The Latin word revolutio means “a turnaround”, and indeed, the ultimate goal of a revolution more often than not is to turn things around, to break the order and to achieve change. Revolutionaries are the ones who bring or initiate this change, the people who oppose to the existing rule and order and try to change the system. In the context of this film programme, the concept “revolutionaries” is explored in the broader sense of the word. Revolutionaries are artistic activists, oppressed freedom fighters, naive rebels, and sometimes selfish manipulators as well.

In most cases revolution is connected to strong emotions, collisions, brutal conflict and ethical dilemmas. The question is – does the end always justify the means? How do you realise when it's finally time to draw the line and stop? The Haitian Revolution freed the indigenous people from slavery, the Donbass Revolution in Ukraine is seen as highly controversial worldwide, an artistic act on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York illustrates that both threat and revolution can be symbolic and take place in the minds of people rather than in real life. Films about people and the dominant system.

Astra Zoldnere

Symbolic Threats
Mischa Leinkauf

Spain / 2015 / documentary / 15'

Inspired by the debate over the two "White American Flags" that suddenly appeared on the towers of New York City's iconic Brooklyn Bridge. What kind of societal scope art has in the present day?

Chadi Aoun

Lebanon / 2016 / animation / 15'

In a fanatic dictatorship. Modern dance is the secret code of the silent resistance. Young people celebrate the hidden joy of life with their bodies, cope with the terror they experienced.

Red Square Protest
Red Square / Casseroles
Malcolm Sutherland

Canada / 2012 / animation / 0'11

The animation shows how the protests multiplied when the government passed Bill 78 and tried to use more force and violence to stop the protesters.

People Who Came to Power
Oleksiy Radynski, Tomas Rafa

Ukraine / 2015 / documentary / 17'

The film recreates gradual transition of the society from peaceful life to the state of war.

An Excavation of Us
Le Déterrement de Nous
Shirley Bruno

Haiti / 2018 / animation, experimental / 11'

The shadows of Napoleon's army fall upon a boat traveling through the mysterious cave named after her legend Marie Jeanne, a female soldier who fought in the Haitian Revolution.

Ygor Gama, Florencia Rovlich

Germany / 2015 / fiction / 15'

Paint bombs followed by riots. Tweets proclaim what is to be done. Resistance is everywhere. Something has to give. Two young activists meet amid turbulent events. The city belongs to them.