New Directors/New Films 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 50th New Directors/New Films

Dates:
Apr 28-May 8

About:
The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrate a landmark anniversary for this acclaimed annual showcase, this year offering eight documentaries or hybrids among its 27 new feature presentations.


ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE
Director: Theo Anthony
The increased regularity of body cams in US law enforcement are used as the anchor point for an ever-expanding treatise on perception, power, and policing.

DARK RED FOREST
Director: Jin Huaqing
A majestic portrait that details the annual retreat of thousands of Tibetan nuns on the vast Tibetan Plateau.

Destello Bravío
Director: Ainhoa Rodríguez
A small town in southwestern Spain provides the setting for this singular hybrid vision, a prismatic, alternately realist and uncanny rendering of lives in the rural Extremadura region.

FAYA DAYI
Director: Jessica Beshir
A hypnotic exploration of the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents, focusing on Ethiopia’s Harar, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export: the euphoria-inducing khat plant.

RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY
Director: Firouzeh Khosrovani
This profoundly immersive dual-portrait of the filmmaker’s parents serves as both a valuable document of the history of contemporary Iran and a loving and evocative reminder of the human-scale fragility beneath every epochal social movement.

ROCK BOTTOM RISER
Director: Fern Silva
Hawaii’s swirling, roiling flow of volcanic lava provides the anchor for this energetic, visually and sonically bold cinematic essay which breaks temporal and generic boundaries to show viewers familiar worlds made alien.

TAMING THE GARDEN
Director: Salomé Jashi 
A lyrical meditation on a former Georgian prime minister’s heaven-and-earth-moving project to transport centuries-old trees from his country’s coastline to his own personal garden.

WE (NOUS)
Director: Alice Diop
A nuanced, kaleidoscopic portrait of people from largely Black and immigrant communities in the Parisian suburbs.

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