Development support from Creative Scotland
Country of co-production: Germany

In AQUARELA, the excellent artistic documentary-maker Victor Kossakovsky takes his audience on an epic, visually poetic journey, which reflects our connection to water on many levels. Kossakovsky constructs a unique cinematographic experience where water delivers frame by frame its most outstanding cameo performance for the big screen.

In Victor Kossakosvky’s own words:

“…There are many films about water that have already been made. But I have not yet seen a film where ’water’ is really the main character. Mostly, these films are about the difficult ecological, social and political questions and topics around water. In none of them does water itself tell the story.

In “Aquarela” water will be in every shot.

In true AQUARELA style my film “Aquarela” must be a glorious flowing visual symphony…”

Director: Victor Kossakovsky
A co-production with and The Scottish Documentary Institute

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girl cooking


Commissioned by Al Jazeera English (AJE)

This film follows Shorouq, a girl who lives in Gaza who soon will be celebrating her 15th birthday. In her community this means compulsory womanhood, being ready for  marriage, wearing the hijab, no more playing with friends in the street, especially with boys. Shorouq is an intelligent, socially engaging girl who can be rebellious. She is not ready to face womanhood as war rages around her.
It is a simple, touching, human story that puts us in touch with the meaning of ‘adulthood’ and the paradoxes associated with it.

Director: Wesam Mousa
Producer: Su Bainbridge

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Garry Fraser behind bars


Commissioned by BBC and Creative Scotland

Filmmaker and recovered heroin addict, Garry Fraser, takes us on a journey as
he faces some demons from his past. In doing so he takes us to the heart of his
community that was ripped apart by an AIDS epidemic during the 1980’s. The
story reveals a poor community struggling with addiction and the spread of a virus
that killed a large proportion of their youngsters. This is an open and heart rending
journey where Fraser needs to face some grim challenges before moving forward
with his own life.

Writer/Director: Garry Fraser
Co-writer: Lorna Hutcheon

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Country of co-production: Denmark

People are dying of thirst a short distance from the largest natural fresh water resource in the world. Director, Frank Poulsen, takes us on a journey to find out why. He travels to the Amazon to discover what divides communities in the conflict. This is not a short-term cut to supply or a passing disaster. This is a fight for survival, for a way of life, for the spirit of a major watercourse. Poulsen investigates this story in his unique tenacious style, showing how a struggle in the Amazon is vitally relevant to us all.

Director: Frank Piasecki Poulsen (Denmark)
Executive Producer: Nick Broomfield (UK)
Producer in Denmark: Ole Tornbjerg / Chili Film
Co-producers in the UK: Mike Gonzalez & Marianella Yanes / Entredos
Development Funding from Creative Scotland and The Danish Film Institute

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datuna 1


Country of co-production: Republic of Georgia Production

Seven year old, Georgian boy, Datuna, is a charismatic former street child in need of a life saving operation. His magnetic personality has drawn aid to his plight in the form of Edinburgh based philanthropist Madge. Eventually Datuna travels to Scotland with his Georgian carers. Two cultures combine and collide on the unpredictable journey to ensure Datuna receives the care and treatment he needs. This is a poignant story that reveals the human capacity to fight poor odds and the vulnerability in daring to care. It’s an extraordinary journey for a young boy who is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Director/Producer: Aimara Reques
Co-producer: Jana Sardlishvili of Studio 99 Tbilisi
Development Funding from Channel 4 and Creative Scotland

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Aconite is a social enterprise, recently established to bring topical stories of global significance to the world stage. We produce quality documentaries in collaboration with international partners.

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