The Enache family, a couple and their nine children, have been living in a shack on a lakeshore, cut off from civilization, for twenty years. When the wilderness they called home is declared an upscale park, they are transferred to an apartment in Bucharest. Their attempts to assimilate into urban life and culture have a dramatic effect on the family dynamic.
Monsters roam the streets of Manila—monsters with free rein to shed the blood of homeless people, drug users, and anyone else they deem suspicious. This incredibly sensitive, impressive and disturbing film documents Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which turned into a street war against the poor and the homeless—children and adults alike. Beyond the Screen Award Winner
Chinese entrepreneurs come to Lesotho, a small country hidden deep in South Africa, in hopes of striking it rich. For the locals, this is an earth-shattering first encounter with globalization. In this surprising and eye-opening modern Western, both groups are pushed to their limits.
Seen through the eyes of Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare), Havana is mysterious, enchanting, and filled with contradictions. The director’s search for the Cuban spirit leads to a series of fascinating human encounters revolving around one question: how did the people of this beautiful island survive its complicated history?
A stretch of rusty old garages on the outskirts of a remote Russian town is where the locals go to actualize their dreams. Each owner designs and builds his own escape, his own refuge. When the rusty doors open, they reveal entire worlds, surprisingly colorful, and filled with beauty.
Israeli Musicians Neta Elkayam and Amit Haï Cohen embark on a musical journey to Morocco, where they play on stage, have many musical encounters, and try to trace their roots. The music, the language, the scenery, and the people make the couple wonder which country they truly feel at home in. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Congo Mirador used to be a bustling fishing village, but the rising lake water is threatening to turn it into a swamp, and the Venezuelan government is not lifting a finger to help. This breathtaking film follows the villagers as they struggle to survive the environmental disaster we all fear.
In a training center dedicated to domestic work, a group of Filipina trainees, who will soon deploy to work overseas, are getting ready to face their future employers. The things they must endure are so bizarre, funny, and frightening that it often seems as though they are attending a drama class. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award
Ryun-hee Kim found herself in South Korea by accident. Despite her pleas, the authorities refuse to allow her to return to North Korea. Desperate to be reunited with her family, she tries to go back any way she can, but the seemingly more liberal of the two Koreas refuses to let her go.
From the moment TV and the internet have been allowed into the picturesque little monastery, deep in the mountains of Bhutan, smartphones have taken the place of prayers as the objects of the young monks’ devotion. One of the monks falls in love with a singer he met online and decides to try to cross the boundary between the virtual world and the real one.
The filmmakers of Moriyama San and ButoHouse return to Tokyo and embark upon an adventurous journey with Ryūe Nishizawa, one of Japan’s most influential architects. As he leads them around Tokyo, stopping for occasional meals and conversations, the two paint a portrait of the artist, his city, and his dreams of things that lie beyond it.
The women of the Armenian village of Lichk till the soil, chop wood and take care of the children and elderly all by themselves. The men spend most of the year in Russia, the only place where they can find work. The distance is frustrating and disheartening, but come winter the men return, rekindling excitement and even passion in the women’s hearts.
In a small family-owned café on the shore of one of Bavaria’s most stunning lakes, director Janna Ji Wonders gets to know five generations of women in her family. Filled with love and heartbreak, their stories are dramatic, daring, and exotic, and she shows and tells them with mesmerizing tenderness.