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2018 iDOCS International Documentary Film Festival Screening Schedule
Venue: Beijing Film Academy (Standard Theatre)
29 November 2018--4 December 2018
Date Time Film Country Duration Notes
29 November Thursday 13:00 Dina USA 101 Q&A
15:00 The Stranger Denmark 100
18:30 Opening Night: Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory USA 78 Q&A
21:00 Dancing for You Norway 30 Q&A
30 November  Friday 17:50 Holy God Russia 25
18:15 Close Ties Poland 18 Q&A
18:50 God Knows Where I Am USA 98 Q&A
21:00 Sibling Are ForeverThe Grand Journey Norway 75 Q&A
1 December Saturday 17:50 Deaf Child Netherlands 72 Q&A
19:25 Once I Was a Dragonfly Finland 64 Q&A
20:30 Listen to The Silence Georgia 83 Q&A
2  December  Sunday 17:50 Childhood Norway 90
19:30 Over the Limit Poland/Germany/Finland 74 Q&A
21:00 The Last Fight Netherlands 76
3  December Monday 17:50 Alicia Netherlands 92
19:20 Time Trial UK 81 Q&A
21:00 Debut Belarus 80
4 December Tuesday 17:30 Harmony Russia 62
18:30 The Goddesses of Food France 90
20:00 Landfill Harmonic Paraguay/Norway/Brazil/USA 82
21:20 Closing Film:  Becoming A Citizen Norway 45 Q&A
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2018 iDOCS International Documentary Film Festival Screening film Synopsis






Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.

The Stranger


The film is about Amanda, who tries to figure out who her new boyfriend really is. On her journey to discover the truth, she comes across numerous cases that Casper Rieper-Holm has been convicted in. In Amanda’s case, Casper Rieper-Holm created several fake Facebook profiles in order to lure her in. He talked his way into her life and heart by meeting all her needs and he was spectacularly good at it. They lived together for three months.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory


Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

Dancing for You


Vilde is a nature-loving girl who wants to become Norway’s best solo dancer in the macho folk dance Halling. But what is most important now is that her grandfather survives.

Close Ties


Forty five years of marriage is an impressive anniversary. Barbara and Zdzisław could be proud of themselves if not for the fact that the husband left the wife for his lover eight years ago. But now they are together again, although Barbara claims that if it were not for his infirm legs, Zdzisław would still be chasing skirts around Kraków. Despite the past resentment, everyday problems with paying bills, an occupied bathroom and rearranging furniture, they have a hard to define bond.

Holy God


Self-portrait. In 1998 our family came under armed attack. We were able to escape and we fled Grozny. We have been silent about it since.

God Knows Where I Am


God Knows Where I Am is the story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother who suffered from severe bipolar disorder with psychosis, who was intermittently incarcerated and homeless, inevitably being committed for three years to a state psychiatric facility. Successfully fighting her sister’s protective attempts to be named her legal guardian, Linda was able to refuse treatment and eventually procured an early, unconditional discharge. Upon her release, she wandered ten miles down the road from the hospital; broke into an abandoned farmhouse and for the next four months lived off of rainwater and apples, through one of the coldest winters on record. Unable to leave the house, she became its prisoner, and remained there, a prisoner of her own mind, eventually starving to death. Her body was discovered several months later and with it a diary that Linda kept documenting her journey. The diary is poignant, beautiful, funny, spiritual, and deeply disturbing. It is one of the only known instances of someone documenting their own starvation.

Sibling Are ForeverThe Grand Journey


Magnar and Oddny Kleiva have led their entire lives on their small mountain farm in Norway, seemingly unaffected by the riches of modern society. One day relatives from the US come to visit, and invite them to see where their grandmother’s sister emigrated to in 1890. But will the brother and sister in their seventies dare the long journey, having barely left the county before?

Deaf Child


Deaf Child is a coming of age film by Alex de Ronde in which he portrays the life of his son, a charismatic young man who happens to be deaf. The film follows Tobias from the cradle to the present day through archive material and other personal footage.
Tobias lives in two worlds: one in need, the other as a fish in the water. Archive footage shows how the little Tobias learned how to talk a little through endless speech therapy sessions, but also him having the time of his life in a Swiss cable car or in Disneyland Paris - all getting by without speech.

Once I Was a Dragonfly


Once I Was a Dragonfly is a film that follows a 25-year-old Miikka Friman who has grown up with dragonflies. He was inspired already at the age of six by a dragonfly that landed on his shoulder and his inspiration gradually turned into a way of living which still almost two decades later drives Miikka onto his expeditions. Miikka has been living his whole life with a camera on his hand, researching dragonflies and documenting the important milestones of his live. The film will show in parallel Miikkas development from a young enthusiastic filmmaker into a grown man while revealing the trajectory of a dragonfly.

Listen to The Silence


To Have a dream is very natural and easy for each one of us, but, to follow it, when no one else believes in it, is the fate of only a few. 9-year-old Luka dreams to step onto the stage and dance because this is the only way for him to take his place in the big world. The only world he knows is the public school for deaf children where he studies and lives. Even though it’s very difficult for him to understand and learn the rhythm of the music, he never gives up. The film ‘Listen to The Silence’ observes Luka’s life in the hidden world of this deaf society. This is a story of a young boy’s dream, to be heard LISTEN TO THE SILENCE is a visit to an isolated area for Deaf and hearing impaired children where they are looking forward to meeting with us and are asking for our attention.



CHILDHOOD is a 90 minute full-length documentary about children and how they play on their own terms. An observational documentary that follows the children in Aurora Kindergarten throughout a year. These are children from 1-7 years of age. It is a quiet and close, life-affirming film.  The film draws up a different perspective on what children truly need than what is the current norm.  The film is a good conversation starter to explore the function of play in the child’s life and the importance of friendship between children. About safe connections and trust in relationships between adults and children. We are allowed to observe the secret play among children, the play we adults don’t always understand.



Alicia is one year old when she is removed from her home. Via a foster family she is placed into a children’s care home when she is five. By the time she is nine, she is still there, awaiting placement with a new family. This is when the documentary ALICIA starts. For three years the film follows the girl in her daily life in close-cropped, observing images. These make the desires and powerlessness of the young, homeless Alicia, as well as the impact of a lack of perspective, palpable. Will the girl derail because of the hopelessness of her situation or are we witness to an inescapable history that repeats itself? Maasja Ooms directed, filmed and edited ALICA to make a poignant film about a universal theme: our need for love.

Over the Limit


Margarita Mamun, an elite Russian rhythmic gymnast, is struggling to become an Olympic champion. It is the most crucial year of her career and her last chance to achieve an ultimate dream, a gold medal. The film creates an intense portrait of a young woman who is desperately trying to handle her own ambitions and fulfil the expectations from the official Russian training system. It gives an exclusive access to the hidden world of the elite gymnasts and an insight to the harsh and successful triangle between the young sports woman and her two trainers. Over the Limit is an intimate drama of brutal relationships that lead to success.

Time Trial


The end of an athlete’s career is a race against time and a fight against an inevitable demise. The addictive need to participate defies logic and creates a mesmerising and painful spectacle. TIME TRIAL takes us into the final races of cyclist David Millar’s career, leading up to his last encounter with the Tour de France. We go inside the peloton, we’re pushed up impossible climbs and forced down rapid descents, we lie alongside him in his hotel room in post-race agony. We ride in the support car, the source of comfort, supplies and fleeting relief from the cold. And we know that every mile travelled is a mile closer to the end. TIME TRIAL gets us close to David Millar, revealing how the human spirit is driven by a force deeper than success and glory. Filmed using pioneering techniques, bespoke vehicles and on-bike cameras, and with a new score by US composer Dan Deacon.

The Last Fight


The Last Fight is a documentary by Victor Vroegindeweij about Marloes Coenen, a superstar and pioneer in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Marloes ended up in the fall of her career, but feels a deep, existential urge to go one last time for a title fight and become world champion at the American Bellator MMA. On the basis of the story of Marloes, a psychogram will be outlined by a professional fighter. What drives a person to hit another person in a cage in such a targeted way? What does she give for our bloodlust? What happens to you when you are at the top of the female fighting world? Who do you become?



Over 1500 women are detained in a Belarus prison for first-time offenders. Eleven of them have volunteered to take part in a theatre play. Their reasons vary: some see it as a small break from the tedium of prison life, some regard it as therapy, and others approach it as a practice run for when they return to society. The rehearsals serve as the leitmotif for this balanced portrait that subtly frees these women from the stigma of being criminals. The women talk as mothers, daughters and wives. They miss their families and wrestle with the guilt of losing so many years behind bars. The director uses various techniques to present these women as three-dimensional characters: close-up interviews about their fears, beautifully framed shots of the daily collective routines of jail life, images from surveillance cameras that emphasize how their lives are controlled, and of course their debut on the professional stage. By then, you almost feel as if you’ve landed in a feel-good movie with a happy ending, but the director doesn’t let it get that far.



Infirmity forces Nina, a desiccated old woman, to ask her granddaughter Nadya to move in with her, and the hell begins. Everything that was dear to Nina: the quiet of her apartment, collection of memorabilia, and even her grand piano – her only escape - is under a threat of the barbaric invasion of her 4 great-grandchildren.
Everyday Nina does her nails and makeup, solves a Rubik’s cube, and fights a comical war with a mischievous gang aged 1 to 7 running and crawling about the flat. Everyday Nadya juggles the kids, the house, and poverty; while trying to get through the day and work through the night. Like many women of her generation, Nadya is trying to survive in an ever-changing post-Soviet reality. But unlike many, she shows an awe-inspiring patience and wisdom towards her children, never raising her voice, being a friend and a subtle mentor.

The Goddesses of Food


In the male dominate food universe, discover the women changing the game on all levels. Presenting the best female chefs, including multi Michelin star chefs Dominique Crenn and Barbara Lync, and introducing rising new stars and those making incredible food in all corners of the world. A global journey exploring the female strength in gastronomy. Prominent chefs and journalists investigate on what holds women chefs back in the modern mediated world of cuisine and what needs to be done to change the way women in the food industry are viewed. Featuring Michelin chefs, sommelier from USA, Italy, France, Italy, UK, Spain.

Landfill Harmonic


LANDFILL HARMONIC follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group who live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra play music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, Favio Chávez, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town.

Becoming A Citizen


Starting school is one of the greatest transitions in a human life, the first true step from childhood and into adulthood. In Becoming a Citizen, we see the first year of school through the eyes of Max and Sofia. It is their first encounter with a system which has ambitions and expectations on their behalf.

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