3 International short films | 89min
At Christmas people are reacquainted with their traditions. They might be as harmonious as on Bisevo, the Croatian island where times seems to stand still. Or they may originate from a questionable custom like the figure ‘Black Pete’ in the Netherlands. Additionally, on the island Réunion, it is common practice for people to sell their animals in order to afford Christmas gifts.
NA DOBRO VAM SALVESTROVO / NEW YEARS EVE ON THE ISLAND OF BIŠEVO
Davor Borić | Documentary | 30min | 2014 | HR | OmeU | German premiere
Offshore island Bisevo is not as far away as it seems. It is in the heart of Komizans and Bišovjora living in Komiža, on the feast of St. Salvestra, Dec. 31, that together with a number of visitors on Biševo, the inhabitants celebrate Mass in a way unlike anywhere else; they bless the houses and burn wood and other leaky old things. This documentary takes us to an island, which is, according to one of its few inhabitants, always alive, through summer and winter, it adapts to the seasons whilst withholding its traditions.
ZWARTE PIET: ACHTER DE SCHMINK / BLACK PETE: BEHIND THE MAKE UP
Fritz Kohle | Documentary | 28min | 2015 | NL | OmeU | International premiere
Every year during the Christmas period, the people of the Netherlands celebrate Sinterklaas; a long-standing Dutch tradition that has been documented since 1360. An important part of the festivities is Sinterklaas’ helper Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). In 2014, a Dutch court ruled that the figure of Black Pete is in fact, a racial stereotype and should be considered as discriminatory, despite his long standing tradition.
LA FACE CACHÉE DU PÈRE NOËL / SANTA CLAUS DARK SIDE
Laurent Pantaleon | Dramedy | 31min | 2016 | RE | OmeU | German premiere
It’s the morning of December 24. Christian, an unemployed father, realises that there are no gifts under the tree. With no money to his name, he decides to sell a cock and two hens in the city in order to earn money to treat his 9-year-old daughter. Christian only has a few hours to complete his Christmas mission!