Tag: IDFA

A mesmerising portrayal of India’s extreme right

Covering more than a century of Indian history, Patwardhan weaves a story that exposes the roots of Hindu nationalism and the endless war against India’s «imaginary demons».

From «success story» to chaos and confusion

But Now is Perfect tells the story of how a small local village in the south of Italy opened up their community and welcomed refugees seeking a better future in Europe. But it is also a story about loss and tragedy.

The overlooked «in-betweener»

Two highlights of Doclisboa 2018 were documentaries from an often-overlooked category – the mid-length film.

Orwa Nyrabia – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

The new artistic director at IDFA talks about the new features of the documentary industry and how watching a documentary can turn into a life-changing experience.

The pioneer of long-term filmmaking

Helena Trestikova’s work epitomises the innovative role of long-term filmmaking, and the inextricable link between big and little histories.

Why are people unable to live in peace?

After centuries of hatred, violence and massacres, Ukraine is yet again at war. People continue to kill in the name of the Motherland, flag, culture or religion. Crossing checkpoints, Peter Entell takes us from loyalist Ukrainians to pro-Russian separatists, all the while searching for traces of his own ancestors who fled the country a century ago.

Winner at IDFA: A Humanistic Portrait of a Troubled People

WINNER AT IDFA: When Nori Sharif is given a video camera by director Zaradasht Ahmed to record life in a small Iraqi town, following the US withdrawal at the end of 2011, he decides to film people who “nobody knows about.”

The Feeling of Absence

It’s getting darker.

Take a close look in the mirror regarding the refugee issue

I kept on looking for someone like Ismail, a Darfur refugee that I know, while watching Stranger in Paradise, the Dutch film about migrants in Europe that opens this year’s IDFA

IDFA 2013: Up close with a crisis

Large-scale crisis and catastrophes – whether war, famine or disease – often attract film makers, relief organisations and press. Whether this is helpful is debatable.
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