Reality is more amazing than fiction.

Tampere Film Festival is a world famous short film festival, but in addition to short films, feature-lenght documentaries have also became the essence of the festival. The Festival will take place from March 4th to March 8th for the 50th time.

The main themes of the Special Programme are Climate, Dystopia, Australian First Nations and Kurdistan. Feature-lenght films will be screened in all those programmes, excluding Dystopia.

Stories of courage and steadfast

There are two feature-lenght documentaries in the Climate Programme.
Thank you for the rain ( Julia Dahr, Denmark , 2017) examines the impact of climate change through the eyes of a smallholder farmer, Kisilu Munya, in Kenya. Over the last five years he has used his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the impacts of climate change. Following a storm that destroys his house, Kisilu starts building a community movement of farmers fighting the impacts of extreme weather and he takes this message of hope all the way to the UNClimate Talks, in Paris, COP21. Here, at the biggest environmental show on earth, Kisilu and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr’s relationship takes a remarkable twist, shedding a powerful light on the climate justice movement and the vastly different worlds they represent.

Khartoum Offside, Marwa Zein (Sudan, Norja, Tanska, 2019)

Khartoum Offside (Marwa Zein, Sudan, Norway, Denmark, 2019) is a story about courage, steadfast and love for the sport. A group of exceptional young ladies in Khartoum are determined to play football professionally. They are prepared to defy the ban imposed by Sudan’s Islamic Military government and they will not take no for an answer. Their battle to get officially recognized as Sudan’s National Woman’s team is fearless, courageous and often laughable. But their struggle is unwavering. Despite the National Football Federation getting FIFA funds earmarked for the women’s teams, this team continues to be marginalized. However, there is a new spark of hope when the elections within the federation could mean real change of the entire system.

Australian First Nations Programme represents She Who Must be Loved by Erica Glynn (Australia, 2018). The documentary tells the epic life story of Alfreda Glynn – 78 year old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and Imparja TV, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist, grumpy old woman, who in equal measure loves the limelight and total privacy.

Radio Kobani (Reber Dorsky, The Netherlands, 2016) is screened in Kurdistan Programme. Out of the smoke and dust of battle came Radio Kobanî, the brainchild of 20-year-old Dilovan. A young Kurdish woman, Dilovan took it upon herself to document the final days of IS control, and the stories of refugees returning to their flattened homes. Despite her harrowing experiences, Dilovan’s positivity is resilient. Her belief is vindicated by the strength of Kobanî’s citizens and their capacity to collaborate in the face of destruction.