8 projects from 8 countries (Iran, Kenya, Poland, Bosnia, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Tunisia) were submitted at the Rough Cut Service section of Movies that Matter. They were all at an amazing high level of quality, with relevant topics and issues, great cinematic and narrative story telling.
After a lot of thinking, a grant of 1500 euro was given by Docs Up Fund to Nothing About My Mother by Salem Trabelsi and Latifa Robbana Doghri (Tunisia).
The film is about an abused and harassed child by her parents. Sirwa is adopted by a family while her mother and father are in jail. The main character Sirwa, as all of the others, is incredible thrilling. The directors radical choice, not to show the face of Sirwa as she is growing up, is very challenging and all the shots are very cinematic. The team needs can benefit of the a good an experienced editor to improve the final rough cut.
The Movies that Matter Rough Cut Service was organised in collaboration with Close Up, Docs Up, MEDIMED, Watch Docs, DOCUBOX and Dok Incubator. A special thanks goes out to the panelists Sigal Yehuda, John Appel, Alex Szalat, Sergi Doladé, Maciej Nowicki, Judy Kibinge, Andrea Prenghyová, Rada Sesič, and moderator Gitte Hansen.
Director: Yaser Talebi
Producer: Elaheh Nobakht
Production company: Eli Image
Country of production: Iran
Sahar is an 18-year-old girl living in a remote village in Northern Iran. Her mother died unexpectedly of cancer two years ago. Since then, Sahar has lived alone with her cognitively impaired father Rahim. The traditional family demands that she should give up her own future dream and take care of her father. However, Sahar’s wish is to study and become a doctor. Sahar is torn: Should she listen to her family or can she escape this pressure of expectations and go after her dreams?
Director: Zipporah Nyaruri
Co-director: Peggy Mbiyu
Producer: Zipporah Nyaruri
Country of production: Kenya
In order to provide for her sons, a determined mother has to conquer East Africa’s most notorious highway- the devil’s highway. Driving a sensitive 20-tonne cargo and a 2-year-old at home, a challenge like never before awaits. Truck Mama is a personal story of Evelyn Mumbua Mutuku, a long-haul truck driver and a mother of two who for many years has logged thousands of miles driving a 30-foot truck across East Africa’s notorious highway – the ‘Devils Highway’.
Directors: Arash Kamali Sarvestani & Katarzyna Hejna-Modi
Country of Production: Netherlands, Poland
Arash Kamali Sarvestan
On 5th August 2020 Margot Szutowicz a nonbinary Polish activist have been arrested by Warsaw Police. Two days later Forty-eight other people, from a crowd of LGBT rights supporters protesting Szutowicz’s imminent arrest were also arrested. A queer polish journalist based in the Netherlands goes to Poland to investigate about the arrest of Margot and the recent situation of LGBT people in Poland.
Director: Tze Woon Chan
Producer: Catherine Ki Chan
Country of Production: Hong Kong/China/Japan
Catherine Ki Chan
Set in a time when Hong Kong political activism is more uncertain than ever, Blue Island navigates an immersive and innovative cinematic journey that pieces together the memories of people who lived through tumultuous times and those who fight today for a better future. Blue Island looks to the past to seek answers for the current state of affairs.
Director: Vedrana Pribaci
Producer: Mirta Puhlovski
Editor: Marta Puhlovski
Country of Production: Croatia
Over a 3 year period, the film follows the conditions and experiences of 4 women, out of thousands raped during the war, as they share their life stories on a journey to recovery and healing. How does personal change come about? In this project we meet several women that were kept in sexual slavery during the war in Yugoslavia. Their families were killed in one of the last European wars; they were tortured and raped for months, but survived; guilt and shame kept them quiet for 25 years.
Co-directors & co-producers: Salem Trabelsi & Latifa Robbana Doghri
Country of Production: Tunesia
Latifa Robbana Doghri
Between the ages of 6 to 8, Siwarwas raped, tortured and prostituted by her mother and stepfather. When it was discovered, she was placed into foster care, and her parents were sent to jail for 6 years. Today Siwar is 15, and lives with Wassila – an elderly woman of 70, who took her in as her own. They live an isolated life in an apartment with 20 cats. In spite of her horrible past, Siwar will not give up. She attempts to bring her case to the justice system by bringing up suit against her biological mother, trying her for “human trafficking” amongst other things. But Tunisia does not have any laws that protect children, it does not even consider children as citizens of the state; they are considered a property of the parents.
Director & producer: Paola Desiderio
Editor: Gabriel Baudet
The Law of Silence tells the story of a talented Colombian journalist, Silvia Duzan and the leaders of a courageous group of peasants, who dared challenging the drug cartels and the most powerful forces of their time. Silvia Duzan was on a mission to tell their story, when they were all silenced forever on 26 February 1990. They were killed so that their incredible story couldn’t be told, until today.
Director & producer: Nurit Kedar
Editor: Yael Perlov
Country of production: Israel
Catherine LeClef (Distributor) – CAT&Docs
Schoolyard is a film of the Rashomon style examine the emotional, moral, issues that lay in the background of the act and continue to guide the lives of those involved to this day. The testimonies of the soldiers who took part in the brutal beatings and killing, the witnesses who witnessed their war crimes, and the detainees who endured the torture — have never been exposed. It is the story of any war.