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International Competition 1: Tribal Instincts (N/C 15+)

18 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Integration is attempted and resisted in refreshing takes on one of the most pressing of contemporary issues. A Bosnian refugee family settles into a small town in the Netherlands whilst a Roma filmmaker takes a stand against an ingrained Portuguese tradition. A tightknit group struggles with an uninvited guest and a Palestinian migrant attempts to lead an ordinary life in the refugee camp he thought he had escaped.

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A young Bosnian refugee family ends up in a small village in the Netherlands after getting a residence permit in 1994. Absurd situations arise as they are trying to make this new world their home.

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  • Director Ena Sendijarevic
  • Country Netherlands
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 17 min
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Batrachian's Ballad

Like the gypsies, the frogs, made of china, don't go unnoticed to a careful observer. "Batrachian's Ballad" comes about in a context of ambiguity. A film that immerses itself in the reality of Portuguese everyday life, as a form of fabling about a xenophobic behaviour.

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  • Director Leonor Teles
  • Country Portugal
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 12 min
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A tight-knit group of people live and work at a derelict farm. No one knows the woman in a black raincoat who has been wandering around their land all day. At first, they don't worry about her. But the closer she gets, the more she starts to get in their way.

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  • Director Stefanie Kolk
  • Country Netherlands
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 23 min
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A Man Returned

Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.

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  • Director Mahdi Fleifel
  • Country Denmark, Netherlands, Lebanon, UK
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 29 min
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h45m
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