SEEKING MAGIC // Antoneta Kastrati // 2009 // Kosovo // 12 min // documentary // English subtitles
In a world, where black magic and witch doctors are considered as part of the mythical past, the documentary – Seeking magic – takes us to Kosov@, a land caught between times, where many still visit mystical healers for guidance and cures for their ailments. This documentary follows the journeys of two young women, who after losing hope in other avenues, each turn to such magical doctors to find solutions for their problems. But are the healers just another segment of the patriarchal system that has traumatized every single women who come to them for help, or are they truly casting away evil spells and bringing luck upon their patients?
Attention: SEEKING MAGIC is not screening in Prishtina, since it will be released on a later date, but it will screen in Sarajevo, Amsterdam and Skopje.
CHACHARIJA // Valentine Auer, Sara Calvo Gonzales // 2009 // Slovenia // 11 min // documentary // English subtitles
The film Chacharija is about the Chakavian dialect of the ethnic subgroup
that lives in several villages on the Gorjanac mountain near Kostanjevice
at the border with Croatia. The oral tradition of these villages tells that
they arrived here in the time when ‘Uskos’ moved to Gorjance..
TWO LOVE STORIES // Shota Bukoshi // 2008 // Kosovo // 12 min // documentary // English subtitles
A visit of two Romany couples to Kosov@ opens up a parallel world both at the margins and in the midst of Kosovar society. Snapshots from a circle of life, love, labor and loss intertwine to tell very different kind of stories. Almost without noticing, the viewer enters these lives and is intrigued to find out more about them. The tone and the images, while overall quiet and matter-of-factly, convey a wide range of emotions and moods, from vivacious to hopeless, from light to somber and black.
SATURDAY AT THE ACADEMY // Eldin Smajlović // 2008 // Bosnia and Herzegovina // 23 min // animation // no dialogue
The author wants to present the independence of the artist's work. The work is being created by itself, while the author is being amazed by it. At the end, the work eats him out, just like any other author.
I SWEAR BY MY BEARD // Sebas van den Brink // 2009 // Netherlands // 11 min // documentary // English Subtitles
Where does the beard stand in these times of personal branding and excessive
hygiene? What does it still mean? How do people – men and women – feel
about beards nowadays? And how come Sebastian's father still wears his? He
doesn't know his father without his beard. Is he hiding something? Is he
silently rebelling, perhaps? A documentary about beards turns into a personal
story between a son and his father.
SK8! // Marc Kniphorst // 2010 // Netherlands // 16 min // skate // English Subtitles
Noah and Sjoerd are skateboarders and frequently visiting an old skatepark in
the suburbs. On an afternoon a car with unfamilliar skaters pulls up. Noah and
Sjoerd are invited by these older guys to come and skate the cool skatepark
in the city. What was supposed to be a short skate-session before the evening
starts, turns out a night not to be forgotten.