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The 16th International Festival
Signes de Nuit

Bangkok
Thaïland
June 2 - 10, 2018


 
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AWARD CELEBRATION

Documentary Competition


June 2 - 10, 2018

Thai Film Archive
Reading Room
Bangkok / Thailand

 

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Documentary Competition

Main Award


The Congo Tribunal
Das Kongo Tribunal
Milo Rau

  

The Congo Tribunal

ASIA PREMIERE

 


The Congo Tribunal
Das Kongo Tribunal
Milo Rau

Germany, Switzerland

2017 | 1:40:00


The war in Congo has caused more than six million deaths over the last twenty years. The population is suffering, but the offenders stay with impunity. Many people see this conflict as one of globalization’s crucial economic distribution battles because the country has major deposits of many high-tech raw materials. Milo Rau, one of Europe’s most acclaimed theatre directors, succeeds in gathering victims, perpetrators, observes, and analysts of the conflict for a unique civil tribunal in eastern Congo. The documentary film brings these spectacular court trials to life on the big screen and creates an unvarnished portrait of the largest and bloodiest economic war in human history.


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Special Mention

The Cleaners
Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck




The Cleaners

THAILAND PREMIERE

 


The Cleaners
Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

Germany, Brasil
2018 | 1:28:00


Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts We already knew that fake news gets pumped around. And also that our online behaviour determines what gets shown on everyone’s timeline on social media. But that thousands of Filipino content moderators are actively deciding every day what actually gets seen on the web, so that our timelines are pleasant or at least non-violent? This fact was hidden until recently. Propaganda or free newscast? With hardened eyes and continually learning about sex terms and jihadist flags, this immense workforce decide on thousands of newly placed videos and pictures. In their revealing debut documentary The Cleaners, Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck infiltrate this shadow industry. The internet is not as neutral and democratic as it pretends. High-placed tech experts and (ex-)cleaners speak about the need for and practice of these actions. From conversations with victims of this censorship, it seems that cleaners help steer the course of history.



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Signs Award

The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes
Andrey Nekrasov
The Signs Award for Documentary honors films, which express in a surprising way sensible and perturbing aspects of reality.



The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes

THAILAND PREMIERE

 


The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes
Andrey Nekrasov

Finland, Denmark, Norway
2016 | 2:05:00


What started as a drama about a Russian police plot to steal a billion dollars from a US financier and to murder his faithful tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, has become a real life investigation of contradicting versions of the crime. The Magnitsky Case is central for the policy of blacklisting bad guys from Putin's Russia ("Magnitsky List"), which was then adopted by the West in retaliation for Russia's actions in Ukraine. Shockingly for the film's director, dissident and Putin basher Andrei Nekrasov, the official Western story turns out to have serious flaws.



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Special Mentions for Signs Award

Cause of Death : Unknown
Anniken Hoel

Dusk Chorus - Based on Fragments of Extinction
Alessandro D'Emilia, Nika Saravanja (David Monacchi)



Cause of Death : Unknown Shame / Frame

 


Cause of Death : Unknown
Anniken Hoel

Norway
2017 | 1:27:00


After her sister died suddenly and unexpectedly while being treated with prescription antipsychotics, director Anniken Hoel begins a global investigation into the crimes of the pharmaceutical industry, the unheralded growth of psychiatric diagnoses and medication, and the corruption of the government regulatory agencies that have failed, repeatedly, to protect us. Made over a ten-year period, the film is simultaneously personal and investigative as it follows Anniken as she seeks answers regarding not only the death of her sister, but of the tens of thousands worldwide who have also met a similar fate. Deaths and damages that until now have been all but ignored. Beginning in a small town in Norway, and journeying through Scandinavia, the EU and the US, the chilling documentary-thriller CAUSE OF DEATH: UNKNOWN exposes the inner workings and motivations of a powerful industry that continually puts profits before people, and has been far too influential in defining who is normal and who is "ill".


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Cause of Death : Unknown Shame / Frame

ASIA PREMIERE

 


Dusk Chorus - Based on Fragments of Extinction
Alessandro D'Emilia, Nika Saravanja (David Monacchi)

Italy
2017 | 1:02:00


Follow the eco-acoustic composer David Monacchi on his quest to register a pure continuos 3D soundscape in the far away forgotten world of Ecuadorian primary rain-forests. A unique experience of listening to the imprints of the disappearing sonic heritage of millions of years of evolution.


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Night Award

Boli Bana
Simon Coulibaly Gillard

 The Night Award for Documentary honors films, which represent reality in an ambivalent and enigmatic way, avoiding stereotypes of representation and simple conclusions.



Boli Bana

ASIA PREMIERE

 


Boli Bana
Simon Coulibaly Gillard

Belgium
2017 | 01:00:00


Mila Zhluktenko, Sylvain Cruiziat Germany 2017 | 0:19:00 Of Huge and Small / Artem Funk / Germany / 0217 / 0:25:00 The film portrays a young human rights activist in russian Murmansk, who shares her thoughts and feelings about her “active life position” in the current days. The Eternals (Les Éternels) / Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd / Belgium, France / 2017 / 1:15:00 We call those who suffer from the melancholy of eternity, eternals.Convinced that death cannot triumph over their lives, they believe thatthey are doomed to wander in anticipation of the day when they will befreed from their existence.This film is a story of wandering and fleeing, on the borders of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan...

 



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Edward Snowden Award

Find Fix Finish
Mila Zhluktenko, Sylvain Cruiziat

The Edward Snowden Award honors films, which offer sensitive (mostly) unknown informations, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.



Find Fix Finish

ASIA PREMIERE

 


Find Fix Finish
Mila Zhluktenko, Sylvain Cruiziat

Germany

2017 | 0:19:00


"Find Fix Finish" delves into the accounts of three military drone pilots as they tell the intimate story of the lives they observe on a day-to-day basis. The voyeuristic ocular perspective from a military drone can reduce people to pixels on a screen and a certain decontextualisation is almost necessary to deal with the fact that people can be killed on a push of a button. “Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought?"


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