Paper Dove 2003

Paper Dove 2003

Paper Dove 2003
Paloma de papel (original title)
1h 30min | Drama | 25 September 2003 (Peru)

Storyline:

Juan, a young man convicted of terrorism, is given amnesty from a Lima prison; he boards a bus to return home and, in his mind’s eye, recalls events in his village near Huaraz when he was 10 or 12. His father is long dead, his mother lives with Fermin, secretly a sympathizer with the Communist guerrillas in the hills. Town leaders are assassinated at night. When Juan discovers Fermin’s secret, Juan is spirited away to the guerrillas to learn Marxist slogans and how to fight. When the band decides to attack the town to avenge the death of a comrade, Juan must choose. There are no white hats on any side: critical thought without love of life bears no fruit, writes Erich Fromm.

Continue reading

Chillar Party 2011

Chillar Party 2011

Chillar Party 2011
2h 15min | Comedy, Drama, Family | 8 July 2011 (India)

Storyline:

When an employee of Mumbai’s Chandan Nagar leaves, he is replaced by a youth, Fatka, who has a stray dog, Bhidu (a.k.a. Buddy). There is no accommodation provided for this homeless orphan, so he and his pet decide to make an abandoned antique car their new home. There is some resentment from the children of the building, but Fatka gets accepted in the cricket team after he demonstrates his bowling capabilities. A chance visit by a politician, Shashikant Bhide, results in enforcement of new municipal legislation to capture all stray dogs, and the children decide to oppose it. Their attempt to secure 31 signatures from residents turns out to be in vain, and they decide to launch a unique protest. Shashikant puts pressure on Chandan Nagar’s Secretary, Tandon, as well as launches his own campaign to enforce the legislation and ensure Bhidu’s capture.

Continue reading

A Story of Children and Film 2013

A Story of Children and Film 2013

A Story of Children and Film 2013
1h 46min | Documentary | 4 April 2014 (UK)

Storyline:

A Story of Children and Film is the world’s first movie about kids in global cinema. It’s passionate, poetic, portrait of the adventure of childhood: its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness: as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries. A story of children and film is an eye opener, a landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.

Continue reading

A Letter of Fire 2005

A Letter of Fire 2005

A Letter of Fire 2005
Aksharaya (original title)
2h 16min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | September 2005 (Spain)

Storyline:

The 12-year-old son of a Magistrate is accused of murder, after having mistook a prostitute for a mugger while hiding in an abandoned building and fearing for his life. His parents hide him from the authorities, amid themes of incest.

Continue reading

La sombra del ciprés es alargada 1990

La sombra del ciprés es alargada 1990

La sombra del ciprés es alargada 1990
1h 40min | Drama | 25 May 1990 (Spain)

Storyline:

In Ávila in 1929, little Pedro goes to live with his tutor at the home of Don Mateo, a self-taught teacher who will deeply influence the boy with his teachings on the relationship between life and death. Don Mateo takes care of his education, his wife and daughter, Doña Gregoria and Martina, they become the family that Pedro does not have and his new roommate and studies, Alfredo, his soul friend. The life of the provinces, the relations with their companions and the experiences lived in this early stage will definitely mark the life of young Pedro.

Continue reading

Otec 1982

Father Will Beat Me Anyway 1981

Otec 1982
1h 30min | Family | 1 March 1982 (Czechoslovakia)

Storyline:

Small Yozko, who lives with his mother, dreams of a real father, whose ideal is embodied in a tractor motorcyclist on Formula nickname. However, his mother perceives cheerful cool formula, finding it, like many villagers, frivolous. Friendship Formula fills the boy his father’s absence, and Yozko increasingly tied to his friend. Suddenly received a telegram from the actual Yozko father, his mother will have to take a difficult decision, but life itself makes adjustments …

Continue reading

Standing Up 2013

Standing Up 2013

Standing Up 2013
PG | 1h 33min | Drama | 16 August 2013 (USA)

Storyline:

Based on one of the most beloved Young Adult novels of all time: Two kids are stripped naked and left together on an island in a lake – victims of a vicious summer camp prank; But rather than have to return to camp and face the humiliation, they decide to take off, on the run together. What follows is a three day odyssey of discovery and self-discovery.

Continue reading