NEW SHORTS #15 DOCUMENTARY: A WINDOW ON THE WORLD
18:30 Mon 13 Jan 2014
UK-based filmmakers bring back stories and visions from around the world in this selection of globe-trotting documentaries. From the trials and tribulations of a low-league football ref in Poland, to one man’s unexpected feline preoccupation on the streets of the United Arab Emirates, from a father-daughter expedition to meet the Ugandan girl their family sponsor, to the surreal world of the biggest railway station in the Balkans; we are on a journey, seeing the world through the window of the filmmaker’s lens.
Alberto Iordanov 13 mins (UK, 2013)Welcome to the surreal world of Central Station Sofia. Along the way you will encounter an empty hotel, a moving pine tree, hunters, forgotten glory from the past as well as hope pinned to a lottery ticket. It is a mosaic film that combines fragments from the lives of those who are a part of the biggest railway station in the Balkans.
Rafed AlHarthi 20 mins (UK, 2013)For how many days can a person feed stray cats ? For Sediq, it has been 15 years. The passion and determination of Sediq's sacrifice touches the lives of 500 every single day. This film is a remarkable insight into his daily life as he faces aggression, sympathy and often indifference.
Tomas Sheridan 10 mins (UK, 2013)For over two years my wife and I have been sponsoring Josephine, a Ugandan girl only a few months older than our own daughter, Mango. Finding Josephine is the story of the journey from our middle-class first world living room to rural Uganda as we try to understand the virtues and pitfalls of charity and hope to bring Josephine and Mango together to learn the real meaning of giving, taking, difference and equality.
Tristan Anderson 11 mins (UK, 2013)'Soft Bullets’ is an atmospheric short documentary, set in a deserted Soviet army base in Poland. The film reveals how an obsession with wargaming can turn digital fantasies into analogue reality. The surprisingly non violent film suggests that cathartic adult play, for at least one person, can have some surprising benefits.
Pedro Lino 12 mins (UK, 2013)A god of horns and testicles, that after each fight and each victory, its worshipers greet with applause, cheers and tenderness. A god whose devotees love, without asking for any miracles but strength and fertility, which is proven to all, infants, youth and old.
Grzegorz Zariczny 17 mins (UK, 2013)Marcin is 30 years old. He lives in a small town near Krakow. He is a football referee in the lowest leagues, but he wants to change it. Also his mother expects him real life decisions. Marcin is trying to find a better job and a girlfriend.
Nora Ganthaler 19 mins (UK, 2013)Who visits San Martin de Tor, a remote village in the Italian Alps, will find it hard to believe that it is the birthplace of world famous artist Gilbert Prousch from British artist duo Gilbert&George. Two worlds clash in this place where time seems to stand still and we begin to understand why Gilbert has expressed no desire to return