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8th International Festival Signes de Nuit - Bangkok - July 23-31, 2022

20th International Festival Signs of the Night - Thailand


Ninosca - The Woman and the Emigrant's Song

Peter Torbiörnsson
Sweden / 2020 / 1:44:00

This is a film about a woman’s struggle for independence that requires her to face her past in the machismo culture of Central America. It is a single stand-alone documentary, and the third and concluding film in director Peter Torbiörnsson’s trilogy that started with The Lovers of San Fernando (2001) and was followed by The Last Chapter (2011). Peter has followed Ninosca during 40 years, through marriage and becoming a mother, the decision to leave Nicaragua and her family and move to Spain to be able to put food on the table and for her children to go to school – but also to escape her violent husband. Once in Spain, Ninosca is refused residence permit and she is unable to go back to Nicaragua. Her children are denied entry to Spain and they remain separated for more than seven years. Ninosca becomes one of Europe’s many undocumented immigrants. In the film we follow her intimately in her everyday struggle. Her dream is to return to Nicaragua, to reunite with her children, buy a piece of land and a small coffee plantation. She wants to return to her home village, revisit her brothers and relatives but at the same time she fears meeting her ex- husband, who has threatened to kill her if she ever comes back.




An epic film that stretched for, remarkably, 40 years in making. It is a powerful chronicle of a life of a woman, and at the same time, a chronicle of political change in Nicaragua. Another strong point of the film is to see the curious relationship between a filmmaker, who is also a journalist, and Ninosca (and her family). It is a relationship between the one that documents and the one that is documented, but the friendship interferes in certain situations so that it creates dynamics. As such, Ninosca’s life is transformed into a forum to discuss the topic of the relationship between Global North and Global South as well as the topic of a citizen, border and a nation.


The Signs Award for Documentary honors films, which express in an original, convincing and sensitive way the perturbing aspects of reality.

The Wall of Shadows

Eliza Kubarrska
Polen, Germany, Switzerland / 2020 / 1:34:00

The Sherpa family break a taboo and take part in the Himalayan expedition to Kumbhakarna,the holiest of mountains, to earn money for their son's school and cut him from their tradition. They accompany the leading world class alpinists.



Jury Declaration:

The breathtaking human drama offers a cinematic experience as well as all levels of cinéma vérité. The documentation efforts prove there are no boundaries that distinguish fictional and non-fictional. Kubarrska' s (as well as his collaborators) achievements making us believe in authenticity and realistic elements. At the same time the work offers a socio-political criticism, pointing out the contradictions between traditional values and capitalistic interventions and their impact on human beings.

The Night Award for Documentary honors films, which represent reality in an ambivalent and enigmatic way, avoiding stereotypes of representation
and simple conclusions.

On the Other Side

Del otro lago
Iván Guarnizo
Colombia, Spain / 2021 / 1:23:07

Although after the peace agreements the war between the FARC and the Colombian state seemed to be over, the situation is far from stable. In this complex political climate, my brother and I begin to research about the kidnapping of our mom. When we find the diary she was allowed to write during her captivity, we discover an almost mother/child relationship she had with her captor. Now that most of them have surrendered their weapons and are trying to begin a new life, we set to find him and maybe speak about that dark time in our lives.



The film is a powerful testament of the ramification of the civil war in Colombia. The story is told by a son of a former hostage who was taken by FARC guerillas and one of the hostage takers who was tasked to guard her. Through the testimony of the hostage taker, the son manages to imagine his mother’s life in the lost years and by talking with the son, the hostage taker manages to recall the time he spent with her. It presents a remarkable chain of empathy, starting from hostage to hostage taker, from hostage taker to her family and vice versa, which eventually touches the audience.


Al Amari, Temporary Residence

Kristyna Koprivová
Czech Republic / 2021 / 0:42:44

The issue of searching one´s own identity and responsibility through prism of Palestinian refugee camp Al Amari, Ramallah. Al Amari was established after their inhabitants were expelled from their original homes with the promise that the situation is just for a week. This “provisional” has become permanent and has lasted for 70 years. The past has transformed into everyday reality and appears in any aspects of the camp environment. Protagonists Hannan, Jaafar and Shams have their own rituals: how to get out from the camp for a moment and how to deal with their “refugee” identity, also written in their ID´s. People's solidarity in this ghetto built from concrete cubes almost transforms into eternal rubbernecking and uptight rules. It questions why the people are there and why they don´t do anything with their life situation on a personal as well as wider level.




The filmmaker addressed the controversial issue of "temporary" refugee camps in one of the most controversial conflict areas from an outsider's point of view. The film successfully presents the tensions between and within communities by respectfully listening to those who lived there. The clashed opinions and shared feelings were honestly reflected in the film. We could hear the individual desire for a better life in conversations, while the walls of their "temporary" houses are decorated by the collective aspiration for better lives in the next generations.


Thank you, First time, when I got the idea to make a film about this specific place, almost no one believed i could get the approach to get so close to the people and the situation since camps in Palestine are very closed areas even for locals, yet, I managed to make it as well as to make the film: my desire to transmit the issue not from the simple instrumental political point of view but rather from the existential point of view was too strong to give up. I also believe it is a bit of a universal topic since the question of temporary and home and searching for it is an important one for anyone. I appreciate this award.