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Rima Film Festival

12 October 2018 - 14 October 2018


Dates and Times: Friday, 12 October 2018 – Sunday, 14 October 2018
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
Price: Free

We want everyone to enjoy this free screening. Please be considerate and don’t book your tickets unless you’re sure you’ll be attending.

The Rima Film Festival returns for the 3rd edition with a showcase of films that reveal the diverse and subjective experience of exile and migration.

While many of the cinematic and media portrayals on migration that reach us primarily focus on the negative experiences of migration, the stories being told during this festival cleverly and beautifully touch on the temporal and subjective psychological questions that exile triggers. Importantly, almost all these stories are defined by the main storyteller – by those who have experienced exile.

The Film Festival is part of the events linked to the Rima exhibition to be [defined] that has been developed by Virginia Monteforte (curator), Kristina Borg (exhibition designer) and Alexandra Galitzine-Loumpet (cultural advisor), and features as part of the cultural programme of Valletta 2018, European Capital of Culture (Exile and Conflict strand). The Film Festival is also supported by UNHCR.

All films are free, but require booking. All films are rated 15.


Friday, 12 October 2018, 7:30pm 

Short film evening  TICKETS

Marsapolis (2017, Malta, 10 mins)
A short film set in Marsa, Malta. Ibrahim, a young refugee in search of a reason, meets Catherine, the daughter of an immigrant looking for her roots. Introduced by the director Emmanuel Tut-Rah Farah. A small debate with the crew and the director will follow. Developed with the Rima Film grant.

Un gout sucre-salé (2018, Malta, 5 mins)
Catherine, a French Maltese photographer came to Malta to find out more about her father’s migration story to Malta after his recent passing. When exploring the Open Centre in Marsa, a village where her father learnt his trade, she befriends Yam, an African migrant who rides a bike to work. Introduced by Katel Delia, who also wrote the short story which inspired the script, and by the crew.

The following two films were produced during a video workshop at the Sudanese Migrant Association in Hamrun, Malta, conducted by Sabine Küper and Thomas Büsch as part of the Mahalla Festival.

Hosana in Malta
Orthodox Eritrean and Ethiopian Church in Malta celebrating Palm Sunday. A short film by Pawlos Yowhans.

Map of the Mediterranean
The poem Map of the Mediterranean describes the shapes of the Mediterranean Sea from all four cardinal directions, in relation to history of its people, including ancient and contemporary migrations. A short film by Heidi de Carlo.


Saturday, 13 October 2018, 6:30pm

A Walnut Tree (2015, Documentary, Netherlands, 92 mins), by Ammar Aziz  TICKETS
An old man reminisces about a distant homeland. He wants to return. Internally displaced as a result of the ongoing war between the Pakistan army and the Taliban and forced to live in a camp, the family is caught between memories of what life was, an insecure present and a bleak future. Fipresci Prize at Documentarist Istanbul 2016, Grand Prix at Doker FF in Moscow 2016, Best Documentary at Sole Luna Palermo 2016, A special mention at Sole Luna Milan 2016, The Ram Bahadur Trophy For Best Film at Film Southasia 2015, IDFA Competition for First Appearance Films Southasia, One World Int’l Human Rights Film Festival, Hot Docs, Sole Luna Doc, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Documentarist Istanbul, Sole Luna Palermo Doc Film Festival, FIRST International Film Festival Xining, Cine Migrante Barcelona; Festival International Jean Rouch, Paris – Prix Monde en Regards; Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest – Special Mention; Les Escales Documentaires; Cinema Vérité.

Before this film there will be a short introduction by UNHCR representative to Malta, Mr Kahin Ismail, followed by a short video about their work. 


The Order of the Things (2017, Drama, France, Italy, Tunisia 115 mins), by Andrea Segre  TICKETS
Introduced by the assistant director Dagmawi Yimer and followed by a debate. Corrado, a policeman for the European task force in charge of immigration control, is on a field assignment in Libya. During a night patrol in the desert, he meets Swada, a young Somaliwoman who left her war-ravaged country in order to try and reach Europe. Corrado gives her something to eat and drink before she resumes her journey. But their destinies are now linked, and Corrado will soon find himself faced with a choice: respect his orders and the law, or save Swada’s life.


Sunday, 14 October 2018, 6:30pm

Short films  TICKETS
These films features as part of European Art Cinema Day 2018 at Spazju Kreattiv.

Tout le Monde Aime le Bord de la mer (2016, Netherlands, 18 mins), by Keina Espinera
A group of men are waiting at the fringes of a coastal woodland for the journey to Europe, in limbo between time and place. A film is shot there with the men playing themselves. Fiction and documentary constantly intertwine. Myths from the colonial past collide with dreams of a better future in the former oppressor’s country.

Summertime (2007, Italy, 15 mins), by Marcella Vanzo
Introduced by the director and followed by a debate. In a cross between cinema and MTV, glimpses of ships, sun, sea accompany images of the protagonists of these parallel movements: colourful, bikini-clad masses in search of an exclusive holiday in the Mediterranean, and dark, composed, silent groups crossing the Mediterranean in order to survive. The video opens and closes with shots of wrecked boats: elevated to the status of monuments in the most beautiful bay on Zákynthos, confiscated and heaped up on top of each other in a hidden corner of Lampedusa.


A Dysfunctional Cat (2018, Drama, Germany, 93 mins), by Susan Gordanshekan  TICKETS
Mina’s family has introduced her to few potential husbands in Iran. She has rejected them all until she meets Kian, a surgeon who has travelled from Germany in search of a wife. It’s not love at first sight, but the seduction of life in Europe that makes her consent. In his mid-thirties Kian is desperate for a wife to make his life appear complete. He takes his new bride back home, but marriage to a virtual stranger is more difficult than they imagined.


12 October 2018
14 October 2018
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Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
St James Cavalier, Castille Place
Valletta, Malta
+356 2122 3200




Keywords Migration, Exile, Resistance