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WEB Special: WHY WE FIGHT - Shorts
 Available for free worldwide: Friday 24th November 17:00 till Sunday 26th November 23:59 CET.

Two To Tango
BE | 2021 | 18'

Director: Dimitri Sterkens | Choreographer: Anibal Lautaro

Available worldwide except from Belgium

Twelve world leaders assemble in a war room to play a game on life and death in which they have to dance tango. Last man standing.

ES | 2018 | 15'

Director: Rubin Stein | Choreographer: Mercedes Morillo

A group of soldiers enter a church in a destroyed village to face unexpectedly a young and mysterious flamenco dancer. Her dancing is more than a distraction. With a surprising and hypnotic mix of cinematic genres, Bailaora tackles the theme of war and concludes the black and white suspense trilogy “Light & Darkness” by Rubin Stein.

IT | 2022 | 20'

Director: Masbedo

Between 9 May and 11 June 1943, the island of Pantelleria was violently bombarded by the Allied troops to reconquer Italian soil. Residents recall that, after the surrender, some of the buildings were blown up for the cameras of a propaganda combat film. Pantelleria traces the memories of this event in the local collective consciousness and looks at the contemporary implications of an episode that took place in the shadow of official history. Through a two-years long participatory process with the residents, the film explores the tension between the truth and its ideological distortion, between the reality of the bombs and their telling through images. The Nervi hangar, a symbol of Mussolini’s militarisation of 

the island, is now shown empty and inhabited by a magical animal presence. Extracts from the combat film are projected onto the buildings of today’s Pantelleria, while the camera travels through the bunkers dug by the Italian army. The voiceover, written and read by writer Giorgio Vasta, gives expressive form to the island’s stories, while the sound by GUP Alcaro and Davide Tomat distorts the recordings of the local orchestra Spata. In the liberating final dance scene, there is room for the reactivation of the past and redemption in the present.
Competing for Sunlight: Ash
AT | 2018 | 4'

Director: Dagmar Dachauer | Choreographer: Dagmar Dachauer,
Knut Vikström Precht

Not too long and the ash tree will be extinct on the European continent. A fungus has taken over this part of the world and infected almost all the trees. Dagmar Dachauer was inspired by the sad fate of the European ash and linked the story to a personal loss in her own life.

On Mending
IT | 2021 | 15'

Director: Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Emilie Leriche
Emilie Leriche, Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern

On Mending follows a community’s attempt to process an overwhelming loss. The film and its characters find their way through a vast and barren alpine landscape, an abstract land of memory and nostalgia. A reflection on the beauty and inevitability of impermanence.

BE/FR | 2014 | 7'

Director: Shantala Pèpe | Choreographer: Shantala PèpeWilkie Branson

Sitting on a bench in front of a vast ocean, a man and a woman share a moment of intimacy. The overwhelming sounds of the sea, wind and birds take them to a fantasy of a burning love. Is it a memory, a dream, or a desire?

Cinedans would like to thank all the filmmakers for contributing to this WEB Special! The WEB Special is free to watch worldwide. However, we would greatly appreciate it if you would make a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières. All proceeds will be redirected to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders | Artsen zonder Grenzen).