Category Archives: Overviews

Sarajevo 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 25th Sarajevo Film Festival

Dates:
August 16-23

About:
Celebrating an anniversary year, this Bosnian and Herzegovinan event – founded during the siege of Sarajevo – presents 35 documentaries among its approximately 100 new or recent features. Continue reading

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New York Latino 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 16th New York Latino Film Festival

Dates:
August 12-18

About:
Seven docs screen among more than 20 new features in this event highlighting the work of Latinx filmmakers and talent.

RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD’S A STAGE

These titles include Sundance award-winning hybrid THE INFILTRATORS, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s story of undocumented youth intentionally seeking detention by Border Patrol; Chelsea Hernandez’s SXSW-debuting BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM, an exposé of dangerous practices and abuses of immigrant labor in construction; Ben DeJesus’ RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD’S A STAGE, an upcoming American Masters/Voces profile of the acclaimed actor; Pat McGee’s THE DEPORTED, which explores individuals caught up in deportation proceedings; Michael Dominic’s CLEAN HANDS, a longitudinal portrait of a Nicaraguan family living in extreme poverty; HBO Latino’s FARRUKO: EN LETRA DE OTRO, a concert doc on the Emmy-winning reggaeton performer; and Maceo Frost’s TOO BEAUTIFUL: OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT, about a female boxer in Cuba, where women are banned from the sport.

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Locarno 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 72nd Locarno Film Festival

Dates:
August 7-17

About:
This long-running Swiss A-list fest presents 30 documentaries among its line-up of approximately 90 new and recent features. Continue reading

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DokuFest 2019 Overview

Festival:
The 18th DokuFest

Dates:
August 2-10

About:
Prizren, Kosovo hosts this respected nonfiction event, which annually showcases approximately 85 recent features in addition to several tributes and retrospectives.

CENTAR

As in the past, the fest curates a strong selection of international work that has debuted at other notable events, and also includes a number of projects highlighting nonfiction from the Balkans. Amng the latter is such work as: From Turkey, Rûken Tekeş’ AETHER, an exploration of an ancient conservation area abut to be submerged by a dam project, and Burak Çevik’s BELONGING, which looks back at a 15 year old murder case, and Aylin Kuryel’s HEADS AND TAILS, about the connection between Turkish hair providers and Israeli wig makers for Orthodox Jewish women; from Serbia and Germany, Ivan Marković’s CENTAR, an observational look at a building through its maintenance workers; from Greece, Ireland, and the United States, Paul Duane’s WHILE YOU LIVE, SHINE, about an American musicologist obsessed with the folk music of a Greek mountain region; from Romania, Nora Agapi’s TIMEBOX, in which the filmmaker’s portrait of her documentarian father goes in unanticipated directions; and, from Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia, Želimir Žilnik’s THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, which follows migrants navigating Austria’s bureaucracy to gain residence.

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Melbourne 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 68th Melbourne International Film Festival

Dates:
August 1-4

About:
Nearly 80 feature documentaries screen at this long-running Australian festival.

IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS

As in the past, the majority of nonfiction appearing in the fest has previously debuted, but there are several Australian films making their world premiere: Daniel Gordon’s THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM, which explores the controversy around race and Australian soccer champion Adam Goodes; Serge Ou’s IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS, a look at the popularity of martial arts films; Justin Krook’s MACHINE, which considers the growing influence of technology and AI in our lives; Hylton Shaw and Samantha Dinning’s NO TIME FOR QUIET, on a rock camp for girls and gender-fluid youth; Liam Firmager’s SUZI Q, about the pioneering female rock musician; and Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess’ MORGANA, about a housewife-turned-feminist pornographer.

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Blackstar 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 8th Blackstar Film Festival

Dates:
August 1-4

About:
This acclaimed Philadelphia event, focused on work by people of the African diaspora and other communities of color, presents 22 features this year, 14 of those nonfiction. Continue reading

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Asian American International 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 42nd Asian American International Film Festival

Dates:
July 25-August 3

About:
This long-lived Asian/Asian American cinema event presents nearly two dozen new features, including nine docs.

THE UGLY MODEL

Among these are Doris Yeung’s THE UGLY MODEL, about a Korean American model struggling with self-image issues due to his ethnicity; Joseph Juhn’s JERONIMO, the story of a Korean Cuban man; Laura Asherman’s AMERICAN HASI, which follows the stand-up tour of an Indian comic from Alabama; Valerie Soe’s LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN, about a cruise that brings together young Taiwanese Americans; and Sergio Mata’u Rapu’s EATING UP EASTER, which examines the deleterious impact of globalization and tourism on Easter Island.

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