The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

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

All Inclusive

CONSUMPTION: A humorous and poignant commentary on the mass consumption of our time. [Director Corina Schwingruber Ilić]

La Espera, The Lost Procession

IFFR: Two shorts from the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam highlight experience from Central America to Pakistan, and beyond. [Director Danilo do Carmo, Jakob Krese, Bani Abidi]

Spaceship Earth

SUSTAINABILITY: A spirited documentary following a visionary counterculture collective, as well as a cautionary tale about the forces destroying the planet. [Director Matt Wolf]

The Social Dilemma, Saudi Runaway

TECHNOLOGY: Sundance 2020 featured several films with tech at their center. [Director Jeff Orlowski, Susanne Regina Meures]

Women of the Gulag

CONTROL: The compelling and tragic stories of six women as the last survivors of the Gulag. [Director Marianna Yarovskaya]

Love Child

MIGRANTS: By focusing on the life of one small family battling faceless bureaucracy in an uncaring world, Eva Mulvad tells a story of our times. [Director Eva Mulvad]

Eye to Eye

REHABILITATION: A touching story of the power of forgiveness that poses difficult questions for the families of murder victims - and the perpetrators. [Director John Webster]

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]

American Factory

GLOBALISATION: High tech China clashes with working-class America in the first documentary from the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions [Director Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert]

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?

Transformed through film

Ji.hlava: Inspiration Forum, a unique experience uncommon for most film festivals, brings scientists, politicians, artists, social reformers, and journalists together with documentary filmmakers and attending public to discuss complex problems of today’s world.

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?

The new uprising

EDITORIAL: Fearing increasing control and surveillance, Hong Kong's liberal population has experienced the growing presence of Communist China.

Citizen basic income or negative tax

EDITORIAL: As not all human activities are deemed «profitable» despite potential social or environmental good, what are the options to solve this problem?

To be a meeting place

INTERVIEW: Ketil Magnussen, festival director at Human International Documentary Festival in Oslo, talks to MTR.

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?

Careful explorations on human impermanence

PHOTOGRAPHY: A global range of 21st-century photobooks by female photographers.

On the dark side of the truth

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

Big little secrets

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

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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.

The Cave

SYRIA: The renowned new documentary from Feras Fayyad is an unflinching depiction of courage, resilience and female solidarity. [Director Feras Fayyad]

Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory

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]

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]

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]


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]