Feature Films You Won't Want To Miss
FEATURE FILMS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS!
THE HORSE TAMER - GRAND PRIZE WINNER for Best Film ShAFF 2021
For centuries, the Darhat people have protected the border between Mongolia and Russian Siberia. A nomadic population, the Darhat are famous for their breeding of powerful white horses with which they migrate from steppe to steppe. But for the last few years, thieves have been seizing the Darhat's horses and selling them to Russian slaughterhouses. When his white stallion disappears, Shukhert, a Darhat horseman, decides to pursuit the bandits with many odds against him, to find his horse and bring him back in time for winter. From Buddhism to shamanism, from horses to reindeer, from hunters to gold searching, his journey is full of encounters that are all combined to understand the mosaic of a complex region, crossed by multiple ethnic and socio-economic tensions. This extraordinary oriental western-style documentary features epic chases through the grandiose landscapes of northern Mongolia.
TRANSAMERICANA: 3700 MILES ACROSS AMERICA
In a time of uncertain politics and a crescendo of differences, Ultra-Runner Rickey Gates sets off on foot across America. In the midst of the 2016 National Elections, which saw Republican candidate Donald Trump win the presidential elections, Gates realised that the America he knew wasn’t necessarily the America that was. Intrigued and curious, Gates decides to head out and see for himself in order to try understand and empathise with his fellow Americans. Starting out on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, Gates journey takes him 5 months and nearly 3700 Miles to the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco, California. What begins as a search for the true America, during a period of political turmoil, ultimately becomes a story of identity as Gates begins to find clarity and meaning in his own life.
THE WALL OF SHADOWS
In faraway Eastern Nepal, there is a holy mountain Kumbhakarna (aka Jannu). Its peak is home to gods and demons. No man can touch its slopes and it is believed that a Sherpa who dares set foot on the mountain, will die. It is also a Himalayan peak (7710m) famous for its 3000m unclimbed east face, the most difficult climb in modern alpinism and the top trophy. The Westerners’ and local people’s attitude to the mountain is a world apart. Ngada Sherpa is the best high-altitude porter in the area. He has climbed Everest nine times Everest, two times Kanchenjunga. Despite the fact that for a decade Ngada has worked with international expeditions, his family lives on the edge of poverty. One day Ngada is offered work on an expedition to the forbidden Kumbhakarna. Taking part is opposing his faith and lamas’ warnings. The stakes are high. If Ngada agrees, he will earn big money and pay for first two years of his son Dawa's medical school in Kathmandu. In February 2019 the expedition of the world-class alpinists starts on Jannu with the aim to conquer the unclimbed wall of the mountain. There are Marcin Tomaszewski, one of the most prominent Polish climbers and two eminent Russian climbers, Dmitry Golovchenko and Sergey Nilov, the double recipients of ‘the climbing Oscar’: Piolet d’Or. The massive snow fall will not leave the expedition to the end and it is only the beginning of mounting up troubles. Will Gods of Kumbhakarna forgive the people for their insolence. Telling a story from the Sherpas’ perspective presents the meeting of two worlds and the clash of values.
Most of the 2021 programme is available online: Watch HERE