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Still We Students

IDFA at Home: We, Students!

Rafiki Fariala / CF, FR, CD, 2021 / 83 min.

From November 10 to 20, every day between 18:00 and 23:00, you can watch a film from IDFA's Best of the Fest or Masters programme online in our virtual cinema. You buy your ticket as usual, the PDF ticket you receive contains the link to the online cinema. Tonight, 17 November: We, Students!.

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Get to know a group of friends—Aaron, Benjamin, Nestor and Rafiki—who are all economics students at the University of Nangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Their lives are much like those of any other students, with parties, part-time jobs, constant lack of cash, flirting and the stress of exams.

But these young men and their girlfriends are more motivated than most. They spend a lot of their time discussing political and societal matters, and are full of plans to drag their underdeveloped country out of the swamp of poverty and corruption, as well as to build their own future.

Until that time comes, it’s a matter of getting good grades, doing your own wash, cooking, and earning money working at stupid jobs. And all the while, Rafiki’s camera is watching. He films his friends in every possible situation. This opens up new dimensions, for example, when one of them—in tears after failing an exam—asks the filmmaker if he actually sees him as a friend, or primarily as a character in his film?

Between 18:00 and 23:00, you can start the film whenever it suits you, the film is then available for 4 hours. For example, if you start the film at 22:59, you can watch until 02:59.

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IDFA 2022

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