IDFA Bertha Fund collection

    Since its inception in 1998, the IDFA Bertha Fund has supported over 500 documentary films, many of which have screened at IDFA over the years.

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    A Day Under The Sun

    • Vlado Zrnic
    • Croatia
    • 76 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Jan Vrijman Fund
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      Abo Zabaal Prison 1989

      • Bassam Mortada
      • Egypt, Germany
      • 80 min

        Bassam, a filmmaker, reaches out to his estranged father. He reconstructs traumatic memories of events in 1989, which were devastating for his father and had a huge impact on him and his mother. Can an artistic recreation of the past help them confront their traumas?

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        Addicted in Afghanistan

        • Jawed Taiman
        • Afghanistan, England
        • 75 min
        • Panorama

          An intimate and somber portrait of the teenagers Jabar and Zahir, two of the more than one million drug addicts in Afghanistan.

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          Addicted to Freedom

          • Flávia Lins e Silva, Vinícius Reis
          • 52 min
          • Jan Vrijman Fund

            At 88 years of age, a courageous Brazilian lawyer returns to court. His granddaughter makes a film about him and their society.

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            Adio kerida

            • Vesna Ljubic
            • Bosnia-Herzegovina
            • 60 min
            • Jan Vrijman Fund

              Adio Kerida is a cheerful and somewhat ironic story about an American seeking his roots in post-war Bosnia, at the time when everybody from Bosnia & Herzegovina is trying to leave for America.

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              Ady Gasy, the Malagasy Way

              • Nantenaina Lova
              • Madagascar, France
              • 84 min
              • Panorama

                People in Madagascar tackle the financial crisis inventively and sustainably, never losing their unique identity and good humor.

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                Afghanistan Night Stories

                • Alka Sadat
                • Afghanistan
                • 60 min
                • Panorama

                  The everyday life of Afghan soldiers fighting against the Taliban in a special commando unit of the national army.

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                  Against the tide

                  • Sarvnik Kaur
                  • India
                  • 75 min

                    A tale of love, brotherhood and resentments against the backdrop of an adoring sea, which is turning adverse under the menacing effects of an all-pervading calamity called climate change.

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                    Algeria is Still Far Away

                    • Omar Haffaf
                    • Algeria, France
                    • 80 min

                      In the heart of Kabylia, Chinese workers build a city on farmlands. Right next to the new housing complex, Kabyle peasants, gathered since 1962 in their small kingdom made of family houses, refuse to leave. Madame Li, the chinese interpreter of the building site, navigate, in French, between these two worlds stuck beneath the sun of Oued Falli. She could finally retire in a few month. But, when the worksite threatens the Kabyle village, the tension rises suddenly. Portrait of a torn land, this single setting beneath the open sky confronts the forgotten voices of Algeria.

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                      Alice in the Land

                      • Esteban Larrain
                      • Chile
                      • 86 min
                      • Best of Fests

                        A Bolivian teenager hikes all the way from her impoverished town to a city in Chile in search of a job.

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