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Denmark, Sweden, Israel, United States, 2017, 95'
BOBBI JENE
Director: Elvira Lind
After 10 years as the star of the famed Israeli dance company Batsheva, the American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith makes the decision of a lifetime to return to the US. But tearing herself away from her deeply personal relationships proves harder than she ever expected, as she is forced to leave behind her mentor, choreographers and the love of her life, and return home to an uncertain future. Director Elvira Lind's raw and intimate approach bursts open the world of modern dance, and exposes the emotional quagmire where artistry, romance and determination intersect.
2017 – Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature, Best Editing in a Documentary Feature; Philadelphia Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature;

2018 – Cinema Eye Honors Award
Elvira Lind
Elvira Lind was born in Copenhagen in 1981. She graduated from City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town in 2006 majoring in Documentary Film. She has worked within that field since directing and shooting documentaries of various lengths for TV, film, and web on 4 different continents. Elvira now lives and works out of New York, where she also writes on various fiction projects. Elvira's first feature documentary Songs for Alexis competed at IDFA in 2014 and screened at a long list of international festivals, she received CPH:DOX new talent award in 2015, her first international documentary TV series Twiz and Tuck is launched on Viceland this year. Bobbi Jene is Elvira's second feature documentary

Selected filmography: Songs for Alexis (2014), Gun Buyback (2017), Bobbi Jene (2017)

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Denmark, Syria, 2017, 104'
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO / DE SIDSTE MÆND I ALEPPO
Director: Feras Fayyad
Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognised White Helmets, an organisation consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud – as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?
2017 – Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize;
2017 – Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival,
2017 – Best Testimony on Politics Award; DocsBarcelona,
2017 – New Vision Award; CPH:DOX, DOX:AWARD;
2018 – Academy Awards nomination for the Best Documentary Feature
Feras Fayyad
Feras Fayyad is an award-winning filmmaker. He was twice held by Bashar Assad's intelligence because of his film on the other side. He studied filmmaking and arts and has directed and edited several films, both documentary and fiction. He has participated in international film festivals and received recognition for his work about contemporary Syrian issues and the political transformation in the Arab world. He started worked on his film Last Men in Aleppo two years ago, and his previous films include Behind the White Color and My Escape.

Selected filmography: Wide Shot-Close Shot (2013), Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

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Denmark, Finland, Sweden, 2017, 86'
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS
Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
The film follows 10-year-old Oleh, whose life has been turned upside down by the ongoing war in East Ukraine. Oleh lives with his beloved grandmother Oleksandra in a small house in a village on the frontline. Most people have left the village, but Oleh and Oleksandra love their life together there, and want to stay on and take care of each other. But life is becoming more and more difficult and the war does not seem to end.
2017 – Best First Appearance - IDFA
2018 – Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary - Göteborg Film Festival
2018 – Golden Alexander Award - Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2018 – FIPRESCI Award - Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2018 – Human Values Award - Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2018 – The Youth Jury for best documentary - International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva
2018 – The Student Jury Award - Docudays UA International Documentary Film Festival
2018 – JURY PRIZE (2nd pl) in Documentary Competition at the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Simon Lereng Wilmont graduated as a documentary film director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2009. He holds a BA in Japanese. His film Above the Ground, Beneath the Sky won Best Short at Vision du Réel, Dormitory Master won the Gold Panda award at the Sichuan TV Festival. His first feature documentary, Travelling with Mr. T, was co-directed with Andreas Dalsgaard and nominated for a Nordic Dox Award. Wilmont has also directed the documentaries Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler's Son, which was screened at a number of international festivals, and The Distant Barking of Dogs, which was selected for competition at IDFA.

Selected filmography: Ramona's Journey (2004), Above the Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008), Dormitory Master (2009), Travelling with Mr. T (2012), Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler's Son (2014)
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