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The Panama Papers [dir: Alex Winter]

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.

Their Own Republic [dir: Aliona Polunina]

Their Own Republic by Russian director Aliona Polunina caused quite a fury at this year‘s Doclisboa due to its pro-Russian stance. The documentary nonetheless offers an interesting insight into the side of the Ukrainian conflict rarely portrayed in western media.

The Trial [dir: Sergei Loznitsa]

The archival footage from a court action against leading scientists in the Soviet Union of 1930 has been reconfigured into a narrative drama, which leads today‘s audience to believe the opposite of contemporary spectators.

The Dead Nation [dir: Radu Jude]

ROMANIA: Coupling aged photographic references to Romania in the 1930’s together with a diary from the time, this doc gives a chilling account of what awaited Romania’s Jews.

Immortality and artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is considered by many to be a more important invention than the discovery of fire and electricity. What road lies ahead?

Revolution and Power

OCTOBER 1917: What can books and films tell us about the 1917 revolutions?

DEBATE: Entrepreneurship versus Patient Observatio

We often like to celebrate the successes of documentaries like “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Super Size Me”, but is the success of these films a victory for the documentary or is it actually killing its essential quality?

DOCUMENTARY HISTORY: Dziga Vertov and the ‘Factory of Facts’

Dziga Vertov (1896-1954) remains one of the most influential documentary filmmakers. Yet – aside from the astounding The Man with a Movie Camera (1929) – his movies are rarely screened and little known. The Giornate del Cinema Muto Film Festival in Sacile, Italy (9–16 October 2004) hosted a retrospective of Vertov’s vital silent films. The programme revealed the growth of this zealous practitioner and prophet of documentary, as well as the freshness of his work as a source for current non-fiction films

LEIPZIG 2000: The cultural traditions of east European cinematography

Leo Isiemine reports from the 43rd International Leipzig festival of documentary and animated films, the traditional East Bloc film festival that after stagnation in the 80s is flourishing once again.