Aktion gegen den Hunger takes the audience on a journey to faraway places where courageous people fight every day for a dignified, equal life. With Bitter Bread we look to Lebanon and experience the efforts of Syrian refugees to cope with their everyday life in a refugee camp. The film Gaza vividly shows the daily challenges of the people in the occupied Palestinian territories and their lack of resources. Battle of the Giants is a manifesto of inequality for the numerous starving people worldwide, whose reality of life is in stark contrast to the "throwaway society" of our industrialized countries. With WOMENstruate and Mrs. F. we turn to another form of inequality, that between the sexes. Thanks to these two inspiring films, we present strong women who courageously fight against this inequality.
This film series is curated by AKTION GEGEN DEN HUNGER
Aktion gegen den Hunger is an international humanitarian and developmental organization that works for people in need in about 50 countries around the world. For 40 years we have been fighting hunger and malnutrition, providing access to clean water and health care, providing emergency aid and helping people to build sustainable livelihoods.
Worldwide for people. For change. For our common future.
BATTLE OF THE GIANTS tries to put voice and face to the Giants that, all over the world, fight against hunger and its consequences. To tell us about their struggle, with no intermediaries or filters, these Giants have used mobile phones. Altogether, renowned journalist Àngels Barceló, writer and journalist Martín Caparrós and professor José Esquinas put forward a trip to the heart of our incoherence and frustration with the intention of joining Fight Against Hunger, in a common cry of anger and hope.
Refugees fleeing from neighbouring Syria have settled temporarily in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon, where they live and work under the supervision of a local administrator from whom they rent their land, earn their wages, and to whom they are indebted. Their steel shacks and tarpaulin tents provide scant relief from the ravages of seasonal floods and the whims of a forbidding natural environment. Director Abbas Fahdel shows the daily struggle for a dignified and autonomous communal life.
GAZA brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of televised news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters and to offer us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives despite the rubble left by perennial conflict. In this uplifting film, we follow the lives of everyday Gazan citizens.
Imagine a floating theatre stage in Makoko, the largest slum situated on water in Nigeria. Here, Mrs F. wants to unite women and perform the play called "Hear Word". She dreams that this performance will raise women out of oppression, convince them to speak up, and encourage them to connect—the women of Makoko and the women in her own life. Will she succeed or will patriarchy and religion kill her dream?