Life in Europe

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    So many questions face our great continent today. Maybe even too many. It is not the easiest of times, but certainly not the worst. Economy, education, health, income, immigration, refugees, the rise of far right... many questions indeed. How we deal with these questions today will likely define tomorrow's reality. Let's watch and think together. Our future relies on it.

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    • Madeleine Leroyer
    • 2019

    A compelling and empathetic investigative documentary about the passengers of a ship that sank off the Libyan coast during the 2015 refugee crisis. Through a variety of methods, researchers try to discover the identity of the victims.

    2 Minutes Silence, Please

    • Heddy Honigmann
    • 1998

    Every year on May 4 at exactly 8 p.m., traffic stops all over the Netherlands. People gather or sit alone for two minutes of silence to honor those who died during World War II. What is the significance of this annual ritual today?


    • Mario Pfeifer
    • 2019

    Actors reenact a violent incident in an East German supermarket, involving a troubled migrant and brisk action from bystanders. On camera, audience members give their opinion: was this a justified intervention by concerned citizens or an act of vigilantism?

    Again – Live

    • Mario Pfeifer
    • 2019

    Director Mario Pfeifer adapted his project Again to a live experience that revolves around a man who was dragged out of a supermarket and tied to a tree after arguing with an employee. Was this incident a justified intervention or an act of vigilantism?

    All Against All

    • Luuk Bouwman
    • 2019

    A rich historical documentary about the rise of fascism in the Netherlands. Initially fragmented, the struggle for power between fascist movements was eventually won by the radical, populist and anti-Semitic NSB, the Dutch Nazi party.


    • Alejandro Salgado
    • 2019

    Hidden among the rocks and caves along the coastline of Melilla, a group of boys hope to make the crossing to Europe. The prospect of a better life is worth the endless waiting.

    Becoming Black

    • Ines Johnson-Spain
    • 2019

    As a child, filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain’s white parents told her that her dark skin color was a mere coincidence and of no importance. As a teenager, she accidentally discovered the truth.

    Black Box BRD

    • Andres Veiel
    • 2001

    Through the life stories of two German men, Black Box Germany draws a picture of West Germany in the 1980s: a society riven by the legacy of World War II, which it had never fully processed.

    The Circle

    • Lanre Malaolu
    • 2019

    Two tough teenage brothers from Hackney, East London reveal their vulnerable side in a sensitive portrait that integrates dance and social issues. A voice of dissent in a place where prejudice is the order of the day.


    • Alexander Nanau
    • 2019

    The consequences of a serious fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest were made even worse by the failures of the Romanian health care system, which like the rest of the country is plagued by deep-seated corruption.

    A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

    • Rami Farah
    • 2019

    Exiled in Paris, one of Syria’s most famous actors, Fares Helou, tries to remain connected to the dream of a free and democratic Syria. For him, it’s a matter of integrity and an existential quest. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}

    The Danube Exodus

    • Péter Forgács
    • 1998

    Combining material from a diverse range of archives, the prominent Hungarian found-footage filmmaker Pèter Forgács brings to life a footnote from 20th-century history: an exodus in two opposite directions, driven by political forces.

    The Death of Antonio Sànchez Lomas

    • Ramón Gieling, Salvador Gieling
    • 2019

    In the southern Spanish village of Frigiliana, time has not healed wounds from the era of Franco. Even now, the brutal murder of a villager in 1952 still deeply divides the community.

    Europa, “Based on a True Story”

    • Kivu Ruhorahoza
    • 2019

    A hybrid film by the Rwandan director, who’s making a fiction feature set in London about a mysterious Nigerian man, his mixed-race British lover and the lover’s white husband. Increasing social and racial tension form the backdrop.


    • Valentina Pedicini
    • 2019

    The sect members at an Italian monastery are training hard so they can combat evil. It’s all about openness and blind devotion in this intimate look at an isolated existence.

    For One More Hour with You

    • Alina Marazzi
    • 2002

    Director Alina Marazzi uses home videos and diary excerpts to reconstruct the life of her mother, who committed suicide when she was seven years old. Hazy memories form a testimony to the great absence in her life.

    Heimat Is a Space in Time

    • Thomas Heise
    • 2019

    A chronicle of Germany through the prism of the director’s own family history. In voice-over, Thomas Heise reads documents from his family’s archive, accompanied by powerful black-and-white images of the “guilty” landscape of his homeland.

    In a Whisper

    • Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
    • 2019

    Best friends Patricia and Heidi lose touch when they both move from Cuba to Europe. Years later, they send each other video letters. A beautifully designed, sensitive and frank account of two lives broken apart.

    Last of the Mohicans

    • Max Ploeg
    • 2019

    The mobile supermarket in this heartwarming portrait is run by Tonny, a doggedly determined woman who will stop at nothing to help her needy neighbors, even when she’s struggling with her own huge debts.

    Midnight Traveler

    • Hassan Fazili
    • 2019

    Under the threat of being killed by the Taliban, an Afghan family of filmmakers attempts to travel to Europe illegally. They document the dangerous journey with their cell phones.

    Movements of a Nearby Mountain

    • Sebastian Brameshuber
    • 2019

    On an abandoned industrial site in the Austrian Alps, a lone mechanic prepares used cars for export to his home country of Nigeria. A serene portrait of a person who seems to find peace within himself, without resigning himself to his fate.

    A Legacy of Horses

    • Jessica Karlsson, Annika Karlsson
    • 2019

    Horses are part of everyday life in the working-class neighborhood of Ballymun in Dublin. This observational film shows how the love for our four-legged friends passes from father to son.

    Out of the Present

    • Andrei Ujica
    • 1995

    In May 1991, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev left for the Mir space station from the Soviet Union. When he returned 10 months later, he landed in Russia. What does history look like from space?

    One Day in People’s Poland

    • Maciej Drygas
    • 2005

    This montage of images from the 1960s depicts life as the Polish Communist Party would have liked it to be. Scorching commentary is offered in the form of quotes from archived documents, which bear witness to an obsession with control in a paranoid state.

    Private History

    • Gábor Bódy, Péter Timár
    • 1978

    “A free selection from a few old amateur films” is the subtitle of Private History. Found footage is edited into chronological order to subtly tell the history of Hungary in the turbulent era between 1920 and 1950.


    • Nienke Huitenga-Broeren, Lisa Weeda
    • 2019

    When flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukranian war zone in 2014, the remote village of Rozsypne briefly made international news. This poetic roomscale VR experience offers a fragmented window into daily life in this faraway reality. On-site reservation required.


    • Denize Galiao
    • 2019

    Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Denize Galiao is suffering from saudade, a feeling sometimes described as “the sorrow of loss.” In this richly layered film about emigration and identity, she explores and defines the feeling in a variety of ways.


    • Lucy Parker
    • 2019

    Investigations and interviews reveal shocking practices in the British construction industry, which for years kept a secret blacklist of workers who complained about working conditions. Multiple voices bear witness to an ongoing struggle for justice.

    Speak So I Can See You

    • Marija Stojnić
    • 2019

    The beauty of radio is the subject of this observational and abstract experimental film. The story follows Radio Belgrade, one of Europe’s oldest radio stations, as we witness its inevitable modernization.

    State Funeral

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2019

    A montage of previously unreleased material immerses us in the Soviet Union, in the four-day period of mourning following the death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953. This is the grotesque culmination of the personality cult surrounding the dictator.


    • Moritz Schulz
    • 2019

    A revealing look at a Ukrainian summer camp where children are transformed into proud soldiers—the doubts and tears during phone calls home expose the underlying anguish.

    Tension Structures

    • Feargal Ward, Adrian Duncan
    • 2019

    How do you generate structures that won’t collapse, even under the worst imaginable conditions? This roving travelogue forges unexpected connections between ambitious Parisian structures and the tensions surrounding the gilets jaunes protests.

    A Tunnel

    • Nino Orjonikidze, Vano Arsenishvili
    • 2019

    As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, a new high-speed train from China is going to pass right through a tiny Georgian mountain village. Farmers see their fields crumbling as Chinese workers drill a tunnel. A surrealist parable about a changing world order.

    Where We Belong

    • Jacqueline Zünd
    • 2019

    Five children from different families look back on their parents’ separation and talk in detail about how they experienced it and what it taught them.

    Who Are We?

    • Edgar Hagen
    • 2019

    A compassionate portrait of people growing up with serious disabilities in Switzerland and Germany. What does the type of care these young people receive, and their position in society, tell us about the Western world?