Reviews of documentaries (and some non-fiction films)

A permission structure for mass murder

DRUGS: What happens when you don’t just give the executers of state monopolized violence license to kill, but also a promise of impunity?

MY NEIGHBOUR, MY BROTHER: Two shorts from Berlinale 2019

Experimental documentaries take centre stage at the 2019 Berlinale.

From the frontlines of the war on refugees

REFUGEES: Chinese artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei follows up his documentary Human Flow with a reportage from the warzones that await refugees in Europe. The Rest is about the millions who came for shelter but found none.

From riches to rags: Living the life among the Sierra Leonean...

SIERRA LEONE: Solomon Juxton-Smith is working in a supermarket in New York, resembling perhaps any middle-class American. But before this life he had another. He lived in Sierra Leone and his father was the ruler of the country.

What future lies ahead for the human mind?

NEUROSCIENCE: Major developments within neuroscience have led to incredible progress in treating illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and severe depression. But what future lies ahead for the human mind when we start tampering with our brain and emotions?

The man behind elections – and Fox News

MEDIA: Roger Ailes transformed America with Fox News. A born bully.
War of art. Tommy Gulliksen

The art of disruption in the world’s most closed regime

NORTH KOREA: Seven international artists travel to Pyongyang to participate in the hermit kingdom’s first arts symposium in a throughout provoking reminder how we are all products of cultural conditioning.

Truth as a game of cat and mouse

MEDIA: The Bellingcat group is on the frontline of an urgent counter-movement against the manufacture and dissemination of lies that are destabilising traditional journalism.

Robot relationships from our contemporary future

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The most striking feature of this documentary is the contrast between the awkward shortcomings of the robot and the patience by which they are welcomed into their human coaches lives.

The anatomy of neo-nationalist misogyny

Miki Dezaki set out to understand why a network of powerful people find it so important to shut up the women who demand justice for the sexual labour they were coerced into during WWII.