ARLETTE. MUT IST EIN MUSKEL/ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE and COMING OF AGE at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (from 18th – 29th November 2015) is showing ARLETTE. MUT IST EIN MUSKEL / ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE (Director/Screenplay: Florian Hoffmann, Cinematography: Katharina Diessner, Mathilda Mester, Production: Tim Oliver Schultz) in the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary (Award for Best Student Documentary, endowed with 5,000€ prize money) and the IDFA DOC U Competition Section (IDFA DOC U Award, endowed with 2,500€ prize money).

The film is screening on 23.11.15 at 8.15 p.m., 24.11.15 at 8.15 p.m., 27.11.15 at 2.15 p.m. and 28.11.15 at 5.15 p.m. COMING OF AGE (Director: Teboho Edkins, Cinematography: Samuel Lahu, Production: Don & Teboho Edkins) is screening in the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary Section (Award for Best Student Documentary, endowed with 5,000€ prize money) on 19.11.15 at midday, 20.11.15 at 6 p.m., 23.11.15 at 10:45 p.m., 25.11.15 at 6 p.m. and 28.11.15 at midday.

The IDFA has been held every year since 1988 in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. No other film festival in the world shows so many top-notch documentaries as the IDFA, which is attended every year by film fans and industry professionals from the Netherlands and abroad. The IDFA is the world’s largest documentary film festival and will this year once again screen the most significant and most recent (inter)national documentary films.

A journey from Africa to Berlin unexpectedly becomes a journey from childhood to adulthood. At the centre of the film: Arlette, a war-wounded 15-year-old girl from the Central African Republic. In Berlin a knee operation liberates her from years of pain. As her body changes, her inner being changes too: suddenly she is flung into puberty. But then war flares up in her homeland again. What was meant to be a short trip becomes a journey with no end in sight. Arlette must grow up and take decisions about her future into her own hands. Stranded in Berlin, the young girl faces the challenges of a foreign culture, without a language to communicate in.
A cinematic long-term observation – narrated consistently from the perspective of the young girl from the Central African Republic. A clear, direct vista of our day-to-day life opens up for viewers, seen through Arlette’s eyes.

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Content / Synopsis COMING OF AGE
“Coming of Age” follows young people over the course of two years as they grow up in a remote corner of the mountain kingdom Lesotho, in southern Africa. Fairly little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but a great deal is at stake for the young protagonists. For Lefa, who wears her heart on her sleeve, her whole world crumbles when her best friend, Senate, leaves the village. Lefa must also decide whether to stay or set off in search of better education and new possibilities. Retabile takes care of his family’s livestock in a distant mountain pastureland – eight months a year. His younger brother Mosaku helps him, and watches him going through an initiation ritual that marks the transition to manhood. The summer of youth passes rapidly; doors to the adult world open and close.

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Published on November 10, 2015