DocNights Presents: Alis + Q&A CTBA

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This film was last shown on 27 March 2023

Teenagers in Colombia conjure up a classmate named Alis, who manifests their concerns and desires to break the cultural cycle of violence and shares their hope for a brighter future.

Nicolas van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf’s documentary is the result of a five-year workshop they ran at Arcadia boarding school in Bogota. Having created a safe space, they asked a group of teenage girls to create Alis, a fellow student, giving her whatever attributes they want. Addressing the camera directly, the girls’ discussion of their new found friend soon becomes an opportunity for them to contemplate their own feelings about – and experiences of – the world they live in. The result is a moving testament to their hope of a better world.

Winner of the 2022 Sheffield DocFest Youth Jury Award.

This screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with director Nicolas van Hemelryck, hosted by the Sheffield DocFest team.

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DocNights, in collaboration with Sheffield DocFest, is a monthly screening of documentary films taking place on the last Monday of every month.


Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck
1 hour 24 minutes
Spanish, English Subtitles


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