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    Best of Fests (54)

    Another News Story

    • Orban Wallace
    • 2017
    • 84 min
    • Best of Fests

    A caravan of refugees and journalists makes its way across Europe, one group in search of safety, the other after a good story.

    Ask the Sexpert

    • Vaishali Sinha
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • Best of Fests

    An affectionate portrait of a 93-year-old Indian "sexpert," whose hugely popular newspaper column tackles taboo topics. 

    Before Summer Ends

    • Maryam Goormaghtigh
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • Best of Fests

    A melancholic road movie featuring three friends spending their summer traveling across France after one of them decides to return to Iran.

    Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

    • Sara Driver
    • 2017
    • 78 min
    • Best of Fests

    An enthralling exposition of how artist Jean-Michel Basquiat influenced the public space of New York in the 1970s and 1980s. 

    City of the Sun

    • Rati Oneli
    • 2017
    • 100 min
    • Best of Fests, Camera in Focus

    A solemn meditation on life and fate in a gray Georgian mining town. Beautifully shot and brutally honest.

    Cocaine Prison

    • Violeta Ayala
    • 2017
    • 76 min
    • Best of Fests

    The errand boys of the cocaine business can spend years awaiting trial in Bolivia's overcrowded prison system.

    De Groene Amsterdammer Dag

    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance, IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Best of Fests, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Panorama

    Compilation program put up by editors of De Groene Amsterdammer.

    Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas

    • Joakim Demmer
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • Best of Fests

    Why would a country with millions of citizens dependent on food aid lease its arable land to foreign investors? An investigative documentary about food insecurity and land grabbing in Ethiopia.

    Demons in Paradise

    • Jude Ratnam
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests

    Jude Ratnam investigates the traces of the Sri Lankan civil war, retracing the train journey he made as a child to escape the persecution of Tamils.

    Distant Constellation

    • Shevaun Mizrahi
    • 2017
    • 82 min
    • Best of Fests

    A beautifully observed portrait of the residents of a retirement home for minorities in Istanbul. It's a place where time stands still and memories reign supreme.   

    Drib

    • Kristoffer Borgli
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests

    A violent art project inspires an advertising campaign that deliberately fails, thanks to creative sabotage. Art becomes commerce, then art again.

    Eating Animals

    • Christopher Quinn
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests

    A compelling, richly documented plea to curb the excesses of factory farming, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. 

    The Family

    • Rok Bicek
    • 2017
    • 106 min
    • Best of Fests

    After a difficult childhood, Matej wants his own children to have it better, but reality keeps on getting in the way.

    Filmworker

    • Tony Zierra
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests

    For 20 years, Leon Vitali was Stanley Kubrick’s jack-of-all-trades. An homage both to him and to all the invisible "filmworkers."

    The Final Year (NEW)

    • Best of Fests

    Extra screening of a festival hit!

    The Final Year

    • Greg Barker
    • 2017
    • 90 min
    • Best of Fests

    A unique look behind the scenes of U.S. foreign policy in the last year of the Obama administration.

    Five Years After the War & Plot 35

    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, Best of Fests

    This reconstruction of the short life and death of his sister reveals the culture of silence within the filmmaker’s family, and broaches wider taboos.

    Freedom for the Wolf

    • Rupert Russell
    • 2017
    • 89 min
    • Best of Fests

    From protests in Hong Kong to Trump's inauguration, this painful documentary makes it crystal clear that in modern democracy, freedom is only an illusion.

    Ghost Hunting

    • Raed Andoni
    • 2017
    • 94 min
    • Best of Fests, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World

    In accurately reconstructed prison cells, Palestinian former prisoners re-enact their own suppressed memories. Poignant and confrontational.

    House in the Fields

    • Tala Hadid
    • 2017
    • 86 min
    • Best of Fests, Camera in Focus

    A loving portrait of a community in a Moroccan mountain village, where two sisters dream about their futures.

    I Am Another You

    • Nanfu Wang
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • Best of Fests

    A moving portrait of a young drifter from Utah, who offers to show his Chinese contemporary the meaning of freedom.

    IDFA Volkskrant Magazinedag

    • Best of Fests, IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary, Panorama

    Program compiled by the editors of Volkskrant Magazine. Tickets available through www.idfa.nl

    IDFA Volkskrantdag

    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, Best of Fests, Camera in Focus

    Program compiled by the editors of de Volkskrant. Tickets available through www.idfa.nl

    IDFA Weekender: Ramen Heads + Hangover Breakfast

    • Best of Fests

    Japanese ramen king Tomita Osamu reveals the secret of the perfect ramen in this mouthwatering portrait of a soup with its very own fans.

    An Inconvenient Truth 2

    • Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen
    • 2017
    • 100 min
    • Best of Fests

    In this urgent and powerful sequel, Al Gore experiences successes and setbacks in his mission to unleash an energy revolution.

    Insha'Allah Democracy

    • Mohammed Ali Naqvi
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • Best of Fests

    Is it better to vote for a corrupt politician, an Islamic extremist or a former dictator? Contemporary democracy in Pakistan offers no easy options.

    Land of the Free

    • Camilla Magid
    • 2017
    • 92 min
    • Best of Fests

    This intimate portrait of three ex-convicts in Los Angeles follows them for two years as they try to build a new life for themselves.

    Let There Be Light

    • Mila Aung-Thwin
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • Best of Fests

    A surprisingly attractive, easy-to-understand explanation of nuclear fusion as the energy source of the future: clean, safe and inexhaustible.

    Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

    • Gustavo García Salmerón
    • 2017
    • 88 min
    • Best of Fests

    The financial crisis forces Julia to leave her castle, one of three big dreams from her childhood.

    Love Means Zero

    • Jason Kohn
    • 2017
    • 90 min
    • Best of Fests

    A critical portrait that probes the mystery of the highly successful, enigmatic tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and his break with Andre Agassi.

    Makala

    • Emmanuel Gras
    • 2017
    • 97 min
    • Best of Fests

    Disadvantage and poverty come painfully close in this portrait of a Congolese man working himself into the ground for a better life.

    Mama Colonel

    • Dieudo Hamadi
    • 2017
    • 73 min
    • Best of Fests

    An observational portrait of a resolute police chief combating violence against women and children in a DRC traumatized by war.

    Maregrave & Mayskaya Street

    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, Best of Fests

    Belarus has already been stagnating under President Lukashenko for two decades as 18-year-old Kostia prepares to vote for the first time.

    Mayskaya Street

    • Gabriel Tejedor
    • 2017
    • 70 min
    • Best of Fests

    Belarus has already been stagnating under President Lukashenko for two decades as 18-year-old Kostia prepares to vote for the first time.

    Miss María, Skirting the Mountain

    • Rubén Mendoza
    • 2017
    • 90 min
    • Best of Fests

    A moving portrait of Miss María, a transgender woman holding her own in a strict religious rural community in the Andes.

    Muhi – Generally Temporary

    • Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman
    • 2017
    • 87 min
    • Best of Fests

    Four years in the difficult life of a cheerful Palestinian boy, who has no arms or legs and is stuck in an Israeli hospital, far from his family.

    Ouaga Girls

    • Theresa Traore Dahlberg
    • 2017
    • 83 min
    • Best of Fests

    A group of young women in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso are training to be auto mechanics. After the friendship and laughter of the classroom, what awaits them outside?

    Plot 35

    • Eric Caravaca
    • 2017
    • 67 min
    • Best of Fests

    This reconstruction of the short life and death of his sister reveals the culture of silence within the filmmaker’s family, and broaches wider taboos.

    The Poetess

    • Stefanie Brockhaus, Andy Wolff
    • 2017
    • 90 min
    • Best of Fests

    With her daring poems, the burka-clad Hissa Hilal made world headlines with the popular show Million’s Poet on Abu Dhabi TV.

    The Prince and the Dybbuk

    • Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski
    • 2017
    • 82 min
    • Best of Fests

    A dive into the wondrous life of enigmatic filmmaker Michal Waszynski, who used his movies to drive out his inner demons. 

    Quest

    • Jonathan Olshefski
    • 2017
    • 105 min
    • Best of Fests

    A portrait of a loving family in North Philadelphia, an area burdened with inequality, neglect and gang violence.

    Ramen Heads

    • Koki Shigeno
    • 2017
    • 93 min
    • Best of Fests

    Japanese ramen king Tomita Osamu reveals the secret of the perfect ramen in this mouthwatering portrait of a soup with its very own fans.

    Silas

    • Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • Best of Fests

    A David and Goliath story about a Liberian activist who—flanked by citizen reporters—challenges big business and the government.

    So Help Me God (NEW)

    • Best of Fests

    Extra screening of a festival hit!

    So Help Me God

    • Jean Libon, Yves Hinant
    • 2017
    • 99 min
    • Best of Fests

    An observational film about the everyday activities of Brussels judge Anne Gruwez, a striking personality with an unorthodox way of working. 

    Soldier

    • Manuel Abramovich
    • 2017
    • 72 min
    • Best of Fests, Camera in Focus

    A moving, magnificently filmed military coming-of-age film. Juan José signs up in the army to make his mother happy.

    Spielberg

    • Susan Lacy
    • 2017
    • 147 min
    • Best of Fests

    Steven Spielberg’s movies aren't really about extraterrestrials, dinosaurs or poltergeists, but mainly about Spielberg himself.

    Taste of Cement

    • Ziad Kalthoum
    • 2017
    • 85 min
    • Best of Fests, Camera in Focus

    The impact of war as seen through the eyes of Syrian construction workers. Their own country lies in ruins, but they have no choice but to work on the rebuilding of Lebanon.

    Trophy

    • Shaul Schwarz
    • 2017
    • 108 min
    • Best of Fests

    An unsettling analysis of the controversial world of big game hunting in Africa.

    True Love in Pueblo Textil & Mama Colonel

    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs, IDFA Junior, Best of Fests

    An observational portrait of a resolute police chief combating violence against women and children in a DRC traumatized by war.

    True Love in Pueblo Textil & Ouaga Girls

    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs, IDFA Junior, Best of Fests

    A group of young women in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso are training to be auto mechanics. After the friendship and laughter of the classroom, what awaits them outside?

    Whose Streets?

    • Sabaah Folayan
    • 2017
    • 102 min
    • Best of Fests

    How does the American city of Ferguson react when police kill an unarmed black teenager? This gripping reconstruction is told from the perspective of the local black community.

    The Work

    • Jairus J. McLeary
    • 2017
    • 87 min
    • Best of Fests

    A unique report on a four-day therapy session in an American prison, where convicted criminals and men from outside come together to face their fears and emotions. 

    69 Minutes of 86 Days

    • Egil Håskjold Larsen
    • 2017
    • 71 min
    • Best of Fests

    A three-year-old girl named Lean travels across the Middle East and Europe with her parents for 86 days. For her, it’s all just an exciting adventure.

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