Category Archives: Overviews

Sarajevo 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 24th Sarajevo Film Festival

Dates:
August 10-17

About:
Nonfiction makes up about a third of the more than 100 features of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s premier festival, an event founded during the siege of Sarajevo. Continue reading

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Dokufest 2018 Overview

Festival:
The 17th Dokufest

Dates:
August 3-11

About:
Approximately 85 documentary features screen at this event in Prizren, Kosovo.

TAURUNUM BOY

While curating films from all over the world, work from the Balkans takes the spotlight, including: Ivan Ramljak’s HOME OF THE RESISTANCE, about a retirement home for WWII fighters in a small Croatian town; Fisnik Maxhuni and Benoît Goncerut’s ZVICRA, which explores the search for identity by Albanian immigrants in Switzerland; Jelena Maksimović and Dušan Grubin’s TAURUNUM BOY, a Serbian coming of ager; Damir Čučić’s SUMMERHOUSE, about a Croatian radio docudrama author and his subjects; Josip Lukić’s MOMSY, a personal film about the Croatian filmmaker and his mother; and Kreshnik Jonuzi, Luftar Von Rama, and Charlie Askew’s TRIUMPH, which explores the complexities of Eastern European politics through the experiences of the Albanian national soccer team.

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Melbourne 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 67th Melbourne International Film Festival

Dates:
August 2-19

About:
More than 200 new and recent features screen at this long-running Australian event, among them nearly 80 documentaries. Continue reading

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BlackStar 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 7th BlackStar Film Festival

Dates:
August 2-5

About:
This Philadelphia-based event showcases films by black people from around the world. In addition to a robust shorts lineup, the festival presents 15 new features, nine documentaries among them. Continue reading

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Locarno 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 71st Locarno Film Festival

Dates:
August 1-11

About:
Nonfiction makes up about a third of this critically acclaimed Swiss event’s approximately 100 new feature offerings. Continue reading

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Jerusalem 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival

Dates:
July 26-August 5

About:
This Israeli event includes more than thirty documentaries among its 100+ features lineup. Continue reading

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Asian American International 2018: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 41st Asian American International Film Festival

Dates:
July 25-August 4

About:
More than 20 features, including 10 documentaries, make up this year’s lineup of the world’s oldest Asian/Asian American film event.

GAY HOLLYWOOD DAD

Screening as a world premiere is Quentin Lee’s GAY HOLLYWOOD DAD, following the filmmaker’s experience as a single gay father and independent filmmaker. Making their NYC premieres are the fest’s centerpiece, Frank W Chen’s LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY, about the comeback attempts of the once-celebrated baseball player; Shilpi Gulati’s LOCK AND KEY, a portrait of recovering addicts in India and their attempts to reconnect with their families; and Shraysi Tandon’s INVISIBLE HANDS, an exposé of child labor and child trafficking around the world. Among the remaining docs are Theresa Kowall-Shipp’s BADASS BEAUTY QUEEN, on human rights activist and Miss World pageant contestant Anastasia Lin; and Ruby Yang’s RITOMA, which explores the passion Tibetan nomads have found for playing basketball.

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