Director Aditya Kapur
8’24” | India | 2014 [A]
SIC 2014 Best Documentary
Sound Thief, is a documentary about Jivraj Singh, drummer for Pinknoise and many other music acts in India. Diversity seems to be his forte, his impressive list of associative acts span from the likes of Nitin Sawhney and Gandu Circus to Nischay Parekh and Dualist Inquiry. In Sound Thief, Jivraj wanders through the streets of Mullick Bazaar, armed with just a zoom recorder and a pair of headphones. Sampling sounds in the automobile repair market, Jivraj created the soundtrack featured in the documentary from the sounds he collected. Thus, the title-Sound Thief.
Aditya Kapur is an award- winning Director Of Photography from India. Brought up in Calcutta and currently based in Mumbai. He has always been interested in images and in their power to create impact.
A Glimpse on the Handicapped
Director Zelia Lai
7’48” | Macau | 2014 [A]
SIC 2014 Macau Cultural Identity
SIC 2014 Best Local Entry
The documentary is about problems that handicapped people face nowadays while simultaneously sharing a message of”never give up, continue chasing your dreams.Our documentary approaches two angles, which lead to interconnected perspectives, one about Romeu, the main protagonist of the film and on other hand about what Macau can provide to these individuals (Caritas de Macau).
Zelia Lai was a local student at University of Saint Joseph when directing this documentary.
Director Naya Kuu
14’3” | Belgium | 2015 [A]
SHORTS 2015 Best Documentary
Through a poetic portrait, “A Journey”, tells the fragility of time or how history left its mark on the look of an old man. The journey of Ramon Rodriguez, a Republican child, is the one of many others who, like him, were evacuated abroad on board of the “Havana” and thus forced to leave their families behind.
Naya Kuu was born in Madrid, Spain; and currently based in Brussels. After finishing her musical education, she began studying acting and in 2001 she made her first documentaries, “The Mayor Superhero” and “30 días un mes”. In 2006 she moved to Argentina, where she developed as scriptwriter and director.
Director Mikel Aristregi & José Bautista
24’58” | Spain | 2015 [C]
SHORTS 2016 Best Documentary
In 2004 the photographer Mikel Aristregi travelled to Cambodia to document the lives of the street children of the Capital. There he met Pich, an 11 year old boy addicted to glue and meth. In 2013 the photographer went back to Phnom Penh with the intention of finding out how these boys become.
Mikel Aristregi is a freelance photographer specialized in social issues and human rights projects. BREAK IN is Mikel’s first work done in film. He studied journalism in the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) and after graduating he moved to Barcelona were he studied photography at IEFC.
José Bautista is a Film Editor, Composer, Sound Designer and Video Artist. He’s also the founder of KanseiSounds and co-founder of Altamar films. José is specialized in the production of audiovisual projects, editing and postproducing multimedias and creating also music and sound design for each work.
May The Qi Be With You
Director Catarina Arnaldez
7’16” | Macau | 2016 [B]
SHORTS 2016 Public Favourite Award
When in Rome, be Roman. When in Macau, the gambling capital of Asia, should you be superstitious? Fortune teller Master Chiu Cheong reveals the true face of luck in a conversation that shows the often-overlooked gems of the city.
Catarina Arnaldez is a luso-french filmmaker from Macau, currently based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.
Nobody Dies Here
Director Simon Panay
23’35” | France | 2016 [B]
SHORTS 2017 Best Documentary
Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.
Simon Panay made his first fiction short film at 19 and got more than 50 official selections, 15 Awards and two TV screenings. In 2012, he shot his first documentary film in Africa and in 2014 his second documentary, which earned him a prize of best talented young director of the year from the prestigious organization ARP.