GIEFF received many impressive films which were very long.

The selection committee and the film festival directors decided to offer the filmmakers to make their selected films available online.

To be able to watch these films you have to have a festival ticket or an online ticket.

The films will be online between May 25 and June 7, 2022.


In Situ - Collaborative Research with Vulnerable Communities in Argentina

Argentina, 2021, 99 min
Location: Argentina
A Film by: Natalia Luxardo, Fernando Sassetti, Marcel Kolvenbach and others

The documentary draws from findings of a long-term community-based participatory study carried out in low-income rural and peri-urban areas of Argentina. Its goal was to provide insights into the role played by social determinants of health in cancer inequity. “In Situ” is a transformative documentary with an ethnographic and participatory approach around a team of researchers and communities that intervene in health issues. Its collaborative design raises vital methodological questions for research and action on health.
Website: https://www.khm.de/termine/news.5166.in-situ-dokumentarfilmprojekt-zu-den-sozialen-determinanten-von-gesundheit/
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/524433855

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Nuhu Yãg Mu Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land!

Brazil, 2020, 70 min
Location: Brazil
A Film by: Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu, Roberto Romero

In the past, when white people did not exist, we used to hunt with our Yãmĩyxop spirits. The whites came, cut down the trees, dried up the rivers and scared the animals away. Today, our tall trees are over, the whites surrounded us and our lands are tiny. But our Yãmĩyxop are very strong and taught us the stories and chants from our ancients who walked around here.

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Cherán

Mexico, 2020, 70 min
Location: Mexico
A Film by: Victor Arroyo

A quiet revolution is taking place in the P’urhépecha forest of Michoacán in Mexico, resulting in the consolidation of an Indigenous autonomous government. The P’urhépecha People have been battling for decades against illegal logging, narco-cartels and various forms of extraction and colonial violence. In the tradition of cinema vérité, this ethnographic film follows various activists and community members in their struggle for territorial jurisdiction and political autonomy after the 2011 P’urhépecha uprising in Cherán – from campesinos and local activists to Indigenous local militia.
Website: https://victor-arroyo.com/film/cheran/
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/333835297

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In Search of Bidesia

India, 2020, 65,5 min
Location: India
A Film by: Simit Bhagat

“In Search of Bidesia” is a documentary on Bhojpuri folk music that connects the history of indentured labor migration from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to the last living musicians in these states, who are now struggling to ensure these songs of love and longing do not slip into oblivion. Scripted during a solo bike journey across 1,200 kilometers in 2017, the film explores how actual events in history and personal experiences find artistic expressions in various art forms including music. Through this journey, the filmmaker is trying to tell the story of this dying culture that migration from the Bhojpuri region gave rise to.

Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/CV6Dmc8rpCM

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Rumba Rules, New Genealogies

Belgium, 2020, 107 min
Location: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
A Film by: David Nadeau-Bernatchez, Sammy Baloji

Permeating the daily life of one of the great orchestras of the current generation, “Rumba Rules” proposes an incursion into the arcanes of monumental African music. An essay on the meaning of self and rootedness, the film culminates in an urban polyphony of voices past and present. Nearly thirty artists feed the creative life of the Brigade Sarbati Orchestra. By entering the group and the city of Kinshasa, the film gets into the rumba as if it was penetrating a rootstock. Through studio work, rehearsals and concerts, different portraits offer a foray into the dynamics and stories of this highly acclaimed Congolese music.

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My Rembetika Blues - A Film About Love, Life and Music

Australia, 2021, 83 min
Location: Australia, Greece, United States
A Film by: M.Zournazi

Rembetika music or the Greek blues is a music born of exile and the streets and has its roots in the mass migration of people in the early twentieth century. Filmmaker M. Zournazi traces the journey of her ancestors from Smyrna in Turkey to Sydney in Australia. In the process, she discovers not only family history, but also how music connects people in times of struggle and crisis. By weaving together different stories of music and migration, she documents experiences that are often not mentioned in the chronicles of history. This film is a universal story about love, life and what makes us human.
Website: https://www.paxproductions.org/my-rembetika-blues
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/536176096

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Screening: 31.05.2022 09:35

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Danse Macabre

Thailand, 2021, 89,5 min
Location: Thailand
A Film by: Thunska Pansittivorakul, Phassarawin Kulsomboon

Danse Macabre, or Dance of Death, is an artistic, allegorical genre of the Late Dark Ages. Although this period was known for its strict religious virtues, it was also the most degenerate in European history. Danse Macabre is a dance ritual for people of all classes – from kings to beggars – serving as a reminder that death can happen at any time and to everyone. “Danse Macabre” explores deaths that are remembered and forgotten in history, including those of kings, citizens, and stateless people. People’s deaths are as different as the social class they belong to, in a country where social inequality strongly persists.

Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/623845270

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Belina - Music For Peace

Germany, 2021, 94 min
Location: France, Germany
A Film by: Marc Boettcher

With a varied repertoire focusing on folk music, the Polish-Jewish singer Lea-Nina Rodzynek (1925–2006) known as Belina was a performer able to build bridges between nations and cultures. Together with the world-famous Berlin-born guitarist Siegfried Behrend, she undertook a series of world tours in the early 1960s representing Germany. Traumatized by the murder of her family and an adventurous flight from Warsaw to Hamburg, she set out on the road to reconciliation, championing tolerance and equal rights between Germans, Jews and the other nations of this earth. Her desire to unite and mediate remains acutely relevant today.
Website: https://en.boettcher-film.de/belina
Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/1361Qpf9vD8

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Hitch, an Iranian story

France, 2019, 71 min
Location: France, Iran
A Film by: Chowra Makaremi

In 1981, when the filmmaker was 8 months old, her mother was arrested, a dissident to the Islamic Republic of Iran. She was imprisoned and tortured. Seven years later she disappeared, during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners that claimed thousands. In Iran, this remains taboo. Examining this history of violence and denial, the filmmaker wonders: How does an absence of physical bodies restrain our memories, in cases when politics touches upon the most intimate aspects of human life and personal experience is the only thing to bear witness to politics?

Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/533570999

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Resisters

United Kingdom, 2021, 60 min
Location: Germany
A Film by: Jill Daniels

Framed through a letter to the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, “Resisters” celebrates 100 years of resistance to fascism. Taking a geographical and psychic journey through Berlin to bring the past into the present, Jill Daniels reflects on Berlin’s turbulent history and the present growth of the AfD, a nationalist party in Germany. She follows the activities of ‘Omas Gegen Rechts’ who organize to fight nationalism. In poetic vignettes, her voice recounts the stories of resisters to fascism before and during the Third Reich. Her fictionalized re-imagining as witness to resistance brings to light what may still be repressed and hidden.
Website: http://www.jilldanielsfilms.com/
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/639197632

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Slow Return

United States, 2021, 80 min
Location: France, Switzerland
A Film by: Philip Cartelli

A river flows out to sea through a network of wetlands, salt marshes, and petrochemical plants. A melting glacier, its surface covered in protective cloth, still attracts tourists. “Slow Return” bridges the Rhone River’s extremities, exploring shared legacies of dependence and exploitation embedded in their landscapes. The film interrogates the role played by visual technology in apprehending the landscape and fixing it in time, while recording technology’s traces upon the landscape itself. Within this framework of beginnings and ends, an elegy to a body of water enters into conversation with the practices and people who live alongside it.
Website: https://pcartelli.com/
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/514355189

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The Seed, the Particles and the Moon

France, 2021, 78 min
Location: France
A Film by: Dune Dupuy

Planet Earth is suffering, and Bouba has just been dumped. It was then that she met a group of biodynamic farmers, taking into account the action of invisible forces. This is the start of a poetic quest that takes Bouba to unsuspected worlds, to meet humans who propose to broaden our perception of living things. Just because love is invisible does not mean it does not exist.
Website: https://fr.ulule.com/monde-autre/

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Under Blue Skies

Switzerland, 2020, 72 min
Location: Switzerland
A Film by: Ivo Zen

Throughout the 1980s, the breathtaking scenery of the Engadine was the setting of a social tragedy. The local youth rejects the rigid rules of traditional society. Along with juvenile get-togethers, heroin makes its appearance in the mountain valley. As more and more die from overdose, society reacts to the crisis by looking away. A self-imposed culture of silence is widely upheld up to the present day. “Under Blue Skies” lifts the veil on the stories parents, friends and survivors have kept to themselves for many years. Can the memories of this bleak past become part of the acknowledged heritage of the Engadine?
Website: https://www.underblueskies.ch/

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Screening: 31.05.2022 10:10

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Voices of Kula

Canada, 2021, 87 min
Location: Papua New Guinea
A Film by: Gina Knapp

“Voices of Kula” is a feature-length ethnographic film that tells a story of empowerment, local responses to cultural and economic changes and the strive to revitalize cultural heritage. A group of elders from Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, and a cooperating anthropologist set out on a journey in the South Pacific to strengthen kula, a traditional system of exchanging shell-valuables around a ‘ring’ of approximately 40 islands. Fearing the destructive impacts of cash-economy on kula, the team takes action to fight misconduct and the corruption of the system. The film takes the viewer into an inter-island network of exchange-relationships.
Website: http://blog.wennergren.org/2021/04/fejos-postdoctoral-fellowship-gina-knapp/
Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/DuD7qOCLIys

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Ophir

France, 2020, 97,5 min
Location: Papua New Guinea
A Film by: Alexandre Berman, Olivier Pollet

“Ophir” tells the story of an extraordinary indigenous revolution for life, land and culture, opening up the path for the creation of the world’s newest nation in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. A poetic yet dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture and sovereignty; the film sheds light on the biggest conflict of the Pacific since the second World War, revealing the visible and invisible chains of colonization and its enduring cycles of physical and psychological warfare. The film is complemented by an educational/outreach multimedia platform launched in November 2020: https://www.colonialsyndrome.org/
Website: https://www.ophir-film.com/
Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/fH-NbfOYH3s

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