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Documentary Competition

These real-life stories go up-close and personal with the people and issues that define who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going.


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Any Given Day

Margaret Byrne  |   United States
In this raw, moving, and remarkable examination of struggle and resilience, director Margaret Byrne (Raising Bertie) follows Chicagoans Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar as the trio participates in a probation program [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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Babi Yar. Context

Sergei Loznitsa  |   The Netherlands, Ukraine
In the fall of 1941, German troops, assisted by Ukrainian Police and without any resistance from the local population, shot dead 33,771 Jewish people in the Babi Yar ravine in [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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A Cop Movie (Una película de policías)

Alonso Ruizpalacios  |   Mexico
Police corruption is rampant around the world, but Mexico City’s la policía are among the most notorious. In this thoroughly original and unpredictable docu-fiction hybrid, award-winning filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios (Museo, [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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Exposure

Holly Morris  |   United States
As the polar ice caps melt, travel to the Arctic has become increasingly treacherous. Even so, in the face of precarious ice floes and punishing frostbite, an expedition of 11 [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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The Last Forest (A Última Floresta)

Luiz Bolognesi  |   Brazil
In this luminous follow-up to Ex-Shaman, Bolognesi’s 2018 Chicago IFF winner, the Brazilian filmmaker returns to the rainforest of his homeland to tell another bewitching yet tragic story of Indigenous [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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The Last Shelter (Le Dernier Refuge)

Ousmane Samassékou  |   France, Mali, South Africa
On the edge of the Saharan desert in West Africa, at the crossroads of hope and defeat, lies the Caritas Migrant House, a temporary waystation for thousands of people every [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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The Other Side of the River

Antonia Kilian  |   Germany, Finland
At only 19, Hala fought in one of the Kurdish armed forces’ all-female brigades to liberate her hometown from ISIS. Now, working as a policewoman, she has a new mission: [...]
Arabic, German, Kurdish  
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Skál

Cecilie Debell, Maria Tórgarð  |   Faroe Islands, Denmark
Vivacious poet Dania, 21, who comes from a conservative Christian community, lives on a remote island in the North Sea. When she falls for secular hip-hop artist Trygvi, aka “Silver [...]
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