filmmaking/directors

Raoul Peck: I Am Not Your Negro

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.

The documentaries that want to do more

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.

BILL MORRISON: My films are not a conversation with the past

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: «When something is very difficult, magical things can happen.»

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.

A portrait of dementia
[I Am Not From Here]

Documentary: Chronology and remembrance How do you portray the world of a person suffering from forgetfulness?

GIANFRANCO ROSI: The Fire at Sea

«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).

Tangible measures to help save tomorrow
[Tomorrow]

There is no excuse to wait till tomorrow. The documentary Tomorrow presents constructive solutions to the world’s environmental issues.

On the differences between man and machine
[Lo And Behold]

Werner Herzog explores and challenges the net – as the dreamy documentarist he continues to be.

The Day the Sun Fell on Hiroshima
[The Day The Sun Fell]

The Day the Sun Fell describes the consequences of the nuclear bomb in Japan, as told through the film maker’s own family history. A national trauma which remains connected with stigmatising and lack of knowledge in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The documentary maker who learnt his lesson
[The Family]

A revealing documentary about Kadyrov’s Chechnya, or a propaganda film in favour of Putin’s Russia? The latter, says our reviewer.