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DOCUMENTARY FILMS 2023
STREAMING ONLINE: 25 SEPTEMBER - 15 OCTOBER
This special section is available for streaming only. Streaming on Whush.com from September 25 to October 15, 2023. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Chaylla (France) by Clara Teper, Paul Pirritano
Lens, in northern France. Chaylla, a 23-year-old woman, is trying to break free from an abusive relationship. She is ready to fight – to gain custody of her children, to have her ordeals vindicated. But, deep inside, she still harbours a lingering hope of becoming a family again with her ex-partner. From legal battles to inner struggles, "Chaylla" portrays four years in the life of a young woman, whose longing for freedom and burning desire for justice are enmeshed with the mechanisms of abusive control and dependency.
Running time: 01:12:00
Myrteza Blue (Australia) by Eren Besiroglu
Myrteza Blue is the intimate portrait of Australian landscape artist Graeme Myrteza — a once multi-generational farmer in rural Victoria, now recognized landscape artist. Myrteza reflects on the loss of his son Brett, the catalyst for his self-discovery of painting.
Running time: 00:05:00
Lights Out, Berlin! (Germany) by Dimitris Argyriou
Lights Out, Berlin! is a documentary about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic in Berlin's music & club scene.
Berlin has always been a vivid and colourful city. A city that was full of inspiring spots, artistic opportunities, and loud nightlife.
A city with a huge cultural background that was for two years on hold.
Running time: 01:21:00
Armored Saint - A band of brothers (United Kingdom) by Russell Cherrington
This is the Story of Armored Saint a band of brothers that created their own unique sound and image in the 1980's Los Angeles Rock and Metal Scene.
Running time: 02:24:00
Where my friend made a painting (Portugal) by Pedro Florêncio
Short and simple story: My friend made a painting from a photograph about a manifestation against the economic crisis and I made a film from that painting. Between these two objects lies a path, which began in a casual photograph and ended in a poorly-lit garage. "Where My Friend Made a Painting" is, in order of importance, a short film about a place, a friend, a creative act, a painting and the silence of one manifestation.
Running time: 00:05:40
Encounters lost in time (Portugal) by José Manuel Fernandes
A Portuguese on the island of Tanegashima, follows the story of the first meeting between Japan and the West, observing that the gestures of the Portuguese and Japanese today, reproduce the gestures of the Portuguese and Japanese of yesterday, in the same space, at another time.
Running time: 00:20:00
7999 Fast Ln (United States) by Yuxiang Dong
7999 Fast Ln focuses on a young Chinese artist who recently finished art school and decided to apply for an artist visa to stay in the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It closely observes his visa application process since April 2020 and further examines this process in the backdrops of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, Stop Anti-Asian Hate, and the 2020 presidential election.
Running time: 01:04:00