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Reviews from the most important European festivals: IDFA, Dok Leipzig, Jihlava Film Festival, Doc Lisboa, CPH:DOX, One World, Vision du Reel, Krakow Film Festival, Docs Barcelona and as well as many others.

Walls of fear
(The Border Fence)

The Border Fence draws out the anxieties and fears of a community in the grip of a shifting political landscape, provoking unavoidable parallels with an increasingly divisive Europe.

The pioneer of long-term filmmaking

Helena Trestikova’s work epitomises the innovative role of long-term filmmaking, and the inextricable link between big and little histories.

One of the greatest leaders of the 20th century
(Meeting Gorbachev)

Meeting Gorbachev is an intimate and engaging portrait of the man who unwittingly prompted the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ralph Eue – DOK Leipzig

Through the Revision section of this year’s edition of Dok Leipzig, the festival takes a retrospective glance at past documentaries that are still potent today.

Archival disaster tourism
(The Trial)

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 death of (representative) politics
(I Had a Dream)

Two Italian women look back at a decade of representative politics fighting for women’s rights in the (post) Berlusconi era. Amused, dispirited, annoyed, and anguished they assess how much – or how little – they managed to change.

Invisible cities
(Charleroi, The Land of 60 Mountains)

Filmmaker Guy-Marc Hinant attempts to reclaim the good name of his hometown by uncovering lost stories long hidden within the slag heaps of the city’s memory.

When a war reporter chooses a side in conflict
(Chris the Swiss)

An intriguing portrait of a war reporter that died under murky circumstances during the 90s in wartime Yugoslavia, after trading in his pen for a more active role in the bloody conflict.

Andrea Slovakova – Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

Immigration and memories of home are the two main themes of this year‘s edition of the Jihlava International Documentary Festival, says festival programmer Andrea Slovakova.

The mirage of utopia
(Near and Elsewhere)

An essay-documentary meditating on future visions and utopias holds a dark heart given the current state of our society.