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D: Philip Scheffner, Germany 2010, 100 min, German, English and Dutch OV with German subtitles
Der Tag des Spatzen (Day of the Sparrow) is a political nature film about a country where the line between war and peace has become blurred. Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, November 14th, 2005: a sparrow is shot and killed after knocking down 23,000 dominos. A German soldier dies in Kabul as a consequence of a suicide bombing. These two adjacent headlines lead Philip Scheffner to set out looking for war using the methods of ornithology. In Germany rather than Afghanistan. For it is here that the question arises: is it wartime or peacetime?
D: Heba Y. Amin, Egypt 2016, 7 min, OV with English subtitles
In late 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork suspected of espionage due to an electronic device attached to its leg. The film addresses conspiracies embedded in the political landscape that shape the present. It confronts the absurdity of the media narrative that has blurred fantasy with realty and turned a bird migrating from Israel to Egypt into a symbol of state paranoia.