AFFR 2023 opens on Wednesday 4 October at Theater Zuidplein, with the world premiere of A Plan for Paradise by Kati Juurus, a sometimes hilarious film that exposes the deep-rooted differences between Western design beliefs and the reality in Nepal.
Over the next four days, the AFFR offers a diverse programme of films about architecture, the city and landscape, all from the festal home base LantarenVenster: portraits of architects and their designs, as well as films that explore current themes such as the way we deal with water, the workplace culture in the architecture industry, and the globalized waste industry. New elements this year are a particular focus on one period – the critical 1970s – and on one country undergoing important developments that are relevant to the profession. This is India, since 2022 the world’s most populated country, with all the spatial challenges that poses. Although separate programme elements, they reflect the main theme of AFFR 2023: Contested Space.
As always, the AFFR broad programme ranges from investigative, in-depth documentaries to lighter, entertaining films – including animation films and a music film about architecture. In addition, there is plenty of scope for lectures, tours and debates, with acclaimed speakers from the design field and beyond. So AFFR has something for everybody interested in architecture, film or the world at large.