IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

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    With 13 titles from a wide range of countries, the Kids & Docs competition invites young audiences to discover art of documentary film. Difficult subject matter and vast artistic expression are the cornerstones of this selection, which caters to both preteens and young adults for the first time. Shorts, feature-length films, and virtual reality all find a home in the selection, broadening the horizons of what a documentary can be. Collectively the titles speak loud and clear: Imaginative young audiences are to be taken seriously. See the jury members.

    Selected for Kids & Docs

    At Eleven

    • Carolina Admirable García
    • 2020

      Disarming excerpts from video diaries offer intimate glimpses into the lives of two bubbly Mexican girls, on the cusp of puberty. Lots of what these two best girlfriends do and experience is universal, but not everything.

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      Cabinets of Wonder

      • Susanne Kim
      • 2020

        In this virtual reality experience you enter three fantasy worlds of children who feel out of place in the real world. Glide along a river in Cameroon, dive underwater with a mermaid, and explore a planet with guinea pigs and a talking machine.

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        Cut the Chit Chat

        • Léa Forest
        • 2019

          Léa Forest talks to barbershop customers, boys aged between 12 and 18. Even the toughest looking guys give candid answers to forthright questions about love, sex, grief, and what it’s like to be a man.

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          An Intermission

          • Edwin Mingard
          • 2020

            Director Edwin Mingard worked with a group of young homeless people to portray their views on the world. In their short film we hear how they see contemporary Britain, as well as their collective story of abandonment and resilience.

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            Jano & Shiro, a Brothers' Journey

            • Els van Driel, Eefje Blankevoort
            • 2020

              An experimentally filmed account of the far-reaching consequences of Dutch asylum policy for Jano and Shiro, two brothers who fled from Syria. With music and editing at times reminiscent of a video clip.

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              My Family Is a Circus

              • Nina Landau
              • 2020

                A Belgian girl performs with her circus family in France for a summer. In letters to classmates she relates her experiences, her life as a circus performer, and her big dreams for the future.

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                Our Road

                • Pierfrancesco Li Donni
                • 2020

                  A coming-of-age portrait about the final school year of young people in a poor neighborhood of Palermo. There’s a stark contrast between their dreamy childhood world and the harsh realities around them.

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                  Radio Felix

                  • Lauranne Van den Heede
                  • 2020

                    A lucid youth documentary about a school-age boy with autism. Felix makes serious radio items about world problems that symbolize the chaos, loneliness, and conflict he experiences on an average day.

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                    Seahorse

                    • Nele Dehnenkamp
                    • 2020

                      Fleeing from IS five years ago, Hanan crossed the Mediterranean in a rubber dinghy that almost sank. Now she has become a swimming teacher, using this newfound skill as her way of dealing with the traumatic memories.

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                      Shadegan

                      • Ako Salemi
                      • 2019

                        A beautiful observation of 12-year-old Milad, who spends his days in the Shadegan Wetlands of Iran. Life seems unhurried, and in close contact with nature, but here too the threat of drought and pollution looms.

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                        Skies Above Hebron

                        • Esther Hertog, Paul King
                        • 2020

                          This coming-of-age story follows the lives of three Palestinian boys from Hebron over five years. How do they cope in an environment where their freedom is constantly being curtailed by Israeli settlers and soldiers?

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                          TicToc

                          • Mark Adam Waters
                          • 2020

                            Felix, a 16-year-old boy with Tourette’s syndrome, allows us into his world. What he finds especially hard to deal with is the misunderstanding he often encounters. His mission is to raise awareness about the reality of Tourette’s.

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                            Trio

                            • Benjamin Bucher, Agnese Làposi
                            • 2020

                              Friendship, exclusion, obsessions, and insecurities: Trio shows what happens beyond the organized educational activities at a school camp and captures the familiar moments of three adolescents on their way to adulthood.

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