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CineRadical: A Monthly Brief on Documentary
September's unfiltered & essential docs and Dialogues
Welcome to this month's roundup of the documentary film landscape, a space where we delve into the stories that matter, both on and off the screen. Fresh off the reel from Milan's Visioni dal Mondo and Sarajevo's Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival, we're exhilarated by the range of impactful narratives we encountered. As the leaves change color, so does the festival circuit: we're setting our sights on the upcoming autumn season, including intriguing line-ups at MajorDocs, Astra Film Festival, Ji.hlava IDFF, and more. Get ready for another month of critical viewing and compelling storytelling.
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Sarajevo Film Festival
Director: Gergö Somogyvári
How do marginalised individuals navigate societal structures meant to exclude them? 'Fairy Garden' offers a raw and authentic look into the lives of two such people in Hungary.
Visioni dal Mondo
Director: Laura Carrer, Luca Quagliato
Ethnography meets animation in a playful digital environment concealing the constraints of the algorithmic gig economy.
AJB DOC Fim Festival, Visioni dal Mondo
Director: Cody Sheehy
The rise and fall of a scientist at the heart of a genetic revolution and the controversies it unleashed.
Director: Mattia Colombo, Valentina Cicogna
When the Mediterranean rejects the nameless, who restores their dignity?
AJB DOC Film Festival, Visioni dal Mondo
Director: Albert Solé, Raúl Cuevas
Former ISIS hostage Marc Marginedas returns to Raqqa to confront the ghosts of his past.
Visioni dal Mondo
Director: Ido Mizrahy
Unraveling NASA's mission to Mars and the psychological toll it entails in a poignant reflection on space travel and human spirit.
Visioni dal Mondo
Director: Benoît Bringer
How Yevgeny Prigozhin's mercenary army, Wagner, grew to become a major tool in Russian foreign policy – murdering its way across Africa and Ukraine.
In Sicily, we meet Morgan Lescot on the rescue ship Ocean Viking for a conversation about boat refugees, challenges, and Europe's responsibility. Is this a tragedy that will only continue to increase?
Modern Times Review speaks with Baltic Sea Docs Project Manager Zane Balčus on its history, the current trends in documentaries from the Baltic region, and the role the BSD plays within the wider European documentary landscape.
We joined film director Vlad Petri under a fig tree in Skopje as he reflects on the stories of women's resilience and revolution in his film Between Revolutions.
Modern Times Review speaks with Artistic Director Andreas Lewin on the 2023 theme, why DOKUARTS is not a competition festival, the place of the festival within the wider continental landscape, and more.
Explore Young Horizons Industry's 2023 film selections, highlighting the complexities and nuances of youthful experiences.
Modern Times Review looks back at the panels, screenings, and presentations that made up the 2023 Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries.
Modern Times Review looks back at the week of panels and presentations that made up the 2023 B2B Doc Documentary Industry Days programme.
Delving deep into the murky world of geopolitical machinations where, from Iran to Chile, the US/UK influence cannot be understated.
Are we progressing towards an international society that looks after those left out of the conventional job market – and, with wisdom, transitions today's military industry towards civilian duties? It's conceivable that the new BRICS might pave a path away from today's Western ideology.