Focus: It Still Hurts

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    Pre-empting the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, IDFA presents a focus program that explores our world as a post-war world. It Still Hurts is the largest focus program of IDFA 2019, with a range of titles that raise questions on the many ways contemporary life is still defined by WWII—from case studies about the cold war and postcolonialism to cinematic meditations on victims and perpetrators. Read more about the program in Pamela Cohn's longread.

    It Still Hurts


    • Madeleine Leroyer
    • 2019

      A compelling and empathetic investigative documentary about the passengers of a ship that sank off the Libyan coast during the 2015 refugee crisis. Through a variety of methods, researchers try to discover the identity of the victims.

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      Born in Evin

      • Maryam Zaree
      • 2019

        The German actress Maryam Zaree fled the Iranian regime as a small child with her mother. She knows she was born in prison, but nobody ever talks about it. Now she wants to know why.

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        Destruction and Return in al-Araqib

        • 2018

          What better medium for documenting a land-grabbing conflict than a map? Forensic Architecture helped Bedouins to set up an interactive archive of their village, to chronicle its destruction by Israeli troops.

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          The Euphoria of Being

          • Réka Szabó
          • 2019

            During the making of a dance theater piece, a special friendship develops between director Réka Szabó and her two leads: the young dancer Emese Cuhorka and the elderly writer and activist Éva Fahidi.

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            Heimat Is a Space in Time

            • Thomas Heise
            • 2019

              A chronicle of Germany through the prism of the director’s own family history. In voice-over, Thomas Heise reads documents from his family’s archive, accompanied by powerful black-and-white images of the “guilty” landscape of his homeland.

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              In Mansourah, You Separated Us

              • Dorothee Myriam Kellou
              • 2019

                For the first time since the Algerian War of Independence, witnesses talk about the rural resettlement camps, shedding light on an appalling and neglected episode in history. Why have people kept silent for all these years?

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                It Still Hurts Exhibition

                  This exhibition showcases three pieces by research agency Forensic Architecture as part of IDFA’s special focus program It Still Hurts. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, this program explores our post-war world. 

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                  Mengele’s Skull

                  • Eyal Weizman, Thomas Keenan
                  • 2012

                    This research project follows the high-profile forensic investigation of a body reported to be that of Nazi physician Josef Mengele. It marked a shift towards a new forensic approach to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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                    Of Land and Bread

                    • Ehab Tarabieh
                    • 2019

                      With the support of human rights organization B’Tselem, Palestinians made dozens of short films about the bullying and humiliation they encounter every day. From these, filmmaker Ehab Tarabieh edited this angry montage of provocations.

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                      Torture and Detention in Cameroon

                      • 2017

                        An investigation into abuses in two prisons run by counterterrorist units in Cameroon. The crime scenes and the human rights violations that took place there are reconstructed using public sources.

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                        • Li Ying
                        • 2007

                          War criminals are honored alongside fallen soldiers at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. Chinese-born Li Ying exposes the sensitive and largely unaddressed issue of Japan’s war past at a flashpoint for nationalists, demonstrations and riot police.

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