Ethnokino Festival: Resilient

  116 Minuten

Short Films 1


Genre: Documentary, Short
Director: José Luis Dávila
Country: Venezuela
Year: 2023
Length: 6 min
The Cinema-correspondence between two old friends through the body and organic painting. An expressive mediation of realities, multiplicities of lives are built.

Aber Ich Lebe Hier

Genre: Animation,Short
Director: Leana Wirth
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2023
Length: 3.36 minutes
Version: German and English
The term sans-papier describes migrants without the right to stay in Switzerland. The fear of deportation denies them many opportunities. So they can hardly claim their rights, although they are part of our society and contribute to our prosperity. An animation conveys the problem of the non-existent legal protection of undocumented people. In addition to the exchange with international and local specialists, journalists and the police, the research consisted of interviews with numerous people affected


Genre: Documentary, Short
Director: Tenzin Yangdon Nesar
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2022
Length: 6 min
Version: Swiss German, Tibetan with English Subtitles
The director goes into an identity quest and asks: What makes me Tibetan? What makes me Swiss? Answers are found through the help from the kids attending the Tibetan school in Zurich.


Genre: Documentary, Short
Director: Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Country: Austria
Year: 2020
Length: 8.54 min
Version: English, German with English Subtitles
A doll is returned to Namibia from Berlin after spending over 125 years in a box. She tells her story through the many hands that touched her. Resonating with contemporary artists from Namibia, she was chosen among hundreds to be repatriated as part of a restitution process following the German genocide in Namibia 1904-1908. Senior artist Cynthia Schimming gave her the name Uatunua as her missionary clothing reminded her of the rape the women in her family endured during the genocide. Cynthia campaigned for her return and the week after she landed in 2022 she passed away.

La Thumba Mambi

Genre: Documentary
Director:Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, DJ Jigüe
Country: Cuba
Year: 2022
Length: 28 min
Version: Spanish with English Subtitles
As a result of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), many French settlers travelled to Eastern Cuba with enslaved African people to escape the revolt. The Tumba Francesa Societies, which were known as a brotherhood and a mutual aid network, emerged from these waves of slave migrations. Eventually, they became integral constituents of Cuban culture. La Tumba Mambi is a docu-fiction film based on the Tumba Francesa La Caridad de Oriente, which is located in the city of Santiago de Cuba. Through the Society’s youngest member, Flavio, who is gathering information about the Tumba Francesa for a school project, we meet his grandmother Andrea and mother Queli, two charismatic knowledge keepers of their rich cultural traditions. The original film soundtrack composed and produced by Cuban-based DJ Jigüe, in collaboration with the Tumba Francesa members, is a rhythmic and striking reminder that the present is grounded in a history of struggles for freedom


Genre: Documentary, Short
Director: Selim Yildiz
Country: Kurdistan, Turkey
Year: 2023
Length: 17 min
Version: Kurdish with English Subtitles
"Monologue is a short documentary film that intimately captures the life of Heyam Encü, a mother who tragically lost two of her sons. In 2011, Turkish warplanes killed 34 civilians in Robozik, including Heyam's 16-year-old son. The film follows Heyam's daily routines as she cares for the horses and goats left behind by her children and visits their graves with their dogs. Through Heyam's poignant monologues, we witness the depth of her pain and the impact of the loss on her life. Monologue is a heartfelt portrayal of a mother's grief and her unwavering love for her children."

Seven Symphonies of Zagros

Genre: Documentary
Director: Perwîz Rostemî
Country: Iran
Year: 2021
Length: 23 mins
Version: Persian, Kurdish with English Subtitles
The documentary "Seven Zagros Symphonies" narrates the philosophy of seven musical Maqams of the Oldest wind instrument (Shamshal) in the life of the people of Zagros. The Seven Maqams is narrated using the monologue of an old man who spent 65 years of his life playing the Shamshal (a Kurdish wind Instrument). The story of the film is character-oriented and the philosophy of the seven Maqams in his Life is implied. Seven is regarded as a sacred number in different religions, and the content of the film is Somehow related to this topic.

Film screenings followed by Q&As with the filmmakers.