The “Lemesos International Documentary Festival”, this year in its seventh edition, will take place from the 1st to the 8th August 2012, presenting some of the most renowned and awarded documentary films of the year to be shown for the first time in Cyprus. Financial crisis, sustainable development and the constant fight of man for survival are only some of the topics of the 28 documentary films to be showcased this year.

Documentary filmmakers present their stories and characters without prejudice and with much authenticity, bravely capturing a reality that changes in the course of social and economic developments. From New York to Bangladesh and from Amsterdam to the heart of Africa, the documentaries will lead the viewer in a journey bursting with unprecedented images and intense emotions. Ever since its first edition, the festival constitutes the main platform for showcasing contemporary, creative documentary in Cyprus.

The festival is co-organised by Brave New Culture and Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, while it is being funded and supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, Media Desk Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, the Municipality of Limassol, the embassy of the Netherlands in Cyprus, the Goethe Institut, NeMe, the Limassol Cinema Club, ACCEPT and other private and public institutions. CYBC, Channel 6 and Russian Wave Radio are the communication sponsors. The official print communication sponsor is “Phileleftheros” newspaper.

This year’s festival is part of the official programme of cultural events for the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Parallel to the main screenings at the main festival area, the second Municipal Market of Limassol (Theatro Ena), some repetitive screenings will also take place at Sousami, just a few metres away from the main festival space in the heart of the old city of Limassol.

The festival will host directors and producers of films to be screened throughout the nine days, and the viewers will have the chance to initiate a creative dialogue with the filmmakers.

The Films

The Festival will open with awarded documentary film 5 Βroken Cameras, a film that tells the story of a Palestinian farm laborer who recorded his village’s resistance to Israeli oppression through five broken cameras. Τhe Vanishing Spring Light takes place in China and explores a family’s love and loss, obligation and attachment, guilt, transformation and destiny. Greek Diaspora filmmaker’s Angelos Abazoglou’s latest film Mustafa’s Sweet Dreams will also be screened. In the film, 16-year-old Mustafa, one of many young boys who study the complex art of making baklava, decides to move to the city to become a baklava master. Academy Award Winning documentary Saving Face explores the grave issue of brutal acid attacks against women in Pakistan. Ground breaking documentary The Ambassador is a tragic comedy about the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy. Bad Weather tells the story of Banishanta Island, which is made up of a community of sex workers, who strive to survive at the frontline of climate change. Cypriot documentaries Birds of a Feather by Stephen Nugent, Athenian Mammals by Yiorgos Apostolopoulos, Ioakim Mylonas and Panayiotis Fotiou and Christoforos Savva by Yiannis Yapanis will also be screened. G-spotting: A Story of Pleasure and Promise is an investigation into the heart of the fascinating world of scientific sexology. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major new retrospective of her work, taking place at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York city. In Planet of Snail (Best Feature Length Documentary Award, International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam IDFA, 2011) deaf and blind Young-Chan has no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. Cypriot director’s Christos Georgiou’s film Children of the Riots gives voice to some of those teenagers who witnessed 15- year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos’s death and the running battles with the police as they reflect on their world three years later, while dealing with Greece’s on-going crisis. Standing up to the reputation of first class danish documentary filmmaking, The Kid & the Clown is a moving film about hospital clown Angus and his daily activities with children and staff at the cancer ward at one of the biggest hospitals in Denmark. Academy Award nominated documentary by Marshall Curry If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America’s most pressing issues – environmentalism and terrorism. Khodorkovsky narrates the drama of Khodorkovsky’s rise and fall, all the way from a socialist believer to a perfect capitalist who subsequently became the most known Russian prisoner.

In collaboration with ACCEPT the Festival will screen Call me Kuchu, a film about Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists who work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. ½ Revolution captures the reality of the revolution that occurred in Egypt out of view from the world’s media, away from the square, through guerrilla filmed footage and testimonies. The Festival will close with the Academy Award Nominated Short Documentary The Tsunami & the Cherry Blossoms by Lucy Walker, who also directed ground breaking documentary Waste Land, which was screened in last year’s festival.

These are only some of the documentary films to be presented this year. Please find more information, screenings’ programme and the synopses of all the films in the attached festival programme and on the website:
www.filmfestival.com.cy

DocsTalk

As part of the parallel events of the festival, a documentary professional event entitled DocsTalk, will be organized. DocsTalk 2012 aims at offering Cypriot directors, producers and cinema professionals the opportunity to expand and promote their skills in documentary making.

DocsTalk is supported by the Cyprus Guild of Directors and the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) and consists of the following sessions:

Master Class: Documenting a Conflict with 5 Broken Cameras
Fri. 03/08, 11.00-13.00
In the Master Class, Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat will talk about the creative process behind their film, which is based on raw video footage, documenting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Workshop: New Forms of Documentary and Interactive Storytelling
Fri. 03/08, 16.00 – 18.00
The workshop will be led by Caspar Sonnen, who is the new media coordinator for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and curator of the festival’s IDFA DocLab, a competition program for new forms of documentary and interactive storytelling. He will present a general overview of interactive documentary and web-based documentary media art today.
EAVE Seminar
Sat. 04/08, 10.00 – 15.00
Documentary experts Sylvia Stevens and Álvaro Vega from EAVE Organization (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) will give a presentation focusing on what it takes to produce a creative documentary today as well as on modern production methods and marketing techniques / strategies.
SOURCES 2 Doc Checks
Sat. 04/08, 16.00-19.00
SOURCES 2 adviser Ulla Simonen will give a keynote on ‘Scriptwriting for Documentaries’, and in individual 20-30-minute consultation sessions (following application procedure) she will provide professional feed-back, ideas, suggestions and practical advice on developing the proposed documentary film projects in development.
Presentation: Independent Documentary Filmmaking in the Balkans
Sat. 04/08, 16.00-17.00
Balkan Documentary Centre director and awarded producer Martichka Bozhilova will present and give examples of successful independent documentary productions from the Balkan region.
Lecture: A Defence of Documentary
Sat. 04/08, 17.00-18.00
In this illustrated lecture, Michael Chanan, who is both a film scholar and a seasoned documentarist, argues that the screen is a more subtle space of representation than the simple opposition between fiction and reality allows for, and documentary doesn’t have to be objective to fulfil its task.

DocsTalk is open to the public (except from SOURCES 2 Doc Checks) and will take place at Curium Palace Hotel in Limassol. All the workshops will be carried out in english.

General Information

Entrance to the Festival and DocsTalk, Cyprus is free of charge. All films will be screened in their original language with Greek and English subtitles.

Venues

  • 2nd Limassol Municipal Market “Theatro Ena”, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Susami

Organisers

The 7th Lemesos International Documentary Festival is organised by Brave New Culture and CyBC in collaboration with Media Desk, The Cyprus University of Technology, ZEDEM and NeMe.