Sarah Dawson

Programmer - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
South Africa

Voted for

Mon oncle1958Jacques Tati
Embrace of the Serpent2015Ciro Guerra
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One1967William Greaves
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection2019Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
MOGARI NO MORI2007Naomi Kawase
Hard to Be a God2013Alexei German
A Torinói Ió2011Béla Tarr
The Perfumed Nightmare1976Kidlat Tahimik
Spirited Away2001Hayao Miyazaki
Rizi2020Tsai Ming-Liang


To compare the length of eternity to the duration of cinema's existence takes us into a realm of the absolute - a place of dogma or repetition that favours that which is continually reiterated in superlative terms. So, here, I humbly present a list of films that I find profound and memorable, into whose orbit I have been pulled by the gravity of the weight of my encounter with them, as I travel through the universe of human emotion, sense and thought in this short life I have to live.