Be My Brother
Children of Sodom
Oko and Kojo are two of over 30.000 children living amidst the garbage mountains of Ghana’s capital Accra. They earn their meals by searching for valuable metall pieces which brings them in contact with toxic elements. Despite the tremendous hardships of their lives and work they try to preserve a small rest of the joy of childhood by playing football, doing acrobatics on the beach or watching television.
The film’s fascinating and touching pictures have been left uncommented thus allowing the audience to emerge deeper into the universe they evoke – a universe, which is closely connected with our everyday life.
Counting the Days and Years
Why does Moa’s or Maxi’s fathers never pick them up at school? And why is it that Isa’s letters from mom never arrives, has she really put them in the right box? Moa, Maxi and Isa are three children that count the days until their mom or dad will come out of jail. The film is based on real stories and invites us to these children’s inner worlds.
Artist/filmmaker Andrea Dorfman’s drawings burst colorfully into life as she animates the story of her long distance relationship with a man whose profession, plastic surgery, gives her plenty of fodder.
Awards:New York City Short Film Festival 2010 Audience Choice – Program A: International Festival of Short Films 2010 Jury Special Citation
Tristan (10) and his family live in Kudelstaart. Their family is an unusual one because both Tristan’s parents are deaf, while Tristan himself can hear just fine. Tristan is great at talking to deaf people, but other people find it difficult or sometimes even uncomfortable. This stands in the way of Tristan’s father becoming the coach for Tristan’s football team. The club says his father can never be a good coach. Tristan thinks that’s nonsense. His father is a brilliant football player; he even plays for the Dutch national team for the deaf. Tristan is confident that his Dad would make a good coach and that his team members would feel the same way if he were just once given a chance to prove himself.
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Sixteen-year-old Jamey is a talented soccer player who is preparing to try out for a high-school physical education program. However, his stammer affects his self-confidence and he is afraid of failing. With the help of his parents and a speech therapist, will Jamey gain the assurance and skills he needs to overcome his fear?
My Shoes: A Fable about Life’s Appearances
A raggedly dressed boy wearing a torn pair of pair of sneakers sits on a bench in a park feeling uncomfortable with his tennis shoes. He wanders in the park and when he returns, there is a boy with a brand new pair of sneakers sat on the bench. The ragged boy goes to another place with envy and wishes that he were the other boy. His wish is somehow granted and he switches body with the other boy and learns his health condition.
Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones is an animated story about a boy exploring his world, mediated by technology and social media. Are we a part of nature, or outside it? Is it “human nature” to be cruel? Through empathy, we learn everything is connected.