Dr. Willemien Sanders is a regular critic at Modern Times Review.


Why are people unable to live in peace?

After centuries of hatred, violence and massacres, Ukraine is yet again at war. People continue to kill in the name of the Motherland, flag, culture or religion. Crossing checkpoints, Peter Entell takes us from loyalist Ukrainians to pro-Russian separatists, all the while searching for traces of his own ancestors who fled the country a century ago.

Close Reading of an Attack

Winner of IDFA's Best Mid-Length Documentary, Death in the Terminal examines – or rather dissects – the immediate aftermath of the 2015 attack at Beër Sjeva central bus station in Israel. Surveillance camera footage and interviews with a number of people present provide a close reading of the event.

The Feeling of Absence

It’s getting darker.

How to tell what he did

In 1988 Jens Michael Schau killed his life companion of thirteen years in a jealousy fit. As his partner was Denmark’s best selling author and leading open homosexual Christian Kampmann the scandal was unprecedented. What went wrong?

Three stories on war

War is messy.

Family therapy in five acts

What lies hidden behind the word “love”? Two women meet in a psychotherapist’s consulting room. In an intimate dialogue between these three people, psychological injuries from the past and deeply concealed emotions gradually come to the surface. The therapist takes the women on a difficult journey towards a better relationship.

Where to go with the education?

Erwin Wagenhofer’s new film, Alphabet, further draws attention to the way the human species designs its economic and social systems, following up on We Feed The World, about the trade in food, and Let’s Make Money, about the trade in money. As the title suggests, the Austrian filmmaker this time focuses on education.

Sonia’s search for beauty

Losing Sonia is a portrait of a nun, of the church in Ivanovo, and of contemporary Russia, all in one.

A journey of a gas line Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod

Three crosses in the snow – not Christian ones, different ones.

Film Festival Rotterdam 2013: Exploiting the thin line

Some films invite us to think about documentary performances by definition: don’t all participants somehow construct their presentation of self?