This week we bring you an exciting new compilation of British shorts along with several Belgian-produced documentaries that span periods and places.
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A compilation of short films that peek behind the curtain and get inside the lives of the people of London. Explore the diversity of this great city through drama, comedy, animation and documentary.
Little Heaven (dir. Lieven Corthouts, Belgium/Ethiopia)
Right In the heart of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is a small orphanage called “Little Heaven”. One of the orphans, Lydia, is 13 today. A truly joyful event, because she can now move to the ‘other house‘ where all of the ‘big kids’ live. Unfortunately this special day is overshadowed by the shocking news delivered to her by the head nurse: Lydia is HIV positive.
My Ras Tafari Roots (dir. David Verhaeghe and Karel Michiels, Belgium/Ethiopia/Jamaica)
David Verhaeghe seeks to uncover the truth behind the family secret: was his Italian grandmother the lovechild of legendary Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, born Ras Tafari Makkonen and still religiously admired today? In the end it is the natural mysticism of the Jamaican Rastas that seems to point David towards the imperial family. Will he succeed in discovering the truth about his ancestry?
My Ras Tafari Roots depicts the fascinating trans-Atlantic journey of a man through the many branches of his cross-cultural family tree.
On the Track of Robert Van Gulik (dir. Rob Rombout, Netherlands/Belgium)
Robert van Gulik (1910-1967) is one of the world’s most read authors from the Netherlands. This diplomat, Sinologist and scholar is mainly known for his detective novels, starring ‘Judge Dee’. Filmmaker Rob Rombout follows in his footsteps to discover the author’s legacy – via his diaries, the people he inspired and those who witnessed his extraordinary life.
Reinhoud, My Sculptor (dir. Blaise Dhaese, Belgium)
Blaise feels a void in his life: his father, Flemish sculptor Reinhoud, died 2 years ago. A very public man and member of the Cobra movement, he never spoke about his painful past family life, nor about the ambiguous relationship with his native country Belgium. Blaise searches through all the interviews and archive photos and videos to get to know his father better and understand his work.