Documentary festival unveils lineup

'Holy Wars' among 15 IDFA competish titles

BRUSSELS — Fifteen features compete for kudos at this year’s International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam.

Fest unspools Nov. 17-28, with competition winners announced Nov. 26.

U.S entries include Stephen Marshall’s “Holy Wars,” following a fanatical Christian and a radical Muslim from the start of the war on terror, and Jeff Prosserman’s “The Foxhounds,” about the pursuit and exposure of fraudster Bernie Madoff.

Canada competes with “You Don’t Like the Truth — 4 Days Inside Guantanamo,” by Luc Cote and Patricio Henriquez, and “The Team,” by Patrick Reed, about tribal rivalries in a Kenyan soccer team.

Otherwise Europeans dominate the lineup, including past winner Leonard Retel Helmrich. Dutch helmer’s “Position Among the Stars” completes a trilogy on Indonesia, viewed through the microcosm of a single family. Pic also opens the fest.

Organizers claim 84 world preems among the 280 docus screening.

Awards for best mid-length, debut, Dutch and student films are joined this year by a competition for films with environmental themes. Twelve docus compete, including U.S. titles “Windfall” by Laura Israel, “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” by Taggart Seigel, “Greenlit” by Miranda Bailey and “Cool It” by Ondi Timoner.

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