Film Festival 2018

12 - 13 - 14 October 2018

Spazju Kreattiv Cinema



Friday 12th, 7.30 pm

Marsapolis (2017, Malta, 10 mins), the short film that came out from the Rima Film grant! Introduced by the director Emmanuel Tut-Rah Farah and produced by Shadeena. A small debate with the crew and the director will follow. 

A short film set in Marsa - Malta. Ibrahim, a young refugee in search of a reason, meets Catherine, the daughter of an immigrant looking for her roots.



Un gout sucre-salé (2018, Malta, 5 mins), directed by Mark Magro (Wanted Media) and introduced by Katel Delia who also wrote the short story which inspired the script and by the crew.

Catherine, a French Maltese photographer came to Malta to find out more about her father’s migration story to Malta after his recent passing. When exploring the Open Centre in Marsa, a village where her father learnt his trade, she befriends Yam, an African migrant who rides a bike to work.


The evening will end with two short films produced in the frame of the Mahalla workshop,  a video workshop at the Sudanese Migrant Association in Hamrun, Malta, conducted by Sabine Küper and Thomas Büsch that took place in Malta this year:

Hosanna in Malta by Pawlos Yowhans

Orthodox Eritrean and Ethiopian Church in Malta celebrating the Palm Sunday.

Map of the Mediterranean by Heidi de Carlo

The poem Map of the Mediterranean (by Antoine Cassar) describes the shapes of the Meditarrean Sea from all four cardinal directions, in relation to history of its people, including ancient and contemporary migrations.


Saturday 13th


  A walnut tree (2015, Documentary, Netherlands, 92 mins), by  Ammar Aziz

Supported by UNHCR Malta.

An old man reminisces about a distant homeland. He wants to return. Internally displaced as a result of the ongoing war between the Pakistan army and the Taliban and forced to live in a camp, the family is caught between memories of what life was, an insecure present and a bleak future.

Fipresci Prize at Documentarist Istanbul 2016, Grand Prix at Doker FF in Moscow 2016, Best Documentary at Sole Luna Palermo 2016, A special mention at Sole Luna Milan 2016, The Ram Bahadur Trophy For Best Film at Film Southasia 2015, IDFA Competition for First Appearance Films Southasia, One World Int'l Human Rights Film Festival, Hot Docs, Sole Luna Doc, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Documentarist Istanbul, Sole Luna Palermo Doc Film Festival, FIRST International Film Festival Xining, Cine Migrante Barcelona; Festival International Jean Rouch, Paris - Prix Monde en Regards; Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest - Special Mention; Les Escales Documentaires; Cinema Vérité.


The order of the things (2017, Drama, France, Italy, Tunisia 115 mins), by Andrea Segre 

Introduced by the assistant director Dagmawi Yimer and followed by a debate.

Corrado, a policeman for the European task force in charge of immigration control, is on a field assignment in Libya. During a night patrol in the desert, he meets Swada, a young Somaliwoman who left her war-ravaged country in order to try and reach Europe. Corrado gives her something to eat and drink before she resumes her journey. But their destinies are now linked, and Corrado will soon find himself faced with a choice: respect his orders and the law, or save Swada’s life.


Sunday 14th


Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer (2016, Netherlands, 18 mins), by Keina Espinera

A group of men are waiting at the fringes of a coastal woodland for the journey to   Europe, in limbo between time and place.

A film is shot there with the men playing themselves. Fiction and documentary constantly intertwine. Myths from the colonial past collide with dreams of a better future in the former oppressor’s country



Summertime (2007, Italy, 15 mins), by Marcella Vanzo 

Introduced by the director and followed by a debate

In a cross between cinema and MTV, glimpses of ships, sun, sea accompany images of the protagonists of these parallel movements: colourful, bikini-clad masses in search of an exclusive holiday in the Mediterranean, and dark, composed, silent groups crossing the Mediterranean in order to survive. The video opens and closes with shots of wrecked boats: elevated to the status of monuments in the most beautiful bay on Zákynthos, confiscated and heaped up on top of each other in a hidden corner of Lampedusa.



A dysfunctional cat (2018, Drama, Germany, 93 mins), by Susan Gordanshekan

Mina’s family has introduced her to few potential husbands in Iran. She has rejected them all until she meets Kian, a surgeon who has travelled from Germany in search of a wife. It’s not love at first sight, but the seduction of life in Europe that makes her consent. In his mid-thirties Kian is desperate for a wife to make his life appear complete. He takes his new bride back home, but marriage to a virtual stranger is more difficult than they imagined. 




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The RFF2018 is part of Spazju Kreattiv programme.


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