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Realities Old and New: The 23rd Incarnation of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

by Melanie Sevcenko

POV, Spring 2011, no. 81, pp. 30-33

"Realities Old and New," provides a concise discussion of the 12 day, 23rd International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and its success at its new location in the city centre, Rembrandtplein. There was a strong presence of Iranian film, chronicling the nations history, politics, and contemporary culture. Iranian films at IDFA included Ali Samadi Ahadi's The Green Wave,The Silent Majority Speaks, created by an anonymous collective, It's Confirmed by Jamshid Mojadadi, Justine Shapiro's Our Summer in Tehran, and Joe Ayella's American Coup. Other films dealing with middle eastern subject matter were Holy Wars by Stephen Marshall which explores religious extremism in America, London, England, Lebanon and Pakistan; and Feathered Cocaine, co-directed by Orn Marino Arnarson and Thorkell S. Hardarson, which exposes the falcon trade in the Arab world. IDFA also offered a three day training program for aspiring public and the industry, featuring Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich, and Finnish filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo. Honkasalo also curated a selection of 10 documentaries that "had a profound effect on her filmmaking," including Earth by Alexandr Dovzhenko and Kyoto, My Mother's Place by Nagisa Oshima.

ITEM 2011.011 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Green WaveAli Samadi Ahadi

The SIient Majority SpeaksAn Anonymous Collective

It's ConfirmedJamshid Mojadadi

Our Summer in TehranJustine Shapiro

American CoupJoe Ayella

Holy WarsStephen Marshall

Feathered CocaineOrn Marino Arnarson

"Thorkell S. Hardarson

Position Among the StarsLeonard Retel Helmrich

AtmanPirjo Honkasalo

EarthAlexandr Dovzhenko

Kyoto, My Mother's PlaceNagisa Oshima