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Doc Alliance Selection 2016
Fragment 53 Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli

Former warlords talk about their actions in the Liberian civil war. Extremely intense, meticulously researched and formally austere study of violence and brutality.

Fragment 53

Documentary Film
Italy,
Switzerland
2015
71 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Tommaso Bertani, Federica Schiavo
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Extremly condensed, meticulously researched and journalistic study of Liberia’s recent history. Seven former warlords of different ranks talk in interviews about cruelties they committed on their own or following orders during the first Liberian civil war in the early 1990s. Memories of brutal orgies of violence are recited with almost bureaucratic precision, interrupted only by precisely framed shots of the beautiful landscape in which – as we gradually realise – the now invisible horror took place.

Lina Dinkla
Doc Alliance Selection 2016
Gulîstan, Land of Roses Zaynê Akyol

PKK women fighters in the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan: training for combat, celebrations, laughs, and some profound insights into their convictions, fears and grief.

Gulîstan, Land of Roses

Documentary Film
Canada,
Germany
2016
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sarah Mannering, Fanny Drew, Yanick Létourneau (Périphéria), Mehmet Aktaş (Mîtosfilm), Nathalie Cloutier (NFB), Denis McCready (NFB)
Zaynê Akyol
Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Étienne Roussy
Mathieu Bouchard-Malo
Zaynê Akyol
Olivier Calvert
Zaynê Akyol follows female PKK fighters in the Kurdish territories of Iraq and Syria to take a nuanced look at the guerrilla war. In between focused preparations for their missions against Isis the women take time for personal hygiene, laugh and celebrate exuberantly with their male comrades.

The protagonists, always at the centre of the frame, talk openly about their fears and ideals. They have taken a life decision – out of conviction. But one that also brings grief.

Lina Dinkla