Death in Istanbul

    CONTROL: In October 2018, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out, leaving his fiancée and an international community of dissidents to piece together clues to his murder.

    The trauma mapped on a nation-state’s skin

    TRAUMA: An unorthodox documentary on the exceptional journey of one of Serbia's first female partisans, who helped lead the resistance in Auschwitz.

    Ruled by the blindspots

    PERCEPTION: When an image speaks, who does it speak for?

    Paradise lost

    ENVIRONMENT: A single man wields enough power to uproot the living artifacts of his country’s collective history and memory.

    Russia’s war with its own people

    RUSSIA: Two films look into the appeal and threat of Western favorite Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

    Toxic travels

    CAPITALISM: How safe is the air we breathe on commercial airline flights?

    FIFDH Geneva announces full programme for 19th festival edition

    The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) has announced the full program for their 19th edition, 5 - 14 March 2021....

    East Doc Platform announces full 2021 programme

    Made for Central and East European documentaries, The Institute of Documentary Film's East Doc Platform is the region's largest co-production, funding, and distribution platform....

    Visions du Réel Ateliers celebrates Tatiana Huezo Sánchez and Pietro Marcello

    The 52nd edition of Visions du Réel will celebrate Mexican-Salvadoran director Tatiana Huezo Sánchez (Tempestad) and Italian director #Pietro Marcello# (Bella e Perduta, Martin...

    Ji.hlava IDFF opens submissions for 2021 festival & 2022 Emerging Producers workshop

    The Ji.hlava International Documentary Festival has opened submissions for their 25th edition (26 - 31 October 2021). Accepted are feature-length, shorts, animated, and interactive...

    DocuDays UA to take 18th edition hybrid

    This spring, the 18th #Docudays UA# (26 March - 4 April, 2021) will be held in a hybrid format for the first time. The...

    Doc Society launches Climate Story Fund for environment focused impact

    Doc Society is on the lookout for creative non-fiction projects that can complete production in 2021 with support from the Climate Story Fund. In...

    The new anarchists

    EDITORIAL: Can a film director combine both freedom and solidarity?

    «We are simply looking for good films»

    INTERVIEW: Andrea Prenghyová, Project Director of dok.incubator, speaks with Modern Times Review on the 2021 workshop.

    Karel Vachek: Films just have to make you laugh!

    Director Karel Vachek just died, so we publish this interview. Fifty years after Prague Spring and thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, he looked back on the evolution of our society and predicts a transformation to direct democracy.

    The art of disappearing

    PHILOSOPHY: Our editor Truls Lie has interviewed Jean Baudrillard earlier in Oslo – and since a lot have asked for access, we have republished it and a video here.

    The years to come

    SOCIETY: Maite Alberdi's film cleverly touches on a delicate theme and invites us with compassion and tenderness to reflect on isolation, the rigours of patriarchal society, and the organisation of work and family.

    At home in another Europe

    CONTROL: In increasingly authoritarian Hungary, two women face several hardships in their adoption of a young Roma child.

    Women of the world – united on film

    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.

    Elegy for the imprisoned

    REHABILITATION: In viewing Vilnius prisoners serving life sentences, Exemplary Behaviour examines the paradox between justice and forgiveness.

    Proud to be an American

    POLITICS: Touching on almost every aspect of life, Frederick Wiseman's latest opus illustrates all ways a local city administration can engage in civil discourse with its citizens.

    On the extraordinary achievements of an ordinary man

    LANGUAGE: Through one man's extensive travels and research over a 25-year span, a comparative study of 4 Indian languages is created.

    Anatomía de una lucha de resistencia

    LABOUR: Un largo período de desindustrialización da paso a un paisaje en descomposición debido al declive de una comunidad minera.

    Anatomy of a resistance struggle

    LABOUR: A long period of de-industrialisation gives way to a decaying landscape through the decline of a mining community.

    When values clash

    FAMILY: The daughter of a secular father and a devout mother tells the story reflective of the political events leading to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

    The death of democracy by a thousand cuts

    JOURNALISM: A vivid portrait of tenacious Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, founder of the Duterte-critical


    PRISON: Light is shed on the failure of Chile's prison system as 81 inmates burn to death while their families remain behind locked gates.

    Under the skin

    RACISM: Systematic, legalized racism has defined Brazil as a country for centuries with recent legal changes doing little to change the picture

    Sundance 2021: Two award winning documentaries show us what courage looks like

    Sundance: We look at two Sundance festival documentary winners and wonder, after his year’s (mostly) virtual festival may have set a standard for such post-pandemic events, what will stay and what will go?

    FIFDH Impact Day Lab shines spotlight on human rights filmmaking

    WEBINAR: The industry-focused aspect of the FIFDH programme saw a wide-ranging online event: «Filming For Human Rights»

    Gramsci’s Notebooks

    DOK:REVUE: Canadian Experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom on the importance of taking pictures.

    It comes right from the belly

    DOK:REVUE: In this personal essay, a Danish sound designer Peter Albrechtsen remembers one of the world's greatest and most unique modern film composers, Jóhann Jóhannsson. This article was written in 2018, shortly after Jóhannsson´s death, but has never been published.

    The relationship between art and the political

    ART: Though many of today's patrons use art as a giant advertising pillar, what can art still do when politicians lie?

    How far in advance do you have to know what you are looking for?

    MEDIA: Profiling, information control, behavior-regulating nudges and the sale of personal data should prove to be the reality, rather than the realisation of the internet as a publicist network.

    The control of society and the unruly

    LATE MODERNITY: People today are gaining more and more control over their surroundings – but are losing touch with the world. Where is the limit for measurements, quality assurances, quantifications and bureaucratic routines?

    No one knows the future

    COVID-19: A gathering of influential voices from around the world to weigh in on the progressive possibilities in the wake of COVID-19.

    There’s more than one feminism

    DOK.REVUE: A reflection on women documentarians inspired by Barbora Baronová’s book Women on Women.

    Documentary for social change

    SOCIAL CHANGE: Essential reading for all who want to better understand what makes our time the documentary golden age

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