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Urmila – my memory is my power

Urmila wants to change Nepal. This young woman fights with admirable energy against centuries-old social structures. She has but one goal: the end of child slavery. Her political activities drive her to assume responsibility for others, but must also think of herself.


Playing Hooky – getting old is not for sissies

There is a place in Arizona, so peaceful, people come there to die. It’s a retirement community, in the middle of the desert, especially designed for seniors, with palm trees and bungalows, blue skies, red sunsets, tons of pharmacies and extra wide streets for a comfortable ride in your golf cart! In this sunny paradise, we see all the different shades of aging: as a state of excitement, fear, joy and pain. Everyone living here has to find their own way to deal with life while facing death: Olive has kept her humour, even though her body is limiting her life. She still sings, still goes for a walk, still dances with her hoover in the living room, and she is still looking for her roller blades, which remind her of good times but which she can’t use anymore. What Olive is not willing to accept, is her daughter treating her like she has Alzheimer’s. Who diagnosed that? Aging is a condition where “aches and pains are part of the deal”, as Jim states. On …


Wasser und Seife

Three women are slaving away in a laundry in Hamburg. Their wages are low but they cope with their everyday lives with dignity − and find a quantum of happiness from time to time.


Shadows of Fate – a refugee childhood

SYNOPSIS One of the world’s many wars: Darfur, Sudan. Two of Africa’s many refugee children: Jasmin and Fatima. The girls are 11 and 12 years old. They are friends. Having escaped the massacres in their homeland together with the other surviving members of their families, they have reached the safety of Bredjing refugee camp in the south-east of the neighbouring country of Chad. "Thanks be to Allah – we had everything!" says Jasmin’s mother when she speaks of the good times in their native land before the war broke out. We witness with our own eyes what is left for her and the other families. What happened to them in between we learn from the stories they tell. The shadows of the past are their constant companions; the uncertainty of the future hovers over their daily lives as they wait in the camp. The film approaches the two girls tactfully and with sensitivity. It shows their daily lives, which in spite of the poverty and hardship rise above what has happened and what they have …

Nulla si sa, tutto s’immagina … secondo Fellini

An associative journey in pictures: a rapprochement to Italy, the people who live there and the places where they live and work in the form of a documentary essay accompanied by Federico Fellini, and determined by personal memories and impressions during moments of encounter and discovery. “When you shoot a film, you don’t really know what it is about. (…) despise the sickness of our age: the need for ideology, the addiction to false clarity. Everything is tried by the tribunal of reason which analyses, makes a diagnosis and prescribes the treatment for that which cannot be understood, for the unconscious, our “dark zone” that feeds on the confused, the unexpected, the changeable and makes us feel uncomfortable and afraid. And yet, in fact, this is an extraordinarily precious part of us; why do we want to eliminate it and mutilate ourselves?” Federico Fellini, 1984 



EASTWARDS. Encounters in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania ten years after Reunification. A journey through the most northeasterly state of Germany, in which we encounter people who tell us of their lives under the GDR and since the collapse of Communism. It becomes increasingly clear that there is a conflict today between their desire to live in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and the feasibility of doing so. Through impressions and tales from the countryside, far from the main towns and cities, we search for common ground and points of difference between people from East and West Germany.


l’amour chez TATI

Marrying in white – is it still a dream? A social-milieu-study in the hugest store for wedding dresses in Paris. About the people looking, trying and buying and the women sailing those ”dreams in white”. Le marriage en blanc – est-il toujours un rêve? Une étude sociale dans le plus grand magasin pour les robes de mariée à Paris. Il y a des femmes et hommes qui s’informent et achetent, il y a les vendeuses, qui vendent les rêves. Existiert der Traum von der Hochzeit in weiß immer noch? Eine Milieu-Studie in dem größten Kaufhaus für Brautmoden in Paris. Über die Kundinnen und Kunden, die sich informieren und kaufen und die Verkäuferinnen, die diese „weißen Träume” täglich bedienen.


Other Films

ANNE WACHIRA – PORTRAIT OF A HOMELESS MOTHER SYNOPSIS Anne is a refugee from the countryside in Kenia. She was deported by the state to Nairobi, because of clashes in her village. The 41 one year old mother and her 3 daughters are homeless, living now on the streets of the kenyan capital. Despite her desperate situation the family tries to escape the circle of poverty and harm with incredible motivation. A close portrait of an admirable family. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN Germany, 1998 LENGTH 8 Min. MASTER 4:3 TV-FORMAT analog beta SOUND stereo LANGUAGE EN, overvoice DE BROADCASTER Auslandsjournal, ZDF