IDFA Meets is IDFA’s new event series for an emerging generation of documentary viewers. This year, five young guest curators are given free rein to put together an (online) film event. Freelance journalist and presenter Bo Hanna has the honor of getting us started.

How do you find your way in a world that is less black and white than some would have you believe? How do you take a stand in a world full of contradictions, complexities, and imperfections—yet a world that is becoming increasingly polarized at the same time?  And is this uncertainty a burden, or should you see it as an opportunity to see the world in its true colours?

On May 28, join us online for an in-depth discussion on the interplay between conflicting identities, political responsibility, and finding nuance in divisive times. We’ll stream I Signed the Petition in full, after which Natascha van Weezel and Tessa Boerman will join the conversation. Additionally, we’ll watch some clips from feature film Oriented.

Event Registration
Sign up for free at and we’ll e-mail you the link to the event. If you’re among the first 20 registrations you’ll receive a voucher to watch feature film Oriented, for free.

After the event, check your inbox for the IDFA Meets Goodie Bag: a digital package including additional content, suggestions for further reading, and more good stuff!

I Signed the Petition

Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel wakes up one morning in Berlin with butterflies in his stomach. Last night he signed a petition calling to boycott Israel, but was that a good idea after all? As a Palestinian, he’s already treated with suspicion. A phone conversation with a friend hits the nail on the head: As Palestinians in exile, they don’t have the luxury of keeping a distance, he says. “You’re already in it, know what I mean? Whether or not you sign a piece of paper doesn’t actually matter.”
Trailer | I Signed the Petition Bron:

Practical info

Date May 18, 2020
Start 20:30 CEST
Location online
Sign up event will be in English.

Bo Hanna studied French and Middle East studies and has worked as a freelance journalist for platforms such as i-D, OneWorld, Vogue, and de Volkskrant. Last year he began working as a presenter at AT5 and VICE UK. In his work, he deals with themes of youth culture, LGBTQ rights, drugs, identity, and fashion. He is also a guest curator at IDFA.Tessa Boerman is an independent filmmaker and programmer who has worked for several years at institutions such as IFFR and Witte de With. She has directed the films Zwart Belicht, about racism in the art world, and A Knockout, about the life of a black lesbian boxing champion in South London.

Natascha van Weezel is a writer and documentary filmmaker. In her documentary series Natascha’s Promised Land she examines how, as the grandchild of Holocaust surivivors, she might relate to Palestinian oppression in Israel.