Hello, my name is Marie and I am ten years old. And let me tell you I am not always comfortable in my skin, particularly at Christmas time when I get torn between household and household. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you: I have two fathers, two mothers, a stepfather, a stepmother and I know not how many (half-)brothers and sisters and other relatives (or not!). How can that be? Well my mother is gay and has a new companion. My father is also homosexual and he too has a new mate and..., Oh leave me alone, I just can't work it out! And how did I come into this word? Who gave me life? Am I not, like the other Mary, after Whom I am named, the fruit of the Immaculate Conception...???
Sino-Vietnamese war film directed by Ziniu Wu.
A family finds itself in a dead-end situation. They are only safe behind the walls of their own house and yard. As time vanishes from their home, the shelter slowly turns into a prison. However, nothing can keep the children from dreaming and yearning to be free and the urge to make a decision seems inevitable.
A tree, a woman and a land: the story of a woman and a tree, both of them rooted in a land.
Rain Tree (Persian: درخت بارانی) is a 2001 Iranian drama film Written and directed by Hossein Shahabi.
Having remained alone in his village house, old Gatyo must move in with his son and daughter-in-law in their flat in the city. They receive him with great understanding and sympathy but cannot find the key to his heart. Torn out of his natural environment and left bewilderingly rootless, this good man cannot adapt himself to the urban way of life. He does not like the mayonnaise he is offered, does not know how to use the lift. The people hurrying in the streets seem to him indifferent, and some even sly and deceitful. He sees the city as a place full of hostile people and inanimate objects. He badly misses the warm human touch of his village. Death is the only possible solution to the tragic conflict of this peasant, crucified between the archaic and the modern, and unable to adapt to the urban lifestyle.
A peasant family composed of Don Juan de la Cruz Pizarro, his wife Doña Juliana and their six children who, like the branches of a tree, grow and detach from the trunk that gave them life ..
Feature documentary debut of 29 year old director Kei Tanaka. In the Japanese town of Kawasaki, elderly residents who have lived hard lives are now facing their own death at a public housing complex called “Danchi“. The young director explores and depicts the ageing population in Japan by focusing on the personal lives of few individuals who live quietly on the outskirts of society. While some of the protagonists chose to interact and establish friendships with their fellow elderly residents, others prefer to spend the rest of their years in solitary.
Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.
Gunvor Nelson's first video work.
Oscar nominated short cartoon from 1968
After a serious traumatic accident, a man leaves his old life behind and moves to an isolated cabin to start over. He soon learns of the surroundings of the area and its dangerous past.
Siblings Tim and Lena squabble after he detects her disinterest in his long-term family genealogy project.
A quietly curious animated short film about a single dead tree and the cycle of life that depends upon it.
Life and art of Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee
Super8, colour, silent.
The camera was placed on the flexible branch of a tree in a strong wind. The composition included both stationary and moving trees (a wooded landscape). The relationship of this landscape to the vertical and horizontal plane was maintained as much as possible. The camera ran continuously until all the film was exposed. The world is seen from the point of view of a tree as its branches sway to the rhythm of the wind.
The story of the settlement of Canada, illustrated with cheerful animated cartoons. The arrival of Jacques Cartier, the fishing and fur trades which followed, and the rival colonization by the French and British, climaxed by the battle of the Plains of Abraham, are depicted. The coming of the United Empire Loyalists is seen; then the west-coast gold rush and the completion of the transcontinental railway. New branches were added to the family tree when many European settlers came to fill the great spaces of the Prairies. Finally, we see the whole country matured into a nation, its traditions enriched by those of many peoples.
14 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel and escape the war, she weaves an alternate plan in order to save Eli. But in times of war, plans tend to go wrong. Marsha's coming of age film debut film is based on her childhood memories of a civil-war-torn Ethiopia.