Once the last summer days have passed and the nights become longer – and the weather not as nice – it’s the perfect time to enjoy good movies. For us, a good movie should be entertaining, but it should also provide something to think about. Do you agree? Great, then we’d like to introduce you to the “MOVE IT! Filmfestival”.
The festival’s focus is what makes it so special: Since 2004, the latest national and international documentary and feature films relating to topics of human rights and development are shown. It was founded by Akifra e.V., an organization focusing on children’s and women’s rights.
The program consists of not only the films themselves, but also of discussions with directors, producers and experts (e.g. activists) and concerts.
This festival knows no age: The film educational program “MOVE IT! Young” presents two films for kids and teenagers, which makes the festival a wonderful experience for the entire family.
This year’s highlights
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
To End A War – USA / Colombia / UK, 90 min, Original with English subtitles
This movie focuses on the new peace treaty between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla that was made in 2016 and how it came to the peace treaty. The movie also asks the question if this peace can last and if it is possible for the people of Colombia to forgive crimes that seem to be unforgivable.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
When The Earth Seems To Be Light – Georgia, 2015, 76 min, Original with English subtitles
What is it like to be young in a country with strict rules? This movie asks the question and shows a portrait of young skaters and musicians in Georgia who struggle with the power church and politics hold over their lives.
Thursday, 9 November 2017
The Good Postman – Finland/Bulgaria, 2016, 80 min, Original with English subtitles // Followed by a discussion
A small village near the Bulgarian-Turkish border is the protagonist of this movie. The village suddenly became the door to Europe for refugees from Syria and the people living in the village have different opinions on the issue. During the electoral campaigns for the village’s mayor, these different opinions come to the surface and the movie follows these interesting and complicated proceedings.
Friday, 10 November 2017
Theater of Life – Canada, 2016, 88 min, Original with English subtitles
Two worlds collide in the Milanese soup kitchen where a social experiment takes place. The movie shows a special relationship that emerges between haute cuisine chefs and the poorest of the poor that they serve.
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Welcome To Refugeestan – France, 2016, 70 min, Original with English subtitles
This documentary shows refugee camps. Refugee camps where 17 million people have to live worldwide because the situation in their country is too dangerous to stay. It shows how live can be lived there and what the consequences are.
Sunday, 12 November 2017
The Things – Georgia, 2016, 64 min, Original with English subtitles
This documentary also focuses on refugees, but in a different way: Refugees fleeing within their own country during the war between Russia and Georgia 2008. The movie shows how simple things can have special meaning in times of crisis.
Monday, 13 November 2017
When Two Worlds Collide – USA/Peru/UK, 2016, 103 min, Original with English subtitles
Humanity depends on nature and this movie shows the worlds that collide when there’s the wish for riches on the one side and the wish to preserve nature on the other. In the conservation area around the Amazonas River, the conflict is this: President Alan Garcia of Peru wants to strengthen the country’s economy, whereas Alberto Pizango, leader of the biggest protest party of the indigenous population wants to preserve the nature and the home of his people. The conflict gets ever more aggressive.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Nowhere To Hide – Norway/Sweden, 2016, 85 min, Original with English subtitles
This movie shows Nori, a nurse who shows what happens in a war after it ends: After the US forces left, he brought out his camera to show the day-to-day life after the war in Iraq and what happened when the “Islamic State” gained strength.
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Not a movie but very interesting: The Peace Slam! Don’t miss it!
Inspired by the United Nations International Day of Peace each year 21 September the international group started to slam about the quite broad topic PEACE first time in 2016 in Dresden. International researchers working in different Dresden research institutions gathered to prepare a moderated 8-10 minute slam in English for an international audience in Dresden. That was the priming for further performances and a growing Mic4Peace slammer group ever since.
Text: S. Schückel