Time of History – Feature Films

≠UNFIT: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DONALD TRUMP (No apto: la psicología de Donald Trump), by Dan Partland (United States)

An eye-opening and shattering analysis of the behavior, psyche, condition, and stability of Donald J. Trump. After years of empirical observation, for the first time ever, prominent mental health professionals present their observations on camera as part of their ethical ‘Duty to Warn’ the public of imminent danger.

Dan Partland. Multi-Emmy winner of documentary and non-fiction TV, whose work includes series such as A&E’s ‘Intervention’ (2007-2011), ‘The Sixties’ (2014) on CNN, ‘American Race with Charles Barkley’ (2017) for TNT, ‘American High’ on Fox and ‘Afflicted’ (2018) on Netflix. In the 15 years that the Emmys have recognized primetime nonfiction series, Partland’s shows have been nominated for best in class 5 times, and in 3 different sub-genres: Reality, Nonfiction format, and Documentary. Dan’s work also includes landmark films of the independent cinema such as the feature documentary ‘A Perfect Candidate’ (1996) along with Sundance winners ‘Welcome to The Doll House’ (1995) and ‘The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack’ (2000).

ÁNGELES CON ESPADA (Angels with Sword), by Javier Rioyo (Spain) 

The Valley of the Fallen was Franco’s personal project, his private obsession. He found the place, expropriated the land, had it built at any cost, decided who should build it and what it should look like: ethical considerations were not in the script. A story of blood and stone , a symbol that also encapsulates the internal strife within the Francoist regime: the confrontation between Francoists and Falangists. It was (it no longer is), the place where one of the most infamous characters in our history was buried under a slab of stone weighing 1.5 tons. Finally, history did not proved him right. A journey through a story of slave labour and the megalomaniacal dreams of the man who believed himself to be the saviour of the country and of the Catholic faith.

BAJO EL SILENCIO (Underneath the Silence), by Iñaki Arteta (Spain) 

He was born in Bilbao in 1959. He studied Technical Architecture at the University of Barcelona. Since 1986 he has combined artistic, advertising, fashion and journalistic photography with the production of TV commercials and his personal projects for the silver screen. His filmography includes the short films ‘Material sensible’ (1998) and ‘Sin libertad’ (2001); and the documentaries ‘Voces sin libertad’ (2004), ‘Agustín Ibarrola. Artista indomable’ (2017) and ‘Trece entre mil’, the winner of Time of History’s second prize in the 50th edition of Seminci. He also participated in the same section of the Valladolid Festival in 2008 (‘El infierno vasco’), 2012 (‘Testigo involuntario. Nicolás Redondo’), 2014 (‘1980’) and 2016 (‘Contra la impunidad’).

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CAPERUCITA ROJA (Little Red Riding Hood), by Tatiana Mazú González (Argentina) 

«When my grandmother was eight years old, she crossed a mountain forest at a time when the Spanish sky was buzzing with military planes. That day she escaped from the servitude which her own godfather inflicted on her and returned to her hometown. At some point, she decided to study sewing. And later, to cross the sea by herself and head for Buenos Aires. One afternoon, I ask her to teach me to sew. While making a red hooded coat, we, two women more than sixty years apart from each another, discuss within four walls our gender and social class stories and contradictions. Outside, a new generation of feminists takes to the streets».

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COLOMBIA IN MY ARMS (Colombia fue nuestra), by Jenni Kivistö, Jussi Rastas (Finland, Denmark, France, Norway)

In a strongly polarised world, can people find a common ground for peace? After 52 years of armed conflict the FARC guerrillas are about to hand over their arms in exchange for political participation and social inclusion of the poor. Ernesto is one of them. The much celebrated Colombian peace agreement throws Ernesto and the polarised society around him into chaos in which everyone is afraid of the future and their own survival. An intimate portrait of a deeply unequal country, makes us reflect on colonialism, capitalism and what keeps us going as humanity.

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EPICENTRO (Epicentrum), by Hubert Sauper (Austria / France) 

The 1898 explosion of the USS Maine ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. In ‘Epicentro’, Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana-particularly its children, who he calls ‘young prophets’ —to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.

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ERRANCE SANS RETOUR (Errantes sin retorno / Wandering, a Rohingya Story), by Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins (Canada) 

Within a few months, the Kutupalong refugee camp has become the biggest in the world. Out of sight, 700,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled Myanmar in 2017 to escape genocide and seek asylum in Bangladesh. Prisoners of a major yet little publicized humanitarian crisis, Kalam, Mohammad, Montas and other exiles want to make their voice heard. Between poetry and nightmares, food distribution and soccer games, they testify to their daily realities and the ghosts of their past memories. Around them, the spectre of wandering, waiting, disappearing.

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PALABRAS PARA UN FIN DEL MUNDO (A World At Its End. A Speech), by Manuel Menchón (Spain) 

«I am writing this letter from my home, where I have been a prisoner in disguise for some days now. They are holding me hostage, I don’t know why or what for. But if they have to murder me, as they murdered others, it will be here, at my home»: Miguel de Unamuno, December 11, 1936. Spain is at war and Salamanca is the hub of activity for the Press and Propaganda actions of Franco’s army headed by General Millán-Astray. Twenty days after that letter was written, Unamuno would suddenly die in his own home. Only one person witnessed that moment.

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THE REASON I JUMP (La razón por la que salto), by Jerry Rothwell (United States / United Kingdom) 

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, ‘The Reason I Jump’ is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

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SILENCIO RADIO (Radio Silence), by Juliana Fanjul (Switzerland) 

Mexico, March 2015. Carmen Aristegui, incorruptible journalist, has been fired from the radio station where she has worked for years. Supported by more than 18 million listeners, Carmen continues her fight. Her goal: raising awareness and fighting against misinformation. The film tells the story of this quest: difficult and dangerous, but essential to the health of democracy. A story in which resistance becomes a form of survival.

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WALCHENSEE FOREVER, by Janna Ji Wonders (Germany) 

In her documentary family saga ‘Walchensee Forever’, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning a century: she takes us from the family café at the Bavarian Walchensee to San Francisco to the infamous ‘Summer of Love’. She discovers the secrets of her family to track down their role in the generation chain. It is a timeless family story about the search for identity, self-realization, love, pain, dependence, loss, psychosis, birth, death… It is a film about the cycle of life.

ZURBARÁN Y SUS DOCE HIJOS (Zurbarán And His Twelve Sons), by Arantxa Aguirre (Spain) 

The trip around the world of Zurbarán’s series ‘Jacob and his twelve sons’ serves as a common thread of this inquiry into the life and work of one of the titans of the Spanish baroque period which discloses for us the peculiar history of this series. After being exhibited in Dallas, New York and Jerusalem, the paintings return to Auckland Castle, as the centerpiece of a project that seeks to regenerate that area in the North East of England.