The 16th Camden International Film Festival
This Maine nonfiction event, delayed from its typical September dates by the pandemic, returns with a hybrid format of online and drive-in offerings of just over 30 documentary features.
Among the offerings:
Director: Eléonore Weber
Footage from the frontlines of the French and American armies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, are explored with pilot Pierre V as he examines – and admits – his emotions. This cinematic experiment unveils the darker secrets of that which can be seen through the unique lens of the military viewfinder.
THE MYSTERY OF DB COOPER
Director: John Dower
The extraordinary tale of the only unsolved commercial airplane hijacking in US history, an audacious heist that has taunted the FBI for decades.
BOTTLED SONGS 1-4
Director: Kevin B. Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîné
How do we make sense of terror? Exchanging video letters recorded across oceans and from their computer desktops, filmmakers and media researchers reflect on the nature of social media and the limits of journalism in an increasingly fractious online environment.
Director: Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed
Made from images filmed by the Syrian artist Amel Alzakout after the boat on which she was fleeing Syria sank off the coast of Lesbos, a revisitation of the moment in which the co-director and the other passengers are floating in the sea in their life-jackets, waiting to be rescued.
Director: Estephan Wagner and Marianne Hougen-Moraga
At the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile lies an idyllic German colony called Villa Baviera. However, the beauty hides a grim past. This film explores how the residents of the colony use different strategies to cope with traumatic years of abuse, religious fanaticism, and complicity in the worst atrocities of the Pinochet regime.
A SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
Director: Lisa Marie Malloy and JP Sniadecki
Isolated environmentalist and homesteader Sundog lives off the grid surrounded by the vast Sonoran desert in this borderlands western. Around his marooned shack, airplanes, helicopters, and border agents patrol the barren landscape, encroaching on his personal space. When new surveillance towers appear near his home, eco-terrorist hallucinations spawn to make space for this hybrid film’s creative choices.
Director: Alex Winter
Crafted from over a thousand hours of mostly unseen material from Frank Zappa’s personal vault, this is an expansive and intimate portrait of an extraordinary artist who was also fully engaged with the turbulent politics of his day.
Director: Leslie Lagier
In the Yukon, what was once an important natural resource and grazing site for the region’s indigenous peoples and their caribou, sheep, and wild game is transformed when a white man arrives in search of gold.
THIS LAND, OUR VOICES
Director: Julia Thompson and Kevin Bay
An experimental profile of five rural American outsiders, from the high plains of Montana to the Black Belt of Alabama, offers an impressionistic view of the nation in microcosm and transition.
Director: Tatiana Mazú Gonzalez
An image of a woman aiming a gun on the Argentinian patagonia develops in front of our eyes. The whir of a scanner unveils in great detail. This woman is pointing at something we cannot see or hear, because the town of Shady River does not allow women to come near their local coal mine.