2021 Finalists

The small Czech town of Třeboň found itself at the centre of unexpected international attention when the world-wide press picked up on an obscure urban legend from World War Two, some 70 years after the event. The story in question involves nurses, Nazis, seduction and syphilis, but no-one can agree on what really happened.

 

Black&White pieces this legend together through a collage of interviews with a group of locals. The film explores how the story came about in the first place, and how it evolved after it ended up in the news. Their reflections are visualised through a combination of excerpts from the history of cinema, together with animation, problematising the types of tropes and conventions used to depict the roles of women.

When Kika entered to have fun in game, she encountered something she never expected. Nothing will be the same anymore.

Adil is in his 40’S, Loyal to his religious life and has a conservatıve personality. He works as a dry cleaner, shares his apartment with his brother Özgür who studies in a university and financially supports his brother. One day he finds out his brother is an LGBT Person. He feels hate –whitch is based on his taboos and dogmatic principles- For his brother right away. As the time goes by he feels the aproach of that hate in is subconcious but he can not disclose it. After a while that literally turns into a sickness inside of him, he can’t take it and all of his feelings to his brother become nonsense. One day he sees a message on his brother’s phone and he suspects. He decides to face his brother and goes home. He runs into a happening that can destroy him. Then He cleans the taboos of his domatic life by becoming a MUTAVVA

Dev, a 20 year old person, in love with theatre; lives with her widowed father. Dev explores and discovers her trans-identity through the mythological character of Shikhandi from the Mahabharata.

Offside Again?

When Azize lost her father at a very young age, her family moves to the village where her uncle lives. In the elementary school she was sent to watch over her siblings, she meets football that will change her life. No matter how hard she tries to fulfill her dream, it always ends in failure. Just when she starts losing hope, she becomes a licensed football player at the age of 48. However; struggles never end for a woman football player.

The raging dance of Casseus

Casseus (25) is a young Haitian man who decides to enroll in a ballet academy in order to accomplish his dream of being a dancer, but his job as a bodega delivery guy in the Dominican Republic gets between his goal.

In Nature

In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn’t just a human story.

PRIDE
Eve is a fullfuil Drag-King. There is only one thing missing for her to be happy : that her father accepts her as she is.

Ava Kuña, Aty Kuña: indigenous woman, political woman

Ava Kuña, Aty Kuña; indigenous woman, political woman is a poetic approach to indigenous Brazilian women’s political resilience. A portrait of the Kuñangue Aty Guasu, an assembly of Guarani Kaiowá women, the short documentary mixes the impressions of a white woman with an originary woman’s explanations about this meeting.
 

Frozen Out

An émigré retreats to frozen prairies and swamps, hoping to find a meaningful story and escape the anxieties of dislocation. Delivered as a film-letter to the protagonist’s sister in rural China, the film considers his queer self-exile and the vulnerable nature of his home, relationships, and self.

The graffiti

Stupor in the city : this morning, someone sprayed a graffiti on the wall of a historical monument! The main people concerned, the Mayor and Dr. Robin, will have to explain…

 
 

Best Actress

Melis, a post-graduate student meets with a 70’s erotic movie star to write a thesis on her career and the period. As Melis keeps interviewing her, she realizes this former star Alev Hanzade has a blurry past and dark secrets.
 

Spring Days

Fatima is a woman who supports her children in the absence of the father by selling wood from the forest, with the help of an animal, but the animal falls sick due to drought

Eggshells

On Easter day, when her girlfriend picks family over her, Nevena dyes two red eggs and sets on a journey to meet her own estranged father.

Flamenco Queer

 
After three decades of hiding his feminine impulses, renowned Spanish dancer Manuel Liñán comes out to challenge convention by pursuing his love of performing flamenco—dressed as a woman—in a conservative society with rigid cultural traditions.
 

They will not silence our voices

The short doc explores the threats and gender violence towards Mexican female journalists. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in which to practice journalism: 131 reporters have been assassinated since 2000. Within this context, female journalists face a double challenge: in the first place, working in a country with a high level of hostility towards this profession and, secondly, the state and situation of their gender in a country riddled with femicides. Through a series of six interviews with female Mexican journalists, the topics investigated are discrimination, digital and workplace violence and harassment, and dangerous environments for the press. This short doc is a byproduct of a research fellowship.
 

Trapped Women

A woman is born into a completely white world full of light. She begins to explore, feel and live through a dance. She is happy, she feels free. The music guides her through the space she is in, it belongs to her. A red rose catches her attention. She holds it with curiosity, she caresses it, smells it, loves it, dances with it. But the rose ends up hurting her. She begins to bleed. The woman gets scared trying to understand, but she it beaten violently by an invisible force. She responds to the blow in a desperate dance, defending herself, fighting, facing it, but she can’t find her attacker. She is beaten, mistreated and raped. The woman asks us for help, but this anonymous reality murders her. The woman ends up dead in the middle of two red strips made with her blood and that shape the Peruvian flag.

The School Bus

Nebahat, a teacher in her 20s, has just been appointed to a rural village school in Anatolia. She realizes that her students are struggling to arrive at school, hitchhiking tractors, using whatever means they can find. She asks the Ministry of Education for a shuttle, but without a driver, the vehicle is useless. So, she decides to be the bus driver for her students but she does not know how to drive!

The Recess

Seventeen-year-old Sahar is determined to watch her favorite soccer team play for the league championship. Barred from attending sports events as a woman, Sahar disguises herself as a boy with the help of her friends. Things take a tragic turn when Sahar’s disguise is uncovered. Inspired by true events, The Recess explores gender oppression in Iranian society.

Ifigeneia: no more tears

Ifigeneia is visiting for the first time her future husband’s family home, being invited for lunch. Instead of dessert, she brings along a little girl and she makes an impression on family and friends. But with the sudden appearance of two intolerance auditors things get complicated.