IEFTA is curating 3 documentaries in the ‘Spotlighted Projects’ at Cannes Docs 2020.
The three films, along with 11 others, will be presented over the course of 3 days, from 23 to 25 June at the Cannes Docs Co-Pro Speed Meetings, where potential co-producers and funding partners will be able to connect with these Spotlighted Projects.
This is a story of Bangladeshi single mothers who are struggling in the process of claiming their natural guardianship over their daughters. This process documentation will also unfold many sides of patriarchal attitude of the society.
Original title: NOC
Directed by: Kazi Krishnakali Islam
Produced by: Tareq Ahmed (Alo Chaya Opera,Bangladesh)
Country of production: Bangladesh
Syrian teenagers Mahmoud and Fawzi are two friends living in a refugee camp in Jordan. Like many young boys in the camp, they dream of becoming professional soccer players while facing the difficult reality of their lives. When a world renowned sports academy visits the camp, both have a chance to make this dream come true.
Directed by: Ali El Arabi
Produced by: Ali El Arabi (Ambient Light, Egypt)
Country of production: Egypt
Amar and Gunaraj are working as Happiness Agents who travel door-to-door through the remote Himalayan mountains measuring people’s levels of happiness. Gross National Happiness is a satirical ‘road movie’ that takes us through a mosaic of stories exploring the desires of a society with a specific national identity created by the Happiness Ministry of Bhutan, a country that has been closed-off for centuries.
Original title: Gyalyong Gaki Pelzom
Directed by: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó
Produced by: Arun Bhattarai (Sound Pictures, Bhutan), Noémi Veronika Szakonyi (Match Frame Productions, Hungary)
Country of production: Bhutan