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Known for lensing candid portrayals of people often living on the margins of society, Midi Z, who now lives in Taiwan, is among Myanmar’s few internationally recognized film directors today. His new film The Clinic , which world premiered last fall at IDFA, offers a complex and layered perspective of a nation in turmoil through focusing on a doctor couple, Aung Min and San San Oo, who also happen to be artists. Centering on the humble operations of the couple’s unassuming Yangon clinic, which bears more resemblance to a cluttered corner shop than a medical facility, the film zeroes in on the
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Twenty years after its founding, Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX has grown into one of the world’s most significant documentary film festivals, thanks to both its bold programming choices and its fast-growing market, CPH:Forum. Filmmakers pitching projects this year include heavyweights such as Talal Derki, Mads Brügger, Errol Morris, Sky Hopinka, Rachel Leah Jones, Signe Byrge Sørensen, and Ilinca Calugareanu. The fest’s meteoric rise has especially been evident in this short post-COVID period, with last year’s main competition featuring exclusively world premieres for the first time. The 2024 DOX:Award
Xiaolu Wang was born between the Yellow River and the Helan Mountains to a family estranged from their own Hui Muslim traditions. As a teenager, they followed their mother’s footsteps as immigrant settlers to Turtle Island and, since then, drifted around the homelands of the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples. Xiaolu’s work has been screened at friends’ pop-up food projects and living rooms, Images Festival, Mimesis Documentary Festival, Taiwan International Film Festival, Courtisane Festival, and Tacoma Film Festival. They infrequently contribute to Mn Artists, a critical arts writing platform of
I had been given such a wide breadth of opinions, suggestions, thoughts on Sundance that it felt a bit like I walked into somebody else’s IG story when I set foot in Park City for my first in-person attendance of the largest “independent” film festival in the U.S. I’ve mostly known Sundance as a beacon of mainstream acclaim and approval for filmmakers. Last year, Sundance provided a sense of discovery and excitement when I viewed its virtual programming. I felt inspired seeing the revelatory works of Raven Jackson ( All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt ), D. Smith ( Kokomo City ), Jeron Braxton (
Documentary is happy to debut an exclusive clip from Ruth Leitman’s No One Asked You, which follows The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead on her 2017 “Vagical Mystery Tour, which spanned 16 Southern and Midwestern abortion battleground states, many of which are featured in this clip,” according to Leitman. This timely doc is continuing its festival tour after a world premiere at DOC NYC last fall, with special impact screenings planned in U.S. states where there are abortion constitutional amendments on the ballot, including Florida, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, and Nebraska. Next, it plays
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Documentary is happy to debut an exclusive clip from Emily Mkrtichian’s documentary There Was, There Was Not , which will world premiere at True/False on Thursday. Like IDFA 2023 winner 1489 , this feature concerns the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) region, where a declaration of independence caused violent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which currently claims the breakaway state. There Was, There Was Not follows four women intimately through the events of the recent past. On the clip, Mkrtichian writes, “Sosé Balasanyan, one of the four women in the film, is getting her hair braided by
Had it not been for a spiraling rift that began with a pro-Palestinian protest on the opening night of last year’s IDFA, Armenian director Shoghakat Vardanyan’s 1489 surely would have been the big story out of the fest. It’s an unassuming debut by a first-time filmmaker who took the IDFA’s top prize for best film in the international competition. Regardless, it was a bittersweet win that could likewise be read as a consolation prize, as 1489 is a doc that Vardanyan certainly never wanted to make. Its coldly bureaucratic title refers to the number assigned to a “body of an individual missing in
Softening the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, the films of French-Canadian director Antoine Bourges are marked by their hybrid nature and his collaborative approach with participants. Whether in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side or Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park, Bourges captures everyday details of the surroundings he finds himself immersed in, introducing individuals and communities in the margins to the big screen with care and curiosity. Growing up in the neighborhood adjacent to the one depicted in Bourges’ latest, Concrete Valley (2022), I was amazed by his portrayal of a vibrant