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EidolaPeter Miller IFFR 2016 6′
Artist Peter Miller used infrared glasses to examine a coil in the camera and wrote his 'images' onto it with a laser pen.
EigenlichtMelvin Moti IFFR 2016 18′
Certain minerals convert absorbed UV light into visible colours of unearthly beauty. Shown in sacred, cosmic silence.
FacebookistanJakob Gottschau IFFR 2016 59′
What is Facebook’s true face like? What hides behind Mark Zuckerberg’s baby face? This documentary tries - in vain - to put a face to the immensely popular company. Disillusioned users are spoken to. A shocking portrait of a pretty totalitarian organisation.
A Good AmericanFriedrich Moser IFFR 2016 100′
Bill Binney, a former American secret service staffer talks about the period preceding whistleblower Snowden’s revelations. Or how the NSA was more interested in wasting millions on their friends in business than on installing an electronic filter in a timely manner that - who knows - might even have helped prevent 9/11.
HelloIFFR 2016 11′
A Mexican woman talks about her childhood on the rubbish tip. A German with a severe disability in both hands explains about his job as a computer animator. What’s the connection?
L'invitation au voyageMeggy Rustamova IFFR 2016 13′
A series of beautiful black-and-white photographs marred by yellow Post-its with their notes erased. An unassuming narrator makes them even more mysterious.
The Light and the PaperSara van der Heide IFFR 2016 3′
How empty is a blank page? This film carefully studies the prime precondition for seeing: the presence of light.
LightkeepingElias Heuninck IFFR 2016 12′
Quotes from photographic pioneer William Fox Talbot’s letters accompany black-and-white images that exude timeless calm.
La montagne magiqueAndrei Schtakleff IFFR 2016 68′
A camera takes us deep underground where Bolivian miners toil in primitive conditions. A time-machine film that takes us through the pitch black to a primeval altar and simultaneously confronts us with the tourist industry’s voyeurism.
Oncle Bernard – L'anti-leçon d'économieRichard Brouillette IFFR 2016 79′
Posthumous portrait of Charlie Hebdo satirist and economic commentator Bernard Maris. The footage dates back to the spring of 2000. Long before the bank crisis, Maris warned us of the cultivated, conscious deception. An indignant opposition voice that has lost nothing of its immediacy.
SakalaSimon Halsberghe IFFR 2016 11′
This study of the forgotten statue of Sakala, the first African boy to visit Belgium in 1884, critically analyses Western perspectives.
Unseen: The Lives of LookingDryden Goodwin IFFR 2016 90′
In his first documentary essay, artist Dryden Goodwin visits an eye surgeon, a NASA researcher and a human-rights lawyer. He literally (with a pencil) and figuratively (with a camera) sketches a fascinating portrait of these exceptional eye witnesses.