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New York Film Festival 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 58th New York Film Festival

Dates:
September 17-October 11

About:
This beloved program of Film at Lincoln Center presents approximately 45 new features in a hybrid online and in-person format, among them 18 works of nonfiction. Continue reading

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Toronto 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival

Dates:
September 10-19

About:
One of the world’s premier film events tackles the pandemic with a trimmed down schedule and a hybrid online and in-person model. Of its approximately 50 new features, 16 are nonfiction. Continue reading

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SF DocFest 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 19th SF DocFest

Dates:
September 3-20

About:
Emerging after the postponement of its typical late May/early June dates, this Northern Californian event goes online with just under 30 nonfiction features. Continue reading

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Docaviv 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 22nd Docaviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
September 3-12

About:
Rescheduled from its usual May dates, this well-curated Israeli event will present nearly 90 new documentary features in an online format, though some drive-in events are also being planned. Continue reading

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Venice 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 77th Venice International Film Festival

Dates:
September 2-12

About:
The world’s oldest festival is also the first major Fall event to take place in theatres in the COVID-19 era, albeit with a somewhat truncated lineup of approximately 60 new features – 15 of those nonfiction. In addition, the autonomous parallel sidebars offer eight documentaries among their approximately 30 selections. Continue reading

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Encounters 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 22nd Encounters: South African International Documentary Festival

Dates:
August 20-30 (hybrid)

About:
Just under 40 nonfiction features screen online, as well as in select Cape Town and Johanneburg venues, for Africa’s largest documentary event. Continue reading

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BlackStar 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 9th BlackStar Film Festival

Dates:
August 20-26 (online)

About:
Focused on work by people of the African diaspora and other communities of color, this Philadelphia event presents just over 20 features in this online edition, the vast majority nonfiction. Continue reading

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DokuFest 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 19th DokuFest

Dates:
August 7-25 (online)

About:
More than 60 new and recent features make up the online edition of this noted event based in Prizren, Kosovo. Continue reading

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AFI Docs 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 18th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 17-21 (online)

About:
Available online throughout the US, this Washington DC event showcases nearly 30 new feature and episodic documentaries. Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 31st Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Dates:
June 11-20 (online)

About:
The NYC edition of this respected event presents eleven documentary features, available online throughout the US.

BELLY OF THE BEAST

Among the lineup’s offerings are the world premiere of Erika Cohn’s BELLY OF THE BEAST, an exposé of the illegal practice of involuntary sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons. Other selections include Christina Antonakos-Wallace’s FROM HERE, which contemplates belonging and identity through the stories of four immigrants in Berlin and NYC; Sanjay Rawal’s GATHER, about indigenous efforts to reclaim their food sovereignty; Mira Jargil’s REUNITED, about a Syrian family separated across three countries; Juliana Fanjul’s RADIO SILENCE, about a crusading Mexican radio journalist who risks her life to fight against fake news and government corruption; and Ursula Liang’s DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL, about the aftermath of the killing of a black man by a Chinese American police officer.

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