AWARD NOMINATIONS 2022

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

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A.I. AT WAR

Dir. Florent Marcie

106' • France • 2021

In the war zones of Mosul and Raqqa, then in Paris during the Yellow Vests uprising, the director confronts Sota, an A.I. robot, with the tragedy of mankind. As the story unfolds, a relationship develops between man and machine questioning our human condition and future.

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...B.A.M...un village russe

Dir. Florian Delafourniere

58' • France • 2021

Zinayda, Boris and Ilya live in Eastern Siberia, along a 4232-kilometre railway. In their half-populated villages, they tell of the "project of the century." Between the glorification of the ideal of the pioneers and the difficulty of living in its echo, a collective word is built as we discover the harshness of everyday life in which it resonates. Does it describe a world that is collappsing, or does it still sing the myth?

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The new whistlers from Aas

Dir. Richard Martin-Jordan

52' • France • 2019

We are in the atlantic pyrenees, at the bottom of the Ossau valley. The inhabitants of the hamlet of Aas communicate by whistling. They invented the whistling language. This language, whose origin has always remained a mystery, has almost disappeared. Today it's reborn thanks to the enthusiasm of some passionate whistlers.

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Northern Drift

Dir. Alexis Destoop

56' • Belgium • 2020

Reporting from the future, an exploration around an unspecified border in the High North turns into a philosophical investigation of mankind and its environment. Assembled from personal experiences, collected testimonies and local stories, the film presents a journey through the contentious Norwegian-Russian borderland. Home to the indigenous Sami, it is a region where palpable climate shifts raise dreams of new economic prosperity and where remnants of past wars set the stage for new adversities. The film is a retro-futuristic science non-fiction, an anthropological document, a travelogue, a poem, a labyrinth.

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NEWTOK

Dir. Andrew Burton & Michael Kirby Smith

93' • United States • 2020

Water will erase Newtok, Alaska. Built on land that was once frozen year-round, the foundation of the tiny Yup’ik village has been sinking and eroding for decades. The 360 Yup’ik residents are America’s first climate refugees. To keep their culture and community intact, they must relocate their entire village to solid ground across the river while facing the indifference of a federal government that refuses to formally recognize climate change. It is a lyrical, verité portrait of a people looking for justice in the face of climate disaster.