Film Festival Program
Showcasing over 50 films this year, IndiEarth XChange Film Festival 2015 screens an exciting collection of independent films – showcasing both established and emerging filmmakers - from rare, difficult-to-access documentaries sourced from India's film archives, to 2015 releases, from animation to international features, and a colourful collection of short films.


Sound of Silence (Myanmar)

Director: Thet Oo Maung
20 min/ Burmese (English Subtitles) / Documentary / color / 2014

An old retired soldier from Myanmar Army recalls a terrifying front-line experience he had during his active duty. His memory takes us into his traumatized mind via the actual combat footage he was watching. What comes out is a deeply wounded soul, neglected by the very system he served, and the very costly price the war demands from its participants.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 10:30


Smog (Lebanon)

Director: Jad Sleiman
16 min / English / Short, Sci-Fi / color / 2014

In the near future - factories fill the planet and intoxicate the air, humans live in a deserted waste land where Smog covers the skies and hides the Sun. Lithops, a 12 year old girl, lives an empty dull life in a deserted world with her older sister Miasma. Imprisoned behind her gas mask and thick clothes, Lithops feels the need to break out of this prison to feel the sunlight and breathe clean air. The film follows her on her quest for freedom and finding her true human identity, in an industrial world deprived of all natural elements.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 10:50


How To Get People To Like You (Czech Republic)

Director: Alexandra Yakovleva
4 min / English / Animation / color / 2014

A short animation based on a popular internet article "How To Get People To Like You" offering a recipe to get a perfect personality merely by following simple social rules.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:06


Freistil (Austria)

Director: Jannis Lenz
4 min / English / Short, Action / color / 2014

Three performance artists are moving scattered around a concrete desert. The sounds that occur from their contact with the environment develop bit by bit into a rhythm. When the borders between free-running,and performance-dance dissolve, something new arises from the interaction of body and sound.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:10


Suicide Frontier (United States)

Director: Edmond Marchetti
3 min / English / Drama, Noir / color / 2014

A mysterious woman sabotages a drug deal and tries to get away with the goods, not realizing how much danger she is really in.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:15


Man On The Road (Turkey)

Director: Yusuf Özer
10 min / Turkish (English subtitles) / Fiction, Drama / color / 2014

A man carrying a suitcase walks to a road through a field. He sees a car coming and runs for it. But the driver passes by - he does not stop. The man reaches the road, clears the mud on his shoes and starts to wait.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:18


The Singing Teacher (Bangladesh)

Director: Inshra Russell
12 min / Bengali (English subtitles) / Short, Drama / color / 2014

A young girl goes for a singing audition to a revered but restless music teacher and sings a song that strikes a magical chord.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:28


Pathos (Montenegro)

Director: Bojan Stijović
16 min / Serbian (English subtitles) / Short, Drama / color / 2015

This is a story about a voyeur who describes his relationship with the world surrounding him and his inability to communicate and establish a normal relationship with it. Mr. Martin is a voyeur who rarely leaves his home. His new obsession is a dentist in the office across the building he lives in. His apartment is a witness of his obsessions with the many women who come to his neighborhood. He goes to the dentist’s office wishing to establish contact with her. However, due to his own self-doubt and cowardice he gives up. His obsession continues and by having his teeth knocked out, he finds the way to spend some time with her.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:40


Only Sometimes a God (India)

Director: Prateek Prajosh
56 min/ English, Malayalam (English subtitles) / Documentary / color / 2015

A documentary seeking to find the relevance behind the existence of an age old ritual art form - 'Theyyam' - performed in India.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 11:56


Sotto Sopra (Italy)

Director: Nicolò Montesano, Vincenzo Acinapura
6 min / English / Short, Music / color / 2014

The sea is the place where we can talk to ourselves. In the sea we hide our passions, our instinctive mind. And it is in the sudden movement of the water that we take major decisions. The call of the sea, we all love to hear but rarely hear, ringing in the ears of the protagonist from his childhood.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 13:00


Vincent (China)

Director: Wen-Shing HO, Hwang Ouchul
15 min / Chinese (English subtitles) / Short, Drama, Art / color / 2015

To pursue genuine oriental aesthetics in cinema, the film "Your Ear Looks So Cute" is scripted and produced to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. It was through a letter written by Vincent Van Gogh to his friend “Vincent” in Hangzhou, China on the evening of December 23rd, 1888. Through the time eclipse, the Chinese artist “Vincent” is able to realize his aim for creation today in the year 2015.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 13:06


Butterflies (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

Director: Adnan Zandi
3 min / Persian (English subtitles) / Short, Docu-fiction / color / 2015

A woman with her child living on the street. All she wants to do is give the baby milk.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 13:21


Gypsy Davy (USA, Israel, Spain)

Director: Rachel Leah Jones
96 min / English, Spanish (English subtitles) / Docu-feature, Bio / color / 2011

When an American white boy with Alabama roots becomes a Spanish flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots, what happens behind the scenes along the way? The film tells the mesmerizing story of David Jones (stage name: David Serva) through his five women and five children—one of whom is the director.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 13:24


Eggventure (United States)

Director: Danielle Johnson
3 min / English / Animation / color / 2015

A penguin and a polar bear and their love for the same egg.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 15:00


The Worm (United Kingdom)

Director: Alex Rafael Rose
5 min/ English / Animation / color / 2015

Stop Motion Animation film combining live action and a few tricks.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 15:03


Kali (India)

Director: Shweta Bendre
2 min / English / Animation / color / 2014

Maa Kali is a charcoal stop motion animation done as a part of a classroom project at the filmmakers second year at the National Institute of Design. It is a fight dance sequence showing the Indian goddess Maa Kali. It is a metaphorical take on how the inner strength (goddess) within each woman takes charge when in difficult situations.

Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 15:10


Sigo Siendo - I Still Being (Peru)

Director: Javier Corcuera
120 min / Quechua, Spanish, English subtitles / Documentary, Music / color / 2013

A film about characters, characters who are part of a country. Although the film talks about music and musicians, it is not strictly a musical but rather a reflection on personal stories apparently very far apart, stories that look for one another in a country also immersed in the struggle to find itself and create its own identity: Peru.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 15:12


Liquid Borders (India)

Director: Barnali Ray Shukla
38 min / English / Documentary / color / 2015

The documentary film finds its beginning, born out of the need to explore existing geographical & political boundaries of India, juxtaposed with, human, emotional and spiritual bridges.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 17:15


Ludo (India)

Director: Nikon + Q
90 min / Bengali, English / Feature, Horror / color / 2015

Four desperate teenagers. A night of sexy mayhem. The big city. Or so the plan goes, until a series of misadventures later, Babai, Pele, Ria and Payal end up in a locked shopping mall in the dead of the night. Alone at last - until an old couple appears out of nowhere with a piece of folded leather and a glass container with two dice made of bone. A game. Simple, but deadly. They call it Ludo. A game defiled by a young couple centuries ago. An unbreakable curse, a living board, eons of bloodbath spanning the subcontinent. A game that has reached this city. Not just monsters, but prisoners of fate. Immortal lovers existing under a curse that will not die. They live within the game. Blood must spill. Bone must shatter. Beware the rattle of the Ludo dice.

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Venue: Walhaja / Date: 28th Nov 2015 / Time: 18:25