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Social Work Collection
Like The Others | Director: Constantin Wulff
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Austria | Language: German (with full English subtitles available)
Mental illness is still a taboo in our society, even more so when it concerns children. A rare insight into the daily life at a child and adolescent psychiatric centre – we meet dedicated therapists, parents and patients with very different problems, united in the struggle to feel "like the others".
Special Flight | Director: Fernand Melgar
Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: Switzerland | Language: French (with full English subtitles available)
While awaiting deportation from Switzerland, men are held in jail. Although their incarceration may last up to 24 months, deportation can be announced without warning and its enforcement is immediate. Behind the closed prison doors, tensions build day by day, as captured by a film crew with unprecidented access to a detention centre for illegal migrants. The wardens are charged with the responsibility of presiding over immigrants at the end of their journeys, defeated by fear and stress.
The Genius of Marian | Director: Banker White Anna Fitch
Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease as her son, the filmmaker, lovingly documents her struggles to retain her sense of self. After she is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change for Pam and everyone around her. Pam's husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver. Her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother.
Still Loved | Director: Debbie Howard
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: United Kingdom | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
An uplifting story celebrating the resilience of the human spirit. This thought-provoking film takes us beyond grief, showing how love, generosity and humour can prevail, even in the bleakest of circumstances. Over three years we explore the complexity and reality for families surviving the loss of a baby.
Giving an unexpected voice to bereaved fathers, mothers, grandparents and siblings, this is a brave, inclusive and ultimately life-affirming film.
I Am Kuba | Director: Ase Svenheim Drivenes
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Germany, Norway, Poland | Language: Polish (with full English subtitles available)
When the family business goes bankrupt, Kuba and Mikołaj's parents are forced to leave Poland to find work abroad. "I am Kuba" is a coming-of-age film about the twelve-year-old Kuba who must take care of his eight-year-old brother while his parents are away. As times goes by, Kuba becomes a teenager and rejects the big responsibility on his young shoulders. His family is forced to make a life changing decision.
It is estimated that in Poland alone more than 100,000 children are left by their parents who are forced to work abroad.
Echoes of War | Director: Joop van Wijk
Year of production: 2005 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: English, Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
War and violence leave behind the dead, the wounded, the maimed, the victims and the witnesses. “Echoes of War” is a documentary with animated sequences about child survivors of wars and violent conflicts in Afghanistan, New York, Columbia and Sierra Leone. Children who have lost their parents through such tragedies take us into their lives and share their memories, nightmares and dreams. Through intertwining the children's life stories with the animated sequences, the film offers a sensitive and moving portrayal about the consequences of war.
A Lion in the House | Director: Steven Bognar Julia Reichert
Year of production: 2006 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
A LION IN THE HOUSE follows the stories of five exceptional children and their families as they battle paediatric cancer. From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment, this series documents the stresses that can tear a family apart as well as the courage of children facing the possibility of death with honesty, dignity and humor.
As the film compresses six years into one narrative, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers who struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease.
Teacher Irena | Director: Itamar Chen
Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew, Russian (with full English subtitles available)
Russian born Irena immigrated to Israel with her son and husband who died shortly after. She faces the challenge of teaching the third grade in one of the most difficult neighbourhoods in Jerusalem where poverty, violence and unemployment are widespread. Using her unique approach, combining uncompromising discipline and love she propels a real change in the lives of her students.
Sea of Butterfly | Director: Park Bae-il
Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: Korea (South) | Language: Korean (with full English subtitles available)
After an 8-year relationship, Jae-nyeon and Woo-young decide to get married. Though similar brain lesions define them, the pair must confront and resolve marital issues identical to any other couple.
Sea of Butterfly shows that even the disabled are not exempted from patriarchal marriage customs. The first half of the film depicts the fear and loneliness that results from Wooyoung’s hasty decisions. Later, his mother’s perspectives are explicitly visualized and contrasted with Jae-nyeon’s, implicitly revealed only by her acquaintances’ assumptions.
Five Days to Dance | Director: Rafa Molés Pepe Andreu
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Spain | Language: English, German, Spanish (with full English subtitles available)
Monday morning, two choreographers show up in a High School in San Sebastián, Spain. They have five days to get a classroom full of teenagers on stage and perform a dance theatre. The dance forces the teenagers to break their social roles right at the moment of their lives when such predetermined cultural positions are being solidified. As the saying goes, "If people can dance together, people can live together."