Programme

The 19th Religion Today Film Festival will take place from 7 to 17 October 2016 in Trento and other Italian cities. 
It will include screenings, seminars, live performances and activities dedicated to schools. Entrance is free to all events. 

The programme is being updated continuosly and may change, so please check back and stay tuned!

Trento
Friday, 7 October, 2016
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Opening event
To Be Announced!

ADAM & EVE

Davey & Bianca Morrison Dillard
USA
2016
short
25'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
He's the only man on earth. And she's just not that into him. Picking up twenty minutes after they've been kicked out of Eden, ADAM & EVE follows the courtship of the first man and...
Saturday, 8 October, 2016
10:30am
FBK, AULA MAGNA, VIA SANTA CROCE 77
About Netflix. Religions and gender issues in new TV series
In collaboration with FBK, Center for Religious Studies (ISR) and Center for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

MICROPHONE

Kareem Ghafour
Iraqi Kurdistan
2015
short
9'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
A child enters a mosque to go to the bathroom. The mother loses sight of him; but when she asks to enter to look for her child, she is confronted with a sharp rejection. A tender and ironic approach...

SARAB

Tatiana Zgheib
Lebanon
2015
short
9'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
Omar, Tamara and their daughter Nay were living as a happy family. But unfortunately Omar was obliged to travel for business purposes for two years, without seeing his wife and his daughter. After...

LOVE COMES LATER

Sonejuhi Sinha
India, USA
2015
short
10'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
America, the land of opportunity, attracts immigrants from every corner of the world. An ambitious young immigrant, Riz, works at a small motel in pursuit of her American dream. When an unexpected...
4:00pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

MY NAME IS ADIL

Adil Azzab
Italy, Morocco
2016
film
74'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
The true story of Adil, a boy who grew up in the Moroccan countryside and at 13 joined his father who had emigrated to Italy. Adil has to cope with the harsh experience of migration, but also with...
In collaboration with Cinformi Informative Center for Immigration, Autonomous Provincce of Trento
5:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year

SNOWY ROOFS

Haideh Moradi
Iran
2015
doc
27'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
At the beginning of the cold season in Ardabil, rural youth travel to warmer regions, especially Tehran, to find job and employment. Life is very hard for those who are forced to stay. Especially if...
6:00pm
POLO CULTURALE DIOCESANO VIGILIANUM, VIA ENDRICI 14
A Female Christ Figure. Amoris Laetitia and Babette's Feast
A conference by Marco Vanelli, director of the journal "Cabiria studi di cinema"
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
From the Holy Land
In collaboration with Settimana dell’Accoglienza, Pace per Gerusalemme onlus and Forum Trentino per la Pace i Diritti umani

AVE MARIA

Basil Khalil
France, Germany, Palestine
2015
short
14'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
The nuns of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ Convent, in the middle of the West Bank wilderness, have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of Jewish settlers come knocking at their...

WOMEN IN SINK

Iriz Zaki
Israel
2015
doc
36'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
In a little hair salon owned by a Christian-Arab in Haifa, Israel, the director installs a camera over the washing-basin where she chats with the clients she is shampooing. She paints an unexpected...

HUMMUS! THE MOVIE

Oren Rosenfeld
Israel
2015
doc
70'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
Claimed by all. Owned by none. In “Hummus! The Movie” we meet three main characters - a hard working Muslim woman, an ever-smiling Jew and a young Christian Arab on a quest for meaning. And they all...
With the participation of the director and of Sohela Hindi star of Hummus! The Movie
Sunday, 9 October, 2016
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

MUKTZEH

Alon Rabinovich
Israel
2015
short
28'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
Vladimir, a Russian immigrant and would-be actor, dreams of playing the role of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice. One day he meets an old friend who encourages him to search out his Jewish roots...
4:00pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Zeal for Unity
A unique peace initiative - ZEAL FOR UNITY aims to bring together creative thought leaders from nations in conflict. As part of this initiative, 12 film makers from India and Pakistan are coming together for the very first time to showcase their work on a single platform and facilitate an apolitical exchange environment to striver for peace and harmony.

CREASE (SILVAT)

Tanuja Chandra
India
2015
film
42'
section: 
SPECIAL SCREENING
festival edition: 
2016
Noor has been living by herself for the last five years after her husband takes up a job abroad in the first week of their marriage. Her married life is nothing more than a never-ending wait for her...

DON'T PEEK INTO THE TENT (KHAEMAE MEIN MATT JHANKAIN)

Shahbaz Sumar
Pakistan
2016
film
42'
section: 
SPECIAL SCREENING
festival edition: 
2016
A circus accidentally lands in a small, quiet village cut off from the rest of civilization. Steeped in superstition, the villagers sit around the fire at night telling tales of a magical fairy that...
5:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year

DORIS & HONG

Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso
Italy
2015
doc
80'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
Hong loves art. She studies it at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Having just arrived from China, she answered an advertisement for an apartment rent by Doris, a lively 70 year old Italian who was...
8.45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Veiled Voices

SLØR

Charlotte Schioler
France, Denmark
2014
short
17'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Babette, a naïve but driven Danish woman looking for an apartment in Paris, embarks on an absurd mission fuelled by her fear of getting short changed. Her original mission, which was so light­hearted...

MARIAM

Faiza Ambah
UAE, France, Saudi Arabia, USA, Qatar
2015
film
45'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
It's 2004 and France has passed a law banning religious symbols in public schools. Mariam, French-born with Arab parents, recently wore the hijab after performing the hajj with her grandmother...

UN MILLON DE HOSTIAS

David Moncasi
Spain
2015
doc
61'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
In a cloistered convent in Havana thirteen nuns manufactured all the wafers from Cuba: one million wafers that travel around the island and offer us a curious portratit of a country living historical...
Monday, 10 October, 2016
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Stories of Migration
In collaboration with Libera Trentino

THE PURPLE FIELD

Nasri Hajjaj
Palestine
2015
doc
18'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
Tamer, a Palestinian from a Syrian refugee camp, flees war-torn Syria and ends up in Austria after a three-month journey through Europe. He waits for the government’s response to his asylum...

SANTI CAPORALI

Giuseppe Pezzulla
Italy
2016
doc
30'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
Yvan, Gora and Bouacar came to Italy thinking of changing their lifes and setting aside some money to support their families in Africa. For years now they have been living in a state of semi-slavery...
4.30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

DRAW NOT WAR

Matteo Valenti
Italy
2015
doc
55'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
DRAW NOT WAR is the story of a long and difficult project. From birth to the presentation. Three short cartoon films, on the topic of dialogue and peace, are made by students, from conflicting groups...
In collaboration with Deina Trentino, Pace per Gerusalemme onlus, Forum Trentino per la Pace e i Diritti umani
5:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year

DOLLS DO NOT KNOW

Nava Rezvani
Iran
2015
doc
57'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
According to the statistics provided by Iran Documents Registration Organisation, more than 40,000 weddings for girls under 14, and 15,000 divorces for girls under 19 years of age, are registered in...
With the participation of the director

MEN ARE MORE EQUAL

Reza Gholami
Iran
2015
doc
30'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
Ali Akbar, Haj Faraj and Mr. Mahadavi are three men from Iranian traditional society who are polygamists. They justify their several marriages with different reasons. With a common element summarized...
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Conflict and Identity

THE LITTLE DICTATOR

Nurith Cohn
Israel
2015
short
29'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Yossi Kleinmann, a dull history professor and expert on the political leaders of totalitarian regimes, feels unappreciated both by his students and his domineering wife. One weekend, at the 90th...

A.K.A. NADIA

Tova Ascher
Israel, UK
2016
film
115'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Maya, choreographer at a Jerusalem dance troupe. A.K.A. (also known as) Nadia, Arab young woman having a secret love affair. There are an estimated 60,000 persons, most of them Palestinians in Israel...
Tuesday, 11 October, 2016
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

A TIME IN A LIFE

George Barbari
Lebanon
2015
short
28'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
In a small town on the shores of North Lebanon, a young fisherman falls for a visitor and finds peace amid the surrounding chaos.
4:00pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Men of God

THE BRIDGE

Reza Jamali
Iran
2016
short
11'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
As part of his duties a young clergyman wants to reach an inaccessible village over a mountain cliff. He realizes that most of the villagers encounter serious problems in crossing the precipice, and...

THE ISLAND OF THE MONKS

Anne Christine Girardot
Netherlands
2015
doc
70'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
The monastery of Sion, in the Netherlands, has room for 120 monks. But in 2013 there were only eight monks left. They started to think of moving, make a new beginning somewhere else and hopefully...
5:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year. In collaboration with the local Cineforum

THE LONG FAREWELL

Farzad Motamen
Iran
2015
film
88'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
When Yahya is released from prison after being wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, no one at his small textile factory is happy to see him. It seems no one is interested in giving a helping...
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
RT comedy
In collaboration with the local Cineforum

DOUGH

John Goldschmidt
Hungary, UK
2015
film
94'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan clings to his way of life as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. Understaffed, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of Muslim teenager Ayyash, who has a secret...

THE CEMETERY MEN

Ali Mardomi
Iran
2016
short
30'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
“The Cemetery Men” is the story of an old man working in a cemetery on the outskirts of the city. He is the only one there who say prayers for the dead until a younger man comes to shatter his quiet...
Wednesday, 12 October, 2016
11:30am
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Meet the Jury!
A meeting with the Juries and international guests. Reflections on cinema, religions and gender relations from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

THE FILM COLLECTION OF THE MYSTERIES OF CHILDHOOD

Joanna Polak, Daria Kopie
Poland
2016
short
19'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
The Film Collection of the Mysteries of Childhood originated in the art studios of the Borderland. These 12 films are products of joint work of three generations - grandparents, parents and...
3:50pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

THE UNNAMED (OGGATONAMA)

Tauquir Ahmed
Bangladesh
2016
film
92'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
In a village, the police receives a call from the Ministry of Expatriate Workers telling them to contact the relatives of one Wahab, an expatriate worker who had died in an accident, to receive his...
With the participation of the director; in collaboration with Cinformi Informative Center for Immigration, Autonomous Province of Trento
5:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year. In collaboration with associazione Te@

THE VIRGIN OBSESSION (DER JUNGFRAUENWAHN)

Güner Yasemin Balci
Germany
2015
short
86'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
What does it mean to be a Muslim living in a free society? What significance does the commandment of virginity have for young people from immigrant families? Psychologist Ahmad Mansour, lawyer and...
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Living together. Religion, State and Society

MOHAMED, THE FIRST NAME

Malika Zairi
France
2016
short
15'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
Mohamed is the most popular first name of the world. Nevertheless in west, it was never simple to carry this first name which makes a reference to the Prophet of the Islam. It is what tells this 10-...

THE VEIL OF JEALOUSY

Ibtissem Guerda
France, Morocco
2015
short
17'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
A young Muslim couple, Amin and Enora, live in a French suburb. The husband grows suspicious about the identity of the person who visits his wife. Is it really her friend Huda – or someone else?

DUSTUR

Marco Santarelli
Italy
2015
doc
74'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
In the library at the prison in Bologna, a group of Muslim inmates is taking part in a course about the Italian Constitution that has been organized by teachers and volunteers. Samad, a young Arab...
In collaboration with ANM Associazione Nazionale Magistrati and ELSA European Law Students' Association
Thursday, 13 October, 2016
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Faith Shorts
In collaboration with cooperativa Kaleidoscopio

SIBERIA

Naftali Alter
Israele
2015
short
13'
section: 
RELIGIONI E SOCIETÀ
festival edition: 
2016
Avram Danino, sindaco di una piccola città ortodossa in Israele, ha costruito un nuovo edificio in "Siberia" - il quartiere degli immigrati russi. Scopre però che gli abitanti, guidati dal...

GAS PIPE

Hossein Darabi
Iran
2016
short
7'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
The misplaced installation of the gas pipe in the street can cause various incidents, and everybody has a different reaction. A short film reminiscent of the slapstick comedies here reinterpreted...

CHECKMATE (SCACCO MATTO)

Mahdi Ravash
Iran
2016
short
33'
section: 
DONNE, UOMINI, RELAZIONI DI GENERE
festival edition: 
2016
Una coppia non sposata. Una gravidanza imprevista. La società iraniana nelle sue sfaccettature e contraddizioni. La tragedia transnazionale dell’aborto clandestino. E il disegno imperscrutabile del...
4:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

NU GUO. IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER

Francesca Rosati Freeman e Pio d'Emilia
Italy, China, Japan
2014
doc
57'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
In Southern China, Yunnan, in the foothills of Tibet, live the Mosuo people, a Chinese ethnic minority with a matriarcal socio-familial organisation. Despite converting to Budhism in the XIX century...
5.30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year

LONGING

Nadav Mishali
Israel
2014
short
20'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Every month Michal immerses in a Mikveh as part of the religious ritual before she and her husband can resume marital relations. When the long-awaited night arrives, nothing happens between the two...
6:00pm
FBK, AULA MAGNA, VIA SANTA CROCE 77
On the side of Eve
A critical reading of women’s role in various forms of religion and spirituality and of the variegated constructions of the male and the female in different religious traditions moderated by Anna Fedele. With the participation of Nibras Breigheche, Muslim theologian; Selene Zorzi, Catholic theologian; Elena Viviani Sheisin (Zen Buddhist nun)
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Women Reformers

MEASURES OF MERIT

Roni Aboulafia
Israel
2016
doc
50'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
Against all odds, Ruth Colian is trying to run for the Israeli Knesset. She knows that she is fighting an uphill battle – but she also knows that Ultra-Orthodox, Haredi women are the only segment of...

RADICAL GRACE

Rebecca Parrish
USA
2014
doc
77'
section: 
MEN, WOMEN, GENDER ISSUES
festival edition: 
2016
February 2012: The Vatican officially censures American nuns, putting them under the supervision of conservative bishops. The Vatican’s message is clear: Feminism is simply incompatible with...
Friday, 14 October, 2016
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Portraying Faith

HAND IN HAND

Celina Schmidt
Germany
2015
short
3'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
A young woman sits in her room praying, but is disturbed by an unexpected call. A short film exploring practice and faith which leaves a variety of interpretations.

SŒUR BENEDICTE

Virginia Tangvald
Canada
2015
short
6'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
Faced with the winds of change, Sister Benedicte must make peace with her past in order to renew her faith in God.

A MIO AGIO NELL'INFINITO

Giuseppe Calliari
Italy
2016
doc
14'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
A tribute to a Spanish woman artist, Maria del Coral Torrents, who stayed in Trento from the time of her marriage until her untimely death, leading a life rich in humanity and creativity. Through the...
4:00pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8

LAC NOIR

Jean-Baptiste Germain
France
2015
film
66'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Bruno, in his thirties, goes back to the landscapes of his childhood in search of the Black Lake. Hit by an incurable disease, he is looking for a last light. Through diffracted storytelling, Jean-...
5:15pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Mine or nobody's: the plague of Violence Against Women
A focus on woman abuse after the recent spate of domestic-violence murders
5:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Of women and men
Daily focus on the theme for the year

LANTOURI

Reza Dormishian
Iran
2016
film
115'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Lantouri is the name of a gang of young criminals in Tehran. Pasha, a member of the gang, meets Maryam, a social activist/journalist who has started a campaign, "No to Violence" as she...
8:45pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
History and Stories

A SILENT NIGHT

Yopi Kurniawan
Indonesia
2015
short
19'
section: 
RELIGIONS AND SOCIETY
festival edition: 
2016
Thomas, a priest, retires as usual in the confessional to receive his parishioners. But the long "confession" of a fidgety girl leads him to growing discomfort. Thomas is broight passing in...

PRITJA - THE AWAITING

Roland Sejko
Italy, Albania
2015
doc
60'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
On September 21, 2014 Pope Francis chose Albania for his first European visit to “a country that has long suffered the ideologies of the past”. In “The awaiting” his voyage from Rome to Tirana lasts...

URBI ET ORBI CUBA

Andros Barroso
Cuba
2015
doc
46'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
A contrasty and alternative picture of recent cuban history. Historic footage from 1998, when pope Juan Pablo visited Cuba after decades of feuds between the socialist government of Fidel Castro and...
Saturday, 15 October, 2016
3:30pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Exploring the differences

SALTWATER BUDDHA: THE FILM

Lara Popyack
USA
2016
doc
58'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. Now an author and father,...

THE DESCENDANTS (FARZANDAN)

Yaser Talebi
Iran
2015
film
80'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
Farrokh, in his mid-twenties, had been studying in Greece, then informed his parents that he got a full scholarship in Sweden and is moving there. That's the last time his parents heard from him...
With the participation of the director. In collaboration with Cinformi Informative Center for Immigration, Autonomous Province of Trento

OGNI OPERA DI CONFESSIONE

Alberto Gemmi, Mirco Marmiroli
Italy
2015
doc
67'
section: 
MIGRATIONS, PLURALITY, COEXISTENCE
festival edition: 
2016
A man decides to buy a flat overlooking an abandoned industrial area with a glorious past waiting for restoration. A Rom family has been living for a long time in a camper, trying to fit in this...
With the participation of Federico Zappini, Impact Hub Trentino
9:00pm
TEATRO SAN MARCO, VIA SAN BERNARDINO 8
Awards ceremony
During the evening some short excerpts from Mark Twain's "The Diary of Adam and Eve" will be performed by Annalisa Morsella and Alessio Dalla Costa, EmitFlesti Theatre.
Sunday, 16 October, 2016
3:30pm
POLO CULTURALE DIOCESANO VIGILIANUM, VIA ENDRICI 14
Screening of a selection of the awarded films
Pergine Valsugana (Tn)
Monday, 10 October, 2016
Arco (Tn)
Tuesday, 11 October, 2016
Parallel initiatives in the Trentino region
Merano (Bz)
Monday, 17 October, 2016