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Duo For A Job

Annabel Verbeke
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a series by Annabel Verbeke

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a series by Annabel Verbeke

Duo for A Job is een 6-delige documentaireserie waarbij jongeren met een migratieachtergrond
door autochtone 50-plussers worden bijgestaan in hun zoektocht naar gepast en beoogd werk.

Duo for A Job is a 6-part documentary series in which young people with a migration background are supported in their search for suitable and intended work by a native person over 50.

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Jua Kali - the anti-gang of Goma

Pieter De Vos
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a film by Pieter De Vos

The anti-gang of Goma channel their passion for martial arts to build successful lives in the grey zone between street gangs and the government.

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a film by Pieter De Vos

The anti-gang of Goma channel their passion for
martial arts to build successful lives in the grey zone between street gangs and the government. Jua Kali shows them making a Kung Fu film about themselves and their role in the working-class areas of the city, giving the viewer a unique glimpse into these districts of Goma and telling a story of self-determination, diametrically opposed to the stereotypical narratives that usually make it out of the region.

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Pieter De Vos (1983, Antwerp, Belgium) grew up in Nicaragua. He co-founded Docwerkers, a platform that makes committed documentary films, often in collaboration with NGOs and socio-cultural organisations in Belgium and abroad. Jua Kali will be his first international film project.

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Borderline

Frederik Nicolai. Anna Savchenko, Tiha Gudec
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a series by Frederik Nicolai, Anna Savchenko, Tiha Gudec,...

Borderline explores how the concept of borders intrude the reality we live in, the way we see and explain ourselves and the rest of the world, the way we define ‘the other’.

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a film by Frederik Nicolai, Anna Savchenko, Tiha Gudec, Vytautas Puidokas, Marianne Hougen-Moraga, in co-production with VRT-Canvas (BE), Kinoteka (CH), The Magic (LT), Wagner Docs (DK), All Film (EE) and Centralafilm (PL), with support from VAF | MEDIA and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government

The Borderline series takes us on a journey through fascinating places in Europe where borders have more confronting significance than just the dotted lines we see on maps. Borderline explores how the concept of borders intrude the reality we live in, the way we see and explain ourselves and the rest of the world, the way we define ‘the other’.

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Isabelle Tollenaere (°1984, Ghent, Belgium) is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design and has made several short films, the latest being 'Viva Paradis' (2011). Her work has been shown at Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), IDFA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), CPH:DOX (Kopenhagen, Denmark), FID Marseille (France), EMAF (Osnabrück, Germany), EXiS (Seoul, South-Korea), New Horizons (Wroclaw, Poland), and Underdox, München (DE) among others. Currently she is working on her first feature docu- m!entary film 'Journey into Noblivion', to be released end of 2014 - early 2015.

Sofie Benoot (°1985, Bruges, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. Her graduation film project Fronterismo (2007) won the VAF Wild Card Award at the Leuven International Film Festival and has been widely exhibited at international film festivals. Togheter with Blue Meridian (2010) her documentaries have been played at Cinéma du réel (Paris, France) DocsDf (Mexico D.F, Mexico), Leeds international Film Festival (Leeds, United Kingdom), Torino Film Festival (Torino, Italy) Margaret Mead Film Festival New York (US) BAFICI Buenos Aires (AR) Doclisboa Lisboa (PT) and art institutions such as Argos and Beursschouwbourg in Brussels. De- s!ert Haze will be her newest documentary, expected release in spring 2014.

Liesbeth De Ceulaer (°1985, Diest, Belgium) is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design where she made several short films. Her graduation film ‘The Best Act on the Isle’ (2008) has been shown on film festivals in Europe and the U.S. Liesbeth’s first feature documentary ‘Behind the Redwood Curtain’ had its premiere at Docville 2013, the International documentary film festival of Belgium, where it won the prize for Best Belgian Documentary. Since then the film has shown at different film festivals, theaters and art institutions in Europe and the U.S. Currently Liesbeth is working on her second feature documentary f!ilm ‘MAMMOTH’.

Ever since college Benoot, De Ceulaer and Tollenaere remain closely envolved in eachothers work; ex- changing ideas and assisting eachother during research and shooting of their films. They have become ac- customed to work and travel together, since collaborating on several of their films has brought them to various corners of the old and the new continent. However the desire grew to take their collaboration to a n!ext level in codirecting a film, hence 'California City'.

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The Return

Piet Eekman
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a film by Piet Eekman

A young girl escapes from the clutches of a prostitution network. The film tells the pungent story of her long way back home.

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a film by Piet Eekman in co-production with ZDF-ARTE, with support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

This is how SHE escapes the prostitution network. Wearing extremely high heels, too short a skirt and too deep a cleavage… This is how her life as a prostitute ends. Her looks are the symbol of another life. A wrong life. She leaves for home looking like that. To an obscure village in Eastern Europe, where people wear boots or sturdy work shoes, warm pullovers and hats, where people have chapped hands and dirty fingernails. How can SHE possibly fit in? Can she go back to her old life? What is she to do? The contrast between these two worlds cannot be better highlighted than by her looks and those of the people in her village.

Women from the former Warsaw pact countries becoming victims of pimps and being forced into prostitution. Everyone knows the story. Sometimes one gets liberated or is able to escape. She can then return home.  Is this a happy ending? For a lot of women a second ordeal commences. With their souls broken they have to pick up the pieces of their old and empty lives. The kind of life they once tried to escape from.

This films shows one of them. A woman with a life after prostitution.

Director

Piet Eekman was born in Berlin in 1964 and studied directing at the Brussels Filmschool INSAS and in East Germany at HFF. After being cinema operator in the Brussels Filmmuseum, he worked for several years as a journalist for the German public broadcaster ZDF. In the year 2000 he left journalism to return to film-making. As an independent author and director he has made several, frequently socially-critical, documentaries often produced by ARTE.

Selected flmography: Twice as wise, Children Documentary 18’ - 2010/ PTBS – unsichtbar verwundet (PTSS – invisible wounds), Dokumentary 46’ – 2008/ Ein Pferdeleben (A horse’s life), Documentary 26’ – 2007/ Reiche Essen keine Hamburger (Rich people don’t eat hamburgers), Documentary 55’ – 2004/ Die Gans, 4 Köche & meine Mutter (The goose, 4 cooks & my mother), Documentary 58’ – 2003/ Ups and downs, Documentary 60’ – 2003/ Der Koch, der Hund & Dali (The cook, the dog & Dali), Documentary 60’ – 2002/ Die Spur der Kinderschänder (The Dutroux case), Documentary, 45’ – 2001/ Die Männer meiner Oma (My grandma’s men), Documentary 20’ - 1997

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