Documentary

 

Umudugudu! Rwanda 20 years on

Synopsis:

Rwanda, twenty years on: former genocide killers and survivors live together once again in former or newly built umudugudus (villages). Haunted by their past and fearing an uncertain future, how is life together, when your neighbor is the one who killed your family?

A thought-provoking and enlightening documentary about the struggle to rebuild life in the hills of Rwanda.

  • Genres:

    Society, Development, Peacebuilding, Human Rights
  • Runtime:

    36 minutes
  • Completion Date:

    September 1, 2014
  • Country of Origin:

    France
  • Country of Filming:

    Rwanda

Directors

Giordano Cossu

Writers

Giordano Cossu

Producers

Giordano Cossu

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Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition

Synopsis:

Alegria – A Humanitarian Expedition tells the story of an epic solo expedition across the Himalaya that changed the life of hundreds of people in need and reached millions around the world. In 2010, Christoph von Toggenburg cycled alone 3200km along the world’s highest tracks pulling a 30kg trailer packed with survival gear in support of leprosy patients and mentally destitute women in India,
With little air to breathe and temperatures between minus15 to plus 45 degrees Celcius he crossed mountain passes higher than 5500m mastering a total of 50’000m.
Crossing Nepal during the Maoist unrests, conflict stricken Kashmir, he encountered wonderful hospitality, found new friends, and saw some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes of this planet.
He became film-maker, actor, fund- and awareness-raiser in one person filming and editing this touching adventure entirely by himself making this a zero-budget production.

  • Genres:

    Documentary
  • Runtime:

    29 minutes
  • Completion Date:

    October 31, 2013
  • Country of Origin:

    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:

    India, Nepal
  • Film Language:

    English

Directors

Christoph von Toggenburg

Writers

Christoph von Toggenburg

Producers

Christoph von Toggenburg

Key Cast

Christoph von Toggenburg

 

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Manislam- Islam and masculinity

Synopsis:

Why does a man in Kuwait inspired by the 99 names of Allah and the Quranic stories create comics about super heroes called the 99? Why does a man in Bangladesh travel from one village to another and teach the community how to play a board-game? Why does a man in Indonesia encourage other men wearing mini shirts in a demonstration? They all have the same target. They will change the dark side of the masculinities in their cultures by playing games. They all want to reform Islam.

How did it start?
After 9/11, Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Turkish- Norwegian filmmaker, decided to make a trilogy about alternative Islam. Her intention was neither to defend nor to explain the meaning of Islam in general, but rather to show the different sub-cultures within and various interpretations of Islam.
“Gender” was the main password for her quest in the mystery of Islam. The first documentary, Gender me, about Islam and homosexuality, was released in 2008. The sequel, A Balloon for Allah, about women and Islam, was released in 2011. Now Integral Film presents her 3rd installment ManIslam about the power, the privileges and the burdens of masculinity.

Manislam is possibly the most important one of all three, but also the most difficult one to make. It is always easier to portray the opposition to power than the power itself, and masculinity is in great length bound to the patriarchal tradition and power in Islam.

We will follow Nefise’s voyage into understanding masculinities. She wishes to undress Muslim men from their patriarchal heritage. She will question the patriarchal tradition and search for the burdens of manhood in Islamic cultures, and she will pursue and discuss the freedom of men, democracy and equality, violence and oppression, emotionality and male sexuality.

Since Nefise was a little girl she was aware of the fact that boys have more privileges than girls. However these privileges, which have kept the wheels of patriarchy running, have given happiness neither to women nor to men. Even though the power of patriarchy can transform the oceans into mud by dehumanization and militarization of the masses of men, it could not destroy her quest to find the stories of men, who want to purify and dilute Islam from patriarchy. She believes that through this quest she will re-build the bridges, which have been destroyed by gender- segregation.

  • Genres:

    Documentary, Television
  • Runtime:

    60 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:

    May 20, 2014
  • Country of Origin:

    Norway
  • Country of Filming:

    Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait, Norway, Pakistan, Turkey
  • Film Language:

    Arabic, Bengali, English, Indonesian, Norwegian, Turkish, Urdu

Directors

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen A Balloon for Allah, Gender me, The Young Detectives

Writers

Nefise Özkal LorentzenA Balloon for Allah, Gender me, The Young Detectives
Jørgen Lorentzen

 

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