The second edition of the FeelFest International Festival has an outstanding selection of documentary films by major international filmmakers.

These are the four titles available for streaming until November 14:

9 Days in Haití

The beautiful and poignant documentary by JA Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) is part of the campaign #Símeimporta by Intermon Oxfam, which defends the importance of development cooperation through the disaster areas of Haiti and their children, who need not only food and water, but also hope and smiles.

“This experience has given me a broader view of the world in which we live. You can see it on the news, you can hear on the radio, and you know the data, but until you stand before a thirsty child looking your water bottle, you are not aware of what that means “(Bayona)

Over the course of nine days, the director had a look at the problems in the area, took in the plight of displaced people and aid workers enduring cutbacks as best they can, and filmed the workshop that the charismatic Mario Torrecillas and his team of PDA Films They led with school children at the displaced persons’ camp Corail-Cesselesse. The Pequeños Dibujos Animados production company, with a blackboard and ingenuity as their only tools, filmed a piece of animation with small and drawings that they made during the workshop.

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The director pays special attention to the children’s dreams and creativity, and defends their right to a better future. For them, and for millions of children in many countries, international cooperation is essential to building that future.

Who knows whether JA Bayona wasn’t thinking of these children when filming his latest blockbuster film A Monster Calls, where little Connor takes refuge in his drawings and his imaginary world to overcome his traumas and fears. And really, is there anything better fantasy than making a child smile?

 

 

The Time of the Luthiers

With Jorge Guerrero’s documentary, we enter the small workshop of one of the most prestigious luthier companies in the world, Felipe Conde’s family, who has for over a hundred years devoted itself to crafting Spanish guitars for such guitarists as Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola, Lenny Kravitz and Leonard Cohen.

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Cohen himself was thanked the luthier of his guitar in Oviedo when he picked up his Prince of Asturias Award for Letters: “I have a Conde guitar. A precious instrument that I acquired over forty years ago. I put my face close to their precious rosette and inhaled the fragrance of living wood, you know that wood never dies … ”

 

Mallory

The great documentary filmmaker Helena Trestikova once again shoots one of her long-term observational films. It is the life story of Mallory, a woman living on the street and who, after giving birth, intends to leave behind 16 years of drug addiction and change her life.

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Trestiková, with over 60 films under her belt, has two of her most recent works on Filmmakers. For these, just as she does in Mallory, the filmmaker accompanied her protagonists, René and Katka, with her camera in hand for years at a time, with her unique “time-lapse”style.

 

Aitrhí

In the Irish Gaelic language, the term Aitrhí speaks about the repentance for a fault that was committed. That is the process undergone by Shane O’Doherty, the protagonist of the documentary by Carlos Hernando (whose work always deals with historical conflicts, such as those about the Cuban Raul Rivero in Un hombre que escribe and the Jewish violinist Jacques Stroumsa during Nazism in El violinist de Auschwitz). O’Doherty was the head of explosives for the IRA and the first member of the group to apologize to their victims.

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In the first person and looking at camera, O’Doherty recounts his life in detail, from his childhood in the heart of an Irish Catholic and nationalist family, until he became in a child-soldier for IRA at the age of 15. Once in prison, he repented for his crimes and condemned terrorist violence.

 

Available for streaming on FeelFest until November 14

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