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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.

The Cuban veteran for whom the Revolution lives on
(To War)

As his country slowly moves past its communist decades, a Cuban veteran is stuck in the past.

A hilarious examination of the human condition
(Mussolini’s Sister)

An intimate portrait of a sarcastic elderly Palestinian woman's life, relationships, regrets and bitterness enlightened by flashes of dark humour.

To set out for the Moon
(Hamada)

Hamada turns the attention to the rocky, wind-eroded desert of the Western Sahara, where the Sahrawi people have resided in refugee camps for more than 40 years.

Orwa Nyrabia – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

The new artistic director at IDFA talks about the new features of the documentary industry and how watching a documentary can turn into a life-changing experience.

A powerful cry for justice
(Police Killing (Auto de Resistencia))

Forensically detailed catalogue of state-sponsored killings paints a dark picture of the life and death for poor, black youngsters in Rio's sprawling shanty-towns.

How the toleration of crime can change everything
(Camorra)

A film revealing the many faces of decades of organised crime in Southern Italy.

Day-to-day life amongst a pro-Russian battalion in Ukraine
(Their Own Republic)

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.

More than human

Peter Mettler is known for his intuitive and experimental film making. The new film Becoming Animal has also an ecological and philosophical depth, as it involves the Canadian philosopher David Abram.

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.

Is it a crime to save lives?
(To the Four Winds)

Acting in the name of human rights has become a criminal act in France.
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