The Sea of Shadows [dir: Richard Ladkani]

ECOLOGY: The making of this urgent film is itself an integral part of a drama involving the Chinese mafia trading fish organs, Mexican fishermen pushed into crime, fearless activists, frightened policemen and the last 30 individuals of a rare species of mini whales.
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Looking at the Philippines today: survey and resistance

PHILIPPINES: A retrospective of Kiri Dalena’s works at Oberhausen 2019...

The big censor is inside

DOCSBARCELONA: In cinematography freedom plays the main part. For Audrius Stony, it is more i...
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Enraged!

ENVIRONMENT: Extinction Rebellion should be taken seriously....

Raving Riot [dir: Stepan Polivanov]

DISSENT: Since its May 2018 police raid, Bassiani, Tbilisi’s largest nightclub, has become a symbol of defiance in the face of social conservatism.

Swatted/Black Bus Stop [dir: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena Harold]

VIENNA SHORTS: Two short documentaries from Vienna Shorts representing two distinct sides of the modern human experience, one digital and one all too real.

Pot Luck [dir: Jane Wells]

DRUGS: In the US state of Colorado, the legalisation of marijuana has seen mass commercialisation and neighbourhoods of colour exploited by unscrupulous profiteers

Chasing Yehoshua [dir: Shay Fogelman]

PALESTINE: Manhunt on radical West Bank settler turns into clever psychological portrait of loner with a tormented soul.

About a War [dir: Daniele Rugo, Abi Weaver]

BEIRUT: About a War demonstrates how understanding our history can breed solace, solidarity, and progress in a society where the past is a taboo.

Advocate [dir: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche]

JUSTICE: For almost fifty years, Lea Tsemel has been at the forefront of the fight for justice and compassion for those lost and indefensible in society’s eye.

The Wind [dir: Michał Bielawski]

NATURE: The coming of a mighty wind that can also steal your mind.

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Privacy of Wounds [dir: Dalia Kury]

SYRIA: Forced to spend three days together in a sparsely furnished room with three single mattresses and a covered window, three Syrian men sit and talk within their makeshift prison cell.

Beirut, La Vie en Rose [dir: Èric Motjer]

BEIRUT: A glimpse into a world of privilege both outrageous and bittersweet.

They need to trigger emotion

Millennium Against Gravity: I am still waiting for a documentary version of House of Cards, says festival director Artur Liebhart.

Woodstock [dir: Barak Goodman]

CULTURE: The American broadcaster PBS has launched a new documentary about one of the key events in American modern history: Woodstock.

«Documentaries fill people’s need for featured reality»

DOK.fest München: MTR talks with the programmers at the DOK.fest München’s International Programme, Julia Teichmann and Monika Haas.

RocKabul [dir: Travis Beard]

CULTURE: A documentary tells the story of the rise of the first Afghan metal band and their fall under the weight of the ultra-conservative society that surrounds them.

Ressaca [dir: Vincent Rimbaux , Patrizia Landi]

ACTIVISM: The Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro is a prism onto a country in economic and political crisis.
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Heimat is a Space in Time [dir: Thomas Heise]

GERMANY: Thomas Heise voyages into mental and emotional fractures

A human perspective

KRAKOW IFF: To open the viewer’s eye to problems and stories they never thought about....

The key point will be the distribution

DocsBarcelona: DocsBarcelona is growing. Festival director Joan Gonzàlez Herrero says that t...

Getting closer to the heart of the truth

HOT DOCS: Documentary filmmakers are the last people standing, waving the flag for the truth ...

Diversity

VISIONS DU RÉEL: Cinema of the real is not a sub-genre....

«The power of the Mafia is institutionalised»

MAFIA: Modern Times Review met the Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia in the Berli...
Adequate compensation for the loss?
(The Digital Plenitude: The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media)
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MEDIA: Author Jay David Bolter provides a comprehensive description of contemporary digital culture where digital technologies facilitate and shape the creation of many diverse communities of participation.
The New Left’s cinematic revolt
(Enduring Images: A Future History of New Left Cinema )
CINEMA: Morgan Adamson’s Enduring Images brings the revolutionary cinema of the 1960s alive and reminds us of the necessity of battling the ruling representations.
In Extremis: A story about bravery, talent and betrayal
( In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin )
WAR REPORTER: Marie Colvin covered all the main conflicts of our time, always with the same aim: not only to bear witness, but to bring action.
Intelligent care for a world in disorder
( The Neganthropocene )
PHILOSOPHY: The central argument in The Neganthropocene is that the world is at risk of lapsing into a nihilistic state, as our failure to care for it becomes ever more manifest. But the challenge Stiegler takes upon himself is to show the way to an alternative anthropology.

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