We Are One: A Global Film Festival on YouTube
The coronavirus emergency has profoundly changed the entertainment industry, so much so that film festivals have become virtual. But nobody is more ambitious than We Are One: A Global Film Festival, on YouTube from 29 May to 7 June: 10 days of digital entertainment, and free, and an offer to the international public of 100 films in collaboration with 21 of the most important film festivals in the world, including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca, the BFI London Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, the Mumbai Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Alongside the world premieres of absolute novelties, there are also little-known works of the last ten years, short films, documentaries, virtual reality programming and pre-recorded debates with award-winning directors such as Bong Joon-ho and Francis Ford Coppola. Each program will be broadcast at a scheduled time, but many will be available on-demand throughout the festival.
Viewers will also be invited to donate to the Covid-19 emergency on the YouTube site, a way to remind everyone that cinema has the power to bring people together, even in times of social distancing.
We have chosen for you the eight films and documentaries not to be missed.
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The digital premiere of Cherien Dabis’ independent film of 2009, a real gem, will warm your heart. The film is about a Palestinian woman (Nisreen Faour) and her son (Melkar Muallem) who go to live in Illinois when the Iraq war breaks out. The two live moments of great tension, but with a sense of humor and compassion they manage to make a new life.
2. Forever’s Start Tonight Skirt
Forever’s Start Tonight skirt
© Photography Claire Marie Vogel
If the new, touching film about Eliza Hittman’s abortion, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, is at the top of your list, we recommend you to see her 2011 short film in which the evening of a rebel Russian teenager (Viktoria Vinyarska) in Brooklyn suddenly takes an unexpected turn.
© Photography courtesy Mati Diop
Ten years before winning the jury grand prix at the Cannes Grand Prix with Atlantique, of 2019, Mati Diop (here our interview) had directed this intense documentary in which we see a group of Senegalese men talking about emigrating. Sitting around the fire, they discuss their imminent trip to Spain and the fear of impending death.
4. The Iron Hammer
The Iron Hammer
© Photography David Tong
The Chinese Olympic champion Jenny Lang Ping, the first athlete in the history of volleyball to win the gold medal both as a player and as a coach, is the protagonist of the new, disruptive documentary by Joan Chen that runs through its evolution from national icon to suppository traitor – when she went to train the US Olympic team – and the difficult return home. A long-awaited world premiere, not to be missed.
5. Eeb Allay Ooo!
Eeb Allay Ooo!
© Photography Saumyananda Sahi
In this poignant satirical film by Prateek Vats, a migrant (Shardul Bhardwaj) is hired to chase monkeys out of New Delhi’s government buildings. A farcical comedy that becomes an analysis of social inequality, through the protagonist’s family and the issue of marginalized workers in the suburbs. Don’t miss the first digital, after the great success of the screening at the Mumbai Film Festival last year.
6. Ricky Powell: The Individualist
Ricky Powell: The Individualist
© Photography Jasper Cicero
Known for his ‘candid’ shots of many characters, from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol to the Beastie Boys and Run-DMCs, Ricky Powell is the important American photographer symbol of New York in the 80s and 90s. The exhilarating and strongly nostalgic documentary directed by Josh Swade on his life and career has been selected by the Tribeca festival for the online debut at We Are One.
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In a war-torn eastern Ukraine, a middle-aged single mother (Svetlana Alekseevna Barandich) listens to an advertisement on the radio and attends a party organized for foreign men seeking love. The short film by director Dekel Berenson, which debuted in Cannes in 2019, is a true revelation.
8. Beyond the Mountain
Selected by the Guadalajara International Film Festival, where he won the Press Award last year, David R Romay’s film is the story of a lonely young man (Benny Emmanuel) who faces a family tragedy and then decides to go in search of his father who he abandoned him, while the pain gives way to anger.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival is streaming live on YouTube from 29 May to 7 June