De Balie

    See the overview for screenings at De Balie.

    Thu 21 November

    15:00

    Khartoum Offside + Doc Talk hosted by Movies that Matter

    • Marwa Zein
    • 2019
    • 76 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 21 November
    • 15:00 - 16:45
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    After the film, Margje de Koning (artistic director Movies that Matter) talks with director Marwa Zein and Meg Smith (program director Women Win) about this special portrait of footballing women in Sudan, who dream of coming out with a national team at the World Cup. A conversation about women's rights and the realization of your ideals through sport. What obstacles do you still have to overcome as a woman, worldwide and in particular Sudan?

    17:30

    Beats of the Antonov + Doc Talk hosted by Movies that Matter

    • Hajooj Kuka
    • 2014
    • 68 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 21 November
    • 17:30 - 19:13
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    After the film, there's music by Osama Meleegi (percussion and Oud) and dance by The Black Pharaohs. Also, Margje de Koning (artistic director Movies that Matter) talks with director Hajooj Kuka about how music — an integral part of daily life in Sudan — offers a new perspective on national identity and the Sudanese conflict. What stories are told with music and what does music mean for the people of southern Sudan? In the context of IDFA’s Spotlight Sudan program.

    20:30

    Talking About Trees + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Suhaib Gasmelbari
    • 2019
    • 93 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 21 November
    • 20:30 - 22:56
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    After the screening Jelena Sporin (PAX program manager Sudan) talks with directors Suhaib Gasmelbari, Hajooj Kuka, and Marwa Zein, who have documented recent developments in Sudan—a country ravaged by an ongoing civil war and split along cultural and ethnic lines. What role is there for film and filmmakers in depicting the ongoing changes in their country? This program is part of IDFA x De Balie. Discount available for Cineville-members.

    Fri 22 November

    18:00

    The Euphoria of Being

    • Réka Szabó
    • 2019
    • 84 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Fri 22 November
    • 18:00 - 19:44
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    During the making of a dance theater piece, a special friendship develops between director Réka Szabó and her two leads: the young dancer Emese Cuhorka and the elderly writer and activist Éva Fahidi.

    20:30

    Earth + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Nikolaus Geyrhalter
    • 2019
    • 115 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Fri 22 November
    • 20:30 - 22:48
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Q&A with the director and introductory performance by writer and theatermaker Marjolijn van Heemstra who will bring an excerpt from her well-received theater performance City Astronaut, a one woman performance about our precious planet and how we should to take care of it, now and in the future. If we consider our planet to be an organism, its crust is by far its most delicate organ. How could we handle this delicate creature more consciously? This program is part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Sat 23 November

    10:30

    The Look of Silence

    • Joshua Oppenheimer
    • 2014
    • 98 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 10:30 - 12:28
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    This companion piece to The Act of Killing features a survivor of the Indonesian anti-communist genocide. The optometrist Adi Rukun hopes to bring history into sharper focus for the perpetrators, but is confronted with unrepentant murderers. 

    13:00

    Becoming Black

    • Ines Johnson-Spain
    • 2019
    • 91 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 13:00 - 14:51
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    As a child, filmmaker Ines Johnson-Spain’s white parents told her that her dark skin color was a mere coincidence and of no importance. As a teenager, she accidentally discovered the truth.

    15:30

    African Mirror

    • Mischa Hedinger
    • 2019
    • 84 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 15:30 - 17:14
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    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.

    18:00

    Town Bloody Hall

    • Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
    • 1979
    • 88 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 18:00 - 19:45
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    During an infamous debate in 1971 with the writer Norman Mailer, renowned feminists like Germaine Greer and Jacqueline Ceballos show no mercy. How much has changed in the last half-century?

    20:30

    Radio Silence + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Juliana Fanjul
    • 2019
    • 77 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 20:30 - 22:22
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    This screening is followed by an extended conversation with director and journalist Carmen Aristegui—the film’s main character—led by IDFA's associate programmer María Campaña Ramia. In Mexico, where corruption, violence, and oppression prevail, the importance of independent journalism is immeasurable. How can further restrictions on independent journalism be prevented?

    Sun 24 November

    10:30

    Movements of a Nearby Mountain

    • Sebastian Brameshuber
    • 2019
    • 86 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
    • 10:30 - 12:16
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    On an abandoned industrial site in the Austrian Alps, a lone mechanic prepares used cars for export to his home country of Nigeria. A serene portrait of a person who seems to find peace within himself, without resigning himself to his fate.

    12:45

    The Pearl Button

    • Patricio Guzmán
    • 2015
    • 82 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
    • 12:45 - 14:27
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    A lyrical meditation on Chile’s complex relationship with the sea. Measuring thousands of miles, the coastline was once home to nomadic peoples. Centuries later, dictator Augusto Pinochet used the Pacific Ocean as a mass grave. 

    15:00

    The Sugar Curtain

    • Camila Guzmán Urzúa
    • 2006
    • 80 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
    • 15:00 - 16:40
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Growing up in the 1980s in Cuba, filmmaker Camila Guzmán Urzúa and her classmates grew up in the sugar-coated world of Fidel Castro’s revolution. Now, they look back on a childhood paradise that came to an abrupt end.

    17:15

    Wrong Elements

    • Jonathan Littell
    • 2016
    • 133 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
    • 17:15 - 19:33
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Three former child soldiers who fought with the Lord’s Resistance Army led by Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony try to rebuild their lives and come to terms with their pasts.

    20:30

    Advocate + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche
    • 2019
    • 108 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
    • 20:30 - 22:53
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Extended conversation with the directors, a guest speaker (tba) and Lea Tsemel, the human rights advocate and protagonist of the film. They will enter into conversation with moderator Mirthe Frese about topics such as the Israeli justice system and different high profile cases in Lea Tsemel’s career. Introduction before the film screening by Natascha van Weezel.This program is part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Mon 25 November

    15:00

    Ibrahim: A Fate to Define

    • Lina Al Abed
    • 2019
    • 75 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Mon 25 November
    • 15:00 - 16:35
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    The Palestinian filmmaker Lina Al Abed investigates the 1987 disappearance of her father, and the impact this had on the lives of those he left behind. Family members never talk about it, but she breaks the silence.

    17:30

    A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

    • Rami Farah
    • 2019
    • 95 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Mon 25 November
    • 17:30 - 19:25
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Exiled in Paris, one of Syria’s most famous actors, Fares Helou, tries to remain connected to the dream of a free and democratic Syria. For him, it’s a matter of integrity and an existential quest. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;}

    20:30

    La Mami + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Laura Herrero Garvin
    • 2019
    • 80 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Mon 25 November
    • 20:30 - 22:43
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    This screening is followed by an extended conversation led by IDFA's associate programmer María Campaña Ramia with the director and Justine Le Clerq, former coordinator of My Red Light, the first window brothel in the world that is run by prostitutes themselves. Does Mami's 'safe haven' bring freedom and financial independence to the women in the film, or does it hold them firmly in its grip, precisely because of the financial benefits it brings? This program is part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Tue 26 November

    15:00

    Moving So Slowly

    • Natalia Solórzano Vásquez
    • 2019
    • 76 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Tue 26 November
    • 15:00 - 16:36
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    The bureaucracy of the Costa Rican immigration department follows its own unfathomable logic. The line out front is long; once inside the waiting continues. Drily comic scenes make palpable the shift from patience to resignation, for all concerned.

    17:30

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised + Doc Talk hosted by Movies that Matter

    • Donnacha O'Briain, Kim Bartley
    • 2003
    • 74 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Tue 26 November
    • 17:30 - 19:19
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    After the film, Maarten Stoltz (program coordinator Movies that Matter) talks with filmmaker Tuki Jencquel (Está Todo Bien) and journalist Edwin Koopman (VPRO, Trouw) about the rise and fall of left-wing Venezuelan former president Hugo Chávez, meticulously captured in this film. Would documentary filmmakers, with the knowledge of today, have made another film about this period? And how has the situation for journalists and filmmakers changed since 2003?

    20:30

    The Cause + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Andres Figueredo
    • 2019
    • 83 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Tue 26 November
    • 20:30 - 22:28
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    A spoken word performance by Venezuelan poet Rachel Diaz and an extended conversation with director Andrés Figueredo will take place as part of this screening and in the context of IDFA's Spotlight Venezuela. What role is there for film and filmmakers in depicting the ongoing changes in their country? This program is part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Wed 27 November

    15:00

    The Letter

    • Christopher King, Maia Lekow
    • 2019
    • 84 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Wed 27 November
    • 15:00 - 16:44
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Karisa travels from Mombasa to his grandmother in the countryside, because she has been accused of witchcraft and received a death threat. It gradually emerges who sent the threatening letter and why.

    17:30

    The Forbidden Reel

    • Ariel Nasr
    • 2019
    • 119 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Wed 27 November
    • 17:30 - 19:44
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    The history of Afghanistan in the second half of the 20th century, told through interviews with filmmakers and excerpts from films from the national film archives, saved from destruction by the Taliban.

    20:30

    You Think The Earth Is a Dead Thing + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Florence Lazar
    • 2019
    • 70 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Wed 27 November
    • 20:30 - 22:15
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Introductory talk on the aftereffects of colonial history. This introductory talk will discuss the past and present of colonialism on the island of Martinique, the aftereffects of the global slave trade, and its remaining devastating impact on the island’s inhabitants, as well as its ecology and agriculture. How do we breathe new life into this dead earth? This program is part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Thu 28 November

    15:00

    Adriana’s Pact

    • Lisette Orozco
    • 2017
    • 96 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 28 November
    • 15:00 - 16:41
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    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.

    17:30

    M

    • Yolande Zauberman
    • 2018
    • 105 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 28 November
    • 17:30 - 19:20
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Menahem was raped by his teachers for years. After 20 years he returns to Bnei Brak, the “capital” of the ultra-Orthodox Jews. Conversations with other survivors reveal the tacit acceptance of child abuse in this community.

    20:30

    Born in Evin + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Maryam Zaree
    • 2019
    • 98 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 28 November
    • 20:30 - 22:43
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Extended conversation with Iranian human rights advocate Shadi Sadr on political imprisonment and human rights violations in Iran. What is the current and past situation of political prisoners in Iran? How can the international community exert pressure on the Iranian regime and its policies? The evening will be introduced by storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani.This program is part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Fri 29 November

    15:00

    Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

    • Errol Morris
    • 1999
    • 91 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Fri 29 November
    • 15:00 - 16:34
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    A mind-boggling portrait of Fred Leuchter, self-appointed authority on execution equipment and expert witness for Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel. He makes a trip to Poland to investigate if the gas chambers at Auschwitz really existed.

    17:30

    My Darling Supermarket

    • Tali Yankelevich
    • 2019
    • 80 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Fri 29 November
    • 17:30 - 19:10
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Between repetitive actions such as stocking shelves and scanning groceries, anonymous Brazilian supermarket employees reflect frankly on their lives, society, and the role they dream of playing in it.

    20:30

    Sidik and the Panther + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie

    • Reber Dosky
    • 2019
    • 83 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Fri 29 November
    • 20:30 - 22:28
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Followed by a conversation with the director and with publicist and filmmaker Beri Shalmashi about the Kurdish cause. What is needed for peace and reconciliation for the Kurdish people? How do turmoil and war affect Kurdish identity? Led by Sherin Seyda, program maker of De Balie. Part of IDFA x De Balie.

    Sat 30 November

    11:00

    This Is Not a Movie

    • Yung Chang
    • 2019
    • 106 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
    • 11:00 - 12:51
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    A glimpse into the restless life of Robert Fisk, the British correspondent for The Independent who has been reporting on wars and other conflicts for 40 years. When under fire—either literally or figuratively—he remains unperturbed.

    13:45

    Love Child

    • Eva Mulvad
    • 2019
    • 112 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
    • 13:45 - 15:42
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    A warmhearted portrait of an Iranian couple and their son who flee the country, filmed over a six-year period. As they struggle to build a new life, both their hardest and happiest moments are brought movingly close.

    16:30

    Chasing Yehoshua

    • Shay Fogelman
    • 2019
    • 82 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
    • 16:30 - 17:57
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    Journalist Shay Fogelman makes it a personal mission to track down a murderer on the run. He spends eight years on this investigative documentary, which develops a sharp political edge as the intriguing discoveries mount.

    19:00

    The Cave

    • Feras Fayyad
    • 2019
    • 95 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
    • 19:00 - 20:40
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    How do you run an underground hospital in a besieged area in Syria that’s under constant bombardment? As if that wasn’t challenging enough, the manager and her female colleagues also have to deal with deep-rooted sexism.

    21:45

    Speak So I Can See You

    • Marija Stojnić
    • 2019
    • 73 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
    • 21:45 - 23:03
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    The beauty of radio is the subject of this observational and abstract experimental film. The story follows Radio Belgrade, one of Europe’s oldest radio stations, as we witness its inevitable modernization.

    Sun 1 December

    11:00
    13:45

    Balolé, The Golden Wolf

    • Aïcha Chloé Boro
    • 2019
    • 65 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 1 December
    • 13:45 - 14:55
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Tickets available

    The laborers at a quarry in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso live and work in appalling conditions. Nevertheless, this is a film full of hope: driven by optimism and solidarity, the miners unite to negotiate a better salary.

    16:00

    Push

    • Fredrik Gertten
    • 2019
    • 92 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sun 1 December
    • 16:00 - 17:37
    • De Balie - Grote Zaal
    Sold out

    Housing in major cities has become unaffordable for many. Push explores the world of slumlords, property speculators and venture capitalists, and features Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing.