4-14 SEPTEMBER 2014
State (T)error

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We inaugurate the 2014 State (T)Error section with a glance at last year’s edition. With sadness. The courage of Axel Salvatori-Sinz had allowed us to cross the frontier into a place which now no longer exists: the refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Syria, today reduced to a desert of ruins by the bombs of Assad’s army. It was there that we had met the third generation of Palestinians who lived there, youngsters with aspirations common to people of their own age, but with an extra burden: the choice between a fate as exiles (not yet imposed by war) and loyalty to the community and its values.

Dear Hassan, the short film by Axel Salvatori-Sinz is the first film that we want to show the audience of State (T)Error this year. To bid farewell, together with its author, to a life that has been lost and with which we too had a fleeting contact. Hassan was arrested and never came out of the prison he was locked up in.

His was a journey that did not reach its destination. Like the journeys of others, many, too many and absent in Les Messagers by Hélène Crouzillat and Lætitia Tura, a celebration of lost souls where masters of ceremony are the travelling companions. the witnesses of the moment of passage. It is an antidote not only to oblivion, but to the denial of the collective tragedy, of epic proportions, in which migration is today translated. 

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Cher Hassan
Dear Hassan

Axel Salvatori-Sinz, FRA, 2014, HD, 4´

A letter of farewell to a friend – Hassan – one of the “Chebabs” of Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp destroyed by the bombings of the Assad regime. From the heart-wrenching goodbyes of Les chebabs de Yarmouk [State (T)Error, 2013] to the director’s final farewell to a travel companion, arrested and killed in prison.
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Children 404
Deti 404

Askold Kurov, Pavel Loparev, RUS, 2014, HD, 70´

Elena Klimova, the founder of Deti 404, a support group for gay teenagers, and 45 teenagers, are at the heart of this film, narrated, very bravely, in the first person. This is a very real and terrifying picture of contemporary Russia: violence and homophobia, from the institutions, is filtered down into relationships and everyday life.
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Deux fois le même fleuve
Same River Twice

Amir Borenstein, Effi Weiss, BEL, 2013, HD, 110´

Two Israeli artists who, ten years ago, decided to leave Israel, return to their homeland to follow in the footsteps of a Scottish adventurer who, in the nineteenth century, journeyed down the river Jordan. Their exploration coincides with an investigation into their own identity; they are both citizens and intruders, prodigal sons and traitors.
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Fino in fondo
Fino in fondo

Tomaso Mannoni, Alberto Badas, ITA, 2014, , 74´

In Sulcis it is rage that unites the generations. Young people here “hear themselves repeating everyday that theirs is the poorest province in Italy”. The lack of work comes to represent an entire world that’s crumbling. As a result of the crisis, as a result of a lack of truth.

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Fort McMoney
Fort McMoney

David Dufresne, CAN, 2013, HD, 100´

Journalist David Dufresne places the fate of Fort McMurray, the final frontier in the race for ‘black gold’, in the hands of the viewers, allowing them to decide which vision of the world should triumph. This “documentary game” is ethical and political, an innovative experience in Italy.
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Les Messagers
Les Messagers

Hélène Crouzillat, Laetitia Tura, FRA, 2014, DV, 70´

On a journey across the Sahara towards the outermost border of Europe, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. There the survivors deliver their message, tell the story of those who haven’t reached their destination. All this in the shadow of the hi-tech barrier that is a perfect union of security and humanitarianism.
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Life in Paradise - Illegals in the Neighbourhood
Leben im Paradies - Illegale in der Nachbarschaft

Roman Vital, CHE, 2013, HD, 78´

Valzeina is an idyllic place, where the Swiss government has set up a deportation centre for asylum seekers. It is a paradise in delicate equilibrium, compromised by the arrival of the guests, a separation of communities managed with the surgical precision that comes from placing blind faith in the institution.
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Life Sentences
Mishpatei Hahaim

Nurit Kedar, Yaron Shani, ISR, 2013, HD, 94´

Nimer Ahmed, the son of terrorist Fauzi al Nimer and a Jewish woman, is the point of convergence between two identities and two incompatible pasts. His pained rebellion – as neither the symbol nor the collateral victim of the conflict – culminates in his participation in the film and one last extreme encounter with his father.
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Red Army
Red Army

Gabe Polsky, USA, 2014, HD, 85´

The pride of the USSR, CSKA Moscow was not only an invincible hockey team, but an extraordinary tool of propaganda as well. This is a film that takes us back to a time when even the style of play reflected political choices, and a hero could become the enemy of the people in heartbeat. Produced by Werner Herzog.
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The Agreement
Forhandleren

Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, DNK, 2013, HD, 58´

For the first time, a camera goes behind the closed doors of diplomacy, where agreements drawing up borders and deciding the fate of entire populations are made. The future of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is at stake. The art of negotiation is crucial – Robert Cooper, an extraordinarily face that was meant for the big screen.
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The House I Live In
25% I segreti della guerra alla droga

Eugene Jarecki, USA, 2012, HD, 105´

A silent holocaust of the African American population. This is the “War on drugs” which, in forty years, through a system of repressive laws aimed more at controlling the ethnic minorities than stemming the problem, has produced 45 million arrests, a gigantic waste of public money and no decline in the consumption of drugs.
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The Trials of Henry Kissinger
The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Eugene Jarecki, GBR, 2002, 35mm, 80´

Winner of the Amnesty International Award in 2002, The Trials of Henry Kissinger is the portrait of a celebrity of politics and, at the same time, a painstaking piece of investigative journalism.
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We Come as Friends
We Come as Friends

Hubert Sauper, FRA, 2014, HD, 105´

Hubert Sauper takes us on a spatiotemporal journey from the origins of colonialism to the present day and a meaningful point of reflection on a country which recently gained independence but did not secure its freedom, and symbolises the fate of a continent that everyone seeks to possess: South Sudan.
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Why We Fight
Why We Fight

Eugene Jarecki, USA, 2005, HD, 98´

A statement and a question. The choice is not casual: the title of the film which won the Grand Prix of the Jury at Sundance in 2005 again uses the title of the propaganda documentaries made by Frank Capra in 1945.
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Eugene Jarecki Masterclass - Why He Fights
Incontro

WHY HE FIGHTS

Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker and activist

A journey through the cinema of Eugene Jarecki, from his debut short films to the political documentary of which he is now an inescapable figure of reference, related by the voice of the author himself and through the images of his films, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Why We Fight, the fragment in the collective film Freakonomics, Reagan and The House I live In, as well as the online campaigns: from Move your Money to JUST SAY NO...to the War on Drugs.

It is a cinema which promises to present the contradictions and go beyond the limits in an explicit attempt to change reality. A portrait of America that stubbornly, film after film, the author draws.