the no:)mad film festival around the world

Where is the horse film festival WITHFF

The W.I.T.H.F.F is a nomadic movie festival. It is organised in collaboration with the local people that Marysol & Chris meet on their journey around the world. We promote local and international film directors. Thus, we select half local/half international films at our screenings. Moreover, we are interested in themes related to culture, ancestral traditions, first nations, environmental ethics, naturalistic observations, individual and collective wellbeing, inspiriting-uplifting stories/portraits and existential humanistic philosophy. We also set a space to “freely associate” and elaborate the themes set forth by the movies after the projections. The spectators are invited to vote for their favorite movie on our website after the screening. Finally, we do the best we can to provide free popcorn.

WITHFF 5th edition at the Nakupenda espacio - (San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico) - Friday June 16th at 7:00 P.M

Calle 12 de octubre no.21 Frente el Puente de la isla (Donde hay mural de mujer guerrera rezando con la pipa)

Program of the evening :

–Presentation of the Where is the horse project–

Spinning a yarn? – Gloria Kurnik, (Short Documentary)
Aca en la luna soy invisible – Fernanda Martinez & Juan H. Villar, (fiction 12:47)

Sound of the caves – Claudia Munch, (Documentary 28:30)
The weekend sailor – Bernardo Arsuaga, (Documentary 74 minutes)

Details of the official selections :

Spinning a yarn?

Life as seen by a silkworm.

A parallel between the existence of a captive silkworm and the prison that we, humans, often make for ourselves. A bit of a fable but again, is it really just spinning a yarn?
Film Director Gloria Kurnik
Country of origin Poland

ACÁ EN LA LUNA SOY INVISIBLE

Daniel listens again and again a message of his wife in the answer machine, Alector wears all the time an astronauts helmet that his mother gave to him, both tries to live the recent death of Lucia, father and son search to adapt to a world that now is unknown. Incapables to be supportive one to another in their now recent duel, they isolate in their own world where they are invisible, ¨here at the moon I am invisible¨ speaks about what happen after losing someone, and about the search of redemption and finding a world where to be visible.

The sounds of the cave

Since the 16th century people are attracted by the wondrous caves in the south of spain. A film portrait about four cave dwellers, their music and the daily routine in a cave.

The weekend Sailor

In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world, inviting expert crews from Europe and other countries against each other. The Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, today the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race took the sport to its limits. The British Royal Navy purchased six yachts to train 800 man and chose the best four 10-man crews for each of the four legs of the race, yet, an inexperienced Mexican man also signed up. In his fifties, with a crew that included his wife, son, family and friends. His name, Ramon Carlín. A weekend sailor. And he beat every competing nation. In Mexico, Ramon lived the working man’s dream, turning a door to door sales job into a million dollar company through flawless work ethic and a sheer effort. He married the love of his life Paquita and formed a family. His rebellious teenage son, Enrique, wanted to marry to his 14 year-old girlfriend, so Ramon sent him to school in Ireland to keep them apart. It only made things more extreme on their life. While visiting Enrique in the United Kingdom, Ramon noticed an ad on a magazine for a sailing race around the world. He’d been sailing casually for two years in Acapulco and saw this race as an opportunity to teach his son some discipline and a real life experience.

WITHFF 4th edition at the Nanajuana Marina - (Rio Dulce, Guatemala) - Friday January 20th at 6:00 P.M

Carretera a Peten km 274 Río Dulce Izabal, Río Dulce 18022 (Where the Haul out Ramp is, picnic area)

Program of the evening :

–Presentation of the Where is the horse project–

Maurice Meijer, local traveler met in Rio Dulce – Where is the horse (Just because we like it 2 minutes)
Twenty Eight Feet – Kevin A Fraser (Documentary 8 minutes)
The weekend sailor – Bernardo Arsuaga (Documentary 74 minutes)

Details of the official selections :

Maurice Meijer

A short “Just because we like it” of Maurice Meijer, a traveler met in Rio Dulce, Guatemala, with who we got an instant connexion.

Twenty eight feet

Twenty Eight Feet is a short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat.

The weekend Sailor

In 1973, the United Kingdom organized the first head to head sailing race around the world, inviting expert crews from Europe and other countries against each other. The Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, today the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race took the sport to its limits. The British Royal Navy purchased six yachts to train 800 man and chose the best four 10-man crews for each of the four legs of the race, yet, an inexperienced Mexican man also signed up. In his fifties, with a crew that included his wife, son, family and friends. His name, Ramon Carlín. A weekend sailor. And he beat every competing nation. In Mexico, Ramon lived the working man’s dream, turning a door to door sales job into a million dollar company through flawless work ethic and a sheer effort. He married the love of his life Paquita and formed a family. His rebellious teenage son, Enrique, wanted to marry to his 14 year-old girlfriend, so Ramon sent him to school in Ireland to keep them apart. It only made things more extreme on their life. While visiting Enrique in the United Kingdom, Ramon noticed an ad on a magazine for a sailing race around the world. He’d been sailing casually for two years in Acapulco and saw this race as an opportunity to teach his son some discipline and a real life experience.

WITHFF 3nd edition at the Organic Tabi Cafe - (Tepoztlan, Mexico) - Friday November 11 7:30 P.M

Calle Pablo Gonzales esquina de campesinos aquí in tepoztlan

Program of the evening :

–Intoduction by Aidan & Coby Azran of the Organic Tabi Cafe–
–Presentation of the Where is the horse project–

River – Stephanie Maxwell, U.S.A (Experimental 10:07)
Full Color – Ario Saffarzadegan, Iran (Animation 0:48)
Convention – Slawomir Milewski, U.K (Experimental 1:00)
The moment – Akilesh Kathamuthu, India (Fiction 1:00)
Maiz – Where is the horse, produced in Tamiahua, Mexico (Documentary 2:38)
Jan Shatabdi Express – Sylvain Elfassy, France (Documentary 1:02)
Imen is Getting Married – Claire Stenel, France (6:52)
A visual Journey through Iran – Ebrahim Mirmalek, Iran (Documentary 4:23)
Beyond – Milan Kopasz, Hungary (Experimental, 9:35)
Aca en la luna soy invisible – Fernanda Martinez & Juan H. Villar, Mexico (Fiction 12:47) **Public’s choice award of the last WITHFF**
Dia de los muertos – Where is the horse, produced in Tepoztlan, Mexico (Documentary 1:51)
Sound of the caves – Claudia Munch, Spain (Documentary 28:30) ***Public’s choice award winner***

Details of the official selections :

River

River presents a unique perspective on the exquisite beauty that is present in infinite abundance when one focuses attention on the intimate motions of river water and its animated reflections and refractions of sunlight and sky. Image sequences of the river and the interplay of river motion and the changing patterns of light on the water are merged into a playful choreography with the music score. What culminates is to marvel at the natural splendor of distinctively subtle but profound impressions of a river. River was filmed on the Chetco River and Moolack Creek in Oregon, and the Smith River in Northern California.

Full Color

Simple story about technology

Convention

‘Carbon dioxide from burning fuels causes global warming, a process capable of changing the world’s climate significantly. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased steadily over the past 150 years, and so has the average global temperature.’ This is a movie about it. No, it is is not a movie about it. And the most of all this is not a movie at all.

The Moment

There are some moments of courage, selflessness, heartfulness and compassion in life that reveal our true nature. We, as humans sometimes get the opportunity to peek in to the beautiful world of lending a hand to a fellow being, sometimes irrespective of our disabilities. Hidden under the rubbles of modernization and materialism always lies the tender heart that cares for others as much as we do for ourselves. A knock is perhaps needed to open the doors to that paradise. This is one such moment..

Maíz

Corn is central in the Mexican food culture and was first cultivated by the indigenous people of Mexico over 100 centuries ago. Here is a short tribute to maiz, the golden gift of mother nature.

Jan Shatabdi Express

Jan Shatabdi Express is a short video experience.
The experience of getting on an Indian train and travel with Indians to an unknown destination.
There is no dialog, no narration, the people and the shots speak for themselves.

Imen is getting married

An immersion in a very unique and moving Tunisian wedding celebration. Five days where ancestral traditions go together with occidental rites.

A visual journey through Iran

This is a brief visual journey of my overland trip to this long-forgotten land, blotted in the minds of most people with fear and misery. I travelled 2 months from Sistan all the way down to Baluchistan, enraptured by the hypnotic landscapes and welcomed by people still fueled with life and honor. this short video was made spontaneously without any previous planning, pieces of moments that struck me deeply during my journey all put together to briefly portray one of the most enigmatic and historical places in Iran.

Beyond

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. Also in Earth there are places and situations with strange attraction. Some step back, some step closer to observation.

Acá en la luna soy invisible ***Public’s choice award winner***

Daniel listens again and again a message of his wife in the answer machine, Alector wears all the time an astronauts helmet that his mother gave to him, both tries to live the recent death of Lucia, father and son search to adapt to a world that now is unknown. Incapables to be supportive one to another in their now recent duel, they isolate in their own world where they are invisible, ¨here at the moon I am invisible¨ speaks about what happen after losing someone, and about the search of redemption and finding a world where to be visible.

Sounds of the cave ***Public’s choice award winner***

Since the 16th century people are attracted by the wondrous caves in the south of spain. A film portrait about four cave dwellers, their music and the daily routine in a cave.

W.I.T.H.F.F 2nd edition at the Gargantúa Espacio Cultural - (Monterrey, Mexico) - Wednesday July 27th 8:00 P.M

740 Calle Carlos Salazar Oriente, 64018 Monterrey

Program of the evening :

–Intoduction by Ruben Gutierrez–
–Presentation of the Where is the horse project–
Sayachapis – Marysol, Canada (21:38)
–Free association discussion–

Spinning a yarn – Gloria Kurnik, Poland (4:37)**Public’s choice award of the last WITHFF** 
Jan Shatabdi Express – Sylvain Elfassy, France (1:02)
Imen is getting married – Claire Stenel, France (6:52)
Retrato – Andrés Luna, Mexico (4:24)
Aca en la luna soy invisible – Fernanda Martinez & Juan H. Villar, Mexico (12:47) ***Public’s choice award winner***
Beyond – Milan Kopasz, Hungary (Experimental, 9:35)
Maiz – Where is the horse, produced in Tamiahua, Mexico (2:38)
Wood is hope – Alexandra Bas, Mexico (4:29)
Sickness of present – Ruben Gutierrez, Mexico (17:00)
Forget shorter shower – Jordan Brown, U.S.A (11:30)
Nature needs you – Marc Pearce, Australia (9:11)

Details of the official selections :

Sayachapis

Life as seen by a silkworm.

Named “52” during ten years, Sayachapis now lives alone on Indian Island, off the coast of Vancouver. A residential school survivor, he remembers vividly the hard labor, starvation, rape, broken bones and unimaginable horrors from the years gone by. “I am still alive, I am still Ok.”

Spinning a yarn?

Life as seen by a silkworm.

A parallel between the existence of a captive silkworm and the prison that we, humans, often make for ourselves. A bit of a fable but again, is it really just spinning a yarn?

Jan Shatabdi Express

Jan Shatabdi Express is a short video experience.
The experience of getting on an Indian train and travel with Indians to an unknown destination.
There is no dialog, no narration, the people and the shots speak for themselves.

Imen is getting married

An immersion in a very unique and moving Tunisian wedding celebration. Five days where ancestral traditions go together with occidental rites.

Retrato

El recuerdo de un niño y su abuelo.

Acá en la luna soy invisible ***Public’s choice award winner***

Daniel listens again and again a message of his wife in the answer machine, Alector wears all the time an astronauts helmet that his mother gave to him, both tries to live the recent death of Lucia, father and son search to adapt to a world that now is unknown. Incapables to be supportive one to another in their now recent duel, they isolate in their own world where they are invisible, ¨here at the moon I am invisible¨ speaks about what happen after losing someone, and about the search of redemption and finding a world where to be visible.

Beyond

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. Also in Earth there are places and situations with strange attraction. Some step back, some step closer to observation.

Maiz

Corn is central in the Mexican food culture and was first cultivated by the indigenous people of Mexico over 100 centuries ago. Here is a short tribute to maiz, the golden gift of mother nature.

Wood is HOPE

SINAMAICA is an art documentary where you will meet David, Esther and Serena, three children who live in Sinamaica, a wooden town over water. I immersed inside this remote place and met their lifestyle and culture. But the most beautiful thing in this journey was to admire how they live and relate with the water through wood, how in spite of the difficulties and needs the wood holds their dreams. The music was specially composed for this film by Lino Ocando. Enjoy the short-film!!! – Wood is Hope –

Sickness of the present

Bass is a screenplay writer and a poet. He is an eccentric, very serious and deep old guy who wanders around his home near the sea remembering and talking out loud about his reflections on his past life. He lives alone, in an endless conversation with his memories. One day, townspeople started killing each other like wild animals without any reason, so he decided to leave and hide into the wilderness without knowing exactly where he is going. During his journey, his endless monologue goes onspeak for themselves.

Forget shorter shower


Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”? Why are these solutions not sufficient? But most importantly, what can be done instead to actually stop the murder of the planet?

Nature needs you

While industrial resource developments continue to put at risk our natural and cultural significance, our great national parks, and our food and water, people across Australia are standing their ground for nature.

From Australia’s iconic landscapes in the Kimberley – Western Australia, to the Pilliga woodland of New South Wales, and the towering rainforests of Tasmania and Victoria, people like Albert Wiggan, Anne Kennedy, Bob Davey, Hedley Hoskinson and Maddy Dee are working with their communities to minimize the impacts of climate change on these places by keeping oil, coal and gas in the ground.

These everyday Australians take extraordinary steps toward inspiring us all to act from the heart so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the Australia we were lucky enough to grow up with.

The public’s choice award was attributed to : Spinning a yarn? Made by Gloria Kurnik from Poland. In line with the spirit of the Where is the horse project, the message portrayed through this short documentary has inspired us. It allowed us to question ourselves and gain perspective on how humans interact with their own selves and their environment through the interesting analogy of the silkworm and how we ¨spin¨ yarn out of it.

W.I.T.H.F.F Premiere at the Sand Box in South Padre Island, Texas

Program of the evening :

Part 1 (intro) :
Sayachapis – Where is the horse, Canada (Documentary)
Defi GO Fetch – Where is the horse, Canada (Documentary)

Part 2 (official selections) :
Human or a kind of monster – Mohammad Zare, Iran (Short)
Late – Edith Chong, Hong Kong (Short)
Space Junk – Lucinda Wierenga, USA (Short)
Tantalizing – Phillip Connolly, Ireland (Short)
You are not the strongest – Emilio Yebra, Italy (Short)
Various musician interviews – Joel Melton, USA (Short)

Part 3 (locally produced films by Where is the horse) :
Ana, will you marry me – Where is the horse, produced in South Padre Island, USA (Short)
Sandy Feet – Where is the horse, produced in South Padre Island, USA (Documentary)

Part 4 (official selections) :
Beyond – Milan Kopasz, Hungary (Experimental)
Junk Girl – Mohammad Zare/Shalale Kheiri, Iran (Experimental)
Laika Stardust – Antonin Bobo, Italy (Experimental)
Spinning a yarn – Gloria Kurnik, Poland (Short Documentary) ***Public’s choice award winner***

Details of the official selections :

Human or kind of a monster

Human or a kind of monster
Film Director Mohammad zare
Country of origin Iran

Late

After a big fight, the husband returned home to ask for the forgiveness from her wife, but there is something he didn’t expect.
Film Director Edith Chong
Country of origin Hong Kong

Tantalizing

A young woman’s remembrance of childhood.
Film Director Phillip Connolly
Country of origin Ireland

You are not the strongest

A hunter is searching for a new trophy for his collection
Film Director Emilio Yebra
Country of origin Italy

Beyond

A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. Also in Earth there are places and situations with strange attraction. Some step back, some step closer to observation.
Film Director Milán Kopasz
Country of origin Hungary

Junk girl

There once was a girl who was made up of junk. She looked really dirty, and she smelled like a skunk.
She was always unhappy, or in one of her slumps-perhaps ’cause she spent so much time down in the dumps.
The only bright moment was from a guy named Stan. He was from the neighborhood garbage man.
He loved her a lot and made a marriage proposal, but she already thrown herself in the garbage disposal.
Film Director Mohammad Zare & Shalale Kheiri
Country of origin Iran

Laika stardust

It’s a story about a modern upper class family,captivated by digital lifes, social network and video game.
Film Director Antonin Bobò
Country of origin Italy

Spinning a yarn?

Life as seen by a silkworm.

A parallel between the existence of a captive silkworm and the prison that we, humans, often make for ourselves. A bit of a fable but again, is it really just spinning a yarn?
Film Director Gloria Kurnik
Country of origin Poland

Promoting local film directors

Because it’s important to support and talk about what’s happening in your community, we choose 50% local films in our selections.

Creating a space for conversations

After each screening, we invited the public for an interactive conversation and to freely associate on their impressions.

Sharing inspiring and uplifting perspectives

Related to environment, culture, people, nature, sacred rituals and ceremonies, spirituality, existential questions (…)