IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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    This year 14 titles have been selected for the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary. Within the selection, a striking common feature is the preference for an aesthetic and remarkably bold approach to documentary filmmaking. On Wednesday, November 21, all films from this competition will be screened in Tuschinski 3.

    Items in this selection

    All Inclusive

    • Corina Schwingruber Ilić
    • 2018

    A witty short about the consumption and entertainment driven life on board a luxury cruise ship.

    The Ambassador’s Wife

    • Theresa Traore Dahlberg
    • 2018

    An incisive and amusing portrait of a slightly frustrated ambassador’s wife in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

    And What Is the Summer Saying

    • Payal Kapadia
    • 2018

    A gloriously shot film poem about the Indian village of Kondwall, its inhabitants and the surrounding flora and fauna.

    Aleppo: The Silence of the War

    • Amir Osanlou
    • 2018

    Powerful images of devastation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The sounds of war have fallen quiet, and all that remains is a terrifying silence.

    beside the water, 1999-2004

    • Finn Paul
    • 2018

    In this provocative video essay, queer artist Finn Paul mixes up sexual discovery, community formation and the isolation of desert landscapes in a collection of erotic snapshots.


    • Olga Delane
    • 2018

    A powerful, stylized portrait of the 80-year-old Dorotchka, an archetypal babushka who philosophizes about life, love, regret and loneliness.


    • Nara Normande
    • 2018

    Filmmaker Nara Normande uses a remarkable blend of animation techniques to recall happier times on the beaches of her childhood. 

    I Signed the Petition

    • Mahdi Fleifel
    • 2018

    The Palestinian filmmaker wakes his friend with a phone call: he signed a petition, but was that actually such a good idea?

    Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

    • Leyli Gafarova
    • 2018

    When a European film crew arrives in the slum known as Shanghai in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, feelings quickly run high.

    Our Song to War

    • Juanita Onzaga
    • 2018

    In the Colombian village of Bojayá, the living reconcile themselves with death and change memories of war into magic realist stories.

    Scenes from a Dry City

    • François Verster, Simon Wood
    • 2018

    Cape Town’s acute water crisis illustrates the differences within South African society, in a film that’s as visually stunning as it is urgent.

    Skip Day

    • Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
    • 2018

    On Skip Day, the seniors at Pahokee High School in Florida head for the beach to spend a final day together before a new life begins.

    Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains

    • David Verbeek
    • 2018

    In the vast city of Chongqing, a new generation of rappers try to keep expressing themselves after tough new censorship from the government.

    Unconditional Love

    • Rafał Łysak
    • 2018

    The love between the deeply religious 80-year-old Teresa and her grandson Rafal is put to the test when he tells her he’s gay.