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The municipal elections of 1999 allow all EU-citizens to vote and mark a turning point in the development of democracy. Through the addition of an entire new generation of migrant voters to public life, notions such as citizenship and belonging are deeply transformed. The film portrays this development, in an exemplary fashion, with regards to second-generation Italian immigrants.
352/5000 The small village of Eisenbach in the north of Luxembourg is crossed by the River Our. It marks the border between the Grand Duchy and Germany and cuts the village in two. With the help of testimonies, the film tells of the dramatic repercussions of the Second World War on families living on both sides of the river.
The film depicts life along the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the ring-road highway that circles Rome. According to the director, the film was inspired by Italo Calvino's novel Invisible Cities (1972), in which the explorer Marco Polo is imagined describing his travels to the Emperor of China Kublai Khan. Golden Lion in Venice 2013.
"Just A Beginning" follows a nursery school class for a period of two years. But this is a very unusual class as the children, aged three to five study... philosophy! Seated in a circle around a ritually lit candle, the children, in a fresh, funny and sometimes merciless manner, approach the universal subjects of love, power, difference, growing up, death etc.
Less ubiquitous than the widespread steel production, the slate industry was the second largest in the Grand Duchy for a long time. Flashback to the exciting history of slate mining in Martelange, which was more than two centuries long.
In Brussels, on the main commercial road of the Toison d'Or by the Hilton, there is a black formed of about forty houses whose fate been in the hands of a big commercial and financial British group for the past two years. Twice this year, these powerful investors have tried to impose on the inhabitants of the neighborhood, the implementation of a mall thereby condemning these houses to demolition.
Stigma and discrimination remain the main obstacles to end the HIV epidemic, especially in Western Africa. The African NGO “Enda Santé” and the Luxembourg NGO “Stop Aids Now” are fighting for the most vulnerable populations’ access to health. This documentary gives a unique glimpse into the lives of three people who are devoted to this fight.
On September 10th, 1944, the first Americans cross the Luxembourgish border. The long-awaited liberators are here! Their pockets filled with chocolate, chewing gum and cigarettes, their hearts filled with weariness and apprehension, they soon find themselves overwhelmed by the gratitude of the Luxembourgish people. Friendships are born, affairs, even lasting relationships.
What does "going to school" means for young people today ? Also for the adults who "spend their time to socialize instead of teaching" ? I tried to get as much as informations as possible of these two worlds. To do that, I settled during one whole school year, in an emblematic school in Brussels : "l'Institut de la Providence"...
Damian is 20 years old. We meet him a few months before he leaves the juvenile prison in Slovenia, where he had been detained since he was sixteen. From his cell he dreams of the room at home, the room that once used to be his father’s. When he finally arrives in this house, his desire to start a new life and to renew the relationship with his family and the society is put to trial...
Mokoomba, from one shore to another is the story of a band of six musicians from Zimbabwe who win a 3-month tour in Europe during the Music Crossroads 2008 festival. Behind this victory offering financial perspectives they and their community never could have dreamt of, a surprise is to put them to a severe test...
In this unapologetic and politically incorrect portrait, an extraordinary and eccentric Belgian judge takes viewers behind the scenes of real-life criminal investigations. The stranger-than-fiction documentary makes for a wild and riveting ride.
Andy Bausch presents a kaleidoscope of the 50s in Luxembourg, consisting of a multitude of animated images, images of Télé Luxembourg (established in 1955), amateur footage, propaganda films by Philippe Schneider, newspaper articles, photographies by Theo Mey, Tony Krier and Paul Aschmann, rare sound recordings and first and foremost, the testimonies of many an interview partner.
From Pacific War, we only remember the Japanese attack that happened on Pearl Harbor and those awful consequences : atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This movie shows it through concentration Japanese camps where Lydia Chagoll was interned during this war.
Multi-media artist Timo Novotny describes his project as an experimental musical documentary. His film is a remix of the film Megacities, a visually opulent essay about life in several big cities around the world, which was filmed in 1997 by the Austrian director Michael Glawogger. The soundtrack, which plays a role in shaping the film, is the work of the electronic group Sofa Surfers.
A territory, the Auvergne. A timeline that goes from to globalization. A character, former Communist, called Pierre Juquin. Meetings with people who think, act and are. Situations that speak of Republic, religion, capitalism and war. A portrait in mosaic structure suggesting an inventory.
Johnny Gasser, born in a traditionnal circus family, takes over the art and creates with parents and friends a modern show for their Starlight circus. It takes a continuous effort, and there's a lot of work. Some disagreements come up fast, but never on stage : Johnny does a balance act in between everyone's universe, to bond his ideals, his team, as the audience's reactions.
Those Waiting for the Birds is the portrait of a game: "pigeon racing". Through passionate pigeon racers, such as Robert Calonne, an old mason and famous champion, Serge Taillieu, a young unemployed but diligent player, or Herbots Philip, who made breading pigeons a lucrative business, the film director is contemplating this sport today.
The proceedings of a Paris courtroom are the grist for this documentary. Drawn from over 200 appearances before the same female judge, the director chooses a dozen or so varied misdemeanor and civil hearings to highlight the subtle details of human behavior. In the process he draws attention to issues of guilt, innocence, policing and ethnicity in France.
Lands of confusion is about a journey through Europe, starting in Ceuta, Spanish enclave on the coast of Morocco, and ending in Berlin. The presence and shared life experience of each person met on the way bear witness of what it means to be an illegal immigrant in Europe today.
296/5000 Born in the industrial city of Esch-sur-Alzette, the 'La Jeunesse' football club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. A centenary marked by victories, rivalries and meetings with mythical teams (Real, Liverpool, Bayern, Juventus ...), but also by the social history of the city.
The sequel to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema sees the reunion of brilliant philosopher Slavoj Zizek with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, now using their inventive interpretation of moving pictures to examine ideology - the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices.
For several year now, representatives of the population of Maghreb origins have demanded a political voice in local government. In Saint-Gilles, individuals have presented themselves for the communal elections on the lists of various traditional parties, with all their demands and expectations. In meeting and debates, the same questions are raised concerning social cohesion and democracy.
Everybody would like to have opportunities to pursue the emotional and sexual dimension in life, and the disabled are no exception. But how is it possible to fulfil basic needs if society, be it ordinary citizens or decision-makers, deny them? The movie approches this essential question and tries to envision solutions.
Foreign Affairs takes us both straight into the heart of global politics and the everyday life of "Jang". We share his engagement with diplomacy and hope that he carries in his function as a politician, but also in the intimate moments of solitude that he experiences during his unrestrained race around the world.
In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime.
We will sail up the Congo river, the largest river basin in the world, from its mouth all the way to its source. This journey, on this majestic river, which has inexorably followed its path for centuries and centuries, will also be a personal path.
NAK MUAY (which designates the one who practices Thai boxing) tells the story of Kevin Haas, a young 30 years old Luxembourgian who wants to make his dream come true : to become the first Luxembourgian World Champion of Muay Thai.