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IDFA: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh Start in France

Fares Helou was one of Syria’s most celebrated actors when the Arab Spring arrived in Damascus. But once his political beliefs forced him to flee the country, he suddenly found himself playing his most challenging role yet—as an exile in a foreign land. 546 more words

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IDFA: Young Directors at Forefront of HBO Europe's Documentary Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO Europe’s upcoming original documentary slate spans films on activism, politics, music, and society in Europe, with projects from Mila Turajlić and Tereza Nvotova and four screenings at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, which began Wednesday. 369 more words

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IDFA: Brazil's Habanero Films Boards Ruben Mendoza’s 'Miss María, Skirting the Mountain’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In its final stop before a Nov. 23 domestic theatrical release in Colombia, “Miss María, Skirting the Mountain” will screen four times at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), in the “Best of Fest” competition. 379 more words

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IDFA: FiGa Films Signs as Sales Agent on Brazil’s 'Building Bridges’ (EXCLUSIVE)

International sales agent and distributor FiGa Films have signed on to represent Brazilian documentary “Building Bridges,” an Official Selection player at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). 493 more words

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‘Container’ Carries Migrants' Journey Into Virtual Realm at IDFA

A harrowing journey across the high seas comes to life in “Container,” an ambitious cross-media project being pitched at IDFA Forum this year.

Directed by Simon Wood and Meghna Singh, “Container” takes a hybrid approach to documenting the experiences of migrants risking everything in search of a better life, presenting their stories through a unique combination of virtual reality and installation art. 714 more words

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IDFA at 30: Nick Broomfield Says ‘Independent Feature Film Is Almost Extinct’ and Docs Are Filling That Space

AMSTERDAM — As IDFA turns 30, its organizers didn’t have to try too hard to pull in the big guns for a sidebar they called The Visual Voice. 928 more words

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IDFA: ’Amal’ Director Mohamed Siam on Documenting Disillusioned Arab Youth: ‘They Had to Swallow Their Dreams’

Having just a range of documentary shorts to his credit, Mohamed Siam was more than a little nervous to take the opening-night slot at this year’s IDFA with his feature debut, “Amal”. 1,124 more words

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