China, 2003. In the aftermath of the SARS epidemic. The internet is in its infancy and newspapers are still king. 26-year-old middle school dropout Han Dong dreams of being a journalist, and lucks into an internship at one of Beijing's most powerful dailies. After earning the respect of his editor with plucky reporting on a disaster at a local mine, he throws himself into another explosive investigation, this time, into the high stakes world of medical fraud. Han Dong knows the story is of national significance and could land him a front-page byline and a permanent job with the paper. How [ ... ]
'Eeb Allay Ooo!'. These are the three vocables used by 'monkey repellers' to drive away the nettlesome rhesus macaques that beg for food from tourists in front of Delhi's government buildings. Shy Anjani has just arrived in Delhi, where his pregnant sister's husband helps him find work in the monkey repelling profession. Limited in training and tools, Ananji finds it impossible to intimidate the brazen macaques until he creates a costume imitating the macaques' natural predator, the langur.
Eyimofe Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri | Nigeria / United States | 2020
Tragedy and fate intervene as two Nigerians try to better the lives of their families. âThis Is my Desireâ is a film about two peopleâs quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores. After Mofe loses his family and Rosa fails to deliver on a promise, their travel plans collapse forcing them to reconsider living abroad. As time passes and wounds heal, they learn the future they desperately seek can be built at home. [ ... ]
Sara, a beloved school teacher, lives in Tehran with her husband, Hamed, and their
five-year-old daughter, Raha. They are preparing to attend a wedding in northern
Iran, but an unheralded work obligation for Hamed throws a wrench into the wheels
of the family plan. When her husband suddenly forbids her to go, she makes a
choice that will place her on a painful path to atonement [ ... ]
Stuck working as a bartender at a Hollywood comedy club with her best friend and sometime-lover Jake, Frankie questions what today’s society truly values. When she encounters the mysterious Link, she is inspired to film him and upload his anti-commerce rants. With Jake onboard, this trio of outsiders quickly rises to internet stardom.But when manager Mark starts making demands to bring in more money, and as she watches Link turn into everything he once denounced, Frankie is faced with the question —is she also becoming the monster she helped create?
On the brink of his first international tour, Zed, a British Pakistani rapper, decides
to fly home to the UK to visit the family he has not seen in two years. In the midst of
trying to reconnect with his parents and rummaging through cassettes of Qawwali
music, he is suddenly struck down by an autoimmune disease. As his condition
worsens and his big breakthrough moment is in danger of vanishing into thin air,
Zed descends into a physical and emotional crisis, amplified by vivid hallucinations.
Piedra sola Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf | Argentina / Mexico / Qatar / United Kingdom | 2020
Argentine filmmaker, he studied cinema at Buenos Aires University and cinematography at SICA. His work has screened at international film festivals including Rotterdam, BAFICI, Busan, Montreal, and Havana. In 2014 he was selected for the 9th Buenos Aires Talents programmed by the Berlinale Film Festival and in 2015 he was selected as an audiovisual artist as part of the Biennale of Young Artists, Buenos Aires.
Gu Xi is about to lose her job because of undocumented citizenship status. While making use of all her social connections in her effort to get official registration papers, she also faces another challenge: getting along with her brother's new girlfriend, Qingchang. Meanwhile, more trouble brews as a dead body is found floating in the sea, and a mysterious tape repeatedly brings Gu Xi to flit back and forth across the boundary of youth and adulthood. What she doesn't know is that she is about to lose everything.
Jiahe's mother was unexpectedly murdered two years ago. Subsequently, she and her father both lost their focus in life. Jiahe's father failed to find a decent job after retiring from his wrestling team. He had to work for a slaughterhouse as a beef deliveryman to earn his living. This humble job makes Jiahe a victim of public shaming in school. She becomes lonely and helpless, and forms her own moral code âfighting back in every possible way against humiliation and unfairness. The arrival of Yu Lei, a seemingly indifferent boy recently released from the reformatory, brings more anxie [ ... ]
15 year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps, has been accepted to a highly selective ski club whose aim is to train future professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, Fred, ex-champion turned coach, decides to make Lyz his shining star regardless of her lack of experience. Under his influence, Lyz will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz's determination help her escape his grip?