EMRE, THE STORY OF A YOUNG BOXER • 2020

DIRECTOR: Kaan Atilla Taşkın

COUNTRY: Turkey

RUNTIME: '63

 

SYNOPSIS: 19-year-old Emre, who dreams of coming 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the Turkish Championship, is looking for support to facilitate the difficult life he has, because he has to work as a waiter. Emre wants to find a sponsor and leave his job to focus on boxing, but the conditions do not favor Emre. Emre has to work as a waiter and prepare for the Turkish championship at the same time.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Doc

FEATURE DOCS

LIVING WITH GHOSTS • 2021

DIRECTOR: Stephen Berkley

COUNTRY: USA

RUNTIME: '89

 

SYNOPSIS: Death abounds in Year 2020.  Not making headline news, however, is a mental health condition afflicting survivors of those who died abruptly. A psychopathology known as complicated grief occurs when a fatality is so unexpected that the resulting sorrow doesn't ebb normally over time.  Instead, the grief mixes with trauma and becomes chronic, disabling 20-30% of all bereaved.  Without intervention, impairment can last for years or even a lifetime. This film follows three stricken widows on their search for relief, culminating in a controversial study at the University of North Texas. There, scientists are working to reduce acute grief symptoms by inducing telepathic "reconnections" between survivor and deceased —  the first publicly-funded research of its kind. Study findings are "in press" for 2021 (Grief Matters Scientific Journal) and are expected to revolutionize the treatment of grief globally. Maybe true love is forever after all.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Doc

SERENDIP • 2019

DIRECTOR: Marco Napoli

COUNTRY: Italy

RUNTIME: '70

 

SYNOPSIS: After months of pooling resources, Andrea finally joins Antonio in Sri Lanka, where he is already working to organize the delivery of school supplies for the children of Ambewela. After the successful initial phase, Take Me Back guys come into contact with voices, faces and ideas until they become witnesses of stories and live spectators of a faraway place, a place that screams diversity, change and possibility. What the two friends couldn’t predict was how much the journey itself would become their path, allowing them to bring back home more than the feeling of having done something great.

 

NOMINATIONS:
• Best Feature Doc