Short Docs: Microcosmos 

Short documentaries about the miniature worlds around us.


Scenes of people in motion. Some are working, others spend their leisure time. The sound of airplanes and subways reminds us of the city behind the piece of created nature.

Director: Lucia Pagano, Vanja Sandell-Billström
Country: Sweden
Year: 2020
Duration: 15 min

In the holy city of Varanasi, 16-year-old Ali has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world – catching poisonous snakes. The boy balances life and death on a daily basis to support his family.

Director: Gustav Olsson
Country: Sweden
Year: 2019
Duration: 11 min
A Youth

Peyman and his friends are a group of Afghan teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, who find themselves stuck in Athens. In limbo but armed with a new-found freedom, they kill time by aimlessly strolling around the city, sharing jokes, rap battles, stories of the past and dreams of the future. As Peyman waits for news that could shake his false state of harmony, he looks for answers amongst his friends and family, trying to make sense of the world around him through his music and poetry.

Director: Giorgio Bosisio
Country: Greece, Italy, United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Duration: 40 min

Battlefield shows the inner life of a military base as a microcosm that seems to have fallen out of another time. Soldiers focus meticulously on gardening instead of preparing themselves for war.

Director: Jannis Lenz
Country: Austria
Year: 2020
Duration: 8 min

Somewhere… In a sports centre in Bazel, young people not only learn to walk within the lines but also to explore the boundaries. A portrait about the open-mindedness of girls and boys who, each within their own world, come together in this microcosm to search for connection.

Director: Joy Maurits
Country: Belgium
Year: 2019
Duration: 18 min