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Tallinn Film Festival: Day Four by Anton Bitel

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After once more venting her feminist, anti-colonialist, anti-racist anger onstage in an elegantly constructed tirade of words, Syrian-Australian slam poet Ameena Nasser (Danielle Horvat) vanishes. As he searches for the missing younger sister from whom he has long been estranged, "Ricky" (Adam Bakri) - an Anglicisiation of his birth name Tarik - must negotiate not just a hostile media and police harassment, but also an awkward no-man's-land between his native culture and his adopted nation, even as he is still haunted by the childhood trauma that drove him to migrate, and assimilate, to Australia in the first place. Meanwhile, coming with ghosts of her own, police officer Joanne Hendricks (Rachael Blake) finds her missing persons investigation into Ameena leading her to doubt the prevalent tenets and ideologies of her male superiors - and of her country.

All this unfolds against

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