IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

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    The 11 titles selected for the student competition raise the bar of student filmmaking, illustrating focused, conscious intentions behind every shot. Traveling hundreds of meters underground and to the darkest corners of the human mind, these young filmmakers are asserting who they want to be, offering glimpses of brilliance in the process. See the jury members.

    Selected for the student competition

    Boyi-biyo

    • Anne Bertille Vopiande Ndeysseit
    • 2020

      Shilo and his family in the Central African Republic can barely get by on what he earns as a meat “pusher” (courier). Despite the many obstacles, he still dreams of a career as a marathon runner.

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      Dusk

      • Bálint Bíró
      • 2020

        An ominous documentary viewing a global theme from the perspective of a small Hungarian community. A “landguard” and his son go on patrol in the border area near Serbia, where an invisible danger looms.

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        Hello Grandma

        • Kamila Chojnacka
        • 2020

          The intimate record of a family’s life in lockdown. Filmmaker Kamila Chojnacka lives with her toddler and husband in their small home. News reports and telephone conversations with her grandmother form fragile connections to the outside world.

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          I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore

          • Viv Li
          • 2020

            A wistful but witty account of a trip to Beijing by filmmaker Viv Li, a Chinese art student who has been living abroad for ten years. Her stay with her family mercilessly exposes how uprooted she has become by her life abroad.

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            The Perfect Picture

            • Hala El Kouch
            • 2020

              Filmmaker Hala El Kouch creates a therapy session setting to confront her parents about a traumatic event. Photos of a happy family accompany a conversation that takes an unexpected turn. Has permanent damage been done to the perfect picture?

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              Silence

              • Saara Hakkarainen
              • 2020

                “How would you feel if you were never able to embrace your own sexuality?” Aleksi has been struggling for years with pedophilic feelings. This sincere and honest hybrid film offers glimpses into his heartrending loneliness.

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                The Snow Calls

                • Marjan Khosravi
                • 2020

                  After bearing three daughters, Mina has one more chance: her next child has to be a boy, or her husband will marry another woman. A painful and intimate portrait of the tension between love and tradition.

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                  Storgetnya

                  • Hovig Hagopian
                  • 2020

                    The tunnels of an Armenian salt mine, 230 meters below the Earth’s surface, are home to an unusual kind of health center: a speleotherapy clinic. This magical-realistic graduation film follows the perpetual goings-on here without commentary.

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                    Tábor

                    • Stanislav Danylyshyn
                    • 2020

                      A calmly observed black-and-white impression of daily life in one of Ukraine’s largest Roma communities. In richly textured monochrome we see the seemingly archetypal figures of mother, father, and child as they carry on a timeless way of life.

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                      Ugoku Tokai — Moving City

                      • Lars Ostmann
                      • 2020

                        A young man’s essayistic exploration of Tokyo’s varied rhythms. Guided by his musings and a map, we search the downtown streets, the suburbs, and the surrounding countryside for answers to life’s questions.

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                        The Way We Wait

                        • Ji-Yoon Park
                        • 2020

                          While the filmmaker’s grandmother is in the hospital, on the seashore an apartment building is being sculpted from sand, but the sea is already starting to wash away its foundations. Sensitive observations about the vulnerability and insecurities of life.

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