Students’ Choice

Students’ Choice is a competition of three films with a wide variety of themes and genres. Each year, a student jury from Leiden University delves into the festival programme for the selection of the nominated films.


Costa Brava, Lebanon

The utopian life of the free-spirited Badir family in the Lebanese mountains is disrupted when a garbage dump is built right outside their house. This causes tensions within the family: should they resist, sue, sabotage, or move back to Beirut? Beautiful and gentle drama with delicious ensemble performances. The Badir ...

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Eternal Spring (長春)

The thrilling and emotional story of a group of Falun Gong practitioners who managed to shortly take over Chinese state TV. A story of immense bravery and life under totalitarian rule. Animation and documentary ingenuously combined with breathtaking result. ‘History has taught Chinese people a lesson,’ we hear at the b...

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Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege

Daily life in Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus, during a siege by the Assad-regime. Abdallah Al-Khatib lives in the camp, picks up a camera and films for two years. The result is simultaneously determined, optimistic, shocking and heartbreaking, and filled with a deep humanity. Abdallah Al-Khatib lives in Y...

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Dana Pokojna

Jasmine Velasquez

Mariza Hruska

Sara Mandis

Yusufhan Balci