The Forbidden Reel [dir: Ariel Nasr]


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BIOGRAPHY: Written out of textbooks, neglected by historians, Tesla's gifts are only now being recognised, Jana Glogovac's film argues. [director: Janja Glogovac]


TECHNOLOGY: This chilling and critical AI-documentary almost succumbs to the dark fascinations it depicts, leaving a strong and unsettling impression of nascent digital powers outgrowing human control. [director: Tonje Hessen Schei]

Angels on Diamond Street

POVERTY: Following the kitchen staff & guests of a North Philadelphia soup kitchen, Petr Lom's documentary sees firsthand what happens when an undocumented Mexican family asks for sanctuary in its church. [director: Petr Lom]

Radio Silence

MEXICO: A portrait of the courageous and tenacious Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui [director: Juliana Fanjul]

Radio Silence

MEXICO: The incorruptible journalist Carmen Aristegui is one of the few voices in Mexico with the courage to consistently speak the truth [director: Juliana Fanjul]
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Who are you?

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The craft of documentary filmmaking

FOCUS: IDFA Programmer Laura van Halsema on «Focus: Re-releasing History»....
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The space she lives in

DOK Leipzig: The Singaporean filmmaker Tan Pin Pin is holding a masterclass as part of her ex...
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«I expect the best documentaries to have the same impact as...

Ji.hlava: Modern Times Review speaks with Ji.hlava’s Programme Director, Petr Kubica....
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«It is freedom of speech put in practice»

MAKEDOX: On a mission to share and promote creative documentary films and art, MakeDox celebr...

Dokufest brings the world to Kosovo

DOKUFEST: For a small nation bereft of the right to travel, a documentary festival is a way t...
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PALESTINE: A Palestinian filmmaker has created an important documentary about his people’s troubled past by finding old footage considered lost. [director: Mohanad Yaqubi]

This is Not a Movie

WAR REPORTER: For over 40 years, Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. [director: Yung Chang]

Land Mine

ISRAEL: An apartment building in Jerusalem exposes the repressive and damaging manifestations of Israel’s concept of defense. [director: Tirtza Even]

Nothing To Be Afraid Of

CONFLICT: 5 female de-miners look to clear the land of danger in the still disputed territory after the war in Nagorno-Karabakh [director: Silva Khnkanosian]
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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]

Our Defeats

ACTIVISM: A humiliating police encounter instills a newfound attitude of dissent toward state control for a group of Parisian high school students. [director: Jean-Gabriel Périot]

The Panama Papers

CORRUPTION: Alex Winter's behind-the-scenes story of how an international consortium of journalists broke the story of the Panama Papers plays like a compulsive thriller. [director: Alex Winter]
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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]

A lifetime in film

IDFA: What can we say about the 2019 IDFA choice of Jørgen Leth (82) and Patricio Guzmán (78) for «Lifetime Achievement Award» and «Guest of Honor» respectively?

Ghandi’s method

PHILOSOPHY: Can traditions of brotherhood, friendship, and solidarity still be established amongst today's majorities?

On the tragic mafia

VENICE: The mafia and corruption have been the topics of several films at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, but why are so many people attracted to power, even if it is so notoriously corrupting?

Where Truth Lies: Digital Culture and Documentary Media after 9/11

TRUTH: A new book on documentary practices post-9/11 begins with an often-repeated (idealistic) blaming of the media for the election of Trump, but develops into a complex analysis of how digital culture shapes our political realities [author: Kris Fallon]

Permanent Record

CONTROL: In his memoir, Edward Snowden reveals how he helped build the mass surveillance system and what his motivations were to bring it down [author: Edward Snowden]


MEDIA: Feeding the imagination, desires, and emotions of increasingly mobile and displaced lives, transnational media landscapes take shape. [author: Ivan Bargna]