Films with English subtitles

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    All films that play at IDFA are English-spoken or English-subtitled. On this page, you can see the overview of all films with English subtitles.

    Films with English subtitles

    1970

    • Tomasz Wolski
    • 2021

      Not the rebels, but the rulers are the “heroes” of this story about the Polish protests of 1970. Stop-motion animation and archive recordings of telephone conversations bring the machinations of the Communist crisis team to life.

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      2 Pasolini

      • Andrei Ujică
      • 2021

        A poetic montage of images from Pasolini's Il vangelo secondo Matteo combined with archive footage of his visit to Palestine, with a touch of 2Pac. After all, every era has its rebels.

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        Adjusting

        • Dejan Petrović
        • 2021

          Distinctively framed, observational footage of a dog rescue center in Serbia, and in particular of the endearing dog Vanja and her anonymous trainer. Can humans and animals learn from each other? And what works best: punishment or reward?

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          After A Revolution

          • Giovanni Buccomino
          • 2021

            A look into the lives of a brother and sister who fought on different sides of the uprising in Libya in 2011: he supported Gaddafi, she was one of the “rebels”. As war flares up in the years that follow, their fervor for justice is challenged.

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            Amsterdam Global Village

            • Johan van der Keuken
            • 1996

              Director Johan van der Keuken uses countless storylines and multiple detours to paint an epic portrait of multicultural Amsterdam in the 1990s. His documentary realism avoids romanticism as well as the toxicity of the later public debates on immigration.

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              Anamnesis

              • Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe
              • 2021

                An original portrait of a murderer during his last year in jail. The film confronts us with questions about the impact of our past and whether there is such a thing as “the truth.”

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                As I Want

                • Samaher Alqadi
                • 2021

                  In January 2013, two years after the popular revolt on Tahrir Square, an explosion of sexual violence prompts rage and protests. What does it mean to be a woman in Egypt today? Filmmaker Samaher Alqadi exposes the ubiquitous sexism.

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                  Atlantide

                  • Yuri Ancarani
                  • 2021

                    In Venice, city of water, teenagers like Daniele don’t have souped-up mopeds but powerful speedboats, or barchini. This atmospheric, hyper-realistic film progresses from a dreamlike beginning to an operatic climax.

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                    Babi Yar. Context

                    • Sergei Loznitsa
                    • 2021

                      A reconstruction based entirely on archive footage of the mass execution in 1941 of some 33,000 Jews, in a ravine near the then German-occupied city of Kiev. From the lead up to the massacre to its aftermath.

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                      The Balcony Movie

                      • Pawel Lozinski
                      • 2021

                        The sidewalk in front of his apartment is the stage at which director Pawel Lozinski directs his camera. Passersby stop for a chat, tell their life story, and collectively paint a picture of contemporary Poland.

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                        Bancal

                        • Rafael Montezuma
                        • 2021

                          Santiago performs each action with intense concentration: searching out the right stone, chiseling it a bit, carefully positioning it atop the others. And with equal serenity and attentiveness, this stunning, mysterious film contemplates his masterly work.

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                          The Beach of Enchaquirados

                          • Ivan Mora Manzano
                          • 2021

                            A sense of unfulfilled longing intermingles with irresistible, liberating warmth in this poetic portrait of the Ecuadorian fisher Vicky and the local transgender community she’s part of.

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                            Beirut: Eye of the Storm

                            • Mai Masri
                            • 2021

                              Four young women in Beirut document a turbulent period in recent Lebanese history, from the uprising against the ruling regime to the subsequent lockdown and then, just months later, the gigantic explosion at the port.

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                              The Belly of the Mountain

                              • Stephen Loye
                              • 2021

                                In a remote Alpine town, a plane crash ends 150 lives. Filmmaker Stephen Loye zooms out from the world news to make a freely associated poetic essay about mortality and the meaning of life.

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                                Black Film

                                • Želimir Žilnik
                                • 1971

                                  What should filmmaker Želimir Žilnik do with the six homeless people he has temporarily housed in his own flat? He makes this worryingly topical problem the subject of this 1971 film.

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                                  The Burrows

                                  • Sanshou Hu
                                  • 2021

                                    In keeping with tradition, the filmmaker and his family build a tomb for his grandparents. This carefully composed portrait of a village—with scenes of the work, personal memories, and philosophical reflections—is a mirror of existence itself.

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                                    Children of the Mist

                                    • Diem Ha Le
                                    • 2021

                                      In the misty mountains of northern Vietnam, a Hmong teenage girl faces the challenges of growing up. In Di’s traditional culture, girls marry as early as 14. But at school she learns there are alternatives.

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                                      Close to You

                                      • Cássio Kelm
                                      • 2021

                                        At the start of the corona pandemic, young transmasculine filmmaker Cássio Kelm ends up isolated in a small apartment with his father. Close to You subtly tells a layered story combining personal transition, unspoken tenderness, and Brazilian politics.

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                                        La Commune (Paris, 1871)

                                        • Peter Watkins
                                        • 2000

                                          A compelling and purposely anachronistic documentary reconstruction of the events that led to the Paris Commune. TV interviews and reports track how a people’s revolution flared up, only to be extinguished with blood.

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                                          Courage

                                          • Aliaksei Paluyan
                                          • 2021

                                            Despite mass protests, in August 2020 Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner of the Belarus presidential election. A portrait of the courage of the protesters, as seen through the eyes of three perceptive theater practitioners.

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                                            Day after...

                                            • Kamar Ahmad Simon
                                            • 2021

                                              The Rocket is a century-old paddle steamer still regularly transporting passengers along the river delta of Bangladesh. All aboard for this philosophical and kaleidoscopic film in which rich and poor, young and old, and East and West come together.

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                                              The Delights

                                              • Eduardo Crespo
                                              • 2021

                                                At Las Delicias agrotechnical boarding school in the Argentine countryside, high school students find their way through friendships and boyhood adventures, against an inviting backdrop of dogs and chickens, fields, greenhouses, and meadows.

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                                                The Empty Center

                                                • Hito Steyerl
                                                • 1998

                                                  For her 1998 graduation film, Steyerl turned her perceptive gaze to the history of central Berlin. After the fall of the Wall, this former no man’s land became Europe’s biggest construction site, a place where new, invisible walls were built.

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                                                  Eskape

                                                  • Adeline Neary Hay
                                                  • 2021

                                                    Fourty years after their flight from the Khmer Rouge, filmmaker Neary Adeline Hay hopes her mother will break her silence. She follows the trail back from France, in this very personal, elegantly filmed journey through their memories.

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                                                    For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum

                                                    • Pilar Moreno, Ana Endara Mislov
                                                    • 2021

                                                      The late Senobia was an endearing woman who transformed her house in a Panamanian village into “The Museum of Antiquities of All Species.” Pilar Moreno and Ana Endara capture her personality and creation in a quirky, conceptual documentary.

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                                                      Four Journeys

                                                      • Louis Hothothot
                                                      • 2021

                                                        Amsterdam-based filmmaker Louis Hothothot was born in China, a second child in the era of the one-child policy. His birth had devastating consequences for his parents, and when he visits them he discovers other distressing events in the family as well.

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                                                        France Is Our Mother Country

                                                        • Rithy Panh
                                                        • 2014

                                                          Rithy Panh (director of the Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture) re-edited silent propaganda films on France’s “purely fraternal intentions” towards Indochina into a disturbing alternative history of colonization.

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                                                          Futura

                                                          • Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher
                                                          • 2021

                                                            Italian teenagers talk about their dreams and fears in an incisive portrait of a generation that feels ignored and misunderstood. A film packed with thoughtful, moving, and confrontational perspectives on today’s world.

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                                                            God Has AIDS

                                                            • Gustavo Vinagre, Fábio Leal
                                                            • 2021

                                                              Seven artists and an activist doctor—all HIV positive—fight against the invisibility of AIDS in Brazil. Prejudice is rampant, the infection rate is rising, and people are dying from a disease that doesn’t have to be fatal.

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                                                              H6

                                                              • Yé Yé
                                                              • 2021

                                                                Observational portrait capturing the goings-on in an immense hospital in Shanghai, focusing on four patients and their families. Alongside the affectionate care, H6 reveals an unyielding class-based society.

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                                                                Half a Light-Year

                                                                • Leonardo Mouramateus
                                                                • 2021

                                                                  In this observational film about time and space, director Leonardo Mouramateus explores the boundary between fiction and documentary. How do shots of a street in Lisbon converge with a dialogue between two lovers?

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                                                                  Handbook

                                                                  • Pavel Mozhar
                                                                  • 2021

                                                                    The Belarusian police dealt brutally with protesters demonstrating against the re-election of President Lukashenko in August 2020. The protesters’ re-enacted testimonies form a dry but impactful instruction video.

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                                                                    Herd

                                                                    • Omer Daida
                                                                    • 2021

                                                                      A thoughtful father-daughter portrait in which 10-year-old Na’ama considers her father’s business—he’s a livestock farmer supplying the meat industry. Na’ama loves animals and has questions about their fate. Is it possible to do business differently?

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                                                                      The Home Front – A Journey in Italy with Domenico Quirico

                                                                      • Paola Piacenza
                                                                      • 2021

                                                                        Humans may have made great technological strides, but has humanity itself progressed? Journalist Domenico Quirico travels to various Italian cities to shine a light on modern poverty.

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                                                                        Homework

                                                                        • Abbas Kiarostami
                                                                        • 1989

                                                                          The way society educates its members says a lot about that society. In interviews with six-year-old schoolchildren filmed in Iran in 1989, during the bloody war with Iraq, a picture emerges of corporal punishment, indoctrination, and constant uncertainty.

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                                                                          The Hostilities

                                                                          • Sebastián Molina
                                                                          • 2021

                                                                            Rural Mexico is in the grip of the drug cartels. In a once sleepy village, older residents look back nostalgically at more peaceful times, while young men are enticed by the money, drugs, and women.

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                                                                            Housewitz

                                                                            • Oeke Hoogendijk
                                                                            • 2021

                                                                              Scenes which seem very ordinary—filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk’s elderly mother in her living room, watching television with her cat—gradually develop into the portrait of an astute woman who has to live each day with the Holocaust as her housemate.

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                                                                              How the Room Felt

                                                                              • Ketevan Kapanadze
                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                A gentle and intimate portrait of a small community of young queer people in a Georgian city, formed around the local women’s football team. Here in this self-made family, shielded from outside threats, they can share love and friendship.

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                                                                                How to Live in the Federal Republic of Germany

                                                                                • Harun Farocki
                                                                                • 1990

                                                                                  An absurdist dissection of West German society: In 32 scenes, we see citizens attending workshops and training courses, methodically preparing for every possible situation in life.

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                                                                                  I’m So Sorry

                                                                                  • Zhao Liang
                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                    A prophetic panorama of nuclear power, with unexpectedly poetic moments. Moving encounters with returned residents offer a human counterweight to the silent threat of nuclear disaster areas.

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                                                                                    Intensive Life Unit

                                                                                    • Adéla Komrzý
                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                      Ondřej and Kateřina's patients know they’re going to die, but their conversations are all about life. What is a good life? How do you want to approach the end of your life? Each patient has a different answer.

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                                                                                      In the Billowing Night

                                                                                      • Erika Etangsalé
                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                        Myth and memory intertwine as the father of director Erika Etangsalé tells his story for the first time. His account is deeply marked by France’s colonial past and the dislocation it caused.

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                                                                                        Ironland

                                                                                        • Lucas Bambozzi
                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                          After an environmental disaster in Minas Gerais, a Brazilian geographer returns to show how mining has both shaped and harmed her native region and its inhabitants, in a road movie that is both activist and poetic.

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                                                                                          Jason

                                                                                          • Maasja Ooms
                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                            The final part of Maasja Ooms’ shocking trilogy about the failing Dutch youth welfare services. She follows 22-year-old Jason as he undergoes trauma therapy and pursues his mission to save others from suffering in the same way.

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                                                                                            Journey to the Sun

                                                                                            • Susana de Sousa Dias, Ansgar Schaefer
                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                              Archive films bring to life the bittersweet memories of Austrians who as preschoolers were sent to stay with host families in Portugal to recuperate after the Second World War.

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                                                                                              Judges Under Pressure

                                                                                              • Kacper Lisowski
                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                In Poland, judicial independence is under serious pressure from the right-wing government: judges are being vilified, fired, or arrested. Judge Igor Tuleya becomes the face of the protest movement and fears for his job and his life.

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                                                                                                Just a Movement

                                                                                                • Vincent Meessen
                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                  Stimulating, associative portrait of the Senegalese activist Omar Blondin Diop, who was deeply involved in the tumultuous 1960s and also had a small role playing himself in Jean-Luc Godard’s La chinoise.

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                                                                                                  Kalsubai

                                                                                                  • Yudhajit Basu
                                                                                                  • 2020

                                                                                                    A visual poem on the legend of the Indian goddess Kalsu. Her story resonates in the contemporary lives of the women who live at the foot of Mount Kalsubai and still sing to her in the night.

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                                                                                                    Kenedi Goes Back Home

                                                                                                    • Želimir Žilnik
                                                                                                    • 2003

                                                                                                      When he is deported back to Serbia, Kenedi, a young Serbian Roma man, starts a taxi service from Belgrade airport. His passengers are people like himself, who also have to find a new home.

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                                                                                                      The Last Chapter

                                                                                                      • Gianluca Matarrese
                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                        A tender and unabashed portrayal of the filmmaker’s older lover and BDSM master Bernard. In the run-up to the move to a new apartment, he looks back on his eventful life as he embarks on its last chapter.

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                                                                                                        Last Days at Sea

                                                                                                        • Venice Atienza
                                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                                          Reyboy’s world in the Philippine fishing village Karihatag is one of water, rocks, and sky. This film is an attempt to capture the beauty of his childhood. Just one more summer, and then he leaves for the city, and high school.

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                                                                                                          Les Enfants terribles

                                                                                                          • Ahmet Cupur
                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                            An intimate and gripping account of fierce generational conflict in a Turkish village. The filmmaker’s young sister Zeynep is struggling with her parents and their traditional values. The film won the Special Jury Award at Visions du Réel.

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                                                                                                            Lessons for Luca

                                                                                                            • Salvador Gieling
                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                              In Cuba—modern Cuba—a farmer gets a six-year sentence for selling his own cow. Like all the best family sagas, Lessons for Luca paints a picture that’s both about individuals and society as a whole.

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                                                                                                              Listen to the Beat of Our Images

                                                                                                              • Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Maxime Jean-Baptiste
                                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                                Hypnotic archive footage of rocket launches accompanies the stories told by the indigenous inhabitants of Kourou, French Guiana, about the arrival of the French space center CNES. Pulsating stardust is all that’s left of their former lives.

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                                                                                                                Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

                                                                                                                • Abdallah Al Khatib
                                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                                  This insider’s report shows how a Palestinian refugee camp in a district of Damascus withstands Assad’s siege. As well as hunger and stampedes for scarce aid packages, there is pride, singing, and children’s dreams.

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                                                                                                                  Love, Dad

                                                                                                                  • Diana Cam Van Nguyen
                                                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                                                    The discovery of letters written 15 years ago prompts Diana to renew contact with her absent father. Memory, recrimination, and yearning intertwine in this hybrid blend of animation and archive photography.

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                                                                                                                    Mafifa

                                                                                                                    • Daniela Muñoz Barroso
                                                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                                                      Filmmaker Daniela Muñoz Barroso, who is almost completely deaf, wants to discover the identity of the remarkable musician Mafifa. Her quest leads her on the trail of an enigmatic woman, and also makes her question her own head and heart.

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                                                                                                                      Makeup Artist

                                                                                                                      • Jafar Najafi
                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                        Tradition and ambition clash when a young mother in rural Iran wants to train as a makeup artist in the city. She tries to break the deadlock with her loving but inflexible husband in this sometimes funny, sometimes painful film.

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                                                                                                                        Mariner of the Mountains

                                                                                                                        • Karim Aïnouz
                                                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                                                          A dreamlike, melancholy, and highly personal journey to a mountain village in Algeria, where the father of filmmaker Karim Ainouz was born. There Ainouz discovers wonderful places and people, and the remarkable story of his parents.

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                                                                                                                          Marx Can Wait

                                                                                                                          • Marco Bellocchio
                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                            With the help of his family, award-winning filmmaker Marco Bellocchio tells the story of his twin brother Camillo, who died at the age of 29. Archive footage illustrates an era and a lost life. A film that acts as a confession.

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                                                                                                                            May God Be With You

                                                                                                                            • Cléo Cohen
                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                              As the granddaughter of Jewish Arabs from Tunisia and Algeria, filmmaker Cléo Cohen is on a quest for her own identity. She looks to her grandparents for answers in this intimate and personal debut film.

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                                                                                                                              Medusa

                                                                                                                              • Chloé Malcotti
                                                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                                                An unorthodox film about the ambivalent relationship between Italian coastal town Rosignano and the company that pollutes its beaches and sea, but has also brought prosperity and fame: the unnaturally white beaches and blue sea are a major attraction.

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                                                                                                                                The Moment of Transition

                                                                                                                                • Chiara Marotta
                                                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                                                  Chiara Marotta returns to the Christian community she grew up in and to which her grandmother, mother, and sister still belong. She seeks explanations for their behavior, an understanding of her own situation, and, perhaps, reconciliation.

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                                                                                                                                  Mr. Bachmann and His Class

                                                                                                                                  • Maria Speth
                                                                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                                                                    A monumental portrait of a teacher whose students learn far more than the standard curriculum: the capacity for self-reflection, how to build self-confidence, and the musical skills for a shaky but heartwarming rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven's Door.”

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                                                                                                                                    Mr. Landsbergis

                                                                                                                                    • Sergei Loznitsa
                                                                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                                                                      Singing even a peaceful song can unleash a revolution. Lithuanian politician Vytautas Landsbergis looks back on his country’s independence struggle in this captivating masterclass on the collapse of the Soviet Union by the great chronicler Sergei Loznitsa.

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                                                                                                                                      Museum of the Revolution

                                                                                                                                      • Srđan Keča
                                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                                        A basement in Belgrade, the only remnant of a 1961 plan to build a grand Museum of the Revolution as a tribute to Socialist Yugoslavia, now houses the outcasts of Serbian society.

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                                                                                                                                        Name of the Game

                                                                                                                                        • Håvard Bustnes
                                                                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                                                                          The Norwegian Labor Party politician Trond Giske was for many years expected to become prime minister, until allegations of sexual abuse and assault brought about his downfall. Now he goes all out for a comeback.

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                                                                                                                                          Near and Dear

                                                                                                                                          • María Alvarez
                                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                                            Cleverly structured portrait of elderly twin sisters in Buenos Aires who used to form a duo of professional pianists. Their artistic career brought fame and the world lay at their feet. In their small shared apartment, they look back on the glory years.

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                                                                                                                                            A Night of Knowing Nothing

                                                                                                                                            • Payal Kapadia
                                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                                              An Indian film student writes letters to her forbidden lover. Her pain, dreams, and observations about the changing political climate reflect those of many of her fellow students. Fact and fiction intertwine in this Cannes award-winning film.

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                                                                                                                                              Nũhũ yãg mũ yõg hãm: This Land Is Our Land!

                                                                                                                                              • Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu, Roberto Romero
                                                                                                                                              • 2020

                                                                                                                                                A personal, first-hand account of the struggle of the Maxakali, a small group of indigenous people in Brazil. Although driven from their land, they keep the stories of their ancestors alive.

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                                                                                                                                                Octopus

                                                                                                                                                • Karim Kassem
                                                                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                                                                  The aftermath of the explosion that took place at the Port of Beirut in August 2020 is revealed in quiet stillness, from the destroyed buildings and the despair of local residents to the cautious first sounds of reconstruction.

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                                                                                                                                                  The One Who Runs Away Is the Ghost

                                                                                                                                                  • Qinyuan Lei
                                                                                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                                                                                    Two young sisters spend most of their time at an electronics market in Shenzhen. Their gaze transforms the impersonal world of electronics into a universe full of ghosts and monsters.

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                                                                                                                                                    On the Other Side

                                                                                                                                                    • Iván Guarnizo
                                                                                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                                                                                      How to bridge the gap between perpetrator and victim? Filmmaker Iván Guarnizo attempts to do just that in this harrowing reconstruction of his mother’s kidnapping by the Colombian guerrilla movement FARC.

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                                                                                                                                                      On the Zenith’s Edge

                                                                                                                                                      • Natyvel Pontalier
                                                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                                                        “Who were we before we were discovered?” wonders filmmaker Natyvel Pontalier aloud. After centuries of colonization, the time has come to rediscover the culture of her Gabonese forebears.

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                                                                                                                                                        Our Century

                                                                                                                                                        • Artavazd Pelechian
                                                                                                                                                        • 1990

                                                                                                                                                          The 20th century, characterized by a relentless race to go ever higher, further, and faster. Our compulsion for technological achievement is condensed into a stunning anthology of humankind’s rises and falls.

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                                                                                                                                                          The Painter

                                                                                                                                                          • Oliver Hirschbiegel
                                                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                                                            Actor Ben Becker plays the German painter Albert Oehlen, directed by Oehlen himself. With visible enjoyment, the resulting docufiction creates confusion about authorship, the myth of the genius artist, and the line between irony and authenticity.

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                                                                                                                                                            A People’s Radio – Ballads from a Wooded Country

                                                                                                                                                            • Virpi Suutari
                                                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                                                              An array of images of summery Finnish landscapes, in the city as well as the countryside, accompany cries from the heart from various listeners to a popular radio program, offering insights into the Finnish soul.

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                                                                                                                                                              Reconciliation

                                                                                                                                                              • Marija Zidar
                                                                                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                An 18-year-old girl is shot dead in the remote highlands of Albania, the victim of a bitter family feud. Her grieving father is pressured from different sides to break the cycle of violence.

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                                                                                                                                                                René – The Prisoner of Freedom

                                                                                                                                                                • Helena Třeštíková
                                                                                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                  Lovable Czech criminal René became a cause celebre in his home country, following the release in 2008 of a prize-winning documentary about his life inside and outside prison. In this sequel, he’s still struggling to get his life on track.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Resources

                                                                                                                                                                  • Hubert Caron-Guay, Serge-Olivier Rondeau
                                                                                                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                    An observational film about the meat industry in Quebec, where asylum seekers, mainly from Latin America, process a vast herd of livestock into meat. What is life like at various points along this chain?

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                                                                                                                                                                    Returning to Reims (Fragments)

                                                                                                                                                                    • Jean-Gabriel Périot
                                                                                                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                      Archive material and film fragments tell the history of the French working class from the 1950s to today. Woefully little has changed, except that the former Communists are now voting in large numbers for Front National party.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Revolution of Our Times

                                                                                                                                                                      • Kiwi Chow
                                                                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                        An in-depth visual reportage on mass protests escalating in Hong Kong. The increasingly embittered battle brings heartbreak and despair, but also a powerful sense of fellowship among everyone from teens to seniors.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Seasons of the Year

                                                                                                                                                                        • Artavazd Pelechian
                                                                                                                                                                        • 1975

                                                                                                                                                                          A reclusive community in the Armenian Highlands demonstrates the pure art of survival over the course of the four seasons. A stunningly beautiful, bittersweet symphony of human existence.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Shabu

                                                                                                                                                                          • Shamira Raphaëla
                                                                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                            When 14-year-old Shabu wrecks his grandmother’s car on a joyride, he has to work all summer to repair the damage—both to the car and to the family ties. Meanwhile, more enticing things beckon, such as making music, for which he has big plans.

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                                                                                                                                                                            The Silence of the Mole

                                                                                                                                                                            • Anais Taracena
                                                                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                              A carefully composed portrait of the journalist Elías Barahona, also known as “the Mole.” In the mid-1970s, he risked his life by infiltrating the repressive regime running Guatemala and succeeded in saving many lives.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Skin

                                                                                                                                                                              • Marcos Pimentel
                                                                                                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                The walls in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte are inundated with painted pictures and words: from stunning murals to old-school graffiti, and from enigmatic cries from the heart to furious cursing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Song to Bergslagen

                                                                                                                                                                                • Nina Hedenius, William Long
                                                                                                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                  Against the backdrop of the passing seasons, this film observes the iron-ore region of Bergslagen, Sweden, where old ways of life are disappearing and an as-yet unformed future is emerging.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  State of Dogs

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Peter Brosens, Turmunkh Dorjkhand
                                                                                                                                                                                  • 1998

                                                                                                                                                                                    The soul of the stray dog Baasar is free to roam in this poetic travelogue played out around the smoky cities and untamed steppes of Mongolia. Music, myth, social commentary, and philosophical reflections all blend together in this singular film.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Stories of Destroyed Cities

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sêro Hindê
                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                      Reality and fiction blend in stories of the destruction and reconstruction of three cities in the autonomous region of Rojava in Syria, recaptured by Kurdish fighters from IS. Will things ever be the way they were before?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Taming the Garden

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Salomé Jashi
                                                                                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                        Dozens of rare and ancient trees are transported across Georgia, destined for the private botanical garden of the country’s former prime minister. In absurd scenes, we see an operation that takes away the soul and oxygen from a powerless population.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        A Thousand Fires

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Saeed Taji Farouky
                                                                                                                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                          Understated, poetic portrait of a Burmese couple who drill oil from the ground by hand. They hope this grueling work will yield them enough money to give their children a better future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight’s Homework

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ashkan Nejati, Mehran Nematollahi
                                                                                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                            Repeating the questions that Abbas Kiarostami put to school children in Homework (1989), this film provides an indirect portrait of contemporary Iran, where poverty, illiteracy, and emotional neglect are more pressing issues than schoolwork.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Travesti Odyssey

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Nicolas Videla
                                                                                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                              The last ever performance of the highly entertaining activist transvestite show Cabaret Travesía Travesti, in October 2019, coincided with the Chilean uprising. Filmmaker Nicolás Videla was part of this vibrant troupe. Why did they stop performing?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              The Treasures of Crimea

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Oeke Hoogendijk
                                                                                                                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum inadvertently finds itself involved in an international wrangle over a loaned collection of art. This multifaceted reconstruction sheds light on the affair from every angle: political, legal, and emotional.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Trenches

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Loup Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                                • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Film debut of war journalist Loup Bureau, who in aesthetic black-and-white perfectly captures how young Ukrainian soldiers experience the war in the Donbas region. Sometimes there’s gunfire, but there’s also downtime, resignation, and domesticity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Turn Your Body to the Sun

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aliona van der Horst
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The powerful story of a Soviet soldier who was a prisoner of war during the Second World War and afterwards sent to a gulag. His daughter never got to hear the whole story. Archive footage and personal sources evoke the past in subtle but potent ways.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Two-Spirit

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mónica Taboada-Tapia
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                      A transgender woman in a small indigenous community in Colombia, Georgina counters the hostility directed at her with the words, “I have only love.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Robin Hunzinger
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The passionate letters that a girl called Marcelle wrote to her childhood sweetheart from a sanatorium during the interwar period evoke the image of a rebel, way ahead of her time, who goes her own way with a group of kindred spirits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vedette

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A year in the life of Vedette, a cow with a feisty personality who has to face the agonizing truth that she’s no longer Queen of the Swiss Alps. An affectionate documentary about aging that offers an alternate perspective on animals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Velvet Queen

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                            In the harsh landscape of the Tibetan Highlands, two adventurers go in search of the rare snow leopard. A moving film about a breathtakingly magnificent wilderness, the animals that live in it, and humanity’s lowly position in this hierarchy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Voice

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Nadya Zaytseva
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A young woman on the run from the repressions in Belarus ends up in Saint Petersburg. Her story, told in an uninterrupted flow, offers a compelling picture of the aggression, absurdity, and threat of a dictatorship.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              We

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alice Diop
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alice Diop stops at stations along the RER B train route and meets a car mechanic, a district nurse, a writer, and a band of hunters. All these slices of life ultimately form a compelling whole—creating a possible ‘we’.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                We

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Artavazd Pelechian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 1969

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The breathing of Armenia is captured in a vibrant piece of cinema. Everything—religion, industry, nature, people—is connected in a cycle of creative and destructive forces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wolf Whispers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chloé Belloc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Since I was a child, my brother has been absent.” This is how the filmmaker describes her relationship with her autistic brother. In a sensitive, highly visual film she goes beyond the limitations of words to put herself in the world he experiences.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Words of Negroes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sylvaine Dampierre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Employees at a sugar factory in Guadeloupe read out testimonies from the trial of a 19th-century slaveholder. Their words evoke uncomfortable parallels with the present day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Writing with Fire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Uttar Pradesh, a local newspaper is run by women from the lowest caste, the Dalits—a unique situation in conservative India. Armed with courage, perseverance, and smartphones, they report on thorny issues.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yama: Attack to Attack

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mitsuo Sato, Kyoichi Yamaoka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 1985

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Day laborers in Tokyo rise up against the Japanese mafia and local politicians in protest of their miserable working conditions. Just three copies exist of this activist film, which cost both directors their lives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pedro F Neto, Ricardo Falcão
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mbaye Sow works as a courier between his two home countries, Portugal and Senegal. In a station wagon packed with goods, he drives the thousands of miles up and down, tinkering with his dilapidated car and checking in with home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Zinder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Aicha Macky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Returning to her home city of Zinder in Niger, Aicha Macky shows how her young compatriots are faring there. A powerful, candid, and surprisingly hopeful glimpse into the world of the local gangs.

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