Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature

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    From the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, and Frontlight, an international jury will choose the winners of the IDFA Award for Best First Feature. The following films are in the running for the award.

    Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature

    All You See

    • Niki Padidar
    • 2022

      What if you suddenly end up in a world where you’re no longer seen but stared at? This film shows the alienation this evokes for four protagonists who are new to the Netherlands. If no one knows who you used to be, are you still yourself?

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      Colette and Justin

      • Alain Kassanda
      • 2022

        Debut filmmaker Alain Kassanda and his grandparents explore their family history in this richly layered portrait, drawing together politics and personal memories. The upheavals of post-colonial Congo feel palpably close.

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        Cross Words

        • Mario Valero
        • 2022

          A stimulating and vivid portrait of a generation, about a group of young people in their thirties and their relationships in Paris between 2019 and 2021. With a macabre news item as a common thread, we gradually get to know who they are.

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          Dear Mother, I Meant to Write About Death

          • Siyi Chen
          • 2022

            Why did her mother not reveal that she had cancer? This is just the first of many questions the filmmaker has in this tender feature-length debut where mother and child explore their relationships—with illness, death and each other.

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            The Etilaat Roz

            • Abbas Rezaie
            • 2022

              As Kabul is recaptured by the Taliban, the passionate journalists of the Etilaat Roz daily newspaper grow increasingly concerned. Hopelessness and fear gradually take over in this penetrating film.

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              Guapo’y

              • Sofia Paoli Thorne
              • 2022

                Celsa looks back on her time as a political prisoner during the brutal regime of Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay (1954-1989). Traumatic memories are reawakened when what may be the remains of her murdered husband are found.

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                Kenya

                • Gisela Delgadillo
                • 2022

                  Raw and frank portrait of Kenya, a trans woman who lives in Mexico City. She witnessed her friend, a fellow transgender sex worker, being murdered by a client. In her long battle for justice, she can’t avoid having to face her own fears.

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                  Light Falls Vertical

                  • Efthymia Zymvragaki
                  • 2022

                    Filmmaker Efthymia Zymvragaki combines the story of a perpetrator and her own experiences with violence in a poetic film that offers insight into the causes and consequences of abuse.

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                    Loving Martha

                    • Daniela López
                    • 2022

                      Daniela López aims her camera at members of her own family—at her grandmother Martha, who escaped a violent marriage after 39 years, and at the rest of the family, who is struggling not only with that trauma but also with the film project itself.

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                      Mom

                      • Xun Sero
                      • 2022

                        Mexican filmmaker Xun Sero questions his mother about her life as a Tzotzil woman. The answers reveal a strong woman who has managed to create a place for herself within a patriarchal society.

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                        Silent House

                        • Farnaz Jurabchian, Mohammadreza Jurabchian
                        • 2022

                          We follow the fortunes of three generations of an upper-middle-class family against the backdrop of four decades of Iranian history. With the century-old family house in Tehran as a silent witness, the family’s story becomes a mirror of society.

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