Made in Iran

Category: Documentary
Director: Charlotte Scott-Wilson
Producer: CTM Docs

The young brothers Icy and Sot are on the streets of Tabriz, a city in Iran. It's night time;  In the darkness they make fast their controversial stencils on the walls of the city. With their work they lure attention to social issues and criticize Iranian politics. When they are invited to exhibit their artwork in New York, they have a chance to flee from the strict Iranian regime. The American dream is at hand; Ultimate freedom is in sight.

The colorful and perpetually fast pacing NY seems like a warm bath, but all too soon Icy and Sot face a reality check. Their manager gives them the choice; if they want to stay in New York; If they ask officially for political asylum; they can never go back to Iran.

While the brothers try to continue their work in NY, we recall memories of their homeland. To live this American dream, they have had to leave their family and friends. Leave the simple life, but also the stress of the Iranian government always having to look over their shoulders.

For Icy and Sot, fleeing from Iran has proved worthwhile. Their work now hangs on the white walls of a NY gallery. Wealthy Americans, who don’t know much about the brothers and their Iranian background, purchase their work. Politically engaged art is exciting.

All their goals have been achieved. But is their work of any meaning when its stuck on a tight white wall; instead of on the Iranian streets? How long are Icy and Sot tenable as artists in a city that seems addicted to new things? Was chasing a dream worth it now they can never return?

Made in Iran is a film about what happens when your dreams come true.

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What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna's most famous troupe of dancers.
 

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Life, Love & HIV

Category: Documentary, Teledoc Campus
Writer/director: Nadia Moussaid
Producer: CTM Docs

A single mother in Amsterdam and a Mexican lady living in the North of the Netherlands; two very different women who are both living with HIV. Since the 90s HIV/AIDS is a chronic disease instead of a fatal one. But that doesn't mean that all the problems are solved; the social stigma and taboos remain. Life, Love & HIV shows how these two women find the strength to carry on in modern day society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forget Me Not

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Jan Jaap Kuiper
Producer: ThankEve Productions
Co-producer: CTM Docs

It takes devotion to teach kids facing deportation. It takes determination to teach kids arriving from a war zone.

At first glance De Verrekijker looks like a normal Dutch primary school. However, the little boys and girls are all children of rejected asylum seekers. Headmaster Toon and the teachers do all they can to give them the best education. Yet each morning they worry if any pupil has been forced to leave the country. After a series of deportations it becomes increasingly difficult to provide the children with a safe haven. The situation escalates when a group of Syrian boys fleeing war arrive at the school.

Sea Of Men

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Manuel Muñoz
Producer: Azhar Media
Co-Producers: CTM Pictures & El Viaje Films
Funded by: The Netherlands Film Fund

In a hidden place in Southern Spain, between the sea and the large extensions of dunes, a few men live in cabins where they take refuge from their problems and are not confined by the restrictions of time. They dedicate their lives to fishing, contemplation of the sea and alcohol. 

A small group of filmmakers prowls the environment continuing in the footsteps of a German archaeologist who had excavated in these very dunes a hundred years ago, convinced that he would find the remainders of a lost city.

Director/Writer – Manuel Muñoz

Manuel Muñoz was born in Seville, Spain, in 1978. He studied Publicity in the University of Seville and a Media & Communication course in the University of Lincoln, England. After directing some video pieces in London, he enrols in the EICTV, International School of Movies and TV, of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where he graduated in 2004.

Hollywood Banker

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Rozemyn Afman
Producer: CTM Docs
Co-producer: The Filmers
Languages: Dutch and English
Duration: 90 minutes

In the 80s, Dutchman Frans Afman became the most important banker in Hollywood and one of the most powerful men in the business. Through Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis he was introduced to the world of filmmaking and together they created a system of financing that revolutionized the independent film industry in Hollywood, called pre sales.

For over a decade Frans was instrumental in both financing films such as ‘Platoon’, ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Dances with Wolves’; as well as in the rise of the leading independent production companies such as Cannon, Hemdale and Carolco.

As the success grew, ambition turned into greed and people of dubious character began to involve themselves in the independent film industry. Such as Giancarlo Parretti, a former Italian waiter turned investor. Immediately, Frans did not trust Parretti, but his boss at Credit Lyonnais ruled against him. Parretti became a major player in the independent film business and took over MGM with money he had lent from Credit Lyonnais. Frans left the bank in protest. It wasn’t long before Paretti and MGM started losing billions leading both the studio and bank into bankruptcy.

And so the Dutch banker left the stage as swiftly as he had entered, but not without leaving behind a great legacy of independent films and forever changing the way films are financed.

Director Rozemyn Afman tells the story of her father’s life and times, and how he not only influenced the world of filmmaking in Hollywood, but also her own life. 

Director – Rozemyn

Rozemyn Afman (1983) studied at the International Center of Photography in New York and attended classes in film directing at The New York Film Academy.

She is the daughter of Frans Afman, the Hollywood Banker and subject of her documentary. He passed on his love for film to her and introduced her to the people and machinations of the film industry.

Upon hearing the news of Frans’ terminal illness in October 2010, she moved back to Amsterdam to aid him. During this emotional time she was inspired to tell his life story. This is Rozemyn’s first documentary as a director. 

Addicted To Every Possibility

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Moon Blaisse
Producer: Jules Debrocks (Pain Perdu Audiovisual Productions)
Co-producer: CTM Pictures
Language: Dutch
Duration: 70 minutes

In 2005, famous designer and architect Maarten van Severen dies. He left us with one of the most extraordinary collections of furniture and several exquisite architectural project but also 4 young sons who carry part of their father’s talent and personality. While we follow the boys’ steps towards a promising future, we reconstruct the tumultuous and tragical life of their father. When his sons get confronted with some of the same challenges and problems as their father, history seams to repeat itself. 

For more information please visit maartenvanseverenthefilm.com

Director/Writer – Moon Blaisse

Moon Blaisse studied film directing at the RITS, in Belgium. Her graduation film, ‘Misschien later’ (Maybe later), was a success. With this film she won a VAF wildcard, which she is using for the development of a short film. By a commissioned film for the Severen Foundation to the subject of the Chair .03, she came with the idea for the film; Addicted to every possibility, which was immediately received excited by architects and others.

As Time Goes By In Shanghai

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Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Uli Gaulke
DOP: Jörg Jeshel, Axel Schneppat
Editor: Silke Rohrlach, Markus Schmidt
Sound: Raimund von Scheibner
Producer: Helge Albers Flying Moon FilmProduktion
Co-producer: Sander Verdonk – CTM LEV Pictures
Funded by: German Federal Film Board FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg MBB, Deutscher Filmförderfonds DFFF
Languages: English and Chinese

The oldest band of the world has been playing every evening at the Peace Hotel in Shanghai for more than thirty years. Most members of the band, all Jazz musicians of the first rank, are older than 80 years.

AS TIME GOES BY IN SHANGHAI accompanies the oldest band in the world on their greatest adventure yet: their appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, the most important festival of its kind. 

In the final weeks before their appearance, this musical film will immerse itself in a world of unparalleled change. Jazz stands for improvisation, individualism, freedom and creativity. Against the backdrop of great jazz hymns, the film will chart the fascinating life stories of these seven exceptional musicians: from the Japanese occupation to the Cultural Revolution right up to today’s turbo planned economy. With humour, wisdom and a tale or two being spun on the way, the men in black suits will lead us on a tour of their everyday lives in one of the world’s most modern cities and show us how good old jazz has given them the strength to weather the storms of time.

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Anton Corbijn Inside Out

Category: Documentary
Director: Klaartje Quirijns
D.O.P.: Martijn van Broekhuizen & Diderik Evers 
Sound: Jos ten Klooster
Editor: Boris Gerrets
Sound design: Rob Flanagan
Composer: Gavin Friday
Creative producer: Thomas den Drijver
Production co-ordinator: Margreet Ploegmakers
Co-producers: Denis Wigman – CTM Films, Bart van Langedonk – Savage Films, Morgan Bush - Fastnet Film, VPRO
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Gertjan Langeland
Production company: LEV Pictures
Sales agent: Hanway
Duration: 90 minutes
Release: February 2012 

Selection Festivals:

Berlinale - World premiere
Prix Italia - Best documentary in the category music and arts 

SYNOPSIS
An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist. A unique and revelatory look at the drama and conflict inherent in the man himself: the sacrifice of his private life versus his meteoric career, his commercial success versus his desire for artistic recognition, and his audience’s admiration versus his personal loneliness.

Director Klaartje Quirijns

Klaartje Quirijns is director of documentaries, including The Brooklyn Connection and The Dictator Hunter. In 2012 her two new films will premiere: Peace vs. Justice and Anton Corbijn Inside Out. Klaartje Quirijns was raised in the Netherlands. After studying law, she worked as a director with the Dutch public broadcasting organisations NPS and VPRO. There she tackled the subjects of, among others, life in a maximum security prison, the physician that had to make a life or death decision for one of ‘The Breda Four’ gang and war criminals from Afghanistan who live side by side with their victims in centres for asylum seekers in the Netherlands. For the programme Urbania she portrayed ordinary people with extraordinary stories in Amsterdam. Klaartje lived in New York for ten years, where she worked on documentaries and made a video installation for the Kunsthal. She currently lives in London.

Her film The Brooklyn Connection, in which an arms dealer recounts how he smuggled weapons from the US to Kosovo, was part of the prestigious American documentary series POV and it was subject of an edition of CBS’s current affairs programme 60 Minutes. For her film The Dictator Hunter she followed an American Human Rights Watch lawyer for three years during his hunt for Hissene Habre, the former dictator of Chad. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007, was nominated for the European Film Awards and won several prizes.

Currently she is working on The New American Dream about the influence of psychotherapy on modern society. She is also working with Anne Carey (producer of The Savages and The American) on a feature film based on her documentary The Dictator Hunter. Her film Peace vs. Justice, concerning the friction between the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and the people of North Uganda who are critical of the ‘Western path’ to justice, will make its premiere at the end of January 2012 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Elevador

Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Lars Damoiseaux
Producers: Sander Verdonk & Jelani Isaacs
Language: Dutch

The supposedly lost footage of the reporter Dirk Simons, who disappeared in 2003 has been released by the justice department last year. Lars Damoiseaux edited the material to a bizarre and shocking documentary.

The recording follows the ups and downs of an apartment building and her residence in the north of Amsterdam. Everyone’s fortune and misfortune are being influenced by the lack of facilities in the building. The recording also gives us new and surprising insights in the mysterious disappearance of Dirk Simons. This recently lead to a reopening of the investigation by the Public Prosecutor (counsel for the prosecution). 

Director/Writer – Lars Damoiseaux

Lars Damoiseaux is a Dutchman who moved to Antwerp. He’s a screenwriter and director of short films, music videos, commercials and video games. He has an original and dry sense of humor, talent for directing actors, a huge amount of technical knowledge and a powerful, dark visual style.

He’s part of the directors collective ‘Baron von Dingdong’ who are specialized in computer animations. Lars is also busy writing his feature film, ‘Paint it Black’, a cynical comedy about the art world.