Wednesday, 15 Dec 2021

18:00-20:00 

This screening session features 7 films. All films are english spoken and/or english subtitled.​

Location 

BABYLON

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30

10178 Berlin

Germany

Tickets

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.

COVID-19

Proof of full vaccination or recovery will be required.

KAXA MARCA (PERU) BY MARIEL SOSA

KAXA MARCA (PERU) BY MARIEL SOSA

 

Synopsis: The ancient city of Kaxa Marca is where the so-called "meeting of two worlds" occurs. This region is revealed to the pilgrim's eyes as a town full of past and sadness, where the merging between the Inca race and the Spanish colonialist took place. In this short journey, the residents prepare to welcome the celebration of Carnaval, resulted from a mixture of native traditions and imported customs. Running time: 00:04:00.

Festivals: Super Shorts London FF, Boston Short FF.

 

About the director: Mariel Sosa is a Peruvian-born director. Since a young age, she entered the world of documentary and narrative film, shooting and editing her own projects. She recently completed a Bachelors's degree in Film Production and Art History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. During her student years, she worked for a music video production company that features artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, etc. At the same time, she worked on and produced independent short films, video clips, and documentaries. Her first documentary, 'Phantasiaman', produced in Germany gain her recognition in the largest youth film festival in the world and path the way to subsequent documentaries.' Maxima: this land of Mine' is her second short documentary shot in her natal Peru. She is currently in development for her first feature film.

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9 DEGREES (U.S.) BY KALIM ARMSTRONG, DEMETRE PAPAPGEORGIOU

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Synopsis: A personal journey of a man who discovers, through genetic testing, that he is one of 9 siblings, finding the love and acceptance in a family he never knew he needed. Running time: 00:12:47.

Festivals: DOC NYC, New Hampshire FF.

 

About the directors: Kalim Armstrong is a filmmaker and co-founder of Vacationland Studio, a Brooklyn / LA based video production company that produces documentary films and commercial content. Kalim's passion for storytelling stems from an idea that a better understanding of the lives of others can contribute in some small way to making the world a better place. His award winning documentaries explore the aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, sustainable fishing in Palau, and conversations about race in America (Telling the Story of Slavery, 2016). Demetre Papageorgiou graduated from Colombia College Chicago with a BFA in Directing and Writing in 1996 and has been working in Film and Video production ever since in Los Angeles and New York. He worked for Palm Pictures and in the freelance film production world. Demetre is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he pursuing new interests in Theatre, Acting and Performance.

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HOTEL STADT ALTONA (GERMANY) BY SOPHIA SCHACHTNER

Synopsis: The team at Hotel Stadt Altona wishes you a warm welcome and a pleasant stay. Running time: 00:05:16.

Festivals: Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Doc.Sydney Documentary FF, New Jersey Independent FF.

CHANGING LA (UNITED STATES) BY ANDREA FIORENTINI DEL RÍO

CHANGING LA (U.S.) BY ANDREA FIORENTINI DEL RÍO

Synopsis: This short film is about finding the line between preservation and evolution. Running time: 00:03:30.

Festivals: Lockdown FF, Indie Short Fest- Los Angeles Intl Short FF (Best Microfilm/Best Mobile Short), Glasgow IFF, Better Cities FF, and more.

 

About the director: Andrea Fiorentini Del Río is an LA-native filmmaker. She cares deeply about keeping LA real, Chicano culture, and stories about immigration. She most recently worked on David Fincher’s newest film Mank (2021) and was awarded placement in the Director’s Circle of the 2020-21 Women in Film Mentorship Program. She is the executive assistant to Academy Award winning documentary director, Morgan Neville, and his production company, Tremolo Productions.

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HOLY LAND (SWITZERLAND) BY LEA BLOCH

Synopsis: The Christian Arab Juan, who is originally from Nazareth, struggles with his identity. He is of Palestinian origin, but lives in Israel. His identity crisis and his experience of racism due to his Arab roots, haunts him as far as Poland. As a student there, he discusses his identity with Ben his Jewish fellow student from Israel. Running time: 00:12:00.

About the director: After playing the lead role in a Swiss cinema film at age 16, filmmaking became an integral part of Lea's life. She's completed various internships in the film business, including in short film distribution, film criticism at Swiss Television, and has studied communication and religious studies. During her semester break in winter 2020, she produced her first own short documentary film «Holy Land» at the age of 24. She is currently working as a video journalist, and is writing the concept for her next film project.

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GLASSY STARES (TURKEY) BY RIDVAN KARAMAN

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Synopsis: Twin brothers, Tayfun and Taykan, live at a retirement home although they are in their early forties. They are both passionately committed to music. The twins spend their time isolated, writing and composing songs for their band 'Glassy Stares'. 'Glassy Stares' is an ecstatic insight into truth amid the fogs of schizophrenia. It is knotting guitar strings in restoring torn ties with the real. It is a tribute to becoming music while going beyond making music. It is a story of brotherhood in which the agents mingle with each other. Running time: 00:25:17.

Festivals: Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF.

 

About the director: Ridvan was born in Ankara in 1987. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Languages History and Geography, Department of Theatre-Dramatic Writing. He has written many stories and plays and has directed short films and plays.

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mySELFie (GERMANY) BY ANNE SCHESCHONK

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Synopsis: At the age of 12 Maya lost all of her hair. Within a couple of weeks she turned completely bald. The diagnosis: Alopecia areata. It causes Maya’s body to reject every single hair like a foreign object. Two years later she has gotten used to her baldness. But during summertime it’s too hot to wear a wig or a hat. Then, Maya feels naked, and she asks herself: How do others perceive me? Am I alright the way I am? Am I beautiful? Almost like a way to provide the answers, Maya takes lots of selfies, just like her friends. And somewhere in between swiping, liking and sharing, the girls are growing into young women. Running time: 00:50:20.

Festivals: DOK Leipzig, Vox Feminae Festival, DYTIATKO - International Children's Media Festival, Cine Magic - International Film & Television Festival for Young People.

 

About the director: Anne Scheschonk studied Media Sciences and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Visual Anthropology. She has worked as an editorial assistant and set manager for TV productions. In 2011 and 2018/19 she participated in Master Classes for documentary film. She currently works as a freelance author and filmmaker. Her documentary works are about people who are perceived as being „different“, and often are socially stigmatized: the intellectually disabled mother, the transgender child, the teenage girl dealing with hairloss. Sensitive portraits of individuals that are asking questions about identity, and pointing out relevant issues of our times: acceptance, inclusion, equality. Her short documentary GIRL-HEARTED (2017) successfully screened at film festivals all over the world.