IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam

11/17/2021

Festival Reviews

Zinder

Zinder

Aicha Macky’s superb documentary about the impoverished citizens of Zinder, in the Republic of Niger, bends towards compassion for a neglected people.

Words of Negroes

Words of Negroes

Workers in an outdated sugar cane factory in Guadeloupe read from the transcripts of an 1842 trial against a slave owner in Sylvaine Dampierre’s powerful act of reclaiming history, Words of Negroes. Stunningly shot by Renaud Personnaz in crisp, vivid images, the film...

May God Be With You

May God Be With You

The act of exile is never a single-generation event; its ever-mutating ramifications shift down the family tree, undergoing a change as each generation grapples with questions of identity and belonging. Given that the person who flees their country often rejects...

Marx Can Wait

Marx Can Wait

The most fascinating aspect of Marco Bellocchio’s guilt-streaked revisitation of the suicide of his twin brother in 1968 is the insight it offers into the Italian master’s creative font–his own family.

Zinder

Zinder

Aicha Macky’s superb documentary about the impoverished citizens of Zinder, in the Republic of Niger, bends towards compassion for a neglected people.

Words of Negroes

Words of Negroes

Workers in an outdated sugar cane factory in Guadeloupe read from the transcripts of an 1842 trial against a slave owner in Sylvaine Dampierre’s powerful act of reclaiming history, Words of Negroes. Stunningly shot by Renaud Personnaz in crisp, vivid images, the film...

May God Be With You

May God Be With You

The act of exile is never a single-generation event; its ever-mutating ramifications shift down the family tree, undergoing a change as each generation grapples with questions of identity and belonging. Given that the person who flees their country often rejects...

Marx Can Wait

Marx Can Wait

The most fascinating aspect of Marco Bellocchio’s guilt-streaked revisitation of the suicide of his twin brother in 1968 is the insight it offers into the Italian master’s creative font–his own family.

Awards Corner

IDFA

  • Award for Best Film
    Mr. Landsbergis (Lithuania, Netherlands)
    Director: Sergei Loznitsa
  • Award for Best Directing
    Children of the Mist (Vietnam)
    Director: Diem Ha Le
  • Award for Best Cinematography
    Where Are We Headed (Russia, Belarus)
    Ruslan Fedotow
  • Award for Best Editing
    Mr. Landsbergis (Lithuania, Netherlands)
    Danielius Kokanauskis
  • Award for Best Youth Documentary
    Shabu (Netherlands, Belgium)
    Director: Shamira Raphaela
  • Best Dutch Film for
    Jason (Netherlands)
    Director: Maasja Ooms
  • Best Film for Envision competition
    Octopus (Lebanon)
    Director: Karim Kassem
  • Best Directing for Envision competition
    O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times (Netherlands)
    Director: Pim Zwier
  • Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Envision competition
    One Take Grace (South Africa)
    Director: Lindiwe Matshikiza