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  • Battle of Social Networks

    David Fontseca Romanos • Spain • 2020 • 53′

    The Arab Spring, the Iranian protests or the Catalan referendum in October 2017 provide clear examples of the power of social media in today’s society, with thousands of images and videos of police attacks recorded by citizens going viral on various platforms. At the same time, a great deal of disinformation is spreading across the internet. If users don’t verify the source and start sharing misleading content, fake news cannot be distinguished from real news. Furthermore, politicians around the world are taking advantage of this situation and use these fake news to discredit the power of mass media. But how important are social networks for civic mobilization?

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  • Caught in the Net

    Vít Klusák, Barbora Chalupová • Czech Rep, Slovak Rep • 2020 • 100′

    Three actresses, ten days and 2,458 sexual predators. An experiment that shines an urgent light on the taboo subject of online child abuse. Three over-18 actresses with very young appearances pretend they are 12 on fake social media accounts. They chat with men of all ages who have contacted them online. The vast majority of these men demand video sex and send photos of their penises or links to porn. Some even attempt blackmail. And what will happen if they meet their victims face to face?
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  • Forget Me Not

    Sun Hee Engelstoft • Denmark • 2019 • 86′

    What makes a mother give away her baby? This is the big question in Sun Hee Engelstoft’s heartbreaking film about three Korean women who have become pregnant outside of marriage and are now hiding from the outside world until they give birth. They live in a shelter for unwed mothers on a South Korean island, where beautiful landscapes are in sharp contrast to the fierce dilemma that women go through: should they keep their children or give them up for adoption?
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  • Half Elf

    Jón Bjarki Magnússon • Iceland • 2020 • 62′

    A lighthouse keeper prepares his earthly funeral while trying to reconnect with the elf within. Hulda and Trausti have shared a roof on Icelandic shores for over seventy years. Now, as his one hundredth birthday nears and Trausti senses the hand of death upon him he is on a quest to find the coffin that can carry this elf back to the mysteries beyond…. Meanwhile, Hulda retreats into a world of poetry with the help of an electric magnifying glass. Half Elf is a modern Icelandic fairy-tale, where life is celebrated – despite everything, despite ourselves and despite the reality that awaits us all in the end.

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  • Holy Father

    Andrei Dăscălescu • Romania • 2020 • 85′

    *Unavailable on AFF Online* The filmmaker, Andrei, and his girlfriend, Paula, face the news of becoming parents. While the future mother is struggling with no worthy role models in her broken family, the soon-to-be father must come to terms with his own, long-lost father, now a monk on Mount Athos. Andrei’s visits to the monastery seek to solve the mystery of his father’s leaving the family when Andrei was only six. Could this be the key to learning how to become the father he never had?
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  • iHuman

    Tonje Hessen Schei • Norway • 2019 • 99′

    A political thriller about artificial intelligence, power and social control. With unique deep access to the inside of the booming AI industry, this film shows how the most powerful and far-reaching technology of our time is changing our lives, our society and our future. We follow pioneers at the frontline of the invisible AI revolution to see how this technology is developped and implemented. Through some of the brightest minds in the industry, the film draws the roadmap to where we are going.
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  • It Takes A Family

    Susanne Kovács • Denmark • 2019 • 60′

    Susanne Kovács is the grandchild of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Susanne’s German mother and her Danish Jewish father got married believing that the war was a closed chapter and that their different backgrounds would not affect their future together. But they were wrong. When Susanne is born, in the eyes of her Jewish grandparents she is a child of the enemy – a constant reminder of a painful past never reconciled within the family. Now, Susanne wants to break the silence. Is she at all allowed to dig into a family history that holds so many ghosts from the past? And maybe there is more than one truth?

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  • Lessons of Love

    Malgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja • Poland • 2019 • 75′

    Free-spirited Jola, after escaping from a marital nightmare, is letting loose with her friends and finds herself thrust into a new romance at a latino dancing class. The drama evolves when the conservative powers of her generation try to justify her abusive husband. A highly cinematic and joyful journey into a woman’s battle to reinvent herself in her best age of life, when you are 69.

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  • Marek Edelman …and there was Love in the Ghetto

    Jolanta Dylewska • Poland, Germany • 2019 • 80′

    “Why does nobody ask me if there was love in the ghetto? Why is nobody interested?” – so asked Marek Edelman, resistance fighter and the last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, shortly before his death in 2009. In this film, he answers that very question: Good and beauty did exist in the hell of the ghetto. And there was love, too. That was the greatest value, even greater than life itself. Strong, unconditional love, where you are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, and give yourself completely to another person. Body and soul.

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  • Self-Portrait

    Margreth Olin • Norway • 2020 • 80′

    Lene (33) suffers from severe anorexia. Since the age of ten she has been hiding from the Norwegian Health Care System. Then she taught herself the art of photography. The film is a portrait of an artist and a portrait of a deadly disease. During the last years, Lene became recognized as a world-class photographer. She had a unique photo-project, expose the shame, and confront the disease.

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  • Songs of Repression

    Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner • Denmark • 2020 • 90′

    At the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile lies an idyllic German colony. However, the beauty of the place is hiding a grim past. In 1961, the German preacher Paul Schaefer and his congregation moved to Chile with the stated aim of helping the poor. They established Colonia Dignidad (Colony of Dignity), which transformed into a closed sect. This film explores how the remaining residents of the colony deal with 45 years of child abuse, collective beatings and slave-like living conditions…

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  • Stigmatized-1968

    Ágota Varga • Hungary • 2019 • 55′

    What could happen to a 14-year-old rebellious teenager back in 1968? A group of boys including László rebelled against the system, the Communist State Security made an example of them, and the loyal servants of the system followed through for 25 years. Why did the all-powerful government feel so threatened by a bunch of teens playing a little game? After László’s release from prison, the machine of communism kept on trying to break his spirit, humiliating him at every turn as he grew up and struggled to make a life for himself as an adult. Here is his story…

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  • Talking About Adultery

    Bára Jíchová Tyson • USA, Czech Rep • 2019 • 72′

    An eye-opening documentary about the challenges of monogamy and what it takes to create a trusting relationship. Hidden subjects reveal their most intimate stories of sex, love, lies, marriage, and adultery sharing frank truths about trust and human desire. The filmmaker’s quest to explore our shared human desire to build relationships, feel wanted, and be sexually satisfied frames her own self-discovery. Looking deeper and confronting her past leads her to her own partner and lover.

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  • Tamás Barta – Hurry, mom’s waiting at home

    Eszter Hajdu • Hungary, Portugal • 2020 • 85′

    In 1974, Tamás Barta was at the peak of his career as the bassist of Hungarian rock band Locomotiv GT, but he decided to defect while on tour in the United States. He left his band mates and, most of all, his widow mother, Edit, waiting for him in communist Hungary. After her death, Tamás’ adopted sister Judit found 12 audio cassettes. They were the tapes he and Edit used as correspondence during the eight years Barta spent in America. The tapes contain shockingly intimate, frank and dramatic “conversations” showing how different were the worlds the son and the mother lived in…

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  • The World According To Amazon

    Adrien Pinon, Thomas Lafarge • France, Germany, India, Poland, USA • 2019 • 78′

    “Everything, right now”. Riding the digital revolution and betting on compulsive buying and immediate needs, Amazon has built the largest supermarket in the history of mankind by making all products and data throughout the world instantly available with just one click. At the head of this world empire is Jeff Bezos. As the richest man in the world, he is on a par with the most powerful heads of state on the planet. But what is the price of this dazzling success? What are its consequences, the implications, the stakes on the field, the resistance? This film is the result of years of investigations on the activity of world’s biggest corporation…

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