Documentary Fortnight 2020 Overview

The 19th Documentary Fortnight

February 5-19

This year’s edition of MoMA’s annual nonfiction showcase presents more than 30 new and recent features, hybrids, shorts, VR, and performances.


Among the event’s world premieres are: Kazuhiro Soda’s ZERO, a portrait of a physician facing mortality; Spencer Leigh’s RAYMOND PETTIBON: A COLLECTION OF LINES, a longitudinal portrait of the elusive artist and his work; and Mischa Richter’s I AM A TOWN, a portrait of Provincetown. North American debuts include: Davide Maldi’s THE YOUNG OBSERVANT, which focuses on a misfit at an Italian hospitality school; and Paweł Wojtasik’s EVERY PULSE OF THE HEART IS WORK, a study of a diverse range of people at work.


Making their US premieres are: Denis Côté’s WILCOX, which follows a mysterious stranger living off the grid in the woods of Quebec; Alyx Ayn Arumpac’s ASWANG, about Filipino president Duterte’s extrajudicial murders of drug addicts and dealers; Ben Rivers’ GHOST STRATA, a meditation on geological and film time; and Kazuo Hara’s REIWA UPRISING, about a transgender professor seeking political office; while NYC premieres include work like Rúnar Rúnarsson’s ECHO, a vignette-based exploration of Icelandic yuletide celebrations.

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