Documentary Fortnight 2018 Overview

The 17th Documentary Fortnight

February 15-26

Nearly two dozen new or recent features, in addition to retrospective programming, make up MoMA’s annual nonfiction showcase.


Among the six projects making their world premiere at the event this year are: Chico Colvard’s BLACK MEMORABILIA, which explores the creators, consumers, and re-appropriators of racially stereotypical collectibles; Rob Fruchtman’s MOVING STORIES, which follows a dance program for at-risk youth; Jeffrey Perkins’ GEORGE, about George Maciunas and the development of Fluxus; and Amy Jenkins’ INSTRUCTIONS ON PARTING, a personal reflection on life and death.


Nine features make their US premieres, including: Jules Rosskam’s PATERNAL RITES, an essay on family, abuse, memory, and healing; Leonard Retel Helmrich’s THE LONG SEASON, a verité profile of life in a Syrian refugee camp; Pierre-François Sauter’s CALABRIA, which follows undertakers as they set out to retrieve the body of an Italian worker in Switzerland; Carlos Ferrand’s 13, A LUDODRAMA ABOUT WALTER BENJAMIN, focused on the philosopher’s life in exile in Paris; and Alvaro Sarmiento and Diego Sarmiento’s GREEN RIVER: THE TIME OF THE YAKURUNAS, a portrait of Peruvian Amazon villages and the passage of time.

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