Modern Times Review #127
Modern Times Review | August 2022
August sees Modern Times Review across the Western Balkans, with stops at DokuFest, Sarajevo Film Festival, and MakeDox. But this year, we also welcomed Portugal’s MDOC - Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival as a first-time partner. Now, we continue into late summer with stops at London’s Open City Documentary Festival, back to Sarajevo for Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Festival, and up to Sweden for our second year covering Nordisk Panorama.
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Modern Times Review speaks with Sarajevo Film Festival Documentary Programme programmer Rada Šešić on the documentaries in competition, Docu Rough Cut Boutique, the place of Sarajevo Film Festival among the wider festival landscape, and more.
Director: Nina Menkes
The mechanisms of exploitation of women as sexual objects in Hollywood films, exposed.
Director: Magnus Gertten
A poignant and deeply moving story of the love that two women found in a Nazi concentration camp.
Director: Marta Smerechynska
At a remote Ukrainian monastery, young nuns who choose to become «Brides of Christ» share their intimate stories.
Director: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski
The young Ukrainian generation, scarred by war, prepares a play based on the motifs of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Director: Sabrina D. Marques
An intimate portrait of Portugal's colonial war from those who lived through it.
Director: Jan Baumgartner
We do not only find bones. We find stories. Lives once lived. Keeping an emotional distance is not always easy.
Director: John Pilger
The failure of contemporary journalism to hold power to account in Western imperialist wars.
Director: Kirsten Gainet
After Crimea was annexed into the Russian Federation, a genocide began against the peninsula’s indigenous people - the Crimean Tatars.
Director: Maradia Tsaava
A slow-burn lesson in the human casualties of failed politics on the disputed Georgian-Abkhazian border.
By: Melita Zajc
Two MakeDox-screening films, All That Breathes and Invisible Demons, look at pollution in one of the world's preeminent megacities, New Delhi - one from above, one from below.