REVIEW

In My Skin

RACISM: Systematic, legalized racism has defined Brazil as a country for centuries with recent legal changes doing little to change the picture [Director Toni Venturi]

IDFA Country Focus: Chile

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam kicks off its festival today through 6 December 2020 (online market shave been open since Monday, 16 November already)....

FIPADOC announces new details on 2021 festival

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IDF & Film New Europe launch new, 10-part podcast dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe documentary

Institute of Documentary Film and Film New Europe has launched a new collaboration project, a podcast series dedicated to the documentary film of Central...

New independent documentary streaming service True Story launches

A new independent streaming platform has launched for documentary films. True Story currently features some 120 films, many for the first time widely online,...

Porto/Post/Doc 2020 announces complete programme for 2020 festival

Over 60 films have been selected for the 2020 edition of the #Porto/Post/Doc Film Festival, which runs 20 to 29 November 2020. The festival will...

DOK Leipzig 2020: the complete winners

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REVIEW

Assassins

NORTH KOREA: After the mysterious murder of North Korean royal family member Kim Jong-nam, two women go on trial. But are they criminal assassins or political pawns? [Director Ryan White]

Woman

SOCIETY: Woman is the sequel to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's panoramic portrait of humanity, this time focusing on the female part of the world's population. [Director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova]

Dark Suns

DRUG WAR: Trapped within an abjectly corrupt architecture of power, many Mexicans are subject to the collusion between organised crime and state institutions in a deadly concert of terror. [Director Julien Elie]
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Dark Suns

DRUG WAR: A respectful and sensitive dedication Mexico’s dead and missing. [Director Julien Elie]
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For Sama

SYRIA: A painful documentary infused with the occasional breath of poetry and beauty from Aleppo. [Director Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts]

Love, It Was Not

HOLOCAUST: Starting in Auschwitz and ending in Austria decades later, Love, It Was Not is the tragic story between prisoner and captor. [Director Maya Sarfaty]

Jozi Gold

CAPITALISM: Established as the second greatest threat to humanity after global warming, the dark heart of mining pollution in South Africa is laid bare. [Director Sylvia Vollenhoven, Fredrik Gertten]

Frontera

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: An intimate look at an indigenoius people’s tensions a conflict with Chile. [Director Paola Castillo]

Nemesis

TRANSFORMATION: Probing the extinction of history in Zürich as a railway station makes way for a deportation center. [Director Thomas Imbach]

This Rain Will Never Stop

CONFLICT: Fleeing one war and entering into another, the grief and uncertainty of one Syrian family beg the question: what drives a person to serve a country that doesn’t always appreciate the sacrifice? [Director Alina Gorlova]

Nothing But The Sun

RELIGION: A testament to the human and cultural destructive power of white, Christian arrogance. [Director Arami Ullón]

Dark City Beneath the Beat

CULTURE: A saturated hybrid of a distinct musical subculture and the complicated city dynamics that help create it. [Director TT The Artist]

MLK FBI

SURVEILLANCE: Examining the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Director Sam Pollard]

The Mole Agent

SOCIETY: Maite Alberdi's film cleverly touches on a delicate theme and invites us with compassion and tenderness to reflect on isolation, the rigours of patriarchal society, and the organisation of work and family. [Director Maite Alberdi]

Soldier’s Woman

CONFLICT: Decades after many young Peruvian women were raped by army soldiers, they take the perpetrators to court in the name of justice and dignity. [Director Patricia Wiesse Risso]

DOK Leipzig 2020: «Naked Truths – Intimacy in Documentary Film»

DOK LEIPZIG: DOK Leipzig provided the informative panel discussion «Naked Truths - Intimacy in Documentary Film».

The new anarchists

EDITORIAL: Can a film director combine both freedom and solidarity?

Where are we going now?

VIEWS: Is globalisation an evil that should now be fought? No, it's more nuanced. We who have an international orientation look with fear at how international cooperation is now weakening with the pandemic.

Cannes Docs – Marché du Film & CPH:DOX on «Documentary Production now – and beyond!»

CANNES DOCS: Cannes Docs - Marché du Film & CPH:DOX provide the informative panel discussion «Documentary Production now - and beyond!»

Documentary for social change

SOCIAL CHANGE: Essential reading for all who want to better understand what makes our time the documentary golden age

Words matter

TRUMPISM: A guide to understanding, resisting, and recovering from the tumultuous Donald Trump presidency.

Is there something after the collapse?

SOCIETY: Thoughts on post-collapse societies and ecosocial transition.

Documentary as an ecological system

CINEMA: A glimpse into the ever-evolving way in which documentaries investigate, engage with, and interrogate the world.

Russia without Putin

RUSSIA: Putin will leave the Kremlin one day - but don't expect that to change things, argues Tony Wood in his well-researched thesis on power and continuity in today's Russia.

Filmmaking and real life

FILMMAKING: Tony Stark's practical and accessible guide to creating non-fiction content for television, online or social media.

On contemporary media ecology

MEDIA: A short but important book that everybody needs to read

The magic of documentary filmmaking

CINEMA: Some of the most talented documentary directors from around the world offer perspective on their approach to filmmaking.

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