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International Programme 2014
Isle of Seals Edmunds Jansons

In the middle of a grey sea there is a grey island with grey hunters. Life is simple and harsh. Seals and hunters live together in a cruel balance. One day, a photographer arrives to document this life.

Isle of Seals

Animated Film
Latvia
2014
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Sabīne Andersone
Edmunds Jansons
Jēkabs Nīmanis
Edmunds Jansons
Edmunds Jansons, Mārtiņš Dūmiņš
Edmunds Jansons
Ģirts Bišs
In the middle of a grey sea there is a grey island with grey hunters. Life is simple and harsh. Seals and hunters live together in a cruel balance. One day, a photographer arrives to document this life. For him it turns out to be fatally complicated.
Animadoc 2014
Rocks in My Pockets Signe Baumane

Strong women, dominant men, restrictive systems and psychological disorders. The story of a depression, drawn and narrated with a wealth of metaphors. Full of defiant humour.

2014

Rocks in My Pockets

Animadoc
Latvia,
USA
2014
88 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane
Kristian Sensini
Wendy Cong Zhao
Signe Baumane, Sam Hayes, Jessica Polaniecki, Angela Stempel, Sturgis Warner, Eriq Wities
Signe Baumane
Weston Fonger
Signe Bauman is known for her open attitude towards taboos. Her films are explicit with a funny and ironic touch. So far she has told her stories only in the short format. “Rocks in My Pockets” is her first feature-length film and probably her most personal work, for the filmmaker takes a trip into her family’s past. She herself describes her latest work as “a funny film about depression”, but it’s probably more of a story about strong, independent women, domineering men, restrictive systems and mental illnesses that none of those involved take seriously. Her grandmother died mysteriously and the family remained silent about it. Signe assumes that she killed herself for she, too, suffers from depression and three of her cousins are mentally ill.
The filmmaker animates external influences and internal states of mind for her film, tries to make her own emotions and those of her fellow sufferers comprehensible to others and explains the connections between her personal and artistic emancipation and the process of coming to terms with the family secrets.
Annegret Richter