Nearly two decades ago illegal Chinese immigrants came to Greece along the similar route as the current refugees. In the meanwhile Greece has become their second home. Led by Ms Chen, a kind of ‘big-sis’ type, the Chinese organize a volunteer team to help refugees - for the first time in European history, the Chinese go out of their comfort zone Chinatown to defend the country they love, in their Chinese ways. Will their actions help to build up a new symbiosis between Greek, Chinese and the new-comers on the Greek earth?
A popular neighborhood of Hanoi is being entirely demolished to build a huge highway crossing the city from end to end. Huy and Quyen, two forty-year-old workers coming from rural provinces of North-Vietnam, are working night and day tearing down houses to extract iron from the reinforced-concrete of the building structures. Sleeping in the street, despised by the urban population, harassed by thieves, racketed by local gangsters... their living conditions are hellish. Despite the hardships, Huy and Quyen manage to enjoy some aspects of this life - freed from family and marital obligations. They never wallow in self-pity and rather turn their lives into an absurd, dark and bitter comedy. Humor and self-mockery seem to be the only act of resistance they are allowed. After six months of intense work, they will go back to their village to celebrate Têt (the Lunar New Year) with their families. To do so, they try everything to collect the wages due from their boss, a vain Hanoian businessman. If they cannot achieve this task, they will face the shame of returning to their village penniless.
Beijing 2016, at the center of the city and of the country: Tian An Men square, where Chinese families and collective History is deeply mixed. Near by Beijing office workers, who tight into small boxes, seem like prisoner of their social condition. The stock market aficionados alienated by their red and green board, as if praying for the God of money. At the corner of a street, the old Beijing, with empty half destroyed family old courtyards. While in new suburb communities old men try to maintain friendly neighbor bird singing contest. Escaping the capital, the train follows the landscapes getting into another China that most Chinese people come from… Going through the countryside where drought and earthquakes have slowly made it difficult for men to live, we stop by factories and mine where most families had, at a time or another, to give their health and time. We go through Mongolia, Xinjiang, Sichuan…By standing at the crossroad of present changes and disappearing past myth, we will rediscover the evolving history of Chinese families and the collective ‘biography’ and memoir of China. Landscape, culture, story and History slowly form a unique yet fascinating China, WANG Xiaoshuai’s My China.
At a young age of 16, Amy was already dancing in the clubs of Pampanga, the Red Light District of the Philippines famous for its worldwide sex tourism. A year later, Amy met a German customer and became pregnant with her first child, Tisay (Blondie). Now 34 years old, Amy has 9 children (all not under her care), jobless, and struggling to have a better life. Trying all her might to stay away from the red light district and drugs. Meanwhile, her daughter Tisay just turned 18 and is excited of her future. She plans to find work (any work) after she graduates from High School. She hopes to marry a foreigner at the age of 20 just so she could easily escape poverty. We see two women trying to get out of the invisible trap they’re in. What does it take to get out of the trap? Currently, she’s 34 years old, jobless and very much in-love with her “manipulative” boyfriend. She has eight children but none of them live with her. Her eldest daughter Tisay just turned eighteen and hopes to see her German father. Amy, aware of her mistakes and shortcomings as a mother, decides to find Tisay’s father. With no other clue except the father’s nationality and first name, Amy reconnects with her old workmates—Bar DJs, waitresses, the Mama San, cashiers, bouncers, and prostitutes— hoping they’d lead her to Tisay’s father. Tisay lives on her own, on the other side of town. Her auntie gave her a small space to live in. Trying to budget the little money that her aunt gives her, she also works part-time at their town’s public market, selling vegetables and washing dishes for other people. Throughout the 18 years of her life, Tisay has never considered anyone as her family. She’d give anything just to get a glimpse of her dad- even if it’s just a photograph. On her last year as a high school student, she plans her future. Of course, prostitution isn’t part of her plan but she casually says “If life gets tough, I’d rather dance in bars than steal.” What will happen to these two women? Through the course of the film, we follow Amy as she struggles her way out the world of prostitution and end destructive habits- like drug addiction and being in a toxic relationship. We also follow Tisay’s journey as she becomes a full-grown woman, finding decent work and trying to reach her dreams. Through our lens, we will try to answer questions such as: What are the traps we are in? How can we get out of our traps? Do our small choices matter? What are the roles of women and how can we be “wiser” with our choices? How much of our environment affects our choices?
This is the story about a reality in Vietnam, where bird-playing is considered an elegant interest of the citizen. This has led to the decline in number of birds in the wild. There are 3 main characters: Hong Ky is a retired stage actor, who found the very first bird-playing club in Hanoi. He is famous in the bird-player community for more than 20 years of experience. However, he is now also "retired" from it since he has realized it is not right to keep the birds inside the cages. - Hoang Minh Quang is a young bird-player, who owns hundreds of precious birds and won a lot of bird competitions. He is so proud of his birds and can talk about them all day long. - Truong Cam is the Head of a forest ranger station in Bach Ma National Forest, located in Hue. He used to catch and trade birds for a living when he was young. One time he got caught, and has changed since then. From a young ignorant illegal bird hunter, he was recruited to the ranger team and has helped scientists to locate some rare bird species. He is now carrying on doing his protecting work and spreading knowledge for visitors in Bach Ma Forest. This film reflects the contrast between the city and the forest; and among the characters. While the city is noisy with bird trade market, it is rare to see a bird or hear them singing in the forest. Although all the characters love birds, one wants to keep them for their own, the others want to set them free.want to set them free.
People say you can find happiness and tranquility on the peaceful Tsekor kora, the circumambulation around the Potala Palace in the ancient city of Lhasa. Meet three different people whose very livelihoods revolve around the Tsekor kora: one, an elderly man who carries on his back a basket of boiled beans to sell to pilgrims and devotees as a snack. Another, a young man from an inland Chinese city who runs a merchandise stall along the kora and makes good money. Finally, a girl from a Tibetan village that is attracted to the life here and starts to work in a teahouse along the kora. Ut as the kora gets over-crowded, the urban management police begin to drive the peddlers away. The elderly bean-seller is one of them. The young stall owner has gradually grown tired of this lifestyle and yearns for more. The village girl learns that her teahouse will soon be closed down, and she doesn’t know where to turn. The fates of these three are intertwined with that of the kora they live off of. But times are changing: will they decide to stay and continue to earn a living along the Tsekor, or leave it for something else? Will they even have such a choice?
Blind swimmer, Kanai Chakraborty, an ex-student of Helen Keller Institute, where he pursued sports alongside studies to feel enabled. In India, visually-challenged people from lower socio-economic background usually end up leading a pitied life. But Kanai challenged this custom, aiming to lead the dignified life of a sportsman. This decision made his life uncertain, but eventful forever. Kanai knows that swimming is not just a physical challenge for him, but his greatest identity. Therefore, at the age of 40, Kanai decides to explore the extreme challenges of long-distance swimming. In September, 2013, he participates in the World’s Longest Open-Water Swimming Competition (81 km) in the river Ganges. During peak monsoon, when the river is at its height of turbulence; Kanai fights to tame it successfully, touching the finish line after swimming for 12 long hours! His success stirs up the stagnant ambience of small town of Krishnanagar. But when the sensation dies down, he discovers that except a few of his friends, no one else is still standing by him. Even in his own family, he is considered a burden, failing to make financial contribution. Kanai realizes, as a blind person, he does not have much future in a country where the world’s largest numbers of unemployed blind people live. But as a swimmer he can still scale new heights. Hence, Kanai decides to switch from river to ocean, planning to cross English Channel – the “Mount Everest of open-water swimming”. The blind school, where Kanai teaches now, needs an icon to motivate the kids to come out of their shells. Kanai is given the responsibility of instilling courage in them, so that they too can take up sports, overcoming their deepest fears. Amidst all this, Kanai has fallen for a visually-impaired woman who is married to another blind man. Kanai sees the world through her eyes. For the first time, he feels the warmth of affection. But Kanai is at a crossroads, questioning his own morality. For the last three years, our film has been closely recording the dynamic journey of this gritty man in next as he negotiates with his destitution, destiny, desire and dream. Swimming Through The Darkness is the chronicle of a man, who fights incessantly to rise above the ordinary and the dark to reach for the light of a greater horizon
KAWAI Masao is a 76 year-old musical instrument craftsman had been diagnosed with a terminal heart disease and has at most 1 year to live. With very little time left in his life, he decides to restore the relationship of one set of brothers who had broken off ties with each other many years ago, while finding the meaning in life through his upcoming death…
In Myanmar, Religious is very sensitive subject. According to the Buddha Law, NUN can only learn Buddha Literature. A NUN could not go to any of Career Development Institute or Universities. A 14 years old Buddhist NUN, EAINDRA WADI, comes from NAGA Land where can be considered one of the most uneducated and backward people ethnic groups in Myanmar. When she was 5 years old, her parents divorced and left her with Grand-mother. She decided to become a NUN to get free monastic education at NUN Monastery. After 2 years in NUN-Monastery in village, her Headmaster-NUN decided to send her to Yangon “YAMONENAR" NUN-Monastery to study further. Her aim is to become a NUN-Doctor. As being a NUN, She wants to study at University of Medicine and she want to become first ever NUN-Doctor. Will she get a chance to go University of Medicine being a NUN? Will Buddha discipline be changed for Buddhist NUN to become a NUN doctor?
Ms. Van Sovan, 56, is a lesbian working in the Department of Youth, Sport and Education and has been in charge of the provincial youth sport as a football coach in Cambodia, for the past seven years. Since she was a young girl, she has always had an extraordinary passion for football. However, football was one of many sports and entertainments that were completely banned by the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979), especially for young women. Throughout 2011 and 2013, Sovan created a Lesbian Football team, one and only of its kind in the country. In spite of their talents, hard training and multiple victories, however, the team struggles with limited financial resources as well as social, cultural prejudices, verbal abuses, public humiliations and discriminations against the lesbian footballers. The spring of 2016, the team has come in the third place in their home province and is qualified to compete in the national championship league which is scheduled to take place in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia in October this year… The biggest challenges and fear, however, they do not have sufficient fund to transport or accommodate all the competent players throughout the championship in Phnom Penh…