Ángeles con espada
Javier Rioyo | Spain | 2020

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 h [ ... ]

 

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Bajo el silencio
Iñaki Arteta | España | 2020

A young journalist travels to the Basque Country to interview those responsible for the murders of the terrorist group ETA and their ideological accomplices. On his trip, he meets with repentant terrorists, with individuals who are responsible for crimes and who currently lead fully integrated lives in their towns, with others who were convicted for terrorist offences and now hold office as mayors or members of parliament, or have become university professors... The journalist listens to the accounts of their ultranationalist past and learns about the mark left by terrorism in the Basqu [ ... ]

 

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Caperucita Roja
Tatiana Mazú González | Argentina | 2019

«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 genera [ ... ]

 

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Colombia in My Arms
Jenni Kivistö, Jussi Rastas | Finland / Denmark / France / Norway | 2020

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.
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Epicentro
Hubert Sauper | Austria / France | 2020

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
Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins | Canada | 2020

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
Manuel Menchón | Spain | 2020

«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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Silencio Radio
Juliana Fanjul | Switzerland / Mexico | 2019

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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The Reason I Jump
Jerry Rothwell | United States | 2020

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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Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump
Dan Partland | United States | 2020

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.
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Walchensee Forever
Janna Ji Wonders | Germany | 2020

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.
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Zurbarán y sus doce hijos
Arantxa Aguirre | Spain | 2020

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. [ ... ]

 

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