#WhileBlack follows the citizen journalists who filmed viral videos that ignited global movements, revealing their videos’ impact on society as well as on the Black witnesses themselves, even as social media platforms turn their pain into profit.
Samantha Knowles, Sidney Fussell / Fathom Film Group / Canada, United States
A BIT OF A STRANGER
A family of four generations of women, originally from Mariupol, a city in the Russian-speaking region of Ukraine. After the Russian invasion, they try to figure out their identity and arrive at the problem of inheriting pain from generation to generation.
Svitlana Lishchynska / Albatros Communicos Ukraine / Ukraine
A hard-hitting animated documentary, anchored in a deeply personal transformation. A raw, direct account about a life driven by the extreme; told with a great desire and conviction to discover the keys to handle tragedy, violence, depression and fame.
Adil Khan, Julian Nazario Vargas / Imaginær Film, Submarine / Norway, Netherlands
Born in Norway late in the 80s, celebrity Ola has a funny, touching, and mysterious life. Sold as an infant, Ola rose to fame after he moved from a zoo to an apartment in the city. Here, young Ola was a member of a human family while working as an actor in theatre and TV. One day Ola vanishes. Almost Human investigates Ola’s mysterious disappearance: Is he still alive? Where is he? Can anyone help him?
Ola Waagen / Von Mørner, Wingman Media / Norway, Denmark
BEFORE THE STORM
Despite the looming prospect of climate change-induced storms wiping out the island of Mandø, its 28 inhabitants seem oblivious to the existential threat. Out of step with modern times, they fight to remain on the island.
Juan Palacios, Sofie Husum Johannesen / Elk Film / Denmark
BOXES FROM GEORGIA
Volunteers from Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia join a charity for Ukraine in Tbilisi. In this microcosm of regional issues, hard work and solidarity spark unlikely friendships - but power struggles ruin this dynamic, turning best friends into enemies.
Gvantsa Meparishvili / Millimeter Film, Zuchi Films / Georgia
In the rubble of what was once America’s greatest zoo, the chance discovery of discarded film reels unravels an extraordinary family story.
Tim Travers Hawkins / Dorothy Street Pictures / United Kingdom
Conscious is an epic, hopeful and cinematic experience, taking us closer to understanding the strength and frailty of the human mind.
Suki Chan / Aconite Productions / United Kingdom
Two young paramedic women Cuba and Alaska live on the edge in the war-torn Kharkiv region - their mission is to save lives while sharing good humour, and belief in victory.
Yegor Troyanovsky / TAG film / Ukraine, France
DOUGLAS GORDON: SELF DIVIDED
A rare unfiltered examination of Turner prize winning artist Douglas Gordon as he unearths a new artistic practice. Part performance, part confessional, he's confronted by his own mortality and his personal demons - and a filmmaker to capture it all.
Finlay Pretsell / Parcel of Rogues, Grande Ourse Films / United Kingdom, France
DREAMS OF A DARK SKY
As the rest of Ladakh gets flooded with light, local engineers in Hanle work with astronomers and nearby nomadic communities to create a new kind of sanctuary: for darkness and starlight. What will each of them discover as they embrace the dark?
Anmol Tikoo / Chapstick Films / India
Close your eyes, go back to your earliest memories, remember that sense of vibration of dreams. Are there limits to the human dreamscape? This is a journey through generations, deep into uncharted territory, confronting realities, desires and fears.
Ousmane Samassekou / DS Productions, DS Productions / France, Mali
EVO: THE BURNT PALACE
Evo is the inside story of the rise and fall of Evo Morales, South America’s first indigenous President. We follow Morales - with unparalleled access - as he reshapes Bolivia, falls in a coup, and wrestles with the limits of revolution and democracy.
Martin Sivak, Noah Friedman-Rudovsky / Actual Films / United States, Argentina
FAR FROM MAINE
As democracy in his country is falling apart and Jewish supremacy on the rise, an Israeli man is compelled to deal with the long-forgotten violent death of his Palestinian childhood friend. Can he reclaim the dream they had shared?
Roy Cohen / Roy Cohen Films, Temps Noir / Israel, France
FIGHTING DEMONS WITH DRAGONS
A coming-of-age documentary film about what it’s like to be an outsider, how to find yourself, and how to gain a sense of belonging - all through imagination and play.
Camilla Magid / Final Cut for Real ApS / Denmark
Creating a film for his son about the most powerful event in his life, the opposition TV cameraman V starts a creative investigation in search of erased memories of Belarusians. It is an experimental reflection on a choice of a peaceful way to protest.
Belarusian Filmmakers / Confidential, DocWave / Poland
In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian state implements a new national patriotic curriculum that begins to transform classrooms across the country. In many communities, a sense of isolation and confusion starts to creep in.
David Borenstein / made in copenhagen, Windfall Films / Denmark, United Kingdom
GIVE IT A SHOT
Give it a Shot is the timely, intimate and often humorous story of an indomitable 82-year-old scientist’s quest to successfully launch an effective male contraceptive that could revolutionise family planning and improve the lives of women globally.
Vaishali Sinha / Coast to Coast Films LLC, Sandbox Films / United States, India
HERE, BETWEEN THIS SEA AND THOSE MOUNTAINS
A family saga of a father and daughter - Gogi and Helena, two politicians from different generations - is intertwined with Georgia's century-long struggle for freedom.
Keti Machavariani / Radium Films / Georgia
HOUSE OF EARTH
After thirty years on the run, Pinky returns to her Roma community to find two families in need of a matriarch. Torn between her biological kin and chosen queer family, transgender sex worker Pinky attempts to build a future that feels like home.
Ljubomir Stefanov / Apolo Media / North Macedonia, United States
HOW LONG IS THE ECHO?
The one-year journey through the open-air bazaar of old belongings depicts its community's daily struggles and joys while exploring the stories behind the unusual objects and the people who visit the market in search of answers found in the past.
Merri Mkrtchyan / Tesil Production / Armenia
A journey through Ukraine that reveals the banality of evil behind the Russian invasion.
Oksana Karpovych / Les Films Cosmos, Hutong Productions / Canada, France, Ukraine
A former soviet sanatorium on the edge of the Tbilisi Sea has harbored refugees from Abkhazia for over 30 years. Now in a precarious state, the building can no longer shelter them, uprooting and pulling apart this big family of refugees yet again.
Julien Pebrel, Tamar Kalandadze / Sakdoc Film, Habilis Productions / Georgia, France
Budapest, 1994. The leaders of four countries gather in a hotel hallway to sign a document that was supposed to guarantee peace, but instead caused a war within Europe.
Kornii Hrytsiuk / 435 FILMS / Ukraine
ONCE UPON A TIME IN A FOREST
Enchanting film about young people who are fighting for one of the last coniferous forest areas in Europe. It's a morality play, a love story of a younger generation whose main location and object of love is the Finnish forest.
Virpi Suutari / Euphoria Film Oy / Finland
ONLY ON EARTH
A journey deep into one of Europe’s hottest fire zones, Galicia, where wild horses roam the mountains under the watch of local cowboys. These horses are excellent at fire prevention, but now they are vanishing in the clash between humans and nature.
Robin Petré / Hansen & Pedersen / Denmark, Spain
Opening Night follows the entertainment team that works behind the scenes during an NBA game: behind, in front of & around the court. The film will trace the anachronistic connections & intertwining of early cinema, vaudeville & American sports.
Aron Skoog, John Skoog / Filmögon, Plattform Produktion / Sweden
Our Love follows a motley crew of teenagers. They are 14 years old and the world seems full of opportunities. But suddenly puberty hits and during one night something happen that will change everything.
Hannah Reinikainen, Lia Hietala / Story AB, Napafilm / Sweden, Finland, Germany
PART OF SOCIETY
Adelina, a transgender woman who has been locked away from the outside world for 11 years, finally, flees Georgia to Europe and tries to become a part of society.
Rati Tsiteladze / ArtWay Film / Georgia
PHANTOMS OF SIERRA MADRE
A Danish scriptwriter goes on a naïve adventure into Mexico looking for a tribe of lost Apaches. Slowly, but surely he finds himself in an ethically challenging position, but a human skull found in an attic in Oslo turns out to be his salvation.
Håvard Bustnes / UpNorth Film, Napa films / Norway, Finland
The war not only kills people - it also changes those who survived. In particular, on very subtle levels. Ukrainian filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk is sharing her very intimate and female perspective on the question - what does it mean to be a woman in the war times?
Iryna Tsilyk / MOON MAN / Ukraine
SECOND WORLD, SECOND SEX
The politics of feminist memory collide in the dramatic re-telling of the first UN Women’s conference in Mexico City in 1975, tracing the solidarities and conflicts to the present day through the eyes of the women who participated.
Mila Turajlic / Poppy Pictures, Survivance / Serbia, France
The fear of the sea urges Lala Aliyeva to embark on a journey around the familiar shores of the Caspian Sea, which is actually a lake, to explore what other feelings it offers. Strange Sea is a cinematic tableau of intertwined worlds of the Caspian.
Lala Aliyeva / Flying Docs / Azerbaijan
A Kenyan woman's search for her father's remains becomes an investigation into British colonial atrocities. As her mission expands, she transforms into a powerful advocate championing justice and land resettlement for those dispossessed.
Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu / Twende Pictures, Muiraquitã Filmes / Kenya, United States, Portugal, Germany
THE ANIMATED MIND OF OLIVER SACKS
The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks is a journey into the fantastical mind and ground-breaking work of the beloved neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks, one of the most creative and influential thinkers of our time.
Dempsey Rice / Hard Working Movies, Met Film Production / United States, United Kingdom
THE DAWN OF THE POST PLANTATION
A community of Congolese plantation workers want back what’s stolen from them: their art, their land. On an epic quest they unravel the hidden connections between Unilever, museums and plantations, and find ways to get back what’s theirs and restore their sacred lands.
Cedart Tamasala, Matthieu Kilapi Kasiama, Renzo Martens, Lizette Mbuku Kimpala / SCENERY, VPRO / Netherlands
The war is still raging, but some people already prepare for the next step. The Eukrainian follows the woman who is leading Ukraine into the EU, Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna, 37, who suddenly finds herself in a war government, searching for clues.
Viktor Nordenskiöld / FreetownFilms, Tag Film / Sweden, France, Ukraine
THE GROUND BENEATH OUR FEET
Show me the beauty and the grief of the old people at Grund! From the Earth we come and to Her we shall return.
Yrsa Roca Fannberg / Akkeri Films, Staron Film / Iceland, Poland
THE INFINITE REHEARSAL
In the oldest theatre in Georgetown, Guyana, a group of actors work together to stage ‘The Infinite Rehearsal’. Scenes of adapting the novel to theatre meander between riverscapes of the Amazon rainforest, and the marshes of an English coastline.
Louis Henderson / Maribunta Pictures / United Kingdom, Guyana
THE LIONS AT THE RIVER TIGRIS
Mosul, the promised Caliphate of ISIS/Daesh, was the most hated city in the world. And it paid the ultimate prize of liberation. Can people heal their broken souls?
Zaradasht Ahmed / Norway
THE MENOPAUSE MYSTERY
It’s like menopausal women around the world have been struck by a mysterious virus. Many of them suffer from insomnia, depression and brain fog. Now researchers have begun to study the womens' brains. The answers they are finding are unsettling.
Louise Unmack Kjeldsen / Hansen & Pedersen / Denmark
THE PRODUCTION OF THE WORLD
The Production of the World is an all-archival documentary about the radical critic John Berger, the CIA’s infiltration of the arts during “cultural Cold War,” and the ways images and culture operate as battlegrounds for politics.
Brett Story / Oh Ratface Films / Canada, United States
A documentary about fakes that fly while facts stay put. A female journalist takes on fake news and Russian trolls in the Balkans. Follow the money, find the sources.
Tonislav Hristov / Making Movies Oy, Soul Food / Finland, Bulgaria
TWO STRANGERS TRYING NOT TO KILL EACH OTHER
When an unrecognised artist breaks her leg, her famous husband must become her carer. But when her resentment of his success surfaces, the couple strive for equanimity while facing the existential weight of mortality in their 70s and 80s.
Jacob Perlmutter / Manon et Jacob Ltd, Final Cut For Real / United Kingdom, Denmark
UNTITLED ANIMAL PROJECT
Untitled Animal Project explores supply chains with an animal lens. Through locations around the world, the film weaves together ways consumer industries affect various species - with a focus on the elusive idea of animal sentience.
Jessica Kingdon / Shrimp Mantis Shrimp / United States
UNTITLED DWARFISM PROJECT
A new drug promises to make Little People taller, threatening the community it claims to serve. As Little People grapple with their future, director Julie Wyman confronts her own dwarfism and the complex representation of disabled bodies.
Julie Forrest Wyman / In Proportion LLC / United States
Voice/Over is a political satire about modern populism and media manipulation. A deep-fake version of a leading contemporary politician is having a conversation with himself, offering a closer understanding of the distortion of our reality.
Balint Revesz / Roughhouse Project / Hungary
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE END TIMES
Filmed over four seasons, We Have Always Lived in the End Times is a portrait of a sprawling 150+ person community of radical farmers, philosophers, squatters, militants and activists based in a former autonomous zone in Northwestern France.
Ben Russell / CasK Films, VOLTE FILM / Germany, France