PESHMERGA. Director: Bernard-Henri Lévy, photography: Ala Hoshyar Tayyeb, Olivier Jacquin, Camille Lotteau. France.
Kurdish Peshmerga-fighters are fighting against ISIS in Northern Iraq. If they are able to show that they are a source of stability in the region, they will be able to garner more support for their freedom fighting, believes controversial philosopher and documentarist Bernard-Henri Lévy.
To be a director: Raoul Peck’s films I Am Not Your Negro and The Young Karl Marx were both neigh on impossible to catch a glimpse of at the Berlinale.
We are experiencing a new wave of documentaries not content with merely documenting and portraying. These want to generate genuine social change, far beyond the traditional auditoriums.
As I watched Crispin Gurholt’s film The Sirens for the first time, it struck me how fast the role play of political theatre may change.
The screening of Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt was followed by a panel debate.
Media criticism. Indian documentary An Insignificant Man is an interesting example of how a political movement can begin and achieve authority.
A keyword of DOK Leipzig this year is disobedience.
Bill Morrison is honored as one of the last “possessed” experimental filmmakers working with reviving the found-footage and non/fictional film material.
Piotr Stasik is a facinating, independent voice on the Polish film arena. We spoke to him on the topics of love, freedom, New Yorkers and Europeans – and his recent essay documentary 21 X New York.
«Unless we change our course of direction, our xenophobic politics will lead to the collapse of Europe, » says Gianfranco Rosi, the film maker behind the winner at the Film from the South festival, the Lampedusa-documentary «Fire at Sea» (in cinemas now).