This is a selection of films that Open Doors, throughout its eighteen-year existence, has shown to audiences on the screens of the Locarno Film Festival or hosted as projects within its professional initiatives, providing a substantial contribution to their completion. In a year when Open Doors focuses on Southeast Asia and Mongolia, Through the Open Doors reflects the mission of shining a light on the films from the South and East of the world.
The section is conceived as a journey across continents, from various African regions to Latin America, to Central and South Asia, with the aim of conveying the talent of their filmmakers and the commitment of the producers supporting them in a breathtaking anthology.
Paying tribute to Open Doors with this special program means doubling down on the support for independent cinema in those parts of the world where its identity was forged only recently, and on the necessity of reinforcing the opportunities of cooperation and exchange for the professionals who keep giving life to that cinema.
The 10 films in Through the Open Doors will be shown exclusively in theaters in Locarno and Muralto. Tickets and season tickets for the screenings will be available from this site from July 29.
Made in Bangladesh, by Rubaiyat Hossain – France/Bangladesh/Denmark/Portugal – 2019 (Opening Film at FIFDH – International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva)
Necktie Youth, by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer – South Africa/Netherlands – 2015
Keep Smiling (Gaigimet), by Rusudan Chkonia – Georgia/France/Luxembourg – 2012
On the Edge (Sur la planche), by Leila Kilani – Morocco/France/Germany – 2011
Winter Vacation (Han Jia), by Li Hongqi – China – 2010
Teza, by Haile Gerima – Ethiopia – 2008
Madeinusa, by Claudia Llosa – Peru – 2006
I am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Grave (Ana alati tahmol azouhour ila qabriha), by Hala Alabdalla – Syria/France – 2006
Kairat, by Darezhan Omirbaev – Kazakhstan – 1992
Yeelen (Brightness), by Souleymane Cissé – Mali – 1987