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    In Frontlight, IDFA presents a selection of exceptional films that tell stories not covered by mainstream media, or films that explore familiar stories in greater depth. The program contains premieres only.

    Items in this selection

    Beastmode, a Social Experiment

    • Manuel III Mesina, Banuk Amante
    • 2018

    A playful examination of violence, sensationalism and manipulation against the backdrop of the “Drug War” being fought by  President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

    Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

    • Hans Pool
    • 2018

    A fascinating look at the network of citizen journalists known as Bellingcat, whose use of modern technology is smarter than that of many major news organizations.

    Cause of Death

    • Ramy A. Katz
    • 2018

    In 2002, Tel Aviv police officer Salim was murdered by a terrorist, but his brother has doubts about the official account.

    The Corporate Coup d’État

    • Fred Peabody
    • 2018

    Donald Trump is not the disease, but the symptom of a bankrupt U.S. democracy that began selling its soul to big corporations decades ago.

    Everything Must Fall

    • Rehad Desai
    • 2018

    In 2015, an initially peaceful student protest in South Africa escalated when the board of Wits University called in a large police force.

    In the Absence

    • Seung-Jun Yi
    • 2018

    A powerful and meticulous reconstruction using authentic footage of the sinking of the Korean ferry Sewol, in which more than 300 passengers and crew members died.

    Losing Alaska

    • Tom Burke
    • 2018

    In this urgent story that makes an acute problem tangible, the inhabitants of Newtok, Alaska are seeing their village literally vanish due to climate change. 

    The Panama Papers

    • Alex Winter
    • 2018

    Investigative journalism doesn’t get more exciting than this: a backstage look at the work that produced the sensational revelations from the Panama Papers.

    The Patriot

    • Katja Fedulova
    • 2018

    At 21, Vasily Vlasov is the youngest parliamentarian in the Russian Duma, and his deeply conservative ideas have made him the hero of many a fledgling patriot.

    Police Killing

    • Natasha Neri, Lula Carvalho
    • 2018

    Disturbing images combine with heartrending testimony in an indictment of the deadly abuse of power by police officers in Rio de Janeiro.

    Railway Men

    • Erige Sehiri
    • 2018

    Has the Jasmine Revolution really changed Tunisia? Due to corruption and incompetence, Tunisian railway workers risk their lives every day.


    • Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti
    • 2018

    An investigation of the increasing industrialization of pig farming, and its global consequences for humans and the environment .


    • Arthur Pratt
    • 2018

    A collective in Sierra Leone filmed during the 2014 Ebola crisis, in which thousands of people died, and emergency workers risked their lives to help the people of their country.

    Sylvana, Demon or Diva

    • Ingeborg Jansen
    • 2018

    When former TV personality Sylvana Simons enters the Dutch political arena with her party BIJ1, the going is tougher than she ever expected.

    The Trial of Ratko Mladić

    • Henry Singer, Rob Miller
    • 2018

    The trial of General Ratko Mladić, through the eyes of prosecutors, defense attorneys, genocide survivors and Mladić's supporters.