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Aboozar Amini’s “Kabul, City in the Wind” to open IDFA 2018

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is to open its 31st festival edition with Afghanistan filmmaker Aboozar Amini’s Kabul, City in the Wind. Kabul, City in the Wind (pictured) is a sobering ...
October 24, 2018

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is to open its 31st festival edition with Afghanistan filmmaker Aboozar Amini’s Kabul, City in the Wind.

Kabul, City in the Wind (pictured) is a sobering account of daily life in Kabul in the face of suicide bombings. The bombings and their constant threat define the life for the film’s characters – a father who works as a bus driver, and two young boys whose policeman father has fled due to threats.

The 88-minute doc is a co-production between Afghanistan, Japan and the Netherlands, and was made with support from the IDFA Bertha Fund.

Elsewhere, IDFA’s main competition consists of 12 feature-length titles from established filmmakers including Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s The Border Fence, which explores the Brenner Pass – bordering Austria and Italy – that has become the setting for changing EU policy on the refugee crisis; and Tomer Heymann‘s Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, a portrait of the successful Israeli gay porn star.

As part of IDFA’s expanding move towards inclusion, 41% of the filmmakers selected for the programs of IDFA 2018 are female, with attendees representing 71 different countries.

The 2018 edition of IDFA takes place from Nov. 14 through Nov. 25 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Feature-length documentaries in competition at this year’s festival are listed below. For more details about IDFA 2018, click here.

Absence of Me
Melina Terribili
Argentina

The Border Fence
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Austria

Camorra
Francesco Patierno
Italy

The Hidden City
Victor Moreno
Spain

Hungary 2018
Eszter Hajdú
Hungary, Portugal

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
Tomer Heymann
Israel, Germany

Junha’s Planet
Hyung-sook Hong
South Korea

Los Reyes
Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
Chile, Germany

Reason
Anand Patwardhan
India

Stones Have Laws
Van Brummelen & De Haan
The Netherlands, Suriname

Up The Mountain
Yang Zhang
China

‘Now something is slowly changing’
mint film office
The Netherlands

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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