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As IDFA is around the corner, we're highlighting our strong documentaries of 2020.

Our line up include our thrilling and provocative documentary A SONG CALLED HATE, about the performance art group Hatari, who made headlines at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. First time director Anna Hildur follows the group on their journey from Reykjavik to Tel Aviv and Palestine. The film has a strong executive producing team onboard in Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the directors behind the critically acclaimed Nick Cave starring documentary (20,000 Days on Earth), which won two awards at Sundance and was BAFTA nominated. The film is produced for Tattarrattat. Screener is available.

The line up also includes our true crime documentary series THE SCANDINAVIAN STAR. In six episodes, SCANDINAVIAN STAR delves into one of the largest unsolved crimes in recent Scandinavian history: The catastrophic fire on board the car and passenger ferry MS Scandinavian Star in 1990, in which 159 people were killed. Each of the six episodes will last 60 minutes, using archive material, new interviews and reconstructions in order to address the unanswered questions surrounding the incident. SCANDINAVIAN STAR is written by the experienced screenwriter Nikolaj Scherfig (The Bridge, Unit One) alongside director Mikala Krogh (A Year of Hope) and journalist Lars Halskov. The series is produced by Sigrid Dyekjær and Thomas Heinesen for Nordisk Film Production. Screener is available.

Lastly our impactful and multi award-winning ASWANG is directed by first time feature director and Berlinale Talents alumna Alyx Ayn Arumpac. When Rodrigo Duterte is voted president of the Philippines, he sets in motion a machinery of death to execute suspected drug peddlers, users, and small-time criminals. ASWANG follows people whose fates entwine with the growing violence during two years of killings in Manila. The film is produced by Armi Rae Cacanindin and Alyx Ayn Arumpa for CINEMATOGRAFICA. Screener is available.

Other interesting popular documentary titles we are representing this year are our high profiled and award-winning PHOTOGRAPHER OF WAR, our body-positivistic FAT FRONT, the poetic REDISCOVERY, the inspiring story of SEPIDEH, the important film DRONE and the spectacular MOTLEY'S LAW.

IDFA line-up

A Song Called Hate

A Song Called Hate

  • Documentary / 90 min / Iceland / 2020

When Icelandic, anti-capitalist, BDSM techno band HATARI become the official entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, a rare opportunity presents itself for the band to stage what would become, one of the most internationally televised live political protests in the competitions history. Director Anna Hildur follows the band on their journey from Reykjavik to Tel Aviv in this proactive film that explores the freedom of creative expression, the role and responsibility of artists to critically engage in contemporary issues and ultimately, how art can effectively act as an agent for change.

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Scandinavian Star

Scandinavian Star

  • Documentary Series / 6x58 min / Denmark / 2020

In six episodes, "Scandinavian Star" delves into one of the largest unsolved crimes in recent Scandinavian history: The catastrophic fire on board the car and passenger ferry MS Scandinavian Star in 1990, in which 159 people were killed.

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Aswang

Aswang

  • Documentary / 85 min / Philippines / 2019

When Rodrigo Duterte is voted president of the Philippines, he sets in motion a machinery of death to execute suspected drug peddlers, users, and small-time criminals. Aswang follows people whose fates entwine with the growing violence during two years of killings in Manila.

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Photographer of War

Photographer of War

  • Documentary / 78 min, 58 min / Denmark / 2019

Jan Grarup is a world famous war photographer (multiple World Press Photo award winner) who becomes torn between his career and his family life. When his ex-wife falls seriously ill Jan Grarup suddenly has to take care of his three children by himself. For more than 25 years he has taken photographs in war and conflict zones like Rwanda, Balkan, Darfur, Iraq and The Central African Republic putting his own life on the line. Now as the main caretaker of the children his life and his photography is facing a new reality.

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Fat Front

Fat Front

  • Documentary / 87 min, 58 min / Denmark / 2019

A new documentary film following the fat-activist movement in the Nordics that is taking the world by storm! "Fat Front" is the latest revolution promoting body positivity, challenging traditional beauty standards and fostering inclusivity.

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Rediscovery

Rediscovery

  • Documentary / 75 min / Denmark / 2019

47 children are given a free rein on an abandoned construction site near the center of Copenhagen, a hidden spot where nature has long since taken over. Here, they will go to school for ten weeks and discover how and what nature can teach them.

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Sepideh

Sepideh

  • Documentary / 90 min, 52 min / Denmark / 2013

Sundance 2014 Official Selection: World Cinema Documentary Competition. A portrait of a courageous young Iranian woman who refuses to conform to expectations and dreams of a future as an astronaut.

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Drone

Drone

  • Documentary / 79 min, 58 min / Norway / 2014

Using robots to fight wars is now a reality. Drone pilots are the new warriors, recruited from gaming conventions and killing through joysticks. But who are their targets? DRONE gives context and new perspectives that reveal crucial secrets of the CIA drone war and what lies ahead.

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Motley's Law

Motley's Law

  • Documentary / 85 min, 56 min / Denmark / 2015

Kimberly Motley left her husband and three kids in the US to become a defence lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan. Today she is the first and only foreign lawyer who litigates in Afghanistan’s courts, tackling some of the world’s toughest human rights and criminal cases.

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