SND Films
By Dee Hibbert-Jones
& Nomi Talisman
2015
Documentary
32' & 28' min.
USA
English
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2016 Academy Award ® nomination – Best Documentary Short Subject

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision — should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day- racial bias, veteran’s rights, mental health care and criminal justice.

Created from over 32,000 hand-drawn images, the film has garnered international film attention and won numerous awards since its premiere at Full Frame Film Festival in April 2015 where it won Best Short Documentary. Last Day of Freedom recently won the IDA Award for Best Short Documentary.

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SND Films
By Pim Zwiers
2014
documentary
58 & 90 min.
Netherlands
Dutch
Produced by Serious Film
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Told in amazing archival footage only, showing the turbulent life of the jewish Sam Waagenaar, a bon-vivant, who many times changed the course of his life in the 20th century.
Successfully moving from being a publicity manager for MGM in the thirties, actor in Hollywood, to operetta singer in France and war correspondent, finally ending up as a photographer travelling the world after the war. The film is based on Waagenaar’s unpublished autobiography. With a voice-over he reflects on his life, and on a tendency towards optimism that was severely tested more than once.

A life filled with surprising turns by a bon-vivant who loved travelling and who – apparently without planning in advance – successfully rolled from one job to another. In the 1930s and 1940s, he was publicity manager for MGM, operetta singer in France and correspondent and actor in Hollywood. As war correspondent, he was present at the liberation of Paris and Auschwitz. From those years on, he developed in photography and from 1946 he travelled the whole world as a journalist/photographer.

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SND Films
By Emile van Rouveroy
2013
Human Interest
58 min.
NL
Dutch
Produced by Maarten van Rouveroy
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Does God Love Women? portrays Hilligje Kok, a deeply religious but free spirited woman in Staphorst, a village located in the Dutch “Bible Belt”.

With passion and humor, Hilligje seeks to improve the position of women within her church as well as in the orthodox Christian political party SGP.

But a visit by Hilligje’s gay son Willem brings her off balance. Why did she not show up at his wedding? Hilligje’s well-intended struggle for equality is now putting at risk her friendships, family relationships as well as her position within the congregation.

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SND Films
By Walter Stokman
2002
Human Interest
50 min.
NL
English
Produced by VPRO TV
35mm
Format: 16:9

A boy posts a message on the Internet seeking a suicide partner. A girl reads it and flies to meet him one week later. Together they jump off a 600-meter cliff. They found each other on an Internet newsgroup called alt.suicide.holiday, or ASH.

nternet newsgroups are virtual discussion forums amongst people with common interests. The subject of this one is suicide. You come across thousands of letters. The unknown leave behind their open hearted life stories for us to read. Who are these people and why are they seeking each other on the Internet? What lives lay hidden behind the blue light of the computers.

In ASH worlwide suicide we meet four writers of this newsgroup.

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SND Films
By Tim den Besten
& Nicolaas Veul
2012
Human Interest
48 min.
NL
Dutch/English/Ukrain
Produced by VPRO
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Format: 16:9
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A special coverage, by two dutch journalists, of Ukraine’s very first Gay Pride (during the Euro 2012 Championship) that never happened due to extremist threats. The secret route had been leaked and hundreds of members of dangerous anti-gay groups chased gays who were on their way to the Pride. Two of the organizers were hospitalized.

With the world’s gaze fixed upon Ukraine, gays – who have no rights there – felt encouraged to stand up for their rights. It might get even worse when a law against ‘gay propaganda’ passes: (positive) media coverage, support and education of homosexuality will be punishable.

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SND Films
By Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss
1986
H.I./Arts
30 min.
USA
English
Produced by Jezebel Films
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16mm
Format: 4:3

The rise and fall of American’s multi-racial, all-female swing band, which shot to fame during World War II. Produced in association with Channel Four.

Shown at over 100 festivals worldwide. Prize of the International Jury, Oberhausen Short Film Festival; Jury Prize, Leipzig Documentary Festival. Selected for “Highlights of British Television”, BBC. Broadcast in 13 countries including Britain, France, Holland, United States (PBS), China, Denmark, Australia, Canada and Japan.

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SND Films
By André Schäfer
2007
Culture
52 & 90 min.
Germany
English/German
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
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35mm
Format: 16:9

100 PORSCHES AND ME is the search for the 1970s grass-green Porsche that André Schäfer has been dreaming of for years. A road movie about obsession, of his own and that of 100 Porsche drivers who are being asked for their car keys – the flabbergasted rich wife in front of her suburban German garage as well as a maniac who stores his 47 Porsches in an old hangar in Santa Monica, California: Jerry Seinfeld. A journey into the dreams of one hundred people for whom a Porsche has become the purest expression of who they actually are – and into the myth of a company and a brand which has fascinated people like Adolf Hitler, Andreas Baader, James Dean and many others.

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