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IDFA ’07 | “Operation Homecoming” to Open 20th Int’l Doc Fest in Amsterdam

IDFA '07 | "Operation Homecoming" to Open 20th Int'l Doc Fest in Amsterdam

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will open on November 22nd with Richard Robbins‘ “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” based on the letters, poems, essays and diary entries of American soldiers in Iraq. IDFA, considered the world’s leading documentary festival, will open this year at the Pathe Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam and continue through December 2nd in the European city. With text read by Beau Bridges and Robert Duvall, as well as some of the soldiers themselves, the “Operation Homecoming” will screen in the festival’s Joris Ivens Competition.

The 2007 festival, which has moved to new venues in the historic heart of Amsterdam, will include a tribute to Iranian filmmaker Maziar Bahari and ten films curated by the director. Other sections of the festival will include a program of animated docs, as well as twenty all-time favorite IDFA documentaries selected by festival audiences. Festival feature competition lineups follow.

Joris Ivens Competition

All White in Barking,” directed by Marc Isaacs (UK)

Bajo Juarez, The City Devouring Its Daughters,” directed by Jose Antonio Cordero & Alejandra Sanchez (Mexico)

Darfur Now,” directed by Ted Braun (USA)

Desert – Who Is The Man?,” directed by Felix Tissi (Switzerland)

Encounters at the End of the World,” directed by Werner Herzog (USA)

Faces,” directed by GMax (The Netherlands, France)

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go,” directed by Kim Longinotto (England)

How to Become a Hero” (Kako postati heroj), directed by Mladen Maticevic (Serbia)

Mechanical Love,” directed by Phie Ambo (Denmark, Finland)

Night,” directed by Lawrence Johnston (Australia)

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” directed by Richard Robbins (USA)

Septembers” (Septiembres), directed by Carles Bosch (Spain)

Shadow of the Holy Book,” directed by Arto Halonen (Finland)

Stranded,” directed by Gonzalo Arijon (France)

Up The Yangtze!,” directed by Yung Chang (Canada)

First Appearance Competition

Cat Dancers,” directed by Harris Fishman (USA)

Combalimon,” directed by Raphael Mathie (France)

Dear Camilo” (Querido Camilo), directed by Julio Molina & Daniel Ross (Brazil, Costa Rica)

Donkey in Lahore,” directed by Faramarz K-Rahber (Australia)

The Empire of Evil” (Im Reich des Bosen), directed by Mohammad Farokhmanesh (Germany)

End of the Rainbow,” directed by Robert Nugent (France, Australia)

Fighting the Silence,” directed by Femke van Velzen & Ilse van Velzen (The Netherlands)

In The Meantime” (Mientras esperamos), directed by Lisa Jonsson & Malin Nicander (Sweden, El Salvador)

Interrogation” (Informativni Razgovori), directed by Namik Kabil (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Journey of a Red Fridge,” directed by Lucian Muntean & Natasa Stankovic (Serbia)

The Last Lumberjacks” (Mu bang), directed by Guangyi Yu (China)

States of Mind” (Gli stati della mente), directed by Elisa Mishto (Italy, Germany)

The Miles North of Molkom,” directed by Robert Cannan & Corinna Villari-McFarlane (UK)

Wild Blue Yonder,” directed by Celia Maysles (USA)

Wings of Defeat,” directed by Risa Morimoto (Japan, USA)

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