THE CAPACITY FOR SURPRISE

Director of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Marek Hovorka, shares his favourite docs from the last year Every year, my colleagues and I struggle through thousands of films – a jungle,...

Wild is the wind

WE COME AS FRIENDS Director: Hubert Sauper France, Austria, 2013, 109 min. Following his Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare, in which director Hubert Sauper looks at the horrific outcomes of...

A whistle-stop tour
in personal, punk feminism

THE PUNK SINGER Directed by Sini Anderson, USA, 2013. 80 minutes. “There’s an assumption that when a man tells the truth, he tells the truth. As a woman, when I go to tell the truth, I feel like I...

Letter by ArtDocFest:
This Russia Feels Ashamed

Dear friends! We, the team of ArtDocFest - festival for Russian-spoken creative documentaries - want to bring to your attention the letter of Russian filmmakers sent in response to a letter and...

The best comedies
are filled with pain

NE ME QUITTE PAS Directed by Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden, Netherlands, Belgium, 2013, 90 minutes This is by far the most entertaining yet touching documentary I have seen in the last few...

Where to go
with the Alphabet?

ALPHABET Directed by Erwin Wagenhofer, Austria, Germany, 2013, 107 minutes Erwin Wagenhofer’s new film, Alphabet, further draws attention to the way the human species designs its economic and social...

Animated Linguistics

IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? Directed by Michel Gondry, France, 2013, 88 minutes WORDS: Tove Torbiörnsson FILMOSOPHY. How do we know a tree is a tree? What makes the letters d-o-g represent an...

Behold the Man

Luciano Barisone, director of Visions du Réel, shares some of his favourite films from the past year of documentary. To choose films that outline a road map implies a task – to define one’s state of...

Dox in dialogue

With this issue, DOX celebrates both its 100th issue and 20th birthday. At the core of documentary is the meeting: the meeting of worlds, realities, temperaments, aesthetics, individuals. So what better way to...

THE FRAME OF OUR STORIES

“I began to move beyond the simplicity of windows and mirrors and was confronted with the power of the frame.” This is a quote from Alan Berliner, faced with the Turkish uprising; and this “frame”...

Move!

Documentary can reinforce or challenge our perspective on different parts of our world.  In this issue our focus is on artists, documentary filmmakers, and interactive storytellers, who work with redefining,...

The Terrorist Next Door

VELVET TERRORISTS Directors Peter Kerekes, Pavol Pekarcík, Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovakia/Czech Republic/Croatia, 2013, 87 min During the 1980s, three individuals decided to fight against the Communist...

THE CASE OF THE PRIVATE DETECTIVE

THE SHADOW Director Line Hatland, Norway, 2013, 45 mins. How do you make a portrait documentary about a retired private detective? You of course let her solve one last case – herself. The Shadow...

From the bottom of the food chain

HILTON! – HERE FOR LIFE Director Virpi Suutari, Finland, 2013, 75 min “Everything I see is grey”, says Mira, one of the residents of Hilton, an apartment complex in East Helsinki that couldn’t be...

Wintry exoticism

PIPELINE Director: Vitaly Mansky, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, 2013, 121 min. Three crosses in the snow – not Christian ones, different ones. They are the starting point of a journey from the...

Somewhere between fiction, non-fiction and art

Tine Fischer, director of CPH:DOX, shares some of her favourite films from the last year of docs. THE ACT OF KILLING Directors Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and Anonymous, Denmark, Indonesia,...

Why separate people?

MAMA EUROPA Director Petra Seliskar, Slovenia, 2013, 90 min Mother Europe gave birth to many children. She raised them with love and with care. Among the children were Belgium and the twins called...

Democratization of history

17.000 ISLAND Director Thomas Østbye and Edwin, Norway/Indonesia, 2013 Initially I thought that 17.000 Islands was yet another interactive documentary about a place, portrayed through an archive of short...

Just one size too small

DUMMY JIM Director Matt Hulse, UK, 2013, 90 min. Dummy Jim is a film about James Duthie, a deaf traveller. It is a film with an exuberant visual style, and a creative soundtrack as well. But when does...

Rehabilitating socialism

THE SPIRIT OF ’45 Director Ken Loach, UK, 2013, 98 min. The Spirit of ’45, Ken Loach’s new documentary, looks back at the period that followed the end of the WWII in the UK, when the Labor Party won...

Are victims interesting?

TO THE WOLF Director Aran Hughes and Christina Koutsospyrou, Greece, 2013, 74 min. Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan is a film by Luis Buñuel from 1933. During its half-hour duration, the people living in a...

The year of the artist documentary

Hussain Currimbhoy, film programmer for Sheffield Doc/Fest, shares some of his favorite films from the last year of docs. She gestured to the space between her legs and said: “This is where my...

A MYTH
that took over the world

MIRAGE MEN Director John Lundberg, UK, 2013, 85 min “Attention projectionists! Adjust the lens so that your picture will be focused properly before the show starts”, booms the voiceover in the opening...

Onscreen confession

Interactive iPad documentary: ALMA – A TALE OF VIOLENCE Director Miguel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle Fougère, France, 2012, 60 mins. Alma is a very poignant web documentary on the confession by a...