IDFAcademy harvest at IDFA 2021

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    This year, ten films developed at our talent development programs made it into the official festival selection. Read more about the year's harvest here.

    IDFA's talent development programming is made possible by The Netherlands Film Fund, Creative Europe Media, NPO Fund, and Videoland.

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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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      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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          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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              Lessons for Luca

              • Salvador Gieling
              • 2021

                In Cuba—modern Cuba—a farmer gets a six-year sentence for selling his own cow. Like all the best family sagas, Lessons for Luca paints a picture that’s both about individuals and society as a whole.

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                Sara’s Mysteries

                • Sara de Monchy
                • 2020

                  In this documentary podcast, Sara de Monchy helps children unravel mysterious and thrilling riddles. With daring attempts at espionage, lock picking and interrogation, they work together to find answers.

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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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