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    9:30

    Best of IDFA: Audience Favorites

      Bobi Wine: The People’s President
      Blue ID
      Aurora’s Sunrise
      My Imaginary Country
      • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 08:30 - 16:33 (09:30 - 17:33 AMS)
      • DeLaMar: Mary Dresselhuys Zaal
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      Each year, IDFA audiences select their favorite documentaries by rating films for the NPO IDFA Audience Award. Some of the best-rated films will be screened during a full day program for €47,50. Buy your tickets now and be sure not to miss the 2022 audience favorites!

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      10:00

      Paradise (Award Winner)

      • Alexander Abaturov
      • 2022
      • 88 min
      • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:00 - 10:29 (10:00 - 11:29 AMS)
      • Tuschinski 1
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      A heatwave leads to huge forest fires in Siberia. Villagers join forces to subdue the inferno they call the Dragon. A visually powerful film about the havoc that climate change can wreak.

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      The Soiled Doves of Tijuana

      • Jean-Charles Hue
      • 2022
      • 82 min
      • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:00 - 10:25 (10:00 - 11:25 AMS)
      • Tuschinski 4
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      Whether they’re all dressed up and in full make-up, or looking like the Virgin Mary, the inhabitants of the red light district of Tijuana, Mexico, live in a world of their own. Zona Norte is their home, but their minds are always elsewhere.

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      Music for Black Pigeons

      • Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed
      • 2022
      • 92 min
      • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:00 - 10:35 (10:00 - 11:35 AMS)
      • Munt 11
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      Fourteen years of musical encounters between Danish composer-guitarist Jakob Bro and various heroes of contemporary jazz. When the stars are asked what it means to be a musician, they answer in music.

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      Between Father and Son

      • Ronin Hsu
      • 2022
      • 73 min
      • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:00 - 10:16 (10:00 - 11:16 AMS)
      • Eye: Cinema 2
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      A patient family portrait in black-and-white, featuring an elderly father, who lives with his wife in the Chinese countryside, and their alcoholic son, who lives in the city. At his parents’ home, his isolation becomes tangible.

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      Best of IDFA: Award Winners

        Apolonia, Apolonia
        The Etilaat Roz
        Manifesto
        Much Ado About Dying
        • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:00 - 16:44 (10:00 - 17:44 AMS)
        • ITA: Rabozaal
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        The best films from IDFA 2022 selected by an international jury, especially compiled into a full day program. Tickets are €47.50 for the whole day. Purchase your tickets now to ensure your seat for this outstanding program!

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        Best of IDFA: Award Winners

          Apolonia, Apolonia
          The Etilaat Roz
          Manifesto
          Much Ado About Dying
          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:00 - 16:49 (10:00 - 17:49 AMS)
          • DeLaMar: Wim Sonneveld Zaal
          Tickets available

          The best films from IDFA 2022 selected by an international jury, especially compiled into a full day program. Tickets are €47.50 for the whole day. Purchase your tickets now to ensure your seat for this outstanding program!

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          10:15

          Trained to See – Three Women and the War

          • Luzia Schmid
          • 2022
          • 106 min
          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:15 - 11:04 (10:15 - 12:04 AMS)
          • Tuschinski 6
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          An inspiring portrait of Margaret Bourke-White, Martha Gellhorn and Lee Miller, three pioneering journalists who made history as the first female correspondents to report on the Second World War.

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          Hunger

          • Steve McQueen
          • 2008
          • 96 min
          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:15 - 10:56 (10:15 - 11:56 AMS)
          • Munt 10
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          Steve McQueen’s intensely physical, multi-award-winning feature debut. On 1 March 1981, IRA member Bobby Sands—a prisoner in a Northern Irish jail during the Troubles—went on a hunger strike to protest his brutal treatment. He died 66 days later.

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          The Lost Souls of Syria

          • Stéphane Malterre, Garance Le Caisne
          • 2022
          • 99 min
          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:15 - 10:58 (10:15 - 11:58 AMS)
          • Ketelhuis: Zaal 1
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          A calmly composed, probing account of attempts in various European countries to chart the crimes of the Syrian regime and bring the perpetrators to justice, based on thousands of smuggled photos of tortured and murdered victims.

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          10:30

          Personality Crisis: One Night Only

          • Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi
          • 2022
          • 120 min
          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:30 - 11:33 (10:30 - 12:33 AMS)
          • Tuschinski 2
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          An intimate performance by David Johansen at New York City’s storied Café Carlyle. Johansen, the lead singer of glam punk pioneers New York Dolls and later Buster Poindexter, emerges as a fascinating guide to his own life and philosophy.

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          Shorts: Workforce

            A Robust Heart
            Dust Away
            Suddenly TV
            Budapest Silo
            • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:30 - 11:07 (10:30 - 12:07 AMS)
            • Munt 12
            Tickets available

            These films creatively explore the motivations and fears of workers all around the world who are facing the harsh realities of their demanding jobs. This compilation program includes A Robust Heart, Dust Away, Suddenly TV, and Budapest Silo.

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            IDFA Junior: Ochtend

              Beyond Our Stars
              Hello Salaam
              Oasis
              Jasmin’s Two Homes
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:30 - 11:24 (10:30 - 12:24 AMS)
              • Eye: Cinema 1
              Tickets available

              The IDFA Junior morning special for children of 9 years and older. Featuring: Beyond our Stars, Oasis, Jasmin’s Two Homes and Hello Salaam. Ask your questions to makers and the main characters. This program is Dutch spoken. Tickets are €8.50 each.

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              A Symphony for a Common Man

              • José Joffily
              • 2022
              • 86 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:30 - 10:58 (10:30 - 11:58 AMS)
              • De Balie: Grote Zaal
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              A shocking documentary about the sabotage of a potential agreement on weapons of mass destruction between the US and Iraq in 2002. Diplomat José Bustani and others look back, condemning the US abuse of power.

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              The Last Dolphin King

              • Luis Ansorena Hervés, Ernest Riera
              • 2022
              • 93 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:30 - 11:06 (10:30 - 12:06 AMS)
              • Rialto VU: Zaal 4
              Tickets available

              The story of the rise and fall of the controversial Spanish dolphin trainer Jose Luis Barbero. A blurry 99-second video showing him allegedly mistreating animals goes viral, opening the door to a world of deeply questionable practices.

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              10:45

              Port Desire

              • Juan Manuel Bugarín
              • 2022
              • 74 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:45 - 11:19 (10:45 - 12:19 AMS)
              • Tuschinski 5
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              You can take a soldier out of the war, but you can’t take the war out of the soldier. That certainly applies to Marcelo Wytrykusz, an Argentinian veteran of the Malvinas War. Forty years later, he’s still seeking revenge.

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              Fatima

              • Lucia Chicos, Alexandra Diaconu
              • 2022
              • 92 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:45 - 11:37 (10:45 - 12:37 AMS)
              • Munt 9
              Tickets available

              The video diary of 18-year-old Fatima, who fled Afghanistan with her family and now lives in Bucharest. With increasing frankness, the young Muslim woman records her life in the Romanian capital.

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              Cross Words

              • Mario Valero
              • 2022
              • 81 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 09:45 - 11:09 (10:45 - 12:09 AMS)
              • Munt 13
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              A stimulating and vivid portrait of a generation, about a group of young people in their thirties and their relationships in Paris between 2019 and 2021. With a macabre news item as a common thread, we gradually get to know who they are.

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              11:00

              Heroic Bodies

              • Sara Suliman
              • 2022
              • 95 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 10:00 - 11:39 (11:00 - 12:39 AMS)
              • Tuschinski 3
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              The story of the development of women’s rights in Sudan is told through unique archive material and interviews with activists. We see and hear how women have been oppressed, ignored and abused for centuries, and what has changed.

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              On Boys, Girls and the Veil

              • Yousry Nasrallah
              • 1995
              • 73 min
              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 10:00 - 11:16 (11:00 - 12:16 AMS)
              • Rialto De Pijp: Bovenzaal
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              What did young Egyptians think of wearing the hijab around 1995? And of love? Lively conversations cover topics ranging from family pressure to get married to the complexities of dating in Arab society.

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              11:30

              DocLab Exhibition: Nervous Systems

                • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 10:30 - 17:00 (11:30 - 18:00 AMS)
                • de Brakke Grond
                Tickets available

                Play, discover, and experience a selection of groundbreaking interactive and multi-sensory XR documentaries in the Nervous Systems exhibition. Register online for a free ticket.

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                DocLab: VR Gallery

                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 10:30 - 11:20 (11:30 - 12:20 AMS)
                  • de Brakke Grond: VR Gallery
                  Tickets available

                  Discover a selection of the best new virtual reality films and experiences from the DocLab: Nervous Systems program. With a ticket you have 50 minutes to view various VR projects of your choice.

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                  In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats

                  • Darren Emerson
                  • 2022
                  • 35 min
                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 10:30 - 11:30 (11:30 - 12:30 AMS)
                  • Arti: In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats
                  Tickets available

                  This interactive VR documentary takes you deep inside the UK rave culture of 1989. Grab a flyer and hunt for the illegal rave, somewhere in a secret location in Coventry. Experience the anticipation, the search—and finally the euphoria.

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                  12:00

                  Apolonia, Apolonia (Award Winner)

                  • Lea Glob
                  • 2022
                  • 116 min
                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 11:00 - 12:58 (12:00 - 13:58 AMS)
                  • Kriterion 1
                  Tickets available

                  A portrait of the artist as a young woman. Apolonia is talented, but is that enough to break into the art world? An impressive film that covers 13 years in an anything-but-average life.

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                  12:30

                  Journey Through Our World (Award Winner)

                  • Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster
                  • 2022
                  • 113 min
                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 11:30 - 13:45 (12:30 - 14:45 AMS)
                  • Tuschinski 4
                  Tickets available

                  The first year of Covid lockdowns is seen through the eyes of documentary veterans Petra and Peter Lataster, in this affectionate look at their shrunken world. Their calm account captures the uniqueness of this strange period in history.

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                  DocLab: VR Gallery

                    • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 11:30 - 12:20 (12:30 - 13:20 AMS)
                    • de Brakke Grond: VR Gallery
                    Tickets available

                    Discover a selection of the best new virtual reality films and experiences from the DocLab: Nervous Systems program. With a ticket you have 50 minutes to view various VR projects of your choice.

                    More info

                    Event ended

                    In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats

                    • Darren Emerson
                    • 2022
                    • 35 min
                    • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 11:30 - 12:30 (12:30 - 13:30 AMS)
                    • Arti: In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats
                    Tickets available

                    This interactive VR documentary takes you deep inside the UK rave culture of 1989. Grab a flyer and hunt for the illegal rave, somewhere in a secret location in Coventry. Experience the anticipation, the search—and finally the euphoria.

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                    12:45

                    Surprise Screening: Alis

                      Alis
                      • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 11:45 - 13:09 (12:45 - 14:09 AMS)
                      • Munt 11
                      Tickets available

                      Attend an extra screening of a film that was a resounding success during the festival.

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                      13:00

                      Uncanny Me & Kam Loo Tsui

                        Uncanny Me
                        Kam Loo Tsui
                        • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:00 - 13:28 (13:00 - 14:28 AMS)
                        • Munt 10
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                        During this screening, the mid-length film Uncanny Me will be followed by Kam Loo Tsui.

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                        A Country in a Corner & Malavoune Tango

                          A Country in a Corner
                          Malavoune Tango
                          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:00 - 13:27 (13:00 - 14:27 AMS)
                          • Munt 13
                          Tickets available

                          During this screening, the short film A Country in a Corner will be followed by Malavoune Tango.

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                          De Humani Corporis Fabrica

                          • Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
                          • 2022
                          • 115 min
                          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:00 - 14:15 (13:00 - 15:15 AMS)
                          • Eye: Cinema 2
                          Tickets available

                          Following in the footsteps of Andreas Vesalius, who five centuries ago was the first to map human anatomy, this sensorial film explores the bodies of men and women during operations on various parts of the body. Intimate, at a microscopic level.

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                          Blue Files

                          • Ander Iriarte
                          • 2022
                          • 113 min
                          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:00 - 13:56 (13:00 - 14:56 AMS)
                          • De Balie: Grote Zaal
                          Tickets available

                          More than 4,000 citizens were tortured in the context of the Basque Conflict in Spain between 1960 and 2014. One of them was the filmmaker’s father. He and experts discuss the past, what torture is and how it affects the victims.

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                          Mothers ​+ Talk hosted by Female Economy & New Metropolis Nieuw West

                          • Nirit Peled
                          • 2022
                          • 81 min
                          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:00 - 13:56 (13:00 - 14:56 AMS)
                          • Cinema De Vlugt
                          Tickets available

                          Four Amsterdam mothers explain how their sons got in trouble with the law and were subjected to a stigmatizing crime prevention program called Top400. Despite their powerlessness and frustration, they keep fighting for their children. Followed by a conversation with Female Economy and New Metropolis Nieuw-West. Moderated by Myriam Zahraoui.

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                          13:15

                          White Balls on Walls

                          • Sarah Vos
                          • 2022
                          • 90 min
                          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:15 - 14:05 (13:15 - 15:05 AMS)
                          • Tuschinski 1
                          Tickets available

                          Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art wants to become more diverse and inclusive. But how to go about that? An honest look behind the scenes into the sometimes-fraught process taking place in many public institutions.

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                          Portrait of My Father

                          • Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe
                          • 2022
                          • 99 min
                          • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:15 - 13:57 (13:15 - 14:57 AMS)
                          • Tuschinski 5
                          Tickets available

                          When the filmmaker was eight, his father’s body was found on a beach near Montevideo. In this stylized cinematic quest, he seizes on every possible lead to find out what happened, and who his father was.

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                          Still Static & The Night My Brother Disappeared

                            Still Static
                            The Night My Brother Disappeared
                            • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:15 - 13:48 (13:15 - 14:48 AMS)
                            • Ketelhuis: Zaal 1
                            Tickets available

                            During this screening, the short film Still Static will be followed by The Night My Brother Disappeared.

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                            13:30

                            Wild Wounded Animals & How Do You Measure a Year?

                              Wild Wounded Animals
                              How Do You Measure a Year?
                              • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 13:31 (13:30 - 14:31 AMS)
                              • Tuschinski 6
                              Tickets available

                              During this screening, Wild Wounded Animals will be followed by How Do You Measure a Year?

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                              IDFA Junior: Middag

                                The Garbage Man
                                Oasis
                                Elsa
                                Champ
                                • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 14:05 (13:30 - 15:05 AMS)
                                • Eye: Cinema 1
                                Tickets available

                                The IDFA family program for children 12 years old and above, with youth documentaries Oasis, The Garbage Man, Elsa, and Champ. With makers and main characters. This program is Dutch spoken. Tickets are €8.50 each.

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                                Wildcat

                                • Melissa Lesh, Trevor Beck Frost
                                • 2022
                                • 105 min
                                • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 14:18 (13:30 - 15:18 AMS)
                                • Rialto De Pijp: Bovenzaal
                                Tickets available

                                After serving in Afghanistan, the young British soldier Harry Turner struggles with PTSD. This drives him deep into the South American rainforest, where he takes on the care of an orphaned ocelot—which above all becomes an exercise in letting go.

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                                Wisdom Gone Wild

                                • Rea Tajiri
                                • 2022
                                • 84 min
                                • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 14:15 (13:30 - 15:15 AMS)
                                • Rialto VU: Zaal 4
                                Tickets available

                                A poetic and affectionate portrait of a born storyteller with dementia. Now that Rose, the Japanese-American mother of filmmaker Rea Tajiri, is sinking deeper into her dream world, her daughter and caregiver tells Rose’s complex life story.

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                                Event ended

                                DocLab: VR Gallery

                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 13:20 (13:30 - 14:20 AMS)
                                  • de Brakke Grond: VR Gallery
                                  Tickets available

                                  Discover a selection of the best new virtual reality films and experiences from the DocLab: Nervous Systems program. With a ticket you have 50 minutes to view various VR projects of your choice.

                                  More info

                                  Event ended

                                  Horizon

                                  • Joeri Heegstra
                                  • 2022
                                  • 45 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 13:15 (13:30 - 14:15 AMS)
                                  • de Brakke Grond: Horizon
                                  Tickets available

                                  In a unique one-to-one performance, you talk to a young person about the climate crisis and dreams for the future. The new generation has burning questions and is urgently searching for new hope.

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                                  Event ended

                                  In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats

                                  • Darren Emerson
                                  • 2022
                                  • 35 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:30 - 13:30 (13:30 - 14:30 AMS)
                                  • Arti: In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats
                                  Tickets available

                                  This interactive VR documentary takes you deep inside the UK rave culture of 1989. Grab a flyer and hunt for the illegal rave, somewhere in a secret location in Coventry. Experience the anticipation, the search—and finally the euphoria.

                                  More info

                                  Event ended

                                  13:45

                                  How Dare You Have Such a Rubbish Wish

                                  • Mania Akbari
                                  • 2022
                                  • 72 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:45 - 14:17 (13:45 - 15:17 AMS)
                                  • Tuschinski 2
                                  Tickets available

                                  Excerpts spanning Iranian film history show that women have always been oppressed, also in the years before the Islamic Revolution. Undaunted, Mania Akbari takes on the male gaze in this confrontational essay.

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                                  Notes on Displacement

                                  • Khaled Jarrar
                                  • 2022
                                  • 74 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:45 - 14:04 (13:45 - 15:04 AMS)
                                  • Munt 9
                                  Tickets available

                                  Refugees are often in the news, but what do we really know about their experiences? Notes on Displacement takes a deep dive into the fear and disorientation felt by a Syrian family on the grueling journey to a better life.

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                                  From the Other Shore

                                  • Maher Abi Samra
                                  • 2022
                                  • 62 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 12:45 - 14:07 (13:45 - 15:07 AMS)
                                  • Munt 12
                                  Tickets available

                                  Sylvana and Mohammed, both from Lebanon, like to go for walks together. She is in a wheelchair, he is blind; as he pushes her, she guides the way. They discuss the obstacles they face on a daily basis, which are physical, but above all societal.

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                                  Event ended

                                  14:00

                                  Horizon

                                  • Joeri Heegstra
                                  • 2022
                                  • 45 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 13:00 - 13:45 (14:00 - 14:45 AMS)
                                  • de Brakke Grond: Horizon
                                  Tickets available

                                  In a unique one-to-one performance, you talk to a young person about the climate crisis and dreams for the future. The new generation has burning questions and is urgently searching for new hope.

                                  More info

                                  Event ended

                                  Wheelchair Accessible - In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats

                                  • Darren Emerson
                                  • 2022
                                  • 35 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 13:00 - 14:00 (14:00 - 15:00 AMS)
                                  • de Brakke Grond: Steegzaal
                                  Tickets available

                                  This interactive VR documentary takes you deep inside the UK rave culture of 1989. Grab a flyer and hunt for the illegal rave, somewhere in a secret location in Coventry. Experience the anticipation, the search—and finally the euphoria.

                                  More info

                                  Event ended

                                  14:15

                                  Guapo’y

                                  • Sofia Paoli Thorne
                                  • 2022
                                  • 71 min
                                  • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 13:15 - 14:46 (14:15 - 15:46 AMS)
                                  • Tuschinski 3
                                  Tickets available

                                  Celsa looks back on her time as a political prisoner during the brutal regime of Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay (1954-1989). Traumatic memories are reawakened when what may be the remains of her murdered husband are found.

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                                  Event ended

                                  14:30

                                  DocLab: VR Gallery

                                    • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 13:30 - 14:20 (14:30 - 15:20 AMS)
                                    • de Brakke Grond: VR Gallery
                                    Tickets available

                                    Discover a selection of the best new virtual reality films and experiences from the DocLab: Nervous Systems program. With a ticket you have 50 minutes to view various VR projects of your choice.

                                    More info

                                    Event ended

                                    Horizon

                                    • Joeri Heegstra
                                    • 2022
                                    • 45 min
                                    • event Created with Sketch. 20 Nov 13:30 - 14:15 (14:30 - 15:15 AMS)
                                    • de Brakke Grond: Horizon
                                    Tickets available

                                    In a unique one-to-one performance, you talk to a young person about the climate crisis and dreams for the future. The new generation has burning questions and is urgently searching for new hope.

                                    More info

                                    Event ended