Recently, the Dafilms portal introduced two documentaries by director Michael Noer; Vesterbro and Wild Hearts; and we promised to add more. The time has come and so has Son of God. A common project of Michael Noer and Khavn de la Cruz, the film is part of a series of creative cooperations initiated and produced by the DOX:LAB film workshop. The sample from the production of the film laboratory presented at the Dafilms portal includes four documentaries; from April 16 to 22, you can watch them for free.
It is perhaps for their testosterone affinity (compare their films Bahag Kings and Wild Hearts) that Filipino Khavn de la Cruz and Danish Michael Noer appeared in a single creative team of the DOX:LAB experimental film workshop organized by the CPH:DOX Copenhagen film festival. The main aim of the film laboratory is to support creative documentary, among others by the production programme creating a space for meetings and cooperations of European directors and their colleagues from other continents. Each year, a selected group of addressed filmmakers is divided into creative tandems and invited to develop and realize a creative film project. The fact that DOX:LAB organizers are serious about their desire to experiment can be proved by the fact that the catalogue of projects made in their name in the period of three years includes three dozen films. In cooperation with the CPH:DOX festival, a founding member of Doc Alliance, we present four of the laboratory projects. You can choose among the following titles:
Son of God (Michael Noer&Khavn de la Cruz)
Who is this dwarf called Son Of God? Mystic midget healer. Is he trickster or shaman? Freak or messiah? A film crew tracks his bizarre pilgrimage as magic and religion, faith and doubt, real and unreal blur and melt. For the many million faithful in the Philippines, the divine has a real existence, and when God’s small son heals a cancer-suffering man with his guts hanging out of a hole in the stomach, one has to acknowledge that it’s only our welfare society that has waved goodbye to the age of miracles.
Glorious Accidents (Mauro Andrizzi&Marcus Lindeen)
Car crashes are instant art and sculptures made in seconds. At least to a certain Buenos Aires photographer, who spends his nights driving through the city in search of capturing the perfect accident. Meanwhile, another man is trying to find a legendary cock sucker who hides somewhere in the dark rooms of a gay sex club. Accidentes Gloriosos tells nine different stories of death and transformation.
Master Chen Lives on 88 Lucky Street (Zero Lin&Ada Bligaard Søby)
Master Chen has never seen his wife, his daughter, or the skyscrapers that surround his home in the middle of Shanghai. He is blind, and makes a living giving traditional Chinese massage to busy businessmen. Chen lost his eyesight in a fight during his rootless youth, and has not seen the colossal changes that China has gone through during the past twenty years. But he can feel them on the bodies of his clients, where his fingers can literally read the passing of time.
From Palestine With Love (Camilla Magid&Mahasen Nasser-Eldin)
Mays is 22 years old, lives in occupied Palestine and works at the Palestinian Circus School. She is planning a life together with her Swedish boyfriend, Caspar and she intends to study at the University of Stockholm. However, the road from dream to reality is not easy. Mays is juggling between her family’s expectations and Swedish bureaucracy.
Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.