(Image: The Metamorphosis of Birds / A Metamorfose Dos Pássaros, our 2020 UK Premiere)

Into the World is about all of us—the distant, the close, the intimate, the political—our worlds and their infinite appearances, challenges and dangers. Essential films with essential themes that take varied approaches to exploring our past, present, and collective future.

In journeying around the Earth, let us encounter people, their fights, their fears, their stories.

In China, Jia Zhang-ke has a close relationship with his hometown. Three of their writers from three different generations tell their own tales, depicting the changes in Chinese society in Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue.

In the USA, social and environmental issues are more pertinent than ever in Anthony Baxter‘s Flint; young people are fighting for gun control in Us Kids; Indian natives are struggling for identity in Seekers; and old cowboys are melancholic in Our Mother the Mountain. In Canada, meet Judy (Rebick) Versus Capitalism in Mike Hoolboom’s new essay film.

Follow courageous Mexican women search for their disappeared loved ones below the land in To See You Again. Young pregnant Argentinian women asking questions about their condition in intimate visions in black and white in Mother Child. Immigrants chat at the bus station in the Chilean essay Space Journey.

The painful past and present of the Philippines are seen in Remnants of a Revolution and Aswang. Polish Second World War history is revisited – with a stop in Sheffield! – in Memory is Our Homeland. Abbas Fahdel returns with the very precise, very beautiful Bitter Bread, on the situation of Syrian refugees settled in Lebanon and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz offers us a reflection on the place of the viewer via images of the Israeli occupation in The Viewing Booth.

In the Italian countryside, a family is experiencing the fragility of the human race in facing the natural elements in Vulnerable Beauty. Agriculture in post-colonial Martinique suffers from its past and fights for biodiversity in You Think the Earth is a Dead Thing. In a fishing village in Gambia, the Chinese vessels are stealing the only way the local inhabitants can earn a living. The Story of Plastic tells of a global ecological disaster yet to come.

In England, the Hillsborough stadium disaster of 1989 changed the nature and economy of football in This Means More. A Syrian family opens a barber shop in a village in Scotland in the Isle Of Us. In a Parisian newspaper stall, a daughter and her mother are face to face with a crisis of print media in The Kiosk. What is money? asks German director Carmen Losmann in Oeconomia.

Filmmakers are often asking: Where do we stand in this world? In The Secret of Doctor Grinberg, a scientist is studying the power of the mind and questions the human consciousness. His sudden disappearance remains unsolved.

Thanks to all filmmakers, both new talent and established, including our two filmmakers in focus—American artist Lynne Sachs, with her new opus Film About A Father Who and the tribute to Sarah Maldoror, pioneer of a poetic and political cinema of the black anti-colonialist struggle—we can now dive Into the World.

Agnès Wildenstein
Associate Programmer