International Feature Competition comprises nine fresh films that expand the topic of peace in every new direction. Benh Zeitlin returns with Wendy, breaking an eight-year hiatus since his dazzling feature debut Beast of the Southern Wild. Wendy is a bitter twist on the classic story of Peter Pan that sets out as a children’s fantasy, then turns into a cautionary tale of environmental threat. Along the Sea follows three young women and their psychological pathos as they fight to survive in a foreign land as illegal immigrants. Kim Min-young of the Report Card portrays young girls standing on the verge of adulthood. They are in search of answers as they move down the road of life. The witty style blending reality and daydream seems to signal the arrival of a new generation of dramaturgy. Social inequality has only become more visible during the pandemic, and so are films touching on it. An unusual female connection develops between a single adult woman and a pregnant teenager in Aurora, which follows the inner turmoil of the woman who had chosen to be childfree. Pari revolves around a mother looking for her missing son. Coming from a patriarchal culture, her search unexpectedly leads to a rediscovery of herself. The Bike Thief, which borrows a motif from an Italian neorealism film, and Not Going Quietly, a documentary chronicling an activist’s fight for disability rights, confront social issues head on. Human Factors and Thou Shalt Not Hate are built on riveting cinematic imagnation, provoking thoughts on social injustices.