WHEN YOU CAN'T GO BACK • 2019

DIRECTOR: Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso

COUNTRY: Italia

RUNTIME: '65

 

SYNOPSIS: Among the passengers at Fiumicino airport, there’s Obaida, a bright engineering student who miraculously arrives in Rome thanks to a scholarship. He used to dream of becoming a singer but the war changed his priorities. Obaida is on his own, his family remained in Syria.

When everything is lost, starting over seems impossible. But life never ceases to surprise Obaida: He will sing at “The Voice”, he will graduate with honors and his path will cross other lives and stories.

Though he looks lost at the airport arrivals, Obaida seems to know where to go despite not knowing the way. With his extraordinary story and his courageous example,

Obaida offers the spectator a different perspective on Syria in its war years, allowing us to know the Syrian culture regardless of the tragic state it is currently in.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Doc

FEATURE DOCS

ROYALS AT WAR • 2020

DIRECTOR: Maud Guillaumin

COUNTRY: Belgium

RUNTIME: '104

 

SYNOPSIS: November 1918 marks the end of a world conflict that left 20 million people dead. The responsibles for the carnage are the monarchs. Empires are crumbling. After the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II, European monarchies all united by family ties are terrorized by the communist threat. Fascism and Nazism seem to be the solution. Willingly or unintentionally, the European royal houses find themselves at the center of Hitler's political spectrum. September 1939, Hitler implements his expansionist aims. The Second World War is on. To save their country, to save their crown, the sovereigns must choose: to stay close to their people in the country occupied by the Germans or to go into exile, resist or collaborate. While for some the decision is quickly made, others hesitate. By naivety, opportunism or assumed collaboration, each monarch seeks the best solution for his country.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Doc

RIGHT NOW I WANT TO SCREAM

• 2020

DIRECTOR: Cahal Mclaughlin, Siobhán Wills

COUNTRY: United Kingdom

RUNTIME: '62

 

SYNOPSIS: "Right now I want to scream”; this cry of urgency is how Vanessa Félix, mother of 8 year old Ágatha, shot by the police in Rio de Janeiro, September 2019, closes her interview in this film that connects two worlds: the marginalised black communities of Cité Soleil and Rio. The film aims to provide a platform for residents of marginalised communities to tell their stories. Others interviewed include community leaders from favela communities; experts from Fiocruz, the leading public health institute in Latin America, the international human rights NGO Conectas; and a Rio de Janeiro police officer.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Doc