The final documentary screenings have finished yesterday at the 24th IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), held annually in Amsterdam.
Number 1 public favourite documentary is 5 Broken Cameras. The film is about a Palestinian farm laborer Emad who has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village’s resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil’in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. The film is a personal portrait of a Palestinian village resisting encroaching Jewish settlements, as recorded by an inhabitant of the village over a number of years. It makes for an intensely powerful personal document about one village’s struggle against violence and oppression. It was also awarded a Special Jury Award to directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.
Top 10 public favourites:
Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi is astonished by the success of Eastern-style gurus in the wealthiest parts of the world. As an experiment, Gandhi learns the tricks of the yoga trade, dresses himself as a guru, lets his beard grow, adopts a thick accent, and sets off under the name Kumaré to the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona.
Together with bandoneon tuner and restorer Oscar Fischer and composer and bandoneon player Daniel Vedia, who comes from an Indian village in the north of Argentina, he is the subject of The Sound of the Bandoneon, a lively, melancholic tribute to this musical instrument.
9. El gusto
The VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary went to Seung-Jun Yi for Planet of Snail (South Korea). It depicts the everyday life of deaf & blind Young-Chan. He has been deaf and blind since childhood and has no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. He marries her and learns to communicate with the outside world through her. By softly tapping each other’s finger, they can understand one another. Watch the trailer: