The 23rd edition of Docaviv, taking place from 1 – 10 July, will present 116 documentaries, of which 31 world premieres, along with industry events held throughout Tel Aviv. The festival takes a hybrid form and will include a geo-blocked online programme in addition to the on-site screenings. Docaviv will also welcome special guests Gianfranco Rosi, Julie Goldman and Hogir Hirori, each of whom will give masterclasses.
The festival will open with Israeli Competition film Queen Shoshana (dir. Kobi Farag, Morris Ben-Mayor), which tells the story of the first Israeli diva, Shoshana Damari. Other world premiere include A Jewish Life (dir. Christian Krönes, Florian Weigensamer, Roland Schrotthofer, Christian Kermer), Ride the Wave (dir. Martyn Robertson), and Dayton Diaries (dir. Shimon Dotan).
In the International Competition, In the Same Breath (dir Nanfu Wang), Sabaya (dir. Hogir Hirori), Ascension (dir. Jessica Kingdon), President (dir. Camilla Nielsson), Misha and the Wolves (dir. Sam Hobkinson), Taming the Garden (dir. Salomé Jashi), This Rain Will Never Stop (dir. Alina Gorlova), and The Last Hillbilly (dir. Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe) all compete.
Docaviv’s newest award, Beyond the Screen, presented in memory of Docaviv’s late founder Ilana Tsur, are films whose directors or subjects work to change our social, ecological, and political reality. International films shortlisted for the award include Downstream to Kinshasa (dir. Dieudo Hamadi), Vicenta (dir. Darío Doria), and Inside the Red Brick Wall (dir. Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers).
Selected for the Depth of Field Competition are nine documentaries exhibiting unique cinematic styles and distinct voices. The international selection features All Light, Everywhere (dir. Theo Anthony), Searchers (dir. Pacho Velez), A Man and a Camera (dir. Guido Hendrikx), and Her Socialist Smile (dir. John Jianvito).
Aside from the above mentioned films, festioval highlights also include acclaimed films from Victor Kossakovsky, Vitaly Mansky, Alan Berliner, Frederick Wiseman, Sam Pollard, Errol Morris, Esther Herto, and Paul King. Each of these respective filmmakers recent films screens as part of Docaviv Masters.
Find the complete DocaAviv 2021 programme and more information, including its selection of International music documentaries and Art Docs – HERE