IDFA Bertha Fund harvest at IDFA 2021

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    This year, fourteen films realized with the support of the IDFA Bertha Fund made it into the official festival selection. Read more about the year's harvest here.

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    As I Want

    • Samaher Alqadi
    • 2021

      In January 2013, two years after the popular revolt on Tahrir Square, an explosion of sexual violence prompts rage and protests. What does it mean to be a woman in Egypt today? Filmmaker Samaher Alqadi exposes the ubiquitous sexism.

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      The Case

      • Nina Guseva
      • 2021

        Lawyer Maria Eismont works to get the wrongly convicted activist Konstantiv Kotov released. All her media appearances come to nothing, and each appeal is rejected—until Putin suddenly appears on the scene.

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        Children of the Mist

        • Diem Ha Le
        • 2021

          In the misty mountains of northern Vietnam, a Hmong teenage girl faces the challenges of growing up. In Di’s traditional culture, girls marry as early as 14. But at school she learns there are alternatives.

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          Day after...

          • Kamar Ahmad Simon
          • 2021

            The Rocket is a century-old paddle steamer still regularly transporting passengers along the river delta of Bangladesh. All aboard for this philosophical and kaleidoscopic film in which rich and poor, young and old, and East and West come together.

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            I’m So Sorry

            • Zhao Liang
            • 2021

              A prophetic panorama of nuclear power, with unexpectedly poetic moments. Moving encounters with returned residents offer a human counterweight to the silent threat of nuclear disaster areas.

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              Last Days at Sea

              • Venice Atienza
              • 2021

                Reyboy’s world in the Philippine fishing village Karihatag is one of water, rocks, and sky. This film is an attempt to capture the beauty of his childhood. Just one more summer, and then he leaves for the city, and high school.

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                The Last Shelter

                • Ousmane Samassekou
                • 2021

                  At the southern edge of the Sahara, two brave teenage girls from Burkina Faso arrive at a stopping place for migrants on their way to Europe. Their dreams clash with the shocking stories of those who went before them and failed.

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                  A Night of Knowing Nothing

                  • Payal Kapadia
                  • 2021

                    An Indian film student writes letters to her forbidden lover. Her pain, dreams, and observations about the changing political climate reflect those of many of her fellow students. Fact and fiction intertwine in this Cannes award-winning film.

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                    On the Other Side

                    • Iván Guarnizo
                    • 2021

                      How to bridge the gap between perpetrator and victim? Filmmaker Iván Guarnizo attempts to do just that in this harrowing reconstruction of his mother’s kidnapping by the Colombian guerrilla movement FARC.

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                      Taming the Garden

                      • Salomé Jashi
                      • 2021

                        Dozens of rare and ancient trees are transported across Georgia, destined for the private botanical garden of the country’s former prime minister. In absurd scenes, we see an operation that takes away the soul and oxygen from a powerless population.

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                        Where Are We Headed

                        • Ruslan Fedotow
                        • 2021

                          The imposing, theatrical corridors of the Moscow Metro form the backdrop to a continuous tragicomedy. Small incidents and conversations create a colorful picture of this underground society in miniature.

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                          Writing with Fire

                          • Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas
                          • 2021

                            In Uttar Pradesh, a local newspaper is run by women from the lowest caste, the Dalits—a unique situation in conservative India. Armed with courage, perseverance, and smartphones, they report on thorny issues.

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                            Zinder

                            • Aicha Macky
                            • 2021

                              Returning to her home city of Zinder in Niger, Aicha Macky shows how her young compatriots are faring there. A powerful, candid, and surprisingly hopeful glimpse into the world of the local gangs.

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