Korean director Lee Seong-gyou’s “My Barefoot Friend” has been invited to compete in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and is tipped as a strong candidate to win among the 15 feature-length films.

IDFA is considered one of the most influential non-fiction film festivals in the world, along with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan.

Lee Hong-ki, president of IndiePD, an association of independent filmmakers in Korea, said, “‘My Barefoot Friend’ has been receiving rave reviews, and the crew and director have been invited to several events. There are already deals in the works to release it in over 30 countries.”

The documentary portrays the difficult life of Shalim, one of some 10,000 rickshaw drivers in Calcutta who live at the very bottom of Indian society.

This year’s IDFA takes place from Nov. 17 to 28, and winners will be selected in several categories including feature-length, mid-length and student films.

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