Rooted in Polynesia, in the heart of the South Pacific, this wandering movie crosses borders and centuries to explore time and its representations. This journey brings a constellation of stories where the science of today meets the myths of yesterday, where politics meets poetry, where dreams meet history. But it may well conclude, at the end of this meandering journey, that time no longer is what it seems to be.
The investigative character driven story of Rudolf Elmer, a Swiss whistleblower banker who defied secrecy when revealing to newborn WikiLeaks, the seedy secrets of a Cayman Islands bank. After being tailed, harassed and jailed, the banker plunges us into the world of offshore banking, worth 21K billion dollars, whose driving role in tax evasion and finance deregulation weakens democracy and destroys social contract.
Grisélidis Réal is a meteor. Swiss-born « bourgeoise » and prostitute, marijuana trafficker, inmate, she becomes in the 70s "the revolutionary whore". She paints, draws and writes, inventing her life at every moment, in a dazzling career. Images fictional, texts, drawings, extracts, manuscripts, photographs, historical archives, interviews, weave the portrait of a rebel and an authentic writer.
Damien, Camille Thomas, Francis, Maureen and the others, fifteen teenagers between 12 and 15. All are part of a scouts troop in Comblain-au-Pont. Every summer, they are preparing for the new summer camp ... Through this experience, the film portrays adolescence with its joys, sorrows, dreams and disillusions ...
Christel, a beautician who specialized in wigs, welcomes women in need of reconstructing their image, and a self esteem fragilized by aging or illness, sometimes creating also a new personality. The film portrays her social work helping five women to get over a contemporary society which greatly values one’s image, leading them to rediscover their feminity.
Five women share their "love" story... Each lived a thunderbolt, a wonderful meeting with the man who later became her tormentor. The tell about the grip that is slowly but firmly induced, then the violence leading to their fleeing to protect her children, the consequent try to rebuild, to regain self-esteem and take shelter.
Surrounded by the Belgian Ardennes forest, Eurovillage is a former holiday center transformed into an 'open' reception center for asylum seekers, operated by the Red Cross. Isolated in this remote center for months, some for over two years, how the 300 residents who live there do they manage to endure this agonizing wait, this suspended and empty time, which mostly will conclude in quitting the territory.
The hijra community is the traditional transsexual community India. After enduring a sacrificial emasculation, they have the power to bless and curse the people. Both fears and despised, they live in a constant challenge. The film tells the story, the human experience and the daily life of Silky and his sisters hijras.
From Brussels to Tel Aviv, Paris to New York, the film takes us to all of the places Chantal Akerman visited. Experimental filmmaker and nomad, she shares her cinematographic journey, questionning the meaning of existence, risking loosing audience. With her editor Claire Atherton, she explains the origins of her language and estheatics.
Under the continual fire of RTMA’s cameras - Kolwezi's main local TV - Congolese society, avid of its own image, discloses itself raw. These journalists, motivated to inform all costs, overcome with courage situations sometimes perilous, sometimes funny, often sad and always beyond fiction. Their recent acess to TV raises the universal questions of independency and ethics.