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film from the south

The devil is in the system

Mohammad Rasoulof: There is no devil

DEATH PENALTY: The Berlin winner There is no devil is a strong statement against Iran's state executions and a morally complex depiction of living in a totalitarian society.

30 years with Film fra Sør

DIGITAL FESTIVAL: "It is a special year", says Lasse Skagen and Åse Meyer from Film fra Sør. With the closure of the cinemas in Oslo, this year's anniversary edition of the festival will be arranged digitally.

When killing is the only solution

Mehrdad Oskouei: Sunless Shadows

ABUSE: In an Iranian youth institution, a group of teenage girls are zoning. They have all killed a father, a brother or a spouse.

Sensible Arabic film-painting

Maryam Touzani: Adam

WOMEN: A sensual and strong relationship between women without a hint of Hollywood feeling.

"Fuck you, Bashar"

Feras Fayyad: The Cave

SYRIA: Feras Fayyad's new documentary shows people's courage, resilience and solidarity in a hospital during the bombing.

Colorful about fatal prejudice

Amjad Abu Alala: You will die at twenty

WRONG: Superstition and prophecy form the framework of a story in which a curse says that the main character will die before he turns twenty.

Football bans and women's matches

Marwa Zein: Khartoum Offside

SUDANISH WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: When the African dream is not to meet the right one, but to play for the national team.

Race for the accidents

Luke Lorentzen: Midnight Family

PATIENT HUNTING: The intense and up-to-date documentary Midnight Family follows a family-owned ambulance in Mexico City, and their extreme dilemmas between lifesaving and earnings.

Slave operation on the high seas

Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron: Ghost Fleet

MODERN SLAVERY: The Thai mafia tricks or kidnaps men who end up as slave laborers on fishing boats. A female activist fights for the lives of fishermen.

When going to the cinema becomes a political act

Suhaib Gasmelbari: Talking About Trees

SUDAN: What role can cinema play in democracy building?

Lordships and parasites

Joon-ho Bong: Parasite

GOLD PALM WINNER: Modern class divisions are strongly present in this year's Film from the South opening film Parasite, which is a bubbling and biting social satire you should not know too much about in advance.

The lost defender

Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche: Advocate

ISRAEL: For almost fifty years, Lea Tsemel has been at the forefront of the fight for justice and compassion for those who are lost and impossible to defend.