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November saw Modern Times Review in Elverum (Movies on War), Porto (Port/Post/Doc), and Amsterdam (IDFA). As we gear up for the new year with some excited changes and additions to the magazine, we take a look back at all the content from November 2022, including IDFA World Premiere and festival news.
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IDFA Doclab 2022 (by Steve Rickinson)
Laura Poitras x ICFR: Filmmakers at Risk (by Sevara Pan)
Modern Times Review speaks head programmers Laura van Halsema and Joost Daamen on the breakdown of programming such a vast selection of films, how to maintain a balanced lineup, the reasoning behind its 2022 focus programmes, and more.
Director: Niki Padidar
Encounters with three other «newcomers» to the Netherlands, the IDFA opening film turns the spotlight on all of us as it ponders questions of belonging, who gets exclusion, and the constant reaffirmation of outsider status.
Director: Eva Weber
One of the longest-serving German chancellors ever, Angela Merkel's eventful tenure as a woman in a bastion of masculinity made her an anchor for Europe.
Director: Juan Manuel Bugarín
You can take the soldier out of a war, but not the war out of the soldier.
Director: Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
A row of tamarisk trees along a huge golf course in Palm Springs begs the question, can a tree be racist?
Director: Mirka Duijn, Nina Spiering
Does Shangri-La really exist? From the mountains of Tibet to global archives, filmmaker Mirka Duijn seeks the answers.
Director: Farnaz Jurabchian, Mohammadreza Jurabchian
The fortunes of three generations of an upper-middle-class Iranian family tracked across forty years of turbulent Iranian history.
Director: Abbas Rezaie
Following the team behind the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Kabul as it is recaptured by the Taliban.
Director: Matthias Heeder
Inflation rears its ugly head after 40 years at bay.
Director: Luzia Schmid
Three women and a war seen through their eyes.
Director: Vincent Kelner
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
Activists and locals clash during the traditional Faroe Islands pilot whale hunt.
Director: Claudia Müller
By focusing on her artistic approach to language, the complex and multi-layered Nobel laureate also reveals the deep contradictions of her native Austria.
Director: Violet Du Feng
The unique written language made as a vent for Chinese women who were not allowed to read or write.
Director: Antoine Cattin
The authoritarian stranglehold of the Kremlin closes in across national holidays in contemporary Russia.
Director: Simon Gade Olsen
Movies on War
Young Norwegian soldiers sent to into Israel's 1978 invasion of Lebanon received little recognition for their work and PTSD from a conflict they didn't quite understand.
«It's about changing mindsets», says Volker Schlöndorff. Jokingly, the German veteran director refers to his new documentary on agronomist Tony Rinaudo's reforestation projects in Africa as propaganda.
by Dieter Wieczorek
Porto/Post/Doc offers a thematic retrospection on the idea of «revolution».
by Nick Holdsworth
Two films screening at Norway's Movies on War Film Festival look at the lead-up to the February 24th Russian invasion of Ukraine.
by Margareta Hruza
The first season of Ji.hlava's IDFF Conference of Ethics in Filmmaking was a necessary conversation around the need for common ethical principles in documentary filmmaking.