The Road to Salvation

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    God is an organizing principle as much as a deity, bringing people together, while also tearing them apart. The spiritual realm is beyond meaning, but also provides it in moments when meaning is beyond us. This pathway explores the complexities of faith in our individual and communal lives. All films are from the IDFA 2020 selection.

    Titles in this Pathway

    Acasă, My Home

    • Radu Ciorniciuc
    • 2020

      A filmic portrait of a large Romanian family going though turbulent times. After 20 years of living in nature near Bucharest, they must return to modern, urban society—and all its problems.

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      The Ark

      • Dan Wei
      • 2020

        Observation of a crisis in restrained black-and-white, at micro and macro level. With the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding across the globe, an elderly woman fights for her life in a hospital in China. The family refuses to budge from her side, no matter what.

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        Between Fire and Water

        • Viviana Gómez Echeverry
        • 2020

          Camilo was adopted by a Quillasinga couple in southwest Colombia. Now he’s the only Black member of this indigenous community. He has been lovingly assimilated into society, but he struggles with himself and wants to find out more about his origins.

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          Divinations

          • Leandro Picarella
          • 2020

            A remarkable Sicilian fortune teller and tarot reader helps desperate clients with affairs of the heart, but has his own personal problems. A mysterious yet earthly portrait with fictional elements.

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            Green Bank Pastoral

            • Federico Urdaneta
            • 2020

              In sleepy Green Bank there’s a huge radio telescope, which means Wi-Fi is officially prohibited. The offline village attracts a colorful procession of electro-hypersensitive people who hope to find the Wi-Fi-free paradise they have been searching for.

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              Heaven Beneath My Feet

              • Sandra Madi
              • 2020

                Heartbreaking stories from Lebanon, where divorced mothers have to fight for years just to see their children. Filmmaker Sandra Madi follows three women in their struggle for justice—and for motherhood.

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                Me and the Cult Leader

                • Atsushi Sakahara
                • 2020

                  In 1995, director Atsushi Sakahara survived a nerve gas attack by the Aum cult on the Tokyo subway. Now he holds a long and courageous conversation with Araki, executive cult member, who was not personally responsible—but has remained a member.

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                  New Gods

                  • Loïc Hobi
                  • 2020

                    Told from the perspective of an algorithm and accompanied by fitting imagery, we hear the story of LonerWolf58, a member of the incel movement. The algorithm is tasked with detecting and removing his violent content.

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                    Songs of Repression

                    • Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga
                    • 2020

                      The aftermath of atrocities that took place in a German sect in Chile lives on in the surviving former members. They’ve made the best of the situation by transforming the colony into a tourist attraction.

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                      ’Til Kingdom Come

                      • Maya Zinshtein
                      • 2020

                        Even in the poorest parts of the U.S., the Christian faithful collect donations for Israel. The controversial connection between evangelical Christians and Jews is partly about belief, and partly about money, power, and politics.

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                        Unforgivable

                        • Marlén Viñayo
                        • 2020

                          Geovanny became a gang member and a murderer when he was 12. In prison, he joined an evangelical church that lavished God’s forgiveness on him. However, one sin is unforgivable for both the gang and the church: Geovanny is gay.

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                          Ziyara

                          • Simone Bitton
                          • 2020

                            A personal pilgrimage through Morocco, once home to 300,000 Jews. Long after their departure, their traces can still be seen in Jewish shrines, synagogues, neighborhoods, and cemeteries, which today are lovingly maintained by the locals.

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