Laura Poitras to be Guest of Honor at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

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Laura Poitras is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker. [Photo by Jan Stürmann]

Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras has been named the Guest of Honor for the 35th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, set for Nov. 9-20 in the Netherlands.

Poitras’ (“Citizenfour,” “My Country, My Country”) will be honored at the Dutch festival with Top 10 and Retrospective programs, according to a news release.

With the Top 10 program, she will curate 10 films “key to the human condition.” The program includes reflections on political imprisonment (including “Hunger” by Steve McQueen and “This is Not a Film” by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb), incarceration and psychiatry (Frederick Wiseman’s “Titicut Follies”), and genocide (Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah”), among other interventions so influential on Poitras’ own view of the world – and film’s place in it.

As part of the Top 10, Poitras will be in conversation with several of her selected filmmakers during the festival’s public talks program.

In the Retrospective section, the festival will present all seven films directed by Poitras from 2003 to today.

Alongside titles that made Poitras a household name, the program includes lesser-screened films such as “Risk,” the years-in-the-making portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and her first feature, “Flag Wars,” a cinéma vérité film co-directed with artist Linda Goode Bryant on the gentrification of a working-class African American neighborhood by white gays and lesbians.

Poitras’ latest film, “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” premiered earlier this fall at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the top prize, the Golden Lion.

Deadline reports that HBO Documentary Films acquired U.S. television and streaming rights to Poitras’ new documentary ahead of its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was also shown in September as a Centerpiece Selection at the 60th New York Film Festival.

In celebration of Poitras, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam will host a public master talk with Poitras and Orwa Nyrabia, the festival’s artistic director, in Amsterdam’s historic Pathé Tuschinski cinema.




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