VPRO Extras

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    While the yearly VPRO Preview and Review days in Tuschinski didn't happen in 2020, during IDFA audiences could watch a new VPRO Extra screening online every day. VPRO Extras are a selection of the festival's best films, including an introduction or a talk. During IDFA 2020, the program ran from November 23 until November 29. VPRO-members enjoy a special discount.

    Films in this program

    White Cube

    • Renzo Martens
    • 2020

      Congolese plantation workers set a new precedent: they successfully co-opt the concept of the “white cube” gallery space as a means to stop the commercial exploitation of their land by multinationals such as Unilever.

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      Mothers

      • Myriam Bakir
      • 2020

        In Morocco, unmarried women who become pregnant still risk criminal prosecution and social exclusion. The Oum El Banine association in Agadir, headed by 62-year-old feminist Mahjouba Edbouche, is there to support them.

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        Jungle

        • Louise Mootz
        • 2019

          A group of very vocal women with diverse backgrounds dance, laugh, fuck and dither their way through life in a Parisian suburb. The energy crackles from the screen in this intimate and cliché-crushing portrait of true Parisiennes.

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          White Noise

          • Daniel Lombroso
          • 2020

            A glimpse into the extreme right-wing world of alt-right activist Richard Spencer, influencer Lauren Southern and anti-feminist Mike Cernovich. Even they had little idea of what effect their “white noise” would have.

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            Final Account

            • Luke Holland
            • 2020

              Testimonies from ordinary people who sided with the Nazis during the Second World War, whether out of fear, complacency, or conviction. Their sedate tone of voice makes the accounts of these elderly speakers even more shocking.

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              MLK/FBI

              • Sam Pollard
              • 2020

                A revealing documentary drawing on declassified documents released by the American government and the FBI that uncovers the steps taken by the intelligence service to bug Martin Luther King and discredit him.

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                We Are the Thousand

                • Anita Rivaroli
                • 2020

                  An uplifting, inspiring, and emotional music documentary about a seemingly impossible plan to record a song by the Foo Fighters with a thousand musicians. This feelgood film celebrates pipe-dreams, pluck, and perseverance.

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                  Zappa

                  • Alex Winter
                  • 2020

                    With unlimited access to Frank Zappa’s extensive personal archive, Alex Winter has crafted a striking portrait from more than a thousand hours of material, presenting the brilliant musician and composer as the guide to his own eventful history.

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                    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 Mole Agent

                      • Maite Alberdi
                      • 2020

                        In this blend of spy flick and observational documentary, 83-year-old Sergio goes undercover in an old folks’ home. Starting out as a wryly comical detective yarn, the film ultimately offers us an intimate look at affection and loneliness in old age.

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                        Mayor

                        • David Osit
                        • 2020

                          Emmy winner David Osit follows the likeable mayor of Ramallah through dryly humorous meetings, school visits and everyday local politics, as he tries to hold his own in a geopolitical minefield.

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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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