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Sunless Shadows [dir: Mehrdad Oskouei]

ABUSE: In an Iranian juvenile detention center, a group of adolescent girls serve their sente...
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This is Not a Movie [dir: Yung Chang]

WAR REPORTER: For over 40 years, Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and div...
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am [dir: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders]

BIOGRAPHY: An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storytell...

Máxima [dir: Claudia Sparrow]

CAPITALISM: An incredible story of a Peruvian farmer who stood up to one of the world’s lar...
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State Funeral [dir: Sergei Loznitsa]

STALIN: Loznitsa's new film has several levels of gazes that organizes what the audience sees...
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am [dir: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders]

BIOGRAPHY: A dense journey encompassing the life on Toni Morrison and her place in history....

Barzaj [dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Salgado]

POETIC: The film silently observes the boys who dream of reaching the European shores, painti...
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Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer [dir: Andrey A. Tarkovsky]

CINEMA: Reflecting on the destiny of art and the meaning of existence, Andrey Tarkovsky tells...

Earth [dir: Nikolaus Geyrhalter]

ECOLOGY: Have we lost nature?...

Solidarity [dir: Lucy Parker]

CONTROL: The determination of a community that comes together in the name of justice....
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That Which Does Not Kill [dir: Alexe Poukine]

TRAUMA: A certain kind of trauma more common than we’re willing to admit...
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The craft of documentary filmmaking

FOCUS: IDFA Programmer Laura van Halsema on «Focus: Re-releasing History»....

A lifetime in film

IDFA: What can we say about the 2019 IDFA choice of Jørgen Leth (82) and Patricio Guzmán (...
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Silent cries and a money-driven welfare system

CAPITALISM: Midnight Family and Overseas show two very different kinds of u...

The Forum [dir: Marcus Vetter]

CAPITALISM: With a world at the crossroads, is the annual economic forum of elites a destinat...

Colectiv [dir: Alexander Nanau]

VENICE: The best documentary of the Venice Film Festival? ...
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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love [dir: Nick Broomfield]

BIOGRAPHY: Nick Broomfield’s doc about the artist Leonard Cohen and his muse and girlfriend...
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Sheep Hero [dir: Ton van Zantvoort]

CAPITALISM: As he tries to keep his own afloat, competition from big companies, cheap labour ...

Dead Nation [dir: Radu Jade]

World War II: A harrowing depiction of the Romanian Holocaust told through small town photogr...
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Scheme Birds [dir: Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin]

POVERTY: Let down by society’s promises, a generation of young Scots carve out moments of t...
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Le fond de l’air [dir: Simon Beaulieu]

SOCIETY: Simon Beaulieu's untraditional film seeks to convey the multitude of anxieties exper...

Who is Afraid of Ideology? [dir: Marwa Arsanios]

ECO-FEMINISM: Nature is the best source for strength and survival in a war-torn part of the w...

Land Mine [dir: Tirtza Even]

ISRAEL: An apartment building in Jerusalem exposes the repressive and damaging manifestations...

Advocate [dir: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche]

JUSTICE: For almost fifty years, Lea Tsemel has been at the forefront of the fight for justic...


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]

A Tiny Country/Labyrinth

DOCLISBOA: From the renowned Portugese festival's most fertile patch of talent, two short films focus on politically engaged male residents of bustling European capitals. [director: Pauline Laplace, Oktay Namazov]

Making Waves

CINEMA: A new documentary seeks to give insight into and credit to those unsung heroes responsible for the sound of contemporary cinema as we know it. [director: Midge Costin]

Dollar Heroes

NORTH KOREA: Why do UN sanctions fail to eradicate North Korea’s exploitative operations? [director: Carl Gierstorfer, Sebastian Weis]

Never Whistle Alone

CORRUPTION: In his new film, Marco Ferrari focuses on the heavy personal consequences when you turn into a whistleblower at your own workplace. [director: Marco Ferrari]
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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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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....

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]


CONFLICT: Following one South Korean recruits' journey of mandatory service reveals how an individual is shaped into being part of a collective identity. [director: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park]

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?

Photographer of War

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

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 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]

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?

How We See: Photobooks by Women

PHOTOGRAPHY: A global range of 21st-century photobooks by female photographers. [author: Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich, Michael Lang]

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]