Welcome to the 7th SIETAR Europa Film Festival

“Films create Awareness”!

The SIETAR Europa Film Festival is proud to be part of the SIETAR Europa Congresses since 2006 and continues to screen selected documentaries as part of its major congresses. The Film Festival wants to screen documentaries matching the congress theme and tracks, with every track we are looking for two documentaries.

The added value of documentaries is that they reach people in a different way, films have an emotional appeal. What cannot beaccomplished through spoken and written texts is often achieved through the visual elements characteristic of the film screen. We aim to screen documentaries that incite compassion, reflection, discussion and action.

Documentaries can be very useful as teaching and learning tools in education. Myriad social media and virtual communities create opportunities for discussing and sharing views. During this 2019 congress, SIETAR, again, offers opportunities on how to use films or film fragments for intercultural, virtual teaching, training and coaching.

During each Film Festival we screen films matching the congress theme and tracks. This year the Film Festival is organized around the 4 tracks, each screening two films:

Thursday, 30th of May 2019

Congress Track 1 | Business & Organizational Challenges

10.00 - 11.30 Brown Eyes Blue Eyes by Seydà Buurman-Kutsal (60 min*)
12.00 - 13.30 Born in the USSR, 28 Up by Sergei Miroshnichenko (60 min*)

Congress Track 2 | Socio-political Concerns

14.30 - 16.00 Our man in Tehran by Roel van Broekhoven (45 min*)
16.30 - 18.00 For the sin of the fathers (Episode 1) by Rudy Vranckx (45 min*)

Friday, 31st of May 2019

Congress Track 3 | Migration

10.00 - 11.30 Nice people by Karin af Klintberg & Anders Helgerson (58 min*)
12.00 - 13.30 Bad hombres by Stef Biemans (52 min*)

Congress Track 4 | Education and Intercultural Professions

14.30 - 16.00 Cornered in Molenbeek by Sahim Omar Kalifa (54 min*)
16.30 - 18.00 So help me God by Jean Libon & Yves Hinant (93 min)

*Each film is followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, discussions with the audience, panel discussions, debate with experts, politicians, journalists or representatives from stakeholder organizations. The FF committee hopes that the films will fascinate, stimulate and inspire!

When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 10.00 - 11.30 | Lengths: 60 minutes*

Number of participants: max. 30

*after the screening: debriefing and group discussion with Seydà Buurman-Kutsal,
moderated by Anke Lindemann, project manager and Scrum Master in multicultural/remote IT projects in a global company.

Brown Eyes Blue Eyes is an exercise in discrimination, originally developed by Jane Elliott, a US American teacher from Iowa in 1968. Seydà Buurman-Kutsal who is educated and certified by Jane Elliott herself and has successfully educated people from different backgrounds, different countries and different professional settings in business, schools and universities, GO and NGO’s. 

This documentary shows what happens during the workshop and Seydà Buurman-Kutsal is here to reveil the systems that are involved. You will experience the mechanisms and be shown how to open up a learning dialogue with leaders in business. 

Goals are understanding perspectives of influence and power in the organisational and group systems in order to reflect and open a dialogue based on these reflections. Therefore participation is useful for those who are responsible for and are interested in creating and maintaining an environment in which diversity is valued.

In the microcosmos that the exercise creates, participants will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of systematic nature of power and oppression, and its impact on our relationship with each other and with ourselves. The perspective of changemakers within the intercultural field will be questioned and emotionally felt.

In addition there will be input, large group discussion: Buurman-Kutsal explores with the audience the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism and the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating them in and eliminating them from ourselves and our environment.

Participation in this workshop can lead to stressful experiences. Experiences that minorities can experience in everyday situations. 

The workshop has been developed in the United States and adapted to the European context. The latest study on the effects of the workshop is: Duurkoop, J. N. (2017, interne publicatie). Blue Eyes Brown Eyes, meer oog voor diversiteit: interventieonderzoek naar de verandering die deelname aan de interactieve diversiteittraining Blue Eyes Brown Eyes bewerkstelligt in diversiteitbewustzijn en intergroep attitude. One of the studies in English is: Stewart T., Laduke, J. R., Bracht, C., Sweet, B. A. M. & Gamarel, K. E. (2003). Do the “Eyes” Have It? A Program Evaluation of Jane Elliott's “Blue- Eyes/Brown-Eyes” Diversity Training Exercise. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33 (9), 1898– 1921.

For one day brown eyed people have the power over blue eyed people.

About the film maker:

Seydà Buurman-Kutsal is a Europe wide known trainer and coach within the field of Diversity and Inclusion. She has educated organisations like ministries, NGOs, police forces in Europe successfully. As a diversity-consultant she has lead various companies from Vodafone to Delta Lloyd to an awareness that lead them to sustainable choices in diversity management. She has a background as a social worker with Turkish roots, born and raised in Germany and is living in the Netherlands. She is certified coach and a train the trainer for the Blue Eyes Brown Eyes exercise and she is the founder and director of Seydà Buurman, diversity consultancy and is a lecturer at Fontys University of applied sciences in the Netherlands teaching diversity and (civic) education.

When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 12.00 - 13.30 | Lengths: 60 minutes*

*after the screening: extensive discussion with the audience moderated by Anke Lindemann, project manager and Scrum Master in multicultural/remote IT projects in a global company.

“I will always be Russian,” says 21-year-old Andrei, who now lives in the United States. Like all the other subjects of this documentary series, he was born in the Soviet Union. Director Sergei Miroshnichenko made Age 7 in the USSR in 1990 and and followed it up seven years later with Born in the USSR: 14 Up, for which he won an Emmy Award.

In this cultural extravaganza, 7 Up conducts a fascinating insight into a group of seven-year-olds and their very different lives within the former USSR. A rare insight into the regions, and cultural and racial differences they experience, with a simplicity and honesty only a child could demonstrate. With the 7 Up team documenting their lives every seven years, it's sure to be a unique viewing experience.

Their stories provide an insight into the break-up of the former Soviet Union as well as a reflection of what life has become without Communism. Since filming, some of the youngsters have left the former USSR to go to Israel or the United States, some have stayed in their family home, but all have had their lives changed. Archival footage of them at the ages of seven and 14, 21 and  at 28, shows life in a society that was once shut off from the world.

About the director:

Born in Chelyabinsk in June, 24, 1955. Graduated from VGIK, the institute of cinematography named after Gerasimov, with documentary and TV director specialization (the workshop of professor Kochetkov). From 1984 to 1993 Miroshnichenko worked on Sverdlovskaya film studio in Yekaterinburg. Since 1993 he worked at "Trite" Nikita Mikhalkov's Studio. Since 1998 Sergey Miroshnichenko has his own documentary workshop at VGIK. In 1999 he was one of the co-founders of the Ostrov Studio. Currently he is the Head and Art leader of the Studio. S.Miroshnichenko is the laureate of The Russian state award in 1989, the honored Russian artist. Till the 2009 he was a secretary of the United Cinematographers of Russia.


When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 14.30 - 16.00 | Lengths: 45 minutes*

*after the screening: Q&A with director Roel van Broekhoven and extended discussion with the audience, moderated by Helga Schepers, trainer in the field of intercultural learning, training for trainers and team development on decision making through the process of Lewis Deep Democracy

A revealing series on life inside Iran, with New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink, who has been living in Iran for the past 17 years.

The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under theocratic leaders. In this two-part series, he takes viewers on a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. Iranians share their stories, hopes and fears with him over the course of four years of filming. Our Man in Tehran was awarded Best Television (Nipkowschijf) by film & television critics in the Netherlands and broadcasted by PBS Frontline.

After four years of requests to the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture, the same office that allows Thomas to work here as a correspondent, he received a special permit to film for five weeks a documentary series with the Dutch director Roel van Broekhoven for the VPRO network in the Netherlands. The reaction to the series in the Netherlands, a small, liberal European country whose citizens enjoy looking beyond its borders, was overwhelmingly positive.

Iranians are used to foreign media portraying their country as sinister. “Why doesn’t the West understand how nice we are?” An Iranian official asked Thomas “If only they see our beauties they will love Iran.”

Iran has some very impressive sights, but for our man in Teheran the real attraction is its people. You will meet some of them in this series as we examine together complicated issues that illustrate how Iran is slowly changing.

This video series was produced with a team from VPRO in the Netherlands, where it ran on Dutch television.

About Thomas Erdbrink: I moved to Iran in 2002 and I’ve been married since 2003 to Newsha Tavakolian, a well-known Iranian photographer and artist. In 2008, I became the bureau chief for The Washington Post, where I was succeeded in 2012 by Jason Rezaian, my colleague who has been jailed without charge since July.

When I tell people that I have lived in Iran for 13 years, they’re often shocked. How, they ask, can one live in a country where angry mobs roam the streets denouncing Westerners, burning flags and shouting “Death to America”? Are you not afraid?

No. I am not.

Iran is more modern, livable and friendly than some portrayals would have you believe. The country’s modernity goes beyond symbols, such as the number of skyscrapers in Tehran, or the fact that Porsche sells more cars here than anywhere else in the Middle East.

In the time I’ve been living and working here, Iranian society, under the influence of the Internet, satellite television and inexpensive transportation, has undergone fundamental changes: Iran became an urban country, with 70 percent of its people living in or near cities. Illiteracy has been almost wiped out. More than 60 percent of university students are women. More than 150,000 highly educated Iranians leave the country each year. The Internet, though censored, is widely available, as is software to get around those censors.

I live here with my wife and our cat in a three-bedroom apartment in a 26-floor residential building, constructed before the 1979 revolution by an American company. Newsha has been my guide to this complex society, and she continues to be my most important critic. I have made many Iranian friends and I learned to speak Persian, which makes it easy for me to get around in this city of 12 million. And though I am married to an Iranian woman, I am a Dutch citizen and my visa is good for only six months at a time.

I am an accepted foreigner, but I am a lonely foreigner, too. Iran is a very isolated country and there are only a handful of Westerners living here.

About the director:

Roel van Broekhoven (1950) studied at the School for Journalism in Utrecht and has been working at VPRO since 1979 as a program maker, director and editor-in-chief. He worked for the 'Tegenlicht' program and is the creator of the successful history series 'In Europe'. In 2001 he received the Dick Scherpenzeel Prize for the documentary 'Just call with India ...'. This prize is awarded to journalists who highlight the situation in developing countries in a special way. Other well-known films by Van Broekhoeven are 'Bang (forever) bang' and 'Beachy Head’.

Image: Pim Hawinkels



When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 16.30 - 18.00 | Lengths: 45 minutes*

*after the screening: interview and extensive discussion with the audience with director Rudi Vranckx, moderated by Helga Schepers, trainer in the field of intercultural learning, training for trainers and team development on decision making through the process of Deep Democracy

Do children have to pay for the sins of their fathers and sometimes also their mothers?

In every war there are perpetrators and victims, and also innocent people. In the past years, a whole generation of jihad fighters has left for Syria and Iraq. Many have been killed during the fighting, some have gone into hiding, the others will and have to be tried. Their fate seems clear. But what happens to their children?

In the three-part series ‘For the Sins of the Fathers’, Rudi Vranckx follows Belgian parents of jihadists in their months-long struggle for their grandchildren in the fallen caliphate. He travels past Kurdish prison camps in Syria and through an orphanage in Baghdad to the border area between Syria and Turkey.

The result is a series of human stories at the intersection of journalism and instant history. 

This documentary shows how important open dialogues are, with family members but also the government and official units. 

Episode 1: While the caliphate is faltering, the news trickles through to Belgium. The grandparents here live in uncertainty: have their grandchildren died in the war? Or are they still alive? And if so where? Via WhatsApp and Facebook they get messages that makes one family fall into despair and raising hope elsewhere. Some have managed to escape from the ranks from IS.

The grandparents decide to unite, hoping to be stronger together in their demand to do something for the grandchildren. But to whom can they put their questions?

Meanwhile, thousands miles away, Rudi Vranckx wanders through the debris of Mosul, the clothes pressed against his mouth. He sees many dead IS fighters and the orphans of IS.

About the director/reporter:

Rudi Vranckx is a Flemish journalist working for the VRT public TV news. He usually reports on international conflicts (Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria) His work is internationally recognized. Vranckx studied Contemporary History at the Catholic University of Leuven. After his studies he started as a researcher at the Center for Peace Research at the University of Leuven, where he made scenarios and films about war and peace.

Meanwhile, he participated in journalism exams at the Flemish television channel called BRT, where he could start working in September 1988 at the radio news. After six weeks, Vranckx switched to the television news. His first big assignment as a war reporter started in Romania in 1989 during the fall of dictator Ceausescu. Later he reported on the Gulf War, the wars in Yugoslavia and the major conflicts in the Middle East. In 2010 he reported on his journey to Congo in seven episodes for the tv channel Canvas, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of this country, entitled "Bonjour Congo".

Since January 13, 2008 Vranckx has his own TV program, which mainly shows foreign documentaries. It airs on the TV channel Canvas.

In September 2011 Canvas showed its new series "The curse of Osama" in which he investigates the changes that the world has seen since the 9/11 attacks.For this series, he visited the US, the UK, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and Egypt. In early 2012 Vranckx got involved in an attack in Syria, that killed a French fellow journalist. In 2013, his series of four episodes called "The sorrow of Europe" was aired on Canvas. He traveled through Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece to show the story behind the crisis and to seek solutions. He had conversations with, among others, Beppe Grillo. In 2014 he visited the Kurdistan region in Iraq during the ISIS conflict. He went to the battlefront at the Mosul Dam and in the same year he also went to the battlefront in Rabia. In 2015 he made the 50 min. documentary ‘My Jihad’, about fighting radicalization and 8 episodes of the documentary ‘Everyday Heroes’ in Mexico, Romania, Kenya, Iraq, Palestine/Israël, Italy, USA and Myanmar. In 2016 he and his team made a three episode documentary ‘Targeting ISIS’. Between 2017 and 2018 he produced the documentary series “For the Sins of the Fathers” containing of three episodes.

Vranckx wrote several books: No News from the Battlefront, 2003 The Ghosts of the Evening Land, 2006 Voices from the War, 2008 Discovering Congo, 2010 The Curse of Osama, 2011 The Face of the War, 2012 The Vulture Club, 2013, War on Minds 2015 (Oorlog om de geesten) and Harde Tijden 2017 (Hard Times 2017), Mijn kleine oorlog 2018


When: Friday, 31st of May 2019, 10.00 - 11.30 | Lengths: 58 minutes*

*after the screening:
Skype interview with the director Karin af Klintberg and discussion with the audience,
moderated by Papa Balla Ndong, Human Migration Expert | University of Valencia, Spain

What do you do when 3000 Somalis run over your small town in the backlands of Sweden, and McDonalds starts being called 'Little Mogadishu'? Local journalist and jack of many trades Patrik Andersson has an idea: let sport unite the people. And so guys who have never known temperatures below 20 degrees become the national team for Bandy ice hockey of Somalia. Count on having some fun: they do for sure!

The teams' players don't live in Somalia any longer. They have immigrated to a small town in Sweden. None of the players have ever been on ice. The championship in Siberia starts in 6 months. Someone has clearly been thinking way outside the box.

Bravely doing something that hasn't been done before: almost the real story of 'Cool Runnings': We will cry and we will laugh as we follow the team on their way to Siberia and (spoiler alert) when they score their first goal.

With help of two filmmakers Filip and Fredrik we follow the intense, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes very comedic struggle to get the team ready for the championship. Integration is tough. The little town of Borlänge has suffered a few industrial blows and unemployment is high. Support for the National Swedish Party (Sverigedemokraterna) is high.

When Patrik spends an evening at the pub with some friends talking about what can be done, they conclude that the locals love their football and they love their Bandy. Why not use sport as a bridge to get people closer to each other? Why not start the Somali national team in Bandy in Borlänge?

The film is about a group of young men who have fled the war in Somalia, ended up in Sweden and are determined to make it all the way to Siberia. The road there will be bumpy, but knowing that they will be standing on the ice, singing along to their national anthem, playing for their country, gives them the strength to carry on. A story on racism and fear and on overcoming them sometimes with a smile, an extra punch and a lot of training.

A very useful  documentary to understand the different causes of Human Mobility.

A compassionate and chilling documentary.  

About the film maker:

Karin af Klintberg is the creative mind behind the most innovative Swedish television series of today, ‘Eating Through History’, ‘The Christmas Calendar’ and ‘Landet Brunsås’. Her style combines entertainment and education in a unique, award-winning way. As she explains it, “After all, everyone will be happy if they feel that they learned something.” She is a true storyteller humbly aiming to make the world a better place to live for all of us. The documentary-style feature film ‘Nice People’, created and directed together with Thelma/Louise founder Anders Helgeson, has recently received one of Sweden’s most prestigious awards.

When: Friday, 31st of May 2019, 12.00 - 13.30 | Lengths: 52 minutes*

*after the screening:
discussion moderated by Papa Balla Ndong,
Human Migration Expert | University of Valencia, Spain

The documentary investigates the most heavily used migration route on Earth. Dutch journalist Stef Biemans travels between Guatemala and the US during the first months of the Trump Administration, to see what the so called ‘bad hombres’ hope to find the USA.

Who are the people Donald Trump wants to keep out of America by building a wall?

“Biemans stays calm at all times and defers to his subjects. The result is rich and integral film sometimes moving and always captivating.”

A very useful documentary to understand the different causes of Human Mobility.

A compassionate and chilling documentary.

About the film maker:

Stef Biemans (1978) is a journalist. For the love of his life he traveled to Nicaragua. He became correspondent for the VPRO program Metropolis. For Nicaragua he has expanded the program to 'Metropolis Nicaragua'. It is his own program that he presents himself - and in his own way. In 2014 he made the program 'Amor with a mustache', a 5-part search for true Latin American love. From March 2015, Stef Biemans was featured in a new Metropolis series. This time with a selfie cam. In September 2016, he will be screened in Americanos, his new TV series about migrants traveling from Latin America to the United States.

When: Friday, 31st of May 2019, 14.30 - 16.00 | Lengths: 54 minutes*

*after the screening:
Q&A with the director Sahim Omar Kalifa and discussion with the audience,
moderated by Nouredinne Erradi 

Coiffure Zaïdi is a barber shop in the heart of Molenbeek, Brussels. The salon is run by Hassan Elouakili and Redouane Aitoumghar, two Belgians of Moroccan origin. The clientele of Coiffure Zaïdi consists merely of local muslims. Often they enter to have a shave, a haircut or just a chat. Cornered in Molenbeek follows the in and outs of the everyday life in this sleepy corner of Brussels, a place with relatively little importance for the outside world.

The shop closes for a day and then, in an instant, everything changes. News breaks of a terrorist attack on Paris. It’s November 13, 2015 and when the dust settles, 130 people are dead and 413 more are injured. The investigation quickly determines that the attackers are from Molenbeek, Brussels, the very neighbourhood where Coiffure Zaïdi is located. Cornered in Moolenbeek is a documentary from Berlin award winning director Sahim Omar Kalifa. 

Official selection Hot Dogs 2018.

About the film maker:

Sahim Omar Kalifa (born 1980 Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan) is a Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker based in Belgium. In 2001, he came to Belgium, and in 2008 he got his Master's degree in filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Film School, Brussels. Kalifa has won 96 international awards with his short films Land of the Heroes, Baghdad Messi, and Bad Hunter. The biggest achievements so far are: A-Jury Prize as Best Short film for 'Land of the heroes' at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival - Generation. B- 'Baghdad Messi' was shortlisted for the 87th Academy awards, the Oscars. It was one of the 10 finalists. C- 'Bad Hunter' was also shortlisted for the 88th Academy awards, the Oscars.

'Bad Hunter' won also several international Awards at some important film festivals, like Jury Award at 59th Valladolid, 38th Montreal World, Dubai IFF and Flickerfest International Film Festival. 2014, Sahim was chosen in Istanbul as Best Kurdish film director. In 2016 Sahim became a member of the Academy Awards 'The Oscars'. He can vote for the Oscar awards.

Summer 2016, Sahim had filmed his debut film 'Zagros' which has been supported by Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF), Dutch Film Fund and Eurimages.

When: Friday, 31st of May 2019, 16.30 - 18.00 | Lengths: 93 minutes

After the screening: n/a

An observational film about everyday activities of Brussels judge Anne Gruwez, a striking personality with an unorthodox way of working.

Fly-on-the-wall portrait of colourful Brussels examining magistrate Anne Gruwez. While she masterfully grills a steady procession of small and large criminals, her unfiltered opinions and disarming humour accompany this raw insight into the Belgian justice system. The cold case investigation into the murder of two prostitutes gives the film its backbone.

‘The examining magistrate is the most important person in the country,’ Anne Gruwez quotes Napoleon. When you see her driving her little old Deux Chevaux trough Brussels, a grand general may not be your first association. But she sure has the confidence for it.

‘That’s fantastic!’ she yells when a deposition of a prostitute turns into an in-depth conversation about the preferences of men who hire S&M mistresses. But when most defendants sit down across Gruwez in her small office, they better listen up. She warns a recidivist whom she is willing to give one more chance: ‘If you betray me, I swear the wrath of Allah will be nothing compared to mine.’ She listens in  silence, however, when taking down the harrowing statement of a mother who killed her 8-year-old son after thinking he was a child of the devil. With each scene it becomes clearer that behind Gruwez’ gallows humour and bravado, there is a very sharp mind, a genuine hunger for truth and a deep humanity. And she likes cake, too.