«It’s crucial…that the program and films add to the audience’s life and could make a difference, even if it is a very small one»

    DOCAVIV: Artistic Director Karin Rywkind Segal on the festival's 24th edition.

    With the 24th DocAviv coming to a close on 5 June, Modern Times Review spoke with the Tel Aviv festival’s Artistic Director Karin Rywkind Segal.

    DocAviv 2022 awarded several films at the start of the weekend with Itamar Alcalay and Meital Zvieli’s The Camera of Dr. Morris taking home the Frank Lowy Award for the Best Israeli Film and Diem Ha Le’s Children of the Mist honoured in the International Competition.

    Here, we speak about the role of the festival Artistic Director, lessons learned from the pandemic, and Karin’s original interests in the documentary form.

    After two editions during the pandemic when we were extremely limited with inviting filmmakers from overseas, I am so thrilled to welcome filmmakers from all over the world.

    In your words, what is the role and responsibility of a festival’s Artistic Director? How does this play into your own approach to the role?
    As I see it, the role is mainly to curate a diverse festival that promotes the art of documentary filmmaking. To tailor a bold program that creates engagement, excitement, and mostly awareness and discussions. As we are a documentary film festival, it’s our role to also react to the complexity that surrounds . . .

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