Competitions

Students’ Choice

Representatives of five student associations at Leiden University nominate three films from the festival programme for the Students’ Choice competition.

Nominations

Ask the Sexpert

Humorous portrait of 93-year-old physician Mahinder Watsa: the man behind the highly popular  column ‘Ask the Sexpert’ in the Indian newspaper Mumbai Mirror. Watsa openly discusses sexuality and the do’s and don’ts of sex, a topic which is surrounded by taboos in India. Des...

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Tehran Taboo

Animated film in which the lives of three women and a young man intersect in the schizophrenic society of Teheran, the capital city of Iran. Everything prohibited and taboo – sex, drugs, adultery and corruption – lurks behind the illusory façade of the strict Islamic country.

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Verdict, The

In this thrilling courtroom drama it is the audience that decides on the film's outcome by passing judgement on a classic horrible dilemma. Is the jet fighter pilot who shot down a hijacked aircraft responsible for the death of its 163 passengers? Or should he receive a medal of honour for saving 70,000 peop...

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Citizen, The

Touching fiction film about African refugee Wilson (60), who lives in Hungary and would like to be a Hungarian citizen. He falls in love with his teacher Mari and she returns his affections. But their relationship is complicated by Shririn, an illegal Iranian refugee who has moved in with Wilson and lives in...

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Tickling Giants

A comical documentary about the 'Egyptian Jon Stewart', Bassem Youssef. During the Arab Spring, he trades in his career as a doctor for a life as a talk show host. Soon he has his own late night show on Egyptian television. Youssef's fortunes and misfortunes appear to be very dependent on the quirks of the l...

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Tamara

Teo feels like a woman trapped in a man's body. In Paris he can show his flamboyant side, but back in his native Venezuela he complies with the prevailing social norms. He starts a family and begins wearing men's clothes. After a while, though, Teo can no longer hide from himself and starts the transformatio...

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I Am Not a Witch

Shula is nine years old and lives in Zambia. One day, out of the blue, she is accused of witchcraft and ends up in a special camp for witches where women are tied to ribbons to prevent them from flying off, and tourists come to ‘watch the witches’. A bizarre, surreal story rich w...

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