DocPoint in Tartu

Screenings at Tartu Elektriteater (Jakobi 1)

Wednesday 29.01 – 19:00
General Magic
USA, 2018
Dir: Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude
90 min

The ideas that dominate the tech industry and our day to day lives were born at a secretive Silicon Valley start-up called ‘General Magic’, which spun out of Apple in 1990 to create the first handheld personal communicator (or “smartphone”). The film combines rare archival footage with powerful honesty from the “Magicians” today, reflecting on the most influential Silicon Valley Company no one has ever heard of. Featuring legendary members of the original Macintosh team, along with the creators of the iPod, iPhone, Android and eBay.


Thursday 30.01 – 19:00
Symphony of the Ursus Factory / Symfonia fabryki Ursus
Poland, 2018
Dir: Jaśmina Wójcik
60 min

The Symphony of the Ursus Factory is a creative documentary, which applies the methods of participatory art and social practice, and combines video art. With choreography and experimental music. Above all, though, it is a voice commemorating the Ursus Factory and the industrial and workers’ culture, a voice which fights for the dignity of the working people and for a historical politics that takes notice of their lives.



Friday 31.01 – 18:30
Buddha in Africa
South Africa, Sweden, 2019
Dir: Nicole Schafer
90 min

If you were looking for evidence of Chinese designs on building a modern-day empire, you would have to look no further than Africa: a vast continent whose natural resources – and government borrowing sprees – have helped fuel the engine of China’s economic growth. So goes the conventional logic, at least; yet the reality of Chinese investment and influence on the continent is more complex, as evidenced by South African director Nicole Schafer’s Buddha in Africa, a years-long study of one teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Malawi.


Saturday 01.02 – 16:30
School of Seduction
Denmark, 2019
Rež: Alina Rudnitskaja
97 min

According to School of Seduction, working-class women have few options in patriarchal Russia, and all of them involve finding a man. To aid young ladies in that quest, there are seduction schools where they can learn the timeless art of bumping, grinding and butt-wiggling their way into a prospective partner’s heart and pants – in particular, the pocket where he keeps his wallet.


Saturday 01.02 – 18:45
The Happiest Man on Earth
Finland, 2019
Dir: Joonas Berghäll
85 min

A lonely 40-year-old man sits on the balcony of a Finnish apartment building. Joonas Berghäll has learned that he will die in 14 years’ time, unless he changes his way of living or attitude towards life. Joonas wants to make a film about the state of wellbeing of Finnish men, drawing from his own experiences and mirroring the society at large.



Sunday 02.02 – 17:45
For Sama
UK, 2019
Dir: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
95 min

For Sama is the first documentary by 26-year-old citizen journalist Waad al-Kateab. She dedicates the film to her newborn daughter: “I need you to understand why your father and I made the choices we did, what we were fighting for.” With a simple digital camera, she documents the Syrian uprising against Assad in the rebel stronghold of Aleppo, from the beginning to the forced evacuation at the end of 2016.