OFFICIAL SELECTION 2024
Documentary Feature Films
Streaming from January 25 to February 25, 2024 on Whush.
Available on MAC, PC, Mobile and Smart TV.
Chaylla (France) by Clara Teper, Paul Pirritano
Lens, in northern France. Chaylla, a 23-year-old woman, is trying to break free from an abusive relationship. She is ready to fight – to gain custody of her children, to have her ordeals vindicated. But, deep inside, she still harbours a lingering hope of becoming a family again with her ex-partner. From legal battles to inner struggles, "Chaylla" portrays four years in the life of a young woman, whose longing for freedom and burning desire for justice are enmeshed with the mechanisms of abusive control and dependency.
Running Time: 01:12:00
Berlin Bytch Love (Germany) by Heiko Aufdermauer, Johannes Girke
Sophie (15) and Dominik (17) ran away from home to live their love on the streets of Berlin for a summer. Now Sophie is pregnant, winter is coming and the police are looking for the two. A documentary snapshot of growing up - told like a feature film.
Running Time: 01:26:00
Nobody Knows Casper (Denmark) by René Odgaard
The self-proclaimed biggest man-child on YouTube, the character ‘Ask Casper’ (org. Spørg Casper) is successful with his transgressive and self-exhibiting videos. But as the number of subscribers grow, so does Casper’s inner unease and memories of an upbringing with a dad with schizophrenia begin to surface. Over an eight-year period, we follow Casper and his growing internet fame as he tries navigating in the blurred lines between online and offline presence. Casper becomes a father but maybe never really an adult.
Running Time: 01:12:06
Insomnia (United Kingdom) by Ishmael Fiifi Annobil, Nana Yaa Annobil
Insomnia is a feature documentary about the night photography of Ishmael Annobil, the Ghanaian Poet, award-winning filmmaker, Journalist and Photographer. It features a lyrical zoetrope of all the black and white photography from the eponymous book, and insightful interviews with the photographer and rare footage of him photographing London at night.
Running Time: 01:11:45
Destiny (Iran) by Yaser Talebi
A motherless young woman in Iran is torn between her desire to take care of her mentally disabled father and her desire to go to university. This documentary is observational, letting the people and emotions reveal themselves. A thicket of relationships and expectations are at work here involving family, clergy, friends, religion, social expectations. And Instagram. This is a window on contemporary Iran that everyone should see.
Running Time: 00:53:00
The Mess We Make (Netherlands) by Allard Detiger
After twenty years of minimal contact with his borderline mother, filmmaker Allard Detiger is called by the police. His mother’s neighbours have been complaining. Her house is totally neglected, and professional help is needed immediately. From that moment onwards, Allard feels responsible to make sure that his mother receives professional care, but he gets increasingly entangled in the trauma of his own childhood. As his mother's condition deteriorates, the walls that he had built between them fade. Allard is forced to take a critical look at himself, and face his own trauma, to prevent him from passing it on to his young daughter. Filmed over a period of more than 10 years, ‘The Mess We Make’ is an intimate documentary about a child's struggle to be independent from a parent who won't let go.
Running Time: 01:25:00
Wayward (United Kingdom) by Ross Casswell
Wayward is a feature documentary charting one man's ambition to restore and motor 'his wreck of a boat' from London to Ireland to reunite with his family. All plans soon take a back seat as struggles with alcoholism, spiralling mental health and mounting debt threatens to hamper all progress. Can he find the personal resolve to turn it around before it all closes in?
Running Time: 01:03:40
One hand the other (Germany) by Lenna Fichter, Janis Westphal
Martina is a handicapped person. In order to be able to live her everyday life in her own home, she requires personal assistance. When Sandra starts working for her, the two of them carefully approach each other. In the extreme intimacy between the tenderness of the gestures, it is also the heaviness of the situation that emerges. It is a fragile dance between being near and being distant, that demands a lot from both of them.
Running Time: 01:10:00
The Film-Make-Her, The Lisa Azuelos Story (United States) by David Serero
Lisa Azuelos is a French Filmmaker who made films placing women's stories at the center of her movies. She is one of the essential filmmakers in France and is known in the US for her film L.O.L. starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore. This is the first documentary dedicated to this unique filmmaker who changed the game. Growing up with the cultures Jewish Sephardic from Morocco, she brought her influence into all of her films and has been very authentic about getting her own life in them. She attracted millions of audience members to movie theaters, and her films are headlining platforms such as Netflix. Lisa is a strong advocate for women's rights and activism. During this film, she goes from her childhood, film debuts, filmography, and masterclass. This film stars some of the biggest movie stars in France, with whom she had starred in her films.
Running Time: 00:60:00