Huainan, a city of China, has one of the largest coal reserves in East Asia, which account for 32% of East China's total. In the past 60 years, it has been the main energy and electricity supply base for the Eastern China. However, after 2014, China’s need for coal plunged and Huainan's economic situation changed dramatically. The coal industry was going downhill. Since the second half of 2015, a large group of workers has been laid off. Small coal companies were struggling to survive when the production scale was reducing and many of them eventually went close. These changes had great social impact on the fate of the city. The film takes Chinese coal miners in different enterprises and different generations as protagonist, trying to describe the life of them when coal industry was on the decline.
The intangible yet haunting consequence of the Vietnam-American war is sculpted in the relationship of love and hatred among men living in a village right at the boundary of North and South Vietnam. Chased by detonations of bombs that continue being excavated from their village's soil, they reminisce the war they never fought but defined the bounds of their lives. In this village tricked by time, Thanh, Hoang, Phuong, Dinh and Loc, wait out the winter with songs of love and war, wine stolen from Loc's wife, stories of youth and questions of how much longer they can survive.
Every year in India 1.8 million minor girls are abducted and trafficked into the sex trade. Missing is a visual essay through the lens of a photographer who has made the issue of child trafficking a passion project. Helped by two young village girls, Leena Kejriwal stumbles onto a trail of disappearing girls and intriguing clues that point to a trafficking racket in a border village caught amidst shifting tides... Portraits of love, loss and absence that transform the surreal landscape into a haunting reality of one of India's best kept secrets.
Taohua (peach blossom) Work-Study School is a juvenile reform school where boys and girls are strictly kept separate. It is divided into two segments; the Upstairs and Downstairs. The former contains students who are sent here by their parents, while the latter contains students sent by Public Security Bureau for criminal offenses. The two segments are separated by a path. Any kind of interactive is strictly forbidden between boys and girls. The story follows Li Wenjun’s journey of becoming the class leader, Leigong and Chanjuan’s puppy love; they are in love and yet are separated by the separation rule. The two storylines converge by the time of New Year celebration and each takes a dramatic turn. Here Where Peach Is in Bloom is about friendship and love to find their own place.
Far from the mainland and mainstream consciousness, in a region ridden with uncertainties, Tora is quaint and beautiful, but with bad roads, erratic transport service, a dysfunctional school, no hospital, no power supply, no mobile network and no job opportunities, the only source of income being illegal marijuana cultivation. In a place where promises are seldom kept, can people actually believe that anything will change and electricity will indeed come? In this unpredictable world, humour is the only constant. Over a period of two years spanning the electrification process and beyond, the film will flow with the lives of the three principal characters: JASMINE is a feisty entrepreneur trying to make a place for herself in a deeply patriarchal society. She wants to give her children a good education and so, sends them to an expensive boarding school in the next district. ASHANG is the young, dynamic, city-bred Village Chief who left his law practice in Delhi and returned home two years back to follow his destiny and his hereditary duty as chief. KHAMRANG, the 96-year-old grandpa, is the oldest person in Tora and a former insurgent. He lives on his own, cooks his own food, and occupies himself by doing carpentry, and listening to the radio every evening. He does not believe that electricity will arrive in his village. He has seen it all before. Through these three different perspectives, we understand the ethos of the community, their preoccupations, and priorities. The film will alternate between the lives of the people and the electricity work, two threads that move together, at times intersecting; the aspirations of the people chafed by the apathy and absurdity of the state machinery. Will electricity actually arrive in Tora? And if it does, will it stay to transform the lives of the people. The film waits to see.
Jai Sang Lod, a 21 year old boy from the Shan State dreams of having a normal life, but being a refugee and living in Doi Kor Wan Hill at the border of Myanmar and Thailand has put certain restrictions for his future. In this stateless territory, every Shan Refugee has to undergo training for a life time of military service. This is enforced by the Shan State Army (SSA) that controls and protects the territory in order to achieve the Shan liberation from the Myanmar government. His plan to live in Chiang Mai to follow his older brother has shattered after the passing of his mother and being an undocumented person puts him in greater risks in the city. His only option is to submit his life to the SSA without knowing if there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Agustin, a 46-year old tribesman, cannot read and write. He belongs to an indigenous tribe in the Philippines called the Aeta. Like Agustin, most Aetas are illiterate. They are the last hunter-gatherer tribe in the country, inhabiting some isolated, mountainous parts of the island of Luzon. Mining, deforestation, and illegal logging have caused their tribe’s population to steadily decrease. The government affords them little or no protection. Seeing that they can no longer solely depend on the forest for their food, Agustin realizes the need to keep up with modern times. One day, he enrolls in Grade 1. With the goal to get a college degree, Agustin starts learning his ABC’s and 123’s.
The national bus in Kabul has been riding since 40 years. The 6-km ride goes from West Kabul to the city centre. Teachers, students, labourers, soldiers prostitutes etc are the passengers. The bus drivers are mostly quiet and lost in their world of music playing on their radio. The three protagonists are related to an important location of the bus route and travel daily by bus. Each of them has a challenge in their life. Nasser (26) a former drug addict and now a photographer. Nasser’s big plan now is the photography of the addicted under the notorious bridge Pol e-Sokhta, which is obviously an embarrassing act towards the governmental mafias and Taliban involved in the drug business. Shoku (24), after running away from a forced marriage she has to flirt with powerful men to keep their fragile independence as a single women. Afshin (12) is a clever boy living close to Chil Dokhtaran mountain, the first bus stop. Time is coming that Afshin needs to go more frequently to the city as the eldest son of the family. How will the violent city change him?
In Indonesia, ISIS’s influence is growing and the threat of terrorism is on the rise. Little attention is being paid to what happens once terrorists are released back into society after serving their sentences. The fall of ISIS in the Middle East has also seen a new wave of jihadists who are now returning home. What is being done to these released and returning jihadists? We enter the world of terrorist rehabilitation in Indonesia as we follow the work of “Terrorist Whisperer” Noor Huda, a former member of an extremist terror group, who’s dedicated his life to deradicalizing extremists. We document the efforts of his team as they work with jihadists to restart their lives. The film will offer both points-of-views. On one side we have Huda and his team who are trying to help their clients. On the other side, we also tell the story from their clients’ perspectives and the challenges that they face in rebuilding their lives. We will explore what motivated them to join the jihad in the first place, and what eventually made them reject extremism. Our film aims to challenge the conventional methods of dealing with terrorist and hopefully find better solutions..
“Green Jail” was a large-scale mining village under Greater East Asia Imperialism which imprisoned 3,000 miners. Some of them were from the colonies Taiwan and Korea. Grandma Hashima, the adopted daughter of the head of colonial Taiwanese miners Yang Tien-fu, still protects the house where they lived, near the “jail on the sea”. She lives alone in an old shaggy wooden house where the “Green Jail” can still be seen from her window. What has actually happened in the coal mine? Yang Tien-fu has once recruited hundreds of Taiwanese miners to “Green Jail”, making them unable to get back to Taiwan and leave the jail… Is he an assaulter or a victim of Japanese Imperialism? The mining village was blocked and nearly without a connection to the outside world, having its own currency, schools, and forming its own industrial economy. Grandma is 92-year-old now, alone keeping those secrets. It is the final years of her mysterious life, a survivor with the memory of crime, pain and anger, and leads us to reveal the hidden history of the “Green Jail” throughout 80 years.