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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM 2017

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MEDIA invests in
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BELEEF

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The EU invests more than € 100 million annually in the European film and
audiovisual industries through Creative Europe MEDIA, the audiovisual
subprogramme of Creative Europe. It has supported the development and
international distribution of thousands of films, including jewels like The Act of
Killing, Amy, Searching for Sugar Man, Winter Nomads and Fuocoammare.

volkskrant.nl/idfa

Want to find out what MEDIA can do for you? Get in touch with the
MEDIA Desk in your country: bit.ly/contactMEDIAdesks
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films &
interactive
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IDFA Catalogue
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MEDIA invests in
documentaries!

BELEEF

IDFA
VOLKS
KRANT
MET DE

The EU invests more than € 100 million annually in the European film and
audiovisual industries through Creative Europe MEDIA, the audiovisual
subprogramme of Creative Europe. It has supported the development and
international distribution of thousands of films, including jewels like The Act of
Killing, Amy, Searching for Sugar Man, Winter Nomads and Fuocoammare.

volkskrant.nl/idfa

Want to find out what MEDIA can do for you? Get in touch with the
MEDIA Desk in your country: bit.ly/contactMEDIAdesks
@CreativeEuropeEU

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IDFA bouwt bruggen tussen
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ideeën en kansen. IDFA brengt
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Ook mooie plannen voor kunst
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de acteurs van
Toneelvereniging
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Danst, de vrouwe
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bezoekers van de
Kunsthalkade, de
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Opera, de reiziger
van Zeereis in het
Scheepvaartmuseum, de zangers
van Popkoor The
Happening, de
buurtgenoten de
Vonk, de kinderen
Hoedje van Papie
de gebruikers
van Dorpshuis
Schingen-Slapterp, de jonge
talenten van het
Grachtenfestival,
de deelnemers aa
de Lang Eettafel,
de bewonderaars
van de Hermitage
jongeren van het
Young Art Festiva
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de Nationale Zorg
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Submissions for MeetMarket & Alternate Realities Market now open
Super Early Bird Passes on sale now

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Introduction
Organization
Volunteers
Thank You!
Partners of IDFA
Catalogue Credits
Jury Members

Competition Programs
21 IDFA Competition for
Feature-Length Documentary
37 IDFA Competition for First Appearance
53 IDFA Competition for
Mid-Length Documentary
69 IDFA DocLab Competition for
Digital Storytelling
73 IDFA DocLab Competition for
Immersive Non-Fiction
81 IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
89 IDFA Competition for
Student Documentary
99 IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
109 IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
Regular Programs
117 Masters
133 Best of Fests
157 Panorama
171 Paradocs
177 Music Documentary

Focus Programs
187 Jonathan Harris’ Top 10
197 Jonathan Harris Retrospective
205 DocLab: Uncharted Rituals
213 Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend
221 Camera in Focus
227 Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World
237 The Visual Voice
Offscreen Activities
248 Docs for Sale
248 IDFA Forum
249 IDFA Bertha Fund
250 IDFAcademy
250 DocLab Academy
251 Education
252 IDFA Media Talks
252 Industry Office
253 DocLab Immersive Network
Index
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Award Winners, 1988-2016
Addresses for Print & Sales
Premieres
Films by Country
Directors
Films

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

IDFA’s programming team, from left to right: Joost Daamen, Laura van Halsema, Meike Statema,
Martijn te Pas, Raul Niño Zambrano, Caspar Sonnen and Barbara Visser. Photo: Felix Kalkman

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Foreword
From all over the world, filmmakers and audiences come together in
the center of Amsterdam for 12 days to celebrate the documentary
and share a cinematic experience—thought-provoking, heartwarming or world-shattering, and we hope at least unforgettable.
For 30 years, IDFA has been serving a wide audience, with increasing
success. And whether you were there at the first edition in 1988, or
this is your first visit to IDFA as a documentary lover or a professional,
it’s a great pleasure to welcome you to our 2017 anniversary program.
Over three decades, the International Documentary Film Festival
Amsterdam has come of age. Under the inspiring leadership of
founder Ally Derks, IDFA has grown to become the largest and most
prominent festival for documentary film (and new media) in the
world. For this celebratory 30th edition, we are including an extra
dimension of depth and reflection, with programs surveying the
past, present and future of the creative documentary, concentrating
on timeless values such as humanity, complexity and beauty. This
catalogue provides a full overview of the films and installations
chosen to create this extra anniversary dimension in 2017.
IDFA’s programming team is responsible for putting together no
fewer than 20 program sections that make up the festival as a whole.
With a revival of the competition for short documentaries, and the
introduction of two matching DocLab competitions for new media
projects, this year there are nine competition programs. In addition
to the regular non-competitive sections, we are presenting a number
of focus programs, in which the films are accompanied by discussion
and placed in a wider context. This year, the interdisciplinary artist
Jonathan Harris has compiled his top 10 films, and his own work is
being explored in depth in a retrospective and a master class with
Harris himself. Camera in Focus is devoted to the crucial role of the
cameraperson in documentary filmmaking. In the film and debate
program Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, we provide a counterbalance to the Western stereotypes that cloud our view of the Arabicspeaking countries. The climax is the anniversary program The Visual
Voice, with a debating marathon and talks by filmmakers on films
that have changed their view of the documentary and of life.

Our choice of program sections reflects the elements we think are
most important to highlight: the cinematic imagination of directors
from all over the world, the work of young talent, and the latest
developments in digital storytelling. In our programming, we opt for
films that are distinct from those available via other media, in terms
of both form and content. A good film doesn’t ignore the current
affairs of the day, but is able to transcend them through its extraordinary cinematic portrayal of the human condition.
The documentary is winning ground, and many films have gained
wider reach through festivals and platforms that traditionally
tended to concentrate on other formats. The growth in the market
for documentaries is in many respects a positive development, but
it’s also a serious force that influences the course of a festival such
as IDFA. The significance of this development is explored in IDFA’s
Industry platform. During the festival, relevant developments in the
field are discussed in Industry Talks. In the Forum, filmmakers are
paired with financiers who can get their films the attention they
deserve. The Docs for Sale market contributes to the international
distribution of new documentaries.
In cooperation with our partner organizations, IDFA aims to create
a fertile climate for documentaries. We see it as our primary task
to spot talent and play a pioneering role in the development and
facilitation of their work. We achieve this by running IDFAcademy,
in which international filmmakers are assisted in different phases of
their careers, and by providing a platform for talent in competitions.
We also actively support non-Western makers through the IDFA
Bertha Fund, and innovative forms of non-fiction through DocLab.
At IDFA, we want to show stories and visions from multiple perspectives. By including around 30,000 students in this experience, we
hope to equip future generations of filmmakers and audiences with a
wider view of the world.
After 30 years, Ally Derks is leaving behind a strong and healthy IDFA,
which can continue to develop for many years to come. At this time of
transition, we celebrate what has been achieved over three decades,
and we invite you to join us as we look ahead to a fantastic future.
Barbara Visser

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Organization
IDFA Board
Chairman Derk Sauer
Treasurer Anton Kramer
Members Sonja Barend, Femke Halsema, Bessel Kok,
Marischka Leenaers, Joumana El Zein Khoury
Advisors Jan Rofekamp, Jess Search, Diane
Weyermann
Recommending Committee H.C. Becht, Prof. Ir M.
van den Berg, E.I.R.M. de By, M. van Heijningen, Dr
M de Keizer, B. Lubberhuizen, Dr Ir J.M.M. Ritzen, F.
Rottenberg, Prof. Dr A. de Swaan
Artistic Director 2017 Barbara Visser
Festival Director Cees van ’t Hullenaar
Program Department
Senior Programmers Joost Daamen, Laura van
Halsema, Martijn te Pas, Raul Niño Zambrano
Junior Programmer Jasper Hokken
Program Producer Eveline Kaethoven
Assistant Program Producers Nicole Akkermans,
Razan Hassan, Rick Vrouwenvelder
Contributing Programmers
Advisors Competitions Ilma van de Beek, Lisa ter Berg,
Kees Brienen, Henk Camping, Callum Cooper, Joost
Daamen, Jan Pieter Ekker, Wessel van der Hammen,
Ingrid Harms, Jasper Hokken, Eveline Kaethoven, Jannie
Langbroek, Andrea Manneke, Andrea Meuzelaar,
Martijn te Pas, Raul Niño Zambrano, Caspar Sonnen,
Meike Statema, Jelte Zonneveld
Advisors Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Peter van Bueren,
Lee Ellickson, Anna Germanidi, Mariska Graveland,
Bart Haensel, Laura van Halsema, Maureen Ho,
Fleurie Kloostra, Dimitra Kouzi, Omar Larabi,
Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, Yorinde Segal, Rada
Sesic, David Teigeler, Wotienke Vermeer, Randy
Vermeulen, Marietta de Vries, Frans Westra, Beylula
Yosef, Simone Zeefuik
Top 10 Jonathan Harris
Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World Isabel Arrate
Fernandez, Laura van Halsema, Orwa Nyrabia
Camera in Focus Joost Daamen, Laura van Halsema
The Visual Voice Raul Niño Zambrano, Martijn te
Pas, Barbara Visser
Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend Anna
Abrahams, Karen Archey, Joost Daamen, Adriana
Gonzalez Hulshof
DocLab: Uncharted Rituals Caspar Sonnen,
Wotienke Vermeer, Barbara Visser, Wytske Visser
IDFA Scouting Victoria Belopolskaya, Richard Liang
New Media
Head of New Media | IDFA DocLab Caspar Sonnen
New Media Coordinator Wotienke Vermeer
New Media Assistants Maureen Ho,
Mikey Zbieranowski
DocLab Production Manager Jonas Kraft
DocLab Exhibition Production Annabel Troost,
Rafaella Wang, Zina Kisch, De Brakke Grond,
Diversion

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DocLab Events Production Assistant Lucy Barker
DocLab Academy Producer Pien Visser
Website DocLab Upian
Industry Office & Talks
Coordinator Stien Meesters
Producer Industry Talks Jelte Zonneveld
Producer Industry Office Anneleen Naudts
Industry Office Matchmaker Hanna Mattes
Editor Doc Talks Ans van de Weerdhof
Producer Doc Talks Hidde Bisschop
Production Q&A’s Jillis Boost, Floor van Donselaar
Producer Premieres Jurrian Fakkeldij
Education
Head of Education Meike Statema
Education Producer Marije Veenstra
IDFAcademy Producer Dymme Plomp
Assistant Producers Judith Eigeman, Stephanie Luka
Industry Office
Head of IDFA Industry Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen
IDFA Industry - IDFA Forum Coordinator Yorinde Segal
IDFA Forum Producers Veerle Egbers, Agnieszka
Musialska, Lara Sitruk, Jenni Tuovinen
IDFA Industry - Docs for Sale & Guest Services
Coordinator Laurien ten Houten
Docs for Sale Producers Nadine Maaraba, Janske Stoop
Guest Services Manager David Leenders
Guest Services Producers Martijn van Dussen,
Clémence Girard, Florina Vilgertshofer, Daan Visser
(assistant), Eline Warnier
Guestlist Online Producer Lieven Heeremans
Carservice Producer Pauline Otten
Marketing & Communication
Head of Marketing & Communication
Martine van Duijn
Communication Silvie van Oost,
Cathalijne de Wilde (senior)
Press Eva van Barneveld, Irene Frijters
Press Assistant Michel Langendijk
Web Editors Liselotte Brand, Joost Broeren, Kees
Driessen, Eline Makker, Sietse Meier, Nicole Sante
Catalogue Coordinator Sasja Koetsier
IDFA Campaign KesselsKramer
IDFA Logo Design Jan Bons, Jeroen Bons
IDFA Website Momkai, Oberon
IDFA Daily BAFA, Mark Baker, Veerle Corstens,
Nick Cunningham, Olga van Ditzhuijzen,
KEES Driessen, Melanie Goodfellow, Sasja Koetsier,
Resi Lankester, Geoffrey Macnab, Sietse Meijer,
Maricke Nieuwdorp, Ronald Rovers, Nicole Santé,
Stijn Schenk, Anke Teunissen
Photographers Bram Belloni, Nichon Glerum, Ruud
Jonkers, Felix Kalkman, Corinne de Korver
Design Sjoukje van Gool, Gerald Zevenboom
Sponsoring & Fundraising Suze van Bohemen,
Andrea van den Bos, Martijn van Dijk (senior)
Producer Brigitte Ravensbergen

Production & IT
Head of Production & IT Dirk Blikkendaal
Production & HR Coordinator Annabet Langkamp
Producers Celine van Gool, Rosa Lohman, Imani van
Oosterhout (assistant), Laura Springer, Misja Starink
Volunteer Producers Gertjan Bennink, Josje Krips
Location Producer Pathé Cinema’s Erik Pijpers
A-team Coordinator Matthijs Rietveld
Festival Dressing Maurice Potemans
Jury Assistants Pieter-Jan van Damme, Kristina
Daurova, Roos Hekkens, Maureen Ho, Una Kreso, Ena
Omerovic, Rada Sesic (Coordinator), David Teigeler
Audience Award Producer Linda Mathijssen
Application Manager Leo Bosch
Audio-Visual Manager Jason Langdon
IT Advisors Nathalie Scholten, Ronald Vendelmans
Box Office Coordinators Annekoos Logtenberg,
Marco Oudewortel
Festival Tickets Marie-Louise Calame, Mark Stegweg
Active Tickets Arvid van Bokhorst
Filmtechniek BV Martin van Broekhoven
Technical Supervisors Rembrandt Boswijk,
Frank van der Horst
Film Control Coordinators Polona Kuzman,
Kathinka Verhoeven
Office
Office Manager Hanneke Heeremans
Office Producer Marit van Reems
Office Assistant Aaltsje Visser
Administration Clarissa Riemersma,
Edgar Witteveen
IDFA Bertha Fund
IDFA Bertha Fund Board
Chairman Adrienne van Heteren
Members Marry de Gaay Fortman, Jan Hoekema,
Cees van ’t Hullenaar, Margje de Koning, Marischka
Leenaers, Marijn Wiersma

Managing Director Isabel Arrate Fernandez
Project Manager Mélanie de Vocht
Producer Marloes den Hoed
Selection Committee IBF Classic 2017 Isabel Arrate
Fernandez,  Palmyre Badinier, Don Edkins, Stefan
Kloos, Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, Orwa Nyrabia, Rada Sesic, Alex Szalat
Selection Committee IBF Europe 2017: Gema Juarez
Allen,  Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Uldis Cekulis, Peter
Jaeger, Adriek van Niewenhuijzen
Review Committee 2017: Maite Alberdi, Isabel
Arrate Fernandez, Jorge Caballero, Joost Daamen,
Laura van Halsema, Laurien ten Houten, Martijn te
Pas, Yorinde Segal, David Teigeler, Mélanie de Vocht,
Raul Niño Zambrano

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Volunteers
Adeola Eribake, Admir Krupic, Adrian Vilas, Aldo Kempen, Alejandra Saldaña, Alejandra Ospina Mora,
Aleksandra Gracjasz, Alessia Acone, Alexander Siteur, Alexandra Mantovanelli-Krantz, Alice Pap, Alisa Oostdijk,
Alise Gulane, Alite Thijsen, Almicheal Fraay, Alwin Helmink, Amanda Gowland, Amanda Perino, Amy Janna,
Anchorette Koolman, Andre Van Der Putten, Andrea Spoon, Andrea Vicente Lopes, Angeline Lim, Anisha
Kluivert, Anita Mizrahi, Anita Nanasi, Anita van Luit, Anita Verhoeven, Anje Wiering, Anna Nawrocka, Anna
Boekelder, Anna Dekker, Anne van Oudheusden, Anne de Vries, Annebel Albers, Anneke de Leeuwe, Anneke
Grooten, Annelies van den Houten, Annelous Stiggelbout, Annemarie van Pagée, Anne-Marie van der Borgh,
Annemiek Lely, Annemieke Smit, Annike Kaljouw, Antoinette Krop, Anton Visser, Antonella Frisone, Arand
Hovakimian, Arend de Geus, Arie Droog, Ariska Rietveld, Arjen Monfrooij, Arlette Lafère, Arthur van Helvert,
Ayla Bongaertz, Ayman Sandok, Babet van der Sluijs, Babeth Vanloo, Babette van Van Gool, Bandi Zsiros,
Barbara Beek, Barbara De Wijn, Barbara van Velsen, Bart Mackenzie, Bart Hendrikx , Bart Van Maanen, Becky
Ratcliff, Ben Bunink, Benan Vaessen, Benjamin Schmidt , Benjamin Snippe, Bep Duys, Berber de Jong,
Bernadette Kroon, Berry Schneider, Bert Bouquet, Bert van der Hall, Bianca Caous, Blom Kraakman, Bonnette
Vorrink, Bram de Meij, Brian Tjoe-Nij, Brit de Jong, Bruno Pleiter, Carlo Valerio, Carolien Oosterhoff, Caroline
Helversteijn, Carrie Raukar, Ceres Bekers, Charlotte Borggreve, Charmaine Bogte, Chayenne Schneider, Chris
van Rooijen, Christabel Mash, Christina Berning, Christopher De Gast, Chun Lai, Claud Biemans, Claudia
Goehnert, Claudine van Heese, Coen Kerckhoffs, Conny van Manen, Cootje Louwerse, Corrine van Huet,
Corstiaan van Pelt, Cristina Buta, Cristina Sfiligoj, Cut Septiasari, Daan Faber, Daan Oadish, Daniela Navarrete,
Danielle Bons, Danielle van Berkel, Darya Nakhost, Dasha van Amsterdam, David Hielkema, David Barnouw,
David Vis Larzábal, Davinia Croes, Dette Glashouwer, Diana Stefanescu, Dick Muller, Dominic Botez,
Dominique Van Varsseveld, Donny Sandel, Durk Jellema, Edwin van Andel, Efthimia Dilpizoglou, Elies Miller,
Eline Juffermans, Elinor Gittins, Elisa Etrari, Ellen Romeijn, Ellen van Eijk, Ellie Steiner, Elly van Doorn, Els van
Oost, Elsa Ribeiro, Elsbeth van Saane, Emma Berrill, Erik Couturier, Esmee Rendering, Estella van den Heuvel,
Esther Frank, Esther Goedvolk, Esther Ruijter, Esther Verkaik, Eva Nolet, Eva Witteman, Evelien Frenkel, Evert
Engwerda, Facila Nanhekhan, Faye Leegwater, Felicia Tielenius Kruythoff, Feriel Benzouaoui, Fiep Nijhof, Floor
van den Biesen, Floor Zandbergen, Florine Appel, Folkert Coehoorn, Frans Rodenburg, Frederik Danjo, Frieda
Jacobowitz, Frieda Kreuer, Gabriel Bernink, Gabrielle Provaas, Gaia Cittati, Gerrie Buijze, Gertie Ligtermoed,
Gina van Vreden, Giorgio Aside, Greetje de Jong, Guusje Westhof, Hanna Volbeda, Hannah Fraza, Hans Buijze,
Hans Daniels, Haris Mujovic, Harmen van Liemt, Hayley Becht, Heba Dakkak, Heinke van Woudenberg, Helena
Sandee, Helène Van Der Knaap, Helge Prinsen, Henk Kortekaas, Henri Grotens, Herke Brugman, Hidalgo Pelaez,
Hortense Lauras, Huub Derksen, Ika Dirks, Ilaria Forciniti, Ilya Brodsky, Imre Hartevelt, Ineke in ‘t Veld, Inès
Asmami, Inge Rietjens, Inraini Salabarria, Iona Sharp Casas, Ireen van der Lande, Irena Kristofiakova, Iris Grob,
Irma Koning, Isa Steenbergen, Isabel Glas, Isabel van Berkum, Ivanna Slipets, Jacquelina Berkhout, Jacqueline
Houting, Jacqueline Koole, Jahaga Bosscha, Jaks Schuit, Jakub Wyszkowski, Jamal Wahid, James Cristina, Jamie
Betz, Jan Bergmans, Jan Oudendijk, Jan Planthof, Jan van Galen, Janette Faber, Janna Besamusca, Janna Bijzen,
Janneke van den Bosch, Janneke van der Linden, Jasmijn Alkaf, Jasmijn Schrofer, Jasna Bastic, Jasper Jacobs,
Jelle Bosma, Jenneke Arens, Jeroen Zonneveld, Jerom Galema, Jesse Bartlema, Jesse Buurman, Jesse Jägers,
Jessica Ritsema, Jet Homoet, Jihyun Youn, Jip Köster, Jitske Kuiper, Jocelyne Smit, Joël Buitendijk, Joep Jelles,
Johan Muller, Johan Zoutberg, Johan Zwaan, Joram Pach, Jory Tousijn, José van Herpt, Josephine Geurts,
Josephine Timmers, Josje Krips, Jotte den Dulk, Joyce Voogt, Julia De Breed, Julia Strijland, Julia Verburg,
Juliana Bez Kroeger, Julie Couture, Julietta Tiemeijer, Julius van Ooijen, Jur Kous, Jurgen Albers, Justina
Nekrasaite, Kalina Breczewska, Karel Baracs, Karen Knottenbelt, Karim Ouri, Karin Meerkerk, Karin Spiegel,
Karlijn Vierveijzer, Kas van der Linden, Katharina Schröder, Katinka Baehr, Katrine Balancourt, Kattie Schoot,
Kees Fopma, Kees Kleywegt, Kika Schipper, Kiki Li, Kim van Leeuwen, Kim Wielens, Kirsten Sleven, Klaartje
Asselbergs, Klaartje Til, Koda Jenna, Kris Prochaska, Krista Janssen, Kristina Petrasova, Kyra Perez Riquelme,
Lana Vink, Laura Cabrera Revilla, Laura De Lange, Laura Huygen, Laura van der Toorn, Lauren Comiteau, Laurie
Zantinge, Lea Kloosterman, Lenie van der Pols, Lennart Kleinschmidt, Leo van der Valk, Lexi Steman, Liesbeth
Jimmink, Liesbeth van Loon, Linda Mathijssen, Linda Ravingerova, Lisa Bloemers, Lisa Klein, Lisa Peters, Lisanne
Bogaard, Liselot Jacobs, Lizette Vosman, Lorenzo Schmidt, Lorna Mcphater, Lotte Toet, Lotte van der Molen,
Louis Graft, Louis Zwaan, Luc Leijtens, Lucia van den Bergh, Luciano Baarn, Luuk Van Wees, Lydia Unsworth,
Lysbeth Witteveen, Machiel van den Heuvel, Magda Naskret, Manja Jordans, Manjit Kaur, Marc Stakenburg,
Marcel Thoen, Marcelo Moreira, Margan Broodbakker, Margareth Feuth, Margo Planthof, Margreet Duinker,
Margreet van der Lijn, Maria de Boer, Maria Parvulescu, Maria Vera Alvarez, Marian Rozendaal, Marianne
Kastein, Mariano Slutzky, Mariateresa Buttarelli, Marieke Baljé, Marieke Hulsbos, Marielle Berkelmans, Marielle
Swildens, Mariette Groenland, Mariëtte Friedheim, Marina Kopier, Marios Spindler, Marius Hrdy, Marius
Stankiewicz, Marjolein Pel, Marjolein Sprenger, Marjolijn Heijnen, Marjon Boost, Mark Smith, Marlies Peeters,
Marlijn Sonne-Gooren, Marlon Dekker, Marry Straathof, Marthe Zeldenrust, Martien Weber, Martijn van
Beelen, Mary de Bruijn, Massimo Benvegnu, Mathieu van der Sluis, Matthijs Post, Maurits Brans, Max Plijter,
Meike Korpershoek, Melanie Hensen, Melanie Mamahit, Melissa Canton, Melodi Tamarzians, Merel Brasser,
Merel Oenema, Merith Lebbink, Michael Muller, Michael Resoort, Michèle Thijssen, Michiel Vaanhold, Mieke
Crooijmans, Mieke Gorter, Mieke van der Lijn, Mieke van Groenestijn, Miguel Cuesta, Mikael van Beusekom,
Milena Latuputty, Mirco Leardini , Miriam van Oort, Miriam Vries, Mirjam Groen, Mirla Meerschwam, Misha
Melita, Mmj Hafkemeijer, Monica Slavin, Moniek Mewafi, Monique Doppert, Monique Harthoorn, Moyrah
Müller, Myrto Muller, Myrugia Joseph, Nadav Vissel, Nataliya Golofastova, Natasa Mojsilovic, Nataša Van De
Laar, Nelleke Suister, Nevena Bajalica, Nick Schoemaker, Nicola Durante, Nik Hof, Nika van Ees, Nina Frantzen,
Nina van Oort, Nina Kühne, Noa Johannes, Noelia Nicolás, Nollie Gool-Slot, Noura Dakkak, Odette Maassen,
Olina Sakka, Otto de Vries, Paaso Nina, Pamela Mercera, Pat Shak, Pat Ulrici, Patricia Gravemaker, Patricie
Bendová, Patrick Janssens, Paul Koster, Paul van Dijken, Paul Van Zon, Paula Hinestrosa, Paula Minkkinen,
Pauline Bon, Pauline Friedheim, Perla Thissen, Piet Kooij, Pieter Marcus, Pieter Van Der Laan, Pieternel van
Exter, Polina Medvedeva, Polly Grace Vonsée, Puck Mennen, Rafael Stefania, Ralph Edelstein, Ralph Schrils,
Reidar Plokker, Reinier Schat, Remco van Van Dam, René Rood, Renée Korver-Michan, Renske Luca, Renske
Schalekamp, Ria Gaanderse, Richard Smolenaers, Rick van der Plas, Rieke Evegroen, Rita Friedli, Ritsert Bosch,
Robb David, Robert Chapman, Robin Aelmans, Robin Buur, Robin Hugers, Rodrigo Cortes Rios, Rogier Jacobs,
Roland Simons, Rolf Hoekstra, Ronald Zuidinga, Ronny Temme, Roos Jansen, Rosa Koenen, Rosa Staarink,
Rosanne Veger, Roxanne Kok, Rupert Wild, Ruth Van Der Grift, Sabrina Martinez, Samantha Robinson, Sammy
de Wit, Sander Kouwenberg, Sanne Jongsma, Sanne Jonkers, Sanne Oud, Sanne van Rijswijk, Sarah Foughali,
Sarah Soeterbroek, Sarah Vasen, Saskia Boerma, Saskia Kroonenberg, Satyam Kathpalia, Senna van Collem,
Shamiro van der Geld, Shannon Lawlor, Sharon Smillie, Sjaak Besseling, Soek Yi Tong, Sofia Alforova, Solange
Cleutjens, Steffi van Breugel, Stéphan Heins, Stephanie Klier, Stephanie Welvaart, Sterre de Haan, Steyn
Reuther, Storm Wielders, Susan Nicolas, Susannah Herman, Susanne Donders, Suzy Raber, Svetlana Den Heijer,
Tabitha Speelman, Tamar van Caspel, Tanja de Vette, Tanja Matic, Tatiana Scheltema, Terra Broertjes, Tesfay
Mehsun, Tessa van den Bongaardt, Thalía van Wel, Theo Maandag, Thessa van Domburg, Thijs Jaspers, Thijs
Tromp, Tijmen Noord, Tijmen de Nooy, Tijmen van Beem, Tim de Vries, Tineke Teerink, Tinelou van der Elsken,
Toke Jansen, Tom Noordermeer, Tomas Ponsteen, Tonny Lee Van Der, Toon Hermans, Toon Teeuwen, Toos
Raeijmaekers, Toos Vos, Trista Mrema, Trofimenko Anna, Tunay Gürbüz, Tyche van Bers, Ulrica de la Mar,
Urbonaviciute Laura, Varvara Nazarova, Vera Poelmann Wolfs, Veronique van Schaick, Victoria Chernukha,
Victoria Draciuk, Victoria Van Der Meulen, Viktorija Zilinskaite, Vincenzo van Gennip, Wander Jorritsma,
Weiwen Zhong, Wesley Bendt, Wies van Rossum, Willem Amels, Willemien Jacops, Wilma van Geemert, Wim
De Jong, Winona Boomkens, Winston Catarroja, Wouter Knol, Wouter van der Vegt, Xander Alferink, Yongjun
Zhao, Yula Altchouler, Yvonne Liew-On, Yvonne Scherf, Zane Gruntmane, Zlata Mehovic, Zoé Regnard, Zoey
Kuiper, Zreik Yasmine, Zsuzsa Nagy-Sándor.

Thank You!
Absaline Hehakaya, Amsterdam, Amy Dotson, Silverspring, Anaïs Clanet, Paris, Andrea Posthuma,
Amsterdam, Andrea Prenghyová, Prague, Anna Pedroli, Amsterdam, Anne Marie Kürstein, Copenhagen,
Anne Vierhout, Amsterdam, Atze de Vrieze, Amsterdam, Axel Arnö, Stockholm, Aynouk Tan, Amsterdam,
Bahram Sadeghi, Amsterdam, Barbara Truyen, Amsterdam, Bart van den Broek, Amsterdam, Bass Beek,
Amsterdam, Bojan Bajic, Vlieland, Bregje Wigersma, Utrecht, Britte Sloothaak, Amsterdam, Carl Honoré,
London, Carlo van Putten, Odijk, Carmen Cobos, Amsterdam, Casper Thomas, Amsterdam, Catherine Olsen,
Toronto, Catherine van Campen, Amsterdam, Cecilia Lidin, Copenhagen, Cecilie Bolvinkel, Copenhagen;,
Charlie Phillips, London, Chris Keulemans, Amsterdam, Chris Kijne, Amsterdam, Christian Pazzaglia,
Amsterdam, Christina Jul Gregersen, Copenhagen, Christine Camdessus, Paris, Christine Otten, Amsterdam,
Claire Aguilar, Sheffield, Claire Diao, Paris, Clément Le Penven, Paris, Cynthia Kane, New York, Daan Heerma
van Voss, Amsterdam, Daan Vermeulen, Amsterdam, Dan Nuxoll, New York, Daniel Salzwedel, Berlin, Daniel
Tsuff, Amsterdam, Daniela Elstner, Paris, David Kleijwegt, Amsterdam, Debra Zimmerman, New York, Derk
Sauer, Domburg, Diane Weyerman, Beverly Hills, Dominic Davis, New York, Don Edkins, Cape Town; , Douwe
Bob, Amsterdam, Edwin van Andel, Amsterdam, Elif Rongen, Amsterdam, Emmy Oost, Gent, Ernestine
Comvalius, Amsterdam, Ezra Edelman, New York, Fako Kluiving, Amsterdam, Felix Maginn, Amsterdam, Jan
Röfekamp, Montreal, Jan Roekens, Amsterdam, Fleurie Kloostra, Amsterdam, Florian Pfingsttag, Freiburg,
Frank Ortmanns, Amsterdam, Frans Timmermans, Nijmegen, Frederick Wiseman, Paris, G.J. Bogaerts,
Hilversum, Geert van Italie, Amsterdam, Gerald Zevenboom, Amsterdam, Giovanca Ostiana, Amsterdam,
Hans Kerkhof, Amsterdam, Harm Ede Botje, Amsterdam, Heino Deckert, Leipzig, Henk Klein-Wassink,
Groningen, Henri Sandront, Amsterdam, Hester Tiggeloven, Amsterdam, Iikka Vehkalahti, Helsinki, Ikenna
Azuike, Amsterdam, Ingrid van Tol, Amsterdam, Irene van der Linde, Amsterdam, Jan Doense, Amsterdam,
Jan Herman den Hertog, Amsterdam, Jan Pieter Ekker, Amsterdam, Jan Röfekamp, Lorraine, Jannie
Langbroek, Amsterdam, Janno Langjouw, Amsterdam, Jess Search, London, Jessica Edwards, London, Jim
Kolmar, Austin, Job de Wit, Amsterdam, Joep Wijffels, Amsterdam, Johan Grimonprez, Brussels, Johan van
Aalst, Amsterdam, Jón Björgvinsson, Nyon, Joost den Hartog, Unley, Juliette Jansen, Utrecht, Karolina Lidin,
Oslo, Katinka Baehr, Amsterdam, Katja Draaijer, Amsterdam, Kirsi Nevanti, Stockholm, Klara Grunning,
Stockholm, Kristin Johnson, New York, Liddie Austin, Amsterdam, Lisa Linde Nieveld, Amsterdam, Lize
Korpershoek, Amsterdam, Louise Rosen, Brunswick, Maarten Schmidt, Amsterdam, Maëlle Guenegues, Paris,
Margaux Missika, Paris, Maria-Paola Lussana, Brussels, Mario Steenbergen, Amsterdam, Marja Pallasalo,
Helsinki, Mark Bremerkamp, Amsterdam, Mark Edwards, Paris, Marlies Pinksterboer, Amsterdam, Martichka
Bozhilova, Sofia, Martin Rogge, Amsterdam, Max van Weezel, Amsterdam, Menno Boerema, Amsterdam,
Meral Polat, Amsterdam, Michel Schöpping, Amsterdam, Mikael Opstrup, Copenhagen, Milton Tabbot, New
York, Mira Mendel, Amsterdam, Moniek Busman, Amsterdam, Murielle Daenen, Feluy, Nadia Moussaid,
Amsterdam, Natalie Beckers, Amsterdam, Nathalie Scholten, Amsterdam, Nathalie Windhorst, Hilversum,
Nels Bangerter, New York, Nicolaas Kroone, Amsterdam, Nicolaas Veul, Amsterdam, Nicolas Rapold, New
York, Niels Pagh Andersen, Copenhagen, Nienke van der Fange, Amsterdam, Niki Padidar, Amsterdam, Nuno
Jorge, Nottingham, Oscar van der Kroon, Hilversum, Ove Rishøj Jensen, Copenhagen, Özgür Canel, Den
Haag, Paul Pauwels, Copenhagen, Peter Jäger, Vienna, Peter Lataster, Amsterdam, Petra Lataster-Czisch,
Amsterdam, Philippa Kowarsky, Tel Aviv, Pieter van Huystee, Amsterdam, Rada Sesic, Utrecht, Rahul Jain,
Valencia, Renzo Martens, Amsterdam, Rieks Hadders, Amsterdam, Roberto Payer; Amsterdam, Rokhsareh
Ghaem Maqhami, Tehran, Ronald Vendelmans, Amsterdam, Rudy Buttignol, Burnaby, BC, Ryan Harrington,
New York, Salma Abdalla, Vienna, Sander Heijne, Amsterdam, Sandi DuBowski, New York, Sandro Fiorin,
Los Angeles, Sara Rüster, Stockholm, Sarah Vanagt, Brussels, Sènami Awunou, Amsterdam, Shilan, Järfälla,
Sigrid Dyekjaer, Copenhagen, Sophie Dros, Amsterdam, Stefan Kloos, Berlin, Sue Turley, Sausalito, Suzanne
van Voorst, Amsterdam, Takahiro Otsuki, Tokyo, Tambay Obenson, New York, Tessa Boerman, Amsterdam,
Thomas Doebele, Amsterdam, Thomas Heerma van Voss, Amsterdam, Torstein Grude, Stavanger, Tue
Steen Müller, Copenhagen, Twan Huys, Amsterdam, Vanya Kaludjercic, Amsterdam, Victoria Belopolskaya,
Moscow, Virág Szentkirályi, Amsterdam, Wendy Bernfeld, Amsterdam, Wessel van der Hammen, Hilversum,
Wilfred de Bruijn, Paris, Wouter Hamel, Amsterdam, Xandra Schutte, Amsterdam, Yael Bitton, Pantin,
Yanting Yuen, Amsterdam

Organizations
3PO, Rotterdam, Allrent ICT Solutions, Almere, Alvero, Oosterhout, Art Support, Amsterdam, Beamsystems,
Amsterdam, Boels, Amsterdam, Burgerbar, Amsterdam, Café de Paris, Amsterdam, Captain Video,
Amsterdam, CineSonic, Amsterdam, The Citizens, Nootdrop, Cramgo B.V., Utrecht, Cultuur + Ondernemen,
Amsterdam, Cultuurfabriek, Amsterdam, Dany Lademacher’s Wild Romance, Amsterdam, DPN, Amsterdam,
EDN- European Documentary Network, Copenhagen, Eetcafé de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Ellis Gourmet
Burger, Amsterdam, Event Engineers, Enschede, Festivalroosters.nl, Delft, Festivaltickets, Rotterdam,
The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö, Flowerpower, Amsterdam, Food Jazz & DJ’s, Utrecht,
Gerda’s bloemen, Amsterdam, Haghefilm Digitaal, Amsterdam, Hapéco, Weesp, IndyVideo, Utrecht, Ibis
Amsterdam Centre Stopera, Amsterdam, IFP-Independent Film Project, New York, KPN Event, Utrecht,
Lichtwerk, Amsterdam, MacBike, Amsterdam, Mausolos, Amsterdam, MeneM Systemen, Amsterdam,
Mediafonds, Amsterdam, Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Centre Canal District, Amsterdam, NBF, Amsterdam,
NCE, Amsterdam, NH Hotel Group, Hoofddorp, Rex International, Weesp, Ristorante Isola Bella, Amsterdam,
Scooterrent, Amsterdam, The Screening Factory, Cannes, Sieraad, Amsterdam, Salsa Shop, Amsterdam,
Toltech Solutions B.V., Amsterdam, Unbranded, Hilversum, UNIGLOBE Smart Business Travel, Amsterdam,
VBVB Cultuurautomatisering, Amsterdam, Vrachttaxi, Amsterdam, Wagamama, Amsterdam,

Special thanks to
All co-operators of Bijlmer Parktheater, Booking.com, Café De Jaren, Compagnietheater, De Balie, De
Kleine Komedie, DeLaMar Theater, EYE Film Institute, Groninger Forum, Hampshire Hotel Prinsengracht,
Het Ketelhuis, Koninklijk Theater Carré, Le Club Accor Hotels, Lux Nijmegen, Melkweg, Nederlandse
Film & Televisie Academie; NH Hotel Group, Pathé de Munt, Pathé Tuschinski, Podium Mozaïek, Podium
Vlieland, Sociëteit Arti and Amicitiae, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Sluizer
Restaurants, Tolhuistuin, Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond, Vogue, Amsterdam, Volkshotel, Zuiderkerk.

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Partners of IDFA

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Catalogue Credits
Coordinator
Sasja Koetsier
Senior Editor
Andrew Maggiore
Editors
Saskia Gravelijn
Mark Mallon

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Film Description Writers
Leo Bankersen
Florence van Berckel
Veerle Corstens
Frans van Delft
Edo Dijksterhuis
Olga van Ditzhuijzen
Kees Driessen
Hugo Emmerzael

Mariska Graveland
Mirjam Groen
Pauline Kleijer
Wendy Koops
Resi Lankester
Fabian Melchers
Maricke Nieuwdorp
Marijke Ottema
Lot Piscaer

Sietse Meijer
Ronald Rovers
Nicole Santé
Jelle Schot
Annelotte Verhaagen
Kelli van der Waals
André Waardenburg
Kim van der Werff
Karin Wolfs

Contributors
Jason Brush
Edo Dijksterhuis
Jonathan Harris
Nicolas Rapold
Translators
Mark Baker
Michael Blass

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Amsterdam, Rotaform, Van Tunen + Partners, Vrij Nederland

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- Design Hotel Amsterdam Center, The Screening Factory, Tolhuistuin,
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Photo Coordinator
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Photographers
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Nichon Glerum
Bram Belloni

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
Zaradasht Ahmed is a Norwegian-Kurdish
filmmaker with a background as an artist and
journalist. As a documentary filmmaker, he has
extensive experience in the Middle East, North
Africa and Asia. His films include Persecuted
(2008), The Road to Diyarbekir (2010) and Fata
Morgana (2013). His latest film, the multiple
award-winning documentary Nowhere to Hide
(2016), has been screened at over 70 festivals, received more then
20 nominations and won 15 international awards, including the IDFA
Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, the Audience Award at
Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Amanda Award for
Best Norwegian Documentary.
Galia Bador has been the Director of Docaviv,
the Tel Aviv Docaviv International Film Festival,
since 2009. Previously she served as the CEO of
the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum. She
has produced award-winning documentaries,
including Jerusalem Is Proud to Present, directed
by Nitzan Giladi and winner of the Human
Rights Award at IDFA 2007. She has lectured
on film production and served as a tutor and juror at international
documentary forums and festivals.
Ernesto Pardo is a Uruguayan-born and a
Mexican-based cinematographer. He graduated
from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
in Mexico as director with the documentary
Barrio, awarded at the Morelia International
Film Festival in 2006. He has collaborated on
other projects, including The Tiniest Place (2011),
El aula vacía (2015), The Naked Room (2013),
Guerrero (2017) and Tempest (2016). His cinematography for the latter
documentary was recognized with the 2016 Dok-Fest Munich Arri
Amira Award, the 2016 Camerimage Golden Frog, a Spotlight Award
nomination for ASC in 2017 and an Ariel from the Mexican Academy
in 2017. Since 2009, he has been teaching workshops focusing on
cinematic language and documentary photography at CCBorder,
ESCINE, in the program Ambulante Beyond and in the Centro de
Capacitación Cinematográfica.

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Diana Sanchez is an international programmer
for the Toronto International Film Festival,
responsible for introducing audiences to the
best in Latin American, Caribbean, Spanish
and Portuguese cinema. She is also part of the
founding team and the Artistic Director of IFF
Panama, a new festival in Panama dedicated to
launching films from Central America and the
Caribbean in an international landscape. Sanchez currently programs
a selection of Latin American films, Houston Latin Wave, with the
PROA Foundation in Argentina and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
She has been involved in a variety of festivals and cinematic presentations, including directing and co-creating the Miami International
Film Festival’s Encuentros Program, a works-in-progress competition.
Sanchez holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of
Toronto and is a frequent guest speaker at Canadian and international universities.
Frank Scheffer is internationally recognized for
his films exploring the relationship between
music and moving images. His career began with
a documentary on Francis Ford Coppola, Zoetrope
People (1982), followed by a portrait of the Dalai
Lama that he co-directed with performance artist
Marina Abramovic. She introduced him to the
legendary American composer John Cage, who
became an important inspiration for him. By this time he had also
met American composer Elliott Carter. These experiences resulted in
his first documentary on contemporary music, Time is Music (1987).
Since then he has directed more than 40 music documentaries and
experimental films that won numerous awards. Retrospectives of his
work have been shown at the Holland Festival, MoMa, Wien Modern,
IN-EDIT (Barcelona, São Paolo) and other places in the world. His
latest film The Crow Is Beautiful has been selected for IDFA’s program
section Masters.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA Competition for First Appearance
Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær has produced over 20
documentary films over the past 16 years. In
2015, she received the Ib Award, given by the
Danish Directors Association to honor the best
producer in the Danish film industry. In 2007,
she founded the production company Danish
Documentary together with directors Phie
Ambo, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Mikala Krogh and
Eva Mulvad. Dyekjær is the producer of Hanna Polak’s Something
Better To Come (2014), which won over 30 awards around the world.
Other important works include The Monastery – Mr. Vig & The Nun
(Pernille Rose Grønkjær, 2006), Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case (Andreas
Johnsen, 2013) and The Newsroom – Off the Record (Mikala Krogh,
2014). Dyekjær also teaches at the National Danish Film School, is
head of studies at dok.incubator, and holds master classes all over
the world on development, producing and marketing/distribution
of documentary films.
Ilona Hongisto is an internationally recognized
author on documentary aesthetics and ethics.
She teaches film and media at Macquarie
University in Sydney, Australia, and channels her
research on contemporary documentary cinema
through appointments at the University of
Melbourne and the University of Turku, Finland.
Working closely with filmmakers and industry
professionals, Hongisto explores the ethico-aesthetic conditions and
potentials of documentary cinema. She is particularly interested in
the documentary frame as a cinematic modality of engaging with
the real. Her writings include extensive reflections on the work of
the frame in relation to fabulation, imagination and performance
in the documentary. Her book, Soul of the Documentary: Framing,
Expression, Ethics (2015), has been praised for its original approach
and for inventing a new vocabulary for the study of documentary
cinema. She is currently working on a book on post-Soviet Eastern
European documentary.

Documentary. First Flight, a viral story about two elderly women who
take a plane for the very first time, inspired and made many people
laugh all over the world. This branded content film for Vodafone
Firsts was viewed over three million times and received a Silver Lion
at Cannes in 2014. More recently, Van Koevorden has been working
as a cinematographer. Together with Lubbe Bakker, he is currently
developing a fiction feature.
José F. Rodriguez is the Director of Documentary
Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, where
he oversees the growth and funding for all
of the documentary programs and leads
documentary workshops throughout Latin
America as well as in the United States. A native
of Puerto Rico, he grew up with a passion for
movies that led him to New York City, where
he became a script and book reader for a production company and
worked on commercials, short films and features. He recently wrote
and directed the fiction short DEAD-END (2016), and is currently on
the festival circuit with his documentary short Adolescencia (2017).
Séverine Roinssard started Parati Films with the
goal of creating a cinematic exchange program,
most notably between France, Europe and the
countries of Latin America. Apart from producing
films, Parati Films organizes events and provides
translation and subtitling services, which has led to
collaborations with countless professionals from
the world of cinema and international festivals.
Since 2012, Parati Films has been the official partner of the Institut
français in the selection of projects and the coordination of the La
Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde program at the Cannes Film Festival.
Roinssard is a coach and consultant for projects in development
(fiction and documentary), and also teaches production management
at IESA Arts & Culture School in Paris.

Filmmaker Niels van Koevorden graduated
from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2010
with Lukomir Six Months Off, winning the VPRO
Documentary Award. In 2013, together with
Sabine Lubbe Bakker, he made his feature-length
documentary debut with Ne Me Quitte Pas. The
film was dubbed “best buddy movie in years”
by Indiewire, became a hit on the international
festival circuit and was awarded a Golden Calf for Best Dutch

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Jury Members

IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
Film editor, story consultant and director
Yael Bitton has been making films for over
20 years and is an editor both for cinema
and TV. She has lived in France, the United
States and Switzerland. She currently lives
in Paris and works as an editing tutor at
the HEAD in Geneva, as well as an editing
and story consultant for Dok Incubator
and Rough Cut Services. Her latest credits
include Las fantasmas del Caribe (Felipe
Monroy, 2017), Machines (Rahul Jain, 2016) and Forget History (Anat
Even, 2016). From 1995 to 1999, she worked as a script supervisor
on various feature films in the U.S., including Lisbon Story (Wim
Wenders, 1994), Girlfight (Karin Kusama, 2000) and Hamlet (Michael
Almereyda, 2000). She has directed two feature-length documentaries: Not for Sale (2003) and The Rabbi’s 12 Children (2007), as well
as various shorter formats for TV.
Reber Dosky is a Kurdish-Dutch filmmaker.
After moving to the Netherlands in 1998,
Reber Dosky discovered the power of film to
tell people’s stories during his social studies
in The Hague. He studied film direction at the
Netherlands Film Academy, completing his
studies with The Call (2013), about the impact
of war and displacement on a father-son
relationship. The Call won several awards
at international film festivals. The short
documentary The Sniper of Kobani (2015) was Dosky’s international
breakthrough and won many awards. Radio Kobani (IDFA Award for
Dutch Documentary in 2016) is his first long documentary, in which
he follows the reconstruction process in the war-torn Kurdish city of
Kobni, Syria through the eyes of a local radio host named Dilovan.

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Lars Skree received a degree in cinematography from the National Film School
of Denmark in 1997. He has filmed a
number of feature and documentary films,
receiving awards for his cinematography,
which include the 2011 Best World Cinema
Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film
Festival for Putin’s Kiss (directed by Lise Birk
Persen) and the Golden Frog award in 2015
for The Look of Silence (directed by Joshua
Oppenheimer) at Camerimage. Skree, who put his life on the line
while filming Janus Metz’s war drama Armadillo in Afghanistan,
received the Roos Award in 2010.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
After several years of twisting letters
as well as ideas by studying philosophy,
literature and death metal, Hugues
Sweeney became interested in stories
as much as the opportunities that
technology offers to tell them. First in
new media at Radio Canada, then head
of Bande à Part and Espace Musique,
he joined the National Film Board of
Canada in 2009 as executive producer
dedicated to interactive works. Continuing experimentation both in
the grammar of interaction, in sound creation or in generative art,
projects from the interactive studio of the NFB have received more
than 150 awards around the world, including Webby, SXSW, Japan
Media Arts and the Gémeaux.
Annelies Termeer is a concept developer
and digital project lead at the Dutch
public broadcaster VPRO. As such,
she is also closely involved with the
VPRO Medialab—VPRO’s experimental
outpost in the city of Eindhoven. Her
recent projects include the Monikercollaboration Clickclickclick.click, the
live-streaming experiment Super Stream
Me, the interactive YouTube film Love
& Engineering and the daily curation app VPRO Koos. At her own
company Pourplus, she created digital strategies for Filmhuis Den
Haag, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Termeer is co-founder of the biking start-up
Fietsy, ran online projects at EYE Film Institute and co-directed the
Amsterdam Museum Night. She holds an MA in Film Studies from the
University of Amsterdam.

Dan Tucker is an award-winning digital
director and VR producer with over
20 years of experience working with
broadcasters, digital agencies, startups
and international artists. Passionate
about interaction and story, Tucker is
experienced in production for TV, VR,
games, web, mobile, apps, campaigns
and digital strategy and has led large
productions and facilitated powerful
partnerships. His experience spans the production of TV projects
like Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World to digital
projects like the interactive episode of BBC Three’s Our World War
and the VR documentary Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel. As the current
curator of Alternate Realities for Sheffield International Documentary
Festival, Dan has programmed and showcased award-winning VR
and Interactive works for the Guardian, Greenpeace, the BBC and the
National Film Board of Canada. Tucker was also the co-commissioner
of Future Aleppo, which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2017.

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Jury Members

IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
Shirin Anlen is an interactive creator
working at the intersection of
technology, exploratory arts and social
fabrics. She experiments with how
new technology can augment human
perception and enrich future narratives.
Her work has exhibited internationally
at venues including IDFA DocLab, Next
Festival de Cannes, SIGGRAPH, HeKHouse of Electronic Basel, the Museum of
Moscow and the Israeli Center of Digital Art. In 2015, Anlen founded
and directed the first interactive and VR storytelling festival in Israel,
Steamer Salon. Recently, she co-founded Raycaster, an experience
design studio, under the Museum Technology track supported by
the Knight Foundation at the NEW INC program. She holds an MFA
in Cinema and Television from the Steve Tisch School at Tel Aviv
University, where she debuted her first full-length web VR interactive
documentary, Tzina: Symphony of Longing. Currently, Anlen is a fellow
at the MIT Open Documentary Lab.
Toby Coffey is Head of Digital
Development for the National Theatre in
London. Toby leads the NT’s Immersive
Storytelling initiatives, exploring
new forms of immersive theater and
storytelling with emerging technologies including virtual, augmented
and mixed realities, 360-degree films,
motion capture, broadcast and installations. More widely, his team focuses
on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around
the National Theatre and its repertoire of productions. Additional
areas include telepresence, digital publishing, UX, app development,
device-based engagement, digital art direction and documentary
production. Coffey has over 18 years of expertise in the digital arena
from creative, technical, production and social perspectives.

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Klasien van de Zandschulp is the
co-founder of the design and technology
innovation lab Lava Lab. She designs
story-based interactions, often blending
online and offline social interactions and
encounters. Van de Zandschulp is the
creator of the augmented and locationbased festival Zo Niet, Dan Toch, the
augmented audio app HearUsHere, the
social disco game DuoDisco and the
Interactive Storytelling Meetup in Amsterdam. Her latest projects
are MAYA: an augmented reality SciFi opera in Munich, BolFlinck
messenger: a chatbot to learn about the personal stories from hidden
characters in the Amsterdam Museum, and the participatory chatbot
performance iPerform.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
Khalil Benkirane graduated in film studies
at the San Francisco State University in 1995.
He was appointed artistic director and then
executive director of the Arab Film Festival,
Cinemayaat, in San Francisco from 1998 to
2002. Soon after he moved to Morocco, where
he directed and produced his first feature
documentary, The White Thread. Benkirane is
a founding member of the Cinémathèque de
Tanger and a board member of the Young Arab Theater Fund. In 2008,
he relocated to Qatar where he produced documentary and narrative
films for the Al Jazeera Children Channel. In early 2011, he joined the
Doha Film Institute, where he heads the grants program.
Nicoline van Harskamp is an artist working
in video, live performance and installation.
Her recent works, notably PDGN (2016) and
Englishes (2014-16), examine the use and
properties of a future global language. She is
currently producing a live performance and
video work on cultures of naming and their
relation to language, entitled Some Name
Some Noun Simply. Her previous projects
include Yours in Solidarity, which addressed the very recent history
of anarchism through a correspondence archive, and was presented
in different stages of completion in Mexico City, Frankfurt, London,
Shanghai, Zagreb, Bombay and Montreal. Her live pieces, which
include Expressive Power Series (2011) and A Romance in Five Acts and
Twenty-one Englishes (2015), were staged at Tate Modern in London,
KunstWerke in Berlin, Witte de With in Rotterdam and the New
Museum in New York. Van Harskamp is a Professor of Performative
Art at the University of Fine Arts in Munster, Germany.

Film curator, programmer and festival
consultant Young woo Kim studied mass
communications and visual arts and TV at
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Upon returning to Korea, he started working
and consulting for several film festivals
in Korea as a programmer, such as the
Chungmuro International Film Festival, the
Green Film Festival in Seoul and the Seoul
Architect Film Festival. In 2014, he joined the selection committee
of the Busan International Film Festival as a programmer in charge
of Asian cinema. He has also served as a member of the selection
committee of the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF). Working closely with
Korean independent cinema groups, he has been a member of the
Association of Korean Independent Film and Video, as well as a board
member of the Seoul Independent Film Festival.

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
Rémi Bonhomme has been Program
Manager of the Semaine de la Critique
since 2009. This sidebar section of
the Cannes Film Festival focuses on
discovering new talent by showcasing
first and second features as well as short
films. In 2014, Bonhomme created Next
Step, a training program dedicated to
supporting makers of short films selected
at La Semaine de la Critique as they
branch out into features. Prior to managing La Semaine de la Critique,
he was cultural officer at the French Institute of Beirut and associate
producer on the Lebanese feature Every Day is a Holiday (2009) by
Dima El Horr. Today, Bonhomme is still collaborating on projects in
Lebanon, where he is currently a board member of Metropolis Art
Cinema in Beirut and a partner at the company MC Distribution,
which aims at supporting Lebanese and international art house films
in the Middle East.
Sophie Dros creates films about rather
politically incorrect subjects and
lifestyles she feels intrigued by. If film
and TV are moving in a direction where
people are made to look like fools, with
the sole purpose of making us feel better
about our own imperfections, Dros uses
her films to show that people generally
aren’t that different from one another.
She believes that documentary is more
than finding interesting characters or subjects: form and content
must meet in order to keep the film challenging for her and her
audience. Her film My Silicone Love premiered at IDFA, won several
awards and even made it to the student Oscars short list. Her film
Genderbende was an award-winning success in the Netherlands and
will premiere at Dok Leipzig this year.

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Vincent Moloi is an award-winning
South African independent filmmaker
who has directed and produced work
across different genres for both local and
international broadcasters. He is a joint
recipient of this year’s MIPTV African
Trailblazer of the Year Documentary
Award, together with French-Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno.
His documentary work is focused on
historical issues and politics. He is a self-taught filmmaker with
a media studies certificate. Moloi started his documentary work
with Open Window Network, a community media TV initiative in
townships around South Africa. He produced his first documentary
in 2003, based on children’s diaries about the building of a dam in
Lesotho. Since then he has produced a number of documentaries in
different countries in Africa. He recently directed and produced a
drama series that reached 5.7 million viewers, the highest ratings for
a drama in South African history.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Tamás Almási is a well-known Hungarian
documentary film director who makes
fiction films as well. He is a professor
at the University of Theater and Film
Arts of Budapest (SZFE) and head of the
Hungarian Documentary MA program.
He is the founder and course director of
the international documentary master
program DocNomads. His documentaries
and fiction films have been screened
and awarded at a number of important festivals. He has won the
grand prize of the Hungarian Film Week six times and the Hungarian
Film Critics Award five times. His films have been shown on TV
and on the big screen in various parts of the world. In 2010, he was
awarded the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious award Hungary
gives to outstanding artists. His latest film tititá won the Sarajevo
Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize in 2015, and his previous film Puskás
Hungary won the grand prize at the Valladolid International Film
Festival in 2009.

Dana Lixenberg studied photography at
the London College of Printing and at the
Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Her projects often focus on individuals
and communities on the margins of
society. These include Jeffersonville,
Indiana (2005), a collection of landscapes
and portraits of the small town’s
homeless population, and The Last Days
of Shishmaref (2008), which documents
an Inupiaq community on an eroding island off the coast of Alaska.
Her most recent body of work is Imperial Courts, 1993-2015, a complex
and evocative record of the passage of time in an underserved
community in Watts, Los Angeles, for which she received the
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Price in 2017. Her work has
been widely exhibited and can be found in prominent collections,
such as the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
and Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in Frankfurt. Lixenberg
is represented by GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York.

Gema Juárez Allen has been a film
producer since 2005. She has produced
over 20 feature-length films—all international co-productions—programmed
and awarded at film festivals around
the world. Among her most recent titles
are Soldado (Manuel Abramovich, 2017),
Oscuro animal (Felipe Guerrero, 2016),
Camino a La Paz (Francisco Varone, 2015),
327 Cuadernos (Andrés Di Tella, 2015),
Damiana/Kryygi (Alejandro Fernández Mouján, 2015) and Invasion
(Abner Benaim, 2014). She is currently producing dramaturgist Lola
Arias’s first feature documentary, Veteranos; la cama by Lola Arias and
Ruben Blades Is Not My Name by Abner Benaim. Juárez Allen studied
anthropology at the universities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro,
where she obtained her PhD. She has also studied cinema at the
National Film School (ENERC) in Argentina, and she received an MA in
Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She is also
part of the EAVE and EURODOC networks.

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jury Members

IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
Daan Bol is a documentary film director
and researcher who lives and works
in Amsterdam. After graduating with
his award-winning short Straight With
You in 2012, he directed multiple youth
documentary series for the Dutch
broadcaster VPRO (including Tough
Cookies, winner of the BANFF Rockie
Award 2014 and the Cinekid Kinderkast
Audience Award). His short documentary
Rocknrollers, about a teenage psychedelic rock band whose struggles
with depression, won the Award for Best Children’s Documentary at
IDFA 2016.
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and
two-time Sundance winner Rokhsareh
Ghaemmaghami studied filmmaking and
animation at Tehran University of Art.
Her research on animated documentary
resulted in the publication of Animated
Documentary, a New Way to Express,
which was awarded the best Persian
book on film of the year in 2010 by the
Iranian House of Cinema. She has made
six documentaries and won more than 50 international awards. Her
films have screened at more than 100 festivals around the world
and broadcasted on more than 15 TV channels. Her main focus in her
documentaries is the liberating power of art. She makes documentaries about artist outsiders in Iran, especially women who try to have
a voice through art.

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Romanian-born Christian Popp holds
a degree in history and arts, and has
been working as a journalist and film
director since 1991. Between 1998 and
2003, he was a commissioning editor
for ARTE in Strasbourg, and from 2003
to 2005 in the ARTE-department of the
RBB Channel in Berlin and Potsdam. From
2005 to 2014, he worked as a producer
in Paris and Berlin for the independent
French-German production company Interscience Film. In 2011, he
co-founded his own production company DOCDAYS Productions,
which he left in 2014. In 2012, he and Fabrice Estève established the
Paris-based YUZU Productions, which specializes in international
co-productions. Recent films include Becoming Cary Grant (Mark
Kidel, 2017) and Free to Run (Pierre Morath, 2016). YUZU Productions
was nominated for the Best French TV Producer Awards in the
documentary category in 2015.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

IDFA Competition
for Feature-Length
Documentary
competition programs
Fifteen documentaries are competing in the IDFA Competition for
Feature-Length Documentary. A five-member international jury
(see page 12) evaluates the films and selects the winners of the IDFA Award
for Best Feature-Length Documentary (€15,000) and the IDFA Special Jury
Award for Feature-Length Documentary (€2,500).
Several films are also part of other selections. The Long Season and
The Red Soul are selected for the IDFA Competition for Dutch
Documentary (see page 81), The Other Side of Everything is part of the
special focus program Camera in Focus (see page 221), and Amal is part of
the special focus program Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World
(see page 227).

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

China, 2017
DCP, color, 88 min
Director: Zhiqi Pan
Cinematography: Zhiqi Pan
Editing: Zhiqi Pan
Sound Design: Sheren Huang
Music: Jingjing XU , Zhuocheng WEI
Production: Zhiqi Pan for Zhiqi Pan’s

Documentary Studio, Mike shang
Executive Production: Ruby Chen for CNEX, Violet Du
Feng for Lost & Found Film Studio, Richard Liang
Screening Copy: Zhiqi Pan’s Documentary Studio
Involved TV Channels: NHK, KBS, PTS

24th Street

European Premiere

Zhiqi Pan

China doesn’t have a lot of room anymore for peddlers like Su. He set up a ramshackle
restaurant next to a construction site on 24th street in Hangzhou, but of course
he neglected to obtain a permit. Unsurprisingly, the authorities send him and the
other illegal dwellers away. Unfazed, Su and his girlfriend Qin find another place for
their restaurant, only to be sent away again. Su then decides to go back home to the
countryside, where his wife and children, along with Qin’s family, still live. After being
away for 30 years, the couple isn’t exactly welcomed back with open arms. Filmmaker
Zhiqi Pan usually observes Su and Qin’s adventures without comment, but does step
in on occasion, such as when the unscrupulous Su is trying to cheat people. With its
colorful main character, 24th Street offers an original twist to the story of modernizing
China—and those on the fringe who can’t keep up.

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Zhiqi Pan:
Private Detective (2009)
Lost Wall (2010)

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Iran, Switzerland, 2017
DCP, color, 81 min
Director: Kamran Heidari
Cinematography: Kamran Heidari
Editing: Kamran Heidari
Sound: Ali Farmani
Production: Afshin Salamian for Sunny Independent Pictures
Co-production: Endjavi Barbé Art Projects
Screening Copy: Sunny Independent Pictures

Ali Aqa

World Premiere

Kamran Heidari

Seventy-year-old Ali Aqa’s large, fleshy hands shake as he helps a newborn pigeon chick
hatch. His pigeons, which he keeps on the roof of his home, mean everything to him.
He calls his favorite white pigeon “sweetheart” and even takes her into his bedroom.
His wife is less than enthusiastic about this, and has good cause to be jealous. He may
be the embodiment of tenderness when dealing with his beloved pigeons, but this
cantankerous old man is a trial for the human beings around him, as we soon learn
from this dynamic portrait, shot up close to its protagonist. He orders his wife and
son around and is consumed by paranoia. When it goes too far, even the film’s director
Kamran Heidari abandons his strictly neutral position as an observer. The pigeons are
Ali’s way of escaping reality—in particular, an impending hospitalization—but this
proves ever more difficult. Ali Aqa’s small-scale, everyday story encompasses a great
human drama: how do we accept the inevitable?

Kamran Heidari:
Comfortably Numb (fiction, 2007)
At the End of Perfect Day (2008)
My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns (2012)
Dingomaro – Iran’s Black South (2014)

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, France
Norway, Denmark, Qatar, 2017
DCP, color, 83 min
Director: Mohamed Siam
Cinematography: Mohamed Siam
Screenplay: Mohamed Siam
Editing: Véronique Lagoarde - Ségot
Sound Design: Jocelyn Robert
Music: Matthieu Deniau
Production: Myriam Sassine for Abbout

Productions, Mohamed Siam for ArtKhana
Co-production: Andolfi, Barentsfilm, Good Company Pictures
Executive Production: Talal Al-Muhanna, Bruni Burres
World Sales: Doc & Film International
Distribution for the Netherlands: Cinema Delicatessen
Screening Copy: Doc & Film International

Amal

World Premiere

Mohamed Siam

Amal is 14 years old when she ends up on Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution,
after the death of her boyfriend in the Port Said Stadium riot. During the protests, she
is beaten by police and dragged across the square by her hair. This coming-of-age film
follows her over the years after the revolution. As the film cuts between the unfolding
current events and Amal’s rapidly changing life and appearance, we see her searching
for her own identity in a country in transition. Amal is fiery and fearless, sinking her
teeth into the protests and constantly lecturing her mother, who works as a judge. A
girl among men, she also has to fight for respect and the right to take part, both in the
street and in the rest of her life. In Egypt, even for a young woman like Amal—her name
means “hope”—the choices open to her for her future are limited.

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Mohamed Siam:
Whose Country (2015)

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Sweden, 2017
DCP, color, 83 min
Directors: Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal
Cinematography: Shinwar Kamal, Firas Bakrmani, Erik Vallsten
Screenplay: Hogir Hirori
Editing: Hogir Hirori
Sound Design: Jens Kihlen
Music: Mohammed Zaki
Production: Antonio Russo Merenda for Lolav

Media, Hogir Hirori for Lolav Media
Co-production: Ginestra Film, SK Production
World Sales: Dogwoof
Screening Copy: Swedish Film Institute
Involved TV Channels: SVT, DR

The Deminer

World Premiere

Hogir Hirori, Shinwar Kamal

In the chaotic aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, Fakhir, a father of eight, is
serving in the Iraqi army. All around him, he sees innocent civilians getting injured
by landmines, so he determines to disarm them with his own hands, using just a
pocketknife and some wire cutters. He clears thousands of roadside bombs, mines and
car bombs, knowing that every time he cuts a wire it could cost him his life—which he
seems to find less important than the lives of others. In 2014, by this time having lost a
leg, he starts working for the Kurdish Peshmerga, disarming boobytraps left behind by
IS in and around Mosul. An enthusiastic home video maker, Fakhir collects hundreds of
hours of footage of his day-to-day work. We hear his son’s commentary in voice-over as
he watches videos of his heroic father in action. Fakhir perseveres despite the warnings
of his colleagues—after all, every ringing cell phone could herald an explosion. Every
snip of the wire-cutter almost gives us heart failure as well, because there’s certainly no
guarantee of a happy ending here.

Hogir Hirori:
The Girl Who Saved My Life (2016)
Shinwar Kamal:
directing debut

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Norway, Denmark, Finland, 2017
DCP, color, 95 min
Director: Håvard Bustnes
Cinematography: Lars Skree, Viggo Knudsen
Editing: Anders Teigen
Sound Design: Håkon Lammetun
Music: Jonas Colstrup
Narration: Anders Teigen, Håvard Bustnes, Fernanda Rossi
Production: Christian Falch & Håvard Bustnes for Faction Film
Co-production: House of Real, Napafilms
World Sales: DR Sales
Screening Copy: Faction Film
Involved TV Channels: NRK, DR, YLE, SVT, VPRO, Channel 8

Golden Dawn Girls

World Premiere

Håvard Bustnes

“Whatever has happened to Greece?” wonders filmmaker Håvard Bustnes out loud at
the start of this disturbing documentary. In recent years, its image as a country of sunny
beaches and friendly people has been overshadowed by political ideologies that are
terrifyingly close to Nazism. With many prominent members of the far-right Golden
Dawn party now behind bars, a daughter, a wife and a mother continue to propagate
its message—and all three of them are seasoned enough to avoid any slips of the
tongue during interviews. But while they regularly stop the interview to make sure
it went as they want, Bustnes just leaves the camera running. The resulting material,
supplemented with archive footage that leaves no room for doubt about the depraved
side of this political party, reveals an ever-widening gulf between clear facts and
political image-making. While it’s frustrating that the women are so unbending in their
views, it does illustrate how wearing blinders can derail an entire society.

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Håvard Bustnes:
The Golf Dream (2001)
Business as Usual (2004)
Positive Mental Attitude (2007)
Big John (2008)
Health Factory (2010)
Two Raging Grannies (2013)

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Russia, 2017
DCP, color, 104 min
Director: Alexander Kuprin
Cinematography: Alexander Kuprin
Screenplay: Alexander Kuprin
Editing: Yuri Geddert, Vladimir Driagin
Sound: Pavel Galkin
Sound Design: Pavel Galkin
Music: Anton Viskov
Production: Svetlana Dalsky for D+film plus
Screening Copy: Alexander Kuprin

Incense-Navigator

World Premiere

Alexander Kuprin

Find out how to make the best incense and get it to where it’s needed most: with
this assignment, director Alexander Kuprin and his old friend Hierodeacon Zacchaeus,
who’s now a monk, jump into a car. They excitedly admit that the incense is really
just an excuse—what matters is the trip and the people they meet along the way.
Their odyssey takes them from Russia to the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece
and back again to the fighting in East Ukraine. It’s a road movie in a free, associative
form that refers in passing to Easy Rider and Godard’s Pierrot le fou. It’s also a journey
through the melancholy memories of their own hippie pasts that takes them into the
raw reality of the Donbass region of Ukraine, a war zone typified by Orthodox religion.
This is the destination for the incense, and here they talk to civilians, members of local
militia and the nuns in a convent that became entangled in the conflict. IncenseNavigator is an intuitive exploration that touches on such existential themes as war
and peace, though not without a dash of lightheartedness.

Alexander Kuprin:
A Week of Consciousness (1989)
A Demob Album (1996)
Chernobyl-10 (1996)
Joseph and Nadezhda (1998)
Another Sky (2003)
Triumph (2011)
a.o.
Alexander Kuprin & Serghey Karandashov:
Skyearth (2008)

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Ireland, 2017
DCP, color, 85 min
Director: Feargal Ward
Cinematography: Feargal Ward
Screenplay: Feargal Ward, Tadhg O’Sullivan
Editing: Tadhg O’Sullivan
Sound Design: Tadhg O’Sullivan
Production: Luke McManus for FSE Films
Screening Copy: FSE Films
Involved TV Channel: ARD/NDR

World Premiere

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
Feargal Ward

For years, the Irish farmer Thomas Reid has been locked in a grueling battle with his
neighbor, U.S. microchip manufacturer Intel. The multinational wants to expand and
has its eye on Reid’s land. Eager to boost employment in the region, the Irish authorities
are doing their utmost to force Reid into a sale. But the farmer has no intention of
leaving his 300-year-old ancestral home, where he lives alone, surrounded by cows
and chickens. The desaturated color, the soundtrack with snippets of radio shows, and
the unorthodox reimaginings of courtroom scenes produce an intriguing and slightly
alienating effect. Director Feargal Ward follows the calm rhythm of farm life, which
seems to stem from a different age. Traffic roars by beyond the stone walls that mark
the boundaries of Reid’s land, but he travels everywhere on foot or on his old bicycle. His
house is crammed with hoarded junk and he appears to live in chaos. Nevertheless, this
tenacious eccentric proves to be a formidable opponent of the system.

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Feargal Ward & Tadhg O’Sullivan:
Yximalloo (2014)

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

The Netherlands, 2017
DCP, color, 115 min
Director: Leonard Retel Helmrich
Cinematography: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Ramia Suleiman
Screenplay: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Pieter van Huystee
Editing: Jos Driessen, Jelle Redeker
Sound: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Ramia Suleiman
Sound Design: Ranko Paukovic
Music: Khyam Allami
Production: Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
World Sales: Films Transit International
Distribution for the Netherlands: Mokum Filmdistributie
Screening Copy: Pieter van Huystee Film
Involved TV Channel: EO

The Long Season

World Premiere

Leonard Retel Helmrich

Nine million Syrians have left their homeland since the breakout of the war. Most of
them have ended up in camps like Madjal Anjar in the Beqaa Valley, just over the border
in Lebanon. This camp was set up by seasonal workers from Raqqa who were unable to
return when their city was taken over by IS. Some of the camp’s inhabitants rent land
to cultivate crops, while others earn a little toiling in the fields of a local farmer who
treats them with contempt. The rest of the time they spend waiting for the bus that
brings goods and news from Raqqa. In conditions such as these, frustration rapidly
turns to conflict, traumatized children become aggressive and women’s freedom of
movement is very restricted. Multi-award-winning director Leonard Retel Helmrich uses
his hallmark single-shot cinema verité style to probe deep into life in the camp. The
fluid motion of the camera—sometimes high in the air, sometimes gliding just above
ground level—allows him to get extremely close to the camp’s inhabitants, bringing
home the human drama behind the abstract number of nine million.

Leonard Retel Helmrich:
Dag mijn klas, ik mis jullie allemaal (1988), Het Phoenix
mysterie (fiction, 1990), Moving Objects (1991), Jemand
auf der Treppe (1994), Art Non-Blok (1996), Als een
vloedlijn (1999), The Body of Indonesian Conscience
(2000), The Eye of the Day (2001), Flight from Heaven
(2003), Shape of the Moon (2004), Aladi (2006), Promised
Paradise (2006), Jadwiga’s laatste reis (2006), Position
among the Stars (2010), Raw Herring (2013) a.o.

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Germany, Syria, Lebanon, 2017
DCP, color, 98 min
Director: Talal Derki
Cinematography: Kahtan Hassoun
Editing: Anne Fabini
Sound Design: Sebastian Tesch
Music: Karim Sebastian Elias
Production: Tobias Siebert & Eva Kemme & Ansgar

Frerich for BASIS Berlin Filmproduktion
Co-production: Ventana Film, Cinema Group Production
Executive Production: Dan Cogan & Jenny Raskin &
Geralyn White Dreyfous for Impact Partners
Screening Copy: BASIS Berlin Filmproduktion
Involved TV Channels: SWR, RBB, ARTE, SVT, CBC, RTS

Of Fathers and Sons

World Premiere

Talal Derki

If you want to tame your nightmares, you need to capture them first. That’s what
Syrian documentary filmmaker Talal Derki learned from his father. As in his previous
film Return to Homs, he returns to his homeland and becomes part of life in a war zone.
For more than two years he lives with the family of Abu Osama, an Al-Nusra fighter
in a small village in northern Syria, focusing his camera mainly on the children. From
a young age, the boys are trained to follow in their father’s footsteps and become
soldiers of God. The horrors of war and the intimacy of family life are never far from one
another. At the nearby battlefront Abu Osama fights against the enemy, while at home
he cuddles with the boys and dreams of the caliphate. Talal Derki sets out to capture
the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and are finally turned into
Jihadi fighters. No matter how close the war comes, there’s one thing they’ve already
learned: they must never cry.

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Talal Derki:
Return to Homs (2013)

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Serbia, France, Qatar, 2017
DCP, color, 102 min
Director: Mila Turajlic
Cinematography: Mila Turajlic
Editing: Sylvie Gadmer, Aleksandra Milovanović
Sound Design: Aleksandar Protic
Music: Jonathan Morali
Production: Carine Chichkowsky for Survivance,

Mila Turajlic for Dribbling Pictures
Executive Production: Iva Plemic Divjak for Dribbling
Pictures, Hanka Kastelicovà for HBO Europe
World Sales: Dribbling Pictures
Screening Copy: Dribbling Pictures
Involved TV Channels: HBO Europe, WDR/ARTE

European Premiere

The Other Side of Everything
Druga strana svega
Mila Turajlic

A Belgrade apartment divided in two tells the story of a family and serves as a symbol
of a country in political turmoil. The property was split on the orders of the then
communist government when Srbijanka Turajlic, who was born here, was just two
years old. The door leading to the other rooms was locked, and 30 years later, when
Srbijanka’s daughter Mila Turajlic, the film’s director, was born, it was still locked. In the
30 years that followed—all the way through civil war, the breakup of Yugoslavia, aerial
bombardments and revolution—the door remained unopened. Srbijanka, a prominent
political activist who played a leading role in the revolution, still lives in one half of
the original apartment. In a film that rarely leaves this space, Mila paints a poignant
portrait of her mother, a resolute woman with no doubts about her past actions, even
though they put her life in danger. Does the new generation view things in a similar
way?

Mila Turajlic:
Cinema Komunisto (2010)

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Poland, Germany, Finland, 2017
DCP, color, 74 min
Director: Marta Prus
Cinematography: Adam Suzin
Screenplay: Marta Prus
Editing: Maciej Pawliński
Sound Design: Maciej Pawłowski
Production: Maciej Kubicki for Telemark,

Anna Kępińska for Telemark
Co-production: Ventana Film, Marianna Films
World Sales: Autlook Filmsales
Screening Copy: Telemark
Involved TV Channels: ARTE, YLE, TVP

Over the Limit

World Premiere

Marta Prus

“You’re not a human being, you’re an athlete,” 20-year-old Rita is told by one of her
two merciless coaches. She’s preparing to represent Russia in rhythmic gymnastics
at the Olympics in Brazil. The training is harsh, particularly in mental terms. However
gracefully Rita catches rings or rolls a ball across her shoulders, her coaches expect
more from her, time and again. Warmth and solace come in her scant free time, when
she talks with her boyfriend on Skype or hangs out with her parents. Over the Limit
shows how the Russian system for training athletes transgresses boundaries. The film
focuses on Rita’s state of mind—she seems to be perpetually on the verge of tears. The
subtle editing and effective sound design allow us to feel her despair and pain, as well
as the intense pressure she’s living under. Fortunately, the end comes as a relief.

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Marta Prus:
directing debut

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Canada, Argentina, 2017
DCP, color, 95 min
Director: Laura Bari
Cinematography: Laura Bari, Glauco Bermudez
Editing: Laura Bari
Music: Florencia Di Concilio, Marco Liy
Production: Andreas Mendritzki & Aonan

Yang for GreenGround Productions
World Sales: First Hand Films
Screening Copy: GreenGround Productions

Primas

International Premiere

Laura Bari

How do you go on after an appallingly traumatic experience? Rocío, an 18-year-old
Argentine girl, has managed to get her life back on track. When she was 10, she was
dragged from her bike by a passing stranger, raped, set on fire and left for dead in a
field. Incredibly, she survived. Now she tells her story to her cousin, who was sexually
abused for years by her own father. Director Laura Bari transforms the girls’ shocking
personal stories into a beautifully natural portrait of two ordinary adolescents with
familiar questions about life. They find support in the theater and in each other,
crying together, sharing stories and listening. Their love of life has never been broken.
Sometimes a touch of magic creeps into their story, such as when Rocío crawls along
the beach as a crocodile girl, reliving a dream. Little by little, they manage to rebuild the
life that was so brutally stolen from them.

Laura Bari:
Antoine (2009)
Ariel (2013)

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

The Netherlands, 2017
DCP, color, 90 min
Director: Jessica Gorter
Cinematography: Sander Snoep
Screenplay: Jessica Gorter, Marieke van der Winden
Editing: Danniel Danniel, Bobbie Roelofs
Sound: Mark Wessner
Sound Design: Tom Bijnen
Music: Rutger Zuydervelt
Production: Frank van den Engel for Zeppers

Film & TV, Oksana Maksimchuk
Executive Production: Judith Vreriks for Zeppers Film & TV
World Sales: Deckert Distribution
Distribution for the Netherlands: Mokum Filmdistributie
Screening Copy: Zeppers Film & TV
Involved TV Channel: EO/IKON

The Red Soul

World Premiere

Jessica Gorter

More than 50 years after the death of Joseph Stalin, Russia is still divided. Was Stalin
a great leader who made Russia into a superpower? Or was he a ruthless dictator,
responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people? Virtually no family has
been left untouched by the consequences of Stalin’s regime, and in every corner of
the country, victims’ families are struggling with history. A father wanders through
a desolate forest with his teenage daughter, in search of the mass graves of Russian
prisoners. Two sisters whose mother was taken away to a prison camp share their early
memories. They are still scared to talk about the events openly, because it would put
their fatherland in a negative light, and there are plenty of others who would prefer to
forget this dark chapter of history altogether. Throughout society, Stalin’s popularity is
growing, and there is a yearning for a sense of national unity. The Red Soul shows how
the past lives on in present-day Russia, and thus makes its mark on the future.

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Jessica Gorter:
Gold and Blue (1993)
Heilige weg (1994)
Ferryman across the Volga (1998)
No Goods Today (2002)
Piter (2004)
Quarantaine (2006)
900 Days (2011)

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

United Kingdom, 2017
DCP, color, 81 min
Director: Finlay Pretsell
Cinematography: Martin Radich
Editing: Kieran Gosney, Dino Jonsäter
Sound: Douglas Fairgrieve
Sound Design: CJ Mirra
Music: Dan Deacon
Production: Sonja Henrici for SDI Productions,

Finlay Pretsell for Cycling Films
Executive Production: Iain Smith, Ian Davies for Initialize Films,
Noe Mendelle for Scottish Documentary Institute, Avril
Millar, Leslie Finlay for Creative Scotland, Sylvie Richards
Screening Copy: Scottish Documentary Institute

Time Trial

World Premiere

Finlay Pretsell

This portrait follows the former British road racing cyclist David Millar during his last
cycling season. Director Finlay Pretsell has Millar tell his own story, and allows us to feel
the impact the sport has on the cyclist. Immersed in the cyclist’s experience through
the camera on Millar’s handlebars, we see his sweat and breathe with him in his race
against the clock—he’s not getting any younger, and he wants to secure his spot in the
Tour de France one last time. Simply by filming the cyclists, sometimes in slow motion,
sometimes blurred and shaky, Pretsell makes us feel as if we too are slogging through
the rain. We experience the euphoria of the race, but also the tedium. Music evocative
of the piercing, repetitive rattle of a bicycle chain captures the endlessness of the route.
The swelling, hypnotic sounds underlying the slow-motion footage make the peloton
seem like a heard of hunted animals driven ever onwards. Time Trial shows just how far
a man will go in his will to win.

Finlay Pretsell:
directing debut

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IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Hungary, Germany, 2017
DCP, color, 89 min
Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Cinematography: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Screenplay: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Editing: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Nóra Richter
Sound Design: Márton Kristóf, Tamás Bohács, Rudolf Várhegyi
Music: Csaba Kalotás
Production: Julianna Ugrin & Viki Réka Kiss for Éclipse Film
Co-production: Corso Film
World Sales: Syndicado Film Sales
Screening Copy: Syndicado Film Sales

A Woman Captured

World Premiere

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

An intimate close-up of a woman with a lined face. She’s asleep, until the filmmaker
whispers, “Marish.” Marish opens her eyes and sits up quickly, confused but smiling. This
is an apt summary of what happened during the time director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
spent filming her. Marish has been exploited and abused for more than 10 years by the
woman for whom she toils as a housekeeper—entirely unpaid. She even has to hand
over the money she earns with an extra job as a cleaner in a factory. She’s forbidden
to do anything without permission. Marish’s 18-year-old daughter couldn’t stand it
anymore and ran away a couple of years ago, but Marish lives with too much fear in her
heart. Can she ever learn to trust people again? Here the old question arises as to how
much the presence of the camera influences the course of events. Cautiously, Marish
starts to take Tuza-Ritter into her confidence. She dreams of seeing her daughter again.
Will she find the courage to take a step forward in her life?

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Bernadett Tuza-Ritter:
directing debut

IDFA Competition
for First
Appearance
competition programs
Fifteen documentaries by directors making their first or second featurelength documentary are competing in the IDFA Competition for First
Appearance, aimed at supporting talented new filmmakers. A five-member
international jury (see page 13) evaluates the films and selects the winners
of the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance (€10,000) and the IDFA Special
Jury Award for First Appearance, in memory of Peter Wintonick (€2,500).
Instant Dreams is also selected for the IDFA Competition for Dutch
Documentary (see page 81). The IDFA Competition for First Appearance is
made possible with the support from the Friends of IDFA.

The 2017 competitions are made possible by Ammodo.

IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Lithuania, 2017
DCP, color, 85 min
Director: Mindaugas Survila
Cinematography: Mindaugas Survila
Screenplay: Gintė Žulytė, Mindaugas Survila
Editing: Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound: Mindaugas Survila, Gintė Žulytė, Ainis Pivoras
Sound Design: Saulius Urbonavičius
Production: Mindaugas Survila for VšĮ “Sengirė”,

Gintė Žulytė for VšĮ “Sengirė”

Screening Copy: VšĮ “Sengirė”

The Ancient Woods

World Premiere

Mindaugas Survila

A poetic and atypical nature film about the various inhabitants of an old-growth forest,
on the ground, in the air and in the water. There’s no commentary, only the rich, almost
palpable sounds of the forest and the magical situations captured by the camera.
Although we might sometimes be puzzled as to what’s actually happening—a mating
ritual or the start of a fight?—the lack of explanation leaves space for us to associate
freely and simply experience the images. The film offers a close-up view of a wide
range of creatures—such as the insect that appears out of the melting snow, gradually
begins to move and impatiently waits until all its legs are free so it can fly away. The
scale of the portraits is sometimes grand and at other times modest, but always filmed
with precision, whether in daylight or at night. Time doesn’t seem to matter in this
extraordinary piece of slow cinema.

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Mindaugas Survila:
The Field of Magic (2011)

IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Uruguay, 2017
DCP, color, 78 min
Director: Mercedes Dominioni
Cinematography: Mercedes Dominioni
Screenplay: Mercedes Dominioni
Editing: Mercedes Dominioni, Martín Solá, Lorena Moriconi
Sound Design: Hamid Martin, Ander Agudo
Music: Alvaro Riet, Juan Eiraldi
Production: Gerardo Castelli for Irreal cine
Screening Copy: Irreal cine

The Creator of Universes

World Premiere

El creador de universos
Mercedes Dominioni

Sixteen-year-old Juan has Asperger Syndrome. He also makes whodunits that he films,
directs and edits himself at home. He dedicates a lot of time to these self-created crime
stories, which are raw and filled with foul language. His grandmother—a small and frail
96-year-old—is his partner in crime and most important costar. She helps him create
the dialogues and plays dangerous criminals with zest, even when it involves wearing
a fuchsia wig. Juan’s older sister Mercedes filmed the unique way that grandson and
grandmother interact and the role they play in each other’s lives: Juan forms the
welcome diversion in the life of a very elderly woman, and she takes the fantasies of
her grandson very seriously. For Juan, the films are an escape and a means to express
himself. But with her health declining, how long can his grandmother continue to do
this for her vulnerable grandson?

Mercedes Dominioni:
directing debut

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IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Belarus, 2017
DCP, color, 80 min
Director: Anastasiya Miroshnichenko
Cinematography: Alexander Moroz
Screenplay: Anastasiya Miroshnichenko
Editing: Varfalamey Kuraga
Sound: Viacheslav Kruk
Sound Design: Viacheslav Kruk
Music: Boris Lankov
Production: Viktar Labkovich for PervajaKinoVideo Company
Executive Production: Darya Labkovich for

PervajaKinoVideo Company
World Sales: Taskovski Films
Screening Copy: PervajaKinoVideo Company

Debut

World Premiere

Anastasiya Miroshnichenko

Over 200 women are detained in a Belarus prison for first-time offenders. Eleven of
them have volunteered to take part in a theater play. Their reasons vary: some see it
as a small break from the tedium of prison life, some regard it as therapy, and others
approach it as a practice run for when they return to society. The rehearsals serve as
the leitmotif for this balanced portrait that subtly frees these women from the stigma
of being criminals. The women talk as mothers, daughters and wives. They miss their
families and wrestle with the guilt of losing so many years behind bars. The director
uses various techniques to present these women as three-dimensional characters:
close-up interviews about their fears, beautifully framed shots of the daily collective
routines of jail life, images from surveillance cameras that emphasize how their lives
are controlled, and of course the climatic final performance. By then, you almost feel as
if you’ve landed in a feel-good movie with a happy ending, but the director doesn’t let
it get that far.

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Anastasiya Miroshnichenko:
Crossroads (2014)

IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, 2017
DCP, color, 90 min
Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Cinematography: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Editing: Michael Aaglund
Sound Design: Pietu Korhonen, Heikki Kossi, Peter Albrechtsen
Music: Erik Enockson, Uno Helmersson, Erik Enocksson
Production: Monica Hellström for Final Cut for Real
Co-production: STORY, Mouka Filmi
Executive Production: Philippa Kowarsky
World Sales: Cinephil
Screening Copy: Final Cut for Real
Involved TV Channels: DR, SVT, YLE, ERR, BNT

World Premiere

The Distant Barking of Dogs
Simon Lereng Wilmont

Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine—a warzone that often
echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. Sometimes these sounds are in the
distance, while other times they’re frighteningly close. At school, Oleg learns about the
bomb shelter and what to do when encountering a landmine. While many have left this
dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since
the death of his mother. This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg, and
emphasizes the warm bond he has with his grandmother. He also has a close friendship
with his cousin Yarik, who’s more disturbed by all the sudden noises—or perhaps he’s
not as good as Oleg at hiding his fear. Meanwhile, the boys also find the war exciting,
especially when a neighbor teaches them how to use a gun. By sticking close to Oleg,
The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children.

Simon Lereng Wilmont:
directing debut

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IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Italy, 2017
DCP, color, 91 min
Director: Giovanni Totaro
Cinematography: Paolo Ferrari, Nunzio Gringeri
Editing: Andrea Maguolo
Sound: Adriano Alampi
Music: Giordano Corapi
Production: Simone Catania for Indyca, Francesca

Portalupi for Zenit Arti Audiovisive
World Sales: Deckert Distribution
Screening Copy: Deckert Distribution
Involved TV Channel: Rai

Happy Winter

International Premiere

Giovanni Totaro

Life is good on the beach at Mondello, a seaside resort on the outskirts of Palermo,
Sicily that attracts few foreign tourists but many Italians, who spend their summer in
one of the hundreds of little beach houses. They make maximum use of the minimal
space inside these huts, furnishing them with cupboards, shelves, lamps, curtains and
ornaments. The beach is a microcosm of Italian life, including the financial crisis that
the vacationers would prefer to forget about. In observational style, Happy Winter
follows the beverage salesman who trudges through the sand with a heavy cooler full
of water, beer and soda—and encourages his son to aim for a better job when he grows
up. There are men playing poker, teenagers playing volley ball, middle-aged friends
frolicking in the sea like children, and an aspiring politician trying to win votes on the
beach. The tone is light, but there’s a serious undercurrent. The film’s affectionate
approach wins our sympathy for the Sicilians, as they reach the end of their vacation
and wish each other “Buon inverno,” or “Happy winter.”

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Giovanni Totaro:
directing debut

IDFA Competition for First Appearance

France, 2017
DCP, color, 105 min
Director: Emilio Belmonte
Cinematography: Dorian Blanc, Thomas Bremond
Editing: Matthieu Lambourion
Sound Design: Javier Álvarez
Production: Nicolas Lesoult for Les Films de la Butte
World Sales: Jour2Fete
Screening Copy: Jour2Fete

Impulso

World Premiere

Emilio Belmonte

The spectacular avant-garde choreographies of flamenco dancer Rocío Molina push at
the boundaries of dance and the visual arts. She travels the world to perform her partly
improvised impulsos at unusual venues such as modern art museums. This bio-doc
follows Molina in the months leading up to a new show at Chaillot National Theater
in Paris. Rehearsals and performances alternate with interviews with family members,
friends, colleagues and accompanying musicians. Her mother explains how as a small
and somewhat stocky girl wearing a pink ballet outfit, Molina found herself in Madrid
surrounded by stylish flamenco dancers dressed in the more traditional black costumes.
But from there she rapidly rose to the peak of her profession. Molina wants to give
flamenco a sense of contemporary urgency. She wears plastic wrap rather than the
classic voluminous, spotted dress, as she stamps and sways her way across the stage
floor like a giant insect. This powerful dancer exudes an utterly original creativity and
infectious energy in performances that give full vent to the primal power of flamenco.

Emilio Belmonte:
directing debut

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IDFA Competition for First Appearance

The Netherlands, 2017
DCP, color/black and white, 91 min
Director: Willem Baptist
Cinematography: Gregor Meerman
Screenplay: Willem Baptist
Editing: Albert Markus
Sound: David Spaans
Sound Design: Ranko Paukovic, Albert Markus
Music: Marc Lizier
Production: Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
World Sales: Public Film Sales & Distribution
Distribution for the Netherlands: Cinema Delicatessen
Screening Copy: Pieter van Huystee Film
Involved TV Channel: NTR

Instant Dreams

World Premiere

Willem Baptist

There could hardly be a more telling contrast between the analog and digital eras than
the beautifully blurry memories captured in a Polaroid picture and the thousands of
pin-sharp photos on an iPhone. In this ambitious visual essay, Willem Baptist explores
the visionary genius of Edwin H. Land, the inventor of the Polaroid camera. Even today,
all sorts of people are keeping his instant dream alive. Former Polaroid employee
Stephen Herchen moved from the United States to Europe to work in a laboratory
developing the 2.0 version of Polaroid. Christopher Bonanos, the author of Instant:
The Story of Polaroid, tells us, “When I heard Polaroid would stop making film, it felt
like a close friend had died.” Artist Stefanie Schneider, who is working with the last
of her stock of Polaroid film, is using the blurring that occurs with expired film as an
additional aesthetic layer in her photographic work. The soundtrack is as evocative as
the sometimes hypnotically expressive imagery, with archive footage, interviews and
gorgeous chemical reactions crisscrossing paths in a veritable rollercoaster of color and
light.

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Willem Baptist:
directing debut

IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Israel, 2017
DCP, color, 91 min
Director: Shai Gal
Cinematography: Uriel Sinai, Ram Shweky,

Eyal Ben Yaish, Daniel Kedem
Screenplay: Shai Gal
Editing: Erez Laufer
Sound: Tully Chen
Sound Design: Rei Elbaz
Music: Shmulik Noifeld
Production: Kobi Nussbaum for July August Productions
Executive Production: Lisa Shiloach & Amit
Stretiner for July August Productions
World Sales: Cinephil
Screening Copy: July August Productions
Involved TV Channel: YES

The Jewish Underground

World Premiere

Shai Gal

It took the Israeli secret service Shin Bet four years to get their hands on the Jewish
Underground, a right-wing terrorist organization. After carrying out several successful
attacks on Muslims in the early 1980s, the group developed a plan to destroy the Dome
of the Rock. According to former agents of Shin Bet, if they had succeeded it could have
sparked nuclear war in the Middle East—perhaps even a new World War. Director Shai
Gal reconstructs the events in the form of a detective story with dramatizations and
interviews with key figures, including the perpetrators, who claim they have nothing
to hide. But the scope of the film isn’t limited to past events, because the rabbis
who probably gave orders for the Jewish Underground attacks were protected from
above and never punished. As Gal shows, the ties between members of the Jewish
Underground and the Israeli political sphere are stronger than ever.

Shai Gal:
A Shadow over the Rising Sun (2011)

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