Kubrick by Kubrick

CINEMA: In the presence of a god of cinema: Kubrick by Kubrick [Director Gregory Monro]

IDFA announces first competition films; Luminous, Frontlight, IDFA on Stage

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced 90 films and performances across competition and non-competition programmes. The Dutch, short, student, and young audience...

Nordische Filmtage Lübeck announces complete documentary programme for 62nd festival of Nordic and Baltic cinema

The documentary programme at the 62nd Nordische Filmtage Lübeck depicts the convoluted paths to happiness and surprising insights we gain along the way. The...

Ji.hlava IDFF announces full 2020 competition slate

In two weeks, 27 October - 8 November, the 24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will kick-off with over 59 world and 26 international...

18th Doclisboa announces full programme across its six sessions

The 18th #Doclisboa will feature 206 films, 31 world premieres, and 30 international premieres, spread over the six moments of the festival between October...

IDFA Forum announces selections, new category & award

63 projects have been selected for the 2020 #IDFA Forum, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam's co-production and co-financing market. Featuring established filmmakers and new voices,...

DOK Leipzig completes programme for und 63rd edition; adds out of competition «Camera Lucida» section

Running 26 October-1 November, #DOK Leipzig# has announced the full programme for its 63rd edition, running in Leipzig cinemas and online. The festival will...


Me and the Cult Leader - A Modern Report on the Banality of Evil

CONTROL: A search for understanding from a survivor of Aum Shinrikyo's 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo's subway. [Director Atsushi Sakahara]


SOCIETY: Woman is the sequel to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's panoramic portrait of humanity, this time focusing on the female part of the world's population. [Director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova]

Dark Suns

DRUG WAR: Trapped within an abjectly corrupt architecture of power, many Mexicans are subject to the collusion between organised crime and state institutions in a deadly concert of terror. [Director Julien Elie]

Dark Suns

DRUG WAR: A respectful and sensitive dedication Mexico’s dead and missing. [Director Julien Elie]

For Sama

SYRIA: A painful documentary infused with the occasional breath of poetry and beauty from Aleppo. [Director Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts]


CUBA: After ushering in the American Empire and its eventual revolt against it, Hubert Sauper takes an immersive look at Cuba and its people. [Director Hubert Sauper]


MEMORY: A journey into the life and experience of a former fighter in the Portuguese colonial war. [Director José Oliveira, Marta Ramos]

Nheengatu - The Language of Amazon Forest

COLONIALISM: Two worlds collide during a trip down the Amazon in search of the mixed language Nheengatu, imposed upon indigenous by Portuguese conquerors. [Director José Barahona]

Paris Calligrammes

HISTORY: In returning to Paris, German avant-garde filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger resurrects memories of the city that she called home through the 1960s. [Director Ulrike Ottinger]

Eating Animals

FARMING: The filth and falsification at the heart of the factory farming system - responsible for up to 50 percent of the world's climate change - is revealed. [Director Christopher Dillon Quinn]

Parts of a Circle: History of the Karabakh Conflict

CONFLICT: A chronicle of the disputed history in the decades-old conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis [Director Conciliation Resources]

Zaho Zay

PRISON: A picturesque hybrid documentary within a hopelessly overcrowded prison in Madagascar. [Director Georg Tiller, Maéva Ranaïvojaona]

A Perfect Crime

REUNIFICATION: Netflix' first German original documentary series looks at the unsolved mystery at the heart of the country's tumultuous reunification. [Director Jan Peter, Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Torsten Striegnitz]

I Am Greta

CLIMATE: Since her solitary protest outside Swedish parliament, Greta Thunberg now leads a global movement on the climate change crisis. [Director Nathan Grossman]

Wikileaks: The US against Julian Assange

SURVEILLANCE: US authorities are gunning for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in an attempt to scare other whistleblowers, German TV documentary claims. [Director Elena Kuch, Robert Holm]

The Rossellinis

BIOGRAPHY: Subtly assembled, minimalist praise of the goodness and beauty, intelligence and power of the female members of Roberto Rossellini’s families. [Director Alessandro Rossellini]

You've Been Trumped Too

TRUMP: Anthony Baxter's film, delayed by years of legal action, finally secures a timely digital release as Donald Trump's bid for re-election looks increasingly shaky. [Director Anthony Baxter]

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

PHOTOGRAPHY: The controversial cult status of Helmut Newton, one of the great masters of photography, continues long after his 2004 death. [Director Gero Von Boehm]

Merry Christmas, Yiwu

GLOBALISATION: In a city where it is Christmas all year long, those that produce cheap and tacky seasonal decorations care little for Western traditions. [Director Mladen Kovačević]

Where are we going now?

VIEWS: Is globalisation an evil that should now be fought? No, it's more nuanced. We who have an international orientation look with fear at how international cooperation is now weakening with the pandemic.

Cannes Docs – Marché du Film & CPH:DOX on «Documentary Production now – and beyond!»

CANNES DOCS: Cannes Docs - Marché du Film & CPH:DOX provide the informative panel discussion «Documentary Production now - and beyond!»

What’s happening to our planet?

ECOLOGY: How a massively popular nature TV series can help the world

We are movie cameras, lucidly dreaming

BOOKS: Filmmaker and curator Pamela Cohn knows all about the medium’s gallant struggle for a cinematic language that is new, immediate, and accessible to the viewer.

Is there something after the collapse?

SOCIETY: Thoughts on post-collapse societies and ecosocial transition.

Documentary as an ecological system

CINEMA: A glimpse into the ever-evolving way in which documentaries investigate, engage with, and interrogate the world.

Russia without Putin

RUSSIA: Putin will leave the Kremlin one day - but don't expect that to change things, argues Tony Wood in his well-researched thesis on power and continuity in today's Russia.

Filmmaking and real life

FILMMAKING: Tony Stark's practical and accessible guide to creating non-fiction content for television, online or social media.

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