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    Adriana’s Pact

    • Lisette Orozco
    • Chile
    • 2017
    • 96 min
    • Focus: The Villain

    The young filmmaker Lisette Orozco wanted to make a portrait of her aunt, but disturbing facts about her past soon start to emerge. Can she trust her own family? A painful search for the truth.

    Advocate

    • Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche
    • Israel, Canada, Switzerland
    • 2019
    • 108 min
    • Best of Fests

    Vilified and praised in equal measure, the Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel has spent the last 50 years fighting against her country’s discriminatory legal system, primarily by defending Palestinians accused of violent acts of resistance.

    African Mirror

    • Mischa Hedinger
    • Switzerland
    • 2019
    • 84 min
    • Best of Fests

    Admiration and destruction are two sides of the same coin in this collage of archive footage that reveals how, since the 1950s, Europeans have projected their own idealized images onto Africa and destroyed original cultures.

    After Your Revolt, Your Vote!

    • Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré
    • Burkina Faso, France
    • 2019
    • 87 min
    • Frontlight

    After a popular uprising in 2014, Burkina Faso finally had the chance to vote for a democratically elected president. To encourage people to go to the polls, the “Citizen’s Broom” movement is now touring the country with a catchy campaign.

    Again – Live

    • Mario Pfeifer
    • Germany
    • 2019
    • 50 min
    • IDFA on Stage

    Director Mario Pfeifer adapted his project Again to a live experience that revolves around a man who was dragged out of a supermarket and tied to a tree after arguing with an employee. Was this incident a justified intervention or an act of vigilantism?

    Again

    • Mario Pfeifer
    • Germany
    • 2019
    • 39 min
    • Best of Fests

    Actors reenact a violent incident in an East German supermarket, involving a troubled migrant and brisk action from bystanders. On camera, audience members give their opinion: was this a justified intervention by concerned citizens or an act of vigilantism?

    All Against All

    • Luuk Bouwman
    • Netherlands
    • 2019
    • 103 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    A rich historical documentary about the rise of fascism in the Netherlands. Initially fragmented, the struggle for power between fascist movements was eventually won by the radical, populist and anti-Semitic NSB, the Dutch Nazi party.

    All Cats Are Grey in the Dark

    • Lasse Linder
    • Switzerland
    • 2019
    • 18 min
    • Best of Fests

    A tragicomic portrait of a Swiss man who’s so utterly devoted to his two beloved pedigree cats that they can justifiably be described as his life partners. Now one of them is expecting kittens, turning this unconventional household upside down.

    All I Can Say

    • Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon
    • United States
    • 2019
    • 102 min
    • Luminous

    In 1995, Shannon Hoon, lead singer of indie rock band Blind Melon, died of a cocaine overdose. Highly personal and sometimes experimental footage from his vast video archive tells a story about the bright and dark sides of fame.

    Always in Season

    • Jacqueline Olive
    • United States
    • 2019
    • 89 min
    • Frontlight

    A probing exposé about the deep roots of racist violence in the United States, starting with the death of a black teenager. The police say it was suicide, but the boy’s friends and family believe he was lynched.

    The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    • Ben Berman
    • United States
    • 2019
    • 92 min
    • Best of Fests

    The Amazing Johnathan is a famous illusionist who’s both extreme and terminally ill. Not surprisingly, director Ben Berman isn’t the only person interested in filming him. He uses this fact to provide a surprising look behind the scenes of his own documentary.

    Amussu

    • Nadir Bouhmouch
    • Morocco, Qatar
    • 2019
    • 99 min
    • Luminous

    A major silver producer has been the scourge of Imider, Morocco for many years, but the villagers aren’t planning on backing down. The community’s ongoing protest reflects their resilience and comradeship.

    Anbessa

    • Mo Scarpelli
    • Italy, United States
    • 2019
    • 86 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    Ten-year-old Ethiopian Asalif and his mother were evicted from the plot of land where they grew food, to make way for a new housing development. Now he uses his imagination and ingenuity to find a place for himself in the changing landscape of his country.

    Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer

    • Andrey A. Tarkovsky
    • Italy, Russia, Sweden
    • 2019
    • 93 min
    • Luminous

    Who better to get to talk about the life, work and ideas of film director Andrey Tarkovsky than Tarkovsky himself? His son, director Andrey Tarkovsky Jr., uses archive material to compile this film about the master.

    Angels on Diamond Street

    • Petr Lom
    • Netherlands, Norway
    • 2019
    • 88 min
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

    With a sympathetic eye, filmmaker Petr Lom follows life at the soup kitchen of the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. He records what happens when an undocumented Mexican family asks for sanctuary at the church.

    Anticlockwise

    • Jalal Vafaee
    • Iran
    • 2019
    • 49 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    A candid self-portrait of a politically engaged Iranian family, showing how drastically their world has changed. The father was once on the side of the Islamic revolution, but has since become a reformist.

    The Apollo

    • Roger Ross Williams
    • United States
    • 2019
    • 102 min
    • Masters

    Take a trip back into the turbulent and politically charged history of New York’s legendary Apollo Theater, birthplace and home to so many great African-American performers. With countless interviews and previously unseen footage.

    Arcana

    • Cristobal Vicente Cruz
    • Chile
    • 2006
    • 83 min
    • Top 10

    A documentary about the lives of inmates at the notorious prison in Valparaiso, Chile, in the year before it closed down. Meditative black-and-white scenes reveal a hidden, secret, timeless world.

    Artificial: Room One

    • Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom
    • 2019
    • 20 min
    • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

    A one-on-one performance pairing you with an artificial intelligence for a conversation about what it is to be human, in a genuine attempt to understand the relationship between man and machine. On-site reservation required.

    Arvo Pärt: 24 Preludes for a Fugue

    • Dorian Supin
    • Estonia
    • 2002
    • 87 min
    • Top 10

    Arvo Pärt rose to fame with his signature minimalist composition style tintinnabuli. In 24 short chapters, this film outlines the inner musical world of one of the most performed living composers.

    Asho

    • Jafar Najafi
    • Iran
    • 2019
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    Asho is a young shepherd in the sun-drenched hills of Iran. When he grows up, he wants to be a movie star. His sister and the cousin he'll soon be marrying don’t think much of it. Meanwhile, the irresistible Asho is already the star of his own film.

    Aswang

    • Alyx Ayn Arumpac
    • Philippines, France, Norway, Qatar, Germany
    • 2019
    • 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.

    The Atomic Cafe

    • Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty
    • United States
    • 1982
    • 87 min
    • Focus: Re-releasing History

    A satirical documentary about the American government’s attempts to influence public opinion in favor of nuclear weapons in the 1950s. In this compilation, the reassuring tone of the source material evokes a completely contrary response.

    Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise

    • Mark Cousins
    • United Kingdom
    • 2015
    • 71 min
    • Focus: It Still Hurts

    Archive footage of protest marches, Cold War clanging of arms and nuclear disasters contrast with the sublime beauty of the atomic world and achievements in nuclear medicine. The atomic age is a nightmare, but it has also made dreams come true.

    The Australian Dream

    • Daniel Gordon
    • Australia
    • 2019
    • 106 min
    • Best of Fests

    Australian rules football player Adam Goodes was a national hero, but got booed in the stadium when as an Aboriginal he spoke out against racism. A powerful film about a country with its own distinct but recognizable racism debate.

    Ayahuasca – The Shamanic Exhibition

    • France, Luxembourg
    • 2019
    • 45 min
    • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

    This exhibition features different elements to learn about the spiritual ceremony as it’s conducted by Shipibo shamans, with the interactive VR installation Ayahuasca – A Kosmik Journey as centerpiece, giving each individual their own personal immersive experience. 

    Ayahuasca: Kosmik Journey Dome Experience

    • Jan Kounen
    • France, Luxembourg
    • 2019
    • 18 min
    • DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Spotlight

    Exploring the possibilities of 360-degree in a dome experience to alter our sense of reality, Ayahuasca - Kosmik Journey follows the ritual as it is conducted by Shipibo shamans.

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