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    You can explore the IDFA 2021 festival program here. Find a title alphabetically or use the filter to quickly find films that suit your interests. To see the program schedule, click here.

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    • Dejan Petrović
    • Serbia
    • 2021
    • 20 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

      Distinctively framed, observational footage of a dog rescue center in Serbia, and in particular of the endearing dog Vanja and her anonymous trainer. Can humans and animals learn from each other? And what works best: punishment or reward?

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      Artificial Awakening

      • Jakob la Cour
      • Denmark, Austria
      • 2021
      • 20 min
      • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

        In this immersive VR performance, you are invited on a participatory tour into the virtual universe of a spiritually awakened artificial intelligence. An intimate ceremony, led by a virtually present performer, carries you to this mystical hyperspace.

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        Bancal

        • Rafael Montezuma
        • Spain
        • 2021
        • 29 min
        • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

          Santiago performs each action with intense concentration: searching out the right stone, chiseling it a bit, carefully positioning it atop the others. And with equal serenity and attentiveness, this stunning, mysterious film contemplates his masterly work.

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          Black Film

          • Želimir Žilnik
          • Republic of Yugoslavia
          • 1971
          • 17 min
          • Top 10

            What should filmmaker Želimir Žilnik do with the six homeless people he has temporarily housed in his own flat? He makes this worryingly topical problem the subject of this 1971 film.

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            Brainstream

            • Caroline Robert
            • Canada
            • 2021
            • 20 min
            • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

              In this interactive animation, you give a stranger a virtual brain massage. This intimate act evokes a stream of emotions and memories, and offers an original glimpse into the workings of the brain.

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              Buck Fever

              • Griet Goelen, Louise Van Assche
              • Belgium
              • 2021
              • 17 min
              • IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

                Hunting is the most normal thing in the world for eight-year-old Emily. She wants to shoot her first deer, and her father and older brother lovingly prepare her for her first attempt.

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                Bullet

                • Maya Watanabe
                • Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Peru
                • 2021
                • 10 min
                • Paradocs

                  Video artist Maya Watanabe explores deep ravines, jagged-edged craters and bony reefs: the ominous “landscape” in the skull of one of the many unidentified victims of the 1980–2000 Peruvian Civil War.

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                  The Choice

                  • Joanne Popinska
                  • Canada, Poland
                  • 2021
                  • 25 min
                  • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

                    In this interactive VR experience, you talk to Kristen about her choice to have an abortion and the painful attempts by the health care system in her home state of Texas to deprive her of that choice.

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                    The City Was Asleep and It Had a Dream

                    • Mariam Natroshvili, Detu Jincharadze
                    • Georgia
                    • 2021
                    • 20 min
                    • DocLab: Liminal Reality, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

                      A virtual tour shows how the city of Tbilisi has changed since the end of the Soviet Union. The old communist architecture is being overrun by new neoliberal construction projects. The clash of two ideological systems is giving birth to a new city.

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                      Close to You

                      • Cássio Kelm
                      • Brazil
                      • 2021
                      • 32 min
                      • Luminous

                        At the start of the corona pandemic, young transmasculine filmmaker Cássio Kelm ends up isolated in a small apartment with his father. Close to You subtly tells a layered story combining personal transition, unspoken tenderness, and Brazilian politics.

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