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NEW SHORTS: Docs: A Window on the World
Sat 14 Jan 16:00 Picturehouse Central
From fireworks in Greece to cheese-making in Russia, from the Siberian Arctic to the Outer Hebrides, meet a Syrian activist, Bolivian wrestlers and the first Iranian metal band with a female vocalist. Around the world in 10 exceptional short docs.
FOTIA / FIRE
Matthew Somerville 7 mins
Fotia is an experiential documentary observing the tradition of Rouketopolemos on the small island of Chios, Greece where two churches on opposing hillsides celebrate Easter by firing over 100,000 homemade rockets at the other. Young men dedicate all year to making and hiding rockets, for them this is their life. On Easter Sunday, both churches declare victory and agree to settle the dispute next year, the tradition continues…
ONCE IN ORGOSOLO
Chloe White and Will Davies 10 mins
Once in Orgosolo is set deep in the cloudy hills of Sardinia, in a small shepherding town famous for it’s murals. Deeply traditional, the town’s residents still speak their own form of Sardinian; young men gallop up and down the cobbled streets on horseback, and women dress in black. This short documentary explores how residents use story and memory to make sense of their lives.
THE WRESTLING CHOLITA
Harri Grace 9 mins
Teresa Huayta is one of Bolivia’s Wrestling Cholitas. These indigenous women, with their distinctive outfits and bowler hats, are the most popular fighters in Bolivia’s colourful wrestling scene. Cholitas were long discriminated against, but social change has resulted in a massive surge in confidence for these women. For Teresa, the best place of demonstrating this pride is in the ring.
MY DEADLY BEAUTIFUL CITY
Victoria Fiore 11 mins
The arctic mining city of Norilsk is one of the most polluted in the world - but many residents are still proud to call it home.
HARVEST IN NEW LIFE
Antonis Kitsikis 11 mins
This film is about the gypsy community in Athens, and how they risk their lives to collect recyclable materials to make illicit money. Illiteracy is what leads their community into illegal recycling As a result of this - they raise the percentage of recycle in the city.
LIFE INSIDE ISLAMIC STATE
Scott Coello 17 mins
Spread over five diary entries, "Life Inside 'Islamic State'" is an animated account of an Syrian activist living under so-called Islamic State.
AWAY WITH THE LAND
Joya Berrow 13 mins
A lyrical meditation, which takes the audience on a passage to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, where they will be immersed in the sphere of a crofter and the culture that envelops him. While highlighting the majestic beauty of the culture’s collectivism and the extraordinary atmosphere of the apocalyptic landscape that they farm, the story will recognise the conflicts embedded within the tradition, and a graveness which is the imminent depletion of these practises, and this indigenous way of life.
Ellen Pearson 3 mins
'Lawless' is a collaborative project exploring the everyday experiences of Tilly Lawless, a sex worker in Sydney’s decriminalised sex industry, understood within the context of society’s taboos and an ever increasing call for international decriminalisation of the profession. Unlike previous documentation of sex work the viewer is welcomed into Tilly’s world as a confidant, rather than as a voyeur.
WAR AND CHEESE
Ben Garfield 8 mins
“I heard destiny calling… I was going to be a cheesemaker.” When Oleg Sirota discovered his native Russia was banning all Western cheese imports, he quit his IT job in Moscow, sold his house and cars, took out a $100k loan and set about building a cheese factory in the snowy wilderness. “Russian Parmesan” was born.
WHO THE HELL IS SATAN
Leo Ferri 11 mins
Tehran, Iran. Here rock music is forbidden. Metal music is considered a satanic cult. Women are not allowed to sing. The "5grs" are the first Iranian metal band with female vocals and one of the most famous Iranian metal bands. They were threatened, beaten, arrested. They are still playing their music.