Welcome to Modern Times – the new European documentary magazine!

The newly launched ModernTimes.online features articles on documentary film productions, as screened at festivals, on TV and online.

We boast one of the largest documentary archives, thanks to 15 years’ worth of articles from the now-defunct DOX magazine – of which I was editor from 2009 to 2013, followed by my co-editor Vibeke Bryld  until its demise in 2014.

As many of us within the documentary community believe there is a need for an independent, critical publication, I suggested the introduction of a new European documentary magazine. An agreement was established with the EDN to buy the old DOX archives – to make these great articles available online.

And so, here they are published online – we did it!

And speaking of Jihlava IDFF, the location for the Modern Times magazine launch: You are once again able to read what Marek Hovarka said about his festival in 2002 , as a 22 year-old and perhaps the youngest ever European festival director! Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Hovarka remains the festival’s managing director. We also feature four new reviews of films screened at this year’s Jihlava: the film about philosopher Hannah Arendt, a piece on the murdered Russian presidential candidate Boris Nemtsov, Salomé Jashi’s Dazzling Light of Sunset, plus an interview with Gianfranco Rosi about his Fire at Sea. See also the interview with one of Jihlava’s masterclasses, held by Bill Morrison – which shows films with the work of time on old film? reels, expressing both melancholy and fragmentation.

As the festival is nearing its end, I will return with an article on the films featuring American elections and more.

Next week is DOK Leipzig, and ModernTimes.online will also feature articles from this event.

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