Frontlight

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    The 17 films selected for the non-competitive section Frontlight encourage a deeper understanding of the world today, examining the zeitgeist from lesser-heard perspectives.

    Selected for Frontlight

    Arica

    • Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén
    • 2020

      After the Swedish company Boliden dumped toxic waste in the Chilean desert town of Arica in 1984, thousands of local residents fell ill. In this sequel to Toxic Playground (2009), the filmmakers follow the lawsuit against the mining company.

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      Brazil Is Thee Haiti Is (T)here

      • Carlos Adriano
      • 2020

        This unsettling, associative film poem uses material that includes shocking archive footage to expose the links between the current Brazilian government and bloody incidents in Haiti involving the UN peace mission in 2005 and 2006.

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        Class

        • Ester Gould, Sarah Sylbing
        • 2020

          This series on the fight for equal opportunities in Dutch education follows pupils in Amsterdam in their last year of primary school. At 11, they receive a recommendation that will determine the level of their future education. But is that fair?

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          Dear Elnaz

          • Mania Akbari
          • 2020

            Elnaz died in an air disaster on January 8, 2020, when the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran shot down the passenger plane she was in. Her husband gives full vent to his grief and rage in this fittingly unpolished film.

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            In My Skin

            • Toni Venturi
            • 2020

              A powerful impression of deep-rooted everyday racism in Brazil. The film is a superbly composed blend of interview clips, poetry, music, historical material, and reflections of the white filmmaker.

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              Landfall

              • Cecilia Aldarondo
              • 2020

                When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, the island was already deep in debt. Landfall is a multilayered portrait of the aftermath of a double disaster, and the anger of the residents. Meanwhile, newcomers see financial opportunities.

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                Lost Course

                • Jill Li
                • 2019

                  People living in the coastal village of Wukan, South China, spend years combating corruption among local administrators. But even after a new village council is elected, democracy remains a fragile process.

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                  The Magnitude of All Things

                  • Jennifer Abbott
                  • 2020

                    In a deeply personal film journey, director Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) draws parallels between grief for the loss of a loved one and grief for what we are losing due to the climate crisis, and explores the relationship between sorrow and hope.

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                    Mission: Hebron

                    • Rona Segal
                    • 2020

                      A revealing account by young Israeli ex-soldiers of their mission in Hebron. Their rare, candid testimonies paint a shocking picture of the oppression of Palestinian civilians, humiliation, and needless violence. How do they feel about it now?

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                      Ndagukunda déjà

                      • Sébastien Desrosiers, David Findlay
                      • 2020

                        Sébastien Desrosiers knows hardly anything about Rwanda, where his father was born. In this intimate and personal film, he goes in search of his roots, exactly 25 years after the genocide against the Tutsis.

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                        The Okrestin Sisters

                        • Kolya Kuprich for Belarus Free Theatre
                        • 2020

                          The Belarus Free Theatre exposes the abuses at the Okrestin prison in Minsk, where detainees await their appearance in court. A disturbing chapter in the long campaign to remove Europe’s last dictator.

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                          The Rebellion of Memory

                          • Daniel Yépez Brito
                          • 2020

                            A large number of smartphone videos, punctuated by cinematic shots and news footage, offer a dynamic perspective on both the unrest and the solidarity during mass demonstrations in Ecuador in 2019.

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                            She Had a Dream

                            • Raja Amari
                            • 2020

                              Ghofrane Binous is a charismatic figure who became politically active during the Tunisian national elections. In a class-based society with mostly men at the helm, this young, Black, working-class woman has plenty of obstacles to overcome.

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                              Taking Back the Legislature

                              • Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers
                              • 2020

                                In Hong Kong, protesters filmed the storming of the Legislative Council Complex in 2019, resulting in this turbulent and compelling visual account. Their emotional discussions reveal what is at stake for these young people.

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                                A Thousand Cuts

                                • Ramona Diaz
                                • 2020

                                  A vivid portrait of intrepid journalist and CEO Maria Ressa. Despite slander and threats, she continues to deploy her steely yet modest personality in the fight against the populist Filipino leader Duterte.

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                                  We Are the Thousand

                                  • Anita Rivaroli
                                  • 2020

                                    An uplifting, inspiring, and emotional music documentary about a seemingly impossible plan to record a song by the Foo Fighters with a thousand musicians. This feelgood film celebrates pipe-dreams, pluck, and perseverance.

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                                    White Noise

                                    • Daniel Lombroso
                                    • 2020

                                      A glimpse into the extreme right-wing world of alt-right activist Richard Spencer, influencer Lauren Southern and anti-feminist Mike Cernovich. Even they had little idea of what effect their “white noise” would have.

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