23/05/2013

Millenium brings South Mediterranean films to Brussels

Millenium film fest to screen a selection of the best documentaries from the South Mediterranean

Events and Festivals

Millenium brings South Mediterranean films to Brussels

With the support of the European Union's Euromed Audiovisual programme, the fifth Millenium International Documentary Film Festival is to screen a selection of the best South Mediterranean documentaries in Brussels next weekend and next week.

From May 31 to June 9, the festival will bring you rare images of the popular uprisings and daily life in the South Mediterranean region, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the region's directors. 

This year's programme includes Words of Witness, an Egyptian-American co-production directed by Mai Iskander. Her documentary is about Heba, a 22-year-old journalist who defies cultural conventions and her family’s expectations by taking to the streets to give us insight into a shaken Egypt.

Tunisian director Sami Tlili’s Cursed by the Phosphate takes us back to the origin of the Tunisian revolution, a sit-in organised by a group of unemployed youth in Redeyef that sparked six months of civil unrest. Hinde Boujemaa, also from Tunisia, will screen It Was Better Tomorrow, in which Aida’s life changes dramatically following the January 14 uprising that brought hope to Tunisia.

Moroccan director Karima Zoubir’s Camera/Woman, a project developed through Euromed Audiovisual's 2012 Access training initiative, follows Khadija, a young Moroccan divorcee determined to work as a camerawoman despite her family’s disapproval.

In A World Not OursMahdi Fleifel returns with his family to Ain al-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon where he grew up, to shoot a film. He depicts his family, his friends, daily confrontations, and the story of his childhood friend Abu Eyad with tenderness and humour. The film is a co-production between Lebanon, Denmark and Great Britain.

Israeli directors Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin will screen Dolphin Boy, the touching story of Morad, an Arab Israeli teenager who, after being violently attacked, is left traumatised and stops speaking. He tries therapy with dolphins in the sea, and little by little, thanks to the animals, starts talking again after months of silence.

Turkey will be well represented with no less than four documentaries, including Orhan Eskikoy’s On the Way to School, the story of a Turkish teacher asked to teach Kurdish kids how to speak Turkish. As they do not speak the same language, they will have trouble understanding each other.

Then comes Aslihan Unaldi’s Overdrive: Istanbul In The New Millenium, a Turkish-American co-production. The film portrays Istanbul, a city at a crossroads, its past threatened by urban development and out-of-control traffic. Will Istanbul be able to renew itself once again or will it succumb?

As for Turkish director Didem Pekun, he tells the story of Tülay German, a famous pop singer in Anatolia. Tülay German: Years Of Fire And Cinders, a co-production between France and Turkey, is the portrayal of the singer who became the voice of the immigrants in France.

Also from Turkey, Yüksel Aksu’s Last Nomads In Anatolia: Sarikecililer follows the last nomads in Anatolia, showing their everyday life, culture and lifestyle.

Thanks to its partnership with Millenium, Euromed Audiovisual will give the directors of Camera/Woman, It Was Better Tomorrow and Dolphin Boy the opportunity to attend the festival.

For more information about the festival and its screenings, please click here.

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