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.
Absence of Me
The Border Fence
The Hidden City
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
Stones Have Laws
Van Brummelen & De Haan
The Netherlands, Suriname
Up The Mountain
‘Now something is slowly changing’
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