Reserved to reportages, published or unpublished, of a maximum length of 30 minutes. Reportages should analyse contemporary social phenomena by using original points of view.
Hong Kong: If we burn, you’ll burn with us
In 2019, the streets of Hong Kong were swept by a true insurrection. A large scale revolt against the political order imposed by Beijing, that no one has yet been able to contain. Led by extremely young demonstrators, the movement has given some serious worries to the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities. Between online forums, generational conflicts and molotov cocktails, we followed several very young « frontliners » – as are famously called those protesters who stand in the frontlines during the heaviest clashes with the police. They definitely represent a new generation of activists, a generation which has now taken over the preceding ones, as we show in our reportage. The traditional non-violent approach of the Hong Kong civil disobedience movements has given way to a new attitude, vis-à-vis an ever harsher repression.
Yemen: An Odissey
Charles Emptaz, Olivier Jobard | ARTE
In the mountains of Galafi, on the border of Djibouti, illegal migrants and refugees from the Oromo ethic group in Ethiopia, are trying to make it to Saudi Arabia, in search for jobs. They ar too poor to afford to be smuggled by car, and so have made a harrowing journey by foot, burying their fallen companions in the sand before moving on. But the danger still isn’t over: many of them are being kidnapped and tortured for ransom by gangs.
Iraq: Ghosts of Mosul
Sophie Nivelle-Cardinale | ARTE
It has been two years since ISIS were defeated in Mosul, their former stronghold. The widows and children of ISIS members are now unwanted in the city. Without official papers, they cannot move freely through the city and fear for the future.
The Bush School
In Liberia female genital mutilation is legal. It is practiced as an initiation into a secret society of women, known as Sande, which is spread in 11 of the 15 counties of the nation. Sande is considered the guardian of the tradition and the culture of the ancestors, therefore it is untouchable. In its “bush schools”, whose rite of access is the cut of the clitoris, the girls spend a period from few months up to three years, in order to learn the respect for the elderly, their duties of future wives and mothers, dances and songs. And they remain totally illiterate. Giving voice to three Liberian activists for women’s rights, at risk of their lives for their courage to stand against Sande, this film joins their painful and passionate denounce.