FCAAL {festival cinema africa, asia e america latina} is happening this week in italy. here are the films I’d like to see..

clearly i need to get out more! i’m putting this festival on my list. but in the meantime, here are the films i want to see from fcaal {festival cinema africano/asian/latino} 2014…

 

Director: Riaan Hendricks Cape Flats, in the outskirts of Cape Town, is one of the areas with the highest rate of violent deaths in the world. Braaim, who lives there with his wife and two children, survives by trafficking drugs. This is the life apparently without hope of redemption of a working-class community, pushed to the outskirts of the large city where there is a real atmosphere of war. Braaim now feels that things have to change: his wife wants to leave him and he does not want his son to be like him. Through this hard-hitting account and story, the director succeeds in allowing the audience to enter a universe that is very small, stifling and tragic, but in actual fact full of life and dignity.
DEVILS LAIR Director: Riaan Hendricks
Cape Flats, in the outskirts of Cape Town, is one of the areas with the highest rate of violent deaths in the world. Braaim, who lives there with his wife and two children, survives by trafficking drugs. This is the life apparently without hope of redemption of a working-class community, pushed to the outskirts of the large city where there is a real atmosphere of war. Braaim now feels that things have to change: his wife wants to leave him and he does not want his son to be like him. Through this hard-hitting account and story, the director succeeds in allowing the audience to enter a universe that is very small, stifling and tragic, but in actual fact full of life and dignity.
Director: Yuzo Asahara All the fascination of classic Japanese culture and the delights of its cuisine in the times of the Samurai. Haru is a young woman who is also a very talented cook. One day, Dennai Funaki, a Samurai chef from the city of Kaga, suggests Haru marries his son to save the reputation of his family. The Funaki family has served the Lords of Kaga not only with the sword but with the kitchen knife for many generations, but the new  heir shows absolutely no passion for the culinary  arts…
A TALE OF SAMURAI Director: Yuzo Asahara
All the fascination of classic Japanese culture and the delights of its cuisine in the times of the Samurai. Haru is a young woman who is also a very talented cook. One day, Dennai Funaki, a Samurai chef from the city of Kaga, suggests Haru marries his son to save the reputation of his family. The Funaki family has served the Lords of Kaga not only with the sword but with the kitchen knife for many generations, but the new
heir shows absolutely no passion for the culinary arts…
PALESTINE STEREO Director: Rashid Masharawi Life in the West Bank can be tragicomic and achieve surrealist heights. This is what Masharawi teaches us, with his typical irony, in this new story of daily life in Palestine. Stereo and his brother Sami live in a test. The Israelis have bombed the apartment of a terrorist who lived on the third floor and Stereo had the bad luck of living on the fifth floor. Now they need  Canadian $ 10,000 in the bank to be eligible for immigration. This quest becomes the aim of their lives. To scrape together the money, Stereo decides to buy a second- hand stereo system and sing again at weddings (hence his nickname) whilst Sami, who lost his hearing in the air raid) is his assistant.
PALESTINE STEREO
Director: Rashid Masharawi
Life in the West Bank can be tragicomic and achieve surrealist heights. This is what Masharawi teaches us, with his typical irony, in this new story of daily life in Palestine. Stereo and his brother Sami live in a test. The Israelis have bombed the apartment of a terrorist who lived on the third floor and Stereo had the bad luck of living on the fifth floor. Now they need Canadian $ 10,000 in the bank to be eligible for immigration. This quest becomes the aim of their lives. To scrape together the money, Stereo decides to buy a second- hand stereo system and sing again at weddings (hence his nickname) whilst Sami, who lost his hearing in the air raid) is his assistant.

 

Director: Anis Lassoued In a small country village, a boy of  nine,  Nader,  runs all the time with incredible energy, up and down the paths, selling his mother’s filo pastry and contributing to the family budget. For the festival of Aid al Kabir, he sees winged shoes in a shop window in the city which are too dear for his father’s pockets, From that moment Nader cannot forget them…
Les souliers de l’Aïd Director: Anis Lassoued
In a small country village, a boy of nine, Nader, runs all the time with incredible energy, up and down the paths, selling his mother’s filo pastry and contributing to the family budget. For the festival of Aid al Kabir, he sees winged shoes in a shop window in the city which are too dear for his father’s pockets, From that moment Nader cannot forget them…
GOD SAVE THE GREEN Director: Michele Mellara, Alessandro Rossi In the past few years, all over the world, individuals and small groups of people have started to grow vegetables in small pockets of earth (gardens, allotments, balconies, verandas, abandoned areas in the cities) to have fresh and healthy food to ear, to improve the place where they live and  improve their quality of life. “God Save the Green” is a mosaic of stories: the last garden in one of the most densely populated areas in Casablanca (Morocco); the hydroponic cultivations by a group of women in Teresina (Brazil); the community allotments in Berlin (Germany); the cultivations in sacks in the slums of Nairobi (Kenya); the hanging gardens in Turin and Bologna (Italy). A  fresco of the world that through urban greenery has redefined its existence
GOD SAVE THE GREEN
Director: Michele Mellara, Alessandro Rossi
In the past few years, all over the world, individuals and small groups of people have started to grow vegetables in small pockets of earth (gardens, allotments, balconies, verandas, abandoned areas in the cities) to have fresh and healthy food to ear, to improve the place where they live and improve their quality of life. “God Save the Green” is a mosaic of stories: the last garden in one of the most densely populated areas in Casablanca (Morocco); the hydroponic cultivations by a group of women in Teresina (Brazil); the community allotments in Berlin (Germany); the cultivations in sacks in the slums of Nairobi (Kenya); the hanging gardens in Turin and Bologna (Italy). A
fresco of the world that through urban greenery has redefined its existence
EKSTRA Director: Jeffrey Jeturian A bitter-sweet comedy which reveals what goes on behind the scenes of Filipino soap operas through an ordinary day in the life of Loida (Vilma Santos) who appears in walk-on roles alongside the most famous stars of the screen. A lively satire on the rivalry, jealousy, disappointments and exploitation in the world of show business.
EKSTRA
Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
A bitter-sweet comedy which reveals what goes on behind the scenes of Filipino soap operas through an ordinary day in the life of Loida (Vilma Santos) who appears in walk-on roles alongside the most famous stars of the screen. A lively satire on the rivalry, jealousy, disappointments and exploitation in the world of show business.
THE AFRONAUTS Director: Frances Bodomo The film is inspired by a story never told before: the crazy attempt of the “Zambia Space Academy” which, in July 1969, as the USA was preparing for the launch of Apollo 1, try to beat them in the race to the moon with a rudimentary rocket, Bantu 7. Young Matha, an albino girl, is training for landing on the moon…
THE AFRONAUTS
Director: Frances Bodomo
The film is inspired by a story never told before: the crazy attempt of the “Zambia Space Academy” which, in July 1969, as the USA was preparing for the launch of Apollo 1, try to beat them in the race to the moon with a rudimentary rocket, Bantu 7. Young Matha, an albino girl, is training for landing on the moon…
AN INCONSOLABLE MEMORY Director: Aryan Kaganof A poetic and image-rich recognition of the first historical South African coloured opera company, the Eoan Company. The documentary tells a story of resistance, mixing interviews and the use of experimentally re-elaborated archive footage. What does it mean being a coloured artist during the regime of  Apartheid? Which choices had to be made? The memories of the members of the company reconstruct the truth hidden behind the story: accepting the support of the “Department of Coloured Affairs” in order to keep the company alive meant being part of the segregation policy of Apartheid.
AN INCONSOLABLE MEMORY
Director: Aryan Kaganof
A poetic and image-rich recognition of the first historical South African coloured opera company, the Eoan Company. The documentary tells a story of resistance, mixing interviews and the use of experimentally re-elaborated archive footage. What does it mean being a coloured artist during the regime of Apartheid? Which choices had to be made? The memories of the members of the company reconstruct the truth hidden behind the story: accepting the support of the “Department of Coloured Affairs” in order to keep the company alive meant being part of the segregation policy of Apartheid.

 

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