OFF ON Selection
Streaming July 8 - 23, 2023
As of 2023, our festival adds the 'OFF ON' selection to the line-up. This new section will be available for streaming only.
PROFESSOR MUSA MATEEV (KYRGYZSTAN) BY AIZADA AMANGELDY
Synopsis: The documentary film “Professor Musa Mateev” tells about the life and career of the Kyrgyz plastic surgeon - Musa Mateev, known for his work all over the world. The film tells about his development of the “flap in flap” method, which is widely used in modern plastic and reconstructive surgery. Thanks to the technique, Professor Musa Mateev was able to help more than 15 thousand patients, adults and children, in particular, indigent people. Running time: 01:13:45.
ENGRAVED (USA) BY TIFFANY JIANG
Synopsis: Galvanized by devastating events early on in their lives, two New Yorkers find ways to channel their grief into acts of kindness that serve others. The film invites viewers to reflect on what it means to live with and find comfort in grief, in all its different forms. Running time: 00:16:09.
Selections/awards: Flamingo FF (Best Documentary), Georgetown University FF, LJMU MA Short FF, Lane Doc Fest (Best Documentary), DOC NYC, and more.
7999 FAST LN (USA) BY YUXIANG DONG
Synopsis: 7999 Fast Ln focuses on a young Chinese artist who recently finished art school and decided to apply for an artist visa to stay in the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It closely observes his visa application process since April 2020 and further examines this process in the backdrops of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, Stop Anti-Asian Hate, and the 2020 presidential election. Running time: 01:04:00.
SUMMON XIAN (CHINA) BY QIONG WU
Synopsis: Summon Xian is an ancient shaman ritual in northeast China. Some people use this ritual to achieve the purpose of divination and healing. People possessed by Xians also have magic power, and after later learning, they also become shamans. This film recorded the whole process of a 'Summon Xian' ceremony. Running time: 02:28:58.
MYRTEZA BLUE (AUSTRALIA) BY EREN BESIROGLU
Synopsis: “Myrteza Blue” is the intimate portrait of Australian landscape artist Graeme Myrteza — a once multi-generational farmer in rural Victoria, now recognized landscape artist. Myrteza reflects on the loss of his son Brett, the catalyst for his self-discovery of painting. Filmmaker Eren Besiroglu chronicles Myrteza through his meditations on artistic exploration, evoking Myrteza to ask the question: ‘Why did I start painting at 60?’ Running time: 00:05:00.
LIVING ON THE THRESHOLD (FRANCE) BY VINCENT BRUNO, MARINE CHESNAIS
Synopsis: Marine Chesnais, choreographer and contemporary dancer, goes to Reunion Island to meet humpback whales. Danced improvisations were born from these interactions in sea, which will be the fertile ground for her next creation. This movie, shot on breath-hold, is a choreographic and hypnotic journey taking us underwater, holding our breath, following the footsteps of this original project.
By showing us the process of encountering a wild animal in its natural habitat, 'Living on the Threshold' asks what is happening within us in this space of relationship where we cannot control anything – except our openness to what might happen – and questions our way of inhabiting Life. Running time: 00:29:03.
Selections/awards: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Atlanta DocuFest, Mexico City VideoDance Festival, and more.
LIGHTS OUT, BERLIN! (GERMANY) BY DIMITRIS ARGYRIOU
Synopsis: A documentary about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic in Berlin's music & club scene. Berlin has always been a vivid and colourful city. A city that was full of inspiring spots, artistic opportunities, and loud nightlife. A city with a huge cultural background that was for two years on hold. Running time: 01:30:00.
Selections/awards: Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, New jersey Independent FF, and more.
ARMORED SAINT - A BAND OF BROTHERS (UK) BY RUSSELL CHERRINGTON
Synopsis: This is the story of Armored Saint, a band of brothers that created their own unique sound and image in the 1980's Los Angeles rock and metal scene. Running time: 02:24:00.
Selections/awards: Doc.London, Doc.Sydney, New Jersey Independent FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
CHAMELEONS (AUSTRIA) BY FRITZ AIGNER
Synopsis: You have to empathize with every given situation and adapt to it: creative, communicative and flexible - like a chameleon. This documentary focuses on the diverse work of instrumental and singing teachers in the field of tension between education and being an artist, between elementary music teaching and musical excellence. How and where do the instrumental and vocal teachers actually work? What are the challenges you face? In addition, the film illuminates the many possible approaches to making music, offers a look behind the scenes of musical excellence, with a contribution to diversity, inclusion and identity in instrumental and vocal pedagogy. “Chameleons”: a film about the power of music, about the value of educational work, and at the same time a plea for freedom in artistic expression that encourages you to explore your own musicality. Running time: 01:22:00.