Shifting Perspectives: Six films on racism

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    The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 led to worldwide protests against racism and the demand for real and structural change. Within this context IDFA curated an online set of documentaries on overt and covert racism, both in the US and Europe. We chose great films from the series Shifting Perspectives, combined with films about racism and its link to the systemically underexposed history of colonization in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Arab region.

    About Shifting Perspectives: In 2016 and 2017 IDFA presented a series called Shifting Perspectives, on the ways in which narrative and imagery influence how we view and interpret ourselves, each other, and the world. In Shifting Perspectives you’ll see documentary films that address how familiar ideas about identity and race are upheld and confirmed, both consciously and subconsciously. We consider Shifting Perspectives a work in progress. Since 2017 it has been an important pillar of the IDFA program.

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    Danton's Death

    • Alice Diop
    • 2010

      Steve is a young black man from a poor Parisian suburb. His dream is to become an actor, but he encounters plenty of obstacles and prejudice along the way.

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      Hale County This Morning, This Evening

      • RaMell Ross
      • 2018

        A warm and poetic portrait of an African-American community in the Black Belt of the Southern United States.

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        Letters to S.

        • Layla Abyad
        • 2015

          A Syrian in exile in Switzerland shares her personal impressions of local life in a video letter to a friend in Syria.

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          • Miguel Peres dos Santos
          • 2015

            Forgotten images of a black uprising in Curacao form the starting point of this experimental film essay on suppressed Dutch racism.

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            We Will Maintain

            • Festus Toll
            • 2017

              According to his Kenyan uncle, a mixed-race child will not feel at home anywhere; not in Europe, but not in Africa either. Festus Toll goes in search of the meaning of his uncle's prophetic words.

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              Whose Streets?

              • Sabaah Folayan
              • 2017

                How does the American city of Ferguson react when police kill an unarmed black teenager? This gripping reconstruction is told from the perspective of the local black community.

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