FILM SELECTION 2022
FILMS IN COMPETITION
From a variety of 540 international submissions the best 50 short films were selected for screening at the festival – documentary, drama/fiction and animation films. The wide spectrum does not only span thematically, but also geographically - there are films from the Balkans, Italy, France, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, UK, Iraq, Iran, Argentina, Philippines, Australia, Morocco, Pakistan, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Canada, USA, etc.
Documentary – 6’39
Director: Rosser Goodman
Bug, a rough and tough assassin, tracks down Bjorn, an ex-cell mate, from a terrible time. The two play cat and mouse in a 'polite' confrontation at Bjorn's safe house, until Bug confirms what she knows and lets Bjorn live to see another day, for now.
10 YEARS DISCAMINO
Documentary - 19:52
Director: Víctor Bello
The history of Discamino is a story of overcoming, a dream to fulfill, forgetting the barriers and showing that together we are stronger.
A LIFE WITH CI
Animation - 2:09
Director: Eric Giessmann, Piers Goffart
A story about my experiences as a deaf person and how I learned to hear again with the help of a cochlear implant.
AN IRISH GOODBYE
Drama/Fiction - 23:29
Director: Alexandra Ford
Set against the backdrop of a working farm in rural Northern Ireland, 'An Irish Goodbye' is a black comedy following the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough (Seamus O’Hara) and Lorcan (James Martin) following the untimely death of their mother (Michelle Fairley).
ANDY & KALIOPE
Drama/ Fiction - 5:47
Director: Crystal Arnette, Catriona Rubenis-Stevens
When Andy must move to yet another foster home, his case worker helps him connect to his inner superhero.
Director: Ana Baer
A collaboration between Austin based all ability dance company Body Shift and Merge dance company filmed at the Austin Public Library.
Documentary - 12:50
Director: Claire Fraser
Blue Lemons, Marie’s Gift is a short documentary about the extraordinary work of Marie Webb, a Nova Scotia based artist and designer. The film highlights her successes and the importance of the support she receives from family, community, and her artist colleagues. Marie continues to meet the challenges that Down syndrome presents but it is important that her work be recognized in the design marketplace rather than only in a disability context. The film catches poignantly that when Marie works with others, there is an exchange of love and respect - the beneficiary is community.
Director: Seyed Mohammad Mir Heidari
Aslan, a deaf boy falls in love with Selma, a blind girl, but the story is something else.
Drama/Fiction - 4:55
Director: Mohamed Amalaab
Two minor children meet in different circumstances in a public
park, to have an interesting conversation between them, to discover that not everyone is smiling happy, always there is complete darkness in a whirlpool of light.
Drama/Fiction - 6:58
Director: Greg Moran
A late night intrusion leads to a life and death struggle.
EMBRACING THE STARS
Documentary - 8:00
Director: Christopher Sánchez, Mario Cervantes
Javier is deaf-blind but he is willing to live the adventure and climb to the top to fulfill his dream: to embrace the stars.
FIRST STEP SWIM
Drama/ Fiction 6:56
Director: Caitlin McMullan
Delving into deep water, a disabled woman finds a sense of wholeness.
Drama/ Fiction 14:00
Director: Francesca Frigo
Steven plays football in a team made up of people with intellectual disabilities. When a mystery man appears at the field, the word spreads that Steven is about to be bought by a Serie A team. Meanwhile, the arrival of the man upsets the boy’s mother, who knows his real identity.
Documentary - 11:00
Director: Semih Sağman
Gulab Gul is a boy living in a remote mountain village in Afghanistan. Gulab does not have two arms from birth. Gulab, who lost his father 5 years ago, is taken care of by his uncle. But his uncle also has to go to the city for business. So how will Gulab Gul cope with this challenging geography and his own shortcomings if his uncle leaves?
I AM A VERY SPECIAL BEING
Documentary - 3:46
Director: Marcus Mandal
40-year-old Christian is diagnosed with autism.
He wrote the lyrics for this song about who he is - and he sings it himself.
From the lyrics: "I am clever but not sly".
From an interview with Christian:
"I think artificial intelligence is really interesting, and Terminator -
- and recreating dinosaurs. And I'd like to save my mind on a computer so that my mind can be in other persons and in animals and in things - and live there forever".
Patriarchal times in northern Albania gave birth to a phenomenon - the replacement of the man at the head of the household by a woman. These are masculine times, in which the woman is only tasked with taking care of the household and raising the children. But, locked in these social roles, girls emerge, ready to abandon their female identity and follow the path of honor. They want to be respected women with the power of a man, not for themselves, but for others. They give up marriage and sexual relations. They choose to live as men. The fall of the regime opened the country to the modern world, but neither communism nor the emerging democracy succeeded in changing the age-old traditions in the isolated mountainous regions of Albania. In the Cursed Mountains, to the north, the last sworn virgins in Europe today live a man`s life.
I AM BURRNESHA.
Documentary - 29:20
Director: Radiana Vasileva Bozhikova
KEEP ON LIVING
Drama/Fiction – 15:00
Director: Antonis Renieris
The life of little Charis will be forever changed after a car accident. Anger, emotional outburst and isolation. With the support of the family, the school environment as well as a meeting with a man who experiences the same situation and conquered the world, he finds new hope. And keeps on living.
Documentary - 17' 12''
Director: Brahim Basha
In the city of Suhareka, lives a man KOBA, he has Dawn syndrome, he turned 42 years old on May 13, 2022. KOBA has been socialized and sensitized so much that everyone covets it. The whole town knows him, he is very loved, everyone hugs him, he is happy with everyone. Special importance he gives to courtesy and cleanliness. KOBA is a symbol and in our city he is called the Legend of Suhareka!
Documentary - 3:49
Director: Jay Pinkster
How would you cope if you were told that you are going blind? Louis is a 10 year old sporting fanatic with Usher Syndrome, and he lives every day with that reality. Louis and his family share about their journey to transcend the diagnosis and how they plan to live a rich and rewarding life.
LEADING THE WAY
Documentary - 7:00
Director: Ferran Calbet Bigorra
“Opening the Path” is a metaphor to tell you a story: the experience of 3 people who walk a path on behalf of a whole group of people with cerebral palsy or disabled for other reasons, people who fight every day for a world without physical or imaginary barriers.
Documentary - 4:48
Director: Gentian Minga
The world renowned soprano, Ermonela Jaho in this documentary-video song, she performs with young artists with disabilities: one 16 years old singer with Down syndrome, 1 boy in the autism spectrum, studying guitar and music at the University of Arts in Tirana, an enthusiast of music in a wheelchair, a soprano with visual impairment, graduated at the University of Arts in Tirana, and a composer and music researcher with visual impairment. Their genuine talent faces every day huge challenges, especially in accessibility and studying process. But their talent have survived any difficulty and this video song is the testimony!
Documentary - 9:34
Director: Nada Jahed
United Arab Emirates
A poetic portrait of a blind father with a bright perspective on life, who is strongly determined to deliver his message to the world.
Drama/Fiction - 11:00
Director: Salvador Monleon Boluda
Mr. Gonzalez is an arrogant and unscrupulous businessman. His life undergoes a 180 degree change after an unexpected turn, which makes him a totally different person. A short film inspired by a true story.
Drama/Fiction - 9:43
Director: Mame Selemane Dieye
In Dakar West Africa, 4 young apprentice mechanics headed by Mawbé, a disabled person, forge a very strong friendship between them. Despite the difficulties, Mawbé keeps his feet on the ground thanks to the solidarity and sharing spirit of his gang.
Documentary - 12:34
Director: Liva Polkmane
This is a story about photograph who looks the perfection in photos. His name is Miko.
Drama/Fiction - 22:12
Director: James Brierley
Lukas is a happy autistic young man. He is content in his own little world, listening to music on his earphones and collecting his magazines. However when he is bullied by Ryan and Amy, he starts shutting down to the people closest to him.
MY SIGN IS...
Documentary - 7:22
Director: Sonia San Segundo Sáez
In a sign language school, students show through sign language how important sign language is, and how important it is to learn it!
Drama/Fiction - 4:47
Director: Vincent Hazard
Ben is moving into a new flat and is trying to make a good impression on his new neighbours, which is important when you’re visually impaired. However, Ben doesn’t seem to be able to connect with his next door neighbour…
NORA, A VERY CAPABLE GIRL
Animation - 3:29
Director: Alejandro Blanco, Noa De los Reyes
Nora, a girl with a disability, starts a therapy with horses in an equestrian school. She faces rejection from some young riders but also finds the value of respect and friendship.
ONE OF THE OBVIOUS RIGHTS OF CITIZENSHIP
Animation - 1:17
Director: Reza Khodadadi
The rights of people with limited abilities are often not respected. This animation shows that the rights of people with limited abilities face problems on a daily basis.
Documentary - 4:56
Director: Flore Elise Hartout
When diagnosed with Leukemia, Ari hit rock bottom, she did not want to live on, as she felt lost, without purpose. Every day since, Ari goes above and beyond the barriers and limitations caused by her medullary lesion with an inspiring attitude and an ambitious goal. The Paris Paralympic.
PERCY TALKS - ALEC'S HAPPIEST DAY
Animation - 3:17
Director: Diego Raf Diaz
Conversations with Children on the Autism Spectrum.
A creator with Autism talks to children on the spectrum in search of understanding of what autism really is. The recordings of their conversations create a wealth of mini-stories that are animated and presented by its creator who voices Percy the alien.
Drama /Fiction - 10:00
Director: Bora Davutluoğlu
The silent conversation between Sinem and her mother who has Alzheimer's disease.
Documentary - 5:11
Director: Aamir Khan Millizai
Abdul Qadir Mujrim lost both his hands in an electric shock while repairing an electricity tower. H started to write poetry and books but he had no hands. from that day on he started teaching how to write and read to his village children.
Drama /Fiction – 14:51
Director: Soo-Min Park
Jong in studies in Uzbekistan and works as a part-time career. Same as always, he spoon-feeds patients, cleans rooms and also toilet. One day, he gets a call from his friend, Ha-yeong. “I have a job for you. There is an one old man who is blind and deaf. He is just waiting for his dying day. Your job is acting like his son and eating dinner with him. It’s for 100 dollars for a day. I’ll send you some details.”
Drama/Fiction - 16:00
Director: Granit Dragaj
In an ordinary family, Bora lives with her mother Eda. Recently, the family now has another child, Dalmati,
Bora has made some postcards, and has decided to share them with the people in the neighborhood, to share her joy with others, for her brother.
Bora It will stop at the door of each family. Along the way, she meets different groups of people, each with their own problems. And in each case, her reflection, the positivism and the warmth she gives, makes those people change the previous approach.
Drama/Fiction - 2:33
Director: Shamir Raiapov
5-year-old Amanda stops loud arguments of her deaf parents.
SOONER OR LATER
Drama/Fiction - 14:43
Director: Karim Mohammad Amini
You have made my decision for me up to this point . I'm making my own decision from now on.
Drama/Fiction - 7:33
Director: Ali Sahar
Good child an orphan works seller for karts and disabled brother and student school turning a thief for school books. And turns them with paper covers to sell sunflow.
Documentary - 27:00
Director: Pablo Hernán Aulita
"SUPERADAPTADOS, partners of the same dream", is about the start-up of a factory of adapted tricycles, managed by young people with motor disabilities. These bikes will be donated to other kids with disabilities. A unique case of its kind in the world.
Drama/Fiction – 18:40
Director: Dipa Basnet, Anil Rimal
The Bonsai is the story of a 15-years old girl who struggles with her perplexed state of mind due to the behavior portrayed by the society. This leads her to wonder about the creations of nature and keeps searching for the answer.
THIS IS MY HAND, THIS IS MY LEG
Documentary - 13:47
Director: Adam Miklos
Csanád and Réka both suffer from limb deficiencies but they both lead a happy life. While Réka is a mother of four and faces her own demons of guilt, Csanád just came to terms with his life.
TRACING A GLANCE
Drama/ Fiction - 15:00
Director: Matias Angulo
Facundo and Natalia live across the street. During a power cut, they see each other through their windows and start a unique distance relationship communicating through drawings. But a deep fear of Facundo complicates meeting face to face.
UP TO THE STARS
Drama/Fiction - 12:10
Director: Alejandra Villegas Orozco
Felix is with his mother on the way to a doctor’s appointment, but suddenly the bus stops and everyone need to wait for a replacement bus. Felix becomes aware of Nino, a person in a wheelchair trying to pick up his sketching sheets. He helps him, but Nino is cold and distant towards him due to his arrival at the airport. Felix on the other hand, does not give up and keeps trying to get his attention by drawing just like Nino does.
WALK RUN STRIVE
Documentary – 9:11
Director: Emma Jackson
Madison Heady is an athlete managing the challenges of Cerebral Palsy and achieving success, when tragedy strikes she must harness her resilience and optimism to once again walk run and strive.
WHAT REALLY HELPS
Animation – 4:30
Director: Katharina Weikl
The animated film "What Really Helps" accompanies researcher Maria-Theres Schuler to a camp for refugees in western Uganda - which is certainly considered a showcase example. The humanitarian aid focuses primarily on enabling refugees with disabilities to live an independent life - as independently as possible from humanitarian aid.
Drama/Fiction – 18:20
Director: Carlos Martín
Luis, a totally dependent disabled man, has just arrived at a social center where he will be cared for the rest of his life. There he meets Ana, a nurse who will give him back the will to live.
WIN & LOSE
Animaiton – 3:00
Director: Mohammadsadegh Hosseinpour
Two boys from both countries are involved in the war. They are volley balling behind the barbed wire. Days pass and they play together. One day, one of the boys breaks down leg. His friend finds out that he is an artificial foot. The boy goes away with a broken leg. At the end of the way, he realizes that his friend has put something on the wire. When he approaches, he sees that the artificial leg on the wire is hanging. And they realized that both of them had suffered a war.
Documentary - 5:38
Director: Arjanmar H. Rebeta
A person with disability (PWD) makes his wheelchair as a wing to reach his dream.
Drama/Fiction - 6:09
Director: Khaled Farjzadeh
This film is about a poor family – father, son and their three five old mother. Their son is disable. Everyday his mom carried him to school. At the mother's day, the disabled child wants to paint a wheelchair and he wants his mom is not being so annoyed for caring for him.
Films supplied by Travel Fest Albania
(Partner Filmfestival of Art Without Limit Int. Filmfestival)