Cobos Films




a film by John Appel

Three places destroyed by a major disaster: Amatrice in central Italy by an earthquake, Chernobyl in Ukraine by a nuclear catastrophe and Aleppo by war. Once the Dust Settles shows what happens when the dust has settled and the camera crews have left. The film centers around the evocative stories of survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives, against the background of emerging disaster tourism in poignant locations. A cinematic triptych about dealing with disaster and mental reconstruction: the only survivor from the control room at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, one of the best tour guides in Syria, and the pastor of Amatrice, once a tourist town, now destroyed beyond recognition.

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a film by Carmen Cobos & Kees Rijninks

How do you react when you are told you have an incurable illness? When producer Kees Rijninks, husband of filmmaker Carmen Cobos, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, they both feel their world falling apart. After months of sadness, anger and denial, they are now trying to find a new balance in their lives. In TOGETHER they follow a group of incurably ill patients, their partners and their neurologist for a year to find an answer to the question of how people deal with the knowledge that they will slowly waste away with no prospect of recovery. Will they find the resilience to continue giving their lives a positive meaning in sometimes hopeless circumstances?

From 5 December in the cinema and on Picl

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