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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European Film Awards announces 2022 documentary selection shortlist
Asian documentary forum Docs by the Sea concludes 2022 edition; presents awards
Open City Documentary Festival announces full programme for 12th edition
Nordisk Panorama announces competition films for 33rd edition
Sarajevo Film Festival 2022: the complete documentary winners
Docu Rough Cut Boutique presents six projects; announces 2022 award winners
Doclisboa announces opening and closing sessions for 20th edition
Ji.hlava IDFF presents Ukrainian and Romanian films with Docu Talents from the East awards
Ji.hlava IDFF announces 2022 Docu Talents from the East project selections
MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival 2022: the complete winners
IDF & DocuDays UA establish international Ukrainian programmers and curators list
«Every documentary from this region is simply a labour of love, enthusiasm, solidarity within a film crew»
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.
Brainwashed: Sex - Camera - Power (Sarajevo Film Festival)
Director: Nina Menkes
The mechanisms of exploitation of women as sexual objects in Hollywood films, exposed.
Nelly & Nadine (MakeDox)
Director: Magnus Gertten
A poignant and deeply moving story of the love that two women found in a Nazi concentration camp.
The Diary of a Bride of Christ (Sarajevo Film Festival)
Director: Marta Smerechynska
At a remote Ukrainian monastery, young nuns who choose to become «Brides of Christ» share their intimate stories.
The Hamlet Syndrome
Director: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski
The young Ukrainian generation, scarred by war, prepares a play based on the motifs of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
The Photo-Cines (MDOC)
Director: Sabrina D. Marques
An intimate portrait of Portugal's colonial war from those who lived through it.
The DNA of Dignity
Director: Jan Baumgartner
We do not only find bones. We find stories. Lives once lived. Keeping an emotional distance is not always easy.
The War You Don’t See
Director: John Pilger
The failure of contemporary journalism to hold power to account in Western imperialist wars.
Tomorrow Comes Yesterday (MDOC)
Director: Kirsten Gainet
After Crimea was annexed into the Russian Federation, a genocide began against the peninsula’s indigenous people - the Crimean Tatars.
Water Has No Borders (MakeDox)
Director: Maradia Tsaava
A slow-burn lesson in the human casualties of failed politics on the disputed Georgian-Abkhazian border.
A sign of hope
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.