The Fantastic, Waste No.4 New York, New York

RECYCLING: The consumer-cultural detritus of the wealthy occident yields unexpected consequences in a very different part of the world. [Director Maja Blåfield, Jan Ijäs]

The Czechs Are Excellent Mushroom Pickers

ENVIRONMENT: Humans are extraordinary in how they manage to isolate themselves away from their problems. [Director Apolena Rychlíkova]

No Kings

TRADITION: 150 miles from Rio de Janeiro exists a hidden community descended from indigenous people, escaped African slaves, and European pirates [Director Emilia Mello]

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

COMMUNITY: In the shadows of Las Vegas, real people, in an unreal situation, face an uncertain future. [Director Turner Ross, Bill Ross IV]

Vivos

REPRESSION: Through intimate interviews and meditative photography, Ai Weiwei provides visualisation of an unsolved humanitarian crisis. [Director Ai Weiwei]

We Have Boots

DEMOCRACY: Hong Kong faces the dawn of sovereignty [Director Evans Chan]

Sing Me A Song

SPIRITUALITY: In the few years since TV and internet were introduced to Bhutan, daily rituals like candle lighting and recitation of prayer now compete with the lure of smartphones. [Director Thomas Balmès]

Oeconomia

CAPITALISM: Carmen Lossman's forensic film lifts the lid on the great con of late capitalism - the debt and money-go-round that is spinning towards ecological, social and financial disaster. [Director Carmen Losmann]

Lucid dreaming: animated documentary at Thessaloniki

THESSALONIKI: Three films from the 2020 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival prove the multi-dimensional power of animation in non-fiction storytelling.

Back to 2069

IDENTITY: Never mind how hard you try, you can never escape the world [Director Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky]

Waxing Poetic

PROFILE: Theodore Ushev’s ‘The Physics of Sorrow’

Ethnographic fictions: A portrait of Laura Huertas Millán

THESSALONIKI: Challenging the authoritative colonial views about exoticism, ethnography, and anthropology, filmmaker and artist Laura Huertas Millán is transforming filmmaking itself as their traditionally expressive form.

Berlin stinks

BERLINALE: There really was something behind the films at the Berlinale this year.

The coming technological decade

EDITORIAL: Will increased control or monitoring in this decade eventually leave more to algorithms that carry out actions based on so-called "actionable intelligence"?

Zelig Film School essay: What is a Documentary?

VIEWS: Three Zelig Film School students agreed to write a small essay when asked which three words come to your mind when you hear DOCUMENTARY

Docs and de-powering

FESTIVALS: Can documentaries be a part of de-powering – «destitution» – most needed in today’s power-driven societies?

To ask questions that are intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging

INTERVIEW«My background was from journalism, I had to learn film language», says Benjamin Ree on his The Painter and the Thief.

Four measures against the use-and-throw culture

CONSUMPTION: Keucheyan does not want authoritarian Marxism where the bureaucracy decides what its citizens need.

Filmatic rebellion

CINEMA: Morgan Adamson's Enduring Images brings new life to the 1960s revolutionary film and reminds us of the need to fight the prevailing forms of representation.

Man is like a flower

TECHNOLOGY: We live in MODERN TIMES where artificial intelligence evolves on its own and can become our rescue, not our death.

Saying something substantial about others

PHOTOGRAPHY: World renowned photographer Fred Baldwin has published his memoirs at the age of 90. Is this a peculiar insight into a person who, through everything and everyone he meets, first and foremost sees himself?

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Silence. Stillness. Serendipity

PHOTOGRAPHY: With a touch of magic realism, Doña Maria and her Dreams provides an exceptional journey through the mysterious world of the Venezuelan desert.

There Will Be No More Night

CONFLICT: Eléonore Weber's chilling compilation of military footage reveals the casual killing by men in flying machines who risk nothing in the pursuit of state-sanctioned murder. [Director Eléonore Weber]

Scars

CONFLICT: The never before told story of Sri Lanka’s Tamil women fiercely fighting for their sovereignty. [Director Agnieszka Zwiefka]

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

CONFLICT: Through their collective artistic project, a single mother and her four children cope with life inside a war zone. [Director Iryna Tsilyk]

Colombia in My Arms

CONFLICT: A sensitive and balanced glimpse into the consequences of Colombia's much-heralded 2016 peace accord [Director Jenni Kivistö, Jussi Rastas]

The Ebb Tide

ECOLOGY: Director Renu Savant gives us the opportunity to see the ancestral, small-fishing methods of the men of Mirya on the west coast of India. [Director Renu Savant]

The Great Green Wall

CLIMATE CHANGE: Malian musician Inna Modja takes an epic journey down Africa's ambitious Great Green Wall project where 8,000km wall of trees is to stretch across the entire continent. [Director Jared P Scott]

The Book of the Sea

CLIMATE: Enriched with animated segments depicting the legends and culture of the Inuit and Chukchi people, The Book of the Sea reveals a side of Russia rarely seen. [Director Aleksei Vakhrushev]

The Sea of Shadows

ECOLOGY: The making of this film is itself an integral part of a drama involving the Chinese mafia, Mexican fishermen pushed into crime, fearless activists, frightened policemen and a rare species of mini whales. [Director Richard Ladkani]

Welcome to Chechnya

CONTROL: A group of activists risk unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ programme raging in the Russian republic of Chechnya. [Director David France]

Marshawn Lynch: A History

AMERICA: Through the eloquence of silence, echo, and mimicry as key tools of defiance, American football star Marshawn Lynch weaves his legacy. [Director David Shields]

Solidarity

CONTROL: The determination of a community that comes together in the name of justice. [Director Lucy Parker]

Dollar Heroes

NORTH KOREA: Why do UN sanctions fail to eradicate North Korea’s exploitative operations? [Director Carl Gierstorfer, Sebastian Weis]

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