AWARD NOMINATIONS 2021

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

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Ghiaccio - Sweeping Lives

Dir. Tomaso Clavarino

70' • Italy • 2019

Val Pellice, Italy. A valley that is slowly depopulating and where hundreds of asylum seekers arrived to live. Amongst them are Kebba, James, Edward, Seedia, Lamin, and Joseph. Six African boys that share many things. They are running from conflicts and threats, and now find themselves waiting for a commission, that knows very little about them, to tell them if they are going to be embarked on a plane back to their countries of origin, or if, instead, they may have the chance to build a new life in Italy. They share the limbo in which they are forced to live, but also a common dream: the first ever curling team composed by asylum seekers.

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The Price of Progress

Dir. Victor Luengo

79' • Spain • 2019

The Price of Progress is the portrait of decision making of the Food Industry. What is more important and what is the price to get it. Within the context of urgence that determines most of the debates around the next agriculture in the European Union, the film explores the intrigues, fears, emotions, political pressures and arguments of key players like corporate lobbies, politicians, renowned scientists and investigative journalists related to the international Food Industry. What is at stake in Food dilemmas? Power, money or health?

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Plastic Free Archipelago

Dir. Sotiris Danezis

57' • Greece • 2020

"Plastic Free Archipelago" by Sotiris Danezis & Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation explores the fragile state of the Aegean Sea, in Greece, uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle and highlights the innovative solutions and special programs which Athanasios Laskaridis Charitable Foundations runs in small Greek islands.

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Tuna on The Road - The Relocation of Tokyo’s Fish Market

Dir. Klaus Scherer

52' • Germany • 2019

It is the autumn of 2017 when the city's traditional fish market closes in the heart of Tokyo. Tsukiji" not only disappears as the world's largest and best-selling fish and seafood hub, with thousands of family businesses selling up to 20 million euros a day but is also one of the most popular destinations among Japanese travelers. At the same time, many of those involved are faced with a challenge that can hardly be solved because they have to transfer the entire market, which also includes vegetable traders, knife sharpeners and restaurants, to a new building on an artificial island in the harbour bay on only four days of the move. As the only foreign television reporter, the long-time Asia correspondent of ARD, Klaus Scherer, received permission to accompany several people affected during the move with his team. Among them are a tuna retailer who supplies Tokyo's top chefs, the operator of a shoe and souvenir shop and a lender of local small carts, tricycles and loading trucks, several thousand of which also must get to their new location on time. The film does not only illuminate the nocturnal convoy on the bridge in Tokyo Bay, but also for the last time the abundance of the dazzling market life, including the famous tuna auctions, before it embarks on the adventure of moving with the actors. The displeasure caused by the decision against the declared will of the traders also becomes clear. For years they had wanted to save "Tsukiji" with the local residents. Now the plans of the city as Olympic organizer in 2020 were the decisive factor in redesigning the site.

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Nanuq - an arctic journey from past to future

Dir. Emanuele Licitra

55' • Italy • 2020

1928, 81st parallel North, the Italia Airship, under the command of general Umberto Nobile, crashes into the North Pole icepack. Nine crew members survive. One dies on impact. Six crew members are trapped inside the airship envelope. They will never be found, and, as of today, their destiny is unknown. A story of tragedy and courage, driven by an ancient and anthropological thirst for discovery, the very thirst that leads Paola Catapano, director of audio-visual communications at the CERN centre in Geneva, to seek for the relic of the Italia airship, and to put together an international team of scientists, explorers and science communicators to pay homage to a lost past and give hope to a future which is in serious danger because of humanity’s irresponsible behaviour. 90 years later in the Svalbarb archipelago, Nanuq, a special sailboat designed to be sustainable and passive, fuelled by an unconditional love for knowledge, for progress, and for scientific research, crosses stretches of sea free of ice for the first time in decades following the journey of the Italia airship. Through time and memory, tales of life and death, the Polarquest expedition, lead by Paola, conducts scientific exploration around topical issues at the heart of the global environmental debate. From Iceland to the Svalbard archipelago, by way of the coasts of Greenland on the tracks of the airship Italia, Nanuq’s crew members tell each other about their research and their experience in the intrepid circumnavigation of this archipelago, just north of the Arctic Circle, one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. The crew members, working together to overcome the difficulties of such an extreme expedition, are the first ever to reach the record latitude of 82°07’ North. This is where they detect the presence of microplastics in the water, a consequence of the decay of the 300 tons of plastic produced every year by our consumerist economy. The crew are also the first ever to measure the flux of cosmic rays which invest the Earth, allowing them to understand anomalies connected to the Earth’s geomagnetic field and their relation to climate change. Aboard Nanuq, the crew travels through Time and memory, while reaching new certainties about Space. Thanks to drones equipped with thermographic cameras and devices for infrared light detection, the scientists on the Polarquest expedition are able to finally produce high definition maps of islands and coastlines which had previously only been documented through incomplete and partial satellite images. The crew produces 3D maps of the reliefs on these islands, completing the maps on Google Earth and, thanks to the multi-beam sonar employed to search for the remains of the Italia airship, they draw out new nautical charts of the Svalbard archipelago, complete with seabed imaging which had never been carried out before. In constant tension between a tragic past and the quest for a brighter future, Nanuq achieves extraordinary and unprecedented scientific results, making great steps forward in the development of solutions to the great threats which put humanity’s future in peril. But, as is the case in scientific research, observation, reasoning and experimentation can sometimes lead to failure or to the contradiction of assumed truths. This is the lifeblood of science, of progress, of research, and of hope: looking backwards to look forwards. In the most remote seas, home of one of the present’s greatest evils (microplastics) and of one of the greatest disasters of the past, lies the memory of the wreck of the Italia airship, rediscovered and remembered through a voyage which is driven by the need for discovery, commemoration, and knowledge, against the backdrop of a present characterized by uncertainty and nostalgia for a lost past, an alternative present, and a future which may be lost.

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The End of Blindness

Dir. AJ Martinson

55' • United States • 2020

Dr. Samuel Bora is the only ophthalmologist for over 3 million people living in rural Ethiopia. His mission: end all preventable blindness in the country.