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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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      • Alex Pitstra
      • Netherlands

        In Aeolus, we follow the crew members of the eponymous installation vessel, from the bottom to the top of the ship’s hierarchy, as they construct one windmill in a new wind farm at sea. The aim: to propel humankind forward.

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        All That Breathes

        • Shaunak Sen
        • India, United Kingdom, United States
        • 94 min
        • Best of Fests

          Two Muslim brothers living in Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, try their best to run a sanctuary for birds of prey. In a film that swings between hope and despair, the two central figures remain determined to never give up.

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          Apolonia, Apolonia

          • Lea Glob
          • Denmark, Poland, France
          • 116 min
          • International Competition

            A portrait of the artist as a young woman. Apolonia is talented, but is that enough to break into the art world? An impressive film that covers 13 years in an anything-but-average life.

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            As I Want

            • Samaher Alqadi
            • Egypt, Norway, France, Palestine, Germany
            • 88 min
            • Best of Fests

              In January 2013, two years after the popular revolt on Tahrir Square, an explosion of sexual violence prompts rage and protests. What does it mean to be a woman in Egypt today? Filmmaker Samaher Alqadi exposes the ubiquitous sexism.

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              • Alyx Ayn Arumpac
              • Philippines, France, Norway, Qatar, Germany
              • 85 min
              • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

                Since President Duterte took office, the Philippine police have killed tens of thousands of drug addicts. The experiences of a journalist, a coroner, a missionary brother and a street kid show the despair and fear caused by lawless violence.

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                As-Sitr (Het bedekken van de zonden)

                • Almicheal Fraay
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                  Baby Jackfruit Baby Guava

                  • Quang Nong
                  • Vietnam
                  • 90 min

                    When an unplanned baby enters the lives of a conservative mother, mentally ill daughter, and detached gay son, the dysfunctional trio travels back in time through their diaries to mend ruptured bonds, rewrite memories, and prepare for a new cycle of motherhood.

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                    Between Two Wars

                    • Alina Gorlova
                    • Ukraine, Latvia

                      The story of one big Kurdish family from Syria, spread over the world because of war, shown through the perspective of a young son. Living in Ukraine, Iraq, and Germany, they try to find their place and save the connection with each other, fighting the huge black and white war machine each their own way.

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                      Beyond The Fold

                      • Ross McClean
                      • United Kingdom, United States
                      • 80 min
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