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...

The power of presence

Walking Under Water won the special jury prize at its world premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto in May. At first glimpse, the film looks like an anthropological study of a threatened native culture, but don’t be...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...