Festival Crossroads

For this year’s Verzio Film Festival Crossroads section we decided to present a mix of pressing issues from Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival. Films that examine the policy of “Fortress Europe” and the treatment of refugees such as, Every Face Has a Name, ties the current migration situation to the darkest part of European and particularly German history: the Holocaust. Nuremberg used to be the symbolic center of Nazi Germany, so the examination of this period is highly important for us. But it is the humanity of both the overall narrative and the director’s approach to his protagonists that made us fall in love with this film.

Speaking of love: Tamara Trampe is one of Germany’s most respected documentarians and certainly one of our festival’s favorite filmmakers for the warmth, sense of humor and the maturity she brings to her projects. In My Mother, a War and Me she examines her own family history and the history of women who fought in World War II – just like her own mother was doing when she gave birth to Tamara on the battlefield in Ukraine in 1942. To broaden our perspective, The Siren of Faso Fani, sheds light on the devastation that globalization and neo-liberalism have on national economies, such as in the garment industry in Burkina Faso where people from the South are forced to migrate to the richer global North. Finally, Burden of Peace addresses national and international criminal justice – an issue that is again closely linked with Nuremberg’s past as the seat of the first International Criminal Courts. Here, we follow the brave former human rights lawyer, Claudia Paz y Paz in her first term as General Attorney in Guatemala – one of the most violent countries in the world.

We hope you enjoy our selection!

Andrea Kuhn
Festival Director, Nuremberg IHDFF

Films in Toldi, Művész, Cirko-Gejzír and KINO are screened in original language with English subtitles.

Joey Boink # The Netherlands # 2014 # 76min # Spanish
Guatemala’s first female Attorney General's epic battle against corruption, impunity, crime bosses and former political leaders responsible for genocide.
Művész
Nov 13, 18:00
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Toldi
Nov 14, 20:15
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Magnus Gertten # Sweden # 2015 # 76min # Swedish & English & Polish & Norwegian
Anonymous archival footage acquires new depth as survivors from Nazi concentration camps identify themselves in newsreels from 1945.
Göteborg International Film Festival, 2015; Best of Fests Selection, IDFA 2015.
Művész
Nov 13, 20:00
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Cirko
Nov 14, 16:00
English Subtitles
Toldi
Nov 15, 18:30
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt # Germany # 2014 # 78min # Russian & German & Ukrainian
The director returns to Ukraine where she was born during World War II, to uncover a history many would rather forget.
Heiner-Carow-Award, Berlinale 2014; Dok Leipzig, 2014.
Kino
Nov 12, 20:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Cirko
Nov 13, 16:15
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Művész
Nov 14, 20:15
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Michel K. Zongo # Burkina Faso & Germany & France & Qatar # 2015 # 90min # French
Explored through the eyes of former workers, a new form of anti-capitalist resistance emerges following a devastating factory closure in Burkina Faso.
Best of Fests Selection, IDFA 2015.
Toldi
Nov 12, 22:00
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Művész
Nov 13, 18:15
English Subtitles
Cirko
Nov 14, 19:30
English Subtitles