Tuesday, 14 Dec 2021
This screening session features 4 films. All films are english spoken and/or english subtitled.
Tickets are 4€ and include a free drink at the bar after the screening session. We'll also plant one tree per ticket sold with Tree Plan.
Reserve your tickets HERE, or get them at the Babylon ticket office just before the screening. First come, first served.
Proof of full vaccination or recovery will be required.
AMERICAN EXPRESS (GERMANY) BY HÄLY HEINECKER
Synopsis: Following the filmmaker through the aftermath of a long-distance relationship, spaces which were once relevant points of connection are revisited as part of an individual journey. Superposition of distance and proximity creates a cathartic expercience. An experimental exploration of anxious attachment, removing projection and resolving in clarity. Running time: 00:06:50.
Festivals: Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, New Jersey Independent FF, Doc.Sydney, Kasseler Dokfest, Independent Days Karlsruhe.
About the director: Häly Heinecker was born in Augsburg and is currently based in Berlin. After receiving a BA in Visual Communication from UdK Berlin, they are now studying at the UdK Arts and Media department as part of the Narrative Film class of Thomas Arslan. The foundation of their work is the documentary exploration of different realities of life, ultimately hoping to contribute to a broader understanding of intersectionality within our society.
PACIFIC (LEBANON) BY ANGIE OBEID
Synopsis: Whenever I walk through the dark reddish hallways to reach my apartment, whenever I would look out of my windows and dive into that expended view of the city of Brussels, unusual feelings would emerge... until the day I read an article about my building PACIFIC, entitled "the suicide tower". Running time: 00:23:00.
Festivals: Visions du Réel, Hot Docs Toronto, Carthage FF, Brussels Independent FF (Best Documentary Short Film), Festival en Ville! Brussels, Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles, Aswan International Women FF (Best Director), and more.
About the director: Born in Beirut in 1988, Angie Obeid obtained a bachelor’s degree in Film Directing and Scriptwriting from Notre Dame University – Lebanon (2010) and a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking, DOC NOMADS, delivered by a consortium of three European universities across three countries: Portugal, Hungary and Belgium (2018). She has been working, since 2009, as producer, director, assistant director and editor on numerous documentaries for Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel, in addition to several independent documentaries. Her first feature documentary “I used to sleep on the rooftop” (2017) won the special mention award at FIDMarseille 2017.
FORGIVE AND NOT TO FORGIVE (HONG KONG) BY ELYSA WENDI
Synopsis: Shared dialogues between Chang Yan and Chen Jun about their childhood trauma, contemplating the hatred they feel towards their fathers. The film juxtaposes the body movements and memories in the intimacy of an unknown space. One of them chooses to forgive and another one chooses not to. Running time: 00:05:46.
Festivals: DAN.CIN.FEST, Brussels Independent FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF (Best Documentary), Toronto Arthouse FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Moving Images Videodance Festival.
About the director: Elysa Wendi is a Singaporean artist and filmmaker based in Hong Kong. Preoccupied with the abstraction of memory from place, time and biographical traces, Wendi explores these themes in her live and filmic works. In 2015, Wendi co- founded Cinemovement, a platform to facilitating the creation of inter-disciplinary filmic works through a laboratory setting together with film producer Jeremy Chua. Her short film '1958 Delivery' has been lauded for its artful juxtaposition of photography, history and performative rituals, and won her the best experimental film award at the 2018 South Taiwan Film Festival.
NEIGHBORS (CROATIA) BY TOMISLAV ZAJA
Synopsis: 'Neighbors'' is an observational documentary about people with mental illness who are leaving their institution after decades spent in isolation and once they get out trying to put their shattered lives back together. Running time: 01:13:36.
Festivals: Aesthetica Film Festival (Best Feature Documentary), ZagrebDox (Audience Award Best Documentary), SEEfest (Best Documentary, Best Cinematography in Documentary), Days of Croatian Cinema (Human Rights Award), Nancy IFF, I Will Tell IFF (Best Feature Documentary), Verona IFF (Best Feature Documentary), VoxFeminae FF, London Intel Doc FF, Buenos Aires IFF, Kyiv FF, Austria IFF, and more.
About the director: Tomislav earned his master’s degree in documentary film direction at the FAMU in Prague. As a producer and/or writer and director, over the past 30 years he has made about fifty documentaries and four feature-length fiction films. He is the recipient of many Croatian and international awards and honors. He is a member of European Documentary Network and International Documentary Association.