11-17:00) and special programs, and 200 lek for evening screenings (19:00 to 23:00) and special programs. Those who purchase a prepaid ticket at the cost of 500 lek will be equipped with a FESTIVAL badge that is valid for entry into all film screenings. Affiliates of the cinema industry as well as students of all film, media, and arts programs will also be equipped with a free, all access pass to the film screenings. Workshop entries are free. Those carrying an INDUSTRY, GUEST, or JURY Badge can access all the festival venues, film screenings, workshops, and related event receptions. The INDUSTRY badge costs fifteen Euros. The invitation will be valid only for the opening and closing ceremonies of DocuTIFF 2015 as well as screenings of the films that will follow them.


Festivali i Librit dhe Arteve

06 - 12 / 05 / 2015





Profile for Tirana International Film Festival

Docutiff 2015 (Brochure)  

Docutiff 2015 (Brochure) 1'st edition

Docutiff 2015 (Brochure)  

Docutiff 2015 (Brochure) 1'st edition