The 31st edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2018 will witness a marked Arab presence, with 13 Arab films participating across sections, out of which six films supported by AFAC. IDFA 2018 will take place from November 14 to 25 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Sara Fattahi’s “Chaos” (Syria) will participate under three sections, namely the Amsterdam Human Rights Award, the Focus Program ME section and Best of Fests section. “Room for a Man” by Lebanese director Anthony Chidiac is participating in two sections, namely the Focus Program ME and the Best of Fests.
“Railway Men” by Tunisian director Erige Sehiri will screen as part of the Frontlight section, while Wael Kadlo’s “The Way Home” (Syria) will feature in the Luminous section.
A fifth AFAC-supported film “Freedom Fields” by Libyan director Naziha Arebi, will screen in the Best of Fests section.
“Erased, Ascent of the Invisible”, the debut film by Ghassan Halwani (Lebanon), will be part of the Paradocs section.
Other Arab films screening in various IDFA sections include: “The Greatest Sacrifice” by Eyad Aljarod (Syria) and “A Haunted Past” by Tunisian Fatma Riahi (IDFA Competition for First Appearance); “The Privacy of Wounds” by Jordanian Dalia Kury (IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary); “I Signed the Petition” by Palestinian Mahdi Fleifel (IDFA Competition for Short Documentary); “Fix Me” by Raed Andoni (Palestine) as part of Focus Program ME; Underdown by Sarah Kaskas (Lebanon) in Luminous; and Backyard by Khaled Abdulwahed (Syria) in Paradocs.