DETROPIA is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive the D and make sense of what is happening to their city. An owner of a blues bar, a young blogger, an auto union rep, a group of young artists, an opera impresario and a gang of illegal “scrappers” make up an unlikely chorus that illuminates the tale of both a city and a country in a soul-searching mood, desperate for a new identity.
Director: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady Year: 2012 Country: USA
Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.
Director: David Redmon & A. Sabin Year: 2012 Country: Russia/Japan
DANCING BOYS OF AFGHANISTAN
As the West pours billions of dollars into the fight against the Taleban in southern Afghanistan, an ancient tradition has re-emerged across the rest of the country. Many hundreds of boys as young as 10, living in extreme poverty, lured off the streets on the promise of a new life away from destitution, unaware their real fate is to be used for entertainment and sex.
Director: Najibullah Quraishi Year: 2010 Country: Afghanistan
WE WERE REBELS
The documentary film WE WERE REBELS tells the story of Agel, a former child soldier who returns to South Sudan to help build up his country. The film accompanies him over a period of two years – from South Sudan gaining its independence in 2011 to the renewed outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
Director: Katharina von Schroeder & Florian Schewe Year: 2014 Country: South Sudan
GIDEON’S ARMY follows Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?
Director: Dawn Porter Year: 2013 Country: USA
The moving story of two young boys as they attempt to escape the civil war in Syria. The film follows them as they desperately try to become reunited with their families in Europe.
Director: Firas Fayyad & Henrik Grunnet Year: 2016 Country: Denmark
THE STORM MAKERS
The Storm Makers explores the damages human trafficking has brought to Cambodia at on the individual, social and economic levels. The film intimately captures the stories of three Cambodians: two human traffickers and a victim. It highlights the consequences of the trafficking business on their individual fates and shows how their humanity ends trapped by this invisible plague.
Director: Guillaume Suon Year: 2014 Country: Cambodia / France
AT HOME IN THE WORLD
Magomed is a thoughtful 10-year-old boy from Chechnya, who has just arrived in Denmark to seek asylum. Magomed goes to school, where a teacher quickly notices the bright but shy boy, who slowly starts to make new friends and learn from the teaching. But his new life with new friends takes on a dark and heartbreaking turn when the decision about the family’s application for asylum comes with both good and bad news.
Director: Andreas Koefoed Year: 2015 Country: Denmark