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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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    Alda

    • Viera Cakanyova
    • Czech Republic
    • 2009
    • 52 min
    • Focus: The Future Tense

      A defiantly independent woman films her life in Prague with great humor and self-deprecating insight. She has Alzheimer’s disease and sometimes thinks she’s living under Communism, with a secret agent for a neighbor.

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      Don’t Worry

      • Juan Vicente Manrique
      • Mexico
      • 2021
      • 20 min
      • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, Focus: The Future Tense

        In the highlands of the Mexican state Guerrero, 14-year-old Tavo gives his friends weapons training. It’s a daily reality in a region where villagers are increasingly taking the defense of their community into their own hands.

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        Homework

        • Abbas Kiarostami
        • Iran
        • 1989
        • 74 min
        • Focus: The Future Tense

          The way society educates its members says a lot about that society. In interviews with six-year-old schoolchildren filmed in Iran in 1989, during the bloody war with Iraq, a picture emerges of corporal punishment, indoctrination, and constant uncertainty.

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          Homo Sapiens

          • Nikolaus Geyrhalter
          • Austria
          • 2016
          • 94 min
          • Focus: The Future Tense

            There’s not a soul to be seen in this intriguing sequence of abandoned locations. Through long, static shots the film confronts us with the vulnerable and ephemeral nature of our existence.

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            How to Live in the Federal Republic of Germany

            • Harun Farocki
            • Germany
            • 1990
            • 83 min
            • Focus: The Future Tense

              An absurdist dissection of West German society: In 32 scenes, we see citizens attending workshops and training courses, methodically preparing for every possible situation in life.

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              I’m So Sorry

              • Zhao Liang
              • Hong Kong, France, Netherlands
              • 2021
              • 96 min
              • Best of Fests, Focus: The Future Tense

                A prophetic panorama of nuclear power, with unexpectedly poetic moments. Moving encounters with returned residents offer a human counterweight to the silent threat of nuclear disaster areas.

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                Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

                • Raoul Peck
                • France, Germany, Switzerland
                • 1990
                • 69 min
                • Focus: The Future Tense, Focus: unConscious Bias

                  A groundbreaking, personal analysis of the way politicians and the Western media manipulated the public image of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who was murdered in 1961.

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                  Our Ark

                  • Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton
                  • Netherlands, United States
                  • 2021
                  • 13 min
                  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, Focus: The Future Tense

                    Now that it’s technologically possible, we are trying to record virtually our entire world. In this video essay, Deniz Tortum and Kathryn Hamilton ask complex philosophical questions that are easily overlooked as developments hurtle ever onwards.

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                    Perfumed Nightmare

                    • Kidlat Tahimik
                    • Philippines, Germany
                    • 1977
                    • 94 min
                    • Focus: The Future Tense

                      A Filipino jeepney driver wants to become an astronaut in America in this groundbreaking feature film, a fusion of comedy and social criticism that was ahead of its time in its dismantling of imperialism, post-colonialism, and consumerist society.

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                      Portraits of the Future

                      • Virna Gabriela Molina
                      • Argentina
                      • 2021
                      • 88 min
                      • Envision Competition, Focus: The Future Tense

                        A creative and futuristic visual essay in which the Argentinian director, trapped at home during lockdown, connects social issues with a personal investigation of the past and future of her generation.

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