4TH LABF FESTIVAL

labfff 2013

the voorman problem

The Voorman Problem

Fiction / UK / Director: Mark Gill

Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The Doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman – is he a faker or a lunatic?

a better world

A Better World

Fiction / Belgium / Director: Sacha Feiner

Henry, dedicated citizen of a pitiless dictatorship, has worked at the Denunciation Ministry his whole life. But suddenly, the regime collapses; the cold, technocratic and paranoid world becoming at once an idyllic countryside.

best of both worlds

Best of Both Worlds

Fiction / USA / Director: Michael Dunker

Struggling to find the right girlfriend, Charlie meets Michelle and questions if he can accept it when she reveals she turns into a guy named Michael during the day. This story is about Charlie’s struggle to accept the best of both worlds.

this is a love story

This is a Love Story

Fiction / USA / Director: Matt DiGennaro

Nothing is ever truly gone – it’s all just somewhere else… A summer fling told from beginning to end while at the same time experienced end to beginning. What was, what is, and what we wish to be all merge in a story simultaneously heart-mending and heart-breaking.

dreamer

Dreamer

Fiction / France / Director: Charbel Ka

A former film director who has become homeless builds a camera out of recycled rubbish. Sitting in his cardboard lounge under a motorway bridge, with his camera made from bottles of scotch, he feeds his illusions – dreaming of continuing his work.

new era

New Era

Fiction / USA / Directors: Erica Silverman & Zachary Taylor

Small-town-girl Era has an adventurous heart, but bills, her job and other expectations keep her from her ambitions. Her elderly neighbour Helen begins to share her own life lessons, mistakes and deepest regrets, so that Era may live fearlessly as the parallels between their lives unfold.

momentum

Momentum

Fiction / Germany / Director: Boris Seewald

For some it is just an ordinary party snack, but for Patrick, a tortilla chip starts a moment of self-discovery. With exuberant dancing and magical passion, he shares his inspiration and invites every one to participate. Even his mother.

botev is an idiot

Botev Is An Idiot

Fiction / Bulgaria / Director: Deyan Bararev

High school student Vasko has written an essay that offends and questions Hristo Botev, who is widely considered by Bulgarians to be a symbolic figure and national hero. When a teacher interrogates him in front of the whole class, he reveals that what he meant to say was something entirely different.

summers past

Summers Past

Fiction / Sweden / Director: Sophia Bösch

This film tells of the challenges of young adult life – a woman seeking her identity and independence, finding loneliness, and a young man who dares to expose himself in his desire to become a father. The story of a young couple confronted with questions of independence and identity, in the face of possible parenthood.

old dog

Old Dog

Fiction / Ukraine / Director: Max Stetskov

A story about a Russian ambulance attendant who is punished in an extraordinary way for his negligence in the workplace. A mysterious and threatening caller alerts him to the presence of dynamite in his office, and the countdown on the explosives begins to tick…

milo

Milo

Fiction / Italy / Director: Simon Pietro De Domenico

Milo, a 7-year-old boy, lives in a world all of his own and does not like ‘outside’ interference. For this reason, he decides to record a spectacular storm of silence which engulfs his city, in order to isolate himself further.

one way ticket to paradise

One Way Ticket to Paradise

Fiction / USA / Director: Fannar Thor Arnarsson

The world’s oldest profession is a cruel one. A woman in financial trouble begins her first ever day of prostitution, moving from one client to the next in order to survive. What price has she paid, for what she earns?

raizerman

Raizerman

Fiction / Israel / Director: Assaf Kafri

When you discover you’re tagged as Out Of Order… On his last day at work, Raizerman has to endure dry bureaucracy and fellow workers’ sympathy, just to realise that it’s really over. A story of a common middle class worker coping with retirement. 

kokoto

Kokoto

Documentary / Norway / Director: Kristian Jaran Engelsen

Set in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, the film follows young boxer Owino, who hopes to use his sporting prowess to one day lift himself and his family out of poverty and escape the slums. Owino is passionate and determined to suceed, but now an illness threatens his chances of success and survival.

more than ice cream

More Than Ice Cream

Documentary / Hong Kong / Director: Riley Leung

90-year-old Wong Kwong, a.k.a. Uncle Ice Cream, shares his memories and takes us through his day-to-day life selling ice cream on the streets of Hong Kong, as he has done for several decades. A portrait of a tough old Hong Kong spirit and a role model for the youth of today.

between two worlds

Between Two Worlds

Documentary / Netherlands / Director: Ruud Lenssen

A portrait of Dutch filmmaker Marijn Poels who every year makes eight films about eight different Third World countries in crisis. We also find out what it is that makes Poels so determined to give people in the Third World a voice. 

mlk a living legacy

MLK: A Living Legacy

Documentary / USA / Director: Stephen Menick

Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world and his legacy continues to do so today. Prominent Americans detail how his work changed their lives, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, journalist Colman McCarthy and Freedom Rider Rev. Perry A. Smith.

still

Still

Documentary / USA / Directors: Ruby Stocking, Michael Barth, Pasqual Gutierrez & José Tadeu Bijos

As society enters a new era of awareness towards environmentalism on land, much is still unknown about the sustainability of the one body that comprises over 70% of our planet: our oceans. The film dives into the life of Carlos Eyles – author, free diver, and ocean photographer – and his own thoughts on the worth of our seas.

ditching school to whistle

Ditching School to Whistle

Documentary / USA / Director: Ien Chi

A film about Ien Chi’s experiences of ditching school to compete in the International Whistling Convention. The film explores the fascinating characters who converge once a year for this truly quirky event, and their stories of discovering healing and happiness through a unique hobby that may be dismissed by most as rather silly.

garters the insecurity of security

Gariteros: The Insecurity of Security

Documentary / Argentina / Director: Leonardo Cauteruccio

Each night in their sentry boxes, the ‘gariteros’ provide security to the neighbourhoods they are paid to protect. With only a flashlight and mobile phone and no proper training, they work more than 14 hours a day whilst away from their families – risking their lives for minimum wage.

train of flies

Train of Flies

Documentary / Spain / Directors: Fernando Lopez Castillo & Nieves Prieto Tassier 

Every year 400,000 undocumented Central Americans cross Mexico, trying to reach the USA, travelling on top of cargo trains. In Veracruz, Mexico, they find a little hope: a few brave women, who have provided food and drink to the immigrants every single day for the past 15 years, risking their lives to stand at the edge of the railway tracks and pass up food and water to the immigrants as they lean down from the trains speeding past.

being violet

Being Violet

Documentary / USA / Director: Melanie Berube

Walk in the heels of a drag queen and smile! A portrait of Kyle Elmer and his drag character Violet Hart. Kyle takes us on the journey of his transformation into heels and sequins to the stage at Hamburger Mary’s and the streets of downtown Portland. A film about courage, pride, and lots of glitter.

do tell

Do Tell

Documentary / Japan & USA / Director: Noah DeBonis

The U.S. military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Law was repealed in 2011. This documentary chronicles the stories of gay and lesbian service members living on a U.S. military base in Japan, their experiences serving under DADT, and how the repeal has impacted their lives today.

gokula a place on earth for cows

Gokula: A Place On Earth For Cows

Documentary / UK / Director: Donna Lipowitz

In picturesque Hertfordshire we meet Syam, a Hare Krishna devotee and traditional farmer who demonstrates that a cow is not only an animal that can provide us with food, but can also be a companion. When we look into the eye of a cow, do we now see something we didn’t see before?

tits

Tits

Documentary / USA / Director: Opal Dockery

A fascinating film about a woman’s right to be topless in public, bringing in the larger debates concerning women’s rights and gender equality, and directed by 67-year-old first-time filmmaker Opal Dockery. A story about Dockery’s fight against what she perceives as discrimination against women in a very particular and contentious way.

insight to strengths

Insight to Strengths

Documentary / USA / Director: Jen Ackerman

The ‘strengths perspective’ framework is used by social workers all over the world, to help people find the positive outcomes of their situation. This film employs the strengths perspective in order to reshape what it means to be different, featuring the local LGBT community as they sift out the strengths they have gain through their hardships.

thinkingaloud series

ThinkingAloud Series

Documentary / USA / Director: Robert Rippberger

The ThinkingAloud Series is a collection of philosophical talks and interviews with prominent thinkers from around the world. It is a provocative reflection on shared questions and dilemmas that affect us all, including the notion of what it means to be free.

feral painter

Feral Painter

Expressions / France / Director: Frank Vroegop

Paris-based Dutch artist Frank Vroegop both stars in and directed this beautiful experimental film about the deconstructionist aspect of art, which also features a powerful Radiohead soundtrack.

poetica

Poetica

Expressions / USA / Director: Anthony Furlong

This vibrant documentary uses a blend of man-on-the-street-style interviews, performance footage, and confessionals to express an artistic soul through the words of artists across New York City: dancers, opera singers, boxers, skateboarders, chess players and fashion designers.

seek

Seek

Expressions / Cyprus / Director: Eleutherios Kakathimis

Life is a journey, a strange train ride to the future – what is it you seek? So asks the eerie, robotic narration that guides you through this dreamy landscape of urban train tracks and oceans seen from thousands of feet above. An experimental call to action to follow your dreams and be free.

house

House

Expressions / Germany & Jordan / Director: Ahmad Saleh

For generations, a family has lived in a beautiful house. Guests are always welcome to enjoy a pleasant stay – until one guest arrived with a different plan in mind. Bit by bit, the house is taken over and the original owners are pushed out – referencing the occupation of Palestine on a symbolic and aesthetic level.

i fear the shears

I Fear The Shears

Expressions / USA / Director: Greg McDonald

A bad hair day can last a lifetime… “My dad’s haircuts left life long emotional scars that I’m just now starting to come to terms with. His horrific bowl cuts were legendary. This is my story of a bowl cut survivor.” 

circle square

Circle Square

Expressions / Canada / Director: Dylan Glynn

A circular character named O, who is representative of humankind, becomes suffocated by cubes (representative of all forms, thoughts, etc) of his own invention – until he explodes (his ego dies), and he returns to being a circle (is enlightened).

flux

Flux

Expressions / USA / Director: Jamie Oliveira

Flux (noun): the flow; change; the natural state of things. This short experimental film provides a poetic glimpse into the will of the human psyche over the state of one’s own perception. 

rolling on the floor

Rolling On The Floor

Expressions / USA / Director: Ted Fisher

They say you should dance like no one is watching … but what happens when you do? When the idea of free, unrestrained self expression crashes into the vanity and pride of youth, which wins out? When Killebrew Mason went to the college dance, she knew it would be a moment she’d never forget. She just didn’t know why.

four minute poo poo

Four Minute Poo Poo

Expressions / Hong Kong / Director: Liza Wong

Shot in one long continuous take, this quirky yet poignant film from celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Liza Wong shows us the barriers to being truly free that are felt by both the very old and the very young.