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Raindance 2020: Wrap-Up and Top 5 Films

After So Many Days - credit: Raindance

Here we are. After ten days of film watching and catching up on reviews, I have finished my coverage of the Raindance Film Festival 2020. I am surprised at myself for doing as much as I did, considering I just finished up with LFF and had a lot of university work to catch up with. Overall, I ended up watching ten films – equating to a film a day.

I am surprised at the quality of the Raindance Film Festival, particularly with their documentaries. Whilst I was overall negative on the narrative features, I was really pleased with every documentary that I watched in the festival. There are some incredible films that are going to be released to the public soon, and I am glad I could share some love for these films which may otherwise not be seen.

To wrap up the festival in style, I am going to give a top 5 list of the films I did see at the festival, and a quick reason why it is in the list. All my reviews for these films will be in the links.

Top Five Films of the 2020 Raindance Film Festival

  1. After So Many Days – a charming documentary that made me smile like no other film in this festival. Jim and Sam are delights and I cannot wait to see what they do in the near future.
  2. Here Are the Young Men – my most anticipated film of the festival did not disappoint as I continue to love and support the incredible cast and the types of stories that they each want to tell. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Dean-Charles Chapman are not just one-hit wonders.
  3. TOPOWA! Never Give Up – another uplifting documentary that is such an easy watch and one that many people should seek out. I want to go out and achieve as much as I can thanks to the people in this film.
  4. The State of Texas vs. Melissa – I am somebody that loves to watch true crime documentaries, and particularly find out about people who are wrongfully on the death row so that their story can be heard and to give them a fighting chance to be freed. This story is no exception to that rule.
  5. True North – whilst the animation style may not work for some people, and I do understand that, there is so much heart and passion put into this story to give the truth and show the harsh realities of concentration camps in North Korea. This is stuff that cannot be ignored or turn away from.

    If you attended the 2020 Raindance Film Festival, what was your favourite film? If not, which film are you most excited to watch? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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