Sunday 20, January 2019 / 2 pm
Berlin / Germany
A tragi-comical drama, whose protagonist is no other than a young
cock, unfolds in a Mumbai apartment just like thousands of others.
Grabbed by an eccentric patriarch to serve as a distraction for the
family cat, the chick survived, grew up and now imposes his
troublesome presence on everyone, tyrannising the entire household.
From this unexpected situation, Rishi Chandna creates a hilarious
urban fable, which implicitly reveals the life of an Indian
middle-class family. Like in a group therapy exercise, everyone shares
their point of view, through bold editing that is able to create
suspense in a few shots. Will the feisty fowl end up in the pot? Can
one escape one’s condition and climb the social ladder, peck by peck?
A study of human and animal mores in today’s India lies behind the
small domestic theatre of the absurd.
2017 | 0:14:00
When Arabs danced
A fundamentalist hates life. For him, it presents temptation, a moving
away from God and a loss of time before the celestial paradise with
its rivers flowing with milk of eternal taste, its streams of wine,
its delights and its virgins. Life is the product of disobedience and
this disobedience is the work of the artist. The fundamentalist
resents the artist, who gives life to matter and leads pure souls away
from paradise with sick ideas, a devilish drawing, a bewitching song
or an evil dance… The artist is, therefor, the devil and in order to
be able to kill him, the fundamentalist labels him the enemy of Allah.
Formerly carefree, the Arab-Muslim world has now become the epicenter
of a blind and often violent fundamentalism. Pressure from the
fundamentalists overwhelms that of the moderates. The voice of reason
struggles to be heard. In the face of this hopeless realization that
is threatening our most basic freedoms, Jawad Rhalib questions Islamic
Belgium, Egypt, France, Iran,
2018 | 1:24:00
January 18 - 21, 2019
An international jury overview the sections of short films coming from all over the world. We prefer documentaries which succeed in representing the complexity of reality and discover in a new way its sensible and perturbing aspects on the same time accentuating the ambivalent and enigmatic status of reality in avoiding sterotypes and simplifing conclusions.