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Shot and edited by director Boris Gerrets, this Dutch/French documentary on nocturnal street life in Freetown, Sierra Leone, competes for the main prize at the Amsterdam festival.

Darkness becomes visible in BorisGerrets’ absorbingly downbeat Shado’man, shot entirely after nightfall on the tough,

squalid streets of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. At once stylish and gritty, this is a solid, serious and promisingly distinctive feature-length debut from the Dutch director,