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Garoto / Kid

Brazil / Portuguese / 2015

Direction: Júlio Bressane
Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ The Disinterested Killer Bill Harrigan, Garoto follows a young couple who find themselves in an enchanted place where they experience an amorous and spiritual adventure. Everything will change when the young man unexpectedly commits a crime leading to the couple’s breakup. But an unsettling turn of events will reunite them once again…

 

Festivals
Locarno Film Festival

Ezra

France | Nigeria | USA | UK | Austria / English / 2007

Direction: Newton I. Aduaka
In the year 2000, it was alleged that some 300,000 children were serving as soldiers in armed conflicts in more than thirty countries around the world. Nearly 120,000 of these were allegedly engaged in various conflicts on the African continent. EZRA is a factional tale inspired by the Sierra Leonean conflict. It is centered on one event: a drug fueled atrocious attack on a village by rebel soldiers. The jigsaw puzzle of what occurred that night is reconstructed the testimonies of three witnesses: Ezra, an ex-combatant, his sister Onitcha, a mute, and Cynthia, Ezra’s fellow ex-soldier.

What is supposed to be reconciliation soon becomes a trial, as Onitcha chooses this as the arena to reveal a secret she has kept from her brother.

Awards
Durban International Film festival -Grand Jury Prize
Amiens International Film Festival -Grand Jury Prize,Golden Unicorn
Balafon Film Festival -Grand Jury Prize
Zanzibar International Film Festival -Grand Jury Prize, Golden Dhow
Festival International du Film de Ouidah -Grand Jury Prize, Royal Python
Zanzibar International Film Festival -Fipresci Prize –
Festival de Granada Cine del Sur -Silver Alhambra (Best Director)
United Nation’s Prize for Peace and Tolerance
Kenya International Film festival-Special Jury Prize

Ajeya

India / Assamese / 2014
Direction: Jahnu Barua
Living in a rural village called Hunaruchuk in the north bank of Brahmaputra, GojenKeot was a 22 year old youth in 1946 i.e. just before India’s independence. Honest and aggressive to the core, Gojen always fought against injustice. In his own way he tried to participate in the freedom movement and in the process started dreaming of a heaven-like country that India would be after independence. But the dreadful events that started occurring in independent India shattered his dreams. Since then Gojen has become a pessimist all his life till the new millennium when he sees a ray of hope after seeing his granddaughter continuing the fight against injustice in modern India.


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