Dok 11 - graduation films
Soon it will be graduation time for the student of the Documentary Film Programme. Here is a short presentation of their graduation films. Follow the link to the right if you want to find out more about the graduates.
Documentary, 30 minutes
Director: Binyam Berhane
Charles was living happily in the small Swedish town of Hagfors with his girlfriend Dagmara and their two children. Suddenly one night while the family is asleep, police storm their home to detain, then deport, Dagmara and the two children to Russia. Charles is left behind with an order for deportation to Ivory Coast. His full-time job at the steel mill has to give way to a full-time struggle to reunite the family. Kiipa Papa is a story of a man dealing with unrelenting bureaucracy while faced with losing everything. It is also the story of a community that takes a stand for a fellow human being.
Next Door Letters
Animation, 15 minutes
Director: Sascha Fülscher
Lilja and Sandra decide to play Melitta a prank. They send her a letter signed with an invented name – that of a boy. When Lilja receives a love letter in return, she begins a secret correspondence. What started off as a practical joke turns into a crucial turning point in Lilja’s life. Next Door Letters is an animated short film based on a true story, about playing with identity.
9 Scenes of Violence
Documentary, 34 minutes
Director: Michael Krotkiewski
Humans abuse, kill and harass each other. Violence is a potential force whitin all of us. It is a force that can explode suddenly, or develop over time.
In this documentary film, people return to the moment when impulse transcended into action, and when their lives - or someone else's life - were forever changed.
Without explanatory circumstances, this film opens the forbidden doors to the darker side of the human psyche.
The Case Officer
Documentary, 52 minutes
Director: Anna Persson
Editor: Ahang Bashi
A young case officer at the Swedish Migration Board. An asylum seeking family. The family is one of several thousand that are dealt with by the Board every year.
It is the officer’s task to find out whether their status is dire enough to entitle them to stay in Sweden. To her, decisions such as these have become an everyday affair; to the family it is crucial.
War, oppression, rape, torture, torn families, broken dreams. The case officer hears it all.
The Case Officer is a psychological thriller set in the offices of the Swedish Migration Board. For the first time the story is told from the perspective of an asylum officer.
The Quiet One
Documentary, 29 minutes
Directors: Ina Holmqvist, Emelie Wallgren
In a Stockholm suburb, children from all over the world go to a special school to learn Swedish before they are transferred to ordinary schools. All of them have just arrived in Sweden. Maryam is the last to arrive and has not yet acquired language skills or made friends in her new environment. She is six years old and has fled from Iran with her mother. The film follows her struggle to grasp the mysteries of a new language and to find her feet in all that is new. For the first time, Maryam experiences snow, fish pudding, and gingerbread men. How does one express oneself sufficiently to make friends, without having the words to do so?
You Belong To Me
Documentary, 52 minutes
Director: Julia Stanislawska
Julia Stanislawska’s You Belong To Me is a documentary film about her father's fight to return to life after a stroke. Filmed during the first six months of recovery we join father and daughter as they venture together through the highs and lows of this journey. In pace with the changing seasons and with an original soundtrack by Giovanni Dario Manzini unfolds a tale about love, hope and the meaning of belonging in times of great personal change.