Yustin is a young mother. Her husband, Agus, opens a motorcycle garage nearby the village market. Yustin went to high school in the city, before she got married and returned to her village. She is questioning the polygamy practice that is very common in her village. She wants her husband to have only one wife. This forces her to go against the village’s tradition, and against her grandfather, who is the chief of her village, who has twelve wives, and her uncle Marten, who lives with Yustin and Agus, who already has three wives and is looking for a fourth.
BLACK MONUMENT will life the curtain North Korean art business in mainly three different African countries; Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Senegal. North Korea started building statues and monuments to African countries as free gift in 1970s, and it slowly changed to a big business to earn money since 2000. However, their secret bids never open to public, and the artworks have been used to maintain dictators’ power. In this film, we’d like to see why North Korea is in Africa and how it affects on African local people with economical, religious, and artistic reason.
Feeling that China’s modern schools fail to develop students’ moral conscience, a young mother joins a movement to revive traditional education. Despite the reservations from her husband and parents-in-law, she guides her 4-year-old son to recite the Sayings of Confucius morning, noon and night. But when she decides to send him to a rural classics boarding school, her family members protest. They don’t want the boy sent so far away for the sake of an unaccredited education. After trying everything to convince and coerce her family, she realizes that she needs to first teach through example. Changing her attitude to focus on her own spiritual growth, she gains a deeper understanding of Confucius’ teachings.
Manish Kumar's life has been just one dream - creating an Indian wrestling league, which is styled on the lines of World Entertainment Wrestling (WWE). An entire generation of young Indians grew up watching WWE on television and it is these men and women who are Manish's talent pool as well as his audience. In a country where cricket is religion, such a dream is quickly dismissed as outlandish - but such rejection only fuels his passion rabidly. He has cobbled up a ragtag group of wrestlers and they call themselves Freak Fighter Wrestling (FFW). FFW wrestlers are men and women leading very ordinary lives who are united in their dream of earning fame, money and giving a meaning to their often written-off lives. Accompanying the showmen of FFW on their entertaining journey, The Freak Fighters stays with them in that year of their lives where finances have hit rock bottom, Manish’s family is pressurizing him to get married and he faces a tough decision about FFW’s fate. It is only the sheer power of dreams that keeps this band of brothers afloat. Bringing a humorous story to life, the film portrays interlocking stories of young Indians as they live through a face-off between India’s traditional and modern values, following the beaten path and living on the edge, a life of ordinariness and a passionate chase for personal glory.
249 of the 304 victims of the Sewol Ferry tragedy were high school students on a school trip that day. At the most crucial moment, the captain and crew abandoned the ship and its passengers, and the government squandered all of the golden hours available for rescue, failing to save even a single soul. The owner of the Sewol Ferry was later found dead, and the government maneuvered cleverly to sabotage the enactment of a special law (for the compensation of victims and reinforcement of safety measures, etc.) and the activities of the investigative committee established to ascertain the truth. 1 and 1/2 years later, there is no truth revealed. Up until today, some mothers remain in mourning for their lost children, engaging in a lonesome struggle to find the truth, shouting out loud, to whoever would lend their ear, to help them find even a single bone or any trace of their loved ones.
They lived their lives fighting for a Malayan dream. Aiming for a better future for the country, they sacrificed their lives and their families. But in the end, their stories were left untold, banned and buried for 60 years. This is the story of an unknown man, an exiled army, and the unraveling of an old melody,“Love in Malaya”. The story begins with a man’s portrait, which has been hung for more than 30 years in my old wooden house in Perak, Malaysia. It had long been a taboo for my family to mention this man, and they never brought up his name or his past. It was only recently when I found out that this man was my grandpa, a MCP (Malaya Communist Party) soldier who had sacrificed his life in the Independence fight in 1949. For years, many young Malaysians like me grew up without no knowledge of what actually happened,, shadowed by fear to find out more. This film is about my search for an absent grandpa, told from the accounts of my family members’ memories. I hope to shed a light on the secrets hidden in the deep rainforest, which are waiting to be unfold.
In a suburb of Phnom Penh, Boeung Tompoun, where Cambodia’s textile industry is flourishing, TY Sophanith lives with his wife and his 5years old son. The young garment worker is a former peasant from the countryside of Kampong Chhnang province. He was hired by the company SL Garment Processing, supplier to the well-known brands Gap, H&M and Levi’s which are sold at high prices in the West but the worker lives in starvation wage. Wounded by the police bullets, shot in his leg and neck, while parading alongside of thousands textile workers for their better working conditions and payment, Sophanith becomes an actor witnessed and the long struggle of Cambodian workers. The film follows his journey of struggle and determination during these delicate times, and the journey of those that preceded and succeeded him in these combative movements, at a time when the future of Sophanith merges with that of his country. Red Clothes try to ask the following essential question: what is the value of the life of a worker in relation to the economic growth of Cambodia today?
When Pankaj and Sunaina got married, they decided to hire a maid for household chores. They approached a placement agency in Delhi that provided domestic helps and hired Cecilia by paying a one-time commission. Four months later, Cecilia gets a call that her 14 year old daughter who was studying in a village 1200 miles away, has been found dead in a house in Delhi. Later it becomes apparent that she was trafficked and placed in a house in Delhi as a maid. Cecilia decides to file a case against the trafficker and the family where her daughter was working. That's when the troubles start. Cecilia faces strong opposition from her own relatives and villagers who urge her to drop the case. When she refuses to do so, her husband goes missing from the village. Pankaj and Sunaina also start getting threatening calls to stay away from the case. The trio finally decide to travel to Cecilia's village to get some lead about her husband but their efforts prove futile. With every passing court hearing, the prospects of them winning the case appear bleaker. This makes Cecilia seriously consider out of court settlement.
Fairy Godfather is a deconstruction of how the world perceives beauty, happiness and dreams through a local beauty pageant organized by domestic migrants in a foreign land. The film captures one of the biggest pageants in Hong Kong and how it gives temporary freedom to the hidden lives beyond its beautiful skyline. To feel like a beauty queen in whatever form is every woman’s desire. We capture both physical and emotional senses of a woman through visual representations and its synecdoche. Along the way, we capture life, love, hope and its realities.
Since the 1950s, hundreds of activists in Singapore have been imprisoned without trial, tortured, and silenced into submission. Young activists is a film about a young generation of activists who have emerged in Singapore after a break of more than 20 years. On a first level, the story of the film is about the struggle of the activists with social injustice, with the personal sacrifices required for activist work, and with the subtle but also more pervasive techniques of control and surveillance. On a second level, the film takes a critical look at the nature of activism itself. The film questions the activists on their motivations and assumptions, and on the methods and strategies used in their activists work. The film seeks to ask if activism is doomed to remain a marginal movement easily manipulated by external forces, or if activism can serve as the basis of truly radical change. And on a third level, the film presents a view of contemporary Singapore society as it has never been seen or told before. The film goes beyond the cliché of a Singapore that is sanitized, but prosperous and corruption-free. On the contrary, the film shows how inequality and violence are imbedded in a system geared towards the pursuit of maximal profits at all costs. In this way, we go beyond the facade of office buildings and shopping complexes, into the dark and ambiguous zones of prostitution dens, slum-like dormitories, and other racial enclaves. In short, Young Activists is not just a film about activism. This is a film about a city-state marked by contradictions and uneven development. And more crucially, Young Activists is also a film about the complexities of life, in particular, life as it confronts the limits placed upon it by law, by society, and by human indifference.
Kyoko Fukuchi is a former fashion editor who swapped the world of fashion for long rubber boots. Fascinated by the workers at Tsukiji - Japan’s largest fish market - she is now a supervisor of the market's library. In 2016, however, the market will relocate. It’s a turning point for the traders who have kept the market going for the past 80 years. Some are struggling to find successors to keep their business going, others are quitting in the face of financial difficulty, while some are looking for alternative sales channels overseas. Kyoko documents the traders’ lives in the market's final year.
When the artist Ma Liang realizes that his father, an accomplished Peking Opera director and the major influence in his life, is suffering from dementia, he embarks on his most ambitious project to date--a life-size mechanical puppet show called the Time Machine. Through the building of his “time machine,” Ma Liang travels back to the times he and his father have experienced together to celebrate the unbreakable bond between a father and a son… and between two generations of Chinese artists.