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Cinéma du Reél 2017 Overview

The 39th edition of Cinéma du Réel, the documentary festival of Paris, begins tomorrow, Friday, March 24 and runs through Sunday, April 2. The event will showcase approximately 50 new and recent documentary features, along with shorts, panels, and retrospectives. Feature highlights follow: Continue reading

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CPH:DOX 2017 Overview

CPH:DOX, the popular, eclectic Danish documentary festival, returns tomorrow, Thursday, March 16 for its 14th edition, having skipped its 2016 event as it shifted its dates from November to its new berth in March. More than 170 documentary features will screen at this year’s event, which will wrap on Sunday, March 26, including the highlights below: Continue reading

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New Directors/New Films 2017: Documentary Overview

ndnf-2017-logo-largeNew Directors/New Films, a program jointly curated by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, returns for its 46th edition starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15. Running through Sunday, March 26, the event showcases the work of first and second time directors. Of the 30 feature and mid-length film line-up, however, there are only three documentaries and two hybrids:

strong islandTwo make their NYC premiere after impressive debuts at Sundance: Yance Ford’s STRONG ISLAND (pictured), on the filmmaker’s search for answers into his brother’s murder, winner of a special jury award at Sundance; and Jonathan Olshefski’s QUEST, which follows an African-American family over a decade of change.

thechallenge_stills__1-21Also screening at ND/NF are Yuri Ancarani’s look at the lives of ultra-rich Qatari amateur falconers, THE CHALLENGE (pictured), a special jury prize winner at Locarno last year; Kaori Kinoshita and Alain Della Negra’s hybrid exploration of a New Age church’s retreat, HAPPINESS UNIVERSITY; and Alessandro Comodin’s hybrid inspired by Italian folklore, HAPPY TIMES WILL COME SOON.

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SXSW 2017: Documentary Overview

sxsw-filmThis Friday, March 10 sees the opening of this year’s edition of SXSW, Austin TX’s popular film/interactive/music event. The film festival component, which runs through Saturday, March 18, offers approx 125 features, including new and retrospective work. Among these are more than 50 documentary features, appearing in the event’s various sections, with highlights noted below: Continue reading

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One World 2017 Overview

oneworld_posThe 19th edition of Prague’s One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival kicks off today, Monday, March 6 and runs through Wednesday, March 15. Over 100 new and recent documentary features will screen at the event, with some highlights noted below:

humanityAmong the titles in the Czech Competition are: Zuzana Piussi’s CZECH ALLAH, on Czech society’s response to Islam and the migrant crisis; Tomáš Kudrna’s IDA’S IDEA, about a woman’s Roma children’s choir; and Eva Tomanová’s I WON’T SELL MY SOUL, which explores the controversy of child surrogacy in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the International Competition includes such films as: Alexandre Dereims’ WE ARE HUMANITY (pictured), about the struggles of the indigenous people of a remote Indian Ocean island; Petr Lom’s BURMA STORYBOOK, on a Burmese dissident poet; and Marc Silver’s TO END A WAR, a candid look at the hardfought Colombian peace process. And the Right to Know competition features work like: Mina Keshavarz’s BRAVING THE WAVES, about an entrepreneurial Iranian woman as she faces off against local authorities; Roser Corella’s GRAB AND RUN, which explores the Kyrgyz custom of bride kidnapping; and Elina Hirvonen’s BOILING POINT, on the rise of fascistic nationalists in modern Finland.

thecoloursfilmThe festival’s many noncompetitive strands explore the migrant crisis in Dreams of Europe, with films like Pia Lenz’s I’M OKAY, which looks at two foreign youth trying to adjust to life in Germany; normalcy and difference in Who is Normal Here?, in docs including Maria Teresa Larraín’s SHADOW GIRL, following the filmmaker back to her native Chile as she loses her eyesight; the role of family, in Family Happiness, through Jasna Krajinovic’s THE EMPTY ROOM, about the family of a radicalized Belgian Muslim; society and environment, in So-Called Civilzation, with films like Fredrik Oskarsson’s NUCLEAR NEIGHBOUR, which follows a young mother’s transformation into an anti-nuclear power activist; urban space, in Faces of the City, through Anders Eklund’s GAMING THE REAL WORLD, which explores a Swedish city’s use of Minecraft to encourage participatory urban planning; media in the Power of the Media; with Hans Busstra’s CYBERJIHAD, exploring virtual world techniques used by terrorist groups; and social upheaval in Journeys to Freedom, including Alistair Cole’s COLOURS OF THE ALPHABET, which looks at the problems resulting from schooling not being done in students’ native language.

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Tempo Documentary Festival 2017 Overview

tempo_storThe 18th edition of Sweden’s largest nonfiction event, Tempo Documentary Festival, takes place this coming Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12. The fest brings more than 100 creative docs to Swedish audiences, largely curating an impressive selection of favorites from other international events, but also showcasing local work and other under-the-radar projects, including the work noted below. Continue reading

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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017 Overview

thessalonikiTonight, Friday, March 3 kicks off the 19th edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, one of Europe’s largest nonfiction events. Nearly 150 new and recent feature docs will screen at the event, which runs through Sunday, March 12, representing a mix of world premieres, regional debuts of other festival favorites, and a large showcase of work from within Greece and its Balkan neighbors. What follows are highlights, broken down by the fest’s many thematic sections: Continue reading

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