From travelogue, newsreel and ethnographic film to cinema verité, mockumentary and docudrama – the idea of documenting lives on camera has a long and constantly evolving tradition. This section of our programme showcases five films which stand in a category of their own, united by an directness, simplicity and artfulness in the broad spectrum of documentary.
Serbia and Montenegro | 2005 | 27mins | Beta | Colour | SubtitledThis is the story of a nine-year-old girl, Punam Tamang, who lives in Nepal and takes care of her brothers and sisters while her father works double shifts to afford her school fees.
Ireland | 2006 | 16mins | Beta | Colour
A snapshot of one of the most particular characters you are ever likely to meet on the streets of Dublin.
Sun In Winter
Du Soleil En Hiver
France | 2005 | 17mins | 35mm | Colour | Subtitled
Michel is a farmer in the Franche Comté and uses the peaceful winter months to spend time with his young apprentice, Francis. They soon develop a very close bond.
Special Jury Prize – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, 2006
We Are The Faithful
Wir Sind Dir Treu Michael Koch
Switzerland, Germany | 2005 | 9mins | Beta | Colour | SubtitledThe crowd at an FC Basel match erupt in unison – a surreal documentary about football.
Mast Qalandar Till Passow
Germany | 2005 | 30mins | 35mm | Colour | Subtitled
The film documents a pilgrimage festival at the shrine of a Sufi holy man in Pakistan. Mast is the name given to the state of devotional ecstacy achieved through chanting, ‘whirling’ dances and self-mortification; practices widely condemned within mainstream Islam.