Anak Araw Albino

70’ / 2013 / PHILLIPINES - USA

Direction and screenplay: Gym Lumbera
Cinematography: Danilo Salas III
Sound: Moki McFly
Editing: Jet Leyco, Gym Lumbera
Producers: Ronald Arguelles, Suzelle Lumbera, Allison Lumbera, Roger Basco


Music: Moki McFly and Banda 24
Creative Consultant: Sherad Sanchez
Cast: Jay G. De la Vega, John Griffiths, Feliciano Lumbera, Rodrigo Magpantay, Franco Guiseppe Cuozzo, Banda 24

"Anak Araw" is a tragic colonialism love story that springs from the search of a local albino for his identity in an imagined past of Taal lake. He believes that he is a son of an American, thus, he tries to learn English through reading translations and definitions from a Tagalog-English dictionary. He lives amidst a town facing an exodus due to precarious events such as appearances of sharks and unexplained explosions and deaths.

Gym Lumbera

Costa da Morte Coast of Death

81’ / 2013 / GALICIA

Direction: Lois Patiño
Assistant director: Carla Andrade
Cinematography: Lois Patiño
Editor: Lois Patiño, Pablo Gil Rituerto
Sound: Miguel Calvo “Maiki”, Erik T.
Producers: Felipe Lage Coro, Martin Pawley


Production company: Zeitun Films
Cast: Xilberto Caamaño, Cristina Fernández, José Rodríguez Ramos, Marcote Castro, Roberto Montes Papín, Concha López, Andrés Rodríguez, Martin García Orviz, Manolo Castiñeiras, Ángeles Santos, Miguel Gil Abelairas y vecinos de la Costa da Morte.

"Upon entering men in landscape and landscape in men, the eternal life of Galicia was created" - Castelao

Costa da Morte is a region in the northwest of Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened along history in this area made of rocks, mist and storms.

We cross this land observing the people who inhabit it, fishermen, gatherers of shellfish, loggers... We witness traditional craftsmen who maintain both an intimate relationship and an antagonistic battle with the vastness of this territory. The wind, the stones, the sea, the fire, are characters in this film, and through them we approach the mystery of the landscape, understanding it as an unified ensemble with man, his history and legends.

Zeitun Films

De Dansande Andarnas Skog
Forest of the Dancing Spirits

104’ / 2013 / CONGO - SWEDEN - CANADA

Director, idea & cinematography: Linda Västrik
Editing: Fredrik Alneng
Sound on location: Amy Öström
Producers: Linda Västrik, Mila Aung-Thwin
Production company: LINDA VÄSTRIK Filmproduktion AB, Eyesteelfilm Canada


Cast: Akaya Angelike, Kengole Alobe, Mobali Dibota Dikele

"In the beginning, women lived apart, unaware of the existence of men. Until one day, when the first woman, Toli, who was brave and adventurous traveled deep into the forest. Toli discovered solitary creatures with big muscles who knew how to climb trees and harvest wild honey. When Toli tasted their honey, she thought they should all live together... "

That is how one of the creation stories of the Aka people from the tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin goes. The film follows their unique community life as it unfolds over many years. We experience the practice of their spirituality in the most difficult situations. Their religion is playful and highly creative in dealing with deeply serious matters of life and death, and may be the oldest human religion practiced on earth today.



118’ / 2013 / USA - NEPAL

Directed by: Stehanie Spray and Pacho Velez
Cinematography: Pacho Velez
Edited by: Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
Sound: Stephanie Spray, Ernst Karel
Produced by: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel


Produced at: The Sensory Ethnography Laboratory

High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana.


Ricardo Bär

92’ / 2013 / ARGENTINA

Directed by: Gerardo Naumann and Nele Wohlatz
Screenplay: Gerardo Naumann and Nele Wohlatz
Cinematography: Lucas Gaynor
Edited by: Felipe Guerrero
Sound: José María Avilés, Carla Finco
Production company: Subterránea Films, Zentral Cine


Cast: Ricardo Bär, Inés Bär, Samuel Bär, Diego Littmann, Fabio Fiebke, Pastor Carlos Zeitler

Ricardo Bär is a young man who lives with his family on a little farm, near the border between Brazil and Argentina. There’s mainly the jungle and the settlers, descendants of German immigrants. Ricardo doesn’t want to inherit his father’s land; he wants to become a pastor. Problems begin when Ricardo and the community tell the directors to stop shooting and leave. From that moment on Ricardo Bär tells two stories: one about a deal, the directors’ offer to Ricardo in order to be able to shoot the film, and the other about Ricardo’s life at this moment, his reaction to the director’s offer, reenacted for the camera.

Nele Wohlatz

Stop the Pounding Heart

100’ / 2013 / USA - BELGIUM - ITALY

Direction and screenplay: Roberto Minervini
Cinematography: Diego Romero Suárez-Llanos
Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound: Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder
Produced by: Denise Lee, Luigina Smerilli, Joao Leite


Production company: Pulpa- Poliana Productions- Ondarossa Film
Cast: Sara Carlson, Colby Trichel

Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

Doc & Film International