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    The individual and the group; the skin-deep and the deep-down; the challenge of being who you are in a world that prefers to put you in a box and manage your actions and choices. These films challenge us with the questions of different individuals as they strive to remain coherent with who they are.

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    • 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.

    A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

    • Rami Farah
    • 2019

    Exiled in Paris, one of Syria’s most famous actors, Fares Helou, tries to remain connected to the dream of a free and democratic Syria. For him, it’s a matter of integrity and an existential quest.

    Always in Season

    • Jacqueline Olive
    • 2019

    A probing exposé about the deep roots of racist violence in the United States, starting with the death of a black teenager. The police say it was suicide, but the boy’s friends and family believe he was lynched.

    Arcana

    • Cristobal Vicente Cruz
    • 2006

    A documentary about the lives of inmates at the notorious prison in Valparaiso, Chile, in the year before it closed down. Meditative black-and-white scenes reveal a hidden, secret, timeless world.

    The Australian Dream

    • Daniel Gordon
    • 2019

    Australian rules football player Adam Goodes was a national hero, but got booed in the stadium when as an Aboriginal he spoke out against racism. A powerful film about a country with its own distinct but recognizable racism debate.

    Beats of the Antonov

    • Hajooj Kuka
    • 2014

    The musical tradition in South Sudan gains new meaning through the Bashir government’s bombings: it keeps the people alive, both in body and in spirit. A musical exploration shedding new light on the Sudanese conflict.

    Chasing Yehoshua

    • Shay Fogelman
    • 2019

    Journalist Shay Fogelman makes it a personal mission to track down a murderer on the run. He spends eight years on this investigative documentary, which develops a sharp political edge as the intriguing discoveries mount.

    Chile, Obstinate Memory

    • Patricio Guzmán
    • 1997

    An investigation into the role of memory in Chile. Director Patricio Guzmán returns there after 23 years in exile, and for the first time ever in his country he screens The Battle of Chile, his trilogy about the 1973 coup.

    Common Ground

    • Darren Emerson
    • 2019

    Once Europe’s largest housing project, the Aylesbury Estate in London is being demolished. This interactive portrait explores the consequences of gentrification and offers background facts, using 360-degree video and 3-D environments. On-site reservation required.

    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.

    Fabulous

    • Audrey Jean-Baptiste
    • 2019

    The queer dancer Lasseindra gives a voguing masterclass in her native French Guiana. Conversations with participants give an impression of the Caribbean macho culture, but during the lessons they show their most feminine side.

    The Forbidden Strings

    • Hasan Noori
    • 2019

    Four young Afghan immigrants in Iran have formed a rock band which has never been allowed to perform. Now they’ve got the chance to play in their homeland, they’re not going to let anything stop them. Moments of joy compete with sobering reality.

    iHuman

    • Tonje Hessen Schei
    • 2019

    The use of artificial intelligence has far-reaching consequences, especially in the context of power and social control. With great access to many influential voices on this subject, iHuman explores how AI is changing our lives and our world.

    The Journey of Monalisa

    • Nicole Costa
    • 2019

    Director Nicole Costa discovers that an old Chilean friend of hers has reinvented himself as the transgender drag queen Monalisa, who writes astute pieces about the rawness of life as a prostitute on the fringes of New York society.

    King of the Cruise

    • Sophie Dros
    • 2019

    During his vacation on a luxury cruise ship, the wealthy Scottish-American baron Ronald Reisinger is a striking and popular guest. Behind his sophisticated stories and decadent riches, however, hides a lonely man who is yearning for love.

    Lady Time

    • Elina Talvensaari
    • 2019

    Filmmaker Elina Talvensaari tries to bring the previous occupant of her home back to life through the possessions she left behind after her lonely death. A fond tribute to an unknown woman who gradually becomes a treasured friend.

    Lemebel

    • Joanna Reposi Garibaldi
    • 2019

    Chilean writer and artist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015) became famous in the 1980s—while Pinochet was in power—for his controversial writings and performances on subjects such as homosexuality and human rights.

    Look Inside

    • Nadja van der Weide
    • 2019

    A hyper-realistic audio tour that lets you roam around someone’s real house. You’re on your own but guided by a voice coming through a pair of headphones, inviting you to look around. Does this adventure make you feel curious or repelled?

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    • Yolande Zauberman
    • 2018

    Menahem was raped by his teachers for years. After 20 years he returns to Bnei Brak, the “capital” of the ultra-Orthodox Jews. Conversations with other survivors reveal the tacit acceptance of child abuse in this community.

    Marshawn Lynch: A History

    • David Shields
    • 2019

    This unconventional portrait of the popular and rebellious American football player Marshawn Lynch consists of over 700 image fragments. What’s the deeper meaning behind his refusal to talk with the media?

    Moving So Slowly

    • Natalia Solórzano Vásquez
    • 2019

    The bureaucracy of the Costa Rican immigration department follows its own unfathomable logic. The line out front is long; once inside the waiting continues. Drily comic scenes make palpable the shift from patience to resignation, for all concerned.

    My Inner Wolf

    • Roel Wouters, Luna Maurer
    • 2019

    This playful animated website, for which all smartphone users act as art directors by adding their own photographs, takes you into the experience of an absence seizure.

    Nerd_Funk

    • Ali Eslami, Mamali Shafahi
    • 2019

    Through an archive of online media curated by the online persona nerd_funk, this VR experience in two chapters attempts to get a grip on our omnipresent digital culture and its influence on our physical lives. On-site reservation required.

    North

    • Leslie Lagier
    • 2019

    A beautifully styled portrait of the Yukon in Canada’s far northwest. Once, people came here to find freedom and fortune, but years of intensive mining have inflicted immeasurable damage on the landscape.

    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.

    Quebramar

    • Cris Lyra
    • 2019

    A group of young lesbians from São Paulo travel to a remote beach to celebrate New Year’s. From their conversations, a picture of current Brazilian society emerges.

    The Secretary of Ideology

    • Yuriy Pivovarov
    • 2019

    A witty portrait of the teenage communist Ivan, whose goal in life is the revival of a glorious socialist state. “Workers of all countries, unite!” he tells his grinning classmates.

    Shadow Flowers

    • Seung-Jun Yi
    • 2019

    Ryun-hee Kim is North Korean, but she has been living in South Korea since 2011—against her will. Returning to South Korea’s northern enemy proves extremely difficult. An unsettling tale that turns our ideas about North and South Korea on their head.

    The Space Between Us

    • Benedicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde, Tong Wu, Barak Chamo
    • 2019

    An exploration of the often concealed spaces between human and machine, privacy and surveillance, the self and the other, the observer and the observed or our real bodies and digital representations, to be experienced as an interactive installation.

    Steve Is Undocumented

    • Michael Barth, Kauai Moliterno
    • 2019

    An observational and original reflection on immigration. A white British ex-weightlifter and bouncer at a club in Los Angeles has strong opinions about immigrants, yet he’s also in the country illegally.

    The Two Lives of Li Ermao

    • Jia Yuchuan
    • 2019

    A powerful portrait of Li Ermao, who lives as a “ladyboy”. The film follows her over the course of 17 years in her native China, as she searches for love and acceptance but encounters prejudice and aggression.

    Vast Body 22

    • Vincent Morisset
    • 2018

    This collaborative experiment on movement interprets your behavior and distills this continually changing input into a projection of a body that moves fluidly with yours, yet fluctuates continuously between different bodies and identities.

    XY Chelsea

    • Tim Travers Hawkins
    • 2019

    An intimate investigative portrait of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who was pardoned by President Barack Obama in 2017. Only now that she’s free can Manning fully experience and give shape to her new gender identity.