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» INSIDE THE EARSof 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…

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» 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 result of police heavy-handedness…

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» Evolutionan 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 emerging documentary…

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» 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 fiction. Some…

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» 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…

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CINEMA AND THE INVISIBLE

Luciano Barisone & Nicolas Philibert LB: We could start our discussion with the ‘creative documentary’, taking into consideration the two words composing this concept: ‘documentary’, and ‘creative’. In which way are they…

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» The best comediesare filled with pain

NE ME QUITTE PASDirected 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 years. Ne…

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» 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…

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» 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…