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Discover the Best Documentaries at Amsterdam's Premier Festival

From the 15th to the 26th of November, the biggest documentary festival in the world takes place in Amsterdam. And we have already made a small selection of the most interesting performances.
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During the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam—for short, IDFA—hundreds of documentaries are available at various locations in the city. The program for the thirtieth iteration varies from a documentary about Eric Clapton, Steven Spielberg and fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, to a portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. We picked out a small selection of interesting movies to make it easier for you:


The Gospel According to Andre (United States - 2017 - Kate Novack) 
From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that includes appearances by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Bethann Hardison, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik.

The Final Year (United States - 2017 - Greg Barker) 
The Final Year is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office.

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars (England - 2017 - Lili Fini Zanuck) 
Life in 12 Bars presents the life of guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton summarized in just over two hours, featuring the ups and downs of both his private and public life.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco (United States - 2017 - James Crump) 
Fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) is seen as one of the most influential in his field during the seventies. This movie reports on his colorful life in Paris and New York.

The Work (United States - 2017 - Jarius McLeary) 
This film features a four-day therapy session in an unusual setting: New Folsom Prison in California. The participants are both convicted murderers and gang members.

The Act of Killing (Denmark / Norway - 2012 - Joshua Oppenheimer) 
By asking two former paramilitary members involved in the Indonesian mass killings of 1965-66 to make a film in the style of their favorite Hollywood genres through which they play out their own past actions, Joshua Oppenheimer makes the violence gloriously and shockingly visible.

Golden Dawn Girls (Norway, Denmark, Finland - 2017 - Håvard Bustnes) 
While their extremely right-wing fathers, wives and sons are in prison, the Greek Golden Dawn women are at the forefront of continuing Nazi thought. A staggering picture of how blinders in politics can derail society.

Ask the Sexpert (United States - 2017 - Vaishali Sinha) 
India is the land of Kamasutra, but a large part of the population appears to be strikingly unknowledgeable about sex. With his humorous and non-moralistic newspaper 'Ask the Sexpert', an advancing 93-year-old tries to change that.



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