Festival 2017

Taste of Cement

__Taste of Cement

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is over but the Syrian one still rages on. The workers are locked in the building site...

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Crossed Words: Matta-Clark Friends

__Crosswords

Gordon Matta-Clark (1934-1978) is one of the most admired American independent artists. Originally trained as an architect, Matta-Clark developed an extensive creative career, eventually founding the influential “Anarchitecture” movement in 1974. In Crossed Words: Matta-Clark Friends, the voices of the artist’s friends and partners tell us of his adventures and stories in the suburbs of New York...

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Welcome to Refugeestan

__Refugistan

This film focuses on the way the UNHCR manages camps that shelter more than 16 million refugees all around the world, creating a virtual country as large as the Netherlands. How does the UNHCR deal with the urgent needs of thousands of new refugees that arrive each day...

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BIG Time

_BIG

According to The Wall Street Journal, Bjarke Ingels has rapidly become one of the design world’s biggest stars’ and his name recently appeared in TIME’S 100 Most Influential People. An intimate insight into the life of a genius innovative mind and his struggle to maintain his own persona while making the world a better place to live...

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The Last Kalderash

__Ultimul caldarar

Geo, a young Roma coppersmith from Corcova village, Romania, lacks the means to support his wife and his 6-year old son. The farmers from the surrounding villages are not buying his copper handmade objects anymore – the copper brandy stills, trays and pots the Roma coppersmith families traditionally manufacture and sell nearby...

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Izabela

__Izabela

Ylvaa meets Izabela in Oslo’s city park in the summer of 2012. Izabela is 18 years old and lives in the park to collect money to support her family back home in Romania. Three years later they meet again in Sweden by coincidence – Ylvaa is now studying in the university, but Izabela’s situation is unchanged...

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Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

__Dispossession

In 2017 housing rose to the top of the British political agenda for the first time in a generation. But despite the media spotlight, few stories examined the catastrophic long-term failures that resulted in a chronic shortage of social housing in the United Kingdom...

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Crackle of Time – Christoph Schlingensief and his Opera Village in Burkina Faso

__Crackle of time_cutext

Crackle of Time tells the story of an impossible project, and the people involved. Christopher Schlingensief was a noted director of film, opera, and theatre who devoted himself to building a self-sufficient opera village in Burkina Faso. Working with Burkina Fasoan architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, Schlingensief worked tirelessly to oversee the establishment of this village despite terminal cancer...

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Petrila Planet

__Planeta Petrila

In Petrila, a former mining city in Transilvania, an ex-miner now artist and activist uses art and absurdism to stop the local authorities from demolishing the historical buildings of the oldest mine in Romania. His purpose is not only to save the historical value and the identity of his hometown, but also to search for new methods to prevent the dissolution of the local comunity...

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Permits for the Sun

__Avize pentru soare

Permit for the Sun is a short tracking the sun’s rays to our homes through the experiences of those who have faced bureaucracy and have decided to take advantage of the solar energy in their homes and offices. The film, produced by Think Outside the Box and the SNK Association, shows us why we do not take more advantage of the energy we receive from the Sun, which is 10,000 times more energy than we need...

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Always on the run, but not today

__Mereu pe fuga

An unexpected story in an unexpected environment. The movie unraveles the story of a man who motivated a whole village to practice eco-friendly methods. An example of good local practice that changes a boy’s life and his family’s. Small actions, great reactions...

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

__Citizen Jane

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city...

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