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Small Towns. Big Stories

Mayor

USA, 2020 Director: David Osit

A look at the life of Musa Hadid, the charismatic and cheerful mayor of Palestinian city Ramallah, who as- pires to lead the city into the future.

Ramallah is only 10 miles north of Jerusalem, but for Palestinians liv- ing under occupation, the distance feels much longer. “Mayor” is a fresh and often dark comedy take on the normalcy of everyday life, which faces the constant threat of disruption.

Meeting with director – Live Q&A

Прожекции:

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 16:30

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / LARGO DOME / 20:00

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Monrovia, Indiana

USA, 2018
Director: Frederick Wiseman

Following the 2016 presidential election, Frederick Wiseman’s doc- umentary dissects small-town Amer- ica to understand how its values impact and influence the political landscape of the nation. He does so in Monrovia, part of an area that voted overwhelmingly Republican in the 2016 election to everyone’s surprise. (Cannes Honorary Award for 2021).

Screenings:

08 SEPTEMBER (WEDNESDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 20:30

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 14:00

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Music for a film

Bulgaria, 2021
Director: Pavlina Ivanova

Small neighbourhood, musicians, never told stories revealed. Mimo Morski, a nomad musician, invites his good pal Fred Stitz from Ger- many to his native town on the sea- shore to write the music for a film. While creating the music score, the two guys come to important insights about immigration, family trauma, as well as their own identity and place in the world.

13 SEPTEMBER (MONDAY) / LARGO DOME / 20:00

AWARD CEREMONY

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Conflict zone

On the other side of the river

Germany/Finland, 2021 Director: Antonia Kilian

In order to avoid a forced mar- riage, 19-year-old Hala finds shelter across the Euphrates, at the Kurd- ish Female Military. While learning how to fight, she gets inspired by the promise of freeing more women. When the Kurdish military liberates her hometown from ISIS, she returns there as a policewoman authorized to protect other vulnerable women.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Meeting with the director, live Q&A

Screenings:

13 SEPTEMBER (MONDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 20:30

14 SEPTEMBER (TUESDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 20:30

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This rain will never stop

Ukraine/Latvia/Germany, 2020 Director: Alina Gorlova

Striking monochrome imagery and disruptive editing lends edgy gravitas to this absorbing docu- mentary on a Syrian-Ukrainian Red Cross worker. Through Andriy’s jour- ney, viewers are made aware of the unstoppable, painful cycle of war and peace, where moments of joy are precious but short-lived.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Screenings:

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 18:30.

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 18:00

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The Cave

Denmark/Syria, 2019 Director: Feras Fayyad

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers the mov- ing story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary. For be- sieged civilians, hope and safe- ty lie underground inside the sub- terranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and man- aging physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts.

Screening partnership with National Geographic

Screenings:

08 SEPTEMBER (WEDNESDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 18:00

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Sabaya

Sweden, 2021 Director: Hogir Hirori

Film, which shows the efforts to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as “Sabaya” (abducted sex slaves). This film takes on the rickety jeep deep driven by Mahmud and Ziyad, volunteers at the Yazi- di Home Center in Syria, who make several rescue trips over the course of the film, and hundreds more after the cameras stop rolling. This film is an incredible testimony of stoicism and spirit strength.

Screenings:

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 16:00

14 SEPTEMBER (TUESDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 18:00

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The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Ukraine/Lithuania, 2020 Director: Iryna Tsilyk

To cope with the daily trauma of liv- ing in a warzone, the single mother Anna and her four children are mak- ing a film together about their life in Donbas, Ukraine. This documen- tary is serving not only as our win- dow to the characters’ lives but as their own survival strategy through cinema.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Screenings:

07 SEPTEMBER (TUESDAY) / LARGO DOME / 20:00

09 SEPTEMBER (THURSDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 18:30

DISCUSSION WITH THE MAIN CHARACTERS FROM THE FILM


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Say no to the status quo

Be My Voice

Sweden/USА, 2021 Director: Nahid Persson

Journalist and activist Masih Aline- jad has 4.5 million followers on Ins- tagram after urging Iranian women to rebel against the forced hijab on social media. Her call to action has grown into one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Iran’s histo- ry. Something that has made the re- gime desperately tighten its grip, to regain control of its people.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Screenings:

10 SEPTEMBER (FRIDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 21:15

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 20:30

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The Dissident

USА, 2020
Director: Bryan Fogel

Examining the murder of Saudi Ara- bian writer and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the film mashes up political drama, es- pionage thriller, crime procedur- al, love story and horror. Skillful- ly weaving together these different threads, Fogel’s film explores no- tions of power, technology, state- sponsored violence and governmen- tal tyranny, emerging as a hymn to those who fight to preserve it.

Screenings:

10 SEPTEMBER (FRIDAY) / LARGO DOME / 20:00

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Courage

Germany, 2021
Director: Aliaksei Paluyan

During the presidential elections in Belarus, three actors from an under- ground theatre in Minsk are caught up in the wake of mass protests. Members of the theatre group are arrested. The country is on the brink of civil war. The film accompanies the brave and peaceful resistance of Maryna, Pavel and Denis before and during the protests and offers a personal and deep insight into the Belarus of today.

Meeting with the film’s DOP Tanya Haurylchyk, live Q&A

Screenings:

11 СЕПТЕМВРИ (SATURDАY) / LARGO DOME / 20:00

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 20:30.

13 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 18:00

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The Fruit Machine

Canada, 2018 Director: Sarah Fodey

The film profiles the “fruit machine”, a controversial device used by the Ca- nadian government in the 1950s and 1960s in an attempt to identify LGBT employees and disqualify them from the civil service, and its effects on the people whose lives and careers were disrupted or destroyed by the test and now they speak up about their per- sonal experience and the long way to- ward the shift of public opinion.

Screenings:

10 SEPTEMBER (FRIDAY) / CZECH CENTER/ 19:30.

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / LARGO SMALL HALL / 13:00

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Reconciliation

Slovenia, 2021 Director: Marija Zadar

A 19-year-old girl is killed in a bit- ter family feud In the Albanian high- lands. Her father is torn by the pres- sures from a local bishop and an NGO chairman from the capital, not only to forgive the imprisoned killer and his family as a Christian, but to reconcile with them. A poignant and insightful account of a patriarchal society caught between a lingering past and a precarious present.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

Balkan Documentary Center’s workshop for project development alumn

Screenings:

09 SEPTEMBER (THURSDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 20:00ч.

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 14:30

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Sisters with transistors

UK, 2020
Director: Lisa Rovner

The remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced ma- chines and their liberating technol- ogies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. Closing film

14 SEPTEMBER (TUESDAY) / LARGO DOME / 20:15
CLOSING SCREENING WITH LIVE MUSIC BY THE DUO "TROHI"

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Nature: S.O.S.

My Octopus Teacher

FREE SCREENING

South Africa, 2020
Director: Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed

The first documentary to chronicle a single sea creature’s story from such a personal, openhearted perspective, revealing not just emotional connec- tions but animal behaviors previous- ly unknown to scientists. A friendship between a filmmaker and an octopus, which reveals yet again why we need to act fast and save our oceans. Free screening

After the screening – Free animation workshop for children and young people aged 10 to 16 years old

With the help of Monika Borisova and Mira Turlakova the participants will create a short animation film about a friendly octopus, who

wants to save the ocean and encourages others to do the same. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Registration at documental@documental.bg

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Taming the Garden

Switzerland/Georgia/Germany, 2021 Director: Salome Jashi

The film relates a curious recent in- cident in rural Georgia when the bil- lionaire ex-prime minister decided to populate his vast private garden with mature trees. And so, his people scoured the countryside and struck deals with locals, paying them and promising infrastructure upgrades if they let their ancient beeches and acacias be carried away.

COMPETITION PROGRAMME

09 SEPTEMBER / CZECH CENTER / 16:00

12 SEPTEMBER / Dom Na Kinoto / 12:00

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The tiger mafia

Switzerland/Kenya, 2016 Director: Karl Ammann

The initial 200 hours of footage shot for this documentary came togeth- er over a ten-year period and a doz- en trips to SE Asia and several to South Africa. The approach was al- ways event-driven and there was never a script in place when going back. The magnificent tiger is one of the world’s most beloved, and threatened creatures. Filmmaker, Karl Ammann uncovers their illegal breeding in secret Southeast Asian tiger farms.

Screenings:

10 SEPTEMBER (FRIDAY) / LARGO Small Hall / 18:00

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / LARGO Small Hall / 11:00ч.

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Rebuilding Paradise

USA, 2020
Director: Ron Howard

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, Cali- fornia. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 resi- dents, and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years – and the worst ever in California’s history.

Screening:

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / LARGO SMALL HALL / 16:00

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The New Normal

Agora II – Chained

Greece, 2020
Director: Yorgos Avgeropoulos

After the euro and the refugee cri- sis, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic was the third crisis in a row, for the European continent, re- vealing also the crisis of European values.

After the euro and the refugee cri- sis, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic was the third crisis in a row, for the European continent, re- vealing also the crisis of European values.

Screenings:

08 SEPTEMBER (WEDNESDAY) / LARGO SMALL HALL / 16:00

09 SEPTEMBER (THURSDAY) / CZECH CENTER / 18:00

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Being Present

Greece, 2021
Director: Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Against the backdrop of a disin- tegrated public health sector in Greece, the prominent protagonists managing the pandemic are entan- gled with the stories of its invisible heroes while trying to respond to this new crisis which has taken over. Observing for one year the experi- ence of his homeland, Avgeropou- los manages to capture a universal reality and poses critical questions about the post-Covid era the world is currently entering.

Screening

11 SEPTEMBER (SATURDAY) / LARGO SMALL HALL / 14:00.

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The Gig is Up

France/Canada, 2021 Director: Shannon Walsh

France/Canada, 2021 Director: Shannon Walsh

The labour market is changing. Technology has turned the algo- rithm into a new middle manager, workers give up their rights, and customer ratings determine who wakes up to a job the next day. ‘The Gig is Up’ paints a picture of the new global app proletariat. A digi- tal feudal society of chauffeurs and bike messengers, where the revo- lution is brewing and demands for proper working conditions are on the rise.

Screenings:

12 SEPTEMBER (SUNDAY) / DOM NA KINOTО / 16:40

13 SEPTEMBER (MONDAY) / CZECH CENTER/ 16:00


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The Forum

Germany/Switzerland, 2019 Director: Marcus Vetter

The film follows Klaus Schwab over a one-year period when the world seems to be falling apart: climate crisis, Brexit, Yellow-Vest protests on the streets of France. The film gives an incredible insight into how political and economic processes influence the world we live in.

Screening:

10 SEPTEMBER (FRIDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 20:45

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All light, Everywhere

US, 2021
Director: Theo Anthony

This is an exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, po- licing, and justice, where surveil- lance technologies become a fix- ture in everyday life. The film starts with a quote from William Blake: “As the Eye – such the Object.” In other words, vision determines the shape of what is seen. Rather than a simple picture of reality, the cam- era selects, frames, and interprets, often in the service of power and ideology.

Screenings:

08 SEPTEMBER (WEDNESDAY) / Dom Na Kinoto / 20:45ч.

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Тихи герои

Живот от живота

България, 2021
Режисьор: Стефан Командарев

Какво е общото между 39-годишен журналист, 37-годишен рекламен агент, 23-годишен студент, 51-годишен фитнес инструктор и 35-годишен фермер?

Общото между тях е нуждата от животоспасяваща транс-
плантация на органи. Един от тях вече е претърпял успешна трансплантация, докато останалите все още чакат. Надявайки се, че някой ден изобщо ще дойде времето им.

Най-новият филм на Стефан Командарев ще има своята двой-
на премиера на 11 септември, от 20:00 ч., в рамките на Sofia Summer Fest и на 13 септември, от 20:30 ч. в Дома на Киното в рамките на фестивала София ДокуМентал (организиран от Балкански документа-
лен център и Фондация „Конрад Аденауер“).

Среща с екипа, дискусия на живо

Прожекция:

13 СЕПТЕМВРИ (ПОНЕДЕЛНИК) / ДОМ НА КИНОТО / 20:30ч.

България заема последно място сред страните от Европейския
съюз по брой пациенти, на които е направена трансплантация
на органи и по брой донори на милион население. Към 4 юни
2021 г. броят на чакащите за трансплантация български
граждани е 1041. Зад тази цифра се крият реални човешки съдби,
емоции, страдания и надежди на хора. И на техните семейства.

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Пейзажи от съпротивата

Сърбия, 2021
Режисьор: Марта Попивода

Соня е една от първите жени партизанки, които водят съпро-
тивата в Аушвиц. Когато първоначално я срещаме в „Пейзажи от съпротивата“, тя по-скоро е една приятелски настроена възрастна дама на 97 години с игрива котка в скута.

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Прожекции:

10 СЕПТЕМВРИ (ПЕТЪК) / ЧЕШКИ ЦЕНТЪР / 16:00ч.

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Тихо наследство

България, 2021
Режисьор: Петя Накова

„Тихо наследство“ проследява живота на Таня Димитрова и нейното семейство. Таня работи като терапевт в образователен център за глухи деца. Тя влага сърце, сила и енергия в работата си с малките деца. Докато животът не я изправя пред едно от най-големите предизвикателства и тя е принудена да замине за лечение в чужбина. В този момент нейната 20-годишната дъщеря поема отговорността за центъра. Една изключителна история за силата на духа. СЪСТЕЗАТЕЛНА ПРОГРАМА

Среща с екипа 

Алумни на уъркшоп за пост-продукция на Балкански Документален Център

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Прожекции:

09 СЕПТЕМВРИ (ЧЕТВЪРТЪК) / ДОМ НА КИНОТО / 20:30ч.

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Свободата няма възраст

Европа за всички?

Гърция, 2019
Режисьори: Ангелики Аристоменопулу,
Андреас Апостолидис

Млади хора напускат родния си град за първи път, за да до-
кажат, че могат да оцелеят в чужда среда. От Франция, Гер-
мания, Полша, България и Етиопия до Литва, Финландия, Гър-
ция и Ирландия. Опитът на тези младежи е съпоставен със спо-
мените на първите европейци, участвали в „Еразъм“, амбициоз-
на програма на ЕС за мобилност, създадена през 1987 г., които си спомнят каква е била Европа тогава и как това преживяване е променило живота им.

Прожекции:

12 СЕПТЕМВРИ (НЕДЕЛЯ) / ЛАРГО малка залa / 13:00ч.

14 СЕПТЕМВРИ (ВТОРНИК) / ЛАРГО малка залa / 16:00ч.


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Капитаните от Заатари

Египет, 2020
Режисьор: Али Ел Араби

Двама най-добри приятели, Махмуд и Фаузи, живеещи в бежанския лагер Заатари в Йордания, мечтаят да станат професио-
нални футболисти, докато са изправени пред трудната ре-
алност на живота си. Въпреки че живеят при тежки усло-
вия, те носят надеждата в себе си и тренират всеки ден. Кога-
то представители на световноизвестна спортна академия гостуват в лагера, и двамата получават шанса да сбъднат мечтата си.

Прожекции:

10 СЕПТЕМВРИ (ПЕТЪК) / ЧЕШКИ ЦЕНТЪР / 18:00ч.

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Пътят към Европа

Гърция, 2021
Режисьор: Димитра Кузи

Вече 30 години Фотис Психарис е начален учител в държав-
но начално училище в сърцето на Атина. Отразявайки разно-
образието на кварталното население, по-голямата част от неговите ученици са деца на бежанци и имигранти – като тех-
ните надежди и страхове за бъдещето съставляват уникал-
ната реалност на един клас.

Прожекции:

11 СЕПТЕМВРИ (СЪБОТА) / ЛАРГО малка залa / 18:00ч.

12 СЕПТЕМВРИ (НЕДЕЛЯ) / ЧЕШКИ ЦЕНТЪР / 13:00ч.

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Цветовете на Тоби

Унгария, 2021
Режисьор: Алекса Бакони

Тоби е типичен 16-годишен младеж, който отчаяно чака да дойде края на училището и се чуди какъв път в живота да поеме. Филмът представя портрет на едно семейство, борещо се с тийнейджърска полова дисфория, като отстоява за пореден път посланието, че любовта е всичко, от което се нуждаем. СЪСТЕЗАТЕЛНА ПРОГРАМА

Алумни на уъркшопа за пост-продукция на Балкански Документален Център

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12 СЕПТЕМВРИ (НЕДЕЛЯ) / ЛАРГО малка залa / 18:00ч.

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