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(Documentary) Movie of the Day: Alis (2023) by Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas Van Hemelryck

Documentary filmmakers Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas Van Hemelryck’s second feature (their debut Amazona premiered at IDFA in 2016), Alis was filmed over a period of five years with the young women and genderqueer at the facility through documentary workshops. The result is what they term a “psychological documentary”: a creative act of storytelling that enables the individuals to speak candidly – about everything including sex and sexuality – without having to focus on their own traumas and experiences of life on the streets. Premiering in Berlin’s Generation 14plus, where it won both the Teddy for best documentary/essay film and the Crystal Bear for best film, Alis is a sensitive and generous act, which puts the safeguarding of its subjects ahead of its own desires to tell a compelling story – which, incidentally, it also does with aplomb (Screen Daily). 19 wins and 11 nominations international film festivals. Link IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt17080096/

(available 31 Jan-5th Feb, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival)



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