MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN 2006 - European feature documentary film festival - Belgrade

by MagnificentSevenFestival | created - 19 Feb 2013 | updated - 14 Jan 2014 | Public

One should go for innovation but also honour roots and tradition - this is what we do in Belgrade year after year with a festival that carries the name of a mainstream American movie but has its focus on poetry and independent, personal storytelling.

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1. The Devil's Miner (2005)

82 min | Documentary

7.6
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81 Metascore

'The Devil's Miner' tells the story of 14-year-old Basilio who worships the devil for protection while working in a Bolivian silver mine to support his family.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani

Votes: 513 | Gross: $0.01M

“The Devil’s Miner” is the story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino, as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, which date back to the sixteenth century. Through the children’s eyes, we encounter the world of devout Catholic miners who sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. It is due to an ancient belief that the devil, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the tunnels, determines the fate of all who work within the mines. Raised without a father and living in virtual poverty with their mother on the slopes of the mine, the boys assume many adult responsibilities. They must work to afford the clothing and supplies vital to their education. Basilio believes only the mountain devil’s generosity will allow them to earn enough money to continue the new school year. Without an education, the brothers have no chance to escape their destiny of being miners in the silver mines.

2. Mahaleo (2005)

98 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.4
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In Malagasy, Mahaleo means free, independent

Mahaleos voices and music have accompanied the people of Madagascar ever since the collapse of the colonial regime. Yet, even after 30 years of ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Cesar Paes, Raymond Rajaonarivelo | Star: Dama Mahaleo

Votes: 34

“ In Malagasy “mahaleo” means free, independent Mahaleo’s voices and music have accompanied the people of Madagascar ever since the collapse of the colonial regime. Yet, even after 30 years of success, the group’s seven musicians still keep their distance from the world of show-business, and remain deeply committed to the ideas of helping their country’s development; their professions range from surgeon to farmer, physician to sociologist and Member of Parliament. Accompanied by the group’s rhythmic melodies, the film follows the singers through their daily lives, giving us a glimpse of the far-reaching social and economic problems of the Malagasy people. The combined talents of film artists who made the film, have produced a work that is both ethereal and concrete, poetic and political.

3. Hiljainen tila (2005)

52 min | Documentary

7.4
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In the Autumn of 2002 the cows of the Junkkonen farm are taken to the slaughterhouse. The wheels of progress roll onwards, but two middle-aged people get left behind, Maija and Pentti ... See full summary »

Director: Mervi Junkkonen | Stars: Maija Junkkonen, Pentti Junkkonen

Votes: 9

“ The last cows of the Junkkonen farm are taken to the slaughterhouse. The wheels of progress roll onwards, but two middle-aged people get left behind, Maija and Pentti Junkkonen. The small municipality of Oulunsalo is planning factories, business parks, and a new 4-lane road which would cut through the farmers’ fields. It is a story about the period of mourning people who give up their livelihoods go through and about the things that really matter in the end. The older Junkkonen daughter, director of the film, Mervi, realises that she herself is part of the reason why her parents decided to give up their livelihood-there is no one to take over the farm. Through her father’s 8mm films, she catches glimpses of the farm’s history and a time when it was full of life. Now, Pentti (60), spends his time with his collection of tractors and some small-scale farming, but Maija (55) doesn’t know what to do. Life keeps taking tragic turns and old worries do not seem so important any more. About a Farm is the director’s personal inquiry into a vanishing life-style and a history of which she is the last link.

4. Guerrilla Girl (2005)

90 min | Documentary

6.0
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This film is about a young girl who enters FARC and her training to become a guerrilla soldier. It describes the transformation this young city-girl undertakes, when having to adapt to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Piasechi Poulsen

Votes: 120

“ GUERRILLA GIRL is the story of a young girl who enters the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the largest insurgent group in Colombia. Unsettling and unforgettable, this film captures with intensity the remarkable metamorphosis the guerrilla recruits undergo, during the 3 month basic training course. From her first arrival to the hidden guerrilla camp, we follow the main character, Isabel, in her quest to become a part of this ideological organization, and thereby renouncing life as she knows it. With unprecedented access, the director describes the transformation of a middle-class city-girl having to adapt to strict military training, Marxist ideology and primitive conditions of life. GUERRILLA GIRL is a critical anti-war-film, from a distant world that people usually have sporadic conceptions or prejudice about. From deep within the Colombian jungle, we get the first cinematic in-depth look at the life, trials and tribulations of young men and women who are lead into an ideologically narrow and dangerous life cycle.

5. Before Flying Back to Earth (2005)

52 min | Documentary

8.8
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A short documentary about a hospital ward for children with leukemia in Lithuania.

Director: Arunas Matelis

Votes: 1,094

“ Arunas Matelis filmed the kids in the leukemia ward in Vilnius during their day-to-day routine, without becoming sentimental.For the parents, their worst nightmare has come true, but what do the children themselves think? A life among medicine, IVs and tubes does not prevent them from just carrying on. Their adaptability is incredible. One of the mothers says her son has not grown dejected in hospital, because he has gotten used to it and does not know any better. The children practice karate or dream of getting hamburgers and Coke instead of the old cabbage soup. The future is often brought up, as if it were not finite: they hope they will not turn blond when their hair grows back, or they want to become a doctor, "but not in the leukemia ward." The film is interlaced with black-and-white pictures showing the children in the middle of a smile, yawn or gesture, momentarily freezing time in this thorough documentary that does not deal with death, but with life

6. Africa United (2005)

80 min | Comedy, Sport

6.3
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An enchanting journey into the dreams and aspirations of a football-crazy coach and his colorful ensemble of players who have to overcome their egos - and hot blood - for a true team spirit.

Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson | Stars: Einar Xavier Sveinsson, Saint Paul Edeh, Zakaria Anbari, Cheik Bangoura

Votes: 122

Zico came to Iceland from Morocco to seek his fortune. After ten years running his own small business, Zico goes bankrupt. Desperate and depressed he decides to fire up his amateur team called Africa United and take it into the semi-professional 3rd division. He calls upon immigrants all over Iceland, players from Morocco, Nigeria, Colombia, Serbia, Gambia and Guinea to help him realize his vision. But the road to success is rocky. AFRICA UNITED takes us on an enchanting journey into the dreams and aspirations of a football-crazy coach and his colorful ensemble of players who have to overcome their egos - and hot blood - for a true team spirit.

7. Cha-Ci-Pe (2006)

Documentary

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Director invites the kids to become his filmmaking partners: he teaches them how to operate a movie camera, and encourages them to film the environment in which they live. The director ... See full summary »

Director: Miroslav Janek

A documentary about children living life without their parents. Miroslav Janek investigates life in a children’s home by means of play. He invites the kids to become his filmmaking partners: he teaches them how to operate a movie camera, and encourages them to film the environment in which they live. The director introduces the children to various filmmaking crafts, and thus they aren’t limited to merely capturing reality. Together they create animation, shoot skits they have thought up by themselves and experiment with film materials all the while revealing many things about their lives. In the kids hands, the camera is a toy, but one which breaks down the walls separating two worlds. It is a tool that enables them to confide their secrets, to cope with powerlessness and unexpected sorrow.