Staying with the trouble: the radical work of CAMP

CAMP wants to challenge the triangular relationship of author, subject and technology, thereby splintering the privileged gaze and our standard mode of perception. Film artist Shaina Anand is describing...

WE NEED STORIES

WORDS: Vibeke Bryld "What is a human being?" This is not a question that comes up very often at documentary film festivals. But it did at the Flaherty Film Seminar, again and again. The President of the...

MIRROR, MIRROR

Thomas Balmès won the Cinematography Award at Sundance Film Festival for his disturbingly beautiful Happiness. A film featuring characters with no sense of (self)representation, Balmès doesn’t think in...

I AM A HOUSE

In Wim Wenders’ latest project Cathedrals of Culture, he challenged 5 other directors to delve into the soul of some of Europe’s cathedrals of culture. In My Architect, A Son’s Journey, Nathaniel...

MARRIAGE BY ABDUCTION
– BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Screened at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival,the issue-driven drama Difret gave audiences the right mix of social commentary and art-house aesthetics to awe viewers and take the Panorama Audience...

THE ART OF LOSING YOUR WAY

At Visions du Réel this year, the disorientating and highly sensory film Les Tourmentes won a well deserved special mention. DOX sat down for a talk on getting lost with the film’s director Pierre-Yves...

IS DOCUMENTARY THE PRIVILEGED GENRE OF ECO-CINEMA?

Green cinema, environmental documentaries, ecological films, greenbusters... What does eco-cinema mean in the public space? Editorialist Sandrine Lage shares her research carried out at La Sorbonne University...

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING TOOLS:
FRIENDS OR FOES?

Interactive documentary filmmaker Suvi Andrea Helminen spoke to the creators of two interactive storytelling tools: how did they originate and will they inspire or reduce creativity in interactive...

HOW INTERACTIVTY IS EVOLVING THE DOCUMENTARY

The emergence of multimedia interactivity in documentary filmmaking leads us to, once again ask, “What makes a documentary a documentary?” Many people I know gave up on this question a long time ago,...

Five Rings and Three Million Dollars

Rings of the World, the official film about the 2014 Olympics, is directed by renowned Russian documentarian Sergei Miroshnichenko. The film on the extravagant event is the most expensive non-fiction film in...

In memory of

This spring marked the too-soon departure of some wonderful filmmakers. Here, we take a moment to commemorate them.  Michael Glawogger The sudden death of Michael Glawogger on 23 April is a huge loss to...

DON’T DREAM OF CITIZENSHIP

The international pitching forum in Taiwan, CNEX, proved that there are many more Ai Weiweis in China. And in recognition of the solid stories and talent, the two best projects were also pitched at IDFA...

Three in One:
Director, Freak, Artist

At first, one takes The Reunion for the “re-enacted documentary” it’s meant to be. But then things start to get a bit complicated. Pamela Cohn met the artist Anna Odell, who is the director of a film...

The Promised Land

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking aims to create a space and a future in the broad media landscape for marginalized youths in South Africa. The foundations of Big Fish stem back to 1995, in the wake of...

Hollywood on the hunt
for authenticity

The colourful and dramatic documentary, The Bengali Detective, has been sold to Hollywood. As part of the Nordisk Panorama industry programme, producer Giovanna Stopponi gave a session on the implications of...

Evolution
an inside look at MIT Open Doc Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is home to the Open Documentary Lab, a research group based at the department of Comparative Media Studies and Writing (CMS/W) and dedicated solely to studying...

Experimental Composition
as Cinematic Principle

A masterclass with experimental filmmaker and artist Peter Liechti.  “You need your brain both before and after filming, but do not use your brain during filming. Just film using your instinct and...

Journalism
beyond words

In an ongoing series of articles on sound design in documentaries, Peter Albrechtsen focuses on the sensuous sound design of one of last year’s most acclaimed documentaries, Dirty Wars. The film’s sound...

Focus on Russia

Russia was one of the main themes at the Movies That Matter Festival this spring. Entitled ‘Russian Spring’, the program dedicated to this complex country combined documentaries, debates and music and it...

Mosaic of Voices
and Looks

From Spanish Documentary Film during the Transition to the Documentary Panorama. In addition to the Official Selections, Documenta Madrid presents in its tenth edition two cycles specifically dedicated to...

A moral vacuum

The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, provides a unique and deeply disturbing insight into the ethical deadlock of global capitalism.  Can the monstrous orgy of torture and killing be publicly...

What happens in the mix?

EDITORS CHOICE: DVD in DOX #99 DOX:LAB experiments with hybrid forms of filmmaking, enabling crossovers, not only between directors and cultures, but also between storytelling and languages of film. In...

India gears up for the war of perceptions

How are documentaries on India produced, received and perceived in India? Filmmaker and critic Meenakshi Shedde, who is India Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai film festivals, sheds some light on the cinema...

The punk child of art:
seeing and being seen

Like a band of filmic pirates, the Sensory Lab plunders what they need from documentary to create something fresh. These are musings arisen from discussions with Lucian Castaing -Taylor and works from the...

Why public TV ?

Kostas Spiropoulos, former general manager of Greek public station ERT, takes a look at the Greek media landscape, where “documentaries” is an unfamiliar term to private TV stations. Without public TV the...

The question of Higgs

How do you transform elusive, scientific research into a fascinating narrative that an audience can engage with on an emotional level? This is the challenge renowned film editor Walter Murch took on in the...

The Russian Pipe Films

The Russian documentary film tradition is acknowledged by documentary professionals all aver the world. Russian docs are often selected for festivals outside Russia. Russian filmmakers such as Victor...

Hot Docs
breaks through

Canada’s doc festival grew into an international force between the founding of  the Toronto Documentary Forum in 2000 and the SARS crisis of 2003. Marc Glassman, then one of the festival’s film...

The Burma Journal

Producer and international documentary ambassador Peter Wintonick recounts his findings as a jury member at the First Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in the dawn of a new Burma.  I...

New Mantra of Storytelling

Stories, audiences and the in-between: Why transmedia is going to make (even more) sense. Among professionals working on transmedia projects, it is common to refer to the contemporary mediascape as a true...

A rising star

Turkish documentary flourishes in an increasingly polarized political climate. Turkey became the center of global attention following the Gezi Park protests that erupted in June. The protests were the...

Balancing form and content

When does the digital form work together with the content? When does it enhance the experience and when does it dilute it? It is debatable whether many of the web documentaries that are labeled...

The question is not how? But why?

At Łódź Film School the art of filmmaking is both present and past, documentary and fiction.  At the 53rd edition of the Krakow Film Festival held in May this year, Poland’s legendary Łódź Film...

Surrendering to Film

Alan Berliner is a master of creative documentary and experimental film. Özge Calafato met him in the midst of the Turkish uprising, which shocked him and made him challenge his role as a filmmaker. Alan...

How do memories sound?

In the second of a series of articles on sound design in documentaries, Peter Albrechtsen – a sound designer himself – focuses on the visionary sound design of the documentary classic, Tarnation, 2003....

Can you imagine zero?

EDITORS CHOICE: DVD in DOX #98 A few years back, Pamela Cohn met director Heddy Honigmann for a talk about her then newly released documentary, El Olvido. Peruvian-born filmmaker Heddy Honigmann’s long...

Exploiting the thin line

Some films invite us to think about documentary performances by definition: don’t  all participants somehow construct their presentation of self? We all know there is a thin line between reality and...

THE WAGNER FILES:
A CROSSMEDIA GESAMTKUNSTWERK?

Would Richard Wagner, had he lived today, have considered crossmedia collaboration as a means of exploring and elaborating on his furious and epic music? Nicoló Gallio visited Visions du Reel, where the...

The Interactive Dance Floor

Digital Domain at SXSW is dedicated solely to new forms of interactive storytelling on film. Suvi Andrea Helminen, an interactive filmmaker herself, looks at the challenges of this relatively new storytelling...

SATA

Still photography project in Havana, Cuba in 2002 “When I wanted to figure out if I was a photographer I bought an old Hasselblad and went to live in Havana for 5 months. What hit me was the evident,...

Being part
of the Circle

Veteran filmmaker Joan Churchill was the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Filmmaking Award at Camerimage, Poland’s prestigious International Film Festival of the Art of...

Defiance Is Present

Özge Calafato looks at some of the most compelling recent documentary works from the Arab World. Three years after the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, which sparked the first...

Constructing
‘Losing Sonia’

EDITORS CHOICE: DVD in DOX #101 Losing Sonia is a portrait of a nun, of the church in Ivanovo, and of contemporary Russia, all in one. While most of it is filmed in and around the monastery where Sonia/nun...

Pragmatic people

An interview with Robert Reich from the documentary Inequality for All Robert Reich provides an impassioned lesson about the economy and the widening income gap in Jacob Kornbluth’s Inequality for All....

Documents from the U.S.

We are drawing a line through three films from Sundance this year: politics, economics, and the Occupy Movement. Sundance is now in its 29th year. There’s more corporate sponsorship than in the old days...

THE TRUTH OF HISTORY
alternative archives

New Chinese Documentary challenges the power over what will be known about the past. Its focus is on the repressed history of individuals. History and memory haunt us. There is no way to escape, only to...

INSIDE THE EARS
of an icon

In the first of a series of articles on sound design in documentary, Peter Albrechtsen – a sound designer himself – focuses on the visionary sound design of Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait. The film’s...

One Song and
13 years later

In more ways than one, Forest of the Dancing Spirits stood out from the rest at Hot Docs this year. Director Linda Västrik shared the incredible tale of how the film ended up being 13 years in the...

IT CAN´T BE DONE
The birth of Hot Docs

Marc Glassman, editor of POV, was part of Hot Docs at the beginning 20 years ago. In commemoration of the festivals 20.th anniversary he gives a historical perspective on the first half of the festival’s...

PATRICIO GUZMÀN
A Museum of Amnesia

Guzmán’s work centres around Chile and its political development from Allende’s Chile in the 70s to the Chile of today, and thus very much around issues of memory, history, traces of the past and...