In Ashes

TRAUMA: Living with an identity disorder as a consequence of Colombia’s lengthy armed conflict, an ex guerilla soldier must face a past he is desperate to forget. [director: Camila Rodriguez Triana]

Forman vs

CINEMA: There is a part of Miloš Forman in each of his films. [director: Helena Třeštíková]

Talking About Trees

SUDAN: Exploring the importance of cinema for democracy. [director: Suhaib Gasmelbari]

Heimat is a Space in Time

GERMANY: Thomas Heise voyages into mental and emotional fractures [director: Thomas Heise]



CLIMATE: By making us witnesses to our consumption of the Earth, Anthropocene – the Human Epoch is a planetary portrait that makes room for nuanced irony and wonder, even while urging moral outcry. [director: Jennifer Baichwahl, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky]


VENICE: The best documentary of the Venice Film Festival? [director: Alexander Nanau]

Photographer of War

WAR REPORTER: Living a life in a state of emergency, renowned war photographer Jan Grarup work has taken him to conflict zones around the world, from Darfur to Mosul. [director: Boris B Bertram]

Marianne & Leonard

BIOGRAPHY: Nick Broomfield’s doc about the artist Leonard Cohen and his muse and girlfriend Marianne Ihlen, is a touching story of an extraordinary relationship. [director: Nick Broomfield]

Sheep Hero

CAPITALISM: As he tries to keep his own afloat, competition from big companies, cheap labour from the East, and smart machinery all make life increasingly difficult for one Dutch shepherd. [director: Ton van Zantvoort]

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?

Our Boys

ISRAEL: Israeli docudrama unfolds the traumatic themes of violence and revenge that led to open war in the summer of 2014. [director: Hagai Levi, Joseph Cedar, Tawfik Abu-Wael]

Kabul, City in the Wind

CONFLICT: In the capital of a country that only seems to get international attention when suicide bombs claims lives, director Aboozar Amini offers a fly on the wall glimpse into life as the locals live it. [director: Aboozar Amini]

In Mansourah You Separated Us

COLONIALSM: A painful voyage back to the silenced Algerian War of Independence [director: Dorothée-Myriam Kellou]

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]

African Mirror

COLONIALISM: It is hard to tell if the archival documentary African Mirror is a rehabilitation of a colonial mind, a critique of colonialism or a piece of essayistic nostalgia over the colonial gaze. Probably it is a mix, and as such, nothing new. [director: Mischa Hedinger]

Looking For Life

IMMIGRATION: While US Democrats, Republicans and the President bicker over a border wall, Chèche Lavi shows what whimsical policy measures mean to real people. [director: Sam Ellison]

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]

The Serengeti Rules

NATURE: The Serengeti Rules uncover the self-regulating mechanisms in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and shows how carnivores can play a crucial role – from the top down. [director: Nicholas Brown]

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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A midnight meeting with Kiri Dalena

OBERHAUSEN From Oberhausen 2019, we speak with The Philippines Kiri Dalena...

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...

They need to trigger emotion

Millennium Against Gravity: I am still waiting for a documentary version of House of Cards, s...

Ghandi’s method

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

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?

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]

Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism

MEDIA: Analyzing contemporary social media practices likes fake news, Geert Lovink looks toward a possible end to «platform nihilism». [author: Geert Lovink]

The Digital Plenitude: The Decline of Elite Culture and the Rise of New Media

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. [author: Jay David Bolter]