Student Verzio invites students and teachers to watch, discuss and challenge contemporary issues via documentaries. 5 recent releases will be presented for free at special morning screenings with follow-up interactive activities organized and moderated by Humana Press. This year's selection of films puts forth complex issues that provide an excellent floor for discussions and debates: the first ever Pop Idol in Afghanistan, the dreams of teenage garbage collectors in Cairo, an African boy's desire to read and write in spite of tribal restrictions, child marriages, and the notorious "child production" project of an Austrian hippie commune.
Juliane Großheim / Germany / 2009 / 82'
Breaking with sexual taboos and property rights, Vienna Actionist Otto Mühl's commune aimed at the creation of new human beings. Today, the commune's children speak of their experiences during the "child production" experiment.
producer: Titus Kreyenberg
editor: Barbara Gies
camera: Sandra Merseburger
sound: Florian Matzku, Juri von Krause
music: Andy Simanowitz, Pop-Metzger, Attila Mühl
Alteburger Str. 2, D - 50670 Cologne
tel.: +49 (0)221 3480 280
fax: +49 (0)221 3480 281
Mai Iskander / USA & Egypt / 2009 / 79'
The story of three teenagers born into the trash trade in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. The winner of the Al Gore Reel Current Award and Oscar-shortlisted docu.
producer: Mai Iskander
editor: Jessica Reynolds, Kate Hirson
camera: Mai Iskander
sound: Paul O'Connor
music: Raz Mesinai
Iskander Films, Inc
338 Prospect Place Apartment 4g
Brooklyn, NY 11238—4017
tel.: +1 646 515 5995
Lesław Dobrucki / Poland / 2010 / 14'
The story of a Turkish girl sent to Germany and forced to marry when she was 13 years old. Will she be able to pick up the shredded pieces of her life?
producer: Katarzyna Ślesicka, Adam Slesicki, Anna Wydra
editor: Jakub Kossak, Bartek Pietras, Lesław Dobrucki
camera: Piotr Rosolowski
sound: Zofia Golebiowska
Krakow Film Foundation
ul. Morawskiego 5 (Room 434)
30-102 Krakow, Poland
tel.: +48 12 294 6945
The Booth of Fortune (2008) / The Crew (2007)
Carol Salter / UK / 2009 / 13'
Forty years ago, tribal elders of a Ugandan village buried a pen, placing a curse on the written word. A young boy decides to learn how to read and write. Will the elders give in?
producer: Carol Salter
editor: Carol Salter
camera: Carol Salter
sound: Peter Hodges
Rock Salt Films
tel.: +44 207 722 9335
Mayomi (2008) / Sunday (1998) / Missing the Traffic (1998)