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IDFF FLAHERTIANA is one of the most respected documentary festivals in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
The first edition of the festival was held in 1995. Until 2006 it was held every two years, and was closer to a theoretic workshop than a competition. In 2006, the festival officially became an annual international documentary film festival with an international competition jury and a FIPRESCI jury.
The Millenium Festival presented a very diverse program of documentaries at Flahertiana-2018 : the dramatic story of Daniel Hoek, who comes to Europe in search of his father, the beautiful portrait of a passionate theatergoer and the wonderful road trip of Aurelia and her three very young daughters towards the desert.
The film program was presented by the artistic director of the Millenium Festival, Zlatina Rousseva.
2017, France, dir. Aurelia Tazi , 75 min
Travelling on foot from Marrakech to reach the dunes of the Sahara, a 600 km journey through the Atlas, a dream for Aurélia. A dream but also a challenge, that of undertaking this trip with her 3 daughters of 4, 6 and 8 years old. Together, they will experience nomadic life for two months, cross wonderful landscapes and discover Berber hospitality. But they will also share laughter, unexpectedness, fatigue, fear and joy. An initiatory journey that this little family will accomplish with extraordinary courage and from which both mother and daughters will grow up.
2016, Latvia, USA, dir. Matiss Kaza , 65 min
A 78-year-old Indian woman in New York is the world’s most passionate theatergoer. Nicki Cochrane has been going to at least one play every day for more than 25 years. She is always ready to fight for a free seat at any show that’s worth her time. But at what point does passion turn into addiction? As Nicki rushes around Manhattan from one theater to the next, we find out about her personality, family and the choices she has made in order to make a life at the theatre possible.
2018, The Netherlands, dir. Floris-Jan van Luyn, 85 min
Ethiopian Daniel Hoek has been convicted for murder. He claims that it is because of his Dutch father, a former colonial, who returned to Europe leaving behind his 3 year old son in Ethiopia. More than forty years later, Daniel is convinced that he never would have killed if his father had not abandoned him. The Bastard follows Daniel’s search for a father, and tells a harrowing tale of destiny and DNA, racism and responsibilities.