The International Competition programme is dedicated exclusively to aspiring filmmakers who made their first or second feature documentary. Films are selected considering their artistic value, filmmaking skills and revelation of a relevant human rights topic. The financial prize for the best film has been kindly offered by the main partner of The International Competition section – law firm TGS Baltic.
Panorama overviews the highlights of documentary cinema in recent years. These films have extensively travelled around the film festivals, won prestigious awards and were highly praised by film critics. They significantly differ in style but each story is “inconvenient” in its own way.
The Activism programme consists of five films about exceptional women and men whose work, thoughts, and the way of living speak about the importance of human rights. These films once again prove that there are many ways to utter two simple words: “I care…” The programme opens simultaneously with the photo exhibition “They Defend Our Freedoms” which is presented by European Parliament Information Office in Lithuania and Magnum Photos to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The leading person of the film On Her Shoulders, Nadia Murad, was awarded with this prize in 2016. Moreover, the 2017 prize was awarded to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela – the film Women of the Venezuelan Chaos tells the story about this South American country and its inhabitants.
In his famous novel Wind, Sand and Stars (1939), just before the eruption of World War II, Antoine de Saint Exupéry wrote that Earth is the planet for humans. Nowadays, we can slightly modify this utterance and say that Earth is the planet for everybody. Our Green Programme reflects this idea by focusing on a wide variety of topics ranging from ecological issues to genetic experiments.
Post-Propaganda: From Conspiracy Theories to Fake News
The good old propaganda as we knew it is gone together with books, posters, radio and cinema. Welcome to the times of post-propaganda – no longer reserved for the state and more and more decentralized, mostly thanks to the Internet. When there are too many realities to choose from, facts become hard to distinguish from “alternative facts”. Conspiracy theorists, freaks, extremists of all kinds and persuasive megalomaniacs create their own alternative realities in the name of their beliefs. A similar method is used by secret services, which create fake news in order to shape reality according to a political agenda. Goals are different but the method stays more or less the same. Deception is the word of the day. In the past, it was relatively easy to track the origins of a propaganda message. But who’s behind today’s wave of post–truth? Especially when it takes shape of news, advertisements or… documentaries? In the times of social media, anything can pass for reality when shared thousands of times or broadcasted during prime-time. Here is our finest selection of fake news and conspiracy theories, as well as different motivations behind them. Enjoy! Konrad Wirkowski
The programme is dedicated to the youngest "Inconvenient Films" audience. Films speak about complicated social/psychological issues and possible solutions from the perspective of kids and youth. Closed screenings of the program are for students and their teachers, open screenings – for families and everyone interested. Films will be followed by educational activities during which students will analyze the most important social questions of the film, trying to understand how the film director uses the film language to stress them. The programme is based on the interests and needs of students from different age groups and is divided into 2 feature documentaries and 5 short film programmes.
The programme presented by developers “CITUS” – developers of unique residential projects and commercial property.
LITTLE STEPS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD
Age group: 6-9. Films dubbed in Lithuanian. Young people can be dismissed as weak, naive, foolish. In reality, they can exhibit strength, intelligence, persistence and ideas beyond that of any adult. While the characters in these films find themselves in difficult life situations, they never lack determination to change the stagnant world, and to seek answers to inconvenient questions. (Length of educational screening – 70 min).
Screening consists of: 19 876 steps in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Siblings, The Little One.
TO KNOW AND TO ACCEPT
Age group: 9-12. Children share their thoughts and feelings about what it is like to have a brother or sister with a disability. Autistic twins try to understand how they are different from other children. Siamese twins want to show their exceptional personalities. All these heroes want other people to accept and love them as they are. (Length of educational screening – 80 min).
Screening consists of: Siblings, Fantasy Fantasy, Chenelva & Sheneeva
Age group: 9-12. Many families leave their home countries by force to escape war, violence, or persecution. Other families live near or in the climax of the conflict, which inevitably affect the kids. Two films of the programme analyze how it feels to live in a foreign country or in a home city which has become alien. What is home and when do you feel at home? (Length of educational screening – 60 min).
Screening consist of: The Boy from H2, Hello Saallam.
I AM BEAUTIFUL
Age group: 12-15. When you are growing up, it can be difficult to accept yourself, your family and your environment. And even more difficult to face and solve the constantly rising problems. Three playful short films draw the curtain of insecurities and discover creative young people who decided not to meet the norms, start loving themselves, appreciate strange relationships with their family and find the courage to ask for help. (Length of educational screening – 85 min).
Screening consists of: Beauty, Listen, My Happy Complicated Family.
I DON’T BELONG HERE
Age group: 15-18. Whether at home, at school, in the courtyard, in the country where you live or inside your own skin, everyone needs a sense of comfort, safety, trust and love to be yourself. Heroes of these short films live in different continents – Africa and North America – but encounter similar experiences. They love their homeland but because of deep-rooted dangerous prejudices, traditions or a new wave of violence they don't feel they belong here anymore. (Length of educational screening – 70 min).
Screening consist of: Born in Gambia, Nuuca.