Native Cinema:
films with a local POV

Movies about people, places, and cultures, with links to my blog posts from film festivals focusing on independent world cinema. Links to real-time updates via IMDb and film websites.

5BrokenCameras

5 Broken Cameras
(Photo: www.kinolorber.com)

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A batalha de Tabatô / The Battle of Tabatô
(Photo: www.papaveronoir.com)

Aisheen

Aisheen / Still Alive in Gaza
(Photo: www.solaris-distribution.com)

Anak_Anak_Srikandi

Anak-Anak Srikandi / Children of Srikandi
(Photo: www.childrenofsrikandi.com)

Bagrut_Lochamim

Bagrut Lochamim / Soldier/Citizen
(Photo: www.docandfilm.com)

De Engel van Doel

De Engel van Doel / An Angel in Doel
(Photo: www.amstelfilm.nl)

Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza / An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza / An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
(Photo: Official Trailer)

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5 Broken Cameras

(Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, 2011)

A first-hand record of resistance to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian town of Bil’in, seen through five cameras.

[IMDb] [Website]

A batalha de Tabatô / The Battle of Tabatô

(João Viana, 2013)

Winner of Best First Feature special mention at 2013 Berlinale rises from sparse opening scenes to attain grand, mythic scope.

[IMDb] [Website]

Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza)

(Nicolas Wadimoff, 2010)

A situation report from the Gaza Strip in February 2009, just one month after the end of Israelʼs military offensive.

[IMDb] [Website]

Anak-Anak Srikandi / Children of Srikandi

(Children of Srikandi Collective, 2012)

An original and important collaborative anthology on contemporary gender politics interweaving eight women’s stories with a shadow-theater rendition of the story of Srikandi.

[IMDb] [Website]

Bagrut Lochamim / Soldier/Citizen

(Silvina Landsmann, 2012)

A fly-on-the-wall observation of a microcosm of Israeli society at a critical juncture, in 2006 at the end of the Lebanon war.

[IMDb] [Website]

Calimucho

(Eugenie Jansen, 2009)

A remarkable tightrope walk between documentary and narrative fiction, employing the means of reportage to make a robustly entertaining feature film.

[IMDb] [Website]

Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron

(Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, 2010)

The last day of a small machine shop, which is moving from a warren in the town to a sleek office building.

[IMDb] [Website]

De Engel van Doel / An Angel in Doel

(Tom Fassaert, 2011)

A little village stands in the way of the expanding port of Antwerp.

[IMDb] [Website]

Die Fremde / When We Leave

(Feo Aladag, 2009)

An accomplished debut feature that manages to tell an emotionally charged story with nuance and compassion for all the characters.

[IMDb] [Website]

Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza / An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

(Danis Tanovic, 2013)

Oscar and Golden Globe winner Danis Tanovic adapts a news story into a compelling docu-drama, persuading the article’s sources to re-enact their health-care ordeal on screen.

[IMDb] [Website]

Escuela normal / Normal School

(Celina Murga, 2012)

An indefatigable principal tracks down absentee teachers, teaches a new custodian how to fill the soap dispensers, and locks down a classroom to quarantine a biting dog.

[IMDb] [Website]

Espoir voyage

(Michel K. Zongo, 2011)

A reconnaissance mission to the Ivory Coast where a brother was headed long ago, never to return.

[IMDb] [Website]

Et Maintenant, On Va Où? / Where Do We Go Now?

(Nadine Labaki, 2010)

War is breaking out between Muslims and Christians all over Lebanon, and the women of one village collaborate to prevent war from taking root in their homes.

[IMDb] [Website]

Habiter/Construire / Living/Building

(Clémence Ancelin, 2012)

A French company is building an asphalt road in the “desert” of Chad.

[IMDb] [Website]

Halaw / Ways of the Sea

(Sheron Dayoc, 2010)

In his directorial debut, Sheron Dayoc researched this tale of human trafficking as a documentary, and realized it as a feature film.

[IMDb] [Website]

Hiver nomade / Winter Nomads

(Manuel von Stürler, 2012)

Pascal Eguisier and his assistant Carole Noblanc head through Switzerland on Pascal’s thirty-third, and Carole’s sixth, winter transhumance – an ancient seasonal movement of people and livestock.

[IMDb] [Website]

La creazione di significato / The Creation of Meaning

(Simone Rapisarda Casanova, 2014)

The formerly self-sufficient, now precarious, life of Pacifico Pieruccioni, born seven years after VE Day, tending his hens and goats through our current economic catastrophe.

[IMDb] [Website]

La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi / The Virgin, The Copts and Me

(Namir Abdel Messeeh, 2012)

Copts, Muslims, Jews – sharing civilization’s most ancient landscape cheek-by-jowl with a fragile tolerance that shatters with increasing frequency.

[IMDb] [Website]

Le quattro volte / The Four Times

(Michelangelo Frammartino, 2010)

Michelangelo Frammartino traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of people in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

[IMDb] [Website]

Le sommeil d’or / Golden Slumbers

(Davy Chou, 2011)

French-Cambodian director Davy Chou reconstructs his cinematographic legacy with an innovative mix of oral history, experimental film, and narrative poetics.

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Ma dai fu de zhen suo / Doctor Ma’s Country Clinic

(Cong Feng, 2009)

A clinic where consultations are necessarily a community affair, as patients gain medical knowledge from their neighbors’ stories.

[IMDb] [Website]

Nesvatbov / Matchmaking Mayor

(Erika Hníková, 2010)

Exercised over the reluctance of his town’s unmarried thirty-year-olds to nest up, a mayor hatches his own strategy to attack the demographic crisis.

[IMDb] [Website]

Polamuang Juling / Citizen Juling

(Kraisak Choonhavan, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Ing K, 2009)

In the spring of 2006, a gang of criminals disguised in full burqa broke into a charity preschool for poor Muslims in southern Thailand, where they imprisoned and beat a Buddhist teacher from the north into a coma from which she never awoke.

[IMDb] [Website]

Revision

(Philip Scheffner, 2012)

The circumstances that led to the deaths of Grigore Velcu and Eudache Calderar on the German-Polish border in 1992 have not been explained even today.

[IMDb] [Website]

Seishin / Mental

(Soda Kazuhiro, 2009)

The patients who visit Chorale Okayama have profound illnesses – schizophrenia, severe depression – many are self-abusive, some are suicidal.

[IMDb] [Website]

Semaan Bilda’ia / The One Man Village

(Simon El Habre, 2009)

Simon El Habre shows us a man living in beauty, in peace with his former enemies.

[IMDb] [Website]

Sweetgrass

(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash, 2009)

Unbeknownst to anthropologists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, they are filming the end of a biblical-scale migration from lowland ranches to mountain grazing lands in Montana's Beartooth Mountains.

[IMDb] [Website]

Terra de ninguém / No Man's Land

(Salomé Lamas, 2012)

For Paulo de Figueiredo, a life of murder and punishment began with childhood in colonial Angola, which he recalls wistfully, as Eden before the Fall.

[IMDb] [Website]

Territoire perdu / Lost Land

(Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd, 2011)

Chased off their land when Morocco demanded possession of the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, the Sahrawi refugees have been forgotten by the world.

[IMDb] [Website]

This Way of Life

(Thomas Burstyn, 2009)

Filmmaker Thomas Burstyn spent four years capturing on camera daily life in one Maori household.

[IMDb] [Website]

Traumfabrik Kabul / Kabul Dream Factory

(Sebastian Heidinger, 2011)

Saba Sahar has been a policewoman for 18 years in Kabul. She is also an actress, director and producer.

[IMDb] [Website]

When It Was Blue

(Jennifer Reeves, 2009)

Paradoxically mournful and optimistic about the state of our planet and the 16mm medium, this triumph of handmade film, film score, live music, and skilled projection can be presented only at a few venues.

[IMDb] [Website]

Winter’s Bone

(Debra Granik, 2010)

Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), the sole support of her younger brother and sister and mentally ill mother, is a classic film heroine who when up against impossible odds won’t take no for an answer.

[IMDb] [Website]

Xingu

(Cao Hamburger, 2011)

Two million hectares, an area larger than Belgium, are set aside in 1961 – Parque Nacional Xingu - with the twin objectives of protecting the environment and the indigenous populations of the area.

[IMDb] [Website]

Yanaka boshoku / Deep in the Valley

(Funahashi Atsushi, 2009)

Director Funahashi Atsushi confronts his frustrations with preconceptions of documentary and fiction film head on, as well as conceptions of what is high (pagoda building) and low (filmmaking).

[IMDb] [Website]

Yeke Varune / Vice Versa One

(Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2011)

The progress of an Afghan girl’s day, told in sound and image as she collects everyday objects/votes from her neighbors.

[IMDb] [Website]

Hiver nomade

Hiver nomade / Winter Nomads
(Photo: www.cinemadelicatessen.nl)

Le quattro volte

Le quattro volte / The Four Times
(Photo: www.invisibilefilm.com)

lesommeildor

Le sommeil d’or / Golden Slumbers
(Photo: www.lesommeildor-lefilm.com)

revision

Revision
(Photo: www.realfictionfilme.de)

This Way of Life

This Way of Life
(Photo: Cloud South Films)

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